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Recently a statewide hoax took place in multiple cities across Ohio. The emergency department at Blanchard Valley Health System was alerted by local authorities of a potential active shooter situation taking place within one of the community’s schools. We were very fortunate to learn that there was never any emergency, but nevertheless, we responded immediately.

Our organization’s core values of skill and collaboration were front and center during this false alarm. Our team immediately mobilized, with numerous efforts, from contacting blood banks, central transport mobilizing equipment, to holding surgeries to make room for trauma patients, clearing the emergency department, opening a central command center, to Hanco EMS arriving on the scene within four minutes. We were working immediately with the police to respond to the call. 

I could not be more thankful or proud of our team, and the community can be reassured that “BVHS is ready” in case of an active shooter or other external disaster. As a partnering community member, we hope to never encounter this situation again. However, it did serve as a very real test for our response processes to an emergency situation. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is to be prepared for the unexpected, and our health system utilizes drills and other measures to help us react as quickly as possible in order to provide the absolute best care at a moment’s notice.

Apart from these unexpected emergencies, there is a lot you can do to protect yourself. The overall wellbeing of our community, and your health is important to us. As we continue through the fall season, one thing you and/or your loved ones can do to be protected from potential illness, and promote good health, is receiving the flu shot. Based on what has been observed across the globe, a higher (than normal) number of flu cases are expected this year. Flu shot vaccines are the best way to keep yourself and others safe from the flu. There is no better time than now. I received my flu shot this week and hope you will do the same this season.

Flu shots are available through the Hancock Public Department of Health, most local pharmacies and/or by checking with the office of your primary care provider. Additionally, flu vaccines are also available to established patients of our Blanchard Valley Medical Practices. To learn more about BVMP, please visit

We’re here for you.


Myron Lewis
President & CEO
Blanchard Valley Health System

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