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Tuesday Afternoon News, February 22nd


Floyd Valley Healthcare Announces New App For Family To Check On The Condition Of Family Patients

Le Mars, IA – Floyd Valley Healthcare announced that it will begin offering the Vocera Ease application to improve patient and family communication on March 1. The cloud-based application enables nurses and other healthcare professionals to send secure texts, photos and video updates to a patient’s designated loved ones during their surgical procedure. Family members and friends can respond to updates with emojis, giving immediate feedback and support to caregivers.

Operating Room clinicians and staff can send secure messages, pictures and videos to patients’ friends and families – whether they are in the waiting room, at work, or across the country. Recipients of Vocera Ease updates are selected by the patient, and the app is free for their loved ones. The secure messages, pictures and videos sent disappear 60 seconds after being viewed, and nothing is saved on their mobile devices. Secure, two-way video conferencing between care teams and families can also be supported by the app, enabling another form of real-time communication to help minimize wondering and worrying by loved ones.

Floyd Valley Healthcare can also use Vocera Ease to track and improve the healthcare experience in real time. A customizable in-app survey offers a quick way for care teams to monitor patient and family satisfaction.

Patients can download the free  application from their respective app store and customize it to those they wish to alert. More information, including steps to obtain and use EASE, can be found at https://floydvalley.org/medical-services/surgery/.




New Orthopedic Surgeon To Practice From Floyd Valley Healthcare

Floyd Valley Healthcare, in partnership with the CNOS, announces that Dr. Kevin Liudahl will begin providing an Orthopedic Surgery Clinic at Floyd Valley Healthcare beginning on February 23rd.  His clinic will be held on the second and fourth Wednesday every month.  To make an appointment with Dr. Liudahl, please call 605-217-2667.  Referrals are not necessary unless required by the individual’s insurance carrier.

Dr. Liudahl graduated from Vanderbilt University Medical School.  He then completed both his general surgery internship and orthopedic residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  In addition to his practice with CNOS, Dr. Liudahl has been a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and a published researcher in the American Journal of Sport Medicine among other publications.

“As a 20 year resident of Plymouth County, I am happy to be bringing my specialty care closer to home alongside Dr. Althaus,” states Dr. Liudahl.  “Our goal is to create a quality orthopedic clinic to serve the patients in this area.”

 Dustin Wright, Floyd Valley Healthcare’s CEO states, “We are excited that Dr. Liudahl will be offering clinic and surgical time to compliment the busy practice of Dr. Althaus here at Floyd Valley Healthcare.  Dr. Liudahl’s knowledge and experience will definitely be a benefit for our local patients.” 




Governor Reynolds To Deliver Republican Response Following “State Of Union” Address

(Des Moines) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has been selected to offer the Republican response following President Biden’s “State of the Union” address scheduled for March 1st.  Republican Governors Association chairman, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says “Washington has lost its way under the Biden Administration and Democrats in Congress. Republican governors have proven there’s a better way to govern, one that gives families more freedom, more safety, and a better economic future.”  Ricketts says “Governor Reynolds is a phenomenal choice to tell the story of all that can be accomplished at the state level. She led Iowa’s balanced response to the pandemic and fights every day to lower taxes for hard-working Iowans and provide parents more choice in their children’s education. Governor Reynolds’ impressive leadership is a perfect example of why America needs more Republican governors in 2022.”  U-S Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa says, “After more than a year under a Biden presidency, the American people have seen the consequences of failed and weak leadership and a president beholden to his party’s radical policies, leading to record-high inflation, a crisis at our southern border, rising crime, and America’s enemies on the march around the world. In Iowa, we have seen what proven leadership looks like under our governor and my friend, Kim Reynolds, someone who is cutting taxes, expanding opportunity, and standing up for our students and families. I can’t think of a better person to make the case for freedom and liberty and against the radical Biden agenda than Governor Reynolds.”




Weekend Shootings “Not Random,” Police Say

(Des Moines, IA) — Six weekend shootings and five other reports of gunfire are not random, according to Des Moines police. Sergeant Paul Parizek told W-H-O T-V that a lot of the incidents were “targeted,” involving “some interpersonal relationships.” He also says there are “a lot of guns out there,” and that they need to focus on changing the mindset that guns should be used to resolve problems. All six gunshot victims in Des Moines from the past weekend are expected to recover.




Davenport Police Investigating Three-Vehicle Crash

(Davenport, IA) – A teenager is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following a three-vehicle crash in Davenport last night. K-W-Q-C T-V reports that someone driving a Nissan Maxima at a high rate of speed struck another Nissan and a pickup truck at an intersection. Two people inside the Maxima fled the scene and are still at large, while the critically injured teen was flown to University of Iowa Hospitals. The driver and sole occupant of the other Nissan was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver and passenger in the pickup were treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.




State Trooper Injured in Crash

(Council Bluffs, IA) — An Iowa State Patrol trooper and two other people were injured in a crash last night in western Iowa. K-C-R-G T-V says the trooper was investigating a one-car crash on I-29 north of Council Bluffs when a second car lost control, struck a guardrail, and crashed into the patrol car. A passenger in the second car suffered life-threatening injuries, while the driver and the state trooper received minor injuries. The names of the trooper and the others injured have not been released.




Non-Profit Gives Away Baby Formula

(Des Moines, IA) – A charity known as The Supply Hive is making it easier on families deprived of baby formula in the wake of a nationwide recall. K-C-C-I T-V reports that the non-profit has collected nearly three thousand dollars in baby formula and donations over the past few days. On Monday, The Supply Hive gave away donated containers of safe baby formula to dozens of families at Evelyn K. Davis Park. One recipient said without the giveaway she wouldn’t have been able to feed her eight-month-old son this week. Powdered formula manufactured by Abbott Nutrition has been recalled after four infants in the U-S became ill.