Top 100 Workplaces and Top Rank Hosptial

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JCHC celebrates being named in the Top 100 Workplaces for the second year in a row.  JCHC was the highest ranking hospital in the state and placed third in its class of mid-sized employers thoughtout Iowa.

This hospital is like an oasis in the middle of the corn fields.

Michelle Kueber is a 25 year old patient of JCHC Professional Clinic Surgeon Dr. Gregory Ivins.

Michelle has had Meralgia Paresthetica since she was a child. The leg pain associated with the disease progressively got worse as she got older and for the past few years the pain and the pain medicine has limited her mobility and her lifestyle. She was beginning to fear for her future. Her research on the disease indicated that many people with this disease eventually become wheelchair bound.


Michelle Kueber July 2014

After seeing numerous doctors in Indiana and being unwilling to resort to a life of ever increasing doses of pain medication, Michelle with the help of her mother Debbie began searching the internet for answers. To their surprise and delight they found a paper written by Dr. Gregory Ivins on the treatment of Meralgia Paresthetica.



They immediately called Dr. Ivins and he spoke to Michelle about treatment options.

They have made the eight hour trip to see Dr. Ivins in Fairfield multiple times. At their appointments, Dr. Ivins would perform a few tests, they would stay in a local hotel, and then they would return again in the morning to discuss the results. Dr. Ivins concluded that even though surgery was not his first option, it was needed to improve Michelle’s condition. To increase their comfort level, Dr. Ivins gave them contact information for other patients whom he had performed this surgery on. The consensus of those patents was “don’t hesitate, he gave me my life back.”

On July 22, 2014, Michelle and her parents made another trip to Fairfield, this time for surgery.

“My parents took a picture of me smiling in bed after the surgery. I can’t believe this struggle is finally over. This hospital is so peaceful and we aren’t just a number on a chart. The personal care and attention has been great. Dr. Ivins and the entire staff have been incredible. I can’t thank him and the entire JCHC staff enough.”

Symptoms of a Stroke should never be ignored

Symptoms of a stroke should never be ignored,   By Staci Worley, BSN

Many people hesitate before they come to the Emergency Department but there are certain symptoms I want to make sure you never ignore or delay getting treatment for.  When you have symptoms of a stroke, you must react quickly.  We would rather have you come in for a false alarm, then to have you take the chance of suffering some form of permanent disability due to a stroke.  

If you have any of the following symptoms, note the time of day, and then go immediately to the nearest hospital Emergency Department.  


You can remember these by the acronym F.A.S.T. 

  • Facial drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time


You need to be evaluated immediately to see if you are eligible for a TPA injection that can reverse the effects of a stroke in some patients.  BUT you must come to the emergency room within the first 3 hours of the onset of symptoms.  The sooner the better.

 TPA has been available at the Jefferson County Health Center for the past 5 years.  The use of this drug has changed the outcome for stroke victims and gives them a better chance of having less long lasting side effects.

 Linda Stallone May 2014

Here is a recent testimonial from Linda Stallone, a Fairfield resident who recently suffered a stroke.  “One evening during a yoga class I had a stroke that immobilized my right side and speech functions.  My symptoms came on within one minute.   Thanks to the quick response of my daughter and friends I was taken to the JCHC emergency department and administered the TPA drug.  I was airlifted to Iowa City and spent two nights in the ICU.  The results were nothing short of miraculous!  What is miraculous is that my mobility is totally restored and when I tell people I recently had a stroke they can’t believe it.  What I have been telling my friends and family is that you must keep your blood pressure in check and if it spikes or you have a severe headache, blurred or double vision or loss of vision, numbness, tingling, weakness, or paralysis on one side of your body, trouble walking, dizziness or confusion go immediately to the emergency room.    The extraordinary medical professionals as at JCHC knew exactly how to take care of me.  I have the highest praise for them treating me in such a fast efficient manner.  When time was of the essence they worked like clockwork in getting me the drug that has changed my life.”

 A stroke is very serious, but you can help yourself by getting treatment as soon as symptoms arise.


New convenient services added

Patient Paging System now available for families and friends waiting for patients in surgery

Our paging system is very similar to what is used in restaurants.  It allows that family the ability to get out of ACU and walk around the hospital.  When their loved ones are coming back from OR we page the family (the pager lights up and vibrates) to come back to ACU so they can talk to the surgeons about how the procedure went.  Many times family is able to be at the bedside when the patients are really starting to wake up.  We just got them so they haven't been used too much yet, however the families that have used them really like the concept.  Desi Coop,RN    (click Read More)


ACU nurses Rita and Joni shown with pager

New Patient Portal allows patients to check their lab results

You no longer have to wait for someone to call you with your lab test results.  Sign-up for our secure patient portal the next time you have a procedure at JCHC.   You can log into your account from any computer.  All that is required is an email address and our front desk will set up your account.   This account cannot be accessed from this website.  It is located on our secure medical record computer system.  You will have the ability to print or forward your results to other medical providers.  Call the front desk and they will register you.  641-472-4111


JCHC Nursing Scholarship Winner

Kali Watson, an employee of Jefferson County Health Center who is studying to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Kaplan University has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).  She is among 34 outstanding students from all over Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program.  “We are very proud of her” noted Deb Cardin when presenting Kali with her check at the Board of Trustees meeting on May 19, 2014.

Kali Watson check from Deb May 2014

 Iowa hospitals established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the ongoing shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to remain in the state as they establish their careers. 



The first scholarships were awarded in 2005, and now 301 students have benefited from the program.  Including these latest awards, the scholarship program has provided more than $900,000 in direct support to students since its inception.

In exchange for that financial support, scholarship-receiving students agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive an award.  In this way, the scholarship program helps stabilize and enhance Iowa’s hospital workforce. 

When Kali received her $3,000 check from CEO Deb Cardin she said “I love working for JCHC.  The environment, the atmosphere and all the great people here make this a wonderful place to work.  I am very honored to have received this scholarship.”

Hospital leaders from all parts of the state evaluated scholarship applications from more than 100 qualified students who were judged on grade-point average, a written personal statement, letters of reference, and extracurricular, community and health care-related activities.

“We are very proud to support these high-achieving students who will help Iowa hospitals continue their tradition of providing quality health care throughout the state,” said IHA President and CEO Kirk Norris.

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