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GCMH recognized for use of technology

GRUNDY CENTER– Grundy County Memorial Hospital has been named a “Most Wired 2017” hospital, according to the results of the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. “Most Wired” hospitals are leaders when applying technology in a variety of ways to improve communication, safety and patient-provider relationships, according to the AHA.

Each year, the AHA surveys hospitals on their application of technology, establishing standards in four core areas. Hospitals that meet or exceed the standards in each of the areas are recognized as “Most Wired.” Eight Iowa hospitals were recognized, including the UnityPoint Health system, which received the “Most Wired – Advanced” distinction for 2017. Hospitals in Des Moines, Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Ames, Fort Madison and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City received the 2017 award along with Grundy County Memorial Hospital.

“We’re very pleased to be recognized for the efforts we’ve put into advanced technology,” said Steve Bantz, GCMH information technology manager.

Examples of ways the hospital is applying technology to improve patient communication include the myChart patient portal. Patient safety is impacted in a variety of ways through the hospital’s electronic medical record by minimizing medication errors and introducing best practice alerts, which help nurses implement appropriate interventions for individual patients. The electronic medical record also provides data used to analyze care delivery.

Grundy County Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital affiliated with UnityPoint Health – Waterloo, and the UnityPoint Health system. The hospital has earned the “Most Wired” distinction each year since 2014.

Schelling joins Pinnacle Bank as vice president

Pinnacle Bank announces the addition of Cindy Schelling to its staff as vice president and loan officer in its Marshalltown office. Her emphasis will be on residential markets in addition to commercial, agricultural and consumer lending. Schelling has 24 years of banking experience, and comes to Pinnacle Bank from Central State Bank in State Center. She resides in Melbourne with her husband, Troy, and has two grown children and one grandchild.

“I am excited to join Pinnacle Bank and be a part of its continued success,” Schelling said. “I have been an active lender in the central Iowa market, and I look forward to expanding my customer base further into Marshalltown and surrounding communities with my new officer position at Pinnacle Bank. I endeavor to use my banking experience to assist Pinnacle Bank in achieving its strategic goals.”

Damon Morrison, president of Pinnacle Bank, said, “I am thrilled to announce the addition of Cindy Schelling to Pinnacle Bank’s lending and management team. She has a comprehensive lending background and brings significant experience to Pinnacle Bank at a key time in which the bank is benefitting from strong, local lending and deposit growth. Cindy’s expertise and high level of customer service will be a key factor for Pinnacle Bank’s continued success.”

Gudith promoted to vice president

Pinnacle Bank announces the promotion of Danielle Gudith to vice president. Gudith joined the staff of Pinnacle Bank, in August 2012, as Personal Banker and Consumer Lender. In February 2014, she was promoted to assistant vice president, and gained the responsibilities of deposit manager. Gudith has taken on additional management, supervisory and training roles in addition to her lending responsibilities over the last few years, contributing to Pinnacle Bank’s growth and employee development.

Damon Morrison, president of Pinnacle Bank, said, “It is my great pleasure to announce the promotion of Danielle Gudith to Vice President. Danielle has been a key manager through a period of rapid growth and development at Pinnacle Bank, both in its Marshalltown and Toledo markets. She is a leader in the professional development of key retail staff and executing strategic initiatives, all while being a very active lender. Danielle is a role model for other Pinnacle Bank employees and I look forward to her future success with our organization.”

A graduate of Central College in Pella, Gudith has more than 17 years of banking experience. She serves as president of Franklin Elementary School PTA and resides in Marshalltown with her husband, Lee, and their two children.

“I feel so honored to have been promoted to Vice President at Pinnacle Bank,” Gudith said. “It is a great privilege to work with such a fantastic team and for an organization that values the careers of their employees. I am excited for this new opportunity. I look forward to continuing to contribute to the growth and successes of Pinnacle Bank.”


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