Health Care

Nursing home infections up 17% in Iowa as outbreaks spread

BY: - October 7, 2021

At least 333 residents and workers in Iowa nursing homes have been infected with COVID-19 as a result of current, ongoing outbreaks in 32 different care facilities. That’s a 17% increase in long-term care infections over the past two weeks. As recently as Aug. 1, there was only one Iowa nursing home with an active […]

Iowa surgeon accuses ‘monopolistic’ Wolfe Clinic of antitrust violations

BY: - October 7, 2021

One of Iowa’s largest eye care providers is being sued by a physician and former shareholder for alleged antitrust violations and monopolistic business practices. Wolfe Clinic, also known as Wolfe Eye Clinic, and three of its individual owner-physicians, Dr. Jared Nielsen, Dr. Kyle Alliman, and Dr. David Saggau, are accused by a former colleague of […]

Board sanctions social workers who kissed client, asked for a photo

BY: - October 1, 2021

An Iowa social worker who kissed a client has been issued a citation and warning from the Iowa Board of Social Work. The board alleges that Mary Limas of Roland, who is licensed to practice social work at the masters level, kissed a client on one occasion in December 2020. That was the same month […]

Physician assistant arrested four months after license was reinstated

BY: - October 1, 2021

A physician assistant whose license was reinstated in March following allegations of domestic abuse and sex with a patient was convicted Friday of new domestic abuse charges. Anthony G. Peters of Primghar pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of second-offense domestic abuse. He was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but seven days […]

Activist groups unite against proposed abortion amendment to Iowa constitution

BY: - October 1, 2021

Members of several reproductive health and activist groups held a press conference Friday, declaring their opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment on abortion and discussing next steps for political action. “We need to remain together because this fight in Iowa is going to be long,” said Gabriela Fuentes, an advocacy strategist with Planned Parenthood North […]

Restaurant inspection update: Roaches, rodents and moldy food

BY: - September 30, 2021

In the past six weeks, state and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and grocery stores for hundreds of food-safety violations, including moldy pasta and tomatoes, swarms of flies, shrimp and beef left to thaw inside mop sinks, spiders in food containers, “rodent activity,” and filthy kitchens with pooling water and cockroaches. The findings […]

‘Their tank is empty’: Local health officials combat staff burnout, low pay, harassment

BY: - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local public health departments that were already struggling with too few workers and too little money have been pushed to the brink — and for some, beyond the brink. “My staff is burnt out, overworked and underpaid,” Dr. Mysheika Roberts, health commissioner with the Columbus Public Health […]

Iowa dentist accused of ‘filthy’ office and patient retaliation fights license revocation

BY: - September 28, 2021

An Indianola dentist is going to court to challenge the revocation of his license due to alleged inadequate patient care and “filthy,” unsanitary conditions in his office. Dr. Thomas Cooney, who was issued a license by the Iowa Dental Board in 1988, has been “the subject of numerous patient complaints” over the years, according to […]

Board: Funeral director forged medical examiner’s signature for cremations

BY: - September 28, 2021

An Iowa funeral director accused of repeatedly forging the signature of a county medical examiner in order to cremate the remains of individuals has agreed to surrender his license. The Iowa Board of Mortuary Science records indicate that on at least five occasions William “Bill” Jorgensen forged the signature of a county medical examiner on […]

Counselor suspended for drinking rum and smoking pot with underage client

BY: - September 27, 2021

The state of Iowa has taken emergency action in immediately suspending the license of a mental health counselor who allegedly purchased alcohol for, and smoked marijuana with, an underage client. The Iowa Board of Behavioral Science alleges that mental health counselor Michelle Banks, 48, of Spirit Lake made suggestive, lewd, lascivious or improper remarks or […]

Board of Medicine restores privileges of Iowa doctors sanctioned in June

BY: - September 27, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine has restored the licenses of two professionals who were sanctioned 90 days ago for alleged regulatory violations. In June, the board issued a warning and $1,000 fine to Laura M.L. Parkinson, a 43-year-old acupuncturist who practices in Ankeny. The board had alleged Parkinson engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a […]

COMMENTARY

Iowa is failing our vulnerable elderly. Who will keep them safe?

BY: - September 27, 2021

When a beloved, elderly relative suffering from a degenerative brain disease had to move into a nursing home a few years ago, we were grateful she was able to secure a room in one of the best facilities in her town. It’s a lovely place, clean and comfortable, with kind and attentive staff. Even so, […]