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Local women benefit from expanded breast care services

Thanks to the Howard Young Foundation and the community, Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) recently upgraded the technology of its stereotactic breast biopsy monitor to provide women the highest quality breast care.

With the addition of upgraded equipment, patients will receive the highest level digital screening, diagnostic and procedural mammography services in northern Wisconsin.

If an initial breast cancer screening reveals any suspicious area, further testing is needed. A stereotactic breast biopsy is the only definitive way to tell if a change in breast tissue is benign or cancerous.

According to the American College of Radiology, 10 percent of screening mammograms need additional diagnostic testing.

“Stereotactic breast biopsy equipment pinpoints the exact location of breast abnormalities using a computer and X-rays taken from different angles,” said Timothy Phillips, MD, Marshfield Clinic general surgeon on staff at Howard Young Medical Center.

“The upgraded software and monitor provide the surgeon and technologist greater clarity of images and the ability to pinpoint suspicious tissue with much greater accuracy.”

“This is often an emotional time for patients, and having all the diagnostic services right here at Howard Young Medical Center enables us to provide answers to them as soon as possible,” said Laura Magstadt, RN, MSN, senior director, patient care services, Ministry Howard Young Health Care.

Since 80 percent of suspicious tissue is benign, stereotactic breast biopsy saves women the discomfort of more invasive biopsy procedures.

For more information, contact Howard Young Medical Center’s radiology department at 715.356.8020.

Hospitalist services expanded at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital

Okechukwu Kanu, MD, recently joined Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital as a hospitalist.

A hospitalist is a specialized physician who provides medical treatment to individuals while they are in the hospital. They work closely with the primary care physician and other specialists who are involved in the ongoing care of the patient. Their time is devoted solely to caring for hospitalized patients – from admission until discharge. They do not see patients outside of the hospital.

“My training at Harlem Hospital Center, well known for seeing a wide variety of cases, helped develop my patient-centered practice style and gives me confidence that I can offer the best possible care for my patients. I am their advocate,” said Dr. Kanu.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Kanu to the team of five hospitalists at Ministry Saint Mary’s,” said Medical Director of Hospitalist Services, Danny Lundberg, MD. “We all play an important role in ensuring that high quality care is available around the clock, 7 days a week.”

When a heart attack strikes, count on our heart care team

When a person suffers a heart attack, every minute counts. Local hospitals are the critical first step in the treatment process. After assessing the situation, staff may determine that transfer to an advanced care facility is appropriate.

You can be assured that the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care heart care team has the expertise to provide superior treatment, not only at your local hospital, but at every step along the way.

Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital, just south of Wausau, is one of two advanced treatment centers used by our team. It has recently earned the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Silver Performance Achievement Award for the care of heart attack patients. The award recognizes the consistent delivery of key treatment practices that have been demonstrated to save heart muscle and lives for patients experiencing the most severe type of heart attack.

Only a small number of U.S. hospitals have qualified for this award at this time. When minutes count, trust the certainty of Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care, because saving time saves lives.

What’s the difference between an MD and a DO?

Like most people, you have probably been going to a doctor ever since you were born, but you may not be aware that there are actually two physician designations.

Whether your physician is an MD or a DO, you are in good hands. DOs comprise a separate, yet equal branch of American medical care. The difference between a DO (doctor of osteopathy) and an MD is more a matter of philosophy than training

Both are fully qualified physicians licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication.

95% of America’s physicians are MDs, yet the 5% of Dos handle approximately 10% of all primary care visits.

There are several similarities:

  • Both DO and MD medical designations require a 4-year undergraduate degree and 4 years of medical school.
  • DOs and MDs can choose to complete a residency program (typically 2 to 6 years of additional training) in a medical specialty area – such as pediatrics, family practice, psychiatry, surgery or obstetrics.
  • DOs and MDs must pass medical licensing examinations.

There are a few differences:

  • DOs tend to specialize in primary care areas.
  • Osteopathic physicians are advocates of preventative health care and help patients take more responsibility for their own well-being.
  • DOs receive training in osteopathic manipulative medicine, a form of therapy that requires hands-on treatment of muscles, tendons, and joints – to relieve pain and improve function.
  • “Understanding how injury or illness in one area of the body can affect the rest of the body allows us to offer the best treatment,” said Ministry Medical Group Family Medicine Physician, William Wright, DO.

For more information, visit or to schedule an appointment with a Ministry Medical Group clinician, call 800.866.8673.

Dermatologist joins Ministry Medical Group

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Dermatologist Rene Earles, MD, to Ministry Medical Group.

Dr. Earles received his training in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Illinois.

“I value my relationship with each patient,” said Dr. Earles. “Not only does every person I see have their own set of medical issues, but each is a unique individual with their own personality traits.”

In his spare time, Dr. Earles enjoys playing golf and writing poetry. He and his wife, Sylvia, love nature and enjoy walking and traveling. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Earles, please call 715.361.4144. He will see patients at 1020 Kabel Avenue in Rhinelander.

Early Detection Can Save a Life


Saturday, October 23, 8 – 11:30 a.m.
Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital Ministry Medical Group
401 W. Mohawk Drive • Tomahawk

Screenings include:

No appointments are necessary.

Learn more about

Women’s Health, Diabetes, Behavioral Health,
James Beck Cancer Center, Community Link, and Volunteer Programs.

Sponsored by:
The Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation, Ministry Medical
Group in Tomahawk, and Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital

  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol / Lipid Screens*
  • PSA Prostate screens for men 50+ years of age and men 40+ years with a family history of prostate cancer
  • Blood Pressure
  • Hearing
  • Body Composition Analysis
  • Depression and Anxiety take-home screens
  • Breast Exams
  • Onsite disposal of expired and unused medication ... and more!

For more information, call 715.453.7770.

*Those taking cholesterol tests should not eat for at least 12 hours prior to the test. There is no need to fast for the diabetes screen. Both screens are offered free of charge. Results from the cholesterol / lipid and PSA tests will be mailed to participants. Cholesterol participants must be at least 18 years old.

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