Winneshiek Medical Center health professionals work as a team to help you and your family become well, and stay well.
Staying well can mean many things: preventing disease through regular health screenings, avoiding seasonal illness, beginning (and sticking with) a regular exercise program, making healthier food choices.
Talk to us about your health goals for you and your family. Our primary care team will help you create a plan as you begin your walk to a “well” lifestyle.
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The best way to prevent influenza is to get the influenza vaccine. Call for an appointment at 563-382-2911.
Winneshiek Medical Center and the CDC recommend using the ‘3 Cs’ to help stop the spread of flu:
- C lean your hands often with soap and water
- C ontain your germs. Staying away from people who are sick. Stay home and away from public places like the hospital, church, school and nursing homes if you have fever/chills, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, muscle/body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness), vomiting or diarrhea.
- C over your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
In response to the rise in influenza, Winneshiek Medical Center is implementing visitor limitations. “It is our standard to implement visitor limitations to protect our patients who are already ill and the newborns we are caring for,” says Brenda Schwan, RN, BSN, CIC, WMC Infection Prevention Specialist. “We want the public to understand that our priority is to protect patients who trust their care to us. This means implementing limitations that may affect whether or not you will be allowed to visit.”
WMC visitor limitations include:
- Visiting Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- WELL visitors ONLY. Feeling WELL means you have no fever, no cough, no sore throat, no achiness, no chills, no headache, no stuffy or runny nose.
- You MUST feel well AND clean your hands before entering any patient room. WMC provides sanitizer dispensers throughout the facility.
“Our staff may modify these limitations under special circumstances, such as end of life situations,” says Schwan. “The decision to modify visitor limitations will be based on the needs of our patients.”
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Is your provider part of the family?
Kevin Locke, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician at Winneshiek Medical Center serves as the Monroe family doctor. Jen says, “Dr. Locke delivered all three of our children. Over the years he has watched them grow, patched up their bumps and bruises, and seen us through all the childhood illnesses. He knows our family and I am completely confident in him.”