KVH News

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 […]

Public Health: Continue to take Children to Doctor Appointments during Pandemic

The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) and Kittitas County Medical Providers want to remind caregivers to continue to take children in for routine medical visits, which include administration of scheduled vaccine.  The Washington State Department of Health’s data shows a 30% drop in vaccines during the month of March.  According to the Washington State […]

Safe behavior as restrictions ease

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics After what has felt like a very long time “sheltering in place” due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are on the verge of easing of some restrictions. Whew! The problem is, of course, that if people do not follow the safety rules of social distancing and wearing masks, cases […]

Caring for sensitive skin during COVID-19

Contributor: Dr. Susan Oldenkamp, KVH Dermatology While much of our community falls into the non-essential workforce during this period of shelter-in-place, some business such as grocery stores remain open to serve the community. As these essential workers follow guidelines to keep their hands and work surfaces sanitized, those with skin issues are likely seeing flare-ups […]

COVID, Kids, and Vaccination

KVH Contributor: Dr. John Merrill-Steskal As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads across the United States and our world, I worry about friends, family, and my community in general. The virus has the potential to be truly devastating, with the potential to cause thousands of deaths, especially among the elderly. Fortunately there is a ray of good […]

How to talk to kids about Coronavirus

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics Yes, it’s everywhere, and on everyone’s mind – and that may include your child. Kids hear about Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the news, from their friends and in adults’ conversations, and may be confused or feel anxious. As parents, we want to reassure our kids while giving them age-appropriate and […]

Coronavirus: a local story

Dr. Jie Casey took one look at his 67-year-old patient and asked her if she was feeling okay. “She’s been sick for a couple of weeks,” her husband interjected. So Dr. Casey sat on the exam table and began to ask the couple questions, learning that in addition to her symptoms the couple had had […]

KVH Commissioner Matthew Altman appointed to American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance

Kittitas County Public Hospital District #1 (KVH) Commissioner Matthew Altman, Ph.D., has been appointed to the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance (COG). An advisory committee of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, the 26-member COG represents AHA’s trustee members and participates in the association’s advocacy, policy and resource development, with a particular […]

Traditional vs. Electronic Books and Your Child

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics Simply put, reading to your child daily is one of the best things you can do as a parent. But does it need to be a traditional (paper) book or is an electronic book pretty much the same experience for your child? There have been studies that suggest reading […]

Positional Plagiocephaly Prevention and Treatment

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics When your infant is seen for a Well Child Exam, checking growth and development are the top concerns. Additionally, careful attention should be paid to your young child’s head shape. We are now in the middle of an ‘epidemic’ of head flattening, medically known as positional plagiocephaly, meaning a […]