Volume 2 | Issue 1
January 2022
MISSIONTo provide an exceptional health care experience.
VISION - To always be a progressive health care system that is a benchmark for all others.
VALUES - Appearance - Attitude - Respect - Communication - Ownership & Accountability
Welcome to The ISH Experience!
The ISH Experience is a monthly newsletter offered by Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics, providing you with information and helpful tips to help keep you and your family healthy.
In this issue:
* A Message from the CEO
* COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Info
* Cancer Treatment Centers of America
* ISH Babies in 2021
* New Locations - Construction Updates
* Provider Highlight - Dr. Lynn Nelson

* Belmond - New Ambulance
* Flu Shots Available
* 2021 "By The Numbers"
* The Meadows Senior Living
* ISH Staff Honors
* Career Opportunities
A Message from the CEO...
As she closed the book of her old life
Sighing relief as she finally let go
She carved a path to a new beginning
Writing a new chapter
The uneasy feeling of change soon faded away
And for the first time in a while her soul felt free
~ Peta Ramia

This feels very appropriate for a new year. 
How do we untether the old perspectives and responsibilities from our past and move forward? 

I can look at a lot of different “episodes” in my life - family hospice situations, fostering pets from friends, holiday obligations, races/marathons … and whether they were sad or great or promises or physically challenging … after they were completed -- life was different. 

These situations represented huge changes/milestones in my life and for a while, post event - the new reality was uncomfortable.
COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters
Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics are proud to be able to offer COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters for adults, as well as COVID-19 Vaccines for both adults and children between the ages of 5-11.

Please call 1-888-258-0078 to make an appointment.
Collaboration with
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA)
We are very excited to announce our collaboration
with the cancer experts at
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago,
to deliver personalized cancer care
to area residents, when and where they need it.

To learn more about our hospitals, clinics,
or other available services,
please visit
To learn more about CTCA,
please visit
2021 was a record year once again for our Maternity Center!

We delivered 568 babies during the past year at our Clarion campus, which is another record-breaking year for our hospital.

These families travelled from 61 different cities and towns to deliver their babies at our hospital - some from as far away as Albert Lea, MN!

We are beyond proud of our Maternity Center staff - providers, nurses, specialists, and more - for the one-on-one personal care that they provide to make your birth experience the best around! T
We're Expanding in Webster City!
We continue to see exciting progress at our new Webster City location.

The construction crews have been finishing up the exterior as well as putting up drywall on the interior. Ductwork and electrical are finishing up, and painting on the interior will be starting soon. We anticipate being able to see patients within the next few months.

In the meantime, you can still receive exceptional care at our existing ISH Webster City clinic location. Call 1-888-258-0078 to schedule your appointment today!

To read more about our progress, visit the link below...
Current Clinic Address:
903 Willson Ave
Webster City, 50595
New Clinic Address:
1924 Superior Street
Webster City, IA 50595
Provider Highlight - Dr. Lynn Nelson
Lynn Nelson, MD, is pleased to offer his expert services at our hospital and clinic locations in Belmond, Clarion, Garner, Webster City, and Fort Dodge.

Dr. Nelson specializes in spinal surgery and has built an extensive practice in Central Iowa for the treatment of cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) injuries and conditions which include disk herniations, vertebral misalignments, spinal trauma, myelopathy and radiculopathy.

When asked about his medical philosophy, Dr. Nelson said,
“Always try to do the right thing for
each patient as he/she is someone’s daughter/son/husband/wife.”

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Nelson
to the ISH family of providers!
New Ambulance at ISH Belmond campus
Pictured above are Larry and Karla Pals along with members of the
Belmond Ambulance Service. Larry is a nephew of Ms. Gruis.
A new ambulance was recently put into service at our ISH Belmond location. 
This purchase was made possible by the The Marjorie E. Gruis Trust. This trust donated $500,000 to the Belmond Hospital Foundation back in December 2018 to purchase 2 new ambulances over 7 years. This is the first of those 2 ambulances. 
The new ambulance is a significant upgrade. One major improvement for patient comfort is a liquid suspension system that makes for a smoother ride in the back of the ambulance. A back-saving improvement for the crew is a hydraulic lift system that allows quick and easy exchange of large oxygen bottles. With the recent increase in the number of COVID patients, they are using a lot more oxygen while transporting patients and have to change out those bottles more frequently. The interior of the patient compartment has everything they need to provide patient care en route to a hospital. When Karla, one of the EMTs looked inside the ambulance,
she stated “It looks like a hospital room back here!”
This isn’t the first time the Gruis family has supported the Belmond Ambulance Service. Back in 1973, Mrs. Harmke B. Gruis (Marjorie’s mother) also
donated money to the Belmond service to purchase two new ambulances. 
A photo of her shaking hands with Dr. Leinbach commemorating the event
hangs on a wall in the ambulance shed in Belmond.
The Belmond Ambulance Service is very appreciative of the Gruis family’s generosity. They couldn’t do what they do without the ambulances and all of the equipment that they contain. They are very fortunate and forever grateful!
Flu Shots Available

The weather continues to get colder, so it's important now more than ever to stay healthy!

Keep your family and yourself healthy this winter by getting a flu shot.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment:
Call: (888) 258-0078
2021 - By the Numbers
2021 was a record year for all of our hospitals and clinics,
across many areas of service!
We are proud each and every day
of our commitment to providing quality, focused,
specialized care for all of our patients.

Discover how we can help you and each member of your family
live your healthiest lives in 2022!
The Meadows Senior Community
Connected to our hospital in Clarion,
The Meadows Senior Living Community
offers not only a comfortable place to live but also a place to thrive as well.

Whether you're looking to live independently or you need an
assisted living option,
we can provide you with the right option for you and your loved ones.
Our friendly staff is always on-hand
to make sure you have
everything that you want and need.

To learn more about how we can offer the best retirement living experience
for you, visit our website today.
Career Opportunities
Iowa Specialty Hospital is HIRING!

We have career opportunities for providers, nurses, and support staff
in multiple specialties and locations.

Join our team where we specialize in patient care, every day!
Feature Heading
Read our reviews on
Google My Business
or leave one of your own!
Let’s Stay Connected! 
Follow Us On Social Media...
You received this email because of your existing relationship with Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics. Please add us to your email's safe sender list.