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Orange City Home Health & Hospice is offering a Grief Support Group five consecutive Monday afternoons from September 30 to October 28 from 12:30 to 2:30pm in the lower level conference room of the health system’s downtown campus at 400 Central Avenue NW in Orange City. Bereavement support groups offer a safe place and supportive environment for those who are grieving a recent death, to talk about their feelings of loss.  According to Benefits of Grief Support Groups by Patti Cox “In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, support groups give you the opportunity to share your story openly and guilt-free.  You also have the opportunity to hear the stories of others and talk about coping day-to-day, as well as on the most difficult days of our grief journeys.” The five-week program provides directed group support within an educational format.  There is no cost to attend the Grief Support Group, but donations are accepted and appreciated. Pre-registration is required. Call Orange City Home Health & Hospice at 712-737-5279.


Therapeutic Health Services at Orange City Area Health System launches new service

Therapeutic Health Services (THS) — providers of physical and occupational therapy located in the medical office building at Orange City Area Health System’s main campus — has recently launched a “Running Injury Clinic.” THS physical therapists in the running clinic are specialists trained to evaluate and treat mechanical dysfunctions due to musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions, allowing them to identify areas of weakness and body mechanics that may limit a person’s running potential. “We perform an evaluation using video analysis of an individual’s running form to determine the causes of any problems,” explains Brad Zwart, Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Certified Specialist with THS. “Using that evaluation we create a specific exercise plan, including important stretches to optimize joint function, and we work with the runner on his or her techniques to help them achieve peak performance.” If a runner — or other athlete — has more significant problems, he or she is then referred to their family doctor or to Dr. Muilenburg in the sports medicine clinic at Orange City Area Health System. Appointments can be made by calling THS at 712-737-5234. Updates on THS and their services can be found on their new Facebook page, search “THS, Inc. – physical therapy.”


pursesProceeds benefit patients served by health system

The Auxiliary of Orange City Area Health System will host its popular “Purse-n-ality” purse and fashion accessories sale on Wednesday, August 21, from 8am-5pm in the front lobby at the health system’s main campus in Orange City. All proceeds directly benefit patients and families served by the health system.


Helps Patients, Families Better Understand Health

The Patient Channel is now available at Orange City Area Health SystemThis 24-hour patient education TV channel provides topical, network-quality programming delivered to hospital patient rooms and waiting rooms. The goal of the channel is to educate patients and their families to increase their awareness of medical issues, encourage informed communication with Medical Providers, improve their ability to make informed decisions, and promote a sense of empowerment during the times when accurate information is most needed.  

Programming on The Patient Channel covers a wide spectrum of topics including asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, smoking cessation, parenting, health/wellness, and other healthcare topics.  New programs are added throughout the year. The educational content on The Patient Channel is controlled by independent advisory boards, consisting of experts in medicine, patient care, education and ethics, whose objective is to ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of programming.

For patients, their relatives and friends, The Patient Channel integrates seeing and hearing which helps in the retention of information.  And the television medium is one that most people have in their home and with which they are comfortable. Furthermore, the channel standardizes and increases access to patient education content 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. 

As a subscriber to The Patient Channel and also The Newborn Channel, Orange City Area Health System patients, families, and residents can also access the programming “On Demand” from their computers, tablets, or smart phones any time. Access to the on-demand programming is at www.thepatientchannelnow.com with the health system’s password of 07131.

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Serves in health system’s Wound, Ostomy, Continence, and Foot Care clinic

Kendra Schroeder ARNP, CWOCFCN, a nurse practitioner with Orange City Area Health System serving in their Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC) and Foot Care clinic in Orange City, completed the webWOC Nursing Education Program, which is accredited by the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society, in partnership with Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis. She completed 150 clinical practicum hours through Sanford Wound Healing Clinic in Sioux Falls, and received certification through the WOC board in March. Board certification demonstrates that the nurse has “an ongoing, personal commitment to specialty education and professional growth that leads to quality patient care.”

The WOC clinic at Orange City Area Health System provides specialized patient care to solve or manage various concerns. As a WOC nurse, Schroeder provides support, care, and education for inpatients and outpatients with skin problems, incisions, non-healing wounds and pressure ulcers, ostomies, and urinary or fecal incontinence. She also provides foot and nail care. For information and appointments call 737-5380. ocHealthSystem.org