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Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital is your best choice for stroke care

If you or your loved one suffers a stroke, the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield is the place to go for care. It is the only primary stroke center in central and northern Wisconsin.

According to the National Stroke Association, early diagnosis and treatment provide the best functional outcomes for people who experience stroke.

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield has been recertified as a Primary Stroke Center, the only one in central and northern Wisconsin.

And, even better, it received a perfect score from the surveyors, who reviewed records, performed patient tracers, and interviewed physicians, staff and leaders.

The certification is granted by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). It recognizes that Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital demonstrates its ability to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients by having specially trained Marshfield Clinic physicians, hospital nurses, support staff and brain imaging services available to provide fast, highly skilled treatment that improves stroke patients’ chances of recovery.

Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center addresses all aspects of stroke care, from stroke prevention, risk identification and treatment, to recovery and rehabilitation.

“Research has indicated that patients have better care and outcomes when treated at a primary stroke center,” said Ryan Neville, the hospital’s Director of Rehabilitation Services. “The certification of Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital as a Primary Stroke Center exemplifies the commitment of our stroke care team in making exceptional efforts to give patients the best, individualized treatment possible. It also further demonstrates our commitment to our promise of keeping patients first in everything we do.”

The stroke-care program includes rapid stroke assessment and recognition (starting with EMS providers in the field), fast emergency room care, a dedicated stroke neurologist, endovascular neurology and neurosurgery, the ability to perform brain imaging and administer t-PA around the clock, a dedicated inpatient stroke care unit, an in-house rehabilitation unit, and patient education and support.

Each year, approximately 750,000 people in the United States suffer a new or recurrent stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious disability.

For more information, contact 715.387.9515.

Act F.A.S.T

Know the signs

FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one drift downward?

SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his or her speech slurred or strange?

TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stacey Gusman earns doctorate of nursing practice

Stacey Gusman, DNP, a family nurse practitioner with Ministry Victory Medical Group’s Owen Clinic, has earned her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP).

She joined Victory Medical Group in 2008. When she joined the organization, Stacey had a master’s degree in nursing.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), transitioning advance practice registered nurses like Stacey from the graduate level to the doctoral level is a response to changes in health care delivery and emerging health care needs. Doctoral candidates gain additional knowledge in content areas that have been identified by practicing nurses. AACN adds, “In addition, the knowledge required to provide leadership in the discipline of nursing is so complex and rapidly changing that additional or doctoral level education is needed.”

According to the AACN, these are some of the benefits of a practice-focused doctoral program:

  • enhanced knowledge to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes;
  • enhanced leadership skills to strengthen practice and health care delivery;
  • development of needed advanced competencies for increasingly complex clinical, and leadership roles;
  • parity with other health professions;
  • enhanced ability to attract individuals to nursing from non-nursing backgrounds;
  • improved image of nursing.

According to Gusman, “I have always believed that education is empowering and in health care the more empowered we are as providers, the more we can empower our patients. This degree prepares me for the future in health care, allowing me to design, evaluate and improve the care I deliver. The DNP is an evidence-based clinical degree that emphasizes research development, research utilization, and a standardized language among healthcare professionals.”

What does this mean for patients? Gusman said, “I will be providing the same level of care for my patients as in the past. By pursuing my doctorate, I have acquired knowledge that will help me to continue to maximize health outcomes. I have been telling my patients about this since I started on this path, and they, as well as my colleagues, have been extremely supportive.”

Vinay Sharma, MD, named ambulance medical director and appointed clinical assistant professor

Vinay Sharma, MD, a family physician with Ministry Victory Medical Group in Thorp, has been named medical director for the Thorp Ambulance District. In addition to his responsibilities at the Thorp Clinic, Dr. Sharma will provide medical consultation to the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and volunteers at the Thorp Ambulance Service.

Dr. Sharma will be replacing Charles Wirtz, MD, in this role, as Dr. Wirtz has expanded his services to area nursing homes. “The Thorp Ambulance team has done an exceptional job of ensuring their education, skills and commitment for the provision of quality services to the surrounding community, and I am pleased to be asked to be part of this team,” said Dr. Sharma.

Dr. Sharma, has also been appointed clinical assistant professor by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Family Medicine . He will continue to see patients in Thorp, but will now have the additional responsibility of helping to educate young doctors in rural medicine.

Medical students and graduates from University Wisconsin have a number of opportunities for hands-on experience at clinics throughout the state. Ministry Victory Medical Group’s Thorp Clinic participates in this program. Dr. Sharma will provide guidance for these students and residents when they rotate through the clinic.

According to Cynthia Eichman, president of Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital, “Dr. Sharma completed his own residency with the UW, so he knows the program well. It is an honor for him to be asked by his mentors to be a clinical assistant professor to help guide new doctors. It speaks to the caliber of care that he provides to his patients.”

Dr. Sharma is board certified in family medicine and is certified in advanced cardiac life support, basic life support, advanced life support in obstetrics, and neonatal advanced life support. He maintains a full-time family practice clinic at Victory Medical Group in Thorp. He is licensed by the Wisconsin Board of Medical Practice and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Wisconsin Medical Society, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is married to Pundeep Kahlon, MD, also a family physician at the Thorp Clinic.

New orthopedic surgeon to see patients at Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital

Ministry Our Lady of Victory is pleased to announce that Brent Carlson, MD, has joined the medical staff.

Dr. Carlson works with another visiting orthopedic surgeon, Nate Stewart, MD, at the Chippewa Valley Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic in Eau Claire.

Dr. Carlson specializes in general orthopedics and trauma. His areas of expertise include:

  • Upper and lower extremity reconstructive surgery
  • Total knee, hip and shoulder replacement
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder
  • Upper extremity nerve decompression surgery
  • Hand and wrist surgery
  • Complex fracture care

Dr. Carlson earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He completed an internship and his orthopedic residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Dr. Carlson sees patients in Stanley on Mondays; Dr. Stewart sees patients on Fridays. To make an orthopedic surgery appointment, ask for a referral from your primary health care provider or call 800.322.1748.

Two opportunities to Light up the holidays and honor your loved ones

Love Light Christmas Trees

sponsored by the Partners with Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital

Monday, December 3 Purchase a light for $2 in memory or honor of a family member or friend Join us for the tree lighting in the hospital’s atrium

– 5:30 p.m. refreshments (provided by Ministry Our Lady of Victory)
– 6 p.m. tree lighting

To purchase lights or for more information on the event, call 715.644.5571.

Festival of Light

Foundation of Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Thursday, November 29 at West 14th Restaurant

– 5:30 p.m. registration, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres
– 7:30 p.m. program & vocal auction
Tickets are $50 each. Seating is limited.
For tickets or more information, call the Foundation office at 715.387.9502.

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