UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center

Consolidating services

-Messenger file photo by Bill Shea
Bre Ahrens, center in tan jacket, who is the clinic supervisor for UnityPoint Health OB/GYN, and Sara Johnson, clinic adminstrator for UnityPoint Health Ob/GYN, prepare to snip a green ribbon to commemorate the opening of a site in UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center that combines obstetrics, gynecology and mammography services. The celebration was held Nov. 16, 2022.

Mammography and rehabilitation services were moved onto the main campus of UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center in a shift intended to create a convenient and cost effective site for patient care.

The shift of those services was one of the most noticeable changes at the Fort Dodge hospital in 2022.

During the past year, the hospital gained national recognition for some of its orthopedic care by becoming the first one in Iowa to receive the DNV Hip and Knee Replacement Program Certification.

That certification recognizes excellence in hip and knee replacement surgery and related procedures, including diagnosis, surgery and therapy.

Consolidation and building changes

For years, patients needing physical therapy had to go to the Highland Park Center on South 25th Street.

Meanwhile, women had to go to the Norma Schmoker Women’s Center across Kenyon Road from the hospital to get mammograms and other services.

That all ended in November.

After months of renovations, rehabilitation services and women’s services both opened in the main hospital building.

Trinity Rehabilitation opened inside the hospital not far from Entrance C in the back of the main building.

The renamed Norma Schmoker Imagining Center opened on the second floor of the Atrium in the front of the main building. It is located with UnityPoint Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology, creating one area for women’s health needs.

Other visible changes at the hospital building include the reopening of Entrance C. That’s the entrance patients use to go to Trinity Lymphedema, Trinity Rehabilitation and the Wound Center.

Also, the Diabetes Center moved. It can now be reached by an entrance on the front of the main building, west of the main entrance.

Awards and honors

The hospital and its employees received many honors during the past year.

In addition to the hip and knee replacement certification, honors for the hospital included:

• The 2021 Patient Experience Award for Courtesy and Respect of the Care Provider for UnityPoint Clinic Express.

• Center of Distinction Award for the Trinity Wound Healing Center.

American Heart Association awards for cardiovascular and stroke care.

• National accreditation for the Norma Schmoker Cancer Center from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

• Sleep Lab Accreditation for the Trinity Sleep Disorders Center.

• MI Registry Platinum Performance Award for the American College of Cardiology.

Employee of the Month Awards

January: Katherine Tierney, pharmacy

February: Ashley Edler, Emergency Services

March: Kristen Green

April: Hailey Busch, MRI technologist lead

May: Chelsie Dobney, Human Resources

June: Joan Kitten, Berryhill Center

July: Suzanne Fallon, employee health coordinator

August: Jessica Bailey, UnityPoint Clinic Kenyon Road – Gastroenterology

September: Linda Arends, lymphedema

October: Heather Winkler, Rehabilitation Services

November: Ashley Cunningham, UnityPoint Clinic Kenyon Road — Gastroenterology

DAISY Award Winners

Caitlyn Anderson, Resource Pool

Madysen Minor, Outpatient Surgery

Tara lager, Infusion Center

Lori Algoe, Infusion Center

Kari Constable, Birth Center

Mackensie Brennan -Rowe, Acute Care


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