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.

McCreery Cancer Center coming to JCHC

The McCreery Cancer Center will be expanding to include a location at the Jefferson County Health Center.  


 Starting in April, medical oncology services (chemotherapy) will only be provided at the new McCreery Cancer Center located at the Jefferscon County Health Center while radiation oncology services will remain at the current location at the McCreery Cancer Center at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.  Deb Cardin, CEO of the Jefferson County Health Center said "we are pleased to expand our services in conjunction with Ottumwa Regional Health Center and open the McCreery Cancer Center at JCHC.  This new partnership will allow each facility to focus on a specific type of care and therapy.  We believe that working together; we will be able to better serve our local patients in their fight against cancer."

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