Eastern Wisconsin

Quality care in your own backyard

Kids are fantastic at falling down and bouncing right back up without too much fanfare other than the occasional tear and band-aid. But, every now and then, just a band-aid won’t do the trick.

“It was a Friday night and we were about to enjoy our dinner with a group of friends, celebrating another beautiful night in Door County, when Hayden, our 5-year-old little girl, came running over complaining about a pain in her arm after falling down,” said Matt Luders.

The decision to visit the emergency room at Ministry Door County Medical Center was an easy one for the Luders family.

“We had a little girl in pain on a Friday night in Door County,” said Luders. “We were blessed that we were able to walk in and be seen quickly by a staff of medical professionals. Everyone treated Hayden with great kindness. It really helped us to remain calm through it all.”

After X-rays, it was determined that Hayden had a fractured arm.

Hayden’s injury required additional care, and Hayden went to see an orthopedic surgeon, Dan Tomaszewski, MD. Dr. Tomaszewski is joined by orthopedic specialists Mark Rasmussen, PA and Steve Davis, MD in Sturgeon Bay.

When a fracture occurs, the limb may not always appear out-of-place. Other symptoms, including numbness, limited mobility of the limb and intense pain may signal a fracture. If a fracture is suspected, seek medical care –– the sooner the limb is stabilized, the less pain the child will experience and the faster recovery can begin.

Children can experience a growth plate fracture, a specific type of fracture due to the stage in their lives. Arm fractures like Hayden’s are a common type of injury for children –– forearm fractures make up 40 to 50 percent of all childhood fractures.

“This was the first time we had to see our child go through an experience like this and we were anxious for her to receive top-quality treatment. But quickly those fears were squashed and we became overwhelmed by the amazing team and level of care our little girl received,” added Luders.

The Luders are fortunate to have great medical care nearby in case of an emergency, like a fractured arm. They remained calm and sought immediate care for Hayden’s situation. At times, it can be difficult and unnerving for parents who are facing an emergency involving their child.

However, parents can prepare themselves for difficult situations. Parents should have a plan. This might mean knowing the nearest emergency room location, learning CPR or knowing basic first aid and having a first-aid kit available within arm’s reach.

During an emergency, take a deep breath and assess the situation. Determine whether the situation requires an ambulatory care or if driving to the emergency room will provide the care needed in a timely matter. Ask others for help – whether that involves calling the ambulance, bringing the first aid kit or helping the child focus on something other than the injury. For more information on how to react when a child has an emergency, click here.

Regan Luders, Hayden’s mother, recalls. “We are very lucky to have such qualified doctors right here in our own community!” It was only days before Hayden was well on her way to recovering from the fall. Talking to her, you would learn that she is most excited to get back to kicking the soccer ball with her brother, Ben.

“Thank you!” Hayden shouts. “If you do fall down, they make you feel good again!”

Hayden received care that was part of the Total Mobility Care initiative. This is a collaborative effort of multiple service lines that are focused on preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries of the joints, muscles and bones.

From sports medicine and rehab to rheumatology and total joint replacement, our Total Mobility Care specialists provide personal, complete care, supported by state-of-the-art technology and facilities. Total Mobility Care encompasses orthopedic surgery, rehab services, sport therapy, diagnostic imaging, podiatry, arthritis care and integrative medicine. These professional and technologically advanced services are all available close to home.

For more information, call 800.522.8919 or visit totalmobilitycare.org to schedule a consultation with any of our specialists in Sturgeon Bay, Algoma and Fish Creek.

Ministry Health Care welcomes Luders as part of the team

When Account Executive Matt Luders promotes Ministry Door County Medical Center, he is speaking from experience.

His daughter, Hayden, visited the emergency room and was under the care of Dan Tomaszewski, MD, just days before Luders joined the Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) team.

“Matt brings an extensive knowledge of health and wellness initiatives, as well as 10 years of sales experience to this new role,” said Kevin Grohskopf, MDCMC chief business development officer. “He is a great addition to our team and will help us further our mission of creating healthier communities in Door County.”

Luders’ mission is to develop, maintain and strengthen relationships with community organizations and industry as the primary business development contact for MDCMC’s customers (e.g. employers, school districts, community organizations). He will also serve as the liaison to the YMCA of Door County – one of MDCMC’s most valued partners in bringing health and wellness programs to the community.

Although he and his family live in Sturgeon Bay, Luders has built collaborative relationships with many Northern Door County municipalities and businesses, including the villages of Egg Harbor and Sister Bay, and Gibraltar Schools. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Door County, Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry , Door County Soccer Association, the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church and is a charter board member of the Northern Door Rotary Club.

Though Luders is originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa, he and his family have been enjoying the opportunities and quality of life Wisconsin offers. “We have been happy to call Sturgeon Bay our home for the last 11 years,” said Luders. Luders and his wife, Regan, moved to the area so Regan could start practicing dentistry at Door County Dental Care.

We have two children, Ben who is 8 and Hayden who is 5. Even though we are both from Iowa and are HUGE Iowa Hawkeye fans, we are loyal Packer fans as well and love watching football! As a family we love to go to the beach, go for hikes at all of our beautiful state parks, and participate in all the local running events. We also enjoy being as active as possible either snowshoeing, biking or just taking a walk with our two Labrador retrievers, Billy and Eddie.”

Luders has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and has been in his new role at MDCMC since July 16.

LifeDirect helps people retain their independence

Living independently is very important to older adults and younger people with medical conditions that put them at risk of falls or other emergencies. Ministry Door County Medical Center’s new LifeDirect Personal Emergency Response System allows people the opportunity to remain independent in the comfort of their own homes.

With LifeDirect’s in-home advanced technology, people can enjoy the freedom of independent living with the peace of mind that help is instantly available. LifeDirect and other forms of assistive technology can make independent living safer and less stressful.

With the push of a button, LifeDirect instantly connects you to a live representative from the Care Center, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Representatives immediately have access to your personal files with instructions for family or caregivers and the appropriate emergency instructions. All Care Center representatives are trained and certified in care services and emergency responses. Whether symptoms of a heart attack arise or a fall occurs, use of the emergency response system could save a life. Over 1.6 million older U.S. adults are seen in emergency rooms each year due to fall related injuries, which can cause loss of independence, hospitalization or even death.

“It is our goal to allow the members of our community to remain independent in the security of their own homes,” said Ministry Door County Medical Center’s Program Coordinator, Sandy Sievert. “With LifeDirect they can, knowing help is just a press of a button away.

“It is very simple to install and takes up very little space,” said Sievert. “The patient wears a pendant on his or her wrist or around the neck that has an enhanced ClearVoice two-way connection that ranges up to 600 feet.”

If you or a loved one want to retain your independence, but are worried that you may need assistance, sign up to receive LifeDirect Personal Emergency Response System through Ministry Door County Medical Center. It is available to people of all ages who need assistance.

For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Sandy Sievert at 920.746.3578. Sandy will collect user information and personally install and test the LifeDirect system to ensure it will offer the best service. Installation typically takes one to two days after receiving information.

Megan Neuman, MD, provides pediatric care at Ministry North Shore Medical Clinic

Megan Neuman, MD, joined pediatrician Amy Fogarty, MD, at Ministry North Shore Medical Clinic’s Women and Children’s Center to provide pediatric care in Sturgeon Bay.

Dr. Neuman received both her Bachelor’s and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her residency in pediatrics at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.

Prior to her joining MNSMC, Dr. Neuman practiced as a general pediatrician at Legacy Health in Portland, where she also served as medical director. Dr. Neuman is board certified in pediatrics. Her professional memberships include the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the Oregon Pediatric Society.

Ministry Door County Medical Center presents:

Celebrate Community “The Wonder Bread Years”
Saturday, October 27, 7 p.m.
at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek

The Wonder Bread Years,” starring Pat Hazell, one of the top-5 funniest men in America!

Enjoying rave reviews across the United States, The Wonder Bread Years is part theatre and part stand-up comedy. The production is a celebration of the baby-boomer generation recalling the youth filled joys of Clackers, Easy Bake Ovens, Lawn Jarts and riding in the “way back” of the Country Squire wagon. It’s all about growing up in the midwest in the 50s, 60s and 70s.


The show is free to the public.

For more information, please call 920.493.5979.

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