Atlantic, IA—For the second year in a row, Cass Health is one of the nation’s overall top 20 critical access hospitals as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health.
“Though the award is called ‘Top 20,’ we understand that for each of the past two years we have actually been in the Top 10 on that list of hospitals. This puts Cass Health in the top 1% of 1,353 critical access hospitals in the country, which is a remarkable accomplishment. What really amazes me is that our team has achieved this status for two years in a row, during an incredibly challenging time for healthcare organizations,” said Cass Health CEO Brett Altman.
This esteemed group of hospitals was selected from the Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2022 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital list, which was released earlier this year. The determining factors for the top hospitals are based on the results of the Hospital Strength Index and its eight performance measures, based solely on data for: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient survey results, cost, charge, and financial efficiency.
“Our vision is to be the best rural hospital in the country, and each year we are growing closer to that goal. By staying committed to delivering a superior experience to every patient and family, we hope to continue this trend. Not only are we grateful for our incredible staff, but also, we are thankful for our patients. Every time our patients give us top scores on patient surveys it helps us attain recognition such as this,” said Altman.
The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), and an awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Missouri. ###
Cass Health’s Senior Life Solutions Program Therapist Receives 2021 Program Therapist of the Year Award
Atlantic, IA – Cass Health is pleased to announce that Kacey Peterson, MS, LMHC of the Cass Health Senior Life Solutions program, has received the 2021 Therapist of the Year award.
Cass Health’s Senior Life Solution program is managed by Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC), which partners with more than 100 facilities nationwide to provide behavioral healthcare management services. Top performing employees and Senior Life Solutions programs from around the country are recognized annually based on their excellence in demonstrating the program’s values of care, compliance, and community. Award recipients demonstrate outstanding patient care, excellent comprehension and execution of compliance regulations, and strong community engagement.
Cass Health’s Senior Life Solutions program recipient, Kacey Peterson, MS, LMHC, said “It is such an honor to be recognized by PMC in this way, and the fact this award comes on the heels of being named the 2020 One Track Program of the Year makes it all the more incredible. Senior citizens remain one of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in our country today, and I am so grateful for the support of Cass Health and the amazing team I work with for the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”
Cass Health’s Senior Life Solutions is a program designed to meet the unique needs of individuals typically 65 and older experiencing depression and/or anxiety related to life changes that are often associated with aging. Cass Health’s Senior Life Solutions program staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, a licensed therapist, a registered nurse, and other trained professionals to ensure each patient receives the best possible care.
Families, friends, community members, physicians, self-referrals, or other health professionals can refer people to the program. For more information, education, or if you would like to discuss support, please call 712-250-8100.
ATLANTIC – Cass Health Foundation is offering $10,000 in scholarships to Cass County high school graduates who are enrolled or have been accepted into a college of nursing or medicine and will complete a LPN, RN, BSN, or MD degree.
“The Hansens believed strongly in the importance of education and the need for well-trained healthcare professionals,” stated Dave Chase, Cass Health Foundation Board Member and Scholarship Committee Member. “We are proud to continue this scholarship in their memory.”
Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded with consideration given to applicants’ academic, citizenship, and leadership abilities. In 2021, Cass Health Foundation was able to award three $5,000 scholarships to MaKenzie Waters, Jennifer Steffens, and Genevieve Martinez.
Applications are available at casshealth.org and are due no later than April 1, 2022. For further information, contact Dawn Marnin, Cass Health Foundation Director, at 712-243-7409 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated 1/14/22 at 12:15 pm
Happy Holidays from all of your neighbors at Cass Health! Many of our departments will be closed for the holidays to allow staff to spend time with family and friends. Please see a complete list of adjusted hours and closures below.
Christmas Eve Hours
Christmas Day Hours
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Day
|Atlantic Medical Center||CLOSED||CLOSED||8:00 am to NOON||CLOSED|
|AMC Rapid Care||8:00 am to 11:00 am||CLOSED||8:00 am to 4 pm||CLOSED|
|Anita, Massena, and Griswold Medical Centers||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Covid- 19 Testing||8:30 am to 1 pm||CLOSED||8:30 am to 4 pm||CLOSED|
|AMC Surgery Clinic||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Cardiac Rehab||CLOSED||CLOSED||Closing at NOON||CLOSED|
|Cass County Public Health||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Senior Life Solutions||CLOSED||CLOSED||Closing at NOON||CLOSED|
|Specialty Clinic||CLOSED||CLOSED||Closing at NOON||CLOSED|
AMC Rapid Care will be closed Monday, December 20th and Tuesday, December 21st. AMC Rapid Care will resume normal hours of operation on Wednesday, December 22nd. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
ATLANTIC- Cass County Public Health is holding a vaccination clinic on Friday, December 3rd at Cass County Public Health from 9 am to 3 pm. This walk-in clinic will provide Moderna booster vaccinations only.
Patients need to bring their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with them to the event. If you have lost your card, please call 712-243-7443 and Public Health staff will assist you.
The required consent forms can also be printed from casshealth.org/covidvaccine, saving patients time on the day of the clinic.
Cass County Public Health is located at 1408 E 10th Street, Atlantic, IA.
Masks will be required during the clinic.
Booster Dose Eligibility
You may have a preference, but you can receive any booster shot. If it has been at least 6 months since you received your Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine series or at least 2 months since you received your Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and you are 18 years or older, then you are eligible for a booster.
Patients are always encouraged to talk to their primary care provider about their questions and concerns regarding vaccines. More information about booster shots can be found at cdc.gov, vaccines.gov, or casshealth.org/covidvaccine.
The Cass Health Foundation is hosting their annual gala on Saturday, March 26th at the Atlantic Golf & Country Club. The gala is a fundraiser for the Cass Health Foundation’s 2022 campaign to purchase a mobile telemedicine stroke system. This system will be used to immediately connect a suspected stroke patient with a neurologist. “The mission of the Cass Health Foundation is to support Cass Health. Our project this year helps get important equipment into the hands of providers who are caring for us, our family, and our neighbors,” said Dave Chase, Cass Health Foundation Treasurer. The theme of this year’s gala is “Wild, Wild West.” Attendees are encouraged to wear western wear like boots, hats, jeans, etc. The evening includes dinner, dessert auction, and entertainment. Tickets to the event are limited and available through table sponsorships. For more information, please call Dawn Marnin at 712-243-7409 or visit casshealth.org/donors/2022gala to view the details or pay online.
Atlantic, IA—Cass Health’s Senior Life Solutions team is hosting a free community walk in support of Suicide Awareness Month on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Rotary Shelter at the Schildberg Recreation Area. The event is being co-hosted by Healthy Cass County and Cass County Iowa State University Extension.
“We welcome participants of all ages to join us to show support for those who have been impacted by suicide. Showing up to community events like this is one small way that each of us can help normalize mental health care and show our neighbors that we’re here for them,” said Karmen Roland, RN, Program Director of Senior Life Solutions.
The event will kick-off at 6:30 pm with local speakers, Noelle Whitney and Christal Sullivan, who will share their story on how suicide has touched their lives. The walk portion of the evening will begin around 7 pm. Participants will walk the trail loop at the Schildberg Recreation Area. Information about mental health services and community resources as well as light refreshments will be available at the Rotary Shelter.
“People across the county identified mental health as the number one health need in the recent Community Health Needs Assessment. It’s so important to have events like this where we can come together and show our support. It’s OK to not be OK. We want to end the stigma in Cass County,” said Brigham Hoegh, Cass County Wellness Coordinator.
For community members who would like to contribute their own experiences and stories about how suicide has impacted their lives, an anonymous form is available at casshealth.org/suicideawarenessevent “We want to share stories from our own community members. We’ll post their comments on the night of the event for all participants to read, but we will keep it anonymous,” said Roland.
For more information, go to casshealth.org or check out the Facebook event.
Cass Health is partnering with local schools to offer influenza vaccinations to area students. Students can get their flu shots at school from Cass Health staff on the following dates:
• CAM Community School District — October 18th
• Atlantic High School — October 19th
• Atlantic Middle School — October 19th
• Griswold Community School District — October 20th
Parents and guardians should receive the required consents and information from their student’s school district. All completed consent forms are due back to schools no later than October 1st. Consents will not be accepted after October 1st and incomplete consents will not be processed and the student will not be immunized.
Need a consent form? Download here –> Influenza Immunizations at School Consent Form.
Any questions regarding school influenza vaccination clinics can be directed to your school or the Atlantic Medical Center Immunization Room at 712-250-8122.