News & Events

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 »

DCH Corner – All About Vascular Surgery

Did you know? Decatur County Hospital offers many specialty services, so you can get quality care and avoid travel to another facility. These include specialty surgical services, such as vascular surgery. Dr. Ed Wehling is our on-staff vascular and general surgeon, providing specialty care, close to home. What do vascular surgeons do? Vascular surgeons are… Read more »

DCH Corner – Salmonella. What You Need to Know.

Recently, the Iowa Department of Public Health issued a warning regarding an increased number of cases of salmonella poisoning due to tainted food. With this top of mind, we wanted to be sure you know what to look for if you suspect salmonella in your household. Salmonella infection is a common bacterial disease that can… Read more »

DCH Corner – Cold Vs. Flu

This year has been an active year for cold and flu viruses. As we continue to experience high rates of viral colds and flu, we want to be sure we share the differences between a cold and the flu virus, and how you should deal with each. What is the difference between a cold and… Read more »

DCH To Host Wellness Week February 12-16, 2018

Decatur County Hospital will host Wellness Week February 12-16 from 7:00 am to 10:00 am each day. Each morning, the hospital (1405 NW Church Street) will be open for walk-ins to get the following tests: $40.00 Wellness Panel (Includes: CMP, CBC, Lipid Panel. (CMP includes glucose, calcium, BUN, creatinine, sodium, potassium, chloride, CO2, ALT, AST, Albumin, Total Bilirubin, Total… Read more »

DCH Corner – A New Vision for DCH

Most people are aware that virtually every organization has its own “mission, vision and value” statements that are intended to define that enterprise. This is especially true in healthcare, where such principles are developed so as to build trust for patients and within the greater community. This is important because we all place our very… Read more »

DCH Corner – Decatur County Hospital Earns ACR Ultrasound Accreditation

Decatur County Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury or other medical problems. The… Read more »

DCH Corner – Blood Donation FAQs

Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months—especially January—due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather, and illness. A reduction in donor turnout can put our nation’s blood inventory at a critical low. January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month to encourage people to give or pledge to give blood. If… Read more »

DCH Corner – Help Us Celebrate Our Loyal Employees

The greatest asset to Decatur County Hospital, and our ability to provide exceptional care, close to home, is our employees. Each year, we congratulate and thank employees celebrating a milestone in their service to DCH and our patients. As we near the end of the year, we want to recognize these employees who commit to… Read more »

Help Us Celebrate

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 »