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Callahan Cancer Center to Begin Outreach Clinic at VCHS in August

July 4, 2015

Valley County Health System (VCHS) is pleased to announce the addition of oncology to the list of services offered in the Specialty Clinic.  The Great Plains Health Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte, will begin a monthly outreach clinic at VCHS in August. Dr. Irfan Vaziri will be the primary oncologist who will serve the VCHS clinic each month. Drs. Ahmed Awais and Maria de Villa will also occasionally see patients at the Ord clinic. Cancer patients who are in need of chemotherapy services will be able to receive a vast majority of their treatments in the VCHS Specialty Clinic.  The Specialty Clinic nurses at VCHS have received specialized training in the administration of chemotherapy.

“We are extremely pleased to reintroduce oncology to our available specialties at Valley County Health System. Dr. Vaziri and partners from the Callahan Cancer Center are committed to providing oncology services close to home for patients in our region, which was a critical factor in selecting their clinic for this specialty,” stated Vicki Bredthauer, RN and Director of Nursing at Valley County Health System.

The board-certified medical and radiation oncologists at the Great Plains Health Callahan Cancer Center have combined compassionate care with leading-edge technology and clinical trials to become one of the region’s most respected cancer programs. Types of cancers they treat include breast, lung, gastrointestinal, leukemia, lymphoma, head and neck, multiple myeloma, prostate, gynecological, colon/rectum and bladder among others.

The oncology clinic will be held the fourth Wednesday of each month, beginning on August 26, 2015. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 308.728.4249.

17th Annual VCHS Golf Tournament - Friday, July 3rd

June 25, 2015

The 17th Annual VCHS Golf Tournament is Friday, July 3rd starting at 8 AM at the Ord Golf Club. Please join us for a fun day filled with golf, raffles, live auction, helicopter golf ball drop and good food!

Even if you're not a golfer, come by for the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop around 4 PM. Numbered golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter hovering over Ord Golf Club on Fairway #1. If you purchase these balls you could win one of these great prizes. The first ball in the hole, or the closest ball to the hole, wins split-the-pot!

     - 1st Place: Split-the-Pot    
     - 2nd Place: Traeger Jr. Grill
     - 3rd Place: 2 Husker Volleyball Tickets
     - Golf Ball Farthest From Pin: 1/2 hour Helicopter Ride

The Valley County Health System Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization. The Foundation’s mission is to seek, receive and administer donations and gifts for the sole benefit of Valley County Health System. The Foundation's number one priority is enhancing and sustaining high-quality healthcare in Central Nebraska.

Please contact Keli Gideon, Foundation Executive Director, at 308.728.3011 or email foundation@valleycountyhealthsystem.org for more information.

Oldaker Completes Pelvic Rehab Course – VCHS Hosting “Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction and Treatment” Lunch and Learn – Tuesday, June 23rd

June 15, 2015

Valley County Health System will be hosting a To Your Health Tuesday session on Tuesday, June 23rd, from Noon to 1 pm in the VCHS Vintage Rehab Department at 217 Westridge Drive in Ord. The session, “Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction and Treatment,” will be presented by Lindsey Oldaker, DPT, Physical Therapist.

In March, Lindsey attended a 3-day class on Pelvic Rehabilitation in Aurora, Colorado. Lindsey was educated in detail about the female pelvic floor anatomy, learned proper evaluation techniques for the pelvic floor muscles, educated in evaluation and treatment of urinary dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, female pelvic pain, and exercise interventions in pelvic rehabilitation. Additional modalities learned were surface EMG biofeedback to help stimulate or relax the pelvic floor muscles. Since attending the class, Oldaker can treat patients with incontinence, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, pre-natal and post-partum issues. Patients are instructed in how to address the dysfunction with clinical activities, self-care and home programs.

Lindsey has been working at VCHS since July 2010 and primarily works at VCHS Rehabilitation – Burwell. She resides in Burwell with her husband and two kids, ages two and 6-months. Lindsey said, “I’m excited to incorporate my new skills of pelvic rehabilitation and look forward to learning more about women’s health.”

Please join us on Tuesday, June 23rd to learn more. To Your Health Tuesday sessions are held monthly as a part of the VCHS Wellness Program. These sessions are open to the public. A brown bag lunch can be purchased for $3.00. To register, contact Catie Larsen at 308.728.4327.

Contact your physician to discuss any concerns you have about pelvic health, and find out if pelvic rehabilitation is right for you. If your insurance covers physical therapy, it is likely that pelvic rehabilitation will also be a covered benefit. If you have questions about your own pelvic health, and wish to learn more about your local pelvic health therapists, contact VCHS Rehabilitation – Burwell at 308.346.4060.

17th Annual VCHS Golf Tournament

June 4, 2015

What could be better than spending a day playing golf during the 2015 summer season?  If you relish the idea of driving the fairways with your friends or providing a sponsorship in support of your local healthcare, you’ll be thrilled to find out about our upcoming VCHS Foundation Golf Tournament on Friday, July 3rd at the Ord Golf Club.  The event will be a great deal of fun for everyone involved!  Where else can you enjoy your day on the greens getting sand in your shoes, pond water on your socks, ketchup on your shirt, sweat on your cap, blisters on your hands, a farmer’s tan, and a birdie on the 18th hole – and like it?  Play the 18 holes, and plan to meet us afterward as we come together to benefit the work and vision of VCHS Foundation and all it provides to VCHS, our community, and surrounding communities!

REGISTER EARLY!  We will accommodate the first 27 teams that register! TEE time is Friday, July 3rd at 8 AM with a shotgun start.  4-person scramble that includes green fees, breakfast & lunch served on the golf course, hole-in-one contest, and hor d’oeuvres following the tournament. Entries, sponsorships, and items will be accepted until Friday, June 19, 2015.

We hope that you will “TEE” it up with us in support of our fundraising efforts!  With your generous support the Foundation is able to use the proceeds to fund special projects, provide equipment needs, further education, expand our endowment fund, and enhance patient care for generations to come. 

Everyone is welcome to join us following the golf tournament around 4 PM.  Don’t miss out on the raffles, award ceremony, live auction, hors d’oeuvres, helicopter golf ball drop on fairway #1, and friendship!

We look forward to seeing you on Hole #1.

For more information, please contact Keli Gideon at 308-728-3011or by email at foundation@valleycountyhealthsystem.org. To download our brochure or get more information about the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop, please visit: http://www.valleycountyhealthsystem.org/ways-to-give/foundation.

North Platte Foot Clinic, PC to Begin Outreach Clinic at VCHS in June

May 27, 2015

Valley County Health System (VCHS) is pleased to announce the addition of Podiatry to the list of services offered in the Specialty Clinic.  North Platte Foot Clinic, PC will begin a monthly outreach clinic at VCHS in June.

Clinton Schafer, DPM, Richard Raska, DPM, Justin Raatz, DPM, and Joshua Wray, DPM will provide services at VCHS. Each doctor is equally comfortable treating patients conservatively with routine foot and ankle care, as well as taking surgical measures with more serious foot and ankle related pain or injuries.  The doctors from North Platte Foot Clinic manage all aspects of the foot and ankle specialty, including: heel and arch pain, sports injuries, wound care, arthritis, trauma, diabetic care, adult and pediatric flat foot, total ankle joint replacement or reconstruction, ankle arthroscopy, nail trauma, corns, calluses, warts and custom made orthotics.

“Valley County Health System is pleased to once again offer podiatry services to patients in our region. We are excited to partner with the North Platte Foot Clinic to offer a more extensive range of podiatry services than what has been offered in the past,” stated Bill Sugg, President & CEO of Valley County Health System.

The first podiatry clinic will be held on Friday June 5th. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 308.728.4249.

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.