Posted on April 10, 2014 – 8:40 am

flower basketFundraiser set for May 8

The Auxiliary of Orange City Area Health System will have its annual Spring Plant Sale fundraiser on Thursday, May 8, from 7am to 1pm in the front lobby of the health system’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE in Orange City. There will be a huge selection of bedding plants, assorted flower planters, and hanging baskets. All proceeds to toward the purchase of medical equipment and other items and services that directly benefit health system patients and families.

Babysitting Class Offered

Posted on April 8, 2014 – 2:21 pm

babysitting classOrange City Area Health System and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering a Babysitting Class, with a choice of two dates: Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30. The class — which is available for those who have completed fifth grade — runs from 9am to 3pm at the health system’s downtown campus on Central Avenue in Orange City. It includes child development, first aid, nutrition, and presentations by local professionals. Cost is $20 and includes snacks, beverages, and noon lunch. Participants are asked to bring a doll or teddy bear. Class size is limited. Registration is required by May 23. 

For the May 29 class Register Here.

For the May 30 class Register Here

Or you may register by calling the Orange City Area Health System Community Education at 737-5367.

Prairie Ridge Gets Clean-Up Assist

Posted on April 8, 2014 – 8:41 am

2 SoccerOn Saturday, March 30, twenty MOC-Floyd Valley Boys Soccer Team members and their coaches, Dave Miedema and Lyle Lundgren, spent several hours at Prairie Ridge Care Center raking up the piles of corn stalks that had blown into the yards and patio areas over the fall and winter months.  Over 11 full pickup loads were hauled to the Orange City compost site. Residents at Prairie Ridge have been eager to have the pygmy goats and chickens make their return to their patio areas as kids are slated to be born starting in early May!


Posted on April 7, 2014 – 3:42 pm

hands butterflyHalf-day camp in Orange City scheduled for May 30

Orange City Home Health & Hospice, a division of Orange City Area Health System, is hosting “Camp Hope,” a half day grief camp for kids, on Friday, May 30 from 8am-12:30pm at the First Impact Center, 112 1st St. SW in Orange City. This camp — for children TK through sixth grade — provides an encouraging environment where children can begin to accept the death of their loved one, reflect on their relationship, and begin to understand grief and loss. Also, they may discover their own inner strength and courage, while remembering their loved one. According to Michelle Vaas, hospice social worker, “Our mission is to provide a safe place where children have the opportunity to share their feelings and experiences with other children who have also experienced death and to equip parents and caregivers with education and support.” Children can be brought to the camp as early as 7:30am. Parents and other caregivers are encouraged to join them at noon for lunch and a releasing of eco-friendly lanterns bearing special notes to their loved ones.

Please use your child’s name when registering and complete a registration form for each child attending.  When we receive your registration we will contact you for parent/guardian name(s), your children’s ages, and some additional helpful information. Registration deadline is May 23 by calling 712-737-5279 or  Register Here.

Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss

Posted on March 25, 2014 – 12:55 pm

Hospice Foundation of America Educational program

Thursday, April 10 from 1-4pm

Orange City Area Health System lower level conference rooms

Register by April 7.    Register Here online or call Lisa Burg at 737-5367.

The Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) 2014 program focuses exclusively on the issues that adolescents face as they cope with loss. Adolescence, broadly defined from middle school years to emerging adulthood, is a significant developmental period during which adolescents form identity, independence, and intimacy. Illness and loss profoundly influences these processes. This program explores the ways that healthcare workers, hospices, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors, and other professionals can assist adolescents as they cope with loss.

Low-Cost CE Credits Available
Three hours of continuing education will be available through Hospice Foundation of America for nurses, social workers, counselors, psychologists, funeral directors, clergy, and more. Please verify CE availability with your professional or state board approval and/or refer to HFA’s list of Board Approvals located at Information regarding CE credits will be available at the program site.


Posted on March 17, 2014 – 1:17 pm

remsen st marys gift feb 2014 smallRemsen St. Mary’s Christian Leadership Team gives $800 to Orange City Area Health System

The student-led Christian Leadership Team (CLT) at Remsen St. Mary High School donated funds they raised for cancer awareness to Orange City Area Health System. The students raised $800 at various “Pink Out” fundraising events, and presented a check to Dan McCarty, COO of the health system, during a visit to the hospital on February 28. “It was a great feeling raising money for cancer awareness,” reported Lyndsie Schorg, one of the CLT leaders, “especially because cancer has touched the lives of many, and this was our way to help the fight against cancer.” According to McCarty, the funds will be used to purchase bedside tables for the health system’s Chemotherapy Center, “to help cancer patients be more relaxed and comfortable during their treatments.”


Posted on March 17, 2014 – 11:17 am

Orange City Area Health System is offering three dates and three locations for public Wellness Screenings. The tests, which include cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL, risk ratio, and glucose, will be offered on Tuesday April 8 from 7-8:30am at the Hospers Medical Clinic; Thursday April 10 from 8-9:30am at Mill Creek Family Practice in Paullina, and from 6-8am at the Orange City Family Practice Clinic; and Friday April 11 from 6-8am at the Orange City Clinic. Patients should fast for 10-12 hours prior to the test. Cost is $25, and no appointment is necessary. For more information call 712-737-5227.


Posted on March 17, 2014 – 11:05 am

The Auxiliary of Orange City Area Health System will host its popular Usborne Book Sale fundraiser on Thursday, April 10 from 8am to 4pm in the front lobby of the health system’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE in Orange City. Over 1,300 bright, colorful, fun titles covering activities, puzzles, and a wide range of subjects for children of all ages will be for sale, with proceeds directly benefiting patients and families.

Prairie Ridge Chili Cookoff

Posted on March 3, 2014 – 8:38 am

2014 Chili CookoffResidents of Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City enjoyed a “chili cookoff” on Wednesday, February 26. Staff and residents entered a total of nine different chili soups.  Dan McCarty, Orange City Area Health System COO, Deb De Haan, mayor of Orange City, and Char Ten Clay, Administrator of Prairie Ridge, judged the contest. First place went to resident Dena Palsma’s “Family Chili.”  Dena was also the winner in the pie contest held last fall.

Health System Creates $27.9 Million Impact on Local Economy

Posted on February 26, 2014 – 11:53 am

Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) generates 657 jobs that add $27.9 million to the area economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). In addition, OCAHS employees by themselves spend nearly $6.5 million on retail sales and contribute over $388,000 in state sales tax revenue.

“While our primary purpose is, and will remain, serving the health needs of the area, one cannot overlook our contribution to the local economic health of the region,” reports Martin W. Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System. “Local health systems are a key element to a local economy.”

“One of the key factors in economic development is attracting quality, high paying jobs,” states Orange City Economic Development Director, Mark Gaul. “Not only does OCAHS provide state-of-the-art healthcare to the region, it is one of the largest employers in our community.”

Gaul adds, “Health care is not only a field that provides quality jobs, but it is a growing field as well. Orange City Area Health System is an anchor in our community and is key to our area’s economic health. We appreciate everything that OCAHS provides to our local economy and cannot take that for granted.”

”The IHA study examined the jobs, income, retail sales and sales tax produced by hospitals and the rest of the state’s health care sector.  The study found that Iowa hospitals directly employ 71,437 people and create another 57,792 jobs outside the hospital sector.  As an income source, hospitals provide $4.2 billion in salaries and benefits and generate another $1.8 billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals.

“People are often unaware of the contributions that hospitals make to their local economies, including the number of people they employ, the significance of hospital purchases with local businesses and the impact of their employees’ spending and tax support for an entire region,” said Kirk Norris, IHA president/CEO.  “Just as no one provides the services and community benefits found at community hospitals, there is also no substitute for the jobs and business hospitals provide and create.”

Orange City Area Health System includes a critical access hospital and emergency medical services, four family practice clinics served by 16 providers, surgical services, obstetrics services/birth center, a sports medicine clinic, physical and aquatic therapy, home health and hospice, a retirement community, and a senior care center. More information at