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Weekend doctor: Is heel pain keeping you down?

By Alison Niemeyer, DPM
Podiatry Specialists of Northwest Ohio

Is heINow that summer is here, and the weather is nice, have you found yourself suffering from a bout of heel pain?

Specifically, is the pain worse first thing when you get up in the morning? If so, you may be suffering from a common foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. This common foot ailment will affect 1 in 10 people during their lifetime and is more common in women than men.

BVHS Auxiliary awards 10 scholarships

The Blanchard Valley Health System Auxiliary recently awarded ten $1,000.00 scholarships to students in the Hancock County area, interested in pursuing a health-related career. The 2020 Hospital Auxiliary scholarship winners include: 

Claire Eiden (Ottawa-Glandorf High School), University of Toledo, 

Abigail Hatch (Liberty Benton High School),  University of Findlay, 

Lilly Hodson (Findlay High School), Ohio State University, 

Allison Kennard (Findlay High School), Ohio State University, 

Chloe Kin (Liberty Benton High School),  Ohio State University, 

Blanchard Valley Health System acquires the Findlay Surgery Center

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) recently acquired the Findlay Surgery Center (FSC), thereby adding an outpatient surgery center to its continuum of services.

The FSC will continue to offer surgical and procedural services in orthopedics, podiatry, general surgery, ENT (otolaryngology), pain management, plastic and cosmetic surgery, ophthalmology, gynecology, urology, endoscopic and oral surgery.

Weekend doctor: Dupuytren’s contracture of the palm

There isn't a cure for the disorder, but there are treatments

By Katie Fultz, PA-C and James Davidson, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Dupuytren's contracture is a benign disorder of collagen, which is in the body's connective tissue.

It is named after the French surgeon, who performed the first surgery for the condition. The disorder causes progressive fibrosis (fibrous thickening) of the superficial palmar fascia in the hand.

Covid-19 testing guidance for patients and employers

From Bluffton Hospital and BVHS

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) is encouraging individuals to work with their primary care providers to order the COVID-19 test, if needed.

BVHS is collecting outpatient COVID-19 samples with a provider order at the Findlay and Bluffton campuses. These samples are collected by appointment only.

Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 or are having symptoms related to COVID-19 are also able to be evaluated at Physicians Plus Urgent Care and COVID-19 testing may be ordered and completed onsite.

Weekend doctor: Preparing for elective surgery

Process is important to make sure you are properly prepared and informed for the surgery

Information provided by Peggy Robinette, RN; Lisa Butler, RN; and Maura Mathias, RN, Pre-surgical screening, Blanchard Valley Hospital

When an elective surgery is scheduled, you will be contacted to set up a pre-surgery health interview.

This process is important to make sure you are properly prepared and informed for the upcoming surgery. This interview can be done in person or by phone. This type of screening was implemented many years ago to improve patient care before and after surgical procedures.