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Weekend doctor: Influenza during the covid-19 pandemic

New vaccines are produced each year to match the circulating viruses

By Kris Kaufman, APRN-CNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner, Putnam County Primary Care

The influenza (flu) vaccine with the COVID-19 pandemic will be an interesting topic this year. This article addresses the timing of when to get your flu vaccination.

Influenza is an acute respiratory illness caused by INFLUENZA A OR B virus, occurring as an epidemic every year. These viruses change frequently, and their subsequent spread depends on the susceptibility of the population to viruses.

BVHS physician recognized as a cosmetic medicine rising star

Vincent McGinniss, DO, a provider with Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics of Northwest Ohio, a Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) division, was recently recognized by the Miami Cosmetic Surgery’s (MCS) Mentee Program. 

MSC showcased Dr. McGinniss as a cosmetic medicine rising star on their list of “today’s most experienced and brightest minds in cosmetic medicine.” Dr. McGinniss provides comprehensive services for ear, nose and throat care, and surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic services. 

BVHS opens Plastic surgery & Aesthetics of NW Ohio

Blanchard Valley Health System is pleased to announce the opening of Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics of Northwest Ohio. As a part of this new venture, Beyond MedSpa will transition into the new office, located at 2113 Tiffin Avenue, Suite A, Findlay.

Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics of Northwest Ohio offers services in facial plastics, body enhancements and cosmetic treatments and products, including facelift/neck lift, rhinoplasty, otoplasty, botox and derma fillers, CoolSculpting, chemical peels, clinical skincare and more. 

BVHS's Bridge Hospice Care Center opens unit in Wood County Hospital

The Bridge Hospice Care Center, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), has opened a six-bed patient unit on the second floor of Wood County Hospital. The Care Center was previously located at 1069 Klotz Road in Bowling Green and has moved to the hospital on Wooster Street.

Weekend doctor: Covid-19 and myocarditis: A risk for athletes

Experts believe that exercising while infected with the virus increases the risk of developing myocarditis.

By Michael Stump, MD
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

While the effects of COVID-19 infection on the lungs are well-publicized, it is not just a respiratory infection.

Coronavirus can also cause a condition called myocarditis, a viral infection of the heart muscle. Just like it affects the lungs, the virus can invade heart muscle cells, causing inflammation and damage. This condition can result in the weakening of the heart muscle and arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats.

Weekend doctor: Thumb pain is a common complaint

Variety of causes: tendonitis, arthritis, fracture and nerve compression

By James J. Davidson, MD, and Katie Fultz, PAC

Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine


Thumb pain is a common complaint that patients have in our orthopedic clinic. It is most common near the wrist at the “snuffbox” area or basilar region of the thumb. This pain can be very debilitating because it affects all aspects of daily living that require using the hand for grip.