College of Health Sciences News and Updates

Seriously sugared

That many popular children’s breakfast cereals are high in sugar is not new news. What’s alarming is that over the years food manufacturers have done little to change that and may in fact be packing even more of the sweet stuff into those kid-alluring, colorful boxes. A study released last week by the Environmental Working […]

— Barb Boose

Satisfied?

I’d like to believe health care professionals are committed to patient satisfaction, but going forward the level of “care quality” will take on greater importance: Starting in October 2012, according to Healthcare.gov, Medicare will reward hospitals “that provide high quality care for their patients through the new Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program…for the first time, hospitals […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: go hungry

This Sunday marks the end of National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week,a national endeavor created by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness to promote education, action and awareness about these two critical issues. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2010 annual report […]

— Barb Boose

Jay W. Christensen, M.H.A.’01

Christensen is the recipient of the John Fisher Alumni Award from his undergraduate, Buena Vista University (BVU), in Storm Lake, IA. The award was established in 1970 and named for BVU’s 14th president. This outstanding service award recognizes a former student who possesses a consistent and persevering dedication to the qualities for which BVU stands. He is […]

— Anna Hudson

Stormy L. Weis, D.P.T.’11

Weis and Kyle Wilson announced their engagement and upcoming wedding. The couple will be married on December 10 in Creston, IA. She is a physical therapist with Professional Physical Therapy Association at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola, IA, and his employer is the Creston News Advertiser.

— Anna Hudson

Brandon J. Wegehaupt, PA-C’11

Wegehaupt joined Avera Orthopedic Associates in Mitchell, SD, where he resides. He is a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants and the Iowa Physician Assistant Society.

— Anna Hudson

Matthew W. Buck, M.H.A.’09

Buck began a new position as administrator at Ogden Manor in Ogden, IA, in September. He spent the past two years as administrator of Friendship Manor in Grinnell, IA. He and his fiancée reside in Ankeny, IA.

— Anna Hudson

Angela M. Buttjer, PA-C’02

Buttjer and husband, Matt, welcomed a son, James, on June 1, 2011. James is joined at home by sisters Hannah and Ella. She practices with Dermatology Associates in Waterloo, IA.

— Anna Hudson

Imitation: not just for vanilla

My first bike was pink with a cute basket, a loud bell, streamers coming off the handles, and of course nice big training wheels. Learning to ride a bike is a milestone that comes with many cuts and scrapes. You have to fall in order to learn how far to lean when making a turn. […]

— Shannon Layton

Celebrate PA Week!

Today marks the beginning of National Physician Assistant Week, celebrated annually to support, highlight and recognize the significant impact of physician assistants in health care. According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the week is “an opportunity to promote public awareness of the PA profession and to salute the outstanding growth of the […]

— Barb Boose

Cancer summit Oct. 3-4

Each year, the Iowa Cancer Summit brings together representatives from health care, academia, public health and the private sector, along with cancer survivors, caregivers and others, to provide a dialogue on best cancer control practices across Iowa. This year’s summit will occur October 3-4 at the West Des Moines Marriott. Seats and a limited number […]

— Barb Boose

MPH networking event Sept. 15

Public health professionals work to enhance the health of populations and communities. A campus event this Thursday, Sept. 15, starting at 5 p.m. in the Student Education Center, is designed to help build a community of people interested in public health: Des Moines University’s Master of Public Health Student Club will host a Networking Night […]

— Barb Boose