Floyd Valley Healthcare News

Floyd Valley Healthcare Upgrades EMR October 1

September 15, 2021

(Le Mars, IA)  Beginning October 1, Floyd Valley Healthcare will be implementing a new version of our electronic medical record. This may cause a slight delay in getting patients registered into the new system, so we ask that patients arrive early and be sure to bring a driver’s license and insurance card(s) to their next appointment. Patients can also log into their patient portal and upload their documents, streamlining the check-in during their first visit with our new Electronic Medical Record (EMR). If difficulties arise in accessing AveraChart or pre-registering, please contact our AveraChart support team at 855-667-9704.


This EMR update will enhance patient safety and quality outcomes. This also advances continuity of care regardless of which Avera location the patient is being seen in. Patients will also benefit from:


  • Ease of Accessibility – Patients have access to their medical history on a desktop computer, phone or any mobile device.
  • Security – Avera Chart is password protected to offer a secure site for all your medical records.
  • Shared Access – Patients have the ability to share access with family or trusted advisors.
  • Messaging your provider – Patients have the ability to message the provider for ease of communication.
  • Managing Appointments – Patients can schedule and manage appointments. You can also pre-register to save time the day of your appointments.
  • Results – Patients can review their test results and reports.
  • Health Summary – Patients can review the health summary.
  • Medications – Patients can review and print a list of all current medications. You can also request a prescription refill.
  • Billing – Patients have access to review and pay bills.
  • Immunizations – Patients have access to their immunization history.
  • Wellness Care – Patients have the ability to manage their wellness care.
  • AveraNow – Patients have the ability to meet virtually with a provider through AveraNow.


“We look forward to the opportunities this upgrade will afford for our patients. We know that there will be a learning curve for our staff that may create wait times,” states Lorrie Mortensen, RN, MSN, MBA, Director of Patient Care. “We thank you in advance for your patience while we work to upgrade your medical records.”



Floyd Valley Announces New Orthopedic Surgeon Outreach

August 27, 2021

Floyd Valley Healthcare, in partnership with the Tri-State Specialists, announces Dr. Bill Samuelson will begin providing an Orthopedic and Spine Surgery Clinic at Floyd Valley Healthcare beginning on September 14. His clinic will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays every month. To make an appointment with Dr. Samuelson, please call 712-546-3332. Referrals are not necessary unless required by the individual’s insurance carrier.


Dr. Samuelson practices in orthopedics and spine surgery including treatment of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions. He has expertise in degenerative spine conditions, spinal deformities and cervical disc replacements while utilizing minimally invasive techniques.


Dr. Samuelson completed medical school at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and a spine surgery Fellowship at Twin Cities Spine Center.


Dr. Samuelson comments, “I am honored to partner with Floyd Valley Healthcare to provide spine and general orthopedic services to the community.”


Dustin Wright, Floyd Valley Healthcare’s CEO states, “We are excited that Dr. Samuelson will be providing orthopedic outreach at Floyd Valley Healthcare. Dr. Samuelson’s practice in partnership with our very talented therapy team will provide great local service to our patients.”



COVID 3rd Shot Versus Booster Updates

August 26, 2021

(Le Mars, IA) There has been a lot of information being released on COVID-19 regarding a 3rd dose and booster vaccinations. Floyd Valley Community Health would like to help clear up questions that you may have.


Currently, CDC is recommending moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive a 3rd dose in their COVID-19 vaccine series effective immediately. Appointments should be made with your primary healthcare provider and includes people who have:


  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies.
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy.
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy).
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.


For those that do not have one of the underlying medical conditions listed above and have completed either a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination series, boosters of the same vaccine will be available beginning September 20. There are no plans for mass clinics at this time, please contact your healthcare provider directly or other local resource such as a pharmacy, place of employment, etc. that is authorized to provide COVID vaccines. Booster vaccines should be given at least 8 months from your 2nd vaccine, please bring your vaccination card to your appointment. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine booster is currently waiting for FDA approval, but we anticipate that guidance soon.



“Welcome to Medicare” Seminar Offered in Le Mars

 August 13, 2021

Are you going to be eligible for Medicare in the near future? Have you been on Medicare for a while and want to better understand what it offers? Do you have a family member you help with Medicare issues?


 “Welcome to Medicare” is for you! This two-hour seminar offered by the Floyd Valley Healthcare SHIIP counselor and will be held Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. The seminar will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the fellowship hall on the lower level (elevator is available). To register for this program please call 712-546-3385 or 1-800-642-6074 ext. 3385 by August 27th, 2021.


 “We’re pleased to be able to continue to offer this free seminar to the community,” says Michelle Ten Napel Floyd Valley Healthcare Activities Coordinator. “Medicare is such an important program and understanding what it offers helps assure that anyone eligible gets the health benefits they deserve,” she adds.


 “Welcome to Medicare” will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance. For more information or questions about SHIIP call 712-546-3385.


SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, is a service of the State of Iowa. SHIIP counselors are trained by the state and do not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies or agents. Floyd Valley Healthcare is a local sponsor for SHIIP in Plymouth County.



Floyd Valley Clinics to Begin Offering Hormone Replacement Therapy

August 11, 2021

Dr. Paul Parmelee was recently certified as a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT) Provider. He will be offering BHRT (Pellet Therapy) beginning on August 18th in the Le Mars location of Floyd Valley Clinics. BHRT is a personalized and natural approach to hormone replacement. Appointments can be made by calling 712.546.3670.


Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. Because of their importance, even the smallest hormonal imbalance can cause side effects throughout the body. This can cause a variety of symptoms including:


Signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women include:

  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes or flushes
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Anxiousness
  • Mood swings
  • Low mood
  • Discomfort during intercourse


Signs and symptoms of low testosterone and hormonal imbalance in men include:

  • Low sex drive
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Increased body fat (especially in the waist area)
  • Decreased bone mass
  • Mood changes
  • Low mood
  • Irritability
  • Brain fog
  • Elevated blood sugar
  • Stress
  • Anxiousness
  • High cholesterol


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and would like to learn more, your first step is to make an appointment with Dr. Parmelee. A patient’s hormone replacement eligibility will be determined during an office visit after conducting an extensive lab analysis.


If hormone replacement therapy would benefit the patient, the pellet will be inserted during an in-office visit. Once in the procedure room, an insertion site, usually somewhere around the upper buttocks, is numbed and a small incision is made. The hormone pellet is then inserted. When completed, the site is covered with a small bandage. The pellet dissolves, and the body absorbs the contents over several months, leaving nothing behind to remove. After pellet insertion, you may continue most of your normal daily activities almost immediately.


Every patient’s symptoms are unique, so each journey is customized to fit those needs. Some patients report seeing improvement in as little as four weeks, but full optimization can take up to six months. Everyone deserves to feel better no matter their age. If you are tired of dealing with the symptoms of hormone imbalance and want to take action, please call us today! Referrals are not necessary, but please check with your insurance company to see if this service is covered. You may proceed at your own cost if you wish to receive treatment.



Rohrs joins Floyd Valley Therapies Staff

July 29, 2021

Floyd Valley Therapies announces the addition of Dana Rohrs, PT, DPT. She began her duties this summer. Her specialties include working with student athletes and balance/dizziness issues. Dana plans to get her formal training in pelvic health physical therapy in the future as she enjoyed her clinical rotation in this specialty.


Dana brings excellent education and clinical experience to Floyd Valley Healthcare. She completed her undergraduate studies in Exercise Science at Northwestern College in Orange City. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. Dana spent clinical time in many of the area hospitals during her program, including Floyd Valley Healthcare.


Troy Henrich, Physical Therapy Manager, states, “Floyd Valley Therapies is excited to have Dana back in Le Mars. She spent 12 clinical weeks with Floyd Valley Therapies last summer and our patients really enjoyed her. She brings with her some new treatment areas to help our patients that are experiencing dizziness and pelvic floor issues.”


Dana enjoys being outdoors with her family and friends including playing with her 9-month-old son, gardening, walking their dog and helping her husband with livestock. The couple raises show goats. She also enjoys cooking, baking, reading and participating in and watching sports.



Beware of Summer Heat Threats

July 30, 2021

All winter long, we look forward to summer – and enjoy spending time outdoors. But the heat this year seems almost too much. Remember that heat can affect your health and lead to a number of conditions, some of which are emergencies.


If you face any of the heat illnesses below, remember that Floyd Valley Healthcare can help you. Safety has to be priority, all year long and no matter the temperature.

Here’s a look at some heat-related conditions.


Heat Cramps

Heat cramps often involve major muscle groups, especially the leg muscles, and tend to follow long periods of activity in the heat. They are thought to be secondary to sweat loss and electrolyte imbalance. Heat cramps can be treated with gentle massage, stretching and rehydration in a cool area. Prevent them from happening in the first place by staying hydrated, eating regularly and taking an occasional break to stretch and recover.


Heat Rash

Heat rash is caused by tight clothing or areas of skin that rub together and obstruct the pores in the skin that produce sweat. The sweat then leaks into the surrounding tissue causing the characteristic itchy red bumps. By wearing loose, breathable fabrics, this condition can be avoided. Try using a cool, damp cloth to affected areas for symptomatic relief.



Dehydration can occur after prolonged exposure to a hot setting, especially when doing vigorous exercise or activity. We need water to live, remember, so when we’re losing more fluids than we’re taking in, it can happen. Symptoms include headache, fever, confusion, nausea and vomiting, exhaustion and dizziness. Infants, children, the elderly and people who work outside are especially vulnerable. Getting out of the hot environment, cool liquids, something to eat, and rest is usually all that is needed. If the symptoms don’t clear up, it’s recommended you see a health care provider.


Heat Stroke

Classic heat stroke occurs when the body becomes completely overwhelmed by the hot environment. The victim of heat stroke will have a fever, will not be sweating (usually, but not always), and will have alterations of his/her mental status including passing out completely. It’s commonly seen in the very young, the very old and in debilitated patients, due to their relative difficulty in regulating body temperature. A form called “exertional heat stroke” tends to affect athletes. If heat stroke is suspected, call 911 or bring that person to the hospital immediately.


Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

  • The best way to deal with heat-related problems is to be proactive in prevention.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing to help block the sun and keep the body cool.
  • Take breaks to cool off, rest and rehydrate.
  • When it’s very hot (like when there is a heat advisory in effect), take breaks more frequently than usual or avoid being outdoors altogether.
  • When it comes to drinking water, though, be careful not to overdo it — it’s possible to drink too much water, which leads to a different set of problems.


Medical help at Floyd Valley Healthcare is available if you experience a heat-related illness. For mild cases, call Floyd Valley Clinics. In severe cases, please go directly to the emergency department.



COVID Vaccinations for Kids?

July 30, 2021

As kids look to head back to classes soon, Floyd Valley Healthcare strongly encourages the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12 years and older. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. And it’s our best opportunity to end this pandemic.


The vaccine is available to all recipients at no out-of-pocket cost to you. The vaccine will be covered at 100% by all health insurance providers and Medicare. If you do not have health insurance, the vaccine will be covered at 100% by the federal government.


Here are some additional frequently asked questions in regards to vaccinating children:


I’ve heard that the COVID vaccine can cause heart problems. Should I be worried?

  • There have been a very small number of cases of inflammation of the heart (myocarditis/pericarditis) after vaccination – about 1,200 cases in 300 million vaccine recipients.
  • The cases have mostly in male adolescents and young adults age 16 and older, showing up as chest pain within the first several days after vaccination, and typically resolves with no long-term effects.
  • Due to the very small risk of this condition, especially when weighed against the very serious risk of COVID and serious COVID complications, the CDC continues to strongly recommend COVID vacation for everyone ages 12 and older.


If children aren’t at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID, why should I vaccinate my child?

Children who have been vaccinated are less likely to:

  • Pass COVID along to more high-risk people,
  • Miss school due to COVID,
  • Be pulled from sports and other activities due to COVID,
  • Miss days at their after-school job and other obligations due to COVID.


According to the CDC, while children are less likely to develop severe illness from COVID-19, they are still at risk of complications like respiratory failure, heart inflammation, shock, kidney failure, and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (or MIS-C).



Floyd Valley Community Health Offers Pfizer Vaccine at Plymouth County Fair

July 26, 2021

Floyd Valley Community Health will be offering Pfizer vaccines at the 2021 Plymouth County Fair from July 28th – August 1st at the First Aid Station. The hours for the clinics will be Wednesday – Saturday from 3 – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. No appointments are necessary and the vaccinations are offered free of charge. Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone 12 years of age and older.


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 other vaccines, oral medications, foods, bees, etc.


Appointments for follow-up will be made for 21 days after the initial vaccination. Individuals that have received both shots of a two-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna, or a single injection of Johnson & Johnson are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the final vaccination.


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

  • Individuals under 12
  • Individuals with a known history of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine (see Full EUA Prescribing Information at https://www.fda.gov ).
  • 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.



EMS Scholarships To First Time Remsen and Merrill Crew Members

July 22, 2021

Members of Merrill and Remsen Ambulance Services have been awarded the 2021 Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education Scholarships. 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. Each service member received a $600 scholarship. This is the first application and award from this scholarship program provided to both the Merrill and Remsen Ambulance Services.


Logan Held, EMT with Merrill Ambulance Services, applied on behalf of the ambulance service. Held has been an EMT since spring of 2017. He is currently studying to obtain his Advanced EMT License and is working with a number of volunteers to re- build Merrill Ambulance Services. He stated, “My goal for Merrill Ambulance Services is to help as many people as possible. If we are able to answer all of the requests we receive and do everything in our training instilled in us to aid the individual in need, we have completed a job well done.”


The second scholarship was awarded to Molly Roder. Molly is a certified NREMT with Remsen Ambulance Services. She began her service with Remsen Ambulance in February of 2020 after attending the Western Iowa Tech Community College Program. She graduated from Gehlen Catholic this past May and will be pursuing an RN degree. Molly stated in her application, “My interest in emergency care has been rooted since my days on our acreage caring for injured bunnies and baby birds that had fallen out their nests. I have overwhelming compassion and empathy for the injured or the sick.”


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, books, 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.



Nominations Open for the 2021/2022 Hot Shots

July 1, 2021

The Sioux City Musketeers, in partnership with Floyd Valley Healthcare (FVH), announce that nominations for the 2021/2022 Hot Shots are now open. Parents or guardians may nominate their child if they currently are or have received care at FVH. Nominees must be between the ages of 6 – 17 years old.  The application can be found here and must be submitted by September 3, 2021.


Throughout the season, there will be six Hot Shots selected. The Hots Shots will travel in a limo to their honor game as special guests of the Musketeers and will receive game tickets, a commemorative Musketeer jersey, Musketeer memorabilia, an opportunity to meet the team and coaches, be a part of the ceremonial puck drop as well as a special mentions at their game.


This program was created with the goal of honoring FVH pediatric patients with 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 again for a night.


“We are happy to have Floyd Valley Healthcare sponsor the Hot Shot program for the last three years and are looking forward to the upcoming season,” states Rich Zaber, Musketeer President. “It is such a delight to meet these kids. I can see the gleam of happiness on their face when you meet them as they sit on the bench and when they go to the back and meet the coaches and the team in the locker room.  It's very rewarding as the night goes on to see them come out of their shells and develop a special bond with the players on a very memorable night.”


“Now entering our fourth year of offering this great program, I am proud of the impact it has had on our young patients and their families.  I have seen first-hand the thrill in the eyes of our Hot Shots as they travel in the limo, meet the team and cheer on the Musketeers during the game. I have also received numerous positive comments from our families, many of which speak very highly of the hospitality from the Musketeers and their staff,” states Dustin Wright, FVH CEO.  “I am proud to open the nominations for our Hot Shots program knowing that the recipients will be treated to a memorable night.”


The Musketeers and FVH are excited to be able to give children a chance to have a fun time with their family, cheer on the team and enjoy just being a kid for a night again. For more information, you can contact the Sioux City Musketeers at (712) 252-2116 or Ann Cole-Nelson, Floyd Valley Marketing and Communications Manager at (712)546-3495.



Calling All Photographers

June 11, 2021

(Le Mars, IA)  Floyd Valley Healthcare has decided it again would like to feature local photographers in our 2022 calendar.  We would like to see submissions from all of our communities, so be sure to snap pictures of local landmarks, nature scenes or anything you find eye catching.  It can also be something you have in your archives!


Pictures need to be:

  • high resolution, 300 dpi, 8.5 x11"
  • jpg format
  • If you are taking photo on a phone, the original, unaltered photo is acceptable.  Please DO NOT resize image
  • A landscape orientation would work best for the calendar


Please email submissions, along with the name of the photographer and a little bit about the shot, to ann.cole-nelson@floydvalley.org by August 20, 2021.


“In 2021, we were looking for a way to provide something uplifting to the communities we serve during the pandemic and using our calendar to showcase our local talent seemed like a great way to do that,” states Dustin Wright, Floyd Valley Healthcare CEO.  “We truly have some great photographers in our area and we received so many compliments on our calendar that we have decided to showcase that talent again.  Every month has such a great picture and story to enjoy, it just proves we live in a beautiful area.  Hopefully that makes everyone smile!”






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