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Q: Where can you get the best milkshake in Bluffton?

A: Bluffton Hospital OB department - just ask any women who has delivered there

Where can you get the best milkshake in Bluffton?

Many women might answer: The OB Department of the Bluffton Hospital.

For as long as most can remember, the OB milkshake is part of the entire birthing experience at the hospital. 

And, no one is certain when it started. Jane Agner, with 43 years in the department, and Elaine Sommers with 44 years in OB, say that the tradition was in place prior to their joining the hospital staff.

Here’s how the milkshake experience works and what make it so interesting:

Hanco EMS achieves EMS Star of Life Award

Hanco EMS, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, has achieved an EMS Star of Life Award presented by the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire and Transportation Services, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services. 

This award honors the exceptional work of Hanco EMS and recognizes its remarkable life-saving efforts and patient care performed during a particular incident.

Weekend doctor: Hepatitis A

Not the “A” You Want

By Brenda Keller, CNP
Gastroenterology Associates of Northwest Ohio
Outbreaks of hepatitis A are taking place in several states throughout the country, including our neighboring states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia.

In Ohio, the greater Cincinnati area is leading the state in the number of confirmed hepatitis cases. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A after observing an increase in cases linked to certain risk factors since the beginning of 2018.

Armes Family Cancer Center achieve accreditation for radiation oncology services

The Armes Family Cancer Care Center, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, has achieved a four-year accreditation for its radiation oncology department by meeting the standards of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx).

The Armes Family Cancer Care Center achieved accreditation through APEx by undergoing a rigorous, voluntary, multi-step process during which its policies and procedures were evaluated using consensus-based standards for radiation oncology practice. 

BVHS accredited as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has been resurveyed by the Ohio State Medical Association Focused Task Force on Accreditation and awarded accreditation for four years as a provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians.

BVHS has been offering these educational opportunities since 1975, initially only for physicians. However, at BVHS any interested medical professionals such as medical students, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and more are invited to attend as well. 

BVHS receives energy efficiency award

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has been awarded the 2019 Energy Efficiency Award by AEP Ohio. This award recognizes AEP Ohio customers that have done outstanding work participating in AEP Ohio energy efficiency programs. BVHS is one of only three health systems in Ohio to receive this recognition.

By excelling in these programs, BVHS has advanced the efficiency of its operations, buildings and patients by providing better lighting, greater comfort, greater productivity and energy cost savings.