Growing older is the greatest risk factor for acquiring Parkinson’s Disease and many people live with symptoms for several years before being diagnosed. To provide more resources on the topic, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host A Journey Through Parkinson’s Disease on Oct. 8, 15 and 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Orange City.

A Journey Through Parkinson’s Disease is an educational program focused on Parkinson’s Disease, its effects, and possible treatments. The series consists of three, 45-minute sessions which include interactive lessons, discussions, and activities. There is no fee to attend and sessions are open to the public.

Throughout the program, participants will discuss the signs of Parkinson’s Disease and how to seek medical care, the cause of the disease, how specific treatments work, and alternative therapies and in-home activities that can delay the progression of the disease.

“Often, people in early stages of Parkinson’s Disease assume their symptoms are part of normal aging or are due to other health problems that they may have,” said Lori Hayungs, Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life with ISU Extension and Outreach. “As we will discuss, early Parkinson’s Disease symptoms may not be that easy to recognize, and oftentimes, it is a spouse or other relative that notices slight problems with a loved one’s movements.”

For that reason, Hayungs invites anyone with an interest in Parkinson’s Disease or individuals who may be worried about a family member, friend or neighbor to participate in this free program.

For more information and/or to preregister for the program, visit, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office at 712-737-4230 or email

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OCAHS was also named in Top 20 CAH for Patient Satisfaction and among top 15% of all hospital nationally for patient experience.


For the second consecutive year, Orange City Area Health System has been named one of the 20 highest ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the United States by the National Rural Health Association, as determined by iVantage Health Analytics. The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on eight indices of strength using the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most comprehensive rating of U.S. acute care hospitals and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs. In addition to the Top 20 Critical Access Hospital recognition, 60 “best practice” designations were given to facilities that have achieved success in one of three key areas of performance: quality, patient satisfaction, and financial stability. Orange City Area Health System was named among the Top 20 in the Patient Satisfaction category. “We are truly honored to be listed in the Top 1% of critical access hospitals in the nation,” reports Marty Guthmiller, CEO for Orange City Area Health System. “It is a true testament to each of our 500 employees for the quality of care they provide, as well as the support attributed to us by our patients.” Orange City Area Health System was also recently recognized by Healthgrades as one of the top hospitals across the nation for patient experience. This recognition “distinguishes Orange City Area Health System as one of the top 15% of hospitals nationally and is based on paient response to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive non-profit health system including a critical access hospital and birth center; four medical clinics served by 17 family practice providers; a sports medicine clinic: a behavioral health clinic; fertility, prenatal, OB, and birthing services; surgical and diagnostic imaging centers; physical and aquatic therapy; home health and hospice; and a senior care campus consisting of a retirement community and senior care center. More information at

Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) generates 679 jobs that add nearly $29 million to the region’s economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association. In addition, OCAHS employees by themselves spend $6.1 million on retail sales and contribute over $368,000 in state sales tax revenue. “Once again we are reminded of the significant impact that health care has on the local and regional economy,” said Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System. “Second to our mission of providing excellent health services, this is something we are proud to contribute to the area we serve.”

The IHA study examined the jobs, income, retail sales and sales tax produced by hospitals and the rest of the state’s health care sector. The study was compiled from hospital-submitted data on the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey of Hospitals and with software that other industries have used to determine their economic impact. The study found that Iowa hospitals directly employ 71,324 people and create another 50,131 jobs outside the hospital sector. As an income source, hospitals provide $4.2 billion in salaries and benefits and generate another $1.8 billion through other jobs that depend on hospitals.

In all, the health care sector, which includes offices of physicians, dentists and other health practitioners, nursing home and residential care, other medical and health services and pharmacies, contributes $14.3 billion to Iowa’s economy while directly and indirectly providing 293,758 jobs, or about one-fifth of the state’s total non-farm employment. “Hospitals positively influence their local economies not only with how many people they employ and the salaries of those employees, but also through hospital purchases from local businesses as well as the impact of employee spending and tax support,” said Kirk Norris, IHA president/CEO. “Whether at the local level or statewide, there are few Iowa employers that generate economic activity comparable to hospitals.”


Your donation of just one pint of blood could help save the lives of up to three different hospital patients!

Orange City Community Blood Drive is TODAY, March 12th, from 12:30 to 6PM at the American Reformed Church!

For more information, please click the make an appointment link at the end of this email or call LifeServe Blood Center at 800.287.4903

If you have already scheduled an appointment to donate blood at this blood drive, please invite a friend or family member to donate with you at the blood drive!

The Blood Center of Iowa and Siouxland Community Blood Bank are now LifeServe Blood Center. Your donation is very important and will save lives. Thank you for being a contributor to your local community blood center.

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What is it?

The 5210 Family Challenge is a weekly set of challenges for you and your family. We hope they will help encourage your family to work together, understand the importance of healthy lifestyles, and have fun while doing it!

When is it?

The Family Challenge will last for 4 weeks. Each week a new set of challenges will be sent to you. The challenges will begin the week of January 12.

Who can participate?

All are welcome! There is no cost.

How do I sign up?

You can choose to receive each week’s challenges by e-mail or visit our Facebook page each week for the challenges.