2 P R I M A R Y C A R E P R OV I D E R S A good health must-have The new year might find you making resolutions for selfimprovement or better health. Did you know that one of the most important resolutions you can make is to schedule an annual appointment with a primary care clinic? Experts say that maintaining an ongoing relationship with a trusted primary care provider is one of the best ways to stay healthy. People who live in the rural counties served by Grundy County Memorial Hospital have access to a network of UnityPoint Health primary care providers. They can diagnose and treat a wide variety of illnesses, refer you for important screening tests as necessary, and, when more specialized care is needed, work with other doctors to identify the care you need. The clinics are linked by a common electronic medical record (EMR), which allows for secure and convenient sharing of health information, whether for routine care or in an emergency. The rural clinics also collaborate to see patients when one clinic or provider may be at capacity. Add making an appointment for your annual exam to your New Year’s resolution list today. You can find UnityPoint Clinic’s highly trained and compassionate teams in the following communities: Conrad: 641-366-2123. Eldora: 641-939-7777. Grundy Center: 319-824-6945. Parkersburg: 319-346-2331. this step to complete an evaluation with the physical therapy department and meet with a care coordinator, who will discuss your post-surgery needs to make sure you have the best recovery outcome possible. Surgery day The teamat GCMHworks together to ensure this day goes as smoothly as possible for you. You’ll be greeted first by a pre-op nurse, who will guide you through every step of theway. A familymember or friendmay accompany you until the time of your surgery. One thing that sets GCMH apart is the surgery department’s low infection rates. A UV light disinfection system is used to sterilize the operating rooms; you can be confident in your safety going into surgery. Recovery Many surgeries at GCMH are outpatient procedures, meaning you will go home the same day as your surgery after a period of time in post-operative recovery under the careful eye of your nursing team. For total joint replacement patients and those needing an extended recovery, you will recover in the hospital’s medical surgical unit for a day or more. Post-surgery The support from your surgery care team continues as you recover from your operation, whether you’re at home or recovering in the hospital. A surgery nurse will give you a call one to two days after your surgery to see how you are doing, and you will see your surgeon one to two weeks post-operation. Whether your care is continuing with physical therapy or other followup care or you’re back to doing the things you love, the team at GCMH is committed to helping you achieve the best outcome. When you need surgery, you need the team at GCMH. Talk to your doctor today about scheduling a surgery consult and get on your way to living well. Your journey to living well —Continued from front page healthNEWS Scan the QR code to learn more about the types of surgeries performed at GCMH. Meeting with anesthesia provider, Amber Hines, CRNA, is part of each pre-surgery routine.