RMC Wound Clinic Enhancing Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Regional Medical Center (RMC) Wound Clinic nursing staff has earned their Master Caster Certification through the TCC-EZ Master Caster Education Program, strengthening their knowledge and practice of casting to help keep pressure off foot wounds.

The TCC-EZ® Total Contact Cast System is used to treat patients suffering from diabetic foot ulcers. By completing the specialized application and skills program, our Wound Clinic team is positioned to help patients heal diabetic foot ulcers faster and potentially decrease the risk of amputations. 

“Our goal is to heal the wounds of our patients and total contact casting is a great way to aid in their recovery,” shared Ann Funke, RMC Wound Clinic Supervisor. “By providing our wound care team with this valuable training, we will be able to create an even better patient experience while having the opportunity to heal more diabetic foot ulcers.”

This advanced treatment modality reduces pressure on the wound and increases the pace and probability of healing. TCC is considered the “gold standard” of therapeutic offloading and this designation of the two-year TCC-EZ Master Caster certificate reflects Regional Medical Center’s commitment to exceptional practices. To learn more about the RMC Wound Clinic, please visit regmedctr.org/woundclinic.

During the 2023 Iowa State Fair Week, the 104 fair queen candidates participated in a blanket making workshop. Each year the blankets are donated to a healthcare facility.  This year Dannielle Burkle (Delaware County Fair Queen) and Addison Gericke (Buchanan County Fair Queen) delivered the completed blankets to the Regional Medical Center (RMC) Emergency Department. 

These handmade blankets will be given to patients in need during their visit to the Manchester hospital. 

“We can’t thank the 2023 Iowa State Fair Queen candidates enough for dedicating time to this project during their busy week. These blankets will be a comforting item to give to the patients we serve,” shared Jeanette Riniker, RMC Emergency Nurse Lead. The RMC Auxiliary routinely hosts blanket making workshops through the Project Linus program. If interested in getting involved, visit regmedctr.org/projectlinus to see the upcoming workshop details.

Pictured: Dannielle Burkle & Addison Gericke

On Wednesday, May 1st, Regional Medical Center (RMC) held their annual “Women’s Night” event. This free event is made possible by the fundraising efforts of Starmont, Ed-Co and West Delaware volleyball teams. 

Following this year’s keynote speaker, the Starmont volleyball team presented the RMC Radiology Department with a donation of $4,566. These funds are used to purchase items for the “pink support bags” that the RMC Radiology team puts together to help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through their journey. 

“At this year’s Women’s Night, Starmont presented the RMC Radiology Department with a special donation,” shared Megan Demmer, RMC Radiology Manager. “These ladies are making such an impact on not only the patients we serve, but the entire community. We are eternally grateful.”

Pictured: Jody Kerns & Megan Demmer (RMC Radiology), Ally Kress (Starmont Coach), Abigail Krogromann, Keelie Curtis, Madelyn Kirby, Ellen Ottesesn, Karen Rahe & Renae Kanellis (RMC Radiology)

Leah Ries, an employee at Regional Medical Center (RMC) who is studying for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Allen College, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF). She is among 60 outstanding students from across the state who received assistance this year from IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program. 

IHERF’s scholarship program offers financial support to Iowa students seeking healthcare education or training. In exchange for this financial support, each recipient must commit to working one year in an Iowa hospital for each year of the scholarship award. These scholarships have supported higher education for more than 700 Iowa college students. 

“We were extremely proud to present this scholarship to Leah during her shift on our Medical/Surgical unit,” shared Danette Kramer, RMC Chief Executive Officer. “We are grateful to IHERF for making the award available and congratulate Leah on her tremendous accomplishment.” 

IHERF is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Iowa Hospital Association. IHERF is a charitable nonprofit and exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

Pictured: Sarah Dunne (MedSurg/ICU Assistant Manager), Leah Ries, Danette Kramer 

With warmer weather approaching, Delaware County Public Health is sharing the importance of knowing how to prevent tick and mosquito bites. 

The best way to protect yourself from bite exposure is to wear long sleeves and pants. Treat your clothing with insect repellent before spending time outside and remember to reapply when necessary. When applying both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply sunscreen first and repellent second. 

Ticks prefer tall grass and wooded, brushy areas. To avoid contact with ticks, keep your lawn trimmed and walk in the center of trails. Mosquitoes lay eggs and grow in still water. Check for water-holding containers both indoors and outdoors. If mosquito eggs are found, empty or throw out items that hold water such as tires, planters, toys, pools, buckets, birdbaths, flowerpots or trash bins.  

The most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses include fever/chills, aches and pains and a “bullseye” rash. A “bullseye” rash will have a circular, target-like appearance. A common mosquito bite symptom is a puffy, reddish bump that will appear quickly after the bite. If you start experiencing more severe symptoms (bullseye rash, swelling, low-grade fever, hives and swollen lymph nodes), contact your healthcare provider right away.  For more information or guidance please visit cdc.gov or Delaware County Public Health at 563-927-7551.

Regional Medical Center (RMC) graciously accepted a grant on Tuesday, May 7th from the Foundation for the Future of Delaware County. The RMC Nursing Education Department received $1,447 towards the established Nurse Career Camp being held in July.

“We are so pleased to be offering this nurse camp for our youth again this year and for the support from the Foundation for the Future of Delaware County,” shared Sam Cocking, RMC Quality/Education Manager. “With all the activities we have planned to showcase the nursing profession for students, we hope to spark interest in our youth to pursue a nursing career in the future.”

If you want to learn more about the Nurse Camp, visit regmedctr.org/nursecamp.

PICTURED: Lynne Majetic, RMC Cardiac Rehab Nurse and Sam Cocking, RMC Quality/Education Manager

Measles cases continue to spread throughout the United States and the Midwest. To date, cases have been reported in the bordering Iowa states including Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Of the total cases in 2024, 53% of cases were hospitalized.

Measles is an airborne virus. It is extremely contagious and causes a potentially severe rash illness that can lead to brain swelling and serious complications. The measles is NOT just a little rash.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • Call your healthcare provider immediately if you think you or your child have been exposed to measles.
  • Do not go to the clinic or hospital without calling first (if you think you or your child could have measles or have been exposed). This is because measles is so contagious. We do not want to expose other patients, visitors and staff in a waiting room. Measles can live in the air for 2 hours after an infected person leaves the space.
  • Measles symptoms typically include a high fever (may spike to 104°F or higher); cough; runny nose; red, watery eyes; and a rash which breaks out 3-5 days after other symptoms begin. Symptoms present 7-14 days after a measles infection.
  • Get vaccinated with the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine. Call your healthcare provider today to make sure you and your children are up-to-date with your MMR vaccine.

Find more information about measles, prevention and the latest outbreak statistics at cdc.gov/measles.

April is designated as Child Abuse Prevention moth. There is so much importance in providing a strong environment in which a child can depend on. 

Unfortunately, in some situations, a negative and toxic environment for children is a reality. This type of environment can have a negative effect on a child’s behavior, health and cognitive development. Regional Medical Center (RMC) Parents as Teachers (PAT) recognizes the importance of cultivating a positive childhood experience for not only children, but for the good of the entire community. 

“Here at Parents as Teachers we strive to educate and support parent-child interactions through reading, constructive play and so much more,” shares Kristi Hoefer, RMC Parents as Teachers Supervisor. “We all can play a role in promoting a healthy child environment.”

Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Iowa is a nonprofit organization that seeks to ensure parents receive the social support, child care and education they need to support their children. Delaware County’s PCA is a local group that focuses on that same initiative. Their mission is to help children within Delaware County grow up in an environment where they feel safe, nurtured, supported and stable. 

For more information or to speak with a Parents as Teachers educator at RMC, call 563-927-7685.

Pictured: Attendees at the 2024 PAT “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” Event 

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) Auxiliary hosted their annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. During the luncheon, Pat Blakesley was recognized with the Bright Star Award for her dedication and commitment to Auxiliary. 

This award is presented annually to an Auxiliary member who has shown outstanding generosity and kindness of spirit. Pat has been part of the Executive Board and chairperson of the Auxiliary Scholarship Committee since December of 2014. 

Over the years, Pat expressed that the best thing about being on the Board is having the opportunity to utilize Auxiliary monies to assist the hospital in obtaining beneficial equipment. In addition, she has had a front row seat to see the growth of the annual Auxiliary scholarships that are awarded to three local students seeking an education in human healthcare. 

“On behalf of the RMC Auxiliary, we express our gratitude to Pat for being a Bright Star for the Auxiliary by giving her time and talent for the betterment of Regional Medical Center patients, families, services and facilities,” shared Charlotte Emerson, RMC Auxiliary President. Want to learn more about the Auxiliary and how to get involved? Contact Valerie Lindsay at 563-927-7534 or vlindsay@regmedctr.org.

Pictured: Pat Blakesley, 2024 Bright Star Award Recipient 

Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Manchester will be holding a Lab Camp, “Without the Lab, They’re Only Guessing!” for students aged 14-18 who have completed 8th grade.

The program will be offered June 10-13 from 9AM-2PM. Students must be available to meet each day for the entire time. Class size is limited. The cost is $25 per student, payable on the first day of camp. Students should bring sack lunches or they can purchase lunch from our public cafeteria. Applications are due by May 13th. Visit regmedctr.org/labcamp to apply for RMC’s Lab Career Camp.

Lab Camp offers many fun activities such as interacting with a simulation manikin, learning routine laboratory techniques, differentiation of blood cells, staining bacteria and collecting culture samples, learning blood types and how to match that blood type to give blood to a patient, how to perform routine urinalysis procedures and even the lab’s role in determining the culprit in a mock crime scene investigation.

“We are excited to hold Lab Camp for a 2nd year!. Last year’s Lab Camp was a huge success and the students all had a ton of fun,” said Ann Wilson-Grant, Lab Manager. “By providing this opportunity, we hope to show more students that the Lab is important to the hospital and our community while also inspiring them to pursue a laboratory career.”

Measles is NOT just a little rash. Measles can be very dangerous, especially for babies and young children. According to the Centers for Disease Control:

  • About 1 out of 5 people who get measles will be hospitalized
  • 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling due to infection (encephalitis), which may lead to brain damage
  • 1 to 3 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care

As of April 4, according to the Iowa Health and Human Services, a total of 113 measles cases have been reported in 18 states. These numbers are very alarming as the current number of cases is more than the entire year of 2023. Call your healthcare provider immediately if you think you or your child have been exposed to measles.

Measles symptoms typically include a high fever (may spike to 104°F or higher); cough; runny nose; red, watery eyes; and a rash which breaks out 3-5 days after other symptoms begin. Symptoms present 7-14 days after a measles infection.

Help protect your child. Call your healthcare provider today to make sure they are up to date with their measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. People are still encouraged to get vaccinated if they have not received a measles vaccine. Children are recommended to receive two doses of the MMR vaccine: the first at 12-15 months of age and again between 4-6 years. Two doses of the MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective. Learn more at cdc.gov/measles.

If you develop measles symptoms and are unvaccinated, do not go to school or work. Call your healthcare provider before going to the clinic or hospital. It is very important to call first so you are not present by others in a waiting room and possibly infecting other patients.

Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Manchester will be holding a Nurse Career Camp, “Future Nurses: Next Generation of Superheroes” for students ages 14-18 who have completed 8th grade.

The week-long program will be offered July 29-August 2 from 9AM-2PM, with lunch served daily. Students must be available to meet each day for the entire time. Class size is limited. The cost is $25 per student, payable on the first day of camp. Applications are due by June 17th. Visit regmedctr.org/nursecamp to apply. 

This camp offers a unique opportunity to learn about the nursing career through interactive presentations and hands-on learning. Activities include interacting with a simulation manikin, job shadowing on various units, learning first aid and making their own first aid kit, learning how to take vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, heart rate), practicing suturing and so much more!

“It is super exciting to be able to offer the Nurse Camp again. It is a great opportunity for students to learn more about nursing,” shared Lynne Majetic, RMC Cardiac Rehab Nurse. “We hope this camp will show the local youth that healthcare careers are important and something they may want to pursue.” Apply at regmedctr.org/nursecamp.