News & Events

Angel Tree 2020

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 click… Read more »

Physical Therapy team at Decatur County Hospital.

DCH Corner – Physical Therapy Awareness Month

Each year, we celebrate October as Physical Therapy Awareness Month. The Decatur County Hospital Rehabilitation Services team offers various types of Physical Therapy and related services. All of our therapists are highly trained and effective in their services. Whether you are recovering from a fall, illness, or surgery, our Physical Therapy team offers comprehensive and… Read more »

DCH Corner – Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, a national recognition established by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer in 1999. It is estimated that 98,000 women will be diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer this year. There are five main types of gynecologic cancer: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. Cervical cancer symptoms include abnormal vaginal discharge or… Read more »

Warning Signs and Risk Factors of Suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month and Decatur County Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions is working to raise awareness and educate the community on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Talk of suicide should never be dismissed. If you, or someone you know, are thinking of suicide call the National Suicide Prevention… Read more »

Decatur County Healthcare Courtesy Van Marks 1000th Ride Milestone

The Decatur County Healthcare Courtesy Van continues to be a well-used service by patients seeking services at Decatur County Hospital, Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa, and Decatur County Public Health. At the beginning of 2020, these three organizations partnered to purchase and operate a free transportation service for established patients in Decatur County. On… Read more »

DCH Auxiliary Announces 2020 Scholarships

The DCH Auxiliary awarded scholarships to two outstanding candidates in 2020. The Auxiliary sponsors a $1,500 scholarship each year, and 2020 is the 12th year this scholarship has been awarded. New this year, the DCH Auxiliary formed an additional scholarship, in memory of Karen Hamilton. This fund provides two $500 scholarships. Chloe Yoder received the… Read more »

DCH is a One Stop Shop to Address Your Pain

Do you suffer from pain during every day activities, at rest, or during active work? We can help. Addressing pain is not a one size fits all model. Every type of pain, and every patient is unique. At Decatur County Hospital, we harness the power of multiple services to ensure we diagnose your pain properly,… Read more »

Assistance for Seniors Available at Decatur County Hospital

Even as things throughout Iowa start to reopen, we remain in the midst of a serious crisis for Senior Citizens, our most vulnerable population for contracting Coronavirus. Their lives, under the guidelines from the CDC for preventing infection from COVID-19, have dramatically changed their ability to socialize and remain active. These are significant factors in… Read more »

DCH Introduces Community Survey

Traditionally, a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is conducted once every three (3) years in a community, and is a partnership between all healthcare agencies in the area. As we work to plan the future of Decatur County Hospital and add services, this three year timeframe is hardly sufficient to truly be responsive to the… 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 Honors Nurse with DAISY Award

Each year, we take nominations and recognize an outstanding nurse at Decatur County Hospital with the DAISY Award. This year we received nominations for six nurses: Jackie Becker, Anita Brooks, Melanie Hamaker, Brandi Oesch, Haylie Osborn, and Cheri Yoder. This year’s award was presented by last year’s DAISY award winner, Julie Benda: “Everyday a nurse… Read more »

Outpatient Clinics Reopen

Dear Valued Patient: Decatur County Hospital is open to care for your needs even during these uncertain times. Beginning this week, Governor Reynolds implemented new regulations which allow us to resume delivering exceptional care, close to home in our Outpatient Clinic. If you had a previously scheduled appointment with one of our providers, we will… Read more »

Nominate a DCH Nurse for the 2020 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… Read more »

DCH Accepting Face Mask Donations

Decatur County Hospital will be accepting hand sewn face masks. The following YouTube video and PDF give you the instructions for the masks we prefer. If you are able to donate factory-made personal protective equipment (N95 masks, gowns or face shields), we will accept those as well. For all donations, please call (641) 446-4871 and… Read more »

COVID 19 Update

Effective November 10,2020: —————————————– Click here to read a letter from our CEO regarding the reopening of our Outpatient Clinics. At this time, all visitor restrictions will remain in place. As we navigate our evolving safety protocols due to COVID-19, we want to clarify our visitor policy. No visitors are allowed in our Emergency Room… Read more »

DCH Corner – Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

February is Heart Month, and the week of February 9-15, 2020 is recognized as Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. The Decatur County Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation program is a medically supervised outpatient program for patients who are recovering after heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty (stents) or heart surgery. Cardiac rehab doesn’t change your past, but it can help… Read more »

Healthcare Transportation Now Offered in County

Written by: Corey Lindsey, Leon Journal-Reporter The Decatur County Hospital, Decatur County Public Health, and Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa (CHCSI) are pleased to announce the offering of Healthcare Transportation to residents of Decatur County. Providing such transportation was one of the top eight needs that was discussed during a Community Health Needs Assessment… Read more »

DCH Welcomes New Physician

Starting January 24, Dr. Dallas Mullock, DO joined DCH as a new emergency department / medical-surgical physician. Dr. Mullock, raised on a farm in Worth County, Missouri, graduated from A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO. He completed his residency at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO.  He is… Read more »

Dine with DCH – Cough, Laugh, Sneeze, Leak?

Join us for our next educational event and a ladies night out! Dr. Earle M. Pescatore presents: “Cough, Laugh, Sneeze, Leak?” January 30, 2020 5:30 pm at Decatur County Hospital 1405 NW Church Street, Leon Meal provided Prize drawings Just Because Gift Shop open late Local Vendors on site Please RSVP to Cheri Jensen by… 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 »