Floyd Valley Hospital
April 2013
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A Breath of Fresh Air

Taking in the sweet smell of spring does not always have a joyous effect on all people.  For the estimated 37 million people in the US that are affected by sinusitis each year, the presence of springtime allergies may equate to weeks of suffering.  Symptoms of sinusitis include discolored drainage from the nose or down the back of the throat; nasal congestion; sinus headache; tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead; and a reduced sense of smell and taste.  For some, these symptoms may last more than 12 weeks, often called chronic sinusitis.  In addition to allergies, colds can also cause inflammation in the mucous membranes of your nose, sinuses and throat.  Structural issues such as blockages of the sinus openings can also lead to chronic sinusitis.  Chronic sinusitis sufferers that have exhausted other methods to get relief do have a less invasive surgical treatment option at Floyd Valley Hospital.  Performed by the visiting ENTs, balloon sinuplasty begins by the physician inserting a small, flexible balloon catheter into the nose until it reaches the inflamed sinus.  The sinus balloon is slowly inflated to restructure the blocked nasal passage.  Unlike conventional sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty preserves the normal anatomy of the area and does not require removal of bone and tissue.  Following this procedure, most patients also enjoy a shorter, more comfortable recovery time.  If you are struggling with chronic sinusitis, ask your healthcare provider today about balloon sinuplasty.  


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Thanks for Taking the Time
to Make a Difference

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Floyd Valley Hospital and the Hospital Auxiliary are hosting their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon entitled "Thanks for Taking the Time to Make a Difference!"  The appreciation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Willow Creek Golf Course.  Those that will be honored with an Hours of Service award have received an individual invitation to be our honored guest.  Anyone who volunteers at the hospital, Park Place Estates, Family Medicine Clinics, with the hospital Auxiliary or Foundation and their events are invited and encouraged to attend.  In 2013, volunteers logged nearly 19,200 hours. 


The day will begin with coffee at 9:30 a.m.  In addition to the presentation of hours of service recognitions, there will be entertainment for our volunteers.  The first speaker will be Kathy McCrary, leading a session on customer service.  She will begin her presentation at 10:00 a.m.  Dick Ahlers will follow with a look at new technologies in the world of grandfather clocks.  The volunteer group will enjoy a luncheon at approximately 11:15 a.m.


Volunteering Opportunities
Progress Lives Here
Members of the FVH Board of Trustees take their turn breaking ground.

The official North Addition Expansion and Renovation Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on Wednesday, March 26th with a crowd of more than 50 attendees.  We are thankful for the community's support that day and throughout our project as we move forward.   


Phase I of the project is well underway and includes infrastructure work in preparation of the North Addition.  The next steps in this phase will include the placing of a new generator, earth removal for the footprint of the new building and completion of the utility work.  Completion of the utility rerouting will reopen the hallways in the lower level of the hospital that have been blocked during this process.  Phase II is slated to begin this summer and will include excavating.  In this phase, the ground will be prepared and the footings and foundation will be put into place.  Phase I of the geothermal work will also conclude this summer with a mid-summer go live date for that portion. 


As with all building projects, there may be some inconveniences we will endure through this process.  Our goal is to make them as minimal as possible for our patients and visitors. 


More on the North Addition Project 

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