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Obrecht receives company award

Farmers National Company, the nation’s leading farm and ranch management and brokerage company, is pleased to announce that Jeffrey T. Obrecht was recently recognized with membership in the Farmers National Company President’s Circle.

Obrecht, real estate sales agent with Farmers National Company, received the company’s top award for real estate sales in 2012.

Obrecht can be contacted at 641-648-5065, 515-689-1648, email, or visit

Farmers National Company, an employee-owned company, is the nation’s leading agricultural real estate and farm and ranch management company. For more information on land listings in your region, visit the Farmers National Company website at

Story Medical now affiliates with Iowa Health

The seven member county-elected Board of Trustees of Story County Medical Center has approved a new affiliation with Iowa Health – Des Moines, a senior affiliate of the Iowa Health System.

Story County Medical Center’s affiliation with Iowa Health – Des Moines will be effective February 1, 2013 and will replace its current agreement with Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines. The agreement with Iowa Health – Des Moines will provide hospital management and consultation services and will also include the necessary affiliation services for Story Medical to meet the requirements to maintain its status as a rural Critical Access Hospital.

Story Medical will remain locally governed, but its affiliation with Iowa Health – Des Moines will make Story Medical a vital member of Iowa’s largest healthcare provider network.

“The Story County Medical Center Board of Trustees spent considerable time evaluating Story Medical’s operations and management in light of changing local, state and national health care environment,” said Dave Anderson, chairman of the Story Medical Board of Trustees. “We have undergone dramatic change in the last 5 years, including a move to the south campus and a new facility, but the changes faced by all rural hospitals in the next 5 years will be even more significant.”

Todd Willert, administrator, will remain an employee of Mercy Medical Center. Iowa Health – Des Moines will work with the Story Medical Board to name an interim CEO as quickly as possible. It is anticipated the search for a permanent CEO will take three to four months.

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