Fort Madison Community Hospital

Dedicated to improving the health of Fort Madison and surrounding communities, FMCH provides top-quality health care services in our full-service medical facility. Being named a Top Iowa Workplace for the past five years, is evident in the personalized care that you will receive by each of our employees whether you visit one of our FMCH Clinics, the emergency department, rehabilitation services or stay with us as an inpatient. Thank you for trusting us with your health care.

 

 
 

FMCH Invests in Integrated Electronic Health Record (EHR

Fort Madison Community Hospital (FMCH) has been operating under two different electronic health record systems, one for clinic services (provided by Greenway) and one for hospital services (provided by Meditech), since electronic health records were implemented at the health care organization.

FMCH made the decision in early 2017 to integrate these two systems into one electronic medical record using Meditech software.  This 18-month process required an investment of $2 million by the organization and will go live on July 1, 2018. 

“We felt it was the right time to make this investment into our future.  By integrating our electronic health record systems into one, we will be able to provide better continuity of care leading to improved safety.  It facilitates communication between the clinic and the hospital care teams,” commented Shane Tapper, Chief Information Officer at FMCH. “Patients will now have one record that includes both their clinic visits with our FMCH providers and any services provided on the hospital side which includes emergency room visits, radiology tests, laboratory tests and inpatient stays.”

The Meditech conversion included an update to the current system in addition to integrating the two systems.

 “We had a team of employees throughout the organization dedicated to working on this project.  The amount of effort and commitment they’ve put forward has been amazing to witness.  As we prepare to go live on July 1st, we ask our patients to please allow for extra time when registering and recognize that our employees are getting used to the new system. We want to make sure we capture your information accurately and provide you with the very best service and care possible.  We thank you for understanding,” explained Jeremy Alexander, CEO, FMCH.

The conversion to one electronic health record system means patients will have access to all of their health information in one place on the MyHealth Patient Portal.  Patients who have a hospital patient portal account will continue to use their current sign in information.  The new MyHealth Patient Portal will allow users to view and monitor their health information, view test results, contact their care team, manage their appointments and request prescription refills. Patients who had a patient portal account through the FMCH Clinics only, will need to set up a new MyHealth Patient Portal account on the FMCH website, www.fmchosp.com.

 

 

FMCH Home Health Care adds Hospice Care

We have been busy at FMCH recruiting new providers so you and every member of your family can get the quality health care they deserve.  We are excited to welcome the following new providers who have joined us within the past ten months:
Pediatrics
Dr. Gregory Gorski ~ “It is so rewarding to be part of a child’s life – watching them grow and develop into their own unique person.”  
Dr. Gary Palicka ~ “I enjoy personal interactions and find it rewarding to help people. Having a positive relationship with the parents while providing health care for all of the children in a family increases your ability to educate, diagnose, and treat the pediatric patient.”  
Dr. Liberty Balbort ~ “I love being a general pediatrician and I feel very privileged to have this as my career.  It is not just my job; it is my calling.  I care deeply not just for but also about each patient.”
Women’s Center
Alisa Kindig, WHNP-C ~ “My passion is helping women transition through the many health related milestones they encounter throughout their lives.”
Dr. Yadira Rafuls ~ “The most rewarding aspect of healthcare is improving the quality of life of patients. I love the trust my patients place in me. Compassion is my biggest driving force.”
Psychiatry
Mariah Skelley, PMHNP ~ “I enjoy medication management and it is rewarding to help my patients reach their goals improving their quality of life over time.”
General Surgery
Dr. Rachel Knudson ~ “I know I am providing excellent surgical services when patients refer their family members and friends to see me for their care - this is the ultimate compliment, proving they trust their loved ones health care to me.”
Family Practice
Dr. Michael David ~ “I am looking forward to being part of the community, taking care of patients who need both preventative and disease management healthcare; building a long-term relationship and sense of trust with my patients.”
Dr. Amy Huber ~ “I am lucky enough to have attained an education that can be used to help make other people’s days a little brighter and to help people understand their symptoms or medical problems.” 
Dr. Josh Sirucek ~ “My patients are the most rewarding part of being in health care. Caring for them and watching their health improve and knowing that I got to play a small role in this is very fulfilling.”
Dr. Ruth Barosy ~ “Health care has always been a passion, because it allows you to change people’s lives for the better and to provide hope for those in need.”
And coming in November of 2018, Dr. Pauline Agoryno, FMCH Internal Medicine.
“Our hope is patients who have experienced difficulty getting an appointment in any of our clinics, will find a healthcare partner with one of our new providers so their health care needs are met on a timely basis,” commented Matt Mullins, Vice-President of Physician Services.
All of these providers are accepting new patients. 

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FMCH and Great River Medical Center to Partner

Posted on 07-24-2018

The Board of Directors at Fort Madison Community Hospital (FMCH) has signed an affiliation agreement to join Great River Medical Center as partners under the Great River Health System corporate umbrella.

FMCH Women’s Center Welcomes Dr. Yadira Rafuls

Posted on 07-18-2018

The Women’s Center at Fort Madison Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Dr. Yadira Rafuls

Keokuk Medical Center

Posted on 06-01-2018

Patients will continue to be seen at KMC through August 31st.

“Good Health, Good Luck, Good Laughter” FMCH Women’s Health Conference

Posted on 03-14-2018

Fort Madison Community Hospital will be hosting their annual Women’s Health Conference on Saturday, March 17th starting at 9:00 a.m.

FMCH Creates $45,255,271 Impact on Local Economy

Posted on 02-26-2018

In all, Iowa’s Health Care Sector Provides More Than 330,000 Jobs Across State

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Health Notes Community Newsletter

My Health Newsletter Annual Report 2018

Posted on 03-22-2018

Here is our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017.

FMCH Newsletter September 2017

Posted on 10-05-2017

FMCH Newsletter September 2017

Hospital News

FMCH Pediatric Clinic Welcomes Dr. Gary Palicka

Posted on 08-14-2018

The Pediatric Clinic at Fort Madison Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Gary Palicka.

FMCH Pediatrics Welcomes Dr. Liberty Balbort

Posted on 08-14-2018

The Pediatric Clinic at Fort Madison Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Pediatrician, Dr. Liberty Balbort.

FMCH Family Practice Clinic Welcomes Dr. Josh Sirucek

Posted on 08-01-2018

The Family Practice Clinic at Fort Madison Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Josh Sirucek.

FMCH Family Practice Clinic Welcomes Dr. Amy Huber

Posted on 08-01-2018

The Family Practice Clinic at Fort Madison Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Amy Huber.

FMCH Board of Directors Announces Changes

Posted on 06-26-2018

Neal Dodd Joins the Board

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Hospital Videos

FMCH Virtual Tour

Posted on 01-12-2016

Virtual Hospital Tour

FMCH Carb Counting Video

Posted on 11-11-2014

Watch this helpful video from the FMCH Dietician, Cathy Mehmert, about Carb Counting.

FMCH Sleep Studies

Posted on 11-11-2014

Watch this video to see what you will experience while getting a Sleep Study at FMCH.

IHA Hospital Hero JoAnn Lampe 2014

Posted on 11-04-2014

JoAnn Lampe, CNO named Iowa Hospital Association Hospital Hero.

New Staff & Providers

FMP&S My Care Walk-in Clinic Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner

Posted on 11-04-2014

Welcome Family Nurse Practitioner, Sara Gudenkauf

Heather Elmore, P.N.P. joins FMP&S Pediatrics

Posted on 09-16-2014

A new pediatric provider to see patients September 15, 2014.

Patient Forms

Sweet Corn Festival Registration Form

Posted on 07-24-2015

Click here for the 2015 Sweet Corn Festival Run Registration Form

Consent to Release Information

Posted on 11-04-2014

Download this form if you wish to fill out the Consent to Release Information. This form is also available at FMCH.

Televison Spots

FMCH Changing Commercial 1

Posted on 04-07-2015

There seems to be a lot of talk about the ever changing face of healthcare. But at FMCH, you can expect some things to never change.

FMCH Changing Commercial 2

Posted on 04-07-2015

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FMCH Changing Commercial 3

Posted on 04-07-2015

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FMCH Changing Commercial 4

Posted on 04-07-2015

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FMCH Changing Commercial 5

Posted on 04-07-2015

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Top Workplace Video

FMCH Named TopWorkplace in Iowa 2015

Posted on 01-25-2016

Watch this video to see why FMCH was named a Top Workplace in Iowa for the fourth year in a row.

FMCH Top Workplace 2013

Posted on 11-11-2013

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Upcoming Events

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    Prepared Childbirth

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    This class offers the same topics as the 3-part Prepared Childbirth course but in a special one-day session. It is offered during the last trimester. This class will prepare mom and her partner for the birth experience. Topics include: relaxation, breathing, pain control, labor & delivery, C-Section, mom & baby care and breastfeeding. A tour of The BirthPlace is included. Lunch is provided. Please make certain pre-register so that our lunch numbers are correct.

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    Breastfeeding Class

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    This is a one-day class and is open to expectant mothers in their last trimester. This class will help to prepare mom and her partner for breastfeeding and will also offer support for mom when she begins to breastfeed.

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    Prepared Childbirth

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    This class offers the same topics as the 3-part Prepared Childbirth course but in a special one-day session. It is offered during the last trimester. This class will prepare mom and her partner for the birth experience. Topics include: relaxation, breathing, pain control, labor & delivery, C-Section, mom & baby care and breastfeeding. A tour of The BirthPlace is included. Lunch is provided. Please make certain to pre-register so that our lunch numbers are correct.

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