𝗔𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟭𝟯𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗻𝗼 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗲 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵 𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀.

𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟭𝟴𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵 𝗕𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟵-𝟯. The Bivalent booster is for ages 6 years and older as a single booster dose administered at least 2 months after either: the completion of primary vaccination with any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine 𝙊𝙍 the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved Monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have history of prior Covid-19, then you may consider delaying booster dose for 3 months following infection.

For more information, please call the Medical Clinic at (641) 622-1170.

Our family practice and behavioral health services are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. We currently have acute walk-in hours from 7 am to 3 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8 am to 3 pm on Thursdays. Our Retail Pharmacy is open 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday and  8 am to 12 pm on Saturday. To schedule an appointment during regular clinic hours, please call (641) 622-1170.

Labs, Point of Care Testing and X-Ray Available On-site
Monday – Friday from 8 am to 3 pm | Patients must walk-in before 3 pm

Acute Medical Services include, but are not limited to evaluation and treatment for:

• Allergy
• Blood pressure check
• Colds, flu and other viral illnesses
• Cellulitis
• Diarrhea and dehydration
• Ear, eye, throat and sinus infections
• Headache or migraine
• Minor cuts and scrapes
• Minor head injury
• Minor joint or back pain
• Nausea & vomiting
• Nebulizer treatments
• Sexually transmitted diseases (STD)
• Sprains and strains and Fractures
• Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Keokuk County Medical Clinic is pleased to announce
Mariah Johnson, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Mariah Johnson, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, attended St. Ambrose University for her undergraduate degree in nursing where she graduated with honors. She worked as an intensive care nurse until 2022 when she obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. She is a long time area resident, having grown up in Washington, IA where she still resides today with her husband and new son.

As our new Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, she is looking forward to building her practice and is now accepting referrals for patients all across the lifespan! She is passionate about helping patients achieve their optimal mental health status and goals!

The Keokuk County Medical Clinic offers a range of therapeutic services for behavioral health problems. Mariah Johnson will work alongside Stefanie Yearian for medication management, both board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) Marcy Dewitt and her therapy dog Duke, work with clients to accomplish goals that they have for relationships, depression, anxiety, trauma and grief.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact the Keokuk County Medical Clinic at 641-622-1170.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV): Symptoms and Care

People infected with RSV usually show symptoms within 4 to 6 days after getting infected. Symptoms of RSV infection usually include:
• Runny Nose
• Decrease in appetite
• Coughing
• Sneezing
• Fever
• Wheezing

These symptoms usually appear in stages and not all at once. In very young infants with RSV, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties. Almost all children will have had an RSV infection by their second birthday. Call your healthcare professional if you or your child is having difficulty breathing, not drinking enough fluids, or experiencing worsening symptoms.

Care: Most RSV infections go away on their own in a week or two. There is no specific treatment for RSV infection, though researchers are working to develop vaccines and antivirals (medicines that fight viruses).

Take steps to relieve symptoms: Manage fever and pain with over-the-counter fever reducers and pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. (Never give aspirin to children.) Drink enough fluids. It is important for people with RSV infection to drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration (loss of body fluids). Talk to your healthcare provider before giving your child nonprescription cold medicines. Some medicines contain ingredients that are not good for children.

RSV can also cause more severe infections such as bronchiolitis, an inflammation of the small airways in the lung, and pneumonia, an infection of the lungs. It is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children younger than 1 year of age.

Healthy adults and infants infected with RSV do not usually need to be hospitalized. But some people with RSV infection, especially older adults and infants younger than 6 months of age, may need to be hospitalized if they are having trouble breathing or are dehydrated. In the most severe cases, a person may require additional oxygen, or IV fluids (if they can’t eat or drink enough), or intubation (have a breathing tube inserted through the mouth and down to the airway) with mechanical ventilation (a machine to help a person breathe). In most of these cases, hospitalization only lasts a few days.

SOURCE: cdc.gov

Your Rights and Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills

When you get emergency care or are treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, you are protected from balance billing. In these cases, you shouldn’t be charged more than your plan’s copayments, coinsurance and/or deductible.

To learn more visit: https://www.keokukhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/FINAL-RP-Surprise-Medical-Bills_JAN2022.pdf.

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost.

To learn more visit: https://www.keokukhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/FINAL-Good-Faith-Estimate-Rights_JAN2022.pdf.

For a current calendar and complete listing of our services, please click on this link: https://www.keokukhealth.com/calendar/

Visitor Restrictions Updated

Non-Imminent Patients:
• Visitation Hours 9 am to 7 pm*
• 2 visitors at a time, may rotate in and out

Imminent Patients:
• (COVID & Non-COVID), 4 visitors at a time, may rotate in and out

All Visitors:
• Screening and face mask required
• Must remain in the designated patient room throughout the visit
• Visitors under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

KCHC reserves the right to change or modify the above visitation policy at any time to protect the health and safety of patients, families and employees. If you have any questions, please call Wendy Stuhr, Director of Nursing and Ancillary Patient Care Services, at (641) 622-1170.

*Unless staff needs to have a family member present with patient because of medical reasons.

Hedrick Medical Clinic Welcomes
Dr. Andrew Frost

Dr. Frost is available Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 am to 4 pm. To make an appointment, call (641) 622-1170.

Dr. Frost Has taken a fairly colorful path to the position of medicine that he holds today.

Before entering college, he was a accomplished metal fabricator, mechanic and volunteer paramedic. He attended Loras College in Dubuque Iowa for his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry . He is a 1997 graduate of the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines and completed his Family Practice residency at Trinity Health in Davenport Iowa.

Dr. Frost holds a position as an affiliate professor at Des Moines University and for the past 17 years has trained third and fourth year medical students.

He comes to Keokuk County Hospital and Clinics with 22 years of experience. In addition to working in the emergency room, Dr. Frost will also practice rural family medicine at the Hedrick clinic and osteopathy at the Sigourney Medical Clinic.

He prefers to take a wholistic approach with his patients and believes that exercise and good nutrition play a vital role in your health. He believes good nutrition in conjunction with osteopathic adjustments can help diminish pain, improve your immune system and ultimately help you achieve your goals to optimize your health.

Fun things to know about Dr. Frost…

He is a bona fide motorhead and has a deep interest in all things mechanical. Especially cars and motorcycles.

In addition to his medical career, he runs a home business with his wife where they design and fabricate safety products for off-road vehicles. They also host a YouTube channel involving their friends and teenage daughter reviewing adventure foods. He and his family also love to travel to hiking destinations. He is a gardener, beekeeper and an avid dirt bike rider.