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If you notice a tanker truck emblazoned with “Hull Fire Dept” spraying water at various locales around Orange City … no, the city didn’t enlist the town of Hull to keep things green and growing in the community. Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) purchased the tanker to help keep dust and dirt at bay at the Prairie Ridge Care Center construction site. “We were looking for a pull-behind watering tank to help control the dust at the site, which is adjacent to Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community,” reports Mark Pottebaum, Director of Plant Operations at OCAHS. “Then we found out about this 1978 tanker truck — available for a fraction of the cost from Hull.” According to Pottebaum, the 2,000-gallon tanker is used every day. In addition to the new senior care site, watering is done at Landsmeer, the OCAHS main campus, and Prairie Winds Event Center.

Muilenburg serving as sports medicine specialist in Orange City clinic

Dr. Mark Muilenburg has transitioned from family practice to musculoskeletal and sports medicine at Orange City Area Health System. With over 20 years experience diagnosing and treating active kids, high school and college athletes, weekend warriors, and senior citizens, Dr. Muilenburg is now focused on diagnosing and treating injuries to the body’s joints, muscles, and bones; using ultrasound and ultrasound-guided injections for the evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic injuries; and medical problems that arise during sports participation, like exercise-induced asthma and concussions. Dr. Muilenburg works with athletic trainers and physical therapists to create exercise programs and rehabilitation plans for rapid return to play. He also works closely with orthopedic physicians, and can expedite referral when surgery is required. For appointments call the Orange City medical clinic at 737-2000.

Color Coding for Kids minimizes radiation in CT scans

There’s no question that CT scans can save kids’ lives. But radiation matters, especially when it comes to pediatric imaging. Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) has made a commitment to “Image Gently,” using not only specific techniques to minimize radiation dose, but also using the latest technology and software. The health system’s GE Brightspeed CT scanner uses “Color Coding for Kids,” a unique technology that delivers up to 40% reduction in radiation dose along the entire body with no compromise in image quality. According to Darin Blankespoor, Radiology Manager for OCAHS, “This technology, and the protocols, help us conform to the standard radiation safety principle ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable).” In addition, the OCAHS team of radiologic technologists have made the “Image Gently” pledge, committing that “every imaging study in pediatric patients is thoughtful, appropriate, and indicated for each and every child.” CT (Computerized Tomography) is a valuable tool for diagnosing injury and disease, explains Blankespoor, and ultimately improves patient outcomes. According to Image Gently — the awareness campaign by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging — the radiation used in X-rays and CT scans has been compared to the background radiation (in soil, rocks, air, water, and other sources) that we are exposed to daily. But the new technology, software, and protocols help ensure that children are exposed to the smallest amount of radiation possible during an imaging study. In addition to the Image Gently pledge, the Orange City Area Health System medical team has committed to the “Image Wisely” standards for adult CT scans. For more information about the diagnostic imaging tools at Orange City Area Health System, including the Womens Imaging Center, visit ocHealthSystem.org, go to Services – Diagnostic Imaging.