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Van Buren County Hospital is taking bids for the sale of the Bonaparte Clinic building and property at 624 1st Street, Bonaparte, IA 52620. Please send or deliver bids to Ray Brownsworth, CEO, Van Buren County Hospital, 304 Franklin Street, Keosauqua, IA 52565 - to be at the location no later than November 25, 2019 by 3:45 pm. Van Buren County Hospital has the right to reject any and all bids and remove from sale due to fair market value.




National Physical Therapy month is celebrated in the month of October. This annual celebration, gives Van Buren County Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department, the opportunity to identify the many health benefits of physical therapy!

Physical Therapists (PTs) are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care and patient education. Many times PTs work as a team with licensed physical therapist assistants (PTAs) to provide care across the lifetime of any capability.

PTs will identify, diagnose and then will design a treatment plan for each person’s individual needs, to help people improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions. They can help a patient recover from injury and prevent future injury. Pain-free movement is crucial to a person’s quality of life, their ability to earn a living and their independence.

In some situations, when dosed appropriately, prescription medications are an appropriate part of medical treatment. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging health care providers to use safer alternatives, like physical therapy, for most long-term pain.

Before you undergo expensive or invasive surgery, try physical therapy. For some conditions, including meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis and degenerative disk disease, treatment by a PT has been found to be as effective as surgery.

There is a myth that a person needs to be injured to see a PT, but really they can help to prevent an injury and enhance physical capability. They can treat common ailments like balance, headaches, chronic pain and arthritis. PTs and PTAs can provide care almost anywhere, including hospital, outpatient clinics, homes, schools, work settings and nursing homes.

If you have questions, as to whether or not you would benefit from physical therapy, please call Van Buren County Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department at 319-293-8715.

October - Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month

Free Sports Physicals

It is that time again - Van Buren Athletes Sports

Van Buren County Hospital and Clinics will offer free sports physicals to all Van Buren Athletes who attend Van Buren County Community  School District.

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Location: Van Buren County Hospital

Community Service Building(Brick building north of hospital, above VBCH Daycare).

If a parent is not going to be present at the time of the physical, all forms must be completed and signed,including the Parent Consent Form, before the student will be seen.

Appointments are highly recommended.We will take walk-ins, but there could be a longer wait time.

To make an appointment please call

Holly at 293-3171 ext. 6103.

Forms are available at Van Buren County Hospital and Van Buren County Community Schools Websites and all VBCH Clinics.







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Pertussis Activity in Nearby Counties

VBCH would like everyone to be aware that there has been an increase in pertussis activity in nearby counties. If you or a family member develops any of the symptoms below, please contact your physician immediately or the Van Buren County Health Department.  Patients may seek care in our facilities.


Please remember if anyone is coughing we ask that they remain home or seek healthcare safely. Please wear a mask if you are coughing especially if you are unvaccinated or around unvaccinated children.

Treatment for Pertussis is antibiotic therapy.  Without treatment an infected person can spread the disease from the onset of coughing up through 21 days.  Most patient’s that have completed 5 days of treatment are no longer infectious. 


Van Buren County Hospital would like to introduce Shawnee Kellison. Shawnee is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, with over 30 years in the nursing profession and 23 years as an Advanced Practice Nurse. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Shawnee will be providing rheumatology care for arthritis and other disorders of the joints, muscles, bones and ligaments, as well as treatment for Fibromyalgia, Gout and Lupus. Shawnee will see patients at the Keosauqua Clinic on Tuesday’s. To make your appointment, please call our direct scheduling line at 319-293-8732.

John Hyson-Reneker American Legion Auxiliary in Douds - Makes Donation to Hospital!

VBCH would like to thank Sandy Gire and the John Hyson-Reneker American Legion Auxiliary in Douds for making these clothing protectors for our patients. These will be much appreciated by our staff and patients. Sandy presented the 10 reversible protectors to VBCH nurse Melanie Miller.

Dr. Charles Zeman - General Surgeon

Van Buren County Hospital is proud to announce that Dr. Charles Zeman, General Surgeon, will be joining Dr. Ryan Roe in providing general surgery to our community.


Dr. Zeman is from Kirksville, Missouri and has over 20 years of experience in General Surgery. He will provide consultations and general surgeries such as: gallbladders, colonoscopies, hernia repair and vasectomies.


Dr. Zeman will see patients the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. To make an appointment with Dr. Zeman, please call Wendy Ward at 319-293-3171 extension 8731.




If you speak another language, assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Call 1-319-293-8709