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BVHS names Eric Proctor as new Chief People Officer

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has announced that Eric Proctor will become its new chief people officer (CPO). In this role, Proctor will drive the talent strategy for more than 3,300 associates and oversee corporate public relations and marketing, and the Blanchard Valley Health Foundation. 

Weekend Doctor: Ostomy care

By Pamela Kathrens, RN, BSN, Wound and Ostomy Nurse Blanchard Valley Hospital

An ostomy is a surgically created opening in the abdomen for the discharge of body waste. The United Ostomy Association of America (UOAA) notes the term “stoma” is used interchangeably, which refers to the actual end of the ureter, small or large bowel that can be seen protruding through the abdominal wall.

Weekend Doctor: Care for chronic illness

By Lindsey Buddelmeyer 
Leadership Education & Training Specialist, Human Resources – Blanchard Valley Health System

It was the last meaningful conversation that I would have with my grandfather. It involved a deeper level discussion about what it means to be a caregiver for a loved one facing Alzheimer’s disease. He looked at me with his pale blue eyes and said, “Now take our story and do something great. If anyone can take our pain and do something to help others, it is you.” As a granddaughter, educator and an occupational therapist, I have taken these words to heart. I think of my grandparents daily in the work that I do and the privilege I have had in serving others as a healthcare provider and educator. A critical and important part of health care I learned about during our journey with Alzheimer’s disease involved two different models of care: palliative and hospice care. While many believe palliative care and hospice to be the same, they are actually quite different.

Virtual tour of labor & delivery at BVHS

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has released a new virtual tour of the Labor & Delivery unit at Blanchard Valley Hospital, providing expectant parents a convenient introduction to the facility.

The tour showcases services and conveniences, and explains traditional and midwife birthing options.

Weekend Doctor: Sexual assault response teams and forensic nurses

By Michelle Stratton, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Forensic Nursing Program Coordinator, Emergency Department, Blanchard Valley Health System

Violence is a healthcare issue that destroys the quality of life in communities and all around the world. The consequence of sexual violence creates many complex health issues that require a team of dedicated professionals.

Weekend Doctor: RSV

By Brittany Grider, MD
Pediatric Hospitalist of Northwest Ohio

It’s always a joyful moment when a new baby is born. Everyone in the family wants to come meet the new addition. A few days later, this precious little baby is struggling to breathe and needs to be in the ICU with RSV bronchiolitis. 

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is generally a virus present in the winter, usually at its worst in January and February each year. This year, RSV and influenza were conspicuously absent in the winter months. There are likely multiple reasons for this, but the bottom line is that RSV is here now.