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Thursday News, April 29th


Orange City Health System Receives Women’s Choice Award

(Orange City) — Orange City Area Health System Receives the Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience for the Seventh Consecutive Year.

Orange City Area Health System has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare, for the seventh consecutive year. The award signifies that Orange City Area Health System has
been ranked within the top 100 hospitals of similar size based on number of beds, of which there were four categories. Orange City Area Health System ranked #10 out of 1,057 hospitals of similar size.

There is a strong correlation between providing good patient experience throughout a patient’s journey and improved clinical quality measures including increased HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) scores. According to a survey of healthcare consumers,
86% of women would travel up to 50 miles for a hospital that was rated best in patient experience.




Grassley: “Biden Capable Of Being Bipartisan Dealmaker. Will Left-Wing Base Let Him?”

(Washington, DC) — U-S Senator Chuck Grassley says he knows President Biden is capable of being a bipartisan dealmaker from his time in the Senate. He says the question is: will the president’s left-wing base let him do it? The Iowa Republican was responding to Biden’s Wednesday night message. He says
the president campaigned on unifying a divided nation but has done very little to back up those words. Grassley says congressional Republicans are willing to work with the administration, but cutting them out of the process – “like
he did on the COVID package and may do on infrastructure” – is no way to unite the country.




Reynolds Calls Security Fence at Governor’s Manson ‘Right Thing to Do’

(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa Department of Public Safety is using 400-thousand dollars from its current budget to install a security fence around the governor’s mansion in Des Moines. Last Friday, the agency cited repeated and alarming threats to Iowa officials in announcing that a fence would be installed around the perimeter of the property by this summer. Governor Kim Reynolds said,”I respect the Department of Public Safety and their really encouragement to get that done and I think it’s probably the right thing to do.” Reynolds and her husband, Kevin, are the current occupants of the third floor apartment in Terrace Hill. She says “nothing will change. It’s still the people’s house and we’ll continue to do tours and it will continue to be
open.” Public Safety officials cite the recently foiled attempt to kidnap Michigan’s governor as one of the reasons to enhance security at the governor’s mansion.




Reynolds Signs Law Expanding Broadband Access in Iowa

(Des Moines, IA) — A bill signed into law today (Wednesday) by Governor Kim Reynolds will award grants to companies that expand broadband in Iowa.
Reynolds said, “this type of progress is what’s possible when regardless of party affiliation or which chamber legislators are elected to, leaders can come together to achieve common goals that are in the best interests of Iowans.” The bill passed the House and Senate unanimously. Most of the companies getting these grants must provide broadband service that has upload
and download speeds of 100 megabits per second, although companies planning to extend slower speed internet access to sparsely populated areas could qualify.
Legislators and the governor have agreed to set aside 100-million dollars in state money for the broadband grants. Reynolds called the plan a response to a “glaring need” in a state that has the second-slowest broadband speed in the country.




Opioid Deaths Increase 35% in Iowa

(Des Moines, IA) – – State health officials say opioid-related deaths increased 35-percent in 2020. The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 211 opioid deaths last year, up from 54 in 2019. Public health officials say there could be some pandemic-related factors, including isolation and reduced health care access.




Sioux City Teen Will Stand Trial in Adult Court For Deadly New Year’s Shooting

(Sioux City, IA) — A Sioux City teen charged in deadly New Year’s Day shooting will stand trial as an adult. Attorneys for now 18-year-old Carlos Morales tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to have his case moved to juvenile court. Morales was 17 when 18-year-old Mia Kritis was shot and killed and turned 18 ten days later. Investigators say Morales, his older brother Christopher, and another man opened fire on a home with handguns and a
rifle. Court documents showed Morales had a long history in juvenile court dating back to 2015. A first-degree murder conviction carries a life sentence.




Governor Expected To Sign Bill On Charter Schools

(Des Moines, IA) — Governor Kim Reynolds is expected to sign a bill allowing groups to form charter schools without getting approval from the local school board. That would establish a new method of creating Iowa charter schools. Groups would apply directly to the Iowa Department of Education. The measure passed the Senate Wednesday on a 30-to-18 vote along
party lines. The House passed the measure last month. It now goes to the governor’s desk. Democrats objected to the creation of looser rules for charter schools and said the state should be focused on supporting existing public schools. There are currently just two charter schools operating in Iowa.




Clive Man Convicted Of Beating Victim To Death While High On Meth

(Des Moines, IA) — A judge has found a Clive man guilty of first-degree murder for beating another man to death with a baseball bat while they were both high on meth. Fifty-two-year-old Jeffrey Stendrup’s attorney says an appeal will be filed. Stendrup opted for a bench trial while he faced charges
for killing 38-year-old Jeremy McDowell in June 2018. The trial was held in February and the verdict was handed down by Polk County Judge Thomas Murphy Monday. A witness had told police Stendrup hit McDowell with the bat at least a dozen times. The woman who drove Stendrup to the house where the attack
happened was given a life sentence.