Floyd Valley Healthcare News

Influenza Vaccine Clinics

Floyd Valley Clinics will be providing flu vaccinations in our service area. The dates, times, and locations are listed below. This year's vaccines cover four strains of influenza (quadrivalent):

 

  • Standard vaccine is available for ages 6 months and older.
  • High-dose influenza vaccine is available for ages 65 and older.
  • Flublok influenza vaccine is available for ages 18 and older who are immunocompromised and high risk individuals.

 

All people 6 months of age and older should get flu vaccine. Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of severe influenza and their close contacts, including healthcare personnel and close contacts of children younger than 6 months. People who should not be vaccinated include:

 

  • People who have had a life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past.
  • People who have ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.
  • Influenza vaccine is not approved for use in children less than 6 months of age
  • People who are moderately or severely ill should wait until they recover before getting immunized.

 

Immunization clinics:

  • Thursday, October 22: 5-7: p.m. Le Mars Clinic (West Entrance) – Community Education Room
  • Tuesday, October 27: 5-7 p.m. Le Mars Clinic (West Entrance) – Community Education Room

 

There will be no Floyd Valley Community Health Clinics in 2020. The above clinic times do not require an appointment. You may request a vaccination at any regularly scheduled appointment with your provider.

 

Cost for the influenza vaccine is $25.00 for the standard vaccine or $58 for the high dose vaccine (age 65+). If you are eligible for Medicare, please bring your Medicare card (Part B) or Medicare Advantage card with you. If you are covered by insurance, please bring that card with you. Floyd Valley Healthcare participates in the VFC program (Vaccines for Children) which is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children 18 years and younger who are enrolled in Medicaid, Uninsured, American Indian/Alaskan Native or underinsured. Please print and fill out the Influenza Consent Form below and bring it with you.

 

Influenza Vaccine Consent Form, English

Influenza Vaccine Consent Form, Spanish

 

Floyd Valley Foundation Chosen Recipients From Bomgaars Ladies Night Event

 It’s once again time to start planning Bomgaars Ladies Night for the Le Mars Bomgaars Store! A night of Festive Fun & Fall Shopping!

 

For the past four years, Bomgaars has held a Ladies Night in the Fall / Winter. During this one evening, 5% of the total sales has been donated to cancer centers and/or hospitals in the communities we serve. Last year, we were able to donate just over $40,015 to 88 locations!  The Bomgaars Ladies Night is set for, October 25th, 2020, 5 PM – 8 PM.

 

After investigating and going thru lists of possible organizations, we chose, The Floyd Valley Foundation to be a recipient in your community.  The Floyd Valley Foundation will be receiving a donation check from Bomgaars in December 2020! The donation is based on the total sales of Ladies Night in the local Bomgaars Store.

 

“ We are grateful to once again be the recipients of a percentage of the proceeds and partnering with Le Mars Bomgaars again for this wonderful shopping event for ladies only,”  stated Amy Harnack, Foundation Manager.

 

Bomgaars endeavors to make this event special for the ladies with a discount and giveaways. Make plans to attend this special event. Le Mars Bomgaars Store – Sunday, October 25th, 2020 from 5 PM – 8 PM.

 

Nominations Open for the 2020/2021 Hot Shots

The Sioux City Musketeers, in partnership with Floyd Valley Healthcare, announce that nominations for the 2020/2021 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. Deadline for the application is October 23, 2020 and can be found here.

 

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 five 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 last year and 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 third 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, contact the Sioux City Musketeers at 712.252.2116 or Ann Cole-Nelson, Floyd Valley Community Relations Manager at 712.546.3495.

 

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."

 

Stay Ahead of This Year’s Flu Season – Get Your Shot

When we face a big job as a family, community or business, we all know the best way to do it well is to get in front of it, break it down into manageable pieces and work until we’re finished. This fall, we’ll all face a big job: staying healthy in the face of not just the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but also annual threats like the flu. The best time is to act now.

 

Some health officials fear we might face a “twindemic” this autumn, with two respiratory viruses in our communities, schools and shops. While we do not have a schedule on a COVID-19 vaccine, we do know millions of doses of the flu vaccine will be in providers’ offices this fall.

 

Floyd Valley Healthcare is still working towards what this process will look like locally, but rest assured we are keeping your safety as our top priority.  These details will be released soon. What we do know is that when all get the shot, we reduce the likelihood of the flu getting into our towns and cities. Here at FVH we need your help, too. The more people who get the flu shot and avoid getting the flu, the less impact there will be on hospitals and clinics and the professionals who provide care.

We know there are a number of questions and concerns out there. When you have appointments with your healthcare provider, it’s best to have a candid conversation. That conversation might cover other topics on staying healthy – so ask your questions and get those answers. We all should continue doing the basics:  wearing masks in public, socially distancing (6 foot), and washing our hands regularly and thoroughly. But each one of us may have a few things our providers can recommend to help maximize our health. It might be lifestyle changes, suggestions for our habits, diet or activity level or something else.

 

When we get in front of a challenge and put time and energy toward a solution, as individuals and as groups, large and small, we gain confidence by taking action, and we’ll get peace of mind knowing we’re addressing something on the horizon.

 

So now’s the time to head off this coming season of colds and flu. Get the shot, encourage others to do the same and keep a focus on how you and your family can be your healthiest. We’re no strangers to big jobs – and this one may be among the biggest and most important we’ll face.

 

Assisted Living Week

A week long celebration kicks off Sunday, September 13 and Park Place Estates Assisted Living is honoring this year’s National Assisted Living Week theme “Caring is Essential.” This year, COVID has been an enormous, unforeseen challenge that has resulted in every person working in long term care to step up and go above and beyond expectations.  National Assisted Living Week highlights the incredible care provided by essential caregivers in assisted living communities. It is a way to celebrate the dedication of staff, the individuality of residents, and the deep connections formed in these settings.

 

While adhering to safety requirements and precautions in place for COVID, activities offered this week will revolve around our residents. But we do encourage members of the community to keep in touch and “visit” our residents, whether through a car parade, writing letters, or window visits. These touch points can be a rewarding experience and makes a tremendous difference in the residents’ lives, especially during this time.

 

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.”

 

5 Tips to Prepare Kids for Back to School During the Pandemic

Even though we’re deep in summer mode, now is the time to start preparing our children for a back-to-school routine, especially since that routine may look different than it has in years past.

 

Here are five tips to help make the transition back to school a smooth one:

 

  • Make sure children are going to bed early enough and have a morning routine.
  • Start preparing children for the idea that school may look a little different this year (including the possibility of closing again) and that these changes are to keep everyone safe and healthy.
  • Be honest and open. Even if you haven’t discussed the pandemic a lot, your children may have overheard things and may not have accurate information. It is okay to tell them that you don’t know or that you wonder the same thing.
  • Use these conversations as an opportunity to check in with your children about any fear and anxiety they may be experiencing. Ask them what they are looking forward to about going back to school – or what makes them nervous. Be prepared for them to have some strong feelings about the return to school – and help normalize them.

Not sure where to start? Avera has education on how to talk with children about COVID-19.

 

  • Model good habits for your children, including good hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home if you don’t feel well and wearing face masks in public.

 

For younger children, Bates offers several ideas for hands-on learning to supplement modeling good habits:

 

  • Put flour on your child’s hands and show them how it settles into the cracks and creases of our hands; explain this is what germs do, also, and why it is important to scrub carefully for 20 seconds when washing hands.
  • Put glitter on your child’s hands and have them wash with just water to show them how much glitter stays on their hands. Then have them wash again with soap and show them how this gets the glitter off our hands. Explain this how germs work, too, which is why we always should wash with soap and water.
  • Teach children a song to sing while washing hands. The PBS Kids website has some great resources, and there’s a handwashing song with Elmo called the “Washy Wash Song” that might be a good place to start.
  • Get a water spray bottle and show children how far germs can spread if we don’t cover our sneezes. Pretend to sneeze and spray the water to show them have far the droplets can travel.
  • While there are still certainly unknowns about what the school year will hold, it’s important to be positive. Kids are smart. They know when parents are stressed and worried, but if we do our best to present information in a positive manner, kids will be fine with it.

 

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.

 

Test Iowa Clinic Opens at Floyd Valley Healthcare

Beginning Monday, July 20, Floyd Valley Healthcare will be hosting a free Test Iowa Clinic site.  Any Iowan can be tested for COVID-19 through Test Iowa. The FVH site will be located in the north parking area and is open Monday - Friday from 1-5 p.m. by appointment only.

 

To receive an appointment, an assessment needs to be completed at TestIowa.com. Once on the site, click “START NOW,” complete the assessment and choose Plymouth County under Test Iowa Clinics. The QR Code generated from this assessment will be necessary to be screened. Please park in the spaces reserved for Test Iowa screening designated by the Test Iowa signage.

 

If you have additional questions, you may go to TestIowa.com/faq.

 

Floyd Valley Foundation’s Benefit Golf Tournament

Due to the corona virus pandemic, The 23nd Annual Helping Children Benefit Golf Tournament was rescheduled from June 16th to July 14th, 2020 at Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars, IA.  The event was once again sponsored by the Floyd Valley Foundation and chaired by Shane and Peggy Sitzmann of Le Mars.

 

First Place Winners of the 18-hole championship flight were Team Schultz with a score of 58. Team members were, Brian Schultz, Shauna Schultz, Jason Meins, and Bill Mathers.

 

With business cash or in kind sponsorships and team contributions, the golf benefit grossed nearly $26,000.00  The net proceeds will be used towards the assistance of the purchase of a wireless fetal heart monitor for the obstetrics’ department.

 

Hole and door prizes were once again generously donated by area businesses. Light breakfast and lunch for the golfers was provided by The Floyd Valley Cafe, Bellisimo and Wells’ Enterprises.

 

“On behalf of everyone at Floyd Valley Healthcare I would like to thank our co-chairs Shane and Peggy Sitzmann and the golf tourney committee, for their continued support of Floyd Valley. Even in this unprecedented time, “The Helping Children” Benefit Golf Tournament continues to exceed our expectations because of the generous support of our entire community. The dollars will be utilized to enhance our services and support our mission of keeping healthcare local.” Dustin Wright CEO.

 

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 Begins Allowing Limited Visitors

Beginning June 1, Floyd Valley Healthcare will be allowing limited visitors in the hospital, surgery center, emergency department and outpatients clinics during regular visitor hours. Visitor restrictions are still in place for patients diagnosed with COVID-19. There will continue to be no visitors at Park Place Estates Assisted Living to protect this very vulnerable population.

 

Adequate supply of protective equipment, including masks, is now available so that Floyd Valley Healthcare can begin allowing more visitors. One visitor will be allowed with a clinic or outpatient appointment.  One visitor per patient per day will be allowed for the inpatient floor, with the visitor in OB being a birthing partner. In end-of-life care, the spouse and/or children will be allowed to visit.

 

Patients and visitors must wear masks within a Floyd Valley Healthcare facility, and will be screened for temperature and symptoms of COVID-19 before entering the building. For those wishing to visit an inpatient, you will need to enter the facility via the East Entrance.  Patients and visitors are urged to wear a cloth face mask when arriving to Floyd Valley Healthcare. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.

 

Patients and visitors alike are still asked to observe social distancing of at least 6 feet between people whenever possible, for example, at registration areas and in waiting rooms. It may be necessary for care providers to be closer than 6 feet in order to conduct examinations.

 

“We thank our patients and their families for their cooperation and patience during the time when we needed to restrict all visitors. We know this was difficult for everyone, but it was necessary in order to protect patients and staff while preserving valuable protective equipment,” said Dustin Wright, CEO.

 

“The health and safety of our patients and our employees continues to be our highest priority. We know visitation is very important in the healing and recovery process. Because COVID-19 is still present in our population, we are taking additional measures toward ensuring the safety of our facilities,” Wright added.

 

Customers, patients and visitors will see these extra measures of safety:

 

  • Industrial-grade cleaning practices in all Floyd Valley Healthcare facilities.
  • Spacing barriers at registration areas.
  • Distance between waiting room chairs.
  • Streamlined processes at registration to result in shorter visits to a facility.
  • Face masks worn by staff and other protective equipment as needed.
  • Hand sanitizer available in waiting rooms.

 

For the latest information on testing for COVID-19, please click HERE. General information about Floyd Valley Healthcare services is available by clicking HERE.

 

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:

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  • 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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County Public Health Raises Awareness of Alcohol Abuse amid COVID-19 Stress

In light of the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19, Plymouth County Public Health encourages residents to be aware of drinking in excess to alleviate stress or to cope with isolation. In addition, excessive use of alcohol can compromise a person’s immune system and possibly put them at greater risk for COVID-19.

 

“Alcohol is the most frequently used substance in Iowa. Alcohol use in the past 30 days is higher for Iowans compared to the national rate,” said Plymouth County Public Health Director. “It’s important to be aware of how much alcohol you are consuming, because not all drinks are equal.” Keep these tips in mind for alcohol awareness:

  • Know what a standard “drink” is: 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol content); 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol content); 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits or liquor (40% alcohol content).
  • Know the alcohol consumption guidelines for healthy adults: one drink a day for women of all ages and up to two drinks a day for men under age 65.
  • Don’t binge drink. Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women, and five or more drinks for men during a single occasion.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance use, visit YourLifeIowa.org for free and confidential phone, chat and text services, as well as links to treatment providers. Many providers are offering tele-services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In addition, for up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health and follow the department on Facebook and on Twitter.

 

Plymouth County Gives Tips to Deal with COVID-19 Anxiety

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the changes in daily life it has caused can be stressful. Fear and anxiety about the virus can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Plymouth County Public Health reminds residents coping with stress with make you, the people you care about, and our community stronger.

 

“Stress reactions can include changes in sleep or eating patterns, difficulty concentrating, worsening of chronic health problems and worsening of mental health conditions,” said Plymouth County Public Health Director. “This can sometimes lead to increased use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.”

 

It’s important to take care of yourself and your family. Here are some tips for coping with stress:

  • Stay calm: recognize when other people’s emotions are influencing your own.
  • Unplug: information, real or fake, is a constant in today’s society. It’s important to have facts and stay up-to-date, but it’s also important to take breaks and unplug from the information stream.
  • Make good sleep, exercise and healthy eating your priorities: take time to prepare healthy food, be active and get 8 hours of sleep.
  • Be educated: one way to address anxiety is to focus on what you can control, like washing your hands and practicing social distancing. Being in control of your own behavior helps lessen the stress caused by fear of the unknown.

 

When symptoms associated with your anxiety affect your ability to function in some part of your life, it’s time to reach out to people you trust to talk about your feelings. You can also find free, confidential help 24/7 online at YourLifeIowa.org with live chat, text at 855.895.8398 or phone at 855.581.8111.

 

For more information about COVID-19, visit Iowa Department of Public Health. The Plymouth County Health Department continues to work closely with IDPH, and other state and local partners to respond to this ongoing pandemic.

 

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How to Isolate at Home with Coronavirus Symptoms.

 

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.

 

Floyd Valley Healthcare Recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health as a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

 

Floyd Valley Healthcare today announced it has been named a 2020 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This annual award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020.

 

”Our entire healthcare team is committed to making sure every patient is taken care of with not only the highest standard of care but also with compassion for them and their entire family,” states Dustin Wright, CEO.  He continues, “Nationally there are 1,350 Critical Access Hospitals, with 82 in the state of Iowa.  We are proud to be listed among the 14 hospitals recognized from Iowa.  Every year we strive to be the trusted healthcare partner for our communities and this distinction ensures we are not only among the best in our service market but nationally. I could not be more proud of entire team for their tireless dedication.”

 

Based entirely on publicly available data, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Utilizing 50 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market-, value- and finance-based categories. Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all Rural & Community Hospitals nationally.

 

FVH Receives 5 Star Rating

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has named Floyd Valley Healthcare a Five Star facility.  CMS assigns ratings to hospitals nationwide based on seven quality areas including mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical images.

 

There are more than 4500 hospitals nationwide that are ranked in a 1 to 5 star rating system. Floyd Valley Healthcare is one of 407 hospitals nationwide and the only area hospital to receive a 5 Star Rating. "At Floyd Valley Healthcare, it shows quality care is our top priority and confirms that we have risen to the level of among the best in the nation," said Dustin Wright, Floyd Valley Healthcare CEO. "Dedicated providers and staff, advanced medical equipment, and compassionate care combine to serve our communities with proven service excellence."

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