Outpatient Services

Osmond General Hospital offers a wide array of outpatient, and professional medical services that keep quality care close to home for the residents of our community and nearby areas.

If you have had a heart attack, heart surgery or treatment for heart disease (medicine, angioplasty, or stent), then you qualify for Cardiac Rehab services.  This program provides education, physical rehabilitation and emotional support to speed your recovery and to improve your overall quality of life.

Our Cardiac Rehab program includes both exercise and education to a heart healthy lifestyle.  There are different stations that you will rotate through to help improve overall fitness.  You will be monitored while you exercise to monitor the heart and overall progress.

We offer two levels of Cardiac Rehab, phase two and three.

Phase 1 is inpatient rehabilitation with your hospital stay.  This is to help transition you from the hospital to home after a procedure.

Phase 2 is outpatient rehab to continue with exercise and education.  You are monitored and supervised by nurses.  Our nurses provide education on continuing recovery (physically and mentally), activity, diet and lifestyle changes.  A plan is specifically designed for you that begins slowly and increases as you get stronger.  Your heart and blood pressure are monitored each session.  Teaching includes heart health and lowering your risk factors.  Education can be for both the patient and the family.  Rehab is offered three times per week can last from to 12 weeks or 36 sessions.  This can vary with insurance coverage.  Cardiac Rehab services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances.

Phase 3 is our maintenance program.  This is a lifetime program after an event and after attending phase two.  This is more independent exercise with staff observation.  Patients are monitored once a month.  Blood pressure checks with exercise each session.  This is on a self-pay basis.

For more information, please contact Cindi Bruckner in the Cardiac Rehab department at 402-748-3393.

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The Cardiopulmonary Department at Osmond General Hospital provides a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for both inpatient and outpatient care. Cardiopulmonary Services include:

  • Cardiopulmonary Testing (ABG, PFT,EKG,EEG)
  • Lung Disease Education
  • Pulmonary Rehab
  • Respiratory Care Services

Patients that have been diagnosed with asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), angina, coronary artery disease, heart attack and other conditions benefit from the care of a Respiratory Therapist.

Cardiopulmonary Services include a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic services to patients with heart and lung disorders.

Respiratory Care Practitioners or Respiratory Therapists deliver medications and other therapies to patients thus improving the patient’s ease of breathing. Registered Respiratory Therapists focus on educating you and your family on what to expect during and after testing, including the community resources available to help you cope with your condition.

 

After injury or illness, physical therapy helps patients get back to work, play and their lives. OGH partners with Overland Rehab to provide the community with a highly qualified therapy team.  The therapy team works to create programs that improve movement, balance, endurance and strength for patients, helping them move—onward, upward and forward.

Our physical therapists work closely with you and your primary physician to develop effective treatment plans. These plans may involve exercises and modalities in addition to learning techniques for injury prevention and self-treatment.

Our occupational therapist will help you return to the everyday activities we often take for granted, like cooking, dressing and bathing. The goal of occupational therapy is to help you:

  • increase functional independence with activities of daily living;
  • decrease pain;
  • increase movement, strength, endurance and range of motion.

Our therapist will use a variety of treatments to help you reach the goals they have set for you. Those treatments include ultrasound; e-stim; kinesiotaping; cognitive retraining; manual therapy; splinting; and joint protection strategies.

Speech and language issues, as well as problems swallowing can strike people of any age at any time. Speech-language pathologists are experts in communication who work with people of all ages to help treat many types of communication and swallowing problems.

Persons may be referred to speech therapy for the following diagnoses: Stroke, Traumatic brain injury, Swallowing/eating difficulties and other neurological conditions affecting cognition

Osmond General Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions program, an intensive outpatient group counseling program, is designed to meet the unique needs of older adults over the age of 65 struggling with depression and anxiety often related to aging.

If you or someone you know has recently experienced any of the following, this program might be right for you.

  • Recently experienced a traumatic event
  • Lost a spouse or close family member
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Changes in appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping or changes in sleep patterns
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of sadness or grief lasting more than two weeks
  • Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness

Following an individual assessment, participants meet three times per week in a supportive, encouraging group setting.

The program staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed social workers, a registered nurse, and other professionals dedicated to the emotional well-being of the seniors in our community.

Family members, physicians, or other health professionals can refer individuals to the program.

For more information about Senior Life Solutions, call (402) 748-6140.

Osmond General Hospital’s lab offers an entire spectrum of outpatient testing services. The OGH laboratory is right on the premises, meaning there is no reason for Osmond area residents to travel out of town for their lab testing requests. Turnaround time is fast, results are accurate, and most specimens never have to leave the hospital. Emergency testing is available 24/7, while routine testing can be performed Monday – Friday 8-5 for any person with a doctor’s prescription for a lab order, even for doctors from out of town.

Our testing services include:

Chemistry: Testing for diabetes, cardiac function, cholesterol levels, and thyroid studies, among others.

Hematology/Coagulation: Blood counts for anemia tests and blood thinner levels.

Microbiology: Tests that ensure proper antibiotic treatments are being prescribed for infections.

Blood Banking: Testing for transfusion therapy for bleeding problems, or chemotherapy patients needing blood.

Urinalysis: This form of testing is done by a patient-provided urine sample used to collect regarding kidney function and bladder infections.

Serology: Testing that detects infectious diseases such as mononucleosis (mono) and hepatitis, among others.

Toxicology: Testing for therapeutic or illicit drug monitoring.

The Radiology Department at Osmond General Hospital is staffed by ARRT Registered Radiologic Technologists that are dedicated to serving the community and surrounding areas with unsurpassed patient care and advanced imaging techniques. The department contains up-to-date equipment including a Siemens Multix Fusion Max Digital X-Ray, Siemens Mobilette Mira Max mobile Digital X-Ray, Siemens Siremobile compact C-Arm, Siemens Somatom Perspective 64 slice CT, and a  Siemens Acuson Redwood ultrasound.  MRI services are provided by Shared Medical Mobile Imaging on Mondays.

Digital X-Ray  

Radiography with X-ray is the starting point for diagnosing or screening of a variety of health issues, including pneumonia. X-ray technology is increasingly easily available to the medical community due to its low cost. It’s noninvasive, relatively harmless, and quickly produces the images we need to be able to diagnose issues effectively.

Traditional X-rays have been around since the early 1900s, using film to capture images of the body’s internal structures. With the addition of computer technology, digital radiography has become a much more efficient, cost effective, and an even safer method of producing diagnostic images.

If you have ever had an X-ray taken before, you have probably been asked to wear a big lead apron or blanket to shield the surrounding area of your body from receiving X-ray radiation. While traditional X-rays are considered safe, digital X-rays produce 80% less radiation than traditional.  This means it is highly unlikely you would develop issues from occasional traditional radiation exposure, but it is even less likely with the process used in digital X-rays.

When you’re relying on your doctor to make an accurate diagnosis, image quality is everything.  Not only do you get results within seconds, but the image can also be easily resized to enlarge hard-to-see potential issues without distorting or degrading the quality of the image.

 

64 Slice CT

Our Radiology Department has a brand new, state-of-the-art Siemens Computed Tomography (CT) scanner that produces multiple images of the inside of the body to provide the radiologist information needed to diagnose diseases and life-threatening illnesses.

A CT, sometimes called CAT scan machine, obtains many images from different angles around the body. A digital computer together with a rotating x-ray tube is used to create detailed cross sectional images or slices of body tissues and organs.

CT imaging is particularly useful because it can show several types of tissue – lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels – with great clarity. CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels provides greater detail than traditional x-rays, particularly of soft tissues and blood vessels. CT is fast and accurate for examining the chest, abdomen and pelvis. It is also used for patients with trauma such as what can occur in a motor vehicle accident. CT is an invaluable tool used in detecting stroke, kidney disease, tumors and pulmonary embolisms (blood clot in the lung). Other uses for CT include evaluate fractures of the bone that are undetectable with x-ray, spinal injuries and to guide biopsies.

When preparing for a CT scan you should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and you may be asked to change into a gown. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, hair pins, eyeglasses and hearing aids. Some exams require you to be fasting (nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your exam), and some exams require you to drink a contrast material 1-2 hours prior to your exam, or even the night before. Be sure to check with your physician, or our Radiology Department, for any pre-procedure prep.

Ultrasound

Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.

Ultrasound is used for many reasons, including to:

  • View the uterus and ovaries during pregnancy and monitor the developing baby’s health
  • Diagnose gallbladder disease
  • Evaluate blood flow
  • Guide a needle for biopsy or tumor treatment
  • Examine a breast lump
  • Check your thyroid gland
  • Detect genital and prostate problems

 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses powerful magnets, radio waves, and a computer to make detailed pictures of the inside of your body.

Your doctor can use this test to diagnose you or to see how well you’ve responded to treatment. Unlike X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans, MRIs don’t use the damaging ionizing radiation of X-rays.

A technologist will position you as comfortably as possible on the scanning table. Depending on body part to be examined, you will enter the scanner either feet-first or head-first, as the part to be examined must be in the center of the magnet for the machine to work properly. You will either use earplugs or have the option to select music during the exam to muffle the loud tapping noises of the machine. You may also be given an alert bulb so you can summon the technologist at any time during the exam.

The technologist will perform your exam from an adjoining control room. You will be able to communicate with the technologist with the aid of the alert bulb and intercom system. It is important that once the technologist positions you for the exam you remain very still and breathe normally. Throughout the exam you will hear loud knocking noises with the machine.

You may be required to have an injection during the process of the exam. This injection is generally in your arm and consists of a contrast material that will highlight certain structures in your body (the contrast generally has very few adverse effects.) The radiologist and/or your doctor will determine if the contrast material is necessary based on your personal history. Each MRI exam requires several sets of images, called sequences, which may last for several minutes. The average exam will take 30-45 minutes

After the scan you should arrange to get the results of the exam from your doctor, as he/she will receive a report. You should feel no side effects from the scan and may go about your normal daily routine.

C-Arm

A C-arm system is an overhead x-ray image intensifier that provides real-time detailed viewing of anatomic structures using fluoroscopy. The system is a non-invasive device that does not enter the patient’s body, making it safe for screening before, during and after procedures.

These machines are mobile, easily transportable, and can be used in confined spaces. The unit’s support structure is shaped like the letter “C” and is capable of being adjusted to different settings based on the application. The special arced semi-circular design also permits the physician to rotate and angle an x-ray tube without moving the patient. Furthermore, using a moveable C-arm table gives the physician the opportunity to “tilt” the patient while rotating the C-arm system, maximizing the viewing capacity. The flexibility allows physicians to quickly view and monitor the placement of devices like pacemakers, catheters and prostheses.

The C-arm system works in conjunction with patient tables and are specifically designed for x-ray imaging, allowing free positioning of the C-arm around the patient. Tables may even be designed to move and rotate to allow better patient access for procedures and to aid imaging angles.

 

3D Mammography

Mammograms detect changes in the breast that may indicate early signs of cancer too small or subtle to be felt by self-exams. Count on Avera’s innovative digital mammography and 3-D technology to provide clearer views from multiple angles.

Experience private, comfortable and convenient screenings in your community or business site through mobile, 3-D mammography from Avera. Our mobile units travel throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota to offer accredited and FDA-certified digital mammography services by registered female mammographers.

Give yourself the best opportunity to catch breast cancer at its earliest stages by following the breast screening recommendations of your provider, including mammograms beginning at age 40, clinical breast exams and self-breast exams.

 

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a specialized area of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials to examine organ function and structure. Because X-rays pass through soft tissue, such as intestines, muscles, and blood vessels, these tissues are difficult to visualize on a standard X-ray, unless a contrast agent is used. This allows the tissue to be seen more clearly. Nuclear imaging enables visualization of organ and tissue structure as well as function. Thus, diagnostic X-rays are used primarily to study anatomy. Nuclear imaging is used to study organ and tissue function.

Osmond General Hospital partners with Pioneer Heart Institute and Pioneer Heart Mobile to bring this advanced imaging service to the local community.

 

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. This common test allows your doctor to see your heart beating and pumping blood. Your doctor can use the images from an echocardiogram to identify heart disease.

Osmond General Hospital partners with Pioneer Heart Institute and Pioneer Heart Mobile to bring this advanced imaging service to the local community.

Osmond General Hospital offers general surgical procedures on the first, second and fourth Monday of every month. General Surgeons, Jesse Kampshoff, MD., from Yankton Medical Clinic, and General Surgeon Thomas Beutler, MD of Norfolk Medical Group perform general surgical procedures such as colonoscopies, endoscopies, and needle biopsies along with other minor procedures.