Blood Drive Set for June 12

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

The next blood drive will be held on Monday, June 12, 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.

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 and use sponsor code JCHC.

Clinical Care Coordinator Added

Jenn Mau RN MSN Brings 13 Years of Healthcare Experience

Jenn Mau Clinical Care Coordinator

Jenn Mau RN MSN
Clinical Care Coordinator

FAIRBURY – Jenn Mau RN will be the new Clinical Care Coordinator at Jefferson Community Health & Life, starting May 22. In her new position, Mau will work with teams of providers to coordinate services and help patients who deal with chronic conditions.  She will have an office in JCH&L Fairbury Clinic, and will coordinate with all health coaches at JCH&L.


“As we considered the ways we can better help our area residents be healthier, we realized that a person with healthcare experience who can help make sure patients are receiving the services they need would be very valuable,” said Chad Jurgens, Jefferson Community Health & Life Chief Executive Officer.


The first area of major emphasis for the clinical care coordinator will be diabetes. JCH&L is working with an accountable care organization and a team of health care providers from area hospitals to try to help make a positive difference in the lives of those who have diabetes.


Diabetes is a major health concern in Jefferson County. NebraskaLifeExpectancy at shows Jefferson County as the 32nd county in the state for deaths from diabetes. In a separate ranking, Jefferson County was ranked 67th of 78 reporting Nebraska counties for overall health by County Health Rankings.


“We have a responsibility as a health organization to help our residents live healthier lives,” Jurgens said. “We believe the clinical care coordinator position is a key position to help everyone do that.”


Mau has been with Jefferson Community Health & Life since 2004. She has worked as a nurse aide, a licensed practical nurse, and an RN.  She received her Masters of Science in Nursing Administration and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nebraska Wesleyan University; her Associate Degree in Nursing from Cloud County Community College, Concordia, Kan.; and her practical nursing diploma from Southeast Community College Beatrice.


“I’m excited to utilize all of my experiences and education to help coordinate services for our patients,” Mau said.


She is a member of the Go Red for Women planning team, has provided health services at the Jefferson County Spring Expo, and has been involved in the JCH&L Relay for Life team.

Celebrate Senior Health and Fitness Day

Sterling Connection offers program

FAIRBURY – Celebrate Senior Health and Fitness Day at Jefferson Community Health & Life Burkley Fitness Center on Wednesday, May 31.

The event, sponsored by JCH&L Sterling Connection includes “Live Your Life, Not Your Age,” by JoAnne Lamb of Empowering Lives NOW!, and opportunities to try Senior Yoga and Armchair Aerobics. Activities begin at 1:15 p.m. with a welcome, and close at 3:20 p.m. with refreshments.

The program is free. Sterling Connection members are welcome to bring guests.

Pre-registration is required. Please pre-register by calling 402-729-6855.

May Health Today Features Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection

FAIRBURY – The May Health Today Program will feature skin cancer prevention and detection by Dr. Craig Shumard, Jefferson Community Health & Life family medicine physician. Dr. Shumard will share information on different types of skin cancer, detection and prevention. May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

The session will be held at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, in the Conference Room at Jefferson Community Health & Life.

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 JCHC cafeteria, which is located near the Conference Rooms.

JCH&L works with a wide variety of professionals who will be bringing educational programs on health-related topics each month. Please note that the day of the week for the session may change because of presenter schedules.

Reservations are not required. The program is FREE. The only cost for participants would be their 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 Gardenside to Celebrate Nursing Home Week

May 14-20 to Celebrate the Spirit of America

FAIRBURY – Jefferson Community Health & Life Gardenside will celebrate Nursing Home Week May 14-20 with a variety of special activities and programs to help residents recognize the Spirit of America.

The public is invited to join Gardenside residents and staff for a special presentation on World War II clothing by Sue McLain  at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. McLain is owner of Yesterday’s Lady, a vintage fashion museum/store in Beatrice. Humanities Nebraska provides major funding for this program. HN receives major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and private donations.  There is no charge to attend.

There will also be programs by Helen Fegter on Orphan Grain Train at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, and by Jefferson County Commissioner Mark Schoenrock at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 18.

The families of residents have been invited to a family picnic on Thursday evening, May 18, and for entertainment by Fifth Sunday at 3 p.m.

The week will also include cookies and coffee provided for visitors and residents on Sunday, May 14, in honor of Mother’s Day; residents making kolaches with Mike Nespor on Wednesday morning, May 17; Mrs. Shinn’s third graders reading to residents on Thursday, May 18; current events by Mitch Zabokrtsky on Thursday afternoon, May 18; and staff recognition on Friday, May 19.

Parkinson’s Support Group to Meet May 8

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

The program will be a webinar on “Nutrition and Parkinson’s Disease.” The program is a webinar by Heather Zwickey, Ph.D., Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Immunology at the National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR.

Easiest access will be by parking in the H Street parking and entering through the JCHC Main Entrance. Follow the lobby signage to “Conference Room.” 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 Center at (402)-729-3351.