Ottumwa Regional Health Center Volunteers for RAGBRAI

Volunteers from ORHC Treated Riders at the First-Aid Station and in the ER

Ottumwa recently hosted a stopover for the 43rd annual RAGBRAI ride across Iowa event. If you’ve never heard of RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa), it’s an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state of Iowa and draws riders from all over the world.

This year, 10,000 riders descended on Ottumwa. Ottumwa Regional Health Center remained very busy throughout the race at both the first-aid station in the campgrounds and the emergency room at the hospital. “We treated dozens of riders at the first-aid station for a variety of things from road rash, scrapes, cuts, and bruises to sprained ankles, heat exhaustion, and bee stings,” said David Howard, manager of ORHC Ambulance Service. “Everybody manning the station volunteered their time to make sure the riders were safe and taken care of.”

RAGBRAI riders were very appreciative and said Ottumwa was one of the best stops on their journey! A big thank you to ORHC volunteers: Becky Schwartz, Jessica Johnson, Troy Bockenstedt, Gary and Denita Brooks, Erin Pieper, Gina Sedore, Deb McLeland, Sam Haney, Shannon Simonson, Noelle Barnes, Tomi Shull, Jen Luko, Tracy Hoffman, Margaret Mitchell, Michelle Hartzler-Combs, Tammi Randall, Eileen Weller, David Howard, Jen Stromgren, Nathan Thordarson, Terri Houk, and Tom Parsons.

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