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Central Wisconsin

Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital receives Silver Award for heart attack care

Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston, one of two Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care Heart Team referral centers for advanced diagnostic and treatment services, recently received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline® Silver Performance Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Ministry Saint Clare’s achievement of implementing a higher standard of heart attack care that improves survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients.

STEMI is the most severe type of heart attack. In a STEMI, the coronary artery is completely blocked by a blood clot and all the heart muscle being supplied by the affected artery starts to die.

The AHA’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Achievement award, the highest-level award given in 2010, recognized United States hospitals that met or exceeded the AHA’s stringent requirements for excellent heart attack care for STEMI patients.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our achievements in cardiac care,” said Ministry Saint Clare’s President, Mary Krueger. “As part of the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care Heart Care Team, we are dedicated to making our cardiac service among the best in the country.”

Every year, almost 400,000 people experience the STEMI type of heart attack. Unfortunately, a significant number do not receive timely treatment.

“Early treatment, like that provided by our Rescue1 program in central Wisconsin, is part of the fundamental care for people who suffer these severe heart attacks,” said Rohit Srivastava, MD, a Marshfield Clinic Weston Center cardiologist and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory, on staff at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital.

Receiving advanced care quickly can reduce the risk of permanent heart damage. Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care’s Heart Care Team developed the nationally recognized Rescue1 initiative to rapidly transfer patients to advanced care centers at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston, and Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield.

“We are dedicated to making our cardiac service among the best in the country.”

Rescue1 coordinates efforts of the emergency medical technicians in the field and the hospital nursing and physician staff and other cardiology professionals in the emergency department and the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Dr. Srivastava also hailed the program’s continuous review and improvement process. “In an emergency, people need an experienced, talented, well-conditioned team that takes challenges in stride and excels under pressure,” he added.

Hospitals receiving the Mission: Lifeline Silver Performance Achievement Award demonstrate that eligible STEMI patients are treated within specific time frames after entering the hospital and have received the AHA’s recommended treatment.

Pulmonologist joins Ministry Medical Group in Weston and Stevens Point

David A. Polomis, MD, FACP, has rejoined the medical staff of Ministry Medical Group.

Dr. Polomis provides pulmonary care at Ministry Medical Group clinics in Weston and Stevens Point. He also provides inpatient care for those with critical illnesses at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital and Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital.

Pulmonologists are physicians with specialized knowledge and skill in the diagnosis and treatment of lung conditions and diseases.

Dr. Polomis earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor. He completed his residency at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, and recently finished a pulmonary and critical care residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison.

“I look forward to being part of a dedicated team of health care professionals and caring for patients with pulmonary conditions and those with critical illnesses,” said Dr. Polomis.

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Polomis is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and Diplomate in Internal and Pulmonary Medicine.

For more information, please contact Ministry Medical Group at 715.393.3900.

Primary care clinic opens in Merrill

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Mark Gaulke, MD, as the first physician at its new Ministry Medical Group primary care clinic in Merrill.

The clinic is located on the 4th floor of Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill.

Dr. Gaulke specializes in internal medicine and pediatrics with advanced training in complex disease management.

“I believe that familiarity with patients and their families is essential to accurate diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Gaulke. “It is my goal to provide family and community-oriented care for people of all ages.”

Dr. Gaulke earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He recently completed the combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency program at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital /Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield. Dr. Gaulke holds active memberships in the American College of Pediatricians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the Christian Medical and Dental Association and the Wisconsin Medical Society.

To schedule an appointment at Ministry Medical Group’s Merrill Clinic, call 715.539.2350.

ENT specialists offer services in Weston

Richard P. Jennings, DO, and Michael J. Thielman, MD, recently expanded their Otolaryngology (ENT – Ears, Nose and Throat) practice to include patient hours at Ministry Medical Group’s clinic in Weston.

Both specialists also see patients at Ministry Medical Group in Stevens Point.

Both Dr. Jennings and Dr. Thielman perform ENT procedures relating to allergies, sinus disorders, tonsils, ear disorders, swallowing, thyroid issues and voice disorders.

In practice since 1988, Dr. Jennings received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Thielman graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, and completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery.

“Many central Wisconsin residents will benefit from ENT services at the Weston Clinic,” said Ministry Medical Group President and Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Watson, MD. To schedule an appointment, contact Ministry

Medical Group in Weston at 715.393.3900.

Can you give me a reminder call?

Now, the answer to that question is definitely, “YES.”

Ministry Medical Group has launched an automated telephone service to help its primary care patients remember upcoming office appointments and schedule routine tests.

Ministry’s Automated Health Management System helps primary care providers and physicians manage chronic conditions by reminding patients to schedule follow-up visits, lab tests and screenings as part of their specific care plan.

“We hope our patients find these reminders valuable,” said Robert Sookochoff, MD,regional vice president. “Our goal is to ensure that our patients receive the care they need, when they need it.” The automated reminder calls will be made two days prior to the appointment between the hours of 6 and 8:30 p.m., when people are likely to be at home.

While most people appreciate a reminder message, there are some that would rather not have one; those people can opt out of the service.

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