Two $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded to area students by the Floyd Valley Auxiliary. The 2020 Auxiliary scholarship winners are Gretchin Ruba of rural Granville and Amanda Schwarz of Le Mars.
Gretchin is a senior at MMCRU & the daughter of Jim and Lori Ruba. She will be attending Northwest Missouri State University in the fall and pursing a degree as a registered dietician. Amanda, daughter of Mark and Susan Schwartz, will be graduating from University of South Dakota and then is planning on attending University of Kansas Medical Center in the fall and pursing a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.
A formal presentation to Gretchin and Amanda will be made at a later date yet to be determined.
The Auxiliary will also contribute $1,000 to the Floyd Valley Education Department to be used for staff and community training, including basic and advanced cardiac life support, neonatal resuscitation and trauma nursing courses.
Each Spring Floyd Valley Auxiliary awards scholarships each year to students in the Floyd Valley Healthcare service area who are pursuing a health related career. For more information on the scholarship, click HERE.
The Floyd Valley Foundation, along with the Musson family, have announced that they will once again be accepting applications for the Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Scholarship until May 31, 2020 with awards to be given in June. To be eligible, the applicant(s) must reside and actively engage in emergency care in Plymouth County. This can include: paramedic, first responder, emergency care technician (EMT),WITCC College Now students enrolled in the EMT course or a squad.
This year, the scholarship program will be awarding two, $600 scholarships. This funding must be used for direct expenses related to pursuing any emergency care training including books, tuition, classes, transportation, and squad trainings.
John MacGregor was most recently awarded the 2019 Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Education Scholarship. John is with the Le Mars Ambulance Service.
The Steven H. Musson Emergency Services Endowment was established in 2003 by the Musson family to recognize and honor Steve for his passion for emergency care. Floyd Valley Healthcare recognizes and appreciates the 27 years of steadfast duty, organization, and care he gave. Steve helped start the Le Mars Ambulance service in 1975 and served as co-director until his death in 2002. He also served on the Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees and was instrumental in the decision to expand the Outpatient and Emergency Departments, a vision that was completed in the fall of 2004.
Floyd Valley Healthcare CEO Dustin Wright announced that Dr. Destiny Miller will be joining the medical staff at Floyd Valley Clinics in September. As a family physician, she will provide all facets of family healthcare services from pre-conception to end of life services. She has special interest in obstetrics, preventative medicine, joint injections and dermatology procedures.
Dr. Miller brings a wealth of education and training experience with her. She earned her undergraduate at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. She worked as a CNA and nurse at Manning Regional Healthcare Center. Dr. Miller then attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine in Picard, Dominica. She is currently finishing her residency and will be spending time in May working at Floyd Valley Clinics.
Dr. Miller grew up in Vail, Iowa and attended Ar-We-Va High School. She and her husband, Brandon, have two cats named Roo and Lincoln. She is an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan. She enjoys photography, gardening, fishing, target shooting and spending time with friends and family.
Wright states, “Dr. Miller grew up in rural Iowa and is passionate to serve a rural community. Her professional training along with her compassionate care and personality is going to be a great fit at Floyd Valley Healthcare. The entire team at Floyd Valley Healthcare is looking forward to her practice beginning this fall."
Floyd Valley Healthcare 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 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.
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:
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
Quick Tips for Families
Quick Tips for Caregivers
How to Care for Yourself
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
Plymouth County Public Health thanks all residents that are following social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s important to remember to follow these guidelines even when outside.
“We encourage residents to spend time outdoors when possible because it’s beneficial to mental health and physical activity is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Plymouth County Public Health Director. “Everyone needs to continue following social distancing guidelines when outdoors because close contact, even outside, can spread the virus that causes COVID-19.”
When spending time outdoors, all people should:
In addition, everyone should follow these recommendations:
A fifth case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Plymouth County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is in self-isolation in their home. This individual is a female in the age range of 61-80.
As of April 14, there have been 1,899 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. In total, health officials have tested 19,366 people in Iowa. There have been 790 Iowans that have recovered. There have been 49 deaths related to COVID-19.
This will be the final case reported to the media from Floyd Valley Community Health. For future up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the COVID webpage, or the IDPH website follow the department on Facebook and on Twitter. You may also call the IDPH Hotline 24/7 at 211.
You now have the option to see your family medicine provider virtually. You will need a computer with a web camera and speakers .
The Le Mars Respiratory Care Clinic will be located in the Floyd Valley Healthcare Conference Center. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling either the patient’s primary care provider directly or 712.546.8111.
We ask that patients seeking care at the Respiratory Care Clinic remain in their car until contacted by the staff via cell phone when they are ready to see you. There will be reserved parking spots outside the North Entrance for this service. You will be asked to wear a mask and will need to keep this on during the entire duration of your appointment.
Not all patients being seen in the Respiratory Care Clinic will receive testing for COVID-19. There are strict guidelines for providers as recommended by Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19 will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19.
Patients seeking their routine care, well care visits, non-respiratory urgent care and routine services will continue to use the West Entrance. The business hours for well care will be from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday – Friday. The clinics in Marcus and Remsen will also continue to be open their normal business hours for routine visits. All patients experiencing respiratory symptoms will be scheduled for the Respiratory Care Clinic in Le Mars.
IDPH, in conjunction with Floyd Valley Community Health, identified a fourth case of COVID-19 in Plymouth County over the weekend. The person is a male between the ages of 18-40 and is self-isolating at home. The source was community spread.
Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19, will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house. Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:
If you think you may need healthcare, call your provider before you go to the office. You may be given special instructions.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19
IDPH has identified two additional cases of COVID-19 in Plymouth County. That brings the total cases in Plymouth County to three. The two new cases are both female in the age range of 18-40. Both are self-isolating at home.
A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Plymouth County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is in self-isolation in their home. This individual is a male in the age range of 18-40.
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.
“The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital award program reminds us that rural providers haven’t lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction. It’s a pleasure to be able to not only recognize this year’s recipients, but our larger group of top 100 alumni as we celebrate 10 years of The Hospital Strength INDEX,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health.
Top 100 Hospital Resources:
The list of this year’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals as well as the 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 Top 100, please email Billy Balfour at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Floyd Valley Clinics would like to announce the upcoming retirement of Cheryl Cronin, PA-C effective August 28, 2020. Cheryl started in 1986 as a nurse at Medical Associates (now Floyd Valley Clinics) with Dr. Daryl Doorenbos. During that time she furthered her education and began her physician assistant career at the clinic in 2000. We appreciate the nearly 35 years of patient care provided by Cheryl. She will truly be missed by her patients and staff. Cheryl is looking forward to spending more time gardening and visiting family including her grandchildren.
On August 31, Geri Lynn Schroeder, NP will be assuming more hours at the Remsen Clinic. Geri Lynn has been seeing patients at both the Le Mars and Remsen Clinics for 14 years. She will continue to see her all of her patients out of the Remsen Clinic (786-1114). We encourage patients who prefer to continue to receive care at the Le Mars site to talk with Geri Lynn or her staff to assist in transitioning to another provider in our clinic. All providers are accepting new patients.
Cara Meins, NP has begun seeing Urgent Care patients in the Le Mars Clinic. Cara finished her nursing degree in 2016 and recently completed her nurse practitioner education. She also will also assist in giving more consistent coverage in the Marcus and Remsen Clinics.
Daughter of Craig and Colette
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Hayden, 7 year old daughter of Craig and Colette, has been named the March 28, 2020 Hot Shot. Hayden has received extensive physical, occupational and speech therapy after a tragic car accident.
In July of 2018, Hayden along with her older sister and little brother were on their way into town when their car was hit entering a county road. Hayden’s 16 year-old sister lost her life as a result of her injuries in the accident, her brother was thrown from the care and suffered a concussion while Hayden suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). She spent a little over a month in a Sioux Falls hospital, 2 and ½ months at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln and continues her therapy today at Floyd Valley Healthcare.
A TBI is sudden damage to the brain caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Injuries can range from a concussion to severe permanent brain damage. Hayden had to relearn many activities of daily living including to talk, walk and eat again. Colette states, “The therapists at Floyd Valley Healthcare are amazing and they could not have asked for better care for Hayden. Jess Martinez is Hayden’s speech therapist and she adores Jess and so do we! PT and OT are absolutely amazing too!”
Choosing nutritious foods and getting enough physical activity can make a significant difference in your health. For National Nutrition Month® 2020, in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages people to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. Each March, the Academy focuses attention on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month®.
This year’s theme, Eat Right, Bite by Bite, promotes eating a variety of nutritious foods every day, planning and creating healthful meals each week and the value of consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist.
“You do not have to overhaul your entire diet to start making healthy lifestyle changes,” state Kelly Wiese, RD, LD, CDE, Floyd Valley Dietitian. “Make small goals or changes and be consistent in meeting them so these become habits. Over time, all these new habits can add up to big changes.”
Registered dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy to help patients manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. They also provide nutritional input for pediatric patients through the feeding clinic. They often work as part of a medical team to help set nutrition goals to improve the health of patients. Medical nutrition therapy includes reviewing the patient’s eating habits and lifestyle, assessing their nutritional status and creating a personalized nutrition treatment plan. Many medical plans cover the costs of seeing a registered dietitian.
To learn more about services offered or to talk to Kelly, please call 712.546.3475.
Jaxon, son of Matt and Jade and Lonnie, was named the February 16, 2020 Hot Shot. Jaxon is 14 and attends MMCRU Community School. He is very excited to be a Hot Shot!
Jaxon was born with a cleft of his soft palate. When he was one, he underwent surgery at the University of Iowa. He continued to have speech issues, but was deemed too risky for future corrective surgeries. Jaxon received a custom prosthetic to aid in his speech progression. Though he did not tolerate his appliance well in the beginning, work with speech therapist Connie Hanson at Floyd Valley Healthcare eventually led to increased use and the ability to eat with the appliance. The family was appreciative of Connie’s connection and patience with Jaxon as some behavioral issues and understanding made his progress difficult at times.
The roof of the mouth (palate) is formed between the sixth and ninth weeks of pregnancy. A cleft palate occurs if the tissue that makes up the palate does not join together completely during pregnancy. Children with a cleft palate often have problems with feeding and speaking clearly and can have ear infections. About 1 in every 1,700 babies is born with cleft palate in the United States.
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."
Congratulations to Drs. Ashley and Trent Powell on the birth of Madison Ann at 3:38 p.m. on January 1, 2020. She was 18.5 inches long and weighed in at 6 pound and 15 ounces. She is the couples’ first child. Dr. Ellen Aquino was the delivering physician.
Madison's grandparents are Matt and Julie Sitzmann of Le Mars and Joel and Anita Powell of Colby, KS. She is also the first grandchild for both families. Great grandparents are: Peggy Sitzmann, Le Mars; Fred Hellinga, Lake Park, IA; Janet Powell, Lincoln, KS; and max and Norma Schick, Phillipsburg, KS.
Floyd Valley Healthcare recently named Susan George, SPHR, SHRM-SCP as their new Director of Human Resources. In her position, Susan will be responsible for recruitment and retention of staff, benefit administration and leadership development.
Susan received her Bachelor of Arts from California State University. She comes to Floyd Valley with 25 years of experience, most recently serving as Human Resource Director at the Siouxland Community Health Center. In her free time, she enjoys bicycling and traveling. Her family also serves as a foster parent for dogs through Noah’s Hope.
Dustin Wright, CEO, states, “We are very fortunate to have Susan join our Floyd Valley Healthcare family. She brings with her a wealth of human resource knowledge including experience within a healthcare facility. She has already hit the ground running and we look forward to the new ideas she brings to the system.”
Floyd Valley Healthcare announces the addition of Kelly Wiese, RD, LD, CDE to the Floyd Valley Healthcare staff. Kelly began her duties as dietitian on December 2nd. In addition to helping patients with their nutritional and educational needs, she will also be working as a Diabetes Education team member.
Kelly received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics degree from Minnesota State University. She comes to Floyd Valley with six years of experience, most recently at Cherokee Regional Medical Center. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, biking and traveling.
Dustin Wright, CEO, states, “We are excited to welcome Kelly to Floyd Valley Healthcare. We are pleased to be able to offer our patients full-time access to an experienced dietician. In addition, Kelly is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) which fits in nicely with our Diabetes Self-Management program. That program is now fully staffed with two CDEs bringing both the nutrition and nursing disciplines together.”
Thanks to a grant program with the Avera System, a new clinical tool is available for clinicians to monitor moms in labor at Floyd Valley Healthcare. PeriWatch is a computer program that analyzes mom’s contractions and baby’s heart rate during labor and sends alerts if either are experiencing distress, helping to reduce adverse outcomes. The system can also be used for stress tests with results being recorded into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) so fetal heart rates can be compared during both pregnancy and delivery. The system is accessible to staff on the computers in both the hospital and clinic and can be viewed in real time by staff via the secure Avera EMR system. This system does not take the place of our one-on-one nursing care, but adds safety measures to our nationally-recognized OB program to protect our moms and newborns.
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:
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.
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