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4,500 surgical procedures performed in 2017 at Bluffton Hospital

Including an average of two plastic surgeries each week

Albert Loayza, RN, surgical first assistant at Bluffton Hospital, puts it this way: “Our hospital is small, but our care is big.”

Last year that “small” Bluffton Hospital surgical department handled 4,500 procedures, a number that may surprise most Icon viewers.

Bluffton’s surgical specialties include general, obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN), facial plastic, pediatric, urology, gastro-intestinal and ear, nose and throat surgery.

Beyond MedSpa offers two Valentine's Day packages

Offered in Bluffton and Findlay

Blanchard Valley Health System offers two Valentine's Day packages available at its Beyond MedSpa locations at both Bluffton Hospital and Blanchard Valley Hospital.

• Package One - Includes Beyond facial, brow shaping or dermaplaning, 30-minute Swedish massage and complilmentary aromatherapy for $99.
• Package Two - Includes 60-minute hot chocolate stone massage, Beyond mini facial for $120.

Bridge Bereavement Services hosting “Understanding Depression in Grief”

January 15 in Findlay

Bridge Bereavement Services will offer a presentation that focuses on understanding depression in grief on Monday, Jan. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 S. Main Street, Findlay.

Topics include: 

 Assisting the bereaved in identifying depression 

 Explaining the difference between feeling and being depressed 

 Coping mechanisms for healthy grief 

Jamie Wilkinson-Franks, MSW, LISW-S, of Stepping Stones Counseling will be presenting, with an opportunity for discussion to follow. 

December births (and one January birth)

Reported from Bluffton Hospital

The following  births were reported at Bluffton Hospital in December and early January.

It's open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year

Bluffton Hospital ER sees 6,000 people in a typical 12-month period

While most of Bluffton shuts down after midnight, one important community service never closes.

It’s Bluffton Hospital’s Emergency Room.

Its traditional busy times are from 3 to 11 p.m., but the door is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

While many reading this story may have used the ER – even at some odd hours – here’s some details most persons in the hospital service area may not realize.

Dr. Cheri Diller is Bluffton's newest general practitioner

Accepting new patients at Bluffton Primary Care

Pandora native Dr. Cheri Diller, M.D., general practitioner, has joined Bluffton Primary Care and is the newest physician in the community.

Bluffton Primary Care is located at 161 Garau St., in the former offices of Dr. Woodruff.

She joins Dr. Leah Eiden, M.D., who also has a practice in the building. Bluffton Primary Care, part of Blanchard Valley Medical Practices, opened earlier this fall after a building renovation and held its official ribbon cutting on Dec. 4.

In opening her family practice, Dr. Diller is accepting new patients.

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