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VCHS To Host 7th Annual Health Fair on June 25th

May 20, 2015

Valley County Health System will be hosting the 7th Annual Health Fair, Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 6-9 AM at Valley County Health System, 2707 L Street in Ord. The Health Fair will feature blood chemistries, blood pressure checks, Bryan Health Mobile Testing and a free will donation breakfast. The Health Fair will focus on health education and the promotion of wellness within our service area. In addition, health related vendors will have displays available to provide educational information to those who attend.

The lab tests offered during the Health Fair are as follows: 

Health Screen: ($35) Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Complete Blood Count, TSH, Lipid Panel: Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL & LDL
PSA:  ($15) Prostate cancer screening recommended for males over the age of 50.
A1C: ($20) Test that measures your average blood sugar for the past two to three months.

The above fees are greatly reduced and are charged to cover the cost of supplies for each person screened. Those who participate in the blood chemistry draw will be mailed their results and will be responsible for contacting their medical provider if they have values outside the normal range.

Fasting is necessary prior to the blood chemistry draw, including consumption of caffeine or decaf coffee. A free will donation breakfast will be served so you may eat after your blood is drawn.

In addition, Bryan Health’s Mobile Testing Center in partnership with the VCHS Specialty Clinic will provide the following tests at the Health Fair:

Carotid Artery Ultrasound Screening: ($40) This painless, noninvasive screening detects plaque deposits in the carotid arteries. These plaque deposits are a leading risk factor for stroke. You are eligible for the carotid screening if you are at least 60 years of age or have a history of any of the following:  cardiovascular disease, tobacco use, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound Screening: ($40) This painless, non-invasive screening detects the presence of an aneurysm in the abdominal aorta.

Peripheral Arterial Disease: ($20) A painless, noninvasive test compares the blood pressure to determine how well blood is flowing.

Atrial Fibrillation Screening: ($10) 2.3 million Americans affected each year.

Pre-registration forms are available by clicking here or picking one up at the hospital registration desk, VCHS Medical Clinics or at any of the area banks. Pre-registration is recommended for anyone wishing to have a blood chemistry drawn.

For more information, contact Jen Beran at 308-728-4397.

Sedlacek Named VCHS Associate of the Quarter

April 30, 2015

Leora Sedlacek has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 3rd Quarter of the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Sedlacek for the honor, a co-worker discussed how she portrays the values of VCHS. “Leora exemplifies integrity by always being professional in her daily duties. She is very compassionate to all of her patients. She always shows ownership for her work and won’t rest until the job is done and done right. She is very respectful to her patients, her co-workers and to the Providers she works alongside. Last but not least, Leora is very trustworthy. She is fair and truthful in all she does. Leora’s work ethics are beyond compare – she is a gem to work with. We are glad she is on our team!”

Sedlacek is an LPN-C in the Medical Clinic and has been with VCHS for 38 years. She began in Acute Care and soon became a Surgical Scrub Nurse and continues to offer her skills in OR on a weekly basis.

Meyer Returning to VCHS in August

April 24, 2015

Valley County Health System is pleased to announce the return of Jane Meyer, APRN-NP to its medical staff. Jane will begin seeing patients at the VCHS Medical Clinics in August, 2015.

Jane will work primarily at the Ord Medical Clinic and will spend a majority of her time treating walk-in patients. She will also share emergency department coverage with the other providers.

Jane worked for Valley County Health System from June 2009 through September 2012. At that time she joined Twin Rivers Urgent Care in North Platte and then in 2013 moved to their new clinic location in Grand Island. Prior to working at Valley County Health System, Jane worked at Internal Medicine Associates in North Platte.

When asked about her return to VCHS, Jane made the following statement, “Brian and I are most honored to be a part of VCHS and the Ord community. I look forward to serving patients here at home and becoming a member of a wonderful staff and healthcare team at VCHS, all of whom I have missed greatly. Thank you, it is a true honor to return.”

“All of us at VCHS are very excited to have Jane return home to VCHS. In addition to her caring and quality of care focus, she will bring with her a cadre of new experiences and perspectives that will not only add to our growing Medical Staff, but is also an endorsement toward the stability and excitement about the future and direction of VCHS. Jane and her husband, Brian, along with their three sons Kelen, Hunter and Colt, will be a welcome addition to our growing family at VCHS,” stated Bill Sugg, President & CEO of Valley County Health System.

Dr. Gregory McClanahan to Join Valley County Health System in 2016

April 22, 2015

Valley County Health System is pleased to announce the addition of Gregory McClanahan, M.D. to its medical staff. Dr. McClanahan will begin his practice in August 2016 at the VCHS Medical Clinics.

McClanahan grew up in Atkinson, Nebraska and graduated from Atkinson West Holt in 2002. He earned his Bachelor of Biology degree in 2006 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In 2013 he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. McClanahan is currently completing his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine Rural Track in Grand Island. His interests are in endoscopy, preventative medicine, geriatrics, and pediatrics.

Dr. McClanahan and his wife Jackie have two children Matthew, age 3 and Grace, age 1. "I am very excited to be joining the VCHS team. I have been very impressed by the hard work and dedication to patient care displayed by the staff during my time here. VCHS is a very progressive medical facility with outstanding physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff. Both Jackie and I have felt very welcomed by the community. We look forward to raising our family here and calling Ord home.”

"Dr. McClanahan’s arrival illustrates the excitement and confidence in the quality of care and future vision that VCHS is now attracting in this new era of healthcare industry change and transformation in both Nebraska and beyond. Dr. McClanahan and his family will flourish in our community and all of us at VCHS welcome them home to Valley County and our central Nebraska region,” stated Bill Sugg, President & CEO of Valley County Health System.

VCHS Honors Volunteers for Service at 2nd Annual Volunteer Banquet

April 21, 2015

Tuesday evening, April 14th, marked the Second Annual VCHS System-wide Volunteer Banquet at the Ord Veteran’s Club. Approximately 140 volunteers and their spouses were in attendance for the evening of fun, food and fellowship. Six special volunteers were honored with Volunteer of the Year awards from different branches of VCHS. Those special volunteers were the following:

Hospice: Dale Karre
Nursing Home: Mary Ellen Setlik
Foundation: Danielle Proskocil
Auxiliary: Marge Golus
Child Development: Lora Burkholder
VCHS Overall: Sue Blaha

VCHS is grateful for each of the volunteers that give of their time, talent and treasure. Each one of these volunteers is choosing to make a difference, and truly is special in many ways.

The evening concluded with Andy Hoffman addressing the crowd. Andy Hoffman is from Atkinson, Nebraska where he resides with his wife Brianna, and his three children…Jack (9), Ava (7) and Reese (3). The Hoffman’s lives were changed forever when their son Jack, at age 5, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April of 2011. The subsequent medical and financial challenges were overwhelming. Over the next 3 years their son would go through two surgeries to remove his brain tumor, two different rounds of chemotherapy, and countless other medical challenges. The time Andy spent practicing law was cut by 50%, and his wife had to resign from practicing pharmacy for the next 3+ years.

While many people know of Andy’s son Jack, because of his relationship with former Husker Rex Burkhead and his famed 69-yard touchdown run at the Nebraska Spring-Game, which ultimately landed Jack an ESPY Award for 2013’s “Best Moment in Sports”, there is another story beneath the surface that sometimes goes untold.

Andy shared their story about determination as a family to eradicate the world of pediatric brain cancer and using the blessings God has given them as a platform to do so. We were truly honored to have Mr. Hoffman with us as our speaker this year.

Peterson Promoted to Rehab Services Manager at VCHS

April 16, 2015

Heidi Peterson, PT has been promoted to Rehabilitation Services Manager for Valley County Health System. Heidi has been working in the Rehabilitation Department at VCHS for six years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She continued on to complete three years at the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Heidi attends many continuing education courses on a variety of topics including aquatic therapy, kinesiotaping, muscle energy and manual therapy techniques for the low back and pelvis, sports injury and prevention and postural restoration. Heidi is an Ord High School graduate and the daughter of Dale and Jeanne Peterson of Ord.

Healthcare Decisions Day Highlights Importance of Advance Medical Directives

April 14, 2015

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 Thursday, April 16th  marks the 8th Annual NHDD.

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 Nebraska 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 www.nhdd.org or www.nehospice.org.

Espiritu Selected to Attend Nebraska Hospital Association Leadership Institute

April 10, 2015

Karen Espiritu, Medical Technologist (MT) and Laboratory Manager at Valley County Health System, has been selected to participate in the 2015 Nebraska Hospital Association’s (NHA) Leadership Institute.

The NHA Leadership Institute’s mission is to advance the effectiveness of hospitals by providing a quality environment of professional development and support for health care leaders. Participants will improve their leadership skills and enhance their effectiveness in the health care field, while preserving the care and compassion critical to quality health care delivery.

Each year, health care professionals from across Nebraska come together for a 10-month program designed to instruct, inspire and invigorate. This program includes a comprehensive curriculum, combining core leadership competency working sessions and multiple layers of applied practice in health care.

Espiritu attended the orientation retreat at the end of January in Nebraska City at the Lied Lodge & Conference Center. The course continues through October at various hospital locations throughout Nebraska and via webinars. Participants completing the NHA Leadership Institute will be recognized during the NHA 88th Annual Convention, October 21-23, at Embassy Suites Omaha/La Vista Hotel & Conference Center in La Vista, NE.

VCHS Public Transit Invites You To Get On Board! Nebraska Public Transit Week: April 6-10, 2015

April 6, 2015

Do you or a loved one need help getting around town? Making it to appointments around the area and the state can be difficult for those no longer able to drive or without transportation means of their own. Promoting community wellness is important to Valley County Health System. If you’re like us, part of your well-being is independence, mobility and staying active.

The VCHS Transportation Department is dedicated to providing a stress-free way for community members to travel. From inability to drive, a vehicle in the mechanic’s shop or perhaps just wanting to be a passenger rather than a driver, we are happy to serve you. Most vans are wheelchair accessible and all vehicles are equipped with seat belts.

We request a 24-hour notice for all trips if possible. We’ll take you around Ord or nearly anywhere in Nebraska if a van is available. Out-of-town trip availability is limited, so we recommend you call as soon as you’re aware of your appointment. When you call to schedule your ride, you will be given a time that a van driver will arrive to pick you up.

Each day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., VCHS Public Transit provides Meals-On- Wheels through the Senior Center, as well as transportation to and from the Senior Center during this time. The van may be unavailable for transportation to or from appointments during these hours.

VCHS Public Transit Service is reliable, safe and affordable. It is open to passengers of all ages; passengers under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is 19 years of age or older. Our service is door-to-door from the van door to your front door. In order to maintain timely customer service, we ask that you be ready to go, at the door when we arrive.

This service operates Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If schools cancel due to inclement weather, non-medical rides are at our discretion. For questions on pricing or to schedule a ride, please call 308-728-4200. If you are eligible for Medicaid, you may be eligible for transportation assistance. For more information on this event, please visit www.nebraskatransit.com or contact: Kim Koch, VCHS Transportation Coordinator at 308-728-4200.

VCHS To Begin Walk-In Clinic Hours

April 1, 2015

Beginning April 6th, a Walk-in Clinic will be open at the VCHS Medical Clinic in Ord Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to Noon.

Please understand that when you utilize the Walk-In Clinic, you will not have the option to choose your provider as you will have the one provider who is on duty. The benefit to scheduling your appointment during regular clinic hours is that you are able to choose your primary care provider. Your primary care provider has formed a relationship with you and is familiar with you and your medical history.

Appropriate use of the Walk-in Clinic is for urgent medical conditions that are non-life threatening, including: flu symptoms, cough, sore throat, ear or sinus pain, minor burns and bruises, scrapes and minor lacerations, sprains and strains, possible fractures, mild asthma, pediatric illnesses, rash or hives, stings or bites, allergic reactions (non-life-threatening),headaches, foreign object in eye or nose, urinary symptoms, or work related injuries.

It is very important to call 911 and seek emergency care for sudden or unexpected medical conditions that could cause significant harm or death without prompt attention, such as chest pain (suspected heart attack or stroke), amputation of limbs or deep wounds with severe bleeding, sudden confusion, weakness, dizziness, numbness, severe headache or difficulty speaking or breathing, head injury, loss of consciousness or new seizures, major burns involving the face or large areas of the body, vomiting blood, pregnancy complications over 20 weeks including labor, bleeding, fluid leakage, decreased fetal movement, smoke or chemical inhalation, poisoning, overdoses and suicidal behavior and physical or sexual assault.

Scheduled healthcare appointments are now offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, including lunch appointments. We provide Allergy Shots, Sports and CDL Physicals.

If you are a VCHS patient, our Walk-In Clinic team has access to your electronic medical record and shares information with your primary care provider and any needed specialists.  We’ll work together for you. Our Walk-In Clinic has laboratory and imaging services available onsite.

For more information, call the VCHS Medical Clinic in Ord at 308.728.4202.