Dallas County Hospital News

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(PERRY, IA) JANUARY 2017— The 2017 new year is bringing planned changes to Dallas County Hospital’s second floor atrium space. As approved by Dallas County Hospital’s Board of Trustees, construction will begin on or before February 1, 2017 to finish space in the hospital that has in prior years been unused with completion by June 2017. The project will allow Dallas County Hospital to introduce a new service, and will accommodate the growing demand for community education programs.

(January 2017, Perry, IA) – Dallas County Hospital has achieved recognition as an Adopter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s PATIENT FINANCIAL COMMUNICATIONS BEST PRACTICES®. As a Best Practices Adopter, Dallas County Hospital demonstrated that it follows nearly 100 best practices covering all aspects of financial interactions that take place in a variety of care settings. “In a time when patients are paying more out-of-pocket for their health care, the financial conversations we have with patients have never been more important,” said Angela Mortoza, CEO. “We have taken steps to ensure that patients are treated with compassion and respect in financial matters, and this recognition confirms that.”

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Donna Vandehaar, Chief Operating Officer at Dallas County Hospital will be retiring on September 30, 2016, after serving in the healthcare field for forty five years.

Dallas County Hospital recognized the Perry High School Girl’s Softball Team for advancing to the 2016 Iowa Girls State Softball Tournament. The team enjoyed lunch in the Hospital’s 10th Street Bistro, and then Hospital employees presented them with cookies baked by the DCH Nutritional Services Department.

Dallas County Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Dallas County Hospital Foundation High School and College Level Scholarship Awards. This year a total of $7,000 was awarded to students who live in or attend a high school or college in Dallas County, and are entering a career in healthcare. Award winners must meet specific criteria in the areas of academics, extracurricular activities and volunteer hours.

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and Dallas County Hospital have again partnered to allow juniors and seniors from area high schools the opportunity to take 4, 3-credit hour courses through DMACC. Introduction to Health Care Careers challenged the students to observe professional roles in the fields of pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, physicians, clinics, laboratory and radiology. Additional course work included medical terminology and completion of the nurse aide and advanced nurse aide courses.

Dallas County Hospital is excited to welcome three new visiting specialists to our knowledgeable and caring team. Over the next few months, a new audiologist, pediatric dental surgeon, and urologist will all begin holding clinics or performing surgery right here in Perry.

Dallas County Hospital is excited to announce their 5th annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Winner. Jody Hollar, RN, received the honor during a Nurses’ Week Recognition Event on May 2nd. The award is part of the national DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the superhuman efforts nurses perform every day.

National Nurse’s Week is celebrated May 6th to 12th. The 2016 theme is “Culture of Safety, It Starts with You.” Every day, nurses step forward embracing new technologies, educating, and delivering care, all with a focus on safety and collaboration.

Dallas County Hospital has recently dedicated its 60th Anniversary Quilt. The quilt, which celebrates 60 years of healthcare in Perry, features pictures of past and more recent employees and facilities.

Perry, Iowa – Dallas County Hospital is excited to announce that Education Manager Sally Swenson, RN, BSN, MA, was recently named to the list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2016. Swenson has been with Dallas County Hospital since 2005.

Dallas County Hospital generates 150 jobs that add $7,343,271 to Dallas County’s economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association. In addition, Dallas County Hospital employees by themselves spend $1,963,336 on retail sales and contribute $117,800 in state sales tax revenue.

Dallas County Hospital recently completed a financial audit, performed by third party organization Seim Johnson, an accounting and consulting firm in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dallas County Hospital recently named its Employee and Volunteer of the Year for the 2015 calendar year.

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