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.



Mommy & Baby Gear Fair

September 28, 2019 

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Mommy & Baby Gear Fair was conceived with new and expectant parents in mind but anyone wanting to see first-hand what is new in the world of baby gear is welcome to attend.
“Products and information for raising a healthy baby seem to be constantly changing and evolving.  We hear all of the time from our new and expectant parents about their confusion on choosing the right products for them and their baby.  We wanted to provide an opportunity for mommies and daddies to try out some of these products before making the investment in them,” commented Neva Koechle, RN, Certified Lactation Consultant, and organizer of the event. “We contacted suppliers of baby gear and had great response in receiving products to be showcased or given as door prizes.”
Car seats, bottles, breast pumps and clothing are just some of the items that will be available to check out.  There will also be a number of experts on hand to talk about car seat safety, sunscreen for babies, and dental hygiene.
There will be door prizes and a light snack.

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Patients & Families
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CDC Advises Patients and their Families to Be Antibiotics Aware.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising patients and their families to use antibiotics only when necessary to further reduce antibiotic resistance, the spread of superbugs, and protect patients from side effects from antibiotics. During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and throughout the year, CDC promotes Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational effort to raise awareness about the importance of safe antibiotic use.
The Be Antibiotics Aware initiative educates the public about when antibiotics are needed, when they are not, how to take antibiotics appropriately, and potential side effects of antibiotics.
CDC encourages patients and families to:
  • Get the facts about antibiotics. Antibiotics do not work on viruses, such as those that cause colds, flu, bronchitis, or runny noses, even if the mucus is thick, yellow, or green. When antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still hurt you.
  • Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about the best way to feel better.
  • While your body fights off a virus, pain relievers, fever reducers, saline nasal spray or drops, warm compresses, liquids, and rest can help you feel better.
  • If you need antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about your antibiotics.
  • Talk with your doctor if you develop any side effects, especially severe diarrhea, since that could be a Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile or C. diff) infection, which needs to be treated.
  • Do your best to stay healthy and keep others healthy by cleaning hands, covering coughs, staying home when sick, and getting recommended vaccines, such as the flu vaccine.

CDC encourages patients and families to use the educational resources and learn more about Be Antibiotics Aware by visiting:


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