We welcome Rose Siegfried as our new Dietary Supervisor. Rose brings us years of experience and ideas from the Hotel Nauvoo.

   Rose lived in Nauvoo, but moved to Fort Madison about five years ago. She has two grown children. Her son, David, and his wife Kim are expecting Rose's first grandchild which is due to arrive in February. Rose and her daughter, Kelly, are planning Kelly's October wedding.

   Rose states that she enjoys working here and hopes to bring new and fresh ideas to the Dietary Department.





     Palm trees, sea shells, grass skirts, flower leis . . . That’s what you saw all over Burlington Memorial Auditorium at this year’s Senior Health Fair on October 19, 2006.  The Fort Madison Health Center had the opportunity to participate again this year.  The health fair gives area seniors a chance to come in contact with numerous healthcare businesses and services giving them a broader understanding of what is available to them.  Health provider services from Lee County, Des Moines County and surrounding areas were set up to this year’s theme “Aloha to Good Health”.  Long term care facilities, medical supply companies, assisted living facilities, home health agencies and local hospitals were represented.

     Serving Hawaiian Punch, tropical fruit mix and playing Hawaiian music in the background, every visitor to the Fort Madison Health Center booth was greeted with a smile, a plastic lei, and the option of having a Polaroid snapshot taken in front of our display.  Visitors were also encouraged to dip into the fish bowl and pick a fish oftheir choice.  Kathy Casey and Phyl Hinds planned and created the display in an attempt to win the contest to the theme of “Aloha to Good Health”.

     Kathy and Phyl brought home the second place trophy and currently display the trophy in their office.





     We would like to welcome our new team members to our staff.  Sue Egley, Theresa Rudd, Jessina Cook, Bev Householder, and Tyson Purchatzke, are all recently hired CNA’s.  In Housekeeping we welcome Linda Knight and Sheila Koble.  Our new addition to Dietary is Rose Siegfried, Dietary Supervisor.  Welcome Aboard!!




Dorothy Phillips 10/3; Dorothy Bellamy 10/11; Terri Murphy 10/14; Roberta Wharton 10/17; Peggy Turner 10/24; Robert Wuebkas 10/22


Anna Mason 11/2; Billie Rusher 11/11; Henry Hoskins 11/23; Guy Enke 11/30


John Duran 12/6; Josephine Pendry 12/30





     In September we were happy to welcome Elvis and Patsy Cline here at the facility.  The residents had a fantastic time.  The performers did an excellent job, performing especially for the residents as they sang and danced, entertaining all who were here.  We had a packed house for the show.

     In October we had our annual Halloween Party for the residents’ families and staff families.  It was a big success.  All the children  especially enjoyed the evening. We also handed out candy to the Trick or Treaters on Beggars’ Night.  The residents got to see many different costumes and had fun with the children.  Kathy’s Pumpkin Patch donated some pumpkins for us.  Many thanks for the pumpkins - we enjoyed them.  The Alzheimer’s Unit had its first Halloween Party; it was a success. The residents had a ball at the party. Some were dressed up, also.  We played games and read stories, and staff made Halloween goodies for them to eat.

      We went to the Klein Center in Burlington for Oktoberfest. The residents who went had a good time. We talked to other people, played Bingo, and took the scenic route back home.  Residents had a wonderful time.

     Let us take time to thank all our veterans in residence in the facility, for what they have done for us.

     We will be having our annual Thanksgiving Dinner and afterwards, we’ll enjoy some dancing.

     In December we have a lot going on.  Elvis and Patsy will be back, along with the Senior Silver Steppers, Pen City Singers, Nauvoo Senior Singers, Boy Scouts, music by Bob Nolan, and more. Come enjoy these activities with us. We will have our annual Christmas Pot Luck on December 14th.

     Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.


     The Fort Madison Health Center cannot function without its employees.  The nurses, nurses aides, cooks, housekeepers . . . everyone in employment here at the facility is a vital part of the team.  On November 2, 2006, employees of the Fort Madison Health Center were presented with years of service pins. Presenting the pins to the following employees were Joe Simmens, Joe Simmens Jr. and FMHC Administrator Bob Becker.

(Left to Right)
Julie M. 5 years
Michael A. 11 year
Alice K. 5 yearss
Kelli R. 15 years
Anna T.  11 years



     Also included in Ft. Madison Health Center employee recognition were the following InPropCo employees:

(Left to Right)
Dianne Z.          30 years
(receiving a silver and gold watch)

Wanda M.          20 years
(receiving a gold bracelet with a gold locket)

Melissa V.        15 years
(receiving a 15 year service pin)

Monica N.          25 years
(receiving a gold locket necklace)


     Wanda, Monica and Dianne also received service pins.  These awards were also presented by Joe Simmens, Joe Simmens Jr., and FMHC Administrator Bob Becker.





     December 19th

January 23rd - Guest Speaker Michelle Kelman
     Topic - “Understanding Memory Loss in                                               Alzheimer’s”               
February 27th
March 27th                                                 

All meetings will be held at the Fort Madison Health Center in Room #125.



“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life; it goes on.”
Robert Frost



  “The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

     The Fort Madison Health Center honored our residents who served, fighting for what we all cherish the most.  Our Freedom.  Service pictures were requested from families or the resident themselves. For pictures we were unable to obtain, pictures were taken here at the care center with the American Flag. These pictures remain on display on our “Wall of Fame”.

Paul Bowen; Lloyd Clark; Leland Fehr; Leroy Hallgren; Henry Hoskins; Ernest Marsh;Melvin Mathis; Roosevelt McCoy; Glenn Miller; Louis Miller; Glenn McVey; Robert “Mike” Olsen; Felix Sanchez;  James Sommers

     We salute you and wish to express our deepest appreciation. For without each and every one of you, our country would not be what it is today.

     If by mistake we have overlooked or just not known of additional Veterans in our facility, it was not our intention to leave anyone out . . . We salute you.



     Just a little advice to our visitors that any time you have flu-like symptoms or are not feeling well, please reconsider visiting our care facility until you are feeling better.  Our major goal is to keep your loved one well and safe.  This includes limiting their exposure to germs and “bugs”. Older adults are more susceptible and would hate to further compromise their health.

     Feel free to call the facility at any time when a personal visit is questionable.  You can keep in contact with your loved one through cards and letters, by phone, or by email at:


     We offer the following advice in keeping yourself well and happy:

     Wash your hands often.  This is probably the single best measure to prevent transmission of colds. Especially after shopping, going to the gym, or spending time in public places, hand washing is critical. Frequent hand washing can destroy viruses that you have acquired from touching surfaces used by other people. You can also carry a small tube of hand sanitizer or sanitizing hand wipes when visiting public places.  Teach your children the importance of hand washing, also.

   Avoid touching your face, especially the nose, mouth, and eye areas, if you are around someone with a cold or have been touching surfaces in a public area.

     Don’t smoke.  Cigarette smoke can irritate the airways and increase susceptibility to colds and other infections. Even exposure to passive smoke can make you (or your children) more vulnerable to colds.    

  Use disposable items if someone in your family is infected.  Disposable cups can be thrown away after each use and prevent accidental spread of the virus from sharing of cups or glasses.  This is particularly important if you have young children who may try to drink from others’ cups.

   Keep household surfaces clean.  Door knobs, drawer pulls, keyboards, light switches, telephones, remote controls, countertops, and sinks can all harbor viruses for hours after their use by an infected person.  Wipe these surfaces frequently with soap and water or a disinfectant solution.  

     If your child has a cold, wash his toys as well when you are cleaning household surfaces and commonly-used items.

   Use paper towels in the kitchen and bathroom for hand washing.  Germs can live for several hours on cloth towels. Alternatively, have separate towels for each family member and provide a clean one for guests.

    Throw tissues away after use.  Used tissues are sources of virus that can contaminate any surface where they are left. 

     Maintain a healthy lifestyle.  While there is no direct evidence to show that eating well or exercising can prevent colds, maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, with adequate sleep, good nutrition and physical exercise can help ensure that your immune system is in good condition and ready to fight infection if it occurs.

     Control stress.  Studies have shown that people experiencing emotional stress have weakened immune systems and are more likely to catch a cold than their calmer counterparts.




    JUST A HEADS UP . . .

     The crooks have found a way to rob you of your gift card balance. If you buy gift cards from a display rack that has various store cards, you may become a victim of theft. Crooks are now jotting down the card numbers in the store and then wait a few days and call to see how much of a balance THEY have on the card.  Once they find the card is “activated” they then go online and start shopping.  You may want to purchase your card from a customer service person, where they do not have the gift cards viewable to the public. . .

     ** I questioned this as another one of those “horror” stories on the Internet . . this has been confirmed as true according to Urban Legends.





“Do not trust your memory; it is full of holes; the most beautiful prizes slip through it.”
George Dunhamel