Acupuncture Services Now Available at OAHS

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance
to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.

  • NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they
    are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them.
  • Communities have continued to use the month of August each year to
    raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing
    serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.
  • Immunization is a shared responsibility. Families, healthcare
    professionals, and public health officials must work together to help
    protect the entire community.

Talk to your health care professional to make sure your family is up to date on all the recommended vaccines.

  • Back-to-school appointments are a perfect time to make sure your
    children are up-to-date on all the vaccines recommended for them.
  • Because vaccines aren’t just for kids, you can take CDC’s Adult Vaccine
    Quiz to find out which vaccines may be recommended for you. Take the
    customized printout to discuss with your doctor at your next healthcare
    encounter.

Big Stone County 1 of 36 on US News community health honor roll

Ortonville, MN — The 2018 U.S. News Healthiest Communities Honor Roll recently recognized Big Stone County as one of 36 communities on their first ever health honor roll.

The honor roll is a component of U.S. News & World Report‘s inaugural healthiest communities rankings, a project conducted in collaboration with Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna’s charitable foundation. The project scores nearly 3,000 counties on approximately 80 indicators across 10 categories: population health, equity, education, economy, housing, food and nutrition, environment, public safety, community vitality and infrastructure. Researchers then identified the top 500 healthiest communities.

“At Ortonville Area Health Services (OAHS), we’re proud of our community and to play a key roll in the health of people in our area,” Dave Rogers, CEO of OAHS.

As part of the project, each county was placed into a peer groups based on urban-rural status and economic performance, according to U.S. News & World Report. The groups are urban, high-performing rankings; urban, up-and-coming rankings; rural, high-performing rankings; and rural, up-and-coming rankings.

The honor roll comprises the top-performing communities within each peer group in these specific geographic divisions: East North Central, East South Central, Middle Atlantic, Mountain, New England, Pacific, South Atlantic, West North Central and West South Central.

The communities named to the honor roll “best serve their residents in the face of often complex health-related challenges,” according to U.S. News & World Report. Populations in honor roll communities range from 2,000 people to nearly 1 million. According to U.S. News & World Report, the honor roll communities together have an average life expectancy of 81 years and health insurance coverage exceeding 90 percent.

Here are the 36 honor roll communities.

  1. Allegany County, N.Y.
  2. Bennington County, Vt.
  3. Leelanau County, Mich.
  4. Big Stone County, Minn.
  5. Lexington, Va.
  6. Carson County, Texas
  7. Livingston County, N.Y.
  8. Carver County, Minn.
  9. Marshall County, Ky.
  10. Collin County, Texas
  11. Mono County, Calif.
  12. Dolores County, Colo.
  13. Montgomery County, Va.
  14. Door County, Wis.
  15. Morris County, N.J.
  16. Douglas County, Colo.
  17. Nantucket County, Mass.
  18. Dukes County, Mass.
  19. Orleans County, Vt.
  20. Essex County, N.Y.
  21. Pickett County, Tenn.
  22. Falls Church, Va.
  23. Real County, Texas
  24. Hamilton County, Ind.
  25. Routt County, Colo.
  26. Island County, Wash.
  27. San Mateo County, Calif.
  28. Jefferson County, Wash.
  29. Sibley County, Minn.
  30. Kerr County, Texas
  31. Washington County, Tenn.
  32. Keweenaw County, Mich.
  33. Williamson County, Tenn.
  34. King George County, Va.
  35. Winneshiek County, Iowa
  36. Latah County, Idaho

June is National Safety Month

Every 3 minutes, someone dies from something 100% preventable. National Safety Month is a call to action to reverse this trend. Join us to ensure #No1GetsHurt www.nsc.org/nsm

Do You Focus on Fitness #4Mind4Body?

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally –it’s important to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

This May is Mental Health Month; Ortonville Area Health Services is raising awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health, through the theme Fitness #4Mind4Body. The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals about how eating healthy foods, gut health, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you healthy all around.

A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also play a big role in helping people recover from these conditions. Taking good care of your body is part of a before Stage Four approach to mental health.

Getting the appropriate amount of exercise can help control weight, improve mental health, and help you live longer and healthier. Recent research is also connecting your nutrition and gut health with your mental health. Sleep also plays a critical role in all aspects of our life and overall health. Getting a good night’s sleep is important to having enough physical and mental energy to take on daily responsibilities. And we all know that stress can have a huge impact on all aspects of our health, so it’s important to take time to focus on stress-reducing activities like meditation or yoga.

OAHS wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, and recovery is always the goal. Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy, but by looking at your overall health every day – both physically and mentally – you can go a long way in ensuring that you focus on your Fitness#4Mind4Body.

For more information, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may.

Why did you choose OAHS?

We chose to deliver our first baby at OAHS because we really liked the atmosphere at the clinic. And as soon as we met Dr. Stacy Longnecker, we knew we felt comfortable with her – with the staff and everybody there. 

Once it was time for baby to come, we were nervous, this being our first baby. But as soon as we got to the hospital, we knew we were going to be well taken care of. 

We felt comfortable and everything went smoothly. We had no problems and it was actually an enjoyable experience.  There were a lot of emotions going on, but I felt comforted and really well taken care of at OAHS.

Would I recommend OAHS to expecting or soon to be expecting parents? Yes, I would!

 

Lance and Alyssa Frogner of Milbank, SD, with baby Grayson

Why Did You Choose OAHS?

We chose OAHS because it’s the local hospital and because I knew of the good staff they have along with their providers – nurses, surgical team – everybody’s great. I just feel very comfortable there.

 During my first pregnancy, everything went completely normal and well – labor was a little rough, however, my provider and the nursing staff got me through it. Because I had a pretty traumatic labor, my provider recommended a C-section with my second baby. I felt 100% confident in his judgment, so we did the C-section with the second. It was a terrific experience from start to finish. I have zero regrets with having the C-section.

 Would I recommend OAHS to expecting or soon to be expecting parents? Oh I would for sure recommend OAHS. Some people think it’s such a small town hospital it makes people hesitant. I can’t stress enough –  they are so comforting, start to finish.

And if I have a question for my doctor, I send a message on my chart and receive a quick response.

 These are the best times of your life, but also very nerve racking times. Everyone at OAHS does a good job reassuring you and being there for you from start to finish. And even for years after during well child checks and anything that comes up after baby is born.

Melanie and Drew Martig
Kids: Brock and Reegan, plus one on the way in Sept!

Why Did You Choose OAHS?

Dr. Bob Ross has delivered all of my kids and will be delivering #4 as well.

OAHS is a great hospital. All 3 of my births have gone really well – I had great experiences with all of them. The nurses were great, the rooms are great – very clean and nice, and I love the spa tubs!

It’s nice – when you’re from a small town, you tend to know everyone and I take comfort in that. Everyone was so easy going. They made me feel really comfortable.

 Would I recommend OAHS to expecting or soon to be expecting parents? I would – definitely!

Katie and Tony Weber
3 children + one on the way- Kylie 4, TJ 2.5, Kipton-1.5, and baby due in July

 

Birth and Beyond Expo

Do we need to buy a pacifier? If so, what kind?
When can we turn the car seat around?
What’s wrong with generic brand diapers?
Why are there so many different types of bottles?
I’m certain my child burps up half of his bottle – help!
….All these pressing questions and all the others you’ve been wanting to ask answered all in one place.
Birth & Beyond Expo. Saturday, May 6th.

Health Care Home

What is a health care Home?

A health care home or patient centered medical home is an enhanced way of delivering health care.   It is an advanced team approach to focus on you as a whole patient not just one aspect.  This team approach can be very helpful for people with difficult and challenging health needs.  This team approach of care delivery helps patients coordinate services they receive from specialists, therapists, and other services to better manage their health.  Health care home teams will help to coordinate all aspects of care.

Team approach:

The health care home team includes you, your provider, a health coach, as well as other health care professionals and staff at our clinic.  Your team will also include trusted family and/or friends who you have chosen to play a role in your health care.   Your health coach will help you develop a care plan that addresses your needs and will coordinate your care with any specialists you may see.

Is Health Care home right for me?

You could benefit if you have:
• Chronic and/ or multiple illness
• Unstable or newly diagnosed illnesses
• Multiple medication
• Special health needs

What are the benefits?

  • Your health care team or individual health coach will help you find specialty care or community services when needed and will make updates to your care plan with you.
  • You and your primary care provider discuss your treatment options together and coordinate care with other specialists who care for you.
  • You receive improved ability to communicate and make appointments with your health care team.
  • You take charge of your health by assuming responsibility for aspects of your care.
  • You will develop a relationship of mutual respect & trust with all team members as a platform for success.
  • Your cultural and religious beliefs are valued. When possible, your preferences for treatment and care are met.
  • You are given information to help you learn more about your ongoing health concerns and address issues sooner, resulting in less ER visits and hospital stays.
  • Your primary care provider makes sure you understand your treatment choices.

How Can i get the best care?

  • Become more involved with your health care:
    • Bring a list of your top questions or concerns to discuss at every visit
    • If you have a chronic condition, ask that your care plan is communicated with other medical providers, nurses or other people involved in your health care.
    • Be open and honest about your health habits. Your primary care provider is here to help you, not judge you.
    • Ask for something to be repeated if you do not understand it.
    • Ask your primary care provider to write down the next steps.
    • Ask how to get care after clinic hours
    • Ask to meet the staff that will be working with you.
    • Let your health care home team know how you are doing.

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Patient and Family Partnership

Patient and Family PartnershipWe are currently working to recruit patient and family members to bring the patient and family perspective into what we do at Northside Medical Clinic and the Clinton Clinic. We are seeking individuals that are willing to partner with us to improve the experience of care at both clinics by sharing their ideas, feedback, and participation.

Partners will serve as a “voice” for patients and families of patients who receive care at Northside Medical Clinic or the Clinton Clinic. We are looking for individuals who are patients, caregivers, and/or family members who are willing to meet monthly to promote improved relationships between patients, families and staff. Items we will be discussing include:

  • Patient needs and concerns
  • Working with staff to make changes that affect patients and families
  • Assisting in the planning of new patient-related services
  • Serving as a resource providing patient perspectives

A patient and family partnership member would be expected to commit to a minimum one year term; attend 75% of monthly meetings, be able to listen to different opinions and share different points of view; respect the ideas of others; speak comfortably in a group; get along with many different kinds of people; and work as part of a team.

As a patient or family partner, you would be meeting with other patients and family members, health care providers and staff to address patient care issues, communicate patient and family concerns and help with problem solving, with the goal of improving our services. When patient and family volunteers work together with medical staff, the healthcare experience can be improved for everyone. If you are looking for ways to draw on your personal experiences at Northside Medical Clinic or the Clinton Clinic and contribute to the greater good by helping to improve the quality of care at both clinics, this program will provide an excellent opportunity to help meet your needs and use your interests and talents.

There are a variety of opportunities for involvement.

Please contact Twila Mursu at 320-839-4266, or email twila.mursu@oahs.us if you are interested in serving on the Patient and Family Partnership.

Flu Shots are Available at OAHS

Flu Shots are available at Northside Medical Clinic and Clinton Clinic. Shots are available during regular clinic hours and walk-ins are welcome.
For more information call:
Northside Medical Clinic at 320-839-6157 or Clinton Clinic at 320-325-5217Flu Shot 2015 2

Sleep Medicine Program Available at Ortonville Area Health Services

In January, 2014, Ortonville Area Health Services began a partnership with Whitney Sleep Diagnostics & Consultants to provide comprehensive sleep medicine services. Patients can now receive diagnosis and treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Insomnia, Restless Legs Syndrome, or any of the 84 known sleep disorders right in Ortonville.

People who snore excessively or stop breathing during sleep may have OSA. It is estimated that up to 18 million American adults have OSA. Untreated OSA can increase a person’s risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and work or traffic-related accidents due to daytime fatigue. People having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or not waking up refreshed, may suffer from a treatable sleep disorder. A simple screening tool, available at any of the clinics associated with Ortonville Area Health Services, can help determine if a sleep study is the best course of action for your situation.

“Sleep medicine continues to grow as a need among our patients, so we’re excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Whitney and his team to bring his expertise to our patients. Their model goes beyond what was previously available here, and is producing better outcomes for our patients,” commented Richard Ash, CEO at Ortonville Area Health Services

Dr. Courtney Whitney, who oversees all aspects of the sleep program at Ortonville Area Health Services, became a Board Certified Sleep Specialist in 2005. In 2008, he created Whitney Sleep Diagnostics specifically to provide comprehensive sleep medicine to the rural market. His decision to partner with rural hospitals provides people living in less populated areas, access to the benefits of a free standing sleep center typically found in larger cities.

“Sleep issues have such an impact on overall health. Our partnership demonstrates the commitment Ortonville Area Health Services has to the communities it serves,” added Dr. Whitney.

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