“Thanks to Valley County Health System, I’m walking pain free since 2014. After 20 years of knee pain, my doctor said I didn’t have one good leg to stand on, so I decided to get bilateral knee replacements. Luckily, a short stay at the Valley County Health System Swing Bed Unit – receiving therapy three times a day – was all I needed to get back to working on the farm.”
“As a housekeeper and transportation driver for Valley County Health System, I depend on the use of both my arms. That’s why I turned to Valley County Health System to help me recover quickly from a fractured arm. Because of Valley County Health System, I was able to get back to working in my garden!”
“When I fell off a ladder and shattered my knee, I was hospital-bound for a month. I’m glad I chose the Swing Bed unit at Valley County Health System for the long recovery. The nurses and therapists I worked with became like extended family, and they helped me progress from needing a wheelchair to a cane to walking on my own again. Because of Valley County Health System, I can still keep up with my pets!”
“Having a sick toddler is hard enough, but when it happens on Christmas Eve, it’s even more difficult. Fortunately, we only had to drive across town to get the expert emergency care and follow-up treatments my daughter needed. Thanks to Valley County Health System, my family was able to spend the holidays at home.”
“With my autoimmune disorder, I need plasma infusions every three weeks to reduce muscle pain and fatigue. I’m on my fifth year of this. At first, I was driving and hour and a half away from my home in Ord to receive treatments. But then, I learned I could go to Valley County Health System instead. With Valley County Health System, I am cared for close to home.”
“Two years ago, I went to the Valley County Health System emergency room thinking I had appendicitis. The next thing I knew, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Luckily, I was able to have my chemotherapy treatments and follow-up care right here in Ord, saving me hours of travel time and allowing me more time to spend with my son.”
“It all started in 2012 when the side effects of West Nile Virus began weakening my legs. Then, it was a broken hip and heart surgery. No matter if I needed an MRI, physical therapy or cardiac rehab, Valley County Health System was there for me every step of the way. With Valley County Health System, I’ve been able to beat every health obstacle that’s come my way.”
Gold Star Award
"Dawn Sweesy is a great asset to VCHS in the Acute and ER departments. She represents the core values every shift she works.
Ownership: Dawn takes ownership every shift to ensure that our patients receive the best care. She holds those around her to a standard, and she is an excellent advocate for the patients. As a charge nurse, she keeps the staff working together to provide high quality care.
Compassion: Dawn cares about her coworkers and patients. She has a desire to alleviate suffering and improve the health of every patient she works with.
Integrity: Dawn is great at the hard things. When having a dilemma with patient care, she is available to talk it through with you and help decide what is in the patient’s best interest. She encourages ethical behavior and expects follow through.
Respect: Dawn has an amazing sense of humor and is fun to work with because she treats all patients and coworkers with respect. Dawn’s leadership abilities encourage good working relationships and mutual respect.
Trust: Dawn exemplifies a reliable and responsible coworker. She has a large knowledge base and wealth of experience and is a good teacher. Dawn is available to help when problems arise and exudes trustworthiness with the patients."