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.
To schedule a consulation with the Keokuk County Hospital Physical Therapy Department, please call (641) 622-1180. For more information, please visit https://www.keokukhealth.com/therapy-services/.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV) Prevention

There are steps you can take to help prevent the spread of RSV. Specifically, if you have cold-like symptoms you should:
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, not your hands
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 second
• Avoid close contact, such as kissing, shaking hands, and sharing cups and eating utensils, with others
• Clean frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and mobile devices

Ideally, people with cold-like symptoms should not interact with children at high risk for severe RSV disease, including premature infants, children younger than 2 years of age with chronic lung or heart conditions, children with weakened immune systems, or children with neuromuscular disorders. If this is not possible, they should carefully follow the prevention steps mentioned above and wash their hands before interacting with such children. They should also refrain from kissing high-risk children while they have cold-like symptoms.

Parents of children at high risk for developing severe RSV disease should help their child, when possible, do the following:
• Avoid close contact with sick people
• Wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds• Avoid touching their face with unwashed hand
• Limit the time they spend in childcare centers or other potentially contagious settings during periods of high RSV activity. This may help prevent infection and spread of the virus during the RSV season

Researchers are working to develop RSV vaccines, but none are available yet. A drug called palivizumab (pah-lih-VIH-zu-mahb) is available to prevent severe RSV illness in certain infants and children who are at high risk for severe disease. This could include, for example, infants born prematurely or with congenital (present from birth) heart disease or chronic lung disease. The drug can help prevent serious RSV disease, but it cannot help cure or treat children already suffering from serious RSV disease, and it cannot prevent infection with RSV. If your child is at high risk for severe RSV disease, talk to your healthcare provider to see if palivizumab can be used as a preventive measure.

SOURCE: cdc.gov

Nobody likes to hurt. Unfortunately, 1 in 4 people in rural America suffer from chronic pain. If you are dealing with complex and chronic pain, you may benefit from the expertise of a therapeutic pain specialist (TPS). Cory Nielson, DPT, TPS has advanced training in pain neuroscience and the evaluation and treatment of complex and chronic pain. He and the whole therapy team at KCHC are here to help!

About Complex and Chronic Pain

When we have an injury, we also experience pain to protect us from further injury. Once the injury heals, pain usually goes away. Sometimes, however, pain does not go away even after the body heals. This is a different type of pain called central sensitization and is caused by adaptations in the nerves, spinal cord and brain. Central sensitization can also coexist with common conditions like arthritis, making the pain significantly worse than it would be otherwise. To be successful, treatments must target not only the muscles and joints, but also the nerves, spinal cord and brain.

Common Conditions:
• Chronic low back pain
• Chronic whiplash associated disorders
• Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
• Fibromyalgia
• Peripheral neuropathy pain
• Phantom-limb pain
• Trigeminal neuralgia
• Other chronic or complex pains

For more information, visit https://www.keokukhealth.com/new-complex-and-chronic…/ or call (641) 622-1180 and ask to speak with Cory Nielson, DPT, TPS.

Dry Needling: Frequently Asked Questions

When one is referred to Physical Therapy they are evaluated and a treatment plan is established which may include Functional Dry Needling (FDN). FDN is an effective adjunct to traditional physical therapy to help manage pain and restore movement and function.

What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling involves introducing a fine filiform needle into the muscle believed to be involved with the patient’s dysfunction or pain. Dry Needling has a local effect but also may be used to affect referred muscular pain, improve tissue blood flow, mitigate pain chemicals and influence the nervous system to reduce sensitization from an injury or a chronic problem.

What does Dry Needling feel like?
The sensation of the needle in the tissue is described most commonly as a mild cramping to a deep ache. Many patients report no discomfort or sensation at all. Once in the target tissue the therapist is seeking a local twitch response where the muscle involuntarily contracts. The degree of this varies from individual to individual but only lasts momentarily. Any other sensation can be explained by your therapist

What will I feel like following Dry Needling?
You should have some relief from the symptoms that brought you to physical therapy. Subsequent to Dry Needling patients may also commonly feel tired, the muscles involved may feel a muscle soreness like you exercised at the gym and mild discomfort. These generally resolve in less than 24-48 hours. It is important to drink plenty of water following Dry Needling and follow your HEP.

Common Conditions treated with Dry Needling:
Back and Neck pain
Joint pain
Muscle spasms
Muscle strains

Is Dry Needling safe? Yes.
Practitioners are well trained licensed Physical Therapists by the Iowa board of Physical and Occupational Therapy. Practitioners have also been trained and certified to practice Dry Needling via post graduate course work. Safety standards are strictly adhered to regarding cleanliness and use of sterile needles.

Is Dry Needling the same thing as acupuncture? No.
The needles used are essentially the same. However, acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine involving the insertion of needles along specific acupoints and meridians including the ear. The point is to balance forces between Yin and Yang that produce the body’s chi. Dry Needling applies needles to specific tissue responsible for driving neuromuscular dysfunction to restore neuromotor dysfunction.

Does insurance cover Dry Needling?
Very few if any insurances including Medicare cover Dry Needling. This treatment will most likely be an out of pocket expense and due at the time of service. Sessions that involve Dry Needling will be $35.00 for 1-2 muscles and $45.00 for 3 or more muscles.

To learn more, call (641) 622-1180 and ask to speak with Brian Peterson, PT, Cert MDT, Therapy Services Manager.

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.

Keokuk County Hospital & Clinics welcomes Dr. Frost to their Hedrick Medical Clinic! He will be 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.

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.