Progress Health and Lifestyle 2018

Tech Tuneup

This year, visitors to the downtown REC will get a big boost in contemporary connectivity while they work out. “Wifi is new for 2018. People love that,” said Dave Pearson, executive director. “It’s been one of those things that have been in demand.” But providing wireless access ...

Friendship Haven: Facilitating a journey

When the ribbon to open the Journeys at Friendship Haven memory care unit was cut in June of 2017, staff wasted no time in moving the first 15 residents into the facility. Since then, more residents have moved in and the care unit is usually at, or near, its capacity of 30 ...

Marian Home: Looking good

As 2018 begins, the Marian Home, 2400 Sixth Ave. N, is looking mighty fine. A nearly $14 million renovation and expansion has made the facility fully state-of-the-art. The licensed intermediate care and skilled nursing facility has been serving the community for more than four decades. ...

Mercy Clinic: Opened in early 2017

A new family practice clinic with two well-known local physicians leading the medical team opened in Fort Dodge in early 2017. The new clinic is affiliated with Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. While the Mercy name is new, Dr. John Birkett and Dr. Alan Nguyen are no strangers to Fort ...

Community Health Center: Dramatic transformation

The Community Health Center of Fort Dodge is thriving after undergoing a dramatic transformation this year. The clinic at 126 N 10th St. has been serving all patients, including those with low income or no insurance, since 2006, and in August last year it held a ribbon cutting for its ...

FD Community Foundation/United Way: Focus on philanthropy

The Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way is dedicated to helping people who need a hand up and working collaboratively with an array of other organizations to better the community. It is a multifaceted clearinghouse for a wide assortment of projects and causes. Perhaps its most ...

Community & Family Resources: Helping in a crisis

For 50 years now Community and Family Resources has been there for people dealing with a crisis. Ever since the agency was founded, those needing to detox have been able to come to the building on South 17th Street to get the help they need. But in 2018, CFR is ready to move to a bigger ...

Meals on Wheels: A welcome return

Meals on Wheels is back. The program providing food at home for elderly and homebound clients received new life in Fort Dodge this year, after four years of struggling and uncertainty. “When we started last March we had four clients,” said program coordinator Barb Michaels. “Today we ...

Fort Dodge Fire Department: Ready to save lives

A new chief, two new captains, two new lieutenants and six new firefighters dramatically reshaped the roster of the Fort Dodge Fire Department in 2017. New faces weren’t the only things new at the Fire Department in the last year. A new pumper was delivered in November and it was put ...

Fort Dodge Police Department: To protect and serve

One could almost say that the Fort Dodge Police Department has undergone a makeover. Due to the retirements of a number of longtime officers and subsequent promotions, the leadership team of the Fort Dodge Police Department looks different than it did just a year ago. The most visible ...

Life & Health Care: Providing quality care

WEBSTER CITY — Care for clients. Care for each other. Care for the community. These are the three principles Life & Health Care, based in Webster City, does business by. “Whoever needs help, we help,” said Mona Everson, owner and chief executive officer of Life & ...