JCH&L Supports Local Wrestling Programs

Tri County, Meridian, Fairbury Wrestling Programs Receive Donations Based on Pins

Jefferson Community Health & Life donated a total of $541 to area wrestling programs in March. Donations were made to Tri County, Meridian and Fairbury wrestling programs based on their number of varsity pins their wrestlers achieved during the 2017-2018 season.

Jefferson Community Health & Life will be donated $1 per pin to each of these schools which serve Jefferson County students and have a wrestling program.

For the season, Tri County tallied 260 pins, Fairbury tallied 188 pins, and Meridian tallied 93 pins. JCH&L donated $1 per pin to each school in March.

Congratulations to our area wrestling programs!

JCH&L CEO Chad Jurgens presents a check for $93 to Meridian Wrestling Coach Chris Placek. Top pinners, from left, were Lane Barton, Micah Noel, Damian Cervantes and Wyatt Haverluck.

Jurgens presents a check for $260 to Tri County Wrestling Coach Jerod Spahr and his team.

Fairbury Wrestlers with the most pins for the 2017-2018 season were, from left, Zach Reikofski, Seth Firmanik, Austin Barnts.

Jurgens presents a check for $188 to Fairbury Wrestling Coach Derrick Garfield.


Blood Profiles to be Offered at JCH&L

Know Your Numbers by Getting a Complete Blood Profile for a Discounted Rate

Complete blood profiles will be offered by Jefferson Community Health & Life at a discounted rate weekday mornings April 16-20.

Blood profiles appointments will be offered each morning beginning at 6 a.m. at the outpatient clinic area at Jefferson Community Health Center, 2200 H St. The screening will be available by appointment only. A limited number of appointments will be available. Please make your appointment early! Fasting is required prior to the blood screening. Confidential reports will be mailed to participants.

The complete blood profile will cost $45 and includes:

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Profile and Lipid Profile – This group of tests tells about heart, liver, kidney and sugar levels in the blood. The cholesterol is fractionated into low- and high-density levels, and gives the person’s coronary heart disease risk.
  • T4 — Basic screen for thyroid function.
  • Hemagram – This is a blood count telling the number of white blood cells and red blood cells. It also tells the hemoglobin level.

The PSA screening is not available with this screening.

The profile report includes explanations of each factor which may be considered higher or lower than normal. Anyone with concerns about their screening results is encouraged to schedule an appointment with their personal family physician to discuss the results.

Since this is not a physician-ordered exam, it is not covered by Medicare or other insurance, and results are not sent to a physician. Payment will be collected at time of service. Cash and checks will be accepted for payment.

This screening is private pay only. If you want a complete blood profile which would be covered under an insurance preventative care option, you must have a physician-ordered screening, separate from this event.

The $45 rate is a considerable savings to patients compared to the regular costs of this type of complete blood profile, said Lab Manager Dan Reikofski.

To make an appointment for the blood profile, call Jefferson Community Health & Life Outpatient Services at (402) 729-6851.

Annual Cycling Tour Set for May 19

Experience Jefferson County with a 12-, 25-, 48-, 60- or 70-mile ride

FAIRBURY – The 10th annual Fairbury Cycling Tour is set for Saturday, May 19, giving participants a great way to get outdoors and experience Jefferson County while exercising and having fun.  Join us on Saturday, May 19, for this fully supported ride.  Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.  Ride will begin at 8 a.m. at Jefferson Community Health & Life Burkley Fitness Center.


Tour fee is $30 per single rider (for all distances) if postmarked by May 7 and will include the       10th annual cycling tour t-shirt.  Fee will be $35 per rider after May 7 and will not include a shirt.  All ages are encouraged to ride!  Riders under the age of 18 must ride with a parent or guardian.  Kids ages 12 and under ride free!  Sorry, no refunds or rain dates.  Sign-ups will be    accepted on tour day.


Distances are 12, 25, 48, 60, and 70 miles.  There will be rest stops with water and snacks along all the routes with a roving SAG vehicle.  SAG  support will end at 2 p.m. Food and showers will be available to all riders in the Burkley Fitness Center after the ride.


This year registration is available on line at bikereg.com/fct-fairbury-cycling-tour. Registration forms are also available at the Burkley Fitness Center and the Fairbury Chamber.  For additional information call Jackie Gregory at 402-239-3559 or the Burkley Fitness Center at 402-729-6139.

Influenza Incidence Remains High

Gardenside, Cedarwood Remain Closed to Visitors

Influenza season has been a particularly hard one this year, and with spikes in the number of positive cases of influenza in our area for the last two weeks, Gardenside and Cedarwood remain closed to visitors.

“We know it is very difficult for family to be away from their loved ones for an extended period of time, but our closure has been to protect the often fragile health of our residents,” said Deb Sutton RN, administrator of JCH&L Gardenside. “Many long-term care facilities nationwide have experienced widespread influenza and deaths. We are fortunate that only two of our residents have had respiratory infections, and none have been diagnosed with influenza.”

Amber Brunow, infection preventionist at Jefferson Community Health & Life, said the number of positive cases in our community, as well as the nationwide status of influenza diagnoses are reviewed weekly. Influenza is considered widespread if we have three or more positive cases in our community. Near the end of February, we were down to three positive diagnoses of influenza in our community each week. But there was a spike in the first two weeks of March, with 7 positive tests the week of March 5 and 9 the week of March 19.

“We can see that influenza season isn’t over, and it is so important that we not cut corners when it comes to the safety our residents,” Brunow said.

She said Centers for Disease Control data show that our surrounding states are finally declining in influenza activity, which means our time of the incidence of influenza declining should be coming soon.

“We will remain closed to visitors until our physicians and infection prevention team feel the incidence of influenza in our communities has been reduced to a point that we are not putting our residents at risk,” Brunow said.

How can the community help? If you know you have been exposed to influenza, try to avoid

close contact with people, especially people who may have compromised immune systems (the very young, those over 65, those with chronic illnesses, those who are on immune-compromising treatments or medications, etc.) If you are feeling ill or have a fever, stay home. If you or a family member are diagnosed with influenza, it would be a courtesy to others you have been in close contact with to let them know you were diagnosed, so they know they were exposed. The CDC recommends every day preventative actions including covering coughs and sneezes, frequent handwashing, staying away from crowds, and staying home if you are ill. If you have not had an influenza vaccination, talk to your doctor.

It’s not too late to be vaccinated. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to protect against influenza.

Sutton thanked everyone for their patience and understanding.

“All of our efforts are to keep your loved ones from getting influenza, which could have serious consequences including hospitalization and death for our nursing home residents. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we take precautionary measures to keep our residents healthy,” Sutton said.

Anyone interested in more information on influenza or the nationwide statistics can go to www.cdc.gov/flu

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group to Meet March 26

The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Monday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Community Health & Life’s Small Conference Room.

The program will be a video on Making Visits Valuable by Teepa Snow.

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 Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group typically 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.

March Health Today Features Healthy Cooking Demonstration

The March Health Today Program will feature a healthy cooking demonstration by Lisa Edeal, RDN, LMNT. The session will be held at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in the Large Conference Room at Jefferson Community Health & Life.

Our lives revolve around food. Food is our fuel – and we might not realize there are ways to have tasty foods that are good fuel for our bodies, too! Join us for a healthy cooking demonstration for this month’s Health Today program in honor of National Nutrition Month. Lisa, JCH&L registered dietitian, will demonstrate some dishes that are easy to create, good for our bodies – and taste good, too! You will be able to sample her creations, and we will have recipes to share.

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.

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.

Nebraska Community Bloodbank Visits April 2

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.

The next blood drive will be held on Monday, April 2, 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.

During this drive, all presenting donors will have a chance to win a Polaris ATV donated by Polaris Industries.

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.

JCH&L Named Among Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals

iVantage Research Identifies Top Performing Hospitals

FAIRBURY, Neb. — For the fourth time, Jefferson Community Health & Life has been named a top 100 critical access hospital in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

“This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best health care possible to our community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Chad Jurgens, JCH&L CEO.

Jefferson Community Health & Life scored in the top 100 of critical access hospitals (CAHs) on the iVantage Strength INDEX™ in 2018, and previously made the Top 100 list in 2014, 2015, and 2017. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of U.S. acute care hospitals, and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs. The Top 100 list for 2018 is available at: www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals

Nebraska Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals for 2018: Avera St. Antony’s Hospital, O’Neill; Box Butte General Hospital, Alliance; Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior; Brown County Hospital; Cherry County Hospital, Valentine; Community Hospital, McCook; Community Medical Center, Falls City; Howard County Medical Center, St. Paul; Jefferson Community Health & Life, Fairbury; Memorial Health Care Systems, Seward; Phelps Memorial Health Center, Holdrege; Sidney Regional Medical Center; and York General Hospital.

In November 2017, JCH&L was recognized with the Performance Leadership Award for 2017. The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality, outcomes and patient perspective.

“These recognitions affirm that our emphasis on quality, performance and satisfaction are making a difference to the community we serve and to our health center. It is because of the work and care of our staff, physicians and board, and the support of our community that we are able to meet and surpass the benchmarks for recognition,” Jurgens said.

Jefferson Community Health & Life was previously named as a Top 100 critical access hospital for 2014 and 2015. JCHC is one of 10 Nebraska Critical Access hospitals to be recognized for 2017. Other Nebraska Critical Access Hospitals named to the Top 100 CAH list are: Antelope Memorial Hospital, Neligh; Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, Ellendale; Box Butte General Hospital, Alliance; Brodstone Memorial Hospital, Superior; Community Hospital, McCook; Community Medical Center, Falls City; Howard County Medical Center, St. Paul; Memorial Health Care Systems, Seward; Sidney Regional Medical Center, Sidney. More information on the iVantage Top 100 index can be found at www.ivantagehealth.com.

“The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.