Clayton County COVID-19 Updates

Clayton County COVID-19 Update

Hospital Visitation Restrictions in Place

Due to a heightened Influenza activity within the community, we are implementing the following visitation restrictions:

Children under the age of 14
Individuals with Respiratory or Influenza Symptoms
(cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever, headache, body aches)

are asked to please refrain from visiting patients in the hospital.

Thank you for your understanding.

Robotic Surgery Open House & Name our Robot Coloring Contest


Joins us for our Robotic Surgery Open House

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital

January 19, 2017 | 4 – 7 p.m.

Meet Dr. Daniel Mansfield, General Surgeon at

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and the surgery team.

Enjoy Refreshments and take a turn operating the robot.

Help us choose a name for the Robot!

Entires are due Jan. 18 and the winning name will be announced at the Robotic Open House Jan. 19. The winner receives a $50 Visa gift card and a surgeon teddy bear! Entry forms can be found at the hospital, clinics or below:

Coloring Contest Rules

Coloring Page

Guttenberg EMS awarded $25,000 grant from American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Initiative to improve heart attack care.


December 19, 2016

Guttenberg EMS awarded $25,000 grant from American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Initiative to improve heart attack care.

Guttenberg EMS in Guttenberg, IA has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the American Heart Association as part of Mission: Lifeline, an American Heart Association community-based initiative aimed at improving the system of care for heart attack patients throughout rural Iowa.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans have the most serious type of heart attack known as an ST-elevated myocardial infarction, or STEMI, in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. Unless the blockage is eliminated quickly, the patient’s life is at serious risk. Currently, around two-thirds of STEMI patients fail to receive the best available treatments to restore blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments.

Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that ensures STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients in Iowa.

“We are truly grateful to the American Heart Association and the Helmsley Charitable Trust for this grant,” said Quality, Safety and EMS Manager, Robin Esmann. “We will now have the opportunity to identify a heart attack faster, and provide lifesaving treatments before significant damage, or even death occurs. Mission Lifeline has expanded the reach of the PCI hospital and treatment times optimized with the tools, education, and resources of Mission Lifeline. The result is access to the most advanced STEMI care for all patients in Iowa, regardless of location”.

In collaboration with stakeholders representing hospitals, individual ambulance services and regional EMS Medical Directors, the project will enhance many critical elements of an optimal STEMI system of care: a system-wide data tool for quality measurement and improvement; ongoing medical provider training and STEMI education; coordination of protocols for rural EMS and hospital personnel; regional plans for rapid transport of patients; and a public education campaign on heart attack symptoms and the need to call 9-1-1. Funding focused on enhancing rural systems is being awarded for hospitals and ambulance services to enhance 12 L ECG equipment and training.

The program is made possible by $6.1 million in funding, including a $4.6 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. 2

The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The Midwest Affiliate serves an 11-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional nonprofits and other mission-aligned organizations in the U.S. and around the world in health, place-based initiatives, and education and human services. Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $1 billion to a wide range of charitable organizations. The Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $200 million to organizations and initiatives in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana. For more information on the Trust and its programs, please visit www.helmsleytrust.org.



Letter of Intent signed to form partnership for pharmacy services at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital


                                                                NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release: December 9, 2016

Letter of Intent signed to form partnership for pharmacy services at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital

Guttenburg, IA— Guttenberg Municipal Hospital has signed a letter of intent with the Hartig Drug Company out of Dubuque to manage the hospital pharmacy.

This agreement includes oversight of the hospital’s inpatient pharmacy needs as well as a retail pharmacy within the hospital adjacent to Cornerstone Family Practice.

Hartig Drug Company has been serving patients in Northeast Iowa since 1904. Hartig Drug Company currently provides over site and management of in-house hospital pharmacies for other critical access hospitals in both Iowa and Illinois.

Hospital officials originally reached out to several pharmacy providers after the need for consistent pharmacy services was identified in the community.

“We are pleased to select Hartig Drug as our pharmacy partner and look forward to Hartig expanding its services to Guttenberg,” said Kim Gau, Guttenberg Municipal Hospital CEO. “We believe this agreement will allow for a more integrated continuum of care for our patients. It’s the goal of Guttenberg Hospital to provide exceptional patient care from the moment they walk in the door for care to when they are discharged home. We believe this agreement will ensure consistent pharmacy services for the hospital and community for the foreseeable future.”

The anticipated opening date of the retail pharmacy is April 2017.

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Downerd, Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, (319) 481-6222 or (740) 816-0823.

What You Need to Know About Concussions

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Title: What You Need to Know About Concussions

Publish Date: Wed. Sept 14, 2016

By: Christopher Palmer, MD- UnityPoint Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Concussion is an injury to, or disturbance in brain function, typically caused by a direct or indirect force to the head. It is a common injury that has emerged as a major health care concern in the US particularly as it relates to sports and mental health.  The symptoms are often subtle and nonspecific, but the most common are both physical and cognitive, such as headache, nausea, dizziness, poor balance, blurred vision, convulsions, fatigue, light/noise sensitivity, amnesia or poor memory, disorientation, confusion, lethargy, irritability and inability to focus or feeling ‘foggy’.

There are many different tests and protocols used to help determine the severity of a concussion but there is no one-best or ‘consensus’ way to diagnose and treat these often-difficult cases. Physical and cognitive rest are the cornerstones of initial management.  Athletes at all levels may often try to mask or understate their symptoms for fear of being held from competition.  Return to play criteria remains one of the most challenging issues that those who deal with athletes continue to develop.  Particularly with the young, immature brain where re-injury during the recovery phase of a concussion can have severe consequences, the trend of more conservative management and longer periods of recovery time before returning to strenuous activity, especially when it may involve contact, is recommended.

Most every sports team, program, or league now has various protocols in place to try to prevent and treat concussions. This is an evolving topic worthy of time, discussion and exploration. Please be aware that patients or athletes are often unaware of their injury and the partial list of symptoms noted above may occur late or again, be very subtle.  Please do not hesitate to call Guttenberg Municipal Hospital if someone you know is showing signs or symptoms for a concussion or should you have any concerns regarding this matter.

Dr. Palmer sees patients at the Specialty Clinic in Guttenberg. Call (563) 582-6202 to schedule an appointment.


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Cancer Support Group

It may be in your past, it could be in your present or fear of it returning in your future! We are here for support during this uncertain time in your life.  We are survivors and caretakers that have walked in your shoes. We understand how important it is to have support .

1st Thursday of each month

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital

2nd Floor Class Room

5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.

For more information

Call the Family Resource Center 252-3215