Blog Posts

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 […]

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 […]

Behind the Scenes: Quality Management

For the final installment of the series, we sat down with some of the Quality team to learn about what they do. Unlike other ‘Behind-the-Scenes’ interviews, this one had only one guiding question: “How does your work support the mission of KVH to provide quality patient care?” It seems like you don’t have any redundancies […]

Healthy Holiday Eating

KVH Contributor*Nicole Norton, MDA, RDN, CDEKVH Diabetes Education The holidays are upon us and many of us are preparing for gatherings with friends and family. Although it can be a joyful time of the year to celebrate, a common worry revolves around overindulging on holiday favorites, and the potential for weight gain and elevated blood […]

Behind the Scenes: The Foundation at KVH

We sat down with Laura Bobovski, Foundation Assistant, and Donna Walker, Foundation Board of Directors, to learn more about the work of the Foundation in supporting Kittitas Valley Healthcare. What’s the purpose of the Foundation? L: We’re a charitable organization that works to support KVH and its role in providing healthcare in the community. How […]