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Blanchard Valley Health System Adjusts Visitation Guidelines

At the time of this announcement, Hardin County has been downgraded from red to orange COVID transmission level.

Effective Monday, February 21, 2022, Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) is adjusting its visitation guidelines, which will lessen the restrictions on visitors coming into the organization. This change is due to the observed reduction of positive COVID-19 cases within the community.  

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

https://www.bvhealthsystem.org/services/covid-19-information/covid-19-vi...

BVHS Introduces Digital Application

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has implemented a new digital application that will provide new features at the health system’s medical practices, as well as offer convenience for patients ahead of scheduled visits.   

Weekend Doctor: Bunions

By Lance Johnson, DPM, Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

A bunion (also known as hallux abducto valgus) is a bump on the inside of your foot at the big toe joint. The bump is not an enlarged bone, but rather an abnormal bend of the first metatarsal bone on the inside of your foot. In addition to the bump, the big toe also begins to drift toward the other toes, which can cause them to bend as well. Bunions can be hereditary, they can develop overtime due to biomechanical issues of the foot, they can be caused by systemic medical issues or they can be caused secondary to trauma to the big toe joint.

BVHS to Host Facebook Live: COVID-19 Update

Noon on February 16

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will host a special Facebook Live on Wednesday, February 16 at noon, to discuss the current state of COVID-19 in our community. 

Serving as hosts of the event will be William Kose, MD, vice president of special projects and Renee Smith, MD, chief medical officer.

The event will be streamed on the health system’s Facebook page, facebook.com/BlanchardValleyHealthSystem. Community members can “like” the corporate Facebook account of BVHS and visit the page to watch live.

Weekend Doctor: Nutrition and cancer

By Marla Stone RD, LD Oncology Dietitian, The Armes Family Cancer Care Center

Nutrition plays a vital role in our body’s function. It is an essential component to everyday life that is oftentimes overlooked, ignored or taken for granted. Nutrition for each individual is different and can vary based on activity level, age, diagnosis and many other factors. Cancer is a diagnosis that can bring on many changes for people. Maintaining nutrition before, during and after cancer treatment can help manage side effects and improve overall outcome.

Weekend Doctor: Winter slip and fall prevention

By Jen Vorhees, MSN, MBA-HC, RN, CPHQ / Corporate Associate and Patient Safety Manager

Falls during winter weather can lead to many types of injuries such as fractures of the wrists, legs, ankles and hip, as well as cause potential head, neck or brain injuries. It is nearly impossible to completely avoid ice and snow this time of year, but there are some steps that you can take to help reduce your risk of falling.

First of all, be aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions such as your cell phone and take time to pay attention to the surfaces on which you are walking or getting ready to walk on. Try to pick areas that are well lit when you are parking and walking, so that you can see any ice that is in your path, especially so that you can see black ice. Choose walkways that are well-cleared, even if that is not the most direct and convenient route.

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