Floyd Valley Healthcare News

Backpack Safety

Backpacks are a popular way for kids to carry various contents ranging from school supplies to athletic gear. They are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body's strongest muscles. When used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry many necessities; but when they are too heavy or are worn incorrectly they can injure muscles and joints. This can lead to severe back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems.


To prevent injury when using a backpack, do the following:

  • Purchase a backpack that is size-appropriate for the child.
  •  Always use both shoulder straps when carrying the backpack. Correct use of both wide, well-padded shoulder straps will help distribute the weight of the backpack across the back.
  • Tighten the straps and use the waist strap to keep the load closer to the back.
  • Organize the items inside so that heavier items are low and towards the center of the backpack.
  • Pack light, removing items if the backpack is too heavy. A loaded backpack should not exceed 20% of the wearer’s body weight.
  • Lift properly by bending at the knees when picking up a backpack.
  • Consider using a rolling backpack or cross-body bag as a good alternative.


If you have further questions or are currently have chronic back pain, check with your provider to see if a referral for therapy is appropriate for you.


Gov. Reynolds Proclaims August as Iowa Breastfeeding Month

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for the first 6 months and can be continued for as long as both mother and baby desire it.


Human milk provides virtually all the protein, sugar, and fat your baby needs to be healthy, and it also contains many substances that benefit your baby’s immune system including antibodies, immune factors, enzymes, and white blood cells. These substances protect your baby against a wide variety of diseases and infections not only while he is breastfeeding but in some cases long after he has weaned. Formula cannot offer this protection.


For mom, there are a variety of physical and emotional benefits including releasing of good hormones, promotion of attachment between mom and baby and reduction of some chronic health conditions such as certain cancers.  Practical advantages include less expensive than formula, less preparation, quicker feedings and better for the environment.


If you are expecting, talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits of breastfeeding, take a class or talk with one of Floyd Valley Healthcare’s Certified Lactation Counselors. (link to FVC = DeeAne)  Breastfeeding is a wonderful gift for both baby and mom, providing an exceptional start to a lifetime of caring.


Give it a Shot

As the cost of health care continues to rise, preventive care is more important than ever.  Something as simple as a vaccine can give you the power to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.  As an added bonus, preventative immunizations are covered at 100% under most health plans.


Vaccines work by preparing the body to fight illness. They contain either a dead or a weakened germ that causes a particular disease.  Regardless of what you may have heard, the CDC and FDA take many steps to make sure vaccines are very safe. Vaccines have low risk of adverse outcomes and the benefits greatly outweigh the risks.


Avera has made it easy for you and your family keep track of their immunization schedule. If you are unsure of your immunization status, please check with your healthcare provider.


Immunization schedules based on CDC recommendations


Measles Vaccine Recommendations


Programs to be Offered by Floyd Valley Healthcare

The following programs are being offered by Floyd Valley Healthcare. Pre-register for all programs by calling 712-546-3401 or 800-642-6074, ext. 3401.


Fitness at Foster

Floyd Valley Healthcare is initiating a walking program, Fitness at Foster. We are encouraging the community to walk around Foster Park for 30 minutes beginning on Monday, June 3 at 5:15 pm and continuing for 12 weeks. Each Monday a different “leader” will guide the walk. After the walk, you are welcome to stay for a healthy snack.


August 5: Nichole Thoms, Floyd Valley Healthcare PT

August 12: Schuster Driving Wellness

August 19: Lorrie Mortensen, Floyd Valley Healthcare Director of Patient Care

August 26: Ben Green, Floyd Valley Healthcare PT


Health Fair

October 16 • 2:30-5:30 pm


Emergency Communication

Citizens of Plymouth County are invited and encouraged to register for a free, local emergency notification system. PlymouthAlert allows citizens to sign up for various types of alerts such as:


Emergency alerts from Public Safety Agencies in Plymouth County (included automatically when you register)


Optional Alerts

  • Community alerts from all cities in Plymouth County
  • Special needs information
  • Weather alerts (Watches & Warnings)


Messages can be issued via landline or cell phone, text messaging and/or e-mail and may contain photo, video and audio attachments to help subscribers better understand the situation at hand, or where to find additional information. For more information on Plymouth Alert, please visit co.plymouth.ia.us/departments/ema/alert


Floyd Valley Community Health Recognized Among Top 5% Nationally

Floyd Valley Community Health (FVCH) was recently recognized as a 2018 Premier Performer by SHPBest.  This is the third 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.


SHPBest award recipients are determined by ranking the overall score for all SHP HHCAHPS clients. The providers that rank in the top 5% receive the Premier Performer award.  In addition, all award recipients must have scored better than or equal to the SHP national average for the period for each of the 5 publicly reported domains.


Tara Geddes, Community Health Manager adds, “This recognition is a direct reflection of the care and compassion that Floyd Valley Home Health staff demonstrate to our patients each and every day.  Our staff is committed to ensuring our patients meet their individual goals while in the comfort of their own home.  We are very proud to have received the Premier Performer award for patient experience for the third consecutive year and are grateful to have the privilege to provide high quality home health services to our community.”


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 at FloydValley.org or by calling 712.546.3335.


About Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP)

Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) is a leader in data analytics and benchmarking that drive daily clinical and operational decisions. Their solutions bring real-time data to post-acute providers, hospitals and ACOs to better coordinate quality care and improve patient outcomes. Since 1996, SHP has helped more than 6,500 organizations nationwide raise the bar for healthcare performance. For more information, visit SHPdata.com and follow SHP on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter at @SHPdata.


Are Your Kids Ready to Stay Home Alone?

With summer in full swing, kids may be spending more time at home without supervision. Parents often wonder if there is a “magic age” for this to start. The legal answer is “no” because kids differ in their maturity, self-awareness and common sense.


One way to gauge if kids can safely spend time alone at home is to consider past experiences.


  •  Are they good at following through and completing chores or homework?


  • Do they know what to do in case of fire, bad weather or strangers in the neighborhood? Rehearse for bad weather or other disasters. Practice makes perfect. You should include whom to call if there are less-than-emergency situations, too.


  • Do they know how to contact you? Keep a list of important phone numbers in a certain place – do not assume all the numbers they need are on their smart phones.


What else can you do to assist in readiness? Try small increments of time as an experiment and see how things go. You can also sign the child up for a Home Alone class offered through Floyd Valley Education. The class covers rules, safety information, first aid tips, getting ready for school and preparing snacks.


Time for a Visit

When visiting with parents and grandparents, sometimes we hear the old adage “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”  While this approach may work in some areas of life, this should NOT be used for healthcare. After all, you most likely have routine maintenance done on your car so it runs better for longer, right? Going to the doctor only when there is something wrong creates a situation that may cause patients to miss key information, screenings or education that could help them live a longer, healthier life.


For those that qualify, Medicare covers the Annual Wellness Visit at 100% of the Medicare-approved amount when you receive the service from a participating provider. This means the patient pays no deductible or coinsurance.  Medicare Advantage Plans are required to cover Annual Wellness Visits without applying deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance when you see an in-network provider and meet Medicare’s eligibility requirements for the service. To take advantage of this benefit, schedule your Annual Wellness Visit today and be proactive on your health journey.


Babies Need Tummy Time

Tummy time is any supervised activity that positions your baby on their tummy instead of their back. Because it is recommended that babies sleep on their back, babies need enough supervised tummy time during awake hours to strengthen neck, shoulder, and back muscles. This strength is needed for rolling over, crawling, reaching and playing. These activities will be delayed if baby does not practice tummy time.


What exactly is tummy time? Tummy time is:

  • Any activity that puts baby on their tummy on a flat surface.
  • Any time you carry, position, or play with your baby while they are on their belly.
  • Always supervised - never leave your baby alone on their tummy.


If you feel your baby is not reaching their age-related development goals or you have questions or concerns, please talk to your provider to see if Floyd Valley Therapies could help. They can evaluate your baby, give appropriate treatment if necessary and give you tips to assist your baby in meeting their milestones.


Well Child Exam vs Athletic Physical

Tracking your child’s health is an important process as they age. Most parents think that an athletic physical replaces an annual health exam, but the sport’s physical is a limited check focused on sport’s readiness.  A well child exam, covered by most insurances, is a more comprehensive look at not only your child’s physical exam, but also developmental, emotional and social aspects of your child’s health.  Regular healthcare visits create strong, trustworthy communication between you and your provider, creating a better healthcare experience.


Think Vaping is Better than Smoking? Think again!

Vaping (also commonly known as juuling) is generally thought of as “safer” alternative to smoking, but it is actually as harmful and addictive as smoking. E-cigarette smokers can be addicted just as easily to vaping as tobacco cigarettes and it can be as bad as smoking an entire pack of cigarettes. It can raise your heart rate and blood pressure, cause lung disease and subject you to chronic bronchitis.


Floyd Valley Healthcare Recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health as a 2019 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Floyd Valley Healthcare announced it has been named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the annual Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) award is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® from iVantage Health Analytics.


Top 100 Critical Access Hospital Resources:

The list of this year’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, as well as the 2019 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 2019 Top 100, please email Billy Balfour at wbalfour@ivantagehealth.com.



Blood Flow Restricted (BFR) Rehabilitation Therapy for improving strength at Floyd Valley Healthcare


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