Latest News from February 2010

Smith Attends Back Pain Seminar

February 26, 2010

Denise Smith, Licensed Massage Therapist at Valley County Health System, attended the "Effective Treatment of Common Cervical and Upper Thoracic Pain Conditions" seminar in Omaha on Feb. 25.  Course content included understanding cervical pain, treatment strategies and considerations, cervical/thoracic anatomy, muscle releasing techniques and how to achieve effective results.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Denise, call the VCHS Rehabilitation Department at 308-728-4247.


New Facility Update #20

February 26, 2010

During the weeks of February 15 and 22, continued progress was made on the interior of the new hospital.  Dry wall installation and taping continued in the rehabilitation and administrative areas.  Electrical and plumbing rough-in work continued in the rehabilitation and dietary departments.  Glass was installed in the chapel and in the nearby hallway.  Installation of window frames in the front lobby continued. 

Installation of case work for the acute care department continued in the patient rooms.    Ceiling grid installation continued in the emergency and surgery departments.  Contractors are on site installing cable tray and cables for the computers and nurse call system.

The VCHS Board of Trustees has set an opening date of Monday, October 4, 2010.  A public open house will be held prior to this date.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.


Meyer Attends NNP Conference

February 22, 2010

Jane Meyer, APRN-NP at Valley County Health System attended the Nebraska Nurse Practitioner Conference in Lincoln, Feb. 18-20.  Conference objectives focused on updating advanced practice knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention as it relates to acute and chronic illnesses across the life span, discussion of the most current pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of acute and chronic conditions, and review of current research and the application of research to clinical practice.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Meyer, call the Ord Family Health Center at 308-728-3606.


Burwell Rehab Holds Open House

February 16, 2010

Burwell -An open house and ribbon cutting for Burwell Rehabilitation's new location was held on Thursday, February 11 at 150 North 9th Avenue.  The new location allows for more space, new and updated equipment and better service for the residents of Burwell and surrounding areas.  Physical therapy services will be offered five days a week with occupational and speech therapy available by appointment. 

Betty Wheeler, PT at Burwell Rehab stated, "We would like to thank everyone who helped welcome us into our new building during the open house.  We sincerely appreciate the time and effort that the Burwell Chamber of Commerce put into the celebration and the outstanding representation from the community.  We enjoy working with and for the people of Burwell and the surrounding area and are so excited about the additional space and equipment that our new building allows.  Our new surroundings provide even further opportunity to offer excellent care."

To schedule an appointment with Burwell Rehabilitation call 346-4060.



Foundation Gala - Night of Giving & Giggles

February 16, 2010

The night of Saturday, January 9th, was filled with generous people and lots of giggles, as the annual Valley County Health System Foundation Gala was held at the Ord Veteran's Club.  We are very pleased to announce that this year's Gala raised $20,000 for the benefit of Valley County Health System and that $5,000 will be placed into the endowment fund. 

This year's theme was "Denim & Diamonds", and Josh Zangger served as emcee for the evening.  He was later joined by Ben Lansman ("Benshema") when the evening's entertainment began.  Before the entertainment began, Steve Wolf of Wolf Auction and Real Estate auctioned off several live auction items to the large crowd of 250 plus. 

This year's entertainment proved to be a hit, as the crowd watched the "Miss Red Hot Womanless Contest".  Those participating were Johnathan Tomjack, Rich McKenney, Neal Carson, Brent Bengston, Trent Proskocil, Roy Farrens, Jim Coover and Kerry Petska.  This group of guys and the emcees went all out and had the crowd laughing non-stop. They started off by entering the ballroom to Chris Brown's "Forever", which has become a hit on YouTube for the couple who used it as their wedding entrance.  The contest included an evening gown, talent, night wear and question competition.  Both Zangger and Lansman had the crowd rolling with their quick whit and humor.  Three guest judges volunteered to help with the contest, and they were Mike and Senator Kate Sullivan and Miss Nebraska Belinda Wright.  At the conclusion of the contest, they chose Rich McKenney (Miss Jackie Shakers) as Miss Congeniality, and Brent Bengston (Miss Libby Doe) as the winner.  The Foundation would truly like to thank this group of guys for providing an unbelievable night of entertainment.

In between the different areas of the contest silent auction tables were closed and winners announced.   Many nice items were offered on both the live and silent auctions and generous bids were received.  The large raffle prize winners were Marilys Sears, Ord Medical Spa Package donated by Sarah Brinkman; Marie Mason, Benelli Nova Shotgun donated by Ag Pro Insurance/Steve Vech and Misko Sports; and, Jo Trofholz, $500 Savings Bond from the Ericson State Bank. 

The Foundation is very grateful to everyone who made this year's Gala a great success.  We feel so blessed that this community is so giving and supportive and we truly appreciate each and every one of you, and look forward to another great Gala again in 2011.  

Our next event is the annual golf tournament, and that will be held on Friday, July 2, 2010 at the Ord Golf Course.   

If you would like more information about Valley County Health System Foundation, please contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011. 


New Facility Update #19

February 15, 2010

During the weeks of February 1 and 8, subcontractors made a lot of progress inside the new hospital.  Tile installation continued in the bathrooms throughout the hospital.  Dry wall installation began in the rehabilitation department and taping continued in the medical clinics.  Electrical and plumbing rough-in work was started in the rehabilitation and administration areas.  Glass was installed at the end of the main hallway and in the rehab department's large window facing the west.  Installation of window frames in the front lobby was started. 

Case work for the acute care department was delivered and installation has begun in the patient rooms.  The rails for the patient lifts in the private acute care rooms are being installed.  Ceiling grid is being installed in the emergency and surgery departments.

The project is still on schedule for completion this fall.  An public open house will be held prior to the opening date.  For more information contact the Public Relations office at 728-4347.


VCHS Starts "Wellness Matters" Initiative for Employees

February 8, 2010

Valley County Health System has launched, with the support of the VCHS CEO and the approval of the Board of Trustees, a wellness initiative titled "Wellness Matters".

This program, developed for the VCHS employees, provides opportunities and support for behaviors that are conducive to good health and optimal wellbeing.  The CEO's Wellness Advisory Council was formed to assist with the Wellness Matters initiative which began with employees participating in a voluntary personal health assessment to determine current health status.

The components of the Wellness Matters initiative include programs directed at nutrition, weight management and exercise, along with monthly Brown Bag Lunch & Learn presentations.  The Lunch and Learns, which feature various presenters and are open to the public; are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month and employees and the community are invited to learn about various health topics.  The Wellness Matters program also offers the employees the benefit of an onsite wellness coach for supporting behavior changes.  

The picture of the CEO's Wellness Advisory Council was taken on Friday, February 5th, National Wear Red Day where all members wore red.  February is heart month and the CEO's Wellness Advisory Council has planned several fun activities for the employees during the month to increase their knowledge about living a healthy lifestyle and ways to minimize cardiovascular disease.

Council members include Cheryl Christenson, Linda Freeman, Tina Hrbek, Jill Lane, Jen McBride, Jane Meyer, Lea Miller, Viv Patrick, Danielle Proskocil, Larry Schrage, Sheri Schrage, Marcy Shafer, Johnathan Tomjack and Amy Vore

For more information, contact Sheri Schrage at 728-4213.


Farrens Selected for NHA Leadership Institute

February 5, 2010

Roy Farrens, Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and Nutritional Services Manager and at Valley County Health System, has been selected to participate in the 2010 Nebraska Hospital Association's (NHA) Leadership Institute.  Roy is the first employee of Valley County Health System to participate in this course.

The Institute includes a comprehensive curriculum, combining core leadership competency working sessions with multiple layers of applied practice in health care. Participants in the NHA Leadership Institute will improve their leadership skills; enhance their effectiveness in the health care field, while preserving the care and compassion critical to quality health care delivery. The curriculum is designed to be highly interactive, yet with flexible, online and teleconference accessibility-perfect for busy health care personnel.

Farrens attended the orientation retreat Jan. 29-30 in Nebraska City at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center.  The course continues through October at various hospital locations throughout Nebraska and via webinars.  Participants completing the NHA Leadership Institute will be recognized as Class VII graduates at the NHA 2010 Annual Convention Caring Kind Luncheon on October 29, 2010.


VVLC Presents NE Respite Program

February 5, 2010

ORD - Valley View Living Center is offering a free educational and social seminar series. The series, titled "Caring Across Generations" is offered each quarter and is open to anyone who would like to attend.

The winter 2010 session will be held on Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 pm in the Valley View Living Center Atrium.  Sue Bochart from Central Nebraska Community Services will give a presentation on the Respite Care Program available for all ages.  She will bring a door prize and some small giveaways.

The program is expected to last an hour and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.  Free transportation will be provided within Ord City Limits.  To schedule a ride, call

For more information, contact Connie Fread or Julie Rowse at 728-5868.


Shoemaker Named VCHS Employee of the Quarter

February 2, 2010

Laci Shoemaker has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System.

In a letter nominating Shoemaker for the honor, a co-worker wrote, "She does a great job at being organized, and she always has a great attitude.  She is never judgmental and appreciates all the help she gets." Another co-worker stated, "Laci is always patient and positive.   She goes the extra mile to brighten the days of her co-workers and the patients that she serves."

Laci is the Scheduler in the Patient Access Department.  She has worked at VCHS since October 20, 2008.



VCHS Announces Logo Contest Winners

February 1, 2010

Ord - The Valley County Health System Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the three winners of their logo design contest.  Twenty-eight people submitted a total of 33 logo designs.  A committee comprised of VCHS employees and community members selected the top three logo designs based on the guidelines that were established for the contest.  These designs were forwarded to the Board for their consideration.  After the board made a decision on the winning logo as well as the 1st and 2nd runner up, the names of the three people who designed the logos were revealed.

The winning logo was designed by Melanie Kolar of Arcadia.   Melanie received $500 for her logo design.  First runner up was Tobias Michnik of Scotia.  Tobias is a German foreign exchange student living with Russ and Annette Bloom.  He received $250.  Second runner up is Kathryn (Valasek) Nygren of Wahoo.  She is a 1999 graduate of Ord High School and received $100 for her logo submission.

The services of a marketing firm are now being utilized to finalize the winning logo.  The colors and final layout of the winning logo will be approved at the February VCHS Board meeting. At that time, the new logo design will be released to the public.

For more information, contact the Valley County Health System Public Relations Department at 308-728-4347.


Burwell Rehab Now Open in New Location

February 1, 2010

Burwell- The Rehabilitation Services department of the Burwell Medical Clinic opened in a new location on February 1.  Physical, occupational and speech therapy services provided by Valley County Health System are now located in a new building at 150 North 9th Avenue in Burwell.  The new location allows for more space, new and updated equipment and better service for the residents of Burwell and surrounding areas. 

A ribbon cutting and business after hours are scheduled for Thursday, February 11 from 4-6:30 pm in partnership with the Burwell Chamber of Commerce.   Hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

To schedule an appointment at Burwell Rehabilitation call 346-4060.


Hospital Facilities Update

February 1, 2010

ORD - As construction of the new hospital continues ahead of schedule and under budget in anticipation of a Fall, 2010 opening, officials at Valley County Health System have completed a position statement on the use of the current health care facilities. According to CEO Larry Schrage, the Board of Trustees has carefully considered all relevant options in the interest of patient service, community partnering and financial feasibility with the following conclusions:

The Support Services Building, located at 400 South 23rd St., will be the permanent location of the Home Health and Hospice staff. In addition, the staff and vehicles which serve the Public Transportation Department will be located at this site.

Ord Family Health Center, located at 207 South 26th St., will be moving to the clinic in the new hospital. The future use of this building remains under consideration.

Valley View Living Center, the long term care intermediate care center located at 217 Westridge

Drive, will remain in its current location. As announced in earlier releases the Board of Trustees has authorized funding for interior renovation, new resident room furniture, dining and kitchen improvements and a new paved parking lot.  Future expansion of long term care services will be announced as space becomes available in the hospital connecting corridor, known as "C" wing.

The old hospital will be vacated and locked for the first year with consideration of future use at a later time. Although the board has considered various use and user option proposals, studies indicate that the financial feasibility of these projects, including boiler replacement, utility costs, asbestos removal and negative reimbursement impact would result in several hundred thousand dollars worth of unreimbursed costs and ongoing operational deficits. According to Schrage "our initial thoughts on the use of the old hospital were to provide a joint community based approach that would have mutual advantages to both VCHS and the community we serve. However, in the final analysis, the negatives of trying to convert the old hospital to other alternatives far exceeded the positives, particularly from a risk and financial management perspective. VCHS is committed to continuing our fitness and wellness program for the community and we are in the process of analyzing the scope and location of this program. As time goes by we will continue to evaluate the best and ultimately the final solution in terms of the future use of the old hospital space."