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.

Health System Creates $27.9 Million Impact on Local Economy

Posted on February 26, 2014 – 11:53 am

Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) generates 657 jobs that add $27.9 million to the area economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). In addition, OCAHS employees by themselves spend nearly $6.5 million on retail sales and contribute over $388,000 in state sales tax revenue.

“While our primary purpose is, and will remain, serving the health needs of the area, one cannot overlook our contribution to the local economic health of the region,” reports Martin W. Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System. “Local health systems are a key element to a local economy.”

“One of the key factors in economic development is attracting quality, high paying jobs,” states Orange City Economic Development Director, Mark Gaul. “Not only does OCAHS provide state-of-the-art healthcare to the region, it is one of the largest employers in our community.”

Gaul adds, “Health care is not only a field that provides quality jobs, but it is a growing field as well. Orange City Area Health System is an anchor in our community and is key to our area’s economic health. We appreciate everything that OCAHS provides to our local economy and cannot take that for granted.”

”The IHA study examined the jobs, income, retail sales and sales tax produced by hospitals and the rest of the state’s health care sector.  The study found that Iowa hospitals directly employ 71,437 people and create another 57,792 jobs outside the hospital sector.  As an income source, hospitals provide $4.2 billion in salaries and benefits and generate another $1.8 billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals.

“People are often unaware of the contributions that hospitals make to their local economies, including the number of people they employ, the significance of hospital purchases with local businesses and the impact of their employees’ spending and tax support for an entire region,” said Kirk Norris, IHA president/CEO.  “Just as no one provides the services and community benefits found at community hospitals, there is also no substitute for the jobs and business hospitals provide and create.”

Orange City Area Health System includes a critical access hospital and emergency medical services, four family practice clinics served by 16 providers, surgical services, obstetrics services/birth center, a sports medicine clinic, physical and aquatic therapy, home health and hospice, a retirement community, and a senior care center. More information at


Posted on February 26, 2014 – 10:54 am

Feb2014 auxiliary giftPart of pledge to Prairie Winds Event Center

At their February 19 board meeting, the Orange City Area Health System Auxiliary presented a check for $50,000 to the health system.  This annual gift is partial  payment on a $200,000 pledge the auxiliary made to Prairie Ridge Care Center two years ago. The gift comes from funds raised by the Auxiliary through Gift Garden proceeds and Auxiliary fundraisers/lobby sales held monthly throughout the year.

First Row:  Theresa McCarty, OCAHS Auxiliary Treasurer presents $50,000 check to Marty Guthmiller, CEO.
2nd Row:  June Van Oort, Linda Massmann, Barbara Grady
3rd Row:  Tami Guthmiller, Mary Pottebaum, Lynnette Schuller, Shonna Hector
Back Row:  Lorie Foreman, Wanda Friedrichsen, Mary Plathe
Auxiliary board members not pictured include Jane Vogel, Marilyn Van Engelenhoven, Linda Te Grotenhuis, Jan Ver Steeg, Wanda Wichers and Susan Klein.


Posted on February 18, 2014 – 9:17 am

Circle color logoFinal “Circle of Support” session deals with school and cyber bullying issues

The final “Circle of Support” session for the 2013-14 season will deal with the relevant issue of “bullying.” Parents, teachers, church youth leaders, and anyone involved with youth are encouraged to attend this free panel discussion on Thursday, March 27, from 6:30-8pm at Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City. Topics to be discussed include cyber-bullying, recent area bullying incidents, bullying in school and at home, campaigns to fight bullying, and the fact that bullying is being seen in younger ages. Recent national statistics indicate that 71 percent of students report bullying as an on-going problem, and some of the top years for bullying include 4th through 8th graders with 90 percent reporting being victims of bullying. The panel includes Dr. Dayton Vogel, Creative Living Center mental health counselor; Wayne Dykstra, Unity Christian High School principal; Crista Smidt, Orange City and Sioux Center Christian Schools guidance counselor; and Todd McDonald, MOC-Floyd Valley High School guidance counselor. There will be ample time for questions and discussion. There is no charge to attend, and no pre-registration is required. The session is being hosted by MOC-Floyd Valley and Unity Christian high schools. Circle of Support is a collaborative series of sessions revolving around the critical cultural issues impacting our youth today and is sponsored by Orange City Area Health System, MOCHA Kiwanis Club, Creative Living Center, Community Health Partners, and Compass Pointe. For more information contact Lisa Burg, Orange City Area Health System Public Relations and Community Education, at 712-737-5367.


Posted on February 18, 2014 – 9:04 am

Le ThuOrange City Area Health System’s CEO Marty Guthmiller announced the signing of Le Thu, MD, to the hospital’s medical staff. Dr. Thu will be the first dedicated emergency medicine physician to join the health system. Currently, members of the health system’s family practice team provide ER services, and that will continue with the addition of Dr. Thu.

“We believe that the level and consistency of care is raised when we have our doctors caring for our patients,” reported Guthmiller. “ We look forward to welcoming Dr. Thu to our team and community.  It is a testament to both that we are able to attract a physician of her quality and stature.”

Dr. Thu is currently an emergency medicine physician serving in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. She is board certified in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and urgent care. Dr. Thu received her Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Rush Presbyterian Medical Center University in Chicago, and did her internal medicine residency at Cincinnati Medical Center. She has served as an attending doctor of emergency medicine in numerous hospitals throughout the country.

“Dr. Thu brings to our health system a diversity in training, expertise and life experiences,” said Dr. Alan Laird, Chief Medical Officer for Orange City Area Health System.  “She will help us continue in our goal of providing the best possible care to our patients and being their healthcare provider of choice. ”

Dr. Thu is a native of Indiana. Her professional interests include wilderness emergency medicine, foreign travel medicine, geriatric and preventive medicine, and pain management. She is fluent in English, French, and Vietnamese languages, and is a professionally trained dancer and choreographer in classical and modern ballet.

Dr. Thu will join Orange City Area Health System this coming April. For more information about the health system’s family practice clinics, hospital, emergency medicine services, senior care, and other services, visit


Posted on February 12, 2014 – 8:50 am

Have you ever thought about becoming a Volunteer Ombudsman? Volunteers spend 3-5 hours a month visiting residents in the nursing home and seek to aid residents in resolving any concerns they  may have. Volunteers must be over the age of 18, pass criminal history and abuse registry checks and if accepted, participate in 24 hours of training. If interested contact the Iowa Office of State Long Term Care Ombudsman at 866-236-1430.

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