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About Us

Gundersen Palmer Community Health is a key component to multidisciplinary meetings held in Fayette County. These meetings build relationships of local entities and organizations to establish preparedness response planning to ensure the responding partners continue to work together to complement each entity's overall county plan. Emergency response partners will exchange ideas and procedures, plan exercises, and develop interacting response plans.

Our history

Fayette County Public Health was founded in 1974 with one nurse responsible for communicable disease follow up. The agency expanded with services for the community with grant dollars for the Iowa Department of Public Health.

In 1982 the agency became Medicare certified. In 1996 Fayette County Public Health merged with Palmer Homecare to become Palmer Community Services.

In 2016, Palmer Lutheran Health Center formally joined Gundersen Health System and we became Gundersen Palmer Community Health.

Board of Health

The Fayette County Board of Health exists to address the health needs of all the residents of Fayette County, regardless of race, creed, age, or gender, with a goal to encourage healthy, responsible citizens. This will be accomplished through education, fair allocation of available resources and access to Public Health.

The Board meets quarterly on the second Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Gundersen Palmer Home Health Services, 1602 S. Frederick Street, Oelwein, IA, 52175.

These meetings are open to the public.

Fayette County Board of Health Members:

Michael Puff, DVM
123 9th Ave. SE
Oelwein, IA 50662
Home: (319) 283-2088
Cell: (319) 283-0810
Date Appointed: 01/01/2009
Term Expires: 12/31/2018

Vice Chair/Secretary
Roberta Mittelsted, RN, MSN, FNP
113 Union Ridge Dr.
West Union, IA 52175
Office: (563) 578-5375
Home: (563) 422-3398
Cell: (563) 380-3086
Date Appointed: 01/01/2000
Term Expires: 12/31/2018

Anthony Leo, MD
201 8th Ave. SE
Oelwein, IA 50662
Office: (319) 283-4321
Home: (319) 283-3029
Date Appointed: 03/31/1992
Term Expires: 12/31/2018

Jeanine Tellin
18534 100th St.
Maynard, IA 50655
Home: (563) 637-2774
Cell: (563) 419-2883
Date Appointed: 1/2011
Term Expires: 12/31/2017

Pat Hunsberger
19945 Acorn Road
Elgin, IA 52141
(563) 426-5477
Cell: (563) 380-2590
Date Appointed: 7/1/2013
Term Expires: 12/31/2016

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