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Eastern Wisconsin

People living in Door County will be healthier this year thanks to grant-funded programs

Funds obtained through grants help Door County’s children learn healthy eating and exercise habits at the YMCA. Grant money also allows low-income families living in Door County to gain access to quality dental care for their children. Door County Memorial Hospital patients use modern physical rehabilitation equipment to aid in recovery as a result of grant funding.

These are just a few of the programs made possible through grants received by the Door County Memorial Hospital Foundation. Due to a grant, the launch of the Door Weigh Program (formerly “Family Fit”) was made possible this year.

The program helps obese children and their families make healthy lifestyle changes under the guidance of hospital dietitians, YMCA staff, and health care providers.

“Providing a program that fights childhood obesity with the YMCA is what the hospital is all about. And that’s why we write grant proposals for these types of programs,” said Michael Herlache, executive director of the Door County Memorial Hospital Foundation.

“When you get a grant, the funds do not have to come out of the bottom line of the hospital; what the Foundation does with grant proposal writing is very important.”

More than 500 kids from low-income families in Door and Kewaunee Counties will receive free dental care at the DCMH Dental Clinic as a result of grant funding. Delta Dental Foundation provided two major $20,000 grants in 2007 and 2008 based on the clinic’s mission and the community’s need.

“Delta Dental has been ultra-supportive of the Dental Clinic,” said Andy Boettcher, funds development director / grant writer for the DCMH Foundation. “We have been one of a handful of programs they support.”

Last year, the Dental Clinic was awarded $80,000 in grant funds, which covered annual operational costs in addition to outfitting the clinic with new dental chairs and X-ray machines and paying the expenses for one day of a dentist’s service each week.

Grants don’t just help children. Funds were also used to equip areas like the Rehabilitation Department with new technology. “Things change so rapidly, there is always need for new items and state-of-the-art equipment. We work to find a grant that will match what they have going on,” Boettcher said.

The DCMH Foundation plans to expand funding for women’s health. Statistics show that many women are not able to afford basic cancer screening services. Currently, DCMH offers cancer screening funding through the Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer Foundation. Additional grant funding would make more services available.

During the past 3-1/2 years, DCMH Foundation’s grant proposal writing has increased, to generate 25 percent of available funds.

“The grant writing part of the fundraising effort is growing. It helps us raise more money and support more things, especially on the program side,” said Herlache. “Many programs would not be possible without grant resources.

It has become an important part of our fundraising effort,” he continued. More than $200,000 in grant funding, earmarked for various health care programs, has been received annually since 2006.

Grant sources have also contributed $500,000 to the Foundation’s “Legacy of Care” campaign, which ultimately raised $11 million toward building the Surgery Center, Door County Cancer Center, Women’s and Children’s Health Center, and the upcoming inpatient services and Emergency Department addition.

For more information about the DCMH Foundation, call 920.746.1071 or visit us online at dcmh.org.

DCMH welcomes new providers

DCMH welcomes Dan Tomaszewski, MD, to the orthopedic surgery team.

Originally from Tomahawk, Dr. Tomaszewski is moving back to Wisconsin after spending 5 years in
Danville, Pennsylvania, as a resident surgeon for Geisinger Health Systems.

“My wife and I chose Sturgeon Bay because of its beauty, its people, and our impression that it’s a great place to raise our children,” said Dr. Tomaszewki. “I want to be a part of this community and help promote and advance the great work the team has established.”

Amy Fogarty, MD, also joins DCMH and the Women’s and Children’s Health Center in Sturgeon Bay offering pediatric care. Dr. Fogarty received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. She finished her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Her areas of interest include breastfeeding, nutrition, and optimizing academic achievement.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Tomaszewski, call 920.746.0510; or with Dr. Fogarty, call 920.746.3666.

New inpatient and emergency departments slated for 2010

The largest-ever Door County Memorial Hospital construction project, featuring private inpatient rooms and a new Emergency Department, is now underway and expected to be completed in July 2010.

The 31,080-square-foot, two-story addition, located on the north side of the existing building, will include 28 private medical / surgical, intensive care, birthing, and women’s inpatient care rooms on the second floor.

The new first floor Emergency Department will have eight private treatment rooms, centralized nursing areas, enhanced visitor amenities, and many other features.

Some of the rooms, including those in the intensive care unit, are designed to accommodate different levels of patient illness or acuity for patient comfort. “You change the function of the room instead of moving the patient,” said John Storms, director of inpatient services.

Other features include multiple centralized nurses’ stations and curved hallways, which are not only aesthetically pleasing, but are also designed to decrease noise transmission. The Birthing and Women’s Inpatient Center includes four Birthing Center rooms for labor / delivery / recovery / postpartum (LDRP) and will serve expectant families, newborns, and women.

Two private rooms for women who have gynecological or orthopedic procedures are also planned.

DCMH will reuse the space of its existing Emergency Department and inpatient services areas as an outpatient center for services that do not require an overnight stay.

For more information visit dcmh.org or call 920.743.5566.

Door County Memorial Hospital H1N1 FLU VACCINE Q&A

“Will I need 2 flu shots this year?”

ANSWER: There are 2 different vaccines–1 vaccine for the seasonal flu and 1 vaccine for the novel H1N1 (a.k.a. swine flu). The seasonal flu vaccine is unlikely to provide protection against novel H1N1 influenza. The novel H1N1 vaccine is not intended to replace the seasonal flu vaccine – it is to be used along-side the seasonal flu vaccine.

“Can I get both flu vaccines at the same time?”

ANSWER: Yes, you can receive both vaccines at the same time. This will depend on the availability of both vaccines.

“When will the novel H1N1 vaccine be available in Door / Kewaunee Counties?”

ANSWER: The actual date of availability is yet to be determined. The vaccines are being released on a geographical basis. Announcements will be made as it becomes available in our region.

Call North Shore Medical Clinic to schedule an appointment.

“Is there a segment of the population that is at a higher risk for getting the H1N1 flu?”

ANSWER: The populations highly recommended to receive the novel H1N1 influenza vaccine include (in order of priority):

  1. Pregnant women
  2. Household members and caregivers of children younger than 6 months of age
  3. Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
  4. All people from 6 months to 24 years of age
  5. Persons age 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza

Please contact your primary care clinic for additional information on vaccine availability and immunization dates. North Shore Medical Clinic – 920 .746.0510 or 800.522.8919

Additional info: www.flu.gov

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