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A conversation with BVHS CMO Renee Smith

Dr. Renee Smith, the new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), which includes Bluffton Hospital, met with the Bluffton Icon for a meet and greet over the phone. It was just “Day 9” of her new assignment. We talked with Smith about her background in family medicine and the role of primary care.

Omicron variant

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

Omicron is the fifteenth letter in the Greek alphabet. In astronomy, omicron designates the fifteenth star in a constellation group. The constellation Andromeda includes the star Omicron Andromedae that is approximately 692 light-years from Earth.

In 1662, astronomer Johannes Hevelius renamed the star Mira because it acted like no other star.  Mira in Latin is translated as wonderful or astonishing. Mira is predicted to be visible at its maximum brightness again on July 16, 2022.

Weekend Doctor: Involuntary leakage

By Erica Hermiller, APRN-CNP

Do you leak urine when you laugh, cough or sneeze? Do you have an uncontrollable urge to void and leak urine on the way to the restroom? These are symptoms of urinary incontinence that many women experience. Even though some women may believe these symptoms are a normal part of aging, the reality is, symptoms can be treated.

It's the hard-knock life

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

On December 2, 2021, NBC will be presenting Annie Live! starring Celina Smith as Annie, Harry Connick, Jr. as Daddy Warbucks, and Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan. This is the fourth on-screen adaptation of Annie based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray. Carol Burnett and Albert Finney starred in the 1982 theater film release. In 1999, a television film version was released starring Kathy Bates and Victor Garber. Another theater film version was released in 2014 starring Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx. The original Broadway production opened on April 21,1977 at the Alvin Theatre and set a record for the longest running musical for the theatre at six years. 

About Healthwise childrens' COVID vaccination appointments

Ohio Northern University’s HealthWise Pharmacy, 511 W Lincoln Ave, Ada, reminds families that they need to make an appointment for COVID-19 vaccinations on campus for children ages 5-11.

Parents can sign up their child to receive the Pfizer pediatric COVID vaccine by going to If you do not see available appointments, please check back the next day. Appointments are posted two weeks ahead of time.

Kenton Hardin Health Department awarded national accreditation

On November 16, 2021, the Kenton Hardin Health Department announced it has been awarded national accreditation through the nonprofit Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).