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Swing Bed Program offers skilled services in Eagle River and Tomahawk

Patients who need rehabilitation or have special care needs after a surgery or medical hospitalization and want to be close to home can now recover at Eagle River Memorial Hospital in Eagle River, and Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk, through the Swing Bed Program.

The Swing Bed Program is an extended care service for patients who no longer require in-patient, acute-level care, but whose condition does require some skilled services. The term “swing bed” means a patient’s status changes (or swings) from an acute level of care to an intermediate level of care.

Examples include IV antibiotic therapy, wound care, and / or rehabilitative services. Your physician will determine if you would benefit from admission to a Swing Bed Program. The staff will also provide input as to the appropriateness of your admission. Medicare and some private insurance companies will cover the cost of Swing Bed care only if certain admission criteria are met.

If you are a Swing Bed patient, the staff involved in your care will have weekly care conferences to discuss your progress and revise plans as needed to help you attain your goals. As soon as your therapy goals or skilled nursing needs are met, you are eligible to return home.

Both hospitals offer excellent physician services with comfortable rooms and amenities. If you are interested in learning more about the Swing Bed Program or in determining if you meet the criteria, contact Becky Demuth, Eagle River Memorial Hospital at 715.479.0275 or Paula Gebauer, Sacred Heart Hospital at 715.453.7762.

Hospitalists join MMG in Rhinelander

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Myung Sun Jung, MD; Sandip Ghuge, MD; Maged Labib, MD; and Fariba Nikpour, DO, as hospitalists with Ministry Medical Group (MMG) at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander.

With an internal medicine, family practice, or nurse practitioner background, hospitalists provide specialized care for patients. This medical specialty allows primary care physicians to refer their patients to a hospitalist for continuous care when their patients are admitted to the hospital.

During the hospitalization, hospitalists and primary physicians discuss the best treatment for each patient. The hospitalist communicates with the primary provider to discuss additional treatment needs, arrange follow-up care, and prescribe necessary medications.

“We are excited to welcome these talented providers to the staff at Saint Mary’s,” said Medical Director of Hospitalist Services, John Almquist, MD. “They are excellent additions to our staff of physicians who play an important role in ensuring that high quality care is available around the clock, seven days a week.”

Saint Mary’s Hospital first in the world to get new technology

Saint Mary’s Hospital Laboratory was the first lab in the world to install a new pair of “Twinned” VISTA 500 Chemistry Analyzers from Siemens Health Care Diagnostics.

These analyzers offer a new technology that produces the most sensitive cardiac testing available and provides faster results. The capability to twin (attach the two analyzers to a specimen track) also improves productivity.

Construction begins in Crandon on new MMG Clinic

Ministry Health Care held a ground blessing ceremony on July 23 at Ministry Medical Group’s new clinic site located at 400 West Glen Street, off Highway 8, west of Crandon.

“We are excited to know that building a new state-of-the-art clinic will give us the opportunity to serve Crandon and Forest County well into the future,” said Stewart Watson, MD, president / CEO of Ministry Medical Group.

The new 12,991-square-foot facility designed by Flad Architects, from Madison, and built by The Samuels Group, from Wausau, will use local contractors and workers whenever possible. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in March 2010.

Dr. Sheth expands ENT practice to Tomahawk

Shishir N. Sheth, MD, FACS, recently expanded his Otolaryngology (ENT – Ear, Nose and Throat Specialty) practice to include patient hours at Ministry Medical Group’s clinic in Tomahawk every other Wednesday afternoon.

Dr. Sheth also sees patients at Ministry Medical Group clinics in Rhinelander and Eagle River.

To schedule an appointment, please contact MMG at 715.361.4560.

Pediatrician and general surgeon join MMG in Rhinelander

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Soniya Pawar, MD, to the pediatrics department and Brian Schultz, DO, a general surgeon to Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander.

Dr. Pawar joins MMG pediatricians Eunice Corujo-Incha, MD; Amy Slette, MD; and Paul Wegehaupt, MD.

“I believe the patient comes first,” said Dr. Pawar. “In my practice, I help my patients make decisions that are in the best interest of their health.”

In her spare time, Dr. Pawar enjoys painting, listening to music, and reading.

Brian Schultz, DO, joins the MMG general surgery department as a specialist in general surgery, including oncology, laparoscopic, thoracic, and vascular care.

He joins surgeons Joe Bodensteiner, MD; Bruce Jacobson, MD; Richard Pantalone, MD; and Lisa Rasmussen, MD.

“I believe patients should have access to their physician at any stage of their treatment, to ask questions or to be reassured that they are doing well,” said Dr. Schultz.

In his spare time, Dr. Schultz enjoys hunting and fishing.

To schedule an appointment, please call 715.361.4560 for Dr. Schultz or 715.361.4765 for Dr. Pawar – or call 800.866.8673.

Love Lights

Love Lights Lighting Ceremony
Sacred Heart Hospital, Lobby
December 6, 5:30 p.m.

A time to remember or memorialize relatives, family, or special friends by reserving a Love Light in their name.

For a donation of $5 or more, you can reserve a white light in memory of a loved one, a blue light in honor of a relative, family, friend, or simply to convey a Christmas greeting.

Names will also be listed in a special tribute in the Tomahawk Leader on Tuesday, December 1.

Proceeds from this unique Christmas project will be used by the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation to help improve the health of the Tomahawk community.

Application forms will be printed in the Tomahawk Leader, will be available at the Hospital’s greeter desk, or by calling 715.453.7770.


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