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Community-based health care


Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Health care needs occur in the lives of everyone. In the previous article, we explored the community efforts to keep health care close to home. The advent of Medicare and Medicaid encouraged the development of hospitals and nursing homes in small communities. Hospitals and nursing homes in larger cities were reimbursed at a higher rate than those in small towns. The discrepancy made it difficult for the smaller institutions to remain open, and many of them were forced to close. The people of the Harmony area were determined to keep health care close to home.

After Greg Braun was hired as hospital administrator, he began looking into possible collaborations with other institutions. The people of Harmony saw the advantages of affiliation with a large medical network. Affiliation with Lutheran Health Systems brought new opportunities to our local hospital.

In a July 1988 article, Greg Braun said, "Since Medicare changes in 1984, small rural hospitals have been treated at a big disadvantage in comparison to big city hospitals. If Lutheran Health System accepts the proposed affiliation with the Harmony Community Hospital and Nursing Home, the venture will be an addition to a Lutheran Health System network of healthcare facilities including nursing homes, hospitals and facilities for the handicapped in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Lutheran Health System is a parent corporation that merges health care systems to the benefit of everyone involved." The Lutheran Health System held two of the ten director positions on the Harmony Community Healthcare Board of Directors.

In the ten years from 1984 through 1994, Harmony Community Healthcare transitioned from being a city owned facility to being wholly owned by the Hospital Association with a lease agreement to the city. Additionally, there was the change in Medicare and Medicaid funding programs that focused on payment for the level of care determined by a complex system of patient care review. In July 1994, there was an announcement that Tweeten Lutheran Health Care Center of Spring Grove and Harmony Community Healthcare of Harmony were making plans to develop joint ventures for physical, occupational, and speech therapies, house calls, in-home counseling, community education, transportation, and specialty home health care. Bob Schmidt, administrator in Spring Grove, commented in an article saying, "We feel that the movement in health care is to maintain people at home, independently, rathe .....
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Beat the Dog Days of Summer and donate blood through the American Red Cross

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

While the temperature outside is rising, and according to the American Red Cross, the blood supply often drops due to donors being on vacation or busy with summer activities.

"Summer is a fun, but busy season for a lot of people," said Geoff ..... 
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Red Cross racing season revs up summer

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Greg Biffle - driver of Roush Fenway Racing's No. 16 Ford Fusion - has signed on again as a Red Cross spokesperson this 2010 racing season to help raise awareness among the 75 million NASCAR fans across the country about the ongoing need for blood d ..... 
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Health officials remind Minnesotans to "swim healthy" this summer Germs on and in swimmers' bodies can make people sick; preventive measures can help people avoid illness

Thu, Jul 1st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



Awareness of disease risks and healthy swimming practices can play an important role in stopping the spread of illnesses when you go to the pool or the beach this summer, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, first designated by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. Mental illness affects one in four American families and people in diverse communities are no exception.

The U.S. Surgeon G ..... 
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Two Minnesota cases of Salmonella infection linked to national recall of frozen meals

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Two recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to frozen chicken and rice meals being recalled nationally, state health and agriculture officials said today.

ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods of Iowa is recalling all Marie Callend ..... 
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Food Safety Tips for a Safe and Healthy 4th of July

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minneapolis (June 18, 2010) - Practicing proper food handling techniques will protect yourself, your family and friends from food-borne illness and food contamination. Here are some tips from the Minnesota Beef Council to keep in mind when preparing, ..... 
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Adult Tetanus Vaccinations Provided at Dairy Night on the Farm

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) has received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide adult immunizations. FCPH will be offering tetanus vaccinations for underinsured or uninsured adults at the Dairy Night on ..... 
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July 4th Whalan Fastpitch Tournament

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What comes to mind when you think of the Fourth of July? Hopefully the birth of our great country, the United States of America. Do you also think fireworks? Picnics? Family gatherings? Another thing many people of our area equate with July 4th is t ..... 
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