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5,000 surgical procedures completed

With minimally invasive robot at BVHS

The surgery department of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has recently reached the milestone of 5,000 surgical procedures completed using a daVinci robot, which allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery. BVHS is only the second health system in northwest Ohio to achieve this milestone.

The first robot was purchased at Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH) in 2010 followed by three more purchased in 2011, 2015 and 2018 respectively. Utilizing this robot allows surgeons to increase accuracy due to the greater visibility it provides. Patients who undergo robotic surgery experience faster recoveries, shorter lengths of stay at the hospital and less scarring.

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.