Central Wisconsin

Central Wisconsin

Spirit Medical Transportation expands services

Ministry Health Care’s Spirit Medical Transportation services expanded to provide greater access to advanced life support service for people within a 25-mile radius of Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston.

Spirit’s paramedics provide advanced medical care and emergency lifesaving capabilities that other levels of EMS personnel do not deliver. The expanded service allows patients to receive advanced care faster: either at the accident site or during an ambulance intercept. The availability of paramedics and nurses with advanced training and equipment can dramatically improve a patient’s chances of recovery since treatment can begin on the scene or en route to the hospital.

“With Spirit’s dedicated intercept service, we have the ability to get our advanced medical transport personnel to the patient within minutes of a call,” said Heong P’ng, MD, medical director of emergency services at Saint Clare’s Hospital. “Many times, those first on the scene request assistance because of the nature of the emergency. Spirit’s new intercept program allows paramedic staff to receive advanced trauma assistance in minutes to provide care on site and / or during the trip to the emergency room.”

“We (can) get our advanced medical transport personnel to the patient within minutes.”

As needed, intercept services will be deployed through the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department. Ministry Health Care’s Spirit Medical Transportation services has been providing ground and air transport to the people of central and northern Wisconsin for over 15 years. Spirit Medical Transportation services are available to communities throughout the region to help meet emergency and inter-facility transportation needs. The Spirit helicopter is based at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Additional ground base Spirit Medical Transportation teams are dispatched from Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston, Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, and Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander.

Family medicine physician believes in compassionate care

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Steven Fontanini, DO, to Ministry Medical Group in Weston. Fontanini sees patients on the campus of the Weston Regional Medical Center, located at 3301 Cranberry Boulevard.

Dr. Fontanini earned his degree in osteopathic medicine from Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Fontanini completed his family medicine residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. He is well-known in central Wisconsin, having practiced in the Marshfield community for 27 years.

“Being a physician offers me the greatest opportunity to express a compassion for people,” said Dr. Fontanini.For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fontanini, please call Ministry Medical Group in Weston at 715.393.3900 or visit ministryhealth.org.

Gerald Gozner, PA-C, enjoys listening to patients

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Gerald Gozner, PA-C, to Ministry Medical Group in Stevens Point.

Gozner graduated from Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Medical Science degree in physician assistant studies and a Bachelor of Biology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He is also a fellow of the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants.

“I believe in taking the time to listen and answer patients’ questions,” said Gozner.

Gozner enjoys family time, walking, biking, cross country skiing, and woodworking. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 715.342.7765.

Nurse practitioner enjoys caring for others

Ministry Health Care welcomes Cheryl Mabry, MSN, FNP-BC, to Ministry Medical Group in Rib Mountain.

A board certified family nurse practitioner, Mabry has more than 18 years of experience as a registered nurse working in a variety of acute, cardiac, and geriatric settings. She also served as a certified wound consultant. Mabry earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Viterbo University, La Crosse and a master’s degree in nursing with honors in the family nurse practitioner program at Concordia University, Mequon.

“I believe in offering the experiences and the knowledge I have acquired to my patients and their families,” said Mabry. “All of us can learn from each person we meet. Caring for others is very rewarding.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Mabry, please call Ministry Medical Group in Weston at 715.393.3900

Preserving health care in the Merrill community

Ministry Health Care is adding primary care providers at Good Samaritan Health Center and planning a new outpatient clinic for the campus in the next 12 to 18 months.

“Good Samaritan Health Center is a key component of Ministry Health Care’s services in central and northern Wisconsin,” said Jeff Martin, regional CEO for Ministry Health Care. “The addition of primary care services by Ministry Medical Group begins a new chapter in a tradition of service that began in 1923.”

The decision to expand physician services in Merrill was accelerated after Aspirus announced its primary care physicians would no longer provide inpatient care at Good Samaritan.

“While we are disappointed by Aspirus’ decision to end inpatient care in Merrill, we realize that this decision is consistent with emerging trends in the practice of primary care medicine seen in other communities,” said Michael Hammer, Good Samaritan president. “Aspirus patients can come to Good Samaritan for emergency room services and be admitted if needed.”

“We appreciate the commitment Ministry Health Care is making to our community to preserve and enhance local health care,” said Linda Semling Peterson, chairperson of the Good Samaritan Board of Directors.

Good Samaritan Health Center is a primary care hospital providing inpatient care and surgery, outpatient surgery, oncology services, spiritual services, extended care, a full range of therapy programs, radiology and laboratory services as well as respite, emergency, and walk-in clinic services.

Mark Capriolo, MD, relocates to Stevens Point MMG

Ministry Medical Group (MMG) in Stevens Point welcomes Mark Capriolo, MD.

Dr. Capriolo, a board certified internal medicine specialist, relocated his practice to Stevens Point after working in the Wausau area since 2005. Dr. Capriolo is recognized in his field for his expertise in diabetes management and quality care.

He specializes in adult illnesses and chronic diseases such as hypertension and congestive heart failure, as well as diabetes.

Dr. Capriolo received his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and completed his residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. He was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians in 2008. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Capriolo, please call 715.342.7725.

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