GRECC Connect VIRTUAL Geriatrics Site - Central Iowa

Team Members

Stephen Nickelburg, MD; Geriatric Physician who is Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine provides care to address the needs of high risk, high need elderly patients in order to maintain a reasonable quality of life and at the same time prevent unnecessary visits to the ER or hospitalizations.

Allison Hahn, Psy.D; Geriatric Psychologist who provides a range of specialty psychological services for older adults and works alongside interdisciplinary teams to ensure best practices and collaboration of care.

Donald Hayes, PT, GTC:  Rural Physical Therapist who performs physical rehabilitation examinations and provides education to patient and recommendations to team.

Kristen Narotam, OTR/L, MBA: Occupational Therapist who works with Geriatric population to provide evaluations, treatments and recommendations to the interdisciplinary team to assist the patient/family in keeping the patient in the least restrictive living situation. Telehealth is also conducted as needed to complete further aging in place recommendations for the team.

Pamela South RN MSN:  Nurse Manger of Telehealth provides leadership and guidance to the Facility Telehealth Coordinator and Telehealth staff regarding program growth and expansion which increases access to the VA for rural and highly rural Veterans. 

Kirsten Johnson:  Facility Telehealth Coordinator provides coordination of Telehealth programs to improve, facilitate, and assemble increased access to the VA for Veterans in need of Specialty Care, Mental Health Care, and Primary Care.

Susannah Lautensleger, RN, BSN: Geriatric Nurse Care Manager who assists the team by providing nursing appointments, recommendations, communicating with outside providers and facilities, coordination of outside services and therapies, obtaining collateral information and requesting outside records.

POC:  For more information or questions about the VA Central Iowa Health Care System GRECC Connect Virtual Geriatrics Program, please contact Allison Hahn at or Mark Havran at

Highlights of modalities and implementations

The GRECC Connect VIRTUAL Geriatrics program in Iowa will originate from the Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.  Geriatric Consultation will be provided initially to the Mason City CBOC located 95 miles north of Des Moines.  The team will assist the Mason City CBOC in a consultative nature and provide support to the Primary Care teams.  Additionally, given there is an HBPC PACT team that is embedded in the Mason City CBOC, appropriate referrals will be bi-directional and will assist Veterans, families, caregivers, and staff in providing a patient centered approach in optimizing health and wellbeing.

Regional presentations

Other related programs

Map of GRECC Connect Virtual Geriatrics Center and Affiliated Sites

Map of Central Iowa including VA facilities
Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2021, 2:01 PM