OTTUMWA, IA – Ottumwa Regional Health Center welcomes Dr. Elizabeth Tigges, OB/GYN, and Dr. Plamen Todorow, Neurologist, to it’s medical community.
Dr. Todorow will be joining Ottumwa Regional on December 16 and will be establishing Ottumwa Neurology, where he will care for adult patients 18 years and older. He comes to Ottumwa most recently from Brainerd, Minnesota where he was an adult Neurologist at BMC. He is board certified in Neurology and Neurophysiology.
“We are excited to be bringing Dr. Todorow on board and be able to offer Neurology services to the community,” said Phil Noel, CEO at ORHC. “The lack of this service in our community has required our patients to go out of town to receive care, and with the addition of Dr. Todorow to our medical community we can help keep those patients close to home for treatment.”
Dr. Todorow’s office is located in the Haas Medical Plaza across from ORHC at 1013 Pennsylvania Avenue in suite E. Physician referrals can be made to his office by calling 641-684-3111.
Dr Tigges has joined the Ottumwa OB/GYN Clinic and started seeing patients on December 11. She comes to Ottumwa most recently from the University of Tennessee, where she was an Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology for the Health Sciences Center. Dr. Tigges is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
“Dr. Tigges is such a great addition to our group of OB/GYN providers, she has a great energy and has family in the area so she is vested in our community,” said Noel. “We have a very comprehensive group of OB/GYN providers, and adding Dr. Tigges will allow the practice to continue to grow.”
Dr. Tigges’ office is located in at 1005 Pennsylvania Avenue, in suite 204. Appointments can be made with her by calling 641-682-8761.
OTTUMWA, IA – Ottumwa Regional Health Center has commenced construction on a new Senior Behavioral Care Center. The 14-bed unit will be located on the third floor of the hospital in the west wing, and entails a renovation of that area.
“We are excited to begin construction on the Senior Behavioral Care Center at ORHC,” said Phil Noel, CEO at ORHC. “This is an extremely important need for our community and beyond, and we are looking forward to being able to offer a much needed service to our patient population.”
The unit will tentatively open in May 2014, and will provide inpatient mental health care services in a comfortable and safe environment. The focus of the Senior Behavioral Care center will be to address the specific needs of senior aged adults.
The construction is currently in the initial stages and patients and guests will notice construction equipment outside of the front of the hospital. Patients and guests will not experience any delays to patient care during the duration of the project.
“This unit will help to fill a void of services in our community and as construction begins, we continue to focus on planning and implementation of the unit to ensure it will be a safe and caring environment where our patients can receive quality care,” Noel continued.
OTTUMWA, IA – The Acute Rehab Unit and Outpatient Rehab Unit at Ottumwa Regional Health Center celebrated National Rehab Awareness Week, September 15 – 21, by giving back to the community that has continued to trust its healthcare needs to them.
Staff from both units chose to volunteer to help serve lunch at the Salvation Army on Tuesday, September 17.
“There are many individuals within our community that have a lack of resources, and this is our way of giving back to the community that supports us,” said Lynnette Winn, external admissions coordinator for the Acute Rehab Unit.
This week is designed to promote the value of rehabilitation; highlight the capabilities of people with disabilities; to salute professionals who provide service to people with disabilities; and to renew our nation’s commitment to fulfill the unmet needs of people with disabilities.
“Every year we celebrate rehab awareness week at Ottumwa Regional Health Center to celebrate our patients’ successes. This is a nation-wide event to create an awareness of the need for physical rehabilitation,” said Robin Honomichl, director of Rehab Services.
Ottumwa Regional Health Center provides rehab services at the acute, outpatient and home health levels of care. The Acute Rehab Unit will be celebrating its eleventh anniversary this year.
(Ottumwa, IA) – Officials at Ottumwa Regional Health Center announced today that Phil Noel has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer for the hospital. Mr. Noel has been serving as the Interim CEO since early August.
Ted Haas M.D., Chairman of the Hospital board, said “We are very excited to announce that Phil Noel has accepted our offer to become the hospital CEO. Over the past few weeks it has become clear that he is the right man to lead this hospital forward. His commitments to high quality patient care, developing a strong culture of compassion and caring, and the growth of hospital services is impressive. It was the unanimous decision of our board that Phil is the right guy.”
Phil Noel said, “I am honored to be named as the CEO of Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Given the strong and growing medical staff and talented hospital employees, we have the chance to make this hospital a magnet for healthcare services in southeast Iowa. I have spent the last five weeks meeting with employees, physicians, board members, and community leaders to understand the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.”
Mr. Noel added, “Our job at the hospital is to provide compassionate care, offer a high level of clinical services, and work hard to provide peace of mind to our friends and neighbors when they come to us at challenging times. I am confident that ORHC will rise to the challenge and be a hospital that our community can be proud of.”
Accomplishments at his most recent hospital include:
- The facility had HCAHPS, outpatient and ED patient satisfaction in excess of the 87th percentile
- Oversaw the construction and transition of a $100M replacement hospital
- Expanded numerous service lines, including orthopedics and wound care, to improve patient access to services
Prior to serving as the Interim CEO here at ORHC, Mr. Noel spent more than 25 years in hospital administration, serving as Chief Executive Officer or Chief Operating Officer for hospitals across the country. For the past ten years he has served as Chief Operating Officer for hospitals in the Baptist Health System in San Antonio, TX. He is a graduate of the Citadel with a BS in Business Administration.
Phil and his wife Connie have two grown children and are proud grandparents to the three grandchildren.
OTTUMWA, IA – Ottumwa Regional Health Center and Alliant Energy have joined Dizzy in her efforts to get kids moving this fall with her Dizzercise classes. The Healthy Kids Kick-Off with Dizzy will take place on Tuesday, September 10 from 5 – 7 p.m. at North HyVee.
Kids will have the opportunity to register for the classes at the kick-off, try out a smoothie from the smoothie bar and participate in a free Dizzercise class. There will also be nurses on hand to check heart rate and blood pressure, as well as a dietician to answer any questions.
The Dizzercise classes will take place at the YMCA this Fall with the Preschool/Kindergarten sessions beginning on September 18 from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m., and will run for six weeks every Wednesday at this time, ending October 23. The sessions for elementary age children will begin September 21 from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m., and will run for six weeks every Saturday at this time, ending October 26. Each session is limited to 25 children, so pre-registration is recommended.
By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer
OTTUMWA — The health care professionals went to Haiti to change lives. The surprise was how much their own lives changed.
“It certainly changes one’s perspective,” said Dr. Ted Haas of Ottumwa. “You wouldn’t go if you didn’t feel you were making a difference. But we changed, too.”
A nine-person team from Ottumwa Regional Health Center went to Haiti as part of a medical mission. Parent company RegionalCare Hospital Partners is committed, Haas believes, to taking on a project to help people. They’ve teamed up with a group called Live Beyond, which has been sending a group of medical providers to the earthquake-devastated country for one week each month. Various groups have adopted part of the island to serve. Live Beyond is stationed about an hour from the nation’s capital, in the village of Thomazeau.
“There was devastation everywhere. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. There’s no regular drinkable water, there’s no power grid for electricity. You have to have your own generator. There aren’t any hotels. It is very poor. The majority of the people live in one-room huts with a dirt or mud floor,” Haas said.
Haiti was partially like that before the earthquake, too, he added. People were barely surviving.
“This has been going on for years and years, and that’s what made them so vulnerable [to a disaster],” he said.
Long-term planning, like for hospitals, schools and even jobs, gets pushed aside for more immediate needs.
“The people there, their goal is to get enough to eat to survive the day. To feed the family today,” Haas said.
RegionalCare has a team going in July from an Ohio hospital. Live Beyond is trying to create a more constant presence. Haas said they’re going to build a small hospital, and RegionalCare will provide all the equipment from the surplus collected from their eight hospitals.
So this older equipment might be better than what they had in Haiti already?
“It would have to be,” said Haas, “because they didn’t have anything.”
The nation does have one treasure that Haas and the team were impressed by: the Haitian people. They lead hard lives, and it’s hard to be cheerful when you’re always hungry, Haas said. Not once did Haas feel unsafe.
“The people would smile and were very gratified that someone would come to help them. We did basic medical care for 150 people a day,” he said. “I am very glad I went; all nine of us said that. I am so proud of our team, because we accomplished so much. Everyone worked very hard. When we arrived in Iowa Friday, we were hot and tired and worn out — but very gratified.”
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