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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.  

Proskocil Appointed to Local Emergency Planning Committee

May 2, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Larry Proskocil, director of support services at Valley County Health System (VCHS), was recently appointed to serve a two-year term on the Sherman/Valley Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) by the State Emergency Response Commission.

The LEPC is a gathering of representatives from local communities who have an interest in hazardous materials safety. The committee identifies potential risks, seeks ways to minimize risk, works to prevent accidents and assists in the development of plans to deal with a chemical emergency. Local emergency management, law enforcement, fire department, business and government agencies are also represented on the committee. 

As the leading healthcare provider in the region, VCHS plays a critical role in ongoing efforts to improve health and safety in local communities.

Johanna Spencer, APRN-NP, FNP-BC, to Join VCHS Medical Staff

April 21, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) is excited to announce the addition of Johanna Spencer, APRN-NP, FNP-BC, to the VCHS medical staff. Spencer will begin at VCHS on May 2, primarily providing care to VCHS Medical Clinic walk-in patients and emergency department patients. 

“I am very excited to join the team at Valley County Health System and be a part of the excellent care delivered here,” Spencer said. “Having grown up in the area, I know how important rural healthcare is, and I look forward to serving patients in the surrounding communities.”

A Burwell Junior-Senior High School class of 2001 graduate, Spencer went on to earn her bachelor’s of science in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 2006. In 2015, she completed her master’s of science in nursing – family nurse practitioner track – through the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Spencer has more than eight years of nursing experience, including previously working in the VCHS acute, emergency and surgical departments for two years. Most recently, Spencer worked as a family nurse practitioner at Greater Sandhills Family Healthcare in Basset, Neb. She provided care for patients of all ages in the family practice clinic and critical access emergency department. 

Pictured: Johanna Spencer, APRN-NP, FNP-BC

VCHS Now Offers In-Home Sleep Studies

April 18, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) recently began offering in-home sleep studies – an addition that reflects industry trends and provides patients a more comfortable, convenient and cost-effective testing option. Sleep studies are used to diagnose certain sleep disorders – most notably, sleep apnea – which affects more than 18 million Americans.

“Our goal is to provide patients with a really good experience while obtaining the necessary data to make an accurate diagnosis,” VCHS Respiratory Therapist Mark Deaton said. “With the addition of in-home sleep studies, patients have another choice in how to receive their medical care from VCHS to best meet their financial, scheduling and environmental preferences.”

Traditional sleep studies require a patient to spend overnight at the hospital; whereas, VCHS provides a patient with the Philips Alice NightOne to take home with them for the overnight study. This home sleep testing system includes a palm-sized monitoring device that belts around a patient’s chest while they sleep.

Additionally, in-home sleep studies offer savings to patients – sometimes 80% or more – compared to traditional sleep studies.

Individuals who are interested in participating in an in-home sleep study will briefly meet with Deaton at VCHS to discuss how to setup the test and how it works. The patient will take the device home and complete the test overnight. In the following days, the results will be read and a diagnosis will be made or follow-up testing completed.

For more information, or to schedule an in-home sleep study, contact the VCHS Respiratory Therapy Department at 308-728-4309. 

Pictured: VCHS Respiratory Therapist Mark Deaton holds the Philips Alice NightOne. 

Healthcare Decisions Day Highlights Importance of Advance Medical Directives

April 17, 2016

Valley County Health System, along with other national, state and community organizations, is working to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making —an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of Sat., April 16, 2016, as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).

VCHS encourages area residents to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (living will, power of attorney for healthcare, Five Wishes and Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment [POLST]) in accordance with Nebraska state laws.

The Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association devotes much of its time educating Nebraskans on the importance of completing advance directives. Initiatives like the formation of community end-of-life coalitions across the state, outreach campaigns, and the placement of articles in consumer and professional publications have contributed to growth in the number of Nebraskans with an advance directive. Thirty-seven percent of Nebraskans report having an advance directive.

Talking with family members and others in your life about your end-of-life wishes, coupled with an advance directive, can significantly ease the burden on those who must make health care decisions for you. Regardless of your age, we hope you will use the tools we provide you to have these important conversations with the people in your life and formally document your wishes in an advance directive.

“Advance Directive” is a general term that describes two types of legal documents – living wills and health care powers of attorney.  These documents allow a person to give instructions about future medical care, should he or she be unable to participate in health care decisions due to serious illness or incapacity. 

A living will is a written statement that describes the type of care a person wishes to receive in the event he or she is suffering from a terminal illness or is in a persistent vegetative state.  

A power of attorney for health care is a document through which one person (the principal) authorizes another person (the agent) to make health care decisions on his or her behalf.

For more information about advance directives, call Marilyn Winkelbauer at VCHS at 308-728-4315, or visit www.nhdd.org or www.nehospice.org.

Annual Celebration Recognizes VCHS Volunteers

April 15, 2016

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) recognized nearly 150 volunteers at its annual volunteer celebration on April 12 at The Golden Husk in Ord. The Valley County Ministerial Association, VCHS Board of Trustees, VCHS Foundation Board of Directors, VCHS Child Development Committee, VCHS Auxiliary and VCHS Home Health and Hospice volunteers were celebrated at the event.

 “This annual volunteer event provides an opportunity to bring together, and celebrate, the many individuals who donate their time and talents to VCHS every year,” VCHS CEO Nancy Glaubke said. “They are invaluable members of our VCHS team, providing care, friendship and assistance to patients, families and employees.”

The celebration included a short program during which representatives from each of the VCHS volunteer groups spoke, explaining how their group supports VCHS and thanking attendees for their continued commitment.

VCHS is always seeking individuals who are committed to helping advance progressive, compassionate healthcare in central Nebraska to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering at VCHS, or to learn more, call 308.728.4347. 

VCHS Celebrates Doctors' Day

April 7, 2016

Ord - In celebration of National Doctors' Day on Wed., March 30, VCHS doctors were honored at an employee reception and gifted VCHS jackets.

Dr. Hilary Miller, Dr. Daniel Schneider, and Dr. Jennifer Bengston serve patients primarily at the VCHS medical clinics (located in Ord, Burwell, and Loup City) and provide some care in the VCHS emergency department.

VCHS is fortunate to have three outstanding doctors who provide remarkable medical care to VCHS patients and their families.