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Bredthauer Named VCHS Associate of the Quarter

October 31, 2014

Rhonda Bredthauer has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 1st Quarter of the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Bredthauer for the honor, a co-worker discussed how she portrays the values of VCHS. "Rhonda shows integrity by always doing the right thing and it’s obvious that it is important to her. Not only does she do the right thing but she helps her fellow associates to do the right thing as well. Rhonda gives everything she has everyday she comes to work. Rhonda is a very compassionate person. If you are hurting she is hurting right along with you. She truly cares for those around her and will do all she can to help. Rhonda has the most active desire to brighten people’s day. Ownership is something that comes natural to Rhonda. She takes pride in her work. She treats the facility as it is her own and it is not uncommon to see her go above and beyond when cleaning. Rhonda always shows respect to everyone she comes in contact with. Regardless of the situation she remains composed and respectful. Rhonda is honest and trustworthy, period. You can confide in her and know that you can trust her.“

Bredthauer is a Housekeeper at Valley County Health System, where she has been employed since November 2012.

VCHS Makes Overview of Organizational Strategic Plan Available Online

October 31, 2014

In a continued effort to provide transparent communication with the community, Valley County Health System (VCHS) has published a dedicated webpage for its organizational strategic plan at

The page is located under the “About Us” section and includes a video from CEO Bill Sugg, as well as a downloadable overview sheet—both detailing the purpose and benefits of the strategic plan. These online resources were created so that residents who were unable to attend the community forums earlier this fall are able to learn more about VCHS’ strategic goals.

The full strategic plan was developed in partnership with National Healthcare Associates. It outlines a road map for VCHS’ long-term success and growth and identifies key action items VCHS is planning to implement in the short- and long-term, including:

• Building trust within the community by learning from its past and looking to the future.

• Increasing its community involvement through the development of community outreach programs that engage audiences of all ages.

• Recruiting primary care and specialty physicians to improve a strong, hospital based provider team.

• Meeting the unique needs of each of the communities it serves through convenient and customized services.

• Improving access to post acute care by expanding service areas for home health and hospice. Long-term initiatives will include providing skilled nursing at Valley View Living Center and investigating potentially opening a secured Alzheimer’s unit.

To learn about all the services offered at VCHS, visit


VCHS Partners with Weight Watchers - Welcomes Community Members

October 29, 2014

Valley County Health System announced today that it is continuing its focus on preventive care and wellness programs for its associates and the citizens in the Ord area. Valley County Health System is beginning its partnership with Weight Watchers to bring their proven weight management meetings to the hospital workplace.

The onsite Weight Watchers meeting is available to anyone who wants to join the group --- Valley County Health System staff and community members alike are welcome to join together as a team to lose weight and achieve their wellness goals.

The weekly meetings and confidential weigh-in will be hosted by Valley County Health System in their Courtyard Grille. The cost will be dependent on the number of people who express interest. The premiere plan offered by Weight Watchers includes all program materials, online access, mobile app and 17 weeks of meetings for $186 per person. Fees are payable by debit/credit card, check or budget plan.

The group plans to meet weekly on Thursdays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the VCHS Courtyard Grille with the weigh-in and 30-minute meeting scheduled during this time. The onsite meeting offers a trusting environment, great camaraderie, and a source of support – all of which contributes to weight loss success.

Weight Watchers’ Simple Start Program is a streamlined plan to get people off to a successful start while setting members up for a healthier lifestyle and sustainable weight loss. The Plan offers delicious recipes for meals focused around “real food” found in grocery stores – without the deprivation and hunger associated with diets.

Interested citizens are encouraged to contact Catie Larsen at 308.728.4327 to ask questions and to RSVP. An orientation meeting will be held on Thursday, November 6 at 5 pm at the Valley County Health System Courtyard Grille, 2707 L Street in Ord. Weekly meetings will then begin on Thursday, November 13.

A membership in Weight Watchers series includes weekly confidential weigh-ins, dynamic meetings on topics that are timely and relevant to daily living, all program materials, online tools that are gender specific, an app for Simple Start and an optional smart phone download for life on-the-go.

VCHS Home Health & Hospice Hosting Holiday Happenings Nov. 12

October 24, 2014

Valley County Health System is proud to celebrate Home Health and Hospice Month throughout November to honor the caregivers who make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. The Home Health and Hospice Department will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, November 12, from 11 am to 1 pm in the Home Health office at 400 S. 23rd Street. Refreshments will be served.

The event will feature a food drive with donations going to the Ord Food Pantry. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the Home Health office prior to or the day of the Open House. Donors will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

For more information, call 728-4355.



Ries Accepts Executive Administrative Assistant Position

October 21, 2014

Becky Ries has accepted the Executive Administrative Assistant position at Valley County Health System. She will assist Bill Sugg in his role as President and CEO.

Becky has been employed by the Valley County Health System Foundation for the past seven years as the Executive Director. She has assisted the Foundation with successful fundraising efforts including the annual golf tournament and gala as well as the new Neon Moon Run. She has also worked with many private donors to generate funds for the Foundation which are used to provide needed equipment for the hospital.

Becky is married to Jim Ries of Ord and has two children and one granddaughter. Her daughter Brittney lives in Lincoln and is married to Tyler Standage. Together they have an infant daughter, Macy. Jim and Becky’s son, Ethan, is in 8th grade at Ord High School.

Becky will transition to her new role over the next several weeks and will also assist the Foundation with training her replacement once that position is filled


Beran Hired as VCHS PR/Marketing Coordinator

October 20, 2014

Jennifer (Ramsey) Beran began on October 13, as the new Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator at Valley County Health System.

Jennifer has previous experience with designing marketing materials, coordination and placement of advertisements as well as event planning. She graduated from Ord High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an Advertising Major and a Marketing Minor from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Jennifer is married to Jeff Beran and together they have a four year old daughter, Peyton.

Attend Our Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon - Oct. 21

October 4, 2014

Ord – Valley County Health System will be hosting a To Your Health Tuesday session on Tuesday, October 21, from 12pm to 1pm in the VCHS Vintage Rehab Department, on 217 Westridge Drive. This session, “Breast Cancer Awareness” will be instructed by Jennifer Bengston, MD and Chief of Staff at VCHS.

The To Your Health Tuesday sessions are 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 Catie Larsen by Friday, October 17th at 308-728-4327.

October is Breast Cancer Month - Schedule your Digital Mammo Today

October 1, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime and every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. The American Cancer Society recommends that women receive an annual mammogram beginning at age 40. 

Valley County Health System offers a digital mammogram suite to better accommodate you. Both Melissa Kasselder, R.T.(R), (MR), (ARRT) and Arlene Hughes, (ARRT) provide digital mammography exams at VCHS.

If you are 40 years of age or older, you do not need an order from a physician to schedule a mammogram. Schedule and receive your digital mammogram now through December 31st and be entered for a chance to receive an iPad Mini. Call 308-728-4249 to schedule your mammogram today!



VCHS Hospice Holding Annual Community Memorial Service

September 29, 2014

The Hospice Department at Valley County Health System will be holding a public Community Memorial Service on Sunday, November 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Ord.

The eighth 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 If emailing is not possible, bring it by the Home Health/Hospice building at 400 South 23rd Street or mail it to the Valley County Hospice Department, 2707 L Street, Ord, NE 68862. Photos need to be received by October 16th.

All photos will be returned at the service or mailed at the sender’s request.


VCHS Sponsoring Annual Celebrate Being a Woman

September 26, 2014

Valley County Health System invites women of all ages to our free annual Celebrate Being a Woman event. The celebration will take place at the Ord Veteran’s Club, Tuesday, October 28. Doors open at 5:00 pm. This year’s Mardi Gras theme includes a complimentary meal, 30 vendors, raffle with proceeds going to the Ord Food Pantry and fabulous door prizes!

Dr. Tyler Adam, OB/GYN with Obstetricians & Gynecologists, P.C. will speak about hot topics in women’s health.  VCHS associates Laura Cox, RN; Abby Snell, RN and Tracy Reiner, RPh will present valuable information about chemotherapy and infusion services available at Valley County Health System.

Register TODAY by clicking here or by calling 308-728-4397.