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Reservation Hospitals -Telemedicine

ASSOCIATED PRESS - The Indian Health Service has chosen a South Dakota-based health care system to provide telemedicine services to its facilities across the Great Plains to bolster the specialty care available to tribal members. Indian Health Service Principal Deputy Director Mary Smith on Tuesday announced the $6.8 million contract awarded to Avera Health, whose providers will offer services in several specialties, including behavioral health, cardiology and nephrology.  Smith says telemedicine is an "effective way to increase access to quality health care services in remote, hard-to-reach areas."  Some of the agency's hospitals have long struggled with substandard care, and access to specialty care is limited. The contract will help serve an estimated 130,000 tribal members.  Avera has operated a hub in Sioux Falls that provides telemedicine services for several years.


Red Cross urges blood and platelet donations during National Preparedness Month

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and platelets this fall to help restock the shelves following a significant summer shortage to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need.


Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is down more than 10,000 donations from what is needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for emergencies large and small. Declines in donations can lead to blood shortages and make it difficult to meet patient needs should a disaster or emergency occur.


“September is National Preparedness Month and we urge eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets,” Anna Sanderson Donor Recruitment Director for the Midwest Blood Services Region. “Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition like sickle cell disease, a routine surgery, a traumatic accident or a large-scale disaster, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Red Cross blood and platelet donors play an important role in helping communities be prepared for all kinds of emergencies.”


Donors of all blood types are needed as blood products continue to be distributed to hospitals almost as quickly as donations come in. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to help reduce wait times.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities around our area:



9/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ainsworth Evangelical Free Church, 87804 Bumblebee Road



10/5/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bullseye Building, 203 N. Grant Ave



9/19/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thedford High School, 304 Maple Street



Week 3 Pigskin Prediction Winners

Two people got just 1 pick wrong for this past week's pigskin prediction contest. The Nebraska yardage of 430 broke the tie, so Cheryl Bennett placed first and Marty Jesperson placed 2nd. Congratulations to Cheryl and Marty. Be sure to stop by the studios of KVSH to pick up your Peppermill gift certificate.


Winners on the card:

North Dakota State



Oklahoma State

Virginia Tech


Texas A&M

Michigan State

Ohio State





Tie Breaker Net Nebraska Yards: 430


Air Compressor Theft Under Investigation

The Valentine Police Department is investigating the theft of a Bostitch Air Compressor from Ohlmann Building Center. The theft occurred some time between 9:30am and 5:30pm on September 14th, 2016. Unknown persons removed the air compressor from a vehicle then left the area on foot north through the alley. If you have any information on this or other crimes, contact the Valentine PD at 402-376-3055.


Lions Club Ice Cream Social and Membership Drive Sept 15

The Valentine Lions Club is celebrating 30 years with an ice cream social and membership drive from 5 - 7 pm at Colburn Park in Valentine on Thursday, September 15th. Everyone is invited to join them.


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