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Brandt Certified as Personal Trainer

Jefferson Community Health & Life Burkley Fitness Center staff member Clayton Brandt has achieved his
personal training certification. Brandt was certified through the International Sports Science Association
(ISSA,) and is available to schedule personal training session with clients.
“JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center is excited to enhance our personal training services,” said Craig
Bontrager, fitness center director. “Personal training is a proven method to help people of all ages and
ability levels to attain better physical fitness and wellness through one-on-one training.”
A certified personal trainer can set up a custom, personalized exercise program, instruct a client on how
to do exercises properly, provide motivation, track progress and be a resource as a client advances on
their fitness path.
Please contact JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center at 402-729-6139 or check out JCHealthandLife.org for more
information about personal training.

JCH&L Offers Next Session of Smart Moves

The seventh session of a successful lifestyle change program is being offered beginning in January 2019 at Jefferson Community Health & Life in Fairbury. The year-long program is designed for those who are at risk for diabetes and want to change their lifestyle to avoid getting diabetes. A free no-obligation introductory class will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Anyone who thinks they might be interested in Smart Moves is encouraged to attend this session. To sign up for the introductory class, call Lisa Edeal RD, LMNT, at 402-729-6846.

The full year-long program begins on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Classes will meet at 4 p.m.

Lifestyle coaches who lead the program are JCH&L Dietitian Lisa Edeal RD, LMNT; Bekah Kimberlin, PharmD; and Craig Bontrager, director of JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center.

“This program has been successful in helping participants to make lifestyle changes which positively impact their health,” Edeal said.

JCH&L’s program has received Full Recognition from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). This designation is reserved for programs that have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based program that meets all the standards for CDC recognition.

JCH&L To Celebrate National Rural Health Day Nov. 15

Jefferson Community Health & Life will join the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state/national rural stakeholders in celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 15, with refreshments at its Fairbury Clinic and Plymouth Clinic.

NOSORH created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America; increase awareness of rural health-related issues; and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those issues. National Rural Health Day is an annual day of recognition which occurs on the third Thursday of November and was awarded the 2018 “Outstanding Rural Health Program of the Year” by the National Rural Health Association.

Events recognizing National Rural Health Day and “Celebrating the Power of Rural” are being planned throughout the nation. Refreshments will be available in the lobbies of JCH&L Fairbury Clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Plymouth Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 60 million people – nearly one in five Americans – live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States. “These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are wonderful places to live and work; they are places where neighbors know each other and work together,” said NOSORH Director Teryl Eisinger. “The hospitals and providers serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care, but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.”

These communities also face unique health care needs. “Today more than ever, rural communities must tackle accessibility issues, a lack of health care providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens,” Eisinger said. “Meanwhile, rural hospitals are threatened with declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels that makes it challenging to serve their residents.”

State Offices of Rural Health play a key role in addressing those needs. All 50 states maintain a State Office of Rural Health, each of which shares a similar mission: to foster relationships, disseminate information and provide technical assistance that improves access to, and the quality of, health care for its rural citizens. In the past year alone, State Offices of Rural Health collectively provided technical assistance to more than 28,000 rural communities.

Gardenside Recognized as ‘High Performer’ by the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center

Jefferson Community Health & Life Gardenside in Fairbury hosted the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network and team members of the National Coordinating Center on Oct. 17, 2018. The National Coordinating Center is the CMS-designated Quality Innovation Network-National Coordinating Center which supports the nation’s quality improvement organizations, like Great Plains QIN, in their efforts to achieve CMS goals for better health, better care and lower costs.

The purpose of the visit was to identify innovative practices that contribute to success and or improvement. Similar site visits are occurring in healthcare organizations across the country. The intent is to spread innovative healthcare practices with other facilities and quality improvement organizations.

As a way to improve resident-centered care, the quality assurance team at Gardenside implemented ‘natural awakening’ as a way to improve the overall sleep hygiene and the health and safety of their residents while promoting a more ‘home-like’ environment.

“Natural Awakening enhances sleep hygiene and proves how a good night of undisturbed sleep is one of the most important services we can give residents. By eliminating or minimizing night-time interruptions the resident receives more restorative sleep that is needed to maintain and enhance their quality of life,” said Deb Sutton, RN, Gardenside Administrator.

The Gardenside team outlined several elements of their success. First, it is imperative to partner with the pharmacy team to decrease and alter medication times to reduce the frequency of medication passes and avoid having to wake residents to dispense medications. Second, visiting with residents and their family members prior to implementing the natural awakening program is necessary. This conversation allows the resident to share his/her preferred sleep environment and whether they have a preference for their wake-up time. The Gardenside team also adjusted the dining room schedule to adjust for residents having an expanded timeframe to eat breakfast.


“As a result of this effort to facilitate natural awakening, Gardenside has experienced a decrease in falls, antipsychotic medication use and infection rates. This information has been shared with other nursing homes through a number of educational sessions and the Gardenside team has willingly mentored homes who wish to implement natural awakening. The commitment to improving resident care is impressive. Gardenside sets the bar high in their continued quest for quality improvement. We are pleased to be able to help share their story with the NCC team and others,” said Krystal Hays, DNP, RN, RAC-CT; Quality Improvement Advisor with the Great Plains QIN.

“Improving the quality of care in our facility is and will continue to be a priority,” said Deb Sutton, Administrator. “Studies have shown that lack of sleep leads to a dramatic decline in a person’s ability to perform even simple tasks. Individuals who are sleep-deprived may experience drowsiness, irritability, lack of concentration and impaired performance. Furthermore, sleep deprivation compromises the immune system and persistent sleep deprivation can result in significant mood swings and erratic behavior. We believe in the power of natural awakening for improved health and quality of life. We enjoyed the opportunity to share our story; and will continue to do all we can to provide exceptional care at Gardenside and share what we have learned.”

“The Natural Awakening Program needs to be shared and spread throughout all nursing facilities; the NCC views this program as a best practice. The NCC has requested that Gardenside provide their knowledge on a future National Learning and Action Event,” said Jane Brock, MD, MSHP; Medical Director for the NCC.

Great Plains QIN is the Quality Improvement Organization for Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The GPQIN team works with healthcare providers and communities to implement data-driven quality initiatives to improve healthcare. Great Plains QIN offers technical assistance, tailored education, best practices, tools and resources. Through these efforts, we intend to improve patient safety, reduce harm and improve clinical care at the local and regional levels.

Story Walk to be Introduced to Community Thursday

A new feature in the Fairbury City Park will be introduced to the community on Thursday: the StoryWalk. Second graders from Fairbury’s Central School will go to the City Park around
11 a.m. that day to walk through the new StoryWalk and read the story “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves,” by by Julia Rawlinson and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke.

The StoryWalk has been a project of JeffCo on the Move initiated by Fairbury Public Library Director Debbie Aden. A StoryWalk is a series of signs featuring sequential spreads from a children’s picture book. The signs are spread through the south side of the Fairbury City Park (around the horseshoe pit area,) allowing readers to follow along with a story by walking.

“We see this as a great way for families with children to encourage both activity and reading,” Aden said.

Books will be changed out frequently to encourage children and families to come back regularly.

This is just one project of JeffCo On the Move, a coalition which began nearly two years ago as a part of a Walk-Bike Summit in Fairbury. JeffCo on the Move partners include the City of Fairbury, Fairbury Public Library, Jefferson Community Health & Life, Fairbury Public Schools and Public Health Solutions.

The coalition is also working on possible extension of city trails, events to encourage kids to be active, Safe Routes to School, and a historic trail walk.

Anyone interested in being part of the JeffCo On the Move team is invited to contact Lana Likens at 402-729-6855.  We need your ideas and participation to move forward and make Jefferson County a place where we encourage everyone to stay “on the move” to build a healthier community.

2018 JCH&L Golf Tourney Raises Record $13,000

The 22nd annual golf tournament to benefit Jefferson Community Health & Life was successful, raising a record $13,000.

“We are very pleased with the success of this annual event. It’s a great way for JCH&L supporters to have a good time and help provide quality health care for our community,” said Chad Jurgens, JCH&L Chief Executive Officer. “This year’s event was a record-setter, with 32 teams, 18 hole sponsors, and raising a record $13,000.”

The golf tournament, held Friday, Aug. 10 at the Fairbury Country Club, was a fund-raiser for Jefferson Community Health & Life, a 17-bed critical access hospital located in Fairbury.

Winning teams were:

Champions of the championship flight were High Plains Anesthesia—Marci Gillham, Penni Mitchell, Nate Koch; second place: ConvergeOne—Dennis Ahl, Dan Reikofski, Mike Bonham; third place: The Olson Group—BJ Davis, Jeff Wallace, Stacy Albert.

In the First Flight, winners were Rural Sleep—Stacy Shumard, Brooke Schwab, Marty Paget; second place: The Three Gs—Joy Gaston, Nichole Grummert, Darin Grummert; third place: West Gate Bank—Joe Dahir, Kevin Wilhelm, Garrett Krause.

In the second Flight, winners were Barber furniture—Terry Barber, Bob Endorf, Paul Dunekacke; second place: Glen Blobaum—Glen Blobaum, Tom Beachler, Tim Diller; third place: Globe Rexall—Bob Atkins, Doug Ruzicka, Doyle Buchmeier

This year’s sponsors include:

Hole sponsors: American National Bank, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Brown’s Medical Imaging, Bryan Health, Cerner Corporation, CHI Health—St. Elizabeth, ConvergeOne, Davis Design, High Plains Anesthesia Service, Lottman Concrete Construction, Marcotte, M&B 2 Cylinder, MedHost, Nebraska Medicine, Pathology Medical Services PC, Seim Johnson, The Olson Group, Westin Packaged Meats/Fairbury Operations.

Breakfast Sponsor: Collection Associates

Lunch Sponsors: Gill Insurance Services, Inc., Plymouth Electric, Concordance/Kreiser

Contributing Sponsors: Beckenhauer Construction, HCIS MediBill, MedHost, Prairie Health Ventures, Stewart Lawn Care, Thrivent, UNICO

Raffle Prize Sponsors: The Olson Group, Golf bag; Barber Furniture Company —Rustic Clock; Nebraska Healthcare Association, Moscow Mule Basket; Casey’s General Store, $50 gift card; Don Sutton Club Repair, Driver; Sims Florist and Gifts, Decorative sign; JCH&L, Garden tool

Other Sponsors: Precision Signs & Graphics LLC, signage; Ray’s Applemarket, treats on the course; Fairbury Country Club; Kettlehut Real Estate, sound system

Flag Prize and Door Prize Sponsors: ByteSpeed; Cerner Corporation; Credit Management; Directions EAP; Eakes; First National Bank of Fairbury; Jefferson Community Health & Life; Nebraska Community Bloodbank; Nebraska Hospital Association; Schwarz Paper; Walmart #418—Fairbury

Teams: American National Bank, Avadyne, Barber Furniture Co., Glen Blobaum, Blobaum & Busboom PC, Cerner Community Works, CHI—St. Elizabeth’s, ConvergeOne, Davis Design, Den’s Meat Distributing, Diode Technologies, Edward Jones, Fairbury Dental Associates/Dr. Jack Wesch, Gerdes Meyer, Globe Rexall, High Plains Anesthesia Associates, Lottman Concrete Construction (2 teams), M & B 2 Cylinder, MCA, Marcotte, MedHost, Nebraska Hospital Association, PVI, Rural Sleep Solutions, Ron Sasse, The Olson Group, The 3 Gs , Bill Welch, West Gate Bank, Westin Packaged Meats (2 teams)  

JCH&L Opens Clinic In Plymouth

Grand Opening— Plymouth Chairperson Fred Meyer, right, poses for a picture with Jefferson Community Health & Life employee Kelsey Cherry outside of their Plymouth location, which opened for the first time on Thursday. The clinic will be open 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Providers will be certified physician assistants Jessica Borrenpohl, PA-C; Kelsey Cherry, PA-C and Tyler Maguire, PA-C. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 402-729-6888. When the Plymouth Clinic is not open, calls will be answered by JCH&L Fairbury Clinic. The clinic accepts new and established patients. JCH&L announced the new clinic at an announcement celebration and press conference held in July 2017.

Dr. Brett Wergin to Join JCH&L Fairbury Clinic

Dr. Richard Blatny Sr. Will Semi-Retire

Dr. Brett Wergin will join JCH&L Fairbury Clinic on Aug. 13. Soon after, Dr. Richard Blatny Sr. will semi-retire as of Sept. 1, after 45 years of providing family medicine care as a part of the Fairbury Clinic.

Dr. Wergin, a Lincoln native, received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed his residency at the Lincoln Family Practice Medicine Program. He is board certified in family medicine. He chose to specialize in family medicine because it allows him to develop long-term relationships with his patients that impact health across their entire lifespan. Dr. Wergin pays special attention to his patients’ mental and emotional wellness.

We welcome Dr. Wergin to our team of family medicine specialists: Dr. Richard Blatny Sr., Dr. Richard Blatny Jr., and Dr. Craig Shumard (all board-certified family medicine providers); and certified physician assistants Jessica Borrenpohl PA-C, Kelsey Cherry PA-C, Tyler Maguire PA-C, and Doug Ruzicka PA-C.

After Sept. 1, Dr. Blatny Sr. will be working part-time providing emergency and on-call coverage, and will have limited office hours and appointment times. JCH&L thanks Dr. Blatny for his years of service, and his willingness to continue to provide care as he moves toward retirement.

For appointments with Dr. Wergin or the other Fairbury Clinical family medicine providers, call 402-729-3361.

Community Edward Jones Branch Office Supports School Supplies Donation Campaign

Jay Peterson, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Fairbury, is supporting a school supplies donation campaign by using his office as a drop-off location for a school supplies drive.

Local residents may help support this effort by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours from Monday, July 23 to Friday, August 31.

The branch address is: 516 E St. Fairbury, NE 68352

“As our world becomes more global, competition within our younger generations continues to rise, emphasizing the importance of a quality education,” said Peterson. “I’m proud to support the academic development of young minds in this community through this school supply donation program.”

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 16,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1 trillion in assets under management. Visit the firm’s website at www.edwardjones.com and its recruiting website at www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

Edward Jones and its associates cannot accept monetary donations of any kind.

First National Bank To Become Heartland Bank

Heartland Bank announced today it has entered into an agreement to purchase First National Bank of Fairbury (FNF), Fairbury, Neb. and Jefferson County Bank (JCB), Daykin, Neb.

The purchase is subject to regulatory approvals, which are expected by the fourth quarter of 2018. When the purchase is final, both FNF and JCB will bemerged into Heartland Bank and their locations will become branches of Heartland Bank.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to expand our presence in Nebraska and welcome the customers, employees and communities served byFirst National Bank and Jefferson County Bank to the Heartland Bank family. We look forward to continuing our mutual commitment to relationship banking, family ownership and building strong relationships with our customers and communities,” said John Wilkins, CEO/ Chairman of HeartlandBank.

The purchase continues the tradition of serving customers with a full suite of banking services, along with new additions such as a larger lending limit, anationwide ATM network and an industry leading trust company. Heartland Bank will continue to be headquartered in Geneva, Nebraska, and John Wilkins will remain Chairman and CEO. Jerry Knispel will continue to serve as Branch President of Fairbury, and Barry Schweer will continue in his role ofBranch President in Daykin.

“The shared values of the banks, including family-ownership, customer service, community support and an emphasis on the agricultural industry makes the purchase a natural fit. They will provide a common foundation for us as we work to bring our organizations together,” said Vernon Pfaff, Chairman of FNF and JCB.

Watch The Interview With Tiffany Pfaff of First National Bank