Floyd Valley Hospital
May 2013
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Floyd Valley Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics are excited to announce that on May 12th  a new patient solution was launched that enables you to review your medical information more easily, faster and on your schedule.  These new solutions are patient portals that deliver self-serve capabilities for you to manage your healthcare.  Some things that you will be able to do in the new patient portals include review notes from visits, view results of health tests, receive appointment reminders and pay your bill online.  In addition through the Family Medicine Clinics portal, you will be able to securely send and receive important health information, ask your care team questions and read health education information. 


Steps to request access to your portal:


Family Medicine Clinics (My ClinicChart): 
Call your patient care team to receive your electronic invitation to join our new patient portal or send the clinic an e-mail.  Once your request is received, you will receive an e-mail invitation with complete instructions to set up your portal.  If you have any issues, please contact the clinic directly at (712) 546-8111 for assistance. 


Floyd Valley Hospital (AveraChart):
You need to ensure the Admitting / Registration staff have your personal e-mail address on your file.  You will also need to have your medical record number (which you will receive at your next visit or you may call Health Information Services at 546-3336).  Then  log on to AveraChart.org to set up your account.  If you have trouble during this process, please call 1-855-667-9704 for assistance.


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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Hearing loss is a significant and growing public health issue for people of all ages. Though 36 million adults suffer, only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one. Approximately 15% (26 million) of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities. One in 5 kids ages 12-19 is suffering from hearing loss, an increase of 31% since the late 1980s/early 1990s. This is a trend that coincides with skyrocketing use of personal audio technology.  With hearing loss spiking in younger populations in recent years, May's Better Hearing and Speech Month is the ideal time for parents, spouses, and the general public to learn how to recognize the early signs of hearing problems.


In children, parents should watch for the following signs of hearing loss:

  • Lack of attention to sounds
  • Failure to follow simple directions
  • Failure to respond when his/her name is called
  • Delays in speech and language development
  • Pulling or scratching at his/her ears
  • Difficulty achieving academically, especially in reading and math
  • Social isolation and feeling unhappy in school
  • Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise (regular and constant listening to electronics at high volumes)

In adults, signs of hearing loss include:

  • Inattentiveness
  • Buzzing or ringing in the ears
  • Failure to respond to spoken words
  • Muffled hearing
  • Constant frustration hearing speech and other sounds
  • Avoiding conversation
  • Social isolation
  • Depression

Floyd Valley Hospital will be holding their annual Hearing Screen on Wednesday, May 28th from 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Please call (712) 546-3401 to schedule your free screening.  For more signs and other educational resources, please visit Identify the Sign.

Staying in the Game

Spring is here ushering in a couple of America's favorite pastimes, softball and baseball.  Whether you are in little league or a kid at heart playing in an adult league, make sure you start your season off right!  Sunburns can be a common affliction with these sports by both the players and spectators. Participants should slip on a long-sleeved shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat or visor, and wrap on some sunglasses to help to prevent sunburns. Even cool, cloudy days can cause sunburns if you do not take necessary precautions. Fruit and bottled water make excellent, safe snacks for athletes and provide natural sugars for staying energized in the game. 


The sports medicine clinicians in the Physical Therapy Department at FVH also add:

  • Don't go straight from your car onto the field. Arrive early and warm up properly before playing.
  • Stretch before the game, but not when your muscles are cold. Warm up a little first, and then stretch gently. Getting your muscles warmed up and stretched out prior to game time or practice can alleviate sprains, strains and muscle pulls injuries.
  • Drink plenty of water during and after the game.
  • Teach yourself not to play through pain. If you get injured, see your doctor. Follow all the doctor's orders for recovery, and get the doctor's OK before you return to play. If you start to feel pain, discomfort or fatigue, get your coach to put in a substitute. Don't overdo it.
This summer you can also get a head start for your fall sports by attending the Summer FAST Program for Athletes.  The summer session begins on June 2.
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Le Mars, IA 51031
Floyd Valley Hospital