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Sherburne Awarded VCHS Employee of the Quarter

November 25, 2015

Paula Sherburne has been named the Valley County Health System (VCHS) Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Sherburne, an insurance biller in the VCHS Patient Financial Services Department, was nominated by her coworkers for exemplifying the VCHS values of integrity, compassion, ownership, respect and trust.

“Paula has the patience of a saint when it comes to insurance follow up. She is persistent with working on her claims until she gets an answer and the issue is resolved … [and] with many tasks thrown her way, Paula takes on the challenges without complaining,” the nomination, in part, read.

Aside from praising her dedication to her job, the nomination noted Sherburne’s friendly and positive demeanor.

“Paula is the first to applaud and praise coworkers on all accomplishments, big or small. She truly cares about others and takes the time to listen to them,” her nomination said. “Paula is the friendly smile and warm ‘hello’ to patients, visitors and employees that she meets in the hallway.”

Three other Employees of the Quarter recipients will join Sherburne at the end of the fiscal year for consideration for the Employee of the Year award.

(Photo: Paula Sherburne, center, celebrates her Employee of the Quarter recognition with her family and friends.) 

Espiritu Honored as NHA Leadership Institute Graduate

November 8, 2015

Valley County Health System (VCHS) Laboratory Manager Karen Espiritu was recognized as one of 32 graduates of the 2015 Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) Leadership Institute at the NHA Awards Banquet on Oct. 21. The awards banquet was held in conjunction with the NHA Annual Convention at the Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel and Conference Center.

“Already recognized as leaders in their respective institutions, these graduates of the NHA Leadership Institute have demonstrated a desire and commitment to becoming exceptional health care leaders for our state,” NHA President Laura J. Redoutey said. “Their dedication ensures that the future of exceptional health care leadership in Nebraska will continue.”

The NHA Leadership Institute is a 10-month intensive leadership development program designed specifically for hospital managers. Participants completed 40 hours of instruction and training, individualized reading, personality assessments, 360 degree feedback exercises and management coaching. This year’s participants also participated in a job shadowing experience where they met with managers from other hospitals throughout the state.

“The NHA Leadership Institute provided a unique and valuable opportunity for me to build my knowledge and confidence to help further improve my leadership skills … I became more self-aware of my strengths and weaknesses, met many talented leaders and networked and shared ideas with my peers,” Espiritu said. “The program had a profound impact on me, especially as someone who transitioned from being a medical technologist to a lab manager a few years ago.”

(Pictured: VCHS Lab Manager Karen Espiritu was recognized at the NHA Convention in Omaha last month for her recent graduation from the NHA Leadership Institute. She is pictured with VCHS Board of Trustees Member Nathan Flessner [left] and Board of Trustees Chair Gary Garnick [right].)

Sedlacek Recognized at NHA Caring Kind Luncheon

November 5, 2015

Leora Sedlacek, a Valley County Health System (VCHS) certified licensed practical nurse, was one of 78 hospital workers statewide to be honored at the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) Caring Kind Luncheon on Oct. 23. The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the NHA Annual Convention in Omaha.

The award recognizes hospital and health system associates in Nebraska who go above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating compassion, service excellence and teamwork within their job duties and organization. Each year, VCHS nominates its organizational Associate of the Year for this honor.

Sedlacek has been with VCHS for 38 years, which has included roles in acute care, surgery and the medical clinic.

Sedlacek’s VCHS nomination read, in part: “[Leora] exemplifies integrity by always being professional in her daily duties. She is very compassionate with patients … She always gives a personal ‘extra touch’ of TLC toward the patients she works with, and she won’t rest until the job is done right. Leora’s work ethics are beyond compare. She is a gem to work with, and we are glad she is on the VCHS team.”

(Pictured: NHA President Laura Redoutey presents Leora Sedlacek, LPN-C at VCHS, with the 2015 NHA Caring Kind award at the NHA Convention in Omaha on Oct. 23.) 


VCHS Celebrate Being a Woman Draws Hundreds, Raises Record Funds for Area Nonprofits

November 4, 2015

More than 200 women attended the 2015 Celebrate Being a Woman event on Oct. 20, helping raise a record $1,720 for four local nonprofit organizations. The annual event, sponsored by Valley County Health System (VCHS) and hosted at the Ord Veteran’s Club, is held for women of all ages and includes a free meal, raffle, vendors, door prizes and health education presentations.

“Every year, VCHS’s Celebrate Being a Woman gives women of all ages a night to enjoy delicious food, informative presentations and each other’s company, while also helping those in need,” Beth Knapinski, public relations & marketing coordinator, said. “The amount of money raised this year illustrates the generosity of those in our communities and their commitment to giving back.”

Raffle baskets were donated by VCHS departments and associates, and attendees chose which cause their raffle ticket donation went toward: 4 the Cure, an organization that provides financial assistance to local cancer patients and their families, or area food pantries. Of the $1,720 raised, $777 was donated to 4 the Cure, and $943 was evenly split and donated to the Burwell, Loup City and Ord food pantries. The two dozen vendors at the event also drew for door prizes for attendees.

Dr. Hilary Miller, a family medicine physician at VCHS Medical Clinics, and Lindsey Oldaker, a VCHS physical therapist, each presented at the event. Dr. Miller, who has an interest and additional training in dermatology, presented “Caring for Your Skin.” Oldaker, who specializes in women’s health, presented on pelvic rehabilitation and incontinence.

Contact Beth Knapinski, VCHS marketing and public relations, with suggestions or comments for future Celebrate Being a Woman events at 308-728-4397 or

(Pictured: VCHS Interim CEO and Director of Finance Ashley Woodward, Ord Food Pantry Representative Mike Jackson, Loup City Food Pantry Representative Tonya Williams, Burwell Food Pantry Representative Trisha Crandall, and VCHS Director of Professional Services Bethanne Kunz)

VCHS Auxiliary Donations to VCHS Total More Than $220,000

October 12, 2015

With six more donations in the last two months, Valley County Health System (VCHS) Auxiliary donations to VCHS have totaled $220,294 since 2005. The Auxiliary has made a total of 97 separate donations during this time.

The six most recent donations include CPR manikins for health education purposes; handheld doppler for the emergency department and acute care; ultrasound/e-stim unit for rehabilitation; pediatric restraint for the emergency department; echocardiogram viewer for the imaging department; and camera for the public relations department.

Sales from Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop, a completely volunteer-operated organization, provide funds for the Auxiliary to purchase needed equipment for VCHS.

"Through our community's generosity and support of Second Hand Rose, both as donors and patrons, we are able to purchase needed equipment for VCHS," VCHS Auxiliary President Barb Johnson said. "Money spent at Second Hand Rose goes back into the community to improve local healthcare."

Second Hand Rose is open from 9 a.m - 5 p.m. every Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. It is located at 1537 M Street in Ord.

Huffman Completes Chemotherapy Training Course

October 8, 2015

Nicole Huffman, a Valley County Health System Specialty Clinic registered nurse, recently completed a two-day chemotherapy administration training course. Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney sponsored Huffman’s course. During the course, participants were 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.

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.”