Wear Red Event Cancelled for 2021

Burgess Health Center’s annual Wear Red for Heart Health event for 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

“Unfortunately, due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to host the popular Wear Red event this year,” said Marketing Director, Katie Ramm.

Burgess Health Center has hosted the luncheon event for 13 years, promoting cardiac health through presentations, educational booths, and a heart-healthy meal.

“We are already looking forward to welcoming back all attendees again in 2022,” said Ramm.

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, February 12, 2021. The date for the event in 2022 will be announced in the winter months when the date is chosen.

COVID-19 Vaccination Phases

Currently, we are in Phase 1a in the state of Iowa under direction of Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) order. This means that we can administer vaccines to eligible individuals that fall in Phase 1a only. The Phase 1a group consists of health care personnel and long-term care residents. Health Care Personnel (HCP) are defined as paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and HCP working in residential care or long-term care facilities. Residents and employees of long-term care facilities include nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities.

By end of day January 8, 2021, we will have vaccinated roughly 200 healthcare workers through our public health clinic. There are several more vaccinations scheduled in the coming weeks. This number does not include the vaccinations taking place in each of our long-term care facilities that are focusing on both the staff and residents.  All long-term care facilities in Monona County have partnered with a national pharmacy chain and have their own vaccination plans in place.

We do not have a date of when vaccines will be available to start Phase 1b. As soon as we receive the authorization to expand to Phase 1b and have the vaccines to support it we will communicate with all in Monona County.  Phase 1a, 1b, and 1c are all listed below in the table. Once IDPH gives authorization to move forward with Phase 1b, we will work with local partners to administer the vaccine.

Phase Who is included in each phase
1a Health Care Personnel and Long-term Care Facility Residents and Employees, some of those would include but are not limited to, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors, physical therapists, EMS, optometrists, dentists, massage therapists, and supporting roles to those practices. This would also include any volunteers or students supporting these roles.
1b Firefighters, police officers, correctional officers, food and agricultural workers, USPS workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector.

People aged 75 years and older.

1c People aged 65-74 years-old.

People aged 18-64 years-old with underlying medical conditions.

Other essential workers.

Until the vaccine is widely available to all, it is critical that Iowans continue to practice the mitigation measures that can slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus:

  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Practice social distancing with those outside your household
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Stay home if you feel sick or if you have been instructed to isolate or quarantine

This information is as of 1/7/2021. We do know that this is rapidly changing and by print date, this guidance may have changed. For the most up-to-date information please follow Burgess Public Health on Facebook.

 

Guardian Angel Recognized at Burgess Health Center

Burgess Health Center is proud to announce the nomination of Susan Mann, purchasing assistant in the Materials Management Department, for the Burgess Foundation Guardian Angel Award.

Mann was nominated by Grady Warner, Director of Information Technology, who also serves on the Incident Command team for COVID-19 at Burgess.

“When we were made aware that COVID-19 was a growing threat to the well-being of all lives, Susan jumped in to help identify, organize, purchase, and distribute necessary supplies to ensure the safety of those at the hospital, clinics, home health, our providers, our EMT’s, and our patients,” said Warner.

Grady said she ensured the hospital had accurate inventory of personal protective equipment and helped setup secure storage. Mann also assisted in developing a minimal distribution model that would help ensure the staff had what they needed to continue providing patient care, as well as helping maintain other daily operations.

“Susan worked with our vendors, as well as new resources to get gloves, masks, eye protection, gowns, cleaning supplies, and much more,” added Warner. “She never gave up.”

Burgess Foundation’s Guardian Angel program provides patients, family members, and friends a chance to show their gratitude to a physician, nurse, or another caregiver who has played an exceptional role in their lives. The Guardian Angel received an acknowledgment letter announcing that a donation has been made in their honor and given a custom-crafted lapel pin to wear proudly.

Did a caregiver at Burgess make a memorable difference for you or your family? If so, you can honor that special person in a highly visible way through Burgess Foundation’s Guardian Angel program. It is more than a pin. When you take advantage of our Guardian Angel program, you also help ensure the future of outstanding health care in the region.

Visit www.BurgessHC.org/about/foundation/guardian-angel/ or call 712-423-9374 to make your nomination(s).

Photo: (left to right) Carl Behne, CEO, Susan Mann, Grady Warner, and Bobbi Johnson, Foundation Director.

Learning for Life Giving Tree

The West Monona Community Schools put together a giving tree where employees and students could donate items to provide to families involved in the Learning for Life Program. A special Thank You to Cheryl Holiday for organizing this event. We would also like to thank the Blencoe Community Center for donating fun Christmas crafts and Sally Hartley for donating books.

Learning for Life is a free home visiting program for families with children prenatal through age 5, or kindergarten entry. Through educational activities and helpful information, this program focuses on your child’s growth and development to create an eager learner that’s ready for school. If you’re interested in joining our program, please contact Burgess Health Center’s Public Health, Learning for Life Program at 712-423-9153. Sara Keenan or Debie Lahr would be happy to talk to you about this exciting and beneficial program available in Monona County!

The Learning for Life Program is funded by grants from the Harrison, Monona and Shelby Early Childhood Iowa Board and the Harrison, Monona and Shelby Decategorization Board and ICAPP grant funding.

Sloan Family Clinic Re-Opens after Remodel

Burgess Family Clinic in Sloan opened the doors on Wednesday, December 9, after a two-month-long remodeling and renovation project. The new space showcases a repositioned layout for registration and patient waiting room, updated cabinetry, new paint and flooring throughout, increased functionality for lab specimens, ADA compliant hallways, and restroom, along with a larger slab of concrete at the back entrance for easier patient accessibility.

“We are excited to offer this updated space to Sloan and the surrounding communities and the increased functionality for patients and staff,” said Justin Hummelgard, Clinic Director.

Additional updates to the front of the building are yet to be completed.

Clinic Hours are Mon., Tues. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wed. & Fri. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Thurs. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Photo: (left to right) Julia Byers, Jennifer Weber, Mandy Lander PA-C, and Michelle Hunter

Guardian Angel Recognized at Burgess Health Center

Burgess Health Center is proud to announce the nomination of Brenda Hinrickson from the Burgess Home Health and Hospice Department for the Burgess Foundation Guardian Angel Award.

Michelle Hanner, along with her brother Jeff McCunn, sister Donna Archer, and mother, Carolyn McCunn, want to recognize Hinrickson for her exceptional care by nominating and donating in honor of their beloved father and husband, Herschel “Newt” McCunn. They said she went above and beyond to care for Newt and his family. This nomination was made on Newt’s birthday, December 11, and a happy birthday in Heaven poem was read.

“Brenda was so kind and professional and not only took care of Newt but also took care of our whole family,” said Hanner. “She was available no matter what time of day or night.”

“Newt’s last days were full of dignity and respect thanks to Brenda,” added Hanner.

Burgess Foundation’s Guardian Angel program provides patients, family members, and friends a chance to show their gratitude to a physician, nurse, or another caregiver who has played an exceptional role in their lives. The Guardian Angel received an acknowledgment letter announcing that a donation has been made in their honor and given a custom-crafted lapel pin to wear proudly.

Did a caregiver at Burgess make a memorable difference for you or your family? If so, you can honor that special person in a highly visible way through Burgess Foundation’s Guardian Angel program. It is more than a pin. When you take advantage of our Guardian Angel program, you also help ensure the future of outstanding health care in the region.

Visit www.BurgessHC.org/about/foundation/guardian-angel/ or call Bobbi Johnson at 712-423-9374 to make your nomination(s).

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Photo: (back L to R) Brenda Hinrickson, Bobbi Johnson, Sherri Johnston-McDowell. (front L to R) Michelle Hanner and mother Carolyn McCunn.

 

Burgess Foundation Announces New Director

The Burgess Foundation announced Bobbi Johnson as Director of Foundation and Community Outreach. Johnson will be responsible for coordinating all development and public relations activities and implementing a plan of strategic growth in the cultivation, solicitation, and distribution of gifts for the Burgess Foundation.

“I am honored to serve in this position and for an organization we are so fortunate to have in our rural community,” said Johnson. “I am thrilled to be a part of the Burgess Foundation to support the hospital’s priorities.”

“This is an exciting time for the Foundation. We are positioned well in many ways to grow for the benefit of the communities we serve,” said Carl P. Behne, CEO of Burgess Health Center. “With Bobbi’s passion for excelling and willingness to learn, she will be an excellent leader.”

Johnson was born and raised in Monona County, and after college, she and her husband, Cory, moved back to western Iowa to raise their family. She enjoys supporting her children’s events, spending time with family, and boating on Blue Lake. Bobbi and Cory have four boys, Andrew, 18, Breyden, 16, Tyler, 13, and Calvin, 10. 

 

Community Enjoys Thanksgiving Feast – To Go

Thank you to all who volunteered and drove through the 11th Annual Burgess People Care Thanksgiving Dinner. Over 175 community members received a delicious Thanksgiving Feast, take-out style this year.

Volunteers started preparing for this event months ago, knowing that additional considerations were needed for take-out options. This type of event requires many dedicated helpers, and this year Boy Scout Troop 332 volunteered their time. Burgess employees donated many of the needed grocery items, and volunteers made pies. Cooks were peeling potatoes and making turkeys in their own homes on Wednesday night. It was a team effort, and the result was a remarkable Thanksgiving for all involved.

Burgess People Care, an employee organization at Burgess Health Center, sponsors this event each year and relies on the generosity of employees, friends, family, and other community members to make it happen. The committee wants to thank the many volunteers and donors who work to keep Nancy Broer’s dream of a community dinner on Thanksgiving alive.