News & Events

Nominations Sought for Extraordinary Nurses at Decatur County Hospital

Nominations are now being accepted at Decatur County Hospital for The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by… Read more »

DCH Places Renewed Focus on Skilled Care (Swing Bed) Program

At Decatur County Hospital, our mission is to deliver exceptional care, close to home. To live up to that mission, we have renewed our focus on our Skilled Care (Swing Bed) Program. Our Skilled Care service will allow you or a loved one to recover from a medical procedure or traumatic event close to home…. Read more »

Hospital Board Members Receive Trustee Education Certification

As evidence of the continued commitment of the Decatur County Hospital Board of Trustees, several Trustees have completed education courses to increase their knowledge of healthcare governance, leadership, and best practices. The Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) provides a Trustee Education Certification (TEC) for hospital trustees. The TEC program requires board members to complete twelve (12)… Read more »

System-wide branding to MercyOne℠ unifies 450+ patient care locations

Mercy Health Network officially adopts MercyOne name, unveils new brand CLIVE, Iowa – Mercy Health Network (MHN), a leading health care system and one of Iowa’s largest employers with more than 20,000 colleagues, officially changed its name today and unveiled a new brand. MHN is now MercyOne. The branding reflects the organization’s significant growth over… Read more »

2019 Community Health Needs Assessment Set to Begin

Over the next three (3) months, Decatur County Hospital (DCH) will be partnering with Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa (CHCSI) and Decatur County Public Health (DCPH), to complete the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The goal of this assessment is to understand progress in addressing community health needs identified in the 2016 CHNA… Read more »

DCH Welcomes New Full-Time Providers

Beginning in February, Decatur County Hospital will welcome two new physicians to continue to uphold our mission to “deliver exceptional care, close to home.” Starting February 1, Dr. Erika Brown will join the DCH management team as Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dr. Brown joins us after serving at the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston…. Read more »

Mercy Health Network introduces MercyOne as new name and brand

Decatur County Hospital’s affiliation partner, Mercy Health Network (MHN), a leading health care system, today announced it will soon become MercyOne. With the name change set to officially launch Feb. 1, 2019, the system will unify its statewide footprint by implementing a strategic brand initiative to connect the many points of care across the state… Read more »

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Angel Tree

Do you or someone you know need help with Christmas this year? Decatur County Hospital Employee Activity Committee is now taking applications for our Angel Tree. Any family in the Central Decatur School District who has a need for Christmas is eligible. If you need help or know of someone that needs help, please download… Read more »

DCH Promotes Next CEO From Within

In partnership with Mercy Health Network (MHN), the Decatur County Hospital Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Johnston as the new CEO of Decatur County Hospital.  The board and MHN underwent a comprehensive interview and selection process over the past months and are excited to announce Mike’s promotion into the… Read more »

Senator Grassley Visits Decatur County Hospital

Last week, Senator Charles Grassley visited Decatur County Hospital in Leon to discuss healthcare issues with hospital staff and board members. Senator Grassley’s visit started with a tour to view our patient rooms, nursing station, emergency services department, cardio-pulmonary office, outpatient clinic area, physical and occupational rehab department, and our new Senior Life Solutions program…. Read more »

DCH Announces 2018 Auxiliary Scholarship Winner

Decatur County Hospital Auxiliary was pleased to present the 2018 Scholarship of $1,500 to Aaron Keeney.  Aaron is furthering his education to become an ARNP. The Auxiliary has, to date, awarded ten scholarships.  Three recipients have returned to Decatur County and work in our hospital and clinic. The Auxiliary has several fundraisers each year and contribute items requested by the hospital, monies toward our endowment fund and our scholarships…. Read more »

Decatur County Hospital Re-Certified as Level IV Trauma Center

After a recent survey by the State of Iowa, Decatur County Hospital was re-certified as a Level IV Trauma Center.  After the successful completion of the survey, the state surveyor asked to use two of DCH’s processes within the program as a “template” for other hospitals in the state who might be struggling in those… Read more »

DCH Corner – National Safety Month

We’re celebrating 1 year of the DCH Corner! As a preface to this week’s article, we want to thank the publishers of this newspaper for allowing us to write an article each week to give you health information you need to know, and to provide information on the services available in Decatur County. Thank you!… Read more »

Hospital Boards Approve Interim Partnership

The respective governing boards of Wayne County Hospital (WCH) and Decatur County Hospital (DCH) have approved an agreement to allow WCH CEO Daren Relph to serve as the interim administrator at DCH while the hospital searches for a permanent chief executive officer. The agreement is for a maximum period of six months, during which time… Read more »

National Aphasia Awareness Month

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to injury to the brain-most commonly from a stroke, particularly in older individuals. But brain injuries resulting in aphasia may also arise from head trauma,… Read more »

Casting for Recovery

Casting for Recovery is an organization that offers free fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer. Casting for Recovery was founded on the principles that the natural world is a healing force and that breast cancer survivors deserve one weekend – free of charge and free of the stresses from medical treatment, home, or… Read more »

2018 DAISY Award

Sandy Dougherty was named the Decatur County Hospital 2018 DAISY award winner on Friday, May 11. Sandy was nominated by 2 different staff members and is very deserving of the award.  She goes above and beyond for her patients and their families. Sandy will also be honored at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines on June 15th. Sandy… Read more »

DCH CEO Resigns

Decatur County Hospital Chief Executive Officer Greg Boattenhamer has tendered his resignation at the hospital, effective May 25. “This has been a difficult decision for me, but given some personal considerations, I believe this to be the best decision at this time for me and for my family, ”Boattenhamer said. “While my tenure at DCH… Read more »

DCH Auxiliary Offers $1,500 Scholarship

The DCH Auxiliary has announced a $1,500 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 Corner – Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation is designed to help people recover faster and return to full, productive lives after being hospitalized with a heart event. Qualifying diagnoses or procedures include heart attack, balloon angioplasty, stent placement, bypass surgery, valve surgery, heart transplantation, and heart failure. Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps people with lung disease or other lung conditions cope with… Read more »

Donate Life 5K Fun Run & Walk

April is National Donate Life Month. Since 2003, organizations around the US have organized local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through organ and tissue donation. Decatur County Hospital is joining with Iowa Donor Network to Inspire… Read more »

Decatur County Hospital Announces Senior Life Solutions Partnership

The Decatur County Hospital is pleased to announce a partnership with Senior Life Solutions. Senior Life Solutions will be located within Decatur County Hospital at 1405 NW Church Street, Leon. Aging brings many joys – more time with family and freedom in retirement – but our older years can also bring difficult life transitions including… Read more »

Decatur County Hospital Named a 2018 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Decatur County Hospital was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing exceptional care, close to home while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Greg Boattenhamer, DCH CEO. DCH… Read more »

Nominate a DCH Nurse for the 2018 DAISY Award

Want to Thank Your Nurse? Honor the compassion and care nurses provide their patients everyday and nominate a nurse for the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Decatur County Hospital. The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia… Read more »