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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.

Student Wellness Exams, Summer Sports Physicals Offered at VCHS Medical Clinics

May 23, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) Ord, Burwell and Loup City Medical Clinics will offer sports physicals June 1 through August 10 to area student-athletes. VCHS also offers more comprehensive wellness exams for all students, available year-round, during which the required sports physical form can also be completed.

“Sports and other activities are an important part of the high school experience,” VCHS Medical Clinics Manager Gary Satchell said. “Sports physicals and wellness exams help determine if your child is healthy and ready to participate in high school athletics and activities.”

Sports physicals include a basic physical exam and take 15 minutes to complete. They will be offered Wednesday at the VCHS Loup City Medical Clinic and Thursday at VCHS clinics in Ord and Burwell. Sports physicals cost $30 and are not billable to insurance. Cash or check payment is due at the time of service. Student-athletes are asked to bring their physical form and sports card to their physical; parent/guardian signature is required. The forms are available at area schools.

Wellness exams are often covered by insurance and include a complete physical, medical history review, immunization review, cognitive development review and discussion about nutrition, physical activity, sleep and health risks. Students entering kindergarten, 7th grade and college are required to complete a full wellness exam, including lab work and immunizations.

“The providers at VCHS recommend yearly wellness exams for students, so if those exams are covered by your insurance, and your child has not had a wellness exam within the last year, this is a good option for you to choose,” Satchell said.

Call 308.728.4202 to schedule a sports physical or wellness exam at the VCHS Ord, Burwell or Loup City Medical Clinic.

 

VCHS to Open Arcadia Medical Clinic

May 19, 2016

ORD, Neb. – To meet increased demand and improve patient convenience, Valley County Health System (VCHS) will open a medical clinic in Arcadia by September 2016. The medical clinic will be in the Village of Arcadia office building at 110 West Bridge Street, Arcadia, and open one morning a week.

“With the support of the VCHS Board of Trustees, local public officials and community members, the new Arcadia clinic will allow us to better meet the growing demand for our healthcare services in the area,” VCHS CEO Nancy Glaubke said. “We have long served many Arcadia area residents, but with a physical clinic location in Arcadia, those residents – our patients – will now have more convenient access to needed healthcare.”

VCHS currently has medical clinics in Burwell, Loup City and Ord. More information about Arcadia clinic hours and providers will be available during the summer months.

For more information about VCHS Medical Clinics, visit www.valleycountyhealthsystem.org/medical-services/medical-clinics. 

 

VCHS Celebrates National Hospital Week

May 17, 2016

From May 8 - 14, VCHS joined with thousands of hospitals, health systems, and healthcare providers across the country to celebrate National Hospital Week. The annual week recognizes the individuals and organizations that support health and wellbeing in their communities through providing dedicated, compassionate care. 

Throughout the week, VCHS employees were treated to fun, food, and social opportunities. Additionally, VCHS participated in the American Hospital Association and Nebraska Hospital Association #MyHospital campaign, which asked individuals to answer the question: "What does my hospital bring to my community?" Check out photos below of some the VCHS National Hospital Week events and the #MyHospital campaign.

Dozens of VCHS employees gathered for the annual National Hospital Week photo.

The Pharmacy, Heritage Program, and Human Resources departments hosted a fiesta-themed open house.

Guess who's sock. Employees participated in Wild Sock Day. 

Five employees competed in the Pizza Eating Contest. Wayne Standlea of Environmental Services dethroned three-time champion Aaron Smith of the IT Department.

Jeopardy tested employees' knowledge of VCHS and their coworkers. Kryssiah Felton, second to right, won. 

HR's Marcy Shafer, left, and Catie Larsen, right, were preparing to serve employees BBQ lunch and s'mores. 

Pharmacy's Katie Hickey, right, and Brittany Hoffman, left, participated in the #MyHospital social media campaign. See all #MyHospital campaign photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1024039630964404.1073741840.111755052192871&type=3. 

VCHS "Stuffs the Bus" for Local Food Pantry

May 3, 2016

 ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) collected and donated nearly 150 pounds of food to the Ord Food Pantry as a part of its “Stuff the Bus” campaign.

The VCHS Public Transportation Department led the “Stuff the Bus” food drive during Nebraska Public Transit Week, which took place April 10 -16.

“Part of wellness is being able to be independent, mobile and active, which VCHS public transportation services help people do,” VCHS Patient Financial Services Manager Stephanie Copp said. “The Stuff the Bus campaign was a way for VCHS to both give back to our community and raise awareness about VCHS public transportation services.” 

The VCHS Public Transportation program offers affordable and reliable transportation to individuals Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. To schedule transportation, or to learn more about the program, call 308.728.4200.