JCH&L to Offer Wound Clinic

A wound clinic will be offered monthly at JCH&L beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11. Dr. Edmundo Rivera, a specialist in the area of wound care with the Lincoln Surgical Center will be the physician specialist.

If you have a wound that is slow in healing, you may benefit from the wound clinic. The clinic will treat all types of chronic, nonhealing wounds, including diabetic ulcers, surgical wounds, pressure ulcers, traumatic wounds, burns and others. The clinic will help determine why a wound isn’t healing, and use a variety of clinical treatments, therapies and support services to treat chronic wounds. Our goal is to facilitate your healing process.  A variety of outpatient wound treatment services are available to assist in treatment plans as ordered by the physician – including dressing changes and wound debridement by JCH&L Sports Medicine and Rehab Services and outpatient nurses.

“JCH&L is pleased to be able to offer a wound clinic for our area residents. We understand that wounds which aren’t healing are a health concern and sometimes require advanced treatment to get you on the path to healing,” said Chad Jurgens, CEO. “Our goal is to provide the help that is needed.”

Dr. Rivera joined the Lincoln Surgical Group, P.C., in August 2015. He is a surgeon with the American Burn Association, is board certified in surgical critical care and general surgery, and completed fellowships in surgical critical care and burns. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California, his MD from Creighton University School of Medicine, and completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Creighton University Medical Center.

Dr. Rivera also sees patients at wound clinics at CHI-St. Elizabeth’s, Thayer County Health Services and Fillmore County Hospital.

Visit with your family medicine provider about whether a referral to Dr. Rivera would be beneficial to you. For more information or to make an appointment, call Jefferson Community Health & Life Outpatient Services at 402-729-6851.

JCH&L Golf Tourney Raises Nearly $12,000

23rd annual tournament successful

FAIRBURY — The 23rd annual golf tournament to benefit Jefferson Community Health & Life was successful, raising nearly $12,000.

“We are very pleased with the success of this annual event. It’s a great way for JCH&L supporters to have a good time and help provide quality health care for our community,” said Chad Jurgens, JCH&L Chief Executive Officer. “This year’s event raised nearly $12,000.”

The golf tournament, held Friday, Aug. 9 at the Fairbury Country Club, was a fund-raiser for Jefferson Community Health & Life, a 17-bed critical access hospital located in Fairbury.

Winning teams were:

Champions of the championship flight were Seim Johnson – Chad Jurgens, Marty Dubas, Todd Johnson; second place: Westin Meats 1 – Eldon Hutchison, Jeremiah Traylor, Sam Schlictman; third place: Edward Jones – Jay Peterson, Ross Boeckner, Rodney Beranek.






In the First Flight, winners were ConvergeOne — Craig Stork, Dennis Ahl, Dan Reikofski; second place: Davis Design—Jon Dalton, Darin Horst, Bryant Klotther; third place: Starr Buckow—Bill Runge, Krista Peterson, Jeff Meyer.






In the second Flight, winners were Den’s Meats—Susie Patton, Larry Cote, Mike Seachord; second place: High Plains Anesthesia Associates—Marci Gillham, Penni Mitchell, Jamie Swanda; third place: MedHost—Jordan Ahl, Logan Ahl, Bladen Ahl.






This year’s sponsors include:

Hole sponsors: American National Bank, Beckenhauer Construction, Brown’s Medical Imaging, Bryan Medical Center, Cerner Corporation, Davis Design, Den’s Meat Distributing Inc., Heartland Bank, High Plains Anesthesia Service, Lottman Concrete Construction, M&B 2 Cylinder, MedHost, Rural Sleep, Seim Johnson, The Olson Group, Westin Packaged Meats/Fairbury Operations.

Breakfast Sponsor: Collection Associates

Lunch Sponsors: Gill Insurance Services, Inc., Plymouth Electric, MMIC/Constellation

Contributing Sponsors: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Focus One, MedHost, Prairie Health Ventures, Dr. Vince and Brenda Sutton, Quality Sound, Thrivent, TriGard

Raffle Prize Sponsors: Barber Furniture, Bytespeed, JCH&L, McKesson, Ol’ Red 99.5, Pepsi, Schwartz Paper, Sim’s Florist

Other Sponsors: Precision Signs & Graphics LLC, signage; Ray’s Applemarket, treats on the course; Fairbury Country Club; Kettlehut Real Estate, sound system

Flag Prize and Door Prize Sponsors: Beckenhauer Construction, Casey’s General Store, Cerner Corporation, Directions EAP, Eakes, Jefferson Community Health & Life, McKesson, Nebraska Community Bloodbank, Ol’ Red 99.5, PVI, Starr Buckow Insurance, Walmart #418- Fairbury

Teams: American National Bank, Avadyne, Beckenhauer Construction, Glen Blobaum, Blobaum & Busboom PC, ConvergeOne, Credit Management, Davis Design, Den’s Meat Distributing, Edward Jones, Fairbury Dental Associates/Dr. Jack Wesch, Gerdes Meyer, Globe Rexall, High Plains Anesthesia Associates, M & B 2 Cylinder, MedHost, Nebraska Hospital Association, PVI, Rural Sleep Solutions, Ron Sasse Farm, The Olson Group, The 3 Gs , Bill Welch, Westin Packaged Meats (2 teams)

“We especially want to thank our sponsors, donors, golf teams and volunteers.  It wouldn’t have been a successful event if we didn’t have such great support from our community, our peers, and companies we work with regularly,” Jurgens said.


JCH&L Reaches Safety Milestone

Jefferson Community Health & Life reached an important safety milestone on July 19: logging an entire year without an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable incident.

“With about 260 staff members, that means we have achieved 347,637 total labor hours without a serious injury,” said Patrick Hoins, JCH&L Facilities Director. “We are proud of the ownership our staff has taken in ensuring their own safety, and the safety of others.”

This includes all areas of JCH&L: health center, long-term care, fitness center, and clinics. An OSHA recordable injury or illness includes work-related injury or illness that results in days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job, and in general any work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.

“Our safety process is built from the iceberg model, encouraging all staff to find hazards and report them so they can be taken care of before anyone gets hurt,” Hoins said.

In 2019, staff members have reported 25 near misses or unsafe conditions. When an unsafe condition or near miss is reported, it is investigated as appropriate, reviewed by the safety committee, and action plans are developed as needed. All types of injuries and potential injuries are tracked and evaluated monthly. Information is shared with all departments about the basics of any incident, including causes and potential barriers to a safe working environment.

“Thank you to our conscientious staff and our active safety committee for their work to help us reach this milestone,” Hoins said.

Meet Me at the Sidewalk Encourages Activity

Meet Me At the Sidewalk, a free community activity organized by JeffCo On the Move, will provide a variety of activities encouraging active use of the new H Street Sidewalk on Thursday, Aug. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All ages are invited.

The event includes a 1 mile at-your-own-pace walk, with a variety of activities available along the way. Activities will include sidewalk chalk and a variety of ways to be active at stops along the way between Jefferson Community Health & Life and the Faith Lutheran Church playground. The event will include healthy snacks and giveaways. The first 100 participants will receive a Meet Me At The Sidewalk drawstring backpack.

The celebration is being organized by JeffCo On the Move, a community coalition dedicated to encouraging active lifestyles and increasing our community’s walk– and bike–ability and safety. Coalition members include Public Health Solutions, Jefferson Community Health & Life, Fairbury Public Schools, Fairbury Public Library, Jefferson County Attorney, and many interested individuals. The event also appreciated the support of Safe Kids, Fairbury Gardens, Rooted in Relationships, Heritage Care Center, Boy Scout Troop 302, and Faith Lutheran Church for this event.

August Health Today: Blue River LOSS Team

The August Health Today Program will be “LOSS: Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors” by Jill Kuzelka, chairperson of the Blue River LOSS team. The session will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the Conference Rooms at Jefferson Community Health & Life.

Learn about the Blue River LOSS Team, (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors.) The LOSS Team was created to provide hope and encouragement for those impacted by Suicide.

Health Today is a free monthly health education session offered by Jefferson Community Health & Life in a lunch-time session. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch, or are welcome to purchase lunch in the JCH&L cafeteria, which is located near the Conference Rooms.

JCH&L works with a wide variety of professionals who bring educational programs on health-related topics each month.

Reservations are not required. The program is FREE. The only cost for participants would be lunch, if they choose to purchase it. Participants are also welcome to carry in their lunch. Anyone who would like to be on a mailing list to directly receive notices about the monthly sessions or anyone with questions about the program should contact Likens at (402) 729-6855.

JCH&L’s Next Women’s Health Day is July 29

New Wellness Experience Offers Women a Convenient Way to Take Control of Their Health

Three hours – that’s all it takes for women from Jefferson County and beyond to complete their annual health checks and receive a well-deserved indulgence at the same time. Jefferson Community Health & Life introduces Women’s Health Day, a complete wellness experience designed to make women’s health easy. JCH&L is now scheduling women for the experience on Monday, July 29.

The program, now available at the Jefferson Community Health & Life Health Center and Fairbury Clinic on select days every month, includes:

* Personalized guidance from an on-site Women’s Health Day navigator

* Important health screenings, including fasting lab tests, a screening mammogram and a routine annual exam to assess overall and gynecological health (lab test and mammogram results will be available before participants leave for the day, while Pap test results will be provided later by mail)

* Complimentary breakfast and a relaxing indulgence—such as an express manicure or express pedicure, for example. Offerings may vary.

* Reserved parking

“It’s so important for women to make time for their own health, but we know life sometimes gets in the way,” said Erin Starr, Chief Quality Officer. “That’s why we created Women’s Health Day—to provide a convenient way for women to get their essential health screenings all at once, while also taking time to unwind.”

All major insurance plans are accepted for screening and exams (coverage is subject to individual policy terms). JCH&L Fairbury Clinics accepts new patients.

Appointments for the Women’s Health Day experience start as early as 6:30 a.m. To schedule, call 402.729.6841.

Nebraska Community Bloodbank Visits Aug. 5

FAIRBURY – It’s “Bravo for Blood Donors” in August. Every donor at the Aug. 5 bloodmobile at JCH&L will have a chance to win dinner and theater tickets. The next blood drive will be held on Monday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nebraska Community Bloodbank bloodmobile in the JCH&L parking lot (on the H street side of the building.) All types are needed.

Giving blood is giving a gift of life. Nebraska Community Bloodbank is Jefferson Community Health & Life’s bloodbank, and the two organizations partner for blood drives in Fairbury to save lives.

To make an appointment, call Jean Smith at JCH&L at 402-729-6851, the Nebraska Community Bloodbank at 1-877-486-9414 or visit NCBB.org and use sponsor code JCHC.

Save the Date: Women’s Health Fair Set for Wednesday, Sept. 25

All women are invited to an evening of fun and learning!

 Women of all ages have health issues specific to being a woman. Jefferson Community Health & Life will offer a third annual Women’s Health Fair to offer women education, fun and chances to win prizes and pamper themselves on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at JCH&L.

The event is designed in an open house format. Women are free to come for all or part of the evening. The evening will include presentations, health-related booths, “Just for fun” booths with cash-and-carry items available for purchase, screenings, opportunities to be pampered, and prizes. Mark your calendar, save the date and watch for more details to come!

For more information on the Women’s Health Fair, contact Erin Starr at 402-729-6889.

Parkinson’s Support Group to Meet July 8

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet on Monday, July 8, at 10 a.m. in Jefferson Community Health & Life’s Small Conference Room.

The program will be a webinar “Cognitive Issues: Advice for Parkinson’s Care Partners,” by Rebecca Gilbert, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center.

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.

JCH&L Sports Medicine and Rehab Services Receives Award

In recognition of its exceptional support and participation in the clinical education of Creighton University Doctor of Physical Therapy students, Jefferson Community Health & Life Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Services received the 2019 Clinical Site of Excellence Award. The award was presented at Creighton University’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy Celebration of Professional Excellence held June 25 in Omaha.


JCH&L Sports Medicine and Rehab Services was one of two Clinical Education Sites of Clinical Excellence to be selected for this honor out of more than 400 sites which have clinical affiliations with Creighton. The other site honored was Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.


The Clinical Site of Excellence Award is designed to recognize truly exemplary sites with which Creighton has a current clinical affiliation. Criteria for selection include excellence in clinical teaching, ongoing dedication to clinical instruction and practice, and positive student evaluations of clinical learning experiences.


Accepting the award on behalf of JCH&L Sports Medicine and Rehab Services were Amy Martin, MPT, Director of JCH&L Sports Medicine and Rehab Services; Travis Kostal, PT, DPT; Nichole Thorp, PT, DPT; and Callie Enger, PT, DPT.