Colorectal cancer screening guidelines have changed: What you need to know
The American Cancer Society released new guidelines for colorectal cancer screening. [...] Read More
Who is our most important partner? The community.
As your local medical center, we have many partners. But our most important partner is you, the collective community. [...] Read More
Local church group donates to WMC for Farmers Market Program
The first distribution of coupons was held in June. A second distribution of coupons will take place on
Wednesday, August 1 at the Decorah Area Farmers Market from 3:00-4:30 pm. (Senior citizens who received coupons in June are eligible to receive a second packet of coupons).
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Why am I asked to pay a portion of my bill at the time of service?
For years, it has been standard practice to register for a medical appointment and proceed to the waiting area to be called. Part of that standard practice in the health care industry today is to ask patients to make payment arrangements and collect a patient’s co-pay and deductible payment at the time of registration. Driven by changes in reimbursement models in insurance plans, patients today have a financial responsibility in their health care costs. [...] Read More
10-year anniversary of 2008 flood may mean you are due for a tetanus vaccine
Most northeast Iowa residents vividly remember June 2008 as the rains poured down, the rivers rose and homes filled with floodwater. In the aftermath of the devastating flood of 2008, many affected by the flood received a tetanus booster vaccine to prevent the bacteria-caused disease. Ten years later, these same people are due for another booster to continue their immunity from tetanus. [...] Read More
Mouth guard, shin guard, helmet…. sunscreen?
Your child is heading out for summer fun. Have you thrown all the right protective gear into your go-bag? “Sunscreen is just as important as the rest of the gear kids wear to avoid injury and stay healthy,” says James Ott, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System skin specialist at Winneshiek Medical Center. [...] Read More
How is the cost of pharmaceuticals affecting local health care?
This past year, WMC budgeted approximately $3 million for pharmaceuticals used for hospital and clinical care. Over one year’s time, 25% of that amount has been attributed to 5-6 expensive drugs. [...] Read More
Cooperation among agencies highlighted in recent county-wide EMS inspection
Winneshiek County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) received a report of “no deficiencies” following a recent inspection from the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services. [...] Read More
Walk 30 minutes a day to put a spring in your step
Let’s be honest - we all know walking can improve our health, but, for various reasons, many of us save walking for another day. Read for a few tips to sticking with your goals. [...] Read More
Healthy eating tips + snacks
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