Concussion Educational Session Scheduled

Learn the latest recommendations on helping athletes with concussion

FAIRBURY – Learn about the latest recommendations for treating athletes with concussion at an educational session at Jefferson Community Health & Life on Thursday, Aug. 3. Travis Kostal, PT, DPT, will present at this free session designed for coaches and parents. The session will be held at 12 p.m. in the Conference Rooms and includes lunch.


Lunch will be provided compliments of Jefferson Community Health & Life. Please pre-register by calling JCH&L at 402-729-6840 by Tuesday, Aug. 1.


Kostal will discuss the latest recommendations from the 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport. The importance of concussion treatment and the potential severity of concussion as a health concern for athletes has become an important consideration in sports in the past decade. Treatment and recommendations continue to evolve as the understanding of the injury increases.

For more information, please contact JCH&L Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services at 402-729-6840.

Dr. Tucker Leaving JCH&L Fairbury Clinic

Going to Chattanooga, Tenn., Clinic after Oct. 12

FAIRBURY – Dr. Ted Tucker has announced that he will be leaving Jefferson Community Health & Life Fairbury Clinic for a clinic in Chattanooga, Tenn. His last day at JCH&L Fairbury Clinic will be Oct. 12.

Dr. Tucker will continue to see patients in JCH&L Fairbury Clinic until Oct. 12.

“My wife, Sara, and I and our entire family have enjoyed our time in this community and we certainly wish everyone the best as we all explore new opportunities,” Dr. Tucker said. “We trust we will all be healthy for life.”

Dr. Tucker’s patients may transition to another provider at JCH&L Fairbury Clinic by simply requesting one of the other providers when they call for an appointment. No transfer of records is needed to see another provider at JCH&L Fairbury Clinic. Primary care will continue to be provided by Dr. Rick Blatny, Sr.; Dr. Rick Blatny, Jr.; Dr. Craig Shumard; Doug Ruzicka, PA-C; and Jessica Borrenpohl, PA-C. The clinic and Dr. Tucker will make every effort to provide a smooth transition.

Dr. Tucker has provided family medical care in Fairbury since 2003.

“While Jefferson Community Health & Life is sorry to lose an excellent family physician, we wish Dr. Tucker and his family all the best in their future endeavors.,” said Chad Jurgens, JCH&L CEO.

Jurgens said JCH&L will recruit to ensure that JCH&L Fairbury Clinic and the future JCH&L Plymouth Clinic meets the family medical needs of the residents of Jefferson County and the surrounding area.

JCH&L Announces Plymouth Clinic

Family Medical Clinic to be part of Plymouth Plaza

FAIRBURY — Jefferson Community Health & Life was one of six businesses to announce they will be located in the Plymouth Plaza, now under construction on Highway 4 in Plymouth. An announcement celebration and press conference was held Tuesday, July 18, at 11:45 a.m. across the highway from the location.

Businesses which will be part of the new Plymouth Plaza are: JCH&L Plymouth Clinic; P-Town Fitness; P-Town’s Daily Grind; Live Love Dance; Barefoot Buddies Daycare; and Hometown Eatery.

“We are excited about the future of JCH&L Plymouth Clinic,” said Chad Jurgens, CEO. “It gives us an opportunity to better serve our area residents, and be a partner in the Plymouth community. It is one more avenue through which we can inspire a lifetime of health.”

There are many details still to be determined for JCH&L Plymouth Clinic, Jurgens said. A timeline has not been set yet for opening. Currently, footings and concrete are poured and plumbing is completed.

Food samples were served by Hometown Eatery, which is already available for catering. An enthusiastic cheer demonstration by students of Live Love Dance closed the formal portion of the announcement program.

August Health Today Features Shoulder Surgery

The August Health Today Program will feature “Shoulder surgery: Why might I need it and what should I expect?” by Justin Harris, MD, who is a surgeon with Nebraska Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine PC, Lincoln. Dr. Harris visits Jefferson Community Health & Life twice a month for outpatient clinics and surgeries.

The session will be held at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 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 bring educational programs on health-related topics each month. Please note that the day of the week for the session will vary.

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.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group to Meet July 24

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

The program will be a video on Making Visits Valuable – Senses (Sight, Hearing, Touch and Smell) by Teepa Snow.

Easiest access will be by parking in the H Street parking and entering through the JCHC 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 Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Community 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.

Enter the Jefferson Community Health & Life Photo Contest

Help us feature healthy lifestyles, area landscapes and pets or animals

FAIRBURY – Jefferson Community Health & Life seeks the help of area amateur photographers to highlight healthy lifestyles, area landscapes, and favorite pets or animals in a photo contest. Photos must be entered by Aug. 14, and the winner in each category will receive $25 in Fairbury Chamber Cash. Winners will be announced Aug. 31.

Winning photos will be displayed at JCH&L Fairbury Clinic, and may be used in JCH&L promotional materials, advertising, displays, etc.

Photos entered must be the original work of the entrant. An entry form, which must be signed by the entrant, is available at JCH&L locations, or at under Events, Photography Contest.

Photos may be entered in any of three categories:

*Healthy Lifestyles (photo depicting people living healthy lifestyles. Photographer must have permission of the subject, or in the case of children, the subject’s parents.

*Nebraska/Kansas landscapes


Entrants may enter as many photos in each category as they would like. Photos entered must be the original work of the entrance.

Electronic entries may be sent to or When entering electronically, please use subject line JCH&L Photo Contest. Prints (4×6 minimum, 8×10 maximum) may be dropped off at Jefferson Community Health & Life Fairbury Clinic, JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center, or the main JCH&L information desk.

For more information, please contact Jacki Moellenberndt at 402-729-3361, or Lana Likens at 402-729-6855.