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 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:
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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I gave birth to a baby at FMCH in October. From the moment, I was checked in, I received excellent care. My labor and delivery did not go as planned and ended up after 39 hours, having an emergency c-section. The Birth Place nurses and student nurses are wonderful. When the baby's heartbeat rapidly descended and Dr. Staudte made the decision that it was time for ...

Compassion

Recently had several tests one after the other.  I received EXCELLENT care and compassion towards my needs.

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Questions Answered

They answer all my questions.

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Eased my tears

Concerns of issues with my recovery were obvious. I felt confident they knew what they were doing and I was in good hands. They eased my tears and encouraged me when they gave me things to do in therapy.

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Listened

I was very impressed with the doctor.  He took the time to listen & help my son.  I usually hate going to ER because I never leave with a solution.  Very, very satisfied with *Dr. O'Brien.

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ER

FMCH has a wonderful ER.  My overall experience now a in the past has always been excellent.

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From George

This was my first hospital stay in 40/50 yrs. except for some outpatient exams/treatments, so there are no comparisons I can remember.  My grown children though I should be transferred to a larger hospital (Ia. City, etc.).  However, as I told them, I was really satisfied & impressed by the entire staff @ FMCH.  It's easy to be complimentary wh...

Highly Recommend

I have been to FMCH before and this time was the best for all things.  I would recommend it highly.

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Attentive

Aides very attentive to my needs.  All personnel I came in contact with were beyond the average care givers.

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Professional Care

My stay, although being very sick, was pleasant because of my care.  My aides were fantastic!  I loved them!  Very professional care!

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Thumbs Up

The nurses in all the birthplace were AWESOME!!  100 thumbs up to all!

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BirthPlace

My overall experience in birthplace was awesome.  Wish I still had the Nursery/nurses to care for my 1 month old.  I need sleep!

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Nurses and Staff

The Nurses and staff on the floor where I was confined went out of their way to ensure my comfort and care was above and beyond what anyone would consider normal

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Simply Because

Even though we live in Keokuk, we always go to FMCH simply because of the professional care. Thanx

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Dr. Napier

Dr Napier is a true asset at FMCH! He is always very thorough, very patient and understanding, and extremely easy to talk to. He is one of the most caring doctors I have ever had. I feel blessed that he is our doctor.

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Love them All

It would be a challenge to find personnel more capable, more congenial, and more helpful than the personnel in this office. I am always greeted with a smile (sometimes with a needle). I love them all.

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Front Desk

I am unsure of receptionist's name who waited on me, but she was very nice and very professional all while being personable.

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Very Pleased

I was very pleased with everything that day. I called that morning and was able to get in at 9:00 a.m. the same day. Awesome.

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Friendly and Professional

Everyone is always very friendly and professional, they are very compassionate people. Thanks for all you do.

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Service

Great service. Thanks

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Over 20 years

Have had Dr.Anderson as my doctor for over 20 years. Her and her nursing staff have always been great!

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Exceptional

I was treated exceptionally well.

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Dr. Kathy Anderson

I recommend Dr. Kathy Anderson as Employee of the Month. I really enjoy having her as my doctor. She listens closely to what you have to say, answers questions so you can understand them, and she talks to you not at you.

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Great Experience

For my first appointment, this was a great experience! Every one was courteous and helpful! I would highly recommend this to others!!!

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Care at FMCH

"Not sure now why I waited so long to look into seeking medical care at Ft. Madison : )"

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Fortunate

"FMCH is a great service with a great staff, we are fortunate to have such a facility in our community."

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Psych

Amanda and her staff are great, the best mental health care I have ever received in the 14 years I have needed mental health care. I would recommend Amanda to anyone. She is caring, down to earth, and always listens to any questions and/or concerns I may have.

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The Facility

"A very good facility, we are recommending you."

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Compassion

The compassionate nursing staff is the best asset to your ER at least on this visit. They and Radiology were excellent.

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Payment Schedule

Just finished paying last payment for my new knee. Nice lady in office helped me set up a schedule as to how much to pay it off the quickest and easiest for me. Hope I get her to help me next time.

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Good Lab Experience

Friendly staff, asked for two patient identifiers, one stick, good lab experience!

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Personal Care

Excellent hospital and staff. Everyone is treated quickly and with respect and personal care.

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ER Experience

Good ER experience overall.

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Thankful

Both doctors and nurses listened to my and my spouse’s concerns; we are so thankful.

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Housekeepers

Housekeepers have great attitudes.

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Best Stay I Have Ever Had

I am 87 years old and this was the best stay I have ever had in the hospital, everyone was cheerful, pleasant, never grumpy or critical. I highly recommend this hospital.

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Stroke Symptoms

The ER was on top of things. They saw my stroke symptoms as soon as I walked up to the counter.

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Upcoming Events

  • OCT
    8

    Breastfeeding Class

    6:00PM - 8:30 PM

    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.

  • OCT
    20

    Prepared Childbirth

    9:00AM - 3:30 PM

    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.

  • NOV
    5

    Prepared Childbirth Series

    6:00PM - 8:30 PM

    This is a three session class series that is offered during the last trimester. Participants will attend all the session dates listed in the series. This class covers the same topics as the one-day class but over three class sessions. A tour of The BirthPlace is included. 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.

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