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No covid-19 patients in Blanchard Valley Hospital

Myron Lewis: "This gives us hope that we are getting to the other side." He recommends people who have put off routine physician visits to contact their general practitioners

Myron Lewis, Blanchard Valley Health System president and CEO, reported on Tuesday in a Zoom interview with the Icon that there are currently no covid-19 patients in Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

“This gives us hope that we are getting to the other side,” he said. “Our hospital staff has been on a journey and we appreciate the support from our community and staff.”

He reiterated that the hospital is a safe place and that it is open. He added that many area residents have put off medical procedures during the pandemic.

Recognizing grief as part of the human experience

Grief is a response to any loss and is a human experience we all have in common. However, grief is often unrecognized as part of the human experience. Grief is an individual and unique journey that should be intentional in order to heal. Individuals respond differently to loss depending on relationship dynamics, circumstances surrounding the passing, support systems, presence of illness, cultural beliefs, religion and past experiences.

Blanchard Valley Health System announces inclement weather plan

This affects several Bluffton Hospital-related offices

Due to inclement weather, Blanchard Valley Health System will be closing or limiting hours for specific locations.

If a Level 3 snow emergency is announced in the counties where BVHS services are present, then the following services will be cancelled including outpatient services (outpatient laboratory, outpatient radiology, endoscopy, outpatient rehabilitation and cardiology) and all elective surgeries. These offices will contact patients to reschedule.

BVHS vaccination clinic postponed due to impending winter weather

Blanchard Valley Health System has announced the postponing of the COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, due to impending winter weather. The clinic will be rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25. Patients should arrive on Feb. 25 at their already scheduled appointment time.

“We want our associates and community residents to be safe during this inclement weather,” stated Roxanne Williams, director of quality, associate & patient safety.

Men's health

Prostate enlargement treatment

Most of us are familiar with Benjamin Franklin's quote from 1789; "nothing is certain except death and taxes." To the men reading this column, we will add a third certainty: PROSTATE ENLARGEMENT! As men grow older and wiser, the prostate tends to follow. That doesn't mean that every man will develop voiding symptoms.

The prostate is a small gland located at the bottom of the bladder. It makes up the beginning of the tube that drains the bladder (urethra). Its primary function is to produce fluids important for the viability of the sperm.

Bluffton Hospital offers vaccine clinic Friday

For persons 70 and older • You must register in advance

Bluffton Hospital will offer another vaccination clinic for the community.

In this phase, individuals 70 and older will be available to receive the vaccination in a  clinic held on Friday, Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To register, please 419.369.2323 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 call, first-served basis. A caregiver or loved one may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.