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  • Oct 20, 2016, 10:41 AM
    Do you ever get stuck in a creative rut, resorting to your ‘typical’ go-to fall activities and projects? Us, too! So, to help fill your fall agenda, GRMC employees chipped in with some of their favorite fall activities.
  • Sep 29, 2016, 10:52 AM
    This past month Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Grinnell College concluded a year and half long study looking into the effectiveness of using copper alloy materials in a hospital setting. The study was administered by Shannon Hinsa-Leasure, Ph.D., associate professor at Grinnell College and a research team of undergraduate students.
  • Sep 22, 2016, 10:55 AM

    Did you know…

    • Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States.
    • Of those children ages eight and under, who died in vehicle crashes in 2014, 26 percent were not restrained by an age-appropriate device, such as an infant seat, booster seat, or seat belt.
    • Children should ride in a vehicle back seat until they are at least 13 years old.


  • Sep 15, 2016, 10:59 AM

    Did you know…

    • Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer found in men in the United States?
    • Prostate cancer often has no early symptoms? Or the symptoms can mirror a benign prostate condition?
    • Finding and treating prostate cancer before symptoms occur may not improve health or help you live longer?
    • Grinnell Regional Medical Center can provide quality cancer care close to home?
  • Sep 8, 2016, 11:03 AM
    The use of essential oils as a natural alternative or supplement to medication has increased over the past few years. Essential oils are oils derived from plants. They maintain the fragrance of the plants they come from, and are used in perfumes and aromatherapy. Essential oils have proven to be useful tools in accentuating the benefits of massage therapy by using the two together.
  • Aug 26, 2016, 13:30 PM
    As you read this, you’re probably doing something very dangerous—sitting. Not what you expected? Prolonged periods of sitting can be dangerous to your health, and are associated with higher risk of death from all causes, including heart problems and cancer.
  • Aug 18, 2016, 13:44 PM
    Do you have a little extra time? Are you looking for a fun and engaging way to stay involved with your community? Consider volunteering your time and talents with the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. The auxiliary is comprised of over 400 volunteers who fulfill various roles throughout the hospital.
  • Aug 12, 2016, 11:43 AM
    The 2016 Iowa State Fair started yesterday, August 11, and is considered one of the top-ranked state fairs in the United States. The fair draws people near and far with a host of exciting exhibits, enticing entertainment, and crazy (but delicious!) cuisine. But, if you're like us and don't want to blow your diet in the first ten minutes you're at the fair, there is hope!
  • Oct 27, 2016, 10:39 AM
    You (patients) are the heart and soul of GRMC. Everything we do is centered on providing you with excellent healthcare services every day. Our Annual Fund Drive is an essential part of the patient experience. We can’t do it without your support. Your generosity to the AFD makes a tremendous impact to the more than 40,000 people who rely on GRMC to be the best it can be. 

  • Aug 5, 2016, 11:42 AM
    While schools won’t start until after the 2016 Iowa State Fair wraps up on August 21, it's a good idea to take a couple of steps to set students up for a safe, healthy year. Here are five back-to-school health tips to consider.
  • Jul 28, 2016, 11:49 AM
    The sun is out, the weather is beautiful, and it’s the perfect time to be outside. Unfortunately, hot weather clothing leaves a lot of skin exposed—skin that can get burned by several kinds of plants; wild parsnip, poison ivy, stinging nettle, and wood nettle, to name a few. While total avoidance of all poisonous plants may not be realistic for your lifestyle, following the upcoming instructions may help reduce long-term effects of contact.

  • Jul 21, 2016, 12:06 PM
    Temperatures this week are predicted to rise, with highs reaching 99 degrees and heat index values predicted to reach between 105 and 115 degrees, at times. The heat index is to summer as the wind chill is to winter; it greatly affects what it feels like outside.
  • Jul 14, 2016, 12:12 PM
    Otitis externa—Mother Nature’s painful wet willy—is commonly referred to as swimmer’s ear. Swimmers typically spend a significant amount of time in the water, allowing ample opportunity for water to become entrapped in the ear canal, hence the common name swimmer’s ear. 

  • Jul 7, 2016, 12:27 PM
    Warmer weather means rifling through the snow boots and winter coats in the closet in search of long-forgotten running shoes. No matter if you’re slipping into your new out-of-the-box Nikes or Brooks that have more miles on them than your car, all runners need to respect our solar system’s central flaming ball of gas, the sun. If you’re running for the first time or the hundredth, here are a couple tips to help stay a few paces ahead of the heat.
  • Jun 30, 2016, 12:31 PM
    Fireworks during the Fourth of July are about as American as apple pie. With the Fourth of July right around the corner, keep fireworks safety at the forefront of your mind.
  • Jun 23, 2016, 12:57 PM
    With Flag Day in the rearview mirror and Independence Day on the horizon, it’s important to recognize those who serve our country. U.S.  Army veteran and Massachusetts native, Robert Koller, DO, will be joining his new unit, Grinnell Regional Family Practice on Monday, July 18, 2016.
  • Jun 16, 2016, 13:00 PM
    Mistakes shouldn’t happen, especially in healthcare. An estimated 206,000 avoidable deaths occur at hospitals every year, and Grinnell Regional Medical Center is doing its part to make sure that none of those happen here. Safety is important, and GRMC takes it seriously. This spring, GRMC received an “A” quality safety rating from the Leapfrog Group®, a national patient safety initiative comprised of employers and other large consumers of healthcare. The name, Leapfrog Group, sets the intent that it will help hospitals show “leaps of improvement.” As shown by the A rating, some of those leaps of improvement happened at GRMC.
  • Jun 9, 2016, 13:10 PM
    Summer may not officially begin until June 20 but that isn’t stopping mosquitoes from bugging our outdoor activities. With the summer months quickly approaching, we are reminded of those pesky insects and the importance of staying protected from their itchy bites, especially in the midst of Zika; a mosquito transmitted virus.
  • Jun 3, 2016, 13:24 PM
    Grinnell Regional Medical Center staff and volunteers took to Fairview and Bailey Park to end the school year with a bang for kindergarten and second grade students.  Wednesday, June 1, GRMC hosted their annual Partners in Education Health Fair at the local elementary schools.  
  • Jun 1, 2016, 13:00 PM
    Dining in his senior living facility in Cincinnati, 96-year-old Dr. Henry Heimlich perfectly executed a—you guessed it—Heimlich maneuver, saving a choking victim’s life.
  • May 26, 2016, 13:01 PM
    The sweat beads on your overheating brow, leeching into your eyebrows; one droplet glides past your swiping fingers and slips quickly into your eye, stinging. One pesky sweat droplet cascades down your cheek, flushed pink by the heat, making its way down to the southernmost point of your chin before it dribbles off and soaks into your already sweat-drenched tank top.
  • May 19, 2016, 13:04 PM
    Strokes strike quickly and, often, seemingly out of nowhere. Knowing the signs of strokes and reacting quickly may help minimize the long-term damage strokes can inflict.
  • May 12, 2016, 13:12 PM
    Pain – we’ve all experienced it in one form or another; the dull, deep ache of chronically sore muscles; burning, electrically-charged nerve pain; the stiff, throbbing twinges that accompany joint pain – all of these types of pain can affect our daily lives. An often overlooked syndrome that causes significant pain is fibromyalgia. 
  • Apr 28, 2016, 13:15 PM
    While the pun in the title is definitely intended, the mumps virus is no joking matter. In recent months, we’ve seen a spike in the number of reported mumps cases—not just in Iowa, but across the United States. Iowa’s number of reported cases has jumped up to 110 times the average, and has particularly increased in counties with a college presence.
  • Apr 25, 2016, 13:19 PM
    It is common during the spring months to switch out hearty meals for lighter recipes; darker clothing in favor of pretty pastels; and to shake the dust off your trusty home workout DVDs, all in an effort to prepare for summer. Ah, summer, the time of year that calls for sunshine and cold drinks by the pool. When asked if they are “summer ready,” most women reply with a hasty, “No!” But, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center, we urge you to think of being “summer ready” from a different angle.