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Welcome Dr. Young Kim, Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Platte Valley Medical Clinic is pleased to welcome Dr. Young Kim, a Stanford-trained cardiologist who will serve as the Medical Director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Dr. Kim obtained his PhD in atrial fibrillation from Oxford University and his MD from the University of Toronto. Prior to being recruited to Stanford, he completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Vancouver General Hospital. After general fellowship he moved to L.A. to specialize in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Southern California.

He has received numerous national and international grants and awards for his research in atrial fibrillation, and is excited to establish Kearney Regional Medical Center as an Atrial Fibrillation Center of Excellence for our region.

Dr. Kim is dedicated to upholding the highest possible standards of providing the most holistic, comprehensive and innovative complex EP care.

In his ‘spare’ time he enjoys learning gastronomical techniques from his fiancée in exchange for skiing and furniture-building lessons. The pair are counting down the days until a ceremony can be had following the pandemic. Dr. Kim is accepting new patients. To contact his office, please call 308-865-2263.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Transitioning to Public Vaccine Clinics Organized by TRPHD

Starting on Friday, March 5th, Platte Valley Medical Clinic, a division of Kearney Regional Medical Center, will no longer be receiving allocations of COVID-19 vaccine from the Two Rivers Public Health Department (TRPHD). Instead, TRPHD will be taking over administration of the vaccine and setting up public vaccine clinics.

Bill Calhoun, CEO of Kearney Regional Medical Center said, “We are proud of the work our team has done to-date to deliver nearly 4400 doses to our most at-risk patients. While we would like for that distribution avenue to continue, we will support the community as best as we are able.”

The change in distribution was made by TRPHD on Monday, March 1st following the approval of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Use of the single shot formula will better allow public vaccine clinics to be conducted without the need for a second follow-up dose to be scheduled and administered.

Platte Valley Medical Clinic will be completing any pending second dose administrations with current patients, but will not be able to administer any new vaccine to patients under the new directive. The Clinic has begun contacting patients that were previously scheduled to receive the vaccine to notify them that they will need to contact TRPHD to schedule an appointment at an upcoming public vaccine clinic.

The first public vaccine clinic will be held on Friday, March 5th at the Viaero Center in Kearney from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Vaccines will be given only by appointment and must be scheduled in advance through the TRPHD website, trphd.org. For questions, call 888-669-7154.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 and vaccinations, please visit kearneyregional.com/COVID19.

Virtual Nutrition Shopping Tour

Overwhelmed by choices at the grocery store? Wanting to know how to make better, healthier choices?

Join Kaiti George, Registered Dietitian at Hy-Vee, for a FREE virtual walk through the grocery store aisles on Wednesday, February 17th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Kaiti will focus on showcasing heart-healthy options in each department and recommending ways that you can incorporate these foods into your eating plan. You will leave eager to stroll the aisles and pick up ‘new-to-you’ foods that will support your health journey. Prizes and giveaways will also sweeten this virtual class!

Sign up now to get the link. This class will also be recorded if you’d prefer to watch it at a later time.

Latest procedure helps to accurately diagnose prostate cancer

Urologists and Radiologists are using their latest procedure, fusion guided prostate therapy to diagnose Prostate Cancer more accurately.

According to Dr. Sean Pietrini, an interventional radiologist with Advanced Radiology in Grand Island, fusion guided prostate biopsy combines the use of MRI’s and ultrasound for a targeted biopsy of the prostate.

During the biopsy, Pietrini said the physicians doing the procedure are able to use images from the MRI to identify suspicious areas, which allows for a greater accuracy and helps to visualize and evaluate questionable areas.

“It’s definitely more predominate in older men, but we do see it in people in their fifties. I don’t know that I’ve seen it in a lot of thirty to forty year old men, but it’s definitely something we screen regularly for in people middle age and beyond,” said Pietrini.

As the second most common cancer in men, next to skin cancer, the American Cancer Society reports they expect to see just over two hundred thousand cases of prostrate cancer for the year 2021.

According to the American Cancer Society the average age of diagnosis for Prostate Cancer is about 66.

Platte Valley Medical Clinic to Host COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Patients

Platte Valley Medical Clinic, a division of Kearney Regional Medical Center, will host its first offsite COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Tuesday, January 26th at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. The clinic is for current Platte Valley Medical Clinic patients identified in the Phase 1B group. Patients meeting criteria for vaccination have been contacted by Platte Valley Medical Clinic to set up their appointment.

The vaccine is being provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Approximately 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine will be administered. Another 275 doses were administered last weekend during an after-hours clinic for patients 75+ with comorbidities.

“It is exciting to be able to see the vaccine starting to be administered to our patients,” said Tom McLeod, Administrator of Clinic & Provider Services. “Since last March, our staff have taken the lead in setting the standard of care for COVID-19 including providing comprehensive evaluations, testing, and therapeutic treatments. Adding vaccination is the next step in the process in caring for our patients and our community.”

As vaccine supplies continue to increase, Kearney Regional Medical Center is looking forward to being able to assist with public vaccination.

“Nebraska has been mentioned as one of the top ten states in the nation for efficiently getting the vaccine out,” said Shanna Stofer, COVID-19 Incident Commander for Kearney Regional Medical Center. “While our vaccine allocation numbers are not as high as we hoped, we are moving forward quickly.”

A community waiting list for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is being provided by the Two Rivers Public Health Department. To add your name to the list, visit trphd.org or click here.