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Nemaha County Hospital Welcomes Platte River Foot & Ankle Surgeons

Podiatrists will hold clinics twice a month

AUBURN, Nebr. (Feb. 16, 2023) – Nemaha County Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of podiatrists from the Platte River Foot & Ankle Surgeons.  The doctors will rotate in the clinics on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Wednesday of each month beginning February 22nd

“We are excited to have these doctors join our team,” said Marty Fattig, CEO at Nemaha County Hospital.  “This practice offers the entire spectrum of foot and ankle care, from routine foot and ankle care to surgeries and we are thrilled that we can now offer these services to the community.”

Dr. David Waters founded Platte River Foot & Ankle Surgeons to provide comprehensive state-of-the-art solutions to patients with foot and ankle pain.  After receiving a doctorate in podiatric medicine from Kent State University in Independence, Ohio, Waters went on to St. John Hospital and Medical Center, in Detroit, for three years of residency and served as the chief podiatric surgical resident.  Others in the practice include Evan Lenertz, DPM, a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon with a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery from Des Moines, University and a residency at St. Mary Mercy and St. Joseph Hospitals outside of Detroit, Michigan and Ashley Anderson, a board-certified physician’s assistant.

About Nemaha County Hospital

Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri regional area. Nemaha County Hospital was named a 2021 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

Heart Valve Disease

As many as 11.6 million Americans are estimated to have heart valve disease, and each year around 25,000 people die from the disease. Fortunately, valve disease can usually be successfully treated in patients of all ages.

But successful treatment depends on understanding risk factors, recognizing symptoms, and getting timely treatment. Unfortunately, three out of four Americans report knowing little to nothing about the disease.

The heart is a powerful organ that is responsible for continuously circulating blood throughout the body. The heart’s four chambers squeeze and relax in a coordinated manner to pump blood to the lungs, and through the circulatory system to deliver oxygen and nutrients.

Between each of the heart’s chambers is a valve—a thin leaflet of tissue that keeps blood moving in only one direction and with the right amount of force. The valves keep blood from leaking backwards by only opening one way and sealing tightly as soon as blood passes through.

Heart valve disease (valve disease) is a type of heart disease that involves damage to one or more of the heart’s four valves that causes them to not open or close properly and disrupts blood flow. If a valve doesn’t close completely and allows blood to leak backwards, it’s called regurgitation or insufficiency, and may be referred to as a leaky valve. If a valve doesn’t open fully to allow enough blood to flow through, it’s called stenosis and may also be referred to as a sticky, narrowed, or stiff valve. A valve may also fail to open fully due to an obstruction.

Depending on the type of valve disease, the damage can cause the heart to work harder than it should and can restrict blood flow to the rest of the body. Without treatment, this can lead to serious complications including arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, stroke, other heart disease, and even death.

Who is at risk? 1. Older Age: Wear and tear to the valves is the most common cause of valve disease. 2. Congenital Abnormalities: People can be born with narrow, deformed, or even missing valves. 3. Infection: Bacterial endocarditis is an infection of the inner layer of the heart or heart valves that is most commonly caused by staphylococci (staph) and streptococci (strep) bacteria. 4. Cardiovascular Diseases and Conditions: Problems with the heart or vascular system can also result in valve problems. For example, heart attacks can cause scarring of the heart muscle and distort the valves, an enlarged heart can stretch open a valve, long-term raised blood pressure can cause heart damage, and aortic dissections or tears can extend to the valve. 5. Family History: 6. Other Health Conditions: Chronic kidney disease, lupus, and Marfan syndrome can all increase risk.

What are the Symptoms of Valve Disease? 1. Lightheadedness 2. Irregular heartbeat, heart flutter, or chest pains 3. Shortness of breath after light activity or while laying down 4. Tiredness 5. Edema (swelling of the ankles and feet).

How is Valve Disease Diagnosed? Early detection and timely treatment of valve disease is critical to successful outcomes. Everyone should have their heart listened to by a healthcare provider regularly because valve disease can often be detected with a simple stethoscope check. If a murmur is detected, your health care provider may order additional tests that can include: electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram (ECG), chest x-ray, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), stress tests and/or a cardiac catheterization.

How is Valve Disease treated? Treatment of valve disease depends on your symptoms, the severity of your disease, and whether or not it is getting worse.1. Monitoring: Some types of valve disease don’t need treatment, or don’t need treatment right away. But all types should be monitored regularly 2. Medications: There are no medications that keep valve disease from getting worse, that undo damage already done, or that cure valve disease. However, there are some medications that can help relieve or lesson the symptoms of valve disease by reducing the heart’s workload, regulating heart rhythms, preventing blood clots, and preventing infections.3. Valve Repair or Replacement: Fortunately, these procedures and surgeries are usually very successful in patients of all ages. Repairing the Valve is modifying the structure of the valve. This can involve adding tissue to patch holes or tears, removing or reshaping tissue, separating fused valve leaflets, and more. This may require surgery or may be done through a minimally invasive procedure. Replacement – the new valve can be a tissue (bioprosthetic) valve or a mechanical valve. Tissue valves are made from cow or pig tissue or taken from human cadavers. Mechanical valves are made from carbon.A valve may need to be replaced with open heart surgery. In some cases, the valve can be replaced through a less invasive procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR or TAVI). In TAVR, a new valve is placed with a thin tube (catheter) inserted through an artery in the chest or leg.

What can I expect after surgery? Most people who have valve repair or replacement can expect to return to a normal life after recovery. Recovery times typically range from two to eight weeks with a hospital stay of three to five days. After a patient returns home and gets back to mild activities, they may start doing cardiac rehabilitation to help with exercise training and other support as they recover. This article comes from the website: https://valvediseaseday.org/ to educate our community. See website to learn more.

Sandy Bradley RN, BSN

Mindful Choices

Jaclyn Kreifels RD, LMNT

February gives us time to reflect on all the relationships in our life; in those, do you consider your relationship with food?  Mindful eating is a concept to help us become fully aware of our eating patterns, relationship with food, and triggers for why we eat.  The primary focus of mindful eating helps us to choose nutritious and enjoyable food, select foods with nourishment and recognize our personal hunger and satiety cues.   This approach can assist individuals in achieving a favorable intake for the purpose of vital health and regulating body weight.  It can also create a sense of empowerment to make the best selections for personal interest.

When utilizing mindful eating to create our food selections, we can achieve our ideal health and create a routine that supports our goals.  Instead of thinking about different diet strategies (good food/bad food, restrictive diets or limiting diets), mindful eating tunes into our internal cues and provides a response to our personal body needs.  To initiate mindful eating, limit distractions while eating so you truly enjoy your food and flavors.  This can likewise increase the satiety level from our food.  Paying attention to what we eat, in the present moment, can enhance our relationship with food and provide many benefits.  Actually, research indicates that practicing the mindfulness concept, can decrease stress levels and depression, support weight loss, omit chronic pain and increase quality of life.

Mindful eating can encourage us to change old habits, and not only create, but adhere to healthy eating decisions.  Some thoughts to keep in mind when incorporating healthy eating include “Why do I eat?”, “How much do I eat?” and “Where does the energy go?” Which can in turn, help us to select healthy, balanced eating choices.  How does your food make you feel?  And how do you want to feel?  Exploring the triggers that control our nutritional habits can help us understand our process of eating, and be eye-opening.  A food journal can be beneficial to answer some of these same triggers, and of course, it’s easier to write down “apple” instead of “donut”. 

Many times, our consumption habits that are guilty for our overeating, are actually unconscious behaviors that have been in place for years; and we don’t even realize it.  The mindfulness process can create awareness of what we’re doing, and what we desire to change.  Once you’re aware of your habits, change can become an action.  Being mindful of our daily routine can help us break out of the ineffective, habitual patterns, and provide an opportunity for new, healthy behaviors. 

Nemaha County Hospital Welcomes Dr. Gary Koenig

Pulmonologist begins clinics on February 8th

AUBURN, Nebr. (Feb. 2, 2023) – Nemaha County Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Gary Koenig to the medical team.  Dr. Koenig is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and allergy and immunology. 

“We are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Koenig to our team,” said Marty Fattig, CEO at Nemaha County Hospital.  “He is a highly rated pulmonologist and will make a great addition to the already excellent team of physicians we are fortunate to have in our community.”

Dr. Koenig attended medical school at Creighton University and then completed his residency at Creighton University Medical Center.  Specializing in Pulmonology, Allergy and Immunology and Sleep Medicine, Dr. Koenig has been practicing for over 20 years and is based out of Omaha, Nebraska. 

“I am excited to be practicing in Auburn,” said Dr. Koenig. “Nemaha County Hospital is a wonderful facility with a great team that is recognized for the highest level of care, and I am proud to be joining them to help patients with their pulmonology needs.”

Dr. Koenig will be holding clinic on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

About Nemaha County Hospital

Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri regional area. Nemaha County Hospital was named a 2021 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

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Nemaha County Hospital Receives Achievement Through the 2022 Digital Health Most Wired Survey

Auburn, NE, October 19, 2022 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), has released their coveted Digital Health Most Wired Survey results for the 2022 data collection period. Nemaha County Hospital is proud to announce our Level 7 achievement for the Acute survey selection. 

Among the more than 38,000 organizations surveyed by CHIME, Nemaha County Hospital ranked above peers in categories like analytics and data management, population health, infrastructure, and patient engagement. The survey assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in health care organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

“We are proud to honor your team’s exceptional dedication to excellence in digital health,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell.  “Your pioneering performance in the industry inspires other organizations by example. Patients in communities around the world receive better care when you drive change through digital transformation, as you have proven through your success in this rigorous program.”

The Digital Health Most Wired survey and recognition program serves as a comprehensive “Digital Health Check-up” for healthcare organizations across the world.  As success in digital health increasingly determines the quality of patient care, the scope of the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired survey reflects the progress of leading healthcare providers as they reinvent healthcare for a new century.

“We are honored to receive this special recognition for Most Wired,” said Marty Fattig, Nemaha County Hospital CEO. “Our team works hard to use technologies and strategies when analyzing our data in order to achieve meaningful clinical and efficiency outcomes to give our patients quality care every time.”

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 5,000 members in 58 countries plus two U.S. territories and over 190 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME and its three associations provide a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate, exchange best practices, address professional development needs and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.

 

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Nemaha County Hospital Announces New Colorectal Surgeon

AUBURN, Nebr. (Sept. 26, 2022) – Nemaha County Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Kelly J. Krier to the medical team. Dr. Krier is board certified in colorectal surgery and general surgery with additional interest in cancer prevention, benign conditions, treatment of anorectal conditions, fissures, and incontinence.

“We are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Krier to our team,” said Marty Fattig, CEO at Nemaha County Hospital. “She is an esteemed Colorectal Surgeon and will enhance the care we provide to our patients as well as the capabilities of this hospital.”

A South Dakota native and graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science with Highest Honors, Dr. Krier received a medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and then completed a residency in general surgery at The University of New Mexico. Her interest in colorectal surgery led her on to do a fellowship in colorectal surgery in Utah.

“I am thrilled to be providing service to Nemaha County Hospital and to add my focus of colorectum diseases to the services and treatments that the hospital is able to offer the people in this region,” said Krier. Dr. Krier, will be holding clinic and performing surgeries on the 4th Tuesday of every month.

About Nemaha County Hospital

Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area. Nemaha County Hospital was named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

Nemaha County Hospital Announces New Pain Medicine Physician

Auburn, Nebr. (August 15, 2022) – Nemaha County Hospital (NCH) announced today that Dr. Clayton Damme will be joining their staff physicians. Dr. Damme received his undergraduate degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), graduating with distinction, and completed his residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in chronic pain medicine at UNMC.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Damme join the team at NCH. He will make a great addition to the already excellent team of physicians we are fortunate to have in our community” said Marty Fattig, CEO at Nemaha County Hospital.

Damme is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and is committed to helping patients relieve chronic pain without invasive procedures. Specializing in pain management medicine, Dr. Damme treats patients suffering from a wide range of conditions from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Degenerative Disc Disease to joint, neck, back and sciatica pain.

“I am excited to be practicing in Auburn,” said Dr. Damme. “Nemaha County Hospital is a wonderful facility with a great team that is recognized for the highest level of care, and I am proud to be joining them to help patients manage their pain.”

Dr. Damme will see patients, with a doctor’s referral, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. Visit nemahacountyhospital.com for more information.

About Nemaha County Hospital

Located in Auburn, Nebr., Nemaha County Hospital is a county-owned critical access hospital serving the Southeast Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri regional area. Nemaha County Hospital was named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital.

Spring Cleaning? Don’t forget your medicine cabinet!

Spring has sprung, and that means Americans are putting away their winter coats and giving their homes a good, spring cleaning.  One place in your home that might not be on your list as you dust and de-clutter, but should be? The medicine cabinet!  Just like the closet full of sweaters you haven’t worn in years or the freezer full of winter soups, the medicine cabinet should be cleaned out regularly so unused and unwanted medicines don’t collect over time.

Leftover drugs stored in home medicine cabinets can too easily get into the wrong hands.   In fact, according to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, more than four in 10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug obtained it from their parents’ medicine cabinet.   Easier access to prescription drugs has contributed to drug overdose deaths surpassing motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of injury and death in the United States.

Prescription drugs have become a deadly source of addiction for too many Americans.   Fortunately, many local communities now have 24/7 medication disposal sites to collect your unused or expired medications.  Responsible storage and disposal of your prescription medications is essential to keeping our communities healthy and safe. 

Nemaha County Hospital has a medication disposal drop box located in the Emergency Room entrance. If you live in a community outside of Nemaha County, you can use this DEA website to find a location nearest you.

https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1s1

References:

https://www.bcbs.com/articles/spring-cleaning-dont-forget-your-medicine-cabinet

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/disposal-unused-medicines-what-you-should-know/drug-disposal-drug-take-back-locations

Nemaha County Hospital Announces New ENT Joining Staff in January – Dr. Farrell

Auburn, Nebr. (December 21, 2020) – Nemaha County Hospital (NCH) announced today that Dr. Patrick Farrell will be joining their staff physicians. Dr. Farrell received his undergraduate degree from Creighton University, earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and completed his residency in otolaryngology at UNMC.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Farrell join our team at NCH. He will make a great addition to the already excellent team of physicians we are fortunate to have join us in our community” said Susan Joy, RN, Director of Outpatient Services and Cardiac Rehab.

Farrell is board certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, treating both children and adults. Specializing in diseases of the nose and sinuses for 22 years, Dr. Farrell will be providing services for diagnosis and medical management of ear, nose, and throat disorders as well as Tonsillectomies, Ear Tubes, Nasal and Sinus Surgeries.

“I am excited to start practicing in Auburn,” said Dr. Farrell. “Nemaha County Hospital is a wonderful facility with a great team that is recognized for the highest level of care and I am proud to be joining them.”

Dr. Farrell will begin seeing patients, with a doctor referral, on January 5, 2021.