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Iowa News

Grant sought to open new clinic in Ames
Mid-Iowa medical and human service leaders have asked the federal Department of Health and Human Services for $650,000 to launch a new clinic that would serve underinsured and uninsured patients. (The Ames Tribune)

Iowa Touchdowns for Kids donation made
Employees of Heartland Express in Coralville, Iowa, donated $32,000 to the Iowa Touchdowns for Kids campaign during a presentation at the company’s headquarters on December 21, 2010. (Eastern Iowa Health)

GRMC To Resume New Klein Center Plans
With those sociological facts in-mind, Great River Medical Center’s board of directors has approved construction of a new, 160-bed, long-term care center on the hospital’s West Burlington campus. (KBUR Burlington)

Genesis recognized for performance excellence
Genesis Health System was selected a silver award recipient of the 2010 Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence Awards, the state’s premier award recognizing innovation and performance excellence. (Quad City Times)

U.S. News

U.S., Europe Sign Accord to Foster EHR Compatibility
The United States and the European Commission have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on compatible formats for EHRs (electronic health records) and to promote education in health care technology. (eWeek) 

Confidentiality Cloaks Medicare Abuse
There are plenty of reasons why Medicare often fails to stop questionable payments up front.  But a central problem is that Medicare hasn’t fully exploited its most valuable resource: its claims database, a computerized record of every claim submitted and every dollar paid out. (The Wall Street Journal)

Simple Gifts on the Hospital Floor
I think it’s safe to say that no one wants to spend the holiday season in the hospital. Whether you find this time of year inspiring, oppressive or a bit of both, the hospital tends to feel a little more alien than usual. (The New York Times)

Christmas comes early, thanks to a Haddonfield physician
Call him the sports collector who saved Christmas – at least for a group of nuns with a pricey baseball card. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Iowa News

Rural areas, Iowa’s D.C. delegation, heartland losing political power
The Iowa Legislature can be expected to have a more urban and suburban profile after state officials redraw legislative boundaries next year, population trends show. (Des Moines Register)

St. Luke’s Hospital awarded ‘gold level’ performance award
St. Luke’s Hospital was awarded as a “gold level” recipient in the 2010 Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence Program. (KWWL)

City signs Metro-Net agreement
 The city of Decorah is the latest entity to join a partnership which will enhance communication throughout Decorah. (The Decorah Newspapers)

Hoping her husband’s gift makes a difference
There is a good chance someone out there has been given a gift a vision due to the generosity of Louella Miller of rural Boone. (The Ogden Reporter)

U.S. News

Senate Passes 9/11 Health Bill
The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to cover the cost of medical care for rescue workers and others who became sick from breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. (The New York Times)

Recommended Reading for Health-Care Executives
A number of health books for lay readers published in 2010 offer practical advice for patients, as well as some page-turning narratives, according to today’s Informed Patient column. But for those inside the business of health care, two titles offered thought-provoking ideas on how to fix a flawed system. (The Wall Street Journal)

Healthcare iPad Deployment To Approach 70% In 2011
The rising number of iPad point-of-care applications are accelerating its use by physicians, finds Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society survey. (Information Week)

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Sheryl Stoolman, nurse and emergency responder

Sheryl Stoolman, a longtime nurse at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll who died in an ambulance accident in May, will receive the Heroes of the Heartland award for health care from the American Red Cross Central Iowa Chapter.  The award will be presented on March 3, 2011 at the Meadows Ballroom of Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona.

Stoolman was a nurse at St. Anthony for more than 28 years.  Over that time, her responsibilities included trauma nursing educator, organ donation program leader and coordinating the local emergency medical services team.  Known as “Carroll’s nurse,” her dedication and contributions as a health care provider, emergency responder and tireless community supporter earned her one of the first IHA Iowa Hospital Heroes Awards in 2007.

The Heroes of the Heartland award is presented to honor Iowans who have shown heroism, courage, kindness and unselfish character in their acts in local communities. Representatives of IHA and St. Anthony will be on hand when the award is presented at the 9th Annual Heroes of the Heartland Breakfast.

On May 13, Stoolman was attending to a patient in the back of an ambulance headed from Carroll to Des Moines, when it encountered semitrailer as the truck was about to make a left turn.  Suddenly seeing the ambulance coming up behind him, the semi driver moved toward the right lane.  At the same moment, the ambulance also moved to the right lane and struck the back of the trailer.  The collision killed Stoolman and the patient.  The ambulance driver and a paramedic who was riding with Stoolman were injured.

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The year 2010 will not be soon forgotten and the Iowa Hospital Association hopes this holiday greeting will help you to reflect on what was great about the past year as well as put a smile on your face.

IHA is thankful for the opportunity to represent Iowa’s 118 hospitals that are caring for the sick and healing the injured in the communities they serve each and every day of the year. Wishing the best to all members of IHA in 2011.

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwR0AtmHrDg

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Iowa News

Iowa loses U.S. House seat in shift from Midwest, Northeast to South
The nation’s population grew roughly 10 percent in the past decade, to more than 308 million, more than twice as fast as Iowa’s population, which grew 4.1 percent since 2000, U.S. Census officials announced today. (The Des Moines Register)

Manning CEO bullish on new hospital plan
The CEO of the Manning Regional Healthcare Center says the gift of 43 acres of land inside the city limits is a major step in an unfolding process that local leaders expect to result in construction of a new hospital — with groundbreaking possible in June or July of 2011 under optimistic scenarios. (Carroll Daily Times Herald)

St. Anthony program receives nomination
A program at Saint Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll has been selected as a finalist for the 2010 Hospital Charitable Service Award. (1380 KCIM AM)

Des Moines University names Franklin as new president
Des Moines University announced Monday that an administrator from a Tennessee medical school will become its next president. (The Des Moines Register)

U.S. News

The Blood Test Gets a Makeover
The blood test is, when you think about it, a remarkable thing. With the prick of a needle, the molecules coursing through your veins can be extracted, centrifuged, and translated into a stream of digits, units, and acronyms. Blood becomes data, and in these numbers lies knowledge about your current health, your risks for disease, and your potential response to treatment. (Wired Magazine)

The Doctor’s Dog Will See You Now
Walk into psychiatrist Drew Ramsey’s office in Manhattan and you’ll likely be greeted by Gus, a four-year-old shih tzu. After escorting you through the waiting room, he may hop onto the ottoman and go to sleep or sit beside you on the couch. (The Wall Street Journal)

Blumenthal to set aggressive pace for health data exchange
Dr. David Blumenthal, the national health IT coordinator, expects to aggressively pick up the pace on health information exchange following the recent call from the White House for a common language and format for exchanging data between electronic health records systems. (Government Health IT)

Census Data Show 308 Million People and a Regional Shift
The Census Bureau rearranged the country’s political map on Tuesday, giving more Congressional seats to the South and the West, and taking away from the Northeast and the Midwest, in largely anticipated changes that will have far reaching implications for political life cycles over the next decade. (The New York Times)

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