UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Ostomy

Undergoing ostomy surgery can be overwhelming. It is difficult to learn everything you need to know while you are in the hospital. We have four certified ostomy nurses here to serve you and to help you return to an active, productive life.

The Ostomy Nurse team

  • Mary Puzder, RN, CWON
  • Debbie Lauer, RN, CWOCN
  • Nancy Medick, RN, CWON
  • Rita Huntrods, RN, CWON

Ostomy Support Group

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines offers an ostomy support group the first Wednesday of every month from 5 - 6 p.m. at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Meetings will take place in the Younker 1 classroom. To learn more, please call (515) 241-8070.

Additional Resources

Websites

Books

  • Benirschke, R. Alive and Kicking. Firefly Press. 1996.
  • Benirschke, R. Great Comebacks from Ostomy Surgery. ConvaTec. 2002
  • Benitez, S. and Brody, J. Bag Lady: a Memoir. Benitez Books. 2006.
  • Elsagher, B. I'd Like to Buy a Bowel Please! Expert Publishing. 2006.
  • Foley-Bolch, K. and Kassouf, M. and Sweeney, B. Yes, We Can. Chandler House Press. 2000.