PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT JOINS ORANGE CITY AREA HEALTH SYSTEM

Posted on July 29, 2015 – 9:25 am

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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT JOINS ORANGE CITY AREA HEALTH SYSTEM

Dykstra to offers family medicine services in expanding clinics

 

kimberly dykstraMarty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS), announced the signing of Kimberly Dykstra, P.A., to its family medicine provider team. Dykstra will join the health system in August. She will provide family medicine services as part of the health system’s team of 18 family practice providers that serve medical clinics in Orange City, Hospers, and Paullina, Iowa, and on the campus of Northwestern College.

“We are thrilled to add someone of Kimberly’s character and skill set to our primary care team,” said Guthmiller. “In addition to her walk-in clinic experience, she adds to our knowledge base in occupational medicine and is certified in Department of Transportation physicals.”

Dykstra is a native of Sioux Center. She received a B.A. in biology health professions with a minor in psychology from Northwestern College in Orange City while serving as a Certified Nurse Aide for Orange City Area Health System’s Long Term Care facility. Dykstra holds a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. She comes to OCAHS from Sanford Occupational Medicine and Walk-In Clinic in Sioux Falls. Dykstra and her husband Jamie have two children, Micah and Anna.

Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system encompassing four medical clinics; sports medicine clinic; behavioral health clinic; a hospital including a birth center, surgical center, and diagnostic imaging; physical and aquatic therapy; home health and hospice; and a senior care campus. OCAHS was recently named among the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in America for the second consecutive year.

Orange City Area Health System Receives Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience

Posted on July 29, 2015 – 9:21 am

WCA_ABH_2015Orange City Area Health System has been named a recipient of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience. This distinction is the only award that identifies the nation’s best healthcare institutions measured against the needs and preferences of women, providing her the opportunity to identify which hospitals deliver the quality patient experience she seeks for her and her family. Orange City Area Health System is the only hospital in Iowa in its size category (100 beds or less) that has received this designation, and is ranked #21 nationally.

Being named and recognized as a hospital of choice among women represents the strongest and most important consumer message in today’s healthcare marketplace. It considers that women account for 94% of all healthcare decisions for her and her family. (Center for Talent Innovation)

“We are honored that the women we serve in this region have indicated their confidence in us through this award,” said Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System. “It is a testament to our employees and their commitment to making the patient experience the best it can be for every patient, every day.”

The qualification process for America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience is unique in that it is the only national list that focuses on female patient satisfaction and recommendation scores. The process begins with scores derived by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for each hospital in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) database. The score takes a subset of the questions HCAHPS uses that research and experience shows are most important to women, and weight is applied to each of those questions to adjust for relative importance and arrive at a numerical score.

“At the Women’s Choice Award, we’ve identified America’s Best Hospitals across the nation to help women make smart healthcare choices for themselves and their family members,” said Delia Passi, CEO and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award. “Being treated with the proper level of care impacts one’s health, well-being and healing so it is critical for women to know those hospitals that have demonstrated the highest level of quality care to their patients, with a special focus on the female experience.”

This credential signifies Orange City Area Health System’s “commitment and passion toward an extraordinary healthcare experience for women and all patients.”

As an additional acknowledgement of the 2015 award recipients, a USA Today national announcement will highlight the 100 Best in 2015.

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ABOUT Orange City Area Health System
Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system including four family medicine clinics, sports medicine clinic, behavioral health clinic, hospital and birth center, surgical center, physical and aquatic therapy, home health and hospice, and a senior care campus.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD®
The Women’s Choice Award® sets the standard for helping women make smart choices through education, empowerment, and validation. Awards are determined by evidence-based research and identify the brands, products and services most recommended and trusted by women. Visit www.WomensChoiceAward.com to learn more.

ORANGE CITY AREA HEALTH SYSTEM RECEIVES SAFETY AWARDS

Posted on June 16, 2015 – 9:20 am

ORANGE CITY AREA HEALTH SYSTEM RECEIVES SAFETY AWARDS
Employee safety best practices translate to patient and community safety

Liza occ health safety awards june 2015Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS), led by its Occupational Health team, received two distinguished awards for employee safety in May as part of the ServiShare workers’ compensation program. ServiShare, a division of Iowa Hospital Association, presented awards to Iowa hospitals who achieved certain employee safety benchmarks, based on data from federally-mandated OSHA logs. OCAHS was one of six hospitals to earn the Safety Performance Award, and one of nine hospitals to earn the Return to Work Award. The health system, which employs 500 people on several campuses, had only four OSHA reportable injuries with no lost days, for one of the lowest incident rates in the ServiShare program. “Our experience with our employee safety translates to useful tools that we can provide our customers in the community as well,” reported Liza Schouten, RN, the health system’s Occupational Health Supervisor. “This indicates we are on the right path and can pass that on to businesses and individuals we serve.”

Orange City Area Health System offers occupational health services for its employees and also for the community, including pre-employment requirements, workers’ compensation case management, on-site workspace assessments, health assessments, pulmonary function testing, wellness screens, breath alcohol and drug testing, training, and more. Occupational health services are located in the Medical Office Building on the health system’s main campus in Orange City. OCAHS is a comprehensive health system consisting of four family medicine clinics, sports medicine clinic, behavioral health clinic, critical access hospital, home health and hospice, and a senior care campus. It was recently named among the Top 20 critical access hospitals in the nation for the second consecutive year. 

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST JOINS HEALTH SYSTEM

Posted on May 28, 2015 – 9:48 am

Family medicine services expand with behavioral health clinic

 

Donlin_DeeJay_MUG_CMYK smallerOrange City Area Health System is launching a Behavioral Health Clinic in June, to be integrated with the health system’s family medicine services. Dee Jay Donlin, Ph.D., LP will serve as Staff Clinical Psychologist in the behavioral health clinic, which is located in the family practice clinic at the Orange City campus. Dr. Donlin will work closely with the health system’s primary care providers to offer wholistic, patient-centered, coordinated behavioral health care.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Donlin as the director of this integrated, coordinated team-based approach to behavioral health,” said Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System. “Even more so, we are excited to build this new program with someone of such high character and integrity.”

“Improving our patients’ care and experience through integrated services will be our highest priority,” said Donlin. “We want to develop a model that will best fit the needs of Northwest Iowa and so we will thoughtfully develop that care with feedback from patients and providers. ”

Dr. Donlin comes to Orange City Area Health System from Sanford Medical Center Thief River Falls, where he served as staff clinical psychologist and clinical director of the mental health division at the Minnesota-based health system. He previously provided psychological consultation for Area Special Education Cooperative in East Grand Forks, and on the mental health staff at Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Donlin received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota Psychology in the Schools Training Program. He also attended Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul and Augustana Hochschule Theological Seminary in Neuendettelsau, Germany, and holds a B.A. in psychology from Augustana College in Sioux Falls.

Appointments with Dr. Donlin can be made by calling the Orange City Area Health System family medicine clinic at 712-737-2000 or through your family physician.

 

Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) is a comprehensive health system encompassing four medical clinics, sports medicine clinic, behavioral health clinic, hospital including a birth center, surgical center, diagnostic imaging, physical and aquatic therapy, home health and hospice, and a senior care campus. OCAHS was recently named – for the second consecutive year – among the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in America.

Van De Griend joins OCAHS family practice

Posted on August 28, 2014 – 2:42 pm

VandeGriend.Philip_LCMarty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System, announced the signing of Philip Van De Griend, MD, to its medical team. Dr. Van De Griend will join the health system in summer 2015. He will provide family medicine services as part of the health system’s team of 18 family practice providers serving the hospital, emergency department, and medical clinics in Orange City, Hospers, and Paullina, Iowa, and on the campus of Northwestern College. Dr. Van De Griend has a strong interest and training in sports medicine and will offer these services as well to area athletes as part of our Sports Medicine Clinic.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Dr. Van De Griend join our health team,” said Guthmiller. “He not only will bring a broad skill set with him but also represents the next generation of physicians here in Orange City.”

Van De Griend is a native of Orange City. He received his B.A. in psychology from Dordt College and his Masters of Public Health from the University of Iowa. In 2011 Van De Griend received his Medical Degree from Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. He completed his family practice residency at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine/Palmetto Health Richland Family Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina this summer and will complete a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC in July 2015.

Orange City Area Health System Nurse Awarded Iowa Hospital Association Scholarship

Posted on May 13, 2014 – 11:12 am

Pennelope Elder lowPennelope Elder, RN, of Alton, an employee of Orange City Area Health System who is studying for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Briar Cliff University, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).  She is among 34 outstanding students from all over Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program.

Iowa hospitals established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the ongoing shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to remain in the state as they establish their careers.  The first scholarships were awarded in 2005, and now 301 students have benefited from the program.  Including these latest awards, the scholarship program has provided more than $900,000 in direct support to students since its inception.

In exchange for that financial support, scholarship-receiving students agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive an award.  In this way, the scholarship program helps stabilize and enhance Iowa’s hospital workforce.

Hospital leaders from all parts of the state evaluated scholarship applications from more than 100 qualified students who were judged on grade-point average, a written personal statement, letters of reference, and extracurricular, community and health care-related activities.

“IHA and IHERF recognize the importance of pursuing higher education in the nursing field — just as Orange City Area Health System does — so we are happy to support Penny in this endeavor,” remarked Laurie Gebauer, MSN, Director of Patient Care at Orange City Area Health System. “Penny is greatly deserving of this award and we are proud to have her as part of our healthcare team.”

STUDENTS EXPLORE HEALTH CAREERS

Posted on May 6, 2014 – 3:18 pm

career explorationArea high school students recently explored careers in healthcare during Orange City Area Health System’s Career Exploration Day. Each spring and fall the health system invites students from six local high schools — MOC-FV, Unity Christian, Remsen-Union, Gehlen Catholic, South O Brien, and Western Christian — for High School Career Exploration Day. Throughout the morning, the students take a tour to many different departments including Radiology, Physical Therapy, Surgery, Nursing, Clinic, and Laboratory. At each location, a health system employee explains a day in their work life, educational track, hours, and the highs and lows within the field. The students are given a chance to ask questions and participate in some hands-on activities. Students also hear from health care staff including a Nurse Practitioner, Paramedic, Health Information, and the Senior Care Director. Orange City Area Health System’s goal is to give students an overview of health professions and expose them to the wide variety of options within the field, both direct care and support staff, and to answer any questions the students may have. The students are also informed of the many employment opportunities at the health system that are available to them, in dietary, housekeeping, and as Certified Nurse Assistants in the hospital and Senior Care that might be of interest to them, even as students.

Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive non-profit health system including a critical access hospital; four medical clinics served by 16 family practice providers; fertility, prenatal, and OB services; surgical and diagnostic imaging centers; physical and aquatic therapy; home health and hospice; and a senior care campus consisting of a retirement community and senior care center. More information at ocHealthSystem.org.

CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING REVIEW CLASS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 29

Posted on May 5, 2014 – 1:23 pm

Diabetics and anyone interested in learning how to count carbs are invited to a review class on Thursday, May 29, from noon to 2pm at Orange City Area Health System’s main campus. Review dietary management of diabetes and practice carb counting skills with registered dietician, Jennifer Lincecum. Medicare and most insurance plans will cover two hours of medical nutrition therapy each year for those with diabetes. Check with your insurance carrier for more details. To register call Olivia Chapman, BSN, Orange City Area Health System Diabetes Care Coordinator at 712.737.5311.

SIOUX COUNTY DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET MAY 14

Posted on May 5, 2014 – 1:22 pm

Will review blood glucose meters

Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) is hosting the May Sioux County Support Group on Wednesday May 14 at 7pm in the lower level conference rooms at the health system’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE in Orange City. Join OCAHS diabetes care coordinator, Olivia Chapman, in reviewing blood glucose meter testing, care, cleaning, and more. This is a great review for both new diabetics and those who have had diabetes for many years. This support group is free for all to attend. Call Olivia with questions at 712.737.5311.

ORANGE CITY AREA HEALTH SYSTEM NAMED AMONG TOP 20 CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS IN AMERICA

Posted on April 30, 2014 – 9:03 am

NRHA CAH Top20 WINNER-2014 OLAlso named in Top 20 Best Practices for Patient Satisfaction

Orange City Area Health System was recently named one of the 20 highest ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the United States by the National Rural Health Association, as determined by iVantage Health Analytics.

The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on eight indices of strength using the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most comprehensive rating of U.S. acute care hospitals and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs.

In addition to the Top 20 Critical Access Hospital recognition, 60 “best practice” designations were given to facilities that have achieved success in one of three key area of performance: quality, patient satisfaction, and financial stability. Orange City Area Health System was named among the Top 20 in the Patient Satisfaction category.

“We are truly honored to be listed in the Top 1% of critical access hospitals in the nation,” reports Marty Guthmiller, CEO for Orange City Area Health System. “It is a true testament to each of our 500 employees for the quality of care they provide, as well as the support attributed to us by our patients.”

Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive non-profit health system including a critical access hospital; four medical clinics served by 16 family practice providers; fertility, prenatal, and OB services; surgical and diagnostic imaging centers; physical and aquatic therapy; home health and hospice; and a senior care campus consisting of a retirement community and senior care center. More information at ocHealthSystem.org.

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