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Nala our 3-year-old Female Husky has now been missing for one year from the Arnold, NE area since 2/9/18. She is Grey/Black, Blue Eyes and a White face. We believe someone passing through the Nebraska area may have picked her up and without tags or collar was unable to contact us. If you have seen her or know someone who might have her, PLEASE help us bring her home. We are offering a $2000 reward for her safe return. 402-214-4737
Thank you to the employee council for the popcorn treats and the prize I won. You guys rock!

Brown County Hospital and Ainsworth Family Clinic, located in Ainsworth, Nebraska.

Ainsworth Star-Journal

Come join our Team! Make a difference in our patients’ lives! Brown County Hospital is seeking a full-time cook who wants to ensure our patients are being cared for with excellence, compassion, and integrity. Our team prides itself in providing exceptional dining experiences. If you like to cook and enjoy helping others APPLY NOW! Must be willing to work morning and evening shifts, rotating weekends and holidays. Weekend pay differential and a comprehensive benefits package is offered. If interested in this opportunity please contact Sonya Shurter or Lisa Fischer at 402-387-2800, or e-mail [email protected]

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Joel McReynolds, PAC, June Orthopedic Clinic has changed. He will be at our Specialty Clinic on Thursday, 11 June and Friday, 19 June. He will not be on Thursday, 25 June.

Thank you to GJW for providing sausage for our staff. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by our entire staff. Thank you so much.

We want to send out a great big thank you to Red & White Market for their donation of 400 masks to the Ainsworth Family Clinic. Thank you for thinking of us and helping to keep us safe!

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North Central District Health Department

Case count update as of today at 3:00 PM.

New case in Pierce, the first case in Boyd, 1 recovery in Pierce, 1 recovery in Antelope

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, call one of these numbers for help:
-National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
-Nebraska Family Helpline: (888) 866-8660
-Rural Response Hotline: (800) 464-0258
-Disaster Distress Helpline: (800) 985-5990

Network of Care for behavioral health also provides a comprehensive resource to Nebraska families who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. Services are available throughout Nebraska and include crisis response, inpatient, residential and outpatient care. Find agencies, programs or facilities near you: https://portal.networkofcare.org/Sites/nebraska/mh

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Starting June 1st, COVID-19 restrictions are loosening. Take a look at the changes:http://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/COVID-19-Outline-of-Changes-to-Upcoming-DHMs-Phase-II.pdf

View Nebraska guidance documents: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/COVID-19-Nebraska-Guidance-Documents.aspx

For more information on COVID-19, visit the DHHS website: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

#COVID19 | #NECOVID19

Couch to 5K update: Good morning everyone! We are now into week 2 of the Virtual Couch to 5K! We hope everyone is enjoying getting outside and getting moving as well as enjoying the workouts we have provided. Here is a reminder of what the week ahead looks like. Who is joining us this week?! Drop an emoji below and comment your favorite workout move!”

Therapy Success Story: Congratulation Chris Hallock on successfully graduating therapy after shoulder surgery. We are so proud of how far you have come and grateful for your hard work in the clinic and at home! We were very happy to see your functional improvement rating score go from a 42% at the start of therapy to a 94% after. Best of luck and thank you! (Photo used with consent and permission.)

Foster Care Spotlight - 2 Generations of Foster Parenting, Leo & Stacy Vandersnick Family.

Tell us a bit about you and your family.

We met in 1988 and were married in 1989. We made our home in Ewing Nebraska, and had 4 children (3 girls, 1 boy). Leo worked full time on the farm and Stacy also worked full time. Ashley started school at the little country school just right around the corner from our house but when it closed, she went into Ewing school, then the other 2 went to Ewing when they were school age. We later transferred them to O’Neill St Mary’s. When the drive just got to be too much, we literary picked up our house and moved it north of O’Neill onto a small chunk of ground to start a new farm and a new life. Leo is now the liquid fertilizer manager at Central Valley Ag and Stacy is the owner of Little Tots Preschool and Daycare Center. Ashley and Brett live near Laurel and have 3 beautiful children. Tiffany lives in Sioux Falls and has a very nice boyfriend named Brian. Heather and Ben live in O’Neill and they are hoping to adopt from the foster care system. We can’t wait to have a new grandchild.

What drew you to be involved in foster care?

We had this very special little boy in our daycare that was a foster child and the foster family was unable to continue caring for him. We had fallen in love with him and knew we couldn’t let him go to a strange home again. We were not foster parents at the time. I called Building Blocks and asked what had to be done for us to care for this little boy, and they got the ball rolling to get us licensed and get the paperwork going. It had been in the back of our minds after our last daughter had graduated from high school, and we talked about it a lot, but it just took this very special little guy to get us to move forward.

Can you tell us a little bit about the foster child(children) you have (have had)?

There is 1 very special little guy we would like to tell you about. His name is Adrien Vandersnick and he is 8 years old. He is our son, adopted from foster care. He came into our lives as a baby, went back home to his parents, and then came back into foster care. We are so thankful to his mom for entrusting him with us. He has brought us so much joy and made our lives complete. We have had so many other children come through our home I have lost count but remember their heart and spirits every day.

What was your favorite thing about the foster care process?

How much each of our children accepted each child that came into our home, and each child’s trauma behaviors, delays, or disabilities that came with them. I love seeing all children meet developmental milestones and seeing how far they could grow. I also enjoy watching their parents grow, learn and strengthen their family making the bond between children and parents stronger.

What are some obstacles many foster care families face?

Parenting children who have experienced trauma is a challenge. Teaching them different rules, expectations, coping skills, etc. than what they are used to can be frustrating, but that’s that only way they begin to heal. Getting them to all of their appointments can sometimes be challenging.

What is included in some of the education or training needed to be a foster parent?

Building Block does a great job of training us. They sent us to a great 2-day training to get us started to see if we would even make good Foster Parents. They also offer training throughout the year to help us get our 12 hours of continuing education that we need. The initial training helped us gain understanding of some of obstacles we would be facing.

What is one piece of advice you have for someone looking to be involved in foster care?

They tell you not to get attached but it’s hard not to. The first day they walk into our home we fall in love with them, we have cried a lot and said goodbye many, many times. We worry about them, say lots of prayers for them, thinking to ourselves are they really ready to go home. All these feelings are ok and normal to have. It’s a great feeling knowing you had a part of helping a family reunite and make a difference even if it just for a little while.

Ben & Heather Larsen

Tell us a bit about you and your family.

We are Ben and Heather Larsen and we live in O'Neill. We have been married for five year at the end of May. Heather works at O'Neill Public Elementary School and at Little Tots Preschool and Daycare Center. Ben made the change and joined the family business and is also working at Little Tots Preschool and Daycare Center.

What drew you to be involved in foster care?

We were drawn to foster care by watching the impact that Heather's parents have made in so many children’s lives. We were able to attend many foster care events with Heather's parents that made us realize that we also could have a positive impact in children’s lives.

Can you tell us a little bit about the foster child(children) you have (have had)?

We have had four foster children and have helped other families through respite care. We have grown very close to each child that enters our home. We currently have a foster child that we have cared for since Feb 2019.

What was your favorite thing about the foster care process?

Our favorite thing is being able to make an impact in all the children’s' lives that have entered our home. Also, the potential to adopt through foster care.

What are some obstacles many foster care families face?

Some obstacles that we face is the waiting game. We want to be able to help children but waiting for the right phone call to come has been hard.

What is included in some of the education or training needed to be a foster parent?

When we first became foster parents, we were given a lot of training in order to be able to meet all the children’s' needs that enter our home. If we had a child, we needed more training for we are given all the opportunities to obtain the training necessary.

What is one piece of advice you have for someone looking to be involved in foster care?

We would say to make sure you have family support because our family has been our rock through all of this.

Thank you to the Vandersnick family for your devotion to caring for Nebraska’s youth!

Note: Permission was granted by the Vandersnicks to share their story with BCH employees and on our BCH page.

Again, if you would like to look more into foster care around Nebraska, Building Blocks for Kids, is non-profit organization that serves 50 counties across Nebraska. Building Blocks recruits, licenses, and supports foster homes in Northern and Central Nebraska, and they aim to make Foster Parents successful by providing them training and support as they care for youth in our area. Their website https://www.buildingblocksforkids.org/is a great resource for questions and inquiries you may have.

This is the final of the Foster Care series brought to you by the BCH Employee Council - Thanks to all of the families for sharing their experiences.

We're hiring a Clinical Health Coach: Brown County Hospital is seeking to add a new position to their Rural Health Clinic team. The Clinical Health Coach pro-actively consults with hospital patient care staff, physicians, Ainsworth Family Clinic staff, patient support and family, and community resources to ensure a smooth transition for the patient through appropriate levels of care in order to facilitate quality outcomes. Provides professional RN health coaching for self-management of chronic disease in accordance with the philosophy, goals and objectives of the Brown County Hospital. This will be a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package offered. For more information contact Erica Hasenohr, Clinic Manager, (402)387-1900 or Lisa Fischer, Human Resources, (402)387-2800.

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North Central District Health Department

Test Nebraska to come to Valentine June 2nd

North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) would like to pass along to district residents that it was announced today that Test Nebraska will be coming to the area. One of the first testing events will be on June 2nd in Valentine. To sign up for the Test Nebraska event please visit the Test Nebraska website at testnebraska.com in either the English or Spanish version by clicking the language preference at the top of the page. Click the START NOW button at the top to begin and complete the questions to the best of your knowledge. Based on the answers given it will be determined if you qualify to be tested. If you qualify there will be additional information as well a direction on where the nearest upcoming testing event will be.

Case count update as of 5/28/2020 at 3:00 PM: 25 total cases and 18 recoveries (R)

Antelope: 8 R: 6
Keya Paha: 0
Boyd: 0
Knox: 11 R: 9
Brown: 0
Pierce: 4 R: 1
Cherry: 1 R: 1
Rock: 0
Holt: 1 R: 1

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Phase II: Gatherings

Starting June 1st, the following guidelines apply to all counties except for those located in Central District Health Dept. (Hall, Hamilton, Merrick) and Dakota County Health Dept. (Dakota).

See more information on upcoming changes to the Directed Health Measures:http://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/COVID-19-Outline-of-Changes-to-Upcoming-DHMs-Phase-II.pdf

#COVID19 | #NECOVID19

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

As Nebraska continues to adjust to a new normal as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 on the state, DHHS has set up a COVID-19 information line that will allow residents to get answers to general questions and receive information on resources available. That number is (402) 552-6645; hours of operation are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. CST, 7 days a week.

If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, it's important to remember to call ahead to your healthcare provider to be screened over the phone. The provider can evaluate and determine if testing is necessary.

In addition to the state's information line, some counties have also established hotlines. They include:

DOUGLAS COUNTY/OMAHA: Douglas County Health Department's COVID-19 Information Line is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (402) 444-3400 to answer general questions about this new disease. The line is answered in English and Spanish. The United Way's 2-1-1 information line is also taking calls when the DCHD line is closed.

LANCASTER COUNTY/LINCOLN: The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department has established a hotline for self-reporting, guidance and next steps. (402) 441-3400.

To learn more, read the news release: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Statewide-COVID-19-Information-Line-Opens-for-Residents.aspx

Notice of Sealed Bids: The Brown County Hospital is now accepting bids of the annual haying of hospital grounds for the 2020 season. Grounds to be hayed consist of approximately 15 acres directly east of the hospital. Interested parties can mail or deliver sealed bids to : ATTN: John Werner, CEO, Brown County Hospital, 945 East Zero Street, Ainsworth, NE 69210. All sealed bids must be submitted by June 12that 3:00.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Nebraska #COVID19 cases and hospital capacity as of 6:00 PM CDT, 5/25/2020

Data are representative of Nebraska residents, are provisional and data reported by the local health department should be considered the most up to date. #NECOVID19

View the dashboard here: https://nebraska.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/4213f719a45647bc873ffb58783ffef3

Monday, 25 May 2020, we begin the Virtual Couch to 5k! On this post you will find the workout calendar for the next 6 weeks. We have also included upper body and lower body exercises for you to complete on the designated days. We have included both beginner and intermediate levels, please modify if you need! If you’re unsure of what an exercise is, we have pre-recorded all exercises and these can be found at Brown County Therapy YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBERsJ8H_DOnAQlDi48U-Pw/playlists. Check back here each Monday for any updates! Remember, Race Day will be on your own as we’re practicing social distancing. To receive you t-shirt, you will need to e-mail your race time or a race day selfie and your t-shirt size to [email protected]. Thanks for joining us! Please feel free to take pictures along your journey and email them to Kwynn.

Happy Foster Care Friday! Today we are introduced to Angie and Rustin Fletcher.

1. Tell us a bit about you and your family.

We were married in 2003 and reside in Clearwater, NE. Rustin (husband) is a mechanic and I (Angie) operate licensed daycares and have been a nurse for 17 years. We have 4 children: Trenton 17 years old (biological son), Chase 13 years old (biological son), Addisyn 13 years old (biological daughter), Jackson 8 years old (adopted through foster care). Our family is active in outdoor activities such as camping and fishing.

2. What drew you to be involved in foster care?

It was always something we were interested in. Our children were getting older and we wanted to have a positive impact on children. Sometimes you just know when something is meant to be.

3. Can you tell us a little bit about the foster child(children) you have (have had)?

We currently do not have a foster child in our care at this time. Previous children we have cared for ranged from ages 2 years to 6 years of age. Most were short term placements before being reunited with family. We provided foster care for a child from 2014 until 2018 when we adopted him.

4. What was your favorite thing about the foster care process?

Let's be honest, there is a lot about being a foster parent that is hard. But, hands down, the best thing about being a foster parent is the kids! Every child is unique and very special!

5. What are some obstacles many foster care families face?

For our family it is the emotional aspect. We all get attached. But you feel so blessed with the impact you have made in that child's life.

6. What is included in some of the education or training needed to be a foster parent?

Initial foster care training (I believe was about 30 hours) 12 hours of training every year. Fingerprinting every 2 years.

7. What is one piece of advice you have for someone looking to be involved in foster care?

I am letting my 13 years old daughter answer this question as I feel it impacts their life just as much. She says "Do it! Because it could be a chance of a lifetime. I got my younger brother through foster care and he is amazing! Along with the other kids we fostered. It is hard when they leave but you know you have made a difference"

Thank you to the Fletcher family for your devotion to caring for Nebraska’s youth!

Note: Permission was granted by Angie to share their story with BCH employees and on our BCH page.

Again, if you would like to look more into foster care around Nebraska, Building Blocks for Kids, is non-profit organization that serves 50 counties across Nebraska. Building Blocks recruits, licenses, and supports foster homes in Northern and Central Nebraska, and they aim to make Foster Parents successful by providing them training and support as they care for youth in our area. Their website https://www.buildingblocksforkids.org/is a great resource for questions and inquiries you may have.

Stay tuned for the final Foster Care Friday. Next week we have a fun one lined up. One of our foster parents has an adult child who are also foster parents so we will feature both families in a combo article.

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945 E Zero St
Ainsworth, NE
69210-1547
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