May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you would like to speak with one of the Keokuk County Hospital & Clinics Behavioral Health Team, call (641) 622-1170.

Millions of people in the U.S. live with a mental health condition — you likely encounter people with a mental illness in your family or in your daily life. If you are unsure of how best to approach someone who may be struggling, these tips may help.

• Ease into the conversation, gradually. It may be that the person is not in a place to talk, and that is OK. Greeting them and extending a gentle kindness can go a long way. Sometimes less is more.
• Speak in a relaxed and calm manner. Communicate in a straightforward manner and stick to one topic at a time.
• Be respectful, compassionate and empathetic to their feelings by engaging in reflective listening, such as “I hear that you are having a bad day today. Yes, some days are certainly more challenging than others. I understand.”
• Be a good listener, be responsive and make eye contact with a caring approach.
• Genuinely express your concern.
• Offer your support and connect them to help if you feel that they need it.

For more tips on what to say and what to avoid saying and doing, visit: To learn more about the KCHC Behavioral Health team, visit:


Visitor Restrictions Updated, Effective Friday, April 1, 2022

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.

Get free at home COVID-19 tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

Need help placing an order for your at-⁠home tests?
Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).

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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.

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

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