KVH News

Beat the heat: Diabetic safety

Wear sunscreen. Stay hydrated. Wear light, loose clothing. Anyone who’s lived in Kittitas County for more than a year knows these basics for survival in the summer heat. If you’re diabetic, there’s another concern to add to the list: extreme temperatures can spike your blood sugar levels, and wreak havoc on testing equipment and medication. […]

COVID Vaccines & Children

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics A year ago, deep into the COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed unimaginable that we would have a safe and extremely effective vaccine against the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 infection any time soon. Yet here we are, with about half of all adults in the US fully vaccinated so far. The […]

Tick bites in children

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, MD, KVH Pediatrics Ahhh, summer! As that much anticipated warmer weather comes, it brings with it the risk of tick bites and the diseases they can cause. Knowing how to prevent tick bites, what to watch for if your child is bitten and how to remove ticks can make us feel […]

KVH commissioners Terry Clark and Jon Ward earn Health Care Governance Certification

The certificate represents awardee’s commitment to effective health care leadership. Ellensburg, WA – March 15, 2021 – Commissioners Terry Clark and Jon Ward of Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) have spent the last year strengthening their understanding of hospital governance and ability to enhance board effectiveness through participation in the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and […]

Sibling Rivalry

Contributor: Elise Herman, MD, KVH Pediatrics If we have more than one child, we hope they will get along and be good friends, and more than likely that will happen one day. But before that time and almost as soon as the second child arrives, sibling conflict and rivalry can start. Especially now with so […]

The COVID Pandemic and Its Effects on Young Children

Contributor: Elise Herman, MD, KVH Pediatrics As the COVID pandemic drags on, it can feel increasingly difficult to stay positive, and parents of young children may be noticing the effects on their child’s moods. Even preschoolers may be feeling the loss of their usual routine. They may be missing their social contacts at preschool or […]

Mitch Engel (COVID-19)

It’s the kind of story that defines 2020. For months, Mitch Engel and his family of four had diligently taken precautions to stay healthy, stay safe. And yet, October found them dealing with COVID-19 in their own home. His wife Emily got sick first. A flight attendant, she likely caught it on the airplane. “The […]

The pandemic & depression in teens

Contributor: Elise Herman, MD, KVH Pediatrics We are all dealing in some way with the ravages of COVID-19 – isolation, financial hardships, personal illness or illness of loved ones, changes in education or work. Our kids are also being affected, and teens in particular have been noted to have a significant increase in mental health […]

Trusted Voices: COVID-19

In their own spoken words, KVH providers share their thoughts about the pandemic in an appeal to family, friends and community this holiday season. 11.20.2020 Local impact of COVIDOne of the things that has become part of my job over the last eight, nine months is looking at charts of how this has changed over […]

Don’t put off skin cancer screenings

Contributor: Dr. Susan Oldenkamp, KVH Dermatology It seems unusual to be writing about skin cancer in November, but 2020 has been an unusual year! When the COVID-19 epidemic first hit, we advised patients to postpone non-essential visits to the clinic, but now that we have effective safety measures in place at KVH, we have resumed […]

Helping kids learn remotely

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics This school year will be like no other as parents, kids and teachers gear up for education amidst the COVID 19 pandemic. Based on experiences this past Spring, educators know more about distance learning and how to help kids succeed. Parents or other caregivers (grandparents, etc.) will continue to […]

COVID Chronicles: A view inside the Emergency Department

Welcome to the COVID Chronicles. These are the behind the scenes stories from Kittitas Valley Healthcare staff at various points in time during the COVID-19 pandemic. When Kittitas County received its first positive case of COVID-19, Dede Utley, Director of Emergency Services, felt helpless. Dede was across the country in Washington D.C. for a conference […]

COVID Chronicles: A view inside of the COVID Clinic phone calls

Welcome to the COVID Chronicles. These are the behind the scenes stories from Kittitas Valley Healthcare staff at various points in time during the COVID-19 pandemic. On a normal day Brandee Coates, Care and Service Coordinator, can be found in the Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) Quality office responding to patient complaints, staff reporting or following […]

KVH partners with The Shoemaker Foundation to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Kittitas County

Kittitas Valley Healthcare has partnered with the Shoemaker Foundation to implement the Blue Band Initiative in Kittitas County; a project that aims to improve awareness, recognition, and management of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a multi-system progressive disorder that can occur any time during pregnancy and up to six weeks after delivery. It is characterized by hypertension […]

COVID Chronicles: A view inside of the COVID Clinic

Welcome to the COVID Chronicles. These are the behind the scenes stories from Kittitas Valley Healthcare staff at various points in time during the COVID-19 pandemic. When Toni Clayton accepted her new position in the Quality Department in April 2020 as the Clinic Quality Service Coordinator, she was excited for a new challenge and workload. […]

COVID Chronicles: A view inside of Incident Command

Welcome to the COVID Chronicles. These are the behind the scenes stories from Kittitas Valley Healthcare staff at various points in time during the COVID-19 pandemic. In February 2020, Kittitas County had its first suspected case of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and incident command was activated at Kittitas Valley Healthcare. KVH, was able to […]

Colton Harlin (Emergency Surgery)

At the tender age of 10, Colton Harlin was generally used to the bruises and scrapes of pee wee football. And when the goal is a quarterback sack, a little pain for your efforts is to be expected, even during practice. Colton was knocked down on the play. The quarterback remained unscathed. But Colton? “My […]

The Foundation at KVH helps protect healthcare workers in the COVID-19 response

August 13, 2020 Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) would like to thank The Foundation at KVH and its many donors for their support of employee safety through the purchase of 15 Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs). On March 2, 2020, KVH activated its Incident Command Team in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the first tasks […]

Christina Thunberg (Orthopedic Surgery)

It seems like every time folks gather around to swap life stories, there’s always one person whose experiences trump them all. Christina Thunberg is such a person. “It was my 17th birthday,” she recalls. “We were at my uncle’s place, and I’d brought a friend with me.” Riding was definitely on the menu – but […]

Betty Osborne (Neurology)

“Dr. Gustavson is super nice. His voice is soft and it just makes you feel comfortable. I felt good when I left his office – knowing I was going to be okay.” – Betty Osborne KVH has welcomed a new Neurologist to our specialty team. His name is Dr. Andrew R. Gustavson. Dr. Gustavson comes […]