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Health system opens new Walk-In Clinic in Orange City

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Orange City Area Health System is opening a new Walk-In Clinic in Orange City at 719 8th Street SE, in the Holland Plaza building. It is scheduled to open on Monday, December 2. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 5-9pm and Saturday-Sunday 1-9pm. The Walk-In Clinic is designed to offer treatment for common, non-life-threatening ailments including severe cold or flu, earache, minor sprains, fever, mild eye injury, severe sore throat, and minor cuts and burns. It is not intended to replace emergency care, which is offered at the health system ER 24/7/365, and does not offer radiology/Xray or advanced lab services. The health system’s three family medicine clinics, in Orange City, Hospers, and Paullina, provide wellness exams, physicals, labs and radiology, prenatal care, pediatrics, behavioral health, and other services by appointment. 
“The Walk-In Clinic fills a gap in service for evenings and weekends,” explains Steve Walhof, Director of Clinics at Orange City Area Health System. “We are listening to the communities we serve, addressing their health needs with different levels of care. We know that the Walk-In Clinic will be a great addition to our full-spectrum healthcare and wellness services.” 
The public is invited to an Open House/Grand Opening of the new facility on Friday, December 6, from 10am to 3pm. There will be a ribbon cutting at 10am, followed by a presentation and tours of the clinic, with refreshments and an opportunity to learn more about the services offered.
“We look forward to introducing this new service,” added Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System. “It will support our goal of providing the right care at the right place at the right time.”
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Orange City Area Health System is pleased to announce it has been named a 2019 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have achieved the 95thh percentile or above of performance in Patient Experience.

The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top 5% of all Press Ganey clients for each reporting period during the course of one year.

“Patient care providers at Orange City Area Health System take their commitment to provide safe, top-quality medical care very seriously,” commented Dan McCarty, COO of Orange City Area Health System. “We are particularly pleased to receive this Press Ganey award in the ‘Rate Our Hospital 0-10’ category. It is a true sign of patient satisfaction and a positive patient experience when the organization is rated in the top 5% of hospitals nationally, when patients are asked to rate your hospital overall 0-10.”

According to Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System, the award represents an important recognition from the industry’s leader in measuring, understanding, and improving the delivery of care. “We are honored to receive this award because it represents what our patients and families think about what we do every day,” said Guthmiller. “It is a true testament to the care and compassion extended by our staff to those we serve.”

“Congratulations to Orange City Area Health System for receiving the Guardian of Excellence Award,” said Patrick T. Ryan, Executive Chairman of Press Ganey. “This honor reflects their unwavering commitment to improving the safety, quality, and experience of care. Their hard work and dedication are inspiring, and we are proud to partner with them on our shared mission to reduce patient suffering.”

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-by Dee Meerdink, our Diabetes Educator and Care Coordinator

November is National Diabetes Month. You know someone who has diabetes – about 1 out of every 11 people has diabetes. But what do you really know about Type 2 diabetes?

Here are some myths about Type 2 diabetes:

  1. Eating too much sugar causes diabetes. While it’s true that eating large amounts of added sugar may increase your risk of diabetes, sugar intake is just one piece of the puzzle. Many other factors — including overall diet, lifestyle and genetics — also impact your risk.
  2. Only people who are overweight or obese get diabetes. There is a relationship between Type 2 diabetes, weight gain and obesity. However, it is possible to have type 2 diabetes without being overweight or obese. Around 5 percent of adults with type 2 diabetes are not overweight.
  3. People with Type 2 diabetes can’t eat sugar. It is true that people with type 2 diabetes should eat a healthful diet, and these diets are generally low in sugar. However, it may not be necessary to avoid sugar entirely. For instance, fruits contain fructose, which is a type of sugar, but they also provide fiber and a range of vitamins and minerals. People with diabetes should avoid sugary drinks though. An analysis of data from 310,819 people found that the risk of type 2 diabetes was more significant in those who consumed sugary drinks more regularly.
  4. People always know when they have type 2 diabetes. In the early stages of type 2 diabetes, the symptoms are generally less noticeable than they are in Type 1 diabetes. It is possible for someone to have type 2 diabetes without knowing it. A 2015 CDC report estimated that around 7.2 million people were not aware they had diabetes.

Get plugged in to our Diabetes prevention and care programs today!

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