Floyd Valley Healthcare News

Ortmann Announced as November Hot Shot

Landon Ortmann, nephew of Kyle and Stacey Petersen, has been named the November 17, 2019 Hot Shot.  Landon is an outgoing kid that recently celebrated his 12th birthday. He has had some life experiences that have made him mature quickly, but he has taken on that challenge and he continues to be a great role model for his little brother.  “Landon has cystic fibrosis which keeps him from activities enjoyed by other kids because of the strict treatment regimen,” states Stacey. “Dr. Sheila Holcomb and her staff provide him with top-notch care in a local clinic. They help Landon be independent and feel included in decisions regarding his care.”


Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a chronic lung condition that presents with a variety of respiratory issues along with unexplained poor growth. CF limits the ability to breathe because of mucus build-up in the lungs and often causes persistent lung infections. In addition to the lungs, mucus buildup can also affect the pancreas and liver. In Landon’s case, he has to have two CF treatments a day for about 30 minutes each. He wears a vest that uses air to gently shake and rattle the mucus in his lungs so he is able to cough it up. At the same time, he also has breathing treatments to help with the process. There are more than 30,000 people living with CF in the US.


Please join us in celebrating Landon, our November 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.


FVC Offers Clinical Pharmacist

Floyd Valley Clinics providers now have a new service to offer their patients. Clinical pharmacist Trent Powell, PharmD will work with referred patients in the area of medication management and reconciliation.  Clinical pharmacists routinely provide medication therapy evaluations and recommendations to patients and other health care professionals that focus on preparing prescriptions for patients, optimizing medication therapy, promoting health and disease prevention. Clinical pharmacists are experts in the therapeutic use of medications and can:


  • Assess the status of the patient’s health problems and determine whether the prescribed medications are optimally meeting the patient’s needs and goals of care.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of the patient’s medications.
  • Recognize untreated health problems that could be improved or resolved with appropriate medication therapy.
  • Follow the patient’s progress to determine the effects of the patient’s medications on his or her health.
  • Consult with the patient’s physicians and other health care providers in selecting the medication therapy that best meets the patient’s needs and contributes effectively to the overall therapy goals.
  • Advise the patient on how to best take his or her medications.


While this service can help with a number of medication management issues, it has been proven especially beneficial for patients with chronic health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes.


November is Diabetes Awareness Month

  • Have diabetes?
  • Blood sugar out of control?
  • A1C above 6.5?
  • Feeling frustrated?


You are not alone!

There are 30.3 million Americans living with diabetes and another 1.5 million new cases diagnosed each year.


It is time you take control!

Most people do not realize that diabetes affects nearly every organ in your body in some way!


Knowledge is one of the best tools in fighting diabetes.  Our diabetes education classes help with a variety of topics and self-management approaches for:


  • Type I Diabetes (10 % of population that require daily injections)
  • Type 2 Diabetes (90% of the population that treat with diet, exercise and/or medication)
  • Gestational Diabetes (occurs during pregnancy)


The Floyd Valley Diabetes Education Department can help you with a self-management program that makes a positive impact on your diabetes and overall health.


To learn more, call 712.546.3443 or ask your healthcare provider for a referral.


Seeing Pink

 Most people have been touched by breast cancer, whether a family member, a friend or even themselves.  Unfortunately, there is not a magic answer on how to prevent breast cancer, but there are a couple of lifestyle changes that could help lower your risk:

  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight
  • Be physically active
  • Limit or avoid alcohol
  • Limit use of oral contraceptives and/or hormone therapy treatments


Another part of your prevention plan should include an annual mammogram.  This should begin after the age of 40 (earlier if you have a family history).  Choose a time that you can remember, such as October, your birthday, your anniversary or another significant date and be diligent in getting your screenings completed. One thing we do know for sure, early detection saves lives!


National Physical Therapy Month – Choose more movement. Choose better health. Choose physical therapy.


Movement is crucial to a person’s health, quality of life and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. A physical therapist (PT) can help people move better and safely manage their pain.


Who are physical therapists?

PTs are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care and patient education. PTs treat people of all ages and abilities and empower them to actively take part in their own care.


Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work with patients under the direction of a PT and teach and demonstrate exercises that help improve mobility, strength and coordination.


To ensure the best possible care, PTs often work with other members of a patient’s health care team. After performing an evaluation, PTs create personalized plans of care that can help you:

  • Improve mobility and function
  • Manage pain and chronic conditions
  • Avoid surgery
  • Reduce the use of opioids and other prescription drugs
  • Recover from injury
  • Prevent future injury and chronic disease


Tips for decreasing pain

  • Work with your physical therapist to understand your pain.
  • Keep moving.
  •  If you experience an injury or develop the onset of pain, seeing a PT early on can help address and manage your symptoms.


Floyd Valley Therapies is equipped to deal with a wide array of pain issues. Please call 712.546.3377 today or ask your healthcare provider for a referral. We specialize in getting you back to you!


Avera Quality Congress Recognition

Congratulations to Doris Kunkel, Resident Companion at Park Place Estates Assisted Living for receiving the Avera Spirit of Hospitality Award on August 21st.  In her nomination, she is recognized for her care of residents and their families, going above and beyond in her job and treating the residents and her coworkers as family.  In addition to care, she enjoys seasonal decorating the facility with the help of the residents.

Please join Park Place Estates Assisted Living in celebrating National Assisted Living Week on Wednesday, September 11th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. for their Chamber Coffee. Take time to celebrate National Assisted Living Week and congratulate Doris on her recognition.


Orthopedic Services Expanding

Floyd Valley Healthcare is excited to welcome Dr. Ruslan Safarov to our medical team. Dr. Safarov is a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon specializing in the care of athletes and disorders of the shoulder, elbow and knee. Dr. Safarov is the head team physician for the Sioux City Bandits and the Sioux City Musketeers.

Fellow Tri-State Specialist physicians Drs. Althaus and Doarn will continue to serve the orthopedic needs of our patients.  Dr. Althaus will see patients twice a week while Drs. Doarn and Safarov will see patients every other week at FVH.  Their practices will continue to provide total knee, hip and shoulder replacements, arthroscopic surgeries and other orthopedic procedures. For an appointment, please call 712-224.8677.  Their clinics are hosted in the East Entrance clinic space at FVH.


Give it a Shot

As the cost of health care continues to rise, preventive care is more important than ever. Something as simple as a vaccine can give you the power to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. As an added bonus, preventative immunizations are covered at 100% under most health plans.


Vaccines work by preparing the body to fight illness. They contain either a dead or a weakened germ that causes a particular disease.  Regardless of what you may have heard, the CDC and FDA take many steps to make sure vaccines are very safe. Vaccines have low risk of adverse outcomes and the benefits greatly outweigh the risks.


Avera has made it easy for you and your family keep track of their immunization schedule. If you are unsure of your immunization status, please check with your healthcare provider.


Immunization schedules based on CDC recommendations


Measles Vaccine Recommendations


Programs to be Offered by Floyd Valley Healthcare

The following programs are being offered by Floyd Valley Healthcare. Pre-register for all programs by calling 712-546-3401 or 800-642-6074, ext. 3401.


Emergency Communication

Citizens of Plymouth County are invited and encouraged to register for a free, local emergency notification system. PlymouthAlert allows citizens to sign up for various types of alerts such as:


Emergency alerts from Public Safety Agencies in Plymouth County (included automatically when you register)


Optional Alerts

  • Community alerts from all cities in Plymouth County
  • Special needs information
  • Weather alerts (Watches & Warnings)


Messages can be issued via landline or cell phone, text messaging and/or e-mail and may contain photo, video and audio attachments to help subscribers better understand the situation at hand, or where to find additional information. For more information on Plymouth Alert, please visit co.plymouth.ia.us/departments/ema/alert


Floyd Valley Community Health Recognized Among Top 5% Nationally

Floyd Valley Community Health (FVCH) was recently recognized as a 2018 Premier Performer by SHPBest.  This is the third 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.


SHPBest award recipients are determined by ranking the overall score for all SHP HHCAHPS clients. The providers that rank in the top 5% receive the Premier Performer award.  In addition, all award recipients must have scored better than or equal to the SHP national average for the period for each of the 5 publicly reported domains.


Tara Geddes, Community Health Manager adds, “This recognition is a direct reflection of the care and compassion that Floyd Valley Home Health staff demonstrate to our patients each and every day.  Our staff is committed to ensuring our patients meet their individual goals while in the comfort of their own home.  We are very proud to have received the Premier Performer award for patient experience for the third consecutive year and are grateful to have the privilege to provide high quality home health services to our community.”


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 at FloydValley.org or by calling 712.546.3335.


About Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP)

Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) is a leader in data analytics and benchmarking that drive daily clinical and operational decisions. Their solutions bring real-time data to post-acute providers, hospitals and ACOs to better coordinate quality care and improve patient outcomes. Since 1996, SHP has helped more than 6,500 organizations nationwide raise the bar for healthcare performance. For more information, visit SHPdata.com and follow SHP on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter at @SHPdata.


Are Your Kids Ready to Stay Home Alone?

With summer in full swing, kids may be spending more time at home without supervision. Parents often wonder if there is a “magic age” for this to start. The legal answer is “no” because kids differ in their maturity, self-awareness and common sense.


One way to gauge if kids can safely spend time alone at home is to consider past experiences.


  •  Are they good at following through and completing chores or homework?


  • Do they know what to do in case of fire, bad weather or strangers in the neighborhood? Rehearse for bad weather or other disasters. Practice makes perfect. You should include whom to call if there are less-than-emergency situations, too.


  • Do they know how to contact you? Keep a list of important phone numbers in a certain place – do not assume all the numbers they need are on their smart phones.


What else can you do to assist in readiness? Try small increments of time as an experiment and see how things go. You can also sign the child up for a Home Alone class offered through Floyd Valley Education. The class covers rules, safety information, first aid tips, getting ready for school and preparing snacks.


Time for a Visit

When visiting with parents and grandparents, sometimes we hear the old adage “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”  While this approach may work in some areas of life, this should NOT be used for healthcare. After all, you most likely have routine maintenance done on your car so it runs better for longer, right? Going to the doctor only when there is something wrong creates a situation that may cause patients to miss key information, screenings or education that could help them live a longer, healthier life.


For those that qualify, Medicare covers the Annual Wellness Visit at 100% of the Medicare-approved amount when you receive the service from a participating provider. This means the patient pays no deductible or coinsurance.  Medicare Advantage Plans are required to cover Annual Wellness Visits without applying deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance when you see an in-network provider and meet Medicare’s eligibility requirements for the service. To take advantage of this benefit, schedule your Annual Wellness Visit today and be proactive on your health journey.


Babies Need Tummy Time

Tummy time is any supervised activity that positions your baby on their tummy instead of their back. Because it is recommended that babies sleep on their back, babies need enough supervised tummy time during awake hours to strengthen neck, shoulder, and back muscles. This strength is needed for rolling over, crawling, reaching and playing. These activities will be delayed if baby does not practice tummy time.


What exactly is tummy time? Tummy time is:

  • Any activity that puts baby on their tummy on a flat surface.
  • Any time you carry, position, or play with your baby while they are on their belly.
  • Always supervised - never leave your baby alone on their tummy.


If you feel your baby is not reaching their age-related development goals or you have questions or concerns, please talk to your provider to see if Floyd Valley Therapies could help. They can evaluate your baby, give appropriate treatment if necessary and give you tips to assist your baby in meeting their milestones.


Well Child Exam vs Athletic Physical

Tracking your child’s health is an important process as they age. Most parents think that an athletic physical replaces an annual health exam, but the sport’s physical is a limited check focused on sport’s readiness.  A well child exam, covered by most insurances, is a more comprehensive look at not only your child’s physical exam, but also developmental, emotional and social aspects of your child’s health.  Regular healthcare visits create strong, trustworthy communication between you and your provider, creating a better healthcare experience.


Think Vaping is Better than Smoking? Think again!

Vaping (also commonly known as juuling) is generally thought of as “safer” alternative to smoking, but it is actually as harmful and addictive as smoking. E-cigarette smokers can be addicted just as easily to vaping as tobacco cigarettes and it can be as bad as smoking an entire pack of cigarettes. It can raise your heart rate and blood pressure, cause lung disease and subject you to chronic bronchitis.


Floyd Valley Healthcare Recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health as a 2019 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Floyd Valley Healthcare announced it has been named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the annual Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) award is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® from iVantage Health Analytics.


Top 100 Critical Access Hospital Resources:

The list of this year’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, as well as the 2019 INDEX methodology, can be found at www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals.


To learn more about The Chartis Center for Rural Health or to speak with someone regarding the INDEX and the 2019 Top 100, please email Billy Balfour at wbalfour@ivantagehealth.com.


Blood Flow Restricted (BFR) Rehabilitation Therapy for improving strength at Floyd Valley Healthcare


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