Wednesday, June 22, 2016

GRMC Golf Outing Breaks Record with $25,000 for ER Renovations

GRMC’s emergency department renovations received a power drive as golfers from around the area raised $25,000 during the 2016 Grinnell Regional Medical Center Golf Outing. The sponsorships, contests, and golf registrations raised a record-breaking amount from the one-day event with morning and afternoon tee times. GRMC welcomed 140 golfers on 35 teams to the Grinnell College Golf Course on Friday, June 17, for the annual fundraiser and friend raiser to support GRMC’s Moving at the Speed of Life campaign.

“We’re tremendously thrilled with the support from sponsors, community members, and business partners for this event. The $25,000 was designated for the emergency department renovations, which leaves just $157,000 more to raise before we can start construction,” says Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO. “I want to say thank you to all involved in this day to support an excellent cause. Based on the scores, we had a great day of golfing, socializing, and fundraising for GRMC.”

With this 9-hole course, par score of 70, GRMC’s outing offered four flights of three teams in each flight. All winning flight teams receive $100 in either cash or gift cards. This year’s top team was Wes Finch Auto Plaza, scoring 56, with members Jeff Finch, Alex Olson, Hugh German, and John German. The second team in the first flight was Dr. Nick Kuiper, Dr. Mathew Severidt, Dr. Scott Collings, and Shane Hart. They scored 11 under par with a 59. The third top flight team went to KGRN, which consisted of Kent Baarda, Brad Zegers, Ben Zylstra, and Tim Zylstra. They scored 60, which was a four way tie.

The second flight included three teams all with a score of 64, with card back determining the order. First in the flight is the Brown Medical Imaging with Tom Mellon, Sr., Tom Mellon, Jr., Matt Byrd, and Jon Osborn. Second in the second flight was the Priority Plastics team with Jesse Hopkins, Randy Masterson, Krystal Smith, and Jamie Wang. Third in the second flight went to Associated Computer Systems team with Andy Bice, Tony Foth, Heidi Thompson, and Jaime Ridgway.

The third flight teams all scored 68, two under par. First place went to the team of Great Western Bank and GRMC with Scott Herbers, Kevin Seney, Zach Weiderspon, and Tom Gallo. The second team in the flight was Duke/Vesely with James Duke, Mary Duke, Emily Vesely, and Jeremy Vesely. The third team in the third flight went to Ramsey Weeks, with Rick Ramsey, Kevin Kolbe, Mike Allen, and Alex Plate.

In the fourth flight, the first place team was Linden/Hatcher with Todd Linden, Dave Stoakes, and Ed Hatcher, with a 72 score. The second place team with a 73 was Duke/Sears, consisted of James Duke, Mary Duke, Kim Sears, and Derrick Sears. And the third place team in the fourth flight was the Double You Marketing team with Katy Wells, Julie West, Brent Isenberger, and Theresa Petersen. They had a 75.

GRMC held pin contests with prizes for men and women:
Hole 1/10: Closest to the pin in two strokes went to Jordan Sherwood and Tyler Beck, winning $50 gift cards from the HyVee in Grinnell.

Hole 2/11: Closest to the pin in one stroke went to Dodi Reilly and Andy Bice, winning $50 cash, sponsored by CI3.

Hole 3/12: Longest drive in the fairway went to Lisa Hart and John German, each winning $50 in cash sponsored by Double You Marketing, Inc.

Hole 4/13: Straightest drive/closest to the line went to Becky Froias and Jon Lacasse, winning a $50 gift certificate to Wine Styles and $50 gift certificate to Massage Heights.

Hole 5/14: Closest to the bedpan winners were Sue Vander Linden and Pete Boeke, each taking home $50 in cash sponsored by The 801 Group of Morgan Stanley.

Hole 6/15: Closest to the pin in one stroke went to Kay Cmelik and Tom Mellon, Sr., taking home $50 gift certificates to Michael’s Italian Restaurant.

Hole 7/16: Longest putt on the green went to Dodi Reilly and Tim Zylstra, each taking home a $50 gift certificate sponsored by Mary and James Duke.

Hole 8/17: Closest to the crutch winners were Jamie Wang and Mike Thorndike, each winning $50 in cash sponsored by Ramsey-Weeks, Inc.

Hole 9/18: Drawing for landing on the green went to Jeff Finch, who took home a YETI cooler, valued at $250.

A 50/50 raffle generated $410, which was split between the winner, John German, and GRMC.

The best dressed contest went to the Lang team who all dressed as a fan from different Iowa sports teams. Members were Sally Lang, Kay Cmelik, Sue Vander Linden, and Dodi Reilly.  

The most obnoxiously dressed award went to the Solera Wine team in their bib overall shorts and tiaras. Team members included Sam Cox, Sara Cox, Colleen Klainert, and Karen Richards.

 This event depends on sponsorships from business partners and community businesses. GRMC offered a Headliner sponsorship again. With a one-time donation, Ahrens Park Foundation, Grinnell College, and State Farm – Brent Nickel are recognized as a sponsor for the Golf Outing, the bike helmets, and for the auxiliary business membership.

The Eagle sponsors for 2016 were Associated Computer Services, Bernie Lowe & Associates, Inc., Brown’s Medical Imaging, Graham Construction Company, Grinnell Convention and Visitors Bureau, Grinnell State Bank, and Manatt’s, Inc.

Birdie sponsors were ASI Signage Innovations, Great Western Bank, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, Jeld-Wen Doors Division, Dr. Nicholas and Stacy Kuiper, Seim Johnson, LLP, and Wes Finch Auto Plaza.

The 19th Hole sponsors were Electronic Engineering, Exile Brewing Company, Family Dentistry– Dr. David Smith, Dr. David Cunningham, Dr. Chris Roudabush, Dr. Matthew Miller, Dr. Jeff Millet; Todd and Angela Linden–Massage Heights and Wine Styles; Jensen Optometrists, PLLC, Kevin White Design, Pagliai’s Pizza, Priority Plastics, Dr. Mathew Severidt, Steel Erectors of Iowa, LLC;  and The Straub Corporation/PAW Marketing.

Flight sponsors who made this event possible include: Dan and Jo Becker, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Dayton Meat Products, Inc., Dr. Gene Gessner, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Julin Printing Company, Malcom Lumber, Leila Maring, Poweshiek Publications, Premier Printing, S&F Underground Inc., and T.L. Baker and Co., LLP

Pin sponsors were CI3, Double You Marketing, Inc., Mary and James Duke, Grinnell HyVee, GRMC, Todd and Angela Linden – Wine Styles, Michael’s Italian Restaurant, Ramsey-Weeks, Inc., Rees Vinyl Signs, and The 801 Group at Morgan Stanley.

Raffle prizes were donated by 1854 Deli, Anna Kayte's by Arnold Motor Supply, LLC, Automatic Door Group, Awards Unlimited, Ballyhoo In Ink, Bill's Jewelry, Casa Margarita, Cirks Financial Services, Colonial Life, Cory Hall Photography, CuVerro - Olin Brass, Dayton Meat Products, Inc., Double You Marketing, Inc., Mary and James Duke, Edward Jones - Kolpin & Kolpin, Exile Brewing Co., GRMC, Todd and Angela Linden/Wine Styles, Linder Tire Service, Montgomery's Sandwich Shop, The 801 Group at Morgan Stanley, The Glass Gift Box, Total Choice Shipping & Printing, Van Meter, Inc., and Vonda's Flowers & Gifts.

The GRMC golf outing is a best shot, four-person team format planned by a committee of community members and staff from the GRMC Office of Communications and Development. They are Jeanette Budding, Dr. Scott Collings, Mary Duke, Becky Froias, Jen Hawkins, Dr. Nick Kuiper, Dodi Reilly, Derrick Sears, Jan Veach, Emily Vesely, and Katy Wells.

Monday, June 6, 2016

SHIP Awareness June 2016

Let’s face it - Medicare is confusing. It’s even more confusing when changes in the law occur. Sometimes those changes are easy to understand. Other times laws are so hard to interpret that everyday Iowans throw their hands up in disgust without getting the answers they need.

Luckily, the Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program – better known as SHIIP – is available to provide free, unbiased information about how changes may affect people on Medicare. Recently, SHIIP counselors have been getting many calls regarding a change in Medicare law that will take place in 2020 regarding Medicare Supplement plans C and F.

Medicare Supplement plans are sold by private insurance companies to fill the gaps in traditional Medicare plans (Parts A and B). Medicare plans help pay for things like coinsurance, copayments or deductibles on Medicare-covered services.

If you own a Medicare Supplement C or F plan before January 1, 2020, there will be no need to replace it. You will be able to keep it after 2020. In fact, as long as you were eligible for or enrolled in Medicare prior to 2020, you can continue to purchase Medicare Supplement Plans C or F even beyond 2020. The change in law simply will take these two plan options off the table for those newly eligible for or enrolled in Medicare after January 1, 2020.

At the 18 Iowa Fraud Fighter events the Iowa Insurance Division held around the state, it was discussed that whenever there is a change in law, there is a certain amount of fear of the unknown. Whenever those changes occur, some individuals try to exploit that fear and make a profit by encouraging people to make a switch that may not be the right choice for the consumer.

SHIIP has been seeing items claiming that once 2020 hits, Medicare Supplement Plans C and F will become unaffordable so people should switch now. That is simply not the case. Medicare supplement plans have come and gone over the years but the Iowa Insurance Division has not seen rate spirals in the Medicare supplement market.

Medicare is confusing. Changes to Medicare are confusing. Don’t try to understand all the changes yourself. SHIIP has over 350 volunteers all over Iowa to help you get answers and assistance with your Medicare questions. SHIIP counselors do such a great job that they helped save Iowans over $20 million last year.

Grinnell Regional Medical Center is a host for the SHIIP program. To speak with a local counselor, call 641-236-2588 or email Residents may also call the state SHIIP office at 800-351-4664 or visit They can answer your questions and even review your policies to make sure you are getting the most from your Medicare and Medicare Supplement plans.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

New Primary Care Physician Joins Grinnell Family Care

Marjorie M. Renfrow, MD, began seeing patients at Grinnell Family Care on Tuesday, May 24, joining the primary care providers in the clinic, located at 217 Fourth Ave., West, Grinnell.

Renfrow comes to Grinnell from a geriatric clinic in Bella Vista, Ark., where she provided care for individuals in the mature years of life. Her path to Grinnell includes a diverse career and travel background that will fit well with patients in the area.

“I’ve taken care of grandparents and my mother as they aged and passed during the past two decades. The need for quality senior care will continue to expand,” Renfrow says. “I know how hard it was finding good quality medical care for my family members so I decided to take on a second career and focus on geriatrics.”

Once she decided to change careers, Renfrow attended Purdue University initially to become a nurse. With the strong advice of a professor, she switched career paths to become a physician. Renfrow earned her medical degree from the American University of Caribbean School of Medicine, St. Maarten. She completed her residency through the Synergy Medical Education Alliance at Central Michigan University, in Saginaw, Mich. She completed a geriatric fellowship at the University of Hawaii, and returned to Saginaw to work at the Veteran’s Administration. She is board certified in both family and geriatric medicine.

Becoming a physician has been a second career for Renfrow, who was an accountant for 20 years for her family’s farm in Grant County, Okla. During this time, she cared for elderly family members and realized healthcare was missing an important element to help the senior population.

“Geriatrics is evolving in our society as the baby boomer population ages. What I learned caring for family was that this is more than medication. It’s about culture and beliefs as well as challenging family dynamics,” Renfrow says.

“Dr. Renfrow brings excellent experience and compassion to this clinic. Her experience as the primary caregiver and supporter for elder family members will fit well into our practice serving our patients and new patients who seek care,” says James R. Paulson, MD, partner with Grinnell Family Care.

Renfrow moved to Grinnell to be near her aunt and uncle. When she has freetime she enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, bird watching, photography, and family.   

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Renfrow, call Grinnell Family Care at 641-236-7524. 

Opioid Pain Control Epidemic Examined

More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve opioids, which are prescription pain medications. Healthcare providers play a critical role in changing this epidemic. Jennifer Paisley, MD, Grinnell Regional Internal Medicine, will present at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program. She will explain the epidemic and address ways to prevent future deaths. The public is welcome to hear her program on Monday, June 6.

The most common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths include: Methadone, Oxycodone (such as OxyContin®), and Hydrocodone (such as Vicodin®).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to reverse this epidemic, America needs to improve the way we treat pain. We must prevent abuse, addiction, and overdose before they start.

Paisley joined the Grinnell Regional Internal Medicine clinic in April 2016. She grew up in Grinnell. She has been practicing in Newton for the past two years.

This program is free and open to the public. It will be held at 10 a.m. in the Drake Community Library, with refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot. Seniors needing transportation may call GRMC Communications and Development at 641-236-2593 by the Thursday before the program.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Deer Creek Family Care Welcomes Dr. Polly Hineman and Daryl Allison, PA-C

Deer Creek Family Care, an affiliated clinic of Grinnell Regional Medical Center, announces the addition of Polly J. Hineman, DO, and Daryl C. Allison, PA-C, to the Toledo primary care clinic. They will join Sherry Parks, PA-C, and Roy Doorenbos, MD, who serves as the supervising physician in the clinic.

The providers will shift their practice to Deer Creek Family Care, 401 First Ave., Toledo, and welcome current patients to the new clinic. Allison will begin seeing patients in early July and Hineman will begin in August. 

“Dr. Hineman and Daryl Allison have well-established practices with years of experience. They have a stellar reputation and strong patient following. I believe they will be an excellent addition to the Deer Creek Family Care clinic staff and Grinnell Regional’s medical staff,” says Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO. “Current patients of Dr. Hineman and Daryl will not need to seek a new provider or travel for care. We will welcome them at the Deer Creek Family Practice and GRMC.”

As an adult medicine (internal medicine) specialist, Hineman has served the Tama and Toledo area for more than 25 years. She originally began practicing in Toledo and Marshalltown in 1991. She earned her medical degree from University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (now called Des Moines University) and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. Her residencies were at Des Moines General Hospital, Des Moines; and Bon Secours Hospital, Grosse Pointe, Mich. She is board certified in internal medicine and general practice. She is an FAA certified Aviation Medical Examiner.

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve the people of Tama County,” Hineman says. “I am excited to join Deer Creek and the GRMC team.”

Allison has also served the Tama and Toledo area for more than 25 years. He began practicing in 1977 after earning his physician assistant degree from the University of Iowa. He is a longstanding member of the Iowa Physician Assistant Society, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants. Allison also served three years in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

“I am looking forward to the opportunities provided by joining the Deer Creek team for my patients and myself. And, I would hope to see all of my current patients and meet many of the current patients at Deer Creek, in absence of their care provider. I would love to see the original concept of the Deer Creek Health Center realized, which would be very beneficial to our patients. The reputations of Sherry Parks, Roy Doorenbos, and the Deer Creek and GRMC teams are well respected and well known to the area.”

Parks concurs with the anticipated benefits of adding new providers.

“I’m looking forward to Dr. Hineman and Daryl Allison joining the clinic team,” says Parks, who has been with the Deer Creek Family Care clinic since 2001. “Practicing with multiple providers allows greater opportunities. It’s a leap toward our original goal for this clinic of having primary care and specialists in one location so residents could remain local and not travel for healthcare. We have a wonderful community and with the addition of providers to our clinic, we will recruit more specialty providers and services.”

This expansion of specialty care includes Surgical Associates, which has committed to offering surgical consultations and exams with Matthew Severidt, DO, general surgeon, and Elizabeth Tigges, DO, gynecology and obstetrics specialist. Currently, Matthew McKnight, DPM, podiatrist, and Lauren Graham, MD, internal medicine specialist, see patients at the facility on a regular basis. GRMC is working with other providers to add specialists to the center.

“This really is part of our vision with GRMC to expand services into the area and serve residents,” Linden says. “The Deer Creek Health Center is a wonderful facility to accommodate health services. We feel the stars are aligning for a successful future.”

For more information about scheduling an appointment with Hineman, Allison, or Parks at Deer Creek Family Care, call 641-484-2602.

Letters Alert Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries about Missed Benefits

Beginning this week, over 28,000 Iowa Medicare beneficiaries will receive a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) telling them that they may be eligible for help with their out-of-pocket medical and drug expenses. The State of Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) encourages beneficiaries who receive these letters to contact SHIIP to learn how they can potentially save hundreds of dollars through the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) and Part D Extra Help.

The letters are sent annually to people with Medicare with limited incomes who could be eligible for help—but are not enrolled in these programs. The Medicare Savings Programs help with Medicare out-of-pocket costs. Medicare Part D Extra Help lowers the costs of prescription drugs.

“These letters are not a scam,” says Kris Gross, Director of SHIIP. “They are an important notice that people on Medicare should review and consider. SHIIP can help determine if you’re eligible, apply, and understand these new benefits once you’re approved.”

Grinnell Regional Medical Center hosts the SHIIP program and offers local counselors to assist area residents. Call 641-236-2588 to discuss your Medicare benefits with a counselor. Or residents may contact the state office at 1-800-351-4664 (TTY 800-735-2942) if you have questions about this assistance or other Medicare topics. SHIIP’s services are free, confidential, and objective. They do not promote or sell any insurance products.

GRMC Wins Multiple Marketing Awards

Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s Office of Communication and Development has won Healthcare Advertising Awards including a Merit Award and a Gold Award, as well as an Aster Award in marketing for the third year in a row.

The Healthcare Advertising Awards are sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report, the leading publication covering all aspects of healthcare marketing, advertising, and strategic business development. The Healthcare Advertising Awards is the oldest, largest, and most widely respected healthcare advertising awards competition.

Annually, a national panel of judges reviews entries; 2016 is the 33rd Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. GRMC earned a gold award for the ‘We are GRMC’ themed elevator skins – only 360 gold awards were awarded from over 3,700 entries – and a merit award for the ‘Are We There Yet?’ themed bariatrics microsite. Entries are judged on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design, and overall impact.

Aster Awards honor exceptional advertising or marketing in the healthcare field. All entries are judged by a panel of industry experts – design and healthcare marketing professionals – and judging criteria included creativity, layout and design, typography, production, quality, and overall effectiveness.  Participant’s entries competed against similar-sized organizations in their specific groups and categories.

The elevator skins displaying the ‘We are GRMC’ campaign, as depicted by staff and services at GRMC, won a silver award in the category of “Poster/Display – Single.” Silver awards honor entries that scored within the top 12 percent in the nation.

Designer of the elevator skins, Jen Hawkins, GRMC graphic designer, said that the campaign has been effective in communicating the passion of GRMC staff as well as the quality of the services.