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Phase 5 COVID Vaccine

We are excited to begin vaccinating our Phase 5 community members! If you are 18 years or older and would like to be scheduled for the COVID-19 vaccine please call Seneca Family Practice at 785-336-6107. *Please note – You will need to be available exactly four weeks after your first vaccination to receive your second dose.

Make Self Care a Priority

Self-care at the simplest level is making sure that you are doing the things that you need to do in order to stay healthy physically and mentally. Caring for yourself is an active choice that you need to make every day that prioritizes your own health and happiness.

There are a lot of significant health benefits that come from making physical self-care a priority. Regular exercise will help you keep your muscles strong, reduce stress and help with weight management. According to medical studies taking the time for regular exercise can have any or all of these effects on your physical health:

  • Better sleep
  • Lower risk of heart attack
  • Lower stress levels
  • Stronger bones
  • Better cardiovascular health
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce risk of some kinds of cancer
  • Lower risk of diabetes and insulin resistance
  • Better circulation
  • Better mood

Mental self-care means giving yourself a break from the worries and stresses that you have to deal with all day long so that you can relax, clear your mind and focus. Taking regular mental health breaks for self-care can help you manage the symptoms of conditions like depression and anxiety and for some people can get rid of those symptoms entirely. Meditation, journaling, making art and pursuing hobbies are all things that you can do to practice mental self-care.

If you’re struggling with your self-care options please contact your SFP primary care physician at 785-336-6107 today.

Alcohol and Your Health

The pressure to drink alcohol is everywhere. Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, some types of cancer and more. This month, during Alcohol Awareness Month, Nemaha Valley Community Hospital encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.

Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease that can be fatal if untreated. However, people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!

Drinking too much can take a serious toll on your health. Here’s how alcohol can affect your body:

Brain
Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.

Heart
Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:

  • Cardiomyopathy: Stretching/drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heartbeat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Liver
Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of liver issues including:

  • Steatosis, or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis

Pancreas
Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels that prevents proper digestion.

Cancer
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing
certain cancers including:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Immune System
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease.

If you have any questions or want to know more about your alcohol treatment options, please contact your Seneca Family Practice primary care physician at 785-336-6107 today!

NVCH Purchases RD UVC Systems

With chemical disinfectants in short supply, many healthcare facilities are turning to ultraviolet light. UV light disinfection is an additional tool to protect our patients, our staff and our community in the ongoing race to find ways to fight COVID-19. NVCH is excited to announce the purchase of two RD™UVC Robot Systems.

“This system administers a specific dose of ultraviolet light needed to eliminate harmful pathogens in our operating rooms, emergency room, patient rooms and other areas of our hospital” said Lynda Cross, NVCH Director of Nursing. “When paired with our manual cleaning and disinfection protocols, the technology significantly reduces the presence of patient exposure to hospital acquired infections (HAIs).

Studies have confirmed that UVC light is an effective addition to manual cleaning efforts and can kill harmful pathogens quickly and efficiently. Exposure to UVC light for a specific length of time and intensity kills dangerous microorganisms. The American Journal of Infection Control notes that combining UVC technology with manual cleaning is one of the most effective ways to significantly decrease the pool of harmful pathogens that cause HAIs.

UVC dosing works to reach all areas within a treated room, including those in shadowed or hard-to-reach places. By penetrating areas that manual cleaning and other technology cannot, the RD UVC system ensures disinfection is as complete as possible. Wireless, remote sensors help provide confirmation that the precise amount of UVC light needed to eradicate bacteria, viruses and spores is administered for optimal effectiveness. “We are able to track our treatment data on a secure portal. The equipment uses remote sensors that report comprehensive and measurable data. It also reports which rooms have been treated, by whom and how often, to assure proper treatment,” said Cross.

UV light devices should not be a substitute for hand washing, wearing a mask or social distancing. It’s important for our community to remain committed to helping decrease the spread of COVID-19. Please try to maintain proper social distancing, continue with proper hand hygiene and wear your mask. These actions are our best defense against the spread of the virus in our community.

Positive Experience is Key

Sharing your recent experience with us is vital in helping us continue to improve our services for you and your family!

We value our relationship with our community and the surrounding communities. We are proud to be a trusted part of your family and look forward to providing personalized, compassionate care for many years to come. We are always exploring ways to improve our services for you and your family. For us to continue to improve these services we need your input! After your visit to the clinic or any of our ancillary services you may receive a survey via email. Click here to read what your friends, family and neighbors are saying about Nemaha Valley Community Hospital and Seneca Family Practice.

COVID-19 Message

The identification of Coronavirus has created anxieties throughout the world. Rest assured Nemaha Valley Community Hospital staff is staying updated on the latest protocols and practices for response. We are confident we will be able to respond to the needs of our community.

We are working with public health, county emergency management, EMS and Sabetha Community Hospital to make sure we maximize our resources should the need arise.

Nemaha Valley Community Hospital and Seneca Family Practice patients can call our hotline at 785-336-0399 between 9am-5pm or 785-336-6181 after hours if you have concerns about your current symptoms. If you feel you have Coronavirus symptoms or if you have concerns about exposure, please call the hotline before you come to the hospital or clinic.

Click here for information regarding testing process and pricing.

For updates and additional resources on COVID-19 please visit the KDHE or CDC websites. You can also visit the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital Facebook page for additional and current updates.

Please review our updated Hospital Visiting Hours in response to COVID-19.

Improving Mental Health In Nemaha County - A Top Priority

Behavioral health needs are growing in our small rural communities. In fact, this need was reflected in the 2018 county-wide Community Health Needs Assessment. Response to mental health illnesses and preventional tactics for behavioral health has been a priority for Nemaha County for many years.

Nemaha Valley Community Hospital has approached behavioral health needs in multiple ways. Front lines staff members have attended Mental Health First Aide Certification Classes including a class specifically focused on youth. They have access to crisis intervention via telepsych services in the emergency room. They are also working with 16 area peer organizations on a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to provide more inpatient and outpatient resources to the region.

“The gap in the plan is in our rural health clinic. There is a growing need to be able to address behavioral health issues in the primary care setting first,” said Kiley Floyd, NVCH CEO. “Treatment should start with patients with new chronic disease diagnosis or patients in a mental health crisis at the time of their primary care appointment. We cannot wait until these issues become emergent.”

We are excited to announce the addition of Mental Health Therapy to Seneca Family Practice. Kailey Patton, LCMFT, LCAC is providing therapy to patients of Seneca Family Practice. To continue reading click here.