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VCHS Hosts EMT Recertification for Six Area Ambulance Squads

February 1, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) hosted six local ambulance squads for annual EMT recertification on Jan. 27 at the Ord Area Fire Hall.

Burwell Fire and Rescue, Comstock Fire and Rescue, Ericson Fire and Rescue, Loup City Fire and Rescue, Ord Fire and Rescue and Valley County Ambulance squads were in attendance. Dr. Jennifer Bengston, a VCHS family medicine physician, serves as medical director for the represented squads.

EMTs reviewed skills, such as AED/CPR administration and glucose reading, at the recertification. VCHS Director of Nursing Vicki Bredthauer, Emergency Services Manager Jennifer Sandoz and Family Medicine Physician Dr. Hilary Miller assisted Dr. Bengston in leading the recertification.

In addition to this annual recertification, VCHS provides continuing education and training to the ambulance squads throughout the year.

(Pictured: EMTs Julie Thiel, left, and Bobbi Lytle, right, review and practice opening airwaves at EMT recertification on Jan. 27 in Ord.)  

Annual VCHS Foundation Gala Nets $34,000

January 26, 2016

Valley County Health System (VCHS) Foundation held its 14th annual gala Sat., Jan. 16, hosting nearly two hundred people and netting more than $34,000 for VCHS. The Black and White themed evening event was hosted at the Veteran’s Club in Ord and featured The Fun Pianos! for live entertainment, dinner, live and silent auctions, a wine pull and raffles. 

Also during the gala, Nancy Glaubke was welcomed as the new chief executive officer of VCHS – a position she assumed on Jan. 11.

“The VCHS gala was an evening filled with fun and fellowship, all in support of VCHS and strengthening healthcare in our region,” Foundation Executive Director Keli Gideon said. “We are appreciative of all of those involved in making the evening possible and all of those who attended to support the cause.”

The live auction had 12 sponsors and raised $8,950, and silent auction had 48 sponsors and raised $3,565.

This year’s “Make-It-Happen Auction” raised $15,400 for VCHS to purchase Maxi Sky ceiling mounted patient lift systems.

“These lifts are intended to be installed in each patient room, so that if the mobility of that patient is limited, the device is readily available for use,” Dr. Hilary Miller, a VCHS family medicine physician, said at the event. “Mechanical lifts improve patient safety, privacy and comfort.”

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 Foundation’s next fundraising event is the annual golf tournament, which is scheduled for Friday, July 1, 2016, at the Ord Golf Course.

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Imaging Department Announces IPad Mini Winner

January 8, 2016

ORD, Neb. – The Valley County Health System (VCHS) Imaging Department randomly picked Sandy Bartholomew as the winner of an IPad Mini as part of its recent mammography promotion.

The drawing was held to encourage women to receive, and to thank the women who have chosen to receive, their annual mammograms at VCHS. Every individual who received a mammogram at VCHS between Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2015, was entered into the random drawing. There were 194 digital mammograms performed at VCHS during the time period.

To schedule a mammogram at VCHS, call 308-728-4249. 

A New Year's Message from VCHS

December 31, 2015

We reflect upon our accomplishments and progress as an organization this past year with immense gratitude, and we look to 2016 with much excitement.

Our vision is to be the healthcare provider of choice and a symbol of strength, vitality, and caring in the region we serve. This past year, we’ve added services such as oncology, podiatry, aesthetics, in-house vascular ultrasounds, and medical clinic walk-ins; welcomed many professional,dedicated, and compassionate staff members at every level of our organization; and expanded outreach services to better serve people in all of our communities. We’ve given back to our communities, both through volunteering efforts and financial contributions; offered opportunities to area youth to explore healthcare careers; and educated community members about how to live healthier lives. It is because of your continued support that we’ve accomplished all of those things and more!

As we begin a new year, we remain committed to providing progressive healthcare services to you, your families, and our communities in a healing, patient-centered environment.

Thank you for a great 2015, and here’s to an extraordinary 2016!

VCHS Adds In-House Vascular Ultrasounds

December 30, 2015

Valley County Health System (VCHS) recently began offering in-house vascular ultrasounds four days a week in Ord.

Previously, VCHS offered vascular ultrasounds on-site through a mobile unit approximately half a dozen times each month. With in-house testing, patients now have greater flexibility and convenience with scheduling their appointments.

As a registered vascular sonographer, Blair Hild, BS, RT (R), RDMS, administers the vascular ultrasounds. Hild, who joined the VCHS Imaging Department in October, earned her bachelor’s degree in radiation science technology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where she also earned a professional certificate in diagnostic medical sonography and completed a vascular sonography externship.

For more information about VCHS Imaging services, visit or call 308-728-4200.

(Pictured: Blair Hild, BS, RT (R), RDMS, with VCHS's new vascular ultrasound machine.) 

Glaubke Returns to Ord, Hired as VCHS CEO

December 15, 2015

The Valley County Health System (VCHS) Board of Trustees approved a contract for Nancy Glaubke as the new VCHS Chief Executive Officer. Glaubke will begin her position on Jan.11, 2016.

Glaubke’s past experience spans 25 years in health care. She has worked in multiple health care roles including hospital and nursing home administration, consulting, revenue cycle and health information management. Most recently, Nancy worked for Cerner RevWorks as an executive HIM director for Adventist Health – West, the 10th largest non-profit health care organization in the United States, overseeing 19 hospitals in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. 

Prior to that, she worked as a regional HIM director for PeaceHealth and as a nursing home administrator in Wheatland, Wyo. In 1995, Glaubke served as the CEO of Valley County Hospital & Nursing Home. 

Glaubke is a graduate of Portland State University and has a master’s degree in business administration. She is a registered health information administrator and holds active nursing home administrator licenses in the states of Nebraska and Wyoming. Glaubke graduated from Ord High School. She and her husband, Dave, have two children: Kristin and John.

“I look forward to returning to my hometown and once again joining the Valley County Health System team. I have always been an avid supporter of VCHS and am pleased to once again be a part of this organization,” said Glaubke.

VCHS Board Chair Gary Garnick said, “On behalf of the VCHS Board of Trustees, we are pleased to welcome Nancy back to Valley County Health System. We are excited that Nancy desired to return home to lead our organization. She has years of healthcare experience that will be invaluable as we continue to provide quality health care to this region.”




CPR Devices Improve VCHS Cardiac Arrest Emergency Response

December 11, 2015

The Valley County Health System (VCHS) Emergency Department recently acquired two Physio-Control LUCAS 2 chest compression devices to help improve the administration of CPR. These external, mechanical devices deliver automated chest compressions for adult cardiac arrest victims.

“The LUCAS devices will help us provide even better care for patients because, unlike humans who can tire while giving CPR, these devices provide consistent and uninterrupted compressions,” Emergency Department Manager Jen Sandoz said. “This also improves CPR effectiveness because, when the device retracts during the compressions, it helps open up the patient’s chest, allowing oxygen to fill the heart.”

The device has also been shown to improve workplace operational effectiveness because it frees up responders, who would otherwise have to do compressions, to begin other life-saving measures such as medication, ventilation and defibrillation.

VCHS and other Nebraska ambulance services and rural hospitals received the devices because the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Emergency Medical Services/Trauma Program a 5.9 million dollar grant to purchase LUCAS devices and train medical personnel.

With two devices, one is kept in the VCHS hospital emergency department, while the other is taken on the ambulance during field calls. All VCHS nurses, paramedics, EMTs and providers were trained on the LUCAS device in October.

“While manual CPR and other life-saving measures will still be needed and used, the LUCAS 2 device improves a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival in rural areas served by VCHS,” Sandoz said.

Aesthetic Medicine Added to VCHS Specialty Clinic Services

December 6, 2015

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) is pleased to announce the addition of aesthetic medicine to the growing list of services offered at its Specialty Clinic. Dr. Hilary Miller will see aesthetic medicine patients in the Specialty Clinic the second and fourth Tuesday of each month beginning on December 8.

“Aesthetic medicine is one of the fastest growing medical specialties in the United States, so we’re excited to meet this demand locally by offering aesthetic medicine services at our Specialty Clinic,” Specialty Clinic Manager Jessica DeGroff said.

Often elective, aesthetic medicine can improve one’s cosmetic appearance, psychological and social well-being and overall quality of life through treating conditions such as scars, wrinkles, excess skin and skin discoloration. Epidermal chemical peels, dermal chemical peels, dermal filler injections and Botox injections – all non-surgical procedures – will be offered on an upfront, self-pay basis at VCHS.

While a family medicine physician at the VCHS Medical Clinics, Dr. Miller’s specialty training in dermatology allows her to now expand her practice to the Specialty Clinic and provide aesthetic medicine services. During her educational career, Dr. Miller completed a combined six months of training in dermatology at the University of Missouri, the University of Iowa, Omaha Dermatology Specialists and the Ehrling Bergquist Air Force Base.

In addition to aesthetic medicine, the VCHS Specialty Clinic offers the following specialty services: audiology; cardiology; general surgery; obstetrics and gynecology; ear, nose and throat; neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, podiatry, pulmonology and urology.

To schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Miller or for more information about any of the services offered at the VCHS Specialty Clinic, call 308-728-4249.  

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].)