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Community Care Auxiliary Donates Pictures to Behavioral Health Unit


Community Care Auxiliary is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization who recently donated pictures for the use in Ottumwa Regional Health Center’s Behavioral Health Unit. The Behavioral Health Center is a 14 bed unit which offers a full range of highly specialized mental health services to meet the needs of adults 18 and older and their families.

“The Community Care Auxiliary chose to partner with the Behavioral Health Unit to make the atmosphere in the unit a more home like environment. We strive to be a vital asset in assisting patients in their time of need,” said Jackie Baker, Auxiliary President.

The Auxiliary Coordinated with Maggie, BHU Director and Maintenance Director, Tom Parsons on the Project. Twenty one pictures 32”x40” size will be mounted around the unit by the hospitals maintenance department. Luke Collins was the Photographer out of Door County, Wisconsin. The project expenditure was over $5,000.

“Currently, on the behavioral health unit, our walls are blank and bare and don’t create the warm and welcoming environment we would like to have. The new art will bring the walls to life and create a more positive and welcoming environment,” said Kayla Wilson, Behavioral Health Charge Nurse. “There are many benefits to wall art, one being that it promotes stress reduction through the use of cool and warm colors which overall enhances the aura of the unit.”




About Ottumwa Regional Health Center: For more than 125 years, Ottumwa Regional Health Center has been serving the community of Ottumwa and the citizens of Southeast Iowa. We are a full service regional health center providing a wide range of health services, including emergency medicine, critical care services, medical/surgical, acute rehabilitation, obstetrics, pediatrics and home care, as well as specialty services such as cardiac catheterization, diagnostic and therapeutic radiological services, wound care, pain clinic, sleep lab, pathology, and so much more.