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Breast Feeding Support Group

March 29, 2018 - 9:00 AM


breastfeeding support groupBreast Friends 


         Support Group


Facilitated by one of our Certified Lactation Counselors, you will have an opportunity to weigh your baby, hear what is working for other mothers, receive information and support, and make connections.

 Please join us for an opportunity to support and share with other breastfeeding moms

This group meets:

  • the 4th Wednesday of every month
  • in the Veterans Room
  • at Floyd County Medical Center
  • from 5:30 - 6:30pm

Next meeting will be WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018!

 Expecting mothers are encouraged to attend!

This group is facilitated by our Certified Lactation Counselors:

Sonni Martzahn, RN, IBCLC and Amy Kilcher, RN, CLC   

To sign up, call the Floyd County Medical Center Birth Center at 641.228.6830, ext. 276


Ostomy Support Group

March 29, 2018 - 8:12 AM

FCMC Ostomy Support Group - May 2, 2018

We will have a special guest speaker, Dr. Angela VanGilder to discuss surgeries, colonoscopies, stoma hernias, reversal surgeries, or any other questions you may have!

Anyone with a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy, and/or a caregiver to someone with a stoma, please join us on:

UOAAWednesday, May 2, 2018


in the FCMC Veteran's Room

For more information, contact Lynne Wilkens, RN, CWON at 641-257-4353

Group meets the 1st Wednesday of every month!


November 9, 2012 - 11:08 AM

Books are Fun     BOOK FAIR TODAY!

Books are Fun is holding a Book Fair

at Floyd County Medical Center on

Friday, November 9th

from 9:00am-5:00pm


Lots of great books and gifts for Christmas!!

come check it out!


SHIIP Volunteers Receive Award

July 26, 2012 - 2:04 PM

FCMC SHIIP Volunteers are 2012 Governor’s Volunteer Award Recipients

On June 29th, four SHIIP volunteers from Floyd County Medical Center attended the 29th Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards ceremony at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.  Marguerite Ingram, Maida Weigmann, Connie Huemann, and ­­­­­­­­­­­­Betty Manning were on hand to receive the Group Length of Service Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad, for facilitating the SHIIP program at Floyd County Medical Center for 10 years.  The group was nominated for the award by Julie Rarick of the Des Moines SHIIP office.  SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) is a program which provides free and unbiased Medicare insurance counseling and assistance.  The SHIIP volunteers accept counseling appointments from October 15th – December 7th every year to assist seniors in understanding Medicare benefits, the prescription drug plans, Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.  Floyd County Medical Center joins the Governor in honoring these special ladies who have given the precious gift of their time to make a difference and enrich the lives of others in our community.

SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, is a service of the State of Iowa.  SHIIP counselors are trained by the state and do not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies or agents. Floyd County Medical Center is a local sponsor for SHIIP in Floyd County.

Volunteer Award

Pictured, Marguerite Ingram accepts the Group Length of Service Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.

5K Training Program

April 13, 2011 - 10:12 AM

5K The FCMC Way!

A kick-off meeting was held on Wednesday, May 4th for 5K the FCMC Way!

5K the FCMC Way is a free training program for the residents of the Charles City community, to train 8 weeks with a goal of completing the Charley Western Firecracker 5K on July 4th. Whether you want to walk or run, or a combination of both, the training program will push you to increase your daily activity, provide tips for improving your overall health and also toss in a few fun incentives along the way.

We had approximately 60 of our participants at the meeting where they picked up their training packets and a pedometer donated by Cambrex!  Troy Loeckle, DPT, spoke for a few minutes on warming up and cooling down.  Becky Prostine, RD/LD, MPH, FCMC's registered dietitian explained how the program will work, and we were able to give away 5 water bottles donated by Beth Blumberg of Boundless Promotions!

If you registered for the program but were unable to attend last night's meeting, you can pick up your training packet anytime at the front desk at Floyd County Medical Center.

Training begins on Monday, May 9th!  Have fun and happy training!!!

Keeping Your Heart & Blood Vessels Healthy with Diabetes

February 10, 2011 - 8:40 AM

 Keeping Your Heart and Blood Vessels Healthy with Diabetes

Submitted by Sue Zubrod RN, BSN, CDE, Diabetes Educator at Floyd County Medical Center.

Too much glucose in the blood for a long time can cause diabetes problems. This high blood glucose, also called blood sugar, can damage many parts of the body, such as the heart, blood vessels, eyes, and kidneys. Heart and blood vessel disease can lead to heart attacks and strokes, the leading causes of death for people with diabetes. You can do a lot to prevent or slow down diabetes problems.

·         Keep your blood glucose under control. You can see if your blood glucose is under control by having an A1C test at least twice a year. The A1C test tells you your average blood glucose for the past 2 to 3 months. The target for most people with diabetes is below 7. In some people with heart disease or other special circumstances, their doctor may recommend slightly higher levels of A1C.

·         Keep your blood pressure under control. Have it checked at every doctor visit. The target for most people with diabetes is below 130/80.

·         Keep your cholesterol under control. Have it checked at least once a year. The targets for most people with diabetes are:

    • LDL—“bad cholesterol”: below 100
    • HDL—“good cholesterol”: above 40 in men and above 50 in women
    • triglycerides—another type of fat in the blood: below 150
  • Make physical activity a part of your daily routine. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Check with your doctor to learn what activities are best for you. Take a half-hour walk every day. Or walk for 10 minutes after each meal. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Park at the far end of the lot.

·         Make sure the foods you eat are “heart-healthy.” Include foods high in fiber, such as oat bran, oatmeal, whole-grain breads and cereals, fruits, and vegetables. Cut back on foods high in saturated fat or cholesterol. Limit foods with trans fat, such as some snack foods and commercially baked goods. Check the nutrition facts label- if a food contains trans fat, it must be listed. Cut back on foods high in sodium (salt).

·         Lose weight if you need to. If you are overweight, try to exercise most days of the week. See a registered dietitian for help in planning meals and lowering the fat and calorie content of your diet to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

·         If you smoke, quit. Your doctor can tell you about ways to help you quit smoking.

·         Ask your doctor whether you should take an aspirin every day. Studies have shown that taking a low dose of aspirin every day can help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

·         Take your medicines as directed- even if you feel fine!

For more information about diabetes, check out the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse website at

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

January 21, 2011 - 11:41 AM

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month


Approximately one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect each year in the United States.4D Ultrasound This is why Floyd County Medical Center is proudly participating in National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a birth defect as a problem that happens while the baby is developing in the mother’s body. Babies born with birth defects have a greater chance of illness and long-term disability. Diabetes is the theme of this year’s National Birth Defects Prevention Month (January).


Both genetic and environmental factors can cause birth defects. While 60 to 70 percent of birth defects are unknown, there are some simple steps a woman can take to lower her risk of having a baby with a birth defect. These include:

  • Getting enough folic acid every day before and during pregnancy.
  • Not smoking, using recreational drugs, or drinking alcohol while pregnant.
  • Preventing infection.
  • Avoiding certain medications (and other chemicals).
  • Eating properly.
  • Making sure all vaccinations are up to date.
  • Getting regular prenatal care.
  • If you have diabetes, have good control of blood sugars before and during your pregnancy.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions if you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes (diabetes of pregnancy). Ask to meet with a diabetes educator and/or dietitian.

Floyd County Medical Center is proud to offer Diabetes Education thru our Certified Diabetes Educator, Sue Zubrod, RN, BSN, CDE and Dietitian, Becky Prostine MPH, RDLD.


Getting early and regular prenatal care is important for the health of your baby.  Floyd County Medical Center is part of that prenatal care, offering Childbirth Education Classes (free for those planning to deliver here), 3D and 4D Ultra Sound to monitor your baby’s health before birth, and a variety of other prenatal testing that your physician may feel is important to the health of your baby.   Dr. Janet Tull, Dr. Paul Royer, Dr. David Schrodt, and Dr. David Schweizer delivered 98 babies here in the FCMC Birth Center, in 2010.  By choosing one of these healthcare providers, you will be comforted knowing that the same physician you see during your pregnancy will be there to celebrate the birth of your baby.


Celebration mealOur FCMC Birth Center is a locked unit, offering personalized care to you and your baby.  Moms are provided with a warm atmosphere, caring nursing staff, including a Lactation Consultant, and encouraged to participate in all aspects of care. Each Birthing Suite offers a private whirlpool, flat screen TV with DVD player, kitchenette, hide-a-bed, glider and celebration meal. Mom and the person of her choice enjoy a special meal prepared just for them.


Tours are available upon request. 


For more information contact the FCMC Birth Center at 641-228-6830.

Retired Teacher Goes to School

January 17, 2011 - 3:37 PM

Retired teacher goes to school!

       Sebern w.Becky         Sebern w.Sue

John Sebern, former Charles City School Teacher and Coach, and his wife, Jean listen as Becky Prostine, FCMC Dietitian, and Sue Zubrod, Certified Diabetes Educator give instructions on what to do when John goes home.


John stated that staying at FCMC was just like home!


We promise to make your hospital stay as comfortable as possible, with our:

·         Newly remodeled rooms

·         Caring, knowledgeable staff

·         Good food

·         Activities, such as books & puzzles for you to enjoy!

·         Friendly faces

·         Experienced providers

·         Numerous outpatient services

FCMC hosts Floyd County Ministerium

January 14, 2011 - 3:42 PM

 MinisteriumFCMC Hosts Floyd County Ministerium

Pictured are: Back row – Gary VanWert, Trinity United Methodist; Forrest Cornelius, 1st Congregational; Dennis Bachman, 1st Wesleyan; Dave Werges, St. Johns; Tim Purcell, District Superintendent for Wesleyan Church; Front row – Sam Mack, Trinity United Methodist; Ruth Yeaton, 1st Baptist; Martha Bennett, Floyd Grace & West St. Charles United Methodist; Diana Blong, Immaculate Conception


On January 12th, Floyd County Medical Center hosted a luncheon for the Floyd County Ministerium.  We wanted to say thank you to our local pastors and area religious leaders for their commitment to the patients and families of FCMC.  We recognize that healing has many facets – of course the medical part, the emotional part, and for some, a spiritual part.


The Floyd County Ministerium is over 30 years old, and is a voluntary group of pastors who are interested in and committed to benefiting the members of our community, and at FCMC that means promoting healing through faith, love, and prayer. 


Pastor Dave Werges is the current President of the Ministerium, and Pastor Ruth Yeaton is the Vice President.    Pastor Yeaton said that the relationship between the Ministerium and the medical center is so important.  The medical center helps the local pastors stay in tune with meeting the needs of their people.  From patient visits, to assisting in the ER with a trauma, to comforting a family spiritually while in Hospice, the members of the Ministerium provide that spiritual component of the healing process.


The Ministerium benefits the community in other ways as well.  They host community services during Advent and Lent.  They provide a Baccalaureate service for the graduating seniors and their families.  The group plays a key role in facilitating the meeting of the economic needs in the community through the Minsterium Fuel Fund and work cooperatively with the CC Police Department and the Salvation Army in assisting transients.  Another purpose of the Ministerium is to provide a forum by which others who are involved in helping roles can make pastors aware of services they offer.  In times of crisis, like disaster recovery, community members turn to the Ministerium for counsel and guidance.


We at Floyd County Medical Center appreciate the members of the Ministerium for all that you do for us, our patients and their families.


If you would like to know more about the Floyd County Ministerium, or would like to make a donation, please contact Pastor Dave Werges at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Pastor Ruth Yeaton, at First Baptist Church, or any Ministerium member.

Healthy Holiday Party Hints for people with Diabetes

December 16, 2010 - 8:42 AM

Healthy Holiday Party Hints for People with Diabetes


Food is often the center or at least a part of every holiday celebration. The following tips can help guide you through your next party.

  1. Eat what you like. Instead of worrying about what will be served, offer to bring an appetizer or dish that you know you and others will enjoy and that fits into your meal plan.
  2. It’s a party, but don’t overdo it. Plan to enjoy the food! Try to eat about the same amount of carbohydrate that you normally would for a meal. If it is a buffet, check out all the food before starting to fill your plate. If you plan to have a sweet treat, watch the starchy foods and allow for a small piece of your favorite. Keep the portions small.
  3. Eat before you eat. It’s best to have a little something to eat before the party so you aren’t famished when you arrive, and tempted to really overdo. This can also serve as a snack at your usual meal time if the party is later than your usual meal time.
  4. Focus on catching up with family and friends instead of the food. Once you’ve eaten, station yourself away from the tempting bowl of chocolates or nuts.
  5. Drink in moderation. If you drink alcohol, remember to eat something first to prevent low blood glucose levels later. Keep it to no more than 1 drink for women and 2 drinks for men.
  6.  Add some activity. Food may be a big part of the festivities, but it’s certainly not the only thing that gives a holiday meaning and enjoyment. Make some holiday memories by walking around your neighborhood to look at holiday decorations, go caroling, or build a snowman!
  7. If you overindulge, get back on track at the next meal. Include extra exercise, monitor your blood glucose levels, and get back on track with your usual eating habits. Remember, every day is a new chance to do something good for yourself!


Submitted by Sue Zubrod RN, BSN, CDE, Diabetes Educator at Floyd County Medical Center.

Santa Visits FCMC

December 14, 2010 - 1:19 PM

Santa arrives at FCMC!


Santa arrived at Floyd County Medical Center on Thursday, December 9th, to greet the children and grandchildren of FCMC employees.  55 children ranging in age from 6 months to 13 years, received gifts from Santa selected especially for them.  Children also visited Santa's workship and decorated ornaments that now hang in the FCMC cafeteria.  Families completed their visit with cookies and punch in the cafeteria.

 Pictured below is the Myhre family working on ornaments in Santa’s craftsWorkshop.

Wondering how to include your favorite holiday foods into your diabetes meal plan?

November 9, 2010 - 10:11 AM

The Diabetes Support Group at Floyd County Medical Center will hold it's November meeting on Monday, November 22nd at 6:00 pm in the Veteran's Room, and we will be discussing just that!  In fact, we'd like you to join us for a holiday buffet!  Buffet tickets are $5.00 per person, and you must register by Thursday, November 18th.  As always, the group will be open to questions and general discussion.

The support group meetings are open to anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, or an interest in diabetes.  There is no charge to attend.  The meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month September through April, excluding December.

For more information, please contact Certified Diabetes Educator, Sue Zubrod, RN, at 641-257-4317.

Free Pre-Diabetes program

November 9, 2010 - 9:28 AM

A new program being offered is called ‘Small Steps-Big Rewards’.  This is a free program for individuals who are at risk for type 2 diabetes. This includes having a family history of type 2 diabetes, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, those who carry a bit of extra weight, or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

The focus of the class is on understanding the risk factors, making better nutrition choices, and setting realistic lifestyle goals.  This meeting will be held on Thursday, November 18th from 4-6pm in the Veteran’s room at FCMC.


Instructors are FCMC diabetes educators Sue Zubrod, RN, BSN, CDE and Becky Prostine, MPH, RD/LD.   For more information, please call Sue at 257-4317.

Better Choices, Better Health

September 15, 2010 - 10:19 AM

Free six-week program to achieve better health

Better Choices, Better Health program targets seniors and caregivers with chronic health conditions


Adults 55 or older with ongoing health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, chronic pain or anxiety are invited to attend a Better Choices, Better Health workshop at the Charles City Senior Center in Charles City starting Friday, October 8th.   Participants will learn practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, and learn better ways to talk with their doctor and family about health issues.


Developed at Stanford University, the workshop will be taught by specially trained peer leaders and will cover a new topic each week, providing opportunities for interaction and group problem-solving. The free workshop begins October 8th, and will take place every Friday from 10:30 - 11:30 and 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. for six weeks at the Charles City Senior Center in Charles City. Older adults who have participated in past Better Choices, Better Health workshops have improved their health and ability to manage chronic conditions through the tools and skills they learned in the workshops.


Learn more about this workshop opportunity by attending an informational meeting scheduled for Friday, September 24, at 11:30 a.m. at the Charles City Senior Center. 


To enroll in the Better Choices, Better Health workshop, call Rose at the Charles City Senior Center : 641-228-3114. The program is co-sponsored by the Charles City Senior Center, Floyd County Medical Center and Elderbridge Agency on Aging.

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Diabetes Support Group Kick Off

August 30, 2010 - 7:45 AM

The Diabetes Support Group at Floyd County Medical Center will kick off the 2010-2011 season on Monday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 pm in the Veteran's Room at the hospital.  Blood Sugar Bingo will be played.  This is a great way to learn new facts about living well with diabetes and have fun at the same time!  As always, the group will be open to questions and general discussion.

The support group meetings are open to anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, or an interest in diabetes.  There is no charge to attend.  The meetings will be held the fourth Monday of every month September through April, excluding December.

For more information, please contact Certified Diabetes Educator, Sue Zubrod, RN, at 641-257-4317.

View Web Nursery Send A Greeting To A Patient

I want to send my highest appreciation to the beyond wonderful nurse who did bloodwork on me this morning. I have never had a positive blood drawing experience in my life, but this woman was truly amazing. I hope to see her again and definitely hope she is at FCMC for years to come. Her professionalism, patience, confidence, and attitude make her stand out from so many. -Kristin H

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Phone: 641-228-6830