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Avoiding substance abuse is one key to mental wellness

By Jennifer Husmann, Project Safe · 12:02pm February 4th, 2016
Winter is a time when we hear people talking about mental health, depression and seasonal affective disorder. The term “mental wellness” is a positive term that hopefully helps individuals stop and think for a moment about the condition of their mental health. If possible, it is important to think of a person’s mental and physical health before there are mental or physical illnesses present.

Virginia Gay welcomes Dr. David Sheff

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 1:48pm January 28th, 2016
Dr. David Sheff is Virgina Gay’s newest physician. He currently is serving patients in the emergency department and in acute care. Dr. Sheff has followed an unusual path to the practice of family medicine in Vinton. He graduated with an M.D. and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 1992.

Primary care or gynecologist? Things to consider-with Rita Taylor-Stewart PA-C

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 12:46pm January 27th, 2016
“Many women don’t realize we do Pap tests and they think it’s best to schedule those with a gynecologist,” says Rita Taylor-Stewart, PA-C, who practices at Virginia Gay’s Van Horne Family Medical Clinic. “Many assume that the gynecologist is where they should go first for women’s health, but I think there are good reasons to look to your primary care provider for your routine health check-ups.

A line in the sand: Standing up against electronic smoking devices

By Curt Wheeler, Prevention Specialist · 12:32pm January 27th, 2016
With so many developing substance use trends, discussions about health and safety have become more common. Some of these trends include the growing use of Electronic Smoking Devices (ESD), the variety of substances that may be used in these devices, the arrival of more synthetic drugs and the legalization of marijuana that drives an ever growing variety of THC products.

Add your voice: more than 100 people have taken the Benton County Health Survey

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:43am January 25th, 2016
The Benton County Public Health Deparment sponsored by Virginia Gay Hospital is asking you to assist them by sharing your opinion. The survey is completely anonymous and can be taken by clicking this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BentonCountyPublicHealth Your opinions will help shape our public health priorities for the coming year.

Red Cross Blood Drive, Monday, January 25th, from 1-6:00 p.m.

By Kristie Davis · 6:22pm January 23rd, 2016
The Vinton Community Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, January 25, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Vinton Skate and Activity Center. For an appointment contact Kristie at 472-4292 or davcdavis@q.com. Walk-ins are welcome.

February - Words on Wellness

By Benton County Extension · 12:35pm January 19th, 2016
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'ED' could mean losing your life, not just your sex life

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:50am January 19th, 2016
Hey guys, despite what the TV commercials for Cialis and Viagra seem to suggest, erectile dysfunction isn’t just about your sex life, it may mean the difference between life and death itself. ED may mean you’re getting an early warning about your risk factors for a heart attack or stroke.

Wound care clinic now offered at Virginia Gay Hospital

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 11:32am January 18th, 2016
Wound care usually requires multiple visits and those visits can happen over a weeks or months. Now patients of Virginia Gay can get the wound care they need without making a trip after trip to Cedar Rapids or Waterloo for treatment. “In addition to eliminating travel, another advantage we offer patients,” says Brandi Bresson, one of Virginia Gay’s board certified wound care nurses, “ is closer coordination of the patient’s care with their primary care provider and other professionals.

Should you reconsider travel plans due to Zika virus?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:49am January 18th, 2016
Getting out of the cold and gloom of winter by enjoying a cruise or vacation in the Caribbean or Mexico sounds great, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently issued Level 2 travel alerts recommending “enhanced precautions” for countries in the Caribbean and Mexico.

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