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Ries Accepts Executive Administrative Assistant Position

October 20, 2014

Becky Ries has accepted the Executive Administrative Assistant position at Valley County Health System. She will assist Bill Sugg in his role as President and CEO.

Becky has been employed by the Valley County Health System Foundation for the past seven years as the Executive Director.  She has assisted the Foundation with successful fundraising efforts including the annual golf tournament and gala as well as the new Neon Moon Run.  She has also worked with many private donors to generate funds for the Foundation which are used to provide needed equipment for the hospital.

Becky is married to Jim Ries of Ord and has two children and one granddaughter. Her daughter Brittney lives in Lincoln and is married to Tyler Standage. Together they have an infant daughter, Macy. Jim and Becky’s son, Ethan, is in 8th grade at Ord High School.

Becky will transition to her new role over the next several weeks and will also assist the Foundation with training her replacement once that position is filled.

Beran Hired as VCHS PR/Marketing Coordinator

October 20, 2014

Jennifer (Ramsey) Beran began on October 13, as the new Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator at Valley County Health System.

Jennifer has previous experience with designing marketing materials, coordination and placement of advertisements as well as event planning.  She graduated from Ord High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an Advertising Major and a Marketing Minor from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.   Jennifer is married to Jeff Beran and together they have a four year old daughter, Peyton.

Attend Our Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon - Oct. 21

October 4, 2014

Ord – Valley County Health System will be hosting a To Your Health Tuesday session on Tuesday, October 21, from 12pm to 1pm in the VCHS Vintage Rehab Department, on 217 Westridge Drive. This session, “Breast Cancer Awareness” will be instructed by Jennifer Bengston, MD and Chief of Staff at VCHS.

The To Your Health Tuesday sessions are held monthly and are one component of the VCHS Wellness Program.

The sessions are open to the public. A brown bag lunch can be purchased from the VCHS Dietary Department for $3.00. To register, contact Catie Larsen by Friday, October 17th at 308-728-4327.

October is Breast Cancer Month - Schedule your Digital Mammo Today

October 1, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime and every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. The American Cancer Society recommends that women receive an annual mammogram beginning at age 40. 

Valley County Health System offers a digital mammogram suite to better accommodate you. Both Melissa Kasselder, R.T.(R), (MR), (ARRT) and Arlene Hughes, (ARRT) provide digital mammography exams at VCHS.

If you are 40 years of age or older, you do not need an order from a physician to schedule a mammogram. Schedule and receive your digital mammogram now through December 31st and be entered for a chance to receive an iPad Mini. Call 308-728-4249 to schedule your mammogram today!



VCHS Hospice Holding Annual Community Memorial Service

September 26, 2014

The Hospice Department at Valley County Health System will be holding a public Community Memorial Service on Sunday, November 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Ord.

The eighth Celebration of Life will honor the memory of all loved ones who have died this past year. It will include a speaker, music, candle lighting ceremony, a slide show presentation, and balloon release. Refreshments will be served following the service.

If you would like to include your loved one in the service, call Marilyn Winkelbauer at 308-728-4315. To include your loved one in the slide show presentation, please email the picture to If emailing is not possible, bring it by the Home Health/Hospice building at 400 South 23rd Street or mail it to the Valley County Hospice Department, 2707 L Street, Ord, NE 68862. Photos need to be received by October 16th.

All photos will be returned at the service or mailed at the sender’s request.


VCHS Sponsoring Annual Celebrate Being a Woman

September 26, 2014

Valley County Health System invites women of all ages to our free annual Celebrate Being a Woman event. The celebration will take place at the Ord Veteran’s Club, Tuesday, October 28. Doors open at 5:00 pm. This year’s Mardi Gras theme includes a complimentary meal, 30 vendors, raffle with proceeds going to the Ord Food Pantry and fabulous door prizes!

Dr. Tyler Adam, OB/GYN with Obstetricians & Gynecologists, P.C. will speak about hot topics in women’s health.  VCHS associates Laura Cox, RN; Abby Snell, RN and Tracy Reiner, RPh will present valuable information about chemotherapy and infusion services available at Valley County Health System.

Register TODAY by clicking here or by calling 308-728-4397.

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.