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Ministry Health Care Electronic Health Record (EHR) soon to serve all patients in Rhinelander

Ministry Health Care is pleased to announce that the Ministry Medical Group (MMG) clinic locations in Rhinelander will go live with the Electronic Health Records (EHR), beginning with the women’s health department at the end of July 2011, followed by family medicine, rheumatology, physical medicine, interventional radiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, neurology, ENT, audiology, surgery and radiation oncology. The EHR is scheduled to be fully operational in all northern Wisconsom MMG departments by November 2011. Ministry Medical Group in Tomahawk was the first site to implement the EHR in November 2009 followed by MMG in Eagle River, Woodruff, Crandon and Laona in March 2011.

There are many electronic health record systems in the market place; the decision to choose CattailsMD™ EHR was made because Ministry felt it was in the best interest of the patients they serve throughout north central Wisconsin. CattailsMD EHR will allow Ministry Medical Group, Ministry hospitals, and Marshfield Clinic to be fully integrated with a common electronic health record. Collectively, the two organizations provide patient care to many of the same patients and provide service to much of the same geographical area. The combination of Ministry and Marshfield records will create the largest patient database in the State of Wisconsin with 2.5 million patients and more than 1,000 clinicians sharing access to those records.

Implementation of the EHR is a monumental accomplishment, not only because of the countless hours and numbers of people it took to achieve, but because it represents the strategic direction of how Ministry Health Care will provide health services in the future. The EHR is one of Ministry’s biggest and single most important patient safety initiatives.

Ministry anticipates there will be questions from their patients. Following are a few of the most commonly asked:

Who will have access to my information?
As always, the privacy of your health information is strictly protected. Only medical providers and personnel directly involved in your care will access your electronic health record. In fact, our computer systems routinely audit and monitor if and how your information is being accessed.

How will my information be protected?
Many security measures, including routine auditing and monitoring of access, are in place to protect your information. These security measures meet or exceed all state and federal laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which mandates that safeguards be implemented to protect patient health information.

What happens if I need to transfer my records?
Information in your health record may be printed for transfer to a non-Ministry or Marshfield Clinic facility or to a Ministry facility that has not yet transitioned to the new system. Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care facilities that have already starting using the CattailsMD™ EHR will automatically be able to access your EHR.

Will I be able to access my EHR?
Patients can always access their personal health record by contacting their local medical record department at any Ministry hospital or clinic. As the CattailsMD™ EHR is populated with comprehensive patient information. Ministry plans to provide an on-line patient portal that would allow secure, confidential access to your EHR.

What is e-prescribing?
Electronic prescribing or “e-prescribing” is a way of prescribing medications that is paperless. More specifically, it is when a clinician uses a computer with software that has been tested and certified to electronically access the patient’s prescription benefit, prescription history, and electronically route the prescription to the patient’s pharmacy of choice. Our CattailsMD EHR uses Surescripts™ to accomplish this. In addition to prescription routing, when the patient runs out of refills, the pharmacist can also electronically send a renewal request to the physician for approval.

Ministry has used the CattailsMD EHR in central Wisconsin at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital and at several Ministry Medical Group offices, as well as Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield for many years. All Ministry Medical Group providers and all Ministry hospitals in north central Wisconsin will be added to the CattailsMD EHR system within the next few years.

Ministry Health Care Welcomes Back Neurologist Jeanne Pallagi, MD

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome back Jeanne L. Pallagi, MD, to Ministry Medical Group Neurology at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital campus located at 2251 North Shore Drive in Rhinelander. Dr. Pallagi specializes in general neurology with special interest in epilepsy, migraine and Parkinson’s disease.

“I believe in forming a partnership with my patient to evaluate and treat neurologic symptoms and disease,” shared Dr. Pallagi. “I create a calm, quiet atmosphere that allows patients to feel comfortable asking questions. I enjoy teaching my patients as much as treating them.”

Dr. Pallagi originally joined Ministry Medical Group in 1999. Most recently Dr. Pallagi was practicing with Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic in Summit, WI. Dr. Pallagi earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1991. In 1996, she completed her neurology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Pallagi, board certified in neurology, completed an Epilepsy Fellowship in the Neurology Department at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital from 1996 to 1997. She was an assistant professor of neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin prior to joining Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander. Dr. Pallagi is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the State Medical Society of Wisconsin and the Oneida-Vilas County Medical Society.

“We are pleased Dr. Pallagi has decided to return to Ministry’s Neurology department,” stated Kathy Richards, regional administrator for Ministry Medical Group. “I am sure her patients will be glad she is back.”

Dr. Pallagi is available to see patients Monday through Friday. She is accepting new patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pallagi, please call 715.361.4560 or 800.866.8673.

Ministry Medical Group Neurology is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or disorders affecting the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral nervous system, (senses, muscles and organs). Ministry neurologists offer comprehensive consultation, evaluation and treatment of neurological disorders in adults and children.

Throughout northern Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River Valley, Ministry Health Care provides a full range of procedures and treatments including diagnostic services, surgical treatment and rehabilitation treatment and the support needed to manage a patient’s condition. Patients with neurological diseases may be evaluated with a variety of leading edge neuro-imaging techniques.

Jacob DeMelle, PA-C Joins Ministry Medical Group in Tomahawk

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Jacob DeMelle, Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) to the Ministry Medical Group (MMG) clinic located at 401 West Mohawk Drive in Tomahawk.

He joins fellow clinicians Ronald Cortte, MD; Eric Dichsen, MD; Russell Sudbury, MD; Jennifer Black, PA; Trisha Dalbec, NP; Sara Olson, NP and Rhonda Repinski, NP. DeMelle is available to see patients Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is accepting new patients.

Not sure what a Physician Assistant (PA) is? A Physician Assistant is a highly skilled health care professional who practices medicine with physician supervision. They can perform physical exams and histories, order and interpret diagnostic tests and studies, diagnose and treat common medical problems, prescribe medications and therapies, and provide patient education and counseling. Physician Assistants practice in most health care settings, and in every medical and surgical specialty. Upon graduation from an accredited PA program, candidates for the profession must sit for the certifying examination developed by the National Board of Medical Examiners. Wisconsin requires the candidate to pass this examination prior to licensure as a PA.

DeMelle received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh and Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Wisconsin—LaCrosse/Gunderson Lutheran Medical Foundation and Mayo School of Health Sciences. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He began his education to be a PA after serving 6 years in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Prior to joining Ministry Medical Group, DeMelle practiced as a PA with Marshfield Clinic and Advance Care Providers. DeMelle has experience working in Urgent Care, Primary Care and Urology.

“I believe in preventing chronic disease by promoting healthy lifestyle choices,” said DeMelle. “When evaluation and treatment is required I like to provide patients with evidence based options through thorough patient education that allows them to participate in their own care.” In his spare time, DeMelle likes all the outdoor activities the Northwoods has to offer including hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing, water skiing and mountain biking. He also enjoys a good fiction book and Green Bay Packer football.

To schedule an appointment with Jacob DeMelle, PA-C or another member of the family medicine team in Tomahawk, please call 715.453.7200 or 800.866.8673.

Taiwo Bukola Kanu, MD Joins Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Taiwo Bukola Kanu, MD, to the internal medicine department at the Ministry Medical Group (MMG) clinic located at 2251 North Shore Drive in Rhinelander. She joins fellow internal medicine clinicians Steven Brooks, MD; Harry Fernandes, MD; John Frost, MD; Michael Henry, MD; Christopher Koeppl, MD; Bruce Kotila, MD; Leo Norden, MD; Lee Swank, MD; Vicki Brooks, NP; Suzette Katchko, NP; Ila Turgeon, NP; Jon Williams, PA; and family medicine clinicians Helen Kuehlman, DO and William Wright, DO.

Dr. Kanu specializes in Internal Medicine. She is available to see patients Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is accepting new patients.

Dr. Kanu completed her residency training at Columbia University Medical Center at Harlem Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Kanu received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from the University of Ibadan, College of Medicine in Nigeria. She is a member of American Medical Association.

“I believe I am a good listener and always respect my patient’s views when making decisions regarding their care,” said Kanu. “My patient’s interest and well being is my priority.”

In her spare time, Dr. Kanu enjoys reading novels, listening to music and watching movies.

Ministry Medical Group’s Internal Medicine department in Rhinelander is located on the Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital campus in Rhinelander. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kanu or for more information, please call 715.361.4850 or visit

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