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Weekend doctor: Cologuard Test

New colon cancer screening

By Jay Alammar, MD
Surgical Associates of Northwest Ohio
Colorectal cancer is a common disease, and colon cancer screening continues to be of utmost importance. Preventing cancer or detecting and removing it early when it is still localized greatly impacts colon cancer related mortality.

A nurse midwife with a strong Ada connection

She's now accepting patients at Blanchard Valley Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bluffton

Note: Laura Selvidio's parents, David Earl and Kathy (Binkley) Earl, are both Ada High School graduates. Her grandmother, Donna Binkley, lives in Ada.

“I enjoy bringing life into the world. It’s amazing,” Laura Selvidio, nurse midwife, says about her profession.

Earlier this month she became the second nurse midwife to join the staff of Blanchard Valley Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bluffton.

Selvidio, a certified nurse midwife (CNM), practiced in Georgia and Alaska since 2015 prior to coming to Bluffton. She joins another nurse midwife, Missy Moore, on the staff. Selvidio is in the Bluffton office four days each week.

Dr. Joshua Ebel joins Blanchard Valley Urology Associates

Blanchard Valley Medical Practices welcomes Joshua Ebel, MD to the team at Blanchard Valley Urology Associates. Dr. Ebel offers a variety of both surgical and non-surgical treatments for disorders of the male and female urinary tract.

Dr. Ebel completed undergraduate studies at Miami University (Oxford, OH) before pursuing his medical degree, surgical internship, and urology residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital (Columbus, OH).

Chef Cooper featured at Salsa! Salsa! Aug. 1

Chef Tim Cooper, executive chef at Birchaven Village, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, will be the featured presenter at the 2019 Salsa! Salsa! event. 

The community event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 4 -6 p.m. at the Hancock Farmers’ Market, 200 West Main Cross Street (Findlay).

Chef Cooper will be presenting a live demonstration of salsa preparations and other preparations. Each attendee will receive a complimentary recipe card from his personal cookbook and tasty samples.

“I enjoy the excitement of cooking for people and adding vibrant, new flavors to menus,” Chef Cooper shared, “There’s nothing that’s off limits.”

Grief Trails program offers helps youngsters affected by death of loved ones

Although children may appear to be less affected by the death of a loved one, there are many questions, fears and worries as they attempt to make sense of the loss and deal with the changes.

Grief Trails is a program that allows children, ages 6-12 years old, to learn about the importance of communicating their emotions and needs to others while working hands-on with gentle horses. The children come together with their peers in an encouraging environment and participate in activities that will help them express their feelings, learn effective communication tools and have fun at the same time.

Weekend doctor: What is your Code Status?

By Karen Bishop, RN, ADON
The Heights at Birchaven
Maybe you or a family member have been asked by a health care professional, “What is your code status?” Most people respond by saying they have a living will. Let us discuss the difference between a living will and a code status.