News & Events

DCH Corner – Get Help to Pay Your Medicare Costs

Many Iowans, especially those living on a fixed income, may be in need of help paying for their Medicare premiums, deductibles, coinsurance and drug costs.  The Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help programs can offer assistance to Iowans in need. “SHIIP is available to help Iowans participate in these programs which could offer a lot… Read more »

State Representative Joel Fry Visits Decatur County Hospital

State Representative Joel Fry (R-Osceola) visited Decatur County Hospital on August 7.  Representative Fry met with DCH Board members and senior staff to discuss Medicaid funding issues, mental health concerns and healthcare workforce challenges.  Representatives from the Iowa Hospital Association were also on hand to discuss broader statewide healthcare concerns.  Representative Fry was receptive to… Read more »

DCH Corner – Healthcare Organizations Affect Economic Activity

In Decatur County, there are multiple groups working toward greater economic stability to improve the quality of life for our residents and businesses. A major contributor to an increase in economic stability is high-quality jobs, and money spent locally. Decatur County Hospital places great importance on both of these aspects. According to data collected by… Read more »

DCH Announces 2017 Auxiliary Scholarship Winner

Decatur County Hospital Auxiliary was pleased to present the 2017 Scholarship of $1000 to Sean Thomas.  Sean is furthering his education at Mercy College of Health Sciences to receive Paramedic certification. He plans to become a physician. The Auxiliary has, to date, awarded nine scholarships.  Three recipients have returned to Decatur County and work in… Read more »

DCH Corner – Now Offering Plastic Surgery

Decatur County Hospital is proud to announce an addition to our Surgical services. Dr. Folkers will begin offering Plastic and Hand Surgery services on August 7th.  Surgical procedures will be on the 1st Monday of each month (excluding holidays).  In September, Dr. Folkers will be at DCH on Friday, September 22nd. Dr. Folkers received a… Read more »

DCH Auxiliary Golf Tournament

Join the Decatur County Hospital Auxiliary for our annual 4 Person Best Shot Golf Tournament! Leon Country Club Saturday, August 5, 2017 Tee Times at 8:00 AM & 1:30 PM TO REGISTER CALL: Jeanne Vogel 660-425-5652 Jo Beth Smith 641-442-5808 Cost: $120 per team $20 Cart Rental Carts from Golf Cars of Iowa Dave~Sherri~Cole~Austin~Cody In… Read more »

DCH Corner – A Letter from CEO Greg Boattenhamer

Rural hospitals across Iowa and the rest of the nation are facing some of the most threatening times I can recall in the past 30 years. Discussions at the federal level regarding pulling health insurance coverage away from 22 million Americans would most certainly create larger charity care and emergency room challenges for Decatur County… Read more »

DCH Corner – Community Service Counts

Decatur County Hospital places great importance on community involvement. We pride ourselves on being a community-focused hospital, with the best interest of the region in mind. In addition to our excellent staff, this community focus is made possible by many volunteers and donors who give donations and financial support to help us serve our patients…. Read more »

DCH Corner – Leon Community Meals Program

Almost one year ago, representatives of multiple community organizations banded together to revamp the community meal site program.  The Leon City Council, Decatur County Board of Supervisors, Decatur County Hospital, Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa (CHCSI) and Decatur County Public Health partnered to revive and improve the Leon Community Meal Program. Quality food is… Read more »

DCH Corner – Infusion Treatment Close to Home

Decatur County Hospital offers short or long-term Infusion Therapy Services (also called intravenous or IV therapy). Whether you are being treated for osteoporosis,  infection, anemia, cancer, or another illness, the DCH Infusion Department offers quality services, close to home. We provide various types of infusions, including but not limited to, the following: Chemotherapy (administered by… Read more »

DCH Corner – ENT Outpatient Clinic Offers Specialized Care Locally

If your primary care physician recommends a consultation with a specialist, ask them to refer you locally to Decatur County Hospital’s Outpatient Clinic service. Our Outpatient Clinics cover the following specialties: Cardiology Dermatology Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) General/Vascular Surgery Oncology/Hematology Orthopedics Pain Services Podiatry Pulmonology Urology This week’s DCH Corner focuses on our ENT… Read more »

DCH Corner – All About Wound Care Therapy

Each week, we at Decatur County Hospital will be writing an article to give you more information about our services. We want to help educate you on specialty services you may not know are provided close to home. After surgery or a serious injury, or if you have a reoccurring wound due to a health… Read more »

DCH Corner – All About Lymphedema Therapy

Each week, we at Decatur County Hospital will be writing an article to give you more information about our services. We want to help educate you on specialty services you may not know are provided close to home. This week’s DCH corner is about one of our specialty therapy services. In addition to physical and… Read more »

Department Spotlight – DCH Laboratory

The laboratory at Decatur County Hospital is equipped to provide inpatient, outpatient, and emergency lab services for the community using state of the art equipment. Our laboratory staff takes orders from any doctor, not only local providers. For emergencies, we keep blood in house for transfusions. We provide diagnostic testing for non-emergent outpatient patients Monday through Friday from 7:00… Read more »

DCH Auxiliary Offers $1000 Scholarship

The DCH Auxiliary has announced a $1,000 scholarship opportunity! Qualified applicants are: Second year or further into a health-care educational program. Resident of Decatur County (disregarding location of school) – OR – Currently employed by any health facility in the county (regardless of current residence). If current submitter has not been in school for a… Read more »

DCH Announces 2017 DAISY Award Winner

Desiree Dominguez was named the Daisy Award recipient for the year 2016, being nominated by numerous co-workers at Decatur County Hospital. We would also like to congratulate our other two nominees, Sandy Dougherty and Julie Benda. The Daisy Award is an award and recognition started by the Patrick Barnes family, who believe in the impact… Read more »

National Hospital Week Puts Spotlight on People

  A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message organizers are… Read more »

DCH Welcomes New CEO

In partnership with Mercy Health Network (MHN), the Decatur County Hospital Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Boattenhamer as the new CEO of Decatur County Hospital (DCH).  The board and MHN underwent a comprehensive interview and selection process over the past months and are thrilled to bring a candidate with… Read more »

Decatur County Hospital to Host Dine with DCH Event on May 2

Decatur County Hospital will hold another “Dine with DCH” on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The event will feature a virtual tour of the hospital, a FREE meal, and an opportunity for residents to give feedback on hospital services. Starting at 5:30 pm, join employees in the Grand River Community Center to view… Read more »

PET/CT Technology at DCH Offers Improved Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

  Decatur County Hospital will offer patients a powerful diagnostic imaging system known as PET/CT. This hybrid technology that combines the strengths of two well-established imaging modalities in one imaging session to more accurately diagnose and locate cancers while increasing patient comfort. The service is scheduled to start on April 1, 2017, in conjunction with… Read more »

DCH Receives Prestigious Accreditation With ACHC

Decatur County Hospital recently received notification that its Sleep Lab has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). ACHC is a not-for-profit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. ACHC is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice and DMEPOS. Due… Read more »

Decatur County Hospital to Host Dine with DCH Event on March 28

Decatur County Hospital will hold “Dine with DCH” on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The event will feature a virtual tour of the hospital, a FREE meal, and an opportunity for residents to give feedback on hospital services. Starting at 5:30 pm, join employees in the Lamoni Community Center to view a… Read more »

Department Spotlight-Radiology

The Decatur County Hospital radiology department offers a variety of completely digital diagnostic imaging tools, which allows the highest quality results while maximizing patient convenience and comfort. Computerized imaging provides faster service and more comprehensive records for patients. Radiology Services are available from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. (Call for… Read more »