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BVHS Laboratory Services hours change October 1

Effective October 1, 2022, laboratory services throughout Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will be implementing some changes in order to better serve patients.

The outpatient lab at Blanchard Valley Hospital will be changing hours of operation. New hours will be Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday hours are from 7 a.m. to noon. Patients are encouraged to schedule appointments in order to reduce wait times. To schedule an appointment, please call central scheduling at 419-423-5323.

BVHS leaders speak on "The State of Bluffton Hospital"

Bluffton community leaders were invited to join Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) for a September 8 “State of Bluffton Hospital” presentation. Some 40 guests attended the meeting to hear from Myron Lewis, president and chief executive officer of Blanchard Valley Health System, Nicki Keuneke, director of operations at Bluffton Hospital and BJ Pasztor, chief nursing officer/chief operating officer acute care services.

Blanchard Valley Health System to host Sept. 15 “Live & Learn” on Facebook

Topic: Compassionate Specialty Care

An online presentation in the Blanchard Valley Health System “Live & Learn” educational series will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2022, when a discussion will be held on compassionate specialty care.

Weekend Doctor: Spending time outdoors

By Mike Patrick, MD
Medical Director for Interactive Media
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Spending time outdoors can positively affect mental and physical health. From improving mood to increasing activity levels, nature can nurture us.

Screen time dominates our lives. We spend more time in front of computers or other electronic devices and less time connecting with family, friends, pets and nature. Many Americans log as many as 10 hours of screen time per day. Setting down the devices and going outdoors has been linked to benefits including increased attention and reduced stress levels.

Weekend Doctor: Prenatal ultrasounds

By Lauren Nussbaum, RDMS
Women’s Health Sonographer
Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology 

Ultrasound is an imaging modality that uses sound waves transmitted into the body to create a picture of internal structures. Ultrasound can be used to image a baby developing inside the womb and has become a routine part of prenatal care. Most patients will get at least two or three diagnostic ultrasounds throughout their pregnancy.

Weekend Doctor: First major COVID guidelines update

By Rafid Fadul, MD
Pulmonology & Critical Care Medicine

Last week the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines for COVID-19 recommendations. This is the first major update since the early days of the pandemic, and it signals an evolution in both the disease and our responses to it.