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Celebrate Being a Woman - Tues. Oct. 20

October 6, 2015

ORD – Valley County Health System (VCHS) invites women of all ages to the free annual Celebrate Being a Woman event on Tues., Oct. 20 at the Ord Veteran’s Club. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year’s Sparkle theme includes a complimentary pasta bar meal, dozens of vendors, raffles and door prizes. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit area food pantries and 4 the Cure, a local organization that donates funds to cancer patients.

Dr. Hilary Miller, a family medicine physician at VCHS, will give a presentation entitled, “Caring for Your Skin,” and VCHS Physical Therapist Lindsey Oldaker’s presentation is entitled “Pelvic Rehabilitation and Incontinence.”

Register today by clcking here or by calling 308-728-4397.

Knapinski Joins VCHS as PR/Marketing Coordinator

September 21, 2015

ORD – Beth Knapinski began on September 14, as the new Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator at Valley County Health System.

Beth graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Beth comes to Valley County Health System from Rusk County Memorial Hospital in Ladysmith, Wisconsin where she served as the Communications Specialist.

When asked about her transition to Valley County Health System, Beth stated, “Valley County Health System has demonstrated a commitment to providing high quality healthcare to central Nebraskans, and I’m excited to be a part of the dedicated, compassionate, and knowledgeable VCHS team to help continue to best serve our communities.”

Valley County Health System welcomes Beth to our team!

Sedlacek Named 2015 VCHS Employee of the Year

September 10, 2015

ORD – Leora Sedlacek has been named Employee of the Year at Valley County Health System. Sedlacek was selected as Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System in April 2015 by fellow employees. She received the Employee of the Year award from among three other qualified candidates who were also named Employee of the Quarter during the year. Sedlacek was also nominated for the Nebraska Hospital Association’s Caring Kind Award.

In a letter nominating Sedlacek for the honor, a co-worker discussed how she portrays the values of VCHS. “Leora exemplifies integrity by always being professional in her daily duties. She is very compassionate to all of her patients. She always shows ownership for her work and won’t rest until the job is done and done right. She is very respectful to her patients, her co-workers and to the Providers she works alongside. Last but not least, Leora is very trustworthy. She is fair and truthful in all she does. Leora’s work ethics are beyond compare – she is a gem to work with. We are glad she is on our team!”

Sedlacek is an LPN-C in the Medical Clinic and has been with VCHS for 38 years. She began in Acute Care and soon became a Surgical Scrub Nurse and continues to offer her skills in OR on a weekly basis.Pictur

Dr. McClanahan Chooses VCHS For Residency Rotation

September 8, 2015

Gregory McClanahan, MD is completing a residency rotation at Valley County Health System during the month of September. Dr. McClanahan will see patients in the VCHS Medical Clinic as well as in the emergency department. He will officially begin his practice at Valley County Health System in August 2016.

McClanahan grew up in Atkinson, Nebraska and graduated from Atkinson West Holt in 2002. He earned his Bachelor of Biology degree in 2006 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In 2013 he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. McClanahan is currently completing his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine Rural Track in Grand Island. His interests are in endoscopy, preventative medicine, geriatrics, and pediatrics.

Dr. McClanahan and his wife Jackie have two children Matthew, age 3 and Grace, age 1. "I am very excited to be joining the VCHS team. I have been very impressed by the hard work and dedication to patient care displayed by the staff during my time here. VCHS is a very progressive medical facility with outstanding physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff. Both Jackie and I have felt very welcomed by the community. We look forward to raising our family here and calling Ord home.”

VCHS Completes State Survey

September 3, 2015

The State of Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services visited Valley County Health System from July 21-29, 2015 to conduct their five year licensure survey. In a letter dated August 20, 2015 from Diana Meyer, RN, BSN & Program Manager of the Office of Acute Care Facilities, the hospital was notified of compliance with the federal regulations pertaining to critical access hospitals. Two minor deficiencies were cited during the survey. A plan of correction has been completed and submitted. A follow-up visit will be made by the State to ensure compliance with these two regulations, according to protocol.

Sugg's Resignation Accepted

August 21, 2015

Ord, NE — The Valley County Board of Trustees held their regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.  At their meeting, the Board of Trustees was notified that William T. Sugg had submitted his resignation as President & CEO of Valley County Health System. 

Upon coming out of executive session, the board voted to accept Sugg’s resignation.  The Board was then presented with a full investigation report related to the allegations of Mr. Sugg.

 Ashley Woodward, Director of Finance will serve as Interim CEO role at this time.

Davenport Named VCHS Associate of the Quarter

August 4, 2015

LeAnn Davenport has been named Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 4th Quarter of the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Davenport for the honor, a co-worker discussed how she portrays the values of VCHS. “LeAnn never compromises integrity, she has had to report to some difficult situations and she was able to do so while maintaining the highest degree of patient and family relations. LeAnn is caring and is always concerned for all her patients. She has their safety, dignity, and overall well-being in mind. She can always be counted on to show the highest degree of integrity and compassion. She is kind to her patients and families, as well as her co-workers. LeAnn shows ownership by always following through with any task at hand and never leaves an important task undone. She is known for stepping up with good solutions, thinking outside the box and she does not boast about herself. LeAnn always does the right thing. She shows respect by her tone of voice in interactions with others, mannerisms and all around actions. She is respectful towards her patients, families and co-workers. One of her strong suits is that she demonstrates great confidentiality. LeAnn works in an environment that trust is essential and when she gives you her word, she means it. Her patients would not trade her for anything!”

Davenport is a CNA in the Home Health and Hospice Department and has been with VCHS for nearly 10 years. She will join three other outstanding Associate of the Quarter Recipients: Leora Sedlacek, Paul Lamb and Rhonda Bredthauer for the Associate of the Year presentation in late August.

Callahan Cancer Center to Begin Outreach Clinic at VCHS in August

July 7, 2015

Valley County Health System (VCHS) is pleased to announce the addition of oncology to the list of services offered in the Specialty Clinic. The Great Plains Health Callahan Cancer Center in North Platte, will begin a monthly outreach clinic at VCHS in August.

Dr. Irfan Vaziri will be the primary oncologist who will serve the VCHS clinic each month. Drs. Ahmed Awais and Maria de Villa will also occasionally see patients at the Ord clinic. Cancer patients who are in need of chemotherapy services will be able to receive a vast majority of their treatments in the VCHS Specialty Clinic. The Specialty Clinic nurses at VCHS have received specialized training in the administration of chemotherapy.

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

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

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

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

June 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 15, 2015

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

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

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

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

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