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Valley County Health System to Optimize Operational Performance with iVantage® Analytics Solutions

February 1, 2015

PORTLAND, ME and ORD, NE. – Valley County Health System has selected a suite of analytic solutions from iVantage Health Analytics to help drive their performance improvement initiatives. The software solutions include INDICATOR Performance Manager™, Rural INSIGHTS™ and the Hospital Strength INDEX™.

“We are very excited about having the ability to tap these sophisticated tools to track and compare our performance, compare it to our peers and gain new insights which will improve our financial and operational performance,” said William Sugg, president and CEO at Valley County Health System.

The INDICATOR web-based functional benchmarking solution offers healthcare providers intuitive dashboards and scorecards to pinpoint actionable opportunities to reduce their operational costs, increase clinical effectiveness, control off-quality costs, and optimize value-based purchasing.  

Rural INSIGHTS enables rural and Critical Access Hospitals to track and analyze key metrics, conduct internal and peer-to-peer benchmarking, and improve value-based healthcare through a dynamic web solution. It delivers sophisticated functionality and features advanced capabilities for measuring and monitoring operational, clinical, population, financial and market metrics especially for small, rural facilities.  The Hospital Strength INDEX serves as a detailed market intelligence, strategy, planning, and performance benchmarking tool. The INDEX compares more than 4,400 U.S. general acute-care hospitals across a continuum of financial, value-based and market-driven performance indicators.

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage is a leading advisory and business analytic services company applying AHT-Accelerated Healthcare Transformation™ and the VantagePoints™ platform to drive sustained, evidence-based results. The company’s unique combination of technology, content, and expert advisory services accelerates decision making for the new healthcare. Visit www.iVantageHealth.com.

About Valley County Health System

Valley County Health System provides an extensive range of health-care services to Valley County and surrounding areas, with compassionate care delivered by people you know and trust. We’re dedicated to providing advanced technology and services in a modern yet comfortable atmosphere, while supporting continued growth for our community. The Health System includes a new 16-bed Critical Access Hospital, 60-bed licensed Long Term Care and four rural medical clinics located in Ord, Loup City, Burwell and North Loup.

Paul Lamb Awarded Associate of Quarter

January 13, 2015

Paul Lamb has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 2nd Quarter of the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Lamb for the honor, a co-worker discussed how he portrays the values of VCHS. "Paul shows compassion for his job, to our patients, and his co-workers. He is always willing to take time and talk to our patients, even when he is extremely busy. Paul is always friendly to our patients and families, and will take the extra time to make there day a little better. Paul also shows ownership by, doing his job 100% all the time, regardless the situation. He treats all patients and families with dignity and respect along with his co-workers.”

Lamb is a Ward Clerk at Valley County Health System, where he has been employed since April 2011.

Pictured l to r: Vicki Bredthauer, DON; Paul's Mother Rosalyn Lamb; Paul Lamb; Bill Sugg, President & CEO; Marcy Shafer, Human Resources Assistant and Danielle Proskocil, Director - Human Resources.

VCHS Child Development Committee Presents: The String Beans

January 13, 2015

ORD — The String Beans musical group will be coming to Ord on Monday January 19th. The public performance is scheduled at 7:00 P.M. in the vintage gym at the Ord High School. Two brothers, Curt and Randy Bright and their friend Dan are the friendliest family band in Nebraska. Their wacky on-stage antics and dance-tastic songs are perfect entertainment for pre-school through 6th grade audiences and their families. String Beans music is a fun mix of rock, country, blues, pop, polka, and even a little rap. They have released five all-original albums so far. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this fun-filled evening. A free-will donation will be accepted. The VCHS Child Development Committee is sponsoring this fun family event.

The String Beans are from Lincoln, Nebraska and have just been on tour in several major cities across the southeast. For more information about this group, or to check out some of their music, please visit their website at www.thestringbeans.com.

VCHS Donates $1500 to Make Christmas Happen

December 22, 2014

Valley County Health System donated $1,500 from fundraisers to Make Christmas Happen, a local project providing holiday assistance to families in Valley County.

The VCHS Staff Action Committee, a committee dedicated to VCHS associates, donated $475 from their annual bake sale. VCHS also donated $1,025 in proceeds from the annual wreath auction.

Valley County Health System is pleased to contribute the funds from these fundraisers to Make Christmas Happen.

Attached Photo caption: VCHS President and CEO, William T. Sugg (far right), Director of Professional Services, Bethanne Kunz and Director of Human Resources, Danielle Proskocil (far left) present $1,500 to Make Christmas Happen 2014. Accepting the donation from left to right are Agnes Janda, Marilyn Nelson and Doris David.

VCHS Sells Valley View Senior Living as Part of Strategic Plan – Forms Strategic Partnership

December 18, 2014

Ord, Nebraska (December 18, 2014)—At the start of 2015, Valley County Health Center (VCHS) will be partnering with a new strategic partner, LTC Midwest, LLC. As a result of our new partnership, Valley View Living Center will be purchased by LTC Midwest and will take on the name Valley View Senior Village.

The sale is part of VCHS’ strategic plan to guarantee that its communities have continued access to high-quality long-term nursing care, while also ensuring that VCHS and Valley View Living Center are operating in a fiscally responsible manner.

“Our first priority in the sale was the well being of our residents, patients and associates, which is why we have established a strategic partnership with LTC Midwest that will keep Valley View Senior Village as part of the VCHS family of care,” says Bill Sugg, CEO at VCHS. “This will maintain the facility’s quality of care, provide secure employment and allow residents to continue receiving the benefits of being located next to a hospital.”

LTC Midwest is a long-term care consulting organization based out of Wilber, Nebraska with experience operating skilled nursing centers and assisted living facilities in rural healthcare settings.

“We are excited to become part of the Valley County community, working closely with VCHS to continue providing the highest standard of nursing care in the area,” says Randy Kozeal, President of LTC Midwest, LLC.

The transfer of ownership also includes a two-to-four-year plan for the building of a new skilled nursing facility on the VCHS campus that will be a model for Nebraska and the nation. The planning of this new facility will begin immediately.

To learn about all the services offered at VCHS, visit www.valleycountyhealthsystem.org.

VCHS Associates Honored

December 17, 2014

ORD – The annual Valley County Health System Christmas Party was held Friday, December 5th at the Ord Veteran’s Club. Approximately 275 associates, spouses and board members attended the celebration. Twenty associates were recognized with awards for their years of service to VCHS, and one associate was recognized with the President’s award. Entertainment included Gordy Pratt, a musical comedian.

Associates recognized for Years of Service were:

35 years - Emily Hayek; 25 years – Virg Bures; 20 years – Brenda Ingraham, Jeanne Tinkham; 15 years – Tammi Knutson, Jo Trofholz, Cathy Foster; 10 years – Becky Ritz, Ashley Jeffres, Kristen Ryschon, Michaela Brown, Jackie Stepanek; 5 years – Shane Molacek, Barbara Benda, Paula Sherburne, Sally Guest, Jeanne Peterson, Doris Jensen, Jessica DeGroff; PRN Staff – Jeff Grooms, 15 years. Congratulations, and thank you to all of our Years of Service associates.

This year marked the third annual President’s Award given to a VCHS associate who has dedicated each day to fulfilling the vision of Valley County Health System, both within the organization and in the community we serve. This year’s recipient was Sandy Killinger. She encompasses the values of VCHS to the fullest – Integrity, Compassion, Ownership, Respect, and Trust. She can always be counted on to do what is right. All of us at VCHS congratulate Sandy on her achievement of this great honor.

VCHS Foundation Gala Jan. 17

December 15, 2014

The Annual Valley County Health System Foundation Gala will take place on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the Ord Veteran’s Club. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:00 pm with the meal, auction and entertainment to follow at 6:30 pm.

The theme for this year’s gala is “The Magic of Wonderland” and entertainment will be provided by Jared Sherlock, award-winning illusionist and comic magician from Minneapolis. His modern magic has been featured at corporate events, colleges, and theaters nationwide.

Tickets are available from any Foundation Board member, the VCHS Registration desk and the Foundation office. Tickets are $45 each or $75 for a couple. Raffle tickets will be available the night of the Gala (1 for $10, 3 for $20 or 8 for $50) for a chance to win one of two prizes: Apple iPad Mini or a Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker. For more information, contact Keli Gideon at 728-3011.

Deaton Returns to VCHS after 20 Years

December 5, 2014

John (Mark) Deaton has been hired as the new Respiratory Therapist at Valley County Health System.

Mark has come full circle in his career as he began Valley County Hospital’s Respiratory Therapy Department in 1990. He sought approval from the medical staff and Board of Trustees to begin a program that has proven to be successful over the past two decades.

Mark stated, “I am so excited to be back at Valley County where I began the program! It’s exciting to rekindle friendships with prior co-workers and community members. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to providing compassionate care to those I will serve in this role.”

Mark has worked in a variety of clinical settings since he left Valley County in 1993. He was awarded the “Outstanding Clinician” plaque upon graduation from Red River College School of Respiratory Care.

He resides in North Loup with his wife Brooke. Together they have three children and four grandchildren.

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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.

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.