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VCHS Loup City Clinic Designated as Rural Health Clinic

July 18, 2014

The State of Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services has designated the Valley County Health System (VCHS) Loup City Medical Clinic as a Rural Health Clinic. In order to earn this designation VCHS had to qualify geographically, and then pass a state survey involving staff and services that are available at the clinic.

The Rural Health Clinic Program was established by Congress in 1977 to address an inadequate supply of physicians who serve Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in rural areas. The program provides qualifying Clinics located in rural and medically underserved communities with payment on a cost-related basis for outpatient physician and certain non-physician services.

The VCHS Medical Clinic in Loup City is served by Daniel Schneider, MD, Robert Reilly, PA-C, Kelly Geweke, APRN-NP and Dion Machard, APRN-NP. To schedule an appointment, call 308.745.0324.

Valley View Living Center Updates Restorative Care Equipment

July 18, 2014

Valley View Living Center (VVLC) has recently updated their restorative care department. The Valley County Health System’s (VCHS) Auxiliary made a $4,320.59 donation by purchasing all new exercise equipment for the department. The new equipment includes parallel walking bars, a wheel chair accessible zero resistance Nu Step machine, and seven different sized exercise balls. In addition to the new equipment, the restorative care room was updated with new paint and flooring.

Restorative care allows the residents of VVLC to maintain the strength and functionality of their bodies. This allows the residents to keep their mobility for much longer than they would have otherwise. Melanie Hansen, RN Restorative Care Coordinator said “This new equipment allows our residents the security and the comfort to maintain their physical integrity in a safe controlled environment. Our residents have responded enthusiastically to our new restorative care equipment.”

Valley View Living Center is a licensed 60-bed intermediate nursing care facility that is owned and operated by Valley County Health System. To inquire about VVLC or the new restorative care equipment call 308-728-4244.

Breitkreutz, PA-C to Transition from VCHS Medical Clinic to VCHS Emergency Department

July 11, 2014

Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C at Valley County Health System (VCHS) has made the decision to transition his practice from the Medical Clinics in Ord and Burwell to the Emergency Department (ED) at VCHS. The transition will occur at the time when his replacement is hired for the medical clinics.

VCHS Chief of Medical Staff, Jennifer Bengston, M.D. commented "Over the past few years our emergency visits and medical clinic visits have grown to the point that patient satisfaction was being negatively impacted by our providers being pulled between the clinic and emergency department during normal business hours. This new ED position will allow the remainder of our providers to focus on their clinic schedules and should help alleviate the excess waiting that sometimes occurs when a provider is in the ED. I am happy to be able to continue to work with Jeff at VCHS as we make this positive change for our patients."

Jeff has been a Physician Assistant since 1982. He has been employed by VCHS for nearly 13 years and worked in a private practice in Ord prior to his tenure at VCHS. He was named Physician Assistant of the Year in 2006 by the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants.

“We are all very proud of Jeff's professional and personal commitment and dedication to VCHS and the Central Nebraska Region. All of us at VCHS look forward to working with Jeff in his new role, and are excited about what lies ahead for Jeff and VCHS in the future.

“We have already begun our search for Jeff's replacement in the medical clinic, and we will work closely with Jeff and his patients to continue the high quality, caring, and committed care that Jeff has brought to the patients of central Nebraska for many years,” commented Bill Sugg, President & CEO of VCHS.

Breitkreutz stated the following about his decision to transition to the Emergency Department, “This decision was not easy for me to make. I treasure the relationships I have formed with my clinic patients over the years. I am looking forward to having more time to spend with my family

Kasselder Completes Training for Mammography Testing

July 11, 2014

Melissa Kasselder, R.T.(R), (MR), (ARRT) has completed the required training by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and can now conduct mammography exams. Kasselder joins current mammography technologist Arlene Hughes, (ARRT) at Valley County Health System (VCHS). With an additional technologist now providing mammography exams at VCHS, it will be more convenient for the women of this region to have examinations.

Mammography is the best screening tool that doctors have for finding breast cancer. If it’s found early, the chances of survival and the treatments available are greatly improved. To schedule a digital mammogram or to learn more, call Valley County Health System at (308) 728-4249.

VCHS Foundation 16th Annual Golf Tournament Results

July 7, 2014

The 16th Annual Valley County Health System Golf Tournament involved the participation of 27 teams on July 3, 2014 at the Ord Golf Course.

 

 

The flight winners this year were as follows:

Championship Flight: Kruml Law Office –Alex White, Austin Reynolds, Grayson Minnick, and Tanner Johnson

First Flight: Wadas Inc. - Jeff Craven, Brady Rogers, and Erin Craven

(not pictured-Tenille Rogers)

Second Flight: Sikyta Law Office – Curt Sikyta and Jake Sikyta with son Tregg

(not pictured- Dan Vech and Steve Vech)

Valley County Health System Foundation thanks all of the sponsors and teams for participating in this year’s event, as well as everyone who volunteered their time and those who joined us for the auction.

Amy Jackson Awarded Associate of the Quarter

July 1, 2014

Amy Jackson, RN has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 3rd Quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Jackson for the honor, a co-worker discussed some of the qualities that make Jackson such an incredible nurse. "Amy shows great respect to the patients by listening to them and understanding how they are feeling and getting an understanding of the situation they are in.  Amy generates a high level of trust with her patients and their families by always staying calm, but also by being completely open and honest with them.”

Jackson is a Charge Nurse at VCHS in the Acute Care Department. She has been employed at Valley County Health System since 2011.

Melissa Kokes Attends Postural Restoration Institute

July 1, 2014

Melissa Kokes, Physical Therapy Assistant at Valley County Health System, attended classes hosted by the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) on June 21 and 22. Kokes traveled to Northeastern University in Boston, MA to continue learning Postural Restoration techniques. This two day class focused on Postural Respiration. Kokes has also attended PRI classes on Myokinematic Restoration. Kokes said “I am really excited to bring the new manual techniques and exercises I learned back home to help our patients in recovery.”

Postural restoration allows effective treatment of any type of diagnosis; however, great improvements have been seen with many chronic pain conditions. This program centers around restoring diaphragm and appropriate breathing function combined with repositioning and balancing the pelvis, hip, back and shoulder muscles to create a restored posture that moves and functions more normally. This approach may effectively treat many difficult entities including hip bursitis, sacroiliac and low back pain, leg and foot pain, headaches and cervical pain, as well as pain in the upper back and rib cage regions. Exercise as well as many manual techniques and breathing are utilized.

Valley County Health System thanks Melissa on continuing to improve her skills to better serve our patients. For more information, contact VCHS Rehab Service at 308-728-4247.

VCHS Welcomes New General Surgeons

June 24, 2014

Valley County Health System will continue partnering with Grand Island Surgery Center to bring progressive surgical solutions to our region. With the retirement of Dr. Dan Cronk, three new surgeons will be rotating and will continue to perform consultations and surgeries every Tuesday at VCHS. VCHS is proud to welcome, John Goering, MD, Brant Luebbe, MD, and Steve Schneider, MD who will continue serving our region with a full line of surgical procedures.

Dr. Goering received his Bachelor of Science degree from Hastings College, and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine. He completed his Residency in General Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. He is certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support, and is a member of the American Medical Association, the Hall County Medical Society, the Nebraska Medical Association, the American Society of Bariatic and Metabolic Surgery. Dr. Goering is an active sports enthusiast and coach. He and his wife, Katie, have a daughter and two sons.

Dr. Luebbe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chadron State College, a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine, and completed his Residency at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, as well as Advanced Trauma Life Support, where he serves as instructor. He is a member of the Hall County Medical Society, the Nebraska Medical Association, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Luebbe and his wife, Jeanne, have one son.

Dr. Schneider earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Medicine, and his Residency at the University of Missouri Kansas City, St. Luke’s and Truman Hospitals. He is certified and serves as an instructor in Advanced Trauma Life Support. He is Chief of Trauma and Chief of Surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center, and is a member of the Hall County Medical Society, and the Nebraska Medical Association. He was a varsity member of the Nebraska Cornhusker football team from 1985 to 1988. Dr. Schneider enjoys spending time with his wife, Karla, and their three daughters. He is an avid golfer and outdoorsman.

Dr. Schneider will begin seeing patients at VCHS on June 24th, Dr. Luebbe will begin seeing patients at VCHS on July 1st, and Dr. Goering will begin seeing patients at VCHS on August 5th. They will rotate so that there will continue to be a general surgeon at VCHS every Tuesday. To schedule an appointment please call 308-728-4200.

VCHS Thanks Dr. Cronk for 25 Years of Service

June 24, 2014

VCHS Thanks Dr. Dan Cronk for 25 Years of Service

 

Valley County Health System would like to thank Dr. Dan Cronk for all of his incredible work during the past 25 years. Dr. Cronk has provided our region with extraordinary surgical skills and has greatly improved the quality of life for so many members of our communities. We would like to congratulate Dr. Cronk on his retirement and wish him all the best. Dr. Cronk’s last day seeing patients at VCHS is June 17th.

National Hospital & Nursing Home Week

May 13, 2014

Valley County Health System Celebrates National Hospital & Nursing Home Week

Mayor Roger Goldfish stopped by Valley View Living Center on Monday May 12th, 2014 to make a special announcement. Mayor Goldfish proclaimed the week of May 11-17, 2014 as Hospital & Nursing Home Week here in Ord, NE. After the ceremony refreshments and VCHS colored muffins were served. National Hospital & Nursing Home Week is a fantastic week at VCHS where associates are encouraged to take some time to reflect on the incredible work that gets done every day and to celebrate all of the people that make that work possible. Please join us on Friday May 16th for a Luau in the Atrium of Valley View Living Center from 2-4.

Thank You Garry Miska

May 7, 2014

Valley County Health System Thanks Garry Miska For His 32 Years of Service

On Wednesday April 30, 2014 Valley County Health System held its monthly Board of Trustees Meeting. This meeting was very bittersweet because it was the last meeting that Garry Miska would serve on the Board. Garry has served consecutive terms since February of 1982! Which means that Garry has been a major part of healthcare in this region for over 32 years. Not only has Garry had incredible longevity but he has also been a model of consistency, only having missed one meeting in those 32 years. Garry is a living embodiment of the core values of VCHS, integrity, compassion, ownership, respect, and trust. Garry brought unbelievable leadership and work ethic to our board for so long, his presence will truly be missed. We would like to thank Garry for his countless contributions to VCHS and healthcare in our region.

Thank you Garry!

Volunteer Apprecation Banquet

April 29, 2014

VCHS Celebrates Our Volunteers at Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet

Pictured L-R: Top Row VCHS Good Beginnings Volunteer of the Year Jeanette Koelling, Marilyn Winkelbauer, Donna Streeter, Becky Ries, Pam Taylor, Jen McBride, J.R. Lange. Front Row: Foundation Volunteer of the Year Emily Bauer, Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year Eulalia Edwards, Home Health & Hospice Volunteer of the Year Rolen Sell, William Sugg, Long Term Care Volunteer of the Year Dale Karre, VCHS Volunteer of the Year Frank Smedra, and Gary Garnick

On Tuesday April 1, 2014 Valley County Health System put on a banquet to thank all of the volunteers who selflessly give their time to help VCHS provide a patient centered healing environment. Over 150 volunteers and their spouses from around the region attended the event held at the Ord Veteran’s Club. VCHS’s President & CEO William T. Sugg started the evening off by thanking the volunteers for all they do at VCHS. Pastor Kyle Campise from the Bethel Baptist Church got the meal underway by delivering the Invocation. While everyone was enjoying their meal the evening’s entertainment, Pippa White took to the stage. White used her incredible acting ability to portray three women throughout history, who had a significant impact on the healthcare industry, Clara Barton, Dorothea Dix, and Florence Nightingale. After White’s performance awards were given to volunteers from the various aspects of the Health System which they serve. The awards were handed out by Sugg and Chairman of the VCHS Board of Trustees Gary Garnick. Six awards were given out including VCHS Volunteer of the Year which was given to Frank Smedra. VCHS’s would like to thank all of its amazing volunteers for the work they do, VCHS could not provide the level of care we do without you.

Thank you!

Healthcare Decisions Day

April 2, 2014

Valley County Health System, along with other national, state and community organizations, is working to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of one day in April of each year, as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). This year it was Wednesday, April 16th.

VCHS encourages area residents to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Nebraska state laws.

The NE Hospice and Palliative Care Association devotes much of its time educating Nebraskans on the importance of completing advance directives. Initiatives like the formation of community end-of-life coalitions across the state, outreach campaigns, and the placement of articles in consumer and professional publications have contributed to growth in the number of Nebraskans with an advance directive. Thirty-seven percent of Nebraskans report having an advance directive.

Talking with family members and others in your life about your end-of-life wishes, coupled with an advance directive, can significantly ease the burden on those who must make health care decisions for you. Regardless of your age, we hope you will use the tools we provide you to have these important conversations with the people in your life and formally document your wishes in an advance directive.

“Advance Directive” is a general term that describes two types of legal documents – living wills and health care powers of attorney. These documents allow a person to give instructions about future medical care, should he or she be unable to participate in health care decisions due to serious illness or incapacity.

A living will is a written statement that describes the type of care a person wishes to receive in the event he or she is suffering from a terminal illness or is in a persistent vegetative state.

A power of attorney for health care is a document through which one person (the principal) authorizes another person (the agent) to make health care decisions on his or her behalf.

For more information about advance directives, call Marilyn Winkelbauer at Valley County Health System at 308-728-4315, or visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org or www.nehospice.org.

Setlik Wins Associate of the Quarter

March 19, 2014

Becky Setlik has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 2nd Quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Setlik for the honor, a co-worker explained how she is compassionate and respectful. "I don't think I've ever known anyone more compassionate than Becky, her passion for helping people in pain is inspiring. She shows every patient complete respect as well as their families and her co-workers. "

Setlik is a Physical Therapist at VCHS in the Rehabilitation Department. She has been employed at Valley County Health System since 2006.

Dr. Fitzpatrick (ENT) to Join VCHS Specialty Clinic

March 5, 2014

Ord - Valley County Health System is pleased to announce the services of our new ENT physician, Dr. Philip Fitzpatrick. Dr. Fitzpatrick is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist with Fitzpatrick Ear, Nose & Throat P.C. in North Platte.  An otolaryngologist is a physician that is specially trained to treat problems and to perform surgery on the ear, nose and throat.

Dr. Fitzpatrick will provide expert care for the full range of ENT needs. Issues that Dr. Fitzpatrick treats include:  Ear or Throat Infections, Allergy & Sinus Disease, Hearing Loss, Dizziness, Swallowing Disorders, Voice Disorders, Thyroid Disorders and Skin Tumors.

Surgical Treatments that Dr. Fitzpatrick will perform include: Snoring & Sleep apnea, Excision or Biopsy of Skin Tumors, Cancer of the Head & Neck, Tonsillectomy, Ear Tube Procedure and Adenoidectomy.

He will be seeing patients at Valley County Health System Specialty Clinic the third Friday of each month beginning on March 21.  He is committed to providing a reliable monthly schedule at Valley County Health System for his clinic.   308.728.4200 · 888.252.3874 · fax: 308.728.7809

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Fitzpatrick to VCHS. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fitzpatrick at Valley County Health System Specialty Clinic, contact us at 308-728-4249. 

 

 

Babysitting Clinic to be Held at VCHS

March 4, 2014

ORD - UNL Extension in Valley County has announced that it will be partnering with Valley County Health System to present a babysitting clinic for all youth ages ten to eighteen on March 13th from 9 a.m. to noon at the 207 S 26th Street (the old medical clinic building) in Ord. In the afternoon, participants may also sign up to become certified in CPR through the "Friends & Family CPR" course. There is a limit to the number of students that can be trained at one time. Spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Fun activities will fill the morning for youth that are interested in babysitting. Babysitting concepts such as diapering, feeding, handling emergencies, and caring for children are some of the topics that will be covered during the clinic.   Lunch will also be served for all students attending the clinic.  UNL Extension Educator Kayla Hinrichs explains, "This will be great hands on experience for youth to gain an understanding of babysitting and assist them in becoming excellent babysitters." 

Participants are asked to bring a toy they would have a child play with if they were babysitting. There is registration fee of $5 for the Babysitting Clinic (including lunch) and $20 (normally $40-$50) for the CPR certification, which will need to be paid in advance. Preregistrations for the Babysitting Clinic & CPR Training are due by March 11.  Individuals with questions or interest in attending are encouraged to stop in the UNL Extension Office in Valley County at the fairgrounds or call (308)-728-5071. 

 

VVLC Crowns 2014 King and Queen of Hearts

February 17, 2014

 ORD - Mike Bruha and Stella Andersen were named the 2014 King and Queen of Hearts in front of an atrium filled with residents, family, friends, and associates at Valley View Living Center last Friday, February 14. After their coronation Bruha and Andersen were serenaded with some of their favorite songs performed by the Polkaholics. The afternoon was capped off with cake and refreshments while everyone got an opportunity to congratulate the King and Queen on such a special achievement.

VCHS Auxiliary Celebrates over $150,000 in Donations to VCHS

November 12, 2013

Since the Valley County Health System Auxiliary opened the Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop in 2005, their contributions to VCHS have totaled $158,826! These contributions have helped 17 different departments within Valley County Health System. A total of 78 separate donations have been made by the Auxiliary during this timeframe.

The Auxiliary is an organization operated solely by volunteers. The Second Hand Rose is open Tuesday through Friday each week from 9am - 5pm, 1537 M Street in Ord. The Auxiliary would like to send out a big thank you to everyone that has donated time and/or items to the store, this celebration would not be possible without you.

Front row (l to r): Gerry Bundy, Dorothy Andreesen, Eulalia Edwards, Kay Fanning, and Phyllis Clement; Middle row (l to r): Mary A. Struckman, Sue Blaha, Mary Sevenker, Marie Mason, Betty Dubas, Barb Johnson, Karen Wilson, Audrey Gregory, Ruth Campbell, Pam Hersh, Marj Golus, Bev Dubas, Mary Lou Koll; Back row (l to r): Earlene Riley, Sharon Foth, Rita Tolen, Loretta Darnell, Marilys Sears, Agnes Cernik, Joan Gross, Sharon Novosad, and Carol Leggett; Not pictured: Dorothy Hruza, Mary Klimek, Cheryl Larkowski, Sharon Riskowski, Charlene Schauer, Tanya Duvall, Betty Smedra, Marie Mille, Wauneta Loft, and Kathy Warner.

 

VCHS Celebrate Being a Woman, Raises $1,101 for Make Christmas Happen

November 4, 2013

Ord - The 2013 Celebrate Being a Woman took place at the Ord Veteran's Club on Tuesday, October 29, over 250 women attended. The annual event is sponsored by Valley County Health System, is held for women of all ages, and includes a free meal.

Thirty-four vendors participated in this year's event. William T. Sugg, VCHS President & CEO, welcomed everyone to the event. The event includes a panel of doctors that answered current healthcare questions. The panel of doctors included Dr. Jennifer Bengston, Chief of Staff at VCHS; Dr. Tyler Adam, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Obstetricians & Gynecologists, P.C.; Dr. Mary Curtis, Radiologist with Advanced Medical Imaging; and Dr. Mark Yeakley, Geriatric Psychiatry and Medical Director of Senior Heritage Program. In addition the event included featured demonstrations by Sarah Brinkman, Licensed Medical Aesthetician; Lindsey Oldaker, Physical Therapist; and Catie Larsen, with the VCHS Wellness Program.

The evening ended with drawings for the raffle and door prizes. The raffle items included 20 items donated by VCHS departments and associates, Dell, CDW-G, and Eakes Office Plus. The raffle generated $1,101, which will be donated to Make Christmas Happen for Christmas dinners for area families in need.

 

Local Physician Receives Honorary Degree From the American Academy of Family Physicians

October 30, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA - Jennifer L Bengston, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Ord, NE, has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the national medical association representing nearly 110,600 family physicians, residents and medical students. The degree was conferred on more than 180 family physicians during a convocation on Saturday, September 28th, in conjunction with the AAFP's annual meeting in San Diego, California.
Established in 1971, the AAFP Degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development. This year's fellowship class brings the total number of AAFP Fellows to more than 29,000 nationwide. AAFP Fellowship entitles the physician to use the honorary designation, "Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians," or "F.A.A.F.P."
Criteria for receiving the AAFP Degree of Fellow consist of a minimum of six years of membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research and serving as a teacher in family medicine.
The AAFP was the first national medical specialty organization to require its members to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years. It is the only medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care.

VCHS Hosting "Reposition. Respiration. Restore." At To Your Health Tuesday - October 22

October 15, 2013

Valley County Health System will be hosting a To Your Health Tuesday session on Tuesday, October 22 from 12pm to 1pm in the VCHS old Rehab Department, on 217 Westridge Drive. The session, titled "Reposition. Respiration. Restore." will be instructed by Becky Setlik PT, PRC. She will cover the benefits to Postural Restoration. This program centers around restoring diaphragm and appropriate breathing function combined with repositioning and balancing the pelvis, hip, back and shoulder muscles to create a restored posture that moves and functions more normally.

The To Your Health Tuesday sessions will be 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 the VCHS Rehab department at
308-728-4247.

 

Sugg, VCHS President & CEO, Voted to District IV Vice Chairman, Designee of Nebraska Hospital Association

October 1, 2013

Valley County Health System's President and Chief Executive Officer, William T. Sugg, was voted to become the Vice Chairman of the District IV of the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA). On September 12, 2013, District IV held a meeting at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney where the members of the District voted for a new Vice Chairman. Mr. Sugg will serve a one-year term at Vice Chairman and then rise to a two-year term as Chairman.

Mr. Sugg has been a member of the NHA since September of 2012. He has served as an active member of the NHA Policy Development Committee since March of 2013. Twenty hospitals make up District IV, from communities such as Callaway, McCook, Cozad, Franklin, Kearney, Gothenburg, Alma, St. Paul, Broken Bow, Minden, Lexington, Central City, Hastings, Aurora, Holdrege, Grand Island, Cambridge, Red Cloud and Ord.
The NHA is a statewide trade association representing Nebraska's 89 hospitals and health systems and 42,000 healthcare employees. The NHA works to provide state and federal legislative advocacy, health care trend and regulatory information, educational programming, communication, data reports and special services.
Mr. Sugg said, "I am honored to represent the exceptional organizations that comprise District IV. There are many challenges on the horizon in the healthcare industry and we are excited to meet them head on."

 

VCHS Hospice Holding Community Memorial Service

September 26, 2013

Ord -The Hospice Department at Valley County Health System will be holding a public Community Memorial Service on Sunday, November 3rd, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Ord.

The seventh 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 mwinkelbauer@valleycountyhealthsystem.org. If emailing is not possible, bring it by the Home Health/Hospice building at 400 South 23rd Street or mail it to 2707 L Street, Ord, NE 68862 by October 14th.

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

 

Ward Named 2013 Associate of the Year at VCHS

August 30, 2013

ORD - Janet Ward named Associate of the Year at Valley County Health System. Ward was selected as Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System in November 2012 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. Ward was also nominated for the Nebraska Hospital Association's Caring Kind Award. She will be attending the Caring Kind Luncheon in Omaha on October 25.
In a letter nominating Ward for the honor, a co-worker wrote, "She is optimistic, positive, a great role model and a wonderful teacher. Janet goes far above the call of duty giving her best at all times. She is exceedingly competent as a nurse and always keeps a calm demeanor about her in very stressful situations."

Ward is an Acute Care Nurse at VCHS. She has been with Valley County Health System since January 2005

 

VCHS Welcomes 6 New Associates

August 29, 2013

Valley County Health System welcomes six new associates, Melissa Wolf, Bill Tietjens, Sharon Noah, Jennifer Lamb, Devan Barnes, and Belva Seamann. Wolf will be working in Acute Care, Barnes will join the Medical Clinic, Tietjens will be in Maintenance, and Noah is in our Environmental Services department. Lamb and Seamann will be joining Valley View Living Center.


"We are pleased to have the new associates join our VCHS team," stated Danielle Proskocil, Director of Human Resources at Valley County Health System.

New Furnishings at VVLC made Possible Through Joanne Frances (Eppard) Prien Memorial Fund

August 28, 2013

John Prien, Ord High Alum, established a charitable memorial fund in 2011 to honor the life and memory of his wife, Joanne Frances (Eppard) Prien and over the past few years, he has generously added to this fund. Just recently, these funds were used to purchase furniture for Valley View Living Center.

Mr. Prien's giving spirit and sense of community duty are clear in his participation in church & charitable organizations, and have extended to his "roots" here as well. Mr. Prien's uncle, Gerhardt Malottke, spent the last ten years of his life at the Valley View Living Center, and through a major contribution from Gerhardt's estate, sufficient funds were raised to fund most of the construction of "The Atrium" addition to the Living Center.

Although Mr. Prien has been gone from Ord for over 60 years, he still maintains close connection with the community and supports many organizations in the area, including the VCHS Foundation, the Historical Society, Friends of Fort Hartsuff as well as the High School.

The Foundation would like to thank Mr. Prien for his thoughtful generosity & friendship. Residents at VVLC are enjoying the new items and were very appreciative of the new furnishings.

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.

For more information contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011, or visit www.vchsf-ord.org.

Policy Development Committee helps the NHA prepare for 2014

August 26, 2013

LINCOLN - More than 30 hospital executives from across the state, including Valley County Health System CEO Bill Sugg, recently participated in the Nebraska Hospital Association's (NHA) policy development committee meeting in preparation for the 2014 state and federal legislative sessions.

The policy development committee (PDC), which meets several times each year to determine the NHA's policy priorities and develop strategies for advancing the Association's advocacy agenda, met Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. The PDC is an invaluable group of key hospital leaders who work year-round as coordinators, promoters and advocates of legislative health issues.

Among the topics discussed by the PDC were health care reform implementation, rural health, access to care, payment reform, taxes, Medicaid reform, information technology, quality and coordination of care. Those critical issues were identified in the NHA's annual member survey of issues conducted during this summer. At the meeting, the PDC developed its recommended positions on many of those important issues facing Nebraska's health care providers and the patients they care for. Those recommendations will be considered by the NHA's membership
throughout the month of September. Ultimately, they will be submitted to the NHA's 17 member board of directors in October for official action.

The NHA represents 89 hospitals across the state. Those hospitals employ nearly 42,000 and provide care to more than 11,000 people on a daily basis.

 

Benson and Snell Complete Chemotherapy Training Course

August 16, 2013

Janice Benson and Abby Snell, Specialty Clinic RNs at Valley County Health System, recently completed a two-day training course. Good Samaritan Hospital, in Kearney, sponsored Benson's course and Bryan Health in Lincoln sponsored Snell's course. The Oncology Nursing Society developed the course, titled Chemotherapy and Biotherapy. During the course, participants are provided with a comprehensive review of the knowledge needed to administer cytotoxic and biotherapeutic agents. The course is required every two years.

Valley County Health System has offered chemotherapy treatment for several years. For more information about this service, contact the VCHS Specialty Clinic at (308) 728-4249.

 

VCHS Loup City Medical Clinic Grand Opening

August 8, 2013

Thank you to Nebraska's Lt. Governor Lavon Heidemann, State Senator Kate Sullivan, Congressman Adrian Smith, and Mayor of Loup City Alicia Toczek for attending and speaking at Valley County Health System Loup City Medical Clinic's Grand Opening and ribbon cutting. In addition, thank you to everyone who helped to make this event possible and to everyone who attended. The crowd of spectators included Loup City community members, VCHS associates and board members, as well as Ord's Mayor Roger Goldfish, Valley County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Sevenker, and Nebraska Hospital Association Vice President Al Klaasmeyer.

5th Annual VCHS Health Fair A Success

August 5, 2013

The fifth annual Valley County Health System Health Fair on July 25 was full of activity. The theme for the fair was "got health?" One hundred and fifty five people participated in the health screen and/or PSA blood tests. Those who attended were able to browse the 23 educational booths and eat breakfast. The Health Screen offered a comprehensive blood panel for a greatly reduced fee of only $35 and a prostate cancer blood test for only $15.

Valley County Health System plans to hold another health fair next summer. Thank you to the lab associates for being positive and supportive, to the hospital associates for their helpful hands and to those who had display booths at the fair. Special thanks to all those who attended the fair and helped make the event a continued success.

 

Albers Named VCHS Associate of the Quarter

July 30, 2013

Penny Albers has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 4th Quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

At Valley County Health System, we look for our Associate of the Quarter to possess our core values of integrity, compassion, ownership, respect, and trust. In a letter nominating Albers, a co-worker explained how she exemplifies each of the core values. Albers treats all patients with kindness and respect. Her patients appreciate her so much that she is asked for by name. "If humor is good medicine, then Penny is great medicine," declared a co-worker, "never a day goes by that she doesn't have someone ‘in stitches.'"

Albers is a Licensed Practical Nurse for the VCHS Medical Clinic. She has been with Valley County Health System since January 2007. Help us thank Albers for her dedication and humor.

 

VCHS Blood Drive Collects 31 Units

July 17, 2013



Ord poured with blood donors this week, VCHS Blood Drive had 31 units collected. Our blood drives marked a record, the hospital hosted our first drive since 2006, which outmatched our previous record of 21 by 10 units.

The successful week comes at a very important time due to the immediate need for blood products. Currently we are in an emergency need and VCHS stepped up to serve this need.

Thank YOU to all associates who came out and donated!

Presenting Donors: 28
Double Red Procedures: 3
(which count for 6 units total)
First Time Donors: 15!!!
Deferrals: 2

 

VCHS Welcomes 2 New Associates

July 12, 2013

Valley County Health System welcomed two new associates the week of July 10, Sue Walkup and Danielle Blaha. Walkup has started in our Patient Access Department and Blaha will be joining our Environmental Services team.

"We are excited that Walkup and Blaha have joined VCHS. They will be a great compliment to our team," stated Danielle Proskocil, Director of Human Resources at Valley County Health System.

 

Gib Babcock Celebrates 100 Years

July 9, 2013

Family, close friends, residents and staff wished Gib Babcock well as he celebrated his 100th Birthday, at the Valley View Living Center Atrium. Phyllis Twyman provided musical entertainment at the piano with the Babcock singers. We all enjoyed a beautiful day, and delicious birthday cake and ice cream provided in honor of Gib.

VCHS Welcomes New Associates

July 8, 2013

Valley County Health System welcomes new associates Kimberly Behnk, Kelsie Privoznik, and Kryssiah Felton the week of July 1. Behnk is a Registered Nurse in Acute Care, Privoznik is a Certified Nurse Aide in our Long Term Care Facility, and Felton will be working as a Scheduler for our Medical Clinics.

"Behnk, Privoznik, and Felton will be great additions to our VCHS family. We look forward to working with them," stated Danielle Proskocil, Director of Human Resources at Valley County Health System.

 

VCHS Offers Adult Grief Class

June 20, 2013

ORD- In learning to cope with grief it often helps just to talk with someone who can listen patiently and in an understanding manner. Grief support groups can be instrumental in helping people feel less isolated as they move forward at their own pace in their own way in working through their grief.

Earline Riley has this to say about attending a grief support group, "Bill and I have been through an intense couple of years recently - we had multiple ‘blows' - the death of my mother, my older brother, my father, the death of two of Bill's sisters, and probably the most devastating blow of all- the death of our eldest daughter. In the midst of all this, Bill was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I lost my job of 35 years and had quadruple bi-pass surgery. Grief is different for everyone, but there is one common thread- the need to share with someone who truly understands, someone who knows what it's like to feel like you've had your heart ripped out and your life turned inside out. When we reached out and attended the grief classes we learned we are NOT going insane, we will NOT be angry all the time, and most importantly, we are NOT ALONE. Grief strikes everyone differently and, quite often, unexpectedly! It won't last a week, a month, or a year; it can slip up after years and at the oddest times and simply overwhelm you. Grief support classes helped us understand our grief and how to survive it. We encourage anyone to attend a grief support class to help you understand. You are not alone."

Valley County Health System Hospice is sponsoring Grief Support classes for adults who have lost a loved one. Classes are free of charge and will meet six consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 25 and ending July 30. The classes will be held at the Valley County Home Health and Hospice building at 400 S. 23 Street from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The classes are co-facilitated by Sally Wagner, Rolen Sell, and Marilyn Winkelbauer. If you are interested in learning more about these classes, please contact Marilyn at 308-728-4315.

 

Welcome Our New Associates

June 17, 2013

Valley County Health System welcomes new associates Samantha Bloom and Gary Satchell the week of June 3, and Mike Bailey the week of June 10. Bloom is a Certified Nurse Aide in our Long Term Care Facility, Gary Satchell is our Medical Clinic Manager, and Mike Bailey is a Paramedic.

"We are excited that Bloom, Satchell, and Bailey joined VCHS. They will be a compliment to our team," stated Danielle Proskocil, Director of Human Resources at Valley County Health System.

Gary Satchell

Gary Satchell

Samantha Bloom

Samantha Bloom

Mike Bailey

Mike Bailey

Bengston Passed Board Certification Maintenance Examination

June 7, 2013

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the successful completion of its Maintenance of Certification Examination by Jennifer Bengston, MD. Board certification confers a standard of excellence in knowledge and practice to physicians who not only certify via the examination process, but who also work diligently on the maintenance of these skills during the cycle between examinations.

To achieve and maintain certification by the ABFM, Dr. Bengston must possess a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States; complete online educational self-assessment modules; verify the completion of 150 hours of acceptable continuing medical education every 3 years; demonstrate ongoing, systematic quality improvement within practice; and successfully complete a one-day, computer based examination of cognitive knowledge and problem-solving abilities. This examination covers, but is not limited to: adult medicine; care of newborns, infants, children, and adolescents; maternity and gynecological care; community medicine; care of the older patient; human behavior and mental health; and care of the surgical patient.

The American Board of Family Medicine, is the second largest medical specialty board in the United States. Founded in 1969, not-for-profit, organization whose purposes include improving the quality of medical care provided to the public by family physicians, establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in the specialty of Family Medicine.

Additional information regarding the American Board of Family Medicine may be obtained from its website at www.theabfm.org .

Dr. Bengston sees patients at VCHS Medical Clinics in Ord, Burwell, and North Loup. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bengston, call 308.728.4202.

 

Satchell Begins with VCHS as Medical Clinic Manager

June 5, 2013

ORD - Gary Satchell began on June 3, as Medical Clinic Manager at Valley County Health System. He will be responsible for coordination of all medical clinic activities and coordination with other departments.

Gary comes to us from Milford, Nebraska. He spent 24 years in the U.S. Army. In 2000, he retired from the Army and joined corporate America. Since that time, he has held a variety of positions and has extensive experience with technology software products and services. He most recently worked for Hewlett Packard as an Operations and Training Engineer. He and his wife, Deb, have a home at the Calamus Reservoir and will be moving there this summer. Gary and his wife have two sons. Patrick is 25 and is in Veterinary School at Cornell. Terence is 27 and currently stationed in Afghanistan as an Army Engineer Officer but is due home in mid-June.

 

VCHS Welcomes New Associate

May 30, 2013

Valley County Health System welcomes a new associate the week of May 28, Kayla Petska. Petska will be working as a Medical Laboratory Technician.

"Petska will be a great addition to our VCHS family. We look forward to working with her," stated Danielle Proskocil, Director of Human Resources at Valley County Health System.

 

Owen Begins Rotation at VCHS Medical Clinics

May 28, 2013

Daniel Owen, a first year medical student from UNMC, has chosen Valley County Health System to complete his Rural Care block. Dr. Jennifer Bengston will be his supervising physician. Owen is originally from Lincoln, NE, and will graduate in May 2016. Owen stated, "I am excited to be in Ord at Valley County Health System and look forward to furthering my education here." He will be at the VCHS Medical Clinics through June 7.

 

VCHS To Host 5th Annual Health Fair on July 25

May 23, 2013

Click here for a pre-registration form.

Ord - Valley County Health System will be hosting the 5th Annual Health Fair, "Got Health?" The Health Fair will feature blood chemistries, blood pressure checks 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 Health Fair will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 6-9 am at Valley County Health System, 2707 L Street, in Ord.

The lab tests offered during the Health Fair are a Health Screen and PSA test.
Health Screen:
• Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
• Complete Blood Count
• Thyroid: TSH
• Lipid Panel: Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL & LDL
PSA: Prostate cancer screening recommended for males over the age of 50.

A greatly reduced fee of $35 for the Health Screen and $15 for the PSA will be 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.

Pre-registration is available by going online to ValleyCountyHealthSystem.org or by picking up a pre-registration form at the hospital registration desk, or at any of the area banks.
Pre-registration is recommended for anyone wishing to have a blood chemistry drawn.

 

 

New VCHS Medical Clinic in Loup City Opening on May 30

May 14, 2013

Loup City - The Valley County Health System Medical Clinic in Loup City will have a new home on May 30. The new Medical Clinic will be located at 130 N 6th St, Suite B. The clinic consists of 4 exam rooms, a procedure room, and a lab.

The clinic is open four days each week. Chris Unterseher, MD, Robert Reilly, PA-C, Dion Machard, APRN-NP, and Kelly Geweke, APRN-NP see patients at the Loup City clinic Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of each week.

To schedule an appointment at the VCHS Medical Clinic in Loup City, call 308.745.0324 or 308.728.4200.

 

 

Hayek Named VCHS Associate of the Quarter

May 10, 2013

ORD - Emily Hayek has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 3rd Quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

A Valley County Health System Associate of the Quarter makes great contributions to the system through our core values of integrity, compassion, ownership, respect, and trust. In a letter nominating Hayek, a co-worker explained the integrity she shows by filling in for others, working extra in times of need, and volunteering to pick up shifts. She is respected by her co-workers, and gives them respect with her strong work ethic and dependability. "Emily is reliable, kind, and brings forth good qualities to the Valley View Living Center team."

Hayek is a Certified Nursing Assistant/Medication Aide for Valley View Living Center. She has been with Valley County Health System since July of 1979. Help us thank Hayek for her dedication and strength.

 

Psota Resigns from VCHS

May 7, 2013

Valley County Health System regrets to announce the resignation of Catina Psota who will be leaving on May 24, 2013 to become Manager at the new Viaero Wireless store in Ord.

"Catina has been an excellent Director and Senior Management Team Member for two years, and I know all of you join me in wishing her well on her new career opportunity.  All of us at VCHS are very proud of Catina and her many accomplishments during her tenure here, and will miss her greatly," stated President & CEO, Bill Sugg.

"I have enjoyed my time with VCHS and will treasure the time spent with such dedicated and talented associates.  Valley County and surrounding communities are truly blessed to have such a phenomenal group of associates. Viaero Wireless will be a new adventure that I look forward to and it will allow me to get back into retail," stated Catina.

 

 

New Location for the VCHS Foundation Office

May 6, 2013

Ord - The Valley County Health System Foundation office has moved from the basement of the VCHS Home Health and Hospice building to the old medical building on 207 South 26th Street, Ord, NE. Along with the location change for the VCHS Foundation, the VCHS Marketing and Public Relations Department will also be occupying the old medical clinic building.

We are hoping the move will create better access and visibility of the Foundation for the community.

Please fill free to stop by our new location. For more information or directions, contact Becky Ries at the VCHS Foundation by calling 308-728-3011.

 

 

 

VCHS Emergency Department Temporarily Relocated

May 2, 2013

ORD - Valley County Health System will be temporarily relocating the Emergency Department from Friday, May 10 to Thursday, May 16. The temporary emergency department entrance will be south of the existing emergency department/ambulance entrance. Easy to follow signage will be posted to direct public and emergency vehicles. We will have staff at this entrance to assist you. The temporary emergency department will be fully functional.

If you have any questions please call Valley County Health System at 308-728-4223.

 

VVLC Welcomes a New Social Services Designee

May 1, 2013

Valley County Health System welcomes a new associate the week of April 29, Nicki Bauer, BSW & CSW. Bauer is the new Social Services Designee at Valley View Living Center.

"Nicki Bauer will be a great addition to our VCHS family. We look forward to working with her," stated Danielle Proskocil, Director of Human Resources at Valley County Health System.

 

Good Samaritan's New AirCare Helicopter Visits VCHS

April 26, 2013

Good Samaritan Emergency Services of Kearney visited Valley County Health System in their new AirCare Helicopter. The new helicopter has an average cruising speed of 172 miles per hour, making it the fastest medical helicopter in the region and state. It also has the largest interior space and is capable of transporting two patients and three medical personnel at one time.

AirCare is a flying critical care environment. It has a full complement of equipment and medication for the care of critical patients. The new helicopter will have the same range as the hospital's current Sikorsky S-76A++ helicopter, which at 425 miles is still the longest range in the region.


Picture: Bob Reilly, PA-C, Dion Machard, APRN-NP, William T. Sugg, President and CEO, Daniel Schneider, MD, Chris Unterseher, MD, Jennifer Bengston, MD, Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C, Vicki Bredthauer, RN DON, Catina Psota, Director of Clinics pose with the AirCare helicopter and the Good Samaritan Emergency Services pilot and staff.

 

We Welcome Three New Associates

April 26, 2013

 

Valley County Health System welcomed three new associates the week of April 7, Janice Benson, RN, J.R. Lange, and Leishla Medina, CNA. Benson returns to VCHS as our Specialty Clinic Manager. Lange has started in our Human Resources Department as a Human Resources Specialist. Medina will be joining our Long Term Care team as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

"We are excited that Benson, Lange, and Medina joined VCHS. They will be a compliment to our team," stated Danielle Proskocil, Director of Human Resources at Valley County Health System.

Janice BensonJanice Benson, RN

JR LangeJ.R. Lange

Leishla MedinaLeishla Medina, CNA

Dr. Unterseher Resigns from VCHS

April 25, 2013

Ord, NE -Valley County Health System regrets to announce the resignation of Chris Unterseher, MD who will be leaving at the termination of his contract on July 31, 2013.

Dr. Unterseher's fiancé, Sela, was accepted into the PhD program in clinical psychology at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She begins her studies in September, therefore requiring their move to Kalamazoo in August.

Dr. Unterseher remarked, "I greatly value the time that I have spent as a physician at Valley County Health System. I will miss working with the excellent medical providers and staff of VCHS."

"Dr. Unterseher has served VCHS as a member of our Medical Staff since October 10, 2010. He sees patients in our Ord and Loup City Medical Clinic. We all send our best wishes to Chris and Sela on their future endeavors", stated William Sugg, VCHS President & CEO.

 

Geweke Attends Explore the World of Ostomy 2013 Workshop

April 22, 2013

Kelly Geweke, APRN-NP from Valley County Health System attended Explore the World of Ostomy 2013 workshop at Southeast Community College in Lincoln on April 5.

Ostomy refers to a surgically created opening in the body that allows waste products to leave the body. Some common reasons for needing an ostomy includes a section of the colon has been removed due to colon cancer, A portion of the colon has been operated upon and needs to be 'rested' until it is healed, or fecal incontinence that is non responsive to other treatments.

During the breakout sessions for health care professionals, Geweke was given the tools to better understand the sexual implications, both physical and emotional associated with ostomy surgery; identify techniques for fistula management; discuss current urological practices for the treatment of bladder cancer; and realize reimbursement guidelines for the management of ostomy supplies.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Geweke, call the Valley County Health System Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.

 

Blaha and Flessner Appointed to VCHS Board of Trustees

April 17, 2013

The Valley County Board of Supervisors has appointed Charles Blaha, DDS, and Nathan Flessner as new members of the VCHS Board of Trustees. Blaha and Flessner will serve three-year terms. Blaha and Flessner join the six current board members Gary Garnick, Carl Streeter, Garry Miska, Roger Lansman, Michelle Zangger, and William T. Sugg (ex officio), VCHS President and CEO

Following graduation from Ord High School in 1956, Charles Blaha, DDS, attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he graduated with a degree in Science. He then attended the Universtiy of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln. After graduation, Dr. Blaha returned to Ord, and started his private practice in 1971. Charles and his wife, Jean, have 3 children, Mike Blaha, Mark Blaha, and Shelley Petska, and a total of 11 grandchildren.

Dr. Blaha is now retired from private practice but currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Council at the University Medical Center at Lincoln. He has also served on other boards including, State Chairman for Ducks Unlimited, Game and Parks Board Commission, and currently serves on the Game and Parks Foundation.

Charles stated, "I am honored to join the VCHS Board of Trustees. I have a genuine interest in our Health System, and the importance it has in our community. I hope to use my years of experience to support and help make it even stronger."

Nathan is originally from Missouri, his family moved to Ord when he was in the seventh grade. Following graduation from Ord High School, he attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biology. Nathan is an EMT with the Ord Volunteer Fire Department, and has always been interested in the medical field.

Nathan returned to Ord in 2001, where he lives with his wife, Kimberly, a fellow Ord High School graduate. Nathan and Kimberly have three children Zachary, 13, Alex, 10, and Kaitlyn, 7, who attend Ord Public Schools. Nathan is an associate at First National Bank in Ord, where he has worked since 2001.

When asked why he sought to serve on the VCHS Board of Trustees, Nathan stated, "I am excited to be part of our community Health System, it is a great chance for me to be part of something big, something that enriches our community."

 

Healthcare Decisions Day Highlights Importance of Advance Medical Directives

April 15, 2013

ORD - Valley County Health System, along with other national, state and community organizations, is working to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making-an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of one day in April of each year, as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). This year it was Tuesday, April 16th.

VCHS encourages area residents to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Nebraska state laws.

The NE Hospice and Palliative Care Association devotes much of its time educating Nebraskans on the importance of completing advance directives. Initiatives like the formation of community end-of-life coalitions across the state, outreach campaigns, and the placement of articles in consumer and professional publications have contributed to growth in the number of Nebraskans with an advance directive. Thirty-seven percent of Nebraskans report having an advance directive.

Talking with family members and others in your life about your end-of-life wishes, coupled with an advance directive, can significantly ease the burden on those who must make health care decisions for you. Regardless of your age, we hope you will use the tools we provide you to have these important conversations with the people in your life and formally document your wishes in an advance directive.

"Advance Directive" is a general term that describes two types of legal documents - living wills and health care powers of attorney. These documents allow a person to give instructions about future medical care, should he or she be unable to participate in health care decisions due to serious illness or incapacity.

A living will is a written statement that describes the type of care a person wishes to receive in the event he or she is suffering from a terminal illness or is in a persistent vegetative state.

A power of attorney for health care is a document through which one person (the principal) authorizes another person (the agent) to make health care decisions on his or her behalf.

For more information about advance directives, call Marilyn Winkelbauer at Valley County Health System at 308-728-4315, or visit www.NationalHealthcareDecisionsDay.org or www.NEHospice.org.

 

VCHS Foundation Donates $13,244

April 8, 2013

Ord - At their March 20, 2013 board meeting the Valley County Health System Foundation Board approved donations in the amount of $13,244.62 for the purchase of a BioDex Unweighing System, a Power Infuser, and Home Health and Hospice needs.

The Foundation had received some generous donations at year-end 2012, as well as at their annual Gala in January to provide for the Infuser & Unweighing System.

The donation for the BioDex Unweighing System in the Rehabilitation Department was $8,209. This System will enable partial weight-bearing therapy to be conducted with the assurance of patient comfort and safety, and with convenient access to our patient for manual assistance and observation. This machine incorporates a dynamic suspension system that accommodates the vertical displacement of the center of gravity.

The $1,895 Power Infuser, is the first portable electronic infusion pump designed specifically for the management of IV fluid and blood. The Power Infuser adjusts flow rates from 0.2 to 6 liters per hour, compared to our old method of manually squeezing the bags.

Another $3,140.37 was donated to the VCHS Home Health and Hospice department for the purchase of a variety of needs. Our VCHS Home Health provides services in Valley, Garfield, Loup, Custer, Wheeler, Greeley, Sherman and Howard Counties.

The 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.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Becky Ries at the VCHS Foundation by calling 308-728-3011 or visit them online at www.vchsf-ord.org.

 

Unterseher Attends 12th Annual Pain Management Conference

April 8, 2013

Dr. Chris Unterseher attended the 12th Annual Pain Management Conference in Omaha on March 8, 2013.

The conference included three sessions that focused on subjects such as the causes, symptoms and diagnosis of the Shingles infection and discussed effective treatment methods and preventions; discussed conditions of pelvic floor dysfunction and treatment programs used to address the weakness of the pelvic floor and related structures; and examined the changing trend in the recreational use of drugs in adolescents.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Unterseher, call the Ord Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.

VCHS Associates Hold Food Drive for National Nutrition Month.

April 8, 2013

Valley County Health System would like to thank all of our associates that helped to make this year's food drive hosted by the VCHS Nutritional Services Department an extraordinary success.

The food, donated to the Ord Food Pantry, was collected in celebration of National Nutrition Month, an annual nutrition education and information campaign designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

If you are interested in learning more about making healthy food choices, talk to your doctor about a referral to Valley County Health System's Dietitian Amy Vore

 

Dolores Sich Honored at NE Hospice Annual Banquet

April 1, 2013

ORD - Dolores Sich, volunteer for Valley County Health System Hospice, was honored as their outstanding volunteer at the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association's (NHPCA) annual awards banquet on March 26th in Lincoln. The banquet was part of the 2013 conference, "Living a Good Life...at the End of Life." Each Hospice program in the state can nominate an outstanding volunteer to be recognized and honored at the banquet.

Dolores has been a Hospice volunteer for the past 21 years. She began as a Hospice volunteer in Ord when it was still a satellite program of Good Samaritan Hospice. Dolores has continued volunteering with Valley County's Hospice program, which began in the fall of 2006. Dolores helps with the Hospice's Annual Memorial Service and is always willing to bring compassion, caring and a special understanding to the Hospice patients and their families.

Anyone interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer, please contact Marilyn at 728-4315.

Picture Caption: Dolores Sich is being presented with a certificate honoring her as Valley County Hospice's Outstanding Volunteer. Presenting her with the award are Jennifer Eurek and Gary George of the NHPCA.

 

VVLC Holds Easter Egg Hunt

March 26, 2013

March winds, and blowing snow didn't stop Valley View Living Center bunnies from hiding their brightly covered confections for the 2013 Easter Egg Hunt. Lori Roger's Daycare kids and VVLC employee children joined in the fun finding the hidden eggs in the warm Atrium and collecting special eggs from the Grandma and Grandpa Bunnies. After the Easter Egg Hunt, everyone enjoyed cupcakes and punch. Our Valley View Living Center family wants to thank Lori and the parents for bringing their kids to share in the Easter joy.

Bartley Attends a Grief Education Workshop

March 4, 2013

James Bartley, a Psychotherapist in the Heritage Program at Valley County Health System, attended an educational workshop titled "Grief & Its Complications" on February 13 in Lincoln, NE. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Mourning Hope Grief Center, HoriSun Hospice Community Foundation, Bryan Medical Center and Southeast Community College.

Dr. Robert A. Niemeyer, Ph.D, from the University of Memphis, was the featured speaker. Dr. Niemeyer presentation addressed the evidence that grief is truly a process, an evolution that takes place over time and not necessarily in predictable stages, like old grief models believe. He suggests instead that newer grief models drawing on attachment, coping and meaning reconstruction may be more scientifically valid and practically useful.

The VCHS Heritage Program for seniors is a behavioral health program that provides individualized treatment for older adults who suffer from psychiatric, emotional or behavioral disorders. For more information, call 308.728.4340.

 

VCHS Child Development's 11th Annual Kids Fair

February 28, 2013

Get Ready for the Eleventh Annual Kid¹s Fair!

The Valley County Health Systems Child Development Committee will be sponsoring the Eleventh annual Kid's Fair. This special family event will be held at the Ord High School vintage gym on Saturday March 16 from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 noon.

The Kid's Fair will be filled with lots of fun where a family can enjoy quality time together. There will be many booths with hands-on activities for preschool through 6th grade students, as well as live entertainment throughout the morning. There will also be lots of neat prizes that have been donated by local individuals, groups, and businesses. All activities will be free of charge. Plan to come and enjoy a morning full of fun and excitement!

If any business, organization, or individual would like to sponsor a booth with a fun-filled hands-on activity for children, or donate money for door prizes, please contact Jeanette Koelling at 728-5456 or Sheri Blaha at 728-3458.

 

Peterson Named VCHS Associate of the Quarter

February 26, 2013

Jeanne Peterson has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 2nd Quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

At Valley County Health System, an Associate of the Quarter is one who has made great contributions to the system through our core values of integrity, compassion, ownership, respect, and trust. Peterson shows all of these core values in her daily work. In a letter nominating her, a co-worker described her as strong and always doing the right thing by others. "Jeanne goes the extra mile to make new and old associates feel welcome and appreciated. She respects the geriatric population and shows empathy towards them."

Peterson is a Receptionist and Certified Nursing Assistant at VCHS. She has been with Valley County Health System since June of 2009.

VVLC Crowns Their 2013 King and Queen of Hearts

February 15, 2013

A love filled room at Valley View Living Center set the mood for the crowing of the 2013 King and Queen of Hearts. Gerald Barnt and Laureen Krajnik were selected by their peers and staff to represent the facility for the year with this noteworthy honor. Staff, residents and family celebrated by serenading the King and Queen. William T. Sugg, President and CEO of Valley County Health System, crowned the new King and Queen.

VCHS Promotes American Heart Month During February

February 14, 2013

Ord - According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability for both men and women. Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. About every 26 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.

The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control factors that put people at greater risk. According to the Center of Disease Control, these steps include follow your doctor's instructions and stay on your medications, Eat a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, take a brisk 10-minute walk - 3 times a day - 5 days a week, and stop smoking. Additionally, knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack are crucial to a positive outcome after having a heart attack. People who have survived a heart attack can also work to reduce their risk of another heart attack or a stroke in the future.
In an effort to bring awareness to American Heart Month Valley County Health System, employees took part in the National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1.

Hospital Pictured Front Row: Becky Ries, Bethanne Kunz, Stephanie Copp, Penny Albers, Aaron Smith, Cate Glendy, Danielle Proskocil, Erika Crick, Joan Hansen 2nd Row: Cindy Struckman, Diane Kaslon, Sharon Iwanski, Claudia Cecetka, Judy Mahony, Chelle Green, Deb Miller, Vicki Bradley, Mandy Vanosdall, Stephanie Dowse 3rd Row: Christina Pollard, Teresa Lange, Angela Walahoski, Paula Sherburne, Linda Freeman, Jan Stobbe, Catina Psota, Vicki Bredthauer, Christy Malmstrom, Kendra Mach, Arlene Hughes, Dan Scott, Donna Cook, Frank Smedra, Sue Augustyn, Karol Keller, Bobbie Hill, Jessica DeGroff, Janet Eppenbach

Long Term Care Picture: Front Row: Mike Bruha, Don Coleman, Charles Dearmont, Scott Dilsaver 2nd Row: Judy Warner, Melanie Hansen, Sandy Killinger, David Twyman, Amber Twyman, Danny Vanek, Pam Taylor, Doug Zulkoski, Amy Vore, Kari Smith, Jen McBride

 

VCHS 55PLUS is Sterling Connection

February 8, 2013

Ord, Nebraska - Bryan Health in Lincoln and Valley County Health System have been the source to trust on remaining healthy and active after 50 through the 55PLUS program. We will continue to do so with a new name:

Sterling = a superior wisdom derived from experience
Connection = joining together of two or more people, things or parts

This name truly exemplifies the program. Sterling Connection will be here to help you transition from one phase of your life to the next, connecting you with the latest information, physicians, education and social activities to help you be your best.

Not only is Sterling Connection being offered at Bryan Health, but it will continue to be offered at Valley County Health System. The program is offered in conjunction with Bryan Health. When you join Sterling Connection, you become a member at Valley County Health System and at Bryan Health. As a member, you may receive Sterling Connection benefits at both hospitals.

We look forward to providing you resources to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and to provide additional help in the event you need health services.

For more information or to join the free Sterling Connection, call Becky Ries at 308-728-3011.

 

VCHS Foundation Gala Nets $22,000

January 29, 2013

Becky Ries, Executive Director of the Valley County Health System Foundation, is pleased to announce that the 2013 Foundation Gala netted a profit of $22,000. Of this amount, $5,000 will be placed in the Foundations endowment fund, $4,000 will be used to help purchase an Unweighting System for the Rehabilitation Department & a Power Infuser for the Emergency Room, and the balance will be designated for use in the areas of the greatest need within Valley County Health System. Becky again thanks everyone who participated to make this year's gala such a success.

For more information and to find out more about the Foundation's next event visit http://www.vchsf-ord.org/vnews/display.v/ART/5107d211d9b94.

 

Welniak Begins Rotation at VCHS Medical Clinic

January 11, 2013

Lauren Welniak, a Physician Assistant student at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, has chose Valley County Health System to complete her first rotation. Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C is her supervising provider. Lauren is originally from Ord, NE, and will graduate in December 2013. Lauren stated, "I am excited to complete a rotation, in my hometown. I look forward to being a part of the Valley County Health System team." She will be at the VCHS Medical Clinics through February 7.

 

Protecting our Residents and Associates at Valley View Living Center

January 9, 2013

With the growing numbers of reported flu cases, Valley View Living Center is taking extra precautions to stay virus-free. We ask that all visitors that are sick, have flu like symptoms, or have family and friends who are sick, refrain from visiting at this time.

In a place with elderly residents, it's particularly important to keep symptoms away to prevent the flu in the building. At Valley View Living Center, all associates have hand sanitizer containers, and are urged to wash their hands frequently.

Respectfully, Pam Taylor, RN, Director of Nursing at VVLC, if you have any questions please contact us at 728-5865.

 

VCHS Purchases Embla Sleep Study System

January 7, 2013

ORD - Valley County Health System purchased a new Embla S4500 Sleep Study System. The Embla S4500 PSG amplifier has been specifically designed to meet American Academy Sleep Medicine (AASM) accreditation requirements and features a simplified design that includes a color-coded input panel with patient layout. This streamlined dual component system minimizes cabling and increases study reliability.

Sleep Studies involve a technical evaluation of patients with sleep disorders in the clinical setting of a laboratory for sleep related breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea. VCHS has purchased the Embla S4500 PSG to conduct sleep studies that ensure safe and accurate assessment and treatment of sleep disorder patients.

To find out if you need to schedule a sleep study talk to your physician, or to learn more call Jackie Gates, VCHS Respiratory Therapist, at (308) 728-4309.

 

Valley County Health System Associates Honored

December 31, 2012

ORD - The annual Valley County Health System Christmas Party was held Friday, December 14 at the Ord Veteran's Club. Almost 300 associates, spouses and board members attended the celebration. Twenty-six associates were recognized with awards for their years of service to VCHS, and an associate was recognized with the President's award. Entertainment included motivational humorist, Jack McCall.

Associates recognized for Years of Service were: 35 years - Leora Sedlacek; 30 years (pictured to the right) - Cindy Horky, Helen Kusek, Susan Schauer; 20 years - Carol Philbrick, Colleen Ringlein, Kathy Zulkoski; 15 years - Eileen Bruha, Claudia Cecetka, Stephanie Copp, Marilyn Winkelbauer; 10 years - Kelly Geweke, Jennifer McBride, Laura Nelson, Angela Walahoski; 5 years - Penny Albers, Reta Freeman, Judy Pelster, Becky Ries, Cindy Ritz, Danny Scott, Jennifer Shepperd, Jo Smolik, Veronica Taylor, Lindsey Waltman; PRN- Elizabeth Ferguson. Congratulations, and thank you to all of our Years of Service associates.

A VCHS associate was awarded the President's Award for the first time at our 2012 Christmas party. The President's award is given to an associate who has dedicated each day to fulfilling the vision of Valley County Health System both within the health system and in the community we serve. This year's recipient was Eileen Bruha. Eileen Bruha has worked at Valley County Health System in the Home Health Department since May 1997. Eileen is one of the most caring associates at Valley County Health System, who puts the needs of everyone ahead of her own. She is always willing to lend a hand to those in need, whether it be to her patients or co-workers. She has been known to take it upon herself to meet the need at her own time and expense to a patient in need. 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 Eileen on her achievement of this great honor.

Geweke Attends Emergency Medicine Boot Camp

December 27, 2012

Kelly Geweke, APRN-NP from Valley County Health System attended the Emergency Medicine Boot Camp in Las Vegas on December 3-6. The course has been designed by a nationally recognized emergency medicine faculty to provide participants with the essential information needed to practice in a modern-day emergency department or urgent care center. In addition to the detailed clinical content, each presentation emphasized key documentation and risk management concepts.
Geweke attended 45 30-minute presentations and 7 30-minute question and answer sessions held over a period of 3.5 days. Each lecture presented the core information needed to assess and treat the most common disorders.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Geweke, call the Ord Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.

VCHS donates $2010 to Make Christmas Happen

December 26, 2012

Valley County Health System donated $2,010 from fundraisers to Make Christmas Happen, a local project providing holiday assistance to families in Valley County.

The annual Celebrate Being a Woman event raised $875 in funds from the raffle of items that were donated by departments and individual associates. The VCHS Staff Action Committee, a committee dedicated to VCHS associates, donated $600 from their annual bake sale and silent auction.

In addition, VCHS sponsored a Community Soup Supper on Thursday, November 22 at the Ord Senior Center, held in conjunction with the Ord Area Chamber's Winterfest.

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

Photo: VCHS President and CEO, William T. Sugg (far right) presents $2,010 to Make Christmas Happen 2012. Accepting the donation from left to right are
Lyle Sevenker, Delores Skolil, Marilyn Nelson, Pat Konkoleski, and Agnes Janda.

 

Becky Setlik Earns Postural Restoration Certification

December 21, 2012

Becky Setlik Earns Postural Restoration Certification
Becky Setlik, Physical Therapist at Valley County Health System, has received Postural Restoration Certification (PRC) through the Postural Restoration Institute. In addition to attending a 4 day integration class, she underwent the analytical and objective testing required to become certified. In 2004, the Institute established a certification process for physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and occupational therapists as a way to recognize and identify those individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute.
Certification is available to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapists who have attended required PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participate in both clinical and analytical testing.
Postural restoration allows effective treatment of any type of diagnosis; however, great improvements have been seen with many chronic pain conditions. This program centers around restoring diaphragm and appropriate breathing function combined with repositioning and balancing the pelvis, hip, back and shoulder muscles to create a restored posture that moves and functions more normally. This approach may effectively treat many difficult entities including hip bursitis, sacroiliac and low back pain, leg and foot pain, headaches and cervical pain, as well as pain in the upper back and rib cage regions. Exercise as well as many manual techniques and breathing are utilized.

To date, 97 therapists have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska and James Anderson. Several therapists at Valley County Health System have training in Postural Restoration.
Valley County Health System congratulates Becky on this outstanding achievement. For more information, contact VCHS Rehab Service at 308-728-4247.

 

Three VCHS Nutritional Service Employees Earn ServSafe Certification

December 12, 2012

Ord - Deb Usesz, Barb Veskerna, and Cathy Glendy employees in Valley County Health System's Nutritional Services department, have taken and passed the ServSafe Food Safety certification class. They took the class in October in Kearney, NE and received their certification in November.

The certification is designed for employees who handle and/or prepare food in restaurants and other food service establishments and lasts for five years. It is the second level of the Nebraska Restaurant Association's "Food Safety First" program.

Some of the training concepts included:
• Sanitation - the dangers of food borne illness, how to prevent it and the keys to food safety, where and how contamination starts, and the components for good personal hygiene.
• Flow of Food Through the Operation - how to prevent cross contamination, how to utilize time and temperature control effectively, and safe receiving, food storage, preparation, serving, cooling and reheating.

Valley County Health System congratulates these three employees on their achievement.

 

VCHS's First Annual Love Light Ceremony

December 7, 2012

ORD- Community members and Valley County Health System Associates enjoyed the lighting of the Christmas Tree, during the First Annual Love Light Ceremony at VCHS on Thursday, November 29. The 131 ornaments sponsored represent loved ones who have passed away or who are being honored.

The ceremony began with Christmas carols, a welcome from William T. Sugg, President and CEO, and a prayer by Father Ryan of Our Lady Perpetual Help Catholic Church. The ceremony was conducted in the hospital lobby where Christmas music filled the air. Mindy Smith and Jesse Rosberg, Ord High School Music Instructors, sang beautiful Christmas carols, and Bethanne Kunz, VCHS Director of Professional Services, played the violin.

To honor a loved one, whether living or deceased, family members donated $5. Proceeds are used to benefit the Valley County Health System Foundation 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.

If you are still interested in sponsoring a $5 ornament today, please visit the hospital front desk, Human Resources, or any of the VCHS satellite clinics in Burwell, Loup City, or North Loup. You can also contact Janet Eppenbach at 308-728-4397.

 

Ward Named VCHS Associate of the Quarter

December 6, 2012

ORD - Janet Ward has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 1st Quarter of the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Ward for the honor, a co-worker explained how she is optimistic, positive, a great role model and a wonderful teacher. "Janet goes far and above the call of duty giving her best at all times. She is exceedingly competent as a nurse and always keeps a calm demeanor about her in very stressful situations."

Ward is an Acute Care Nurse at VCHS. Valley County Health System has employed her since January 2005.

 

Zurek Begins Rotation at VCHS Medical Clinic

November 28, 2012

Brad Zurek, a 3rd year medical student at Midwestern University at Glendale, Arizona, has chose Valley County Health System to complete a Family Medicine rotation. Dr. Jennifer Bengston will be his supervising physician. Brad is originally from Sargent, NE, and will graduate in May 2014. Brad stated, "I am excited to have the opportunity to complete my Family Medicine rotation, so close to my hometown. I look forward to being a part of the Valley County Health System team." He will be at the VCHS Medical Clinics through December 21.

 

Seven Volunteers Complete Hospice Training

November 21, 2012

Valley County Health System's Hospice Department wishes to recognize 7 people who recently completed 16 hours of volunteer training. The new volunteers are from the St. Paul, Wolbach, Scotia, and Ord areas.

Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort, support and quality of life to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatment. Volunteers are an essential part of the interdisciplinary health care team who allow Hospice to provide services it otherwise could not offer. Together with the other team members, volunteers provide social, emotional and spiritual support to both the patient and family.

Pictured (l to r): Margie Townsend, Phyllis Roth, Marilou Dockhorn, Margaret Petersen, LeAnn Davenport, Ellie Keller, Cathy Hansen.

 

VCHS Home Health & Hospice Holiday Happenings Success

November 21, 2012

ORD - The VCHS Home Health and Hospice Department collected 315lbs of food/dry goods for the local Food Pantry at their annual Holiday Happenings Open House, Tuesday, November 13.

This annual event drew 75 guests in celebration of Home Health and Hospice Month. Throughout November, we honor the caregivers who make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. Today, millions of America's seniors and disabled citizens depend on home care services to remain healthy, stable, and out of costly traditional settings. For decades, caring for the elderly, disabled and chronically ill at home has provided a dignified and high-efficient method of treatment.

For each food item donated, a ticket was earned. Tickets were used to bid on the 26 door prizes! The door prizes were donated to the cause mostly by the VCHS Home Health & Hospice associates.

For more information about Home Health or Hospice, call 728-4355.

 

VCHS, Partners to Celebrate National Rural Health Day

November 15, 2012

Amazing things are happening in rural America. These small towns, farming villages and frontier areas are fueled by the creative energy of ordinary citizens who historically have been willing to step forward and take risks in order to provide a wealth of products and resources for the rest of the country. They also continue to be places where everyone knows each other, listens to/respects each other and works together for the greater good.
Unfortunately, these communities face unique healthcare concerns: a lack of healthcare providers; accessibility issues, particularly in terms of transportation and technology; and affordability issues as the result of larger percentages of un-/underinsured citizens and greater out-of-pocket health costs. Meanwhile, rural hospitals and health systems face declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels that make it challenging to meet the physical, social and economic needs of their communities.
These are just a few of the issues that Valley County Health System, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), and other local, state and national rural stakeholders hope to bring to light during the second annual National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 15, 2012.
NOSORH created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America and increase awareness of rural health-related issues. "National Rural Health Day gives NOSORH and its partners the opportunity to ‘Celebrate the Power of Rural' and showcase the good works of America's 59.5 million rural citizens," notes NOSORH Director Teryl Eisinger. "It also allows us to highlight the unique healthcare issues being faced by rural citizens and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) and their partners in addressing those issues."
SORHs in particular play a key role in addressing those needs, Eisinger explains. All 50 states maintain a SORH, each of which shares a similar mission: to foster relationships, disseminate information and provide technical assistance that improves access to quality health care for rural citizens. "Together, these State Offices provide technical assistance to more than 28,000 rural communities each year," she says.
Additional National Rural Health Day information is available at celebratepowerofrural.org. To learn more about NOSORH, visit www.nosorh.org; to learn more about Valley County Health System, visit www.valleycountyhealthsystem.org.

 

Freeman Recognized at NHA Caring Kind Luncheon

November 5, 2012

Lincoln - Linda Freeman, a Valley County Health System associate was honored at the Nebraska Hospital Association's Caring Kind Luncheon on October 19. The luncheon, held during the NHA Annual Convention, was held at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln with more than 500 people in attendance.

Freeman, a Clinic Coder/Biller from VCHS, received the Caring Kind Award. Each year, Valley County Health System nominates their Associate of the Year for this honor. Freeman has worked at VCHS since August of 2001.

The NHA includes 85 hospitals, and each year these hospitals recognize their finest associates at this annual celebration of caring.

 

VCHS Celebrate Being a Woman, Raises $875 for Make Christmas Happen

October 31, 2012

Ord - The 2012 Celebrate Being a Woman took place at the Ord Veteran's Club on Tuesday, October 23, nearly 250 woman attended. The event is sponsored annually by Valley County Health System, is held for women of all ages, and includes a free meal.

There were 27 vendors that participated in this year's event. Kara Fischer, member of the VCHS Board of Trustees and William T. Sugg, VCHS President & CEO, welcomed everyone to the event. Heather Caspersen, Health Coach, gave a presentation titled, "Eating for Energy". Dr. Mark Yeakley, Medical Director for Senior Heritage Program of VCHS, spoke to the audience also about nutrition and the importance of eating right for our mind and body in a presentation titled, "Eating for Health and Maintenance of Energy."

The evening ended with drawings for the raffle and door prizes. The raffle items included 21 items donated by VCHS departments and employees, Ord Memorial Chapel, Speeds Apple Market, US. Foods and Eakes Office Plus. The raffle generated $875, which will be used for Christmas dinners for area families in need.

 

VCHS Celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 25, 2012

Valley County Health System was tickled pink to host a company-wide wear pink day, in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thank you to all the VCHS associates and residents from VCHS and Valley View Living Center who participated in our pink day, on October 23.

October is about raising awareness for breast cancer. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages.

The statistics are staggering -- About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. However, with early detection and late-breaking medical treatment, we can fight back effectively.

Make sure to schedule your annual mammogram, and encourage others to do the same. Call (308)728-4249 to schedule your mammogram today.

 

Fibranz Begins Rotation at VCHS Medical Clinics

October 3, 2012

Lindsey Fibranz, a Physician Assistant student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has chosen Valley County Health System in Ord to complete her first rotation. Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C is her supervising provider. Lindsey is originally from McPherson, KS. She will graduate in December 2013. She will complete her three-month rotation on December 16.

 

Life Insurance Gives Back, 18 Years Later

September 24, 2012

Valley County Health System Foundation recently received a gift that had been planned over 18 years ago, when long time Ord residents, Dean & Heloise Bresley, purchased a life insurance policy to benefit the Foundation.

Here is a portion of the press release dated 7/25/94...Dean and Heloise Bresley, local Ord residents, purchased a life insurance policy and signed over its ownership to the Valley County Hospital Foundation, making a significant gift for a few dollars every month. "Many people do not know how to use a life insurance policy in this way," said Phyllis Clement, local life insurance agent.

In addition to being able to give a larger gift than a donor might otherwise be able to give during their lifetime, there are tax benefits as the premium payments are tax deductible. In order for the premium payments to be considered tax deductible, the Bresleys has to make the Foundation both the owner and beneficiary. According to the Foundation President, the key to an insurance gift is for the charitable organization to be the owner of the policy.

The Foundation President stated, "I would recommend that anyone who is considering a life insurance gift contact their attorney, CPA or insurance professional. All are knowledgeable in insurance and tax laws..."

Becky Ries, Executive Director of the VCHS Foundation stated, "We are grateful to the Bresleys for having the foresight of this gift. This life insurance policy will now allow us to help meet certain needs and requests of VCHS. It is very moving to know how many lives will be touched through such a kind and thoughtful donation, and it was all due to the Bresleys generous consideration over 18 years ago."

If you are interested in learning more about the different giving options available, visit http://www.valleycountyhealthsystem.org/about-us/our-foundation/ways-to-give or call the Foundation office at 308-728-3011.

Pictured: (L to R) Dean Bresley, Phyllis Clement-Insurance Agent, and the late Heloise Bresley

 

Taylor Promoted to Director of Nursing at Valley View Living Center

September 20, 2012

Pamela Taylor, RN, has been promoted to Director of Nursing at Valley View Living Center. Previously, Pam worked as the Long Term Care Staff Development Coordinator for Valley County Health System. Pam earned her Nursing Degree from Northeast Community College. She has 18 years of experience in the Long Term Care field and 3 years of Acute Care experience. Pam stated, "I look forward to the opportunity of contributing and carrying out the Mission of Valley County Health System".

Pam was raised in Burwell, NE. She currently resides in the area with her husband Ray. Pam and Ray have three children, 2 sons, Gideon, 23, who lives in Sioux Falls, SD and Tracy, 19, who is currently attending classes at Northeast Community College. Their daughter, Emilee, 11, attends Burwell Elementary. Pam's hobbies include exercising, cooking, shopping, and spending quality time with her family.

Valley View Living is a licensed 60-bed intermediate nursing care facility. For more information, call Valley View Living Center at 308-728-5868.

 

Freeman Named 2012 Associate of the Year

September 13, 2012

ORD - Linda Freeman has been named Associate of the Year at Valley County Health System. Linda was selected as Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System in May 2012 by fellow associates. She received the Associate of the Year award from among two other qualified candidates who were also named Associate of the Quarter during the year. Linda was also nominated for the Nebraska Hospital Association's Caring Kind Award. She will be attending the Caring Kind Luncheon in Lincoln on October 19.

In a letter nominating Freeman for the honor, a co-worker explained how professional she always is and how she always tries her very best to get all claims processed in a timely manner. "Linda is willing to stay late, come early, and work through her lunch to help out and she always respects others input".

Linda Freeman started at Dr. Martin's Clinic as a transcriptionist in 1986. She earned her coding certification after she started at the hospital in August of 2001. She is now the Clinic Coder/Biller at VCHS.

 

Bengston and Reilly attend ImPACT Neurocognitive Concussion Testing Training Seminar

September 12, 2012

Jennifer Bengston, MD and Bob Reilly, PA-C at Valley County Health System recently attended Neurocognitive Concussion Testing training seminar on August 28 in Lincoln.

The ImPACT test is a new program for managing sport-related concussions. Twenty-eight regional high schools, including Ord and other area high schools, have joined the Nebraska Sports Concussion Network. Thousands of students are being baseline ImPACT tested. VCHS has joined in helping keep our children safe. Dr Bengston and Dr Schneider are certified to provide ImPACT concussion testing, that has been provided at area high schools.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Ord Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.

 

VCHS Foundation Gift of Livestock Donation

September 6, 2012

The Valley County Health System Foundation recently was the recipient of a generous gift of livestock from a local producer through the Burwell Livestock Market. With commodity prices where they are, farmers & ranchers might consider donating a portion of their crops or livestock directly to charity. In addition to benefiting Valley County Health System's Foundation, producers are able to benefit from tax savings that may be greater than if they had sold the commodity and then donated a portion of the proceeds.
When an agricultural producer transfers legal ownership of the commodity to a charity before it is sold, they will not have taxable income from that portion of the sale, thus minimizing taxes. Tax savings may be realized on federal income tax, state income tax & self-employment tax, depending on the producer's specific circumstances. Producers should check with their accountants to determine whether a contribution of commodities is appropriate to their tax situation.
Donating commodities is a fairly simple process. Let the elevator of your choice, or the livestock market you use know ahead of time that you plan to donate whatever portion, or number of head of livestock, to the Foundation and from there they will take care of the rest.
Your donation will be used to help with specific projects or equipment purchases needed at Valley County Health System, and to build the endowment and general funds for future needs. Your donations impact many lives that are touched through Valley County Health System each day, and are always greatly appreciated.
For more information, please contact Becky Ries at the Valley County Health System Foundation at 308-728-3011 or foundation@valleycountyhealthsystem.org.

Bartley Attends the Gift of Humor and Touch Workshop

September 5, 2012

James Bartley, a Psychotherapist in the Heritage Program at Valley County Health System, recently attended a workshop, The Gift of Humor and Touch, in Salina, KS. The course focused on enhancing healthcare professionals' knowledge of and appreciation for the gifts of humor and touch in the workplace and in the home.

The workshop included two sessions titles Opening Your Gift of Humor and Opening Your Gift of Touch. The first session on Humor covered five ways humor makes your life better. This includes positive effect on overall wellness, boosts the body's immune system, creates muscle relaxation, reduces stress hormones, and reduces pain. The second session covered the benefits of touch and discussed appropriate or inappropriate uses of touch.

The VCHS Heritage Program for seniors is a behavioral health program that provides individualized treatment for older adults who suffer from psychiatric, emotional or behavioral disorders. For more information, call 308.728.4340.

 

Sikyta Attends Psychopharmacology in Plain English Seminar

September 4, 2012

Marcie Sikyta, a Psychotherapist in the Heritage Program at Valley County Health System, recently attended a seminar, Psychopharmacology in Plain English, in Omaha.

The seminar focused on practical decisions when confronted with psychopharmacological ethical dilemmas, and covered information about antidepressants, antipsychotics and medicines for insomnia. While Sikyta does not prescribe medication, she gained knowledge of how the most prescribed antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications and sleep medications on the market today work, as well as the benefits and side effects associated with each of them.

The VCHS Heritage Program for seniors is a behavioral health program that provides individualized treatment for older adults who suffer from psychiatric, emotional or behavioral disorders. For more information, call 308.728.4340.

 

Molacek Returns to VCHS Medical Clinic for Rotation

August 31, 2012

Nick Molacek, a 3rd year medical student from UNMC, has returned to Valley County Health System to complete a Family Medicine rotation, Nick completed a rotation at VCHS back in May 2011. Dr. Jennifer Bengston will be his supervising physician. Nick is originally from Lincoln, NE, and will graduate in May 2014. Nick stated, "I am very excited to be back in Ord, to further my education and training at Valley County Health System." He will be at the VCHS Medical Clinics through October 19.

 

William Sugg Hired as President/CEO at VCHS

August 17, 2012

The Board of Trustees of the Valley County Health System has hired William Sugg as the new President/Chief Executive Officer. The board completed a thorough recruitment process with the help of Steve Hayes and the Human Capital Group, selecting a CEO with the experience and necessary skills to lead the hospital into the future continuing to provide quality health care to the area.

Bill will be moving from Gallatin TN where he worked for World Associates, Inc., as a Senior Executive Advisor and Healthcare Consultant from 2009 to present. Prior to that Bill was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sumner Regional Health Systems in Gallatin TN from 1989 to 2009. Bill received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and his Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio TX. Bill was a center piece in the community of Gallatin with memberships in many community and professional groups as well as serving on numerous boards. Bill and his wife Vicki will be moving to the area with Bill joining VCHS on August 30th.

The Board of Trustees would like to thank Ashley Woodward, Interim CEO and the entire hospital staff for their help during this period of transition and are excited to have Bill and Vicki coming to our community.

 

Dion Machard, APRN-NP to Join VCHS

August 16, 2012

Valley County Health System is pleased to announce the addition of Dion Machard, APRN-NP to its medical staff.  Dion will begin his practice in September 2012 at the VCHS Medical Clinics.

Dion grew up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where he completed his Registered Nurse degree at the Eastern Cape College of Nursing. He came to Kearney in December 1997 where he worked as a traveling RN at Good Samaritan Hospital before moving to Savannah, GA. The Machard's missed the "good life" and moved back to Kearney in September 2000, where he has been working as an RN on the Progressive Care Unit at Good Samaritan. He has also completed the Undergraduate and Master's Nurse Practitioner programs from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Kearney. 

Dion and his wife Pauline have been married for 17 years and they have three boys Justin 13, Michael 11 and Stuart 8 years old. He enjoys the outdoors, swimming, hiking and camping. He is very involved in his local church and along with his boys he is involved in both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.  They have a black lab named Bonnie who enjoys swallowing anything from toys to rocks.  

"We are looking forward to coming to Ord because it fulfills an 11 year old dream of mine to be able to provide the highest level of care to the people of Nebraska who so warmly welcomed us when we arrived in Nebraska 15 years ago," quoted Machard. 

"We are looking forward to Dion joining VCHS.   He offers a wealth of knowledge and will be a compliment to our medical staff," stated Ashley Woodward, Interim CEO of Valley County Health System.

 

Frank Smedra Named VCHS Employee of the Quarter

August 9, 2012

ORD - Frank Smedra has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 4th Quarter of the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Smedra for the honor, co-workers explained his compassion and willingness to help, as contagious. "Frank is always giving 110%, he cleans up the grounds daily, taking pride in both VCHS and the community. He happily volunteers to help walk a patient to their destination or to their car. Frank's big heart shines through in everything he does. As a result he brightens many lives every day."

Frank Smedra works in Transportation at VCHS. He has worked for Valley County Health System since March of 2009. He is a great asset to our VCHS team.

 

VCHS Now has Encrypted Email Available

August 8, 2012

ORD- As you are all well aware, email has become the preferred method for corporate communication. However, email isn't a private conversation - it's easy for others to intercept and read.
In order to maintain the confidentiality of private information sent via email, while ensuring compliance with privacy and regulations such as HIPAA, Valley County Health System is implementing a new email encryption service through Zix Corporation. This service will help us protect outbound email containing sensitive information, such as social security numbers and medical information.
Beginning August 8, all emails containing sensitive information between Valley County Health System and you are encrypted. You will be able to receive these encrypted email messages easily through the following method of ZixDirect: You will receive a notification message with an HTML attachment, which contains the encrypted message. After double-clicking the attachment, first time users will be asked to register and sign in to view the message and any attachments over a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection. You can also find a link at ValleyCountyHealthSytem.org to register and send us sensitive information.
Because we have implemented the "remember me" feature, subsequent visits will only require you to open the secure attachment. It's important for us to note that if you are currently a ZixCorp gateway customer, then all encrypted email messages between our organization and you will be sent securely and delivered unencrypted in your inbox, just like any other email you receive.
In addition to the brief overview we have provided to you above, ZixCorp has provided us with a ZixAware website containing supplementary information on receiving encrypted emails, as well as frequently asked questions at https://web1.zixmail.net/s/login?b=valleycountyhealthsystem.
At Valley County Health System, we are committed to protecting personal information, and are pleased to provide you this easy-to-use solution. For more information, contact Janet Eppenbach at 308-728-4397.

 

VCHS Foundation Golf Tournament Nets $23,000

August 1, 2012

Becky Ries, Valley County Health System Foundation Executive Director, is pleased to announce that the 2012 Golf Tournament netted a profit of a little over $23,000. Of this amount, $5,000 will be placed in the Foundation endowment fund and the rest will be designated for use in the area(s) of the greatest need within Valley County Health System. Becky would also like to thank everyone who made this year's tournament such a success.

Donations to Valley County Health System Foundation have recently been used to meet several needs within the following departments at Valley County Health System: surgery, physical therapy, nursing home and home/health and hospice. Becky said, "What a difference our donors are making through their gifts by helping ensure that needed equipment and services are in place both now and in the future. In addition, I want our donors to know how many lives benefit from their gifts. Each gift we receive is greatly appreciated."

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Valley County Health System Foundation Golf Tournament & Auction, scheduled to be held on Friday, July 5, 2013.

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.


Photo taken by Caleb Pollard

 

Bartley Attends Helping Without Hurting Workshop

August 1, 2012

James Bartley, a Psychotherapist in the Heritage Program at Valley County Health System, recently attended a workshop, Ethical Guidelines for Trauma Therapists: Helping without Hurting, in Lincoln.

The workshop taught participants how to recognize the ethical standards of practice of particular relevance to treating trauma disorders; identify most common ethical lapses in work with trauma clients; recognize ways in which counselor denial and rationalization may affect ethical practice; and to recognize and be able to initiate an ethical decision-making model.

The VCHS Heritage Program for seniors is a behavioral health program that provides individualized treatment for older adults who suffer from psychiatric, emotional or behavioral disorders. For more information, call 308.728.4340.

 

VCHS Foundation 14th Annual Golf Tournament Results

July 13, 2012

ORD - The 14th Annual Valley County Health System Golf Tournament involved the participation of 27 teams on July 6, 2012 at the Ord Golf Course.

The flight winners this year were as follows:

Championship Flight: The Olson Group- Jeff Wallace, Shelly Liddick, Josh Larrison, and Davis Garner

First Flight: Wolf, Inc.- Steve Wolf, Tim Todsen, Scott Bruha, (not pictured-Shane Klanecky)

Second Flight: Helix Financial- Debbie Anderson, Matt Geiser, Terri Geiser, (not pictured-Matt Eppenbach)

Valley County Health System Foundation thanks all of the sponsors and teams for participating in this year's event, as well as everyone who volunteered their time and those who joined us for the auction.

The Olson Group (from l to r:) Jeff Wallace, Shelly Liddick, Josh Larrison, and Davis Garner

Wolf, Inc. (from l to r:) Steve Wolf, Tim Todsen, Scott Bruha, (not pictured-Shane Klanecky)

Helix Financial (from l to r:) Debbie Anderson, Matt Geiser, Terri Geiser, (not pictured-Matt Eppenbach)

4th Annual VCHS Health Fair A Success

July 5, 2012

The fourth annual Valley County Health System Health Fair on June 28 was full of activity. The theme for the fair was "Nebraska...the Good Life." One hundred and thirty people participated in the health screen and/or PSA blood tests. Those who attended were able to browse the 15 educational booths and eat breakfast. The Health Screen offered a comprehensive blood panel for a greatly reduced fee of only $35 and a prostate cancer blood test for only $15.

Valley County Health System plans to hold another health fair next June. Thank you to the lab staff for being positive and cooperative, to the hospital employees for their help and to those who had display booths at the fair. Special thanks to all those who attended the fair and helped make event a continued success.

 

Reilly Attends Pediatric Trauma Patient Conference

June 12, 2012

Bob Reilly, PA-C at Valley County Health System attended the Treatment and Rehabilitation of the Pediatric Trauma Patient Conference on June 8 in Omaha, NE. The sixth annual trauma conference was hosted by Children's Hospital in Omaha.

Pediatric trauma care poses unique challenges to providers at all levels. This conference covered current pediatric-focused trauma management from pre-hospital care through discharge and ongoing health care concerns. A few of the conference objectives included discussing pain management strategies and delivery systems, identifying strategies for working with families who have experienced trauma, and illustrating the management of current issues in pediatric trauma through case studies.


For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Reilly, call the Ord Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.

 

VCHS Hosting 4th Annual Health Fair on June 28

June 4, 2012

Ord - Valley County Health System will be hosting the 4th Annual Health Fair, "Nebraska...The Good Life." The main attractions will be blood chemistries, blood pressure checks 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 Health Fair will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 6-9 am at Valley County Health System, 2707 L Street, in Ord.

The lab tests offered during the Health Fair are a Health Screen and PSA test.
Health Screen:
• Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: Kidney & Liver Function, Electrolytes
• Complete Blood Count
• Thyroid: TSH
• Cholesterol & Triglycerides
PSA: Prostate cancer screening recommended for males over the age of 50.

A greatly reduced fee of $35 for the Health Screen and $15 for the PSA will be 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.

Pre-registration is available by going online to ValleyCountyHealthSystem.org or by picking up a pre-registration form at the hospital registration desk, or at any of the area banks. Pre-registration is recommended for anyone wishing to have a blood chemistry drawn.

For more information, contact Janet Eppenbach at 308-728-4397.

 

Freeman Named Employee of the Quarter

May 31, 2012

ORD - Linda Freeman has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 3rd Quarter of the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Freeman for the honor, a co-worker explained how professional she always is and how she always tries her very best to get all claims processed in a timely manner. "Linda is willing to stay late, come early, and work through her lunch to help out and she always respects others input".

Linda Freeman started at Dr. Martin's Clinic as a transcriptionist in 1986, she earned her coding certification after she started at the hospital in August of 2001. She is now the Clinic Coder/Biller at VCHS. We are truly blessed to have her on our team.

 

Foster Hired as Director of Nursing For LTC

May 29, 2012

Nancy Foster, RN, has joined Valley County Health System as the new Director of Nursing at Valley View Living Center on May 14.

Foster was raised in Norfolk, and lived in Valentine for 20 years. She earned her RN degree from Mid-Plains Community College, in North Platte. She has been an RN since 1994. Her previous position was with Grandview Manor in Campbell, NE as the Director of Nursing (DON). Prior to that, Foster worked as DON at Kearney Co Health Services. Foster joins us with 10 years of DON experience.

Foster moved to Ord with her significant other David, of 10 years. She has 5 children and 15 grandchildren. Foster's hobbies include reading and needlework. "I am really looking forward to meeting and helping the residents of Valley View Living Center," she said.

Valley View Living is a licensed 60-bed intermediate nursing care facility. For more information call Valley View Living Center at 308-728-5868.

 

Proskocil and Psota Promoted to Directors at VCHS

May 21, 2012

ORD - Catina Psota and Danielle Proskocil have both accepted director positions at Valley County Health System.

Catina has been promoted to Director of Clinics. Previously, she worked as the Medical Clinic Manager for Valley County Health System. She is now responsible for managing all aspects of the medical and specialty clinics.

Catina began at VCHS in January of 2011. She lives in rural North Loup with her husband Tony and their three children; Cali: 15, Joseph: 12 and Jaden: 3.

Danielle has been promoted to Director of Human Resources. She previously, worked as the Human Resource Coordinator. She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

Danielle began at VCHS in December of 2003. She lives in Ord with her husband Branden and their daughter, Kinley.

Gates Passes Accredited Sleep Technologist Education Program

May 10, 2012

Ord, NE - Jackie Gates, Respiratory Therapist at Valley County Health System, attended the 2012 Accredited Sleep Technologist Education Program (A-STEP), held April 16 - 27, in Overland Park, KS.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) developed the Accredited Sleep Technologist Education Program (A-STEP) to promote the standardization of sleep technologist education and training. A-STEP equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to excel in the profession of sleep technology.

After 80 hours of A-STEP Introductory Course that focus on sleep studies, Gates passed an exam that consists of 106 multiple-choice questions.

Sleep technology, also known as polysomnographic technology, is a specialized
health-care profession. It involves the technical evaluation of patients with sleep disorders in the clinical setting of a laboratory for sleep related breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep technologists utilize the latest technology to conduct sleep studies that ensure the safe and accurate assessment and treatment of sleep disorders patients.

For more information, speak to your doctor or contact VCHS Sleep Clinic at 308.728.4309.

 

Jennifer McBride Selected for the Direct Care Staff Award

May 7, 2012

Jennifer McBride, Activities Aide at Valley View Living Center, was selected for the 2012 Nebraska Health Care Association/Nebraska Assisted Living Association (NHCA/NALA) direct care staff award. The award was presented as part of the opening events of the NHCA/NALA Spring Convention on April 24, 2012 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

In a letter nominating McBride for the honor, a co-worker wrote, "She looks at the resident and sees who they are, not why they are in the nursing home. She sees their heart, their hope, and their dreams, and works to make them come true."

Jen drove several hours to make sure a grandmother was able to see her grandchild get married and relieved the stress of the family knowing mom was taken care of. She even made sure that one of our residents, a former Cornhusker equipment manager, was able to attend just one more Husker game at Memorial stadium. They even got to visit with some of the players he had helped take care of during their playing days.

Jen has so many gifts to give, but is especially blessed with the gift of music. Whether it is going room to room accompanied by guitar, or encouraging residents to take up an instrument they used to play, we always have music in the air. One very special way Jen has shared her music is by singing to someone in the dying process. At that difficult time, there is no greater gift than being able to provide comfort to the resident and their family.

Each year six of the finest honorees are chosen for this award. Honorees must hold an unlicensed position directly providing resident care in a long term care facility.

 

VCHS Celebrates Mental Health Month

May 1, 2012

One in four: That's how many adult Americans live with a diagnosable mental health condition. While mental health and substance conditions are common, they are extremely treatable and individuals go on to recover and lead full and productive lives.

May is Mental Health Month, The Heritage Program for Seniors is spreading the word about mental health and how important it is to overall health.

Mental Health Month was created more than 50 years ago to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness for all.

One sad fact is that many people living with a mental health condition- never seek or receive help due to stigma, lack of information, cost, or lack of health insurance coverage. Many people may be reluctant to ask for help or don't know where to find it. Some statistics show that 50% of those who are affected by depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and obsessive worry do not seek assistance. They continue to struggle on their own and become worse over time.

There are many community and national resources that can help people find the support and treatment they need. It's important that more people have access to treatment and services. There is a great deal of knowledge about how to identify and even prevent mental health conditions. There are tested tools available that can help every person face difficult times and challenges and improve their resiliency.

The Heritage Program for Seniors is an outpatient program developed to assist Seniors with difficult stressors they are currently facing. It is our philosophy to provide quality care that stresses the importance of dignity, respect, confidentiality, and helping the individual to achieve an optimal level of functioning. For more information call Mary Howell, Program Manager, at 308-728-4340.

 

Bengston Attends Nebraska Hospice Conference

April 30, 2012

Dr. Jennifer Bengston recently attended the 2012 annual Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association (NHPCA) Conference in Lincoln, NE. The course, titled Living a Good Life...at the End of Life, was held on April 11 and 12.
NHPCA is a statewide partnership to improve the quality of life for all Nebraskans who have chronic conditions or are near the end of life and to support the communities who care for them. This conference provided education on end-of-life issues for physicians and others working in this field.
Dr. Bengston is the Medical Director for the VCHS Hospice Program. To learn more about Hospice contact Carol Schroeder at 728-4355.

VCHS Offers Cancer Support Group

April 26, 2012

People with cancer are living longer than ever before. Today people are talking about cancer "survivors" instead of cancer "victims". Support-group services are one source of help for people dealing with the emotional and family problems that can result from chronic illness. Recent research indicates a positive effect of group participation on an individual's ability to cope. Support groups offer a tremendous source of information and can give people hope for the future. They also offer the strength that comes from the power of human relationships and the ability of people to nurture and support one another.

People who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis understand each other in a unique way. Support groups offer a way to connect with others who truly do understand how cancer can seem to change life forever. People in support groups certainly do share their fears and worries, but they also share their experiences about successfully managing the uncertainty that cancer brings into their lives. Support groups can be tremendously useful, even inspirational, as one learns from others who have "been there". Participating in a group also can give a cancer survivor a sense of belonging. The group offers members a safe place where their feelings are accepted and understood. It provides a place for openly talking about fears or emotions they may feel uncomfortable discussing with people outside the group. The American Cancer Society has long been a proponent of self-help and support groups.

Valley County Health System's Hospice is sponsoring a Cancer Support Group for anyone diagnosed with cancer and their families. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, May 17th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ord Methodist Church's conference room. Facilitators of this group will include cancer survivors. If you are interested in learning more about this group, please contact Marilyn at 308-728-4315.

 

Unterseher and Geweke Attend Emergency Medicine Conference

April 24, 2012

Chris Unterseher, MD and Kelly Geweke, APRN-NP from Valley County Health System attended the Emergency Medicine Skills for the Rural Practitioner conference in Omaha on April 11-13. The conference objectives focused on recognition of patients who require rapid assessment and acute intervention in the Emergency Department, designing a plan for the management and intervention of the acutely ill patient and applying learned skills in the acute care setting.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Unterseher or Geweke, call the Ord Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.

Breitkreutz and Reilly Attend 37th NAPA Conference

April 19, 2012

Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C and Robert Reilly, PA-C from Valley County Health System attended the 37th Nebraska Academy of Physicians Assistants (NAPA) Spring Conference in Kearney on April 12-14. The conference covered numerous sessions on diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. A few of the sessions they attended included the following subjects arthritis in primary care, leg pain & deep vein thrombosis, new drugs of abuse, and knee meniscus injuries.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Breitkreutz or Reilly, call Ord Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.

 

Dolores Florian Honored at NE Hospice Annual Banquet

April 17, 2012

Dolores Florian, volunteer for Valley County Hospice, was honored as Valley County Hospice's outstanding volunteer at the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association's (NHPCA) annual awards banquet on April 10 in Lincoln. The banquet was part of the 2012 conference. Each Hospice program in the state can nominate an outstanding volunteer to be recognized and honored at the banquet.

Dolores has been a volunteer with Valley County's Hospice program since March of 2007. Dolores has helped with Hospice's Memorial Services, and is always willing to bring compassion, caring and a special understanding to the Hospice patients and their families.

Last year the Valley County Hospice volunteers generously gave over 888 hours of their time in order to help patients during their final days.  Anyone interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer, please contact Marilyn at 728-4315.

 

Healthcare Decisions Day

April 10, 2012

Valley County Health System, along with other national, state and community organizations, is working to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making-an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of one day in April of each year, as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). This year it is Monday, April 16th.

VCHS encourages area residents to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Nebraska state laws.

The NE Hospice and Palliative Care Association devotes much of its time educating Nebraskans on the importance of completing advance directives. Initiatives like the formation of community end-of-life coalitions across the state, outreach campaigns, and the placement of articles in consumer and professional publications have contributed to growth in the number of Nebraskans with an advance directive. Thirty-seven percent of Nebraskans report having an advance directive.
Talking with family members and others in your life about your end-of-life wishes, coupled with an advance directive, can significantly ease the burden on those who must make health care decisions for you. Regardless of your age, we hope you will use the tools we provide you to have these important conversations with the people in your life and formally document your wishes in an advance directive.

"Advance Directive" is a general term that describes two types of legal documents - living wills and health care powers of attorney. These documents allow a person to give instructions about future medical care, should he or she be unable to participate in health care decisions due to serious illness or incapacity.

A living will is a written statement that describes the type of care a person wishes to receive in the event he or she is suffering from a terminal illness or is in a persistent vegetative state.

A power of attorney for health care is a document through which one person (the principal) authorizes another person (the agent) to make health care decisions on his or her behalf.

For more information about advance directives, call Marilyn Winkelbauer at Valley County Health System at 308-728-4315, or visit www.NationalHealthcareDecisionsDay.org or www.NEHospice.org.

Bengston Attends NAFP 64th Annual Meeting

April 9, 2012

Dr. Jennifer Bengston recently attended the 64th Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly of the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians (NAFP) in Lincoln.
She attended the NAFP meeting to stay current in a variety of topics, and earn continuing medical education credit. Subjects covered during the meeting are of immediate interest to family doctors, both in their everyday practices and in their continual endeavors to keep abreast of the latest preventive advances in medicine.
Nearly one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 207 million office visits each year - nearly 62 million more than any other medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide the majority of care for America's underserved and rural populations.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bengston, call Ord Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.

Wheeler Completes Spinal Stabilization Course

April 6, 2012

Betty Wheeler, Physical Therapist at Valley County Health System, completed a Spinal Stabilization Course on March 24 and 25 in Lincoln.

The 2-day course focused on teaching the methods of accurately assessing for spinal stability, dysfunction and pain inhibition. The course helped to develop and build skills in retraining motor control for stability of the core- or deep muscle group. A few of the course objectives included participants being able to track and critically appraise the clinical treatment of low back pain, perform clear and concise subjective evaluations of patients with lower back pain, plan and conduct objective examinations of the structures relating to the lower back, and to plan an optimal course of treatment using orthopedic manual therapy techniques, with special emphasis on specific exercises for spinal segmental stabilization.

Betty has been practicing at the VCHS Rehabilitation Center in Burwell since October of 2008. For more information about Spinal Stabilization, call VCHS Burwell Rehabilitation Services at 308.346.4060.

 

Jack Williams, Jr. Resigns as VCHS CEO

March 26, 2012

On March 22, 2012, at the Valley County Health System Regular Meeting Jack G. Williams, Jr., CEO offered his resignation to the Board of Trustees during his monthly administrator's report. Due to the unexpectedness of Mr. Williams' departure the board approved the resignation contingent upon legal counsel. After seeking legal counsel the board will honor Mr. Williams' sudden request with his last day of employment being June 14, 2012.

Upon Mr. Williams' arrival the board and employees were looking forward to Mr. Williams' direction and commitment to healthcare in the communities we serve. The board would like to express their gratitude to Mr. Williams for his leadership during his role as CEO. VCHS continues its commitment of delivering quality healthcare to this area. We are very fortunate to have dedicated and talented employees to lead this charge.

VCHS board of Trustees will meet April 12th, along with Mr. Williams, and members of the leadership staff for an organizational planning session. Following, the board will convene for the purpose of discussing the leadership position.

Moninger Passes Mammography Boards

March 21, 2012

Pam Moninger, Registered Technologist in Radiography and Computed Tomography, RT (R) (CT) at Valley County Health System, passed her mammography boards. She is now board certified in x-ray, CT, and mammo. The certification is offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. (ARRT) and consists of an examination. The purpose of the ARRT Examination is to assess the knowledge and cognitive skills underlying the performance of the tasks typically required of staff technologists. The exam consists of four categories: patient care, imaging procedures, data acquisition and processing and physical principles of imaging formation.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment for a mammography, call the VCHS Scheduler at 308-728-4249.

 

VCHS Welcomes Neurosurgeon, Joshua Anderson, MD

March 19, 2012

Ord - Valley County Health System is pleased to announce the services of Joshua Anderson, M.D. Dr. Anderson is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon with Grand Island Specialty Clinic. He will be seeing patients at Valley County Health System Specialty Clinic the first Monday of each month beginning on April 2.

Anderson grew up in rural Nebraska. He earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Anderson completed his surgical internship and neurological surgery residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He also completed an enfolded six-month cerebrovascular rotation at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders which affect the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system.

Some of the procedures Dr. Anderson will be performing at VCHS Specialty Clinic include Epidural steroid injections for pain, Kyphoplasty, Lumbar puncture, Moderate Sedation (Conscious Sedation), Muscle Biopsies, Nerve Biopsies, Nerve Blocks, and Vertebroplasty.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Anderson to VCHS. To schedule an appointment with him at Valley County Health System Specialty Clinic, contact us at 308-728-4249.

 

Diamond Heritage Hires New Director

March 19, 2012

Mary Howell, Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP), Licensed Independent mental Health Practitioner(LIMHP), and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), has been hired by Diamond Healthcare Corp. to manage the Heritage Program for Seniors at Valley County Health System. Mary has 29 years experience working in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse field.

Mary received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Service Counseling and her Master of Science degree in Agency Counseling at Wayne State College. Previously, she worked as a therapist with Correct Care Solutions and Parallels Outpatient Program in Lincoln, NE. She also served as Program Director for CenterPoint's Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Program in Lincoln, NE. Mary has a special interest in Rural Mental Health and early in her career worked for Northeast NE Comprehensive Mental Health Center. She provided a full range of services in small communities in Nebraska, including directing an Outpatient Program in Columbus, NE.

The VCHS Heritage Program for Seniors is a behavioral health program that provides individualized treatment for older adults who suffer from psychiatric, emotional or behavioral disorders. For more information, call 308.728.4340.

 

NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH

March 15, 2012

VCHS JOINS WITH ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
DURING NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH®
ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO ‘GET YOUR PLATE IN SHAPE'

Month-long campaign highlights the importance of making informed food choices
and developing sound eating and physical activity habits

Ord - Valley County Health System is proud to join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) during March in celebrating National Nutrition Month®. This year's National Nutrition Month theme is "Get Your Plate in Shape" and encourages consumers to remember to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day.

Here are a few ways to "Get Your Plate in Shape" from the food and nutrition experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

• Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables: Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange varieties. Add fresh, dried, frozen or canned fruits to meals and snacks.
• Make at least half your grains whole: Choose 100 percent whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice. Check the ingredients list on food packages to find whole-grain foods.
• Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk: Fat-free and low-fat milk have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but less fat and calories. For those who are lactose intolerant, try lactose-free milk or a calcium-fortified soy beverage.
• Vary your protein choices: Eat a variety of foods from the protein food group each week, such as seafood, nuts and beans, as well as lean meat, poultry and eggs. Keep meat and poultry portions small and lean. And be sure to choose seafood as the protein at least twice a week.
• Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars: Compare sodium in foods and choose those with lower numbers, and season your foods with herbs and spices instead of salt. Switch from solid fats to healthy oils like olive and canola oil. Replace sugary drinks with water and choose fruit for dessert.
• Enjoy your foods but eat less: Avoid oversized portions. Use a smaller plate, bowl and glass. Cook more often at home where you are in control of what's in your food. When eating out, choose lower calorie menu options.
• Be physically active your way: Adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of physical activity every week. Choose activities that you enjoy, and start by doing as much as you can.

Initiated in 1973 as a week-long event, "National Nutrition Week" became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition. Additionally, to commemorate the dedication of RDs as advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world, the second Wednesday of March has been designated "Registered Dietitian Day."

As part of this public education campaign, the Academy's National Nutrition Month website includes a variety of helpful tips, fun games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition around the "Get Your Plate in Shape" theme. You can visit it at http://www.eatright.org/nnm

Contact Amy Vore for more information about diabetes education classes and individual nutrition counseling at 308.728.4341.

 

Dr. Jay Hawkins, Nephrologist, to Join VCHS Specialty Clinic

March 5, 2012

Ord - Valley County Health System is pleased to announce the services of Jay Hawkins, M.D. Dr. Hawkins is a Board Certified Nephrologist with Wagoner Medical Group P.C. in Grand Island. He will be seeing patients at Valley County Health System Specialty Clinic the second Tuesday of each month beginning on March 13. He is committed to providing a reliable monthly schedule at Valley County Health System for his clinic.

Hawkins grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and his Doctor of Medicine from the University Of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).  Hawkins also, completed both his internal medicine residency and his fellowship in nephrology from UNMC.

Nephrology is a branch of internal medicine and pediatrics dealing with the study of the function and diseases of the kidney. Dr. Hawkins specializes in the treatment of kidney disorders and hypertension.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Hawkins to VCHS. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hawkins at Valley County Health System Specialty Clinic, contact us at 308-728-4249.

 

Jeffres Named Employee of the Quarter

February 27, 2012

Ashley Jeffres, LPN, has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 2nd Quarter of the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Jeffres for the honor, a co-worker explained how trust is a word that exemplifies her character, not just her work ethic. She can always be counted on to do the task at hand with a smile. Jeffres is compassionate to her co-workers, residents and their families alike. "You can trust that Ashley will do a great job. She leads a department well, and takes great pride in doing so. She is always willing to lend a hand."

Jeffres is the Restorative Care Nurse Coordinator at Valley View Living Center. She has been employed by Valley County Health System since November of 2004.

 

Meyer Attends Nebraska Nurse Practitioner Conference

February 27, 2012

Jane Meyer, APRN-NP at Valley County Health System attended the Nebraska Nurse Practitioner Conference in Lincoln, Feb. 23-25.  Conference objectives focused on updating advanced practice knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention as it relates to acute and chronic illnesses across the life span, discussion of the most current pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of acute and chronic conditions, review of current research and the application of research to clinical practice, and to collaborate with local and nationally known experts with innovative information.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Meyer, call VCHS Medical Clinic at 308.728.4202.

 

VCHS Publishes Annual Report

February 15, 2012

Valley County Health System has published their fourth annual report. This online report is for the July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011 fiscal year.  The report is an eight page, full color publication that is published annually as a method of communication with area residents about the services provided by Valley County Health System and the accomplishments of each year.

Click here to view the annual report 

 

American Heart Month at VCHS

February 6, 2012

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary heart disease, which often appears as a heart attack. About every 26 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about one every minute will die from one.

The chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control factors that put people at greater risk. Additionally, knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack are crucial to the most positive outcomes after having a heart attack. People who have survived a heart attack can also work to reduce their risk of another heart attack or a stroke in the future.

In an effort to bring awareness to American Heart Month Valley County Health System employees took part in the National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3rd.  

Pictured Front Row: Mandy Vanosdall, Kristie Zulkoski, Marcy Shafer, Jennifer Grooms, Brittany Orsborn, Catie VanDiest, Chelle Green, Roy Farrens 2nd Row: Joan Sintek, Stephanie Copp, Shelley Quick, Jamie Copsey, Cindy Struckman, Danielle Proskocil, Teresa Lange, Katie Hickey, Janet Eppenbach 3rd Row: Bethanne Kunz, Becky Ries, Tricia Richards, Angela Walahoski, Paula Sherburne, Jo Trofholz, Linda Freeman, Karol Visek, Christina Pollard, Jack Williams Back Row:  Tracy Reiner, Aaron Smith, Tony Richards, Dan Scott, Betty Smedra, Jane Qualm.

 

Fit & Lovin' It Program Huge Success

February 3, 2012

Valley County Health System and the University of Nebraska Extension partnered to offer the "Fit & Lovin' It" program for area 5th graders on January 25, 2012 at the Valley County Fairgrounds. The program was made possible by a $10,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska through the 2010 BlueHealth Advantage Wellness Grant program. 

The "Fit and Lovin' It" program provided a learning opportunity for nearly 250 area 5th grade students to increase awareness, encourage skill enhancement and foster positive attitudes toward individual health. Students participated in seven 30-minute sessions about seat belt use, physical activity, the importance of breakfast, healthy snacks, making good decisions, web-based health and saying no to tobacco. The students were provided with a healthy lunch catered by Sandstone Grill.  They also received t-shirts and bags filled with healthy lifestyle items and information. 

Schools that participated were Arcadia, Burwell, Centura, Elyria District #63, Greeley Wolbach, Litchfield, Loup City, Loup County, North Loup Scotia, Ord, Ord St. Mary's, St Paul, St Libory-Chapman and Vinton District # 23. 

Presenters for the program included: 

  • Amy Peterson, UNL Extension Educator: Web-based Health
  • Wanda Koszewski, UNL Nutrition Specialist: The Case for Breakfast
  • Kayla Hinrichs, UNL Extension Educator: Healthy Snacks
  • Janet Hanna, UNL Extension Educator: Say No to Tobacco
  • Jonathan Tomjack, Personal Trainer at New Beginnings Fitness Center: Physical Activity
  • Trooper Beethe and Trooper Schultze, Nebraska State Patrol: Seat Belts
  • Michelle Krehibel, UNL Youth Development Specialist: Making Good Decisions

Additional support to make the day possible was donated by Ord Grocery Kart, the Nebraska Beef Council, The Nebraska Pork Council and The Soybean Board.

It is hoped through this day, youth will feel empowered to make steps toward a healthier lifestyle.

 

Hospice Recognized as a We Honor Veterans Partner

February 1, 2012

 It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Valley County Hospice has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Valley County Hospice  will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve.  The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korean pass away-and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.

The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. "Partners" can assess their ability to serve Veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to Veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation's Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Valley County Hospice is better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran's  military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Valley County Hospice will find tools to help support those they are caring for.

"All hospices are serving Veterans but often aren't aware of that person's service in the armed forces," said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. "Through We Honor Veterans we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve Veterans at the end of life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities."

"VA shares a common goal with our nation's hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for Veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting.  As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, We Honor Veterans will channel our combined strengths directly to Veterans - wherever they are receiving care."

The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans or to support this important work via a secure, online donation, please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.

"America's Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero's welcome home. Now it is time that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission to serve these men and women with the dignity they deserve," added Schumacher.

 

Kelly Geweke's Open House

January 30, 2012

Kelly Geweke, APRN-NP will begin her medical practice at the VCHS Medical Clinic in Ord on Monday, February 6th.  She will be seeing patients in Ord on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Geweke earned her Master's in Nursing, in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Clarkson College in August 2011.  In addition, Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the UNMC College of Nursing and is a graduate of Emory University Wound, Ostomy & Continence Program. 

Geweke lives in Ord with her husband, Barry and their 3 girls; Kara, Lucy, and Gretchen.  Dr. Jennifer Bengston, VCHS Chief of Medical Staff stated, "We're thrilled to welcome Kelly to VCHS in her expanded role as a Nurse Practitioner.  All of the medical providers have worked closely with her as Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse and look forward to continuing to have her expertise in that area as well.  It's always nice to add someone local to our Medical Staff."

A community welcome reception will be held for Kelly on Thursday, February 16th from 4:30 - 6:00 pm in the Courtyard Grille at Valley County Health System.

To schedule an appointment with Kelly Geweke, APRN-NP, call 728.4202.

 

Christina Pollard Begins at VCHS

January 20, 2012

Christina Pollard joined Valley County Health System as the Director of Special Projects on January 16th.  Pollard will be responsible for Corporate Compliance, Risk Management, Quality Improvement, Education, Infection Control, Meaningful Use and the Heritage Program. 

Christina was born and raised in Omaha, NE and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Her previous position was with Wide River TEC as the Clinical Information Specialist. Prior to that, Christina worked at VCHS as the Medical Clinic Coordinator for a year.

Christina and her husband, Caleb, reside in Ord with their two sons, Calen, who is 7 years old and Elijah, who is 4 years old. 

 

2012 Gala Results

January 17, 2012

This past Saturday night brought a record attendance of approximately 270 people out to the Valley County Health System Foundation's Annual Gala, and what a night it was!  Early tabulations show that approximately $25,000 was raised in support of Valley County Health System as well!  

This year's theme was "Smokin' Pianos & Southern BBQ".  The decorating committee turned the ballroom into an elegant BBQ themed layout, from Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling to the burlap, candles & blue bandanas & wine bottles on the tables.  Mr. Doug Duda served as this years emcee and kept the crowd continuously laughing with his "ever-interesting" humor. 

The evening began with a social hour at 5:30pm, during which time you could bid on great silent auction items, as well as enjoy delicious appetizers by Chef Roy Farrens.  Following the social hour, the Vet's Club served a wonderful barbeque meal of brisket, BBQ ribs & all the fixings.  Next, Steve Wolf of Wolf Auction & Real Estate conducted the live auction, along with the help of Mr. Duda.  Thanks to several generous donors, there was a very nice offering of auction items for those in attendance. 

After the auction, a raffle drawing for a La-Z-boy xZipit Recliner (sponsored by Helix Financial Services/Matt Geiser, and donated in part by Lukasiewicz Furniture, Appliances & Flooring) was held.  Karen White of North Loup was the lucky winner. 

Then came the entertainment that everyone had been anticipating....176 Keys Fun Dueling Pianos!  Sam and Jefrey starting their performance off with getting the crowd clapping and involved and from there on out, the night was full of laughter, entertainment, great songs, sing-a-longs and lots of humor & some memorable moments for those who were "lucky" enough to make it up front.     

The Foundation was again overwhelmed, and so thankful for the generous support of everyone who helped with, or came out and enjoyed, this annual evening with us. We feel truly blessed to be part of this community & that we are able to give back through the great support given us by all our kind donors.  The Foundation would like to thank everyone for helping make the gala possible.   Your donations & support touch the lives of so many who are served by Valley County Health System & through the services they offer. 

Our next fundraiser will be the annual golf tournament & auction, which is scheduled to be held on Friday, July 6, 2012 at the Ord Golf Course, so please mark your calendars & plan to attend. 

For more information on how you can get involved, or about the Valley County Health System Foundation, please contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011 or visit the Foundation page at www.ValleyCountyHealthSystem.org. 

 

74 New Books Donated for the Leading to Reading Program

January 16, 2012

The Valley County Health System Good Beginnings Committee has made a generous donation of 74  new books for the Leading to Reading Program. This ongoing program, sponsored by the committee, provides parents in the area with a postcard each month that lists important information regarding your child and detailed milestones to watch for in your child's development. The postcards also list age appropriate books that can be read aloud to your child to further develop language skills. New copies of these suggested books are all available at the Ord Township Library.  These titles are on display and are clearly marked with a blue age appropriate sticker from birth to 60 months.   

Families may register to receive Leading to Reading cards , free of charge, to match their child's age. To register fill out a form at: The Ord Township Library 1718 M Street Ord, NE  68862 or visit:  http://www.valleycountyhealthsystem.org/community-services/good-beginnings to download the form.

 Funding for the books was made possible by grant funds through the John and Alyce Wozab Memorial Fund.

 

 

Love & Logic Parenting Class Available

January 10, 2012

The Valley County Health System Child Development Committee is offering the five-week parenting class titled, Becoming a Love & Logic Parent®.  The class is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately.  It is designed by the Love & Logic Institute, Inc. and is America's most practical and entertaining parent training.  The class is designed for those with children who are in elementary/middle school and provides answers to many day-to-day parenting challenges.

If you answer yes to the following questions, this class might be for you:

  • Would you like to feel more confident as a parent?
  • Would you like to have more fun parenting?
  • Would you like to feel more relaxed at the end of the day?

The five-week class will begin on Monday, January 23, 2011 and continue each week through Monday, February 20. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Ord United Methodist Church - 304 S. 16th Street.  The cost is only $5 per family and includes the book.  Scholarships are available if needed.  Childcare will be available.  There must be a minimum of 10 families register in order to hold the class. To learn more or to register, call 308.728.4397.  Registration deadline is Thur. January 12th.

 

VCHS Foundation Gala Scheduled for Sat. Jan. 14

December 29, 2011

(ORD) - The Annual Valley County Health System Foundation Gala will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the Ord Veteran's Club.  Social hour will begin at 5:30 pm with the meal, auction and entertainment to follow at 6:30 pm.

The theme for this year's gala is "Smokin' Pianos & Southern BBQ" and entertainment will be provided by 176 Keys, smokin' good Dueling Pianos. The show takes popular songs, requested by the audience, and encourages singing along and other participation. You will hear comedic lyrics in place of standard lyrics, fun with audience members on and off stage, and a high-energy mix of music and comedy.

Tickets are available at local banks, from any Foundation Board member, the VCHS Registration desk and the Foundation office. Tickets are $40 each or $70 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 the best seat in the house on game day. The raffle tickets are for a new XZipit® by La-Z-Boy recliner and an interchangeable embroidered logo panel system with a Husker "N" on it. For more information, contact Becky Ries at 728-3011.

 

VCHS Donates 32 Turkeys For Christmas

December 22, 2011

In this season's spirit of giving VCHS donated 32 turkeys to charitable organizations on Friday, December 16th.   16 turkeys went to Make Christmas Happen, and 16 turkeys went to Burwell's Christmas Box, two local programs providing holiday assistance to families in Valley and Garfield Counties.

Valley County Health System is pleased to contribute to two great programs like Make Christmas Happen and Burwell's Christmas Box.

 

VVLC Residents Receive Early Christmas Cheer

December 19, 2011

Valley View Living Center residents received an early Christmas gift this week. The generous Angeline Koelling estate funds purchased new modern beds, mattresses, dressers, and night stands for all residents.

In conjunction with the resident rooms being updated, VVLC has installed a new call system.  The wireless call system goes directly to pagers that each employee wears.  This creates a quieter home environment for the residents and will allow management to track how long each call response takes.  The new call system allows for reports to be done ensuring quality care at all times. In addition to the new call system, Care Tracker a new documentation system has been purchased.  The Care Tracker allows VVLC employees to document the care given at the time of care.  This will make for more accurate assessments and documentation reports for quality measurements.

After the first of the year VVLC will continue with facility renovations.  First, the 400 hall bathhouse will be updated.  A side entry tub has also been purchased through VCHS Foundation donations and grant money.  Next, the all important dining room will receive a face lift.  After those renovations are completed the atrium, sunshine circle, and all hallways will be refinished to create a warm, comfortable atmosphere for all of our residents.

Valley View Living is a licensed 60-bed intermediate nursing care facility that is owned and operated by Valley County Health System.

 

Bartley Attends Emotional Manipulation Seminar

December 18, 2011

James Bartley, a Psychotherapist in the Heritage Program at Valley County Health System, recently attended an Emotional Manipulation Seminar in Omaha on December 7th.

Although many people are great emotional manipulators they are not personality disordered.  Research has found that emotional manipulation is also utilized by abusers and their victims; sex offenders; and even bosses who emotionally manipulate their employees. The seminar focused on helping mental health care professionals recognize these individuals and begin intervention with their victims to minimize their destructive behavior.  Seminar participates learned what drives Emotional Manipulation, the vulnerable thoughts of the victims, and how emotional manipulators continually manipulate their victims.

The VCHS Heritage Program for seniors is a behavioral health program that provides individualized treatment for older adults who suffer from psychiatric, emotional or behavioral disorders.  For more information, call 308.728.4340.

 

VCHS Donates $1,629 to Make Christmas Happen

December 15, 2011

Valley County Health System donated $1,626 from two fundraisers to Make Christmas Happen, a local project providing holiday assistance to families in Valley County.   

The annual Celebrate Being a Woman event raised $1,129 in funds from the raffle of items that were donated by departments and individual employees.  The VCHS Staff Action Committee, a committee dedicated to VCHS employees, donated $500 from their annual bake sale and silent auction.

In addition, VCHS will be sponsoring a Soup Supper on Thursday, Dec. 22 at the Ord Fire Hall, held in conjunction with the Ord Area Chamber's Winterfest.  The funds raised there will also be given to Make Christmas Happen.

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

Photo caption:  VCHS representatives, Jack Williams, Jr. (right) and Bethanne Kunz (left) present $1,629 to Make Christmas Happen 2011.  Accepting the donation from left to right are Carol Thomsen, Audrey Gregory, Doris David, Pat Konkoleski, Lyle Sevenker and Agnes Janda.

 

VCHS Employees Honored for Years of Service

December 12, 2011

The annual Valley County Health System Christmas Party was held Friday, December 2 at the Ord Veteran's Club.  More than 225 employees, spouses and board members attended the celebration.  Thirty nine employees were recognized with awards for their years of service to VCHS.   Entertainment included a dance, music provided by DJ America. 

Employees recognized for Years of Service were: 30 years - Dee Osentowski; 25 years - Stacy Streff; 20 years - Kerry Drahota; 15 years-Cheryl Sinkler, Carolyn Lukesh, Peggy Hemmer, Arlene Hughes, Mary Beth Parker; 10 years-Cindy Struckman, Teresa Lange, Julie Thiel, Sue Augustyn, Jeffrey Breitkreutz, PA-C, Linda Freeman, Debbie Graves, Twilla Hornickel, Sharon Iwanski, Donna Streeter, Marilou Dockhorn, Katie Swendener, Carol Schroeder; 5 years-Cheryl Tucker, Kathy Armstrong, Danny Vanek, Amy Vore, Janet Harkness, Becky Setlik, Sue Diehl, Judy Warner, Carollee Krahulik, Amber Twyman, Bebe Dahlsten, Karen Espiritu, Judy Mahony, Ashley Woodward, Betty Smedra; PRN's recognized included Kathryn Streff, Cathleen Woitalewicz, Cameron Calleroz.

Pictured:  Dee Osentowski is pictured with Jack Williams, Jr., CEO, as she accepts her 30 year recognition.

Proskocil Named Employee of the Quarter

December 6, 2011

Danielle Proskocil has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 1st Quarter of the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Proskocil for the honor, a co-worker explained how she has a heart of gold and is a true blessing to Valley County Health System.  "She acts with the utmost integrity at all times and always does the right thing.  She shows respect for each and every employee and as a result is greatly respected by employees.  Danielle can always be trusted to keep things confidential and to always follow through on whatever she takes on." 

Proskocil is the Human Resources Coordinator at VCHS.  She has been employed by Valley County Health System since December of 2003.

 

Sandoz Passes Trauma Nurse Core Course

December 6, 2011

Jennifer Sandoz, Acute Care RN, at Valley County Health System has completed Trauma Nurse Core Course, TNCC, through the Emergency Nurses Association.  The TNCC is a two day course that presents core-level knowledge, refine skills, and build a firm foundation in trauma nurses.  ENA developed and implemented the TNCC for national and international dissemination as a means of identifying a standardized body of trauma nursing knowledge.  The certification consists of a written exam and skill stations.  The exam covered all types of ER care from initial assessment to brain and cranial trauma to psychosocial aspects of trauma care.  The skill stations covered trauma nursing process, airway and ventilation interventions, spinal protection, helmet removal, splinting, and a physical assessment station. 

 

 

VCHS Diabetic Ed Program Recertified

December 1, 2011

Valley County Health System's Diabetic Education Program has been recertified for another 4 years.  The VCHS Diabetes Education and Self-Management Program is a satellite clinic of Bryan LGH who is an American Diabetes Association accredited program.  Bryan LGH has 18 diabetes education sites within the Heartland Health Alliance.

Patient statistics are gathered at each site and submitted to the American Diabetes Association.  One of the statistics is the average decrease in the Hemoglobin A1C which is an average of the patient's blood sugars over the past 2-3 months.  On average, a 1% drop in the A1C level can decrease a person's risk for micro vascular complications (those involving damage of the eyes, kidneys, and nerves) can be decreased by 40%.  As a total of the 18 sites combined, 87% of patients lowered their A1C level by an average of 1.7%. At Valley County Health System, our patients saw an average 2.3% drop in their A1C levels, helping patients significantly reduce their risk for health complications.

For more information, contact Amy Vore at 308.728.4341.

 

 

Geweke to Begin Practice at VCHS Medical Clinics

November 29, 2011

Valley County Health System is pleased to announce that Kelly Geweke, APRN-NP will begin her medical practice at the VCHS Medical Clinics in January. Geweke has been employed with VCHS since March of 2002 as a Registered Nurse and Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse.

Geweke earned her Master's in Nursing, in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Clarkson College in August 2011.  She recently passed the certification exam that allows her to get her license.  In addition, Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the UNMC College of Nursing and is a graduate of Emory University Wound, Ostomy & Continence Program. 

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed advanced education and training in specialty areas and diagnosis and management of most common disorders.  They can diagnose, treat and monitor most illnesses, injuries, infections and chronic diseases.  Nurse practitioners can also take medical histories; perform physicals; order, interpret and report lab results, X-rays and EKGs and much more.

Geweke lives in Ord with her husband, Barry and their 3 girls; Kara, Lucy, and Gretchen.  Dr. Jennifer Bengston, VCHS Chief of Medical Staff stated, "We're thrilled to welcome Kelly to VCHS in her expanded role as a Nurse Practitioner.  All of the medical providers have worked closely with her as Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse and look forward to continuing to have her expertise in that area as well.  It's always nice to add someone local to our Medical Staff."

Kelly will join the other seven members of the VHCS Medical Staff: Jennifer Bengston, MD; Daniel Schneider, MD; Chris Unterseher, MD; Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C; David Farrar, PA-C; Bob Reilly, PA-C; and Jane Meyer, APRN-NP.

Kelly will work in the VCHS Medical Clinic three days per week. To schedule an appointment with Kelly Geweke, call 728.4202.

 

New VCHS Medical Clinic in Burwell Opening on Dec. 5

November 25, 2011

Burwell - The Valley County Health System Medical Clinic in Burwell will have a new home on December 5th.  The new Medical Clinic will be attached to the current VCHS Rehabilitation Center at 150 North 9th Avenue in Burwell.  The Rehabilitation Center address will be Suite A and the Medical Clinic will be Suite B.  The entrance to the medical clinic is on the south side of the building.  The clinic was recently constructed by R&B Enterprises and consists of 3 exam rooms, a procedure room, lab and x-ray.

The clinic is open four days each week.  Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C and Jennifer Bengston, MD see patients at the Burwell clinic Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week.  Daniel Schneider, MD sees patients each Wednesday. 

A holiday open house and grand opening ceremony will be held on Monday, December 19th from 5:00 - 6:30 pm.  The public is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

To schedule an appointment at the VCHS Medical Clinic in Burwell, call 308.346.5442 or 308.728.4200.

 

Meyer Attends Nurse Practitioner Conference

November 22, 2011

Jane Meyer, APRN-NP from Valley County Health System attended the AANP 2011 Specialty Conference for Primary Care Nurse Practitioners on the orthopedic track in San Diego, CA, Oct. 28-30.   Conference objectives focused on were the ability to prescribe appropriate management of common orthopedic conditions and make appropriate specialty referrals, describing diagnosis and treatment of connective tissue disorders, degenerative disease of the musculoskeletal system and arthrotides, properly diagnosing and managing common pediatric orthopedics conditions, and describing principles of orthopedic injection, arthrocentesis, casting and splinting.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Meyer, call the VCHS Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.

 

Dr. Schneider Attends Pediatric Conference

November 10, 2011

Dr. Daniel Schneider recently attended the 4th Annual Upper Midwest Regional Pediatrics Conference in South Sioux City, NE, October 27-28, 2011.

The UMRPC is a two-day series of seminars focusing on the continuum of care for infants and children with a variety of common medical problems. The conference provided lectures and discussion forums on a variety of relevant topics ranging from Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy, indications for surgery, complications of ENT surgeries, antibiotic stewardship, pediatric airway challenges , chronic cough, neonatal sepsis, drowning prevention, intestinal rehabilitation and liver and small bowel transplant, the use of Probiotics in the hospitalized pediatric patient, cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in children, advances in nontraditional cardiac surgery , murmurs and other reasons to refer to pediatric cardiology and management of the diabetic child.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schneider, call the VCHS Medical Clinic at 308.728.4202.

 

Home Health & Hospice to Hold Holiday Happenings - Nov. 8

November 1, 2011

Valley County Health System is proud to celebrate Home Health and Hospice Month throughout November to honor the caregivers who make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.  The Home Health and Hospice Department will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, November 8, from 1:30-4 p.m. in the Home Health office at 400 S. 23rd Street.  Refreshments will be served.

The event will feature a food drive with donations going to the Ord Food Pantry. 
Non-perishable and non-expired food items may be dropped off at the Home Health office prior to or the day of the Open House to be entered into a drawing.

For more information, call 728-4355.

 

Zalaznik Begins Rotation at VCHS Medical Clinics

November 1, 2011

Sarah Zalaznik, a Physician Assistant student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has chosen Valley County Health System in Ord to complete her Family Practice rotation.  Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C is her supervising provider.  Sarah is originally from Omaha.  She is specializing in Family Practice and will graduate in December of 2012.  She chose Valley County Health System for a rotation because she is thinking about practicing medicine in a rural setting.  She will complete her rotation at VCHS on January 27,  2012.

 

3 VCHS Employees Honored at NHA Caring Kind Luncheon

October 24, 2011

Omaha - Chelle Green, Tracy Reiner and Tanya Erickson, employees at Valley County Health System were honored at the Nebraska Hospital Association's Caring Kind Luncheon on October 21st.  The luncheon, held during the NHA Annual Convention was held at the Embassy Suites in La Vista with more than 500 people in attendance. 

Green, a Scheduler in Patient Access at VCHS, received the Caring Kind Award.  Each year, Valley County Health System nominates their Employee of the Year for this honor.  Green has worked at VCHS since October 20, 2008.

Reiner, a Pharmacist & Erickson, a Licensed Practical Nurse in Long Term Care at VCHS, graduated from the NHA's Leadership Institute.  The NHA Leadership Institute is a nine-month curriculum that provides up-and-coming leaders healthcare organizations the necessary skills to become exceptional leaders.

The NHA has 85 member hospitals and each year these hospitals recognize their finest employees at this annual celebration of caring.

Pictured from left: Chelle Green, Tracy Reiner, Tanya Erickson

Oldaker & Johnson Complete Postural Respiration Course

October 18, 2011

Obadiah Johnson, DPT and Lindsey Oldaker, DPT, Physical Therapists at Valley County Health System, recently completed a two-day Postural Respiration course.  During the course, participants gained appreciation for the postural influences of: rib torsion, asymmetrical oblique strength, inconsistent breathing patterns, habitual use of accessory respiratory musculature and a restricted diaphragm. Participants learned how to integrate treatments using both manual therapy and specific non-manual techniques to restore respiratory and rotational functions of the trunk.

Valley County Health System offers Physical Therapy services in the Rehabilitation Services Department in Ord and the Rehabilitation Centers in Burwell and Loup City.  For more information about this service, contact the Rehabilitation Department at (308) 728-4247.

 

Celebrate Being a Woman Draws More than 300

October 17, 2011

Ord - The 2011 Celebrate Being a Woman drew a crowd of more than 300 women to the Ord Veteran's Club on Tuesday, October 11th.  The event is sponsored annually by Valley County Health System and is held for women of all ages and includes a free meal.

There were a total of 34 vendors that participated in this year's event.  Michelle Zangger, member of the VCHS Board of Trustees welcomed everyone to the event.  Dr. Hoos-Thompson, Cardiologist, gave a presentation titled, "Women & Heart Disease".  Pam Moninger, Valley County Health System Radiology technician, spoke to the audience about breast cancer awareness and prevention, along with the importance of bone density testing.

The evening ended with drawings for the raffle and door prizes.  The raffle items included 13 items donated by VCHS departments and employees. The raffle generated $1,129, which will be used to buy grocery gift certificates to be used for Christmas dinners for area families in need.  The vendors also provided door prizes.

 

Copsey Completes Electrotherapeutic Agent Certification

October 7, 2011

Jamie Copsey, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist at Valley County Health System, recently completed a three-day Electrotherapeutic Agents certification course sponsored by the NE Board of Occupational Therapy.  During the course, participants learned indications, contraindications and precautions for various electrotherapeutic modalities.

Valley County Health System offers Occupational Therapy services in the Rehabilitation Services Department in Ord and the Rehabilitation Centers in Burwell and Loup City.  For more information about this service, contact the Specialty Clinic at (308) 728-4249.

 

Local Farmers Donate Grain to VCHS Foundation

October 3, 2011

With the prospects of good yields and high grain prices, many grain producers are about to harvest a record income.  Marty Petska, Jim Edwards, Chuck Zangger, Jim Novotny and Roger Lansman have decided to donate a gift of grain to the Valley County Health System Foundation this harvest as a way to minimize their tax liability while making a charitable gift to a local foundation.  These farmers encourage others to consider giving a gift of grain to their favorite charity.  

Producers should check with their accountants to determine whether a contribution of commodities is appropriate to their tax situation. Valley County Health System Foundation will be happy to visit with you about arranging an agricultural gift. Contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011.

 

VCHS Hospice to Hold Community Memorial Service

September 26, 2011

The Hospice Department at Valley County Health System will be holding a public Community Memorial Service on Sunday, November 6th, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Ord.

The fifth annual Celebration of Life will honor the memory of all loved ones who have died this past year.  It will include a speaker, candle lighting ceremony and slide show presentation.  The service will conclude with a balloon release and refreshments.

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, bring a photo to the Hospice Office at 400 South 23rd Street or mail it to 2707 L Street, Ord, NE  68862 by Monday, October 10th.

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

 

Celebrate Being A Woman - Oct. 11

September 13, 2011

Ord - Women of all ages are invited to attend Valley County Health System's annual Celebrate Being a Woman. It will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 5-8 pm at the Ord Veteran's Club.  The event includes a meal, gifts, exhibits, speaker, raffle and door prizes. Last year's event drew more than 300 women and 35 exhibitors! This year's theme is "Get Your Pink On" and will focus on breast cancer awareness and prevention.

The registration deadline is Thursday, October 6th and space is limited. Register online by clicking here or call 308-728-4356.

 

Dr. Schneider Passes Boards

September 2, 2011

Dr. Daniel Schneider was notified on September 2 that he is now board-certified in family medicine.  He successfully passed the 2011 Family Medicine Certification Examination given by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Schneider sees patients at both of the VCHS Medical Clinics in Ord and Burwell.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schneider, call 308.728.4202.

 

Green Named Employee of the Year

August 16, 2011

Chelle Green has been named Employee of the Year at Valley County Health System.  Chelle was selected as Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System in July 2011 by fellow employees. She received the Employee of the Year award from among three other qualified candidates who were also named Employees of the Quarter during the year.  Chelle was also nominated for the Nebraska Hospital Association's Caring Kind Award.  She will be attending the Caring Kind Luncheon in Omaha on October 21st.

In a letter nominating Green for the honor, a co-worker explained how she exemplifies the values of Valley County Health System. "She is concerned about the well-being of our patients and goes out of her way to make sure they are comfortable and taken care of.  She takes great pride in doing her job and shows respect for all of her co-workers.  Chelle is always courteous and kind to everyone. She is a good, honest and dedicated employee."

Chelle is the Scheduler in the Patient Access Department at VCHS.  She has been employed by Valley County Health System since October 2008.

 

Construction Underway at VCHS Medical Clinic in Burwell

August 5, 2011

Burwell - The new home for the Valley County Health System Medical Clinic in Burwell is under construction.  The new VCHS Medical Clinic will be attached to the current VCHS Rehabilitation Center at 150 North 9th Avenue in Burwell.  The clinic will consist of three (3) exam rooms, a procedure room, lab and x-ray. 

R&B Enterprises is the general contractor for the project.  On Thurs., August 4th Bill Klimek stated, "The exterior walls are up, rafters will go on today.  The roof should be shingled by the weekend and siding will begin next week. The project is on schedule and will be completed this fall."

Beginning August 22, the VCHS Medical Clinic in Burwell will be served by three providers and hours will expand to four days per week.  Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C will continue to see patients every Monday and Thursday.  Jennifer Bengston, MD will continue to see patients Tuesday afternoon.  Daniel Schneider, MD will begin seeing patients every Wednesday morning. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment at the VCHS Medical Clinic in Burwell, call 308.346.5442 or 308.728.4200.

 

BCBS Presents $10,000 Grant to VCHS and Univ. of NE Extension

August 1, 2011

ORD - Valley County Health System and the University of Nebraska Extension were presented with a second $10,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska on July 31st at the Valley County Fair.  The funds will be used to fund "Fit & Lovin' It," a program for area 5th and 6th graders.  The grant is made possible through the 2011 BlueHealth Advantage Wellness Grant program.  The "Fit and Lovin' It" program will provide a learning opportunity for area 5th and 6th grade students to increase awareness, encourage skill enhancement and focus of attitude toward individual health.  These include those related to nutrition, physical activity, seat belt use and tobacco.  The program will be held during the 2011-2012 school year.

VCHS CEO Jack Williams, Jr., Extension Educator Kayla Hinrichs, BCBS of NE representatives Rob Trebilcock and Celann LaGreca made comments at the event.

BCBS also held a surprise giveaway for one of the 5th graders who participated in the program last year.  A name was drawn at random from those students who completed the daily nutrition and fitness tracking calendars.  The giveaway was a Schwinn 24" Mountain Bike and helmet. The winner was Sarah Lueck from Arcadia.  She is the daughter of BJ and Becky Lueck. 

For more information about the program, contact the University of Nebraska Extension at 308.728.5071 or VCHS at 308.728.4347.

Photo Caption:  Celann LaGreca and Rob Trebilcock with BCBS of Nebraska present Sarah Lueck of Arcadia with a Schwinn mountain bike and helmet.  Sarah won the surprise giveaway through a random drawing of students who participated in tracking their fitness and nutrition after last year's Fit & Lovin' It program. Kayla Hinrichs, UNL Extension Educator is holding the $10,000 check.

 

Dr. Schneider Begins at VCHS

August 1, 2011

Daniel Schneider, MD has begun his medical practice at the VCHS Medical Clinic in Ord.  In addition, he will begin seeing patients on Wednesday mornings at the VCHS Medical Clinic in Burwell on August 24th

Schneider grew up in Taylor, Nebraska and graduated from Loup County High School in 1999.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Doane College in 2003 and his Doctor of Medicine in 2008 from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.  Dr. Schneider completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership in 2011.  His interests are in pediatrics and sports medicine.

Dr. Schneider has moved to Ord with his wife, Natalie.  She works in the field of statistics.  Natalie competes in wheelchair basketball and has been selected to play on the U.S. national team several times.  Both are avid sports fans and enjoy traveling.  Dr. Schneider stated, "Natalie and I are very excited to be living and working in Ord.  We are looking forward to getting involved in the community and enjoying all the advantages of living in rural Nebraska."

A community welcome reception will be held for Dr. Schneider on Tuesday, August 9th from 4:30 - 6:00 pm in the Courtyard Grille at Valley County Health System.  A reception is also scheduled at the VCHS Medical Clinic in Burwell on Wed. August 31st from 4:30 - 6:00 pm.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schneider, call 728.4202.

 

Good Beginnings Donates Books to Valley County Libraries

July 31, 2011

The Valley County Health System Good Beginnings Committee recently donated two parenting books to the Ord Township Library.  The books, titled Positive Parenting from A to Z, Karen Renshaw Joslin and Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior and Character in 5 Days, Dr. Kevin Leman, will be on display in the New Releases Non Fiction section of the library.  Books will also be donated to the libraries in North Loup and Arcadia.

The VCHS Child Development Committee is made up of parents, educators, professionals and healthcare providers.  The mission of this committee is to make a positive difference in the lives of young children in Valley County by educating parents about children's growth and development, in order to strength the family unit as a whole.  Events and projects sponsored by the Committee include the annual kid's fair, Love & Logic parenting classes, educational bags to all parents of newborns residing in Valley County, Leading to Reading postcards and preschool screenings.

For more information, call 728.3011.

Photo caption from left: Jeanette Koelling, Kristi Hagstrom, Carol Keyser, Becki Ries, Sheri Blaha, Bridget Sheets and Bethanne Kunz

 

Golf Tournament Nets $22,500

July 29, 2011

Becky Ries, Valley County Health System Foundation Administrator, is pleased to announce that the 2011 Golf Tournament netted a profit of $22,500.  Of this amount, $5,000 will be placed in the Foundation endowment fund and the rest will be designated for use in the area(s) of the greatest need within Valley County Health System.  Becky would also like to thank everyone who participated to make this year's tournament such a success. 

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 14th Annual Valley County Health System Foundation Golf Tournament & Auction scheduled for Friday, July 6, 2012.  

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.

 

Green Named Employee of Quarter

July 21, 2011

Chelle Green has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 4th Quarter of the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Green for the honor, a co-worker explained how she exemplifies the values of Valley County Health System. "She is concerned about the well-being of our patients and goes out of her way to make sure they are comfortable and taken care of.  She takes great pride in doing her job and shows respect for all of her co-workers.  Chelle is always courteous and kind to everyone. She is a good, honest and dedicated employee."

Chelle is the Scheduler in the Patient Access Department at VCHS.  She has been employed by Valley County Health System since October 2008.

Photo Caption:  Jack Williams, Jr., CEO of VCHS presents Chelle Green with her EOQ Award.

 

Bengston Attends Ag Medicine Seminar

July 19, 2011

Dr. Jennifer Bengston recently attended Agricultural Medicine Seminar in Omaha July 11-13, 2011.  The course was offered by the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health.

She attended the meeting to obtain continuing medical education credit.  The seminar focused on occupational and environmental health issues for rural medicine.   Some of the sessions were Health Effects of Agricultural Pesticides, Agricultural Trauma, Cancer in Agricultural Populations and Agricultural Respiratory Diseases.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bengston, call the VCHS Medical Clinic at 308.728.4202.

 

BCBS Grant Presentation July 31

July 15, 2011

ORD - Valley County Health System and the University of Nebraska Extension will receive another $10,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) to fund the "Fit & Lovin' It" program.  A celebration will be held on Sunday, July 31, at 8:30 p.m. at the Valley County Fairgrounds. The presentation will be held after the 4-H Fashion Revue during the Valley County Fair.  The public is invited to attend. 

The grant is made possible through the 2011 BlueHealth Advantage Wellness Grant program.  Since 2008, BCBSNE has awarded a total of $334,000 in wellness grants to 32 organizations in greater Nebraska. The grants help fund initiatives that promote healthy living and enhance the well-being of Nebraska communities.

The "Fit and Lovin' It" program will provide a learning opportunity for area 5th and 6th grade students to increase awareness, encourage skill enhancement and focus of attitude toward individual health.  These include those related to nutrition, physical activity, seat belt use and tobacco.

This will be the second year the program is offered.  In 2010, the Fit & Lovin' It Program was created through the same $10,000 BCBS BlueHealth Advantage Wellness Grant. On January 26, 2010 the inaugural program was held with 250 students, and 40 presenters, teachers and sponsors in attendance. Fourteen schools from an eight-county area participated in this event. Teachers who attended reported that they plan to make changes as a result of the program. Two teachers are going to have healthier snacks and better breakfasts for their families. Another said, "My family and I are going to use seatbelts 100% of the time."

During April and May, Kayla Hinrichs, UNL Extension Educator visited each of the school classrooms who participated in the Fit & Lovin' It.  While at the each of the schools, a follow up lesson was taught to the 250 students.  In addition, daily nutrition and exercise tracking calendars the students had been keeping were collected. Surveys showed that 93% of youth make snacks several times per week, underscoring the need for youth to know facts about nutrition. Nearly half (49%) of the youths indicated that they eat healthier as a result of the Fit & Lovin' It program.

For more information, contact the University of Nebraska Extension at 308.728.5071 or VCHS at 308.728.4347.

 

Tax Advantages for Gifts of Grain

July 15, 2011

With the prospects of good yields and high grain prices, many grain producers are about to harvest a record income. Some may be looking for a way to minimize their tax liability while making a significant charitable gift to their favorite charity.

There are tax advantages for farmers and ranchers who make gifts of grain or livestock through a local foundation fund.  When an agricultural producer transfers legal ownership of the commodity to a charity before it is sold, the producer will not have taxable income from a sale, thus minimizing taxes. Tax savings may be realized on federal income tax, state income tax and self-employment tax, depending on the producer's specific circumstances.
Several affiliated funds of the Nebraska Community Foundation have benefitted from gifts of grain and livestock, including the communities of Chambers, Diller, Shickley, Stuart, Stratton, Atkinson, Thedford and more. 

The gift method has worked out well for Roland and Bev From, who recently retired from farming in the Rising City area.

"Gifting grain to a charitable fund not only feels good and does something good for the community, it is done with pre-tax dollars, and you don't claim the income from the grain. So the gift is not taxable, and you can still claim all of your production costs as deductible expenses for income tax purposes," said Roland From.

The Valley County Health System Foundation is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, which has helped a number of communities benefit from gifts of grain and livestock.  Gifts to Valley County Health System Foundation are not only tax-deductible; they are an important way to invest in the future of our hometown. Recently, funds provided to the Foundation have allowed for the purchase of Total Knee Replacement Surgical Equipment for the Operating Room, Shoulder Surgical Equipment for the Operating Room, Emergency Room Heart Monitor, Digital Thermometers, Blood Transport Bags, Nursing Bags, Hospice Volunteer Booklets & Training Supplies for Home Health & Hospice.

Producers should check with their accountants to determine whether a contribution of commodities is appropriate to their tax situation. They should then notify the Nebraska Community Foundation in advance of making a gift of commodities, as there are specific procedures that need to be followed to obtain the desired tax treatment of a gift of grain or livestock to an affiliated foundation fund. Valley County Health System Foundation will be happy to visit with you about arranging an agricultural gift. Contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011.

For assistance with a gift of commodities, contact the Nebraska Community Foundation at (402) 323-7330 or info@nebcommfound.org .

The Nebraska Community Foundation, established in 1993, helps rural Nebraska put charitable giving to work for community and economic development.  There are 205 affiliated funds, serving 227 communities in 77 of Nebraska's 93 counties.  The Nebraska Community Foundation has reinvested $118 million for projects and programs throughout Nebraska. For further information, visit NCF's website at http://www.nebcommfound.org.

 

Foundation Golf Tournament Results

July 8, 2011

ORD - The 13th Annual Valley County Health System Golf Tournament involved the participation of 27 teams on July 1, 2011 at the Ord Golf Course.

The flight winners this year were as follows: 

Championship Flight: Goodlife Pharmacy - Troy Warner, Travis Klanecky, Doug
Duda, Mike Bechtold

First Flight: Arby's - Mike Linke, John Adam, Bruce Phillips, Brady Foster

Second Flight: Green Plains 1 - Tony Kaslon, Travis Gidley, Derek Gregoski, Steve
Todsen

Valley County Health System Foundation thanks all of the sponsors and teams for participating in this year's event, as well as everyone who volunteered their time and also those who joined us for the auction. 

Photo caption: Goodlife Pharmacy was the winning team of the Championship Flight in the VCHS Foundation Golf Tournament. The team included (from l to r:) Troy Warner, Travis Klanecky, Doug Duda and Mike Bechtold.

 

Farrar Attends Cardio/Pulmonary Seminar

July 7, 2011

David Farrar, PA-C at Valley County Health System attended the Cardio/Pulmonary for Primary Care Physicians seminar in Jackson Hole, WY from July 1-3, 2011.  The seminar featured sessions on respiratory infections, coronary artery disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arrhythmia. 

To schedule an appointment with Farrar, call the VCHS Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.

 

Cannon Begins Rotation at VCHS Medical Clinics

July 7, 2011

Anthony Cannon, a 3rd year medical student from UNMC, has chosen Valley County Health System to complete his Family Medicine rotation.  Both Dr. Jennifer Bengston and Dr. Unterseher will be his supervising physicians.  Anthony is originally from Kearney.  He is specializing in Internal Medicine and will graduate in May, 2013.  Anthony stated, "I'm very happy to be here in Ord.  It's one of my favorite communities, and I look forward to learning more about medicine here in the next few months."   He will be at the VCHS Medical Clinics through August 26th.

 

Unterseher: Board Certified in Family Medicine & Psychiatry

July 1, 2011

Dr. Chris Unterseher is now board-certified in both family medicine and psychiatry.  Dr. Unterseher recently completed the second phase of his psychiatry boards, which consist of a written exam and oral exam. The written exam is 500+ computerized questions taken in the last year of residency. The oral exam tests interview, diagnostic, and treatments skills and is taken in the year following graduation from residency. 

Dr. Unterseher was board-certified in Family Medicine in December 2010 and board-certified in Psychiatry in June 2011.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Unterseher, call the VCHS Medical Clinic at 308.728.4202.

 

VCHS and UNL Extension Recipients of $10,000 BCBS Wellness Grant

June 30, 2011

OMAHA (June 10, 2011) - Ten nonprofit organizations in Nebraska have been awarded a total of $100,000 in BlueHealth Advantage Wellness Grants from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.

The 2011 grant recipients include the Valley County Health System & UNL Extension in Ord, Fit & Lovin' It, a program for 5th and 6th grade students in an eight county region focusing on nutrition, physical activity, and seat belt and tobacco use.

Each year, Blue Cross awards wellness grants to projects in greater Nebraska that show the most promise for bettering the health and well-being of community residents. Since 2008, the insurance company has awarded $334,000 in grants.

"As a Nebraska-based company, Blue Cross is happy to recognize our grant recipients for their commitment to building healthier communities," said Celann LaGreca, vice president of community investment at Blue Cross.

A grant award ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 31st at the Valley County Fair before the Queen Coronation.

 

VCHS Board Adopts 2012 Budget

June 28, 2011

At the June 15th Valley County Health System Board meeting, the Fiscal Year 2012 budget was reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees. 

Total operating revenues for fiscal year 2012 are budgeted to increase by 7.1% compared to fiscal year 2011, reflecting continued growth in the services provided to the people in this region.    After paying all debt service on the bonds and paying all leases on equipment a positive cash balance is projected allowing the hospital to build cash reserves for future bond payments on the new building and keep up with new technologies and services.

The FY 2012 budget does show an operating loss; however this is after all depreciation expense on the new building.  It should be pointed out that depreciation is a non-cash expense and does not negatively impact the cash flow thus allowing the hospital to build cash reserves during FY 2012.  Depreciation and its' impact on the cash flow of a hospital was discussed at length during the community forums held prior to the bond vote taken in 2008. 

The employees of Valley County Health System will work diligently to ensure growth in volume while at the same time controlling expenses. The end result will be a positive cash flow for the hospital allowing the facility to meet all of its' financial obligations.

If you have questions regarding the budget, please call the hospital at 308.728.4299.

 

Burwell Clinic Moving to New Location

June 27, 2011

Burwell - The Valley County Health System Medical Clinic in Burwell will have a new home this fall.  The Medical Clinic is currently located within the Community Memorial Health Center building, however, VCHS was notified that the lease will be terminated due to new need for space by CMHC.

The new VCHS Medical Clinic will be attached to the current VCHS Rehabilitation Center at 150 North 9th Avenue in Burwell.  The clinic will be newly constructed this summer and will consist of 3 exam rooms, a procedure room, lab and x-ray. 

Bill Klimek of R&B Enterprises, the general contractor for the project, said that he and his son Ryan are pleased to be working again with Valley County Health System to create new infrastructure to enhance the delivery of health care to the area's residents.  "This new phase of development will involve the addition of a medical clinic to the east side of the existing VCHS Rehabilitation Center.  It should be the perfect complement to an already successful expansion for VCHS," stated Bill.

Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C and Jennifer Bengston, MD see patients at the Burwell clinic Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week.  Future plans are to expand clinic hours to four days per week with the addition of Daniel Schneider, MD. 

Breitkreutz stated, "I am pleased that the VCHS Medical Clinic in Burwell will be continuing to provide medical care to those in the Burwell area.  I am also happy that we will be expanding our clinic hours to meet the needs of our patients." 

For more information or to schedule an appointment at the VCHS Medical Clinic in Burwell, call 308.346.5442 or 308.728.4200.

 

3rd Annual Health Fair A Success

June 27, 2011

The third annual Valley County Health System Health Fair on June 23 was full of activity.  The theme for the fair was "Your Health is the Reel Deal."  A total of 112 people participated in the health screen and/or PSA blood tests.  Those who attended were able to browse the 20 educational booths and eat breakfast.   The Health Screen offered a comprehensive blood panel for a greatly reduced fee of only $35 and a prostate cancer blood test for only $15. 

Valley County Health System plans to hold another health fair next June.  Thanks to the hospital employees for their help and to those who had display booths at the fair.  Special thanks to all those who attended the fair and helped make event a continued success.

 

Williams Begins as CEO

June 20, 2011

Jack Williams, Jr. began his role as CEO of Valley County Health System on Wed. June 15th.  Jack came to VCHS from Avera Gregory Healthcare Center in Gregory, SD where he has served as CEO since 2008. 

A community welcome reception and Business After Hours will be held for Jack and his wife, Tutti, on Thursday, June 23 from 4-6 pm in the Courtyard Grille of VCHS. 

 

Setlik Attends Joint Replacement Rehab Summit

June 20, 2011

Becky Setlik, Physical Therapist, at Valley County Health System, recently attended a Joint Replacement Rehabilitation Summit in Omaha.   

The summit focused on current trends and statistics on shoulder, knee and hip arthroplasty as well as core implications for joint replacement patients, including when it is safe for patients to resume swimming, biking, hiking and other sports after a total hip, knee or shoulder surgery.

Dr. Lesiak is now performing total knee replacements at Valley County Health System.  Becky works in the VCHS Rehabilitation Services Center in Loup City and Ord.  For more information, call 308.728.4247.

 

VCHS Partners with ACCESSNebraska

May 31, 2011

Valley County Health System has elected to become a Community Partner with the NE Department of Health & Human Services program, ACCESSNebraska.

ACCESSNebraska is the quick, easy way to find and apply online for Nebraska public assistance benefits. Now there is no need to go to a DHHS office or wait in line. Individuals can self-screen and apply online for many Nebraska public assistance benefit programs.

ACCESSNebraska can be accessed on any computer with Internet access-at home, at the library, at many community agencies such as senior centers, community action agencies, and at many Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) offices.

VCHS is one of the local organizations that provides online registration assistance to our patients and the general public by appointment.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Kim Koch at 728.4316.

 

VCHS Hospice Offers Adult Grief Class

May 27, 2011

In learning to resolve grief it often helps just to talk with someone who can listen patiently and in an understanding manner.  Grief support groups can be instrumental in helping people feel less isolated as they move at their own pace in their own way in working through their grief. 

Connie Felt has this to say about attending a grief support group, "In a period of time of just over 15 months, I have had many close people die - my father, a long-time co-worker, my son, and a very close friend.  Having worked with many people over the years, it appeared to me that people who have gone to support groups seem to understand and deal with losses and problems better.  It is so helpful to talk with others going through similar losses - people who understand what you are going through.  I have found that although no two people grieve in the same way and that it is a very long process, that in order to improve, it is a necessary process to go through.  I would encourage anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one to attend a grief support group.  It is a wonderful way to get ideas, share thoughts and understand about the grieving process.  Society has the impression that the grief process is a matter of days or weeks, then people going through it wonder what is wrong with them when it doesn't happen like that."

Valley County Health System Hospice is sponsoring Grief Support classes for adults who have lost a loved one.  These classes are free of charge and will meet six consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 14th and ending July 19th.  The classes will be held at the Valley County Home Health/Hospice building at 400 S. 23rd Street from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The classes will be co-facilitated by Sally Wagner, Rolen Sell, and Marilyn Winkelbauer. If you are interested in learning more about these classes, please contact Marilyn at 308-728-4315.

 

VCHS Foundation Makes It Easier to Donate

May 27, 2011

The VCHS Foundation is very pleased to announce that you can now donate online using PayPal or any major credit card.

Valley County Health System Foundation is committed to respecting and protecting the privacy of our donors. Information you provide online when making a contribution or donation is encrypted for transmission and each transaction is secure through measures provided by Paypal.

Information provided in making an online gift becomes part of our donor database and is used for gift verification purposes in the event a donor requests a confirmation of a tax exempt gift. VCHSF does not sell or otherwise make its mailing list available to third parties. Individuals wishing to provide anonymous contributions may designate this intention at the time of donation. Such requests will be duly noted and respected.

Check it out now by clicking here. You can also indicate the fund to which you would like to donate to by typing the name of the fund under "Message". (For example: General Fund, Hospice, Endowment, etc.)

The Valley County Health System Foundation is a 501(c)(3), charitable, non-profit organization and located at 400 South 23rd Street, Ord, Nebraska.  For more information contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011. 

 

VVLC Annual Survey Completed

May 24, 2011

The annual Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) survey was completed at Valley View Living Center on May 4, 2011.

During the three-day inspection, the surveyors looked at many aspects of quality. The inspection team observed resident care processes, staff/resident interaction, dietary and the environment. The surveyors interviewed a sample of residents and family members about their life within the nursing home, as well as caregivers and administrative staff.

In their exit interview, the state surveyors were complimentary of the entire continuum of care given to our residents. The final report identified three areas of deficiency and related plans of correction have already been implemented.  The average number of deficiencies in Nebraska long term care facilities is seven.

Valley View Living Center is committed to providing our residents with the highest quality of life by encouraging independence while providing dignity and respect in a caring atmosphere.  We are proud of our caregivers, who serve our residents every day with skill and compassion.

 

Goble & Nabity Ending ENT Clinic at VCHS

May 24, 2011

Dr. GobleOrd - Valley County Health System (VCHS) regrets to announce that Drs. Nabity and Goble have given us notice that as of May 27th, 2011, they will no longer be able to provide Ear, Nose, and Throat specialty care to our area.  Dr. Nabity advised they will be closing all of their outreach clinics due to the need to cover their Grand Island office, and the inability at this time to obtain the services of additional ENT Physicians. 

Dr. Nabity and Dr. Goble have provided an outreach clinic to VCHS for the past 22 years.  We wish to thank them for their dedication in making these services available in our community.  They have brought help to many people in this area, and have been good partners with our providers and with VCHS over the years.  

VDr. NabityCHS is actively trying to recruit a new ENT specialist who can make visits to our community.  We have been advised the availability of ENT physicians to cover primary clinics and outreach clinics is limited.  For several years, it has been difficult to recruit new ENT physicians to practices in the rural Nebraska areas.  VCHS will continue to pursue all opportunities to bring ENT specialists back into our community.

For more information, call 308.728.4249.

 

VCHS Health Fair - Thurs. June 23

May 20, 2011

Valley County Health System will be hosting the 3rd Annual Health Fair, "Your Health is the Reel Deal."  The main attractions will be blood chemistries, blood pressure checks 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 Health Fair will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 6-9 am at Valley County Health System, 2707 L Street, in Ord. 

The lab tests offered during the Health Fair are a Health Screen and PSA test. 

Health Screen:

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: Kidney & Liver Function, Electrolytes
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Thyroid: TSH
  • Cholesterol & Triglycerides

PSA:  Prostate cancer screening recommended for males over the age of 50. 

A greatly reduced fee of $35 for the Health Screen and $15 for the PSA will be 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.

Pre-registration is available picking up a pre-registration form at the hospital registration desk, or at any of the banks in Ord, Arcadia or North Loup. Pre-registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact the Public Relations office at 308-728-4347.

 

Molacek Begins Rotation at VCHS Medical Clinics

May 20, 2011

Nick Molacek, a 1st year medical student from UNMC, has chosen Valley County Health System to complete his Family Medicine rotation.  Dr. Chris Unterseher will be his supervising physician.  Nick is originally from Lincoln, NE.  He is specializing in surgery and will graduate in May, 2014.  Nick stated, "I am very excited to further my education and training at Valley County Hospital and look forward to exploring the community over the next few weeks."  He will be at the VCHS Medical Clinics through June 3rd.

 

Rev. Barnes Honored at NE Hospice Banquet

May 13, 2011

Rev. Greg Barnes, Valley County Health System Hospice's Chaplain, was honored as Ord's outstanding volunteer at the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Partnership's (NHPCP) annual awards banquet on April 19th in Lincoln.  The banquet was part of the 2011 conference, "Living a Good Life...at the End of Life."  Each Hospice program in the state can nominate an outstanding volunteer to be recognized and honored at the banquet.

Rev. Barnes has been the Hospice Chaplain for Valley County Hospice since November 2007.  Rev. Barnes provides spiritual care and support for not only the Hospice patients and their families, but also the Hospice staff.  He brings comfort and care to the patients and their families, has helped with the volunteer orientations, and participates at the Hospice Team meetings and the Bereavement Team Support meetings.  Besides giving the message at Hospice's annual Memorial Service, he and his wife, Lynn, have helped with the reception following the service which is held in his parish, the Ord Christian Church.

Pictured: Rev. Greg Barnes and his wife, Lynn.

Maliszewski Begins Rotation at VCHS Medical Clinics

May 13, 2011

Jim Maliszewski, a 3rd year medical student from UNMC, has chosen Valley County Health System to complete his Family Medicine rotation.  Dr. Jennifer Bengston will be his supervising physician.  James is originally from Kansas City, MO.  He is specializing in General Internal Medicine and will graduate in May, 2012.  Jim stated, "As someone going into primary care, I'm excited to spend the next two months here in Ord integrating what I've learned this year.  So far everyone has been extremely nice and the new hospital is really beautiful!"  He will be at the VCHS Medical Clinics through June 24th.

 

Ruskamp Begins Rotation at VCHS Rehabilitation Center

May 13, 2011

Danielle Ruskamp, a Physical Therapy student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has chosen Valley County Health System Rehabilitation to complete her first rotation.  Becky Setlik, PT is her supervising therapist.  Danielle will spend much of her time with Becky at the VCHS Rehabilitation Centers in Ord and Loup City.  Danielle is originally from Howells, NE.  She will graduate in May 2012.  She will complete her eight-week rotation on July 1st.

 

Nelson Begins Intern at VCHS

May 9, 2011

Kasi Nelson, a 2nd year student at the UNMC College of Pharmacy, has chosen Valley County Health System for her summer internship.  Kasi graduated from Chadron State College with a Human Biology degree.  Kasi is originally from Ord.  She is the daughter of Glen and Denise Nelson.  Kasi stated, "I look forward to being part of VCHS this summer and learning the aspects of rural pharmacy back in my hometown."  Kasi will be at VCHS through July with Tracy Reiner, R.Ph.  She will be helping with building the medication administration program, implementing and bar coding all pharmacy items and updating the formulary.

 

Prien Establishes Memorial In Memory of Wife

May 9, 2011

John Prien, Ord High Alum, has established a charitable memorial fund to honor the life and memory of his wife, Joanne Frances (Eppard) Prien.  Mr. Prien's hope in starting the "Joanne Frances (Eppard) Prien Memorial" is that others will join in the giving spirit that Joanne shared with him during their marriage.

Joanne's husband, John, was born on a farm in Mira Valley and attended Midvale rural school until graduating from Ord High School in 1948.  He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Ord High School in 2001.  Mr. Prien's giving spirit and sense of community duty are clear in his participation in church & charitable organizations, and have extended to his "roots" here as well.  Mr. Prien's uncle, Gerhardt Malottke, spent the last ten years of his life at the Valley View Living Center, and through a major contribution from Gerhardt's estate, sufficient funds were raised to fund most of the construction of "The Atrium" addition to the Living Center.  Currently, Mr. Prien serves as Chairman of the City of Gainesville/Hall County (Georgia) Hospital Authority in Gainesville, Georgia and is also a Trustee of the 500-bed Northeast Georgia Medical Center, which again shows his passion and support of local hospitals.

If you would like to make a donation to the "Joanne Frances (Eppard) Prien Memorial", please mail your donation to the Foundation: 400 South 23rd, Ord, NE, 68862.  For more information, contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011 or at foundation@valleycountyhospital.org.  

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.

 

VCHS Celebrates Hospital & Nursing Home Week

May 8, 2011

(ORD) - A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. Hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That's the message organizers are touting with the 2011 National Hospital Week theme "Champions of Care."

The event theme, announced this week, is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 8-14 celebration.

"National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people," Bill Luke, Interim CEO of Valley County Health System said. "We're extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in providing excellent healthcare to our patients in the communities we serve."

The nation's largest health care event, National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals. The celebration, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.

A full slate of activities is planned at Valley County Health System, including and employee BBQ on Wednesday. For more information, call 308.728.4247.

 

Auxiliary Celebrates $100,000 in Donations to VCHS

May 2, 2011

Since the Valley County Health System Auxiliary opened the Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop in 2005, their contributions to VCHS have totaled $100,027!  Contributions have been used to purchase new equipment for 17 different departments within Valley County Health System.  A total of 63 separate donations have been made by the Auxiliary during this timeframe.

The Auxiliary is an organization operated solely by volunteers.  The Second Hand Rose is open Tuesday through Friday each week from 9 am - 5 pm.  It is located at 1537 M Street in Ord.  They are hosting an open house celebration this week in honor of donating $100,000.  Stop by for some cookies and coffee in celebration this Tues May 3 - Fri. May 6 during the hours of 9 am - 5 pm.

Front row (l to r): Sue Blaha, Eulalia Edwards, Dorothy Hruza, Mary Ann Struckman, Sharon Foth, Gerry Bundy, Donna Hyde, Kay Fanning, Connie Fagot.   Back row (l to r): Betty Dubas, Mary Klimek, Loretta Darnell, Charlene Schauer, Darlene Severson, Cheryl Larkowski, Carol Leggett, Sharon Novosad, Dorothy Andreesen, Linda Vasicek, Phyllis Clement, Marilys Sears & Rita Tolen.  Not pictured: Ruby Brown, Ruth Campbell, Bev Dubas, Audrey Gregory, Pam Hersh, Marie Mason, Barb McKenney, Marie Miille, Linda Ptacnik, Sharon Riskowski, Lucienne Sintek, Laura Spatz, Darlene Tuma, Jean Williams and Karen Wilson. 

 

Garnick & Zangger Appointed to VCHS Board

May 2, 2011

Gary GarnickThe Valley County Board of Supervisors has appointed Michelle Zangger and Gary Garnick as two additional members of the VCHS Board of Trustees.  Zangger will serve a six-year term and Garnick will serve a four-year term.   Zangger and Garnick join the five current board members Kara Fischer, Carl Streeter, Garry Miska, Dennis Greenland and Eulalia Edwards. They will attend their first board meeting on Wed. May 18th.  Nine Valley County residents applied for the two board positions.  

"We feel Michelle and Gary are very qualified to serve on the Hospital Board of Trustees.  Both will contribute to and compliment the present Board.  We were pleased and grateful that there were nine excellent applicants that were willing to give their time and talents for the betterment of health care in Central Nebraska," stated Bob Sevenker, Chairman of the Valley County Board of Supervisors.

Following graduation from Ord High School in 1966, Gary attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and graduated from the College of Business Administration with a degree in finance.  He returned to Ord in November of 1971 to begin working for the First National Bank in Ord as an Installment Loan Officer.  He was appointed to the bank board of directors in 1987 and continues to serve as a bank director and Executive Vice President.  Gary and his wife, Pam live in Ord and each have 2 children and a total of 5 grandchildren living in Hastings, Lincoln, and Omaha.

Gary stated, "I have always had a sincere interest in our health care facility and looked at serving on the board as an opportunity to give back to my community.  I hope to draw on my 39 years of finance and banking experience to help make the decisions necessary to see to the continued success of this business."

Michelle ZanggerMichelle grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Doane College in 2004.  She then went on to earn a Master of Arts: Forensic Psychology in 2007, Master of Arts: Organizational Behavior in 2008, and Doctorate of Philosophy: Forensic Psychology, Clinical Licensure Track in 2009 from the Alliant International University in Fresno, California.  She is currently a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist with the Beatrice State Developmental Center/Bridges Program in Hastings.  She lives with her husband, Luke, on the family farm near North Loup and has enjoyed all the new experiences farm life has to offer.  She is passionate about her job working at the Bridges Program and knowing that she can make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

When asked why she sought to serve on the VCHS Board of Trustees, Michelle stated "I firmly believe I have the skills, talents and passion necessary to be an asset to the Valley County Health System Board of Trustees.  I value leadership, teamwork, honesty, and ethics, all of which I feel are necessary to create a healthy and productive working environment."

Kara Fischer, Chair of the VCHS Board of Trustees had the following statement about the appointments, "The trustees are pleased to welcome the addition of Michelle Zangger and Gary Garnick to the board. Each offers different and unique qualities that the board and health system will greatly benefit from. It is fortunate to have such skilled and dedicated leaders in this community striving toward a successful future. We appreciate all of the candidates for their interest in the board positions and thank the County Supervisors for their diligent selection process. Again, we take another step toward the successful future of healthcare in this region."

 

VCHS Foundation Golf Tourney - July 1

May 1, 2011

The 13th Annual Valley County Health System Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the Ord Golf Course.  The tournament is a 4-person scramble and will begin at 8 am.  Following the tournament an auction will be held at the Ord Veteran's Club.

The entry fee is $400 per team and includes green fees, lunch on the Golf Course, and hors d'oeuvres at the auction following the tournament at the Ord Veteran's Club.  Entries will be accepted until Friday, June 17th and only 27 teams are allowed. 

Proceeds from the 2011 tournament will benefit Valley County Health System Foundation in supporting the mission of Valley County Health System, with a total of $5,000 going to the endowment fund to provide the highest quality health care in our service area.

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.

Click here for registration and donation forms, or contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011 or at foundation@valleycountyhospital.org.  

 

Hite Begins Rotation at VCHS Rehabilitation Center

May 1, 2011

Tracey Hite, a Physical Therapy student at the Creighton Medical Center, has chosen Valley County Health System Rehabilitation to complete her third rotation.  Betty Wheeler, PT is her supervising therapist.  Tracey will spend much of her time with Betty at the VCHS Rehabilitation Center in Burwell.  Tracey is originally from Omaha.  She will graduate in May 2012.  She will complete her four-week rotation on May 13.

 

Farrens Named Employee of Quarter

April 25, 2011

Roy Farrens has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 3rd Quarter of 2010-2011.

In a letter nominating Farrens for the honor, a co-worker explained how he exemplifies the values of Valley County Health System. "He always comes to work with a smile for everyone.  He knows when someone in the kitchen needs a hand and picks up the slack.  Roy is always ready to say hello to each staff member, patient and visitor."

Roy is a Certified Executive Chef and the Nutritional Services Manager at VCHS.  He has been employed by Valley County Health System since August 2009.

Pictured: Farrens (left) accepts his Employee of the Quarter Award from Interim CEO, Bill Luke.

 

Jack Williams Named VCHS CEO

April 22, 2011

The Valley County Health System Board of Trustees has hired Jack Williams as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Jack currently resides in Gregory, South Dakota where he has served as CEO/Administrator of the Avera Gregory Healthcare Center, a critical access hospital, since 2008.  Prior to that, he and his family lived in Minnesota where he was a Nursing Home Administrator Consultant for seven years and served on numerous public boards, including the Minnesota School Boards Association and a number of committees at the National School Boards Association.  From 1996-2001 Jack was the Administrator of a 119-bed Skilled Nursing Facility in Milaca, MN.  Prior to his healthcare endeavors, Jack had sixteen years of managerial experience in commercial bank lending and credit administration culminating with ten years as Vice President at the National City Bank of Minneapolis.

Jack received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in Business Administration and Political Science.  He later received graduate education in Healthcare Administration and Long Term Care Administration from the University of Minnesota.  In addition, he completed a Humphrey Policy Fellowship at the University of Minnesota.

Jack and his wife, Gloria (Tutti) have four adult children: Jack III, Treva (Jon Quiring), JaNahn and Trista; and one grand-daughter, Madison.

"I look forward to joining the Valley County Health System team.  It is very evident that the staff and facilities offer premier healthcare services in Valley County and surrounding areas.  My wife (Tutti) and I are also excited about becoming active residents in the Ord community," stated Jack.

It is anticipated that Jack will begin at VCHS on June 15.  Bill Luke, who has been serving as Interim CEO, will continue that role and help with the transition through June 30th.

VCHS Board Chair, Kara Fischer commented, "On behalf of the VCHS Board of Trustees, we are pleased to welcome Jack and Tutti Williams to the health system and community. Through a very diligent process the board has selected a CEO who possesses all of the qualities we were looking for.  Jack has a diverse variety of experiences and is a well-rounded individual.  Jack is a good fit for the community and will make an excellent leader.  We thank Bryan LGH and Bill Luke, Interim CEO for their knowledge and guidance during the recruiting process and transition period.  As we welcome a new CEO, VCHS looks forward to the future as we continue to provide quality health care to this region."

A community welcome reception will be held in late June.

 

VCHS To Participate in New Donor Drive Initiative

April 21, 2011

Valley County Health System is taking part in a massive statewide campaign to save lives by working to help add one million names to the Donor Registry of Nebraska.

Donor Drive 2011 is a statewide collaborative with Nebraska Organ Recovery System (NORS) to add 80,000 names to the Donor Registry of Nebraska. Efforts to sign up new donors in 2011 are aimed to help bolster the pool of potential organ and tissue donors in Nebraska.

"This initiative was created to help improve and extend the lives of Nebraskans by increasing public and professional participation in organ and tissue donation for transplantation," stated Laura J. Redoutey, FACHE, president of the Nebraska Hospital Association.

Statewide, the NHA and NORS have set a goal of 80,000 new registrants from the collective efforts of Nebraska hospitals. VCHS has set a goal to add 500 new registrants in 2011. VCHS will support this effort by having a special registration booth at the VCHS Health Fair on June 23, posting information on the VCHS website and Facebook page, as well as other promotion of the drive throughout the remainder of the year.

"There is a critical need for life-saving organs in our state, and the more residents who can commit to helping others through joining the registry, the better," said Bill Luke, Interim CEO of VCHS.  "The staff of Valley County Health System realizes the power of organ and tissue donation. And through our staff's efforts to join and encourage their friends and family to join the registry we are hoping to inspire our fellow community members to follow suit."

There's no age limit for signing up, and all major religions support this act of charity and love. The NHA encourages individuals to help the 927 residents of Nebraska waiting for a transplant by adding their name to the Donor Registry of Nebraska.

Visit www.NEdonordrive.com to learn more about this initiative or to join the Donor Registry of Nebraska.

 

VVLC Celebrates Volunteer Week with Dinner & Entertainment

April 18, 2011

Valley View Living Center hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, April 14th at St. Mary's Gym.  The annual event is held to thank all the people who volunteer in various capacities at Valley View Living Center throughout the year.  The dinner was catered by the Country Neighbor and entertainment was provided by Tim Javorsky, who entertained volunteers and spouses with his upbeat style and wonderful talent on the saxophone and clarinet. He performed impersonations of Louie Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley.  He has been in the music business for 27 years, has a band and does all types of occasion entertainment.

The staff of Valley View Living Center thank all the volunteers for the time and talent they donate for the residents each year.

 

Davison Begins Rotation at VCHS Medical Clinics

April 14, 2011

Lindsay Davison, a Physician Assistant student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has chosen Valley County Health System in Ord to complete her seventh rotation.  Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C is her supervising provider.  Lindsay is originally from Grand Island.  She is specializing in family practice and will graduate in December 2011.  She chose Valley County Health System for a rotation because she is thinking about practicing medicine in a rural setting.  She will complete her three-month rotation on June 24.

 

Wheeler Completes Clinical Instructor Credentialing

April 14, 2011

Betty Wheeler, Physical Therapist at Valley County Health System, completed the Clinical Instructor and Credentialing Program on April 8 and 9 in North Platte.  The program is sponsored by the NE Physical Therapy Association. 

The program addresses issues of planning and preparing for physical therapy students during their clinical education experiences.  Valley County Health System participates in the physical therapy student rotations with UNL and Creighton each year.  Betty's training will now allow students to work under her supervision at the VCHS Rehabilitation Center in Burwell.

Betty graduated from Central Michigan University in 2004 with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy.  She has been practicing at the VCHS Rehabilitation Center in Burwell since October of 2008.

For more information, call VCHS Rehabilitation Services at 308.728.4247.

 

Seventeen Complete Hospice Volunteer Training

April 8, 2011

ORD - Valley County Health System's Home Health and Hospice Department wishes to recognize 17 people from the Ord and Burwell areas who recently completed 16 hours of Volunteer training during the month of March.

Hospice care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, home care aides, clergy members, therapists and volunteers. Together, we provide comprehensive care aimed at relieving symptoms and giving social, emotional, and spiritual support. Hospice affirms life while providing support and care for persons in the last phases of an incurable disease so they might live as fully and comfortably as possible.

In 2010, volunteers of the VCHS Hospice program volunteered 883 hours of their time providing support for hospice patients.

For more information regarding Hospice Services call the VCHS Home Health and Hospice Department at 800-352-2171 or 308-728-4355.

Pictured (left to right): Donna Hyde, Arlene Hughes, Joanie McIlravy, Sharon Gydesen, Cathy Bridgman, Karen Wilson, Charlene Schauer, Lisa Woitalewicz, Dean Miska, Susan Schauer, Carla Kreft, Sharon Porter, Dave Scott, Pat Burnham, Duane Carson, Kyle Mohler, Carolyn Cone.

 

Healthcare Decisions Day Highlights Importance of Advance Directives

April 8, 2011

Valley County Health System, along with other national, state and community organizations, is working to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making-an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of one day in April of each year, as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). This year it is Saturday, April 16th.

VCHS encourages area residents to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Nebraska state laws.

The NE Hospice and Palliative Care Association devotes much of its time educating Nebraskans on the importance of completing advance directives.  Initiatives like the formation of community end-of-life coalitions across the state, outreach campaigns, and the placement of articles in consumer and professional publications have contributed to growth in the number of Nebraskans with an advance directive. Thirty-seven percent of Nebraskans report having an advance directive.

Talking with family members and others in your life about your end-of-life wishes, coupled with an advance directive, can significantly ease the burden on those who must make health care decisions for you. Regardless of your age, we hope you will use the tools we provide you to have these important conversations with the people in your life and formally document your wishes in an advance directive.

"Advance Directive" is a general term that describes two types of legal documents - living wills and health care powers of attorney.  These documents allow a person to give instructions about future medical care should he or she be unable to participate in health care decisions due to serious illness or incapacity. 

A living will is a written statement that describes the type of care a person wishes to receive in the event he or she is suffering from a terminal illness or is in a persistent vegetative state.  

A power of attorney for health care is a document through which one person (the principal) authorizes another person (the agent) to make health care decisions on his or her behalf.

For more information about advance directives, call Marilyn Winkelbauer at Valley County Health System at 308-728-4315, or visit www.NationalHealthcareDecisionsDay.org or www.NEHospice.org.

 

Innovative Way to Fund Essential Community Services

April 6, 2011

Written by Caleb Pollard, Executive Director of Valley County Economic Development

Many of my colleagues and rural residents across Nebraska often ask me how they can fund essential community services like parks, recreation and the like. One brilliant idea is right here in Ord - Second Hand Rose. Second Hand Rose is a thrift store staffed completely by volunteers (the Valley County Health System Auxiliary) and the proceeds of sales go toward supporting health care delivery in Valley County and the surrounding area. The thrift shop was opened in 2005.

What is mind blowing about 2ndHR is the value it brings to our community: since 2005 (just six years), they have given more than $100,000 since the opening of the thrift shop!

When I travel across rural Nebraska, people often ask me how we do it in Valley County. I answer that creativity plays a big part, but more importantly, a willingness to collaborate across organizations, businesses and institutions is critical. We've entered a new paradigm in this country and innovative fundraising ideas are essential to the survival of community services. I know in Cody, Nebraska, a community-run grocery store (staffed by students!!) is helping keep high quality food in town and prevents a food desert from occurring.

So, this spring, when you're cleaning out the closets and the clutter, consider donating your well-loved clothing, items and more to Second Hand Rose. Because in the end, you're not supporting just the thrift shop, you're supporting your community.

To learn more about Second Hand Rose, consider attending their $100,000 donated sales celebration Tues.  May 3rd - Fri. May 6th.

The store is staffed completely by Auxiliary volunteers and is open four days per week. The Second Hand Rose sells a wide variety of quality, new and used merchandise including clothing, purses, shoes and accessories, fabric remnants, household items, small furniture, home decor, craft items, books and more.

Store Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location:
1537 M Street • Ord, Nebraska

Telephone: 308.728.3385

 

Unterseher Attends NAFP Annual Meeting

April 4, 2011

Dr. Chris Unterseher recently attended the 63rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly of the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians in Omaha, March 31-April 2, 2011.

He attended the meeting to obtain continuing medical education credit. Subjects covered during the meeting are of immediate interest to family doctors, both in their everyday practices and in their continual endeavors to keep abreast of the latest preventive advances in medicine.

Nearly one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians.  That is 208 million office visits each year - nearly 83 million more than the next largest medical specialty.  Today, family physicians provide more care for America's underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Unterseher, call the VCHS Medical Clinic at 308.728.4202.

 

VCHS Earns Mammography Accreditation

March 28, 2011

Valley County Health System has been awarded another three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology.  The accreditation process was completed by Arlene Hughes and Pam Moninger, Mammography Technologists at VCHS. 

The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for commitment to providing the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

To schedule a digital mammogram or to learn more, call Valley County Health System at     (308) 728-4249.

 

 

Foster, OTR/L Begins at VCHS

March 18, 2011

Occupational Therapist Jamie Foster has begun working at Valley County Health System in the Rehabilitation Services Department.  Jamie graduated with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in December 2010 from the University of South Dakota.  She passed her boards on February 17 and began working for Valley County Health System on February 28. 

Jamie resides near Taylor and is a 2002 graduate of Loup County High School.

 

CEO Search Update - 3/9/11

March 9, 2011

The VCHS Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, March 8 with BryanLGH Health System recruiters to finalize the CEO interview process.  In addition, the Board appointed Bill Luke to the position of Interim CEO, effective immediately.  The transition to the new Interim CEO is part of the recruiting process.  It was recommended by BryanLGH that this approach be taken to help acclimate the new CEO to the facility and to assist the employees with the transition.  BryanLGH will be providing extra support during the next several weeks during the interview process and transition to the selected CEO.  

Luke started his healthcare career at Good Samaritan Health Systems in Kearney where he held the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for nearly 20 years.  He has served as interim and acting CEO at the Kearney hospital during vacancies.  Since 2005, Luke has been in several interim healthcare executive roles and is President, Founder and Lead Consultant for Luke and Associates, Inc. based in Kearney. 

"We are pleased that BryanLGH was able to offer Bill as an interim CEO.  He has the experience and skills to work with our medical staff, hospital management team and the Board to keep Valley County Health System moving forward during this time of transition," Board Chair Kara Fischer stated.

BryanLGH Health System was hired in January 2011 to assist with the recruitment of a new CEO.  Since that time, the Board has defined the role, qualities and qualifications of a new CEO and developed the interview process. 

The recruiters' recommended six candidates and the board narrowed the number to four for interviews.  The interviews will be held at the end of March and first part of April.  A total of 31 candidates have applied for the CEO position and applications are still being accepted. 

The Board of Trustees would like to express their gratitude to Joyce Seward for accepting the Interim CEO position last May.  She led the hospital through the completion of the construction and information technology projects and the Board greatly appreciates her hard work and leadership during the past nine months.

 

VCHS Selling DME service

February 28, 2011

The VCHS Board of Trustees has voted to sell the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) service to Frontier Home Medical.  The decision was made due to low volume and changes in Medicare reimbursement for DME services.

All current DME patients are in the process of being contacted by Frontier Home Medical and Kirby Jensen.  Home Health Director Carol Schroeder is pleased with the quality of services provided by Frontier and feels this will be a smooth transition.  The effective date of this transition is being worked out.  This information will be released when it is available.

For more information, call 308.728.4355.

 

VCHS Wins Website Award

February 28, 2011

VCHS was the recipient of the Interactive Media/Website Development Award at the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce Annual banquet held on Sat. Feb. 26th.The award recognized a business that has taken on the challenges of creating an interactive website to improve their business.

The two nominations from Chamber members for VCHS were:

"Their website is well designed, attractive and user friendly. It is always up to date and keeps visitors to the site informed of upcoming events and news happenings within the medical system.  Social Media is used to draw visitors to the website as well."

 "They have done a great job of putting news items on their website, getting involved with Facebook and keeping everyone informed."

 Pictured l to r: Chamber Past President Megan Cargill, Bethanne Kunz, Stacy Streff, Ashley Woodward, Marcie Sikyta, Roy Farrens, Eulalia Edwards and Garry Miska.

 

VCHS Begins Grief Support Group

February 17, 2011

Valley County Health System Home Health/Hospice is beginning a monthly Grief Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one through death. The group is open to anyone who has suffered a loss and wants the support of others who have also experienced a loss.

The support group sessions will begin on Thursday, March 10th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The meetings would be held in the Home Health/Hospice conference room every 2nd Thursday of the month. 

For more information, contact Marilyn Winkelbauer at 308.728.4315.

 

VCHS Earns Trauma Re-Designation

February 14, 2011

Valley County Health System has received notification of re-designation as a Basic Level Trauma Center for another four years.  The designation remains in effect until October 23, 2014.

VCHS first went through the required process to become a Basic Level Trauma Center on Oct. 23, 2006.  The role of a basic trauma center is to stabilize, prepare and transfer all patients with potentially life threatening injuries.  With this level, VCHS is required to maintain certain continuing education for nursing and must have a nurse who has passed the trauma nursing core course available 24/7.  VCHS has a quality assurance process to monitor trauma and holds quarterly Trauma Team meetings to review cases. 

 

Pictured Left to right: Donna Entzminger, LPN; Tammi Knutson, NREMT-P; Vicki Bredthauer, RN, CEN; Cindy Guggenmos, LPN' Julie Thiel; Janet Ward, RN; Lisa Tomjack, LPN-C; Judy Pelster, LPN-C; Marsha Offner, RN; Diane Kaslon, LPN-C; Peggy Hemmer, LPN-C; Chris Burrell, RN; and Kim Koch, SSD, AD, CNA

 

Reiner & Erickson Participate in Leadership Institute

February 7, 2011

Tracey Reiner, RPhTracy Reiner, R.Ph. and Tanya Erickson, LPN at Valley County Health System, have been selected to participate in the 2011 Nebraska Hospital Association's (NHA) Leadership Institute.   Tracy is the pharmacist at VCHS and Tanya is a licensed practical nurse in Long Term Care.

The Institute includes a comprehensive curriculum, combining core leadership competency working sessions with multiple layers of applied practice in health care. Participants in the NHA Leadership Institute will improve their leadership skills; enhance their effectiveness in the health care field, while preserving the care and compassion critical to quality health care delivery. The curriculum is designed to be highly interactive, yet with flexible, online and teleconference accessibility-perfect for busy health care personnel.

Tanya EricksonReiner and Erickson attended the orientation retreat on Jan. 28-29 in Nebraska City at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center.  The course continues through October at various hospital locations throughout Nebraska and via webinars.  Participants completing the NHA Leadership Institute will be recognized as Class VIII graduates at the NHA 2011 Annual Convention Caring Kind Luncheon on October 21, 2011.

Arcadia VBall Teams Donate Artwork to VCHS

February 4, 2011

The month of October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death of women, only to be surpassed by lung cancer.  On the night of October 28, 2010 when the Arcadia Junior and High School Volleyball teams played St. Edward, both teams collaborated and raised a total of $616.19.   The money was donated to the Valley County Health System Foundation to purchase two canvas photographs for the Chemotherapy and Mammography Rooms.  The photographer, Bob Rooney, owner of Sandhills Images Photography in Brewster, NE inscribed the name of the 2010 Arcadia Volleyball Teams on the bottom of each canvas. 

Valley County Health System thanks the Arcadia Volleyball Teams for their generous donation.  The addition of the beautiful artwork will be appreciated by patients for many years to come.

Pictured Front Row: (left to right) Kassidy Mundt, Brenna Keefe, Elizabeth Einspahr, Megan Gabriel, Isabelle Ritz, Celeste Gould, Journie Woodward

Middle Row: Madison Dodson, Kayla Lane, Brittany Bose, Lindsey Trotter, Gabriela Ritz, Cheyenne Cook, Megan Luedtke

Back Row: Coach Vicki Bauer, Mackenzie Maschka, Charlotte Forsbach, Sapphire Sillivan, Shayla Trotter, Hollie O'Brien, Coach Becky Trotter, Coach Dusti VanSlyke

Absent from picture: Courtney Gould, Hannah Miller, Alex Calleroz, Darian Williams

 

VCHS Employees Wear Red for Heart Month

February 4, 2011

American Heart Month is observed each February to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease (including strokes and heart attacks) as our nation's number one killer.  Many VCHS employees dressed in red on Friday, February 4th to observe Heart Month.

Pictured: l to r: Bethanne Kunz, Kerry Drahota, Jane Qualm, Ashley Woodward, Karol Visek, Penny Albers, Janice Benson, Chelle Green, Mandy Smith, Lea Miller, Angela Walahoski and Brenda Ingraham. 

 

 

"Fit & Lovin' It" Program A Huge Success

February 1, 2011

Valley County Health System and the University of Nebraska Extension partnered to offer the "Fit & Lovin' It" program for area 5th graders on January 26, 2011 at the Valley County Fairgrounds. The program was made possible by a $10,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska through the 2010 BlueHealth Advantage Wellness Grant program. 

The "Fit and Lovin' It" program provided a learning opportunity for nearly 250 area 5th grade students to increase awareness, encourage skill enhancement and foster positive attitudes toward individual health. Students participated in seven 30-minute sessions about seat belt use, physical activity, the importance of breakfast, healthy snacks, video fitness, web-based health and saying no to tobacco. The students were provided with a healthy lunch catered by Sandstone Grill.  They also received t-shirts and bags filled with healthy lifestyle items and information. 

Schools that participated were Arcadia, Burwell, Centura, Elyria District #63, Greeley Wolbach, Litchfield, Loup City, Loup County, North Loup Scotia, Ord, Ord St. Mary's, St Paul, St Libory-Chapman and Vinton District # 23. 

Presenters for the program included: 

  • Amy Peterson, UNL Extension Educator: Web-based Health
  • Wanda Koszewski, UNL Nutrition Specialist: The Case for Breakfast
  • Kayla Hinrichs, UNL Extension Educator: Healthy Snacks
  • Janet Hanna, UNL Extension Educator: Say No to Tobacco
  • Jonathan Tomjack, Personal Trainer at New Beginnings Fitness Center: Physical Activity
  • Trooper Beethe and Trooper Schultze, Nebraska State Patrol: Seat Belts
  • Janet Sanders, Loup Basin Technology Center and Savannah Seamann, 4-H Volunteer: Video Fitness

Additional support to make the day possible was donated by Grocery Kart, Kebler Company, Wonder Bread Company and General Mills.

It is hoped through this day, youth will feel empowered to make steps toward a healthier lifestyle.

Pictured: State Trooper Dale Beethe teaches the importance of wearing a seat belt by demonstrating the rollover simulator.

 

VCHS Offers Hospice Volunteer Training

January 31, 2011

ORD - Valley County Health System's Home Health and Hospice Department will be conducting hospice volunteer training in Ord during March.

The 16-hour training program will be held on Tuesday evenings, March 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 5-9 p.m. at Valley County Home Health/Hospice Department, 400 S. 23rd Street.  Pre-registration and regular attendance is required to complete the program and become a hospice volunteer. There is no cost to prospective volunteers.

Hospice affirms life while providing support and care for persons in the last phases of an incurable disease so they might live as fully and comfortably as possible.  Betty Smedra, a VCHS Hospice volunteer says, "I have found an inner peace and serenity from volunteering with the Hospice Program.  In general, people are not afraid of death, but of the dying process.  Through hospice we are able to give them the courage to cope with the process of dying.  My experiences have not been somber, but rather fun-filled in many instances. I have learned from patients that it is important to do things while you can and to reminisce on what mattered most.  We help them remember their life and that they made a difference in the lives of others."

For more information or to register, call the VCHS Home Health and Hospice Department at 800-352-2171 or 308-728-4355 or Marilyn Winkelbauer at 308-728-4315.

 

New Law Includes Help for Charities

January 31, 2011

ORD - Individuals who are 70 ½ years or older may once again roll over up to $100,000 from an individual retirement account (IRA) directly to a qualifying charity without recognizing the assets transferred to the charity as income. The provision was included in the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4853), which was signed into law by President Obama December 17. 

The new law will simply extend the charitable rollover, originally enacted in 2006. The only change to note is that the new law allows donors to make qualified charitable distributions through January 31, 2011 and elect to have them treated as qualified charitable distributions for 2010.   Recognizing that the extension of the IRA charitable rollover provision occurs so late in 2010, this change may be of particular benefit to donors who would like to take advantage of the rollover in both 2010 and 2011 but may not have time to make the 2010 distribution prior to December 31, 2010. The provision is still time-limited. It will apply only to qualified distributions made before January 1, 2012.

This extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover is a boon to local charities that are experiencing the effects of a tough economy. The new law allows taxpayers 70 ½ and older to share their wealth by giving retirement savings directly to charity-and bypassing income tax.

Becky Ries, Administrator of the Valley County Health System Foundation, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF), says many Nebraskans have taken advantage of the charitable IRA rollover provision. For example, a few years ago Bette Rice of Palisade used the IRA rollover opportunity to benefit her community. Her gift is now permanently endowed within the Palisade Community Foundation Fund. "What a wonderful way to give back to your community," said Ries. "Our affiliation with the Nebraska Community Foundation makes giving a gift through your IRA a very simple and easy process."

Thanks to decades of deliberate saving, some of today's retirees have more money in their IRAs than they need for daily living expenses and long-term care. Charitable individuals and couples have expressed an interest in giving the funds to charity, but without the tax-free rollover provision, income tax had to be paid on all withdrawals. This could reduce value of the gift. Others are concerned about designating their children as IRA beneficiaries, since that may draw unintended tax consequences.

"For larger estates, a good portion of IRA wealth goes to estate taxes and income taxes of beneficiaries," said Jeff Yost NCF President and CEO. "Experts estimate heirs may receive less than 50 percent of IRA assets that pass through estates. People can avoid this high level of taxation by making a charitable gift through a qualified charitable distribution from their IRA," Yost said.

A provision in the new federal law extends the option of transferring IRA assets directly to charity. By going directly to a qualified public charity, such as the Nebraska Community Foundation, the money is not included in the IRA owner's income and is not taxed.

The Nebraska Community Foundation can help donors execute the transfers and choose from several charitable fund options for their gift. Donor-advised funds do not qualify for tax-free charitable distributions from IRAs.

"This really is a limited-time offer.  The window is open now, but it will close at the end of 2011," said Yost. "For anyone interested in establishing a permanent legacy in his or her community, this is the opportunity of a lifetime to make the gift of a lifetime."

For more information about this charitable giving opportunity, contact Becky Ries at 308.728.3011 or foundation@valleycountyhospital.org. You may also contact Jim Gustafson, NCF Gift Planning Director at (402) 323-7341 or at jgustafson@nebcommfound.org.

Established in 1990, 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.

The Nebraska Community Foundation is a statewide organization using grassroots charitable giving to build prosperous communities. NCF works with 1,800 volunteer leaders serving 232 communities. Established in 1993, the Nebraska Community Foundation provides training, strategic development, gift planning assistance and financial management for its 205 affiliated funds located throughout the state. In the last five years more than 37,000 contributions have been made to NCF affiliated funds, and more than $70 million has been reinvested to benefit Nebraska communities.

For more information visit www.NebraskaHometown.org.

 

 

Thiel Named Employee of the Quarter

January 25, 2011

Julie Thiel has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System.

In a letter nominating Thiel for the honor, a co-worker explained how she exemplifies the five values of Valley County Health System. "Julie shows respect to every person she works with and is respected by her coworkers.  She has been instrumental in the Paragon implementation of both nursing and pharmacy.  We could not have done it without her.  She is very kind in dealing with the issues, problems and questions with our new computer system.  She tries to make sure every detail is correct to the best of ability in everything she does."

Thiel is currently the Acute Care Administrative Assistant at VCHS.  She has been employed by Valley County Health System since ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­July 2001.

Julie is picuted left receiving her certificate and gifts from Interim CEO, Joyce Seward.

 

 

VCHS Deficiency Free in State Survey

January 21, 2011

The State of Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services visited Valley County Health System from January 3-5, 2011 to conduct their five year licensure survey.  In a letter dated January 18, 2011 from Joann Erickson, RN & Administrator of the Office of Acute Care Facilities, the hospital was notified of compliance with the federal regulations pertaining to critical access hospitals and no deficiencies were cited.  

 

VCHS CEO Search Update

January 20, 2011

The Valley County Health System Board of Trustees has engaged the services of BryanLGH Health System to recruit the next CEO.  The Board recently met with Dr. Steve Steinkuehler, Ph.D., Manager of Physician and Executive Search from BryanLGH.  During the session, Steve discussed his in-depth process of preparing for the search and candidate selection. He spent time at VCHS gathering data to better personalize the search.  The job description and qualifications for the next CEO were discussed and finalized. 

Next steps include Mr. Steinkeuhler returning to Ord in two weeks to sum up the process.  Tentative plans are to interview approximately 3 candidates in mid-March.  The interview process will be conducted at VCHS and will involve the candidate and their family. Each interview will include a community tour, social meetings, visits with VCHS Senior Management and Management Teams and Medical Staff.  The goal is to have a CEO in place within 3 months and no more than 6 months.

Kara Fischer, VCHS Board Chair stated, "The board feels very comfortable with Steve as he has worked with VCHS prior to the CEO search with physician recruitment. He is familiar with the Ord area and rural health care. We are confident he will be instrumental in helping us match our needs with the right person for the job."

 

Julie Klimek Hired as VCHS Infection Control & Education Manager

January 18, 2011

Julie Klimek, RN has been hired as the Infection Control & Education Manager for Valley County Health System.  She began her position on January 17th.  Julie previously worked at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha. 

Julie graduated from Atkinson West Holt High School in 1994.  She received her associate degree in Nursing from Metro Community College in 2004.  She is married to Mike Klimek, who is an Ord High alum. 

Mike and Julie are moving to Ord with their two children; Brodie, age 3 and Molly, 2.

 

Activities Professionals Week: Jan. 16-21

January 18, 2011

January 16-21, 2011 is National Activities Professionals Week.  Sharon Hanks and Jen McBride make up the Activities Department at the Valley View Living Center.  With their creative ideas and zest for life, Sharon and Jen work seven days a week to provide a fun, life enhancing program for the residents to keep their senses alive indoors and out with  trips, parties, music and much more.  Among these duties the gals work alongside staff and volunteers to make the action "come to life".  Valley View Living Center gives a big "Kudos" for all they do.

 

Bengston Attends National EMS Directors Course

January 14, 2011

Jennifer Bengston, MD at Valley County Health System attended the National EMS Medical Directors course from Jan. 10-12 in Bonita Springs, FL.  The course was provided by the National Association for EMS Physicians (NAEMSP®.) 

NAEMSP® is the pre-eminent organization for EMS medical directors.  The distinguished faculty for the course is recognized as experts in various aspects of the prehospital and disaster medicine/management fields.

A maximum of 75 physicians can attend the course each year. Dr. Bengston and five other physicians from Nebraska were selected to attend in 2011. Their expenses were paid for by the NE Emergency Services Program.

Dr. Bengston is the Medical Director for the Ord, Comstock, Ericson, Loup County, Burwell and VCHS EMS squads.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bengston, call the VCHS Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.

 

Heritage Program Hires New Director

January 14, 2011

Kimberly Nation, Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) has been hired by Diamond Heritage to manage the Heritage Program for Seniors at Valley County Health System.  Nation replaces Mary Jane Drake who retired in October after five years with the program.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Education at Chadron State College.  Previously she worked for the Nebraska Department of Probation as a Problem Solving Court Coordinator.  She also has extensive experience in mental health counseling.

The VCHS Heritage Program for Seniors is a behavioral health program that provides individualized treatment for older adults who suffer from psychiatric, emotional or behavioral disorders.  For more information, call 308.728.4340.

 

VCHS Child Dev. Committee Offering Parenting Class

January 11, 2011

The Valley County Health System Child Development Committee is offering the five-week parenting class titled, Becoming a Love & Logic Parent®.  The class is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately.  It is designed by the Love & Logic Institute, Inc. and is America's most practical and entertaining parent training.  The class is designed for those with children who are in elementary/middle school and provides answers to many day-to-day parenting challenges.

If you answer yes to the following questions, this class might be for you:

  • Would you like to feel more confident as a parent?
  • Would you like to have more fun parenting?
  • Would you like to feel more relaxed at the end of the day?

The five-week class will begin on Monday, January 24, 2011 and continue each week through Monday, February 28 (skipping Valentine's Day.)  It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Ord United Methodist Church - 304 S. 16th Street.  The cost is only $5 per family and includes the book.  Scholarships are available if needed.  Childcare will be available.  There must be a minimum of 10 families register in order to hold the class.

To learn more or to register, call 308.728.4347.  Registration deadline is Wed. January 19th.  To download the registration form click here.

 

Psota Hired as VCHS Clinic Manager

January 4, 2011

Catina Psota has been hired as Medical Clinic Manager at Valley County Health System.  She will be responsible for coordination of the medical clinic activities and coordination with other departments.

Catina began on January 3rd. She lives in rural North Loup with her husband Tony and their three children; Cali: 14; Joseph: 11 and Jaden: 20 months.

 

VCHS Featured in Two Publications

December 31, 2010

Valley County Health System's new hospital is featured in the Winter 2010 Edition of "Healthier Nebraska," a publication of the Nebraska Hospital Association.

VCHS is also featured in the 4th Qtr edition of "Cassling Connection," a publication of Cassling. 

To view both articles click here.

 

 

 

Steve Kusek Named Employee of the Quarter

December 28, 2010

Steve Kusek, RRT has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System.

In a letter nominating Kusek for the honor, a co-worker explained how he exemplifies the values of Valley County Health System. "Steve is professional and knowledgeable in his field.  He always does the right thing and is kind and caring to his patients and their families.  He is always friendly and kind to his co-workers.  He is always the first to volunteer his time outside the duties of his job to promote Valley County Health System."

Kusek is the Respiratory Therapist at VCHS.  He has been employed by Valley County Health System since September 2004.

Pictured: Interim CEO, Joyce Seward, presents Kusek with his Certificate.

 

Bengston Completes Rheumatology Training

December 20, 2010

Jennifer Bengston, MD at Valley County Health System attended training from Dec. 17-19 in Orlando, FL.  The training was Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine for Primary Care Physicians and was provided by Medical Education Resources.  The program provided primary care physicians, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses with an update on rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine. 

Rheumatology is a branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of conditions and diseases affecting the joints, muscles, and bones.  Some of the conditions covered were joint pain, arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia. 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bengston, call the VCHS Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.

 

Dr. Dan Schneider to Join VCHS

December 16, 2010

Valley County Health System is pleased to announce the addition of Daniel Schneider, M.D. to its medical staff.  Dr. Schneider will begin his practice in August 2011 at the VCHS Medical Clinics.

Schneider grew up in Taylor, Nebraska and graduated from Loup County High School in 1999.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Doane College in 2003 and his Doctor of Medicine in 2008 from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.  Dr. Schneider is currently completing his residency in Family Medicine at Lincoln Family Medicine Program in Lincoln, NE.  His interests are in pediatrics, sports medicine and endoscopy.

Dr. Schneider will move to Ord with his wife, Natalie.  She works in the field of statistics.  Natalie competes in wheelchair basketball and has been selected to play on the U.S. national team several times.  Both are avid sports fans and enjoy traveling.  Dr. Schneider stated, "Natalie and I are very excited to get started living and working in Ord.  We are looking forward to getting involved in the community and enjoying all the advantages of living in rural Nebraska."

"We are pleased that Dr. Schneider, who grew up in our service area, will begin his medical practice at Valley County Health System. He will be a wonderful fit to our medical staff.  The addition of Dr. Schneider fulfills our goal of adding one more physician to our compliment of providers," stated Joyce Seward, Interim CEO of Valley County Health System.

 

VCHS Donates to Make Christmas Happen

December 16, 2010

Valley County Health System donated nearly $1,693 from two fundraisers to Make Christmas Happen, a local project providing holiday assistance to families in Valley County.   

The annual Celebrate Being a Woman event raised $1,100 in funds from the raffle of items that were donated by departments and individual employees.  The funds were used to purchase gift certificates for meat to the Ord Grocery Kart, Speed's Apple Market and Hruby's Market in Arcadia.  Thirty dollar gift certificates were provided to large families and $10 certificates were provided to small families.

In addition, VCHS sponsored the Soup Supper on Dec. 9, held in conjunction with the Ord Area Chamber's Festival of Trees.  Funds raised from that event totaled $593.

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

Volunteers Pat Konkoleski, Carol Thomsen, Doris David, Agnes Janda accept $1,693 from Valley County Health System for Make Christmas Happen

 

Foundation Installs New Donor Wall

December 15, 2010

The Valley County Health System Foundation has installed a new Donor Recognition Wall.  The new wall matches the décor of the new hospital and donor names are now listed alphabetically, as well as new names can easily be added.  Located in the hospital main hallway, adjacent from the Courtyard Grille, the Recognition Wall offers an impressive and fitting tribute to donors who have joined with the hospital's Foundation to improve the quality of life and health throughout our community.  The old donor wall, which was established to gratefully acknowledge all donor contributions over $1,000, will be moved to the Foundation office at 400 South 23rd Street.

While the beautiful recognition wall design provides for a permanent tribute to major gift donors, it also allows us to offer acknowledgment of cumulative gifts of all those who generously support the hospital in a variety of ways.  The wall bears the names of those who have made one time or cumulative gifts of $1,000 or more.  Levels of giving include:

"Friends" $1,000 to $4,999.
"Builders" $5,000 to $9,999.
"Stewards" $10,000 to $24,999.
"Patrons" $25,000 to $49,999.
"Benefactors" $50,000 to $99,999.
"Humanitarians" $100,000 and up

Names listed on the donor wall can be made in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one.  Gifts of cash, stock or securities, wills & bequests, trusts, valuable personal property, farmland/real estate, grain or livestock, life insurance and charitable gift annuities are also accepted. 

For more information, contact the Foundation at 308.728.3011.

 

VCHS Receives Mammography Certification

December 9, 2010

The Imaging Services Department at Valley County Health System recently passed their Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection.  The certification process was completed by Arlene Hughes and Pam Moninger, Mammography Technologists at VCHS.   

The MQSA requires that all mammography facilities across the nation meet uniform quality standard.  Congress passed the law in 1992 to assure high-quality mammography for early breast cancer detection.  Under this law all mammography facilities are required to be accredited by the Food and Drug Administration and undergo MQSA inspection every three years.

Standards that must be met during the inspection consist of documentation that verifies all physicians who interpret the mammograms and the technologists who perform the mammograms have had adequate training and experience. Each facility must have an effective quality control program and maintain the records. In addition all facilities must have a system for following up on mammograms that reveal problems, and for obtaining biopsy results.

To schedule a digital mammogram or to learn more, call Valley County Health System at (308) 728-4249.

 

Kasselder Receives MRI Certification

November 24, 2010

Melissa Kasselder, Registered Technologist in Radiography, RT (R) at Valley County Health System, has received certification in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  The certification is offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians (ARRT) and consists of an examination.  The purpose of the ARRT Examination is to assess the knowledge and cognitive skills underlying the performance of the tasks typically required of staff technologists.  The exam consists of four categories: patient care, imaging procedures, data acquisition and processing and physical principles of imaging formation.

Valley County Health System provides numerous imaging services, including CT Scan, MRI, DXA Scan, Ultrasound, Vascular Ultrasound, X-Ray, Echocardiography, Digital Mammography and Nuclear Medicine. 

For more information about the Imaging Services provided at Valley County Health System, call 308-728-4249.

 

VCHS Wins Award for New Hospital

November 24, 2010

NOVEMBER 19, 2010-Community volunteers and leaders celebrated their efforts at successfully promoting and encouraging economic and community development as part of the 47th Annual Nebraska Community Improvement Program (NCIP) awards banquet in Kearney. The event capped the Third Annual Governor's Conference on Rural Development.

NCIP awards reflect outstanding community and economic development projects and is a program of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

Valley County Health System was awarded the 2010 Community Development Award for Technology, Infrastructure & Planning.  The award was given for the replacement hospital project.

Caleb Pollard accepts the Award on behalf of VCHS from Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy. 

 

VVLC Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner

November 19, 2010

Residents, family and staff enjoyed the warm smells of fall and accordion tunes from the "Polkaholics" at the Fall Harvest Family Meal held on November 16th.  The Nutritional Services staff served delicious soups, sandwiches and pies for the meal.  Everyone relaxed as the music started bringing back memories.  Valley View Living Center appreciates family members for their attendance and looks forward to providing the dinner and entertainment again next Thanksgiving.

Valley View Living Center is a licensed, 60-bed intermediate care nursing facility owned and operated by Valley County Health System.  Recently, VVLC was awarded the 5-Star Quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.  For more information, call 308.728.4245.

Pictured: Polkaholics Eugene Michalski and Laddie H. Bruha entertain residents, family and staff.

 

Home Health & Hospice Donate 400+ Pounds of Food

November 19, 2010

The Home Health & Hospice Department at Valley County Health System held their annual Holiday Happenings Open House on Tuesday, November 16th.  The event is held to celebrate Home Health & Hospice Month. Those who attended were encouraged to bring food items for the Ord Food Pantry.  Those who brought food were entered into a drawing for $25 gift certificates to AJ's Meat Market, Ord Grocery Kart, Speed's Apple Market and Ord Locker.  The winners of the drawing were: Theresa Lane, Piper Shepard, Linda Hruza and Pauline Baldwin.

A total of 412 pounds of food was donated to the food pantry from this event.  The Home Health & Hospice staff would like to thank the employees and members of the public who attended for their donation of food items.

Pictured from l to r: Jill Lane, PT, Broc Dahlsten, Kirby Jensen, Carol Philbrick

 

VCHS Board Begins Search for New CEO

November 18, 2010

The Valley County Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm.  During the meeting they discussed the CEO position and action was taken by the board to begin a search for a permanent CEO. 

Board Chair Kara Fischer stated, "The board previously stated that the search would not begin until the new hospital was operational.  Now that the move into the new facility is complete and the new technology system is implemented, we will now begin our search."

 

VCHS Celebrating Home Health & Hospice Month

November 12, 2010

Ord - More than 11 million Americans receive home-delivered health care. In honor of those caregivers, VCHS Home Health & Hospice joins the National Association for Home Care & Hospice in celebrating November as National Home Care Month.

"Caring for the sick and elderly in their homes truly is a privilege for us," said Carol Schroeder, Director of VCHS Home Health & Hospice. "Home care professionals, volunteers and modern medicine make it possible for many people to stay in their home environment longer than would otherwise be possible. Through this celebration, our goal is to let people know about the supportive and compassionate services that home health and hospice are able to provide."

To help people learn more about home health and hospice care, Valley County Health System Home Health & Hospice will host a Holiday Happenings Open House on Tuesday, November 16th, from 2-4 pm in the Home Health/Hospice office at 400 S. 23rd Street in Ord. For more information, call 308-728-4355.

VCHS Home Health and Hospice is a member of the Nebraska Association of Home & Community Health Agencies, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Partnership. Information about hospice, palliative care and advance care planning is also available at nehospice.org.

 

Foundation Gala Scheduled for Jan. 15

November 5, 2010

(ORD) - The Annual Valley County Health System Foundation Gala has been scheduled for Saturday, January 15, 2011, at the Ord Veteran's Club.  Social hour will begin at 6 pm with the meal, auction and entertainment to follow at 7 pm.

The theme for this year's gala is "Vegas Lights" and entertainment will be provided by Doug MacCraw, world class hypnotist.  For over 15 years MacCraw has entertained, amazed and captivated audiences across the US, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean with his unique comedy hypnosis show.  MacCraw combines his expertise in stage hypnosis with his quick wit, humor, and improvisational comedic skills to create an unparalleled show.

Tickets are available at local banks, from any Foundation Board member, the VCHS Registration desk and the Foundation office. Tickets are $40 each or $70 for a couple. Six exclusive tables seated for six can also be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis for $300.   Raffle tickets are available for $10 each or 3 for $20.  For more information, contact Becky Ries at 728-3011.

 

Celebrate Raises $1,073 for Make Christmas Happen

November 1, 2010

Ord - The 2010 Celebrate Being a Woman drew a crowd of more than 300 women to the Ord Veteran's Club on Tuesday, October 26th.  The event is sponsored annually by Valley County Health System and is held for women of all ages and includes a free meal.

There were a total of 32 vendors that participated in this year's event.  Kara Fischer, chair of the VCHS Board of Trustees welcomed everyone to the event.  Joni Reisinger, Outpatient Clinic and Fiscal Operations Manager at Good Samaritan Hospital/Richard H. Young Hospital gave the keynote presentation titled, "Create Your Best Life."

The evening ended with drawings for the raffle and door prizes.  The raffle items included 14 items donated by VCHS departments and employees. The raffle generated $1,073, which will be used to buy grocery gift certificates from to be used for Christmas dinners for area families in need.  The vendors also provided door prizes.

 

McIlravy & Farrens Honored at Caring Kind Luncheon

November 1, 2010

Lincoln - Joanie McIlravy and Roy Farrens, employees at Valley County Health System were honored at the Nebraska Hospital Association's Caring Kind Luncheon on October 29th.  The luncheon, held during the NHA Annual Convention was held at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln with more than 500 people in attendance. 

McIlravy, a Materials Management Technician at VCHS, received the Caring Kind Award.  Each year, Valley County Health System nominates their Employee of the Year for this honor.  McIlravy has worked at VCHS since November 1, 1978.

Farrens, the Nutritional Services Manager at VCHS and graduated from the NHA's Leadership Institute.  The NHA Leadership Institute is a nine-month curriculum that provides up-and-coming leaders healthcare organizations the necessary skills to become exceptional leaders.

The NHA has 85 member hospitals and each year these hospitals recognize their finest employees at this annual celebration of caring.

 

Home Health & Hospice Open House - Nov. 16

October 31, 2010

Ord - Valley County Health System is proud to celebrate Home Health and Hospice Month throughout November to honor the caregivers who make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.  The Home Health and Hospice Department will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, November 16, from 2-4 p.m. in the Home Health office at 400 S. 23rd Street.  Refreshments will be served.

The event will feature a food drive with donations going to the Ord Food Pantry.  Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the Home Health office prior to or the day of the Open House.  Donors will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

For more information, call 728-4355.

 

Home Health Named to HomeCare Elite

October 25, 2010

ORD - The Home Health Department at Valley County Health System has been named to the 2010 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the United States.

The HomeCare Elite honors to top 25 percent of home care agencies, ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.  A weighting methodology is used that gives the greatest importance to quality of care. 

The department, which serves nine counties, also received the distinction in 2006 and 2007.

Carol Schroeder, Director of Home Health at VCHS, said staff members are dedicated to enhancing their patients' quality of life. "We focus on providing the highest quality care to patients," said Schroeder. "We are willing to take on very difficult and complex cases providing patients and their families the opportunity to be cared for at home."

The 2010 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2010 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS, Inc., the leading provider of healthcare informatics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of home care's most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line.

 

Sen. Johanns Tours New Hospital

October 15, 2010

(ORD) - Senator Mike Johanns toured the new Valley County Health System hospital on Thursday, October 14.  He was greeted and briefed on the history of the project and the services provided by VCHS. 

Johanns was then guided on a tour of the new facility.  After the tour, Johanns held a brief press conference.  During the conference, Johanns stated, "I cannot tell you how impressed I am by what I have seen.  And, as a former mayor, county commissioner, governor, I am enormously mindful that this doesn't happen because one group decides it should happen. It happens because of a lot of community effort, collaboration and people working together.  This facility is truly state-of-the-art. This community can be very, very proud of what happened here.  Not just for Ord, but for this whole area of the state."

Pictured: Interim CEO Joyce Seward thanks Senator Johanns for his visit to VCHS.

 

Jeffres Attends Infection Prevention Course

October 12, 2010

Ashley Jeffres, LPN attended the Infection Prevention in Health Care Facilities course in Omaha, NE on Oct. 7 and 8.   The conference was provided by the Nebraska Infection Control Network and Clarkson College.  Jeffres is the Restorative Care and Infection Control Nurse at Valley View Living Center, Valley County Health System's long term care facility.

The purpose of the course was to provide current knowledge and skills necessary for infection prevention health care providers to function effectively in various health care settings.    Objectives of the course were to: understand the components of an infection prevention program; identify common health care associated infections, resistant organisms and problem infections; interpret current regulations and standards; describe methods of infection prevention in a variety of health care settings; and discuss methods of surveillance, figure infection rates and analyze data.

Jeffres has worked in Restorative Care for Valley County Health System since November, 2004.

 

VCHS Grand Opening Dedication Video

October 11, 2010

To view the Valley County Health System Grand Opening Dedication Ceremony on video, click here.

Special thanks to the Ord Quiz for recording the ceremony and for posting on YouTube.

New VCHS Hospital Now Open

October 1, 2010

Ord - The new Valley County Health System replacement hospital opened for business on Sunday, October 3rd, after successfully meeting all requirements for state licensure. The Emergency Department, Lab and Imaging were after midnight on the 3rd and acute care patients were moved Sunday morning after breakfast.  All remaining hospital services were available on Monday, October 4th.   The Ord Medical Clinic (formerly Ord Family Health Center) is now located inside the new hospital.

To reach the front desk at the new hospital, call 308.728.4200.  To schedule an appointment at the medical clinic call 308.728.4202.  Calls for other outpatient scheduling should be made to 308.728.4249.

 

 

More than 850 Attend Grand Opening Dedication

September 27, 2010

ORD - The weather was beautiful as people came by the hundreds to see Valley County Health System's replacement hospital on Sun. September 26th.  More than 850 attended the event that began with a dedication ceremony where Joyce Seward (Interim CEO), Kara Fischer (VCHS Board Chair), Senator Kate Sullivan, Governor Dave Heineman, Craig Holmen (Associate at TSP) and Bob Sevenker (County Board Chair) gave remarks. 

Following the ceremony and ribbon cutting, everyone was given a map of the new facility and encouraged to tour the building at their own pace.  A major highlight of the tours was the aqua therapy pool in the Rehabilitation Services Department.  This pool was donated by Greater Loup Valley Activities through funds received from the Alfred and Irma Burson Estate.  Heidi Peterson, Physical Therapist, was in the pool demonstrating how it works.  Another highlight was the stained glass in the Chapel, donated by the Boilesen family in memory of their parents, Floyd and Mildred.  Other areas of interest were the new digital imaging equipment and the two spacious operating rooms.  The sixteen private acute care rooms with full baths were also of interest to many.

Valley County Health System thanks those who attended and the employees who helped with the ceremony.  The new facility will open to the public on Monday, October 4th.  The new address is 2707 L Street and the main phone number is 308.728.4200.

 

Foundation Donates $157,900 for New Surgery Equipment

September 17, 2010

At their September 15, 2010 board meeting the Valley County Health System Foundation Board approved donations in the amount of $151,809 for the purchase of equipment the for total knee replacements and shoulder surgeries that will be performed in the new hospital.  The board also approved releasing the funds donated by the Erma Klanecky Estate and donated the additional amount needed to purchase a heart monitor system for the operating room in the new hospital.

In addition, the Foundation approved the donation of $565 for balancing pads and hand weights for Rehabilitation Services.  The total amount of funds approved by the board at their September meeting was $177,374.45.  At their meeting the Foundation Board also set a goal of reaching a $1 million endowment within the next three years.

Joyce Seward, Interim CEO, stated, "Valley County Health System is extremely grateful for these generous contributions made by the Foundation.  The new surgery equipment will allow us to provide total knee replacements and shoulder surgeries. We thank the Foundation for these donations and look forward to enhancing our services in the new facility as a result."

The 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.

For more information contact Becky Ries at the VCHS Foundation by calling 308-728-3011.

 

Foundation Publishes Cookbook

September 17, 2010

Valley County Health System Foundation has collected the best recipes from employees, board members, and our auxiliary and compiled them into an attractive keepsake cookbook.

They will begin selling their one-of-a-kind cookbooks at the hospital's open house on September 26th for $15.  They may also be purchased from the foundation at their office, 400 S. 23rd, Ord, NE.  All proceeds will go to equipment needs of the new hospital.

The cookbook contains almost 400 well-loved recipes including appetizers, main dishes, desserts and many others.  Recipes include the contributor's name, enabling you to find the recipes of family and friends.  For more information contact Becky Ries at the VCHS Foundation by calling 308-728-3011.

 

New Facility Update #34 - FINAL

September 10, 2010

During the weeks of August 30 and September 6, the new hospital project continued to approach final completion. The final shipments of furniture were delivered and the trim out continued in waiting rooms.  The chapel fiber panels were completed and the MRI and CT lighting was finished.  The digital mammography and DXA (bone density) scan equipment was delivered and set up. 

Over the next and final week of construction, the final wall coverings will be hung and the rest of the furniture and equipment will be installed.   Interior signage will be installed and the stained glass in the chapel will be hung.  Final clean-up will continue in the remainder of the building.

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A dedication ceremony and public open house will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 1-4 pm.  Parking for the public will be available in the north and south parking lots of the new hospital as well as at Ord Family Health Center and the Heritage building.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Grand Opening Dedication Set for Sun. Sept. 26

September 3, 2010

ORD - The grand opening dedication for Valley County Health System's new hospital will be held on Sunday, September 26 from 1-4 pm.  The event will be held near at the new hospital, 2707 L Street in Ord.  Governor Dave Heineman will be the honored guest.

Please join us for the dedication ceremony.  Following the dedication, tours of the new facility will be provided along with refreshments.  Those attending are asked to park in the North and South lots of the new hospital, Ord Family Health Center or Heritage buildings. 

Your new hospital has been carefully designed to provide the maximum amount of privacy and safety for our patients, with the added comforts of a relaxing and peaceful environment.  The two-year construction project is complete and the time has arrived to showcase the new healthcare facility.

For more information, call 308-728-4347.

 

New Facility Update #33

August 27, 2010

During the weeks of August 16 & 23, the new hospital project continued to approach final completion. Final clean-up in the acute care, medical clinic and specialty clinic occurred.  The remaining trim out is nearing completion and the boiler and HVAC control were started.  Miscellaneous paint touch up was underway and office furniture was continuing to be installed.  The oxygen tank was installed and the fire sprinkler system was tested.  The 16 patient beds were delivered and installed in Acute Care.

Over the next few weeks the final wall coverings will be hung and the rest of the furniture and equipment will be delivered and installed.   Interior signage will also be installed and the stained glass in the chapel will be hung.  Final clean-up will continue in the remainder of the building.

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A dedication and public open house will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 1-4 pm.  For construction photos, visit the Photo Gallery at ValleyCountyHealthSystem.org.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Friesen, Klein, Ryschon and Waltman Receive CT Certification

August 27, 2010

Stephanie Friesen, Amy Klein, Kristen Ryschon and Lindsey Waltman, Registered Technologists in Radiography, RT (R) at Valley County Health System, have received certification in Computed Tomography (CT).  The certification is offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians (ARRT) and consists of an examination.  The purpose of the ARRT Examination is to assess the knowledge and cognitive skills underlying the performance of the tasks typically required of staff technologists.  The exam consists of three categories: patient care, imaging procedures and physics and instrumentation.

Valley County Health System provides numerous imaging services, including CT Scan, MRI, DXA Scan, Ultrasound, Vascular Ultrasound, X-Ray, Echocardiography, Mammography and Nuclear Medicine.  New equipment, including digital mammography and in-house MRI, will be available in the new facility.

For more information about the Imaging Services provided at Valley County Health System, call 308-728-4249.

 

Foundation Golf Tournament Nets $24,000

August 26, 2010

Becky Ries, Valley County Health System Foundation Administrator, is pleased to announce that the 2010 Golf Tournament netted a profit of more than $24,000.  Of this amount, $5,000 will be placed in the Foundation endowment fund and the rest will be designated for use in the area(s) of the greatest need within Valley County Health System.  Becky would also like to thank everyone who participated to make this year's tournament such a success. 

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 13th Annual Valley County Health System Foundation Golf Tournament & Auction scheduled for Friday, July 1, 2011.  

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.

 

McIlravy Named Employee of the Year

August 23, 2010

ORD - Joanie McIlravy has been named Employee of the Year at Valley County Health System.  Joanie was selected as Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System in October 2009 by fellow employees. She received the Employee of the Year award from among three other qualified candidates who were also named Employees of the Quarter during the year.  Joanie was also nominated for the Nebraska Hospital Association's Caring Kind Award.  She will be attending the Caring Kind Luncheon in Lincoln on October 29th.

When McIlravy was named Employee of the Quarter, one of her co-workers had this to say about her, "I could use a million words to describe this wonderful lady.  Everything about her is positive.   Every time I see her I always have a smile on my face because she makes people happy by always smiling at them first.  They way she stays so optimistic and always stays on task while working is so awesome.  She goes above and beyond with the great respect she has for each and every individual she comes face to face with."

McIlravy is a Materials Management Technician in the Materials Management Department.  She has worked at VCHS since November 1, 1978.

Pictured: Joyce Seward, presents Joanie with her certificate and gifts.

 

New Facility Update #32

August 16, 2010

During the weeks of August 2 & 9, work continued at a fast pace in the new hospital.  A large shipment of office furniture was delivered and installed.  The landscaping project was completed and vinyl wall coverings and flooring installation continued in the main corridor and lobby areas.  The generator was tested and the exterior signage was erected.

Over the next several weeks ceiling pads will be installed in the remaining areas and floor coverings will be finished.  Final clean-up will begin in some departments.

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A dedication and public open house will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 1-4 pm.  For construction photos, visit the Photo Gallery at ValleyCountyHealthSystem.org.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Foundation Receives Donation from Klanecky Estate

August 9, 2010

Ord - VCHS Foundation Administrator, Becky Ries, announces that the Foundation has received a generous donation from the Erma Klanecky Estate.  The donation will be used toward the purchase a heart monitor system for the operating room in the new hospital.  This monitor will be an upgrade from the current heart monitor as we will be doing additional surgeries in the new facility, including total knee replacements and shoulder surgeries.

The VCHS Foundation is grateful for this thoughtful gift.  The 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.

 

Valley View Living Center Receives 5-Star Rating

August 6, 2010

 

ORD - Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established a Five-Star Quality Rating system that assigns each nursing home a rating between one and five stars.  The Five-Star Quality Rating System was created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions. This rating system is based on continued efforts as a result of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA '87), a nursing home reform law, and more recent quality improvement campaigns such as the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes, a coalition of consumers, health care providers, and nursing home professionals.

Nursing home ratings are taken from the following three sources of data: Health Inspections, Staffing and Quality Measures.

The rating scale is as follows:

  • 5 stars - Much Above Average
  • 4 stars - Above Average
  • 3 stars - Average
  • 2 stars - Below Average
  • 1 star - Much Below Average

The overall rating for Valley View Living Center is five (5) stars, or much above average.

You may visit the nursing home compare website at www.medicare.gov/NHCompare for more information and to compare ratings of nursing homes.

 

E-Card Feature Now Available on VCHS Website

August 6, 2010

The e-card feature is now live on the Valley County Health System website.  All four pictures used on the e-card designs are taken here in Valley County by local photographers with a credit on the back of the card with the photographers name and where it was taken. 

If you wish to send an e-card to someone who is in the hospital or nursing home, simply select the design you want, fill in the info and hit submit.  Public Relations will then print the e-card and deliver it to the nursing staff to give to the patient or resident.

The four photos were taken by Rod Valasek, Jennifer Schauer and Angie Svoboda (2).

To view or send an e-card, visit valleycountyhealthsystem.org/send-an-e-card

 

Dacpano Attends Clinic Lab Expo

August 3, 2010

Gerry Dacpano, Medical Technologist and Laboratory Manager at Valley County Health System, attended the 2010 AAAC Annual Meeting and Clinic Lab Expo in Anaheim, CA from July 25-29.  The expo consisted of educational sessions in areas such as autoimmune disease, toxicology, cancer, cardiac and vascular disease, interpreting lab data and training lab personnel.

In addition, Dacpano has also recently attended the Siemens Dade Dimension EXL Training and Beckman-Coulter Elite Series Coagulation Training for lab equipment in the new hospital facility. 

Gerry has been employed with VCHS since October 2005. 

 

VCHS & Univ. of NE Extension Awarded $10K Grant

August 2, 2010

ORD - Valley County Health System and the University of Nebraska Extension were presented with a $10,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska on August 1st at the Valley County Fair.  The funds will be used to fund "Fit & Lovin' It," a program for area 5th graders.  The grant is made possible through the 2010 BlueHealth Advantage Wellness Grant program.  The "Fit and Lovin' It" program will provide a learning opportunity for area 5th grade students to increase awareness, encourage skill enhancement and focus of attitude toward individual health.  These include those related to nutrition, physical activity, seat belt use and tobacco.  The program will be held during the 2010-2011 school year.

Senator Kate Sullivan, Valley County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Helen Cullers, Extension Educator Kayla Hinrichs, VCHS Human Resources Director Tricia Richards and BCBS of NE Board Chair Jack Mills provided remarks at the event.

For more information, contact the University of Nebraska Extension at 308.728.5071 or VCHS at 308.728.4347.

 

New Facility Update #31

August 2, 2010

During the weeks of July 19th & 26th, work continued at a fast pace in the new hospital.  Wall and floor covering installation was finished in the medical clinic, specialty clinic and emergency department. The stone work on the fireplace in the lobby was completed and floor coverings were started in the administration area. 

In the next several weeks ceiling pads will continue to be installed and wall and floor coverings will be finished.  The landscaping project will also be completed.  Exterior signage will be erected and office furniture will be delivered.

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A public open house will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 1-4 pm.  Governor Heineman and Senator Kate Sullivan will be the honored guests.  For construction photos, visit the Photo Gallery at ValleyCountyHealthSystem.org.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Chistenson Promoted to Long Term Care Director of Nursing

July 27, 2010

ORD - Cheryl Christenson, RN, BSN, has been promoted to Director of Nursing at Valley View Living Center.  Previously, Cheryl worked as the Infection Control, Education and Employee Health Manager for Valley County Health System.  She has been a RN for more than 20 years and has experience in acute care, ambulance and as a Director of Nursing in the long term care setting.  Cheryl has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pensacola Christian College and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Nursing.

Valley View Living is a licensed 60-bed intermediate nursing care facility that is part owned and operated by Valley County Health System.

 

Welcome Reception for Dr. Unterseher - Aug. 11

July 26, 2010

Ord - Chris Unterseher, MD, will begin his practice on August 2, 2010 Valley County Health System.  He will begin seeing patients on August 6th at Ord Family Health Center.

The public is invited to attend a welcome reception in honor of Dr. Unterseher on Wednesday, August 11 from 5-6:30 pm at Ord Family Health Center.

Unterseher earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2000 and his Doctor of Medicine in 2005 from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.  Dr. Unterseher completed a combined residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa School of Community Medicine.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Unterseher, call Ord Family Health Center at 308.728.3606.

 

Tomjack Named Employee of the Quarter

July 20, 2010

ORD - Johnathan Tomjack has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System.

In a letter nominating Tomjack for the honor, a co-worker wrote, "Johnathan has been a tremendous asset and resource for VCHS during his five years as an employee.  He has created a lot of goodwill in the community and has truly changed the quality of life for many of his clients.  Thanks Johnathan for your contributions and commitment to VCHS!"

Tomjack works as a Certified Personal Training in the Rehabilitation Department.  He has been employed by Valley County Health System since 2006 and received his Personal Trainer Certification from IFPA in September 2007.

Pictured: Tomjack receives his EOQ award from Interim CEO, Joyce Seward.

 

BCBS Wellness Grant Presentation Aug. 1

July 19, 2010

ORD - Valley County Health System and the University of Nebraska Extension will receive will receive $10,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska to fund "Fit & Lovin' It," a program for area 5th graders.  A celebration will be held on Sunday, August 1st at 8:30 pm at the Valley County Fairgrounds. The presentation will be held after the 4-H Fashion Revue during the Valley County Fair.  The public is invited to attend. 

The grant is made possible through the 2010 BlueHealth Advantage Wellness Grant program.  The "Fit and Lovin' It" program will provide a learning opportunity for area 5th grade students to increase awareness, encourage skill enhancement and focus of attitude toward individual health.  These include those related to nutrition, physical activity, seat belt use and tobacco.

For more information, contact the University of Nebraska Extension at 308.728.5071 or VCHS at 308.728.4347.

 

Christenson & Kaslon Receive NHA Scholarships

July 16, 2010

Ord, NE - Cheryl Christenson and Diane Kaslon, employees at Valley County Health System, are scholarship recipients from the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) Research and Educational Foundation. 

Christenson, RN and Education and Infection Control Manager, was awarded one of eight $3,000 scholarhsips from the Foundation's Graduate Studies Tuition Aid Program.  She is attending graduate school to earn her Master's degree in Nursing.Cheryl Christenson, RN

Kaslon, LPN-C at Ord Family Health Center, was awarded one of ten $1,000 scholarships from the Foundation's Undergraduate Health Care Career Scholarship Program.  She is studying to become a registered nurse.Diane Kaslon, LPN-C

The NHA is proud to offer these scholarships and applauds Cheryl and Diane for their career choices that will last a lifetime and will help to improve the quality of life for others.

 

New Facility Update #30

July 16, 2010

During the weeks of July 5th and 12th, noticeable progress was made on the new hospital.  Wall and floor covering installation continued in the medical clinic, specialty clinic and emergency department.  Ceiling grid continued to be installed and electrical and plumbing contractors remained busy with lighting and hook-ups.  The security contractor was on-site cabling the doors throughout the building.

In the next several weeks wall and floor covering installation will continue as will the will painting and the landscaping project.  Fire sprinkler drops will continue throughout the building and cabinetry will continue to be installed.  Exterior signage will be erected in late July and office furniture will be delivered in early August.

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A public open house will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 1-4 pm.  Governor Heineman and Senator Kate Sullivan will be the honored guests.  For construction photos, visit the Photo Gallery at ValleyCountyHealthSystem.org.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Peterson Attends Aquatic Therapy Symposium

July 9, 2010

Ord, NE - Heidi Peterson, Physical Therapist at Valley County Health System, attended the 2010 International Aquatic Therapy Symposium held June 28 - July 2 in Sanibel, FL.  The event was presented by the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute (ATRI).

Peterson participated in a variety of hands-on, in-pool courses to increase her knowledge about aquatic therapy techniques and safety. 

"The ATRI Conference was an excellent opportunity to learn about the aquatic therapy industry and current trends and the latest research.  Meeting leaders in the industry allowed me to exchange ideas and bring information back to the other Rehabilitation staff," stated Peterson.

ATRI Conferences provide participants with networking opportunities, as well as hands-on educational workshops on aquatic therapy techniques and effective aquatic therapy programming.

Aquatic Therapy services will be offered in the HydroWorx 2000 therapy pool at the new VCHS hospital.  The pool was donated by Greater Loup Valley Activities, Inc. with funds given by the Alfred and Irma Burson estate.

For more information, contact VCHS Rehabilitation Services at 308.728.4247.

 

Geweke Ranch Team Wins VCHS Foundation Golf Tournament

July 7, 2010

ORD - The 12th Annual Valley County Health System Golf Tournament involved the participation of 25 teams on July 2, 2010 at the Ord Golf Course.

The flight winners this year were as follows: 

Championship Flight: Geweke Ranch, Inc. - Dan Johnson, Korey Johnson, Rich Osentowski and Bob Sevenker

First Flight: First National Bank of Ord - Russ Blaha, Don Blaha, Jim Augustyn and Lannie Geiser

Second Flight: Team Williams - Fred Williams, Kellie Symonsbergen, Marty Dubas and Jeremy Baker

Valley County Health System Foundation thanks all of the sponsors and teams for participating in this year's event, as well as everyone who volunteered their time and also those who joined us for the auction.  The 2011 Tournament and Auction will be held on Friday, July 1. 

 

Richards Joins VCHS as Director of HR

July 2, 2010

Tricia Richards will join Valley County Health System on July 5th as the Director of Human Resources.  She is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with a 14-year career in human resources.  Tricia is replacing Karlie Koinzan who is retiring at the end of 2010.  Karlie has been the VCHS Human Resources Director for the past 10 years.

Tricia was born and raised in Hastings, NE and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Hastings College.  Her previous position was with Aventa Credit Union in Colorado Springs, CO as Vice President of Human Resources.  Prior to that position she was the Senior Recruiter at the University of New Mexico Hospital Systems.

Tricia and her husband Tony will reside in Ord with their son, Joshua, who is 9.  Their 19-year-old son, Jacob, is attending college in Colorado Springs.

 

New Facility Update #29

July 1, 2010

During the weeks of June 21st and 28th, noticeable progress was made on the new hospital.  The MRI and CT were installed in the Imaging Department.  Stone work was completed on the fireplace in the lobby.  Wall and floor coverings were installed in the Medical Clinic, Specialty Clinic, Surgery and Emergency Departments.

In the next several weeks wall and floor covering installation will continue as will the landscaping project.  Cabinetry will continue to be installed.  Exterior signage will be erected in late July and office furniture will be delivered in early August.

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A public open house will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 1-4 pm.  For construction photos, visit the Photo Gallery at ValleyCountyHealthSystem.org.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Tomjack to Join New Beginnings in Sept.

June 25, 2010

Effective September 22, 2010 Valley County Health System will transition its' Wellness Center to New Beginnings Fitness Center in Ord, where Johnathan Tomjack will be employed.  VCHS auditing firm Seim Johnson has determined that it is no longer financially feasible to operate a Wellness Center in the current or new hospital facilities, due to Medicare reimbursement rules.

New Beginnings is owned by Tresia White of Elyria, NE and Jennifer Schauer of North Loup, NE.  It is located at 302 South 15th Street in downtown Ord.  "We are very excited about this new opportunity to enhance our community wellness program and look forward to Johnathan's expertise as he joins our team," stated Tresia White.

Tomjack will become an employee of New Beginnings and will continue to offer community fitness classes.  "My employer will be changing, but my devotion to wellness and fitness will not.  My colleagues in therapy have given me knowledge well above the scope of my practice to train safely and effectively and I will be forever grateful.  Above all, I am concerned about my clients, future members, and the entire community's health and wellbeing.  I welcome the opportunity to have one community fitness center in Ord while working at New Beginnings for Tresia and Jen."

Tomjack has been employed by Valley County Health System since 2006 and received his Personal Trainer Certification from the International Fitness Professional's Association (IFPA) in September 2007 and his Program Design Specialist Certification from IFPA in April 2009.  Valley County Health System thanks Johnathan for his service to VCHS and commitment to the community. 

For more information, call Johnathan Tomjack at 308.728.4257 or New Beginnings Fitness Center at 308.728.1010.

 

Kasselder Joins VCHS as MRI Technician

June 25, 2010

Melissa Kasselder will join Valley County Health System on June 28th as a Radiologic Technician with specialized training and experience in MRI studies.  She will begin performing MRI studies for VCHS when the new facility opens and the Magnetom Essenza MRI is available for use.  Melissa also has expertise in performing CT scans and X-rays. 

Kasselder is a graduate of Wheeler Central High School. She graduated from Nebraska Methodist College with an Associates Degree in Radiologic Technology.  She then earned a Bachelor of Health Science degree from Wayne State College.

She was previously employed as an MRI Technologist with Shared Medical Services where she traveled with the mobile unit performing MRI's for patients of fourteen hospitals.

Melissa resides in Bartlett with her husband, Drew.

 

Breitkreutz Completes Geriatric Training

June 25, 2010

Ord, NE -  Jeffrey Breitkreutz, PA-C, recently attended the Critical Issues in Geriatrics Conference sponsored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Breitkreutz, a physician assistant at Valley County Health System, is dedicated to the care of older adults and provides them with a comprehensive evaluation and assessment and detailed plan for their medical care. The completion of this training ensures that Breitkreutz has mastered the skills needed to provide evidence-based practice and treatment of geriatric patients.

Breitkreutz has been with Valley County Health System since 1991. He accepts patients in at Burwell Medical Clinic on Mondays and Thursdays and at Ord Family Health Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Ord Family Health Center at 308-728-3606 or the Burwell Medical Clinic at 308-346-5442.

 

2nd Annual Health Fair A Success

June 24, 2010

The second annual Valley County Health System Health Fair on June 23 at St. Mary's Gym in Ord was full of activity.  The theme for the fair was "Don't Horse Around with Your Health."  A total of 100 people participated in the health screen and/or PSA blood tests.  Others came to browse the 16 vendor booths and eat breakfast.   The Health Screen offered a comprehensive blood panel for only $35 and a prostate cancer blood test for only $15. 

Valley County Health System plans to hold another health fair next June.  Thanks to the hospital employees for their help and to those who had display booths at the fair.  Special thanks to all those who attended the fair and helped make event a continued success.

 

New Facility Update #28

June 18, 2010

During the weeks of June 7th and 14th, considerable progress was made on the new hospital.  The carpet in the acute care department hallways was installed.  The X-Ray and Nuclear Medicine equipment was installed in the Imaging Department.  The kitchen equipment was delivered and installation began.  Ceramic tile was laid in the Dining Room.  Vinyl wall covering and flooring began in the Surgery and Emergency departments. 

The MRI and CT equipment will be installed the week of June 21. In the next few weeks landscaping will begin and cabinetry will continue to be installed in the Medical Clinic and Specialty Clinic.  Exterior signage has been ordered and will be installed in late July.

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A public open house will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 1-4 pm.  For construction photos, visit the Photo Gallery at ValleyCountyHealthSystem.org.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Schrage's Resignation Accepted

June 17, 2010

The Valley County Board of Trustees held their regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday, June 16, 2010.  In addition to regular items of business, they entered into executive session for the purpose of discussing Larry Schrage's resignation. Upon coming out of executive session, the board voted to accept Schrage's resignation. 

Joyce Seward will serve as interim CEO for Valley County Health System until such time that the Board proceeds with a search for a permanent CEO.

The new building project is still on schedule for a public open house on September 26 and grand opening on October 4.

 

VCHS Health Fair - June 23

June 17, 2010

Ord - The 2nd Annual Valley County Health System Health Fair will be held this Wednesday, June 23 from 6-9 am at St. Mary's Gym in Ord.  The main attractions at the health fair will be blood chemistries, blood pressure checks and a free will donation breakfast.  In addition, health related vendors will have displays available to provide educational information to those who attend. The health fair is an excellent opportunity for those with a high deductible insurance plan or those without health insurance. 

The lab tests offered during the Health Fair are a Health Screen and PSA test. 

Health Screen:

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: Kidney & Liver Function, Electrolytes
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Thyroid: TSH
  • Cholesterol & Triglycerides

PSA:  Prostate cancer screening recommended for males over the age of 50. 

A fee of $35 for the Health Screen and $15 for the PSA will be 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.

Pre-registration is available by going online to ValleyCountyHealthSystem.org or by picking up a pre-registration form at the hospital admissions desk, Ord Family Health Center, or at any of the banks in Ord, Arcadia or North Loup. Pre-registration is recommended for anyone wishing to have a blood chemistry drawn but is not necessary.

For more information, contact the Public Relations office at 308-728-4347.

 

New Facility Update #27

June 7, 2010

During the weeks of May 24 and 31, progress continued on the new hospital.  The acute care nurse station was installed and the remaining exterior concrete, including the helipad was poured. 

In the next few weeks vinyl wall covering will be started in the Surgery and Emergency departments.  Carpet will be installed in the hallways of the acute care department.  Kitchen equipment will be installed and landscaping will begin.  Imaging equipment will be arriving for installation throughout the month of June. 

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A public open house will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 1-4 pm.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Three EMT's Attend Pediatric Trauma Course

June 7, 2010

Tammi Knutson, Darci Jeffres and Julie Thiel, EMT's at Valley County Health System, recently attended the 2010 Pediatric Trauma Conference in Omaha.  The conference is co-sponsored by the Children's Hospital & Medical Center and the Alexis Verzal Children's Rehabilitation Hospital at Madonna. 

The conference focused on pediatric-focused trauma management from pre-hospital care through discharge and ongoing health care concerns.

Knutson and Jeffres are certified as Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics (EMT-P.)  Thiel is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B.)

 

VCHS Board Holds Special Meeting re: Schrage Resignation

June 4, 2010

Ord, NE - The Valley County Board of Trustees held a special meeting on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm.  They entered into executive session for the purpose of discussing Larry Schrage's resignation. 

Upon coming out of executive session, the board acted on several items.  First, they tabled the resignation of Schrage to seek further legal advice.  Then they took action to appoint Joyce Seward as acting CEO until an interim CEO external to Valley County Health System can be placed.  Finally, the board hired Gary Bieganski to help place an interim CEO and for consulting services during this period.  Bieganski is the former CEO of McCook Community Hospital.

Hospital operations will continue as usual.  The new building project is still on schedule for a public open house on September 26 and grand opening on October 4.

 

Schrage Resigns as VCHS CEO

May 28, 2010

Ord, NE - The Valley County Health System Board of Trustees has received the resignation of Larry Schrage.  Schrage's resignation was for personal reasons and is effective immediately.

At this time the Board will work with a consultant to take the necessary steps to pursue interim administrative services from someone external to Valley County Health System.

Hospital operations will continue as usual.  The new building project is still on schedule for a public open house on September 26 and grand opening on October 4.

Schrage began working at VCHS in 2005 as the CFO and was appointed CEO in May 2006.

 

Bowen Completes Rotation at OFHC

May 28, 2010

Rob Bowen, a first year medical student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has chosen Ord Family Health Center for a rotation.  Bowen is from Omaha and will be in Ord for three weeks as part of the western Nebraska rotation requirement after students complete their first year.

 

 

Hadenfeldt Completes Rotation in Rehabilitation Department

May 24, 2010

Erika Hadenfeldt, a physical therapy student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, has chosen Valley County Health System as one of her required rotations.  Hadenfeldt is from Cairo, NE.  She graduated from Centura High School in 2004.    She will complete an eight week rotation in our Rehabilitation Services department and is interested in a career in a rural community.

 

New Facility Update #26

May 20, 2010

During the weeks of May 10 and 17, noticeable progress was made on the new hospital.  Glass windows were installed in the front lobby and ceiling tile was placed in the acute care department. The therapy pool for the Rehabilitation Department was delivered and installation began.

In the next few weeks vinyl wall covering will be started in the Surgery and Emergency departments.  Carpet will be installed in the hallways of the acute care department.  The helicopter pad and other miscellaneous paving will be poured. Kitchen equipment will be installed the first week of June.  Imaging equipment will be arriving for installation throughout the month of June.

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A public open house will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 1-4 pm.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

VCHS Offers Summer Wellness Class

May 14, 2010

Ord - Valley County Health System will be offering one fitness class for the public beginning June 8 and continuing through August 5. Johnathan Tomjack, Personal Trainer at VCHS will instruct a boot camp.  The class will include mild walk/jog intervals, overall conditioning and strengthening, deep glut and quad toning and mat work for total core workout. This class will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 6:45 am at the Ord Track. Anyone participating should bring a mat and water bottle.

Registration is $35.00.  To register, call Johnathan Tomjack at 728-4257 or stop by the VCHS Rehabilitation Department.

 

Lunch & Learn - Spend Smart, Eat Smart - May 25

May 7, 2010

Ord - Valley County Health System will be hosting two Lunch & Learn sessions on Tuesday, May 25.  The sessions, titled "Spend Smart, Eat Smart" will be instructed by Amy Vore RD, LMNT.  She will cover how to eat healthy on a budget; how, when and where to find the best food buys; how to read nutrition facts labels; and how to choose the freshest fruits and vegetables.

A session will be held from 11:15 am - Noon and a repeat session will be held from 12:15 pm to 1 pm.  Both sessions will take place at the VCHS Education Building, 1617 M Street in Ord.

The Lunch & Learn sessions are held monthly and are one component of the VCHS Wellness Matters Initiative.

The sessions are open to the public.  A brown bag lunch can be purchased from the VCHS Dietary Department for $3.00.  For more information or to register, contact Sheri Schrage at 728-4213 no later than Friday, May 21st at 5 pm.

 

Mahony Earns CCS Credential

May 7, 2010

Judy Mahony, Coder at Valley County Health System, recently earned the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential. 

Certified Coding Specialists are mastery-level professionals skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in the hospital setting. These coding practitioners review patients' records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure. To perform this task, they must possess expertise in the ICD-9-CM and CPT coding systems. In addition, the CCS is knowledgeable in medical terminology, disease processes, and pharmacology.

Mahony has worked in the Health Information department at Valley County Health System since December, 2006.

 

New Facility Update #25

May 7, 2010

During the weeks of April 26 and May 3, continued progress was made on the interior of the new hospital.  Vinyl floor covering was installed in the acute care patient rooms.  Glass windows were installed at the west end of the acute care department, dining room and in some portions of the main entry.  The floor and wall tile in the kitchen was glued and grouted. 

In the next few weeks the therapy pool will be installed in the Rehabilitation department and vinyl wall covering will be started in the Surgery and Emergency departments.  The helicopter pad and other miscellaneous paving will be completed.  Cabinetry will continue to be installed throughout the building as well as ceiling tile.  Kitchen equipment will be installed the first week of June.

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A public open house will be held on Sunday, September 26th from 1-4 pm.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Ries Attends Fundraising Conference

May 6, 2010

Becky Ries, Administrator of the Valley County Health System Foundation, attended the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid-America Conference in Omaha on May 3 and 4.

The Mid-America conference brought together fundraising professionals from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota to learn and discover new and current trends for nonprofit organizations.  The conference consisted of educational sessions on the latest trends in fundraising and donor relations, led by nationally-recognized presenters. 

 

Twyman Named Employee of the Quarter

April 28, 2010

ORD - David Twyman has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System.

In a letter nominating Twyman for the honor, a co-worker wrote, "He is very respectful of residents and patients, always going the extra mile to make each person feel special.  Dave is also a team player and will assist fellow co-workers whenever they are in need.  He is very friendly, and he can always be seen in the halls with a smile on his face.   Dave makes a special effort to say hello to everyone he meets.  We are so fortunate to have Dave as a valued member of our VCHS team!"

David works as a Nutritional Services Assistant in the Nutritional Services Department.  He has worked at VCHS since September 2, 2003.

 

2nd Annual Health Fair - June 23

April 27, 2010

Ord - The main attractions at Valley County Health System's 2nd Annual Health Fair will be blood chemistries, blood pressure checks 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 Health Fair will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 from 6-9 am at St. Mary's Gym in Ord. 

The lab tests offered during the Health Fair are a Health Screen and PSA test. 

Health Screen:

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: Kidney & Liver Function, Electrolytes
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Thyroid: TSH
  • Cholesterol & Triglycerides

PSA:  Prostate cancer screening recommended for males over the age of 50. 

A fee of $35 for the Health Screen and $15 for the PSA will be 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.

Pre-registration is available by clicking here or by picking up a pre-registration form at the hospital admissions desk, Ord Family Health Center, or at any of the banks in Ord, Arcadia or North Loup. Pre-registration is recommended for anyone wishing to have a blood chemistry drawn.  Vendors who wish to register a booth may click here for a registration form.

For more information, contact the Public Relations office at 308-728-4347.

 

New Facility Update #24

April 23, 2010

During the weeks of April 12 and 19, substantial progress was made on the interior of the new hospital.  Vinyl wall covering in the acute care patient rooms was hung.  The copper floor and wall lining in the MRI suite was substantially completed.  Installation of ceramic tile on the walls in the kitchen was finished.  Flashing and gutters on the exterior of the building were installed.

Over the next few weeks, installation of the floor covering in the acute care department will begin.  Glass will be installed at the west end of the acute care department, dining room and some areas of the front entry.  Ceiling grid will continue to be hung throughout the hospital.  The floor tile in the kitchen will be installed and vinyl wall covering installation will begin in the surgery and emergency room departments.

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Benson Completes Chemo Training Course

April 23, 2010

Janice Benson, Specialty Clinic RN at Valley County Health System, recently completed a two-day training course sponsored by Great Plains Regional Medical Center.  The course, titled Chemotherapy and Biotherapy, was developed by the Oncology Nursing Society.  During the course, participants are provided with a comprehensive review of the knowledge needed to administer cytotoxic and biotherapeutic agents.  The course is required every two years.

Valley County Health System has offered chemotherapy treatment for several years.  The chemotherapy room has been renovated to provide patients with a relaxing environment during treatments.  For more information about this service, contact the Specialty Clinic at (308) 728-4249.

 

VVLC Annual State Survey Completed

April 23, 2010

ORD - The annual Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) survey was completed at Valley View Living Center on March 31, 2010.

During the three-day inspection, the State looked at many aspects of quality. The inspection team observed resident care processes, staff/resident interaction, dietary and environment. The surveyors interviewed a sample of residents and family members about their life within the nursing home, as well as caregivers and administrative staff.

In their exit interview, the state surveyors were very complimentary of the entire continuum of care given to our residents. Valley View Living Center's evaluation was completed and continues to meet all standards of DHHS.

Valley View Living Center is committed to providing our residents with the highest quality of life by encouraging independence while providing dignity and respect in a caring atmosphere.

 

VCHS Hires Three Physical Therapists

April 19, 2010

ORD - Valley County Health System is pleased to announce the hiring of three physical therapists who will work in the Rehabilitation Services department.   

Bob Wieck will graduate in May from Franklin Pierce University in Ringe, NH, with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  He received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Kansas State University.  He has been a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) for the past twelve years and is currently working in that capacity at VCHS until he graduates in May. Bob is originally from St. Libory, NE. 

Obadiah Johnson will begin working at VCHS in June.  He attended Hastings College and graduated with a degree in Health Promotion Management.  He will graduate from Creighton University in May with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  Obadiah grew up in Hastings.  He and his wife, Ashley, have an 18 month old son named Ticen.

Lindsey Michael will begin her position in July.  She attended Chadron State College, majoring in Health Sciences/Pre-Physical Therapy.  Lindsey will graduate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in May with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  She is originally from Albion, NE and is engaged to be married on September 4 to Melvin Oldaker, a police officer in Burwell.

"Each of these therapists comes with very high recommendations.  We are so excited to have this caliber of therapists join our team," said Christy Peterson, Physical Therapist and VCHS Rehab Services Coordinator.

VCHS currently offers Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy in Ord, Burwell and Loup City.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Rehabilitation Services at 308.728.4247.

Pictured from L to R:  Bob Wieck, Obadiah Johnson, Lindsey Michael

 

Breitkreutz & Reilly Attend NAPA Spring Conference

April 19, 2010

Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C and Robert Reilly, PA-C at Valley County Health System attended the Nebraska Academy of Physicians Assistants (NAPA) Spring Conference in Kearney on April 14-17.  The conference covered numerous sessions on diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Breitkreutz or Reilly, call Ord Family Health Center at 308-728-3606.

 

Bengston Attends NAFP Annual Meeting

April 12, 2010

Dr. Jennifer Bengston recently attended the 62nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly of the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians in Omaha, April 8-10, 2010.

She attended the meeting to obtain continuing medical education credit. Subjects covered during the meeting are of immediate interest to family doctors, both in their everyday practices and in their continual endeavors to keep abreast of the latest preventive advances in medicine.

Nearly one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians.  That is 208 million office visits each year - nearly 83 million more than the next largest medical specialty.  Today, family physicians provide more care for America's underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bengston, call Ord Family Health Center at 308-728-3606.

 

 

Wheeler Attends Physical Therapy Obstetric Course

April 12, 2010

Betty Wheeler, Physical Therapist at Valley County Health System, attended a specialized obstetric course at the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference on April 9 and 10 in Grand Island. 

The course she attended was "Examination and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction in the Obstetric Client."  Course objectives included reviewing the normal musculoskeletal and physiologic changes of pregnancy, providing background information on the obstetric population and birthing process and practicing treatment interventions for musculoskeletal dysfunction in the pregnant and postpartum client.  Betty looks forward to applying these principles into the treatment program at Valley County Health System.

Betty graduated from Central Michigan University in 2004 with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy.  She has been practicing at the VCHS Burwell Rehabilitation clinic since October of 2008.

For more information, call VCHS Rehabilitation Services at 308.728.4247.

 

VCHS Unveils New Brand

April 9, 2010

Since the Valley County Health System Board announced that Melanie Kolar of Arcadia was the winner of their logo design contest, they have been working through the process of completing the new brand.  A professional marketing firm transformed the new logo into digital format with colors that would complement the new hospital design - teal blue and burnt orange.  In addition, focus group sessions were conducted with employees, community members and board members to compile information to develop key messages and the new tag line, "Progressive Care with Compassion."

Going forward, VCHS will be using the new logo and tag line in a variety of publications. Valley County Health System looks forward to opening our new healthcare destination with this new brand.

For more information, or to view the logo in full color, visit ValleyCountyHealthSystem.org or call 308.728.4347.

 

New Facility Update #23

April 9, 2010

During the weeks of March 29 and April 5, substantial progress was made on the interior of the new hospital.  The concrete floor for the MRI, CT Scan and X-Ray rooms was poured.  The standing seam roof on the entry canopy was completed.  Interior stone work was finished in the chapel.  The private bathrooms in the acute care rooms were equipped with the toilets, sinks, mirrors and fixtures.  The freezer and cooler in the kitchen were installed.

In the next few weeks the helicopter pad will be poured as well as the loop drive connecting Valley View Living Center to the new hospital.  Vinyl wall coverings will be hung in the acute care department and framing for the front entry will continue.  The aquatherapy pool is scheduled for delivery and installation the week of May 3 and the CT, MRI and X-Ray are scheduled for installation in June.

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A public open house will be held prior to this date.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Whooping Cough Diagnosed

April 8, 2010

This public service announcement is issued by Valley County Health System. 

One case of whooping cough was recently confirmed at Valley County Health System Medical Clinic. VCHS has been in contact with the NE Health Department and Loup Basin Public Health Department and are following their recommendations for diagnosis, prevention and treatment. 

Whooping cough, formally known as Pertussis, is a respiratory infection that usually starts like a cold with sneezing, runny nose, and sometimes a mild cough or fever.  After 1-2 weeks it develops into severe attacks of coughing that can last for another 1-6 weeks.  Most adults do not get very ill with this disease, but it is highly contagious through droplet transmission produced from a cough or sneeze.  Most susceptible are infants and young children who have not completed their initial vaccination series.

Vaccination is the cornerstone of pertussis prevention and control.  Infants should receive a DTaP vaccine at 2, 4, and 6 months of age, followed by booster DTaP shots at 12-15 months of age and at 5 years of age.  All persons over 10 and less than 65 years of age should receive a single does of a pertussis-containing vaccine, called Tdap.  Vaccination is 80-90% effective in preventing clinical illness. A five day course of azithromycin, now available as a generic drug, is the preferred antibiotic for both treatment of cases, and prophylaxis of contacts.

For more information, contact Ord Family Health Center at 308.728.3606 or Loup Basin Public Health Department at 1.866.522.5795.

 

Foundation Golf Tournament - July 2

April 8, 2010

The 12th Annual Valley County Health System Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, July 2, 2010 at the Ord Golf Course. The tournament is a 4-person scramble and will begin at 8 am.  Following the tournament an auction will be held at the Ord Veteran's Club.

The entry fee is $400 per team and includes green fees, lunch on the Golf Course, and hors d'oeuvres at the auction following the tournament at the Ord Veteran's Club.  Entries will be accepted until Friday, June 18th and only 27 teams are allowed. 

Proceeds from the 2010 tournament will benefit Valley County Health System Foundation in supporting the mission of Valley County Health System, with a total of $5,000 going to the endowment fund to provide the highest quality health care in our service area.

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.

To register a team, click here.  To sponsor or make a donation, click here.  For more info, contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011 or at foundation@valleycountyhospital.org.  

 

VCHS Hosting "Debt & Wealth Management" Lunch & Learn - April 27

April 6, 2010

Ord - Valley County Health System will be hosting two Lunch & Learn sessions on Tuesday, April 27.  The sessions, titled "Debt & Wealth Management" will be instructed by Sally Bernard.  Sally is a well respected speaker on Debt and Wealth Management throughout the Midwest.  Ms. Bernard has been a featured guest on the regional NTV's Good Life program's featured segments on personal money management, which include topics on debt management, home ownership, and wealth building and management.  She is a native of Fairmont, NE.  She earned a BS in Consumer Science and Business at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1991.

A session will be held from 11:15 am - Noon and a repeat session will be held from 12:15 pm to 1 pm.  Both sessions will take place at the VCHS Education Building, 1617 M Street in Ord.

The Lunch & Learn sessions are held monthly and are one component of the VCHS Wellness Matters Initiative.

The sessions are open to the public.  A brown bag lunch can be purchased from the VCHS Dietary Department for $3.00.  For more information or to register, contact Sheri Schrage at 728-4213 no later than Friday, April 23rd at 5 pm.

 

Wagner Honored at Hospice Banquet

April 2, 2010

Sally Wagner, volunteer for Valley County Hospice, was honored as Ord's outstanding volunteer at the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Partnership's (NHPCP) annual awards banquet on March 31st in Lincoln.  The banquet was part of the 2010 conference, "Living a Good Life...at the End of Life."  Each Hospice program in the state can nominate an outstanding volunteer to be recognized and honored at the banquet.

Sally has been a hospice volunteer since March of 2007.  Sally helps to co-facilitate Hospice's Adult Grief Support Group each year, has been a part of the volunteer orientations, has helped with Hospice's Memorial Services, and is always willing to bring compassion, caring and a special understanding to the Hospice patients and their families.

The Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Partnership's Executive Director, Heath Boddy, presents Sally Wagner with a certificate honoring her as Valley County Hospice's Outstanding Volunteer.

New Facility Update #22

March 26, 2010

During the weeks of March 15 and 22, continued progress was made on the interior of the new hospital.  Casework installation was completed in the acute care patient rooms.  The framing for the windows at the front entrance continued.  Taping of dry wall neared completion.   

In the next few weeks the helicopter pad will be poured as well as the loop drive connecting Valley View Living Center to the new hospital.  The concrete floor in the MRI, CT Scan and X-ray rooms will be poured.  The interior stone work in the chapel will begin and ceiling grid installation will continue throughout the building.

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A public open house will be held prior to this date.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Farrar & Meyer Attend Emergency Medicine Conference

March 26, 2010

David Farrar, PA-C and Jane Meyer, APRN-NP at Valley County Health System attended the Emergency Medicine for the Rural Practitioner conference in Omaha on March 24-26.  The conference objectives focused on recognition of patients who require rapid assessment and acute intervention in the Emergency Department, designing a plan for the management and intervention of the acutely ill patient and applying learned skills in the acute care setting.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Farrar or Meyer, call the Ord Family Health Center at 308-728-3606.

 

Lunch & Learn - Clever Low Carb Solutions - Tues. March 30

March 16, 2010

Ord - Valley County Health System will be hosting two Lunch & Learn sessions on Tuesday, March 30.  The sessions, titled "Clever Low Carb Solutions" will be instructed by Amy Vore RD, LMNT.  She will cover low-fat substitutions for your favorite meals, how to eat healthy without sacrificing taste and a demonstration and samples of low carb lasagna, low fat garlic bread and unbelievable chocolate chip cookies.

A session will be held from 11:15 am - Noon and a repeat session will be held from 12:15 pm to 1 pm.  Both sessions will take place at the VCHS Education Building, 1617 M Street in Ord.

The Lunch & Learn sessions are held monthly and are one component of the VCHS Wellness Matters Initiative.

The sessions are open to the public.  They are limited to 18 seats per session.  For more information or to register, contact Sheri Schrage at 728-4213 no later than Friday, March 26th at 5 pm.

 

Moninger Attends Mammography Training

March 15, 2010

Pam Moninger, Registered Technologist in Radiography and Computed Tomography, RT (R) (CT) at Valley County Health System, attended the Medical Technology Management Institute's 40 hour course on Comprehensive Mammography in Las Vegas March 1-5.  Course content included digital mammography training, pathology, image evaluation, anatomy, positioning, quality control and interventional procedures.

Valley County Health System now has two mammography technicians.  This training prepared us for the proper use of our new digital mammography unit that will be placed in the new hospital.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment for a mammography, call the VCHS Scheduler at 308-728-4249.

 

New Facility Update #21

March 14, 2010

During the weeks of March 1 and 8, continued progress was made on the interior of the new hospital.  The general contractor began the blocking and backing in the kitchen.  The trim carpenters began installing the vanity tops in the patient bathrooms.  Casework is also being installed in the acute care patient rooms.  The framing for the windows at the front entrance continued.  Dry wall installation and taping continued in the rehabilitation and administrative areas.  Installation of glass in the chapel was finished.

Installation of case work for the acute care department continued in the patient rooms.    Ceiling grid installation continued in the emergency and surgery departments.  Contractors are on site installing cable tray and cables for the computers and nurse call system.  Ceiling installation began in the surgery and maintenance departments. 

Next week the walk-in cooler, freezer and exhaust hood will be installed in the kitchen. 

The opening date for the new hospital will be Monday, October 4, 2010.  A public open house will be held prior to this date.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

VCHS Donates $1,000 to Valley House of Hope Haiti

March 9, 2010

Valley County Health System raised a total of $1,030.16 from a penny war held to raise funds for the Valley House of Hope Haiti orphanage project.  Employees were divided into four teams - Love, Give, Care and Hope.  The contest began February 15 and ended February 26.   

Team Hope had the only positive total once the other coins and dollar bills were subtracted from their penny total. The departments represented on this team were Acute Care, Radiology, Dietary, Ambulance, Infection Control, Materials Management and Information Technology.  Team Care had the most pennies given.  Departments represented on this team were Wound Card, Lab, Cardiac Rehab, Specialty Clinic, Pharmacy, Transportation, Home Health, Patient Financial Services, Accounting, Laundry and Maintenance.

Valley County Health System is proud to provide funds for the Valley House of Hope Haiti.

 

VCHS Offers Four Fitness Classes

March 4, 2010

Ord - Valley County Health System will be offering four fitness classes for the public beginning March 22 and continuing through May 21. Johnathan Tomjack, Personal Trainer at VCHS will instruct a core conditioning and toning class.  The class consists of dynamic balance, strengthening and improved range of motion through weight training, kickboxing and use of an exercise ball.  This class will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 to 6:45 am at St. Mary's Gym in Ord.  Each participant will need a 65 cm exercise ball, 2 or 3 lb. hand weights and a yoga mat.

Sheri Schrage, Certified Health Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, will teach a low impact aerobics and toning class, a step and sculpt class and a yoga class.  The low impact aerobics class will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the VCHS Education Building, 1617 M Street in downtown Ord.

The step and sculpt class will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the VCHS Education Building.  This class will consist of aerobics performed by stepping up onto and down from a portable platform. 

The yoga class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:15 am - Noon and on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 pm in the VCHS Education Building.  This class is a great way to relax and unwind.  No special clothing is needed. Participants in these classes will need to bring an exercise mat.

Registration is $40.00.  This fee allows the participant to attend any or all classes.

To register, call Johnathan Tomjack at 728-4257 or stop by the VCHS Rehabilitation Department.

 

Smith Attends Back Pain Seminar

February 26, 2010

Denise Smith, Licensed Massage Therapist at Valley County Health System, attended the "Effective Treatment of Common Cervical and Upper Thoracic Pain Conditions" seminar in Omaha on Feb. 25.  Course content included understanding cervical pain, treatment strategies and considerations, cervical/thoracic anatomy, muscle releasing techniques and how to achieve effective results.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Denise, call the VCHS Rehabilitation Department at 308-728-4247.

 

New Facility Update #20

February 26, 2010

During the weeks of February 15 and 22, continued progress was made on the interior of the new hospital.  Dry wall installation and taping continued in the rehabilitation and administrative areas.  Electrical and plumbing rough-in work continued in the rehabilitation and dietary departments.  Glass was installed in the chapel and in the nearby hallway.  Installation of window frames in the front lobby continued. 

Installation of case work for the acute care department continued in the patient rooms.    Ceiling grid installation continued in the emergency and surgery departments.  Contractors are on site installing cable tray and cables for the computers and nurse call system.

The VCHS Board of Trustees has set an opening date of Monday, October 4, 2010.  A public open house will be held prior to this date.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Meyer Attends NNP Conference

February 22, 2010

Jane Meyer, APRN-NP at Valley County Health System attended the Nebraska Nurse Practitioner Conference in Lincoln, Feb. 18-20.  Conference objectives focused on updating advanced practice knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention as it relates to acute and chronic illnesses across the life span, discussion of the most current pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of acute and chronic conditions, and review of current research and the application of research to clinical practice.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Meyer, call the Ord Family Health Center at 308-728-3606.

 

Burwell Rehab Holds Open House

February 16, 2010

Burwell -An open house and ribbon cutting for Burwell Rehabilitation's new location was held on Thursday, February 11 at 150 North 9th Avenue.  The new location allows for more space, new and updated equipment and better service for the residents of Burwell and surrounding areas.  Physical therapy services will be offered five days a week with occupational and speech therapy available by appointment. 

Betty Wheeler, PT at Burwell Rehab stated, "We would like to thank everyone who helped welcome us into our new building during the open house.  We sincerely appreciate the time and effort that the Burwell Chamber of Commerce put into the celebration and the outstanding representation from the community.  We enjoy working with and for the people of Burwell and the surrounding area and are so excited about the additional space and equipment that our new building allows.  Our new surroundings provide even further opportunity to offer excellent care."

To schedule an appointment with Burwell Rehabilitation call 346-4060.

 

 

Foundation Gala - Night of Giving & Giggles

February 16, 2010

The night of Saturday, January 9th, was filled with generous people and lots of giggles, as the annual Valley County Health System Foundation Gala was held at the Ord Veteran's Club.  We are very pleased to announce that this year's Gala raised $20,000 for the benefit of Valley County Health System and that $5,000 will be placed into the endowment fund. 

This year's theme was "Denim & Diamonds", and Josh Zangger served as emcee for the evening.  He was later joined by Ben Lansman ("Benshema") when the evening's entertainment began.  Before the entertainment began, Steve Wolf of Wolf Auction and Real Estate auctioned off several live auction items to the large crowd of 250 plus. 

This year's entertainment proved to be a hit, as the crowd watched the "Miss Red Hot Womanless Contest".  Those participating were Johnathan Tomjack, Rich McKenney, Neal Carson, Brent Bengston, Trent Proskocil, Roy Farrens, Jim Coover and Kerry Petska.  This group of guys and the emcees went all out and had the crowd laughing non-stop. They started off by entering the ballroom to Chris Brown's "Forever", which has become a hit on YouTube for the couple who used it as their wedding entrance.  The contest included an evening gown, talent, night wear and question competition.  Both Zangger and Lansman had the crowd rolling with their quick whit and humor.  Three guest judges volunteered to help with the contest, and they were Mike and Senator Kate Sullivan and Miss Nebraska Belinda Wright.  At the conclusion of the contest, they chose Rich McKenney (Miss Jackie Shakers) as Miss Congeniality, and Brent Bengston (Miss Libby Doe) as the winner.  The Foundation would truly like to thank this group of guys for providing an unbelievable night of entertainment.

In between the different areas of the contest silent auction tables were closed and winners announced.   Many nice items were offered on both the live and silent auctions and generous bids were received.  The large raffle prize winners were Marilys Sears, Ord Medical Spa Package donated by Sarah Brinkman; Marie Mason, Benelli Nova Shotgun donated by Ag Pro Insurance/Steve Vech and Misko Sports; and, Jo Trofholz, $500 Savings Bond from the Ericson State Bank. 

The Foundation is very grateful to everyone who made this year's Gala a great success.  We feel so blessed that this community is so giving and supportive and we truly appreciate each and every one of you, and look forward to another great Gala again in 2011.  

Our next event is the annual golf tournament, and that will be held on Friday, July 2, 2010 at the Ord Golf Course.   

If you would like more information about Valley County Health System Foundation, please contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011. 

 

New Facility Update #19

February 15, 2010

During the weeks of February 1 and 8, subcontractors made a lot of progress inside the new hospital.  Tile installation continued in the bathrooms throughout the hospital.  Dry wall installation began in the rehabilitation department and taping continued in the medical clinics.  Electrical and plumbing rough-in work was started in the rehabilitation and administration areas.  Glass was installed at the end of the main hallway and in the rehab department's large window facing the west.  Installation of window frames in the front lobby was started. 

Case work for the acute care department was delivered and installation has begun in the patient rooms.  The rails for the patient lifts in the private acute care rooms are being installed.  Ceiling grid is being installed in the emergency and surgery departments.

The project is still on schedule for completion this fall.  An public open house will be held prior to the opening date.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

VCHS Starts "Wellness Matters" Initiative for Employees

February 8, 2010

Valley County Health System has launched, with the support of the VCHS CEO and the approval of the Board of Trustees, a wellness initiative titled "Wellness Matters".

This program, developed for the VCHS employees, provides opportunities and support for behaviors that are conducive to good health and optimal wellbeing.  The CEO's Wellness Advisory Council was formed to assist with the Wellness Matters initiative which began with employees participating in a voluntary personal health assessment to determine current health status.

The components of the Wellness Matters initiative include programs directed at nutrition, weight management and exercise, along with monthly Brown Bag Lunch & Learn presentations.  The Lunch and Learns, which feature various presenters and are open to the public; are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month and employees and the community are invited to learn about various health topics.  The Wellness Matters program also offers the employees the benefit of an onsite wellness coach for supporting behavior changes.  

The picture of the CEO's Wellness Advisory Council was taken on Friday, February 5th, National Wear Red Day where all members wore red.  February is heart month and the CEO's Wellness Advisory Council has planned several fun activities for the employees during the month to increase their knowledge about living a healthy lifestyle and ways to minimize cardiovascular disease.

Council members include Cheryl Christenson, Linda Freeman, Tina Hrbek, Jill Lane, Jen McBride, Jane Meyer, Lea Miller, Viv Patrick, Danielle Proskocil, Larry Schrage, Sheri Schrage, Marcy Shafer, Johnathan Tomjack and Amy Vore

For more information, contact Sheri Schrage at 728-4213.

 

Farrens Selected for NHA Leadership Institute

February 5, 2010

Roy Farrens, Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and Nutritional Services Manager and at Valley County Health System, has been selected to participate in the 2010 Nebraska Hospital Association's (NHA) Leadership Institute.  Roy is the first employee of Valley County Health System to participate in this course.

The Institute includes a comprehensive curriculum, combining core leadership competency working sessions with multiple layers of applied practice in health care. Participants in the NHA Leadership Institute will improve their leadership skills; enhance their effectiveness in the health care field, while preserving the care and compassion critical to quality health care delivery. The curriculum is designed to be highly interactive, yet with flexible, online and teleconference accessibility-perfect for busy health care personnel.

Farrens attended the orientation retreat Jan. 29-30 in Nebraska City at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center.  The course continues through October at various hospital locations throughout Nebraska and via webinars.  Participants completing the NHA Leadership Institute will be recognized as Class VII graduates at the NHA 2010 Annual Convention Caring Kind Luncheon on October 29, 2010.

 

VVLC Presents NE Respite Program

February 5, 2010

ORD - Valley View Living Center is offering a free educational and social seminar series. The series, titled "Caring Across Generations" is offered each quarter and is open to anyone who would like to attend.

The winter 2010 session will be held on Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 pm in the Valley View Living Center Atrium.  Sue Bochart from Central Nebraska Community Services will give a presentation on the Respite Care Program available for all ages.  She will bring a door prize and some small giveaways.

The program is expected to last an hour and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.  Free transportation will be provided within Ord City Limits.  To schedule a ride, call
728-5581. 

For more information, contact Connie Fread or Julie Rowse at 728-5868.

 

Shoemaker Named VCHS Employee of the Quarter

February 2, 2010

Laci Shoemaker has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System.

In a letter nominating Shoemaker for the honor, a co-worker wrote, "She does a great job at being organized, and she always has a great attitude.  She is never judgmental and appreciates all the help she gets." Another co-worker stated, "Laci is always patient and positive.   She goes the extra mile to brighten the days of her co-workers and the patients that she serves."

Laci is the Scheduler in the Patient Access Department.  She has worked at VCHS since October 20, 2008.

 

 

VCHS Announces Logo Contest Winners

February 1, 2010

Ord - The Valley County Health System Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the three winners of their logo design contest.  Twenty-eight people submitted a total of 33 logo designs.  A committee comprised of VCHS employees and community members selected the top three logo designs based on the guidelines that were established for the contest.  These designs were forwarded to the Board for their consideration.  After the board made a decision on the winning logo as well as the 1st and 2nd runner up, the names of the three people who designed the logos were revealed.

The winning logo was designed by Melanie Kolar of Arcadia.   Melanie received $500 for her logo design.  First runner up was Tobias Michnik of Scotia.  Tobias is a German foreign exchange student living with Russ and Annette Bloom.  He received $250.  Second runner up is Kathryn (Valasek) Nygren of Wahoo.  She is a 1999 graduate of Ord High School and received $100 for her logo submission.

The services of a marketing firm are now being utilized to finalize the winning logo.  The colors and final layout of the winning logo will be approved at the February VCHS Board meeting. At that time, the new logo design will be released to the public.

For more information, contact the Valley County Health System Public Relations Department at 308-728-4347.

 

Burwell Rehab Now Open in New Location

February 1, 2010

Burwell- The Rehabilitation Services department of the Burwell Medical Clinic opened in a new location on February 1.  Physical, occupational and speech therapy services provided by Valley County Health System are now located in a new building at 150 North 9th Avenue in Burwell.  The new location allows for more space, new and updated equipment and better service for the residents of Burwell and surrounding areas. 

A ribbon cutting and business after hours are scheduled for Thursday, February 11 from 4-6:30 pm in partnership with the Burwell Chamber of Commerce.   Hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

To schedule an appointment at Burwell Rehabilitation call 346-4060.

 

Hospital Facilities Update

February 1, 2010

ORD - As construction of the new hospital continues ahead of schedule and under budget in anticipation of a Fall, 2010 opening, officials at Valley County Health System have completed a position statement on the use of the current health care facilities. According to CEO Larry Schrage, the Board of Trustees has carefully considered all relevant options in the interest of patient service, community partnering and financial feasibility with the following conclusions:

The Support Services Building, located at 400 South 23rd St., will be the permanent location of the Home Health and Hospice staff. In addition, the staff and vehicles which serve the Public Transportation Department will be located at this site.

Ord Family Health Center, located at 207 South 26th St., will be moving to the clinic in the new hospital. The future use of this building remains under consideration.

Valley View Living Center, the long term care intermediate care center located at 217 Westridge

Drive, will remain in its current location. As announced in earlier releases the Board of Trustees has authorized funding for interior renovation, new resident room furniture, dining and kitchen improvements and a new paved parking lot.  Future expansion of long term care services will be announced as space becomes available in the hospital connecting corridor, known as "C" wing.

The old hospital will be vacated and locked for the first year with consideration of future use at a later time. Although the board has considered various use and user option proposals, studies indicate that the financial feasibility of these projects, including boiler replacement, utility costs, asbestos removal and negative reimbursement impact would result in several hundred thousand dollars worth of unreimbursed costs and ongoing operational deficits. According to Schrage "our initial thoughts on the use of the old hospital were to provide a joint community based approach that would have mutual advantages to both VCHS and the community we serve. However, in the final analysis, the negatives of trying to convert the old hospital to other alternatives far exceeded the positives, particularly from a risk and financial management perspective. VCHS is committed to continuing our fitness and wellness program for the community and we are in the process of analyzing the scope and location of this program. As time goes by we will continue to evaluate the best and ultimately the final solution in terms of the future use of the old hospital space."

 

New Facility Update #18

January 31, 2010

During the weeks of January 18 and 25, multiple subcontractors continued work inside the new hospital.  Ceiling grid installation was finished in the acute care department.  Tile installation continued in the private patient bathrooms in acute care.  Dry wall installation began in the administration department and taping began in the medical clinics and emergency department.  The ceiling grid in the acute care patient rooms was finished.

Case work for the acute care department will be delivered the first week of February.  The large windows along the south end of the main corridor as well as the windows near the chapel and in the dining room were delivered and will be installed soon.  The lifts in the acute care department are being installed in the patient rooms.

The project is still on schedule for completion this fall.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Breitkreutz & Reilly Attend Critical Care Conference

January 29, 2010

Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C and Bob Reilly, PA-C at Valley County Health System attended the Principles of Critical Care conference in Kearney on January 28-29.  The conference objectives were to prioritize assessment needs for critically ill patients, identify appropriate diagnostic tests, identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient, recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions and prioritize the steps in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Breitkreutz or Reilly, call the Ord Family Health Center at 308-728-3606.

 

Proskocil Elected to NSHE Board

January 18, 2010

Larry Proskocil, Facilities Director at Valley County Health System, has been elected to the Nebraska Society of Engineers (NSHE) Board of Directors.  NSHE membership represents hospitals and their environments of care staff in Nebraska. The vision of NSHE is to be the region's premier organization for professionals specializing in healthcare facilities management. Larry will serve a two year term on the board.

 

New Facility Update #17

January 15, 2010

During the weeks of January 4 and 11, the contractors continued work inside the new hospital.  Framing of the windows in the chapel began.  Ceiling grid installation began in the acute care department.  Tile installation began in the private patient bathrooms in acute care.  Dry wall installation continued in the medical and specialty clinics.

Plumbing rough-in was completed in the emergency room, surgery and maintenance departments.  The main lines for the fire sprinkler system have been installed throughout the building and they are now starting on the branch lines in the medical clinic and specialty clinic.  Electrical rough-in has begun in the administration and rehabilitation departments.

The project is still on schedule for completion this fall.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

VCHS Hospice Sponsoring Camp Healing Hearts for Children

January 11, 2010

Ord - The Hospice Department at Valley County Health System will be holding a children's bereavement day retreat called Camp Healing Hearts.  It is a day long camp for children and adolescents (age 7-14) who have experienced the loss of a loved one.  The camp is scheduled for Saturday, February 6th at the United Methodist Church in Ord from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

Camp Healing Hearts will offer activities that provide comfort, understanding and skills to children who are grieving.  Campers will have the opportunity to meet others their age who know what it is like to lose a loved one. The day closes with the release of balloons in memory of each loved one.

There is no cost for the retreat. The camp is made possible by memorial gifts made to Valley County Hospice.  Lunch, snacks, materials and a t-shirt will be provided to each child. For more information on Camp Healing Hearts, contact Marilyn Winkelbauer at 308-728-4315 or Renee Karre at 308-728-3539.

New Facility Update #16

January 11, 2010

During the weeks of December 21 and 28, the contractors continued work inside the new hospital.  Painting of the acute care department began and taping of the dry wall in the surgery and emergency room departments was underway.  Dry wall installation in medical records, medical clinic and specialty clinic continued.  Cable tray installation and sprinkler piping rough in continued.

The roof on the entry canopy will begin as soon as the weather cooperates.  Ceiling grid, installation of case work and painting will begin in the acute care department in January.   

Paving of the helicopter pad, connecting drive between Valley View Living Center and the new hospital, and sidewalks will be completed in the spring.

For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

VCHS Rehab to Relocate in Burwell

January 4, 2010

Burwell - The Rehabilitation Services department of the Burwell Medical Clinic will soon be moving to a new location in Burwell.  Physical, occupational and speech therapy services provided by Valley County Health System will be located in a new building at 150 North 9th Avenue in Burwell.  The new location allows for more space, new and updated equipment and better service for the residents of Burwell and surrounding areas. 

Physical therapy services will be offered five days a week with occupational and speech therapy available by appointment.  Betty Wheeler, PT, serves the Burwell clinic location.  Betty graduated from Central Michigan University in 2004 with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy.  She has been practicing in Burwell since October of 2008 to promote wellness throughout Burwell and the surrounding communities.  Betty utilizes not only traditional therapy measures, but also includes specialized training from the Postural Restoration Institute.  This approach is designed to restore diaphragm and appropriate breathing function combined with repositioning and balancing the pelvis, hip, back, and shoulder muscles to create a restored posture that moves and functions more normally.  These techniques may effectively treat many difficult diagnoses including hip bursitis, sacroiliac, and low back pain, leg and foot pain, headaches, and neck pain as well as pain in the upper back and ribcage regions.  Exercises focused on proper breathing patterns as well as manual techniques are utilized in order to relieve pain and promote proper movement and function.  Custom orthotics will be a new addition to the clinic to assist in holistic patient rehabilitation for foot, knee and low back pain.

Physical therapists diagnose and treat pain and movement dysfunction following injury, illness and surgery.  Treatment involves utilization of various forms of exercise, manual skills and healing technology to assist in decreasing pain and restoring function.

Occupational therapists are educated to facilitate patients' return to performing functional and meaningful activities of daily living more independently. Whether the debility is due to injury, disease, or deconditioning, occupational therapy can maximize independence and function in a wide variety of patient ages and functional levels.

Speech therapists are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of speech, voice, and language disorders.

The new location for Burwell Rehabilitation is planned to be open for business mid-January.  An open house for the new location will be held in early February.  More information will be released soon about these two dates.

To schedule an appointment at Burwell Rehabilitation call 346-5442.

 

VCHS Publishes 08-09 Annual Report

December 30, 2009

Valley County Health System has published their second annual report. This report is for the July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009 fiscal year.  The report is an eight page, full color publication featuring sections titled CEO's Message, In Recognition, Small Steps-Giant Leaps - Breaking Ground on our New Healthcare Destination, Committed to Excellence, Giving Back and Financial Review.  This report is published annually as a method of communication with area residents about the services provided by Valley County Health System and the accomplishments of each year.

Nearly 7,000 copies of the report were mailed to addresses in Ord, Burwell, Taylor, Sargent, Comstock, Arcadia, Loup City, North Loup, Scotia, Greeley, Ericson and Cotesfield.  The annual report may also be viewed by clicking this link.

 

VCHS Donates $2,393 to Make Christmas Happen

December 18, 2009

Valley County Health System's annual Celebrate Being a Woman event raised $840 in funds from the raffle of items that were donated by departments and individual employees.  The funds were used to purchase gift certificates for meat to the Ord Grocery Kart, Speed's Apple Market and Hruby's Market in Arcadia.  The certificates were then donated to Make Christmas Happen, a local project providing holiday assistance to families in Valley County.  The hospital worked with Make Christmas Happen organizer, Agnes Janda, to determine the number of gift certificates needed and to which grocery store, based on where the families live.  Twenty five dollar gift certificates were provided to large families and $10 certificates were provided to small families.

VCHS also sponsored their annual wreath auction on Friday, December 11th.  The auction generated $1,123 and these funds were also donated to Make Christmas Happen. The wreaths were donated by VCHS employees and displayed at the hospital.

In addition, the Home Health and Hospice Department held a bake sale on Dec. 18th.  The sale generated $430, all of which was donated to Make Christmas Happen.

Valley County Health System is pleased contribute to funds from these three events to Make Christmas Happen for the benefit of area families.

Pictured (l to r):  Darlene Bruha, Carol Thomsen, Pat Konkoleski, Rose Ella Sevenker, Doris David, Agnes Janda, Larry Schrage, Harlan Green and Lyle Sevenker.

 

Peterson Earns Postural Restoration Certification

December 18, 2009

Christy Peterson, Physical Therapist at Valley County Health System, has received Postural Restoration Certification (PRC) through the Postural Restoration Institute.  In 2004, the Institute established a certification process for physical therapists as a way to recognize and identify those individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute.

Certification is available to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapists who have attended all PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participate in both clinical and analytical testing.

Postural restoration allows effective treatment of any type of diagnosis, however, great improvements have been seen with many chronic pain conditions.  This program centers around restoring diaphragm and appropriate breathing function combined with repositioning and balancing the pelvis, hip, back and shoulder muscles to create a restored posture that moves and functions more normally. This approach may effectively treat many difficult entities including hip bursitis, sacroiliac and low back pain, leg and foot pain, headaches and cervical pain, as well as pain in the upper back and rib cage regions. Exercise as well as many manual techniques and breathing are utilized.

To date 45 Physical Therapists, 1 PT Assistant, and 2 Occupational Therapists worldwide have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska.  Several therapists at Valley County Health System have training in Postural Restoration and will be seeking certification in the future.

Valley County Health System congratulates Christy on this outstanding achievement.

 

New Facility Update #15

December 17, 2009

During the weeks of December 7 and 14, the contractors continued work on the new hospital.  Taping of the dry wall in the acute care department was completed as was dry wall installation in the surgery and emergency room departments.  Dry wall installation in the medical clinic and specialty clinic began as did taping dry wall in the surgery and emergency room departments.   Cable tray installation began in the acute care department and sprinkler piping rough in continued.

The roof flashing and gutter installation was started as the weather warmed up.  The roof on the entry canopy will begin next week.  Ceiling grid, installation of case work and painting will begin in the acute care department in January.   

For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

VCHS Offers Freedom From Smoking Program

December 14, 2009

ORD - The Valley County Health System will offer the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® program beginning January 2010.

The program will begin on Wednesday, January 6 and will meet for seven classes; January 13, 15, 20, 27 and February 3 and 17.  All classes will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Valley County Health System Education Building, 1617 M Street in downtown Ord.  

Freedom From Smoking® is a personalized program that works to identify specific smoking triggers for each participant which then helps to create a plan for quitting smoking. Positive behavioral changes, along with additional reinforcement tools, are used during this life-changing course.

The classes feature informal group discussions, which creates a supportive environment for participants to fully adopt step-by-step behavior modifications, encouraging long-term success.

Cost for the program is $50.00 which covers all materials.  Registration deadline is December 30, 2010.  For more information or to register, please call Sheri Schrage, Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator at 308-728-4312 or Lea Miller at 308-728-4299.

 

VCHS Offers Three Fitness Classes

December 14, 2009

Ord - Valley County Health System will be offering three fitness classes for the public beginning January 4 and continuing through February 26. Johnathan Tomjack, Personal Trainer at VCHS will instruct a core conditioning and toning class.  The class consists of dynamic balance, strengthening and improved range of motion through weight training, kickboxing and use of an exercise ball.  This class will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 to 6:45 am at St. Mary's Gym in Ord.  Each participant will need a 65 cm exercise ball, 2 or 3 lb. hand weights and a yoga mat.

Sheri Schrage, Certified Health Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, will teach a low impact aerobics and toning class as well as a step and sculpt class.  The low impact aerobics class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the VCHS Education Building, 1617 M Street in downtown Ord.  The step and sculpt class will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the VCHS Education Building.  This class will consist of aerobics performed by stepping up onto and down from a portable platform.  Participants in these classes will need to bring an exercise mat.

Registration is $40.00.  This fee allows the participant to attend any or all classes.

To register, call Johnathan Tomjack at 728-4257 or stop by the VCHS Rehabilitation Department.

 

VCHS Employees Honored for Service

December 11, 2009

ORD - The annual Valley County Health System Christmas Party was held Dec. 4 at the Ord Veterans Club.  More than 260 employees, spouses and board members attended the celebration. 

During the event, Karlie Koinzan, Danielle Proskocil and Marianne Stevens with the VCHS Human Resources department, presented employees with awards for their years of service to VCHS.

The twenty-one employees recognized at the event were: 35 years - Loretta Misko; 30 years - Emily Hayek; 20 years - Virginia Bures, Connie Fread, Sharon Murdock, Shannon Peterson; 15 years-Vicki Bredthauer, Jeanne Tinkham, Kristie Zulkoski; 10 years-Cathy Foster, Tammi Knutson, Jo Trofholz; 5 years-Becky Babb, Michaela Brown, Ashley Jeffres, Karla Kinney, Steve Kusek, Kathy Rowse, Kristen Ryschon, Evelyn Schaaf and Jackie Stepanek.

 

New Facility Update #14

December 4, 2009

During the weeks of November 23 and 30, major progress was made on the new hospital construction project.  Taping of the dry wall in the acute care department was started and dry wall installation in the surgery and emergency room departments was completed.  The sidewalk at the main entry was poured as well as rough site grading.  Electrical and plumbing rough-ins began in the medical clinic and specialty clinic departments.

The installation of the frames for the large window openings in the front lobby, chapel area, rehab and acute care were started.  These windows will be installed within the next few months.  The roof flashing and gutter installation and the roof on the entry canopy will begin next week.  Ceiling grid, installation of case work and painting will begin in the acute care department in January.   

For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Seasonal and H1N1 Flu Vaccines Now Available

December 1, 2009

Ord - Valley County Health System announces that they have received additional doses of both the seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccines.  Anyone interested in one or both of these vaccinations should make a nurse visit appointment at any one of the five Medical Clinics in Ord, Burwell, Loup City, North Loup or Ericson. 

The cost for the seasonal flu shot is $30.  For Medicare Part B patients, Medicare will be billed and must present their Medicare Part B card.  There is a $16.00 administration charge per person for the H1N1 vaccination.

The H1N1 vaccination will continue to be administered to those at high risk, which includes those age 6 months through 24 years, pregnant women, those ages 25 through 64 with chronic medical conditions, and all adults, children and teens who are household contacts or caregivers of infants younger than 6 months of age.  In addition to the high risk category, VCHS will also now begin administering the H1N1 vaccine to all other healthy adults ages 25 through 64 years.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Ord Family Health Center at 308-728-3606.

 

Farrar Attends PA Conference

November 30, 2009

David Farrar, PA-C at Valley County Health System attended the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ from Nov. 4-7.  The conference featured sessions regarding emergency medicine, pediatrics, rheumatology and women's health. 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Farrar, call the Ord Family Health Center at 308-728-3606.

 

Dr. Bengston Completes Endocrinology Training

November 30, 2009

Jennifer Bengston, MD at Valley County Health System attended training from November 13-15 in Las Vegas, NV.  The training was Clinical Endocrinology for Primary Care Physicians and was co-sponsored by Endocrine Society. The program provided primary care physicians, physician's assistants and nurses with an update on endocrine disorders, including osteoporosis and other calcium-related disorders, type I and II diabetes, cholesterol and lipid disorders, thyroid disorders and obesity.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bengston, call the Ord Family Health Center at 308-728-3606.

 

VCHS Receives Mammo Certification

November 29, 2009

Valley County Health System is pleased to announce that the Radiology Department recently passed their Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection.  The certification process was completed by Arlene Hughes, Mammography Technologist at VCHS.   

The MQSA requires that all mammography facilities across the nation meet uniform quality standard.  Congress passed the law in 1992 to assure high-quality mammography for early breast cancer detection.  Under this law all mammography facilities are required to be accredited by the Food and Drug Administration and undergo an annual MQSA inspection.

Standards that must be met during the inspection consist of documentation that verifies all physicians who interpret the mammograms and the technologists who perform the mammograms have had adequate training and experience. Each facility must have an effective quality control program and maintain the records. In addition all facilities must have a system for following up on mammograms that reveal problems, and for obtaining biopsy results.

To schedule a mammogram or to learn more, call Valley County Health System at (308) 728-3211.

 

VCHS Launches Logo Design Contest

November 19, 2009

Ord - Kara Fischer, Chair of the Board of Trustees of VCHS is pleased to announce that the Health System is taking steps to select a new logo identity that reflects its communities and its people.  To do this, VCHS is launching a logo design contest.

The following guidelines have been adopted for the Valley County Health System logo contest:

  • The communities we serve, at large, including employees, will be allowed to submit new logo designs. 
  • The following objectives should be considered when designing a logo.  An explanation of the logo and how it meets these objectives should be submitted with the entry.
    • Balance feelings of warmth and compassion, with a progressive approach to the future.
    • Respect the region's rural and agricultural roots.
    • Be manageable in a variety of print, web and video applications.
    • Avoid trendy approaches in order to remain fresh and appealing for many years to come.
  • The logo design entered should be sketched in pencil.  Colors will be determined with the help of a professional marketing firm.
  • Entries must be received by January 8, 2010 to be considered.
  • All designs should be mailed to the VCHS Logo Contest Committee, P.O. Box 346, Ord, NE 68862.  The logo sketch, description, entrant's name, address and phone number must be included in the submission. 
  • All entries will be kept anonymous until after the selection of the new logo.
  • All entrants shall be notified that in the event their logo is selected, it may be modified slightly to meet graphics standards.
  • A committee comprised of VCHS employees and community members will select the top three logo designs. 
  • The services of a marketing firm will be utilized to finalize the logo selected and design the stationary package.
  • The winner will receive $500.  First runner up will receive $250. Second runner up will receive $100.  These three people will be acknowledged with a picture and press release to local media.
  • Once the committee has made their recommendation of the top three logo designs, the VCHS Senior Management Team and Board of Trustees will make the final selection of the new logo.  This selection process will include a legal review to ensure there are no copyright infringements. It is also understood that the person whose logo is selected will release all personal rights to their design with assignment to VCHS.

For more information, contact the Valley County Health System Public Relations Department at 308-728-4347.

 

 

New Facility Update #13

November 19, 2009

During the weeks of November 9 and 16, the hospital construction project continued to remain ahead of schedule.  The drywall installation in the acute care department was nearly completed.  Taping and painting will begin soon.  The circle driveway at the main entry was poured.  Electrical, duct work and plumbing rough-ins in the acute care department were completed and well underway in the surgery, radiology, emergency room, maintenance and purchasing departments.

The frames for the large window openings in the front lobby, chapel area, rehab and acute care will be built and installed soon with the glass to arrive later this year.   The final paving to be completed soon consists of some sidewalk and the helicopter pad.  Also, the connecting drive between Valley View Living Center and the new hospital will be completed in the next week, weather permitting.

For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

VCHS Foundation Gala - Jan. 9

November 16, 2009

(ORD) - The Annual Valley County Health System Foundation Gala has been scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2010, at the Ord Veteran's Club.  This evening is one of two annual fundraising events held each year by the Foundation.

The theme for this year's gala is "Denim and Diamonds" and entertainment will include  the Miss Red Hot Womanless Competition.   Attendees are encouraged to wear their finest denim or formal attire.  Social hour will begin at 6 pm with the meal, auction and entertainment to follow at 7 pm.

Tickets are available at local banks, from any Foundation Board member, the VCHS Admissions office and the Foundation office. Tickets are $40 each or $70 for a couple. Six exclusive tables seated for six can also be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis for $350.   Raffle tickets are available for $10 each or 3 for $20.  For more information, contact Becky Ries at 728-3011.

 

Revival Concert "Rocked"

November 16, 2009

The sounds of the 50's, 60's & 70's could be heard throughout the beautiful Valley Cinema Theater this past Sunday night, as the Revival Band, with special guests, Eldon Flodman, Pat Boilesen and Jerry Neeman performed.  Those in attendance were treated to some amazing music and vocals, and the group received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the concert. 

Pat (Leth) Boilesen, who is a graduate of North Loup, gave some wonderful performances, including a song she wrote about a friend of hers who was in the crowd, Peggy Jo.  Also, Elton Flodman, whose voice is just remarkable, sang several tunes, including a few Elvis songs; and, Jerry Neeman played his trumpet for two songs, including "Kansas City" which he also sang the vocals for. 

The Revival Band consists of Tom Schroeder, Tommie Backus, Doris Winkler, Warren Pennell, and Jay Ferris.   Hopefully this group of incredible performers can return to this area again in the future, as they made the afternoon a memorable one.    

The concert was sponsored by Valley County Health System Foundation and the proceeds will be used to start a scholarship fund for students who enroll in accredited healthcare programs. Thanks to everyone who attended this concert.

 

 

Heritage Staff Raise Flag

November 16, 2009

ORD - The staff of the VCHS Heritage Program for Seniors raised the American Flag for the first time on Veteran's Day.  The project has been in process for almost a year. The flag is lit at night and looks very patriotic. U.S. Air Force Veteran, James Bartley, raised the flag, while other staff members observed.

The Heritage Program for Seniors is a behavioral health outpatient program offered by Valley County Health System.  The program offers group therapy for older adults who are experiencing loneliness, sadness, grief from loss of a loved one and/or major changes in their lives.,

The Heritage building is located along Hwy 11 and 70 in Ord.

 

New Facility Update #12

November 5, 2009

During the past two weeks substantial progress was made on the new hospital facility. All of the exterior stone work was completed and the masons won't return until January to finish the interior stone work around the lobby fireplace and chapel.   Aluminum window framing was completed and windows were installed in the acute care, medical clinic, specialty clinic and emergency room departments.  The large windows in the front lobby, chapel area, rehab and acute care will be installed later this year.

Sheet rocking, duct work, medical gas, fire sprinkler, wood blocking and framing, electrical and plumbing rough-in work continued inside the building.  Paving of the north entrance circle drive should take place next week if weather cooperates.  Also, the south connecting driveway between the new facility and the nursing home will be completed this fall.

The project is nearly 50% complete.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

VCHS Hospice Celebrates Love and Care of Hospice

November 3, 2009

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about important care issues for people coping with life-limiting illness.

"Last year more than 6,500 Nebraskans received care from a hospice provider," said Patricia Snyder, executive director of the state's hospice association, the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Partnership (NHPCP).  "These professionals are experts at providing a kind of care that provides pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families."

"As hospice professionals, our mission is to serve patients and families, and we're committed to making sure they receive the care they need and want.  National Hospice and Palliative Care Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the options of care available," Carol Schroeder, Director of Valley County Health System Hospice, added.

To help people learn more about hospice and palliative care, Valley County Health System Hospice will host a Holiday Happenings Open House on Tuesday, November 17th, from 2-4 pm in the Home Health/Hospice office at 400 S. 23rd Street in Ord.  For more information, call 308-728-3114.

Information about hospice, palliative care and advance care planning is available at nehospice.org.  Valley County Health System Hospice is a member of NHPCP.

 

Tax Savings Through Gifts of Grain and Livestock

November 2, 2009

Nebraska farmers and ranchers can save significant taxes by contributing commodities such as corn or cattle to the Valley County Health System Foundation.

When an agricultural producer transfers legal ownership of a commodity to a charitable organization before the commodity is sold, the producer does not have taxable income from the sale and thus minimizes taxes. Depending on the specific circumstances, the producer may realize savings on federal and state income tax and self-employment tax. The producer can still deduct the costs of production.

The Valley County Health System Foundation is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation which processes these gifts on our behalf. Since specific procedures must be followed to obtain the desired tax treatment of a gift of grain or livestock, producers should notify the Nebraska Community Foundation before making a gift of commodities.

Producers should consult with their accountant or tax advisor to determine whether a contribution of commodities is appropriate to their tax situation.

For assistance with a gift of commodities contact Becky Ries at (308) 728-3011.

 

McIlravy Selected as Employee of the Quarter

October 29, 2009

ORD - Joanie McIlravy has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System.

In a letter nominating McIlravy for the honor, a co-worker wrote, "I could use a million words to describe this wonderful lady.  Everything about her is positive.   Every time I see her I always have a smile on my face because she makes people happy by always smiling at them first.  They way she stays so optimistic and always stays on task while working is so awesome.  She goes above and beyond with the great respect she has for each and every individual she comes face to face with."

McIlravy is a Materials Management Technician in the Materials Management Department.  She has worked at VCHS since November 1, 1978.

 

New Facility Update #11

October 21, 2009

During the first three weeks of October, the brick work on the new building was finished and stone work continued on the pillars of the drive up canopy and chapel.  Most of the remaining concrete work at the front of the building was finished, leaving only small miscellaneous areas of concrete to be poured.  The installation of the six roof top HVAC units occurred on October 19th.  Flashing and gutter work on the roof will begin as soon as the weather cooperates.

Sheet rocking, duct work, medical gas, fire sprinkler, electrical and plumbing rough-in work continued inside the building. Window framing was completed in the acute care department and the medical clinics.  Window installation will begin next week. 

The project remains ahead of schedule and will be completed by September 2010.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

Dahlsten Honored at Caring Kind Luncheon

October 20, 2009

Lincoln - Broc Dahlsten, Maintenance Technician at Valley County Health System, was honored at the Nebraska Hospital Association's Caring Kind Luncheon on October 16th.  The luncheon, held during the NHA Annual Convention was held at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln with more than 500 people in attendance.

The NHA has 85 member hospitals and each year these hospitals recognize their finest employees at this annual celebration of caring. Each year, Valley County Health System nominates their Employee of the Year for this honor. 

 

Celebrate Being a Woman

October 19, 2009

The 2009 Celebrate Being a Woman drew a crowd of more than 275 women to the Ord Veteran's Club on Tuesday, October 13, despite the icy road conditions.  The event is sponsored annually by Valley County Health System and is held for women of all ages.

There were a total of 40 vendors that participated in this year's event.  Kara Fischer, chair of the VCHS Board of Trustees welcomed everyone to the event.  Katie Davis and Deb Grubl-Fuhrer with the North Loup Scotia Community Theater acted out an entertaining skit for the crowd while they finished their meal.  Jane Meyer, Nurse Practitioner at VCHS gave the group an update on H1N1.  Amy Vore, registered dietician at VCHS, provided a fun game show about nutrition.

The evening ended with drawings for the raffle and door prizes.  The raffle items included 16 items donated by VCHS departments and employees. The raffle generated $842, which will be used to buy grocery gift certificates from to be used for Christmas dinners for area families in need.  The forty vendors also provided door prizes.

 

Valley View Living Center To Be Remodeled

October 13, 2009

The Board of Trustees for Valley County Health System has approved a construction and renovation plan for Valley View Living Center, the intermediate long term care facility.  This plan includes renovation of all common areas and resident rooms including new furniture and amenities.  The plan also includes convenient and expanded dining services for residents.

In addition, the Board will consider a proposal at their next board meeting to pave the parking lot adjacent Valley View Living Center which currently is a compacted rock surface.

The project cost is estimated at $750,000 and will be funded largely in part by the generous gift of the late Angelene Koelling as well as VCHS operational savings.

According to Larry Schrage, CEO of VCHS, "The action taken by the Board solidifies our commitment to the community to offer quality, convenient, accessible healthcare to the residents of this area that are in need of long term nursing care.  These renovations will provide an at-home atmosphere for the residents and their families.  It is our intention to not only modernize the existing long term care facility but to expand our capacity upon completion of the new hospital project in 2010."

 

Auxiliary Donations Exceed $50,000

October 13, 2009

Since the Valley County Health System Auxiliary opened the Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop in 2005, their contributions to VCHS have totaled $51,636!

Contributions have been used to purchase new signage for the facility as well as provide equipment and furniture for multiple departments.    These contributions have included patio furniture, radio intercoms and a grill for the Valley View Living Center, signs for the hospital, Christmas decorations, fluidotherapy machine for Rehab department, NU Step Machine for cardiac rehab, lab equipment, refrigerator for Hospice room, community education provided by the Hospice Program, a meal delivery cart, patient recliners, GPS systems for transportation vans, television for wellness center, salt spreader for snow removal and opthalmoscopes and an otoscope for Ord Family Health Center, ice machine for Long Term Care, television for Long Term Care, CADD pump for Hospice, blood bank refrigerator for Lab, air splints for Emergency Room, total gym for Rehab Services, digital camera for Public Relations, catering dishes for Dietary, wireless headsets for Patient Financial Services, easy lift for Long Term Care and mobile blood pressure units with pulse oximeters for Medical Clinics.

The Auxiliary is an organization operated solely by volunteers.  The Second Hand Rose is open Tuesday through Friday each week from 9 am - 5 pm and Saturday 9 am - 3 pm.  It is located at 1537 M Street in Ord.

 

Depression Screening Offered

October 13, 2009

According to a survey of 3,307 adults, demand for psychiatric and mental health services nearly doubled in the first quarter of this year-from 4 percent in January to 7 percent in April.

Negative feelings are normal, appropriate, and even necessary during life's difficult moments, but when worry, anger, or stress prevent you from performing your daily activities or interacting with friends and loved ones, it might be time to seek help.

If you can't remember the last time you felt optimistic or hopeful, take advantage of Valley County C.A.R.E.'s National Depression Screening Day event on Tuesday, October 27, 2009.  As part of the program you will have the opportunity to complete a brief, written questionnaire; learn about the symptoms of depression, and how to help a friend or family member who may be at risk. You will also have the option of talking to a health care professional about any concerns you may have. Free screenings will be offered from 5 to 7 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 304 S. 16th in Ord.  All screenings will be anonymous.

Some facts about depression:

  • Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
  • Trauma, loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, or any stressful situation may trigger a depressive episode. Subsequent depressive episodes may occur with or without an obvious trigger.
  • Depressive disorders cost employers more than $51 billion per year in absenteeism and lost productivity, not including high medical and pharmaceutical bills.
  • More than 80 percent of people with clinical depression can be successfully treated. With early recognition, intervention, and support, most individuals can lead productive lives.

Valley County C.A.R.E. (Community Advocates Reaching Everyone) is a newly formed group working together with area residents to identify current mental health/substance abuse needs and treatment in Valley County and initiate solutions to address these needs.  For more information, call 308-728-4312.

 

New Facility Update #10

October 2, 2009

During the weeks of September 21 and 28, brick and stone work continued on the exterior of the building.  Interior stud work was finished in the administration, rehabilitation and dietary departments. The roof was completed and flashing and gutter work will begin soon.

Sheet rocking, duct work, medical gas, fire sprinkler, electrical and plumbing rough-in work continued inside the building.  The installation of the six roof top HVAC units will take place the week of October 5th.  Window installation will also begin within the next few weeks.  Paving at the front entrance to the building will take place this week.

The project remains ahead of schedule and will be completed by September 2010.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

 

Critical Care Paramedics

October 1, 2009

Tammi Knutson and Darcy Jeffres, paramedics at Valley County Health System, have successfully completed Critical Care Paramedic Certification (CCP-C) exam.  The exam is sponsored by the Board for Critical Care Transport Certification.

This certification process is focused on the knowledge level of accomplished, experienced paramedics currently associated with a Critical Care Transport Team. The questions on the exam are based in sound paramedicine.  The paramedic is expected to maintain a significant knowledge of current ACLS, PALS, NRP, & BTLS/PHTLS standards.

In addition, Tammi and Darcy must complete 36 hours of clinical experience in an Intensive Care Unit.  They are completing this requirement at the VCHS tertiary care partner, Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Valley County Health System takes a proactive approach in supporting a high standard for our paramedics.  Congratulations to Tammi and Darcy on this achievement!

 

Satellite Flu Shot Clinics Postponed

September 30, 2009

Ord -  Valley County Health System announces that flu shot clinics in satellite communities have been suspended.  In a letter received from the supplier of the influenza vaccine, VCHS was notified that due to the challenge of producing both the seasonal influenza and H1N1 vaccines, the distribution of the seasonal influenza vaccine is being delayed while the H1N1 vaccine distribution takes priority.

Valley County Health System has only received 900 doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine and is expecting 600 more.  At this time, a vast majority of the 900 doses have been administered. 

Flu shots will still be available at any of the five Valley County Health System medical clinics in Ord, Burwell, North Loup, Ericson and Loup City, while supplies last.  No appointment is necessary.

The cost for the flu shot is $30.  For Medicare Part B patients, Medicare will be billed and must present their Medicare Part B card.

For information about the 2009 flu shot clinics call 308-728-3114.

 

VCHS Foundation Officers

September 30, 2009

At the annual meeting of the Valley County Health System Foundation Board Phyllis Edwards was elected as Chair.  Roger Lansman was elected Vice Chair, Danielle Proskocil as President and Diane Bundy as Vice President.  Other board members are Larry Schrage (ex-officio), Matt Alexander, Megan Cargill, Anne Clausen, Terry Cone, Bill Keyser, Steve Kusek, Adam Kunz, Kay Novotny, Dori Olson, Catina Psota, Mick Puckett, Marilys Sears, Curt Sikyta and Chuck Zangger.  Becky Ries, Foundation Administrator, serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the organization.

Board members have a three year term.  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.

 

Hospice Memorial Service

September 25, 2009

Ord - The Hospice Department at Valley County Health System will be holding the third annual Celebration of Life memorial service on Sunday, November 1st, from 2 pm to 4 pm, at the First Christian Church in Ord.

The third annual Celebration of Life will honor the memory of all loved ones who have passed away during the past year.  It will include a prayer, candle lighting ceremony and photo presentation.  The service will conclude with a balloon release and refreshments.

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 photo presentation, bring a photo to the Hospice office at 400 South 23rd Street or mail it to 217 Westridge Drive, Ord, NE 68862 by Wednesday, October 14th.  All photos will be returned at the service or mailed at the sender's request.

 

 

 

Reilly Attends Pediatric Conference

September 25, 2009

Bob Reilly, PA-C at Valley County Health System attended training September 10 and 11 in South Sioux City, NE.  The training was titled 2009 Upper Midwest Pediatric Conference and was sponsored by Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.  Topics included orthopedics, autism, pneumococcal disease and antibiotic resistance, oncology, obesity, diabetes, ADHD, neurosurgery and pediatric emergencies and transports.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Reilly, call the Ord Family Health Center at 308-728-3606.

 

 

 

 

Preschool Screenings

September 25, 2009

 

ORD- The Valley County Health System Child Development Committee is sponsoring preschool screenings for language, motor and cognitive skills as well as vision and hearing. 

These screenings are for children ages 3-5 and are offered at no cost.  The screenings will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 9 am to 3 pm at the VCHS Education Center, 1617 M Street, in Ord.   

The mission of the VCHS Child Development Committee is to make a positive difference in the lives of young children in Valley County by providing education to parents about their child's growth and development.

To schedule a screening appointment, contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011. 

 

New Facility Update #9

September 19, 2009

During the weeks of September 7 and 14, the brick masons completed work on the exterior of the medical clinic, specialty clinic and radiology departments.  Stone work began on the exterior walls of the chapel.  Interior stud work was finished in the medical clinic, specialty clinic and radiology departments.  The roof was completed above all departments with the exception of rehabilitation services, dietary and administration.  The roof installation above these areas will begin next week.

Duct work, medical gas, fire sprinkler electrical and plumbing rough-in work continued inside the building.  Sheetrock and taping was completed in the maintenance department.  Painting of that department will begin shortly so that equipment pads will be able to be poured.  

Exterior windows and doors have been measured up and will be installed this fall.  The skylights will be installed this week.  The six roof top HVAC units will be delivered this week.  Paving at the front entrance to the building will take place this week.

The project remains ahead of schedule and will be completed by September 2010.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

 

VCHS Unveils New Website

September 17, 2009

ORD- Valley County Health System recently unveiled a new website.  The new site was developed to provide easier navigation for the user to locate the services offered by the health system.  It can be viewed at www.valleycountyhealthsystem.org.  

The new site features the latest news releases and news archives from the facility as well as a construction zone for information about the new building project.  There is also an RSS feed on the news page from WebMD as well as links to newsletters and other publications.  The home page features a photo gallery, testimonials, calendar and event registration.  Anyone curious in finding what jobs are currently available can click on the Join Our Team link for a complete listing and online application form.

Along the top of the home page there are drop down menus containing information about medical services, community services, and general information for patients and visitors.  There is also an About Us drop down with a message from the CEO and information about the Board of Trustees, Medical Staff, facilities, Foundation, history and employee recognition.

For more information contact Public Relations at 308-728-4347.

VCHS DME Accredited

September 11, 2009

ORD-Valley County Health System's Durable Home Medical Equipment department has achieved the Award of Accreditation from the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation, based in Waterloo, Iowa. This award is achieved only when home medical equipment companies demonstrate a high level of quality practices in their business operations and patient care techniques.  VCHS earned the three-year accreditation after completing a comprehensive application that focuses on patient care, financial stability, and a commitment to quality operational practices and procedures. Accreditation by the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation assures Medicare and other payers that the highest levels of quality are practiced within all areas of the company. 

"We sought accreditation by the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation to demonstrate that our company is committed to providing excellent patient care and safety in a financially solvent environment," says Carol Schroeder, Director of Home Health, Hospice and DME. "This award also reinforces that our commitment to quality is ongoing."

Founded in 2005, the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation seeks to continuously set standards of the highest quality on behalf of the durable medical equipment industry and business owners.

 

Disaster Drill A Team Effort

September 10, 2009

ORD - A collaboration between the Ord Volunteer Fire Department, Cargill AgHorizons, Valley County Sheriff's Department, City of Ord Police Department and Valley County Health System resulted in a successful disaster drill on Thursday, September 10, 2009.

In the drill, the Ord Volunteer Fire Department was called into action to Cargill in Ord around 5 pm.  There were four injuries of Cargill employees as a result of a grain bin explosion.  The department triaged the injuries, rescued all four victims from the scene of the accident and transported them via ambulance to Valley County Health System Emergency Department where they were treated and released.  The VCHS paramedics intercepted at the scene and assisted in the transport of the patients to the emergency department.

Ord Fire Chief Larry Copp stated, "This drill was intended to prepare our firemen as well as other emergency personnel in the event a real disaster does happen in the future.  I would like to thank the employees at Cargill, local law enforcement and hospital providers, paramedics, nurses and other staff for their efforts with the drill." 

New Facility Update #8

September 4, 2009

During the weeks of August 24 and 31, the roofers completed half of the roof installation.  In the next few weeks they will be finishing the roof and installing the flashing along the edges.  The six roof top HVAC units should be delivered within the next few weeks for installation.

The erection of the interior stud walls continued into the imaging and health information departments.  Miscellaneous paving was completed around the perimeter of the building and in the ambulance garage.  The brick masons continue work on the exterior of the building and should finish their work in the next month. Stone work will begin next week on the drive up canopy. 

Duct work, electrical and plumbing rough-in work continued inside the building.  Sheetrock was started in the maintenance, materials management, surgery and acute care departments. Exterior windows and doors will be installed yet this fall.

The project remains two weeks ahead of schedule and will be completed by September 2010.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

Flu Shot Clinics Schedule

September 3, 2009

Ord - Valley County Health System will once again be offering flu shot clinics in thirteen area communities.  This year the CDC is recommending that the seasonal flu vaccine be given early.  Therefore, the clinics begin September 16 and continue through November 13 and are available to everyone.

The communities in which the flu shot clinics will be held are Ansley, Arcadia, Ashton, Burwell, Comstock, Dannebrog, Litchfield, Loup City, North Loup, Ord, Sargent, Scotia and St. Paul.  Flu shots are also available at Valley County Health System's medical clinics in Ord, Burwell, Ericson, Loup City and North Loup.  No appointment is necessary.

The cost for the flu shot is $30.  For Medicare Part B patients, Medicare will be billed and must present their Medicare Part B card.  For those covered by Medicare Advantage, Railroad Medicare and private insurance, their insurance company will be billed only if they receive the vaccination at one Valley County Health System's five medical clinic locations.  Medicaid patients and children ages 19 and under must receive flu shot at any of the five VCHS medical clinic locations.

The seasonal flu shot will not protect you against the H1N1 strain of influenza.  The CDC is currently working on a vaccine for H1N1.

For information regarding the dates and locations of the 2009 flu shot clinics call
308-728-3114 or visit the Community Services page at valleycountyhealthsystem.org

 

 

Broc Dahlsten: 2009 Employee of the Year

August 24, 2009

Broc Dahlsten, Maintenance Technician has been named employee of the year at Valley County Health System. Broc was selected as Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System in January 2009 by fellow employees. He received the Employee of the Year award from among three other qualified candidates who were also named Employees of the Quarter during the year. Broc was also nominated for the Nebraska Hospital Association’s Caring Kind Award. He will be attending the Caring Kind Luncheon in Lincoln on October 16th.

When Dahlsten was named Employee of the Quarter in January, one of his co-workers had this to say about him, “Broc always asks if there is something he can do. He can be counted on, rain or shine.”

“Broc always has a smile on his face. He is soft-spoken as not to disrupt anyone and always says “thank you” – when it us who should be thanking him! He never complains, even when he is asked to wait because we are busy. He is one of the kindest people and we are blessed to have him visit our department daily.” another co-worker stated.

VCHS Donates $1,000 to City of Ord

August 23, 2009

Valley County Health System has donated $1,000 to the City of Ord for the use of the swimming pool for their water aerobics class held this summer. Sheri Schrage, Certified Health Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, taught the class. There were a total of 55 people who participated in the class.

Three Wellness Classes Introduced

August 21, 2009

Classes this Fall Ord – Valley County Health System will be offering three wellness classes this fall for the public. These classes will be held September 14 through November 24.

A Low Impact Aerobics & Toning class will be taught by Sheri Schrage, a Certified
Health Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine. This class will offer continuous rhythmic activity in which at least one foot contacts the floor at all times. The class will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the VCHS Education Center in downtown Ord.

Sheri will also instruct a Movement Improvement Tai Chi class. Tai Chi is an exercise to enhance balance, flexibility, and wellbeing taught at a pace everyone can follow. It will be offered from 6:45 to 7:45 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the VCHS Education Center.

A Core Conditioning and Toning class will be taught by Johnathan Tomjack, Certified Personal Trainer/Advanced Program Design Specialist. This class will feature dynamic balance, strengthening and improved range of motion through weight training and use of an exercise ball. The class will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at St. Mary’s Gym from 6:00 am to 6:45 am.

Registration is $40.00. This fee allows participants to attend any or all classes of their choosing. To register for any or all of the classes call Johnathan at 728-4257.

New Facility Update #7

August 17, 2009

Week of August 17

During the weeks of August 10th and 17th, the erection of the interior stud walls was nearly completed in the acute care, materials management and mechanical departments.

The roofer continued installation of the roof and interior stud walls. The patient parking lot to the north of the building was paved. The loading dock and ramp was also paved as well as the rest of the south parking lot. Brick laying continues on the exterior of the building. The patient parking lot will be poured this week and the masons will continue the brick work on the outside of the building. Duct work and electrical rough-in work continued.

The project remains two weeks ahead of schedule and will be completed by September 2010. For more information about the project, contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

Foundation Golf Tournament Nets $23,000

August 13, 2009

Becky Ries, Valley County Health System Foundation Administrator, is pleased to announce that the 2009 Golf Tournament netted a profit of $23,000. Of this amount, $5,000 will be placed in the Foundation endowment fund and the other $18,000 will be designated for use in the area(s) of the greatest need within Valley County Health System. Becky would also like to thank everyone who participated to make this year’s tournament such a success.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 12th Annual Valley County Health System Foundation Golf Tournament & Auction scheduled for Friday, July 2, 2010.

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.

Pollard promoted to Clinic Coordinator

August 13, 2009

Christina Pollard has been promoted to the position of Clinic Coordinator at Valley County Health System. She will be responsible for coordination of the medical clinic activities and coordination with other departments.

Christina has been an employee of Valley County Health System for 9 months.
Currently, Christina is Special Projects Coordinator for the facility. She and her husband, Caleb, live in Ord and have two children; Calen, 5 and Elijah, 2.

New Facility Update #6

August 3, 2009

Week of August 3

During the weeks of July 27th and August 3rd, the brick masons worked on the acute care department. Work continued on the interior electrical and plumbing work. The erection of the interior stud walls has been completed in the acute care department and mechanical department. The black weatherproofing on the exterior of the building was finished. The roofer will begin work this week and interior stud walls will continue to be erected. The patient parking lot will be poured this week and the masons will continue the brick work on the outside of the building.

The project remains a few weeks ahead of schedule and will be completed by September 2010. For more information about the project, contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

Carollee Krahulik: VCHS Employee of the Quarter

July 31, 2009

Carollee Krahulik has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System.

In a letter nominating Krahulik for the honor, a co-worker wrote that “Carollee is very polite and considerate with patients no matter what is going on in her life. She never gets rushed or impatient.” Another co-worker wrote “Carollee is a wonderful, compassionate and kind person.”

Krahulik is a Receptionist/Transcriptionist at the Loup City Family Health Center. She has worked at VCHS since August 2006.

Roy Farrens Hired as Manager of Nutritional Services

July 29, 2009

Roy Farrens of Elyria has been hired as the Manager of Nutritional Services at Valley County Health System. He will be responsible for menu creation and overseeing meal preparation for the nursing home and acute wing as well as the cafeteria and on-site catering.

Roy is a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation and has more than 25 years of experience in food management. He is married to Lisa. Together they own Elyria Canning Company and Elyria Gardens. Roy will begin working for Valley County Health System on August 3.

New Facility Update #5

July 20, 2009

Week of July 20

During the weeks of July 13th and 20th, substantial progress on the hospital project was made. The ambulance garage was bricked as well as much of the surgery and maintenance departments. The front entry canopy frame was erected. Work has begun on the interior electrical and plumbing work. The erection of the interior stud walls has begun and will continue for several weeks.

The exterior wall studs and insulation sheeting will be completed this week. The roofer will be on site to begin and within a week the building should be protected from rain water leaking through the roof. Wood blocking around the exterior windows has begun and the aluminum frames will be ordered soon. The patient and visitor parking lot on the north side of the building will be graded and poured within the next few weeks.

The project is a few weeks ahead of schedule and will be completed by September 2010. For more information about the project, contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

Stacey Klimek Hired as Operating Room Supervisor

July 19, 2009

Stacey Klimek of Burwell has been hired as the Operating Room Supervisor at Valley County Health System. She will be responsible for all operating room processes, including patient care from pre-op to post-op, scheduling and training of operating room personnel; and maintaining surgical instrumentation and equipment. Stacey is a registered nurse and has 17 years of acute care and operating room experience. She is married to Bill Klimek, owner of Don’s Auto Parts in Burwell. Stacey has four children and one grandchild. She will begin working for Valley County Health System on August 3.

New Facility Update #4

July 6, 2009

Week of July 6

During the weeks of June 29th and July 6th, visible progress on the project was made. The employee parking lot was finished. Continuation of 27th Street to the employee parking lot at the south of the building was poured. The concrete floor was poured in acute care, specialty clinic, medical clinic, surgery, maintenance and materials management departments. Work began on sheeting of the exterior stud walls and roof decking continued. Work continues to be done on the exterior stud walls and interior stud framing will begin in the next few weeks.

In the near future, the front entry canopy will be erected. The exterior sheeting will soon be sprayed so that the brick layers can be started. The equipment and trailers along the highway will be moved to the employee parking lot so that the patient parking lot can be graded and poured.

The project is on schedule for completion in September 2010. For more information about the project, contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

Bond Sales for New Hospital Complete

June 30, 2009

4th and Final Issue Sold

On May 13, 2008 Valley County voters gave their approval to a $21.265 million dollar general obligation bond issue, proceeds to be applied toward the construction of a new hospital. Valley County Health System announced that on Thursday, June 25, 2009, the fourth and final issuance realized $6.035 million dollars in bond sales. The sales rate for this issue was 4.89%, which is favorable to original estimates.

Marc Munford, Assistant Vice President with Ameritas Investment Corporation, appeared before the Valley County Board of Supervisors on June 9 to announce the presale of the additional $6.035 million in bonds. The combined sales volume, with the $7.22 million sold in August, the $2.68 million sold in October and the $5.33 million in January now totals the full $21,265,000 approved by voters in 2008. This issue was sold once again to Nebraska area banks and investors. The aggregate sales rate for all bonds sold is 4.97%, which is still positive to original estimates.

The sequential sale of the four issues over a one year period of time will save the hospital more than $400,000 in interest and financing costs during the period of construction, compared to the original estimates.

The project is still on schedule for completion in September 2010. For more information contact the Public Relations office at 308-728-4347.

New Facility Update #3

June 22, 2009

Week of June 22

During the week of June 22nd, progress on the project was substantial. At the June VCHS Board meeting, TSP reported that 23% of the exterior portion of the project was complete. During the past week the front lobby, rehabilitation services and administration areas were framed in and the exterior stud walls were erected in several areas of the building. The main gas line was trenched into the new building and plumbing work continues to be completed throughout the building. The employee parking lot to the south of the building was graded and poured. Work will soon begin on the front drive up canopy, sheeting of the exterior stud walls and pouring the floors in the building. Despite the recent rains, the project is still on schedule for completion in September 2010.

For more information about the project, contact the Public Relations
office at 728-4347.

New Facility Update #2

June 8, 2009

Week of June 8

During the week of June 8th, progress on the project was delayed due to the rainy weather. However, during the past week the lower floor for the therapy pool was poured and the parapet walls have been started. The block for the ambulance garage has been finished. The grading for the entry to the facility off of 27th Street is complete and the concrete will be poured once the rain stops. The final delivery of structural steel will be made during the week of June 15th. Work is also continuing on the installation of main utility service lines to the building.

The estimated completion date of the project is September 2010. For more information about the project, contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

New Facility Update #1

May 25, 2009

Week of May 25

In an effort to keep area residents informed about the progress of the new Valley County Health System construction project, periodic updates and photos will be submitted to the media. This is the first of those updates.

During the week of May 25th noticeable progress was made on the project. The
foundation walls are near completion and the final work on the therapy pool foundation in Rehabilitation Services is underway. The underground plumbing lines continued to be installed and the masons began blocking the ambulance garage on the west side of the building. The delivery of the remainder of the steel and bar joists was completed and erection of the steel columns and joists continued. Work is also continuing on the installation of main utility service lines to the building.

The estimated completion date of the project is September 2010. For more information about the project, contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.

VCHS Hospice Sponsoring Adult Grief Class

May 22, 2009

The work of grieving is one of the hardest tasks an individual has to do. There is no adequate preparation for the loneliness and emptiness that must be confronted when we finally come to the realization that we will never again in this life see that one who is so precious to us. Grief is a necessary and natural process after a significant loss.

In learning to resolve grief we have to understand and work through difficult emotions. This may involve many things. It often helps just to talk with someone who can listen patiently and understandingly. A grief support group is a safe place to be able to talk about your grief. It’s an opportunity to find your own answers amid the support from others that are also experiencing the loss of a loved one. It makes us feel that we are not along – that the feelings and reactions we are experiencing are not so strange and isolating.

Valley County Hospice is sponsoring a Grief Support class for adults who have lost a loved one. These classes are free of charge and will meet six consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 16th and ending July 21st. The classes will be held at the Valley County Health System Home Health office at 400 S. 23rd Street in the lower level from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in learning more about this group please contact Marilyn Winkelbauer at 308-728-4315.

Jane Meyer, Nurse Practitioner, to Join VCHS Medical Staff

May 19, 2009

Jane Meyer, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), will join the VCHS medical staff on June 15. She will join other mid-level practitioners (PA-C’s) and will be seeing patients at Ord Family Health Center. Jane received her Master of Science in Nursing in May 2008 and then earned her APRN license. Most recently she was employed at Internal Medicine Associates in North Platte. She is proficient in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of common acute and chronic health conditions across the lifespan. Jane also has experience working in the emergency department and in critical access hospitals.

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed advanced education and training in specialty areas and diagnosis and management of most common disorders. They can diagnose, treat and monitor most illnesses, injuries, infections and chronic diseases. Nurse practitioners can also take medical histories; perform physicals; order, interpret and report lab results, X-rays and EKGs and much more.

Jane and her husband, Brian, will move to Ord with their three sons: Kelen, 6; Hunter, 5; and Colt, 22 months.

A welcome reception for Jane and business after hours has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th from 5-6:30 pm at Ord Family Health Center.

To schedule an appointment with Jane, call Ord Family Health Center at (308) 728-3606 or 800-365-5247.

Water Aerobics Class Offered

May 19, 2009

Valley County Health System will be offering a water aerobics class for the public through June and July. This class will be a total body workout that is easy on joints. Sheri Schrage, Certified Health Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, will teach this class. The class will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning June 1 and ending July 30. Class time will be from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Ord Swimming Pool. Each participant will need to provide their own water noodle. Registration for this class is $35 for both months or $20 for one month. To register, call 728-4213.

VCHS Awards Bids for New Hospital Project

May 13, 2009

At a special board meeting on March 26, 2009, the Valley County Health System (VCHS) Board of Trustees approved the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) proposal from the Design/Builder, TSP, Inc. the firm providing planning, design and construction services for the project. This action authorized the award of the final 17 bid packages for the construction of the new 68,600 SF replacement hospital. Over 90 contractors vied for the 17 contracts and the competition resulted in very favorable bids which will keep the project well within budget. Last fall contracts had been awarded for site work, footing and foundation work and structural steel with the major earthwork being completed before winter set in. At this time the project is ahead of schedule with the footing and foundation work nearly complete and the steel structure being erected. The project is scheduled for completion by October 1, 2010.

For more information, contact the VCHS public relations office at 308-728-4347.

Foundation Golf Tournament & Auction

May 11, 2009

The 11th Annual Valley County Health System Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, July 3, 2009 at the Ord Golf Course. The tournament is a 4-person scramble and will begin at 8 am. Following the tournament an auction, which is open to the public, will be held at the Ord Veteran’s Club at approximately 4 pm.

The entry fee is $400 per team and includes green fees, lunch on the Golf Course, and hors d’oeuvres at the auction following the tournament at the Ord Veteran’s Club. Entries need to be submitted no later than Friday, June 19th and only the first 27 teams will be accepted. Registrations are available online at www.valleycountyhospital.org or at the Foundation office located at 400 South 23rd Street.

Proceeds from the 2009 tournament will benefit Valley County Health System Foundation in supporting the mission of Valley County Health System, with a total of $5,000 going to the endowment fund in order to provide future support of the care and services offered by VCHS.

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.

For more information, visit www.valleycountyhospital.org or contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011 or at foundation@valleycountyhospital.org.

Bengston and Breitkreutz Complete Advanced Trauma Life Support Training

May 8, 2009

Jennifer Bengston, MD and Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C at Valley County Health System recently attended Advanced Trauma Life Support training. This course focused on the complete assessment of the trauma patient and is required to maintain certification as a Basic Level Trauma Center.

Objectives for the course included demonstration of concepts and principles of primary and secondary patient assessment; establishment of management priorities in a trauma situation; initiation of primary and secondary management necessary within the first hour of emergency care for acute life-threatening emergencies; demonstration of skills used in the initial assessment and management of patients with multiple injuries and preparation of the trauma patient for transfer.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bengston of Jeff Breitkreutz, call the Ord Family Health Center at 308-728-3606.

Deb Jeffres: VCHS Employee of the Quarter

May 6, 2009

Deb Jeffres has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System.

In a letter nominating Jeffres for the honor, a co-worker wrote that “Deb is more than willing to help anyone at any time. Whenever you need her she is there with a smile on her face and a big hearty laugh. Deb knows most patients and is therefore able to distract and reassure patients and their families.”

Jeffres is a Registered Nurse in the Specialty Clinic. She has worked at VCHS since October 1998.

Dr. Julie Janky Joins VCHS Specialty Clinic

April 29, 2009

Area optometrists and Valley County Health System welcome Dr. Julie Janky to the Ord community. Dr. Janky (second from right) is pictured with Drs. Mindy Dorsey, Brandon Blair and Roger McCartney. Also pictured is Hospital CEO, Larry Schrage. Dr. Janky, a board certified ophthalmologist will see patients beginning May 14th. Schrage said "We are very pleased that total eye care service can be enhanced in Ord and the surrounding region through this referral network of quality professional providers which will offer convenient and accessible surgical eyecare to all our area residents."

Valley View Living Center Annual State Survey Completed

April 20, 2009

The annual Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) survey was completed at Valley View Living Center on April 14, 2009. The surveyors spent several days inspecting patient care standards, records, reporting, nutritional, and regulatory, compliance criteria and other areas.

During the nursing home inspection, the State looked at many aspects of quality. The inspection team observed resident care processes, staff/resident interaction, dietary and environment. The surveyors interviewed a sample of residents and family members about their life within the nursing home, as well as caregivers and administrative staff.

In their exit interview, the state surveyors were very complimentary of the entire continuum of care given to our residents. Valley View Living Center’s evaluation was completed and continues to meet all standards of DHHS.

Valley View Living Center is committed to providing our residents with the highest quality of life by encouraging independence while providing dignity and respect in a caring atmosphere.

Hospice Volunteer Honored at Annual Banquet

April 14, 2009

Dale Karre, volunteer for Valley County Hospice, was honored as Ord’s outstanding volunteer at the Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Partnership's (NHPCP) annual awards banquet on April 8th in Lincoln. The banquet was part of the 2009 conference, “Living a Good Life…at the End of Life.” Each Hospice program in the state can nominate an outstanding volunteer to be recognized and honored at the banquet.

Dale and his late wife, Shirley, began as Hospice volunteers in Ord when it was still a satellite program of Good Samaritan Hospice. Dale has continued volunteering with Valley County’s Hospice program, which began in the fall of 2006. Dale brings compassion, caring and a special understanding to the Hospice patients and their families.

Picture: NHPCP’s Education and Outreach Worker, Jennifer Eurek (left) and NHPCP
Executive Director, Pat Snyder (right) present Dale Karre with a certificate honoring him as Valley County Hospice’s outstanding volunteer.

Federal Survey Finds VCHS Home Health Deficiency-Free

April 9, 2009

Valley County Health System Home Health completed a federal Medicare Recertification survey on March 20th. The surveyor spent four days reviewing patient and employee files and visiting patients’ homes with nurses, aides, and physical and occupational therapists.

The final survey report showed VCHS Home Health to be deficiency free and indicated compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies. Based on the reviews, the survey summary indicated that VCHS Home Health provides care that promotes a high potential for reaching the highest attainable levels of functioning for its patients. There was no evidence of need for a follow-up.

Valley County Health System Home Health is committed to providing the highest quality home health care services possible to an eight county area including Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Howard, Loup, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler counties.

1st Annual Health Fair on June 17

March 23, 2009

The main attraction for Valley County Health System’s 1st Annual Health Fair will be blood chemistries, blood pressure checks 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 Health Fair will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 6-10 am at St. Mary’s Gym in Ord.

The lab tests offered during the Health Fair are a Health Screen and PSA test.
Health Screen:

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: Kidney & Liver Function, Electrolytes
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Thyroid: TSH
  • Cholesterol & Triglycerides

PSA: Prostate cancer screening recommended for males over the age of 50.

A fee of $35 for the Health Screen and $15 for the PSA will be 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.

Pre-registration is available by going online to valleycountyhospital.org or by picking up a preregistration form at the hospital admissions desk, Ord Family Health Center, or at any of the banks in Ord, Arcadia or North Loup. Pre-registration is recommended for anyone wishing to have a blood chemistry drawn.

For more information, contact the Public Relations office at 308-728-4347.

Hosting 1st Annual Health Fair

March 23, 2009

The main attraction for Valley County Health System’s 1st Annual Health Fair will be blood chemistries, blood pressure checks 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 Health Fair will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 6-10 am at St. Mary’s Gym in Ord.

The lab tests offered during the Health Fair are a Health Screen and PSA test.
Health Screen:

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: Kidney & Liver Function, Electrolytes
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Thyroid: TSH
  • Cholesterol & Triglycerides

PSA: Prostate cancer screening recommended for males over the age of 50.

A fee of $35 for the Health Screen and $15 for the PSA will be 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.

Pre-registration is available by going online to valleycountyhospital.org or by picking up a preregistration form at the hospital admissions desk, Ord Family Health Center, or at any of the banks in Ord, Arcadia or North Loup. Pre-registration is recommended for anyone wishing to have a blood chemistry drawn.

For more information, contact the Public Relations office at 308-728-4347.

Bond Update #3

January 27, 2009

Bond Sales for New Hospital Going According to Plan – 3rd Issue Sold


On May 13th Valley County voters gave their approval to a $21.265 million dollar general obligation bond issue, proceeds to be applied toward the construction of a new hospital. Valley County Health System announced that on Wednesday, January 21, the third of several issuances realized $5.33 million dollars in bond sales. The sales rate for this issue was 4.86%, which is favorable to original estimates.

Marc Munford, Assistant Vice President with Ameritas Investment Corporation,
appeared before the Valley County Board of Supervisors on January 13 to announce the presale of the additional $5.33 million in bonds. The combined sales volume, with the $7.22 million sold in August and the $2.68 million sold in October, now totals $15,230,000. This issue was sold once again to Nebraska area banks and investors. The aggregate sales rate for all bonds sold is 5.07%, which is still positive to original estimates.

Conditions of the bond sale to build the new replacement hospital require that only a maximum of $10 million dollars can be sold each calendar year in order to stay bank qualified. The $6,035,000 balance of the bonds remaining to be issued will be marketed either partially in 2009 and 2010 or completely in 2010, depending on market conditions.

Kara Fischer: 2008 NHA Trustee of the Year

November 3, 2008

Kara Fischer, Chair of the Valley County Health System Board of Trustees, has been chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Nebraska Hospital Association’s 2008 Trustee of the Year. Kara has served on the VCHS Board for seven years and has been board chair since 2003.

Nominations were judged on the following criteria, based on a 100-point system: Organizational Contributions, Community Contributions and General Governance Contributions. Kara was selected for this award by the NHA from among several nominees. There are 85 member hospitals in the Nebraska Hospital Association.

Laura J. Redoutey, President of NHA delivered comments and presented a plaque to Kara at the October 31st Caring Kind Luncheon held during the NHA Annual Convention in Lincoln. There were more than 500 people in attendance.

Bond Update #2

October 15, 2008

Bond Sales for New Hospital Going According to Plan


On May 13th Valley County voters gave their approval to a $21.3 million dollar general obligation bond issue, proceeds to be applied toward the construction of a new hospital. Valley County Health System announced that on Friday, October 10, the second of several issuances realized $2.68 million dollars in bond sales.

Marc Munford, Assistant Vice President with Ameritas Investment Corporation, appeared before the Valley County Board of Supervisors on October 14 to announce the presale of the additional $2.68 million in bonds. The combined sales volume, with the first $7,220,000 sold in August, now totals $9,900,000. This issue was sold once again to Nebraska area banks and investors.

Conditions of the bond sale to build the new replacement hospital require that only a maximum of $10 million dollars can be sold each calendar year in order to stay bank qualified. The balance of the bonds will be marketed in the first six months of 2009.

VCHS Breaks Ground on New Hospital Facility

October 8, 2008

A large crowd of approximately 250 was in attendance as Valley County Health System broke ground on a new 67,000 square foot replacement hospital facility on Tuesday, October 7. The celebration took place at the new building site near 27th and M Streets in Ord.

Remarks were made by VCHS Board Chair Kara Fischer, Valley County Supervisor
Chairman Bob Sevenker, Honored Guest Governor Heineman and VCHS CEO Larry
Schrage. Following the remarks and groundbreaking ceremony, Valley County Health System hosted business after hours, which included a virtual tour of the new building and hors devours.

Dirt work will begin this week and should be completed by November 1st. Construction of the new facility will begin in March 2009.

Groundbreaking Celebration for New Hospital

August 31, 2008

The groundbreaking celebration for Valley County Health System’s replacement hospital facility will be held on Tuesday, October 7, at 5:15 pm. The event will be held near the new site location at 27th and M Streets. Governor Dave Heineman will be the honored guest.

Since Valley County voters approved the replacement facility on May 13th, Valley County Health System employees and board members have been working with architects on the planning and design phases of the project. The planning phase is complete and the design phase is well underway. Site preparation for the project is scheduled to begin in October with construction of the building beginning in spring of 2009.

The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking celebration. Those attending are asked to park in the Ord Family Health Center or Valley View Living Center parking lots. Following the celebration, Business After Hours will be hosted at the same location. Hors devours will be served as well as the building layout and virtual tour of the new facility.

For more information, contact Bethanne Kunz at 308-728-4347.

Bond Sales for New Hospital Going According to Plan

August 20, 2008

On May 13th Valley County voters gave their approval to a $21.3 million dollar general obligation bond issue, proceeds to be applied toward the construction of a new hospital. Valley County Health System announced that on Thursday, July 24, the first of several issuances realized $7.2 million dollars in bond sales.

Marc Munford, Assistant Vice President with Ameritas Investment Corporation,
appeared before the Valley County Board of Supervisors on August 12. Mr. Munford informed the Supervisors that the sale of the bonds is going according to plan and the $7.2 million in bonds sold on July 24 will be deposited into a designated trustee account on August 26.

Valley County Health System CEO, Larry Schrage stated, “We are extremely pleased that this first issue exceeded sales estimates by $3.2 million and are pleased with our decision to target this first issue to local and Nebraska area investors. The sales rate of 5.08% was positive to our original estimates. Within the next few months we will once again announce to our citizens the dates of our future sales which are being managed by our investment partner, Ameritas Investment Corporation from Lincoln.”

Linda Kearns: 2008 Employee of the Year

August 14, 2008

Linda Kearns, Medical Clinic Receptionist at Ord Family Health Center has been named employee of the year at Valley County Health System. Linda was selected as Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System in January 2008 by fellow employees. She received the Employee of the Year award from among three other qualified candidates who were also named Employees of the Quarter during the year. Linda was also nominated for the Nebraska Hospital Association’s Caring Kind Award. She will be attending the Caring Kind Luncheon in Lincoln on October 31st.

When Kearns was named Employee of the Quarter in January, one of Linda’s co-workers had this to say about her. “Linda is the epitome of happiness; she is always professional, caring and compassionate whether it is on the phone or in person. She handles herself well under stressful conditions and can easily calm an irate or upset patient. She is always willing to help others and goes out of her way to make sure people are taken care of.” Another co-worker said, “Linda is a fantastic mentor for all of us who work with her. She is a great asset to Valley County Health System.”

Linda’s family includes her spouse, Larry, and their children Shannon and Mitch. She has three granddaughters, Zoe, Taylor and Alyssa. Her hobbies include reading, crocheting, viewing scenery and traveling.

Project Remains on Schedule

August 1, 2008

Since Valley County voters approved a ballot issue on May 13, board members and employees of Valley County Health System have been going through a very critical planning process for the new hospital facility. This process is required prior to the design phase of the new facility. It has been led by TSP, Inc. the Design/Builder who is providing planning, architectural, engineering and construction services for the project. TSP is a regional firm who is known for their expertise in creating much more than a healthcare facility. They create an environment conducive to healing by utilizing several techniques that make a project successful both functionally and aesthetically. Also involved in the planning phase has been Mary Wells Gorman, with Gorman Resources, a consultant to TSP who is a registered nurse, interior designer and medical planner with vast experience in healthcare facility operational and functional planning.

During this phase, a series of meetings have been held that have included operational and functional planning, the selection of the Care Delivery Model, space programming, creating a master project budget, master project schedule and community education planning. In addition, several managers toured the new hospitals in Crete and Wahoo to learn desired outcomes for our project.

It has become very clear to the employees and board members that this project involves much more than building four walls. It involves a new culture and method of providing care to our patients. Therefore, several processes will change prior to moving into the new facility. The new building will be designed around the Patient and Family Centered care model. This model allows patients and families to be together when at all possible, reduces stress for the patient by providing a quiet and relaxing environment, promotes wellness and healing, provides a private and safe environment, creates a seamless and timely experience and provides for optimal staff, family and patient interaction. A good example of this care model implementation in the new facility will be the inpatient rooms. All 17 rooms will be private and will allow adequate space for families to be in the room with the patient. The rooms will also provide a very safe and efficient environment for providing care. Another example will be the registration process. There will be a centralized registration/admissions area in the front lobby. All patients will register at this location for any service provided by the facility. The new facility will also incorporate the six elements of a healing environment. These are natural light, views to nature, wayfinding-clarity of access throughout the facility, control of environment, cultural responsiveness and sustainable design.

The TSP/Gorman Resources Team issued the following statement regarding the process for this project to date. “It is great to have the Board members so involved in the process, from the Care Delivery model development, existing departmental analysis, Cultural Change opportunities, and site visits to see how others have solved similar problems. In addition, departmental managers are partnering to develop the interdisciplinary approaches to major issues including patient/customer experience, staff and patient safety, benchmarking with community and peer facility standards.”

Over the next few months, the board and employees will begin the design phase of the project, which includes the facility design as well as the schematic design of each department. Once this process is complete, the board will approve the final design and a groundbreaking ceremony will be scheduled for early October. Site preparation will occur this fall with actual construction of the new facility beginning the spring of 2009.

Boilesen family donates $22,500 for chapel in new hospital

July 7, 2008

Gaylord Boilesen announced at the Valley County Health System Foundation Golf Tournament Auction that he and his three sisters, Janis Masters, Carol Burrow and Ila Ballou, will be making a contribution of $22,500 for a chapel in the new hospital facility. This contribution will be in memory of their parents Floyd and Mildred Boilesen.

Mr. Boilesen gave remarks to kick off the 10th annual foundation auction by saying his parents moved to Ord 50 years ago and they were always proud of the community in which they lived. Floyd passed away 20 years ago and Mildred passed four years ago. The children have always wanted to make a contribution in their memory.

Gaylord went on to say that Ord is extremely fortunate to have the new hospital project and should be proud of what this will mean to the community. The family will donate $7,500 per year for three years toward the new chapel. The family encourages others to think of similar contributions that could be made.

Valley County Health System thanks the Boilesen family for their generous gift and looks forward to working with them to develop the plans for a chapel in the new hospital facility, which will be completed in 2010.