Importance of House Numbers During Emergency

House numbers are not only convenient for finding addresses but necessary for emergency responders to locate those in need. Minutes matter so be sure that fire, ambulance, and police personnel can quickly find your address.

Burgess Health Center’s ambulance drivers are equipped with many tools to shorten their arrival time. However, house numbers are imperative for a quick reference. The harder it is to find the numbers, the longer it will take emergency personnel to arrive at the scene.

Take a moment to drive around after the sun has gone down and try to find a particular address that is unknown to you. It is not very easy. Emergencies can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time – including during a blizzard or in the middle of the night.

Area residents are encouraged to take a few moments to install house numbers or examine existing house numbers. According to the Live Safe Foundation, here are some of the basic requirements:

  • Must be Arabic numerals. Fancy numbers or numbers that are spelled out may be aesthetically pleasing but are very difficult to read from the street.
  • Need to be a minimum of four inches high and in a contrasting color to their immediate background. Brass or bronze numbers are difficult to see.
  • Must be displayed on the front of the dwelling and visible from the street.
  • If the dwelling is located more than 45 feet from the front lot line, the number should be displayed on a gate post, fence, mailbox, or another appropriate place that will make it visible from the street from all directions.
  • Cannot be obstructed by shrubs, trees, decorations, etc.

Do your part to help yourself and have your house numbers displayed near the front door, under a light in a size and color that is easily visible from the street. And if you live in a rural area maintain your house number sign that is near your driveway. Don’t let it get covered with snow this winter.

If the numbers on your house are not visible or easy to read, it will take emergency personnel longer to reach you. Those extra minutes spent trying to locate a property can mean the difference between life and death, so take the time now to be sure your house numbers may be seen from the street.

Burgess Emergency Department Receives Award Five Consecutive Years

Burgess Health Center is pleased to announce its Emergency Department has been named a 2017 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing healthcare organizations that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in Patient Experience. The Emergency Department at Burgess has received this award for five consecutive years.

The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top 5% of all Press Ganey clients for each yearly reporting period.

“This achievement demonstrates the commitment our employees make to our patients,” notes Fran Tramp, President and CEO, Burgess Health Center. “Providing a positive patient experience is top-priority along with providing quality care. Our exceptional staff members genuinely care about the health and well-being of our patients and their families – and it shows.”

“We are proud to partner with Burgess Health Center,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “This award is a testament to the organization’s leadership in delivering patient-centered care. By achieving and sustaining this level of excellence, Burgess continues to demonstrate their commitment to reducing patient suffering and advancing the overall quality of health care.”

Find out more about Burgess Emergency Services.

Home Health Named as a Top Agency

Burgess Home Health has been named a Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 12 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.

“The team at Burgess has demonstrated an impressive ability to deliver great patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “This is due to the skill and dedication of their clinical professionals, as well as the proficiency and efforts of their quality team tracking, measuring and interpreting the data that supports the delivery of care. Together, they have earned this recognition as one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

“Congratulations to those leading agencies that earned a spot on HomeCare Elite,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager for DecisionHealth. “Burgess and its peers have worked hard to improve quality outcomes while maintaining solid profit margins, which is increasingly difficult as home health agencies faced increased regulatory burdens each year.”

HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. To be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,064 agencies considered, 2,268 are recognized on the 2017 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

The entire list of 2017 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at

New Doctor Joins Burgess Family Clinic

Burgess Family Clinic is pleased to announce that Lynn Charrlin, MD has joined the practice and will begin seeing patients in November.

“I am very excited to welcome Dr. Charrlin,” said Caleb Poore, director of Burgess clinics. “She provides a great blend of experience and knowledge with a strong passion for providing community-based care.”

Dr. Charrlin grew up in Millard, Neb. She received her medical degree and completed her residency at UNMC in Omaha, and then was commissioned as a major in the United States Airforce. She spent 14 years working at family clinics in small towns in Missouri. Most recently she worked for the US Department of Veterans Affairs at a satellite clinic in Sioux City. She has missed practicing in a rural community and is looking forward to returning to that in Mapleton.

As a family practice physician, she enjoys all aspects of healthcare, but Dr. Charrlin also has special interest and expertise in dermatological procedures, joint injections and helping patients with weight management. “My individualistic approach to healthcare revolves around compassion and understanding. I enjoy getting to know patients on a personal level, as all aspects of life have an immense impact on health,” says Dr. Charrlin.

In her spare time, Dr. Charrlin enjoys taking care of her pets, animal rescue, gardening, photography and spending time with her family.

For more information on the clinic or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lynn Charrlin, please call 712-882-2234.

Neck Surgeon at Burgess

Lee Merritt, MD, a fellowship trained orthopaedic spinal surgeon, provides services in Onawa. She has clinic appointments and performs surgeries on Mondays and Tuesdays. Dr. Merritt has spent 20 years in private practice, doing orthopaedic trauma and complex spine surgery.

Along with the skillful surgical staff at Burgess, Dr. Merritt will perform a wide variety of minimally invasive, same-day procedures. Those procedures will include but are not limited to: joint scopes; rotator cuff surgery; trigger finger and carpal tunnel release; neck surgery; sciatic nerve decompression; and fracture repair and stabilization. She is also available to consult with patients for treatment of conditions such as bursitis, gout, plantar fasciitis, joint disorders, osteoarthritis, and neck and back pain.

After many years as a spine surgeon in Arizona, Dr. Merritt moved back to Logan, Iowa, to the house in which she grew up. She then began work as a private contract surgeon, in underserved areas of Iowa. Dr. Merritt thoroughly enjoys the practice of medicine, and in her spare time, living the rural Iowa lifestyle. She believes that health requires purpose and happiness.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Merritt, please call Burgess Health Center’s Central Scheduling at 712-423-9363.