Floyd Valley Healthcare News

Van Meeteren Announced as Hot Shot

Carter Van Meeteren, son of Nicole Melton and Eric Van Meeteren of Hull, has been named the April 11, 2021 Hot Shot.  Carter is 6 years old and is a fun loving kid with a unique love of cars.

 

Carter was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).  HLHS is a critical congenital birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart which needs surgery shortly after birth for survival.  The CDC estimates that 1 out every 3,841 babies in the US are born with HLHS each year.

 

Carter had additional complications and has received a heart transplant.  He is now working hard with physical, occupational and speech therapies at Floyd Valley Healthcare to regain his strength and work on deficits left from his condition and surgery.  He is very much looking forward to his hockey night!

 

Please join us in celebrating Carter, our April 11 Hot Shot!

 

The Sioux City Musketeers, in partnership with Floyd Valley Healthcare (FVH) began the Hot Shots program in 2018.  This program was created with the goal of honoring FVH pediatric patients who have chronic health issues. We are excited to give children an opportunity to have a fun time with their family, cheer on the team and just enjoy being a kid for a night.

 

Magnuson Announced as Hot Shot

Preston Magnuson, son of Tom and Danielle Magnuson, has been named the April 23, 2021 Hot Shot.  Preston is 7 years old and attends Franklin Elementary School in Le Mars.  He loves to learn and is a very caring young man that works hard to succeed.

 

Preston has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  ADHD is a medical condition in which a person’s brain development and activity are altered causing trouble in many facets of their daily living.

 

Children diagnosed with ADHD are three times more likely to have language issues. They can struggle with receptive language (listening and understanding what is being said), expressive language (speaking and being understood) or both.  Kids with ADHD can exhibit processing difficulties such as short-term memory weakness, problems following directions, slow processing of written and spoken language and difficulties with basic reasoning skills.  Early interventions including therapy greatly improve the outcome for these children.

 

Preston works hard and enjoys his time with speech therapist Connie Hanson. Preston learns differently than others, so they work together to find new ways of learning to help him be a successful student.

Please join us in celebrating Preston, our April 23 Hot Shot!

 

The Sioux City Musketeers, in partnership with Floyd Valley Healthcare (FVH) began the Hot Shots program in 2018. This program was created with the goal of honoring FVH pediatric patients who have chronic health issues. We are excited to give children an opportunity to have a fun time with their family, cheer on the team and just enjoy being a kid for a night.

 

Floyd Valley Healthcare Expands Vaccine Clinics

 As directed by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Floyd Valley Healthcare has moved through all of the required tiers for vaccination. We will now open up clinics to anyone 18 years of age or older that would like to be vaccinated for COVID-19 regardless of county of residence. Appointments are required and can be made HERE. If you do not have internet access, you may call 712.546.3646. Please bring a form of ID such as a driver’s license and your insurance information as there will be an administration fee, which is covered by most insurance providers.

 

Those vaccinated will be required to remain for 15 minutes of observation after receiving the vaccine, with 30 minutes of observation being recommended for patients who have experienced a severe allergic reaction in the past, such as to oral medications, foods, bees, etc.  Due to social distancing concerns and potential adverse reactions with this new vaccine, we are discouraging all staff from one entity or facility to receive the vaccine at once, but spreading vaccinations for your staff through the various clinic times.

 

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is not currently recommended in:

  • Individuals under 18
  • Individuals with a known history of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, see Full EUA Prescribing Information at HERE.
  • Individuals with a severe allergic reaction (anaphylactic, etc.) to any prior vaccine or other SC/IM/IV injection. However, if individuals experienced a less severe reaction vaccine is recommended.

 

SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7. Confirmed in Plymouth County

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed seven cases of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7. in Plymouth County.  IDPH will not share any additional identifiable information about the individuals affected, as this is confidential protected patient information.

 

IDPH and local public health have already initiated contact with these cases to understand their exposures to gather more details about illness, travel history, and potential exposures and initiate the health monitoring process. The process will include notifying anyone with whom these individuals have been in close contact. The individuals will be advised to isolate in accordance with IDPH and CDC guidance.

 

The positive cases were identified by the State Hygienic Lab (SHL). SHL has been participating in the CDC’s SARS-CoV-2 Strain Surveillance Program by sending COVID-19 test samples to be sequenced for the B.1.1.7 variant since early December. SHL recently began doing their own internal sequencing of 45 specimens per week to look specifically for the variant. It was through routine analysis of genetic sequence data assisted in identifying the new variant strain in Iowa.

 

The virus variant is often referred to as the U.K. variant because it was first detected in the United Kingdom. Based on epidemiologic and modeling data, researchers believe that the B.1.1.7 strain can be spread more easily than the original strain of SARS-CoV-2. Researchers believe current COVID-19 vaccines will likely protect against B.1.1.7, and additional studies are ongoing.  Floyd Valley Healthcare still is offering vaccination clinics. Eligibility and appointment information can be found here. Governor Reynolds announced at today’s press conference that she anticipates opening vaccine eligibility to all as of April 5th.

 

The emergence of new variants underscores that it remains critical for Iowans to continue the mitigation efforts that we know work to slow the spread of COVID-19.  We need Iowans to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19 and continue to:

 

  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Practice social distancing with those outside your household
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Stay home if you feel sick
  • Get tested if you are exposed to, or have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available to you

 

Floyd Valley Healthcare Announces Expansion Project

Today the Le Mars City Council adopted a resolution to approve setting a public hearing on April 6th for public comments on a 13,123 square foot, $10.3 million dollar addition. The Specialty Clinic and Therapy Expansion Project is proposed for the north parking area. While currently in the final phases of schematic design, the overall project timelines have not been finalized. We should expect to see some progress and physical work to begin in late summer with completion in spring of 2023.

 

The Floyd Valley Board of Trustees unanimously approved the project at their March 9th monthly meeting.  “As Board of Trustees Chair, I am excited to see and support the continued growth at Floyd Valley Healthcare,” states Ralph Klemme, Board Chair.  “As the only hospital in Plymouth County, it is very important that we provide a quality healthcare experience for all of our communities.  We know we have the best staff in the world, proving that time and again during this pandemic.  Making sure we provide the infrastructure and equipment they need to best serve our communities is one of our top priorities. Keeping healthcare at home not only benefits the patient and the hospital, but also fuels the growth of our local economy.”

 

The first floor of the proposed project has been designed for the visiting specialty clinics and include a separate entrance, exam rooms and waiting space. Twenty additional exam rooms will be constructed which allows for greater efficiencies and space for continued specialty clinic growth and recruitment.

 

The second floor will be entirely dedicated to Floyd Valley Therapies.  Along with a complete remodel of current department, Speech Therapy will be relocated to the current therapy department space, allowing all of our therapy services to come together.  The second floor addition will allow for a multipurpose track, new exam rooms and additional space for therapy and exercise equipment.

 

The project will also include the demolition of the former Senior Center to provide additional parking to account for the loss of space with the new addition.

 

“This is a very exciting time for Floyd Valley Healthcare,” states Dustin Wright, Floyd Valley Healthcare CEO.  “Keeping care close to home has always been a top priority for our organization and specialty practices play a large role in that promise. We have several specialists providing care in our organization that are growing and we need more space to accommodate current and future growth. The additional twenty exam rooms will be a more efficient space for providers and more comfortable for our patients and families. The second floor will be entirely dedicated to Floyd Valley Therapies growth along with a complete remodel of the current department. Speech Therapy will move bringing all of our therapy services together in one space. In addition a new track, exam rooms and additional space for therapy and exercise equipment will compose the new second floor. We are excited to get this project started and invest in healthcare services for our communities.”

 

“The Floyd Valley Foundation is equally excited to be a part of funding this project.  An allocation of $1.4 million in estate gifts received over the past two years will be used to help fund this important expansion.   Major gifts allow the Foundation to be an essential part of the continued growth of patient services and overall healthcare offered in our communities. We are grateful for these gifts and the many donors who continue to recognize their importance,” adds Amy Harnack, Foundation Manager.

 

Daylight Savings Time

The dreaded time change. It happens twice a year whether we are ready or not. Most of us do not like the change, but can it be harmful for our health? The answer is, maybe. Both the time changes can disrupt sleep habits, creating a disconnect between your body’s circadian rhythm and the actual time. But the spring change tends to be more disruptive, especially for those that are not morning people to begin with.

 

  •  According to sleep education, here are some tips to adjust your internal clock.
  • Go to sleep 15 minutes earlier (spring) or later (fall) each night leading up to the time change.
  • Consider evening melatonin use.
  • Morning sunlight exposure or bright light therapy can increase alertness after time change.
  • Avoid alcohol before bedtime.
  • Stop drinking caffeine after the early afternoon.

 

If you struggle with sleep, it may be time to make an appointment with your healthcare provider.  There may be some small changes that can be made to provide a better night sleep.  If you need to have further testing, Floyd Valley Healthcare does conduct both onsite and home sleep studies.  This can help your healthcare team better understand what may be hindering your sleep and get you back to a restful night of sleep!

 

Get Your Rear in Gear

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Floyd Valley Healthcare urges you to get your rear in gear!  During the pandemic, many people have pushed aside their annual healthcare appointments.  If you are 50 (or earlier with family history), a colonoscopy shouldn’t be on the bottom of your list.

 

As with most cancers, finding colorectal cancer in its earliest stages can drastically improve your outcome.  Colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms right away and may spread before you exhibit signs, so your best defense is a screening colonoscopy.

 

Risk factors of colorectal cancer include:

  • A personal or family history of precancerous colon polyps or colon cancer
  • Reaching age 50 or older, or age 45 or older if African-American
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Ulcerative colitis, Crohn's colitis or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

 

Take the time to take care of yourself.  If you have not had an annual physical in the last year, schedule an appointment today and be sure to discuss your age-appropriate screenings with your healthcare provider.  Floyd Valley Clinics is ready to see you and our local general surgeons are available for those that need help with diagnostic screenings

 

Adams Announced as March Hot Shot

Kamden Adams, son of Martin and Jamee Adams has been named the March 28, 2020 Hot Shot. Kamden is 6 years old and has a very active imagination. He also likes to make friends and help those in need, including caring for his younger sister.

 

Kamden is a medically complex kiddo that has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety and insomnia.

 

ADHD and ASD are neurodevelopmental disorders that impact similar brain functions. They are distinct conditions but share some symptoms.  Children with ADHD or ASD often have attention problems and may feel lost or confused in normal social situations, such as school.  As their anxiety starts to rise in uncomfortable situations, they feel fear and panic and resort quickly to their fight, flight or freeze responses.  Many also suffer from chronic worrying.  The constant activity drive from ADHD, features such as repetitive behaviors with ASD in addition to chronic worrying can often lead to sleep issues, including insomnia.  In return, ADHD, ASD and anxiety behaviors are worse with sleep deprivation, making this a very hard situation for the patient and their loved ones to manage.

 

Kamden’s family no longer lives in the Le Mars area but have chosen to drive from Danbury to continue services at FVH. They enjoy the primary care and medication management with pediatrician Dr. Jolene Meis and speech therapy sessions with Jess Martinez as they work to help Kamden.

 

Please join us in celebrating Kamden, our March Hot Shot!

 

The Sioux City Musketeers, in partnership with Floyd Valley Healthcare (FVH) began the Hot Shots program in 2018. This program was created with the goal of honoring FVH pediatric patients who have chronic health issues. We are excited to give children an opportunity to have a fun time with their family, cheer on the team and just enjoy being a kid for a night.

 

Floyd Valley Auxiliary Sponsors

Healthcare Scholarships for Area Students

The Floyd Valley Auxiliary will be awarding two “tuition only” $1,000.00 scholarships to area students this spring. To be eligible, the applicant must be a resident of the Floyd Valley Healthcare service area, accepted at an accredited school and pursuing a health-related career (including pre-med, nursing, technologist, therapist and medical records professionals).

 

Interested students may obtain the necessary application form with complete qualifying information from their high school guidance counselor, pick up at gift shop, or print copy off a copy clicking HERE. Applications and support information must be returned to Diane Dreckman, by April 2, 2021; instructions are on the form.

 

"The Auxiliary Board has designated these two scholarships to be awarded to residents in the Floyd Valley Healthcare service area. Applicants may either be a high school graduate or an adult returning to school. We are excited to be able to provide these scholarships to students pursuing healthcare degrees.” stated  Auxiliary Scholarship Co-Chairs Diane Dreckman and Vicki Dixon .

 

Depression and Heart Disease

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and depression are interwoven, and a new study is helping unravel that connection by linking depression with poorer scores on seven important measures of heart health.

 

The research included more than 4,000 people taking part in a national survey who had been screened for depression using a basic questionnaire. Participants were evaluated for weight, smoking, diet, physical activity, blood sugar, cholesterol and high blood pressure – measures known as the American Heart Association's Life Simple 7.

 

It's a two-way street, studies suggest. People with depression are more likely to develop heart disease. And people with heart disease can experience depression. In fact, research suggests 15% to 30% of people with cardiovascular disease have depression – a rate two to three times higher than the general population.

That is why, at Floyd Valley Healthcare, Cardiac Rehab and Senior Life Solutions work together for our patients providing maximum benefit for their heart and mental health care. Learn more by calling 712.546.3700.

 

Konz Returns to Floyd Valley Therapies Staff

Floyd Valley Therapies announces the addition of Christin Konz, OTD, OTR/L.  She began her duties on last fall.  Her specialties include working with pediatric patients and with the LSVT Big Therapy program for Parkinson’s patients.

 

Christin brings excellent education and clinical experience to Floyd Valley Healthcare. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Christin has received clinical internship experience with Immanuel Rehabilitation Center in Omaha, Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO and Young Adult Transition Services Program also in Omaha. She returns to Floyd Valley Therapies after working at Orange City Area Health System.

 

Alison Vlieger, Occupational Therapy Manager states, “Floyd Valley Therapies is excited to announce that Christin has rejoined our team. Her interests in working with the pediatric patients is a great fit for our practice as we continue to see growth in this area. She is also trained in working with Parkinson’s patients, which will continue the expansion we have seen in that population as well.”

 

Christin and her family enjoy spending time at Lake Shetek.

 

Vincent Announced as February Hot Shot

Vincent, son of Jay and Heather, is the February 26th Hot Shot. Vincent is an adventurous, bright and charming 9 year old that attends school in Le Mars. By his 4th birthday, Vincent was diagnosed with ADHD and speech delays.  Vincent has been receiving speech therapy since 2015 at Floyd Valley Healthcare and his mother states, “Mrs. Connie Hanson has shown understanding, acceptance and is always willing to figure things out to help Vincent be as successful as he can be.” She adds, “His communication skills have progressed drastically.”

 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a medical condition in which a person’s brain development and activity are altered causing trouble focusing/concentrating, hyperactivity and/or impulsiveness.  Children diagnosed with ADHD are three times more likely to also have language problems.  They can struggle with receptive language (listening and understanding what is being said), expressive language (speaking and being understood) or both. Kids with ADHD can exhibit auditory processing difficulties such as short-term memory weakness, problems following directions, slow processing of written and spoken language and difficulties listening in distracting environments.  Children with ADHD are also at a higher risk for articulation disorders, which affect their ability to produce letter sounds appropriate for their age.  Early interventions with therapy greatly improve the outcome for these children.

 

The Sioux City Musketeers, in partnership with Floyd Valley Healthcare (FVH) began the Hot Shots program in 2018. This program was created with the goal of honoring FVH pediatric patients who have chronic health issues. We are excited to give children an opportunity to have a fun time with their family, cheer on the team and just enjoy being a kid for a night.

 

Keeping FVH Clean

Floyd Valley Healthcare recently purchased a double and a single Skytron Ultraviolet C (UVC) unit to help in sanitization for not only for COVID-19, but also other superbugs including MRSA and C. difficile.  These systems are used throughout the facility including inpatient rooms, the Emergency Department, Respiratory Care Clinic, Surgery Center, Floyd Valley Clinics and Specialty Clinics as well as other high-traffic public areas.  While FVH is known for its cleanliness and low infection rate, this adds another layer of safety for our patients and staff.

 

How does it work? The UVC alters the DNA of an organism and makes it so that, while the virus is still alive, it can’t replicate, so it dies. The light is dangerous to living organisms. Because of the dangers to living organisms, no human can be in the room while the UVC process is underway, and multiple safety precautions have been put in place.

 

A warning notice is posted. Next, a special and sensitive motion detector is hung on the door that shuts the machine down if the slightest motion occurs, like simply grabbing the doorknob. The UVC robots themselves have onboard infrared sensors that detect human body heat within the room and will not allow activation if heat is detected. Once the room is all clear, the system can be activated.

 

Sensors at the top of each robot send out a pulse to map the room and determine its dimensions. Once determined, the machine can calculate the time it will take to sanitize the area with UVC. Typical patient rooms at FVH can take anywhere from 8-15 minutes, while larger suites can take up to 40 minutes.

 

Healthy Sleep

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and arrival of the cold and flu season, a healthy immune system is more important than ever. Your body will need all the help it can get to stay healthy this winter, and one of the easiest and most effective ways to arm the body against illness is to achieve healthy sleep. Sleep plays an important role in boosting the immune system and helping it to run as efficiently as possible.

 

The immune system is your built-in defense against harmful germs that can make you sick. While sleeping, the immune system can combat foreign antigens like viruses, effectively directing the immune mediators – the cytokines – to counterattack. When you are well-rested, your immune system is able to fight off colds and flu much more effectively than if you are sleep deprived. Without enough sleep, your body has a hard time performing at its best to fight back against illnesses.

 

A number of recent studies have shown that people with existing sleep disorders, people who consistently get less than the recommended amount of nightly sleep, and people who experience fragmented sleep (poor or disrupted sleep quality) report higher rates of respiratory illnesses, head colds and seasonal illnesses. Studies have also shown that people who are sleep deprived are less protected from flu vaccines than those who are getting adequate sleep, further emphasizing sleep as an essential component of your health and well-being.

 

To help avoid illness this season by achieving better sleep, sleep experts from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) suggest the following healthy sleep tips:

 

Set a bedtime that allows enough sleep. Set a bedtime that allows you to get enough sleep to wake up feeling refreshed and alert. While individual sleep needs may vary, the AASM recommends adults sleep seven or more hours per night on a regular basis. Identify an appropriate bedtime for your schedule using the AASM bedtime calculator.

 

Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. It’s important to keep a consistent sleep schedule, even if your routine has changed due to the pandemic. If you tend to stay up later, make sure you still allow enough time in bed to get a full seven or more hours of sleep on a regular basis.

 

Avoid binging on entertainment activities before bed, especially those involving screens or electronics. Too much exposure to blue light at night can disrupt the timing of the sleep cycle. Additionally, prioritizing entertainment instead of sleep can cause feelings of guilt or frustration, which might make it harder to fall asleep.

 

Don’t consume caffeine after lunch and avoid alcohol near bedtime, as both can disrupt sleep and cause frequent nightly awakenings.

 

Practice nightly rituals that help you relax before bed, such as taking a warm bath, drinking tea, journaling or meditating.

 

Create a comfortable bedroom environment. Make your bedroom quiet, dark and a little bit cool — it should remind you of a cave. Use an eye mask or try a white noise machine to block noise or distractions if you have difficulty sleeping.

 

As we are in the midst of winter, the key to keep the common cold at bay might just be getting the recommended amount of nightly sleep. For more information on the importance of healthy sleep, talk to your healthcare provider or visit SleepEducation.org.

 

New COVID Testing Option in Le Mars

Beginning Wednesday, December 9th, Floyd Valley Healthcare will be offering the Binax Now COVID Antigen Testing for Plymouth County. Testing will occur weekdays from 1-1:30 p.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. at the North Entrance of Floyd Valley Healthcare. Appointments can be made by calling 712.546.3618 (no walk-ins will be permitted). Same-day results will be available.

 

This test is only available for those that are symptomatic and are:

 

  • preschool/K-12 students and staff (This test will not be used as an early release back to school)
  • children receiving care in and staff working in childcare homes and childcare centers with fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing) without alternative diagnosis
  • essential services personnel, first responder, or critical infrastructure worker with fever or respiratory illness (e.g. fire, EMS, law enforcement)
  • Plymouth County Correctional Facility Inmates

 

Plea for Cloth Masks

With COVID numbers continuing to rise in Plymouth County, Floyd Valley Healthcare is urgently accepting donations of cloth face masks, bouffants and shoe coverings. Patterns can be found below.

 

Bouffant Sew Easy Head Coverings

Face Mask

Easy to Sew Cloth Foot Coverings

 

Flack Appointed to Floyd Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees

Kelli Flack, MSN, BSN, was appointed to the Floyd Valley Board of Trustees on Tuesday, October 20, filling the vacancy left by the resignation announced by board member Bill Young earlier this fall. This appointment will begin January 1, 2021 for the remainder of Young’s term. This seat will be up for re-election in the fall of 2021.

 

Flack, a Remsen native and current Le Mars resident, brings a wealth of nursing education, leadership, and clinic knowledge to the Board. She is obtaining her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in Transformative Leadership. Flack has 20 years of teaching nursing experience.She is a professor and practicum coordinator in the nursing department at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA.

 

“On behalf of the FVH Board of Trustees and the entire team, we were thrilled to have Kelli join our organization,” stated Dustin Wright, CEO. “Kelli’s clinical background a great skill set to our already talented board. We look forward to Kelli’s input in the future.”

 

“I am honored to have been chosen by the Board. Clearly, Bill Young leaves large shoes to fill after his long service to FVH. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the FVH Board in the future,” adds Flack.

 

Influenza, COVID-19 or Allergies, what’s the Difference?

Influenza, COVID-19 and allergies all share some symptoms, which can make it difficult to know what’s causing discomfort. All three can present in the same ways, and while they share many similarities, they’re definitely not the same.

 

It’s helpful to know what symptoms Influenza, COVID-19 and allergies share, and what sets them apart.

 

Influenza, COVID-19 and allergies can all cause:

  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Headaches

 

Both influenza and COVID-19 can:

  • Cause fever or chills, cough, congestion or runny nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue, and sometimes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Be mild or severe, but rarely fatal
  • Result in pneumonia
  • Be spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing or talking, and both can be spread before symptoms appear.

 

The CDC also says that it’s possible to test positive for flu – as well as other respiratory infections – and COVID-19 at the same time.

 

Some additional symptoms of COVID-19 that you may not experience with influenza or allergies include:

  • Difficulty breathing – although allergies may cause shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Various types of skin rashes which are more likely to occur in children

 

Additionally, allergies can cause watery or itchy eyes and sneezing, symptoms that are not common to either influenza or COVID-19.While all three illnesses share some similar symptoms, the differences lie in the cause, transmission and treatments.

 

Cause

  • The flu can be caused by a number of different strains of influenza viruses.
  • COVID-19 is caused by one virus, the novel 2019 coronavirus.
  • Allergies occur when the body reacts to foreign substances – pollen, dust, mold, insect stings, and pet dander, among many other substances – that doesn’t cause a reaction in most people.

 

Transmission

  • The flu and COVID-19 can both be spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks
  • COVID-19 might also be spread through the air when tiny droplets hang in the air even after the infected person leaves the room.
  • Allergies can be genetic or something a person is born with. Adults usually don’t lose their allergies, but some children outgrow them. They cannot be passed from person to person like influenza or COVID-19.

 

Treatment

  • Antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu, can address some flu symptoms and possibly shorten its duration.
  • Research continues on effective treatments for COVID-19 to see if they can address the symptoms. Current treatments are reserved for hospitalized patients.
  • The simplest treatment for allergies is to avoid known allergens, but if that’s not possible, there are also medications that may help. See your doctor for more information.

 

Vaccine

  • A flu shot can prevent some of the more dangerous types of flu, or reduce the severity if it’s contracted.
  • Work continues on a COVID-19 vaccine – some of them in clinical trials – but there is none available at this time.
  • Allergy shots – also known as immunotherapy – can reduce allergy attacks, but there is no allergy vaccine.

 

Prevention

The flu and COVID-19 may be prevented by frequent, thorough hand washing, coughing into your elbow, staying home when sick and limiting contact with infected people. Allergies cannot be prevented, but avoiding allergens and taking medication as prescribed can help.

 

Bill Young, FVH Board of Trustee

Resigns as of December 31, 2020

At the September 8th Floyd Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees meeting, Dustin Wright, CEO, notified those in attendance that fellow Trustee, Bill Young, would be stepping down from his role on the Board effective December 31, 2020. Bill states, “It has been a cherished honor to have been on this Board for almost 13 years.”

 

Bill Young joined the FVH Board of Trustees in April of 2008, replacing Margie Moir. Since that time, Bill has held many roles including Treasurer, Vice Chairman and most recently Chairman from Jan 2016-Dec 2019. Bill, has seen many changes at Floyd Valley Healthcare including the North Addition Expansion Project,  In-patient Remodeling Project and the recent hiring of Dustin Wright as CEO, just to name a few.

 

Mr. Young’s official membership on the board expires December 31, 2021. Dustin states, “It has been a pleasure working with Bill. On behalf of everyone at Floyd Valley Healthcare, I would like to thank Bill for his leadership. He will be greatly missed and we look forward to staying in close contact.”

 

At today’s Le Mars City Council meeting, the Council chose to fill the vacancy by appointment until the next election (November 2021). Notification as to the appointment process will be made available to the public by the end of the week.

 

Destiny Miller, MD Joins Floyd Valley Healthcare Medical Staff

Dr. Destiny Miller joins the medical staff at Floyd Valley Clinics in September. As a family physician, she will provide all facets of family healthcare services from pre-conception to end of life services. She has special interest in obstetrics, preventative medicine, joint injections and dermatology procedures.

 

Dr. Miller brings a wealth of education and training experience with her. She earned her undergraduate at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. She worked as a CNA and nurse at Manning Regional Healthcare Center. Dr. Miller then attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine in Picard, Dominica. She is currently finishing her residency and will be spending time in May working at Floyd Valley Clinics.

 

Dr. Miller grew up in Vail, Iowa and attended Ar-We-Va High School.  She and her husband, Brandon, have two cats named Roo and Lincoln. She is an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan. She enjoys photography, gardening, fishing, target shooting and spending time with friends and family.

 

Wright states, “Dr. Miller grew up in rural Iowa and is passionate to serve a rural community. Her professional training along with her compassionate care and personality is going to be a great fit at Floyd Valley Healthcare. The entire team at Floyd Valley Healthcare is looking forward to her practice beginning this fall."

 

Floyd Valley Healthcare Receives Five Star Rating

Floyd Valley Healthcare was among the 13 Iowa hospitals to receive a five star rating from CMS for patient experience. The federal administrator of the nation's major healthcare programs assigned a patient experience star rating to 3,478 hospitals based on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores collected from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. Nationally, only 266 hospitals received a five star rating.

 

Ratings are derived from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, which is administered to a random sample of adult patients across all types of medical conditions between 48 hours and six weeks post-discharge. Categories used to calculate Patient Experience Star ratings include: communication with nurses, communication with doctors, responsiveness of staff and communication about medicines.

 

“We were extremely honored to be recognized at the top level by CMS for patient experience,” stated FVH CEO Dustin Wright. But I am not surprised because of the quality of dedicated employees we have at FVH. They routinely go above and beyond for our patients. Floyd Valley Healthcare also received a five star CMS rating for hospital quality earlier this year. These recognitions make me proud to be part of this great team.”

 

Nelson joins Floyd Valley Therapies Staff

Floyd Valley Healthcare announces the addition of Megan Nelson, PT, DPT to the Floyd Valley Therapies staff.

 

Megan received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Central College in Pella, IA. She went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Des Moines University. Megan brings with her 11 years of hospital experience with her including working in skilled care, long-term care centers, outpatient, aquatic therapy and home health. In addition, Megan also enjoys vestibular rehabilitation and women’s health.

 

In her free time, Megan enjoys camping and reading.  She and her husband, Rick, have 3 young children and are enjoying exploring northwest Iowa.

 

Troy Henrich, Floyd Valley Physical Therapy Manager, states, “We are excited to welcome Megan to our team.  The experience she brings with her in addition to the services she can provide our patients will be a great benefit to our patients and FVH. Please join me in welcoming the Nelson family to the area.”

 

Floyd Valley Community Health Recognized Among Top 5% Nationally

Floyd Valley Community Health (FVCH) was recently recognized as a 2019 Premier Performer by SHPBest.  This is the fourth consecutive year that FVCH has received this honor and was one of just four programs to receive recognition this year.

 

The annual SHPBest™ program was created to acknowledge home health agencies that consistently provide high quality service to their patients. With the largest Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS®) benchmark in the nation, SHP is in a unique position to identify and recognize organizations that have made patient satisfaction a priority and have been rewarded for their efforts with high marks on the HHCAHPS survey.

 

Floyd Valley Community Health FVCH is committed to making your home and community a healthier place to live. Clients can receive home health services such as nursing care and therapy in the convenience of their home. Homemaker services are also available to provide help with activities of daily living to allow clients to stay in their home independently and safely. More information can be found by calling (712) 546-3335.

 

Floyd Valley Healthcare Offers COVID-19 Serology Testing

Floyd Valley Healthcare is now offering COVID-19 serology (antibody) testing to the general public. Testing is by appointment only and can be made by calling (712) 546-3426.  There is an $80 fee due at the time of the lab draw. The COVID-19 serology (antibody) test will not be submitted to your insurance by Floyd Valley Healthcare, but this may be reimbursable under most FSA/HSA plans; call the number on the back of your insurance card to verify. Also, results will be sent to the patient and they are responsible for sharing with their provider if they choose.

 

If you’re exposed to COVID-19, your body may develop antibodies starting a week after infection. An antibody is a protein in your blood that your immune system uses to fight viruses and bacteria. Antibody tests – sometimes

 referred to as IgG, IgM, IgA, or serology tests – may be able to detect whether you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

 

Here are some things that are important to know about your antibody test:

  • Testing for these antibodies is new and the usefulness is still being evaluated.
  • We don’t yet know whether having antibodies means you’re immune to COVID-19
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these tests are most useful in watching the
  • spread of COVID-19, because they can show how many people in a given group or area might have
  • been infected.
  • The CDC does NOT recommend that antibody tests be used in making health care decisions.
  • Antibody tests cannot tell you whether you currently have COVID-19.

 

Le Mars Student Receives IHERF Scholarship

Stacey Petersen of Le Mars, an employee of Floyd Valley Healthcare who is pursuing an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) degree at Morningside College, has been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). She is among 62 outstanding students from all over Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program.

 

IHA established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the ongoing shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to establish or continue their careers with Iowa hospitals. The first scholarships were awarded in 2005 and now over 560 students have benefited from the program.

 

In exchange for that financial support, scholarship-receiving students agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive an award.  In this way, the scholarship program helps stabilize and enhance Iowa’s hospital workforce. Today, more than 327 scholarship recipients are working in Iowa hospitals.

 

Due to these unprecedented times with COVID-19 IHA staff, evaluated scholarship applications from 180 students, who were judged on grade-point average, a written personal statement, letters of reference and extracurricular, community and health care-related activities

 

“Because of the generosity of Iowa hospital leaders and other supporters of this program, we have presented more than $1.8 million in scholarships,” said IHA President and CEO Kirk Norris. “We are proud to help these high-achieving students fulfill their career goals at Iowa hospitals.”

 

Jacob Manley Receives

Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education Scholarship

Jacob Manley has been awarded the 2020 Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education Scholarship. The Musson family established the Steven H. Musson Emergency Services Education Endowment in 2003 to recognize and honor Steve for his passion for emergency care. This year, the committee was able to award a $600 scholarship.

 

Jacob is a certified EMT and is a member of the area Le Mars Ambulance Services. He is currently working shifts with Le Mars Ambulance and would like to further his career in EMS by attending the Sioux Falls School of EMS to become a paramedic. Jacob stated in his application, “I have found a great passion for helping people in my community through the ambulance services.  My personal goals in delivering emergency care are always to provide the absolute best care no matter the situation.”

 

The Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education Scholarship application outline is available annually through Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars, IA.  Scholarship funds may be used for either the fall or spring semester to cover direct expenses related to pursuing an education in emergency care including tuition, book, transportation costs, etc.  All applicants must reside in Plymouth County and actively engage in or pursue emergency care in Plymouth County.  This can include persons interested in paramedic, first responder, or emergency medical technician (EMT) training.

 

For more information about the Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education Scholarship or to make a tax-deductible donation to the Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Education Endowment, please contact Amy Harnack, Foundation Manager, Floyd Valley Healthcare at 712.546.3348.

 

Floyd Valley Healthcare Enhances Local Emergency Services

Floyd Valley Healthcare provides emergency services to thousands of patients in the community each year. Open 24/7, the ER is equipped to handle any patient that comes through the door. However, access to a second set of eyes and ears can be beneficial in critical cases.  Beginning at noon on April 22, the new eCARE Emergency service will provide that extra support to Floyd Valley Healthcare’s clinicians when needed.

 

At the push of a button, local physicians and emergency room staff have immediate, virtual access to a team of physicians and nurses who specialize in emergency medicine.

  • eCARE Emergency supports patient care in several ways:
  • Access to board-certified emergency physicians 24 hours a day
  • Connects rural communities to highly trained specialists
  • Activation of emergency transport teams as early as possible
  • Additional support during multiple emergencies
  • Fewer transfers so patients can stay close to home
  • Collaborative approach allows local caregivers to focus exclusively on patient care

 

“eCARE Emergency gives us the ability to extend and enhance the level of health care in our community,” said Dustin Wright, CEO. “It gives us access to the same type of specialists available in Sioux City or Sioux Falls, enabling us to deliver better care, right here in our community, and keep patients here whenever possible.”

 

Avera eCARE offers one of the largest telehealth networks in the United States, supporting more than 380 health centers, clinics, long-term care centers and correctional facilities within a fourteen -state region.

Please call 712.546.7871 to learn more about health care services at Le Mars. To learn more about Avera eCARE go to Avera eCare Here.

 

Floyd Valley Senior Life Solutions Begins Seeing Patients in Le Mars

Floyd Valley Healthcare is pleased to announce a partnership with Senior Life Solutions. Senior Life Solutions will be located in the lower level of Floyd Valley Healthcare. The program opened on April 24, 2020 and is serving seniors via telehealth. Once social distancing is lifted, the staff at Senior Life Solutions is excited to be offering services in person.

 

Senior Life Solutions is an intensive outpatient therapy program. Patients are typically seen in groups; however, they also provide individual and family therapy. Senior Life Solutions is designed to meet the unique needs of senior adults struggling with symptoms of depression and anxiety, stress from age-related health concerns, or difficult life transitions such as the loss of a loved one.  Individuals may benefit from the Senior Life Solutions program if they are experiencing any of the following common indicators or triggers of depression and anxiety:

  •  
  • Recently experienced a traumatic event
  • Lost a spouse or close family member
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Changes in appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of sadness or grief lasting more than two weeks
  • Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness

 

Following an individual assessment, patients meet up to three times per week in a supportive, encouraging group setting. The program staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed social workers, a registered nurse, and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the emotional well-being of the seniors in our community.

 

Lori Johnson, RN, Senior Life Solutions Program Director, said, “Senior Life Solutions is an exciting program to offer mental health services to the seniors in our community and surrounding areas. Mental health is important at all ages and stages of life.  We look forward to inviting the community to an open house once it is safe to do so.”

 

Referrals to the program can be made by anyone, including a patient’s physician, family member, the patient them self, or another healthcare professional.

 

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Senior Life Solutions has been helpful in providing valuable information in the communities it serves. Along with Floyd Valley Healthcare, they are encouraging people to engage in meaningful, productive activities to help boost mood and maintain their overall emotional health and well-being.

 

Johnson added, “It is important to find ways to connect and engage in activities to help mitigate symptoms of anxiety and depression during this time. We put together these quick tips to share with our communities and hope they will encourage self-care and support.”

 

Quick Tips for Older Adults Experiencing Social Isolation

  1. Find or keep a sense of purpose. Take up a hobby such as growing an herb garden, crossword puzzles, knitting, or other activities.
  2. Age-appropriate workouts can help you not only stay in physical shape but in mental shape as well.  Gentle exercises such as walking are suggested.  It is always recommended to consult a healthcare professional or primary care physician first.
  3. Manage medication. Do you have enough to last you for the next 30-60 days? If you need help managing medications, contact your doctor or a loved one who can help you.
  4. Keep a routine that includes consistent sleep/wake cycles. Incorporate talking to family or friends in that routine Whether it be writing them a letter or calling them on the phone.

 

Quick Tips for Families

  1. Stay active, and do it together!  Walk the family dog, take a bike ride, or a walk together.
  2. If your church has temporarily closed, check-in with them to see if they are offering virtual services that your family can attend together from home.
  3.  If you have kids home from school, make a video (on your smartphone!) and send it to a loved one who lives far away.  A fun interactive way to simply say, hello.

 

Quick Tips for Caregivers

  1. Take five to refuel.  Make a list of things that help you relax and take 2 to 3 breaks throughout the day.
  2. Call or write a friend who can lend a sympathetic ear, make you laugh, and remind you that you are not alone.
  3. Pursue other interests. Hobbies, sports, crafts, and other pursuits are not frivolous.  They help you clear your mind of worry – if only briefly.

 

How to Care for Yourself

  1. Nourish your body.  Ensure you are eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water.  If produce is hard to come by right now, check to see if local farmer’s markets are delivering.
  2. Take a break from the news.  Although it is important to stay updated, it is recommended to take at least a 15-minute break.

 

Johnson notes it is also important to stay connected to your loved ones or a mentor using your phone, or applications like Facetime or Skype to speak to them virtually.

 

For more information, call Floyd Valley Senior Life Solutions program at 712-546-3700.

 

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Virtual Clinic Visits

You now have the option to see your family medicine provider virtually. You will need a computer with a web camera and speakers .

 

  • Call your provider directly to schedule, or call 712.546.8111.
  • Let the PSC know you would like to schedule a Virtual Visit.
  • Your appointment link will be sent to your email. Fifteen minutes prior to your appointment time, please click on your visit link. There will be some questions you will need to answer prior to your appointment.
  • Once finished, you will be placed in the virtual waiting room and your provider will be alerted that you are waiting.
  • As soon as the provider can join you, they will open their session with you and your visit will begin.
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