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Silver Achievement Award demonstrates quality of Saint Clare’s heart care

Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston has been recognized as one of 36 hospitals nationwide who met rigorous standards in the care and treatment of patients with heart disease.

The ACTION Registry – GWTG Silver Achievement Award identifies hospitals that have obtained 85 percent compliance over a one-year period to provide excellent care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology / American Heart Association’s clinical guidelines and recommendations.

“We have gone to great lengths to establish a program that meets these criteria and this is another source of great pride for the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care Heart Care Team,” said Mary Krueger, president of Saint Clare’s Hospital.

“We could not have received this designation without the support of our referring hospitals, EMS partners, and dedicated staff in many departments.”

The care standards include aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital.

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend Saint Clare’s Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Christopher Cannon, MD, ACTION Registry–Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Steering Committee Chairperson and
Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The collective strength of the ACTION Registry and the GWTG programs, empowers health care providers to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines; and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety, and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease.

For more information on Marshfield Clinic / Ministry Health Care Heart Care Team, call 800.888.4755 or visit oneheartcareteam.org.

Swing Bed Program offers recovery options

Prolonged recovery after illness or injury can be difficult for people who are not able to care for themselves independently at home.

Although nursing home placement is an option, many patients aren’t emotionally prepared for that. The Swing Bed program at Good Samaritan Health Care (GSHC) in Merrill presents a wonderful alternative.

Skilled Swing Bed is a Medicare-covered service that helps people recover from an injury, surgery, or extended illness in a hospital setting. Patients with private insurance or those who self-pay can also use this service.

“Swing Bed is an appealing choice for recovering patients,” said Danny Loosemore, director of quality improvement, risk, and case management at Good Samaritan Health Center. “Patients can remain in their current hospital beds with the same caregivers and receive individualized therapy and care.”

Patients hospitalized in facilities outside Merrill may return to GSHC for Swing Bed care. “We like to think of it as building a bridge between acute hospitalization and home, making the transition easier for patients and families alike,” said Loosemore. For more information on the Swing Bed Program at GSHC, please contact Danny Loosemore at 715.539.2245.

Marcus J. Haemmerle, MD, joins MMG orthopedic team

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Marcus J. Haemmerle, MD, to Ministry Medical Group’s Department of Orthopedics in Stevens Point.

Dr. Haemmerle joins Ron Hollis, MD; Dan Kraeger, DO; and Todd Williams, MD, on staff in Stevens Point.

“I’m a strong believer in patient education. I believe that knowledgeable patients make the best decisions regarding their treatment course,” said Haemmerle.

Dr. Haemmerle enjoys running, hiking, skiing, camping, and kayaking. He also likes to follow Wisconsin sports teams (Brewers, Packers, Golden Eagles). Mostly, he enjoys spending free time with family and teaching his sons how to hit a baseball.

To schedule an appointment, please call 715.342.7950.

Wilton Craig Calderon, DO, joins MMG Family Practice in Plover

“I believe in providing patients with an individualized approach that takes into consideration the whole person, by providing necessary care and support, while teaching about health and disease in a manner that empowers people to take ownership of their own health,” said Dr. Calderon.

“Patients today come to the office as knowledgeable, proactive participants in their health and I believe it is through a true partnership, between patient and physician, that the greatest health of any individual can be attained.”

Dr. Calderon enjoys spending free time with his family, learning about history, and is interested in sports including ice hockey, baseball, and football. To schedule an appointment, please call 715.295.3800.

MMG expands family medicine department

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Jodi Glodowski, FNP-C, to Ministry Medical Group’s Department of Family Medicine in Waupaca.

“I believe every person has a right to quality, evidence-based health care,” said Glodowski. “I believe in focusing on patients’ perceptions of their needs and value a team approach to health care by involving other disciplines.”

Glodowski enjoys biking, skiing, hiking, gardening, spending time with family, cheering for the Falcons, baling hay, and traveling.

For an appointment, call 715.258.3650.

MMG’s OB / GYN Department in Stevens Point welcomes a physician and two physician assistants

Pavel Petkov, MD, believes in the importance of preventative obstetrical and gynecological care. “I provide care utilizing new diagnostic and treatment technologies,” said Dr. Petkov.

He enjoys biking, carpentry, and home improvement projects.



Ashley Spindler, PA-C, believes in taking time with each patient. “My goal is to make patients feel comfortable enough to confide in me with any of their concerns and medical needs,” states Spindler.

Spindler enjoys spending time with her family and friends, football, long-distance running, and volleyball.



Kimberly Davis, PA-C, also joins the MMG’s OB / GYN department. Davis believes in treating the whole patient not just the problem that brought them into the office.

“I focus on all aspects of a patient’s health through listening, educating, and assisting with a patient’s health care,” said Davis.

When not working, Kimberly enjoys traveling and outdoor activities including sky-diving, bungee-jumping, and other thrilling new adventures. Her other hobbies are photography, movies, music, dancing, reading, and crafts.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Petkov, Ashley Spindler, or Kimberly Davis, please call 715.342.7750.

Living with Loss

Ministry Home Care - Hospice provides grief support to any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one, no matter their previous affiliation with hospice. For additional information on these free gatherings, please call us at 800.398.1297.


Living with Grief, co-hosted by Good Samaritan Health Center and Merrill area churches, is a free monthly adult drop-in group for individuals and families. Second Tuesday of each month, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at GSHC, 601 South Center Ave.

Stevens Point

Grief Support Group meets the fourth Monday, 7 - 8:30 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1410 Rogers Street.

Younger Surviving Spouse Group meets the third Monday, 7 - 8:30 p.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 900 Brilowski Road.

The Widow & Widower Social Group meets the second Wednesday. Call the hospice office for more information.

Surviving Spouse Social Outings Group schedules regular gatherings, potlucks, bowling, golfing, playing cards, and theater outings. Please call the hospice office for more information.


Living with Loss meets the fourth Thursday of every month, 10 – 11:30 a.m., at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 3200 N. Mountain Road. There are no meetings in November or December. The group will resume in January.

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