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VCHS Completes Disaster Drill

July 25, 2014

Valley County Health System (VCHS) completed a disaster drill on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 8:00-10:00 am. During the drill the power was turned off and the entire facility ran on generator power only to simulate a disaster scenario. VCHS was able to practice what it would be like providing care to patients using only generator power. This drill was also successful in helping VCHS Associates prepare to handle a large scale traumatic event. Associates were reassigned to different departments to help care for “victims” as they were brought in. Special areas of the facility were designated as treatment areas to handle the large number of patients that would be seen in the case of a tornado or large scale accident.

VCHS’ Director of Operations, Larry Proskocil said, “The drill not only tested communications and cooperation between the hospital staff but also allowed us to practice under abnormal conditions. We are using this drill to evaluate our policies and be as prepared as possible to handle any catastrophic event that might hit our region."

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact VCHS at 308-728-4200.

Laura Nelson Named Associate of the Quarter

July 25, 2014

Laura Nelson, LPN has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 4th Quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Nelson for the honor, a co-worker discussed how Nelson portrays the values of VCHS. "Laura shows great integrity by always having the patient's best interest. She is an advocate for them and gives them the kind of care that you would want as a patient. Her compassion towards her patients is overwhelming. She spends time with them while making sure their medical needs are being met. Laura shows ownership by always being willing to pickup extra shifts and help out her coworkers whenever possible. She is willing to do whatever is asked of her and help out in any department if needed. Laura is very well respected by her peers. She is always willing to take on a leadership role and willing to teach and help out the new employees. Laura is a trustworthy associate and always respects her patients and coworkers. She puts their needs in front of her own and is always striving to be a better nurse by learning and listening."

Nelson is a Licensed Practical Nurse at VCHS in the Acute Care Department. She has been employed at Valley County Health System since 2002.

VCHS Loup City Clinic Designated as Rural Health Clinic

July 18, 2014

The State of Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services has designated the Valley County Health System (VCHS) Loup City Medical Clinic as a Rural Health Clinic. In order to earn this designation VCHS had to qualify geographically, and then pass a state survey involving staff and services that are available at the clinic.

The Rural Health Clinic Program was established by Congress in 1977 to address an inadequate supply of physicians who serve Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in rural areas. The program provides qualifying Clinics located in rural and medically underserved communities with payment on a cost-related basis for outpatient physician and certain non-physician services.

The VCHS Medical Clinic in Loup City is served by Daniel Schneider, MD, Robert Reilly, PA-C, Kelly Geweke, APRN-NP and Dion Machard, APRN-NP. To schedule an appointment, call 308.745.0324.

Valley View Living Center Updates Restorative Care Equipment

July 18, 2014

Valley View Living Center (VVLC) has recently updated their restorative care department. The Valley County Health System’s (VCHS) Auxiliary made a $4,320.59 donation by purchasing all new exercise equipment for the department. The new equipment includes parallel walking bars, a wheel chair accessible zero resistance Nu Step machine, and seven different sized exercise balls. In addition to the new equipment, the restorative care room was updated with new paint and flooring.

Restorative care allows the residents of VVLC to maintain the strength and functionality of their bodies. This allows the residents to keep their mobility for much longer than they would have otherwise. Melanie Hansen, RN Restorative Care Coordinator said “This new equipment allows our residents the security and the comfort to maintain their physical integrity in a safe controlled environment. Our residents have responded enthusiastically to our new restorative care equipment.”

Valley View Living Center is a licensed 60-bed intermediate nursing care facility that is owned and operated by Valley County Health System. To inquire about VVLC or the new restorative care equipment call 308-728-4244.

Breitkreutz, PA-C to Transition from VCHS Medical Clinic to VCHS Emergency Department

July 11, 2014

Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C at Valley County Health System (VCHS) has made the decision to transition his practice from the Medical Clinics in Ord and Burwell to the Emergency Department (ED) at VCHS. The transition will occur at the time when his replacement is hired for the medical clinics.

VCHS Chief of Medical Staff, Jennifer Bengston, M.D. commented "Over the past few years our emergency visits and medical clinic visits have grown to the point that patient satisfaction was being negatively impacted by our providers being pulled between the clinic and emergency department during normal business hours. This new ED position will allow the remainder of our providers to focus on their clinic schedules and should help alleviate the excess waiting that sometimes occurs when a provider is in the ED. I am happy to be able to continue to work with Jeff at VCHS as we make this positive change for our patients."

Jeff has been a Physician Assistant since 1982. He has been employed by VCHS for nearly 13 years and worked in a private practice in Ord prior to his tenure at VCHS. He was named Physician Assistant of the Year in 2006 by the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants.

“We are all very proud of Jeff's professional and personal commitment and dedication to VCHS and the Central Nebraska Region. All of us at VCHS look forward to working with Jeff in his new role, and are excited about what lies ahead for Jeff and VCHS in the future.

“We have already begun our search for Jeff's replacement in the medical clinic, and we will work closely with Jeff and his patients to continue the high quality, caring, and committed care that Jeff has brought to the patients of central Nebraska for many years,” commented Bill Sugg, President & CEO of VCHS.

Breitkreutz stated the following about his decision to transition to the Emergency Department, “This decision was not easy for me to make. I treasure the relationships I have formed with my clinic patients over the years. I am looking forward to having more time to spend with my family

Kasselder Completes Training for Mammography Testing

July 11, 2014

Melissa Kasselder, R.T.(R), (MR), (ARRT) has completed the required training by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and can now conduct mammography exams. Kasselder joins current mammography technologist Arlene Hughes, (ARRT) at Valley County Health System (VCHS). With an additional technologist now providing mammography exams at VCHS, it will be more convenient for the women of this region to have examinations.

Mammography is the best screening tool that doctors have for finding breast cancer. If it’s found early, the chances of survival and the treatments available are greatly improved. To schedule a digital mammogram or to learn more, call Valley County Health System at (308) 728-4249.

VCHS Foundation 16th Annual Golf Tournament Results

July 7, 2014

The 16th Annual Valley County Health System Golf Tournament involved the participation of 27 teams on July 3, 2014 at the Ord Golf Course.



The flight winners this year were as follows:

Championship Flight: Kruml Law Office –Alex White, Austin Reynolds, Grayson Minnick, and Tanner Johnson

First Flight: Wadas Inc. - Jeff Craven, Brady Rogers, and Erin Craven

(not pictured-Tenille Rogers)

Second Flight: Sikyta Law Office – Curt Sikyta and Jake Sikyta with son Tregg

(not pictured- Dan Vech and Steve Vech)

Valley County Health System Foundation thanks all of the sponsors and teams for participating in this year’s event, as well as everyone who volunteered their time and those who joined us for the auction.

Amy Jackson Awarded Associate of the Quarter

July 1, 2014

Amy Jackson, RN has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 3rd Quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Jackson for the honor, a co-worker discussed some of the qualities that make Jackson such an incredible nurse. "Amy shows great respect to the patients by listening to them and understanding how they are feeling and getting an understanding of the situation they are in.  Amy generates a high level of trust with her patients and their families by always staying calm, but also by being completely open and honest with them.”

Jackson is a Charge Nurse at VCHS in the Acute Care Department. She has been employed at Valley County Health System since 2011.

Melissa Kokes Attends Postural Restoration Institute

July 1, 2014

Melissa Kokes, Physical Therapy Assistant at Valley County Health System, attended classes hosted by the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) on June 21 and 22. Kokes traveled to Northeastern University in Boston, MA to continue learning Postural Restoration techniques. This two day class focused on Postural Respiration. Kokes has also attended PRI classes on Myokinematic Restoration. Kokes said “I am really excited to bring the new manual techniques and exercises I learned back home to help our patients in recovery.”

Postural restoration allows effective treatment of any type of diagnosis; however, great improvements have been seen with many chronic pain conditions. This program centers around restoring diaphragm and appropriate breathing function combined with repositioning and balancing the pelvis, hip, back and shoulder muscles to create a restored posture that moves and functions more normally. This approach may effectively treat many difficult entities including hip bursitis, sacroiliac and low back pain, leg and foot pain, headaches and cervical pain, as well as pain in the upper back and rib cage regions. Exercise as well as many manual techniques and breathing are utilized.

Valley County Health System thanks Melissa on continuing to improve her skills to better serve our patients. For more information, contact VCHS Rehab Service at 308-728-4247.

VCHS Welcomes New General Surgeons

June 24, 2014

Valley County Health System will continue partnering with Grand Island Surgery Center to bring progressive surgical solutions to our region. With the retirement of Dr. Dan Cronk, three new surgeons will be rotating and will continue to perform consultations and surgeries every Tuesday at VCHS. VCHS is proud to welcome, John Goering, MD, Brant Luebbe, MD, and Steve Schneider, MD who will continue serving our region with a full line of surgical procedures.

Dr. Goering received his Bachelor of Science degree from Hastings College, and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine. He completed his Residency in General Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. He is certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support, and is a member of the American Medical Association, the Hall County Medical Society, the Nebraska Medical Association, the American Society of Bariatic and Metabolic Surgery. Dr. Goering is an active sports enthusiast and coach. He and his wife, Katie, have a daughter and two sons.

Dr. Luebbe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chadron State College, a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine, and completed his Residency at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, as well as Advanced Trauma Life Support, where he serves as instructor. He is a member of the Hall County Medical Society, the Nebraska Medical Association, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Luebbe and his wife, Jeanne, have one son.

Dr. Schneider earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine, and his Residency at the University of Missouri Kansas City, St. Luke’s and Truman Hospitals. He is certified and serves as an instructor in Advanced Trauma Life Support. He is Chief of Trauma and Chief of Surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center, and is a member of the Hall County Medical Society, and the Nebraska Medical Association. He was a varsity member of the Nebraska Cornhusker football team from 1985 to 1988. Dr. Schneider enjoys spending time with his wife, Karla, and their three daughters. He is an avid golfer and outdoorsman.

Dr. Schneider will begin seeing patients at VCHS on June 24th, Dr. Luebbe will begin seeing patients at VCHS on July 1st, and Dr. Goering will begin seeing patients at VCHS on August 5th. They will rotate so that there will continue to be a general surgeon at VCHS every Tuesday. To schedule an appointment please call 308-728-4200.