A new year is upon us and I do not know about you, but a more normal 2022 would be refreshing. Although COVID-19 continues to be on the front page of the news and certainly the center of our lives, there is still much for which to be thankful. There are countless examples that could be shared, but here are a few examples that highlight the care provided by Blanchard Valley Health System over the past year:
- Monoclonal antibody infusions were moved to Bluffton Hospital, which allowed us to increase our daily infusions. These early treatments have shown to decrease likelihood of severe disease and admissions. Since March of 2021 we have treated 890 patients, with 122 admissions avoided.
- BVHS imaging departments performed approximately 105,000 exams in 2021.
- The Blanchard Valley Health Foundation awarded $734,111 in grants to 25 different departments throughout the entire health system.
- The inpatient nursing units continue to provide exemplary care with an extremely elevated census of high acuity patients.
- BVHS has worked in collaboration with Hancock Public Health, the City of Findlay and local organizations and businesses to educate, inform and provide COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters to our community.
- The Bluffton Hospital laboratory passed an inspection (with flying colors) by the College of American Pathology of Accreditation. This inspection occurs every two years. This was especially challenging due to our current COVID-19 commitments.
- The relocation and construction of the Blanchard Valley Hospital inpatient pharmacy, along with the Center for Medication Management, the outpatient pharmacy for our community members, was officially completed on September 28, 2021.
- A project was completed with our sign language interpreters to ensure a high level of competency related to medical terminology and signing.
- BVHS was recognized several times on the Courier’s “Best of Findlay 2021” list. Birchaven Village was awarded the title of “Best Senior Living” and Physician’s Plus was named the winner of the “Best Urgent Care” category and BVHS was a finalist for the “Best Place to Work” distinction.
There are many other examples that would take pages to highlight. While reflecting on the past year, I would like to take a moment and share my appreciation. I would like to say “thank you” to the community. Thank you for being grateful to our BVHS team, who has worked diligently to manage through these ever-changing times. The kindness we have experienced has meant so much to our associates. I also want to say thanks to our team for their commitment, compassion and collaboration. We look forward to serving our community once again in 2022 and providing the absolute best and safest care possible.
Finally, as we continue through the start of a new year, I encourage you to be safe and continue to take part in recommended health guidelines and practices. As a general reminder, be sure to wear your mask when you are in public places, such as the grocery store or a school event. And, if you haven’t received your COVID-19 vaccine, booster shot or flu vaccine, please consider taking that action to protect yourself and mitigate the risk of transmitting illness.
Let’s ensure that we do what we can to keep ourselves, friends, family and neighbors as healthy as possible, so everyone can enjoy and look back fondly on a more normal year.