Orange City Home Health & Hospice is offering a Grief Support Group five consecutive Monday afternoons from March 3 to 31 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 by Friday, February 28. Call Orange City Home Health & Hospice at 712-737-5279.
The Orange City Home Health & Hospice Staff invites the public to their eighth annual Hospice Memorial Service on Sunday, April 6 at 2pm at Trinity Reformed Church, 201 St. Paul Ave. SE in Orange City. The memorial service is a time for bereaved families, hospice staff and volunteers to come together to remember those who have died under Hospice care from April 2013 to March 2014. Mary Block, Hospice Chaplain, will be delivering the message. RSVP by contacting the Home Health and Hospice office at 737-5279.
Just in time for the sweetest holiday of the year: the Auxiliary of Orange City Area Health System is hosting its first “Everything Chocolate” Extravaganza on Wednesday, February 12, from 8am-2pm in the front lobby of the health system’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE in Orange City. The fundraiser will feature a luscious chocolate fountain, where for $5 a plate you can dip as many selections as desired. (Take-outs available.) The bake sale will feature chocolate candies, cakes, bars, cookies, pies, and desserts. And heart-shaped boxes of gourmet chocolates make the perfect Valentine’s gift. All proceeds directly benefit patients and families served by Orange City Area Health System.
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 ocHealthSystem.org.