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Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital marks 5 years of service

During the past 5 years, Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital has been recognized for advancements in quality and efficiency.

Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston has provided top-rated health care services to residents of Weston and the greater Wausau area for 5 years. During that time, Ministry Saint Clare’s has grown from its original operations of one inpatient unit, emergency department and family birth center to a fully operational regional referral center serving about 22,000 patients per year.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to take a minute and reflect upon the impact we have made on our community in just 5 short years,” said Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital President Mary Krueger.

In those 5 years, Ministry Saint Clare’s has been recognized by prestigious organizations for advancements in quality, efficiency and technology, including:

  • Highest Value Hospital: Leapfrog Group (2008)
  • Most Wired Hospital: Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006)
  • Ranked as “Above Top 10%”: “Why not the Best” Commonwealth Fund
  • Ranked at the 96th Percentile among National Hospitals: Healthinsight
  • Computerworld Honors Laureate: Computerworld Magazine (2007)
  • Quality Respiratory Care Recognition: American Association of Respiratory Care (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center: Society of Chest Pain Centers (2007, reaccredited July 2010)
  • Mission Lifeline: Silver Achievement Award: American Heart Association (2010)
  • ACTION Registry – GWTG: Silver Achievement Award: American Heart Association (2009)
  • ACTION Registry – GWTG: Gold Achievement Award: American Heart Association (2010)
  • Blue Distinction Center for Specialty Care®: BlueCross BlueShield Association – Hip and Knee Replacement (2010)

Ministry Good Samaritan earns quality award

Ministry Good Samaritan’s Emergency Department staff improved procedures to earn the Innovative Best Practice Award.

NRC Picker, a division of National Research Corporation, has selected Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center of Merrill as a recipient of its first-ever Innovative Best Practice award.

Ministry Good Samaritan was selected for its efforts in a major process improvement project in its Emergency Department aimed at improving patient satisfaction, staff recognition, efficiency and implementation of best practice initiatives.

NRC Picker developed the award to call attention to outstanding efforts by an organization to improve the totality of care, as seen through the eyes of patients.

“Our Emergency Department is often the first-impression for our patients and families,” said Misty Ward, BSN, director of patient care services at Ministry Good Samaritan. “This was a significant undertaking by not only the emergency department, but by leaders and staff from throughout our facility.”

While the end results of the project are still being measured, Ministry Good Samaritan’s efforts in the Emergency Department has already produced significant results including the reduction of triage time for patients in half, a reduction in length of stay for patients admitted to the facility by nearly and hour and the reduction of more than 600,000 “staff steps” in various processes directly related to patient care. The elimination of the staff steps amounts to nearly 300 miles per year for those working in the facility and allows more focused and efficient efforts.

“This recognition is a reflection of the culture, compassion and hard work that our Emergency Department staff and physicians and other related departments are a part of every day,” said Kris McGarigle, BSN, MBA, president of Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center.

“We congratulate Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center for earning Innovative Best Practice award designation and therefore achieving a status among our highest performing client organizations,” said Jason Rau, NRC Picker president. “As a valued client and partner in improvement, we’re happy to reward Good Samaritan for its tremendous strides to improve the patient experience.”

The award was presented to Ministry Good Samaritan in a client-only awards presentation at NRC Picker’s 16th annual Symposium on the Path to Patient-Centered Care in Asheville, North Carolina.

“By partnering with NRC Picker and using its measurement and quality improvement solutions, Ministry Good Samaritan is able to listen to the voice of our patients. Their feedback has helped us to make the process adjustments needed to provide excellent patient care with a high level of compassion,” said Robyn Schertz, M.D., medical director of emergency services at Ministry Good Samaritan. “We’re pleased and honored to accept the Innovative Best Practice award and to be recognized as a leader among our peers in providing a superior patient experience.”

Earning the award designation indicates a strong and ongoing commitment to the practice of patient-centered care, said Rau. “The success of Ministry Good Samaritan proves the organization is doing what’s best and what’s most important for its patients and their families.”

Lily Otolorin, MD, joins Ministry Medical Group

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Lily Otolorin, MD, to Ministry Medical Group Hospitalist Services. She will be seeing patients at 900 Illinois Avenue in Stevens Point.

Dr. Otolorin completed her residency at Harlem Hospital Center in New York, NY and her medical degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

“I believe in providing a professional and comfortable rapport with patients which improves communication and service to them,” stated Dr Otolorin. “I enjoy helping others feel better, empowering them to manage their health in order to go on living full and enjoyable lives.”

Dr. Otolorin enjoys landscape photography, writing, traveling, and dancing.

For more information please call 715-346-5000.

Gina Ramthun, FNP, helps patients achieve goals

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome family nurse practitioner Gina Ramthun, MSN, FNP-BC to Ministry Medical Group’s Rib Mountain clinic located at 3301 Rib Mountain Drive.

Ramthun has been working as a registered nurse in the Wausau area since 2001 in a variety of cardiac and critical care settings and joins fellow clinicians Bruce Homa, MD, Tina Neuendank, NP, and Cheryl Mabry, MSN, FNP-BC in providing family medicine services to people of all ages.

Ramthun earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Viterbo University, La Crosse and her Masters of Nursing from Concordia University, Mequon.

“Growing up on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin, I have come to appreciate honest answers and strong family values,” said Ramthun. “I try and keep that simple and honest approach whenever I talk to my patients to help them meet their health care goals.”

Not sure what a nurse practitioner is? A nurse practitioner is your partner in health … providing high-quality primary, acute and specialty health care services similar to those of a physician. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses with advanced education (most have master’s degrees) and advanced clinical training. They bring a unique perspective to health services in that they deliver a unique blend of nursing and medical care. Along with clinical services, NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and health education and counseling, and guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices.

Among their many services, NPs can order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and X-rays. They can diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections, and injuries. They can also prescribe medications and other treatments. Patients who are seen by NPs report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive. For more information or o schedule an appointment with Ramthun, please call Ministry Medical Group at 715.393.3900 or visit ministryhealth.org.

New providers join Ministry Medical Group in Weston

Ministry Health Care welcomes Family Medicine Specialist Robin Henley, DO, to Ministry Medical Group’s clinic in Weston. Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Henley joins Ministry Medical Group after spending the last 6 years at Amery Regional Medical Center.

“I believe in offering patients options based on their personal goals, standards of medicine and Christian values,” said Dr. Henley. Dr. Henley treats a large spectrum of patients and conditions. She has a special interest in nutrition and exercise therapy along with the ability to provide osteopathic manipulation to treat certain musculoskeletal conditions and headaches.

“Moving to the Wausau area feels like I am coming home,” added Dr. Henley. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Henley, please call Ministry Medical Group in Weston at 715.393.3900 or visit ministryhealth.org.

Ministry Health Care announces epilepsy specialist Paul B. Atkinson, MD, has expanded his practice to include services in Weston where patients can receive diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, seizures, spells and blackouts.

Dr. Atkinson is a board certified neurologist, fellowship trained in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, the use of electroencephalography (EEG), medication management of seizures and the Vagal Nerve Stimulator for the treatment of refractory epilepsy.

“My patients inspire and challenge me to make a difference in their lives,” said Dr. Atkinson.

Dr. Atkinson also sees patients at Ministry Medical Group in Stevens Point. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 715.342.7775.


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