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  • Pacesetter Summer/Fall 2015

    Finding Finding Finding HopeHopeHope


  • 2 UnityPoint Health® – Fort Dodge

    How we build a healthy community. At UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge we strive to build a healthy community every day. We do this through educa- tion, by providing opportunities to our community and lead- ing by example. We are an integral part of a proactive health care system that is committed to improving the lives and well-being of its community, one person at a time. We know that many chronic diseases can be significantly reduced by making healthy choices. The incidence of diabetes, heart disease and cancer can be reduced by a healthy lifestyle. As a health care system, we believe it is part of our responsibil- ity to help our community members live healthy lives.

    How we educate. Almost 20 years ago, Trinity Regional Medical Center reached

    out to the community of Fort Dodge with programs to provide low cost health screenings. Throughout the years the various wellness programs we offer have evolved into one com- prehensive program operated out of Trinity Healthy Living. Each of the Trinity Healthy Living programs offered are dedicated to teaching individuals how to make healthy lifestyle choices. Knowledge is power, all Trinity Healthy Living programs help those that they work with to un- derstand where their opportunities are for improvement, what their barriers are for achieving their goals and identify tactics to help them be successful.

    How we provide opportunities. We believe, as the primary health care provider in our area, we play an important role in pro- viding wellness opportunities for our community. Whether it is online support for a disease or illness, preventative screening, or free community events for heart health or expectant par- ents, we have a responsibility to ensure opportunities are available so you can be successful in your wellness journey. We take great pride in the fact that our THRIVE After School Swim- ming program has provided more than 805 children the opportunity to learn the lifelong skill of swimming. This free program also provides transportation from school to the Fort Dodge Rec Center for the swimming lessons.

    How we lead. Trinity Regional Medical Center has earned national attention regarding the safety and care of our patients. Consumer Report Magazine named Trinity as one of the top 15 hospitals in the nation for Patient Safety. Trinity also earned certification as a Primary Stroke Center and most recently received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry – GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for outstanding standard of care for heart attack patients. These successes would not be possible without the dedicated and caring professionals working here every day.

    How we continue building our healthy community. Our highest priority is to coordinate your care around you and your health care needs. We also strive to provide you with the resources you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Our passion- ate care team and providers enjoy practicing in rural communities and building relationships with our patients and their families. We believe in our community, we believe in the people we work with and care for every day; and we know that together we are improving and making a positive difference in the health of our community. We are committed to keeping you and your family as healthy as possible, empowering you to live healthier, happier and fuller lives.

    In this issue of Pacesetter

    2014 Impact to the Community ...................................3

    Celebrating our Employees .....4

    Meet Deb Cook ...........................5

    Community Paramedicine ...... 6

    Care Connections .......................8

    Finding Hope & Healing .........10

    A Partnership for Excellence ................................... 12

    Expanding Recruitment Efforts ........................................... 14

    Refer a Physician and Earn $5,000 ........................................... 15

    On the cover: Epsie Gunn and her grandson, Peyton. Read Epsie’s story on page 10.

    The Pacesetter is published by UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center Marketing and Public Relations. All rights reserved: No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any way without written permission from Trinity Marketing and Public Relations.

    Copyright ® 2015 UnityPoint Health. All Rights Reserved. ® SM trademarks of UnityPoint Health.

    Trinity Marketing & Public Relations 802 Kenyon Road Fort Dodge, IA 50501 515-574-6511 Mike Dewerff, CEO UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge

    Building a Healthier Community

  • 3The point of unity is you.®

    2014UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge Impact to Community

    2014 Total Community Benefi t Programs $10,143,112

    Cost of Charity Care is free or discount- ed health services provided to persons who cannot aff ord to pay and who meet the organization’s fi nancial assistance policy criteria. Charity care is reported in terms of costs, not charges.

    Cost of Uncompensated Medicaid The cost of providing health care services to citizens on Medicaid is signifi cantly higher than the reimbursement that Trinity Regional Medical Center receives from Medicaid.

    Community Health Improvement Services are activities which extend be- yond patient care to improve the health of the community. These activities are usually free or at a nominal fee.

    Health Professions Education includes programs and fi nancial assistance for clinical staff , pastoral care, residents, in- terns and other health care professionals.

    Subsidized Health Services are crucial clinical services provided for the com- munity despite a fi nancial loss so signifi - cant that negative margins remain after removing the eff ects of charity care, Medicare shortfalls and bad debt.

    Financial and In-kind Contributions include services donated to individuals not affi liated with the organization or donated to the community at large.

    Community Building Activities include programs that address underlying causes of health problems in order to improve quality of life of our community.

    UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge’s commitment to the community extends outside our clinics and hospital by providing programs and services that improve the health of the citizens we serve. These programs often focus on personal wellness, prevention and early detection of chronic disease, health education and youth health. UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge invests in community projects that will improve the quality of life and ensure everyone has access to health care regardless of their ability to pay.

    Cost of Charity Care

    Cost of Uncompensated Medicaid

    Community Health Improvement Services

    Health Professions Education

    Subsidized Health Services

    Financial & In-kind Contributions

    Community Building Activities

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    Celebrating Our Employees At UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge, we know it is our employees that are making a difference everyday in the lives of our patients and their families. We celebrate the following employee anniversaries from August through September.

    5 Years Melissa Anderson David Callahan Katelyn Nehring Jennifer Reedy Kaia Smith Kari Tessum

    10 Years Amber Mickelson James Glassell Leah Eslick Cory Gleason Megan Mason Eric Hage Jay Honomichl Jeffrey Nahnsen

    15 Years Deborah Cook Brian Cervene Shannon Mills Stephen MacCleod Sheryl Clough Lori Strand Renae Gebers

    20 Years Julie Stumpf Carmen Tripp

    25 Years Carolyn Elsberry - Trinity Surgical Services Jean Osegaro - UnityPoint Clinic -

    Family Medicine - Buena Vista Julie Ewing - UnityPoint Clinic - OB/GYN

    40 Years Patty Tussing - Trinity Acute Care

    45 Years Ann George - Trinity Vascular Services

    Employees With 25+ Years of Service

    We offer: Medical Insurance/Health Savings Account Dental Insurance Vision Plan Flexible Spending Account Paid Time Off Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Life Insurance Tuition Assistance Wellness Program Retirement Savings Plan Cafeteria Discount Employee Recognition and Appreciation Events Robust Leadership Development Programs

    Great Team - Great Opportunities UnityPoint Health - Fort Dodge has a variety of positions open. If you enjoy making a difference in your community and working in a family atmosphere check out our employment opportunities at

  • 5The point of unity is you.®

    Meet Deb Cook, a nurse who is pas- sionate about helping her patients get the best care. Deb started her career at Trinity 15 years ago as a medical surgi- cal nurse. Over the years, Deb has taken advantage of Trinity’s educational op- portunities to grow as a nurse and expand her career. She has taken on the role of Night and Day Charge Nurse and then as a Clinical Educator. Most recently, Deb has stepped into the position of Care Coordinator.

    As a Care Coordinator Deb works with the patient, their family, physician, bed- side nurse and social worker to ensure the patient is getting the right kind of care during their stay as well as when they are discharged. In her position, Deb meets with all the patients during and prior to going home. While meeting with many patients can some days be daunting, Deb shares this is the part of her job she ap- preciates most.

    “I enjoy visiting with patients, bei