Wellness / Education

Story County Medical Center's Wellness Department provides a wide range of services to all communities and residents within Story County. Services include:


Group Vaccinations

Story County Medical Center provides influenza vaccinations to organizations and corporations throughout Story County. Group vaccinations are set up through the wellness department at a time that works best for both parties. Story Medical does not apply any additional charges for extra nursing staff needed due to a large group number.

In addition, Story Medical usually holds public influenza and pneumonia vaccination clinics during flu vaccination season. The public clinics are publicized though the local media.

For more information on how Story County Medical Center can help vaccinate you or your organization, please contact Meagan Ausborn-Henderson, Director of Health Promotions at mausbornhenderson@storymedical.org or (515) 382-7115.

***New*** Free Wellness Classes

Story Medical Wellness in partnership with a Community Impact Grant from the United Way of Story County is giving back to the community by offering free yoga classes and community wellness classes in exchange for non-perishable, healthy food items for food pantries in Eastern Story County.

  • Yoga classes will be held the first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., beginning Saturday, February 7, 2015.
  • Community wellness classes will be held at 2 p.m. every Friday and will include a variety of classes including kick-boxing, resistance training, core training, weight training and more.

  Classes are held at Story Medical’s North Campus in the Board Room, 630 6th Street, Nevada.

Supervised Community Wellness Classes


This class is a series of mat work exercise that equally strengthens and stretches the core region of the body through controlled movements.  The class utilizes basic poses and breathing techniques to stretch and relax tight, stressed muscles. The personalized modifications and variations make the class ideal for participants of any fitness level.

Women on Weights

Women on Weights is Story Medical's group personal training program designed specifically for women. The class concentrates on resistance training to help tone up, burn calories and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. One-on-one attention is given to each class member to maximize her workout potential.


Story Medical's group cardiovascular training classes target total fitness. In addition to a cardiovascular workout, Fit-4-Life classes focus on light muscle toning and flexibility. Individual fitness testing is included as part of the program. Heart rate and blood pressure are monitored throughout each class session.

For more information or to register for classes, please contact Story Medical's coordinator of exercise physiology, Steve Van Dam. (515) 382-7116 or svandam@storymedical.org.

Click Here for a Copy of the Wellness Class Schedule

Community & Corporate Education (CPR, First Aid, etc)

For more information on how Story County Medical Center can help fulfill the education requirements that you or your organization need met, please contact Meagan Ausborn-Henderson at mausbornhenderson@storymedical.org or (515) 382-7104.

American Heart Association (AHA) Classes:

Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED/Environmental

AHA class is presented in modules that can give the participant a basic knowledge of one or all of the components in basic emergent care.

Heartsaver CPR

AHA class for anyone needing basic training in the skill of CPR and foreign body airway obstruction.

Healthcare Provider CPR

AHA class is for individuals already in or entering the healthcare field who require the skills of CPR & foreign body airway obstruction in clinical practice.

Healthcare Provider CPR Renewal

AHA class designed to give condensed review of principles of CPR & foreign body airway obstruction the healthcare worker should already know and be confident in performing.

Heartsaver AED

AHA class is specifically designed to present the concept of CPR with Automatic External Deliberator (AED) use and gives more in-depth training in the use of an AED for a workplace setting.

Additional classes:

Mandatory Reporter: Adult & Child Abuse

In-depth video guided class taught by a licensed social worker which gives all required information necessary to fulfill the state guidelines for mandatory reporter training.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Class taught by the Infection Control Nurse, covering all aspects of blood carrying conditions and the precautionary steps needed to prevent unwarranted exposure. This program is tailored to address the specific conditions of your workplace.

Click Here for a Copy of the CPR Class Schedule

Meet the Wellness Staff

Meagan Ausborn-Henderson, RN
Director of Health Promotions

Meagan Ausborn-Henderson , is a RN, Health Coach, and the Director of Health Promotions.  As a Health Coach, she provides motivation, support and goal setting. She also directs all activities within the Community/Employee Wellness, Education and Cardiac Rehab departments.

Meagan is certified through the Iowa Board of Nursing as a Registered Nurse and has had specialized training in health coaching to become a Physician Office Health Coach and is certified through the American Lung association as a “Freedom from smoking facilitator”.   Meagan recently received her 200 hour yoga alliance teacher training certificate through PowerLife in Des Moines .  Meagan has over 13 years of healthcare experience, which includes experience in long-term care, acute care, physical therapy and previous nursing experience at a Critical Access hospital in Southern Iowa

Meagan is an active member of the Youth and Shelter Services of Eastern Story County community Board, she helps to co-lead her daughters’ Girl Scout endeavors and in her free time enjoys, reading, gardening, bike rides with her family and yoga. 


Sharon Henry, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse

Sharon Henry, RN, BSN, is the Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse at Story County Medical Center . Her responsibilities include assessing patients and monitoring cardiac rhythms during rehabilitation and also assisting in cardiology clinic. She participates in planning department events and activities within the Cardiac Rehabilitation/Wellness Department. She is a member of the AACVPR (American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab) and the IACPR (Iowa Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation). She is also a certified American Heart Association CPR instructor.

Sharon graduated with an ASDN (Associate of Science Degree in Nursing) from Des Moines Area Community College in 2003. She then received her BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) from Grandview University in 2005.  Sharon has experience in long term care and also in the acute care setting. Most recently, she was charge nurse/staff nurse of a telemetry unit at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines . Sharon has over 10 years of nursing experience.

In her spare time, Sharon enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball, fishing, and reading.

Jessica Lochart, Exercise Specialist

Jessica Lochart, BS, is an Exercise Specialist in the Wellness Department at Story County Medical Center in Nevada . Her responsibilities include teaching and facilitating wellness classes such as Women on Weights, Fit 4 Life and Cardiac Rehabilitation when needed. She also assists with employee and community wellness initiatives.

Jessica graduated from Iowa State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology specializing in Exercise Science as well as Community and Public Health. Jessica is a certified American Heart Association BLS instructor.

Jessica was born and raised in Ames, Iowa . In her free time she enjoys listening to music, playing with her dog, Keely, and grilling with her husband and friends. She also enjoys interior decorating.


Steve Van Dam, Exercise Physiologist

Steve Van Dam, BS, is the coordinator of exercise physiology in the wellness department at Story County Medical Center. He oversees all wellness classes that Story Medical provides to the community and teaches many of the classes himself. In addition, Steve works with cardiac rehabilitation patients, and helps with other department events.

Steve graduated from Iowa State University in 1998 with bachelors of science degree in exercise and sports science. He currently holds several health and fitness certifications.

Steve holds a position on the Nevada Schools Booster Board. He also sits on the Story Medical Endowment Foundation Board. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and weightlifting.


Sheila Walsh, Exercise Specialist

Sheila Walsh, BS, is an exercise specialist in the wellness department at Story County Medical Center .  Her primary responsibility is teaching wellness classes such as CPR, Yoga and Fit-4-Life. Additionally Sheila works on wellness/ health promotions events in the community.  In the fall of 2011, she began working with the employee wellness initiative team to provide more wellness opportunities to employees. Sheila is an American Heart Association Certified Instructor and a Certified Yogafit instructor.

Sheila graduated from Winona State University in 2008 with a bachelors of science degree in exercise and rehabilitative science: cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.  She cares deeply about improving the overall wellbeing of others.  

What Sheila's enjoys most is spending time with her husband, family and friends.  She also enjoys running with her dog, Timber, yoga, taking care of her garden, and water skiing when she gets the chance.