SD/NE health care task force organized

SD/NE health care task force organized A Healthcare Task Force made up of representatives from the Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center and Newcastle, Maskell, Martinsburg, Obert, and Ponca communities in Nebraska has been formed.

These Nebraska communities will be much closer to Vermillion's medical care services a year from now when the Newcastle-Vermillion bridge is complete.

Serving on the Newcastle-Vermillion "Bridge for Healthcare" Task Force are: Elsie Lund, Newcastle city clerk/treasurer; Betty Curry, Newcastle volunteer; Kay Maskell, Maskell volunteer; Joan Burcham, Obert volunteer; John Book, Martinsburg village clerk; Marilyn Temple, Ponca volunteer; Dave Schindler, superintendent Newcastle School District; and John Paulson, chief executive officer, Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.

The task force has been planning how local health programs and services can best be provided. On Friday, Sept. 15 at the Newcastle Fire Hall, Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center staff and the Sioux Valley Health System Partners in Prevention Team held a health screening program. The screenings evaluated glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, and other risk factors involved in diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.

Other health information was also available at the event. The screening program was planned by the "Bridge for Healthcare" Task Force.

"The new bridge will allow us to bring more healthcare programs like Partners in Prevention, other mobile health services, health education and special clinics to Northeast Nebraska communities. The Newcastle-Vermillion 'Bridge for Healthcare' Task Force will help organize these events and will look for grants that can help the Task Force plan for and develop health services needed in Northeast Nebraska," said Paulson.

"The Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center employees also look forward to serving residents in Northeast Nebraska who will want to use the comprehensive healthcare services available in Vermillion," he continued. "They will have easy access to our full-service 36-bed hospital, and 24-hour-a-day emergency services beneficial to supporting their Rescue Squad programs. Our 66-bed nursing home, 23-unit senior-living apartment complex are also new healthcare facilities which will be easily accessible to them.

"Together with our medical staff, we can provide the people of Northeast Nebraska with 'Care for the Whole Family,' including adult medicine, women's health and obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, and surgery," Paulson added. "We also have visiting specialists in other areas of medicine including cardiology, orthopedics, cancer care, neurology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, allergy, podiatry, dermatology, gynecology, ENT surgery, and urology."

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