CCH News & Events

Central Ambulance Service celebrates EMS Week with open house and activities all week

Members of the Central Ambulance Service presented a program May 24 to Central Community School students in grades 2-5. Crew members explained the Star of Life, volunteerism, teamwork and the importance of caring for our community by creating a safe and helpful environment. They also participated in the Preschool Story Hour Wednesday at the Elkader Public Library by reading stories and giving a tour of the ambulance. Crew members will be visiting the Elkader Child Care and Learning Center Thursday. An open house for the public will be held Saturday, May 27 from 11 am-2 pm at the Elkader Ambulance Garage hosted by the Central Ambulance Service. This is a great time to thank our volunteers for their dedicated service and also to learn more
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Foundation Gala raises thousands of dollars for the hospital

Over 100 people attended the Central Community Hospital Foundation Gala Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Johnson’s Reception Hall, Elkader. Hospital CEO Brooke Kensinger gave an update on the highlights of the hospital and future improvements. Her program was followed by music by the Memory Brothers. The Central Community Hospital Foundation would like to thank everyone who attended the event and donated dollars to make the night a success. A special thank you to all the sponsors of the event, without your support the Foundation would not be able to continue their mission of raising charitable contributions to promote and support the health of the community though Central Community Hospital and its associated services. Gala 2017 Sponsors Gold Sponsors • Alpine Communications • Bodensteiner Implement •
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CCH Hospital Auxiliary Rummage Sale

The Central Community Hospital Auxiliary will hold their annual Rummage Sale April 6-8 at the Elkader City Park Shelter House. The sale will be held Thursday from 9 am-6 pm, Friday from 9 am-5 pm and Saturday from 9-11 am. A $2 sack sale will be held on Saturday. Items to be donated for the sale can be delivered to the Shelter House beginning Monday, April 3 from 10 am-4 pm. Please support this Auxiliary fundraiser by donating gently used items and also by attending the sale.
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Hospital Auxiliary concludes Light for Life Fundraiser

Click on link for list... 2016 Light for Life Donations
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Wellness screenings to be held in February

Central Community Hospital Lab Department will hold their annual Wellness Screenings Mondays through Fridays the entire month of February. No appointment or doctor referral is needed for the tests. The $30 screening includes: total cholesterol, LDL/HDL/triglycerides, glucose (diabetes test), TSH (thyroid), and hemoglobin (anemia). For men there is an optional fee of $10 for the PSA (prostate) test. The only requirement for the screenings to ensure accurate results is to fast for 12 hours prior to the screening. If you need to take your medication during that period, a small amount of water is allowed if necessary. For more information on the screening contact CCH Lab at 563-245-7033.
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CCH mammography team passes state inspection

The CCH mammography team passed the annual Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) State Inspection in October and is compliant with required standards. The team also completed the re-accreditation process required by the Iowa Department of Public Health through the Bureau of Radiological Health. This will make the team compliant with MQSA standards for three years. The philosophy of the MQSA is to support continuous improvement in mammography services. The mammography team consist of Danielle Flesch - Radiology Manager, Vicky Wessels, Gen Meisner, and Diane McClintock.
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Brooke Kensinger named new CEO at CCH

Brooke Kensinger succeeded Fran Zichal as chief executive officer of Central Community Hospital effective Oct. 1. Kensinger has been Senior Director of Business Health Solutions at Mercy Physicians Services, where she led telehealth, occupational health and employee health service initiatives. She has significant leadership experience in managing people and strategic projects. Zichal lauded “Brooke’s expertise and extensive background.” Kensinger said she is “honored to join the Central Community Hospital team.” “It is evident that the hospital serves an important role for Elkader and the surrounding communities. I am excited to get to know the employees, medical providers, and the community as a whole,” she added. Fran Zichal will be staying on to assist with the transition process until the end of the year.
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New CCH staff receive certification in ACLS and PALS

New Nursing and EMS employees of Central Community Hospital attended courses that certified them in ACLS and PALS. ACLS stands for advanced cardiac life support and PALS stands for pediatric advanced life support. The American Heart Association publishes both classes. The courses are aimed for paramedics, nurses, healthcare providers, and other healthcare personal who would be in contact with patients who would need advanced life saving measures. These classes taught about current treatments and guidelines in regards to cardiac resuscitation, stroke care, and pediatric emergencies. Both courses included concepts of chest compressions, rescue breathing, and use of proper medications with the use of videos and hands on simulations.
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Hospice Grief Support Groups

The Hospice Grief Support Groups are for those who are going through the grieving process following the loss of a loved one. The meetings have a planned program, but are flexible according to the needs of those in the group. The support groups allow for the opportunity to share feelings and experiences. If you do not wish to share anything, this is respected as well. Group meetings are held in Elkader the second Monday of the month at 5 pm in the Central Community Hospital Family Room. . For more information on these group meetings or others in the area, contact Crossing Rivers Health Hospice toll free at 1-888-439-6680 Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm.
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