Summer Series Planned for Kids Cooking Classes

A summer series is planned for a popular Kids Cooking Class offered by Jefferson Community Health & Life and Nebraska Extension-Jefferson County. Children will have an opportunity to learn about healthy eating and the importance of working together to plan and prepare healthy meals during a three-session class.

The program is open to kids who will be entering grades 1-3 in the fall for Wednesday afternoon/supper classes, and for kids who will be entering grades 4-6 in the fall for Thursday morning/lunch classes. For both groups, youth must have the participation and support of an adult partners. During each class, participants will prepare a simple healthy meal together and then enjoy the meal as a group.

The 1st through 3rd grade class will be held on Wednesdays, July 17, 24, and 31 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The 4th through 6th grade class will be held on Thursdays, July 18 & 25, and Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The registration fee is $45 per team for each 3-session class. Pre-registration with payment is required by Monday, July 15. Please note: previous classes have filled quickly, and registration is limited.

Aprons will be available for the children to wear during the class, and available for them to purchase after the class if they choose for an additional $5.

For more information or a registration form, call Lisa Edeal, RDN, LMNT, at 402-729-6846.

Golf Tournament to Benefit Jefferson Community Health & Life

A charity golf tournament to benefit Jefferson Community Health & Life has been set for Friday, Aug. 9, at the Fairbury Country Club.

The three-person scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. The 18-hole tournament will feature cash prizes along with pin prizes.

The entry fee is $225 per team. The field is limited to a maximum of 32 teams. The entry fee includes rolls and coffee beginning at 7:30 a.m., lunch, gifts for all golfers, mulligans and chances at pin prizes.

Hole sponsorships are also available. Sponsorship is $475 and entitles the sponsor to recognition at the hole sponsored and on the tournament program, and one team entry.

A raffle will also be available for those who choose to donate.

Tournament proceeds are not designated to specific projects, and have been used for a variety of projects at Jefferson Community Health & Life over the years. One large project made possible by unrestricted funds was funding $200,000 (about half the cost) of a new X-ray machine which is safer, faster, more efficient and more comfortable for patients.

Jefferson Community Health & Life, named a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital by Chartis Center for Rural Health in 2018, operates a 17-bed, acute-care Critical Access Hospital in Fairbury, Neb., offering inpatient and outpatient services, including surgery, therapy, screenings, and emergency services. Jefferson Community Health & Life offers additional health and life services, including Fairbury and Plymouth clinics (primary and family care), Burkley Fitness Center, Gardenside (long-term care), and Home Health services. In addition, Jefferson Community Health & Life supports numerous education programs and support groups.

Entry forms are available by contacting Lana Likens, director of public relations, at 402-729-6855, or email

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Set for July 30

FAIRBURY – The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day will be held on Tuesday, July 30, from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Fairbury. This year’s Safety Day is the 22nd annual event for the local chapter of Jefferson County Farm Safety 4 Just Kids.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is open to area children who will be entering Kindergarten through seventh grades in the fall. The registration deadline is July 23. Registration fee is $5 per child or $10 per family, and includes lunch, snacks, speakers, t-shirt and a goody bag. After the July 23 deadline, the registration will increase to $7 per child with no family discount.

Safety Day is not just for “farm kids,” organizers said. Safety Day is designed to provide safety information that is agriculturally oriented as well as general safety information.

Through hands-on activities, participants learn to prevent incidents and reduce the extent of injuries if incidents do occur. Safety Day stresses the importance of children taking responsibility for their own safety, respecting parents’ safety rules, and sharing safety tips with their family and friends. Participants rotate through eight safety sessions and demos. Safety Day will include a lunch-time program and a special closing program featuring a mock accident.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is organized by Jefferson County Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. It is made possible by The Progressive Agriculture Foundation. Area business sponsors are key to making Safety Day successful.

Registration forms are available at Nebraska Extension-Jefferson County, 517 F St., and at Jefferson Community Health & Life, 2200 H St., Fairbury, and should be returned to the Extension office or Jefferson Community Health & Life by July 23 with the registration fee. Registration forms will also be available at the Jefferson County Fair July 11-14.

Anyone who needs more information on Safety Day should call the Nebraska Extension office in Jefferson County at (402) 729-3487, or Coordinator Lana Likens at JCH&L at (402) 729-6855.

Parkinson’s Support Group to Meet June 10

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Monday, June 10, at 10 a.m. in Jefferson Community Health & Life’s Small Conference Room.

The program will be a webinar “Of All the Nerve, Autonomic Issues in Parkinson’s,” by Joan Gardner, BSN, RN, clinical supervisor and coordinator, Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, Struthers’ Parkinson’s Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Easiest access will be by parking in the H Street parking and entering through the JCH&L Main Entrance. Follow the lobby signage to “Hospital.” The meeting rooms will be to the left. The Small Conference Room is the second door.

The Parkinson’s Support Group generally meets on the second Monday of each month.

The group is designed to provide an opportunity for area residents to share their experiences with Parkinson’s disease. There is no cost for participants.

For more information, contact Lana Likens at Jefferson Community Health & Life at (402)-729-6855.


Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group to Meet June 24

The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Monday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Community Health & Life’s Small Conference Room.

The program will be “What is Dementia,” a video by Teepa Snow, dementia care and education specialist.

Easiest access will be by parking in the H Street parking and entering through the JCH&L Main Entrance. Follow the lobby signage to “Hospital.” The meeting rooms will be to the left. The Small Conference Room is the second door.

Health & Life. It is designed for those who are caregivers and family members of those who have Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias.

The group is designed to provide an opportunity anyone interested to share their experiences with Alzheimer’s Disease. There is no cost, and no pre-registration.

For more information, contact Lana Likens at Jefferson Community Health & Life at 402-729-6855.

Annual Salad Festival Successful

The annual Salad Festival held Thursday, May 16, was successful, raising more than $1,600 for the Jefferson Community Health & Life Auxiliary.

A total of 210 people were served at the festival, said Lana Likens, director of public relations, marketing and development at Jefferson Community Health & Life. The Salad Festival is the biggest fundraiser of the JCH&L Auxiliary each year, and has a long tradition in Fairbury. The first festival was held in 1965.

“It takes a tremendous amount of community support to have a fund-raising event continue for more than 50 years. We thank all of those who help to make the Salad Festival successful,” Likens said.

The Salad Festival takes much volunteer time and effort. More than 35 individuals volunteer their time to help during the day, and more than 75 food items are donated. This year, seed money from a Thrivent Financial Action Team also helped to cover some of the expenses of the event.

The auxiliary provides scholarships to students entering medical fields and provides Christmas gifts for JCH&L Gardenside residents, in addition to providing volunteer support for JCH&L in a variety of ways.

This year the Fairbury FFA decorated the tables with geraniums from its greenhouse, and had geraniums for sale to benefit the FFA.

In addition, Jefferson Community Health & Life Radiology had a table with information on its new 3D mammography and the Women’s Health Day.

Public Invited to Free Movie Honoring Veterans

The public is invited to a free movie on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at 3 p.m. in honor of veterans: Memphis Belle. Admission is free to the public compliments of Jefferson Community Health & Life. All veterans will receive a free small popcorn compliments of the Bonham Theatre.

Memphis Belle is a fictionalization of a 1943 documentary about the 25th and last mission of an American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber based in England during World War II. The movie begins as the crew members of the Memphis Belle prepare for their 25th and final mission into enemy German territory.

Jefferson Community Health & Life salutes veterans. JCH&L is a veteran-friendly employer and health care provider.

Sterling Connection Members Invited to Ice Cream Social

Jefferson Community Health & Life invites Sterling Connection members to an ice cream social on Monday, June 3, beginning at 1 p.m.

As a kick off for National Dairy Month, Ann Engelman of Classic Dairy will give a program on ice cream. Then everyone will enjoy a sundae bar with ice cream and their choice of toppings. The day will conclude with door prizes.

The event is free to Sterling Connection members, who are also invited to bring along a guest. Every member who brings a non-member guest will have a chance to win a special door prize for the member and their guest.

Please pre-register by Friday, May 24, by calling 402-729-3351 or 402-729-6855.

Jefferson Community Health & Life Radiology Now Offering Genius™ 3D Mammography

Jefferson Community Health & Life Radiology is excited to offer Genius ™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, and also decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.1-7

In addition, the new mammography equipment features Hologic’s SmartCurve system, which features a proprietary curved surface that mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast to reduce pinching and allow better distribution of force over the entire breast. In a recent clinical study comparing the SmartCurve breast stabilization system to traditional flat paddle compression, the SmartCurve system improved comfort in 93 percent of women who reported moderate to severe discomfort with standard compression.8 In addition, 95 percent of those surveyed would recommend facilities that use the system.9

Jefferson Community Health & Life is committed to the health and wellness of our area residents, and to the fight against breast cancer.

“Our board of directions, medical providers and staff are all committed to inspiring healthy living by providing exceptional health and life services. 3D Mammography was the next step for us to provide the best in breast health for our area residents,” said Chad Jurgens, JCH&L CEO.

In conventional 2D Mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosunthesis DIMENSIONAL portion of the scan, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

Hologic’s Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam are revolutionizing how breast cancer is detected by providing a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2D alone.

“This system provides both 2D and 3D images, giving our radiologists the best information possible for cancer detection for women of all breast types. We are pleased that this service will be available to all women, including those who take advantage of our designated Women’s Health Days,” said Nikole Marshman, radiology manager. “The SmartCurve system has also increased comfort, which is important in encouraging women to have mammograms as recommended by their health care provider.”

Women’s Health Days are a convenient way for women to get their annual physical exam, screening mammogram, and lab tests, in addition to pampering and free breakfast. They are scheduled on select Tuesdays and Thursdays each month. All major insurance plans are accepted.

For more information on scheduling your Women’s Health Day Experience or your mammogram, contact JCH&L radiology at 402-729-6841.


The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ (a.k.a. Genius™ exam) is acquired on the Hologic® 3D Mammography™ system and consists of a 2D and 3D™ image set, where the 2D image can be either an acquired 2D image or a 2D image generated from the 3D™ image set. The Genius™ exam is only available on the Hologic 3D Mammography™ system.

1) FDA submissions P080003, P080003/S001, P080003/S004, P080003/S005

2) Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, et al. Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography. JAMA. 2014 Jun 25;311(24):2499-507.

3) Results from Friedewald, SM, et al. “Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography.” JAMA 311.24 (2014): 2499 2507; a multi-site (13), non-randomized, historical control study of 454,000 screening mammograms investigating the initial impact the introduction of the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions ® on screening outcomes. Individual results may vary. The study found an average 41% (95% CI: 20-65%) increase and that 1.2 (95% CI: 0.8-1.6) additional invasive breast cancers per 1000 screening exams were found in women receiving combined 2D FFDM and 3D™ mammograms acquired with the Hologic 3D Mammography™ System versus women receiving 2D FFDM mammograms only.

4) Bernardi D, Macaskill P, Pellegrini M, et. al. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis (3D mammography) with acquired or synthetic 2D mammography compared with 2D mammography alone (STORM-2): a population-based prospective study. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Aug;17(8):1105-13.

5) Bernardi D, Macaskill P, Pellegrini M, et. al. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis(3D mammography) with acquired or synthetic 2D mammography compared with 2D mammography alone (STORM-2): a population-based prospective study. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Aug;17(8):1105-13.

6) McDonald ES, Oustimov A, Weinstein SP, et al. Effectiveness of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Compared With Digital Mammography: Outcomes Analysis From 3 Years of Breast Cancer Screening. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Jun 1;2(6):737-43.

7) Rafferty EA, Durand MA, Conant EF, et al Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis and Digital Mammography in Dense and Nondense Breasts. JAMA. 2016 Apr 26;315(16):1784-6.

8 Smith, A. Improving Patient Comfort in Mammography. Hologic WP-00119 Rev 003 (2017).

9 Data on file and from public sources, 2017

Measles Titer Available from JCH&L

Due to the largest measles outbreak since 1994, Jefferson Community Health & Life will be offering titers for the community May 28-31. The titer will cost $25. Appointments are required by calling Jefferson Community Health & Life outpatient services at 402-729-6851.

A titer is a laboratory test that is used to determine immunity to a disease. A titer is suggested for those who do not have documentation that they have had two MMR vaccines, especially if they plan to travel to states where measles is active. As of the end of April, measles had been reported in 22 states.

Blood samples collected during this opportunity will be send to the University of Nebaska Medical Center to check for immunity to Measles. Participants will receive information regarding their immunity, and if they are not immune will receive an insert with information on immunization clinics held by Blue Valley Community Action at JCH&L. The MMR vaccine (which includes measles, mumps and rubella) costs approximately $146 before insurance.

If you make an appointment for a titer, please bring a self-addressed stamped envelope for your results to be sent to you.

If you have questions about measles, the titer, or the vaccine, please contact JCH&L Infection Preventionist Amber Brunow at 402-729-3351, extension 4164.