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April ’17 Message from the CEO

Henry County Health Center | April 27th, 2017

Considering the rain we have received lately, the old statement of “April showers bring May flowers” means that we should be seeing flowers soon!  I hope you all hadRobb Gardner an enjoyable Easter holiday and a great start to your spring.  I would like to spend this month celebrating success and thanking those groups who have made such a positive impact on our health center.

Recently, at the Iowa Hospital Association Governance Conference, an additional member of the HCHC Board of Trustees was recognized with receiving certification as a healthcare trustee by the Iowa Hospital Association.  HCHC now has five of its seven trustees certified.  The trustees who have gained their certification are Carmen Heaton (received this year), Robert Meyer, Sally Olson, Ron Clouse and Jan Towne.  There are 118 hospitals in the state of Iowa, and HCHC is one of five hospitals that has 70% or more of its trustees certified.  I would like to thank all of our trustees for their commitment to ensuring that high quality health care is provided in our community for many years to come.

I would also like to recognize and thank our amazing Auxiliary and volunteers who make such a positive impact for our patients and families we care for and serve.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak to our volunteers this past week when they celebrated with their annual volunteer brunch.  I am very thankful for everything these men and women do when they come to the health center on their own time to help those who are in need.  They give of their time and talents to assist our patients, visitors and family members when they come to the health center.  We have been blessed with a great group of volunteers for many years and we look forward to continued success in the future.

The last group of individuals I would like to recognize are the members of our Community Advisory Groups.  I am very thankful these 30 individuals come to our meetings and provide feedback and direction for the services we provide at the health center.  These individuals represent our HCHC retirees, employer group, city/civic leaders, educators and retirees in the communities we serve.  I appreciate very much the opportunity to talk openly with this group about the current and future state of health care at HCHC. This provides an excellent opportunity for me to listen and act upon feedback received to move the health center forward.

Thanks again for reading our newsletter.  If you would happen to have any questions at all, please contact me or Shelley Doak here at the health center.