Latest News from July 2011

Good Beginnings Donates Books to Valley County Libraries

July 31, 2011

The Valley County Health System Good Beginnings Committee recently donated two parenting books to the Ord Township Library.  The books, titled Positive Parenting from A to Z, Karen Renshaw Joslin and Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior and Character in 5 Days, Dr. Kevin Leman, will be on display in the New Releases Non Fiction section of the library.  Books will also be donated to the libraries in North Loup and Arcadia.

The VCHS Child Development Committee is made up of parents, educators, professionals and healthcare providers.  The mission of this committee is to make a positive difference in the lives of young children in Valley County by educating parents about children's growth and development, in order to strength the family unit as a whole.  Events and projects sponsored by the Committee include the annual kid's fair, Love & Logic parenting classes, educational bags to all parents of newborns residing in Valley County, Leading to Reading postcards and preschool screenings.

For more information, call 728.3011.

Photo caption from left: Jeanette Koelling, Kristi Hagstrom, Carol Keyser, Becki Ries, Sheri Blaha, Bridget Sheets and Bethanne Kunz


Golf Tournament Nets $22,500

July 29, 2011

Becky Ries, Valley County Health System Foundation Administrator, is pleased to announce that the 2011 Golf Tournament netted a profit of $22,500.  Of this amount, $5,000 will be placed in the Foundation endowment fund and the rest will be designated for use in the area(s) of the greatest need within Valley County Health System.  Becky would also like to thank everyone who participated to make this year's tournament such a success. 

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 14th Annual Valley County Health System Foundation Golf Tournament & Auction scheduled for Friday, July 6, 2012.  

The Valley County Health System Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization. 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.


Green Named Employee of Quarter

July 21, 2011

Chelle Green has been named Employee of the Quarter at Valley County Health System for the 4th Quarter of the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

In a letter nominating Green for the honor, a co-worker explained how she exemplifies the values of Valley County Health System. "She is concerned about the well-being of our patients and goes out of her way to make sure they are comfortable and taken care of.  She takes great pride in doing her job and shows respect for all of her co-workers.  Chelle is always courteous and kind to everyone. She is a good, honest and dedicated employee."

Chelle is the Scheduler in the Patient Access Department at VCHS.  She has been employed by Valley County Health System since October 2008.

Photo Caption:  Jack Williams, Jr., CEO of VCHS presents Chelle Green with her EOQ Award.


Bengston Attends Ag Medicine Seminar

July 19, 2011

Dr. Jennifer Bengston recently attended Agricultural Medicine Seminar in Omaha July 11-13, 2011.  The course was offered by the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health.

She attended the meeting to obtain continuing medical education credit.  The seminar focused on occupational and environmental health issues for rural medicine.   Some of the sessions were Health Effects of Agricultural Pesticides, Agricultural Trauma, Cancer in Agricultural Populations and Agricultural Respiratory Diseases.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bengston, call the VCHS Medical Clinic at 308.728.4202.


BCBS Grant Presentation July 31

July 15, 2011

ORD - Valley County Health System and the University of Nebraska Extension will receive another $10,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) to fund the "Fit & Lovin' It" program.  A celebration will be held on Sunday, July 31, at 8:30 p.m. at the Valley County Fairgrounds. The presentation will be held after the 4-H Fashion Revue during the Valley County Fair.  The public is invited to attend. 

The grant is made possible through the 2011 BlueHealth Advantage Wellness Grant program.  Since 2008, BCBSNE has awarded a total of $334,000 in wellness grants to 32 organizations in greater Nebraska. The grants help fund initiatives that promote healthy living and enhance the well-being of Nebraska communities.

The "Fit and Lovin' It" program will provide a learning opportunity for area 5th and 6th grade students to increase awareness, encourage skill enhancement and focus of attitude toward individual health.  These include those related to nutrition, physical activity, seat belt use and tobacco.

This will be the second year the program is offered.  In 2010, the Fit & Lovin' It Program was created through the same $10,000 BCBS BlueHealth Advantage Wellness Grant. On January 26, 2010 the inaugural program was held with 250 students, and 40 presenters, teachers and sponsors in attendance. Fourteen schools from an eight-county area participated in this event. Teachers who attended reported that they plan to make changes as a result of the program. Two teachers are going to have healthier snacks and better breakfasts for their families. Another said, "My family and I are going to use seatbelts 100% of the time."

During April and May, Kayla Hinrichs, UNL Extension Educator visited each of the school classrooms who participated in the Fit & Lovin' It.  While at the each of the schools, a follow up lesson was taught to the 250 students.  In addition, daily nutrition and exercise tracking calendars the students had been keeping were collected. Surveys showed that 93% of youth make snacks several times per week, underscoring the need for youth to know facts about nutrition. Nearly half (49%) of the youths indicated that they eat healthier as a result of the Fit & Lovin' It program.

For more information, contact the University of Nebraska Extension at 308.728.5071 or VCHS at 308.728.4347.


Tax Advantages for Gifts of Grain

July 15, 2011

With the prospects of good yields and high grain prices, many grain producers are about to harvest a record income. Some may be looking for a way to minimize their tax liability while making a significant charitable gift to their favorite charity.

There are tax advantages for farmers and ranchers who make gifts of grain or livestock through a local foundation fund.  When an agricultural producer transfers legal ownership of the commodity to a charity before it is sold, the producer will not have taxable income from a sale, thus minimizing taxes. Tax savings may be realized on federal income tax, state income tax and self-employment tax, depending on the producer's specific circumstances.
Several affiliated funds of the Nebraska Community Foundation have benefitted from gifts of grain and livestock, including the communities of Chambers, Diller, Shickley, Stuart, Stratton, Atkinson, Thedford and more. 

The gift method has worked out well for Roland and Bev From, who recently retired from farming in the Rising City area.

"Gifting grain to a charitable fund not only feels good and does something good for the community, it is done with pre-tax dollars, and you don't claim the income from the grain. So the gift is not taxable, and you can still claim all of your production costs as deductible expenses for income tax purposes," said Roland From.

The Valley County Health System Foundation is an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, which has helped a number of communities benefit from gifts of grain and livestock.  Gifts to Valley County Health System Foundation are not only tax-deductible; they are an important way to invest in the future of our hometown. Recently, funds provided to the Foundation have allowed for the purchase of Total Knee Replacement Surgical Equipment for the Operating Room, Shoulder Surgical Equipment for the Operating Room, Emergency Room Heart Monitor, Digital Thermometers, Blood Transport Bags, Nursing Bags, Hospice Volunteer Booklets & Training Supplies for Home Health & Hospice.

Producers should check with their accountants to determine whether a contribution of commodities is appropriate to their tax situation. They should then notify the Nebraska Community Foundation in advance of making a gift of commodities, as there are specific procedures that need to be followed to obtain the desired tax treatment of a gift of grain or livestock to an affiliated foundation fund. Valley County Health System Foundation will be happy to visit with you about arranging an agricultural gift. Contact Becky Ries at 308-728-3011.

For assistance with a gift of commodities, contact the Nebraska Community Foundation at (402) 323-7330 or .

The Nebraska Community Foundation, established in 1993, helps rural Nebraska put charitable giving to work for community and economic development.  There are 205 affiliated funds, serving 227 communities in 77 of Nebraska's 93 counties.  The Nebraska Community Foundation has reinvested $118 million for projects and programs throughout Nebraska. For further information, visit NCF's website at


Foundation Golf Tournament Results

July 8, 2011

ORD - The 13th Annual Valley County Health System Golf Tournament involved the participation of 27 teams on July 1, 2011 at the Ord Golf Course.

The flight winners this year were as follows: 

Championship Flight: Goodlife Pharmacy - Troy Warner, Travis Klanecky, Doug
Duda, Mike Bechtold

First Flight: Arby's - Mike Linke, John Adam, Bruce Phillips, Brady Foster

Second Flight: Green Plains 1 - Tony Kaslon, Travis Gidley, Derek Gregoski, Steve

Valley County Health System Foundation thanks all of the sponsors and teams for participating in this year's event, as well as everyone who volunteered their time and also those who joined us for the auction. 

Photo caption: Goodlife Pharmacy was the winning team of the Championship Flight in the VCHS Foundation Golf Tournament. The team included (from l to r:) Troy Warner, Travis Klanecky, Doug Duda and Mike Bechtold.


Farrar Attends Cardio/Pulmonary Seminar

July 7, 2011

David Farrar, PA-C at Valley County Health System attended the Cardio/Pulmonary for Primary Care Physicians seminar in Jackson Hole, WY from July 1-3, 2011.  The seminar featured sessions on respiratory infections, coronary artery disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arrhythmia. 

To schedule an appointment with Farrar, call the VCHS Medical Clinic at 308-728-4202.


Cannon Begins Rotation at VCHS Medical Clinics

July 7, 2011

Anthony Cannon, a 3rd year medical student from UNMC, has chosen Valley County Health System to complete his Family Medicine rotation.  Both Dr. Jennifer Bengston and Dr. Unterseher will be his supervising physicians.  Anthony is originally from Kearney.  He is specializing in Internal Medicine and will graduate in May, 2013.  Anthony stated, "I'm very happy to be here in Ord.  It's one of my favorite communities, and I look forward to learning more about medicine here in the next few months."   He will be at the VCHS Medical Clinics through August 26th.


Unterseher: Board Certified in Family Medicine & Psychiatry

July 1, 2011

Dr. Chris Unterseher is now board-certified in both family medicine and psychiatry.  Dr. Unterseher recently completed the second phase of his psychiatry boards, which consist of a written exam and oral exam. The written exam is 500+ computerized questions taken in the last year of residency. The oral exam tests interview, diagnostic, and treatments skills and is taken in the year following graduation from residency. 

Dr. Unterseher was board-certified in Family Medicine in December 2010 and board-certified in Psychiatry in June 2011.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Unterseher, call the VCHS Medical Clinic at 308.728.4202.