Tri Valley Health System News
Tri Valley Health System opens new walk in/same day appointment clinic in north entrance
Effective Thursday, March 26 Tri Valley Health System is opening a new walk in\same day appointment clinic at the north entrance (formerly known as The Manor) for use of all SICK patients in order to protect patients, staff, and the community. This clinic will be open Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm.
The main TVHS entrance will continue to be utilized for all WELL visits and SPECIALTY clinic visits at the Cambridge Clinic.
The Saturday Clinic located at Cambridge clinic will be open for all patients from 10am to 12pm. Please use the main TVHS entrance.
Patients at the Arapahoe and Indianola Clinic will be scheduled with WELL visits in the morning and SICK patients in the afternoon.
We ask ALL patients to call prior to arrival for directions to the correct clinic and time based upon reason for visit. Please call 308-697-3317.
All measures TVHS are taking is to protect and ensure the safety of our patients, employees, and communities. Your health, safety, and well being is our top priority.
TVHS COVID-19 Hotline remains open Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm. Please call 308-697-1000 to speak with our team for any questions you have regarding COVID-19.
Tri Valley Health System offers free colorectal screening kits in March
Tri Valley Health System is teaming up with the Nebraska Cancer Coalition to try and increase the number of Nebraskans who are getting screened for colorectal cancer. During the month of March, Tri Valley Health System is offering free colorectal screening kits that will be available on the resource table in the entryway and at all three clinics. MORE
APRN Cherl Mues to join Tri Valley Health System staff in June
Tri Valley Health System in Cambridge is pleased to announce the addition of Family Nurse Practitioner Cherl Mues, to their team of dedicated professionals.
Cherl grew up and graduated from Cambridge High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and completed her Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2011.
Cherl brings 17 years of medical experience to Tri Valley Health System. She began her career as a registered nurse at Fremont Area Medical Center and has continued to serve the Fremont area practicing as a nurse practitioner at the Methodist Fremont Health and Fremont Area Medical Center since July 2011.
Cherl is married to Brandon Mues of Arapahoe who has been teaching and coaching wrestling in Fremont. They have three children, Taylor, Lauren, and Talon.
“We are excited to be able to come back home and be closer to our parents and family. We knew it was time,” Cherl said.
Cherl’s tentative start date at Tri Valley Health System is June 22, 2020.
Tri Valley Health System Senior Life Solutions Program Offers Tips to Cope with Anxiety and Isolation During COVID-19 Pandemic
Americans of all ages are experiencing increased social isolation and loneliness in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Institute on Aging, nearly 14 million older adults in the U.S. live alone and are especially vulnerable during this time. Their research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death. TVHS Senior Life Solutions is encouraging people to engage in meaningful, productive activities to help boost mood and maintain their overall emotional health and well-being.
Tri Valley Health System Postpones Elective Surgeries Due to COVID-19
Due to the spread of COVID-19 cases, Tri Valley Health System is postponing some elective surgical procedures. Critical procedures needed are still available.
Tri Valley Health System has developed a surgical case triage protocol that outlines a phased approach to decisions about elective surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients whose procedures are postponed are being contacted.
This announcement is in tandem with a recommendation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today that all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical and dental procedures be delayed during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
“Our physicians are working to balance patient safety and quality with the resources available. These resources include protective equipment like gowns, gloves, masks and patient care beds,” said Jessica Fisher, Tri Valley Health System CEO. “We emphasize that we are looking to postpone procedures, rather than cancelling them altogether.”
Tri Valley Health System is joining with local, state and federal government and health agencies to stem the surge of COVID-19 cases in the United States and protect the most vulnerable persons in our population.
“This is an unprecedented situation and we hope our patients understand; we would not be taking these measures unless we felt they were absolutely necessary,” Fisher said.
COVID-19 has become a pandemic, which means the virus will continue to circulate in communities. “Each one of us must do our part to reduce the number of cases. However, we are preparing for a possible surge of patients with this virus, so we need to be ready to care for them and have the materials to care for them,” Fisher said.
Please take these steps to protect yourself and your loved ones:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
• If you are sick, limit close contact with others as much as possible.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Practice social distancing by avoiding crowds and limiting physical contact, i.e., shaking hands or hugging.
• Follow recommendations set by local, state and federal government.
As a Tri Valley Health System patient, if you feel you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or you are displaying symptoms including fever over 100 degrees, cough, and shortness of breath, please call TVHS COVID-19 Hotline at 1-308-697-1000.
Tri Valley Health System Restricting Visitors, Screening Patients and Employees
Tri Valley Health System has discontinued visitors at the entire facility until further notice. This includes the clinic, rehab, Assisted Living Facility, and hospital. Outpatients for lab, radiology, therapies, and clinic, etc. are requested to come unaccompanied if possible. Patients are requested to enter the Tri Valley Health System main doors. Tri Valley Health System is available to assist patients to their appointments and back to their vehicles; call 308-697-1467 to notify us of your expected arrival time and we will have an employee meet you at the main entrance. We encourage all patients who enter the main entrance to practice hand hygiene and use the hand sanitizer at the entrance. Everyone coming into the facility will be screened for a fever, cough, and travel history. Tri Valley Health System will provide ipads and other means to help loved ones communicate with patients. We appreciate your understanding during this trying time and want to ensure the health and safety of our patients, employees, and the entire community. If you have questions about COVID-19 contact Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department at 308-345-4223, call the Tri Valley Health System hotline at 308-697-1000 or visit the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov.
Tri Valley Medical Foundation extends scholarship deadline to April 15
With the closure of high schools, universities, and colleges due to COVID-19, the Tri Valley Medical Foundation has decided to extend the due date for the Tri Valley Medical Foundation Scholarship, the Bernard Haag Memorial Nursing Scholarship, and the Tri Valley Health System Auxiliary Maxine Price Memorial Scholarship to April 15th.
As a reminder, the Tri Valley Medical Foundation Scholarship is open to area seniors and students currently enrolled in college pursuing a career in healthcare. The Bernard Haag Memorial Nursing Scholarship is open to area high school seniors and students currently enrolled in college pursuing a degree as an LPN or RN. The Tri Valley Health System Hospital Auxiliary Maxine Price Memorial Scholarship is open to Tri Valley Health System employees only. The applicant can be either a full or part time employee who is pursuing a nursing degree.
Details and applications can be found online at https://www.trivalleyhealth.com/foundation-scholarships.html.
Scholarships will be awarded in June.
For additional information, please call Jamie Mickelsen at (308) 697-1176 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.