Since the Valley County Health System Auxiliary opened the Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop in 2005, their contributions to VCHS have totaled $158,826! These contributions have helped 17 different departments within Valley County Health System. A total of 78 separate donations have been made by the Auxiliary during this timeframe.
The Auxiliary is an organization operated solely by volunteers. The Second Hand Rose is open Tuesday through Friday each week from 9am - 5pm, 1537 M Street in Ord. The Auxiliary would like to send out a big thank you to everyone that has donated time and/or items to the store, this celebration would not be possible without you.
Front row (l to r): Gerry Bundy, Dorothy Andreesen, Eulalia Edwards, Kay Fanning, and Phyllis Clement; Middle row (l to r): Mary A. Struckman, Sue Blaha, Mary Sevenker, Marie Mason, Betty Dubas, Barb Johnson, Karen Wilson, Audrey Gregory, Ruth Campbell, Pam Hersh, Marj Golus, Bev Dubas, Mary Lou Koll; Back row (l to r): Earlene Riley, Sharon Foth, Rita Tolen, Loretta Darnell, Marilys Sears, Agnes Cernik, Joan Gross, Sharon Novosad, and Carol Leggett; Not pictured: Dorothy Hruza, Mary Klimek, Cheryl Larkowski, Sharon Riskowski, Charlene Schauer, Tanya Duvall, Betty Smedra, Marie Mille, Wauneta Loft, and Kathy Warner.
Ord - The 2013 Celebrate Being a Woman took place at the Ord Veteran's Club on Tuesday, October 29, over 250 women attended. The annual event is sponsored by Valley County Health System, is held for women of all ages, and includes a free meal.
Thirty-four vendors participated in this year's event. William T. Sugg, VCHS President & CEO, welcomed everyone to the event. The event includes a panel of doctors that answered current healthcare questions. The panel of doctors included Dr. Jennifer Bengston, Chief of Staff at VCHS; Dr. Tyler Adam, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Obstetricians & Gynecologists, P.C.; Dr. Mary Curtis, Radiologist with Advanced Medical Imaging; and Dr. Mark Yeakley, Geriatric Psychiatry and Medical Director of Senior Heritage Program. In addition the event included featured demonstrations by Sarah Brinkman, Licensed Medical Aesthetician; Lindsey Oldaker, Physical Therapist; and Catie Larsen, with the VCHS Wellness Program.
The evening ended with drawings for the raffle and door prizes. The raffle items included 20 items donated by VCHS departments and associates, Dell, CDW-G, and Eakes Office Plus. The raffle generated $1,101, which will be donated to Make Christmas Happen for Christmas dinners for area families in need.
SAN DIEGO, CA - Jennifer L Bengston, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Ord, NE, has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the national medical association representing nearly 110,600 family physicians, residents and medical students. The degree was conferred on more than 180 family physicians during a convocation on Saturday, September 28th, in conjunction with the AAFP's annual meeting in San Diego, California.
Established in 1971, the AAFP Degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development. This year's fellowship class brings the total number of AAFP Fellows to more than 29,000 nationwide. AAFP Fellowship entitles the physician to use the honorary designation, "Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians," or "F.A.A.F.P."
Criteria for receiving the AAFP Degree of Fellow consist of a minimum of six years of membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research and serving as a teacher in family medicine.
The AAFP was the first national medical specialty organization to require its members to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years. It is the only medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care.
Valley County Health System will be hosting a To Your Health Tuesday session on Tuesday, October 22 from 12pm to 1pm in the VCHS old Rehab Department, on 217 Westridge Drive. The session, titled "Reposition. Respiration. Restore." will be instructed by Becky Setlik PT, PRC. She will cover the benefits to Postural Restoration. 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.
The To Your Health Tuesday sessions will be held monthly and are one component of the VCHS Wellness Program.
The sessions are open to the public. A brown bag lunch can be purchased from the VCHS Dietary Department for $3.00. To register, contact the VCHS Rehab department at
Sugg, VCHS President & CEO, Voted to District IV Vice Chairman, Designee of Nebraska Hospital Association
Valley County Health System's President and Chief Executive Officer, William T. Sugg, was voted to become the Vice Chairman of the District IV of the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA). On September 12, 2013, District IV held a meeting at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney where the members of the District voted for a new Vice Chairman. Mr. Sugg will serve a one-year term at Vice Chairman and then rise to a two-year term as Chairman.
Mr. Sugg has been a member of the NHA since September of 2012. He has served as an active member of the NHA Policy Development Committee since March of 2013. Twenty hospitals make up District IV, from communities such as Callaway, McCook, Cozad, Franklin, Kearney, Gothenburg, Alma, St. Paul, Broken Bow, Minden, Lexington, Central City, Hastings, Aurora, Holdrege, Grand Island, Cambridge, Red Cloud and Ord.
The NHA is a statewide trade association representing Nebraska's 89 hospitals and health systems and 42,000 healthcare employees. The NHA works to provide state and federal legislative advocacy, health care trend and regulatory information, educational programming, communication, data reports and special services.
Mr. Sugg said, "I am honored to represent the exceptional organizations that comprise District IV. There are many challenges on the horizon in the healthcare industry and we are excited to meet them head on."
Ord -The Hospice Department at Valley County Health System will be holding a public Community Memorial Service on Sunday, November 3rd, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Ord.
The seventh Celebration of Life will honor the memory of all loved ones who have died this past year. It will include a speaker, music, candle lighting ceremony, a slide show presentation, and balloon release. Refreshments will be served following the service.
If you would like to include your loved one in the service, call Marilyn Winkelbauer at 308-728-4315. To include your loved one in the slide show presentation, please email the picture to email@example.com. If emailing is not possible, bring it by the Home Health/Hospice building at 400 South 23rd Street or mail it to 2707 L Street, Ord, NE 68862 by October 14th.
All photos will be returned at the service or mailed at the sender's request.
ORD - Janet Ward named Associate of the Year at Valley County Health System. Ward was selected as Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System in November 2012 by fellow associates. She received the Associate of the Year award from among three other qualified candidates who were also named Associate of the Quarter during the year. Ward was also nominated for the Nebraska Hospital Association's Caring Kind Award. She will be attending the Caring Kind Luncheon in Omaha on October 25.
In a letter nominating Ward for the honor, a co-worker wrote, "She is optimistic, positive, a great role model and a wonderful teacher. Janet goes far above the call of duty giving her best at all times. She is exceedingly competent as a nurse and always keeps a calm demeanor about her in very stressful situations."
Ward is an Acute Care Nurse at VCHS. She has been with Valley County Health System since January 2005
Valley County Health System welcomes six new associates, Melissa Wolf, Bill Tietjens, Sharon Noah, Jennifer Lamb, Devan Barnes, and Belva Seamann. Wolf will be working in Acute Care, Barnes will join the Medical Clinic, Tietjens will be in Maintenance, and Noah is in our Environmental Services department. Lamb and Seamann will be joining Valley View Living Center.
"We are pleased to have the new associates join our VCHS team," stated Danielle Proskocil, Director of Human Resources at Valley County Health System.
John Prien, Ord High Alum, established a charitable memorial fund in 2011 to honor the life and memory of his wife, Joanne Frances (Eppard) Prien and over the past few years, he has generously added to this fund. Just recently, these funds were used to purchase furniture for Valley View Living Center.
Mr. Prien's giving spirit and sense of community duty are clear in his participation in church & charitable organizations, and have extended to his "roots" here as well. Mr. Prien's uncle, Gerhardt Malottke, spent the last ten years of his life at the Valley View Living Center, and through a major contribution from Gerhardt's estate, sufficient funds were raised to fund most of the construction of "The Atrium" addition to the Living Center.
Although Mr. Prien has been gone from Ord for over 60 years, he still maintains close connection with the community and supports many organizations in the area, including the VCHS Foundation, the Historical Society, Friends of Fort Hartsuff as well as the High School.
The Foundation would like to thank Mr. Prien for his thoughtful generosity & friendship. Residents at VVLC are enjoying the new items and were very appreciative of the new furnishings.
The Valley County Health System Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization. The Foundation's mission is to seek, receive and administer donations and gifts for the sole benefit of Valley County Health System. The Foundation's number one priority is enhancing and sustaining high-quality healthcare in Central Nebraska.
For more information contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011, or visit www.vchsf-ord.org.
LINCOLN - More than 30 hospital executives from across the state, including Valley County Health System CEO Bill Sugg, recently participated in the Nebraska Hospital Association's (NHA) policy development committee meeting in preparation for the 2014 state and federal legislative sessions.
The policy development committee (PDC), which meets several times each year to determine the NHA's policy priorities and develop strategies for advancing the Association's advocacy agenda, met Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. The PDC is an invaluable group of key hospital leaders who work year-round as coordinators, promoters and advocates of legislative health issues.
Among the topics discussed by the PDC were health care reform implementation, rural health, access to care, payment reform, taxes, Medicaid reform, information technology, quality and coordination of care. Those critical issues were identified in the NHA's annual member survey of issues conducted during this summer. At the meeting, the PDC developed its recommended positions on many of those important issues facing Nebraska's health care providers and the patients they care for. Those recommendations will be considered by the NHA's membership
throughout the month of September. Ultimately, they will be submitted to the NHA's 17 member board of directors in October for official action.
The NHA represents 89 hospitals across the state. Those hospitals employ nearly 42,000 and provide care to more than 11,000 people on a daily basis.
- VCHS Auxiliary Celebrates over $150,000 in Donations to VCHS
- VCHS Celebrate Being a Woman, Raises $1,101 for Make Christmas Happen
- Local Physician Receives Honorary Degree From the American Academy of Family Physicians
- VCHS Hosting "Reposition. Respiration. Restore." At To Your Health Tuesday - October 22
- Sugg, VCHS President & CEO, Voted to District IV Vice Chairman, Designee of Nebraska Hospital Association
- VCHS Hospice Holding Community Memorial Service
- Ward Named 2013 Associate of the Year at VCHS
- VCHS Welcomes 6 New Associates
- New Furnishings at VVLC made Possible Through Joanne Frances (Eppard) Prien Memorial Fund
- Policy Development Committee helps the NHA prepare for 2014
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