Thursday, February 17, 2011

PayPal Now an Option at GRMC

Patients who need to make payment on their accounts or patrons paying for a fitness center membership at Grinnell Regional Medical Center now have a new option. GRMC is now accepting payments via PayPal. PayPal allows payment with a credit card, debit card, or have a payment taken directly from a bank account safely and securely online.

“It’s also very convenient,” says Angie Spriggs, GRMC cashier/patient service representative. “It saves time, postage, and the payment is made immediately. We are seeing an increase in the number of patients who are using this online system to pay on their accounts with GRMC.”

Patients do not need to be a member of PayPal in order to use the system for payments made to GRMC.

“Right now we can accept credit cards and debit cards through PayPal,” Spriggs says. “We are looking into the option of accepting flexible medical account cards to see if that is something we can offer online, too.”

Accessing PayPal is easy. Visit the GRMC website, To pay a hospital bill, click on the link, “Pay Your Hospital Bill Online.” To pay a fitness center membership, click on the Health and Wellness tab on the GRMC website, and then click on Wellness Services to find the link to pay for a fitness center membership.

For any questions about hospital billing, accounts, or PayPal, please call 641-236-2483. For questions about wellness services, please call 641-236-2999.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Volunteers Needed for Medical Reserve Corps

Community-wide emergencies arise without advance warning and in those cases medical support for residents is crucial. Grinnell Regional Public Health received a grant to develop a Medical Reserve Corps in Poweshiek County.

The Medical Reserve Corps is community-based volunteer group that can respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources. The mission is to engage community volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response, and community resiliency in Poweshiek County. MRC volunteers can include medical and public health professionals. Many community members can fill key support roles.

The MRC was founded nationally in 2002 as a way for individuals and organizations to volunteer in support of their communities. It is a specialized component of Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security.

“We are looking for residents who are interested in volunteering to help prepare and protect our community,” explains Patty Hinrichs, Grinnell Regional Public Health director. “We welcome anyone, especially those with medical background or training, who would not be required to work in other areas during a community emergency.”

To form this very important organization we need medical and non-medical personnel. We will have an informational meeting on Wednesday, March 9, at 3 PM in the Light Center. At this meeting, interested individuals will learn about the MRC roles and responsibilities, training available, time commitment, and examples of how MRCs provide support in communities.

For more information or to sign up, call the Grinnell Regional Public Health office at 641-236-2385.