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Bluffton Hospital recognized as a 2019 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Bluffton Hospital, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

This award is one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence.

Weekend doctor: Food allergies vs. intolerances

Specifically in children

By David Stukus, MD
Allergy and Immunology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, an affiliate of Blanchard Valley Health System

Food allergies affect roughly five to eight percent of all children. A food allergy diagnosis can dramatically alter one’s life as it requires constant vigilance during meals and snacks and preparation in case a severe allergic reaction occurs. While many people experience various symptoms after eating certain foods, it is important to understand the differences between food allergy and intolerance.

Taking Care of You

Part of the ‘Living Through Loss’ Series on Feb. 18

The February presentation of the “Living through Loss” series will be held on Monday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and titled “Taking Care of You.” This presentation will take place in the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital located at 1900 S. Main St. in Findlay.

Weekend doctor: Alcohol Consumption and Cirrhosis

By Brenda Keller
Certified Nurse Practitioner at Gastroenterology Associates of Northwest Ohio

One of the common responses to a diagnosis of cirrhosis, the late stage of progressive liver damage, is “How much does she/he drink?” It is known that excessive alcohol consumption can be associated with cirrhosis. However, there are several causes outside of alcohol consumption.

BVHS offers scholarships to area students, BVHS associates

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) is offering educational scholarships to individuals pursuing health care careers. BVHS associates and current college students may be eligible to apply.

A complete list of scholarships, along with applications, deadlines, qualifications and contact information can be viewed at bvhealthsystem.org/scholarships by clicking on the “Scholarships” link under the “Health Care Professionals” menu. 

Those who receive a BVHS scholarship may be required to make a commitment to the organization. Available scholarships are as follows:

Weekend doctor: Hospice care is not a death sentence

By Chelsie Niese
RN, Clinical Educator at Bridge Home Health and Hospice

Many patients and their families decline hospice care because the patient is “not ready to die.” I understand and have empathy toward someone who does not want to die, but receiving hospice care does not cause death. The reality is hospice care enhances many patients’ quality of life so that they are able to enjoy more of their time with family and friends.

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