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Learn tips about how to properly manage your diabetes or help prevent the onset of diabetes at a free diabetes fair hosted by Orange City Area Health System from 2:30-6pm, Thursday November 5. The diabetes fair will be held in the lower level conference rooms of the Orange City Area Health System main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE.

Cari Roorda, RN, diabetes education coordinator for Orange City Area Health System, as well as dietician Colleen King, RD, will be available to talk with fair attendees. In addition, there will be vendors on site for pumps, meters, and self-care devices, and attendees will learn about pre-diabetes, screening tools, helpful recipes, exercise tips, and information about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. There will also be healthy food available, and door prizes will be awarded.

Orange City Area Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of the region and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including clinics in Orange City, Paullina, and Hospers, as well as senior living and nursing homes, a dialysis center, high-tech surgical and radiology services, physical and occupational therapy, and a state-of-the-art hospital with a total healing environment.

Orange City Area Health System’s Home Health & Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of their hospice program in which trained volunteers are matched with patients requiring hospice care.
The training session for volunteers is Monday October 26 from 6:30-9pm, Monday November 2 from 6:30-9pm, and Saturday, November 7 from 9am-12pm in meeting room #4 at the Downtown Campus (east end of the lower level) of the health system, located at 400 Central Ave. in Orange City.
Some volunteers will have the opportunity to make home-visits that could include helping with household tasks, caring for children, running errands, playing games and preparing meals. Other volunteers serve by helping in the office with mailings, filing and working on various special projects. Finally, there are volunteers trained to work with the bereaved families, offering support and encouragement through a very difficult time in their lives.  To help make this experience truly rewarding for both the volunteer and the patient, the Hospice team will work with each volunteer to help assess interests and skills before placement with a patient.
If you are interested in learning more about this invaluable experience, please call Kim Jansma, social worker/volunteer coordinator, Orange City Home Health and Hospice at 737-5279.

Orange City Area Health System invites women of all ages to its first Breast Health Symposium, October 20, from 5:15 to 8:45pm at the Sioux Golf & Country Club in Alton. This social and informative evening features three keynote speakers, a panel of healthcare professionals, and many fun and educational booths and displays. Keynote speakers include Kim Lyons-Weiland of “Beyond Pink,” who will share how her diagnosis of breast cancer led her to make a major career change; Kristi Egland, PhD, who will offer “research insights from a scientist who is also a breast cancer survivor;” and Michelle Christy, who will share her experiences about “thriving, not just surviving” breast cancer. The $5 advanced purchase ticket cost also includes an hors d’oeuvres buffet and a complementary beverage. Seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased at the Orange City Area Health System ER reception desk, or by sending in an order with payment to Barb Den Herder, Education Coordinator, at the OCAHS main campus: 1000 Lincoln Circle SE, Orange City, IA 51041. The Breast Health Symposium is supported by a grant from the Siouxland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.®

The seasonal influenza vaccination clinics scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 7; Thursday, Oct. 8; and Saturday, Oct. 10 at Orange City Area Health System Medical Clinic have been postponed. Please check your local media channels for rescheduled dates.