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Victory Medical Group Clinics change to offer better service

Victory Medical Group (VMG) shifted clinicians in the Stanley, Thorp, and Owen Clinics in April to better serve the community.

Now that VMG’s newest provider, Physician Assistant Betsy Wacker, is on board and seeing patients in the Stanley Clinic, Nurse Practitioner Stacey Gusman will provide primary care services exclusively in the Owen Clinic four full days a week.

Gusman’s office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Owen Clinic will be closed Tuesdays with urgent care available at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, if it is needed.

Charles Wirtz, MD, relocated his full-time practice from the Owen Clinic to the Thorp Clinic. Dr. Wirtz has indicated that he will be happy to continue seeing his Owen patients in the new location. He will be joining Bill Hopkins, MD, and Physician Assistant Peter Gintner.

Another change patients see at the Thorp Clinic is the location of the registration desk. It is now located at the main entrance on the main floor for all three providers. The lower level will now be used as the employee parking and entrance only.

According to Cindy Eichman, president of Our Lady of Victory Hospital and Victory Medical Group, “We know this will be a change for some of our patients. We want to make this an easy transition for them. We look forward to continuing to provide quality health care services and appreciate everyone’s support of these changes.”

Patients with questions or concerns should contact VMG Clinic Manager Cindy Lindgren at 715.644.6238.

Occupational therapist joins OLVH rehab team

Holly Goetz, MS, OTR/ L, has joined the rehab team at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley. Occupational therapists help patients maximize their independence and learn how to manage the activities of daily living, such as dressing, grooming, cooking, driving, writing, or regaining vocational skills.

Goetz received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She has experience providing:

  • Orthotics fit and custom fabrication
  • Manual Lymph Drainage and other edema management techniques
  • Modalities including ultrasound, paraffin, iontophoresis, and phonophoresis
  • Upper extremity assessment and treatment
  • Vision assessments and treatment
  • Home assessments

The OLVH Rehabilitation Services Department provides comprehensive and innovative rehabilitation treatment in a state-of-the-art facility. We offer cardiac, occupational, physical, respiratory, and speech therapy. Services are available for all ages and a wide variety of diagnoses.

For more information, contact the Rehab Department at 715.644.6181.

OLVH staff receives Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification

Misty Wundrow, RN, Beth Jochimsen, RN, Karyn Nitz, RN, and Becky Licht, RN, nurses who frequently work in the emergency room at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, recently received their Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification.

“Because children don’t communicate like adults, it can be more difficult to diagnose the problem when a child is ill,” said Roxie Green, vice president of OLVH clinical services. “Our staff’s PALS certification confirms that they will be able to recognize respiratory failure and shock and can identify risk factors for cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children. This should be a great comfort to area parents.”

The American Heart Association (AHA) helps design the certification exam and provides training for health care professionals on pediatric life support to aid in the development of the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children.

Participants gain specialized skills to recognize and treat infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; use the systematic approach to pediatric assessment; administer effective respiratory management, defibrillation, and synchronized cardioversion in addition to intraosseous access and fluid bolus administration; and practice effective resuscitation team dynamics.

PALS certification is available to all health care providers who initiate and direct advanced life support in pediatric emergencies.

Our Lady of Victory Hospital offers high-tech consultations through TeleHealth

Patients at Our Lady of Victory Hospital (OLVH) and the Victory Medical Groups (VMG) have excellent access to primary care. OLVH has a long history of bringing medical specialists to Stanley to see patients in person. The hospital currently hosts visiting specialists in urology, orthopedics, ENT, ophthalmology, podiatry, audiology, and women’s health.

Now, with the help of new technology and a partnership with Marshfield Clinic, OLVH has expanded to offer additional specialty services. Marshfield Clinic TeleHealth, which began in 1997, has been very successful in bridging the gap between medical specialty resources and remote populations. TeleHealth allows patients, nurses, and doctors to talk as if they were in the same room. The sophisticated system also allows the results of exams, medical tests, and other medical information to be conveyed to the specialists in real time. The information is sent safely and confidentially via a high-speed telephone line.

According to Cindy Eichman, president of OLVH, “These new TeleHealth consults will be for those specialties not currently provided on site. This new program expands access to allergy specialists, bariatric services, dermatology, endocrinology, behavioral health, neurology, pain management, and wound management. This technology makes additional specialty services possible without the risk and expenses associated with lengthy travel. When our patients need these specialty services, their Victory Medical Group clinicians will assist them in setting up their TeleHealth consult right here in Stanley."

“Patients deserve to receive services in their home community at a time and place that is convenient for them. TeleHealth has been considered a tool for access for both patients and providers,” said Nina Antoniotti, PhD, director, Marshfield Clinic TeleHealth. “Leveraging TeleHealth for a community like  Stanley, which has excellent primary care but limited specialty care, is what TeleHealth is all about.”

Patients interested in setting up a TeleHealth consultation can talk to their OLVH / VMG provider. Based on the success of the program in Stanley, OLVH / VMG will consider future locations for TeleHealth services.


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