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Through various fundraising efforts, the Floyd Valley Auxiliary was able to donate $45,000 towards the purchase of a BioFire FilmArray System for the hospital lab. The BioFire FilmArray System has set the standard for molecular diagnostic testing. With integrated sample preparation, amplification, detection and analysis, this will allow accurate results that can be delivered in about an hour. For Floyd Valley, this means quicker answers which can lead to shorter length of stay, fewer microbiology tests being sent out to an outside lab, improved antibiotic stewardship, and better infection control. Patients will get appropriate medications quicker, if needed, all leading to better patient satisfaction.
When many people think therapy, they probably picture athletes recovering from an injury, or even older athletes receiving treatment for injuries back from their glory days. Physical therapy is prescribed for patients recovering from procedures like hip and knee replacements or for that shoulder that acts up when it’s going to rain. Speech therapy can also benefit patients after a stroke.
However, you don’t have to be “of a certain age” to visit the physical, speech and occupational therapists at Floyd Valley Healthcare. In fact, patients are just as likely to roll into therapy in a stroller as a wheelchair.
“Floyd Valley Pediatric Therapy is a multidisciplinary department, bringing together physical, speech and occupational therapy teams,” says Jerry DeWit, Floyd Valley Therapies Manager. “The program is led by a pediatrician, supplemented with social services, and works closely with the patient’s referring physician to provide a wide array of treatments and services.”
DeWit says that children can benefit greatly from therapy, especially if they encounter developmental challenges or delays. Children may face a unique set of issues that can be addressed with pediatric therapy, allowing them to more fully participate in every aspect of their young lives.
Pediatric therapists work with young patients to help facilitate and encourage normal developmental milestones. Whether that’s walking, talking or even eating, therapists take a compassionate and specialized approach with their young patients. Since children often learn through play, therapy is developed with that in mind.
“Physical therapists work with gross motor activities,” says Genise Jentz, a physical therapist at Floyd Valley Healthcare. “This can help with rolling, head control, standing and walking. We encourage tummy time during waking hours. This helps to progress gross motor skills.” Linda Timperley, OT, says, “Occupational therapists focus more on fine motor skills, like eating, handwriting and even sensory issues. Our speech therapists work to improve eating, listening and communication skills.”
Alissa Paulsen, speech therapist, notes that Floyd Valley Healthcare is one of the few facilities in the area with a full feeding clinic team, which includes a pediatrician. As a result, the facility has a feeding clinic with a one-way observation window. There is also a sensory integration area, which is a specially designed room to help children develop and engage their senses in a safe, controlled environment.
“Highly specialized programs like this are unique, especially in a local community hospital,” says DeWit. “The reason Floyd Valley’s program is successful is the collaborative and respectful relationships between the clinical teams. We are 100% focused on patient care.”
“Pediatric therapy at Floyd Valley Healthcare is also convenient,” says Alison Vlieger, OT. “When possible, appointments are coordinated so families can conveniently move from one therapy to another, reducing travel and, frequently, costs.”
Floyd Valley Healthcare celebrates every success, but these have a special place for DeWit.
“When a child leaves an appointment able to do something that they couldn’t do the day before, the look of pride and accomplishment just beams from their face,” says DeWit. “That feeling of excitement is shared with the therapy team that helped them achieve progress.”
Ask your healthcare provider if your child could benefit from pediatric therapy services at Floyd Valley Healthcare. To learn more about pediatric therapy or our other services, visit floydvalley.org.
Floyd Valley Pediatric Therapy’s compassionate, multi-disciplinary approach is beneficial to children with diagnoses including:
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.
April 17 at 6:00 PM
Program: “What is Peripheral Arterial Disease?”
Presented by: Dr. Chad Laurich, Vascular Interventionalist & Surgeon at Midlands Clinic
Location: Floyd Valley Healthcare, lower level conference center, room #1
May 1 at 7:00 PM
Program: “What You Can’t See and What They Don’t Want You to Know: Vaping/Juuling Realities in a Teen’s Life.”
Presented by: Teri Bos, RN, BSN
Location: Floyd Valley Healthcare, lower level conference center, room #1
A mobile training trailer will be available for the public to view, “What You Don’t See”
May 10 at 12:00 PM
Program: “Ten Commandments of Container Gardening”
Presented by: Rosanne Plante, Master Gardener & Ms. Worldwide 2018
Location: Willow Creek Country Club
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.
"Dedication of our entire team to making sure each and every patient is taken care of with not only the highest quality of care but also with compassion for them and their entire family remains a top priority at Floyd Valley Healthcare,” states Dustin Wright, CEO. He continues, “Nationally there are 1,348 Critical Access Hospitals, with 82 in the state of Iowa. We are proud to be listed among the 15 hospitals recognized from Iowa. But what we are most proud of is our ability to continue to serve our local communities as their trusted healthcare partner.”
Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility scored in the top 100 among all Critical Access Hospitals nationally. Now in its ninth year, the INDEX leverages 50 rural-relevant indicators across eight pillars of hospital strength (i.e. Inpatient Market Share, Outpatient Market Chare, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective and Financial Stability) to determine an overall score for each hospital. Each of the INDEX’s 50 indicators is culled from publicly-available data sources.
“In an era of increased complexity and uncertainty, Top 100 hospitals have established themselves as a bellwether for rural provider performance,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Top 100 status is a real indicator of how proactive these hospitals are when it comes to pushing for performance improvement in areas such as quality, outcomes, patient safety, market share and finance.”
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 email@example.com.
This year an estimated 1.4 million people will suffer a heart attack. Approximately 400,000 of those victims will experience a STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction).
Mission: Lifeline is a program being implemented in collaboration with Iowa’s health systems, emergency medical service (EMS) providers, the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health and others. It helps identify the gaps that lead to slower and less effective patient care, and with the providers in the state, closes those gaps through change in protocols and processes, and also in providing resources such as life-saving equipment.
Unfortunately, approximately 30% of STEMI patients do not receive any form of treatment to restore blood flow, whether through clot-busting drugs (commonly referred to as thrombolytics) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PCI is the preferred therapy which uses mechanical means such as stents, balloon angioplasty or surgery.
Time is muscle. The outcome of STEMI events depends greatly on the care patients receive and the timeframe in which they receive it. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology's guidelines recommend that balloon angioplasty be performed within 90 minutes - preferably less - of arrival at any hospital.
In partnership with the medical community, this collaboration has the power to transform patient care for future heart attack victims in Iowa. This innovative regional collaboration will work to ensure equipment compatibility, consistent training and uniform protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients across the region.
The chain of care begins with you. If you believe you or a loved one is suffering a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Do not drive to the hospital! It is vital that emergency care arrives quickly so that they can immediately begin providing the appropriate advanced care.
We have all heard horror stories about getting mammograms. In fact, discomfort or pain are key reasons why many women avoid potentially life-saving mammography exams. In breast care, seeing the difference can make the difference in a woman’s life. The fact still remains, early detection saves lives!
The new 3D mammography system that will begin service in mid-February achieves the highest depth resolution while alleviating many of the fears associated with mammograms by:
What do the experts see with the new 3D system?
Make the invisible visible
Standardize image quality
Get more than just another view
Rely on exact density assessment
Personalize compression for optimal results
Enhance patient comfort
Reduce unnecessary steps
Offer patients certainty by delivering excellent imaging for diagnostic accuracy
If you are over 40 and have not had a mammogram (earlier if there is a family history), the time to call for your mammogram is now! Do it for you, your family and your friends.
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