MEDICAL/SURGICAL UNIT

SERVICES

The medical/surgical services department provides medical oversight for patients with chronic or acute illness, and patients recovering from illness or surgical procedures. Our medical/surgical services include acute inpatient care, skilled care, observation, post-surgical care, and respite services.

Acute Inpatient Care

Acute inpatient care includes the full medical support of the hospital. The most frequent types of acute medical needs include respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); cardiovascular conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF), stroke (CVA), coronary artery disease (CAD); diabetes; cancer; and gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.

Skilled Care

Acute care patients may be placed in a skilled care room for short-term therapy, or rehabilitation prior to returning home or going to another nursing facility. It’s your right to recover in the facility of your choice. If you or a loved one would be best served recovering in Decatur County, you can request to be referred to Decatur County hospital and utilize our Skilled Care (swing bed) service. We accept referrals from ANY hospital, and will work with your insurance provider. Professional nursing care, supportive services, and therapy are combined to transition patients to self-sufficiency.

Observation

Observation patients are placed in the hospital for a short time while the healthcare practitioner decides if the patient is sick enough to need inpatient treatment. Patients can be kept in the hospital for up to 48 hours on observation status for services like cardiac monitoring or diagnostic testing.

Post-Surgical

Patients may be placed in post-surgical care following certain surgeries. The most frequent types of post-surgical care include vascular procedures, appendectomies, abdominal, and joint replacement surgeries.

Respite

Respite care is the provision of short-term accommodation in the hospital to provide temporary relief to those who are caring for family members, who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.

PATIENT ROOMS

Our patient rooms are spacious and include a private bathroom with shower. Each room has a flat screen TV, a sleeper chair, and one additional chair. One of the patient rooms is equipped with a ceiling-mounted lift for transferring and repositioning patients. The state-of-the-art beds have built-in scales, fall monitoring equipment, and patient-friendly controls. Supplies are kept in and near patient rooms. Charting stations are located within each room. The result is improved nurse response time and room observations.

For more information about inpatient care at Decatur County Hospital, call us at 641-446-4871.

VISITORS

Visitors will be greeted at the main desk as they enter the front entrance. The primary waiting area is in the lobby at the front entrance. We have a second waiting room located across from the Emergency Department.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, our visitor policy is routinely reviewed and updated to meet current recommendations. Due to the current status of Covid-19 cases in Decatur County, we are implementing an amended visitor policy effective March 17th until further notice.

ALL visitors in the hospital must wear a mask at all times (except when eating in the cafeteria or eating in a patient room).

In our Emergency Room, at the physician’s discretion, one (1) visitor per patient will be allowed into the patient’s room.

In our Outpatient Clinic, one (1) visitor will be allowed to accompany a patient to an appointment.

In our Infusion Department, only patients who are being treated will be allowed in the treatment area, no visitors will be permitted.

In our Medical/Surgical area, we will allow one (1) visitor per patient at a time. One visitor may be designated per day, and must remain the same throughout the entire day. The person selected as the patient’s visitor will be allowed to visit between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm, must wear a face mask at all times while they are within the building, and movement will be restricted to entering and exiting the building, visiting the patient in their room, utilizing the public restrooms near the lobby, and visiting the cafeteria during meal times. The visitor will not be allowed in any other areas of the building.

The DCH Auxiliary Just Because Gift Shop is now open with regular hours Monday – Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

The DCH Cafeteria is now open with regular hours. Click here to learn more.

For those needing assistance with billing questions or payments, please contact the DCH Business Office at 641-446-4871. For all other questions, please contact DCH Administration at 641-446-2339.

OUR PROVIDERS

Erika Brown, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

Erika Brown, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Nathan Allen, DO

Nathan Allen, DO

Hospitalist

Stephen Barnes, DO

Stephen Barnes, DO

Hospitalist

Mark Easter, DO

Mark Easter, DO

Hospitalist

Jeff Hartung, DO

Jeff Hartung, DO

Hospitalist

Dallas Mullock, DO

Dallas Mullock, DO

Hospitalist

Jay Thomas Strittholt, MD

Jay Thomas Strittholt, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Joshua Tessier, DO

Joshua Tessier, DO

Hospitalist

Ryan Van Maanen, MD

Ryan Van Maanen, MD

Hospitalist

Edwin Wehling, DO

Edwin Wehling, DO

General/Vascular Surgeon

Eugene Yoder, ARNP

Eugene Yoder, ARNP

Hospitalist

OUR TEAM

Mark Mattes, Chief Nursing Officer

Mark Mattes, MS, RN, CENP

Chief Nursing Officer

Melanie Hamaker, RN, BSN, Med/Surg-ED Manager

Melanie Hamaker

BSN, RN, Med/Surg-ED Manager

Robin Davidson, MSN, RN, Care Coordinator

Robin Davidson

MSN, RN, Care Coordinator

Jen Barker, COTA, LPN, Patient Advocate

Jennifer Barker

COTA, LPN, Patient Advocate

Cassie Amsberry, C.N.A.

Cassie Amsberry

C.N.A.

Callyn Bonde, LPN

Callyn Bonde

LPN

Alicia Boswell, RN

Alicia Boswell

RN, BSN

Chris Byler, RN

Chris Byler

RN Exempt

Patricia Cena, C.N.A.

Patricia Cena

C.N.A.

Sherry Cotton, C.N.A.

Sherry Cotton

C.N.A.

Anne Crowley, RN

Anne Crowley

RN

Desiree Dominguez, RN, BSN

Desiree Dominguez

RN, BSN

Kiley Garrison, RN

Kiley Garrison

RN

Rebecca Gaus, RN

Rebecca Gaus

RN

Kaitlynn Gingerich, RN

Kaitlynn Gingerich

RN

Ronda Greene, RN

Ronda Greene

RN

Billie Hershberger, C.N.A.

Billie Hershberger

C.N.A.

Mia Hutchinson

Mia Hutchinson

LPN

Ashley Jackson, RN

Ashley Jackson

RN

Jake Jacobs, RN Exempt

Jake Jacobs

RN, CCP

Feron Leonard, RN

Feron Leonard

RN

Callan McCleary, RN

Callan McCleary

RN

Haylie Osborn, RN Exempt

Haylie Osborn

RN Exempt

Taylor Purdy, LPN

Taylor Purdy

LPN

Jessica Sullivan, RN

Jessica Redman-Sullivan

RN Exempt, BSN

Tammy Roberts, RN

Tammy Roberts

RN

Blake Shields, C.N.A.

Blake Shields

C.N.A.

Debra Silver, RN

Debra Silver

RN