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August 14, 2020

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Blanchard Valley Health System acquires the Findlay Surgery Center

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) recently acquired the Findlay Surgery Center (FSC), thereby adding an outpatient surgery center to its continuum of services.

The FSC will continue to offer surgical and procedural services in orthopedics, podiatry, general surgery, ENT (otolaryngology), pain management, plastic and cosmetic surgery, ophthalmology, gynecology, urology, endoscopic and oral surgery.

New COVID-19 test gets green light

FDA approves first COVID-19 test for those without symptoms

This column is provided by the ONU HealthWise Pharmacy.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a new COVID-19 diagnostic test that can test people who are not showing symptoms.

This test is found under the name LabCorp COVID-19 RT-PCR.

This test was originally given an EUA in early March. It was to test those whose health care providers suspected that they might have COVID-19, and it only tested individual specimens (no sample pooling). But that changed with this new EUA from the FDA.


Weekend doctor: Dupuytren’s contracture of the palm

There isn't a cure for the disorder, but there are treatments

By Katie Fultz, PA-C and James Davidson, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Dupuytren's contracture is a benign disorder of collagen, which is in the body's connective tissue.

It is named after the French surgeon, who performed the first surgery for the condition. The disorder causes progressive fibrosis (fibrous thickening) of the superficial palmar fascia in the hand.

Reduce, reuse and recycle

BFR summer kids' camp Aug. 10-14 - openings available

Reduce, reuse and recycle
Bluffton Family Recreation's summer camp theme
Monday to Friday, Aug. 10-14

Campers will participate in a week full of fun tasks that challenge their thinking skills, game play and endurance in the Amazing Race-themed challenge. The importance of working in a team and communicating will be highlighted throughout adventures in this race to the finish.

Daily schedule:
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Pre-camp
9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. - Traditional camp
3:30-5:30 p.m. - Post camp

University remains closed to visitors

Students return to campus Aug. 13-16

The majority of Bluffton University’s residential students will move into residence halls Aug. 13-16 with classes to resume Aug. 17.

Fall semester was moved up two weeks as part of Bluffton’s Protect the Dam plan for returning to campus housing and instruction. The academic calendar change also means in-person classes will end by Thanksgiving break and students will not return to campus until the spring semester begins.

Other health and safety measures outlined in the plan include social distancing, wearing face masks, reducing classroom density and symptom monitoring.

Take a summer Bluffton art walk

Check out Riley Creek Landform, art with a function on Main Street

Seventh in a series –
More photos at the bottom this story

Summer is a great time to explore the art spread across the Bluffton community – especially for viewers unable to visit art galleries elsewhere in Ohio.

As a weekly series, The Icon will feature the art created by John Peter Klassen (1888-1975), a long-time Bluffton College art professor, and art by other artists in the community.

For some viewers, this series is familiar. For others, it may be a first-time experience.