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Hospital auxiliary awards scholarship in memory of Marty Lemley

Above) Members of Marty Lemley’s family attended the BVHS Auxiliary presentation of the $2,500 Marty Lemley scholarship to Bluffton High School student Caitlyn Couch. Pictured, from left to right, are: Eli Lemley (grandson); Jim Lemley (husband); Grace Lemley (granddaughter); Couch;  Christina Lemley (daughter-in-law); Jill Lemley (daughter-in-law); and Jodi Karhoff (BVHS Auxiliary treasurer).

Below) Marty Lemley, center, is pictured with Santa and Mrs. Claus at a 2017 BVHS holiday event.

BVHS announces educational partnership with Purdue Global

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has a new educational partnership with Purdue Global, providing BVHS associates and their families tuition discounts on a variety of programs.

Grief Trails program helps children communicate emotions

Area youth will have an opportunity to take part in “Grief Trails,” sponsored by Bridge Home Health & Hospice, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, this summer.

“Grief Trails” is a program that allows children, ages six to 12 years old and 13 to 18 years old, to learn about the importance of communicating emotions and needs to others while working hands-on with gentle horses.

This year’s program will be offered on the following dates:

Monday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Ages 6 to 12

Monday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Ages 13 to 18 


Bluffton Hospital updates chamber members on services and providers

By Paula Pyzik Scott

The April meeting of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce featured a program by Renee Matthews, BSW RN, the administrator of Bluffton Hospital, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System.

Weekend Doctor: Cracking the barefoot code

By Thomas Vail, DPM
Podiatry Staff, Blanchard Valley Health System

Read your footprints and discover how you roll! Like a good detective story, your bare footprints can leave clues to your foot health and drop hints about possible problems. Before we crack the barefoot code, here's a quick course on walking patterns.

  • The heel usually hits the ground first.
  • As the foot moves forward, the arch flattens, and weight is transferred to the ball of the foot.
  • As you push off from the ball of the foot, the arch springs upward and does not touch the ground.

At least, that's how normal feet are supposed to work. Unfortunately, many feet aren't normal. In normal feet, this movement is straight. If the foot rolls to the inside, it's called "overpronation" and can strain the arch and hurt the knee. If the foot rolls to the outside, it's called "underpronation" and can lead to stress fractures and ankle sprains.

Sprunger collaborates with BVHS on Health Connect podcast

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has launched a podcoast featuring connections between its services and the communities it serves. Health Connect will spotlight new physicians/providers and technology, untangle the complexities of healthcare, and give listeners a glimpse into healthcare offerings in Northwest Ohio.