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A Message from ACHS’s CEO, Angela Mortoza

As we leave the cold winter behind and roll into spring there are many exciting things happening at Adair County Health System. We continue to grow and look for new ways of providing convenient access of care throughout Adair County.  Recently, we have expanded our specialty clinic services to include Iowa Ortho.  We are excited to welcome, Michael Gainer, M.D., specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery; John Netrour, M.D., hip and knee surgery; and Anthony Stark, D.O., physical medicine and rehabilitation.
 In October, we completed our 3P project that centered on the renovation of our current operating room, admitting/registration area, and ambulance drop off.  Our next steps will include public tours and community meetings to share the plans for the spaces and invite ideas from the public.
Our growth is expanding beyond the bricks of the hospital walls. We are working to improve the overall health and wellness of the community [ ... ]

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Snorting and Sneezing… Does My Child Need an Antibiotic?

By Mary Jo Ytzen, ARNP

Most illnesses are caused by two kinds of germs: bacteria or viruses.  Antibiotics can cure a bacterial infection but not a viral infection.  Bacteria cause strep throat, some pneumonia and sinus infections; viruses cause the common cold, most coughs and the flu.  Yellow or green mucus from the nose may not mean your child has a bacterial infection. During a viral cold it is normal for mucus to get thick and change color.

Antibiotics should not be used to treat the common cold, runny noses and most coughs.  Children fight off these viral illnesses on their own.  Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can cause some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic. Resistant bacteria are stronger and harder to kill and can stay in your child’s body and can cause severe illnesses which may require stronger treatment and a possible stay in the hospital.

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November is Diabetes Education Month

By: Marvel Blazek, ARNP

When a person has diabetes, the food he or she eats cannot be used for energy because
the body is not making enough of the hormone, insulin, OR the insulin the person has is
not working the way it should. Insulin is made in the pancreas, an organ that lies behind
the stomach.

Most food is broken down into a form of sugar called glucose. Sugar is the body’s main
source of energy. As sugar enters the bloodstream, the amount of sugar in the blood
rises. Normally the body reacts to the rise in blood sugar by signaling the pancreas to
send insulin into the bloodstream. Insulin helps sugar leave the bloodstream and enter
the cells. To understand how insulin works, think of a cell as a house with many locked
doors. Insulin is the key that unlocks the doors and lets sugar leave the bloodstream and
enter the cells.

When a person has diabetes, the pancreas makes [ ... ]

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National Nurse Practitioner Week – November 13th – 19th

As the healthcare provider shortage crisis looms, nurse practitioners offer the high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered services needed to help solve the increasing demand for healthcare in the United States.

Nurse practitioners are licensed, expert clinicians with advanced training who provide primary, acute and specialty healthcare services. They work as a partner with their patients, helping them make educated healthcare decisions on healthy lifestyle choices.

Adair County is fortunate to have three nurse practitioners on staff at the Adair County Medical Clinics. Kathleen Nelson, ARNP is located at the Fontanelle Clinic, Marvel Blazek, ARNP is at the Greenfield Clinic and Mary Jo Ytzen, and ARNP is at the Stuart Clinic.

National Nurse Practitioner Week (November 13th – November 19th) is a time to celebrate these unique healthcare providers.

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What is a Nurse Practitioner

Many people are unaware of what a new practitioner is and what they can do so here is a little bit of information…

The Iowa Family Nurse Practitioner is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) who has completed a Master’s degree in Nursing with an emphasis in nursing theory, research and clinical practice.  They have obtained national certification in family practice and are licensed by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Family Nurse Practitioners are primary health care providers who focus on health promotion and prevention.  Their holistic approach distinguishes them as quality, cost effective health care providers for individuals, families, communities and special populations of people in both rural and urban areas of the state.

Family Nurse Practitioners services include; comprehensive history and physical exams, well-child visits, immunizations, family planning, prenatal care, preventive screening, and diagnosing and treating acute and chronic health care concerns.  Family Nurse Practitioners manage patient care by ordering lab [ ... ]

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