Returning to Work and Breastfeeding

February 26th, 2013

By Faith McGinn, R.N., IBCLC 

One of the most frequent questions I hear when teaching childbirth classes is: how do I return to work while I’m breastfeeding? Did you know that Colorado law protects your baby’s right to have your milk when you return to work?  It requires employers to give you breaks to express milk for your baby, and a private suitable space other than the restroom.

There are many benefits of making milk for your baby when you go back to work, they include:

  • Feeling connected to your baby even when you are apart.
  • Having a
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It's Not Too Late for a Mammogram

November 1st, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be over, but Platte Valley Medical Center is reminding you that it is never too late for a mammogram.

Amber Dippel is a three year breast cancer survivor who underwent a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction following her diagnosis.

“Since I turned 40, I religiously had my mammograms. If I hadn’t, I know my cancer would have been much worse.

“My best advice for women is to start getting your mammograms at age 40 and if there’s any history, start earlier,” Amber urges. “You do not need a doctor’s referral for a screening mammogram and you … …more

Finish Your Shopping Early, Attend 11/30 Holiday Craft Fair

October 31st, 2011

Make your gifts memorable, finish your holiday purchases early, and raise money for your community hospital by shopping Platte Valley Medical Center’s Fifth Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Wednesday, November 30.

Peruse unique, one-of-a-kind items like hand-crafted jewelry, doll clothes, Christmas floral, Alpaca products, children’s books, delectable baked goods, baby blankets, bird houses, and much more!

“Only 100 percent hand-crafted items will be available to provide that personal gift we all treasure,” explains PVMC’s Volunteer Services Director Kathie Young.

This festive event is Wednesday, November 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Center at Platte Valley Medical … …more

Integrative Internal Medicine & Medical Acupuncture Opens in Brighton – Familiar Physician at Helm

February 9th, 2011

Robert Massa, M.D., a long time area Internal Medicine physician, recently opened Integrative Internal Medicine & Medical Acupuncture, Inc. to provide premier primary care and integrated acupuncture for his adult patients.

Dr. Massa recently worked in the office of Platte Valley Internal Medicine and opened his solo practice to pursue his passion of providing outpatient-focused care.

“My goal is to solely see patients in the office to provide optimal care,” explains Dr. Massa. “This will allow me to perform more thorough assessments of my patients’ concerns with less interruption during patient clinic hours.”

This attentive care will not only allow him to … …more

Critical Care RN Opportunties

January 24th, 2011

Our Critical Care department is looking for two new team members.   We have two opportunities (FT/PRN) available now!  Join our outstanding Intensive Care team of dedicated/skilled nurses.  Platte Valley Medical Center – a great place to work.  Check us out today.  www.pvmc.org/jobs… …more

Surgery Services RN Opportunities

January 21st, 2011

Surgery RNs are in high demand.  We have two opportunities (FT/PT) available now!  Join our outstanding Perioperative team and work in one of the most technologically advanced surgery suites in Colorado.  Platte Valley Medical Center – a great place to work.  Check us out today.  www.pvmc.org/jobs… …more

New JOBS Blog to Begin Next Week

January 13th, 2011

With the unemployment rates at their highest levels in decades, we are excited to announce that Platte Valley Medical Center is still hiring.

Beginning next week, we will start posting our latest job postings on this blog. If you want a preview of current openings, visit www.pvmc.org/jobs.… …more

Need a Flu Shot? It's Not Too Late

December 30th, 2010

There’s still time to get your flu shot this year. Platte Valley Medical Center has a limited supply available and will provide them by appointment only. Scheudle your appointment today by calling 303-498-3590.

Seasonal Flu Vaccines are $15 (flu shot is only vaccine available), High Dose Vaccines (for seniors over age 65) are $30, and Pneumonia Vaccines are $35. If you have Medicare (Part B), Evercare or Rocky Mountain Health Plan insurance you will not have a co-pay for the flu vaccine. To be eligible for this, you must bring your insurance card for proof of coverage. 

If you have ever … …more

Is a Flu Shot Really Necessary?

October 18th, 2010

A Question from the Heart … By Interventional Cardiologist Behzad Molavi, M.D.

Fall is in full swing and is a reminder that flu season is quickly approaching. There are flu vaccination clinics now sprouting like mushrooms after spring storms. Many wonder if they need flu a shot at all. Protecting yourself from the flu is especially important for patients with heart problems. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) strongly recommend flu vaccines for all adults with heart problems; in fact ‘with the same enthusiasm as cholesterol and blood-pressure control.’

This recommendation stems from several recent … …more

2010 Spirit of Planetree Therapy Animal Team of the Year

October 4th, 2010

“Susan Wiant and Avalanche”

 

Avalanche and Susan

When Susan’s lab had puppies, she had no intention of keeping any of them. Somehow the family couldn’t let go of the one little white ball of fur they named Avalanche. “Avy” was only a couple of years old when Susan’s husband was killed in a tragic accident. Two years later, she came to Platte Valley Medical Center looking for an opportunity to start healing. On several occasions she had asked about joining our pet partner program. She wanted to help others.

For two years now, they have helped patients who needed a friendly visitor … …more

PVMC to Host Adult & Kids’ Flu Clinics

October 1st, 2010

 

If you have ever had the flu, you know how miserable it is to be down for a week or more. Avoid the common complications of the flu this year and follow the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations, which strongly encourage a flu vaccine for everyone six months and older. In preparation for this flu season, the 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus, and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season. The following represents flu clinics held at Platte Valley Medical Center:

 

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2010 Flu Clinics

September 29th, 2010

PVMC Flu Clinics
Platte Valley Medical Center
1600 Prairie Center Parkway

Adult Flu Clinics
October 9 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
October 21 9:00 a.m. – Noon
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Kids’ Flu Clinics
For famlies with children less than 9 years
of age, appointment required:
303-498-3590
October 5       4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
October 12     4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
October 19     4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
October 26    4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
November 2 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Area Flu Clinics
BRIGHTON
Brighton Senior Center
575 Bush Street
October 12 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.… …more

PLATTE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER TO HOST MONTHLY CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP

April 20th, 2010

– CHAMPIONED BY TWO HEART PATIENTS, FOR HEART PATIENTS –

After surviving two serious heart attacks in the same year, Kerry Olin realized she needed a network of support from individuals with similar stories. Through much discussion and planning, Kerry, together with another young cardiac patient and staff at Platte Valley Medical Center (PVMC), is starting a new Cardiac Support Group at the hospital beginning Wednesday, May 5, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

“The purpose of this group is to provide support to each other as we face changes in our lifestyle due to heart disease,” Kerry explains. “Come meet other cardiac … …more

Do You Have Varicose Veins? Make Beautiful Legs a Reality!

March 31st, 2010

FREE Screening and Seminar April 9

If you have varicose veins, you may be dealing with the unsightly appearance, leg fatigue, throbbing, heaviness, and aching this condition can cause. Now, with the development of a minimally invasive approach to the treatment of varicose veins, you can experience relief without the pain and disability that accompanies traditional vein surgery.

 

Join Michael Napierkowski, M.D. on Friday, April 9, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., for a free informative presentation about varicose veins. Attend and learn what varicose vein disease is, common symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and new minimally invasive treatment options. … …more

Share Your Heart-Warming Story With Us

March 11th, 2010

Do you have an interesting post to share with someone about a recent cardiac experience at Platte Valley Medical Center? This is your venue to share your experience in hopes that you can reach out to other patients just like you.… …more

If Your Digestive System Could Talk … What Would it Say?

March 11th, 2010

  … Q&A with a Gastroenterologist

March 31st
6 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Platte Valley Medical Center

 

 

Did you know that Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. today? In honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month , Platte Valley Medical Center (PVMC) is teaming up with Gastroenterologist Jennifer Moss, M.D. to present an interactive learning opportunity for area residents. The event will be held in the Conference Center at Platte Valley Medical Center on Wednesday, March 31, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

Attend and learn about Colorectal Cancer & Taking … …more

PEDIATRIC DOSES FROM PLATTE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER ARE NOT ON NATIONAL RECALL LIST

December 16th, 2009

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Platte Valley Medical Center (PVMC) announced today that its Pediatric vaccine in Pre-Filled Syringes is not on the government recall list. PVMC received its shipment of vaccine directly from the Tri-County Health Department (THCD). In a THCD Health Alert, dated December 16, PVMC received confirmation that ‘any provider who received vaccine directly from TCHD did not receive any of the recalled products.’

If you have a child from six months to nine years of age who has received their first pediatric dose of vaccine, it is strongly recommended that they come back for their booster between three-to-four weeks

General Public H1N1 Clinic in Brighton, Thursday 12/17, 4-8 p.m.

December 9th, 2009


Platte Valley Medical Center will host its first H1N1 Vaccination Clinic for the general public on Thursday, December 17, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center. The hospital is located at 1600 Prairie Center Parkway in Brighton.

Previous H1N1 flu clinics were restricted to individuals in priority groups defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Restrictions have been lifted and this H1N1 flu clinic is open to the general public.

The H1N1 vaccine is available in the FluMist and injectable form. Both vaccines are equally effective, yet the H1N1 FluMist is only for healthy individuals, between … …more

REVISED Visitor Policy Effictive Immediately

December 4th, 2009

December 1, 2009

Dear Patients and Visitors,

We appreciate your patience as we experience the most unusual flu season in recent history. More people are becoming ill due to the addition of 2009 H1N1 flu, together with seasonal flu, coughs and colds.

To help avoid the spread of these infections, Platte Valley Medical Center is implementing the following visitor restrictions as recommended by the Colorado Department of Public Health*:

1. No ill visitors of any age allowed throughout the hospital, especially in the Medical/Surgical Unit, Women’s and Newborn Center, and Intensive Care Unit.

2. No more than four (4) adult … …more

H1N1 Clinic in Brighton This Thursday

November 30th, 2009

 PLATTE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER PRESENTS

H1N1 FLU CLINIC THIS THURSDAY, 4-8 P.M.

 

Platte Valley Medical Center will host an H1N1 Vaccination Clinic this Thursday, December 3, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center. The hospital is located at 1600 Prairie Center Parkway in Brighton.

The H1N1 vaccine is available is in the FluMist and injectable form. Both vaccines are equally effective, yet the H1N1 FluMist is only for healthy individuals, between the ages of two and 49, with no underlying health conditions, like pregnancy, asthma, and diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), … …more

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

November 20th, 2009

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Symptoms

Cold

Flu

Fever Rare Usual; high (100°F to 102°F, occasionally higher, especially in young children); lasts 3 to 4 days
Headache Rare Common
General Aches, Pains Slight Usual; often severe
Fatigue, Weakness Sometimes Usual; can last up to 2 to 3 weeks
Exhaustion Never Usual; at the beginning of the illness
Stuffy Nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Sore Throat Common Sometimes
Chest Discomfort, Cough Mild to moderate; hacking cough Common; can become severe
     

Treatment

Antihistamines Decongestants Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines Antiviral medicines— see your doctor

Prevention

Wash your hands often with soap and water; avoid close

Brighton H1N1 Flu Clinic, this Friday, 5-9 p.m.

November 10th, 2009

 H1N1 FLU CLINIC THIS FRIDAY, 5-9 P.M.

 (November 10, 2009 – Brighton, CO) – Platte Valley Medical Center will host an H1N1 Vaccination Clinic this Friday, November 13, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Conference Room A. The hospital is located at 1600 Prairie Center Parkway in Brighton.

The H1N1 vaccine available this week is in the FluMist and injectable form. There are a limited number of injectable vaccines available. The hospital strongly encourages the use of the FluMist. Both vaccines are equally effective, yet the H1N1 FluMist is only for healthy individuals with no underlying health conditions, … …more

H1N1 FluMist and Seasonal Flu Clinic in Brighton This Thursday, 4-7 p.m.

November 2nd, 2009

Platte Valley Medical Center will host an H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinic this Thursday, November 5, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room B. The hospital is located at 1600 Prairie Center Parkway in Brighton.

H1N1 Vaccines Available
Currently, the only H1N1 vaccine available is in the FluMist form. H1N1 FluMist is only for healthy individuals with no underlying health conditions, like pregnancy, asthma, and diabetes.

The H1N1 FluMist will only be available Thursday to the following groups based on recommendations by the Colorado Department of Public Health:

 Individual household contacts of children under 6 months …more

1st H1N1 Flu Clinic This Friday for First Priority Group

October 28th, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Available Only in FluMist Form for First Priority Group

– Flu Clinic This Friday, 4-7 p.m.

Platte Valley Medical Center will host its first H1N1 vaccination clinic this Friday, October 30, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Conference Rooms A & B. The current vaccine available is FluMist and will only be available to the following groups based on recommendations by the Colorado Department of Public Health:

  • Individual household contacts of children under 6 months of age (these individuals must be healthy with no underlying health conditions and between the ages of two and 49). 
  • Healthy
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Visitor Restrictions Announced for 2009-2010 Flu Season

October 9th, 2009

October 15, 2009

Dear Patients and Visitors,

This is the most severe flu season in recent history. We expect more people will become sick due to the addition of 2009 H1N1 flu, together with seasonal flu, coughs and colds.

To help avoid the spread of these infections, Platte Valley Medical Center is implementing the following visitor restrictions as recommended by the Colorado Department of Public Health*:

1. No ill visitors of any age allowed throughout the hospital, especially in the Medical/Surgical Unit, Women’s and Newborn Center, and Intensive Care Unit.

2. No more than four (4) adult visitors at a … …more

PVMC CANCELS COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

October 7th, 2009

 (Brighton, CO – October 7, 2009) — Platte Valley Medical Center announced today that it has canceled its public walk-in seasonal flu clinics due to an increase in demand and a shortage of supply.

 “In our first three clinics, we had twice the number of people wanting a vaccine compared to our 2008 clinic numbers,” says PVMC’s Community Outreach Director Peggy Jarrett. “This increase in demand, coupled with a supply shortage from our vendor, necessitates the cancellation of our walk-in clinics.”

If additional vaccines become available, new clinics will be announced via the hospital’s website: www.pvmc.org, blog: www.pvmc.org/blog, … …more

When should someone who is ill with the flu seek medical care?

October 1st, 2009

If you have the flu and are experiencing any of the following complications related to the flu, you should go to the hospital for care.    

Emergency warning signs for children include:

1.)     Fast or difficult breathing

2.)     Bluish or gray skin color

3.)     Not drinking enough fluids

4.)     Severe or persistent vomiting

5.)     Not waking up or not interacting

6.)     Being so irritable that the child doesn’t want to be held

7.)     Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

 

Emergency warning signs for adults include:

1.)     Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

2.)     Pain or … …more

Questions about the Flu? Call the CO Help line…

September 30th, 2009

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has set up a phone line to handle calls related to this year’s 2009-2010 Influenza Season.

If you have questions and want to speak to someone, call: 1-877-462-2911.… …more

Frequently Asked Questions for This Year's Flu Season

September 15th, 2009

YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, WE HAVE ANSWERS 

“With the addition of the H1N1 flu this year, we’re finding that more people may become sick,” states Platte Valley Medical Center Community Outreach Director Peggy Jarrett. “This is why it is so important to get immunized and protected. We are doing our best to make it as easy as possible to provide information and help our community obtain vaccinations.” 

 Below are the most frequently asked questions to help you navigate the months ahead:

 WHAT IS THE FLU?

The flu (influenza) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza … …more

Community Flu Clinic Schedule

September 15th, 2009

DAY

DATE

TIMES**

          (HELD AT PLATTE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER)

Saturday 10/3 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Drive Thru & Walk-in Clinic)
Tuesday 10/6 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday 10/8 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 10/9 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday 10/12 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday 10/13 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday 10/15 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday 10/20 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday 10/27 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Flu/Pneumonia/Tdap Clinics Not Held at PVMC.

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Brighton Senior Center575 Bush St. 10/13 9 –

More People to Become Sick with Seasonal and H1N1 Flu This Year

September 15th, 2009

“With the addition of the H1N1 flu this year, we’re finding that more people may become sick,” states Platte Valley Medical Center Community Outreach Director Peggy Jarrett. “This is why it is so important to get immunized and protected. We are doing our best to make it as easy as possible to provide information and help our community obtain vaccinations.” Make sure to visit our Q&A section to get answers to your questions.… …more

U.S. Issues Swine Flu Guidelines for Day-Care Programs

September 4th, 2009

U.S. Issues Swine Flu Guidelines for Day-Care Programs

2009-Sep-04 

FRIDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) — Since children under the age of 5 are at particular risk for complications from the H1N1 swine flu, U.S. health officials issued new guidelines Friday designed to limit the spread of the virus in early childhood programs, such as day-care centers and Head Start programs.

“While we think everybody should take the flu seriously, children less than 5 years old are at high risk for complications from the flu,” U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said during a morning press conference. “Tragically, … …more

Platte Valley Medical Center Welcomes New Pediatrian

August 14th, 2009

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Brighton, CO – Pediatrician Kelly Ann Olson, M.D., recently joined Premier Pediatrics and the medical staff of Platte Valley Medical Center (PVMC). She works with fellow Pediatricians Joseph Smith, M.D., Debi Campbell, D.O., and Marita Bledsoe, M.D.

She specializes in adolescent patients and newborn care and believes educating the entire family is the best way to treat pediatric patients.

“I was a teacher for 10 years before choosing medicine,” says Dr. Olson. “This background helps me build stronger relationships with my patients and their families.”

She received her medical degree and completed her residency at Baylor College of Medicine … …more