Floyd Valley Healthcare News

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.

 

Beitelspacher Announced as January Hot Shot

Carter, son of Troy and Amanda, has been named the January 29th, 2020 Hot Shot.

 

Carter was diagnosed with ADHD in 2nd grade. Since then, they have worked closely with pediatrician Dr. Jolene Meis. With her guidance, Carter has attended behavioral therapy and is doing well. The family has been appreciative of Dr. Jolene’s patience and availability to listen to any concerns and celebrate the victories.

 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a medical condition in which a person’s brain development and activity is altered causing trouble focusing/concentrating, hyperactivity and/or impulsiveness.  While all kids may struggle paying attention, listening, following directions, sitting still or waiting their turn, kids with ADHD experience even less self-control leading to these issues being harder and happening more frequently.

Please join us in celebrating Carter, our January 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.

 

Gengler Announced as December Hot Shot

Bracyn Gengler, son of Jeff and Stephanie Gengler, has been named the December 31, 2020 Hot Shot. Bracyn is an active 7 year old that attends the 2nd grade at Gehlen Catholic School. He has had medical issues since birth, including physical therapy torticollis and a shaping helmet. At the age of 4 he was diagnosed with asthma and at 3, he was diagnosed with Duane’s syndrome. Through all these challenges, Bracyn’s mom said that Floyd Valley has been amazing! Duane’s Syndrome is a congenital and non-progressive type of eye issue that is characterized by difficulty in rotating one or both eyes outward or inward. Since Duane’s Syndrome is most often caused by the miswiring of nerves, surgery cannot restore the normal eye movement but help in eye position by moving the eye muscles. It is has been estimated that Duane’s Syndrome affects 1-1,000 to 1 in 10,000 people worldwide. Please join us in celebrating Bracyn, our December 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 Sets Clinics for First Priority Group

Floyd Valley Healthcare expects to receive the planned allotment on Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.  As directed by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), we anticipate moving from Tier 1A Frontline Healthcare workers caring for COVID patients to Tier 1A Frontline Workers in Other Healthcare Settings in early January.  Appointments are required and can be made by calling 712.546.3646 after December 27. Phones will answered Monday: Fridays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Identification from an employer, such as a name badge or letter from the employer, will be required to assure those seeking a vaccination are in the current priority group.

 

As set forth by IDPH, Tier 1A Frontline Workers in Other Healthcare Settings:

  • Healthcare providers (HCP) with direct patient contact and thus who are unable to telework, including those who work in inpatient, outpatient, or community settings, who provide services to patients or patient's family members, or who handle infectious materials including: CNAs/LPNs/RNs, Chiropractors, Dental Workers, Dieticians, EMS, Massage Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Physicians, Podiatrists, Psychologists, Radiological Techs, Respiratory Care Practitioners and Social Workers
  • HCP working in residential care or long‐term care facilities
  • Skilled nursing facility residents

 

1A Community Group clinic dates are:

  • January 6th from 3 – 7 p.m.
  • January 7th from 3 – 7 p.m.
  • January 8th from 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Those vaccinated will be required to remain for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine for an observation period, 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 location to receive the vaccine at once, but spreading vaccinations for your staff through the various clinic times.

 

While we try to provide some flexibility with our communities, we will not be able to offer that with this vaccination.  Due to storage and handling of this sensitive vaccine, there will be no off-site clinics or drop-ins to planned clinics allowed.  While we understand the desire for many to receive this vaccine, we ask that you are patient as we work through this process.

 

As we receive the priority group guidelines from IDPH, we will keep the community informed of the ever evolving plan.  We anticipate that the next priority group will be announced in late January with clinics held after that update. Due to the volume of people to be vaccinated and stringent guidelines, Floyd Valley Healthcare will not be vaccinating any group early nor keeping a waiting list for those wishing to be vaccinated.  All vaccinations will be given in a vaccination clinic setting and not on an individual basis.  Please continue to monitor media sources for future updates.

 

More Vaccination Recommendations

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released more recommendations December 12, recommending two doses of the vaccine 28 days apart (+/- 2 days) for most individuals, including several specific populations:

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women after having informed discussion with patient as risk of COVID infection is higher than risk to fetus/infant.
  • Immunocompromised individuals, such as transplant and cancer patients. May be less effective but still recommended.
  • Individuals with underlying health issues, such as COPD, asthma, diabetes, etc.
  • Individuals over 65.
  • Those who have completed isolation after COVID-19 infection.
  • Those who have received other vaccines at least 14 days ago and those who plan to have vaccines in 14 days.
  • Those who have completed quarantine after COVID-19 exposure. This is not a safety-based recommendation; rather, it protects vaccine staff. The exceptions are long term care and congregate settings, in which vaccination is recommended for quarantining individuals using adequate PPE.
  • If I already had COVID-19, there is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. The CDC cannot comment on whether people who had COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 vaccine at this time.   A previous infection with COVID-19 infection, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, is not considered a contraindication to vaccination and serologic testing for SARS-CoV-1 antibodies is not recommended prior to vaccination.

 

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 https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua/ ).
  • 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.

 

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

 

Hayden Announced as December Hot Shot

Hayden, 7 year old daughter of Craig and Colette, has been named the December 19, 2020 Hot Shot. Hayden has received extensive physical, occupational and speech therapy after tragic car accident.

 

In July of 2018, Hayden along with her older sister and little brother were on their way into town when their car was hit entering a county road. Hayden’s 16 year old sister lost her life as a result of her injuries in the accident, her brother was thrown from the care and suffered a concussion while Hayden suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). She spent a little over a month in a Sioux Falls hospital, 2 and ½ months at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln and continues her therapy today at Floyd Valley Healthcare.

 

A TBI is sudden damage to the brain caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Injuries can range from a concussion to severe permanent brain damage.  Hayden had to relearn many activities of daily living including to talk, walk and eat again. Colette states, “The therapists at Floyd Valley Healthcare are amazing and they could not have asked for better care for Hayden. Jess Martinez is Hayden’s speech therapist and she adores Jess and so do we! PT and OT are absolutely amazing too!”

 

Please join us in celebrating Hayden, our December Hot Shot (formerly March 2020)!

 

Bracyn Announced as December Hot Shot

Bracyn son of Jeff and Stephanie, has been named the December 31, 2020 Hot Shot. Bracyn is an active 7 year old that attends the 2nd grade at Gehlen Catholic School. He has had medical issues since birth, including physical therapy torticollis and a shaping helmet. At the age of 4 he was diagnosed with asthma and at 3, he was diagnosed with Duane’s syndrome. Through all these challenges, Bracyn’s mom said that Floyd Valley has been amazing!

 

Duane’s Syndrome is a congenital and non-progressive type of eye issue that is characterized by difficulty in rotating one or both eyes outward or inward.  Since Duane’s Syndrome is most often caused by the miswiring of nerves, surgery cannot restore the normal eye movement but help in eye position by moving the eye muscles. It is has been estimated that Duane’s Syndrome affects 1-1,000 to 1 in 10,000 people worldwide.

 

Please join us in celebrating Bracyn, our December Hot Shot!

 

Feeling Anxious & Depressed Approaching the Holidays? You are Not Alone.

 The winter season is upon us and the colder weather may bring individuals further into isolation. Many Americans have been hunkering down amid the COVID-19 pandemic since early March and this prolonged isolation may take its toll on individuals, especially the elderly population. According to the American Psychological Association, more than 12 million Americans over age 65 live alone. Beyond the feelings of stress and anxiety that may accompany wintertime and the upcoming holidays, families are facing the death of loved ones, grave illnesses, prolonged isolation, and loss of income due to the pandemic. These stressors can make the holidays blues feel even bluer this year, and Floyd Valley Senior Life Solutions program is here to help older adults in the community.

 

Lori Johnson, RN and Program Director for Senior Life Solutions said, “This time of year can be a reminder of lost loved ones, lack of access to family traditions, or other changes that may bring about stress and anxiety.  These feelings may be exacerbated by the stressors of the pandemic. Many seniors in our community who are practicing social distancing due to COVID-19 may not see their family during the holidays this year. As a community, we must step up and identify individuals in need of support.”

 

Senior Life Solutions is an intensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of older adults typically ages 65 and older struggling with depression and anxiety often related to aging.  They focus on helping seniors in the community navigate difficult life transitions and regain their quality of life not just during the holiday season, but year-round.

 

For many, the holiday blues will bring temporary feelings of depression or anxiety during the holiday season; however, for some those feelings will linger.  Individuals who are already struggling with their emotional health should take steps of extra self-care during this time.

 

Below is a list of suggestions that may help counteract the holiday blues:

  • Get enough sleep or rest
  • Spend time speaking with supportive people on the phone
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you are feeling down
  • Take walks
  • Stay within budget
  • Set reasonable expectations
  • Do something you enjoy whether it be walking the dog, or sewing a new scarf
  • Enjoy all the wonderful food but don’t binge
  • Find a local organization who is organizing a phone bank to call seniors who are isolated by COVID-19
  • Celebrate a loved one’s life by sharing positive memories
  • Forgive yourself, we all make mistakes

 

For some, the holidays can bring on temporary depression, and for others, it may be chronic. If you or someone you know is struggling with symptoms of the winter blues or a difficult life transition, contact Floyd Valley Senior Life Solutions at 546.3700.

 

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

 

Sarah Will Serve as the November Hot Shot

Sarah, 13 year old daughter of Ed and Tina, was originally named as the April, 2020 Hot Shot. We are excited to announce that she will finally be honored on November 7, 2020. Sarah has a rare genetic condition called Glucose Transporter Deficiency Syndrome Type 1 (GLUT1). Sarah enjoys working with her Floyd Valley occupational therapist for large and fine motor skill development.

 

Sarah is in the 7th grade at Le Mars Community. She enjoys spending time with her family, including playing with her little sisters when not doing homework (she loves school). Sarah enjoys cooking and helps her mom with making meals and snacks for herself and others. She knows she is not alone with her disorder, so Sarah and her family hope that providing some education on GLUT1 may help another child.

 

GLUT1 impairs the transportation of glucose to the brain, leaving it starved for the metabolic fuel it needs to grow, develop and function the way it should. Common symptoms may include seizures, movement disorders, speech and language disorders and developmental delays. There are currently a few hundred patients diagnosed worldwide, though there may be thousands that have not been diagnosed. The ketogenic diet is the standard therapy for helping people with GLUT1 as no cure has yet been found.

 

Please join us in celebrating Sarah, our November Hot Shot!

 

Wine & Craft Beer Tasting-Virtual Event  is a Success!

Nearly 100 people were logged on to virtually attend the 5th Annual Floyd Valley Foundation Wine and Craft Beer tasting event held Saturday, November 14. In addition to those participating in the bidding and program viewing, over 40 tasting-to-go orders went out for participants to enjoy prior to the live streaming event.

 

This year’s 1st ever virtual event is projected to net over $43,935. The proceeds will be placed in the Greatest Needs Fund for a future medical equipment purchase or project.

 

The tasting-to-go packages were comprised of select wine and craft beer, various selections of barbecue and smoked salmon.  The live streaming event had a virtual auction with a variety of items to bid on, several special guest videos, and a virtual treasure hunt!   Attendees not only helped raise funds, they also enjoyed a fun evening with friends and family from the comfort of their home!

 

The Floyd Valley Foundation would like to thank the planning committee, the sponsors, auction donors and the participants.

 

“The goal of the planning committee was to find something for the community to enjoy safely and continue to try to raise funds for patient care, and I believe we accomplished that.” stated Amy Harnack, Foundation Manager.  “We are extremely grateful for the support from the community and businesses who contributed in helping to hold this event again this year.”

 

For more information about The Foundation or how you can still make a contribution, please contact Amy, Foundation Manager, at 712.546.3348 or amy.harnack@floydvalley.org.

 

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.

 

Detect it. Treat it. Beat it.

If you are, or know any women 40 years or older, now is the time to get a mammogram. Why? In the U.S., one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, but if detected early, it is very treatable.

 

Floyd Valley Healthcare offers 3D mammography, which allows radiologists to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. This is especially valuable for patients with dense breasts, who may be at greater risk of developing breast cancer.

 

Screening saves lives. You owe to yourself, your family and your friends! Schedule your mammogram at Floyd Valley Healthcare today.

 

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.”

 

Breastfeeding Support

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  There are many benefits of breastfeeding for both the child and the mother.  When you choose to breastfeed, your baby will be healthier, you will bond with your baby, you will give your baby the very best nutrition and you’ll even save money.

 

Breastfeeding may not always be easy, but you can count on the support you’ll receive at Floyd Valley Healthcare during and after your hospital stay and for as long as you breastfeed.

 

Breastfeeding Tips:

  • Breastfeed as soon as you can after your baby is born.
  • Breastfeed when your baby is hungry, usually eight to 12 times every 24 hours, and as long as baby wishes.
  • Watch for hunger cues: opening and closing eyes, licking or smacking lips, turning head to the side, opening mouth, making fists. Remember, crying is a late sign of hunger.
  • Hold your baby skin-to-skin as much as possible.
  • Choose a position that is comfortable to you. Try the football hold and cross-cradle hold.
  • Make sure your baby has an effective latch, or mouth position. Does your baby open his or her mouth wide? Can you hear your baby swallow?

 

To learn more about breastfeeding, please contact one of our Certified Lactation Counselors (CLC):

 

 

A CLC appointment as well as a follow up will be offered to you as part of your prenatal education. Please talk to your provider for more information.

 

Properly Disposing of Medicine

Have you organized your medicine cabinet lately?  Did you find expired medicine, over-the-counter medications or supplements? Some medication can become toxic the longer that they are overdue. And it is not safe to give prescription medicines to others. Floyd Valley Healthcare encourages you to dispose of unwanted or expired medicine at their new MedSafe collection point located in the entry vestibule inside the West Entrance.

 

This drop-off can dispose of

  • Prescription medicines
  • OTC medicines
  • Dietary supplements
  • Inhalers

 

To properly dispose of medications and supplements:

  1. Identify expired medications. Put them aside and out-of-reach of children
  2. Follow label instructions for proper disposable as some medicines may have special instructions.  DO NOT flush any medicine down the toilet or pour into a sink or drain.
  3. Take the unwanted medication drop-off, such as the one at FVH.
  4. Medications do not need to be in their original container to dispose of them.  If you do bring in their container, please remove all personal details, such as name and address label, from the medication before dropping it off.  If you cannot remove, black out this information.
  5.  This is NOT a drop off for sharp containers.

 

It is essential to dispose of any unwanted medication safely to protect other people and animals from taking them by mistake. Disposing of medications properly protects others AND the environment by:

  • Preventing drug abuse and health risks
  • Protecting the environment by keeping contaminants out of lakes, rivers, streams and other natural resources
  • Ensuring that wildlife will not have accident ingestion if they rummage through your garbage.

 

“In the wake of the opioid epidemic, it is more important than ever to dispose of medications properly,” states Dr. David Wolff, Addiction Medicine Physician with Floyd Valley Clinics. “Without a doctor’s supervision,

pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs. Unused medications that are thrown away can find their way into the wrong hands and may lead to abuse or overdose. Disposing of medications improperly could also place children or pets at risk for accidental poisoning.”

 

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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Guidelines for Families of Patients in Home Isolation due to Coronavirus Symptoms.

 

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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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