Fort Madison Community Hospital

Dedicated to improving the health of Fort Madison and surrounding communities, FMCH provides top-quality health care services in our full-service medical facility. Being named a Top Iowa Workplace for six years is evident in the personalized care that you will receive by each of our employees whether you visit one of our FMCH Clinics, the emergency department, rehabilitation services or stay with us as an inpatient. Thank you for trusting us with your health care.



FMCH Women's Center Clinic Welcomes Dr. Debra Ravasia

Listen to Dr. Ravasia’s radio interview on The New Mix 107.3.

The Women’s Center Clinic at Fort Madison Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Dr. Debra Ravasia. Dr. Ravasia is Board Certified in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as, Urogynecology (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery).

Dr. Ravasia trained in Canada, attending medical school at the University of Saskatchewan nearby the farm where she grew up. She completed her residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary.  Dr. Ravasia brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having practiced five years in North Dakota and twelve years in Washington State.  She most recently worked as a traveling Obstetrician/Gynecologist, around the USA, in Canada, and in Afghanistan (Doctors without Borders). After nearly three years as a traveling physician, she is looking forward to once again settling into a permanent practice in the Midwest, and becoming a part of the Fort Madison community. 

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Patients & Families
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CDC Advises Patients and their Families to Be Antibiotics Aware.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising patients and their families to use antibiotics only when necessary to further reduce antibiotic resistance, the spread of superbugs, and protect patients from side effects from antibiotics. During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and throughout the year, CDC promotes Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational effort to raise awareness about the importance of safe antibiotic use.
The Be Antibiotics Aware initiative educates the public about when antibiotics are needed, when they are not, how to take antibiotics appropriately, and potential side effects of antibiotics.
CDC encourages patients and families to:
  • Get the facts about antibiotics. Antibiotics do not work on viruses, such as those that cause colds, flu, bronchitis, or runny noses, even if the mucus is thick, yellow, or green. When antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still hurt you.
  • Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about the best way to feel better.
  • While your body fights off a virus, pain relievers, fever reducers, saline nasal spray or drops, warm compresses, liquids, and rest can help you feel better.
  • If you need antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about your antibiotics.
  • Talk with your doctor if you develop any side effects, especially severe diarrhea, since that could be a Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile or C. diff) infection, which needs to be treated.
  • Do your best to stay healthy and keep others healthy by cleaning hands, covering coughs, staying home when sick, and getting recommended vaccines, such as the flu vaccine.

CDC encourages patients and families to use the educational resources and learn more about Be Antibiotics Aware by visiting:


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