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New Covenant Medical Center ER to open Wednesday

The new 27,000-square-foot Emergency Room at Covenant Medical Center opens its doors to patients Wednesday.

The facility is almost twice as large as the old emergency area, which was roughly 14,000-square-feet. Trauma and treatment rooms are larger with brand new equipment. Emergency Department Manager Carol Ratchport said the rooms were built larger to allow for more family members in the rooms with patients as well as equipment needs.

The helipad is also new in the ER. Close to an elevator that leads directly down to patient rooms, hospital officials said response times will be improved. The pad itself is also weather resistant with built-in heaters to handle snow and ice during the winter season.

Covenant officials said the hospital outgrew the old space. Patient flow increased at such a fast rate that some people were waiting in hospital beds in the hallway.

The new ER will officially open to patients at 7 a.m. Wednesday. The total cost of the project was about $18 million with $5 million donated from community


Mar 7

Indoor path helps Covenant earn Blue Zones designation

Covenant Medical Center recently completed the designation process to become Waterloo’s latest Blue Zones Worksite. Blue Zones Project is dedicated to helping communities become healthier better places to live, work and play. Designation measures and rewards the strides area organizations are making in the community.

"Covenant is thrilled to join other sites around the Cedar Valley who have officially become a Blue Zones worksite. Promoting actions that make Covenant a happier, healthier worksite is in line with our commitment of providing the best care to the community we serve. Happier, healthier caregivers, provide better, more focused care," says Amy Hetherton, customer and community relations manager.

To become designated Covenant selected from a menu of actions and engaged at least 25 percent of its employees to complete a personal pledge action. Actions are small changes that provide benefits to people’s physical health, emotional health and social relationships. Something unique Covenant and other Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare sites have established are indoor walking paths.

"In the winter, it can be especially challenging to motivate ourselves to get up and move. We wanted to do something that made it easier for employees to stay active, so we set up hallway markers featuring the Blue Zones Project signage to designate indoor walking paths," says Sheri Purdy, director of wellness.

The paths vary in length and allow employees to stay warm while improving their health.

"Blue Zones Project awareness and participation in the workplace has been a great asset," said BJ Powell, application analyst at Covenant Medical Center. "My co-workers and I use the path on a daily basis and have had good results. I would say it energizes us, makes us feel better, in addition , we’ve had some weight loss. I appreciate Wheaton providing a place to help their employees improve their overall health."

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Nov 4

Covenant’s Adaptive playground for kids with disabilities

Children love to play.

But kids with developmental challenges can’t always use traditional playgrounds.

That’s where adaptive equipment comes in.

Here’s Health Plus to show you some:

Like any kid, the rush of swinging is something Christopher enjoys.

But the Waterloo 6-year-old was not able to experience it until he used a swing designed specifically for children with physical challenges like his cerebral palsy.

"Like six years he’s been coming here. They’ve helped him tremendously with him walking. They got him into a walker for assistance because he could do it as long as he had something to hang onto and gave him support," said Shannon Schmidt, his mother.

It’s part of Covenant Medical Center’s adaptive playground.

The hospital’s Early Developmental Intervention program uses it for patient rehabilitation.

 ”I think it makes a big difference because we’re giving kids an opportunity to play that wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity. So you know like Christopher comes and he needs assistance getting up and down. He needs an adaptive swing so he can sit and utilize it appropriately and safely. So it’s a good motivator,” said Thea kurtz, Covenant EDI therapist.

In addition to its modified swing, the playground has a rubber surface.

It’s a great option for occupational therapy.

"It’s hard to have kids come and just exercise if they need to so giving them, you know, ‘we’re going up the stairs ‘cause then we get to go down the slide,’ is a huge motivator and benefit," said Kurtz.

For parents like Christopher’s mom, their children’s joy is mirrored by their own.

"It’s awesome that he’s able to do things already that he couldn’t ever do before with his classmates," said his mom.

Covenant’s adaptive playground has been around a few years, but its swing is a newer addition.

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Hospitals get healthy rating

The sheer diversity of the Cedar Valley’s business portfolio always has been a draw. Anchored by John Deere, manufacturing and agriculture and their allied industries have been a major focus of the area’s economic vitality.

Perhaps overlooked in the mix is health care.

Residents got a reminder of the importance of its two hospital systems last week, when a national survey ranked Iowa hospitals first in the nation.

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care.

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Jun 8

Covenant holds groundbreaking for new emergency room

Last fall the Covenant Foundation reached out to the hospital community seeking support for new Covenant Medical Center emergency room.

They sought moral and financial support from foundation members, the hospital’s parent organization Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare board, the Schoitz Health Resources board and hospital employees.

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May 2

Zoning panel endorses new Covenant ER

WATERLOO, Iowa —- Plans for a new Covenant Medical Center emergency department breezed over a zoning hurdle this week.

Members of the city’s Planning, Programming and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to endorse a special permit for the planned $17 million hospital addition. And there were no objections or concerns raised during the preceding public hearing.

InVision Architecture designed the building and Graham Construction of Des Moines will manage the construction process. Work is expected to be complete in late summer 2013.

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Feb 2

Covenant’s ER Expansion Supported By Competitor

Covenant Medical Center has announced plans for a new emergency department. We at Allen Hospital support this news. It’s important to the Cedar Valley, and we all will be better off when their new department opens.

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