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Blanchard Valley Health System prohibits cloth masks in all facilities

Blanchard Valley Health System is prohibiting cloth masks in all facilities and locations. BVHS will require patients and visitors to wear a surgical or an N-95 mask, which will be provided upon entry.

“Mitigation strategies for COVID-19 include face coverings and N-95 and surgical masks are the most effective. When outside of BVHS, we encourage our community to also wear masks whenever appropriate. In these situations, cloth masks are better than no face covering,” explained Dr. Renee Smith, chief medical officer at BVHS. “With the patient population in our facilities, we require the most effective measures. Therefore, cloth masks are prohibited.”


By Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

Targeting is defined by the dictionary as a means of selecting an object of attention or attack. Targeting is a marketing tool that identifies a target audience and directly advertises products to them through various channels. For example, a company could target reruns of The Golden Girls or The Mary Tyler Moore Show for products such as Medicare or AARP designed for an older audience. Those versed in online video games may recognize targeting as a strategy where one player continuously attacks the same person during the contest. Some may be familiar with the term targeting as it relates to football.

Underlying questions about Parkinson’s disease

By Karen Kier, pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

In 1817, James Parkinson published a paper titled, An Essay on the Shaking Palsy, that described his observations of abnormal movements in some individuals. Dr. Parkinson was an English surgeon who was better known in his day as a geologist and paleontologist. In 1804, he published a book on fossils titled, Organic Remains of a Former World. He wrote more books on fossils than he did on medicine. At that time in England, physicians were available to the wealthy and he broke this mold by writing numerous pamphlets on how to improve your health and seeing patients who could not pay.

What is a Twindemic?

By Karen Kier, pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

A New York Times reporter in August of 2020 coined the term twindemic to describe the concern for an increase in both flu (influenza) and COVID-19 during the winter months of 2020.  The good news is that a twindemic never occurred in 2020 but the word stuck. Twindemic is a portmanteau word. A portmanteau is when words are blended together to form a new meaning. The words are not combined together like starfish but rather are a mash of words. The word smog is a portmanteau mash up of smoke and fog that has become part of our vernacular.

Navneet Patti, MD, joins Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio

Navneet Patti, MD, a physician who specializes in adult and child psychiatry, recently joined the Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio team at Caughman Health Center, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System. 

Dr. Patti completed medical school at Guru Gobind Medical College in Faridkot, India. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Toledo Medical Center. 

Naughty or Nice?

By Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

As Christmas music and movies play continuously on some stations, we might hear the song released on October 24, 1934 called “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”  This song was first written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie and has been recorded by over 200 different artists. Some of the more well-known artists include Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Buble´ and Mariah Carey.  In 2014, an a cappella version was released by Pentatonix. Many children are reminded of the lyrics “he’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.”