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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.

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.

Covid-19 testing guidance for patients and employers

From Bluffton Hospital and BVHS

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) is encouraging individuals to work with their primary care providers to order the COVID-19 test, if needed.

BVHS is collecting outpatient COVID-19 samples with a provider order at the Findlay and Bluffton campuses. These samples are collected by appointment only.

Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 or are having symptoms related to COVID-19 are also able to be evaluated at Physicians Plus Urgent Care and COVID-19 testing may be ordered and completed onsite.

Weekend doctor: Preparing for elective surgery

Process is important to make sure you are properly prepared and informed for the surgery

Information provided by Peggy Robinette, RN; Lisa Butler, RN; and Maura Mathias, RN, Pre-surgical screening, Blanchard Valley Hospital

When an elective surgery is scheduled, you will be contacted to set up a pre-surgery health interview.

This process is important to make sure you are properly prepared and informed for the upcoming surgery. This interview can be done in person or by phone. This type of screening was implemented many years ago to improve patient care before and after surgical procedures.

Here's the latest births at Bluffton Hospital

Here are births reported from Bluffton Hospital since late May:

May 29 – Beckham Jeremiah Magee, son of Jeremiah and Kayla Magee, Findlay
May 29 – Pierce Maxwell Risner, son of Trenton and Natacia Risner, Alger

BVHS encourages contacting primary care provider for covid-19 testing

Bluffton Hospital is a testing site

Blanchard Valley Health System is encouraging patients to schedule an appointment with their primary care provider (PCP) if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.

A PCP will determine if a COVID-19 test is needed and will place an order for testing at Bluffton Hospital or Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. Appointments are required for COVID-19 testing. 

To receive testing at Physicians Plus Urgent Care, or through either of our emergency departments, patients must first be evaluated by a provider. A determination will be made if a COVID-19 test is required.