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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.

Getting to know Dr. Molly Senokozlieff

In the Bluffton practice of Blanchard Valley Obstetrics and Gynecology

During a noon break between seeing patients, the Icon caught up with Dr. Molly Senokozlieff, M.D., women’s health specialist. Her office is across from Bluffton Hospital in Blanchard Valley Obstetrics and Gynecology (formerly called Bluffton Woman’s Care).

When in Bluffton she may see 20 patients or more during the day, and her patient load had reached a dozen when we arrived. We talked quickly because one of her patients in Bluffton was in labor.

Living through Loss presentation moved to Jan. 28

Due to the bitter cold and icy roads, Bridge Bereavement Services is rescheduling the January "Living through Loss" presentation titled "Understanding Depression through Grief" for Monday, Jan. 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Marathon Auditorium of Blanchard Valley Hospital.

This is the same time, location and presenter, only a different date. The original date for this event was Jan. 21.



Weekend doctor: Nourish your brain

By Rachel Niermann
RDN, Licensed Dietician
Armes Family Cancer Care Center