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.
Parents, counselors, teachers, youth group leaders, and other adults involved with youth are invited to attend this season’s second Circle of Support session on Thursday, November 14, from 6:30-8pm at the Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City. The program, titled “Say yes to success #dothehardwork” will address teen dating and sexuality. According to the evening’s presenter, human services and abstinence educator Dori Horstman, the session will “teach parents how to develop a road map to help their children successfully navigate their way on the journey through puberty, sexuality, dating, and social media.” Hosted by Bethany Christian Services, the program is free of charge and no pre-registration is required. Circle of Support is a collaborative series of sessions revolving around the critical cultural issues impacting youth today, and is sponsored by Orange City Area Health System, the MOCHA Kiwanis Club, Community Health Partners, and Creative Living Center. For more information contact Lisa Burg, Orange City Area Health System Public Relations & Education, at 712-737-5367.
Orange City Area Health System CEO Marty Guthmiller announced the signing of Suzanne Kersbergen, D.O. to the health system’s family practice medical staff. Dr. Kersbergen, currently at Mercy Family Medicine Residency in Mason City, Iowa, will join Orange City Area Health System in July 2014. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kersbergen and family to our health care team and community,” said Guthmiller. “We are committed to first-class family practice from both the perspective of the patient and the physician, offering a full range of services one would expect and then some.” Dr. Kersbergen received her Doctorate of Osteopathy from Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medical School. Prior to residency at Mercy Mason City, she was a resident at Scott and Family White Family Practice Residency in Temple, TX. Undergraduate studies in biology were at several colleges, as she and her husband Alan – currently a med-evac pilot for Mercy – lived in various military installations during his service as a helicopter pilot with the U.S. Army. “Dr Kersbergen will not only complement our existing providers but add additional obstetric and emergency room coverage,” reported Guthmiller. “But more importantly, both her and her husband are quality individuals that will make our community and organization better.” The Kersbergens have two children and will make their home in Orange City. For more information about Orange City Area Health System, its three family practice clinics, OB services, and other healthcare services, visit ocHealthSystem.org.
The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and tours of the new Prairie Ridge Care Center — owned and operated by Orange City Area Health System – on Tuesday October 15. Ribbon cutting and presentations by Orange City’s Mayor Les Douma and Orange City Area Health System COO Dan McCarty and Director of Senior Care Char TenClay will take place at 4:30pm. Following the ceremony, the public will be offered tours of the facility from 5-9pm, with guided tours at 5:30 and 6:00.
“We are extremely excited to open our new home for seniors,” says McCarty. “The focus on Prairie Ridge has been and will continue to be on resident-centered care, creating an environment for our seniors as similar to their home life as practical, a place where they can live and thrive.”
Prairie Ridge Care Center, Northwest Iowa’s newest home for seniors, features 82,000 square feet, consisting of four “cottages.” All of the 83 resident rooms and bathrooms in the facility are spacious and private. Special features — including a play area for children, a treat shoppe, water and aquarium features, and warm, homey gathering spaces — are designed with the residents’ quality of life in mind. “The main focus of this project is to create a nursing home that feels more like the residents’ previous homes,” explains TenClay, “to help make their time with us a time of living.”
Prairie Ridge Care Center, which replaces Orange City’s two current nursing homes, cost $18.5 Million, financed by Orange City Area Health System, debt financing, and generous donations from the communities served by the new senior care center. ”Prairie Ridge would not be possible without the support of citizens in the area,” says McCarty. “We were so blessed to raise over$3 million toward the completion of the care center, and we want to again thank all those who supported this project in any way.”
Residents will be moving into Prairie Ridge on October 17. The address is 1005 7th Street NE in Orange City. The main phone number for Prairie Ridge is 712-707-6000.
Provide coordinated care for diabetes patients and outpatient nutrition services
Olivia Chapman, BSN, and Jennifer Lincecum, RD/LD/LN, have joined Orange City Area Health System’s patient care team to offer expanded services and a coordinated care approach to wellness, disease prevention, and maintenance. Chapman is the health system’s new Diabetes Care Coordinator. Lincecum is a Registered Dietitian, providing outpatient nutrition services through CK Consulting Inc. Together with Registered Dietitian Char Kooima, CK Consulting — who provides inpatient and senior care nutrition services – these professionals offer a team approach to personalized control of diabetes, obesity, and other health issues and chronic diseases.
Chapman received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Dordt College, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Nursing Health Care Administration as well as becoming a Certified Diabetic Educator. Chapman joined the nursing staff at Orange City Area Health System in 2004. In her new role as Diabetes Care Coordinator, she will partner with pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations in the management of their diabetes. “I hope to coordinate care with individuals and our medical staff in a way that improves patient outcomes,” she states, “and to serve as a health coach to people with pre-diabetes and diabetes.”
Lincecum is a licensed Registered Dietitian in Iowa and South Dakota. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Food Science from Iowa State University, and interned at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Lincecum offers medical nutrition therapy as part of the health system’s outpatient services, including diabetes education, weight management, cardiovascular disease, and eating disorders consultation. “I look forward to working closely with individuals — from those with diabetes to weight management issues — as well as with our medical staff to create healthy eating plans based on their individual nutritional needs and medical history,” reports Lincecum.
More information about Orange City Area Health System’s diabetes care and nutrition support services can be found at ocHealthSystem.org or by visiting with your family practice physician.