Posted on April 30, 2014 – 8:48 am

Also 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


Posted on April 10, 2014 – 8:40 am

flower basketFundraiser set for May 8

The Auxiliary of Orange City Area Health System will have its annual Spring Plant Sale fundraiser on Thursday, May 8, from 7am to 1pm in the front lobby of the health system’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE in Orange City. There will be a huge selection of bedding plants, assorted flower planters, and hanging baskets. All proceeds to toward the purchase of medical equipment and other items and services that directly benefit health system patients and families.

Babysitting Class Offered

Posted on April 8, 2014 – 2:21 pm

babysitting classOrange City Area Health System and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering a Babysitting Class, with a choice of two dates: Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30. The class — which is available for those who have completed fifth grade — runs from 9am to 3pm at the health system’s downtown campus on Central Avenue in Orange City. It includes child development, first aid, nutrition, and presentations by local professionals. Cost is $20 and includes snacks, beverages, and noon lunch. Participants are asked to bring a doll or teddy bear. Class size is limited. Registration is required by May 23. 

For the May 29 class Register Here.

For the May 30 class Register Here

Or you may register by calling the Orange City Area Health System Community Education at 737-5367.

Prairie Ridge Gets Clean-Up Assist

Posted on April 8, 2014 – 8:41 am

2 SoccerOn Saturday, March 30, twenty MOC-Floyd Valley Boys Soccer Team members and their coaches, Dave Miedema and Lyle Lundgren, spent several hours at Prairie Ridge Care Center raking up the piles of corn stalks that had blown into the yards and patio areas over the fall and winter months.  Over 11 full pickup loads were hauled to the Orange City compost site. Residents at Prairie Ridge have been eager to have the pygmy goats and chickens make their return to their patio areas as kids are slated to be born starting in early May!


Posted on April 7, 2014 – 3:42 pm

hands butterflyHalf-day camp in Orange City scheduled for May 30

Orange City Home Health & Hospice, a division of Orange City Area Health System, is hosting “Camp Hope,” a half day grief camp for kids, on Friday, May 30 from 8am-12:30pm at the First Impact Center, 112 1st St. SW in Orange City. This camp — for children TK through sixth grade — provides an encouraging environment where children can begin to accept the death of their loved one, reflect on their relationship, and begin to understand grief and loss. Also, they may discover their own inner strength and courage, while remembering their loved one. According to Michelle Vaas, hospice social worker, “Our mission is to provide a safe place where children have the opportunity to share their feelings and experiences with other children who have also experienced death and to equip parents and caregivers with education and support.” Children can be brought to the camp as early as 7:30am. Parents and other caregivers are encouraged to join them at noon for lunch and a releasing of eco-friendly lanterns bearing special notes to their loved ones.

Please use your child’s name when registering and complete a registration form for each child attending.  When we receive your registration we will contact you for parent/guardian name(s), your children’s ages, and some additional helpful information. Registration deadline is May 23 by calling 712-737-5279 or  Register Here.

Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss

Posted on March 25, 2014 – 12:55 pm

Hospice Foundation of America Educational program

Thursday, April 10 from 1-4pm

Orange City Area Health System lower level conference rooms

Register by April 7.    Register Here online or call Lisa Burg at 737-5367.

The Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) 2014 program focuses exclusively on the issues that adolescents face as they cope with loss. Adolescence, broadly defined from middle school years to emerging adulthood, is a significant developmental period during which adolescents form identity, independence, and intimacy. Illness and loss profoundly influences these processes. This program explores the ways that healthcare workers, hospices, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors, and other professionals can assist adolescents as they cope with loss.

Low-Cost CE Credits Available
Three hours of continuing education will be available through Hospice Foundation of America for nurses, social workers, counselors, psychologists, funeral directors, clergy, and more. Please verify CE availability with your professional or state board approval and/or refer to HFA’s list of Board Approvals located at Information regarding CE credits will be available at the program site.


Posted on March 17, 2014 – 1:17 pm

remsen st marys gift feb 2014 smallRemsen St. Mary’s Christian Leadership Team gives $800 to Orange City Area Health System

The student-led Christian Leadership Team (CLT) at Remsen St. Mary High School donated funds they raised for cancer awareness to Orange City Area Health System. The students raised $800 at various “Pink Out” fundraising events, and presented a check to Dan McCarty, COO of the health system, during a visit to the hospital on February 28. “It was a great feeling raising money for cancer awareness,” reported Lyndsie Schorg, one of the CLT leaders, “especially because cancer has touched the lives of many, and this was our way to help the fight against cancer.” According to McCarty, the funds will be used to purchase bedside tables for the health system’s Chemotherapy Center, “to help cancer patients be more relaxed and comfortable during their treatments.”


Posted on March 17, 2014 – 11:17 am

Orange City Area Health System is offering three dates and three locations for public Wellness Screenings. The tests, which include cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL, risk ratio, and glucose, will be offered on Tuesday April 8 from 7-8:30am at the Hospers Medical Clinic; Thursday April 10 from 8-9:30am at Mill Creek Family Practice in Paullina, and from 6-8am at the Orange City Family Practice Clinic; and Friday April 11 from 6-8am at the Orange City Clinic. Patients should fast for 10-12 hours prior to the test. Cost is $25, and no appointment is necessary. For more information call 712-737-5227.


Posted on March 17, 2014 – 11:05 am

The Auxiliary of Orange City Area Health System will host its popular Usborne Book Sale fundraiser on Thursday, April 10 from 8am to 4pm in the front lobby of the health system’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE in Orange City. Over 1,300 bright, colorful, fun titles covering activities, puzzles, and a wide range of subjects for children of all ages will be for sale, with proceeds directly benefiting patients and families.

Prairie Ridge Chili Cookoff

Posted on March 3, 2014 – 8:38 am

2014 Chili CookoffResidents of Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City enjoyed a “chili cookoff” on Wednesday, February 26. Staff and residents entered a total of nine different chili soups.  Dan McCarty, Orange City Area Health System COO, Deb De Haan, mayor of Orange City, and Char Ten Clay, Administrator of Prairie Ridge, judged the contest. First place went to resident Dena Palsma’s “Family Chili.”  Dena was also the winner in the pie contest held last fall.

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