Atlantic, IA—For the fourth year in a row, the National Rural Health Association named Cass Health one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the country.

“There are 1,361 critical access hospital in America, this places Cass Health in the top 99.7% in the U.S. We can proudly say that we are one of only a handful of hospitals to earn this distinction repeatedly. What gets us to this point each year is data —for quality, outcomes, market share, patient satisfaction, cost, and financial stability. But it’s really the story behind the data that we’re proud of because it’s made possible by our team living our mission of providing superior experiences to everyone that we are privileged to serve, and we are grateful for each one of them,” said Cass Health CEO Brett Altman.

The National Rural Health Association names the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals from a larger set of Top 100 winners, which is evaluated and produced by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Recipients are evaluated and identified through the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX® that utilizes publicly available data to provide a comprehensive comparison of all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. By assessing performance across 36 individual indicators and eight pillars of performance, the INDEX is the foundation for many of rural health care’s most prominent awards and is used by organizations such as the National Rural Health Association in support of its advocacy and legislative initiatives.

An awards ceremony will be held during the National Rural Hospital Association’s Critical Access Hospital Conference this fall.

Atlantic, IA – Cass Health is proud to announce that Della Woolsey is the inaugural recipient of the Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE) Award. Woolsey has worked as a housekeeper as part of the Environmental Services team since July 2017.

The award presentation was held on Wednesday, March 20 with staff and the Cass Health Board of Trustees gathered. Woolsey said she was stunned to hear her name announced.

“It was a shock! You don’t expect people to pay attention to what you’re doing, let alone appreciate it. It’s nice to be recognized for doing what you love,” she said.

Her nominator wrote: “Any and every interaction that anyone has had with her is met with a greeting and a bright smile. She stands out not only among her peers but also among every employee here at Cass Health. She does not need to be asked to take on tasks; she is a go-getter. She remains positive every day while at work. Her work performance surpasses all expectations. You’d never know if she has had a bad day with the smile she presents with every single day. Even though she has daily tasks to complete and is on a time crunch, she always stops what she is doing to help you, to ensure your work is done efficiently and our patients are cared for. Little does she know that we hear her out in the hallways while she is interacting with patients. The compassion that she shows patients while they are here is unmatched. She goes in to clean a room, and continuing to work, she has conversations and engages with the patients. They feel valued and present when they spend time with her. She will get them whatever they need when she asks what she can do for them while in the room. I have overheard a patient tell our winner once, ‘You have made my day just talking to me.’ She could not be more deserving of this award.”

Woolsey said that working on the inpatient floor and talking to the patients is her favorite part of her job. “And it’s never a special effort for me to talk to our patients and visitors—that comes naturally to me. I love it!” said Woolsey.

The ROSE Award was created to honor and celebrate non-nursing employees of Cass Health who exemplify dedication, compassion, and a commitment to service excellence in carrying out their duties and advancing the goals and mission of Cass Health. The criteria are being knowledgeable and efficient, being compassionate and respectful, working with the care team, and going above and beyond for others. Nominations can be made by anytime online at casshealth.org/rose.

Atlantic, IA – The April session of Healthy U will focus on common foot problems and diabetic foot care, presented by Dr. Michael Egertsen. The session will be on Thursday, April 18 at noon in Conference Room 2.

A native of Laurens, Iowa, Dr. Egertsen graduated from the University of Iowa and the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He completed his residency with the Department of Veterans Affairs — Maryland Health Care System. Before arriving at Cass Health Dr. Egertsen worked for the Washington DC VA Medical Center providing foot and ankle surgery, advanced wound care, limb salvage, sports medicine, and more.

Dr. Egertsen is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and board-qualified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Space is limited! A free boxed lunch is provided for all attendees, so reservations are required. Call 712-243-7479 to reserve your seat. For more information about Healthy U, visit casshealth.org/healthyu.

Cass Health Med Spa is now open to patients. This new service line centers around aesthetic dermatology treatments and products in a private, elegant retreat for men and women.

Dermatology provider Lace Sindt, ARNP is the healthcare provider overseeing the Med Spa. “Since 2009, I have worked in aesthetic dermatology, including the management of two medical spas. I absolutely love to be a part of a patient’s journey to feeling more confident in their appearance, and I’ve seen the impact it has on their total well-being, so it’s very exciting to now offer this experience here in our community,” said Sindt.

In addition to her medical dermatology practice, Sindt will now offer exclusive services in the Med Spa such as Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, and facial resurfacing treatments. Also on the team at the Med Spa are registered nurses Maddy Peppers and Brenna Irlmeier; both will provide treatments such as peels and microneedling.

The Med Spa also carries high-quality skincare products from Skin Medica and EltaMD. For patients interested in the treatments and services, the Med Spa offers free consultations.

The Med Spa is open every-other Thursday, and appointments are required. Appointments can be made by calling 712-243-7500 or through the patient portal found at casshealth.org/medspa.

Atlantic, IA – Cass Health’s next session of Healthy U will feature Dr. Chad McCance and the topic of colorectal cancer screenings. The session will be held Thursday, March 21 at noon in Conference Room 2.

Dr. McCance provides general surgery, thoracic surgery, and critical care procedures. He is board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In 2017 he was honored as one of 10 Hospital Heroes by the Iowa Hospital Association.

Dr. McCance graduated from Hastings College in 1988 and completed medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1992. He completed his general surgery residency at the VA and Methodist Hospitals in Des Moines in 1997. He served in the US Army Reserve and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2012.

Space is limited! A free boxed lunch is provided for all attendees, so reservations are required. Call 712-243-7479 to reserve your seat. For more information about Healthy U, visit casshealth.org/healthyu.

Atlantic, IA – Cass Health announced it has been recognized as a 2024 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Chartis’ annual Top 100 award program recognizes outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX®.

“During an era of profound uncertainty for rural healthcare, the Top 100 rural hospitals continue to provide a unique lens through which we can identify innovation and inspiration for how to deliver high quality care to increasingly vulnerable populations,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We’re delighted to be able to recognize all this year’s Top 100 but especially the more than 40 first-time recipients. It’s wonderful to see so many new facilities join the ranks of our Top 100 alumni.”

Now in its 14th year, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Featuring a methodology utilizing publicly available data, the INDEX is leveraged nationwide by rural hospitals, health systems with rural affiliates, hospital associations, and state offices of rural health to measure and monitor performance across a variety of areas impacting hospital operations and finance.

Cass Health and its affiliate organizations have released their scholarship applications for the upcoming school year. 

2024 Scholarships 

Applications are available on casshealth.org/scholarships and can be turned in to Human Resources by the respective deadlines listed above. For more information, contact Kat Niemann, Human Resources Coordinator, at 712-250-8022 or nieka@casshealth.org.

Atlantic, IA — Cass Health was recently named one of the four finalists for the 2023 Rural Hospital Leadership Team Award from the American Hospital Association.

The award recognizes small or rural hospital leadership teams who guide their hospital and community through change and innovation. The awardees display outstanding leadership, responsiveness to their community’s health needs, and a collaborative process that has led to measurable outcomes.

“Cass Health’s staff is dedicated to our vision to be the best rural hospital in the country. Meeting that goal means we do a lot of behind-the-scenes work to really delve into our community’s needs, research solutions, recruit quality providers to allow greater access to specialty care and invest for the future. We’re very proud of our entire team to be one of the finalists for the American Hospital Association award, and I hope the many southwest Iowa communities we serve feel the same,” said Cass Health CEO Brett Altman.

The American Hospital Association shared that Cass Health was selected due to their work in three main areas. First, for labor and delivery services and growth in maternal health services. Second, their student experience program that provided around 120 clinical opportunities in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, and other healthcare careers last year. Lastly, Cass Health was selected due to their Healthy Equity Committee, which focuses on health disparities, social determinants of health, and social needs.

The winning recipient of the Rural Hospital Leadership Team Award was Queen’s North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, a 35-bed rural acute care hospital located in Waimea (Kamuela) on Hawai‘i Island. Other finalists included the teams at Providence Alaska in Seward, Valdez and Kodiak, Alaska; and Hannibal Regional Healthcare System in Hannibal, Missouri.

Atlantic, IA – Cass Health’s next session of Healthy U will feature Kasey Meneely, DPT discussing LSVT BIG. The session will be held Thursday, February 15th at noon in Conference Room 2. 

LSVT BIG is an intense one-on-one training program for people with Parkinson’s disease or other neurological conditions, with an emphasis on the quality and largeness of movement. LSVT BIG helps improve a patient’s physical abilities, and therapy sessions focus on a specific routine of daily BIG exercises, walking with BIG movements, and incorporating these techniques into patient identified, difficult daily tasks to promote more confidence with balance and movement. As an LSVT BIG certified clinician, Meneely works with many patients who live with Parkinson’s disease and other neurologic conditions that impact how confident they feel with movement during everyday tasks. 

Meneely graduated from Creighton University in 2016 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She offers a full spectrum of care within physical therapy, but has special interest in neurological disorders, pelvic floor and pre/post-natal health, and acute inpatients. Kasey is licensed and board certified by the Iowa Board of Physical & Occupational Therapy and is a member of the Iowa Physical Therapy Association and the America Physical Therapy Association.  

Space is limited! A free boxed lunch is provided for all attendees, so reservations are required. Call 712-243-7479 to reserve your seat. For more information about Healthy U, visit casshealth.org/healthyu. 

Atlantic, IA — Cass Health is excited to announce that a new partnership with Urology Center of Iowa will bring Dr. McCabe Kenny and Physician Assistant Marc Goeders to Atlantic.

“Urology is currently one of our most in-demand specialties, and we’re excited to bring these new providers to our Specialty Clinic. We’re happy to provide this care close to home for our community,” said Chief Operating Officer Amanda Bireline.

Dr. Kenny grew up in Osage, Iowa, and received his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and he is board-certified in urology.

Marc Goeders, PA-C graduated from Des Moines University with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies in 2000. Since then, he has practiced in Iowa and began working with Urology Center of Iowa in February 2023.

Dr. Kenny and Goeders treat patients with a wide variety of urological needs including urinary incontinence, kidney stones, enlarged prostate, elevated PSA, vasectomies, and more. Goeders will only treat patients over the age of 18, while Dr. Kenny is able to provide both pediatric and adult care.

Both Dr. Kenny and Goeders will be in Atlantic twice each month on Wednesdays. To make an appointment, patients can call 712-243-7590.