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Weekend doctor: Dangers of E-Cigarettes

By Angel Mercer, licensed social worker, tobacco treatment specialist
The Armes Family Cancer Care Center, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System
Media reports have recently warned consumers to stop using e-cigarettes immediately. Many people are experiencing illness linked to e-cigarettes, including death. What are e-cigarettes? What are you exposing to your body? What is being done to stop this epidemic?

BVHS announces clinic collaboration with Mayo Clinic Care Network

The new relationship extends to medical professionals at the Bluffton Hospital

Attached at the bottom of this story is a Q and A for frequently asked questions regarding the collaboration.

Blanchard Valley Health System has announced that it is the first Ohio-based health care facility to join a clinic collaboration with the Mayo Clinic Care Network, of Rochester, Minnesota.

The Mayo relationship extends to medical professionals at the  Bluffton Hospital.

In making the announcement on Oct. 10, Scott Malaney, BVHS president and CEO, said, “This is a big day for us.”

Weekend doctor: My Achy, Breaky…Back

By Andrius Giedraitis, MD
Blanchard Valley Pain Management
Back pain, whether in the neck or lower back, has become ubiquitous. The National Institute of Health estimate that 80 percent of all Americans have suffered from back pain at some point in their lives, and the number of adults whose life is markedly affected continues to grow.

The Science of Urology & You

Presentation in Live and Learn hospital series

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will host “The Science of Urology & You,” the final installment of the 2019 “Live and Learn” series. 

This community presentation will focus on urological treatments and robotic surgery options for urinary incontinence and other health issues. 

Weekend doctor: Do antibiotics increase the risk of clostridioides difficile?

By Lisa Shaheen, RN
Birchaven Village Home
Clostridioides Difficile (C. diff) is a common bacterium of the human intestine. When there is a disruption in this healthy intestinal bacterium, it can lead to the overgrowth of C. diff bacteria in the colon, becoming an infection and causing diarrhea.

A C. diff infection (CDI) is common in immunosuppressed individuals and can be caused by the overuse of antibiotics

BVHS develops new Heartburn and Reflux Center

A network of physicians at Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) have recently joined together to establish the Heartburn & Reflux Center of Northwest Ohio. The center will provide comprehensive care to help patients eliminate heartburn and other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and related disorders.

The center is led by Jessica Reynolds, MD, a general surgeon with Surgical Associates of Northwest Ohio. A “reflux care navigator” will also be available to patients, to assist with ordering and scheduling of tests, appointments and patient follow-ups.

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