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“Successful” describes Stanley’s grocery delivery program

In February, the local Faith in Action program and the Stanley IGA grocery store introduced a new shopping and delivery service for community members who are elderly or disabled.

We are now serving 10 – 12 individuals on a regular basis, just within the first 3 months of the program,” said Jill Pollert, BSW, community link specialist on staff at Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital and coordinator of Faith in Action. “This is more than we anticipated, so we are ecited about that. The management and staff at the IGA are very helpful and accommodating, and the volunteers enjoy providing this service to the community.”

Here’s how the service works:

  • Orders are taken only on Wednesdays, from 8 – 9 a.m.
  • People call the IGA to place their orders.
  • If the person does not specify a brand for an item, volunteers will select the least expensive brand.
  • Volunteers shop, bag and deliver the groceries that day.
  • Volunteers also collect payment. Participants can provide the store a credit card number or pay by check or cash. Volunteers are not able to make change.
  • This service is available only to people who reside within the city limits of Stanley.
  • There is no charge for this service.

“The volunteer response has been outstanding,” Pollert said. “We currently have enough volunteers to help with the shopping, but are still seeking more volunteers to help provide transportation. People interested in volunteering for this project, or other Faith in Action projects, call Jill at 715 644.6188.

Faith in Action, an interfaith volunteer caregiver program, is sponsored by MOLVH and is a partnership between the hospital and several area churches. It provides basic support to the elderly, people who are disabled and mothers. One of the main services is providing transportation to medical appointments. Other supportive services include grocery shopping, errands, companionship and telephone reassurance calls.

New outreach service at MOLVH - Cardiology

Ministry Our Lady of Victory in Stanley is pleased to welcome Abdou Elhendy, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA a Marshfield Clinic non-invasive cardiologist, who will be providing monthly outreach services.

“It’s fitting that Dr. Elhendy joined us during heart month, when we focus on heart disease as the number one cause of death in the nation,” said Cynthia Eichman, hospital president. “The specialty services of Dr. Elhendy will enhance those that we already offer at Ministry Our Lady of Victory, such as echocardiography and cardiac stress testing.

“If additional specialty care is required, patients can seamlessly be referred to the Marshfield Clinic and the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care heart care team in Marshfield, with no delays in diagnosis or treatment.”

Dr. Elhendy, who first joined Marshfield Clinic in 2006, specializes in diagnosis and management of coronary artery and valvular heart disease, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac stress testing and risk stratification.

Dr. Elhendy attended medical school and did his residency in cardiovascular disease at Cairo University in Egypt. He did his residency in internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and a Fellowship in echocardiography at Mayo Clinic-Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minn. He has an advanced degree from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

“We are pleased that we can now offer this additional service locally, to better meet our patients’ needs,” said Eichman. “By joining the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care heart care team, we know patients have access to the most extensive roster of specialists in the region, who are involved in more clinical research than any other area provider.”

Dr. Elhendy will initially see patients from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month, with the possibility of additional days in the future. He will be based at Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital. For appointments, call 715.387.5301 or 800.888.4755.

Certified nurses play key role in care

Most people know that many physicians specialize in different fields of medicine. However, probably not as many people know that registered nurses do the same thing.

Board certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like health care in general has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.

“Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield strongly encourages national board certification for our nurses,” said Jodi Katzenberger, RN, MS, CPNP, manager of professional development and Magnet program coordinator. “Professional certification is an important way to distinguish that a nurse has met a level of distinction and knowledge indicating professional nursing practice.”

Nursing certification specialties include medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Board certification is achieved through an Accredited Board for Specialty Nursing Certification.

“We are very proud of our nurses who have taken the time and dedication needed to become board certified,” said Katzenberger. “Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing. Board certification is an important way to distinguish that a nurse has a met a level of distinction and knowledge indicating professional nursing practice.”

Night vision goggles aid in safety for Spirit

If there’s one word to describe Ministry’s Spirit Medical Transportation Service (MTS) Eurocopter 145, it’s “safe.”

From night vision goggles to a dual hydraulic system to state-of-the-art avionics package, everything is focused on “safety.”

“Safety is what it’s all about,” said Nils Strickland, pilot with Spirit MTS. “The advanced equipment and technology on this EC145 aircraft doesn’t mean that we make flights we normally wouldn’t make, but they enhance the level of safety for the flights we do make.”

Other technologies include multifunction displays for terrain awareness, warning and traffic collision avoidance systems, satellite weather information, navigation charts and real-time radar.

The EC145, in use now for about a year, is powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL engines and is especially designed for emergency medical service missions. It is single pilot Instrument Flight Rated and has a cruise speed of 133 kts (about 153 miles per hour).

Most recently, the crew has trained to become proficient in using night vision goggles, in part to aid in establishing landing zones.

The goggles also help in identifying possible severe weather.

“When flying at night, where there are no surface lights, the first thing that disappears is the horizon,” said Strickland. “With the goggles, we can see the ground, the horizon and the cloud base. We can see where the cloud ceiling is, and if there are rain or snow showers, so we can avoid them.”

“The goggles give us a whole new perspective of what’s going on outside of the aircraft at night,” said Strickland. “They magnify the light that is already out there and give us a lot of detail of any hazards, such as power poles, trees or road signs. They are especially helpful for scene calls.”

One example that came to the mind of Greg Rosenthal, Spirit paramedic, was a call in early December in the Thorp area. A hunter had fallen from a tree stand, and had been suspended in a harness 25 feet up for most of the day, in subfreezing temperatures. He suffered from severe hypothermia.

“The Thorp Fire Department did an excellent job setting up the landing zone, on a rural county road,” Rosenthal said. “But it was a hard landing zone, because there were trees on both sides of the road, and power lines on one side. With the goggles on, we had increased ability to see the obstacles and were able to land in a significantly tight area.”

The landing and liftoff went smoothly and the patient was safely transported to Ministry Saint Joseph’s Trauma Center He was able to be discharged the next day.

“The EC145 is among the safest and reliable helicopters out there. It has become the aircraft of choice for emergency medical services because of its maximum flexibility and configuration,” said Monty Gallegos, director of Spirit Medical Transportation. “We are confident that it will continue to allow us to provide the safest, highest quality medical transport to meet the needs of our growing service area.”


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