Van De Griend joins OCAHS family practice

Posted on August 28, 2014 – 2:42 pm

VandeGriend.Philip_LCMarty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System, announced the signing of Philip Van De Griend, MD, to its medical team. Dr. Van De Griend will join the health system in summer 2015. He will provide family medicine services as part of the health system’s team of 17 family practice providers serving the hospital, emergency department, and medical clinics in Orange City, Hospers, and Paullina, Iowa, and on the campus of Northwestern College. Dr. Van De Griend will also join eight of his colleagues in offering prenatal and birthing/OB services at Orange City Area Health System. In addition, he has a strong interest and training in sports medicine and will offer these services as well to area athletes.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Dr. Van De Griend join our health team,” said Guthmiller. “He not only will bring a broad skill set with him but also represents the next generation of physicians here in Orange City.”

Van De Griend is a native of Orange City. He received his B.A. in psychology from Dordt College and his Masters of Public Health from the University of Iowa. In 2011 Van De Griend received his Medical Degree from Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. He completed his family practice residency at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine/Palmetto Health Richland Family Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina this summer and will complete a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC in July 2015.

Orange City Area Health System Nurse Awarded Iowa Hospital Association Scholarship

Posted on May 13, 2014 – 11:12 am

Pennelope Elder lowPennelope Elder, RN, of Alton, an employee of Orange City Area Health System who is studying for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Briar Cliff University, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).  She is among 34 outstanding students from all over Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program.

Iowa hospitals established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the ongoing shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to remain in the state as they establish their careers.  The first scholarships were awarded in 2005, and now 301 students have benefited from the program.  Including these latest awards, the scholarship program has provided more than $900,000 in direct support to students since its inception.

In exchange for that financial support, scholarship-receiving students agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive an award.  In this way, the scholarship program helps stabilize and enhance Iowa’s hospital workforce.

Hospital leaders from all parts of the state evaluated scholarship applications from more than 100 qualified students who were judged on grade-point average, a written personal statement, letters of reference, and extracurricular, community and health care-related activities.

“IHA and IHERF recognize the importance of pursuing higher education in the nursing field — just as Orange City Area Health System does — so we are happy to support Penny in this endeavor,” remarked Laurie Gebauer, MSN, Director of Patient Care at Orange City Area Health System. “Penny is greatly deserving of this award and we are proud to have her as part of our healthcare team.”

STUDENTS EXPLORE HEALTH CAREERS

Posted on May 6, 2014 – 3:18 pm

career explorationArea high school students recently explored careers in healthcare during Orange City Area Health System’s Career Exploration Day. Each spring and fall the health system invites students from six local high schools — MOC-FV, Unity Christian, Remsen-Union, Gehlen Catholic, South O Brien, and Western Christian — for High School Career Exploration Day. Throughout the morning, the students take a tour to many different departments including Radiology, Physical Therapy, Surgery, Nursing, Clinic, and Laboratory. At each location, a health system employee explains a day in their work life, educational track, hours, and the highs and lows within the field. The students are given a chance to ask questions and participate in some hands-on activities. Students also hear from health care staff including a Nurse Practitioner, Paramedic, Health Information, and the Senior Care Director. Orange City Area Health System’s goal is to give students an overview of health professions and expose them to the wide variety of options within the field, both direct care and support staff, and to answer any questions the students may have. The students are also informed of the many employment opportunities at the health system that are available to them, in dietary, housekeeping, and as Certified Nurse Assistants in the hospital and Senior Care that might be of interest to them, even as students.

Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive non-profit health system including a critical access hospital; four medical clinics served by 16 family practice providers; fertility, prenatal, and OB services; surgical and diagnostic imaging centers; physical and aquatic therapy; home health and hospice; and a senior care campus consisting of a retirement community and senior care center. More information at ocHealthSystem.org.

CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING REVIEW CLASS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 29

Posted on May 5, 2014 – 1:23 pm

Diabetics and anyone interested in learning how to count carbs are invited to a review class on Thursday, May 29, from noon to 2pm at Orange City Area Health System’s main campus. Review dietary management of diabetes and practice carb counting skills with registered dietician, Jennifer Lincecum. Medicare and most insurance plans will cover two hours of medical nutrition therapy each year for those with diabetes. Check with your insurance carrier for more details. To register call Olivia Chapman, BSN, Orange City Area Health System Diabetes Care Coordinator at 712.737.5311.

SIOUX COUNTY DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET MAY 14

Posted on May 5, 2014 – 1:22 pm

Will review blood glucose meters

Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) is hosting the May Sioux County Support Group on Wednesday May 14 at 7pm in the lower level conference rooms at the health system’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE in Orange City. Join OCAHS diabetes care coordinator, Olivia Chapman, in reviewing blood glucose meter testing, care, cleaning, and more. This is a great review for both new diabetics and those who have had diabetes for many years. This support group is free for all to attend. Call Olivia with questions at 712.737.5311.

ORANGE CITY AREA HEALTH SYSTEM NAMED AMONG TOP 20 CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS IN AMERICA

Posted on April 30, 2014 – 9:03 am

NRHA CAH Top20 WINNER-2014 OLAlso named in Top 20 Best Practices for Patient Satisfaction

Orange City Area Health System was recently named one of the 20 highest ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the United States by the National Rural Health Association, as determined by iVantage Health Analytics.

The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on eight indices of strength using the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most comprehensive rating of U.S. acute care hospitals and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs.

In addition to the Top 20 Critical Access Hospital recognition, 60 “best practice” designations were given to facilities that have achieved success in one of three key area of performance: quality, patient satisfaction, and financial stability. Orange City Area Health System was named among the Top 20 in the Patient Satisfaction category.

“We are truly honored to be listed in the Top 1% of critical access hospitals in the nation,” reports Marty Guthmiller, CEO for Orange City Area Health System. “It is a true testament to each of our 500 employees for the quality of care they provide, as well as the support attributed to us by our patients.”

Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive non-profit health system including a critical access hospital; four medical clinics served by 16 family practice providers; fertility, prenatal, and OB services; surgical and diagnostic imaging centers; physical and aquatic therapy; home health and hospice; and a senior care campus consisting of a retirement community and senior care center. More information at ocHealthSystem.org.

ORANGE CITY AREA HEALTH SYSTEM NAMED AMONG TOP 20 CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS IN AMERICA

Posted on April 30, 2014 – 8:48 am

Also named in Top 20 Best Practices for Patient Satisfaction

Orange City Area Health System was recently named one of the 20 highest ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the United States by the National Rural Health Association, as determined by iVantage Health Analytics.

The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on eight indices of strength using the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most comprehensive rating of U.S. acute care hospitals and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs.

In addition to the Top 20 Critical Access Hospital recognition, 60 “best practice” designations were given to facilities that have achieved success in one of three key area of performance: quality, patient satisfaction, and financial stability. Orange City Area Health System was named among the Top 20 in the Patient Satisfaction category.

“We are truly honored to be listed in the Top 1% of critical access hospitals in the nation,” reports Marty Guthmiller, CEO for Orange City Area Health System. “It is a true testament to each of our 500 employees for the quality of care they provide, as well as the support attributed to us by our patients.”

Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive non-profit health system including a critical access hospital; four medical clinics served by 16 family practice providers; fertility, prenatal, and OB services; surgical and diagnostic imaging centers; physical and aquatic therapy; home health and hospice; and a senior care campus consisting of a retirement community and senior care center. More information at ocHealthSystem.org.

HEALTH SYSTEM AUXILIARY HOSTS POPULAR SPRING PLANT SALE

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!