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Bridge Home Health & Hospice offering volunteer training

Bridge Home Health & Hospice, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, will offer a six-session training course on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. for prospective volunteers beginning on Tuesday, March 5. The training will be held in The Hub Conference Room at Birchaven Retirement Village, located at 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay. 

‘Healthy Living with Diabetes’ presentation March 12

RSVP by March 5

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will host “Healthy Living with Diabetes,” part of the “Live and Learn” series, to educate the community about methods of coping with diabetes that promote healthy lifestyles. 

This event will be held on Tuesday, March 12, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Marathon Auditorium of Blanchard Valley Hospital and led by Thomas Grace, MD, from the Blanchard Valley Diabetes Center, a division of BVHS.

Weekend doctor: Ladies, let's talk about incontinence

By Jodi Bollenbacher, Certified Physician's Assistant
Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology

Women often avoid discussing accidental bowel leakage, also known as fecal incontinence. The subject often seems taboo. Women may think they are the only ones suffering with it and become too embarrassed to talk about it.

Hematology and oncology clinic at Bluffton Hospital

A major health benefit in our community

Not everyone’s first-ever summer job was like Henry Gerad’s.

As a 14-year-old in New York City, he worked in the summer as a lab technician in the cancer research lab at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

At that time, Dr. Charlotte Friend, known eventually for her discovery of the Friend Leukemia Virus and Friend erythroleukemia cells, conducted medical research in that lab.

That summer job sparked the young man’s interest in medicine, specifically hematology and oncology.

In top 100

Bluffton Hospital recognized as a 2019 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Bluffton Hospital, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

This award is one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence.

Weekend doctor: Food allergies vs. intolerances

Specifically in children

By David Stukus, MD
Allergy and Immunology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, an affiliate of Blanchard Valley Health System

Food allergies affect roughly five to eight percent of all children. A food allergy diagnosis can dramatically alter one’s life as it requires constant vigilance during meals and snacks and preparation in case a severe allergic reaction occurs. While many people experience various symptoms after eating certain foods, it is important to understand the differences between food allergy and intolerance.