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On December 14, 2012, the employees of Decatur County Hospital were performing tasks outside of their regular duties. Most of them were charged with moving boxes, furniture and supplies into the new hospital building. Five years later, it’s astonishing to look back at how far Decatur County Hospital has come, with many advances in services… Read more »

DCH Corner – A Letter from our CEO

As we all know, one of the signature promises made by the Republican-controlled Congress and Administration during the 2016 elections was the goal of implementing tax cuts for all Americans. The House Republicans have already passed their version of a tax proposal, with the Senate poised to debate its version of tax reform yet this… Read more »

Department Spotlight: Medical-Surgical Nursing Staff

The medical-surgical staff at DCH focus everyday on providing exceptional care for patients and families. Our nursing staff possesses specialized skills and knowledge of the entire spectrum of nursing care. They make a difference by building the profession of nursing, mentoring and nurturing each other, advocating for patients and families, serving our communities through care… Read more »

Now Accepting Applications for the 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 »

Important Information for AmeriHealth Caritas Patients

As a Decatur County Hospital patient, we are committed to you; and we care about your health and the health of your family. This is why keeping you informed about a recent change involving your health care plan is important to us. What is happening? Amerihealth Caritas is withdrawing from the Iowa Medicaid Managed Care… Read more »

Department Spotlight-Dietary

In 1985, the US Congress declared the first week in October to be a time to recognize the integral role of foodservice staff in helping the employees and patients of healthcare facilities stay well nourished and healthy. The importance of excellent nutrition has been established and well documented, but it is even more critical to… Read more »

DCH Corner – Letter from Our CEO

The Decatur County Hospital Auxiliary recently donated $5,000 to the hospital, making good on a pledge to raise $80,000 for the new building that is now just five years old. In fact, the DCH Auxiliary exceeded their goal and contributed an additional $4,000 toward the purchase of some much-needed medical equipment improvements. This is a… Read more »

Dine with DCH Recap

On September 12, we welcomed 30 attendees to the DCH cafeteria for our Dine with DCH event. The evening began with a celebration and presentation by the DCH Auxiliary. In 2011, the Auxiliary pledged $80,000 to DCH, and at the September 12 event, the remaining $5,000 of that commitment was presented. Following the check presentation,… Read more »

DCH Auxiliary Completes $80,000 Pledge to Decatur County Hospital

IT IS DONE!!! The Decatur County Hospital Auxiliary is giving a sigh of relief. In 2011, we made a pledge to the New Hospital Fund for $80,000.00. Yes, $80,000.00. This would justify the space allocated to our ‘Just Because’ gift shop in the lobby. Many bake sales, jewelry sales, revenue from the gift shop and… Read more »

DCH Corner – Financing Options Available Through HELP

Decatur County Hospital has recently added a new payment option to help you with your hospital or physician bills. DCH has partnered with HELP Financial to offer this service. HELP Financial Payment Plans are designed to offer you a payment choice of up to three years to pay your outstanding balance. HELP Financial is a… Read more »

DCH Corner – NEW Email Newsletter from Decatur County Hospital

Each week we bring information about our services to your local newspaper, so you can read about us wherever you get your local news. To continue our communication with you and to serve all Decatur County residents and provide more information digitally, we are starting a NEW email newsletter! This email newsletter will supplement this… Read more »

Decatur County Hospital Adds Top Of The Line Ambulance To Its Fleet

Decatur County Hospital is excited to announce that a new ambulance has been added to its emergency service fleet. The Horton’s Type I ambulance has superior construction, and can withstand a 90,000-pound load test. Horton ambulances have a history of more than 40 years of dynamic crash testing. The interior of the ambulance is outfitted… Read more »

DCH Corner – National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and we’re showing our support by providing information on vaccines for children, teens, preteens and adults. Getting vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health. Diseases can quickly spread among groups of children who… Read more »

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 »