Health Care

Nurse sues Iowa hospital, alleging patient deaths, manipulation of data

BY: - May 13, 2022

A nurse who alleges she was fired from an Iowa hospital after reporting questionable patient deaths, fraudulent billing, and the manipulation of patient-outcome statistics is now suing the hospital for retaliation. Cynthia Tener is suing MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center, Mercy Health Services-Iowa Corp. and Trinity Health Corp. in federal court for alleged retaliation in violation […]

Hotel owner cited for lack of license, code violations at two Iowa properties

BY: - May 12, 2022

An out-of-state real estate investor who purchased two Iowa hotels last year failed to secure a license and has operated the establishments as apartment buildings in violation of state regulations, according to state inspectors. County records indicate Harvest Estates, a corporation based in Tupelo, Mississippi, purchased a New Hampton hotel in September of last year […]

U.S. Senate Democrats fail to enshrine nationwide abortion protections, vow more action

BY: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Efforts to secure the nationwide right to an abortion stalled for a second time Wednesday when U.S. Senate Democrats failed to get enough votes to overcome the legislative filibuster. Republicans, including Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, voted uniformly against limiting debate on the bill while Democrats, save West Virginia’s […]

Hospital administrator who violated COVID restrictions loses bid for jobless benefits

BY: - May 11, 2022

A western Iowa hospital administrator who refused the COVID vaccine, refused to be screened for the virus, and refused to wear a mask is not entitled to collect jobless benefits after being fired, an Iowa judge has ruled. State records show Joshua Braunschweig was employed by Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake as […]

Iowa COVID infection rate accelerating; up 50% in past week

BY: - May 11, 2022

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Iowa jumped 50% in the past week, with an average of about 453 confirmed cases per day, according to data published Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The state recorded 3,172 new cases for the past week, up from 2,114 the previous week. It’s unclear how […]

Lack of qualified workers blamed for pharmacy dispensing the wrong drugs

BY: - May 11, 2022

A lack of qualified workers is being blamed for an Iowa pharmacy giving a patient the wrong prescription medication. The Iowa Pharmacy Board has charged the Walgreens drug store on 111 W Ridgway Ave. in Waterloo with dispensing the incorrect drugs to patients and with failing to ensure that the pharmacy employed an adequate number […]

Restaurant inspection update: Mold-covered food, expired potato salad

BY: - May 10, 2022

State and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and grocery stores for hundreds of food-safety violations in the past month, including mold-covered food and long-expired potato salad. One central Iowa food truck was cited for 21 violations, including the lack of a license, lack of any running water to clean utensils or wash hands, […]

McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

BY: - May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]

COMMENTARY

Why should aid for families be contingent on overturning abortion rights?

BY: - May 9, 2022

The leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that signals the potential demise of constitutional abortion rights has some in the Republican Party suggesting that maybe it’s time to get on board with programs that support parents with young children. The Washington Post last week quoted several GOP senators who acknowledged new interest in […]

Death at Dubuque care facility triggers $10,000 fine

BY: - May 6, 2022

A Dubuque care facility for people with disabilities has been fined $10,000 as a result of a resident’s death in a wheelchair accident. Court records and state inspection reports indicate that 49-year-old Jamison K. Daniel died March 21 during an outing for residents of the Hills & Dales care facility where he lived. Hills & […]

Months of ongoing violations prompt $290K fine against nursing home

BY: - May 5, 2022

A northwest Iowa nursing home accused of dozens of regulatory violations is facing more than a quarter of a million dollars in fines from the federal government. Beginning Jan. 17, the federal government began fining Aspire of Primghar in O’Brien County $10,100 per day for each day the home failed to meet minimum standards. On […]

Vote on abortion rights planned in U.S. Senate next week, but likely will fall short

BY: - May 5, 2022

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a vote next week on a bill to codify abortion protections, following the disclosure that the Supreme Court could be ready to overturn a landmark abortion rights ruling, he and other Senate Democrats announced Thursday. The effort appears largely symbolic. Democrats are well short of the 60 […]