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Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 21

Benton County Public Health Director, Melissa Smith, RN, BSN, is sharing the following information of public interest. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Iowa Department on Aging and Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition join partners across the state...

Meals at home make a come-back – restaurants scramble to adapt.

The year 2000 was the peak year for eating out. The number of restaurant visits that year was 216 for every person in the U.S. In the 12 month period ending in February of 2018, the number of restaurant meals per person was 185, and it continues to decline. July of...

How to make it 3 x more likely that you’ll get a lost phone back.

Why do we still call it a phone when it’s become everything, including our wallet, calendar, camera, and GPS? With our “phones” having become the mobile computer in our pocket, losing your phone is a BIG problem, especially if you’re traveling. You will be three times...

Study shows flu vaccination of children saves lives.

In a study by the Centers for Disease Control, deaths of children from influenza were reduced 51% among children in high-risk groups, and 65% among healthy children. The CDC report can be accessed here. Health care workers and many others are already receiving...

Are antibiotics needed for children with ear infections?

An earache with a small child can be painful for the child and especially for new parents. Are antibiotics the answer? In a publication from “Choosing Wisely,” created by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, and endorsed by the American Academy of...

Dr. Erica Silbernagel joins the Vinton Family Medical Clinic

Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics is pleased to announce that Dr. Erica Silbernagel, D.O., will begin seeing patients on Monday, September 17th at the Vinton Family Medical Clinic. The Silbernagel family recently moved to Vinton and includes Erica, her husband Colman,...

Do you have holiday spirit to spare?

It may only be September but for the organizers of the Tenth Annual Holiday Tree Walk at Virginia Gay Hospital, it’s time to start thinking about trimming trees and decking the halls for the holidays. Individuals and area organizations are invited to tap...

5 Things You Should Know About Stress

Everyone feels stressed from time to time. But what is stress? How does it affect your health? And what can you do about it? Stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand. Every type of demand or stressor—such as exercise, work, school, major life changes, or...

Cyclospora Infections Associated with Salad at Fast Food Chain

Benton County Public Health Director, Melissa Smith, RN, BSN is making the public aware of information recently released on cyclospora infections associated with salad at fast food chain. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is investigating an increase in...

Virginia Gay Hospital Dietitian offering individualized nutrition counseling

Virginia Gay Hospital has introduced personal dietary guidance through one-on-one meetings with Sara Wattnem, Virginia Gay’s clinical dietician. The first one-hour consultation and planning session is $40. Additional visits with Sara can be...

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NEW PARENTS 101 TIP on Visual Tracking: If you are holding a toy such as a rattle, close to baby’s face, the baby should be able to track it..

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Congratulations to Mikia Stegner-Key! Mikia works as a CNA in the Nursing & Rehab department and is a 2018 recipient of the Virginia Gay Hospital..

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It may only be September but for the organizers of the Tenth Annual Holiday Tree Walk at Virginia Gay Hospital, it’s time to start thinking..

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Virginia Gay’s Primary Care Clinics

Feeling Blessed

“We are so blessed to have Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics in Vinton. Small town friendly caring hospital and staff dedicated to the community.”

—Micheal Svoboda


“Urbana clinic staff is amazing!!! They are always there for help and support!”

—Jackie Albert Aberle

Super Care!

“Care givers that go above and beyond! Super care!”

— Dale Degner

Proud & Fortunate

“We are so proud and fortunate to have VGH&C in our community with an updated facility and medical equipment. Dr. Meeker ( and all the doctors and nurses) have always been there four our family whenever we need it.”

— Sandy Evans

Very Caring People

“Best doctors and staff ever. I don’t live in Vinton and it’s worth the little extra drive ANYTIME! I’ve never had such a great doctor and staff. To them you are a person, not a number. Very caring people. I can not express my thanks enough. I’m very blessed to have finally found the wonderful doctor and staff.”

— Heather Harp

Nursing and Rehab

Trust is an essential component to any care program. Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab has been entrusted with the care of older adults since 1962. While times have changed, our mission to provide our residents with quality care they can trust remains steadfast.

Home Healthcare

Whether it’s maintaining an independent lifestyle at home, assisting the recovery of a patient post-hospitalization, or providing preventative health information, Virginia Gay Hospital Home Health Agency is an important community resource for people of all ages.

Therapy Services

Whether you are recovering from a sport or work injury, rehabilitating from a recent surgery, or need help with speech, language or hearing, VGH Therapy Services has a team of expertly trained therapists ready to lend a caring, helping hand, right here, at home.

Commitment To Excellence

VGH is accredited for sleep study services by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for compliance with a comprehensive set of national standards. If you have any concerns about the product or service that you receive from VGH, you may contact ACHC directly at 855-937-2242.