News & Events

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 »

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 »