You are here

Blanchard Valley Health System

Weekend Doctor: Mental health impacts of COVID

By Ami Orr, MD, Blanchard Valley Pediatrics

The mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt by nearly everyone in our community. During the past two years, the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio has seen a 21 percent increase in adult mental health evaluations and a seven percent increase in pediatric mental health evaluations.

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:

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, 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.