Health Care

ER physician, accused of using drugs while on duty, loses his license

BY: - November 30, 2022

The state of Iowa has suspended the license of an emergency room physician who appeared to be under the influence of narcotics while treating patients in an Iowa hospital and an Omaha clinic. The same doctor now stands accused of continuing to practice medicine in Nebraska while his license there is under suspension. The Iowa […]

Nursing home resident’s choking death wasn’t investigated by state regulators

BY: - November 30, 2022

The state of Iowa never investigated a nursing home resident’s death that has been attributed to worker misconduct. Earlier this week, the Iowa Capital Dispatch reported that an administrative law judge ruled in October that an employee of Des Moines’ Trinity Center at Luther Park nursing home had contributed to the July choking death of […]

Unlicensed Iowa hotel cited for pests, filth and fire hazards but remains open

BY: - November 29, 2022

An Iowa hotel has been operating for one year without the required state license, despite dozens of health and safety violations cited by regulators. The hotel’s owner, Gilbert Starble, says the Hartwood Inn of Charles City has served as a home for what he calls “criminals, ex-convicts, recovering addicts and poor people.” In recent months, […]

Board: Hospital ER nurse was under the influence while treating patients

BY: - November 29, 2022

The state of Iowa has suspended the license of a hospital emergency room nurse accused of working with patients while under the influence of alcohol. The Iowa Board of Nursing has also taken action against a Des Moines nurse accused of stealing painkillers from nursing home residents and a school nurse who admitted having sex […]

Supreme Court case could curtail rights of Medicaid patients

BY: - November 28, 2022

This report was first published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Gorgi Talevski did not live long enough to see his case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this month. A Macedonian-born resident of Indiana, Talevski operated a crane for three decades, raised a family and loved to dance before his dementia […]

Judge: Nursing home resident died after worker ignored orders

BY: - November 28, 2022

A Des Moines nursing home employee who allegedly contributed to the death of a resident has been denied unemployment benefits. State records indicate that in December 2020, Richard A. Kerr began working as a cook for Des Moines’ Trinity Center at Luther Park nursing home. He remained employed there until he was fired in July […]

Thousands of veterans deluge VA with claims for toxic exposure benefits, health care

BY: - November 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is processing claims at the fastest rate in its history, hoping to avoid a significant backlog as hundreds of thousands of veterans apply for health care and benefits under the landmark toxic exposure law Congress passed earlier this year. The day after President Joe Biden signed the […]

Nurse accused of tying elderly woman to a wheelchair keeps her license

BY: - November 25, 2022

An Iowa nurse accused of using a bed sheet to tie an elderly woman to her wheelchair will keep her license but must complete 30 hours of education on patient management. Last month, the Iowa Board of Nursing filed a combined statement of charges and final order in a case involving Valerie Archer of Corydon. […]

Feds don’t expect tremendous COVID spike this winter

BY: - November 23, 2022

The number of new weekly COVID-19 infections in Iowa increased about 16% last week — and hospitalizations are up 25% from a week ago — but federal health officials don’t anticipate a repeat of last winter’s coronavirus surge. “We’re hoping that a combination of people who’ve been infected and boosted and vaccinated, or people who’ve […]

Restaurant inspection update: Moldy school cafeteria cheese, ‘Not For Sale’ beef and improperly imported fish

BY: - November 23, 2022

State, city and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and stores for hundreds of food-safety violations this past month, including moldy taco meat, beef marked “Not For Sale,” long-expired milk, and unskilled workers preparing sushi that failed to meet minimum safety standards. One Des Moines food store was found to be importing fish directly […]

Deadlines loom for subsidized health insurance enrollment

BY: - November 22, 2022

Iowans who lack health insurance — and those who might be eligible for cheaper coverage — have until Jan. 15 to enroll in plans subsidized by the federal government. “What makes this so important is that having health insurance is simply vital in today’s America,” Joseph Palm, a regional director for the U.S. Department of […]

Hospitals cited for abuse, dirty ORs and forcing a homeless vet onto the street

BY: - November 21, 2022

Over the past 12 months, Iowa hospitals have been cited for dozens of violations, including a dirty surgical suite, patient abuse, inadequate staff, and discharging emergency-room patients with undiagnosed, life-threatening conditions. In one instance, according to state records, an eastern Iowa hospital discharged a homeless, wheelchair-using veteran to the street, although the man had no […]