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The COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine. The word on everyone's lips these days. As family physicians working during a pandemic, we find ourselves studying the specifics of the COVID-19 vaccines and passing the information on to our patients, answering questions, giving advice, and discounting misinformation. Here is what we've been sharing.

BVHS covid-19 update on Facebook Live Thursday

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will host a Facebook Live titled “BVHS COVID-19 Update,” on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m.

BVHS President and CEO Myron Lewis and Dr. William Kose, vice president of special projects, will discuss the organization’s planning of operations and processes that will ensure the safety and care of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will be streamed on the health system’s Facebook page, facebook.com/BlanchardValleyHealthSystem/. Community members can “like” the corporate Facebook account of BVHS and visit the page to watch live.

Weekend doctor: Is the Covid-19 vaccine safe for pregnancy?

What does the data really show?

By Miguel Jordan, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Concerns have come to my attention because a lot of misinformation has been spread on social media. I have heard claims that the COVID-19 vaccine can cause problems from infertility to miscarriage to even harm in the baby’s female reproductive system. All not true.

Bluffton Hospital will administer vaccines to those 80 and older

Registration begins on Jan. 18 • vaccines administered beginning Jan. 23

Vaccinations for Bluffton community members, 80 years of age and older, will begin Saturday, Jan. 23, at Bluffton Hospital, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS).

These individuals can register for the vaccine beginning Monday, Jan. 18, by calling 419.369.2323.

Operating hours for the call center are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are a limited number of vaccines available, therefore, vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. A caregiver or loved one may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

“I realize its importance in the fabric of the Bluffton community. It’s perfectly suited for the community.”

Icon talks with Myron Lewis, Blanchard Valley Health System's new president and CEO

Blanchard Valley Heath System’s new president and CEO, Myron Lewis’s first taste of Bluffton was a container of Shirley’s Popcorn.

“I’ve visited Bluffton and was struck by the attractive downtown,” he said, adding that his daughter purchased a giant container of Shirley’s Popcorn for him as a Christmas present – sadly, the container is empty he admitted.

The new president and chief executive officer of BVHS talked via Zoom with the Icon earlier this week. He replaces Scott Malaney who has retired.

BVHS implements Resuscitation Quality Improvement program

Blanchard Valley Heath System announced this month that it is implementing the Resuscitation Quality Improvement program (RQI), co-developed by the American Heart Association (AHA) and Laerdal Medical.

The program's purpose is to achieve sustained mastery of high-quality CPR skills and competency, resulting in improved patient outcomes.

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