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BVHS adjusts visitation guidelines

Effective, March 31, 2022, Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) is adjusting its visitation guidelines, based on the observed reduction of COVID-19 cases in the community, which will lessen the restrictions on visitors coming into the organization. 

BVHS is lifting visitor restrictions for non-COVID-19 patients at its acute care facilities (including Findlay and Bluffton Hospital and the Findlay Surgery Center), as well as all medical practice settings. The health system’s long-term care facilities continue to follow state and federal guidelines put into place to help ensure the safety of the residents. 

Please see the link for the health system’s updated guidelines: 

Weekend Doctor: Hospice volunteers

By Gina Bailey, RN, Nurse Liaison, Bridge Home Health and Hospice

Hospice volunteers are an essential part of the hospice philosophy, which is comfort and dignity. Hospice clinicians and volunteers work together to offer a holistic approach in caring for patients and their loved ones, meeting the medical needs, while also providing emotional, spiritual and social support. Hospice volunteers help provide patients and families with compassionate care during their end-of-life journey. 

Weekend Doctor Column: Pelvic Organ Prolapse

By Aubrey Marcum, PA and Lorie Thomas-Schultz, DO, Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology

Have you started to notice something bulging at the opening of your vagina? Have you noticed changes with how your bladder functions or difficulty with intercourse? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you may be experiencing a very common problem called pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse is basically a hernia of the pelvic organs to or beyond the vaginal walls. 

Weekend Doctor: Overactive Bladder

By Cala Kelley, APRN-CNP, Blanchard Valley Urology Associates

Are you always running to the restroom? Do you plan your daily activities around knowing where bathrooms are located? Do you struggle with leakage of urine? If so, you may have overactive bladder (OAB).

OAB is characterized by a frequent and sudden urge to urinate that may or may not be associated with leakage of urine. These symptoms can make you fearful to leave your home, cause embarrassment and limit your work or social life. If these symptoms sound familiar, it is time to talk about treatment options with your healthcare provider.

Weekend Doctor: Finding purpose in retirement

By Christian Steiner, MD, Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio

We work hard through a 30-plus year career. We contribute to 401k or look forward to that pension. Retirement happens and then we feel freedom and bliss right? Not necessarily.

Recent studies have shown as much as a 40 percent increase in depression after retirement. That daily grind we put in for years was difficult, sometimes we put in blood, sweat and tears while working long and tedious hours. However, that job gave us a sense of purpose and meaning. 

Weekend Doctor: Mental health impacts of COVID

By Ami Orr, MD, Blanchard Valley Pediatrics

The mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt by nearly everyone in our community. During the past two years, the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio has seen a 21 percent increase in adult mental health evaluations and a seven percent increase in pediatric mental health evaluations.

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