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Healthcare Decisions Day

April 2, 2014

Valley County Health System, along with other national, state and community organizations, is working to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of one day in April of each year, as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). This year it was Wednesday, April 16th.

VCHS encourages area residents to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Nebraska state laws.

The NE Hospice and Palliative Care Association devotes much of its time educating Nebraskans on the importance of completing advance directives. Initiatives like the formation of community end-of-life coalitions across the state, outreach campaigns, and the placement of articles in consumer and professional publications have contributed to growth in the number of Nebraskans with an advance directive. Thirty-seven percent of Nebraskans report having an advance directive.

Talking with family members and others in your life about your end-of-life wishes, coupled with an advance directive, can significantly ease the burden on those who must make health care decisions for you. Regardless of your age, we hope you will use the tools we provide you to have these important conversations with the people in your life and formally document your wishes in an advance directive.

“Advance Directive” is a general term that describes two types of legal documents – living wills and health care powers of attorney. These documents allow a person to give instructions about future medical care, should he or she be unable to participate in health care decisions due to serious illness or incapacity.

A living will is a written statement that describes the type of care a person wishes to receive in the event he or she is suffering from a terminal illness or is in a persistent vegetative state.

A power of attorney for health care is a document through which one person (the principal) authorizes another person (the agent) to make health care decisions on his or her behalf.

For more information about advance directives, call Marilyn Winkelbauer at Valley County Health System at 308-728-4315, or visit or

Setlik Wins Associate of the Quarter

March 19, 2014

Becky Setlik has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 2nd Quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Setlik for the honor, a co-worker explained how she is compassionate and respectful. "I don't think I've ever known anyone more compassionate than Becky, her passion for helping people in pain is inspiring. She shows every patient complete respect as well as their families and her co-workers. "

Setlik is a Physical Therapist at VCHS in the Rehabilitation Department. She has been employed at Valley County Health System since 2006.

Dr. Fitzpatrick (ENT) to Join VCHS Specialty Clinic

March 5, 2014

Ord - Valley County Health System is pleased to announce the services of our new ENT physician, Dr. Philip Fitzpatrick. Dr. Fitzpatrick is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist with Fitzpatrick Ear, Nose & Throat P.C. in North Platte.  An otolaryngologist is a physician that is specially trained to treat problems and to perform surgery on the ear, nose and throat.

Dr. Fitzpatrick will provide expert care for the full range of ENT needs. Issues that Dr. Fitzpatrick treats include:  Ear or Throat Infections, Allergy & Sinus Disease, Hearing Loss, Dizziness, Swallowing Disorders, Voice Disorders, Thyroid Disorders and Skin Tumors.

Surgical Treatments that Dr. Fitzpatrick will perform include: Snoring & Sleep apnea, Excision or Biopsy of Skin Tumors, Cancer of the Head & Neck, Tonsillectomy, Ear Tube Procedure and Adenoidectomy.

He will be seeing patients at Valley County Health System Specialty Clinic the third Friday of each month beginning on March 21.  He is committed to providing a reliable monthly schedule at Valley County Health System for his clinic.   308.728.4200 · 888.252.3874 · fax: 308.728.7809

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Fitzpatrick to VCHS. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fitzpatrick at Valley County Health System Specialty Clinic, contact us at 308-728-4249. 



Babysitting Clinic to be Held at VCHS

March 4, 2014

ORD - UNL Extension in Valley County has announced that it will be partnering with Valley County Health System to present a babysitting clinic for all youth ages ten to eighteen on March 13th from 9 a.m. to noon at the 207 S 26th Street (the old medical clinic building) in Ord. In the afternoon, participants may also sign up to become certified in CPR through the "Friends & Family CPR" course. There is a limit to the number of students that can be trained at one time. Spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Fun activities will fill the morning for youth that are interested in babysitting. Babysitting concepts such as diapering, feeding, handling emergencies, and caring for children are some of the topics that will be covered during the clinic.   Lunch will also be served for all students attending the clinic.  UNL Extension Educator Kayla Hinrichs explains, "This will be great hands on experience for youth to gain an understanding of babysitting and assist them in becoming excellent babysitters." 

Participants are asked to bring a toy they would have a child play with if they were babysitting. There is registration fee of $5 for the Babysitting Clinic (including lunch) and $20 (normally $40-$50) for the CPR certification, which will need to be paid in advance. Preregistrations for the Babysitting Clinic & CPR Training are due by March 11.  Individuals with questions or interest in attending are encouraged to stop in the UNL Extension Office in Valley County at the fairgrounds or call (308)-728-5071. 


VVLC Crowns 2014 King and Queen of Hearts

February 17, 2014

 ORD - Mike Bruha and Stella Andersen were named the 2014 King and Queen of Hearts in front of an atrium filled with residents, family, friends, and associates at Valley View Living Center last Friday, February 14. After their coronation Bruha and Andersen were serenaded with some of their favorite songs performed by the Polkaholics. The afternoon was capped off with cake and refreshments while everyone got an opportunity to congratulate the King and Queen on such a special achievement.

VCHS Auxiliary Celebrates over $150,000 in Donations to VCHS

November 12, 2013

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.


VCHS Celebrate Being a Woman, Raises $1,101 for Make Christmas Happen

November 4, 2013

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.


Local Physician Receives Honorary Degree From the American Academy of Family Physicians

October 30, 2013

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.

VCHS Hosting "Reposition. Respiration. Restore." At To Your Health Tuesday - October 22

October 15, 2013

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

October 1, 2013

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."