Orange City Area Health System has successfully completed the categorization and re-verification process to be re-certified as a Community (Level IV) Trauma Care Facility. Hospitals must re-apply every three years to participate in Iowa’s trauma system, and based on availability of resources they are classified into four areas. Community Trauma Care Facilities provide initial stabilization for all trauma patients while preparing for transfer when appropriate. Orange City Area Health System’s trauma care services are staffed primarily by the health system’s own family practice physicians, med-surg nurses, full-time paramedics, and EMTs. The hospital also has anesthesia and surgical capabilities. Leading the health system categorization and re-verification process was Steven Locker, MD, Trauma Services Medical Director, and Sheryl Rensink, RN, Trauma Nurse Coordinator. “We are grateful for the skill set of all of our entire Emergency Room team and our ability to provide 24/7 coverage every week of every year,” reports Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System. “We fully understand the criticalness of this type of care and the peace of mind it provides.” According to the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Iowa’s trauma system is designed to assure that all people throughout the state have access to an organized delivery system for trauma care, and that critically injured patients are rapidly stabilized and provided with the appropriate resources necessary to care for their injuries. For more information about Orange City Area Health System visit ocHealthSystem.org.
On November 14 residents and hosts/hostesses from each of the four cottages at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City made pies for a pie contest. That evening, Prairie Ridge residents and guests gathered in the care center’s Community Center for the pie judging. Orange City Area Health System CEO Marty Guthmiller, Prairie Ridge Food Services Manager Sharon Vermeer, and Prairie Ridge Administrator Char Ten Clay judged the 13 pie entries. Shown here are the judges with the cottage representative winners for Flakiest Crust, Best Fruit Pie and Best Cream Pie. The Apple Carmel Pie took the highest honor of Best Overall Pie. Following the judging the residents and their guests shared the pies. Prairie Ridge Care Center, owned and operated by Orange City Area Health System, is the region’s newest home for seniors, located on the north edge of Orange City. For more information visit ocHealthSystem.org.
Prairie Ridge Care Center pie contest winners, front left to right: Gert Kieft (flakiest crust), Henrietta Vande Weerd (best fruit pie and best pie overall), and Ginny Clarey (best cream pie). Contest judges, standing behind left to right: Sharon Vermeer, Prairie Ridge Food Services Manager; Char TenClay, Prairie Ridge Administrator; Marty Guthmiller, Orange City Area Health System CEO.
The Auxiliary of Orange City Area Health System invites the public to support patients and families by shopping the popular “Masquerade Jewelry & Accessories Sale” on Wednesday, December 11 from 8am to 6pm in the lobby of the health system’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE in Orange City. Thousands of items are available, all only $5 each. Proceeds are used to purchase needed equipment for the health system to directly benefit patients served.
November is National Home Care & Hospice Month
Orange City Area Home Health & Hospice is celebrating National Home Care and Hospice Month in November by honoring those that dedicate their lives to helping elderly, chronically ill, and disabled residents with a holistic approach to home-based care and end-of-life care. Home care offers a dignified, clinically effective, and efficient option to help manage chronic diseases that account for 75 percent of our nation’s health care spending. Hospice provides care for a person in the last stages of life, enabling individuals and their families to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Surveys show that nine out of ten adults would prefer to be cared for at home if diagnosed with a terminal illness. Hospice provides families with the support they need to keep their loved one at home, and also offers grief counseling and other important services. Orange City Home Health & Hospice, a division of Orange City Area Health System, includes a team of physicians, nurses, aides, social workers, therapists, pastoral care, and volunteers to create a personal care plan to meet each patient’s needs. For more information visit ocHealthSystem.org and click on Home Health & Hospice.
The Auxiliary of Orange City Area Health System will host its popular “Masquerade” Jewelry and Accessories Sale on Wednesday, December 11, from 8am to 6pm in the front lobby of the health system’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE in Orange City. Thousands of items will be for sale, and everything is just $5, with proceeds directly benefiting patients and families served by the health system.
Care Center residents Virginia Templeton and George Huizenga enjoy the baby pygmy goat born Sunday, October 27 in the patio area of Pheasant Run Cottage. The residents and staff named the newcomer “Sunday”. Each of the four cottages at Prairie Ridge has a special fenced in area with a small open front shed that houses two pygmy goats and two bantam chickens. The livestock will winter out at an area acreage and the goats bred to kid in May or June next year out at Prairie Ridge.
November 19 Teleconference to be held at Orange City Area Health System
When you are living with diabetes, health care reform and recent legislation can leave you with many unanswered questions. Laura Keller, State Director of Government Relations, American Diabetes Association, will speak via videoconference about the the Affordable Care Act and how it may impact you and your health care at the Sioux County Diabetes Support Group meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm in the lower level of Orange City Area Health System’s main campus in Orange City. Seating is limited. Pre-register online at ocHealthSystem.org (Register Here) or by calling Olivia Chapman, Orange City Area Health System Diabetes Care Coordinator, at 712-737-5311.
Each year, the Orange City Hospice Tree of Remembrance – located in the Orange City Area Health System front lobby – is adorned with personalized ornaments memorializing those served by Orange City Hospice and others who have passed away. The ornament this year is a metallic finish frame with a white satin ribbon. Each person’s name, birth year and death year is featured in the frame. Individuals who were under Orange City Hospice care between December 1, 2012 and November 30, 2013, are automatically included in this special Tree of Remembrance. The personalized ornaments are also available for anyone who wants to remember their loved ones this Christmas, and all the years to come. To order an ornament, contact Orange City Home Health & Hospice at 712-737-5279. They ask for a donation of $15 for each ornament ordered. A special Lighting Ceremony and service will be held on Wednesday, December 4 at 7pm in the health system lobby.
Robert Lewis, “The Happy Diabetic,” presents A Recipe for Better Living
Orange City Area Health System will host its 13th annual “Evening Especially for Women” on Tuesday, October 22, at the Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City. Chef Robert Lewis, known as The Happy Diabetic, will present a live cooking demonstration, A Recipe for Better Living. Chef Robert graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1976. He then worked as executive chef for Hyatt Hotels in six locations across the U.S. Chef Robert has also served in several other hospitality positions, and is currently the director of training and development and corporate chef for Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream Parlors. In 1998 Chef Robert was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and thus began his motivation to create great tasting, healthy dishes that are easy to prepare. Robert has worked with Al Roker, Richard Simmons, Ann Curry, and many others, and has presented in hospitals and health fair in several states. He is the author of two cookbooks, which he will autograph and sell at the October 22 event. In addition to this lively cooking demonstration, there will be 16 vendors (listed below) on hand offering many fun products for sale, plus door prizes. Doors open at 5pm, and the cooking presentation begins at 6:15pm. Tickets are $15 per person, which includes a buffet of fresh salads, appetizers, sweet treats, and one complimentary beverage. Tickets go on sale October 1 and can be purchased at the health system emergency department reception desk, or by sending payment to Lisa Burg in Public Relations at Orange City Area Health System, 1000 Lincoln Circle SE, Orange City IA 51041.
The Faith to be… Jewelry and Gifts
The Pampered Chef
The Auxiliary of Orange City Area Health System is hosting its popular annual HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE on Thursday November 7 from 8am-4pm in the health system’s front lobby. This fundraiser includes a bake sale featuring lots of goodies, from decadent desserts to homemade saucyjies. New holiday merchandise will be featured in the Gift Garden. All proceeds benefit OCAHS patients and families.