Posted on January 6, 2014 – 10:45 am

hanson family new year baby 2014 color smallStarts the year off right after a record 251 babies in 2013

Orange City Area Health System welcomed the first baby of 2014 at 8:22am on January 2. AnaPrisca Gloria Hanson was born to Rebecca and Dr. Harrison Hanson, their first girl after three boys. Dr. Hanson, a family practice doctor with the health system, and one of seven who provide OB services, also specializes in fertility care. The health system celebrated a record number of babies born in 2013, a 14 percent increase over the previous year — a total of 251 babies from 33 different communities in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska. The most popular names among the babies born at Orange City Area Health System in 2013 were — boys: Brayden/Breyden; girls (tied): Abigail/Abigayle, Addison/Addyson, and Avery. For more information about Orange City Area Health System’s family practice, fertility care, prenatal and OB services visit


Posted on December 18, 2013 – 2:42 pm

Topics include eating disorders, use of supplements, sports injuries, diabetes, and more

 Circle color logoThe public is invited to a Circle of Support session on Thursday, January 23, from 6:30-8pm at Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City. The focus of this program is “Teen Health & Wellness.” Presenters include Kara DeGroot, nurse practitioner at Orange City Area Health System; Olivia Chapman, diabetes care coordinator at Orange City Area Health System; and Dan Foreman, physical therapist with Therapeutic Health Services. They will discuss sports physicals; the “female triad” (eating disorders, amenorrhaea or cessation of menstruation, and decreased bone mineral density, which is seen in female teen athletes); the controversial use of supplements; signs and symptoms of diabetes in youth; teen diet and wellness; signs and symptoms of concussions; and sports injury and prevention. The host for the evening is Therapeutic Health Services. The program is offered free, and anyone involved with youth is encouraged to attend. No pre-registration is required. Circle of Support is a collaborative series of sessions revolving around the critical cultural issues impacting our youth today, and is sponsored by Orange City Area Health System, the MOCHA Kiwanis Club, Community Health Partners, Compass Pointe, and Creative Living Center. For more information, contact Lisa Burg, OCAHS Public Relations, at 737-5367.

Family practice clinics announce holiday hours

Posted on December 16, 2013 – 11:11 am

Orange City Area Health System’s family practice clinics in Hospers, Paullina, and Orange City will close at NOON on December 24 and December 31, and will be closed ALL DAY on December 25 and January 1. To schedule an appointment or with questions call the health system main campus at 712-737-2000.


Posted on December 16, 2013 – 11:00 am

Tree of Love event provides Christmas cheer

KTIV Tree of LoveResidents at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City were treated to one of KTIV’s “Tree of Love” parties on Thursday, December 12. KTIV news anchors Matt Breen and Sheila Brummer were joined by Santa, leading the group in singing Christmas carols and sharing some holiday treats. Orange City Ambassadors helped pass out gifts from the Tree of Love, which had been housed in the Orange City Chamber office for area residents and businesses to choose a gift for each of the Prairie Ridge residents. ”We are so grateful to the Chamber and  all who participated in the ‘Tree of Love’ gift giving for our residents at Prairie Ridge Care Center,” said Char Ten Clay, Prairie Ridge Administrator. “Special thanks to KTIV and Mike Hofman (Chamber Executive Director) for arranging the event and to Mike for stepping in to be Santa Claus!” Char added, “We’re so fortunate to be part of such a caring, supportive community.” Prairie Ridge Care Center is northwest Iowa’s newest home for seniors, owned and operated by Orange City Area Health System.


Posted on November 25, 2013 – 9:21 am

ambulance ems group may 2013 lowOrange 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

Prairie Ridge residents bake up winning pies

Posted on November 19, 2013 – 1:41 pm

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

pie contest onePrairie 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.



Posted on November 12, 2013 – 3:04 pm

jewelry and girlThe 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.


Posted on November 6, 2013 – 4:06 pm

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 and click on Home Health & Hospice.


Posted on October 30, 2013 – 4:18 pm


 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.


Posted on October 28, 2013 – 3:30 pm

baby goat Templeton HuizengaCare 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.