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 six 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,



FMCH adds New Providers

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:
Internal Medicine
Dr. Paulin Agornyo ~ “The most rewarding thing about Internal Medicine is helping people feel better and live healthier lives. I truly enjoy building relationships with my patients."
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.”
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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