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Hughes Named VCHS Employee of the Year

August 23, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Arlene Hughes R.T. (R) was named the Valley County Health System (VCHS) Employee of the Year for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The VCHS Employee of the Year is awarded to a nominated employee who exemplifies the values of VCHS – integrity, compassion, ownership, respect and trust.

VCHS CEO Nancy Glaubke presented the award to Hughes at an August 23rd ceremony at VCHS with more than one hundred coworkers, family and friends in attendance. Hughes was one of four VCHS Employee of the Quarter recipients during the last year, from which the VCHS Employee of the Year was voted on by VCHS employees and, ultimately, chosen. In addition to receiving gift cards, ChamberBucks and a certificate, Hughes will represent VCHS at the Nebraska Hospital Association Caring Kind Awards Luncheon in La Vista, Neb., in October.

Arlene’s nomination for the award read:

“Integrity, Compassion, Ownership, Respect and Trust are all words to describe the character of our Caring Kind nominee, Arlene Hughes. Arlene serves as an integral part of the VCHS team and family.

Arlene’s work ethic and compassion toward her patients are widely known not only by our employees but throughout our community. She closely monitors her patients’ reports and has everything ready for them when they need continued care. Compassion is Arlene’s middle name! She is overflowing with compassion and goes above and beyond for her patients – even coming in early and staying late. Arlene is also a team player and volunteers for countless internal committees, illustrating her support of the mission and vision of VCHS. She regularly sets up an educational booth on behalf of VCHS to promote women’s health at area events and fairs. Arlene treats her patients and coworkers with the utmost respect.  We can trust in her to help in any situation, and she lends a helping hand in any way she can. Congratulations, Arlene!”

Other VCHS Employee of the Quarter award recipients for the last year included Paula Sherburne, a VCHS insurance biller, Lindsey Oldaker, PT, and Debbie Graves, LPN.

 

VCHS Home Health Exceeds State, National Patient Satisfaction Scores, Earns Five-Star Rating

August 15, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Patients rated Valley County Health System (VCHS) Home Health services above state and national averages, earning the organization a five-star rating with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

“The home health and hospice patient satisfaction scores are another great example of how VCHS is meeting its mission to provide progressive healthcare services in a healing, patient-centered environment,” VCHS CEO Nancy Glaubke said. “Of significant note is that 90 percent of patients would recommend VCHS Home Health services to friends and family – a measure VCHS exceeded both Nebraska and national averages.”

The data was from more than 150 patients who received VCHS Home Health services between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015, and completed the Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. The data is reported annually on CMS’s Home Health Compare website.

“Our Home Health staff work collaboratively as nurses, therapists, social worker and aides to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care,” VCHS Director of Home Health and Hospice Carol Schroeder said. “They exhibit genuine compassion and professionalism to meet the needs of their patients and families.”

In addition to that overall recommendation question, the survey included the following measures:

-       How often the home health team gave care in a professional way

-       How well did the home health team communicate with patients

-       Did the home health team discuss medicines, pain, and home safety with patients

-       How do patients rate the overall care from the home health agency

Home health offers a less expensive alternative to hospitalization or long-term care for patients needing occasional intermittent healthcare, including nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapies; and social work. VCHS provides home health services to people across 11 central Nebraska counties.

For more information about VCHS Home Health services, call 308-728-4355.

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Pictured (l to r): VCHS Home Health Manager Donna Streeter and VCHS Director of Home Health and Hospice Carol Schroeder 

 

 

VCHS Arcadia Medical Clinic to Open Sept. 7

August 15, 2016

ORD, Neb. – After announcing its expansion plans in May, Valley County Health System (VCHS) will open the VCHS Arcadia Medical Clinic (at 110 W. Bridge St., Arcadia) on Sept. 7. Bob Reilly, PA-C, will see patients at the VCHS Arcadia Medical Clinic on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. – noon.

VCHS currently operates medical clinics in Burwell, Loup City and Ord, making the Arcadia location the organization’s fourth clinic location. With the support of local public officials, community members and VCHS staff, the VCHS Board of Trustees approved the Arcadia clinic location, in part, to help meet increased demand for healthcare services in the area and improve patient convenience.

To schedule an appointment at the VCHS Arcadia Medical Clinic, or for more information, call 308-728-4202.

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Pictured: VCHS Arcadia Medical Clinic at the Village of Arcadia office (110 W. Bridge St., Arcadia)

 

 

Revamped VCHS Sterling Connection Program Offers Seniors Whole-Person Wellness Opportunities

August 3, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) recently revamped its Sterling Connection Program to offer enhanced and expanded wellness opportunities to its members.

In line with VCHS’s mission to “provide progressive healthcare services in a healing, patient-centered environment,” the Sterling Connection Program at VCHS is designed to meet the whole-person wellness needs and concerns of people 50 years of age and older. This free membership program provides benefits to members both when they’re well and sick.

“Adults today lead very busy lives, and they look to VCHS to help stay active. VCHS, in conjunction with BryanLGH Medical Center, brings our members reliable information, assistance and extra benefits through the Sterling Connection Program,” Becky Ries, VCHS Sterling Connection Program coordinator, said. “The free program’s array of benefits provides members with resources to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, and offers additional help in the event you need healthcare services.”

Program offerings include monthly health-related seminars, regular trips and occasional health screenings. Past seminar topics have included skin care, blood pressure and heart health. The group also recently took a trip to Lincoln for a showing of “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” at the Tada Theater, and in May, the group celebrated National Senior Health and Fitness Day with a group exercise and informational session at Auble’s Pond in Ord.

“As we continue to progress, we hope to offer a weekly fitness program in Ord and eventually grow that to the other communities we serve,” Ries said. “Whether physical, mental, emotional or social wellness, we’re always looking for ways to enhance and expand opportunities that meet the needs and interests of our members.”

For more information, or to become a Sterling Connection member at VCHS, contact Becky Ries at 308-728-4299 or bries@valleycountyhealthsystem.org.

(Pictured: Sterling Connection members participated in a walk and fitness informational session in May to celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day.) 

VCHS Loup City Medical Clinic Sees Continued Growth, Additional MD Joins Practice

July 26, 2016

LOUP CITY, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) Loup City Medical Clinic continues to have significant growth, serving hundreds of new patients during the last year alone. To meet the growing demand for healthcare services in Loup City and the surrounding communities, VCHS’s newest provider, Dr. Greg McClanahan, will begin seeing patients in Loup City next month.

“Residents of Loup City and the surrounding communities continue to make VCHS their healthcare provider of choice,” VCHS CEO Nancy Glaubke said. “We’re proud of the relationships we’ve established in the community and look forward to continuing to serve this area.  Dr. McClanahan is excited to meet everyone and start providing care to his new patients.”

Dr. McClanahan, who joined VCHS in July 2016, will begin seeing patients at the VCHS Loup City Medical Clinic every Tuesday beginning in August 2016.

An Atkinson, Neb. native, Dr. McClanahan earned his bachelor’s degree in 2006 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In 2013, he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Medicine and recently completed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine Rural Track in Grand Island. His interests are in endoscopy, preventative medicine, geriatrics and pediatrics. Dr. McClanahan will see patients in both Loup City and Ord.

The VCHS Loup City Medical Clinic is open Monday through Friday. In addition to Dr. McClanahan soon seeing patients on Tuesdays, Bob Reilly, PA-C, currently sees patients in Loup City on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Dr. Hilary Miller sees patients in Loup City on Thursdays.

Call 308.745.0324 for more information or to schedule an appointment. 

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Pictured: Beginning in August 2016, Dr. Greg McClanahan will see patients on Tuesdays at the VCHS Loup City Medical Clinic.  

 

Hughes Recognized as VCHS Employee of the Quarter

July 19, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Arlene Hughes R.T. (R) has been named the Valley County Health System (VCHS) Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The VCHS Employee of the Quarter is awarded to a nominated employee who exemplifies the values of VCHS – integrity, compassion, ownership, respect and trust.

VCHS CEO Nancy Glaubke presented the award to Hughes at a July 15th ceremony at VCHS with coworkers, family and friends in attendance.

“Arlene treats her patients with the utmost respect along with coworkers and employees from other departments,” the nomination, in part, read. “Arlene is overflowing with compassion. She will do anything for her patients. Come early, stay late, come on her day off, she goes above and beyond for her patients here and for her hospice patients as well.”

Hughes joins previous VCHS Employee of the Quarter award recipients Paula Sherburne, a VCHS insurance biller, Lindsey Oldaker, PT, and Debbie Graves, LPN, for consideration for the VCHS Employee of the Year award.

Pictured: VCHS CEO Nancy Glaubke (left) with VCHS Employee of the Quarter recipient Arlene Hughes R.T. (R) (right)

 

VCHS to Host Meet and Greet with Dr. McClanahan

July 14, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System will host a welcome reception for its newest provider, Greg McClanahan, MD, on Tues., July 19 from 5-6 p.m at VCHS in Ord. Members of the public are encouraged to attend this casual meet and greet, welcome Dr. McClanahan and enjoy beverages and hors d'oeuvres.

An Atkinson, Neb., native, Dr. McClanahan earned his bachelor’s degree in 2006 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In 2013, he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine and recently completed his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine Rural Track in Grand Island. His interests are in endoscopy, preventative medicine, geriatrics and pediatrics.

In addition to seeing patients in Ord, Dr. McClanahan will see patients at the VCHS Medical Clinic in Loup City. 

 

 

VCHS Hosts Hundreds of Attendees, Record Number of Vendors at Annual Health Fair

June 28, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) welcomed more than 225 attendees and a record number of vendors to its 8th annual health fair – “Home Run for Health – on June 23. Hosted at the VCHS hospital in Ord, the morning baseball-themed fair included discounted lab tests, vendors, interactive displays, breakfast and giveaways.

“Our goal when planning the 2016 VCHS health fair was to create an engaging, family-friendly and educational event for our community members,” VCHS PR/Marketing Manager Beth Knapinski said. “The fact that attendees traveled from more than 14 communities – and vendors from across the state – to participate in the health fair speaks volumes about the interest in this event.”

Some of the displays included a medical transport helicopter from Good Samaritan AirCare, a seat belt convincer from the Nebraska State Patrol, an inflatable colon display from the Department of Health and Human Services/Nebraska Colon Cancer Program and smoothie-making bikes from the University of Lincoln Extension office. Lab tests included a health screen, A1C, PSA and Protime test.  

Wanda Goodrich of Burwell, Neb., won the event raffle drawing for Kansas City Royals tickets, a health fair T-shirt, Cal Ripken Jr. autographed baseball and Subway free sub cards; Easton Kasselder of Bartlett, Neb., won the kids’ coloring contest drawing for a summer/swimming prize pack and Subway free sub cards.

“The overwhelming positive response from this year’s health fair attendees, vendors and employees alike demonstrates that the possibilities and potential for this event are seemingly endless,” Knapinski said. “We, as an organization, are beyond excited to build upon on this year’s success and increasingly cater to the health needs and interests of those we serve.” 

Pictured: Erika White, PT, and Melissa Kokes, PTA, assist an attendee on the VCHS Rehabilitation Department's Skier's Edge equipment at the VCHS Health Fair on June 23. 

View more photos from the health fair at https://goo.gl/d81onA

Rehab Department Enhances Outpatient Hand Therapy Services

June 20, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) has enhanced its outpatient hand therapy rehabilitation services with additional specialized training for two of its occupational therapists.

In May 2016, VCHS Occupational Therapist Brenda Lansman, OTR/L, participated in a nationally recognized hand therapy evaluation and treatment training program in Nashville, Tenn., and last November, Jamie Copsey, OTR/L, completed an elbow, wrist and hand therapy course in Omaha, Neb. Both programs focused on providing attendees a comprehensive look at management of common upper extremity diagnoses. Examples of common diagnoses include fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, edema and arthritis.

“We help get our patients back to their everyday lives – work, leisure and otherwise – following an illness or traumatic injury to the hand, wrist or arm,” Lansman said. “This targeted therapy aims to restore an individual to their previous function as safely and quickly as possible.”

VCHS therapists assess a patient’s injury or related illness, establish goals and create a tailored therapy plan for each patient’s individual needs. The plan may include manual therapy, progressive exercises to strengthen or increase mobility of the affected area and suggested lifestyle changes.

For more information about hand therapy at VCHS, call 308-728-4247.

Pictured: Brenda Lansman, OTR/L, is pictured with a Fluidotherapy machine, which is one of a number of machines and techniques the VCHS Rehab team uses for patients with upper extremity pain, sensitivity, swelling, etc. 

VCHS Hospice to Offer Free Grief Support Classes

June 6, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) Hospice is sponsoring free grief support classes from June 21 – July 26, 2016, for adults who have lost a loved one. The classes will meet six consecutive Tuesdays from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the VCHS Home Health/Hospice building at 400 S. 23rd St., Ord.

“In learning to cope with grief, it often helps just to talk with someone who can listen patiently and in an understanding manner,” VCHS Hospice Manager Marilyn Winkelbauer said. “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.”

Despite different losses, participants often cite that, through sharing with, connecting and supporting other participants in the grief classes, they benefit in working through their own grieving process.

“[Each] person in the group understood the pain of grieving, and we learned that it is certainly not a fast process, but a necessary one to work through. This group grew very close together, laughing, sharing ideas that had been helpful with each other,” Ginge Phelps, a past VCHS grief support group participant, said. “I would recommend it for anyone dealing with the grieving process – no matter how long it has been or how recent the loss … I encourage anyone struggling with this process to come and try the sessions. My hope is that you will benefit as much as our group did.”

The classes will be co-facilitated by Sally Wagner, Rolen Sell and Marilyn Winkelbauer. If you are interested in learning more about these classes, contact Marilyn Winkelbauer at 308-728-4315.