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Effective Wednesday: No visitors permitted at Bluffton Hospital

Policy applies to all Blanchard Valley Health System facilities

Due to community concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that every precaution is being taken to prioritize the safety of our patients, Bluffton Hospital will no longer allow visitors. (Effective March 25, 2020)

This policy applies to all Blanchard Valley Health System facilities including hospitals and outpatient clinics.

An exception of one caregiver per patient for the duration of the hospital stay will be granted for patients in our pediatric and labor and delivery care units.

Weekend doctor: Eating right

By Julie Russell, RD, LD, CD, Outpatient Dietician/Diabetes Educator
Blanchard Valley Diabetes Center
March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” Sometimes it can be overwhelming with what to do first when you want to change your eating habits.

Simply start by trying to eat more variety. You can focus on one food group at a time. For example, think about some different vegetables or fruits you’ve never tried before.

Try to pick out vegetables and fruits that are in season to get the best flavor and the lowest cost.

Weekend doctor: Bicep injuries

By James Davidson, MD and Katie Fultz, PA-C
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics and Sport Medicine
The biceps muscle is a key player in the function of the upper and lower arm, therefore, when it has an injury, it can make a significant impact on a person’s function.

Weekend doctor: Seeing a psychiatrist

By Christian Steiner, MD
Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio
“Who sees a psychiatrist anyway?” This is a common question I have been asked by many different people outside of my office. Many times, this question is brought up to me in social situations where the topic of mental health arises in passing. I often forget that psychiatry has a stigma as every day I encounter people from all walks of life who are seeking professional help for an array of different issues.

Weekend doctor: Egg Allergy and the Flu Shot

Cause for Alarm?

By Amber Patterson, MD
ENT & Allergy Specialists of Northwest Ohio

Weekend doctor: Rotator cuff tears

By Stanislaw Dajczak, MD
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that help move the shoulder. These muscles are deep and attach at the upper part of the arm. Deep muscles attach to the bones around the ball-and-socket joint by a thick, non-elastic tissue called a tendon. These tendons can tear by an acute injury or degeneration over time and can occur in any of the four tendons. Rotator cuff arthropathy is defined as arthritis as the result of tearing these rotator cuff tendons.