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New Leadership At Valley View Living Center

September 15, 2014

ORD – Valley County Health System is pleased to announce two very exciting changes at Valley View Living Center.  

Sarah Hon, RN has accepted the position of Director of Nursing.  Sarah brings with her an excellent past work experience focused on patient care and families.   Sarah has worked at VCHS for one and a half years in acute care. Sarah resides outside of Ord with her husband Nick.

Brenda Keefe has accepted a position as our LTC Administrative Liaison.   She is excited about her new role and will be a great resource for the associates. Brenda has been employed with VCHS for 2 years and her previous role was Long Term Care Office Manager. Brenda lives in Sargent with her husband Tom.

Ryschon and Waltman Receive OB Ultrasound Training

September 15, 2014

Valley County Health System sent Kristen Ryschon RT(R)CT and Lindsey Waltman RT(R)CT to the Keith Mauney & Associates Ultasound Training Institute in Dallas, TX for three days of hands-on advanced obstetric ultrasound training. The institute is internationally known and provided both Ryschon and Waltman the opportunity to receive exceptional training for a service that is provided at VCHS’ Shared Maternity Care Program. Waltman commented “it was great having instructors who dedicated their careers to this skill, observe your work and give you tips on how to best utilize our machine’s capabilities to make it easier on the patient and ultimately get a better image.”

VCHS and its associates are committed to attending the best trainings possible, in order to bring the best healthcare right here in central Nebraska. According to Ryschon “Going to this training and getting to learn from such amazing instructors has made me excited to get back to VCHS and work with our patients. I am also very excited to pass along everything I learned to the rest of our imaging team.”   

For more information on Shared Maternity Care, or to schedule an appointment for an ultrasound, call the VCHS Scheduler at 308-728-4249.

VCHS Providers are In-Network with BCBS

September 6, 2014

Locally owned and governed, Valley County Health System is committed to providing affordable, top quality care for you and your family. Our team of healthcare providers are aware of how difficult the recent dispute between Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) and Catholic Health Initiative (CHI) has been.

Valley County Health System is proud to have strong, positive relationships with BCBS and all other major insurance providers in Nebraska. We want you to know that our providers and facility are independently contracted with BCBS. This means that we will remain preferred providers for BCBS.  All services at our hospital and clinics will be in-network for BCBS patients.

If you have any questions about our ability to accept Blue Cross Blue Shield patients at Valley County Health System, please contact us at 308.728.4200. We will be happy to answer your questions and assist you.

Kristen Dunbar, PA-C To Join VCHS Medical Clinics

August 22, 2014

Valley County Health System is pleased to announce that Kristen “Kristy” Dunbar PA-C, will join the Burwell and Ord VCHS Medical Clinics in November, 2014. Kristy has been chosen to fulfill the role in the VCHS Medical Clinics that is currently held by Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C, as he transitions to work full-time in the VCHS Emergency Department.

Dunbar grew up in Maryland. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science. She then earned her Master of Health Science in 1993 from Duke University. Since that time Kristy has provided medical care in central Nebraska for more than a decade, including the communities of Burwell, Sargent and Broken Bow.

Kristy lives on a ranch west of Taylor with her husband Bob. Together they have one son, Gus, who is a freshman at Sargent High School. About her new position at Valley County Health System, Kristy stated “I am very excited to be returning to the Burwell area, and look forward to becoming an established health care provider in the Ord community as well. I have known and respected Jeff for many years as a PA. I have assured him that I intend to put my best foot forward in an effort to continue to provide the excellent medical care that his patients and others are accustomed to.”

Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C commented, “I am extremely pleased with the addition of Kristy to our Medical Staff. She is well-known and respected as a medical provider in the Burwell, Taylor and Sargent communities and I am comfortable and confident in referring my patients to her. She has a solid background in diagnosing and treating patients and I look forward to working closely with her and my patients as we make this transition.”

Dunbar will provide clinic services at the VCHS Medical Clinics in Burwell two days per week and Ord two days per week. She will join the other VCHS medical providers in sharing evening and weekend Emergency Department services at VCHS.

“We are extremely excited that Kristy will be joining our team of medical providers at VCHS. Her experience as a PA coupled with the fact that she and Jeff already have a strong working relationship, makes her the perfect fit for the patients in our Burwell and Ord Medical Clinics,” quoted Bill Sugg, President & CEO of VCHS.

Community receptions will be held for Kristy in both Ord and Burwell at a date to be determined.

To schedule an appointment with Kristy, call 728.4202.

Laura Nelson Named Associate of the Year

August 22, 2014

Laura Nelson was named Associate of the Year at Valley County Health System. Nelson was selected as Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System in July 2014 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. Nelson was also nominated for the Nebraska Hospital Association’s Caring Kind Award.

In a letter nominating Nelson for the honor, a co-worker wrote, “Laura Nelson exemplifies the values of VCHS in every way. Her personal and professional integrity is above reproach. Laura will do the right thing for her patients or their families every time, even when no one is watching. Laura is a caring, compassionate nurse and is an inspiration to her patients and her co-workers.”

Nelson is an Acute Care Nurse at VCHS. She has been with Valley County Health System since 2002.

VCHS Foundation Begins Grateful Patient Program

August 15, 2014

The Valley County Health System (VCHS) Foundation is beginning a new program that allows individuals to show their appreciation for care received at VCHS. The Grateful Patient Program allows patients, or family members of patients, to express appreciation to the associates who cared for them at VCHS through a special donation to the Valley County Health System Foundation.

A tax-deductible donation can be made in honor of or in memory of someone special. This program also allows patients, or family members of patients, to tell us about a “hero” at VCHS. A gift can be made in tribute of an associate or volunteer, and contributions may be designated to a specific department, program, area of greatest need, or the endowment fund. While keeping the dollar amount confidential, we will send an acknowledgment card to the associate being recognized, informing them that you have given a donation in their honor.

When a donation is made, it helps provide for new equipment and additional education and training that will benefit both patients and VCHS caregivers. Gifts from the Grateful Patient Program will:

• Advance and support health care;
• Benefit current programs and services;
• Underwrite the cost of new equipment and technology; and
• Build our endowment funds for the future needs.

For more information call VCHS Foundation Director, Becky Ries at 308-728-3011, read the brochure here or visit

VCHS Now Offering Lung Cancer Screening Program

August 12, 2014

Valley County Health System and Advanced Medical Imaging are proud to announce a new program to aid in the early detection of lung cancer for high-risk patients. This program will utilize a low-dose CT scan to help high-risk patients screen for lung cancer.

These CT scans were found to reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent according to a recent study by the National Cancer Institute and the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). Based on these results, VCHS now has a Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program that is available to VCHS patients meeting the criteria below:

• Men or Women 55-74 years of age
• 30 pack-year history of smoking
• If former smoker, quit date within last 15 years
• No weight loss greater than I 0 pounds in the last month
• No chest CT scan in the last 12 months
• Change in cough, shortness of breath or hemoptysis

The Somatom Definition CT scanner at VCHS is a 20 slice scanner. Results are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist and will be sent to the ordering physician. If insurance does not cover the cost of the screening, it can be completed for $250.00 payable at the time of service. For more information click here or to schedule an appointment for a low-dose CT scan call VCHS at 308.728.4200.

Laura Cox Accepts Specialty Clinic Manager Position at VCHS

August 8, 2014

Laura Cox, RN, has accepted the role of Specialty Clinic Manager at Valley County Health System. Previously, Laura worked as the MDS Coordinator for Valley View Living Center. Before coming to VCHS Laura was a Surgical Nurse in Holdrege, NE. Laura stated, “I am excited to get to work with all the patients utilizing our different Specialty Clinics, and to build relationships with the staff and visiting physicians that make up our Clinic.”

Laura recently moved to Ord with her husband Andy, and their two children. Laura received her Nursing Degree from Central Community College and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Hastings College. Laura is currently working on getting a BSN degree from Midland University.

Valley County Health System currently has 16 different Specialty Clinics available every month. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 308.728.4249.

VCHS Public Transportation Receives DOT Award

August 8, 2014

The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration has awarded the Valley County Health System (VCHS) Public Transportation Department one of their Annual Awards. The department was recognized for highest increase in rural ridership in the State of Nebraska among transit providers with three vehicles.

VCHS Public Transportation’s goal is to provide passengers a reliable means of transportation that is enjoyable and allows you to stay active. To learn more about VCHS Public Transportation call 308.728.4200.

Pictured L-R: Wayne Brown, Stephanie Copp, Stephanie Gideon, Mary Ann Zebert, Bill Longo, and Melvin Linke. Not Pictured: Ashley Woodward

VCHS Holding Community Forums for Strategic Plan

August 1, 2014

To better serve our region, Valley County Health System has engaged National Healthcare Associates to develop a Strategic Plan. This plan is based upon the needs and demographics of the region that Valley County Health System serves.

Valley County Health System is inviting the public to attend one of Strategic Planning Community Forums:

North Loup Forum
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
North Loup Community Center
112 South B Street
North Loup, NE 68859

Arcadia Forum
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Arcadia Community Center
230 North Hawthorne Street
Arcadia, NE 68815

Burwell Forum
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Rodeo Theater
171 South 8th Ave.
Burwell, NE 68823

Loup City Forum
Thursday, August 21, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Loup City Community Center
721 O Street
Loup City, NE 68853

Ord Forum
Thursday, August 21, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Vintage Rehab Center Old Hospital
217 Westridge Drive (enter through the east entrance)
Ord, NE 68862

For more information, call J.R. Lange at 308.728.4397 or for a printable flyer click here.