Kline Named to ACHE Editorial Board

JCH&L CEO Burke Kline, DHA, CHFP, FACHE, has been named to the American College of Healthcare Executives Editorial Board.

As a member of the ACHE Editorial Board, he is one of 30 board members appointed by the Board of Governors. Each member of the Board of Governors appoints one member. He will serve a three-year term.

This committee is part of the Customer Voice/Requirements decision advisory group whose function is to provide ACHE staff with insight into key requirements for relevant content, valuable features and effective delivery of key programs, produces & services. The board gives direction in the development of the ACHE website, ache.org and gives suggestions on enhancing the value of the website to members.

JCH&L Speech Therapist Stresses Early Intervention During Better Hearing & Speech Month

Families Should Seek Help Immediately If a Child Shows Signs of a Speech or Language Delay or Disorder

With speech and language disorders among the most common conditions that young children experience, Jefferson Community Health & Life speech-language pathologist Amanda Carlson, M.S. CCC-SLP, is encouraging parents and caregivers to learn the signs of communication disorders—and seek an evaluation now if they have any concerns. The message is a timely one, as May is national Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM).

“Many parents have questions about their child’s speech, language, or social communication skills but are often told by family, friends, or even other professionals to wait and see if their child outgrows a potential problem,” said Carlson, who provides services at JCH&L Sports Medicine and Rehab Services. “Unfortunately, this often results in a delayed diagnosis of a disorder that is highly treatable—particularly when caught early.”

The COVID pandemic has made it even more important to seek care.

“It’s especially important to be vigilant now,” Carlson said. “Some children who traditionally would have been recommended for speech and language services by a daycare provider or pediatrician may have been missed due the pandemic—since many kids remained at home, with more limited interaction with these professionals. Families should know that early intervention services are still available at this time, even if they have been modified due to the pandemic, through JCH&L Sports Medicine and Rehab Services. Now is the time to act on any concern.”

Here are some signs of a speech or language disorder in a young child (age 3 and under):

  • Does not smile or interact with others (birth and older)
  • Does not babble (4–7 months)
  • Makes only a few sounds or gestures, like pointing (7–12 months)
  • Does not understand what others say (7 months – 2 years)
  • Says only a few words (12–18 months)
  • Says words that are not easily understood by others (18 months – 2 years)
  • Does not put words together to make sentences (1.5–3 years)
  • Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2–3 years)

Here are some of the key benefits of early treatment:

  • Maximizes a child’s success. Treatment at any age is worthwhile, but earlier is usually most effective. Early treatment can reduce the need for school-based services later.
  • Saves time and money. It can take less time to treat a communication delay or disorder when families act on the early warning signs. Fewer treatment sessions can also mean fewer out-of-pocket expenses. Many early intervention programs offer free or low-cost services to children ages birth to 3 years and their families. They also can link you to other community supports.
  • Prepares a child for kindergarten. What happens between birth and age 3 lays the foundation for kindergarten readiness. Strong speech, language, cognitive, and social skills are necessary for reading, writing, and academic success—as well as all the other demands of school.
  • Sets a child on a course to school, social, and life success. All families want what’s best for their children. Acting early can have positive, long-lasting effects on your child’s communication, social relationships, learning, and daily life activities well into adulthood.

Learn more about the benefits of early identification and treatment at www.IdentifytheSigns.org. An order for speech therapy services prescribed by physician is required for completion of evaluation.

For more information, call JCH&L Sports Medicine and Rehab Services at 402-729-6840.

JCH&L Women’s Health Day Scheduled for June 2

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

In just about three hours women from Jefferson County and beyond can complete their annual health checks and receive a well-deserved indulgence at the same time. Women’s Health Day is a complete wellness experience designed to make women’s health easy. Jefferson Community Health & Life is now scheduling for the experience on Wednesday, June 2.

The program is available at the Jefferson Community Health & Life Health Center and Fairbury Clinic on select days every month, and 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 hand massage, 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 Nursing 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 Clinic 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 June 14

FAIRBURY –The next Nebraska Community Bloodbank blood drive will be held on Monday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 2  p.m. in the mobile unit in the parking lot of JCH&L Fairbury Clinic, 825 22nd St.

Everyone who gives blood has a chance to win a VIP package at the College World Series.

All types are needed. 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.

To make an appointment, call JCH&L Outpatient Services at 402-729-6851, or visit NCBB.org and use sponsor code JCHC.

With iDonate you can save time by completing your health history on line ahead of your bloodmobile visit. To get started, visit NCBB.org/iDonate

Grant Project Allows Upgrade of IN2L at Gardenside

A grant project recently updated the It’s Never Too Late computer system for Jefferson Community Health & Life Gardenside, giving more options to residents for activities and contact with their families.

JCH&L Gardenside worked with the Diller Community Foundation to apply for the “Connecting Elders with Family” grant through the Nebraska Community Foundation. The grant was to encourage using electronic devices and complementary equipment to help connect those in care facilities with their families. It was a 1:1 matching grant. JCH&L Gardenside applied for funding to upgrade the current It’s Never 2 Late computer equipment, and add 2 tablets to make it more accessible. The system allows video calls with families, games, participation in activities and more for Gardenside residents.

The Nebraska Community Foundation approved the grant, and matching funds came the Diller Community Foundation, Fairbury Community Foundation and JCH&L’s Jefferson Health Care Fund. The total project was $9,997, with $4,998.50 in matching funds.

“COVID has made it a very difficult year, and we appreciate the grant assistance to make it easier for our residents to stay in touch with the families,” said Deb Sutton RN, Gardenside Administrator. “We thank all of the organizations that have made this possible.”

Shadduck Earns Rural Clinic Professional Certification

Kim Shadduck has earned the Rural Health Clinic Professional certification.

Shadduck completed the National Association of Rural Health Clinic Academy’s Rural Health Clinic Professional online course and passed the examination.

Shadduck has been with the Fairbury Clinic for three years, and has recently been promoted to JCH&L Business Office manager. She was previously a biller in the Fairbury Clinic. She is committed to helping Jefferson Community Health & Life continue to grow and improve and provide excellent customer service.