Tri Valley Health System News
Cambridge Memorial Hospital Association Annual Meeting October 14
The annual meeting of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Association is set for Wednesday, October 14 at the Heritage Plaza at 9:00 a.m. Voting will take place for three board members. Membership to the association is open to everyone. Dues are $10 and can be paid online at http://bit.ly/TVHSDues in person at Tri Valley Health System or the day of the meeting or mailed to Tri Valley Health System, Attention Jolene Miller, PO Box 488, Cambridge, NE 69022.
Tri Valley Health System Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Proven Program
Tri Valley Health System is helping community members prevent type 2 diabetes with the Healthier Me Program, a lifestyle change program. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants are learning the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.
People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
“One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Tonya Koeppen, Tri Valley Health System Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
“The Healthier Me program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”
Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.
Healthier Me groups meet on Wednesdays from 4:50-6:00 p.m. for 16 weeks followed by six monthly sessions to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes.
Healthier Me is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Healthier Me is based on research that showed that people with prediabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they: Are 45 years of age or older; Are overweight; Have a family history of type 2 diabetes; Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
Tri Valley Health System will have a free introductory class on October 7th from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Meadowlark Room, enter through the Wellness Center/Conference Center doors. Benefits include a free wellness membership ($300 value), CDC approved curriculum, a lifestyle coach, and a support group.
For more information contact Tri Valley Health System Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Tonya Koeppen at 308-697-1153.
Tri Valley Health System Assisted Living transitions to phase two, visitors still restricted
The health and safety of residents, patients, employees, visitors, and communities is a top priority at Tri Valley Health System, while we also understand how important the support of loved ones and friends are to health and well-being. Effective Monday, September 14, 2020, Tri Valley Health System will be transitioning back into Phase Two for the Assisted Living Facility per recommendations by the Southwest Public Health Department and the Department of Health and Human Services. No visitors will be allowed at the Assisted Living Facility. Tri Valley Health System can coordinate virtual visits with residents. To schedule a virtual visit call 308-697-4423.
Employees and residents will be screened regularly, wear face coverings, practice good hand hygiene, and use social distancing.
Tri Valley Health System will closely monitor local community trends and outbreaks according to the recommendations and requirements by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department and revisions may be made as conditions warrant.
Tri Valley Health System CEO Jessica Fisher said, “Tri Valley Health System continues to follow all recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services, and our local public health department to ensure that we are keeping residents, employees, visitors and our communities safe. We appreciate your understanding and support and ask for your continued patience while we continue to evolve during this pandemic.” If you have any questions about our visitor restrictions please contact us at 308-697-3329, email email@example.com or visit www.trivalleyhealth.com. The Department of Health and Human Services long-term care phasing guidance is intended to be used by nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. For a full copy of the Department of Health and Human Services long term care phasing guidance go to http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Documents/LTCCOVID19PhasingGuidance.pdf.
Tri Valley Health System revises visitor restrictions
The health and safety of patients, employees, visitors, and communities is a top priority at Tri Valley Health System, while we also understand how important the support of loved ones and friends are to patient’s health and wellbeing. Effective, Monday, June 15 Tri Valley Health System will be making the following changes for visitors:
· Inpatient: One adult visitor per day during visitor hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Visitors from 5pm-7pm will present to the Emergency Department screening station.
· Outpatient departments, clinics, and same day services will be allowed one support person to accompany the patient.
· Emergency department: One support person may accompany emergency department patients 24/7.
· OB and Post-partum patients are allowed one support person upon admission, to remain through discharge.
· Special circumstances will be allowed such as end of life.
· Visitors are not allowed for patients on isolation precautions in all locations, confirmed positive COVID-19 patients, those patients awaiting COVID-19 test results.
· Cafeteria and Gift Shop are closed to the general public and visitors. The gift shop has online shopping available at https://tvhsgiftshop.square.site/
All visitors and support persons entering a TVHS location must:
· Be age 19 or older.
· Pass a health screening, including a temperature check. Any visitor or support person that shows symptoms or has a temperature higher than 100 degrees, will not be allowed to visit or accompany the patient.
· Wear a mask. Visitors and support persons are asked to bring their own cloth mask or face covering to wear throughout their entire visit.
Tri Valley Health System CEO Jessica Fisher said, “Tri Valley Health System continues to follow all recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services, and our local public health department to ensure that we are keeping employees, patients, visitors and our communities safe. We appreciate your understanding and support and ask for your continued patience while we continue to evolve during this pandemic.” If you have any questions about our visitor restrictions please contact us at 308-697-3329, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.trivalleyhealth.com
Tri Valley Health System Arapahoe and Indianola Medical Clinics now open five days a week for medical care
Tri Valley Health System is pleased to announce that clinics in Arapahoe and Indianola will be open and available for medical care five days a week. Effective July 1, 2020 the Arapahoe Medical Clinic will be open and staffed by a medical provider Monday through Friday. Effective August 1, 2020, the Indianola Medical Clinic will also be open and staffed by a medical provider Monday through Friday.
Tri Valley Health System CEO Jessica Fisher stated, “We have received valuable feedback from patients, communities, and the Board of Trustees regarding the need for accessible care Monday-Friday due to the growing demand for services. Tri Valley Health System has been committed to the goal of having Arapahoe and Indianola Medical clinics open for medical care five days a week. Hiring an additional provider has allowed us this opportunity to be able to meet the needs of our patients and communities in all of our service areas.”
Providing medical services at the Arapahoe Medical Clinic are: Dr. Rachelle Kaspar-Cope, Dr. Michael Powell, Karinne Kulwicki, PA-C, and Cherl Mues, APRN. Providing medical services at the Indianola Medical Clinic are: Dr. Lennie Deaver, Dr. Shiuvaun Jaeger, Kyleen Klinkebiel, PA-C and Candice Haddon, APRN. Cambridge Medical Clinic will continue to be open Monday through Friday and offer a Saturday walk-in clinic from 10am-12pm. Providing medical services at the Cambridge Medical Clinic are: Dr. Lennie Deaver, Dr. Rachelle Kaspar-Cope, Dr. Shiuvaun Jaeger, Dr. Michael Powell, Karinne Kulwicki, PA-C, Kyleen Klinkebiel, PA-C, Sarah Norton, PA-C, Candice Haddon, APRN, and Angie Howard, APRN.
Same day appointments are available at all three clinics by calling for an appointment the day of. There are a limited number of these visits each day so if you need to be seen, call early as appointments fill up fast.
All Tri Valley Health System medical providers are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 308-697-3317 or for more information please visit www.trivalleyhealth.com.
Tri Valley Health System supports area EMS Departments
Tri Valley Health System presented checks to Cambridge EMS, Arapahoe EMS, and Beaver City EMS to help sponsor tuition and books for EMS students. Tri Valley Health System CEO Jessica Fisher said "We are happy to be able to support the area EMS departments in this capacity. They are very instrumental in providing quality care to our communities and patients at Tri Valley Health System and we want to continue partnering with them to provide the best patient outcomes."
Tri Valley Health System offers a new approach to hip replacement with Dr. Chris Wilkinson
The Conformis Hip System, introduced in July 2018, is the only primary total hip replacement system on the market designed with 3D imaging technology to provide a stem and acetabular cup size that matches each patient’s specific anatomy. The implant system includes a single-piece stem with patient-specific neck, acetabular cup, iPoly XE® (highly crosslinked vitamin-e infused UHMWPE) polyethylene liner, and a choice of ceramic or cobalt chrome femoral head. 3D imaging technology is also used to create a pre-surgical plan, which accompanies a set of disposable patient-specific 3D printed jigs, to aid in implant positioning. Dr. Chris Wilkinson is able to perform this revolutionary hip replacement procedure at Tri Valley Health System. This system is also available for knee replacements as well. For more information on Conformis joint replacements at Tri Valley Health System call 308-697-1172.
Virtual Appointments Available at Tri Valley Health System
Convenient access to medical care via smartphone, tablet or computer
Tri Valley Health System is now offering virtual clinic appointments. The virtual clinic enables patients to conduct visits with Tri Valley Health System Providers virtually anywhere via video on a computer or smart phone Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tri Valley Health System Providers will provide virtual care for a variety of common conditions such as cold and flu, pink eye, sinus infections, allergies, rashes, back pain, and urinary tract infections. Patients do not need to be an existing patient of Tri Valley Health System to use the virtual care clinic, but new patients will need to contact Tri Valley Health System to receive log-in information to access the service on the Patient Portal.
Patients can simply request an appointment by logging onto the Patient Portal at www.trivalleyhealth.com or call 1-308-697-3329 to get started. A virtual visit takes place via video or phone using a smartphone, tablet or computer, and typically lasts about 20 minutes. If needed, prescriptions are electronically routed to the patient’s preferred pharmacy.
“We are extremely excited to be able to offer this new service for our patients. Virtual care strengthens our commitment to provide patients with high-quality care in a convenient and cost-effective way. Tri Valley Health System understands that time and access can be two barriers to an individual receiving care and we want to be able to remove these barriers and be available to our patients,” said Jessica Fisher, Tri Valley Health System Chief Executive Officer.
For more information on Tri Valley Health System’s virtual clinic appointments, visit www.trivalleyhealth.com or call 1-308-697-3329.