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Community Safety & Awareness Training

March 8 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This free training is oriented toward businesses, churches, and schools that have an interest in developing or refining their policies. Materials will be presented on various topics and attendees will work in small groups to improve their awareness on several topics. This training will be instructed by United States Secret Service Protective Security Advisor, Phil Pitzen. Training topics will include white powder incidents, bomb threats, suspicious packages, active shooter/armed intruder.

For more information or to register for the event, please email Laura Leners at

Health Care Sector in Madison County Contributes Almost 30 Million to Local Economy

The Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) recently released their 2018 Economic Impact Report which highlights how local hospitals play an essential role in their communities, not only by providing health care resources, but by contributing significantly to their local economy.

Heather Back

Heather Back, D.O.

A native of Des Moines, Dr. Heather Back returned to central Iowa from an extended stay in Texas where she graduated in 2000, cum laude with degrees in Biology and Spanish from Texas Christian University and received her medical degree in 2005 from the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. She completed her residencies at the Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth.

Dr. Back practiced for six years with the Weatherford Primary Care Clinic in Weatherford, Texas and for one year with Mercy East Village Family Practice and Urgent Care prior to joining the Health Trust Physicians Clinic team in 2015.

Dr. Back said it was her goal to return to central Iowa. She said, “I have always liked the Madison County area and when the opportunity came to return to this area we took it. I am especially pleased to join the staff of the hospital and clinic in Winterset. It’s a great facility and the staff is top-notch.” She added, “We look forward to our children growing up here and enjoying this wonderful area.” She and her husband have four children and live in rural Madison County.


Madison County Hospital, 
300 W. Hutchings Street,
Winterset, Iowa 50273

Health Trust Physicians Clinic, 
300 W. Hutchings Street,
Winterset, Iowa 50273

Earlham Medical Clinic, 
125 W. 1st Street,
Earlham, Iowa 50072