Gary Wells

“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.”

Janet Harkness

“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!”

Kathy Miller

“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!”

Marcy Shafer

“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.”

Rose Jonak

“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.”


Sandra Carskadon

“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.”

Vernon Perrot

“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.”

Employee Recognition

Gold Star Award

Julie Thiel

"Julie Thiel has been a valued team member of VCHS for more than 15 years! 

She helps Acute, Specialty Clinic, Surgery, and is a certified central sterile supply technician, as well as a certified instrument specialist. Julie goes wherever she can to assist others. She never complains about getting redirected at a moment's notice for urgent tasks. She researches OR instruments for purchase and ensures they are all kept in excellent condition. Julie works in the OR, cleans, wraps, and sterilizes the instruments. She also handles the instruments for the entire health system. We would be lost with out her. 

Julie takes pride in her work and it shows. Our surgeons love working with her; even though she only sees most of them a few times a month, she is always one step ahead of them. Julie is kind, compassionate, and dependable. Thank you for all your hard work Julie!"


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