Mission Lifeline Grant

Recently, the American Heart Association awarded Ortonville Hospital a $12,000.00 grant that will help patients having a heart attack. This grant money covered the entire expense for EKG transmission software that was installed at OAHS this past November. The software enables the medical team at the hospital to receive an electronic EKG (a tracing of the heart) directly from the ambulance and well before the patient arrives at the Emergency Room. Once the medical team can view the EKG, treatment, stabilization and transfer plans get started immediately. The software even allows us to send the patient’s EKG to a referring hospital so they can get the cardiac cath team alerted and ready to intervene. Every minute we can save in treating our most critical heart attack patients, helps to save heart tissue and patient lives; that is why this grant is so helpful for our community.

No one understands this better than Oklahoma resident, Bobby Joy. On November 8th, 2014 he started having chest pains and soon after called 911. Within minutes the ambulance crew arrived and were able to use the new equipment, sending vital information right to the awaiting team at OAHS.

Thanks in large part to the new equipment, and well trained staff, Bobby Joy was able to come back to the hopital a few weeks later for a picture and to express gratitude.

Mission Lifeline

A GROUP EFFORT in helping save the life of Bobby Joy of Oklahoma on Nov. 8. Pictured from left to right are nurses Melissa Davis, Anita Anderson, Sandy Brown, cardiac arrest survivor Bobby Joy, and EMT’s Barb Dockter and Scott Huizenga. Not pictured is paramedic Maria Wiltscheck. With the help of a Physio Control Lifepack 15 cardiac monitor purchased for the Ortonville Ambulance, the group was able to forward information to the Ortonville Hospital on the heart attack suffered by Bobby Joy.

“Wonderful Experience at Northridge” by Muriel Geier

 Muriel Geier

“Just had a wonderful experience at Northridge nursing home. Having my shoulder operation in February, I needed exercise to get my left arm moving good again. Now today 2 months later it is on the mend with help of many women. Everyone very kind and helpful. So today I can go home, happy and ready to lead my life back on Lundell Avenue.

I liked my life at Northridge very much and know I will like it there in a few years but for now know I can go there to get help and come home again.

Thank you all for your kindness.”

Very Impressed with Clinical Visit Experience

I was seen in clinic on a Saturday for an unexpected injury and every one involved was very friendly, efficient and helpful. Stacey checked me in at Registration and I was very promptly called back by Janelle. Shortly after Janelle finshed my vitals I was seen by Dr Longnecker. Very impressed!!

Kelli Rinehardt

Joint Replacement Surgery at OAHS

Dr. Michael Vener, Ranet Schmeichel, Ray Smith, PA

 

      My name is Ranet Schmeichel. As with many people in my age group, I experienced arthritis in my hip causing great discomfort that was affecting my normal daily activities. After numerous treatment options, I chose to have my joint replaced.

      As OR Coordinator at OAHS I knew that over a year go we went into a venture with Dr Vener and Dr. Johnston from Glacial Lakes Orthopaedics to perform these Joint replacements here. The most up-to-date equipment was purchased, training for OR and auxillary staff  to provide superior care was conducted. Experiencing not only the expertise of the Surgeons but also Anesthesia, OR and all Auxillary staff; I chose to have my procedure done at Ortonville Area Health Services.

       I was not disappointed. Beginning with Dr Longnecker and clinic staff through the Pre-op, Surgical and Post-op stay all staff that I came in contact with were professional and skilled in meeting all my individuals needs. There is nothing like being “at home” with people you know and trust during a difficult time. If there ever becomes a need to have another joint replaced I won’t hesitate to choose OAHS again.

Darin’s Story

My name is Darin Ehrenberg and wish to share my experience with Ortonville Area Health Services as an emergency patient following a farm accident. When I arrived by ambulance to the Emergency Room, the response of staff was quick and organized. They knew what to do and prepared me for my flight to a larger trauma center. The staff kept my wife, Kristi, informed of what was going on from ER admission through transfer. Following a long hospitalization in another facility, I was transferred back to Ortonville for recovery. I was able to return to OAHS as a swing bed patient to allow me to finish my therapy and recovery closer to home and family. I was thankful for the wonderful new hospital rooms. Dr. Al Ross was great. He always had time to answer any questions we had and made sure we understood my plan of care. The nurses were the best. Always friendly and helpful, no matter what kind of day they were having. They made me feel very comfortable.

The most valuable aspect of my experience was that I got healthy again! The nurses and Dr. Al were always encouraging and were confident about my recovery. Having a new hospital didn’t hurt either. It really is a very nice facility now, but I would say the hospital staff from Doctors, to Nurses, to Therapists were the most critical aspect in my successful recovery. Our family donated to the OAHS fundraising campaign, but I never imagined that I would put the new facility to use in such a personal way. I would absolutely recommend Ortonville Area Health services to anyone in the region in need of medical care. My family and I feel very fortunate to have had such a wonderful medical team and great facilities to allow for my full recovery.

Did I thank the nurses enough? Ha, ha! They honestly cared about every patient there, almost like family.