Floyd Valley Hospital
November 2013
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Awareness Highlighted
with Diabetes Fair

 Diabetes Fair attendees have the chance to receive educational information from

participating vendors

American Diabetes Association numbers state the prevalence of diabetes in the United States is at 8.3% of the population or 25.8 million children and adults.  Of that number, 18.8 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes but 7 million people remain undiagnosed.  In addition, 79 million people are considered prediabetic.  Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease an individuals risk of developing complications of diabetes, which include high blood pressure, cardiac disease, neuropathy, kidney disease, stroke and eye issues.  Common symptoms include feeling very thirsty, urinating often, extreme fatigue, feeling very hungry even though you are eating, cuts/bruises that are slow to heal and blurry vision.  Make it a priority to eat right, exercise, see your health care provider annually and get your glucose/cholesterol numbers checked.  If you have questions or concerns with the above symptoms, please be sure to discuss them with your healthcare provider.

 Diabetes Fair to be held on November 4, 2013
Geothermal Wells will Help FVH Go Green

As an early component of the North Addition project, the drilling of approximately 190 geothermal wells will occur yet this fall.  Geothermal energy is the capturing of heat from the earth that offers a clean and sustainable energy source.  The wells at Floyd Valley Hospital will go down 300 feet and will provide the heat pump system a constant 55 degree water that will provide the primary heating and cooling of the hospital.


In the winter, the heat pump will extract heat from the exchange unit and deliver the heat to the hospital through the air delivery system.  During the summer, the unit will extract the heat from the building transferring to the system to pump out of the hospital.  The excess heat in the summer can also be used to heat the water used in the hospital.


This system has a price tag of close to a million dollars, but the savings that it will afford will be realized in approximately 5 years of operation.  In addition to the utility savings, Mid-American Energy will give the hospital $365,000 in energy rebates.  Going green in this project will be good for the hospital and the environment while keeping the patients comfortable while they are here.

More on the North Addition Project 

Lung Cancer Awareness
The American Cancer Society has designated November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  Lung cancer is the second most common cancer for both men and women and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  Each year, more people die from lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.  Many symptoms are mistaken for other respiratory illnesses or are ignored. Survival rates for lung cancer do improve dramatically if diagnosed early.  That is why Floyd Valley Hospital now offers a lung cancer screening for people 55 - 74 years of age and either 1)  are current smokers with a smoking history of at least 30 packs per year or 2)  former smokers with at least a 30 pack per year smoking history who have quit within the last 15 years.  This low-dose CT screening of the chest looks for lung nodules which may be early lung cancer.  This offers the best chance of finding lung cancer in its earliest and most curable stages.  You do need to have a physician's referral for this screening, so please make an appointment with your health care provider today if you have concerns.
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Floyd Valley Hospital