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Bluffton Hospital will administer vaccines to those 80 and older

Registration begins on Jan. 18 • vaccines administered beginning Jan. 23

Vaccinations for Bluffton community members, 80 years of age and older, will begin Saturday, Jan. 23, at Bluffton Hospital, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS).

These individuals can register for the vaccine beginning Monday, Jan. 18, by calling 419.369.2323.

Operating hours for the call center are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are a limited number of vaccines available, therefore, vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. A caregiver or loved one may make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

BVHS and University of Findlay establish partnership

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) and the University of Findlay (UF) recently announced they have formalized a collaborative affiliation relationship to ensure that the two organizations are closely aligned to ensure excellence in healthcare services from well-prepared professionals for generations of families within the region.

Vaginal Discharge: What Is Normal?

Weekend doctor

By Abby Maas, APRN-CNP
Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology

Vaginal discharge is the fluid or mucous that comes from the vagina. This is a common concern among women and leads many to see their healthcare provider. Vaginal discharge can be normal unless it occurs with itching, burning, or other bothersome symptoms. Different causes of vaginal discharge can cause similar symptoms. It is recommended to seek examination to determine the cause of a vaginal discharge.

Contemplating Contraception: The Benefits of An Intrauterine Device

Weekend doctor

Dr. Jessica Lafyatis
Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology

Bluffton Hospital and BVH combine OB services

Part of Blanchard Valley Health System's pandemic response plan

FROM BLUFFTON ICON - In order to increase bed capacity system-wide, as well as maximize staffing availability in the pandemic response, Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will combine in-patient Bluffton Hospital and Blanchard Valley Hospital obstetrics on the main Findlay campus, effective Mnday, Dec. 14.

The Bluffton Hospital second floor, which houses the obstetrics unit, has an eight-bed capacity that is currently under utilized. With beds and staffing at a premium, as the COVID-19 census and acuity increases, BVHS will re-deploy beds and staffing to best meet the needs of the patients and community.

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.