Nebraska boy pulls toy metal badge (from Winterset) out of eye; Spaghetti feed to benefit this University Hospitals patient November 13, 2008Posted by John in Uncategorized.
Tags: Dawson Holverson, eye injuries, Iowa City (Iowa), John Wayne, toys--injuries, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Winterset (Iowa)
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“I was watching TV and I fell asleep. I started to wake up when I was falling out of bed and I hit my eye on the toy sheriff’s badge,” he says. [7-year-old] Dawson [Holverson] holds up the bronze-colored, metal badge that he got while visiting actor John Wayne’s birthplace in Iowa. …
In April, it started to detach again. That’s when he was referred to specialists in Iowa City, where his retina was re-attached via a laser procedure. … Dawson will need to return to Iowa on Tuesday for another checkup and on Dec. 16. …
Tags: Chris Coates, Christopher Coates, Corydon (Iowa), Iowa City (Iowa), Malinda Mathews, Motorcycle accidents, motorcycles, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
From Galesburg Radio 14 WGIL:
The Labor Day holiday weekend turned fatal for a man driving a motorcycle on a Henderson County [Illinois] road late Sunday morning that injured a passenger on the bike.
State police identified the man who was killed as 52-year old Christopher Coates of Corydon, Iowa. A passenger on his motorcycle, 49-year old Malinda Mathews, also of Corydon, Iowa, was seriously injured and taken to University Hospitals in Iowa City. … [more from WGIL]
Illinois State Police said an 85-year-old turned his Ford truck in front of the motorcycle, according to the Burlington Hawk Eye: Motorcycle wreck kills one, injures one.
Iowa City woman gives up high-paying job, independent life to become nun in Colorado Springs August 23, 2008Posted by John in Medicine, Religion.
Tags: Benedictine sisters, Benet Hill Monastery (Colorado Springs Colorado), Christianity, convent, Iowa City (Iowa), Mercy Hospital (Iowa City Iowa), nunnery, nuns, nurses, Ricketts (Iowa), Sister Mary Colleen Schwarz, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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After deciding to become a sister, [Mary Colleen] Schwarz in 2002 gave away her personal possessions. Watching strangers enter her Iowa City, Iowa, home and help themselves to her belongings was an odd experience, Schwarz said.
“I thought, ‘What the heck did I just do?’” she said. “Everything that identified me was gone. But I knew that my real identity was that I am a child of God.” …
Former University of Iowa resident physician accused of molesting female relative in Tulsa July 31, 2008Posted by John in Crime/Courts, Medicine.
Tags: Coralville (Iowa), Iowa City (Iowa), Kirk Smith, MD, medical doctors, physicians, sex crimes, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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From Tulsa World:
A Tulsa doctor who is accused of molesting a female relative was accused several times of inappropriate sexual contact during his residency program in Missouri, reports show. …
In November 2001, the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners denied Smith’s application for a license, citing allegations of inappropriate contact with female patients during a little more than a year at a residency program in Kansas City, Mo. …
Smith was later accepted into the University of Iowa’s residency program, and Iowa’s medical board granted Smith a restricted license in April 2002. The board said he should always be accompanied by a chaperone while treating female patients and should continue seeing a psychiatrist. …
More from Gazette archives:
March 6, 2002 Iowa City Gazette
Coralville doctor denied Iowa license after alleged misdoings
DES MOINES – A doctor has been denied an Iowa license following allegations that he performed inappropriate gynecological exams on four patients during an out-of-state residency.
Kirk Smith, 29, of Coralville, is appealing the decision by the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners. His lawyer, Michael Sellers, said the board has received only “thirdhand hearsay” evidence about what happened.
According to the board, while Smith was a resident in Kansas City, a woman accused him of improperly examining her. Administrators there ordered Smith to have a chaperone when performing such exams, the board said, but he continued to do them alone, and three more women also complained about improper exams. Smith took a medical leave of absence from the program to deal with psychiatric issues, board documents say.
Sellers said Smith is awaiting a hearing before the board. Sellers said Smith was accepted into a training program at University Hospitals in Iowa City, but he can’t participate without a resident license.
May 19, 2002 Iowa City Gazette
Suspended doctors granted Iowa licenses
DES MOINES – A doctor accused of performing inappropriate exams on women patients in Missouri has been granted permission by regulators to get a license to practice in Iowa.
The Iowa Board of Medical Examiners concluded that Dr. Kirk Smith’s problems were caused by a psychiatric condition he has under control.
Smith, 29, was suspended from a Kansas City residency-training program in November 2000 after four women accused him of improperly touching them or examining them.
He was diagnosed with an obsessive-compulsive disorder and given medication to control it.
Two psychiatrists have said Smith can safely return to practicing medicine.
Smith earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa, but the Board of Medical Examiners turned down his application for a residency license, citing his problems in Missouri.
After Smith applied again for a license, the board decided in April to grant Smith approval but said that he must have a chaperon present when he examines female patients and that he must continue psychiatric treatment.
November 22, 2004 Gazette
Ruling may delay word of medical accusations
Court: Information can’t be made public until final decision
DES MOINES – A court ruling last week could mean that Iowans will have to wait months to find out whether their doctors have been accused of wrongdoing.
Polk County District Judge Joel Novak ruled Wednesday that the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners must stop publicly disclosing information related to a physician’s disciplinary case until a final decision is made.
Legal experts are trying to sort out whether Novak’s ruling will cause lengthy delays in the time it will take for patients and others to learn of allegations against Iowa doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.
The board frequently does not file final disciplinary orders for a year or more.
Novak’s ruling came in the case of Dr. Kirk M. Smith, who was denied an Iowa license three years ago because of allegations he improperly touched women while in an out-of-state training program.
The license denial was made public. So was the medical board’s subsequent decision to issue a license, with several restrictions, after it decided Smith had received adequate treatment
for psychiatric problems.
April 7, 2007 Gazette
Supreme Court rules on negligence case
Also Friday, the [Iowa Supreme Court] upheld a district court decision ordering the Board of Medical Examiners to cease dissemination of the board’s denial of a physician’s license.
The board appealed a Polk County District Court decision in the case of Dr. Kirk M. Smith, who was accepted into the University of Iowa’s family practice residency program as a transfer student from the University of Missouri.
Smith initially was denied an Iowa physician license, which was granted after an appeal.
While granting his license, the board denied Smith’s request that the board rescind its notice to the National Practitioner’s Data Bank regarding the earlier license denial.
Instead, the board indicated an entry was to be added to the Data Bank explaining that the license application was granted after an appeal hearing. The district court ordered such a disclosure must stop. …
Bloomington, Illinois, pilot injured last week in Iowa City crash released from University Hospitals June 10, 2008Posted by John in Accidents.
Tags: airplane crashes, Al Bowman, Iowa City (Iowa), Lewis Martin, plane crashes, Sydney Blanton, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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From Bloomington Pantagraph:
IOWA CITY, Iowa — A Bloomington pilot injured when his single-engine plane crashed Tuesday morning in Iowa City reportedly has been released from the hospital.
Lewis Martin, of the 1900 block of Longwood Lane, was flying a single-engine Socata turboprop that crashed shortly after leaving an Iowa City airport about 10 a.m.
A passenger, Sydney Blanton, 2, died about eight hours after the crash, according to the Johnston County medical examiner’s office. …
[Illinois State University President Al] Bowman said he was told Martin is distraught over the crash and the young girl’s death, and it is unclear if he will continue flying. He said the man suffered a broken nose and required some stitches on his face and head, but he does not know of any injuries that would prevent him from flying. …
Tags: Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Hospitals, Iowa City (Iowa), St. Luke's Hospital, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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Iowa hospitals were the quickest in the country to provide emergency medical attention. The average emergency visit was 2 hours, 18 minutes compared to the national average of 3:42.
Nebraska rated second fastest in the nation at 2:26, followed by South Dakota (2:28), Vermont (2:32), and Wisconsin (2:34). The longest visits were in Arizona (4:57), Maryland (4:07), Utah (4:04), New York (3:58), and Florida (3:57). …
St. Luke’s Hospital, a 560-bed community hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, saw 51,632 patients in its ED last year and beat the state record by logging an average visit time of 2:10. …
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a 750-bed academic medical center in Iowa City…has seen ED length of stay drop from 2:52 to 2:33. …
Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis saw 77,847 patients last year and averaged a 6-hour, 30-minute length of stay.
Vedic City woman alleges she and unborn child lead poisoned by Maharishi Ayurveda herbal preparation March 5, 2008Posted by John in Crime/Courts, Medicine, Public Health.
Tags: Brady & O’Shea, Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Centers for Disease Control, chelation therapy, Fairfield (Iowa), Frances Gaskell, Iowa Department of Public Health, lawsuits, lead poisoning, Maharishi Ayurveda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Vedic City (Iowa)
Plaintiff Frances Gaskell is being represented by Cedar Rapids legal firm Brady & O’Shea, P.C.
After Frances Gaskell began to take the Garbhapal Ras she began to feel lethargic and her hands and feet began going numb. She then began having severe back and abdominal pain. The pain was so severe that she was admitted for testing and treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in February 2007. …
On April 16, 2007, blood test results showed that Frances Gaskell was severely lead poisoned and had a blood lead level of 102 mg/dl, over 20 times the level considered safe by the Centers for Disease Control. Because Frances’ level was so high, creating a serious risk to both her life and health, and the life and health of her unborn child, she was forced to undergo chelation therapy while pregnant despite the risks of the therapy to her unborn child, L.G..
After testing the different herbal preparations that Frances was taking, the Iowa Department of Public Health found that the Garbhapal Ras was made up of nearly 3% lead, a level far in excess of applicable safety standards. …
L.G. was born with a blood lead level of 60 mg/dl, 12 times the level considered safe by the Center for Disease. …
Update on frostbitten runner now at I.C.: 6 toes, 4 ‘nubs’ February 1, 2008Posted by John in Medicine, Sports.
Tags: Andrew Wells, Davenport (Iowa), Iowa City (Iowa), Track, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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For a guy down to six toes and four “nubs” on his feet, Andrew Wells has a remarkably positive outlook.
He’s spending his days in an Iowa City hotel, …
Wells suffered frostbite on both feet Jan. 20, while winning the Frozen Otter Ultra Trek in the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest. The 27-year-old from Davenport, Iowa, covered 49 miles in an effort that kept him in below-zero weather for 16 hours.
He discovered the damaged digits hours after the finish, and went to the University of Iowa Hospital for treatment. During surgery on Jan. 25, doctors took off about half of the big toe on each foot, and a portion of the toes immediately next to them. They’re watching for signs of recovery in the remaining toes and have scheduled Wells for more surgery on Friday. …
Frostbitten race winner from Davenport losing toes at UIHC Friday January 23, 2008Posted by John in Sports, Weather.
Tags: Andrew Wells, frostbite, Iowa City, Track, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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From USA Today:
[Andrew] Wells, a chiropractic student, tried to warm his feet in warm water and then went to a hospital in Platteville. From there, he went to Iowa University Hospital and clinics in Iowa City, where doctors plan to remove his big toe and the one next to it from his right foot.
He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that surgery is scheduled for Friday. …
What did Wells win? A victory package that included energy drinks, gel flasks, Moosejaw adventure gear and a subscription to “Trail Runner” magazine.