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Monday Afternoon News, January 29th


Floyd Valley CRNAs Focus On Patient Care Prior To Surgery

(Le Mars) — It has often been said a doctor looks at the ailment, but a nurse focuses on the patient. That is often the case when a patient is prepared for some type of surgical procedure. Last week was National CRNA Week, a week set
aside to recognize the efforts of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Floyd Valley Healthcare of Le Mars is fortunate to have two registered nurse anesthetists, Laura Real and Gary Tillman. Real offers a simple explanation regarding their responsibilities.

Tillman says prior to any surgery, a CRNA will review with the patient their health records and surgical procedures in order to understand which anesthesia to use for the surgery.

Real says she sees patients that are anxious and concerned about the surgery, as well as with the anesthesia, as to whether or not they will wake up from the procedure.

Tillman says anesthesia have improved during the last few decades, and through their training, they are better at determining how long an anesthesia will last through the surgical procedure.

Real, a native of Norfolk, Nebraska decided to pursue the medical training of an anesthetist following her military career with the U-S Air Force.

Real says she acquired her Master’s degree with Mount Marty following 22 months of training from various types of hospitals. As a student, Real spent a portion of her time at Floyd Valley
with Tillman. She says one reason for her to return to Floyd
Valley is she enjoys providing medical care to a family throughout their entire life.

Tillman says he knew as early as a sophomore in high school that he wanted to perform anesthesia after reading an article in Scientific America.

Tillman says one unique feature about Floyd Valley Healthcare is the focus on pain services.

Tillman says what many people may not realize is most hospitals in Iowa have a CRNA as their anesthetist.

Real summarizes the feelings for herself and Tillman about their careers as a CRNA at Floyd Valley Healthcare.

There are over 50,000 anesthetists in the United States.

photos courtesy of Floyd Valley Healthcare.



Linn County Supervisors Considering Options Following A Lawsuit For A False Arrest

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa county is considering its response to a lawsuit filed by an Arizona man who spent two months in jail for a robbery he didn’t commit.
The Linn County Board of Supervisors met in closed session Monday to consider the lawsuit filed by 23-year-old Joseph McBride.
The county hasn’t answered the lawsuit, which alleges County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden signed a complaint against McBride containing false statements.
McBride was 1,500 miles away when a violent 2017 robbery occurred in Cedar Rapids, his former hometown. The victim told police that a Facebook photo of McBride appeared to match one of the assailants.
Investigators never spoke to McBride before he was arrested, shipped by prison van to Iowa, and jailed 61 days. He was released after investigators checked his alibi, which included time-stamped photos of him in Arizona.



Trial For Northeast Iowa Woman With Dead Infant Son Is Delayed

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) – A trial has been delayed for a northeast Iowa woman whose dead 4-month-old son was found in an infant swing, his body infested with maggots.
The delay in the trial of 20-year-old Cheyanne Harris came at the request of her lawyer, who wanted more time to prepare the defense case. The trial had been scheduled to begin Wednesday. The judge set a new trial starting date of June 11 in New Hampton.
Harris and the baby’s father, Zachary Koehn, have pleaded not guilty to charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder in the death of their son, Sterling Koehn. Koehn’s trial is set to begin March 28.
Authorities say deputies and medics called to the couple’s Alta Vista apartment on Aug. 30 found Sterling dead in the swing.



Woman Body Found At Cemetery Is That Of Missing Woman

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a body found on the ground in a Waterloo cemetery has been identified as that of a missing Waterloo woman.
The body of 40-year-old Lakisha Williams was found around 3 p.m. Friday in a remote area of Garden of Memories cemetery. Her mother had reported her missing Thursday. She was last seen around 5 p.m. Jan. 20 near her apartment.
Police say Williams’ death is suspicious.
Her husband is being held in St. Paul, Minnesota, on a warrant charging him with being a fugitive from justice. Iowa court records don’t list other new charges against him, nor the name of an attorney who could comment for him.
Iowa records indicate he’s served prison time for burglary, robbery and weapons crimes.



Des Moines To Revamp Abandoned Park

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines park that for decades drew thousands of people for its amusement park rides, music and dancing is set to return.
The Des Moines Register reports that Riverview Park advocates have announced $4 million in funding that will pay for an outdoor concert venue and other features.
The Parks Area Foundation is a nonprofit formed by residents of the north-side Oak Park, Highland Park and Union Park neighborhoods and has been the driving force behind the park restoration project. The group has raised $750,000
by flipping burgers and selling hot dogs during summer gatherings. It also secured financial support from the city of Des Moines, Polk County and Prairie Meadows.
The park opened in 1915 and was modeled after Brooklyn’s Coney Island. It closed in 1978.