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Chickasaw County Food Pantry

Posted: Mon, June 11, 2012

The Chickasaw County Food Pantry (New Hampton) would like to thank the community for the generous donations they receive.  "Compared to other food pantries, we are very fortunate for all the donations, food & monetary, we receive.  Some communities are not as fortunate," expressed Nancy Wegner, Food Pantry Coordinator.  The food pantry is open on Friday mornings from 8:45 am to 11:45 am.    

As fortunate as the New Hampton Food Pantry is, they are always looking for donations.  There are several items that they can always use.  They include:  sugar, flour, crackers, packaged cookies, coffee, hygiene products, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels & Kleenex), and laundry detergent.  They seem to always have a need for these products.  The food pantry also has 3 freezers so they do accept meat product such as 1 lb packages of hamburger & hot dogs.  

Of course monetary donations are always welcome as well.  We ask that you remember the food pantry when donating in 2012.  To donate, you can drop stuff off on Friday mornings during the time they are open, or donation items can be dropped off at our office and we will get them to the food pantry.

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Mercy Medical - Top 20 Best Practices

Posted: Tue, July 22, 2014
Congratulations Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton!  We are grateful to have you in our community!

Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton has merited Top 20 Best Practices in Quality designation among all 1,332 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the nation. The National Rural Health Association considers Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton to be an exemplar in best practices in all of rural health care.

"We are truly honored to be named a Top 20 CAH for quality. Every day, our employees deliver quality care with leadership from our medical staff to assure the best outcomes for patients," stated Dr. Paul McQuillen.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Mercy-New Hampton, scored best among critical access hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength IndexTM for Quality. The Quality index is a rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures. The quality of care provided in Acute Myocardial Infraction (Heart Attack), Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Congestive Heart Failure, Surgical Care and Outpatient measures is indexed across the range of national performance for each measure. The index scores are averaged to produce a single composite score.

"The award recognizes the hard work and commitment to quality that every one of Mercy's staff members, medical staff providers and volunteers have," expressed Bruce Roesler, Mercy - New Hampton CEO. "It is a confirmation of the strides we've made turning Mercy - New Hampton into one of the best rural hospitals in northeast Iowa."

About the National Rural Health Association
NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit www.RuralHealthWeb.org.

About iVantage Health Analytics
iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.TM is a privately held healthcare business intelligence and technology company. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive healthcare industry. iVantage Health AnalyticsTM integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers' timely, concise, and relevant strategic action. For more information, visit www.iVantageHealth.com.
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Mercy Medical Center - Hearing Test

Posted: Thu, July 17, 2014
Mercy Medical Center-NH is pleased to announce they have implemented hearing (audiometric) testing.  This testing is designed to help preserve and protect the hearing of individuals.  These individuals range from farmers to those that work in manufacturing, truck drivers or anyone that could be at risk of hearing related complaints/symptoms.  This testing is designed to perform at baseline or on a regular basis to detect trends in hearing capability.
 
Brittany Rethamel and Jordan Anderson both recently obtained their Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC) credential.  Many businesses depend upon certified clinicians who conduct audiometric testing as part of the hearing conservation team to help prevent hearing loss among workers.  Testing costs $42 per person.  Businesses and industries are encouraged to call for contracted pricing based on the number of annual tests.  For more information, please call Mercy's Therapy Department, 641-394-1616.
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Disaster Funds

Posted: Wed, July 16, 2014
News Release:  July 15, 2014

Individual Grant Assistance Funds for Chickasaw County Residents
 
(New Hampton) - Chickasaw County residents affected by the severe storms beginning June 26th may be eligible to apply for individual grant assistance to cover losses experienced due to the severe storms and associated flooding.  To qualify, households must be located within the disaster declaration area, and must meet income guidelines.
 
The program provides up to $5,000 per household to cover repairs, debris removal, furnace or water heater work, replacement of lost or spoiled food, and other household losses.
 
Households must have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline as shown below:
 
# in HH Maximum gross yearly income
1               $23,340
2               $31,460
3               $39,580
4               $47,700
 
Each additional household member add $8,120
 
Or the applicant must currently receive a benefit from the Iowa Department of Human Services, such as WIC, food assistance, Medicaid, FIP assistance, or child care assistance.
 
Because the eligibility process established for this program is complex, Chickasaw County residents who may benefit from this assistance are encouraged to contact the NEICAC Chickasaw County Family Service Office in New Hampton at (641) 394-2007 to begin the application process or they can contact NEICAC's Director of Community Outreach & Development directly at (563) 382-8436 (Decorah).
 
Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2014, or until all funding provided for this program has been expended.
 
For more information contact:
 
David P. Boss
Director of Community Outreach & Development
Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation
(563) 382-8436
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