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Weekend Doctor: Two types of mammograms - screening and diagnostic

X-rays that help providers detect abnormalities or changes

By Tanna Pate
Mammography Supervisor
EasternWoods Women & Children’s Center

“Living with Chronic Back Pain” presentation Nov. 6

Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH) will host “Living with Chronic Back Pain,” part of the “Live and Learn” series, to educate the community about methods of coping with chronic back pain. 

This event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Marathon Auditorium of BVH and led by Becky Alexander, physical therapist from The Julie A. Cole Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine and John Ogden, MD, neurosurgeon from Neurosurgical Associates of Northwest Ohio. 

In collaboration with Bluffton Hospital

Dr. Abate first BVHS physician to offer obstetric and gynecology services at Ottawa Medical and Diagnostic Center

Dr. George Abate, DO, on the staff of Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology (located in the Neil and Laura Clark Women and Children’s Center), Findlay, says he didn’t go to medical school to join a large city practice.

“I’m all about personal, individualized patient care,” he said, adding that he feels right at home in the Blanchard Valley Health System community.  

The Ohio University College of Medicine graduate performed his residency at Cleveland Clinic.

5,000 surgical procedures completed

With minimally invasive robot at BVHS

The surgery department of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has recently reached the milestone of 5,000 surgical procedures completed using a daVinci robot, which allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery. BVHS is only the second health system in northwest Ohio to achieve this milestone.

Weekend Doctor: depression versus sadness

Depression is unhealthy and may require treatment; sadness is a typical human emotion

By Tracy Brubaker, CNP
Caughman Health Center

Depression is a common mental illness that affects millions of people around the world. However, many people suffering from depression may believe they are simply just sad. Likewise, those who do not suffer from depression may mistake extreme sadness as depression.

Unlike depression, sadness is a typical human emotion and a natural part of life that may sometimes even be beneficial. In contrast, depression is unhealthy and may require treatment to alleviate.

Dr. Lorie Thomas of Blanchard Valley Health System named Master Surgeon

Lori Thomas, DO, a gynecologist at Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), has achieved accreditation as a master surgeon of both minimally invasive gynecology and robotic surgery by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). This accreditation distinguishes Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology, a division of BVHS, from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.