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Local hospice physician completes certification

CEDAR FALLS — Matthew Ulven, MD, associate medical director of the Compassus hospice program in Cedar Falls serving 12 counties throughout northeast Iowa, recently received his hospice medical director certification conferred by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board.

Ulven has more than 27 years of medical practice experience and is board certified in family medicine. In his role as medical director, he provides patients and their families with a comprehensive care plan, ensures patients’ wishes are honored and makes certain care goals are achieved. He leads an interdisciplinary team of nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients wherever they call home.

“To provide the highest level of hospice care to our patients, it is imperative we continue to challenge ourselves and our peers to stay engaged with industry standards and developments,” Ulven said. “I am fortunate to be part of a team that values professional development and sees its impact on quality of care.”

The HMDCB certification is intended for licensed physicians who provide hospice care and those who currently serve as a hospice medical director. The examination assesses a physician’s knowledge and ability to perform the role of a hospice medical director, including regulatory, administrative, legal, ethical competencies and clinical skills.

Compassus – Cedar Falls provides hospice care to patients and families in Blackhawk, Buchanan, Northern Benton, Fayette, Bremer, Butler, Grundy, Hardin, Marshall, Mid-Northwest Tama, Delaware, and Clayton counties. For more information about its services, visit compassus.com/cedar-falls or call 319-243-3644.

Bunn joins Pinnacle Bank as operations processor

Pinnacle Bank announced the addition of Misty Bunn to its staff as operations processor. Bunn graduated from MCC with an AA in Business Administration and has three years of banking experience. She most recently worked for McFarland Clinic as an ophthalmic assistant.

“Someday you will look back on your life and realize that everything worthwhile you’ve ever accomplished initially challenged you. And that is as it should be, because big challenges often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary success,” Bunn quoted Melchor Lim. “I truly look forward to this new challenge in my life and what we, as a team, can accomplish through it,” Bunn said.

Bunn is an active member of her community and church. She is currently serving a four-year term as a State Center City Council Member and is on the Junior-Parents After-Prom Committee for 2019. Past community involvement includes three years on the State Center Rose Festival Committee as the KCBS BBQ competition coordinator.

“I am very pleased with Misty joining Pinnacle Bank’s operations staff. She will provide the experience and knowledge to support Pinnacle Bank’s growth while providing excellent customer service in our operations department,” Vice President Jane Heatwole said.

Bunn and her husband Jeffery reside in State Center. She has two children, Nate and James.

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