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Gideon Accepts VCHS Foundation Executive Director Position

November 25, 2014

ORD – Keli Gideon has accepted the position of Executive Director for the Valley County Health System Foundation. She will assume her new role in December.

Keli resides in Burwell and has most recently worked for Grandview Assisted & Independent Living where she was the Director of Nursing. Prior to working at Grandview, Keli also held acute care positions at both Valley County Health System and Howard County Medical Center. Keli has two children, Lily and Titus, who attend Burwell Public Schools.

The VCHS Foundation Board welcomes Keli and looks forward to working in partnership with her to fulfill the Foundation's mission to seek, receive and administer donations and gifts for the sole benefit of Valley County Health System.

Dr. Hilary Miller to Join VCHS

November 13, 2014

Valley County Health System is pleased to announce the addition of Hilary Miller, M.D. to its medical staff. Dr. Miller will begin her practice in August 2015 at the VCHS Medical Clinics.

Miller grew up in Spalding, Nebraska and graduated from Spalding Academy in 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2006 and her Doctor of Medicine in 2012 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Miller is currently completing her residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program in Omaha. Her interests are in dermatology, endoscopy and sports medicine.

Dr. Miller is engaged to be married in March 2015 to her high school sweetheart, David Carraher. David farms and ranches near Spalding. Dr. Miller stated, "I am very excited to be joining the VCHS team, an obvious choice after interacting with the professional, dedicated staff. It is a wonderful practice opportunity for me, and both David and I are very much looking forward to becoming part of a new community.”

"We are very pleased that Dr. Miller, who grew up in central Nebraska, will begin her medical practice at Valley County Health System. She will be a wonderful compliment to our growing medical staff. The addition of Dr. Miller offers another dimension to our Medical Staff that will continue the tradition of dedication and commitment toward quality medical care that has been the foundation of our Medical Staff and providers for our 50 years of service to the many communities of the region that we serve,” stated Bill Sugg, President & CEO of Valley County Health System.

VCHS Embarks on Community Perception Study

November 12, 2014

Residents of Ord and surrounding communities of Valley County Health System will be randomly selected for a mail-in survey. The survey will be sent the week of November 17.

The study, commissioned through Central Survey, will seek opinions on usage of hospital services. If selected, community members are asked to promptly return their surveys. All individual survey results are held in the strictest of confidence, and are used for the purposes of improving healthcare services to the community. This initiative is part of the comprehensive strategic plan for the health system, as shared with the community earlier in the year.

For questions, please contact Bethanne Kunz, Valley County Health System Director of Professional services, at 308.728.4347.

VCHS to Hold 3rd Annual Love Light Ceremony

November 12, 2014

Valley County Health System has scheduled the 3rd Annual Love Light Ceremony on Tuesday, December 2 at 5 pm in the VCHS Front Lobby.

The ceremony includes a dedication in which the names of those who ornaments were purchased in memory or honor of are read, recorded and made available for viewing after the ceremony.

To purchase an ornament for $5 contact the VCHS front desk, Human Resources or any of the VCHS satellite clinics.

A complimentary soup and sandwich supper will be held at the completion of the ceremony in the VCHS Courtyard Grille.

For more information, call Becky at 308.728.4299.


VCHS Home Health & Hospice Celebrates 18 Years

November 11, 2014

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. Valley County Health System, together with The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) celebrate the special relationships home care and hospice professionals maintain with patients and their family members while providing care in their homes. This industry celebration is an opportunity to provide information and education about the benefits of home care, and to recognize the contributions made daily by our dedicated home care personnel.

VCHS Home Health & Hospice is proud of the work they do in this community and beyond. In 1996, Valley County Hospital established a home health agency to help patients recover from illness or injury, or to assist them to manage their disease process and limit their need for hospitalization. Since that time the agency has undergone a few changes, most notably becoming licensed to provide Hospice care in 2006. VCHS Home Health & Hospice is part of our locally owned, not-for-profit health system which provides an excellent continuum of care and meets the needs of the citizens of not only Valley County, but many surrounding communities. Their nurses, therapists and CNA’s are currently traveling 30,000 miles a month to care for patients in 11 counties in Central Nebraska.

An unwavering dedication to high quality home health and end of life care is the cornerstone of VCHS Home Health & Hospice. While there have been a few personnel changes over the years, most individuals with the agency have been a part of the organization for many years, and bring a wealth of experience to the table. Carol Schroeder, a registered nurse and the director of VCHS Home Health & Hospice, has been in home care for over 30 years and with the agency for 13 years.

VCHS Hosting Veteran's Breakfast Nov. 11

November 7, 2014

In honor of Veteran's Day, Valley County Health System would like to thank our local heroes for their incredible service to our country.

We invite area veterans and their families to enjoy a FREE breakfast Tuesday, November 11th in the VCHS Courtyard Grille. Breakfast will be served from 6 - 10 am. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and cereal will be served.


Celebrate Being a Woman Raises $1,568 for Ord Food Pantry

November 3, 2014

Ord – More than 250 women attended the 2014 Celebrate Being a Woman at the Ord Veteran’s Club on Tuesday, October 28. The annual event, sponsored by Valley County Health System, is held for women of all ages, and includes a free meal, keynote presentation, raffle and door prizes from participating vendors.

William T. Sugg, VCHS President & CEO, welcomed everyone to the event. Dr. Tyler Adam, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Obstetricians & Gynecologists, P.C in Hastings presented on hot topics in Women’s Health. Tracy Reiner, RPh; Laura Cox, RN and Abby Snell, RN presented on chemotherapy and infusion services available at Valley County Health System.

The evening ended with drawings for the raffle and door prizes. Thirty-two vendors participated in this year’s event and each gave a door prize from their business. Raffle tickets were sold to those in attendance. The 20 raffle items were donated by VCHS departments, associates and Eakes Office Plus. The raffle generated $1,568, which will be donated to the Ord Food Pantry.

Photo caption: VCHS representatives Bethanne Kunz (left) and Bill Sugg (right) present a check in the amount of $1,568 to Ord Food Pantry volunteers Marilyn Winkelbauer, Bev Dubas, Mary Klimek, Orilla Orent, Ken Cullers, Mike Jackson and Bill Karre.


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.