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Weekend Doctor: Baby's skull development

By Andrea Sattler, MD, Primary Care Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

*Through a collaboration between Blanchard Valley Health System and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the content of this article was provided courtesy of Nationwide’s 700 Children’s® blog by pediatric experts.

Weekend Doctor: Self Care

By Melinda Williams, LPCC, NCC, M.Ed, Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio

The past two years have been extremely difficult for most of us. First responders, healthcare workers and mental health professionals have been affected greatly, some in similar ways as the general population, yet, for some, more impacted. We are seeing significant compassion fatigue in these fields.

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.