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Why am I so tired?

-by Dr. Alan Laird, Chief Medical Officer Fatigue (tiredness) is a fairly common problem.  It may indicate a significant medical problem and is a problem if it keeps us from doing things we need to or want to do.  When fatigue reaches a level that it affects your...

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Movement is Medicine

-by Monica Aalbers, PT Put down the phone or the remote – and pick up the weights! Today’s Live Healthy article will focus on the benefits of strength training. As physical therapists, my colleagues and I promote movement and strengthening on a daily basis not only...

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Testing … testing … 1,2,3 …

-by Dr. Alan Laird, Chief Medical Officer Testing for Coronavirus has been a hot topic over the last couple of months. Below is a brief review of the types of tests available for and relating to Covid-19. There are new tests being developed all the time, so what I...

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Serology testing for COVID-19

Testing can provide important information regarding an individual’s health and virus activity in a population. Serology testing looks for things called antibodies in your blood. Your body makes antibodies when fighting an infection, like COVID-19. The same thing...

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Water safety tips from our trauma education team

It’s getting to be that time of year again when everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and thinking about how to spend their days. Often they are spent boating, swimming, or fishing. These can be fun times and be a great opportunity to make memories with family and...

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Gaining Confidence in the Robustness of Your Body

-by Brad Zwart, DPT, OCS  “I’m afraid if I pick up something heavy I’ll hurt my back” or “ I avoid stairs because my knees hurt.” These are common statements we hear at the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Department at Orange City Area Health System....

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Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system encompassing four family medicine clinics, sports medicine clinic, behavioral health clinic, award-winning hospital, birth center, surgical center, radiology and laboratory services, occupational health services, specialty outreach services, physical and aquatic therapy, home health and hospice, a retirement community, and a senior care center. The health system campus – designed with privacy and total healing as its foundation – is situated on 37 acres, including a pond with fountain, a healing garden, and a field of prairie grasses and wild flowers adjacent to the PuddleJumper Trail.

A team of family medicine providers, along with dedicated nurses, medical specialists, and 500 support staff, are committed to serving the region with the Core Values of Integrity, Commitment to Excellence, Dedicated Colleagues, and Extraordinary Customer Experience. Orange City Area Health System has been named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation, one of “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the U.S., and a Women’s Choice Award recipient for Outstanding Patient Experience for three consecutive years.



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