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 has gone to an Automated phone System 

FMCH has gone to an automated phone system for our Main Hospital phone line, (319) 372-6530. The decision was made to go to an automated system to improve the customer experience and efficiency of moving calls through the organization. We encourage our patients and guests to use direct dial numbers to connect more quickly with the departments they are trying to reach. You can click here for a list of departments and their direct dial number. We are handing out cards with these numbers listed at all entry points to the hospital. We have also created a cheat sheet for calling into the main line and the prompts you will need to reach each area of the hospital - you can click here for the list of the prompts.

We also encourage you to set up a MyHealth patient portal account. This will allow you to communicate with your provider?s nurse; request an appointment; ask a billing question; request a prescription refill; and view your visit summary and test results. Click here here to set up your account. We appreciate the trust you place in FMCH for all of your healthcare needs. We are committed to continually improving your experience throughout the organization.

Antibiotic Stewardship -
Patients & Families

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: https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/?s_cid=NCEZID-AntibioticUse-023.

 

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