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Weekend Doctor: depression versus sadness

Depression is unhealthy and may require treatment; sadness is a typical human emotion

By Tracy Brubaker, CNP
Caughman Health Center

Depression is a common mental illness that affects millions of people around the world. However, many people suffering from depression may believe they are simply just sad. Likewise, those who do not suffer from depression may mistake extreme sadness as depression.

Unlike depression, sadness is a typical human emotion and a natural part of life that may sometimes even be beneficial. In contrast, depression is unhealthy and may require treatment to alleviate.

Have you had your flu shot?

Blanchard Valley Medical Practices host flu shot clinics for primary care patients

Blanchard Valley Medical Practices have scheduled several flu shot clinics for the patients of Putnam Primary Care Ottawa, Bluffton Primary Care and Caughman Health Center. Patients must schedule an appointment to receive the shot. The flu shot clinic schedule is as follows:

Bluffton Primary Care
Open to established Bluffton Primary Care patients.
Call 419.369.2280 to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, October 24, 1 to 4 p.m.

Putnam County Primary Care – Ottawa
Open to established Putnam County Primary Care of Ottawa patients.
Call 419.523.0012 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Lorie Thomas of Blanchard Valley Health System named Master Surgeon

Lorie Thomas, DO, a gynecologist at Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), has achieved accreditation as a master surgeon of both minimally invasive gynecology and robotic surgery by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). This accreditation distinguishes Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology, a division of BVHS, from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Part 1 - Concerning athletic concussions

Two-part series explores research, evaluation and treatment

By Michael Stump, MD
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Athletic Concussions - Part 1 in a 2-part series

Concussions in sports have been in the news and on social media frequently over the last few years. 

Over that same time period, there has also been an increase in research on concussions, and this new knowledge has changed many aspects of concussion treatment. The depth of this topic calls for a two-part column, and this first part will discuss what research has taught us about the initial evaluation and management of concussions.

Part 2 - Athletic concussions

Not all concussions are the same

By Michael Stump, MD
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Athletic concussions - Part 2

In “Athletic Concussions - Part 1,” I discussed how recent research has guided the immediate assessment and management of concussions in sports. With this article, I will continue this topic by discussing how research has affected the subsequent evaluation and treatment of concussions.

Certified professional of healthcare quality

BVHS director of corporate quality and patient safety

Roxanne Williams, director of corporate quality and patient safety at Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), has recently become a certified professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ). A CPHQ is an individual who has passed an accreditation examination developed by the National Association of Healthcare Quality.

Becoming a CPHQ means Williams demonstrates competent knowledge and understanding of program development and management, along with quality improvement concepts and other quality-related skills. Only approximately 11,000 professionals have received this certification.