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Traffic Update for First Phase of Van Wert Health Construction Project

Van Wert, OH – Van Wert Health is asking all patients and visitors to carefully watch signage while on the main campus of Van Wert Health in order to navigate safety around the construction zones.  The campus is now marked with red arrows to route patients directly to the main entrance of the Emergency Room.  Additional blue arrows, which are painted on the pavement and on signage around the campus, are being used to direct outpatients, visitors, and vendors to an alternate parking lot during the first phase of construction for the Van Wert Health Surgery and Inpatient Expansion Project. 

The expansion project includes a new two-story, 84,000 square-foot facility which will help further address the health care needs of residents and visitors in our area. 




Van Wert County Community Health Surveys
To Be Conducted During September and October 2018

Van Wert, OH – This week, the Van Wert County Health Collaborative, which is an initiative led by Van Wert Health and other supporting community organizations, will begin its survey of Van Wert County residents as part of a community health assessment process. The Van Wert County Health Collaborative is working closely with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and researchers at the University of Toledo to conduct the survey. Over the next two months 1,200 Van Wert County residents will be randomly selected to participate in a health survey. Residents of Van Wert County who are randomly selected are urged to complete and return the survey.

The anonymous survey asks participants to answer questions about general health, risk and protective health factors, and access to health care. These answers will create a snapshot of the health of Van Wert County residents. The results will guide many public and private agencies in their program planning over the next several years by identifying key health problems. The final community health assessment report will be published in the Spring 2019 at which time the results will be used to prioritize needs and create a community health improvement plan.

If there are any questions or concerns about this survey, please contact Van Wert Health at or by calling 419-238-2390.


Van Wert County Hospital is now Van Wert Health
Local hospital unveils new brand

Van Wert, OH (April 18, 2018) – Van Wert Health, formerly known as Van Wert County Hospital, is proud to announce the launch of its new brand, which will modernize the hospital and position it for future growth in the community.

“This is an exciting time for us here at Van Wert Health,” said Jim Pope, President and CEO, Van Wert Health. “We are currently working toward making some positive changes at our hospital that will help us provide a higher level of care for our patients.”

The rebranding, which is being developed by marketing agency Boyden & Youngblutt, can take up to 18 months to be fully implemented. Once finished, it will include a new name, logo, tagline and fully integrated marketing campaign to consistently tell the Van Wert Health story.

“Our new brand is a crucial step to solidifying our dedication to taking a leadership role in moving our community to better health. It reminds our patients that we are dedicated to putting them at the center of everything we do,” said Jim.

Van Wert Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital that provides comprehensive healthcare to Van Wert County, Ohio, and the surrounding region. They work to meet the health needs of their patients by continually assessing and improving the quality of care they provide. Van Wert Health has served the region since 1905. Their patient-focused approach is at the forefront of their mission to be the best community hospital.  

News Release - Ellen Rager, Director of Patient and Community Relations

Two New Doctors Welcomed by Rockford Community in 2017

Dr. Jerry Sell, long time family physician in Rockford, was host at a dinner reception on February 16, 2017 at the Rockford Community Building. In a letter/invitation to the reception (sent to his patients), he announced that Dr. Norman Means, family medicine physician  from Anchorage Alaska would be joining The Rockford Family Medicine practice. Dr. Means and his wife Tammy were welcomed to the community at the reception. Dr. Sell continues to see patients on a full time basis. Also welcomed during the evening was Dr. Alberto Delgado, an obstetrics and gynecology physician, who already sees patients at the Rockford office.



There was a wonderful crowd of patients and friends who came to visit their favorite doctor and his family and welcome the other two physicians and their families. All members of the Rockford Medicine Staff were there, as well, to visit with the community. Van Wert County Hospital sponsored the event and administrators were in attendance. A delicious meal was catered by the Rockford Carry-out, coffee was provided by Biggby Coffee in St. Marys.

Dr. Norman Means with Dr. Jerry and Connie Sell

Dr. Alberto Delgado

Brad Baltzell Celebrates 30 Years at Fremont Company
Brad Baltzell of Rockford was recently recognized at Fremont Company in Rockford. He has worked there 30 years and is head of the Ketchup cooking operation.





PLC Health Clinic (AKA Pregnancy Life Center) will be having a combined Grand Opening and Walk for Life on Sunday, September 10th at 2:00 pm.  The clinic is located at 215 N. Market St. in Van Wert.  The ribbon cutting will take place promptly at 2:00 followed by a few remarks from Executive Director, Trina Langdon and then the two mile Walk for Life will begin.  City and County officials as well as area businesses and individuals are invited to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.  Afterwards, everyone who comes for the ribbon cutting is more than welcome to stay for the Clinic’s walk.  Following the walk, guided tours of the new facility will take place.  As a health clinic, the PLC has added pregnancy and STD testing and limited obstetric ultrasound as part of their free services.  The PLC is 100% locally funded with part of that funding coming from area churches and businesses that sponsor the Walk for Life.  Pictured are some of the Gold Level Sponsors.  In the front row: Carla Custis, New Life Fellowship Church, Michele and John A. Baker, Baker Built Products, Dena Strickland, Pentecostal Way Church, Trina Langdon, PLC Executive Director, James C. Brickner, Brickner Funeral Home, and Dan Custis, Advanced Biological Marketing.  In the back row: Kurt Tomlinson, Trinity United Methodist Church, Tim McComas, GKN Freight Services, Ron Lumm, Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, Tisha Fast, State Farm Insurance, Todd Fox, Advanced Grain Systems, LLC, Teresa Shaffer, First United Methodist Church Youth Group, and Randy Carey, Carey Insurance.



It’s a Girl Thing  Hosted by Van Wert Medical Services OB/GYN Clinic
Van Wert, Ohio -- Over 60 girls and their moms (or another trusted friend) gathered together on Thursday, April 6 for an annual event called “It’s a Girl Thing” which focuses on preparing girls ages 9-13 for the physical and mental changes that come with puberty.  Jennifer Hohman, M.D. and Shane Gerber, C.N.P. were the main presenters and gave the girls information and tools that they will need to navigate adolescence with confidence, strength, and kindness. 

The event was planned by the staff from the Van Wert Medical Services OB/GYN Clinic with additional financial support from Van Wert County Hospital and the Lima Area Health Education Center.  Girls in attendance were treated to pizza, snacks, and prizes.  We would like to thank the staff at the Van Wert Medical Services OB/GYN Clinic for their dedication in organizing this event each year.  Additionally, thank you to the YWCA of Van Wert County for hosting the event at their facility.



Red Cross Needs Volunteers at Van Wert County Hospital
Van Wert, Ohio -- Are you looking for a way to give back to your community?  The American Red Cross – Hospital Program is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of areas at Van Wert County Hospital.  Volunteering only takes a few hours each week and is a great way to serve others and bring a smile to someone’s face!  If you are interested in volunteering for the American Red Cross – Hospital Program, please call Carol Hennis at 419-203-6030 to find out how to get started.  We’d love to add you to our great group of caring volunteers!


Pictured below are volunteers currently serving in the American Red Cross – Volunteer Program.


Van Wert Medical Services Announces Dr. Gammill as Internal Medicine Physician


VAN WERT, Ohio – Van Wert Medical Services welcomes Todd Gammill, M.D., as a physician in internal medicine. Gammill joins Christine Ulrich, C.N.P. and Scott Jarvis, M.D. in Suite 105 of the Van Wert Health Center, which is located at 140 Fox Road, Van Wert, Ohio.  Dr. Gammill is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology.

 “One of the things that I enjoy most about being a physician is really listening to my patients.  I like being able to make an impact on their lives,” Dr. Gammill said. He will treat patients with acute and chronic medical problems and sees adult patients with a broad spectrum of illnesses.

 Dr. Gammill was a cardiologist with Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas, before coming to Van Wert. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas in 1979 and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.  Dr. Gammill also completed a Fellowship in Cardiology at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis.

 Dr. Gammill welcomes new patients to his office and accepts most insurance plans.  At his office, you will find courteous and friendly staff, same day appointments, and exceptional medical care.  To schedule an appointment, please call 419-238-7727.


Van Wert County Hospital Holds Grand Opening
for new Occupational Health Clinic

Van Wert, OH --  Van Wert County Hospital announced the grand opening of the Occupational Health Clinic.  Located at the Van Wert Health Center at 140 Fox Road, Suite 106, the new Occupational Health Clinic will provide local employers pre-screening physicals for new employees, drug screens, safety exams, and work injury care in addition to other services.  The clinic is supervised by Jocelyn Wray, M.D., who is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

“Van Wert County supports a thriving manufacturing community along with several large employers.  We’re proud that we are able to establish the Van Wert County Hospital Occupational Health Clinic so that local businesses can focus on keeping the local workforce healthy and productive,” said hospital CEO, Jim Pope.

The clinic provides a full spectrum of occupational medicine services to help companies ensure their workers remain healthy.  Additional services at the clinic include drug and alcohol testing, treatment of injured workers, ergonomic/safety initiatives, and wellness programs.  Because the clinic is part of Van Wert County Hospital, patients can easily be referred for additional specialized services that the hospital offers such at CT scans, MRIs, or physical therapy. 

“We developed the Occupational Health Clinic to help employers keep their employees healthy and on-the-job, which ultimately reduces the costs associated from injured workers,” commented Dr. Wray who supervises the clinic. “We can even offer patients same day appointments for acute injuries.”

Businesses and community members are encouraged to attend a grand opening event at the clinic on Tuesday, January 24 from 3:00-5:00 PM for a tour of the new clinic and to see how the staff at the Occupational Health Clinic can help local businesses.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about the Occupational Health Clinic, businesses may contact Anne Dunn at 419-238-2390 or via email at



Pregnancy Life Center Receives Donation of Ultrasound Machine

The PLC Health Clinic of Van Wert, also known as Pregnancy Life Center, now has an ultrasound machine which Director Trina Langdon hopes will allow the PLC to enhance its mission to protect the life of the unborn.  The ultrasound machine was donated by the Van Wert County Hospital as part of the PLC’s movement to include medical services for its clients.

The PLC sees a lot of teenagers and clients in their 20s who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.  The ultrasound machine, along with counseling services offered by the staff at the Pregnancy Life Center, will help clients to decide what to do with their unborn baby.  “Even from the early stages of pregnancy, a mother can see her developing child and hear the baby’s heart beat via an ultrasound,” shared Matthew Miller, M.D., Medical Director at the PLC and family physician at Van Wert Medical Services. 

“We’ve dreamt about having an ultrasound machine for many years,” said Langdon.  “We’re so grateful to Van Wert County Hospital for this generous donation so we can continue saving babies and helping the scared young women who turn to us for help.”

In addition to limited ultra sounds, the PLC Health Clinic will provide STI/STD testing as part of their new medical services.  By working with Van Wert County Hospital and Van Wert County Health Department,  the PLC hopes to fill the gap in the community for this much needed service which will be available to both women and men.  All medical services done at the PLC will be free to patients, however, since the lab and medications will be outsourced there may be a charge for them but if the patient has insurance most of the cost will be covered,  if not all.  For patients without insurance, the PLC has set up a special fund to help offset those costs. 

Offering free medical services, although great for the patient, comes at a high price to the PLC.  “We have estimated a yearly cost of $40,000 for us to run the clinic,” said Langdon.  “This includes paying a medical staff, purchasing medical supplies, and covering lab and medication fees for patients.”  For that reason, the PLC will be holding their second annual Health Clinic Banquet fundraiser.  The event will be at Willow Bend Country Club in Van Wert at 6pm on Sunday, March 5th.  Although the banquet is free, there will be a love offering to benefit the PLC Health Clinic.  “Last year, when we held our first banquet, we had to raise $115,000 to cover our start up costs and our community made that happen,” Langdon communicated.  “We are prayerful everyone will show that same enthusiasm this year as we raise the funds to actually run the clinic.”   If you are interested in attending, please contact the PLC by February 20th at 419-238-9177 or to make your reservation.

The banquet is underwritten by Van Wert County Hospital, Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, a grant from the Van Wert County Foundation, and Cooper Farms.  As part of the NPAC’s sponsorship, they are giving away two sets of two tickets to the upcoming David Phelps concert on Friday, April 14th.  Anyone who gives a monetary donation towards the clinic fundraiser this year will automatically be registered for the tickets.  You do not have to be at the banquet to win.  Names will be drawn the week following the banquet.  “We cannot thank our underwriters enough for their generosity,” shared Langdon.  “Each underwriter has been extremely supportive of us and our new clinic.  We are truly blessed to be in such a caring and giving community.” 

Pictured from left to right: Matthew Miller, MD (Matthew Miller, MD, Medical Director at the PLC and family physician at Van Wert Medical Services); Jim Pope, CEO at Van Wert County Hospital; Trina Langdon, Director of Pregnancy Life Center Health Clinic of Van Wert; Heidi Kline, RN, Clinic Manager at PLC; Kim Owns, RTMS, Clinic Staff at PLC.



Dr. Norman Means to Join the Medical Team of Dr. Jerry Sell and Rona Dellinger, CNP

Family Medicine Associates in Rockford, Ohio, a division of Van Wert Medical Services, is pleased to announce that Norman Means, MD will be joining the medical team as a family practice physician. 

Dr. Means received his Medical Degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN.  He completed Residencies at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN and at Duke University/Southern Regional Area Health Educational Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Dr. Means is Board Certified in the areas of Family Medicine, Anatomic Pathology, and Clinical Pathology. 

Most recently, Dr. Means has been practicing medicine as a family physician in Anchorage, Alaska where he has been in practice for the past 14 years. He and his wife Tammy, who is a registered nurse, have 3 adult children and 1 high-school aged son.

Dr. Means joins the medical team of Dr. Jerry Sell and Rona Dellinger, CNP at the Family Medicine Associates location in Rockford.  Family Medicine Associates opened in 1979 and is dedicated to providing the best patient care and service experience.  Same day appointments are available, as needed.  Dr. Means is accepting new patients.  To request an appointment, please call (419) 363-3008.

There will be a community reception at the Rockford Community Building on Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  All patients and community members are invited to the reception to welcome Dr. Means to our community and to greet the other medical providers of the Family Medicine Associates clinic.  A casual, buffet dinner will be served at the reception.


Salvation Army Coat and Food Drive

Van Wert, OH -- The employees and patients of Van Wert Medical Services embraced the season of giving this year with a coat and food drive to be donated to the Salvation Army in Van Wert. 

Over 80 new and gently used coats were donated this year along with numerous hats, gloves, scarves, and food items.  The collection bins sat at various offices to allow staff and patients to donate to the Salvation Army and were overflowing by the end of the drive.

“Van Wert can be frigid during the winter months -- the coats will go to numerous deserving individuals and families.  As we enter the season of giving, we are grateful for the staff and patients at Van Wert Medical Services who open their hearts each year to help those in need,” shared Lisa Marsee who chaired the campaign this year and works in the Internal Medicine office at Van Wert Medical Services. 

Employees and patients will continue collecting non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army through December 19.  Community members are invited donate as well and items may be dropped off at any clinical office at Van Wert Medical Services, which is located at the Van Wert Health Center, 140 Fox Road.



Foot and Ankle Specialist Joins Van Wert Medical Services

Van Wert, OH -- Van Wert Medical Services is pleased to welcome Sam Neuschwanger, D.P.M. to its team of physicians and surgeons as a foot and ankle specialist.  Dr. Neuschwanger received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. 

Dr. Neuschwanger’s academic and clinical practices combined with over 35 years of experience allow him to provide the best possible medical and surgical care of the lower extremity. He specializes in general podiatric care, heel pain, ingrown nails, bunions, diabetic foot care, corn and callous care and surgical care. “Foot and ankle problems can be incredibly debilitating and being able to help someone regain their mobility and quality of life is extremely rewarding to me,” shared Dr. Neuschwanger. 

“Both Dr. Neuschwanger and Dr. Charles Hoehn provide top quality foot and ankle care for a vast array of problems.   There are very few small communities that have podiatry care as comprehensive as we do and we’re lucky to have such a strong team of qualified physicians to treat foot and ankle problems,” shared Jim Pope, CEO and President of Van Wert County Hospital. 

 Dr. Neuschwanger is accepting new patients.  Call today to make an appointment to discuss an individual care plan for your feet and ankles: 419-238-8621


Dr. Helen Otteno Joins Van Wert Medical Services - OB/GYN Office


Van Wert Medical Services announces the addition of Helen Otteno, M.D. Obstetrics & Gynecology, to its ever-growing list of specialty physicians.  Dr. Otteno attended St. George’s University, School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Toledo Medical Center in 2016.  Dr. Otteno is a second-generation physician, following in her father’s footsteps, who was a physician in a small town in Romania. 

Women may choose Dr. Otteno or one of the other highly qualified OB/GYN providers as their regular gynecologist for wellness exams, PAP tests, breast exams, mammogram recommendations, and other specialized women’s health needs.  Dr. Otteno has the expertise women need, while her convenient location at the Van Wert Health Center means they don’t have to travel far for comprehensive and compassionate care.  Dr. Otteno, Dr. Delgado and Shane Gerber, CNP are currently accepting new patients.  The office is located in the Van Wert Health Center (140 Fox Road, Suite 201).  Appointments can be made by calling (419) 238-3047. 


Van Wert Medical Services announces Dr. Han as new family physician

VAN WERT, Ohio – Van Wert Medical Services has welcomed Jianming Han, M.D., as a physician in family medicine.

Han joins Matthew Miller, M.D., and Allison Harting, C.N.P., in suite 201 of Van Wert Medical Services to provide exceptional care to their patients’ entire family, from newborns to seniors.

“Joining the family practice at Van Wert Medical Services, I know that I will be a part of a team of great physicians and staff members,” Han said. “I am passionate about providing patient-centered care and  am committed to providing the best possible health care to my patients.”

Dr. Han was a family physician with Bloomington Medical Services in Wooster, Ohio, before coming to Van Wert. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Tianjin Medical University in China in 1996 and then earned her Doctorate of Philosophy from Marshall University School of Medicine in West Virginia.

Dr. Han made her way to Ohio in 2004 until 2007 where she completed her residency at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo before returning in 2009 to practice family medicine in Wooster.

“Dr. Han truly cares about her patients and about caring for the entire person – body, mind and spirit,” Dr. Jennifer Hohman, the Medical Staff President for Van Wert County Hospital, said. “When working in family medicine, you need to possess excellent communication skills to be able to build relationships with patients who are at various ages and stages of their life. Dr. Han is able to provide medical guidance and do so in a way that all patients can understand.”

Dr. Han is taking new patients at this time and those interested in scheduling an appointment can do so by calling her office at 419-232-2077.

“I am excited to meet more people in the community,” Han said. “Each day I come to work, I am reminded of how great Van Wert residents are and I am happy to be a member of such a wonderful community.”



New CEO Announced for Van Wert County Hospital

Van Wert, OH – June 13, 2016 – The Van Wert County Hospital Association Board of Directors announces James “Jim” Pope as Chief Executive Officer and President.  Pope brings more than 30 years of executive experience to the hospital with strengths in health operations, strategic leadership and planning, and rural healthcare markets.  Pope will begin his new role on July 1, 2016.

After an extensive national search, the Board of Directors selected Pope, who best fit the candidate profile from the pool of candidates.  “The board, medical staff, and leadership are very pleased with Jim’s long-standing, successful career in healthcare administration.  We are fortunate to have attracted Jim’s talents and 30 years of executive leadership experience,” said Gary Clay, Board Chair, Van Wert County Hospital.

Pope will join Van Wert County Hospital following 5 years as CEO and President of Sylvania Franciscan Health, now CHI Sylvania Franciscan Health, a nonprofit health system in Sylvania, Ohio.  In addition to his professional accomplishments, Pope is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

“We believe Jim will be an asset to Van Wert County Hospital and will build upon the legacy of the organization that began over 110 years ago.  Jim is a top health care executive here in the Midwest.  We look forward to bringing his talent to our organization,” Mike Holliday, Chief Financial Officer, Van Wert County Hospital.

Jim has a master’s degree in Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University and a B.S. in Management/Health Care from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.  “I am honored to join the high caliber team at Van Wert County Hospital,” said Pope. “It’s obvious that the entire team is made up of dedicated employees and a board of directors who truly care about the hospital and the health care that is provided in the community.”  Jim and his wife, Mary, have been married for 33 years and have four adult sons, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters. The Popes will be moving to Van Wert at the end of the month.

Van Wert County Hospital will host an open house for the community to meet Pope on Tuesday, June 28 from 3:00-4:30 PM in Conference Room A.



 SLS Teaching the Latest in Minimally Invasive Surgery to Communities with A Need for Advanced, Efficient Medicine

Miami, FL—In response to a need for better quality medical care in developing countries, beginning next month SLS, the largest multi-disciplinary surgical society in North America, will introduce the latest in minimally invasive surgical techniques to communities around the world, as well as younger surgeons who can benefit the most from the newest research in surgical education.  Minimally invasive surgery has been shown to minimize blood loss and hospital stay, which is even more important in countries with fewer resources.

“This is an opportunity for us as a society to present what we know to communities who cannot yet capture this kind of education because they lack the resources to attend worldwide medical meetings or come face to face with experts in our field, says Dr. Paul Wetter, chairman of SLS.  “For the first time, we are going to them to teach the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery.”

The SLS course, which will be called “Tips and Tricks in Minimally Invasive Surgery,” will be taught by academics from a variety of medical disciplines in Romania, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Columbia as a part of a ten-city tour that will also reach more industrialized nations such as China, as well as military bases in the United States.  Primarily funded by SLS, the two day course will allow academic experts in general surgery, gynecology, urology and other disciplines to teach basic minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques, using the latest research, which will include specific, common conditions, how to avoid complications, pain, and complex surgical conditions.

“By doing on this, we are bringing a multi-specialty vision in minimally invasive surgery to the rest of the world,” says Dr. Maurice Chung, president of SLS, director of women’s health service, Van Wert County Hospital, Ohio and a professor at University of Toledo School of Medicine. 

The course will also be developed for the military, with the first lecture at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.  The six-hour course, which has not yet been advertised, has already attracted dozens of attendees and is scheduled for February 16th, 2016.

“Supplementing the training of these important institutions and for military based hospitals is important work,” says Dr. Richard Satava, a general surgeon and Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle, and a former senior science advisor at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.  “They are targeting the younger generation of doctors—many that have fewer resources and the greatest need.”

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of multi-specialty surgeons, including general surgery, urology, OB-GYN and others, SLS advocates for minimally invasive surgery and improved surgical outcomes for all these specialties. It is a voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of roughly 6,000 surgeons.



Family and Church Donate Tablets to Van Wert County Hospital

Van Wert County Hospital recently received a donation this week of two tablets for its pediatrics department. After Albany Roth, (front left) was hospitalized for a few days, the family decided to work with their church, Landfair United Methodist Church in Celina, Ohio, to raise funds to buy the hospital two tablets for children who have to stay for long periods.  The family wanted to say “thank you” to nurses and medical staff for the care that Albany (age 5) received during her stay at the hospital. Pictured below is Director of Patient and Community Relations Ellen Rager (left), with Albany and her mom, Stacey (center), and other family members.   


Marge Clouse Retirement Party - celebrating nearly 50 years at Van Wert County Hospital

Marge Clouse celebrated almost 50 years with the Van Wert County Hospital on Tuesday morning with family and friends.  Clouse started working for the hospital in 1966 as an aide and ward secretary, retired in 1986, and then joined the Lady Board of Managers in 1988. The Lady Board of Managers is a group of dedicated volunteers who assist the hospital by mending scrubs, sheets, privacy curtains and helping with other sewing-related projects.  On Tuesday, Clouse sewed with the Lady Board of Managers for the last time before enjoying refreshments at her retirement party.  “I have enjoyed every minute of it,” Clouse said. “Never once in my 20 years of working 11 to 7 or in the sewing room, never once did I say, ‘I hate to go to work’.”




22nd Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony at Van Wert County Hospital
Van Wert County Hospital’s TWIG III volunteers lit up the tree in front of the hospital’s main entrance for the 22nd year on Monday.  The Tree of Lights service was filled with reflection and music, offering a wonderful way to honor and remember loved ones this holiday season. The tree displays sparkling lights and special star ornaments that were purchased in memory of loved ones.  This year, 40 people gathered to hang the star ornaments to honor and remember family members and friends or in support of the hospital.  Jacob Wilder provided music as the lights were turned on and the ornaments were hung. Pastor William Haggis II gave the invocation.


The annual Tree of Lights ceremony is a TWIG III fundraiser and approximately $2,100 was raised from the event. At the end of the evening’s program, TWIG III President Lisa Dunn presented the donation to Mark Minick, CEO and President of Van Wert County Hospital.

Mark Minick, CEO and President hangs a star on the Tree of Lights.



Eric and Kaila Flory hang a star in memory of their son, Beau Flory.



Van Wert County Hospital

Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Outcomes and Financial Strength



Van Wert, OH, November 2015 – Van Wert County Hospital today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes and Financial Strength, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.


“Van Wert County Hospital is committed to the population of this community and their health,”

Mark Minick, Van Wert County Hospital’s president and CEO, said. “Our number one priority is the patient. We want our patients to receive the best care when they come to us and we are proud to be recognized as one of the top hospitals providing quality health care in similar rural communities. It encourages us as we continue to strive to be better each day.”


The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX™, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and

9 pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.


“These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face.” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.



The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities


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Delgado joins Van Wert Medical Services, Community

VAN WERT, Ohio – Van Wert Medical Services is pleased to announce Alberto Delgado, M.D., has joined the team as an obstetrics and gynecology physician.

Delgado had been working at Van Wert Medical Services since June as a locum physician, but became an employed physician on Oct. 5.

“The patients, my coworkers and the community members I have worked with during my time here have been more than welcoming and a pleasure to work with and care for ,” Delgado said. “I look forward to meeting more people in the community as I settle down with my family to make Van Wert my home.”

Dr. Delgado attended Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he received his doctorate of medicine. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University’s Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, from 2003 to 2007.

Since then,Dr. Delgado has worked in obstetrics and gynecology at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, Georgia, Spalding Regional Hospital in Griffin, Georgia, and Mercy Regional Hospital in Lorain, Ohio.

“I have worked in a variety of environments throughout my schooling and career,” Delgado said. “My experience will help me better serve my patients here in Van Wert and I hope my knowledge and experience will help to continue the mission of Van Wert Medical Services.”

By joining the obstetrics and gynecology team at Van Wert Medical Services, Dr. Delgado has committed to the department’s goal of staying up to date with the latest developments in women’s healthcare to provide quality patient  care in the community.

“Dr. Delgado has already proven he is a great asset to Van Wert Medical Services in the short time he has been here,” Dr. Jennifer Hohman, the Medical Staff President for Van Wert County Hospital, said. “He truly cares about his patients and their well-being. We are happy to have him as a member of our team and community.”

Delgado is accepting new patients.  Those interested in scheduling an appointment should call his office at 419-238-3047.



Van Wert Medical Services announces Dr. Han as new family physician

VAN WERT, Ohio – Van Wert Medical Services has welcomed Jianming Han, M.D., as a physician in family medicine.

Han joins Matthew Miller, M.D., and Allison Harting, C.N.P., in suite 201 of Van Wert Medical Services to provide exceptional care to their patients’ entire family, from newborns to seniors.

“Joining the family practice at Van Wert Medical Services, I know that I will be a part of a team of great physicians and staff members,” Han said. “I am passionate about providing patient-centered care and  am committed to providing the best possible health care to my patients.”

Dr. Han was a family physician with Bloomington Medical Services in Wooster, Ohio, before coming to Van Wert. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Tianjin Medical University in China in 1996 and then earned her Doctorate of Philosophy from Marshall University School of Medicine in West Virginia.

Dr. Han made her way to Ohio in 2004 until 2007 where she completed her residency at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo before returning in 2009 to practice family medicine in Wooster.

“Dr. Han truly cares about her patients and about caring for the entire person – body, mind and spirit,” Dr. Jennifer Hohman, the Medical Staff President for Van Wert County Hospital, said. “When working in family medicine, you need to possess excellent communication skills to be able to build relationships with patients who are at various ages and stages of their life. Dr. Han is able to provide medical guidance and do so in a way that all patients can understand.”

Dr. Han is taking new patients at this time and those interested in scheduling an appointment can do so by calling her office at 419-232-2077.

“I am excited to meet more people in the community,” Han said. “Each day I come to work, I am reminded of how great Van Wert residents are and I am happy to be a member of such a wonderful community.”





All-Twig Board Donates Money to Van Wert County Hospital


The All-Twig Board of Van Wert Hospital recently presented the hospital with a  check  for $23,527.31. This donation is used to support patient-centered initiatives.  This year, the Twigs have approved the purchase of a Patient Monitor with EKG Capability for the Surgery Recovery Room, two endoscopy carts for the Health Center Surgery center, and assistance with the purchase of a blood plasma refrigerator for the Laboratory. 

"For over fifty years, the Twig group members have been raising monies for the good of the hospital and community. We have an amazing number of women participating in various Twig projects, as we support each other in friendship and giving.  We wish to thank the members of Twig IV for their endless years of service. They have done  RADA Cutlery Sales, Christmas Poinsettias, and monthly projects for the benefit of the hospital.  We are sorry to have had the group dissolve at the beginning of the year due to declining participating memberships.  We salute them for all of their hard work accomplished with only a remaining few members' efforts.  The Twig groups will be pleased to continue with some of their community projects." stated Sharon Witten, All twig Board President.

Twig groups I and II manage the Hospital Thrift Shop on Central Avenue, handling and selling gently used clothing and household small items and linens at a very reasonable price.  They are now also handling  the RADA Cutlery Sales in the shop.

Twig group III manages the Hospital Gift Shop and the Tree of Light community project at Christmas time.  Members of Twig II group are also undertaking the poinsettia sales for merchants and community clients this year, and will be taking  orders in November for December delivery.

New members are always encouraged to join and share their talents and passions with other volunteers in friendship and fellowship. 

Each group meets once a month and enjoys learning about hospital department services as well as community group resources.

Persons present in picture, left to right:

Nancy Farmer, Twig III representative; Mae Stoller, Twig I representative, Sharon Witten, Twig II Chairman and All Twig Board Chairman, presenting check to Mark Minick, Ella Jackson, Tll Twig Board Comptroller, and Twig IV acting chairman Colleen Krauskop.



Hospital Director of Pharmacy Dave Hipply Wins Award

VAN WERT, Ohio – Van Wert County Hospital Director of Pharmacy Dave Hipply was recently chosen as one of The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year.

The Preceptor of the Year award recipients are chosen based on student nominations from OSU’s College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program. Students are asked to nominate any preceptor who mentored, guided and challenged them throughout their education whom exhibited a high regard for students and a great commitment to teaching. The nominees are then reviewed by a selection committee.

Hipply was chosen for his high standards of professionalism, spirit of cooperation with OSU’s College of Pharmacy and commitment to students as a professional mentor.

“I enjoy helping students of pharmacy who have the same desire and commitment as I do to provide quality service,” Hipply said.  “I am honored to have been able to help others wanting to enter a career in pharmacy and I am humbled to have been chosen for this award.”

As a recipient of one of the Preceptors of the Year awards, Hipply received a personalized plaque and was invited to attend this year’s White Coat Ceremony which signifies the students’ transitions into the professional part of their education. Hipply was unable to attend the ceremony in August, but was given his award from Donald Sullivan, director of professional experiential programs at OSU’s College of Pharmacy, at Van Wert County Hospital in September.

“We know that Dave does great work for us at Van Wert County Hospital and it makes us proud to have someone else recognize his commitment as an exceptional mentor in pharmacy,” said Mike Holliday, Chief Financial Officer at Van Wert County Hospital.

Pictured are: Mike Holliday (left), Van Wert County Hospital Chief Financial Officer, Dave Hipply (middle), Van Wert County Hospital Director of Pharmacy and Donald Sullivan (right), Director of Professional Experiential Programs and Clinical Pharmacy Professor at The Ohio State University



Community-Wide Health & Fitness Challenge

Various health organizations throughout Van Wert have teamed together for a community-wide health and fitness challenge.  The challenge, which has been dubbed “Live Healthy Van Wert!”, is a 20-week program to promote healthier living and to reduce and prevent obesity in our community.  No matter where participants are in their journey, this challenge is designed to help everyone find success on their path to a healthier lifestyle.  Everyone in Van Wert and the surrounding areas are invited to participate.

The cost for the challenge is $20 and participants will receive ongoing support from local wellness professionals; optional education sessions on goal setting, nutrition, exercise, and stress; special fitness classes; online resources and chances to win prizes for participating and achieving their goals.  Participants must be age 12 or older.  Registration for “Live Healthy Van Wert” will be at the Health Aware Fair on Saturday, September 12 from 7:00-11:00 AM at Van Wert Elementary School.  All participants who register for the challenge will receive a private assessment at the beginning and end of the challenge which will include height, weight, waist and hip measurements, and blood pressure.  Those who wish to participate but are unable to attend the Health Aware Fair may sign-up at one of the sponsoring organizations from September 14-18.  The challenge will be from September 12-January 30. 

“Live Healthy Van Wert!” is sponsored by Van Wert County Hospital, Gen-X Training Studio, Gaylord E. Leslie Wellness Center, Van Wert YMCA, and the YWCA of Van Wert County.  For more information about the challenge visit the Facebook page at or send an email to:




Stars Placed on Tree in Honor or Memory of Loved Ones

VAN WERT, OHIO – The volunteer of TWIG III and the Van Wert County Hospital illuminated the holiday sky at the 20th Annual “Tree of Lights” ceremony on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm. 

In keeping with the 20 year tradition, the lighting of the tree in the front of the hospital marks the beginning of the holiday season.  The Tree of Lights is both a remembrance service and a TWIG III fundraiser in support of hospital programs.  For a contribution, family members placed star ornaments on the tree. Thirty five stars were placed on the tree honoring or in memory of loved ones.

The 20th annual event raised $2,300.  TWIG III President Lisa Dunn said, “Since 1994, the Van Wert Community has been tremendously supportive of the Tree of Light project. With the generosity of Van Wert and surrounding communities, we have been able to give over $76,000.00 to the hospital for the purchase of the most up-to-date medical equipment available from this project alone. We are very grateful for that support”.

The evening started with an invocation from Pastor Paul Hamrick from First Friends Church. The Lincolnview Octet performed under the direction of Mrs. Stacy Korte.  Following the check presentation, Lisa Dunn, TWIG III member, read the names on the stars.  As the event concluded, attendees enjoyed a reception in the hospital cafeteria.

About Van Wert Hospital

For more than 100 years, Van Wert Hospital has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments.  As an independent nonprofit community health system, Van Wert County Hospital remains committed to the region’s healthcare needs for generations to come.  Van Wert Hospital is committed to today, focused on tomorrow. Visit for more information.





Van Wert County Hospital Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Proven Program

Join Other Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program Participants in Learning How to Make Healthy Changes in Van Wert

Van Wert Community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together with the Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program.  Van Wert County Hospital is excited to offer this lifestyle change intervention. Guided by a trained lifestyle coach, groups of participants learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

People with pre-diabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years if they do not take steps to prevent it.

“One in three American adults has pre-diabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Anne Dunn, Wellness Program Coordinator & Lifestyle Coach. “The Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program groups meet once a week for 12 weeks, then once a month for 9 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.  Each session is led by trained lifestyle coaches.

The Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program is based on research that showed that people with pre-diabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

Nationwide implementation of the program could save the U.S. health care system $5.7 billion and prevent about 885,000 future cases of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

“Small changes can add up to a big difference,” added Cindy Cook, Education Coordinator and Lifestyle Coach.  “Working with a trained lifestyle coach who provides guidance, Group Lifestyle Balance™ Program participants make lasting changes together.”

People are more likely to have pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:

·  Are 45 years of age or older;

·  Are overweight;

·  Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;

·  Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or

·  Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

Van Wert County Hospital will be offering two sessions starting July 15th on Wednesdays at 5:15 pm and Thursdays at 9:30 am, both at the Gaylord E. Leslie Wellness Center. The cost of the program is $299 and includes a pedometer, Calorie King booklet, tracking booklets, participant booklets, support and encouragement toward your health related goals. To learn more about Van Wert County Hospital’s program, call Anne Dunn at (419) 238 – 2390.

The Group Lifestyle Balance™ (GLB) Program being offered by Van Wert County Hospital is a comprehensive lifestyle behavior change program adapted directly from the successful lifestyle intervention used in the National Institutes of Health funded Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).





Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center in Van Wert
Receives Program Accreditation


Van Wert, OH - June 12 2015 - Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center in Van Wert recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).


“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Nathaniel Watson, AASM president. “Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”                     


To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM.  These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance.  Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves. 


The American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited a sleep disorders center for the first time in 1977.  Today there are more than 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the country.


The Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center is Javier F. Pere, MD.  The center is accredited to treat a wide variety of sleep disorders and disturbances including obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, insomnia, parasomnias, periodic limb movement, shift work disorder, and more.  Call us today to learn more about how we can help you get a better night of sleep, every night: 419-232-5281


The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.



Van Wert Hospital Celebrates National Emergency Medical Services Week  May 17 – 23, 2015


National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the brave men and women who respond to medical emergencies.  Observance of this important week runs May 17-23.  This year’s theme is EMS Strong and honors the strong drive within everyone who works together as part of the EMS crew—first responders, hospitals, emergency physicians and public health providers who collaborate together to reduce risk and save lives.

Van Wert County Hospital and Van Wert Medical Services are grateful for the dedication of our local EMS crews who provide the day-to-day life saving of emergency medicine’s “front line.” During EMS Week, or any time, if you see an EMS crew member out in the community, please take a few moments to thank them for their service to our community.  To show our gratitude for the EMS crews who serve our area, Van Wert County Hospital will be providing a meal on Tuesday, May 19 for all EMS personnel and also provide free Continuing Education (CE) hours on the topic of Pediatric Emergencies.


Van Wert Medical Services (VWMS) is a multi-specialty group located in Van Wert, OH. VWMS specializes in Family Practice, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecological services, as well as General, Thoracic, Vascular and Bariatric Surgery.

The Van Wert County Hospital serves Van Wert County, Ohio and adjacent communities as a financially independent nonprofit community health system. Van Wert Hospital ensures that health care services provided are available to all members of the communities we serve.



Know the Signs of Stroke
Van Wert County Hospital is a proud partner in the StrokeCareNow Network.  Fort Wayne and the communities throughout northeastern Indiana, northwestern Ohio and south-central Michigan have significantly benefitted from a collaborative group of 22 hospitals known as the StrokeCareNow Network (SCNN). The SCNN formed four years ago uniting  neurology physicians of Fort Wayne Neurological Center, Lutheran Health Network and Parkview Health, to provide advanced stroke care to rural parts of the region just as it does in Fort Wayne. To find out more, check out

Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center to Host A.W.A.K.E Support Group
Supporting Individuals with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

VAN WERT, OHIO:  The Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center is excited to once again host an A.W.A.K.E. support group meeting for individuals, and loved ones, diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. The acronym A.W.A.K.E. stands for Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic. A.W.A.K.E is a national support group dedicated to providing support and resources to individuals with obstructive sleep apnea. 

The A.W.A.K.E. support group will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and will be conducted in conference room A at Van Wert County Hospital. The hopsital address is: 1250 South Washington Street, Van Wert, Ohio. 

Each support group meeting is organized with a specific theme and topic related to disorders associated with obstructive sleep apnea, to facilitate discussion, provide education and resources, and to provide a network of support to the group’s members. The theme this month is, “How Often Should I Get CPAP Supplies?” 

This month’s meeting will follow a question and answer style format. Bev Rowen will serve as moderator for the meeting, throughout the evening. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions related to CPAP materials and supplies. Trained professionals, in the field of sleep disorders, will be on sight to answer any questions. Following the conclusion of the meeting, attendees will have the option to purchase or make arrangements with medical supply companies for the purchase of CPAP supplies. Vendors on sight will include: P & R Medical Supply Company, Apria, and Derry Drugs. 

“This month’s meeting is a unique opportunity for individuals diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea to receive personalized support and attention from the professionals, familiar with disorders related to sleep, in an informal environment. Attendees are invited to bring their questions to the meeting. We want to do everything we can to help support and provide education to the group’s members,” says George Wolf, Sleep Center Coordinator.  

The A.W.A.K.E. support group meeting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, please contact George Wolf at 419-232-5281, or by email at

Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center is dedicated to providing the most innovative treatment options, helping to improve the overall quality of life, in a state-of-the-art sleep center facility. 


A.W.A.K.E. is a national non-profit CPAP support group. The goal of A.W.A.K.E is to provide education and support to individuals diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.



VAN WERT, OHIO – Van Wert County Hospital is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newly relocated and renovated patient hospital registration area. The plan for the new registration area location is part of the hospital’s core mission to continually provide quality healthcare in a compassionate patient-centered environment. Patients began registering in the newly improved area on Monday, May 6, 2013. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Patients, registering after 6:00 p.m. or on Saturdays and Sundays, can utilize the emergency department. 

"We are excited to offer the new registration area for the patients of our hospital. Many of our registrants enter our facility through the main hospital entrance. In our new location, our patients will take fewer steps, providing easier access to enter our registration area, and providing our patients with a new location to better serve their healthcare needs” says Denetria Harding, Director of Patient Financial Services.

The hospital’s new registration site provides easier access for patients registering for hospital procedures. Patients entering on the north side of building, at the hospital’s main entrance, will now access the registration area in a direct line of site, in addition to its closer, more accessible, location. The renovated registration area is designed to offer a spacious pre-registration and patient seating area, a private consultation area for patients and their families to discuss confidential personal and healthcare related information, an enlarged employee work room, and a more centralized area for the hospital’s central scheduling department, where patients will continue to call and schedule healthcare appointments. 

“We are dedicated to continually improving our facility and available healthcare treatment options to best serve our local and surrounding communities. We look forward to taking part in the healthcare needs of our communities. We are confident our improved patient registration area will serve to be a more convenient location and enhancement for all of our patients and their family members,” says Mark Minick, President and CEO, Van Wert County Hospital. 

When patients are in need of superior health care they turn to the professionals at Van Wert County Hospital. For more information or to schedule a tour of Van Wert County Hospital, call 419-238-8623 or visit 

About Van Wert Hospital:

For more than 100 years, Van Wert County Hospital has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments. As an independent nonprofit community health system, Van Wert County Hospital remains committed to the region’s healthcare needs for generations to come. Van Wert County Hospital is committed to today, focused on tomorrow. Visit for more information. 


Van Wert County Hospital Receives Donation from the All-Twig Board

VAN WERT, OHIO – The All-Twig Board of Van Wert County Hospital recently presented the hospital with a check in the amount of $37,700. The Twig donation has allowed the hospital to purchase and make upgrades to hospital equipment. 

“The Twig Association is a vital organization to our hospital. Each year, the Twigs donate a substantial amount of money, which is raised through their successful fundraising efforts. The support of the Twigs continues to positively impact both the hospital and members of the community year after year, and for that we always remain grateful,” says Mark Minick, Van Wert County Hospital President and CEO.  

Each year, the members of the four Twig groups dedicate their time to raise funds which, in turn, are donated to the hospital to support patient-centered initiatives. This year, the Twigs have approved the purchase of 3 hand therapy work stations for patient hand therapy sessions and hand splinting; 12 sterilization instrument trays for drill and laparoscopic instruments; 1 Sara Stedy stand and transfer aid to support independent patient mobility and reduce manual carrier handling; 2 Holter monitor digital recording systems, providing easier and more accommodating hospital-wide usage, particularly in emergent care situations; 3 hip chairs for the outpatient rehabilitation and inpatient centers, providing comfort to individuals with arthritis and patients who have undergone hip or knee surgery; 1 breath alcohol machine; 1 universal hip positioner device; 1 refrigerator for patient nutrition; and 2 capnograph/oximeters for patient monitoring. 

“For over 50 years, our ladies have been raising monies for the good of the community. It is overwhelming, the number of ladies who participate as Twig members. Together, we are able to give back to our community and hospital. We are and always will be friends supporting friends” says LaDonna Allenbaugh, All-Twig Board President.   

The Twigs maintain four “branches”. Each branch operates various service projects throughout the community. Twig 1 and Twig II Organizations jointly operate and maintain the Hospital Thrift Shop. The Hospital Thrift Shop is open to the public five days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is closed on Wednesdays. The Hospital Thrift Shop is located 131 East Central Avenue, Van Wert, Ohio, and is a shoppers haven, offering a wealth of household items, jewelry, clothing, books, accessories, and much more. The ladies of the Twig III are highly accredited for their work in operating the acclaimed Hospital Gift Shop and Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony. Twig IV members proudly share their culinary expertise with the community at the Sweet Shoppe every second Thursday of the month, except during the summer months, from 11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m., as well as organizing monthly book and jewelry fairs, and the annual poinsettia sale in November. Since their formation, the Twigs have donated over $1,498,781,68 for the Van Wert County Hospital. 

New members are always encouraged to join and share their talents with the ladies of the Twig groups. “Joining one of the Twigs groups allows you to share your passions with others, to meet new friends and develop remarkable friendships; friendships that will last a lifetime,” says Allenbaugh.     

Being a volunteer is one of the most generous ways to share your time and talents. For more information regarding the Twig Association or to join the exceedingly talented group of ladies, please call 419.238.8623 or visit 

Photo Caption: Twig members Sonia Mazur, LaDonna Allenbaugh present check to Van Wert County Hospital President/CEO Mark Minick with Jeanne Zeigler, Dot Burley and Barb Adams.

About Van Wert County Hospital

Van Wert County Hospital has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments since 1905.  As an independent nonprofit community health system, Van Wert County Hospital remains committed to the region’s healthcare needs for generations to come.  Van Wert Hospital is committed to today, focused on tomorrow. Visit for more information. 


Van Wert County Hospital Welcomes New Doctor

Dr. Ziad Khatib, Internal Medicine, has joined the staff of Van Wert County Hospital. Call 419-238-7727 for an appointment with him as he is now accepting new patients.



Sleep Physician, Javier Pere, M.D., Joins Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center

Sleep Physician, Javier Pere, M.D., Joins Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center
Van Wert County Hospital is pleased to welcome Javier Pere, M.D. to the Sleep Center. Dr. Pere will replace Dr. Chang as Medical Director. Dr. Pere is board certified in pulmonary, sleep, critical care, and internal medicine and will be treating patients with sleep disorders in Van Wert County Hospital’s state-of-the-art Sleep Center facility. Dr. Pere’s office will be located in Suite 109 of the Van Wert Health Center, and he will be available to meet with patients every Wednesday. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

"We are fortunate to welcome Dr. Pere to the Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center. His knowledge, experience, and leadership will be vital assets to our medical staff and community as our hospital continues to excel at providing to most innovative and quality services to our patients” says Jeanette Ford, Director of the Sleep Center.

Dr. Javier Pere is a graduate of Catholic University School of Medicine, Guayaquil, Ecuador. He completed his residency and internship in internal medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas, earning an Outstanding Resident of the Year award in the Department of Internal Medicine in 1991. Dr. Pere completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences in Houston, Texas. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, Louisiana State Medical Society, Natchitoches Parish Medical Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and American Medical Association. 

Dr. Pere is affiliated with St. Rita’s Professional Services. He previously served as Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit and Respiratory Department at both Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and Louisiana Extended Care Hospital. He is excited to join the Van Wert County Hospital’s team of professionals and to continue the tradition of providing quality and compassionate care to patients in the communities it serves. 

“At the Sleep Center, our goal is improve the overall health and wellness of each patient we serve. I look forward to meeting our patients, understanding their needs, and providing them with treatment options to enhance their overall health” says Dr. Pere. 

When patients are in need of superior health care they turn to the professionals at Van Wert County Hospital. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pere, call 419-232-5281or visit 

About Van Wert County Hospital

For more than 100 years, Van Wert Hospital has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments. As an independent nonprofit community health system, Van Wert County Hospital remains committed to the region’s healthcare needs for generations to come. Van Wert Hospital is committed to today, focused on tomorrow. Visit for more information




Van Wert County Hospital New Vision Medical Lab receives accreditation based on the results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the (College of American Pathologists) CAP's Accreditation Programs. 

The facility's director. James E. Conley, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Van Wert County Hospital New Vision Medical Lab-VWCH is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.  

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program. Which begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government's own inspection program.  

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients. inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications. equipment, facilities, safety program and record. and overall management.  

About the College of American Pathologists  

The College of American Pathologists (CAP). celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care. More information about the CAP can be found at


VAN WERT, OHIO - American Legion Post 178 recently presented Van Wert
County Hospital with a $2,500 check as the final installment of their $10,000 pledge in support of the Emergency Services Department expansion project.  "We are extremely grateful for American Legion Post 178's continued support and generosity to the hospital and the Emergency Services Department expansion project," said Mark Minick,
Van Wert Hospital President/CEO.

"We are happy to support our community," said American Legion
Post 178 Senior Adjutant, Les Brown.  "Each year we have a variety of
different fundraisers including an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast which  will be held at the post this Saturday, October 6^th from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. The price is $6.00."
 Van Wert Hospital's new Emergency Services Department was completed in June 2010.  This 12,000 square-foot expansion added 11 private emergency rooms, a secluded triage area and a covered entrance. The Emergency
Services Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Board certified physicians and staff treat emergencies ranging from minor to major trauma. An additional $2.4 million dollars is still needed.  To learn more about
investing in the gift of health, please call 419.238.8820 or email

Photo Caption: American Legion Post #178 Les Brown Senior Adjutant, Dave Myers Financial Officer, Mark Minick Van Wert Hospital President/CEO accepting a check presented by Ken Schultz Post Commander, and Louie

Van Wert County Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified by National Association

Van Wert, Ohio – Van Wert County hospital is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to help people with cardiovascular problems, e.g. heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, etc., recover faster and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.  Dr. Scott Jarvis, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, noted, “We are very pleased that the program has become certified.  Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  Having a program of this caliber in our community is a tremendous resource.  We’re able to help save and improve lives, one at a time, right here in Van Wert.”     

The Van Wert County Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program joins other AACVPR-Certified programs as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation.  AACVPR certification recognizes outstanding programs that follow best practices in patient care and program management.  Susie Perez, a local Van Wert resident, completed her cardiac rehab at Van Wert County Hospital, and stated, “As someone who went through this program, I can attest to the benefits of cardiac rehab.  It was an essential component in my recovery from heart surgery.  It allowed me to exercise with confidence, knowing that I was monitored and my exercise program was safe.  I feel exercise is one of the best medicines.  The cardiac rehab team also provided me with the tools necessary to make lifestyle changes.” 

The AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR National Certification Committee and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.


Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.

Shown above are Cardiac Rehab Specialists: Alyssa Evans, Trisha Jones, Alison Hammons.



Van Wert Medical Services Introduces Patrick Bruno, M.D.

VAN WERT, Ohio – It is Van Wert Medical Services pleasure to announce the addition of Patrick Bruno, M.D. (OB/GYN) to our medical community. Dr. Bruno will be joining Dr. Douglas Moore, and Shane Gerber, CNP in the Van Wert Health Center.  

Dr. Bruno, a board certified OB/GYN, received his medical training from the University of Missouri. In addition, he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri. Dr. Bruno’s most recent position was in Monroe, Wisconsin, a community very similar to Van Wert.

Dr. Bruno commented that He and his wife, LeAnn, are excited to join the Van Wert Medical Services family and look forward to participating in everything the community has to offer.

 Dr. Moore stated “I’m looking forward to working alongside Dr. Bruno. He brings a strong skill set and a personality that will fit well in the community.”

Van Wert Medical Services is committed to serving our community and Dr. Bruno will assist in fulfilling that desire. As Van Wert Medical Services continues to grow we aim to add additional providers to the region, while increasing our status as role-models in the community.

Dr. Bruno is currently accepting new patient applications.

Should you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Bruno, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-447-3047 or (419) 238-3047.


Private Donation Places Children's Books in Pediatrics at Van Wert Hospital
Van Wert County Hospital recently received a very generous donation of children’s books for the Pediatrics Unit from Robin Kraner and her daughter Hannah.  Hannah has a medical condition which requires her to spend time at Dayton Children’s Hospital.  Robin, Hannah and with assistance from Stoneco, Inc., Robin’s employer, were able to gather more than 500 books to be donated to the hospitals.  Van Wert County Hospital is very appreciative for the donation.  No child wants to be in the hospital, but these books will help make the stay a little more comfortable. 

Shown from left are: Robin Kraner and Samantha Joseph, R.N., Director of Pediatrics at Van Wert County Hospital.



Volunteers from Van Wert County Hospital and their families spent more than 50 hours cleaning up the areas around the exercise stations that circle the north reservoir in Van Wert.  Volunteers pulled weeds and spread mulch around the stations.   

Anne Dunn, project coordinator, noted, “We were excited to clean up the stations.  As health care providers, our primary goal is to promote good health in the community.  The stations and the walk path are a free, attractive and easily accessible way to get a great workout.”        

Thanks goes to George Brake and the staff of the Van Wert Recycling Center who donated the mulch.  

Photo Cutline: From left: Anne Dunn, Patty Adams, Jeanette Ford, Bernie Hammons.


AEP Foundation Makes Donation to 24/7 Emergency Services Project

VAN WERT, Ohio – Van Wert County Hospital is pleased to announce they have been selected for a $25,000 donation from the American Electric Power Foundation to assist with the 24/7 Emergency Services Campaign.  Randy Payne, Community Affairs Manager for AEP Ohio, awarded the check to Mark J. Minick, President and CEO of Van Wert County Hospital and Andy Czajkowski, Campaign Chairman and owner of Statewide Ford in Van Wert, at the hospital on Wednesday, September 16th. 

Emergency care has been at a critical crossroads for Van Wert County Hospital.  Patient counts increase each year and the facility strains to provide a quality experience due to a severe lack of space.  Emergency Services increasingly is the "entrance way" to the hospital with 80% of the hospital's bed patient care originating from an emergency room visit.  The hospital admitted nearly 17,000+ patient visits through the ER in 2008 and has a projected 20,000+ patient visits within the next two years.

On June 18th of this year, the hospital broke ground on a 12,000 square foot edition projected to be completed in June of 2010.  Mark J. Minick noted, “We are grateful to AEP for their donation to our hospital, our community and our patients.  AEP has proven to be a good “citizen” in the communities they serve.”

Joe Hamrock, AEP Ohio president and chief operating officer, stated, “The AEP Foundation is making a major commitment to the future of Van Wert and the Van Wert County area.  Supporting communities where we serve and live has been an important initiative for AEP and this project will benefit the entire community.”

AEP Ohio, based in Columbus, Ohio, provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers in all or part of 61 counties in Ohio.  American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states.



New Technology Improving Breast Cancer Detection
At Van Wert County Hospital

Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging and Digital Mammography Introduced 

VAN WERT, Ohio – Van Wert County Hospital Medical Imaging is now providing two powerful weapons in the war against breast cancer.   These new modalities are Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) and Digital Mammography. 

The newer innovative technology to detect breast cancer after a questionable mammogram, Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) with the Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera is clearly a step ahead in early detection with VWCH having one of only two units in the state of Ohio.  BSGI, a molecular breast imaging technique, is now available to help your physician detect early stage cancers especially and even in dense breast tissue.    

While mammography and ultrasound are the industry standard for evaluating the anatomy of the breast, neither studies how the breast actually functions.  Mammograms may be difficult to interpret if the breast tissue is dense or scarring from a previous surgery obstructs the view and certainly if implants are present.  In these cases and others, additional testing is often necessary, including ultrasound, MRI or BSGI.  Mammography remains a highly sensitive screening tool and the initial exam of choice, because it is very effective in detecting breast abnormalities. However, higher breast density lowers this sensitivity and, in some cases, mammography provides low specificity (the ability to determine the nature of a suspicious area) as evidenced by the high rate of abnormalities that appear to be cancer, but turn out to be normal.     

Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) uses a proven imaging technique, Nuclear Medicine Imaging in a new way, with a new machine designed for use with the breast.  The patient receives a small injection of a radioactive tracing agent which, because of a faster metabolic rate in cancerous cells in the breast, a greater amount of the tracing agent is absorbed than by normal, healthy cells.  The tracing agent highlights these cancerous cells as “hot spots.”  The Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera is a high-resolution compact gamma camera that detects these “hot spots”.  BSGI takes about 45 minutes to perform.  Because there is no compression of the breast and patients are seated throughout the entire procedure, the examination is quite comfortable.   

Physicians need the best detail possible and the most accurate procedure when mammograms and ultrasound are unable to provide the answers.  A BSGI test satisfies that particular need.  Eric Jelinger, MD, Radiology/Imaging Medical Director at Van Wert County Hospital, states, “BSGI is as sensitive as MRI, but it is much more specific.  For our patients with dense breasts and a strong family history of breast cancer, BSGI gives physicians confidence in saying this patient does not have breast cancer.  Even though mammography still remains a primary screening method, when we encounter a challenging breast case, we can count on BSGI to deliver accurate, fast results.”   

BSGI has demonstrated a high sensitivity by identifying early stage cancers, as small as 3 mm, and has consistently provided a specificity of 90 percent, significantly helping to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions.  BSGI has a 98 percent negative predictive value.  This translates into being 98 percent assured that there is no breast cancer. 

“We’re excited to bring BSGI to our patients because we firmly believe it fills an important need in our area.” noted Teresa Bloomfield, Director of Medical Imaging at Van Wert County Hospital.  With BSGI, physicians can see what matters at nearly one-third the cost of a MRI procedure.  Mammography and breast MRI can leave nagging questions that may require a 6-month wait to determine if a questionable area changes.  With BSGI, that waiting period can often be eliminated.  Instead of 1,000 MRI images, there are 4 to 6 BSGI images taken in the same projections as mammography that correlate very well when deciding if a biopsy is necessary.  Bloomfield also noted, “Ultimately, we believe BSGI will translate into earlier detection and treatment of breast cancer.”  

Van Wert County Hospital is proud to have one of only two BSGI Imaging systems in the state of Ohio.  Mark Minick, President and CEO at Van Wert Hospital, was pleased to announce the acquisition of the Dilon 6800.  “This technology allows us the ability to continue the tradition of serving our community with the best diagnostic tools available.  Our patients can now have the most timely testing and surgical procedures performed close to home, with ease and convenience.”   

Van Wert County Hospital Medical Imaging is also pleased to introduce Digital Mammography.  Digital Mammography changes the way radiologists can see the breast image.  Just as digital cameras have revolutionized the world of photography, so too Digital Mammography has dramatically changed the images as well as the process for obtaining breast radiographs.  With the click of a mouse, the radiologist can enlarge and enhance a single digital image, adjust the contrast, or zoom in on specific areas.  This technology means it’s less likely a patient would need to come back for a second test.   

Ask your physician about the benefits BSGI testing could have for your specific health condition.  For more information about the BSGI test or Digital Mammography, please contact Van Wert County Hospital Medical Imaging Department at (419) 238-8630 or visit  Remember, OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.  STAY INFORMED, STAY HEALTHY, SCHEDULE YOUR DIGITAL MAMMOGRAM TODAY!

Van Wert County Hospital is an independent community health system proudly providing more than a “Century of Caring.” 


Gaylord E. Leslie Wellness Center Celebrates Anniversary
Van Wert County Hospital Announces Employee Walking Program

VAN WERT, Ohio – The Gaylord E. Leslie Wellness Center for Healthy Living, a part of the Van Wert County Hospital System, is pleased to celebrate “A Decade of Healthy Living”.  Opened in August of 1999, thanks to a generous donation from benefactor and community leader Gaylord E. Leslie, the Wellness Center has seen nearly 300,000 visits.  There are nearly 400 members currently utilizing the facility.  To mark the occasion, the Wellness Center will be hosting a Public Open House on Friday, July 24, 2009, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.  The Wellness Center is located at 140 Fox Road, Van Wert.   

The Gaylord E. Leslie Wellness Center is one of the leading medical fitness facilities in the region.  The dedicated staff includes highly trained fitness trainers and exercise specialists.  They provide professional and personalized care for each client. The Center combines highly trained professionals, innovative and cutting edge programming, personalized service and attended exercise programs. 

Beginning with a physical assessment, each client works hand-in-hand with fitness trainers and exercise specialists to develop an exercise program specific to their goals and needs.  Throughout their workouts, staff members provide heart rate and blood pressure monitoring.  Members personalized programs are continuously monitored and altered as necessary to prevent them from reaching a plateau and helping them achieve the best health possible. 

Simultaneously, Van Wert County Hospital will be launching an employee and volunteer walking program, encouraging participants to be, become or stay active through walking and other physical activities.  Repeatedly, studies show that healthy employees increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and reduce healthcare costs.  Recognizing the health risks of inactive lifestyles, the Hospital’s walking program was created in part, utilizing the American Heart Association’s “Fit Friendly Company” program.  The first part of the program, “Get Moving”, will last for 4-weeks.  More information about the Van Wert County Hospital Walking Program can be had by contacting the Gaylord E. Leslie Wellness Center for Healthy Living at (419) 238-8691 or by visiting our website at


Van Wert County Hospital is an independent community health system proudly providing more than a “Century of Caring.” 

Construction Manager Selected for Expansion Project at Van Wert County Hospital

Weigand Construction Company, Inc. was selected as the Construction Manager on the Emergency Services Expansion project for Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert, Ohio. Construction on this project is expected to be complete by June, 2010.

Mark J. Minick, President and CEO of Van Wert County Hospital noted, “We had an excellent field of applicants to fill this crucial role for our project.  Weigand’s extensive experience in healthcare related construction is impressive and we look forward to working with them. There will be a multitude of contract opportunities as we move forward.”

Andy Czajkowski, Campaign Chair of the 24/7 Emergency Services Campaign stated, “As the 24/7 Campaign Chair, we’re very excited as we take this next step, but there’s still work to be done. Ultimately, we all choose what we want to invest in for our community. This project has the widest scope and will save more lives than any other project the Van Wert area has seen. This project is the one to stand behind as you can tell from the tremendous support we’ve already received. As the construction begins, I would like to encourage everyone to find out how they can assist with this vital project.”


Van Wert County Hospital Kicks-Off Capital Campaign for New Emergency Room - Click Here for the article by Dave Mosier of the





Van Wert County Hospital accepts Donation from Wal-Mart
VAN WERT, Ohio –  Van Wert County Hospital was pleased to accept a generous donation of stuffed animals from Mr. Jeff Welker, General Manager of the Van Wert Wal-Mart.   

Pictured in the photo with Mr. Welker is Diana Pollock, Director of Materials Management and Central Processing at the Van Wert County Hospital.



Kenn-Feld Group, LLC Donates to Van Wert County Hospital Emergency Campaign
VAN WERT, Ohio –   Mark J. Minick, President and CEO of Van Wert County Hospital, accepts a donation $5,000 from the Kenn-Feld Group for the 24/7 Emergency Services Campaign.   

Featured in the photo, from the left are: Steve Lefeld, Judy Marbaugh, Mark Minick, Bruce Kennedy and Tom Burenga.   

VAN WERT, Ohio – By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, Van Wert County Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation.  The Joint Commission's on-site survey of Van Wert County Hospital occurred in August of this year.

"Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization's performance and the outcomes of care," says Darlene Christiansen, executive director, Hospital Accreditation Program, Joint Commission. "The community should be proud that Van Wert County Hospital is focusing on the most challenging goal -- to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."

Mark Minick, President and CEO, takes pride in the staff at Van Wert County Hospital who work hard every day to maintain the highest standards in order to be accredited by The Joint Commission.  "In addition, they appreciate the educational aspect of the survey and the opportunity to interact with the team of surveyors."  Van Wert County Hospital has been certified by the Joint Commission since 1962. 

“We strive every day to provide the finest quality of care available for our community and this honor of accreditation is evident of that fact.”  Mr. Minick also called the accreditation, "proof of an organization-wide commitment to provide quality care on an ongoing basis."    


Van Wert County Hospital is an independent community health system proudly providing more than a “Century of Caring.” 

Technology Investment at Van Wert County Hospital

VAN WERT, Ohio – Digital is not just for cameras but for all services performed in Radiology and Medical Imaging at Van Wert County Hospital.  For more than a year the hospital carefully evaluated, planned and finally transitioned on October 1 to a FILMLESS environment.  This $2 million investment into the Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) is, more than anything else, an Information Technology revolution sending Van Wert County Hospital into the future of medicine.  Electronic medical record continues to be a goal of all hospitals, and digital imaging is a part of that larger picture. The PACS connects the appropriate healthcare person to the knowledge and resources at the appropriate time and location to achieve the optimal health outcome.   

What the acronym stands for is not nearly as important as simply knowing that images previously stored on film will now be archived by computer and electronically available to medical personnel who have the appropriate password and connections.  Additionally, patients can be given a CD with their images/reports instead of having a “jacket of films and reports”.  It should be noted that VWCH will still laser print films for physicians making such a request. 

Van Wert County Hospital chose the PACS System for several reasons, including efficiency, quality, security and timeliness.  This technology has matured to the point that glitches are rare, information is able to be retrieved and obsolescence is avoided.  Images are electronically transferred, and thus the chemical processing, printing and compilation of cases is avoided.  Also, because the images are electronic, the patient’s “jacket” is always and instantly available.  Interpretation will occur in a more timely manner, also improving the turn-around time for reports.   

Quality is also improved: electronic images do not degrade over time, and can be manipulated with the computer to enhance detail.  PACS allows Technologists more time with the patient and less time handling, processing and compiling films for review.  Any technology advances of this proportion cannot be accomplished without intensive training.  For months now, training and education for staff and physicians has been occurring, and this will continue for months to come until everyone has an appropriate comfort level with the system…a system designed to grow with the Hospital and our needs.   

Advantages to PACS includes efficiencies for patients and physicians, better resource management (staff and equipment), reduced waste (environmental issues with chemicals and film), better scheduling and a reduction in exam-to-report turnaround times.  Van Wert County Hospital is pleased to honor its Mission and Vision by supporting advanced technology in outstanding facilities, while being the provider of choice for healthcare to our patients and physicians.    

Van Wert County Hospital is an independent community health system proudly providing more than a “Century of Caring.” 





Van Wert County Hospital Welcomes Home Two Local Physicians
Dr. Jennifer Hohman and Dr. Nat Reinemeyer Return to Practice

VAN WERT, Ohio – Small towns across America often face the challenge of having their “best and brightest” leave and not return.  Van Wert County Hospital is pleased to welcome back Dr. Jennifer Hohman and Dr. Nat Reinemeyer. 

Dr. Hohman graduated from Delphos St. John’s, the University of Dayton and received her Medical Degree from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  She most recently completed her residency in pediatrics in St. Louis.  The love of her family and the desire to fulfill a significant need of the community convinced her and her husband Darin to return to the Van Wert area. 

On Monday, August 4, Dr. Hohman opened her practice with Van Wert Medical Services and is working along side Dr. Jeffrey Easley and Dr. Matthew Miller.  Dr. Hohman’s practice ranges from birth through age 19.     

As a high school student, Dr. Hohman volunteered her time working with a child with autism.  This experience struck a chord with her that stayed throughout college and medical school.  When she decided to specialize, there was no doubt it would be pediatrics.  Translating from Latin, a pediatrician is literally a “healer of children.”  Pediatricians focus on the physical, emotional and social health of children from birth through adolescence.  They are experts at childhood diseases and dedicate part of their practice to educating parents.     

When a child is ill or in pain, it takes a special skill to be able to communicate to a six-year old, 16 year-old or parent what is happening.  Dr. Hohman has a knack for explaining a procedure, building confidence in a patient or easing the mind of a worried parent.  As the mother of a very active 16 month-old, she has the ability to connect with parents with empathy and compassion.  Dr. Hohman noted, “The most fulfilling part of my job is the bond that develops between me and my patients and their parents.” 

 Dr. Hohman received a scholarship from the Van Wert County Hospital Medical Dental Scholarship Fund to complete her education.  The purpose of the fund is to provide community residents interested in medical professions with the funds to use for medical and dental school.  For almost 40 years, this fund has helped recruit and retain outstanding physicians and dentists for the Van Wert area.   

Dr. Hohman wishes every child could grow up in a loving environment that is safe and educational.  “Love your kids and trust your instincts” is the one statement she desires every parent to hear and live by.    

If you need to visit Van Wert County Hospital’s Emergency Room, you may just see a familiar face.  Finishing his residency in Emergency Medicine this spring at Detroit Receiving Hospital, Dr. Nat Reinemeyer knew he wanted to come home.  In the past ten years he has either studied or worked in Cincinnati, Dominica, Chicago and Detroit.  In June, his wish came true when he started working in VWCH’s Emergency Services Department.  Dr. Reinemeyer noted, “My wife and I are expecting our first child, and we knew there’s no place like Van Wert.  It’s great being so close to our families.”      

A 1997 graduate of Van Wert High School, Dr. Reinemeyer did his undergraduate work at the University of Cincinnati and received his Medical Degree from Ross University.  Being a person in constant motion, it’s no surprise that Dr. Reinemeyer chose Emergency Medicine because of the variety and the pace.  “This field of medicine allows me to engage in general medicine, but it involves almost all other fields.”  His return could not have come at a better time; Van Wert County Hospital’s Emergency Department is in the process of expanding due to the significantly increased volume of patients.      


Dr. Hohman and Dr. Reinemeyer are available for interviews.  Please contact Angela Snyder at (419) 238-8623 to make arrangements. 


Van Wert County Hospital is an independent community health system proudly providing more than a “Century of Caring.” 


Van Wert County Hospital Donates Fetal Monitor

Van Wert County Hospital recently donated an electronic fetal monitor to a facility in Honduras, with shipping sponsored by Dr. Jerry Sell, Family Medicine Doctor of Rockford.  Dr. Sell is involved with missionary work in Honduras and believes the fetal monitor will be a valuable tool for the medical staff that is accustomed to using equipment that is antiquated.  Fetal monitoring is done during pregnancy, labor, and delivery to monitor the baby's heart rate for indicators of stress.  The electronic monitor captures the data and prints the results for review. 

Pictured with the monitor: Sarah Hicks, Tracy Cucciarre, Dr. Sell, Sandy Wannemacher, Kim Lucas

Editor's Note: Jerry Sell is a Parkway Graduate

Datex Ohmeda S5 ADU Anesthesia Machine in operation at Van Wert County Hospital
New Machine Enhances Ability to Assess Patient Level of Consciousness

Van Wert, Ohio (February 6, 2007) – In meeting the mission of Van Wert County Hospital to provide quality healthcare services to the community, the hospital is proud to announce the purchase and implementation of the Datex Ohmeda S5 ADU Anesthesia Machine in each of its’ three operating room suites.   Anesthesia is the general or local insensibility, as to pain and other sensation, induced by certain drugs for the purpose of a procedure.  The S5 ADU machine addresses the patient’s concern regarding awareness under anesthesia by allowing the anesthesia provider to monitor the patient’s brain wave activity resulting in a better assessment of the patient’s level of consciousness.  According to Brenda Wobler, Director of Surgical Services at Van Wert County Hospital, “Patients often ask how we know they are really asleep.  The S5 ADU machine truly integrates the anesthesia delivery and patient monitoring by collecting complete data of the procedure and patient responses related to any changes.  The anesthetic agent is controlled electronically, which allows the gas usage to be monitored more closely with less utilization.”

Van Wert County Hospital evaluated several anesthesia machines before choosing the Datex Ohmeda S5 ADU.   “Tom Lyons, CRNA, trained on these machines at Beaumont Hospital during his anesthesia certification and his input factored into our decision to purchase this particular machine,” says Wobler.    “While all anesthesia machines on the market are safe to operate, the S5 ADU introduces new technologies that address the top causes of morbidity and mortality in anesthesia.”    According to The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation the top three causes are: breathing circuit misconnection or disconnection, vaporizer overdose or under dose, and ventilator not activated correctly, or delivering an excessive tidal volume (Vt) or inspiratory pressure (Pi).  The S5 ADU addresses all of these concerns.
The new anesthesia machines are fully operational at Van Wert County Hospital and will be utilized in operating procedures on patients from infant to geriatric. 

For more information regarding anesthesia safety, visit the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation at

Pictured: The Datex Ohmeda S5 ADU Anesthesia Machine in an operating room suite at Van Wert County Hospital and Tom Lyons, CRNA.                     

Editor's note: Tom Lyons is a Parkway Graduate.           

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