Eastern Wisconsin

New procedures give dramatic results for GERD and Barrett’s Disease
Ward Miller of Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, agrees that the surgery is life changing.
The HALO System can treat Barrett’s disease
Let’s create a healthier Door County together
Door County is already one of the healthiest counties in Wisconsin.
Ministry Door County’s Total Mobility Care
 

New procedures give dramatic results for GERD and Barrett’s Disease


Shaun Melarvie, MD
If you suffer with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), there is an innovative and proven procedure that can give you relief. GERD affects millions of Americans, causing discomfort, inability to sleep lying down, and dietary restrictions.

Ministry Door County Medical Center physicians, Shaun Melarvie, MD, and Kurt Scheer, MD, have been performing the procedure known as TIF (transoral incisionless fundoplication), which reconstructs the valve between the esophagus and the stomach to prevent reflux. TIF, which is based on the same proven principles of conventional laparoscopic surgery, results in no visible scar, reduced pain and a shorter recovery time.


Kurt Scheer, MD
"We’ve seen dramatic and immediate results with patients who undergo TIF," says Dr. Melarvie. "And nearly all of our post-TIF patients are off their reflux medication."

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Ward Miller of Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, agrees that the surgery is life changing.

After suffering from reflux for about five years, Mr. Miller underwent the TIF procedure. "I came out of surgery with no pain whatsoever," he says. "My reflux stopped immediately. It’s so nice to be able to sleep at night." Before TIF, Mr. Miller needed to eat dinner by 4 p.m. in order to digest it properly before bedtime. "Now I can eat the foods I want, when I want," he says. "I feel healthier, and the care that I received at Ministry was phenomenal."

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The HALO System can treat Barrett’s disease

The HALO System provides relief from Barrett’s disease, an erosion of the esophagus that can result from reflux of stomach acid and smoking.

"Patients with Barrett’s disease have an increased risk of esophageal cancer," says Dr. Melarvie. "Until this procedure was developed, the traditional treatment was watchful waiting via endoscopy and biopsy."

Esophageal cancer is the fastest growing form of cancer in the United States. Barrett’s Disease increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer by 40 to 130 times. This is serious since the five-year patient survival rate of esophageal cancer is only 16 percent.

The HALO system is a non-invasive, endoscopic procedure that heats and destroys pre-cancerous tissue in the esophagus using radio-wave ablation. The destruction of abnormal cells promotes the re-growth of healthy cells. It takes about 30 minutes and has a 98 percent success rate. If you or a loved one suffer from GERD and are not receiving complete relief from your heartburn, or if you have been diagnosed with Barrett’s Disease, call Ministry Door County Medical Center at 920.746.1060 to learn more about these innovative procedures.

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Let’s create a healthier Door County together

Ministry Door County Medical Center is dedicated to creating and maintaining a healthy community. That means meeting the acute needs of patients, but it also means building wellness programs that prevent illness and improve local health.

To meet this goal, Ministry recently completed a Community Needs Assessment. Ministry leaders worked with a team of stakeholders, including hospital and clinic staff, public health nurses, educators, police and emergency personnel and many others, to share findings and identify priorities. Next, local residents were surveyed and asked to identify community health needs. Finally, the team analyzed the data and identified three key goals for the next five years:

  • improving the mental health and well-being of community members
  • helping people access healthy food and nutritional information
  • helping people become more physically active
  • increasing access to oral health care and prevention

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Door County is already one of the healthiest counties in Wisconsin.

A recent study of counties by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin ranks Door County fifth in the state for health outcomes.

But, the Ministry staff won’t be satisfied until all community members can access the resources needed to improve their health. "Our county is a wonderful place to live, but we have our challenges," says Kevin Grohskopf, chief business development officer at Ministry Door County Medical Center. "This report enabled us to identify some areas that need continued attention from us and other community members."

Ministry is a leader in working with other groups to promote a healthier community. The results of the Community Needs Assessment showed that many of the identified needs were already being addressed by Ministry’s programs. "For years, Ministry has been creative in reaching out to the community with programs like Art for Health (a children’s program), being active board members of The Community’s Garden, and Wellness Works, our partnership with local employers that boosts employee wellness," explains Grohskopf. "This report confirms that what we’re doing is the right thing, but it has also given us the impetus to develop three new goals to help our community even more."

Ministry Door County Medical Center’s many partnerships will answer the call of the Needs Assessment. By participating in Healthy Door County 2020 with a taskforce of prominent community stakeholders, Ministry will help implement workplace wellness programs and provide access to nutritious food options. Ministry’s sponsorship of myriad community events, ranging from silent sporting events to concerts, will continue to enrich the quality of life for Door County residents and promote physical activity.

"We believe that community partnerships are necessary to build and sustain health," says Gerald Warrick, Ministry’s president and CEO. "And we are excited to be setting new goals that will fulfill our mission of creating a healthier community.

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Ministry Door County’s Total Mobility Care changes lives

The Orthopedic Surgery Department at Ministry Door County Medical Center is improving lives, one patient at a time. From joint replacement and rotator cuff surgeries, to non-operative care including injections and physical therapy, the orthopedic team works to improve the quality of life for patients who have a loss of mobility for any reason.


Dan Tomaszewski, MD
Dan Tomaszewski, MD
, an orthopedic surgeon at Ministry Door County, sees the impact of his department’s work on the life of Door County residents on a daily basis. "In this small town setting, you see your patients at the grocery store, at the soccer field, and in your neighborhood," said Dr. Tomaszewski. "That’s why I came to this place."

When Dr. Tomaszewski hears his patients say things like "I can walk again" or "I can play catch with my child again," he is gratified. "You can’t imagine how satisfying it is to hear those things from a patient," Dr. Tomaszewski said.


Steve Davis, MD
Dr. Tomaszewski, along with Steve Davis, MD, and Jac Clement, PA, leads the team of 70 staff members, which includes physical therapists, massage therapists, nurses and occupational therapists. "It takes a lot of people to help patients through surgery," says Dr. Tomaszewski, "and we’ve got a great team."

Jac Clement recently joined the department after a 22-year career in emergency medicine. "I worked with a lot of orthopedic patients in the ER," he said. "Many acute orthopedic injuries start there." Jac brings his experience to bear in the department that he deems top-notch. "Being in the medical field, you always think carefully about the group you are going to join. This is an outstanding group of medical providers. I’m really proud to be part of it."


Jac Clement, PA
Jac sees a growing need for orthopedic care in the community, and finds it rewarding to help create a drastic difference in the quality of life for his patients. "When pain interrupts your lifestyle, or you can’t do the things you want to do," he said, "we are there to help."

Patients with orthopedic needs can be seen at any of Ministry’s clinic locations in Sturgeon Bay, Algoma and Fish Creek. Call today and schedule a consultation with any of our specialists.

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