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Dysphagia: Are You “Stuck” with a Swallowing Disorder?

Weekend doctor

Dysphagia is an alarming symptom that requires prompt evaluation to determine the cause and to initiate treatment. It may be due to a structural or motility (movement) abnormality as solids or liquids pass from the mouth to the stomach.

"We are continuing to care for patients here at BVHS”

Icon Q and A with hospital officials concerning recent covid-19 developments

Earlier today The Icon talked with Scott Malaney, president and CEO, and Dr. William Kose, vice president of special projects, Blanchard Valley Health System, to clarify some covid-19 updates concerning BVHS. This is a follow-up to the Nov. 16 interview headlined: "Covid-19 is no hoax."

Are positive COVID patients being transferred out of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), to other hospitals?

Blanchard Valley Health System names new president and CEO

Myron Lewis assumes role in January

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) announced that Myron D. Lewis will become its next President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Lewis will start on Jan.11, 2021. Until then, BVHS will continue to be led by Scott Malaney, current president and CEO.

Lewis is currently the Spectrum Health Southwest Regional Market Leader, the president at Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital (SHZCH) and the vice president of radiology services for the health system.

Spectrum Health (SH), is an integrated health system with 31,000 employees, 4,600 medical staff members, 3,300 volunteers and a health plan serving one million members. Lewis has been part of SH since 2015.

Covid-19 is no hoax. It's real

Scott Malaney: “ I’m bothered by the person whose attitude is, ‘I don’t care if I get sick.’ That’s a self-center response to this illness.”

Covid-19 is no hoax. It’s real.

That’s the message to Ada residents from Scott Malaney, president and CEO of Blanchard Valley Health Systems, and Dr. William Kose, vice president of special projects at BVHS.

The Icon talked with the two health professionals in a Zoom interview on Friday afternoon.

Sounding like a broken record, but an important one, both encourage people to continue three basic rules:
• Wear a mask in public
• Keep a six-foot distance from others when in public
• Washing your hands regularly

Weekend doctor: Six steps to avoid back injury

Engaging in exercise three to five times per week is a great way to maintain physical fitness, good strength and flexibility

By Thomas Kindl, MD
Blanchard Valley Pain Management

Is your back pain becoming unbearable? You’re not alone! According to the National Institute of Health Statistics, lower back pain is the most common type of pain, affecting 8 out of every 10 adults during their lifetime. These numbers show the importance of learning to prevent back injuries so that you can stay healthy.

There are six key steps to avoiding back injuries at work or play.

Mid-week doctor: Staying active and preventing injuries

RICE is an important part of your recovery • R-rest, I-ice, C-compression, E-elevation

By Laura Durliat, occupational therapist
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Are you one of the many that have headed out to the pickleball court? 

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