Health News from Northern Wisconsin
The Brain Game program arrives at Howard Young Medical Center’s Birthing Center
The Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) Birthing Center received a delivery of a different kind recently, books from two area Rotary clubs. The Lakeland Rotary Club and the Minocqua Breakfast Club joined together to purchase The Brain Game books for the birthing center. The message of The Brain Game is to educate and encourage new parents to read to their newborns.
Erv Teichmiller, Tonya Coleman,
The Rotary clubs will provide approximately 300 books per year to the HYMC Birthing Center in Woodruff. Each new mother at Howard Young Medical Center will receive The Brain Game before leaving the hospital with her new baby.
On October 10, 2012, Tim Sanderson, president of the Lakeland Rotary Club and Erv Teichmiller, president of the Minocqua Breakfast Club delivered the first batch of books to the HYMC Birthing Center. Each Rotary club donated $1,500 to get the program started in Woodruff.
“One of the slogans for Rotary is ‘Humanity in Motion’ and we feel this is a perfect example of humanity in motion,” stated Sanderson. “We feel that the book itself is very valuable and is a great tool for parents to use when interacting with their child. We want to help parents in this area in any way we can.”
“We know when children are stimulated in a variety of ways, music, sight experiences, games, signing to them, talking to them and reading to them, it has a huge impact on their brain development,” added Teichmiller. “The Brain Game helps a parent think about all of the options and alternatives that are available to stimulate their child’s development. I felt the project would be an excellent way for the Rotary to reach out to young parents to help them understand and help their child reach his or her fullest potential. It’s an exciting book.”
Purchasing and distributing The Brain Game to hospitals is a district-wide Rotary Club project. The district governor of Rotary encouraged the clubs to look at the program and the Lakeland Rotary clubs felt it was an excellent opportunity to work together on a community-based project. “We’re pleased that we’re able to provide this opportunity to area parents with newborns at HYMC,” added Sanderson.
“We’re delighted the Rotary Clubs presented us with the opportunity to share The Brain Game with new parents in our community,” said Sheila Clough, president, Ministry Howard Young Health Care. “Together we can hopefully inspire new parents to make a positive impact on the life of their newborn children.”
Literacy for Little Ones expands to Howard Young Medical Center
Literacy for Little Ones, a program whose mission is to encourage parents to read to their newborns, has expanded to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. The program currently donates book packages to babies born at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, and Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston.
Sheila Clough, Deb Karow,
Rachel Ley, Tonya Coleman
In April 2009, after receiving a Disney Minnie / Youth Service America Grant, Rachel Ley of Stevens Point, delivered the first batch of children’s books to newborns at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital on behalf of a program she created named Literacy for Little Ones. In October 2011, Literacy for Little Ones expanded to Ministry Saint Clare’s, and in August 2012, the program expanded to Ministry Saint Mary’s.
Literacy for Little Ones is entering its third year in northcentral Wisconsin and because of her outstanding leadership and commitment to philanthropy, Ley was recently selected to be a returning member for the 2012-2014 generationOn National Youth Advisory Council.
As part of the Council, young service leaders will help to develop and execute generationOn’s key initiatives and serve as ambassadors to empower kids to make their mark on the world.
“I believe reading to children promotes a special bond,” said Rachel Ley, Literacy for Little Ones. “My mother read to me as a child and I’m a better reader and listener because of it. I want children to have the same opportunity I had.”
On November 21, 2012, Howard Young Medical Center President Sheila Clough and Vice President of Patient Care Services Deb Karow joined Rachel in a special book delivery to a new parent in the birthing center at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff in recognition of Rachel’s accomplishments, and to help kick off the launch of the program’s third year. The books were purchased with a $500 grant from Disney Friends for Change. On average, 300 babies are delivered each year at HYMC.
“We’re honored Rachel selected our hospital to share Literacy for Little Ones with new parents in our community,” said Karow. “Together we can hopefully inspire other community leaders to give unconditionally in order to make a positive impact on the life of another.”
Local schools and organizations are encouraged to donate to the literacy cause. Interested donors can email Literacy for Little Ones founder, Rachel Ley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer patients benefit from the new TrueBeam Linear Accelerator
Ministry Health Care’s new TrueBeam Linear Accelerator is an advanced radiotherapy system with advanced imaging and powerful treatment modes that allow doctors to tailor treatments specific to even the most complex cancers in areas such as the head and neck, lung, breast, abdomen and liver.
TrueBeam’s faster delivery helps protect major organs and healthy tissue located near the tumor. TrueBeam technology can target tumors within less than a millimeter of the tumor’s location by using synchronized three-dimensional imaging, patient positioning, motion management and beam shaping. The system performs accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the treatment, even compensating for tumor movement as patients breathe. The precise targeting technology and the use of 25 percent less X-ray dose delivery is beneficial for patients.
Patients can also listen to music during their treatment while two-way communication and closed-circuit television systems allow the therapist to communicate and monitor the patient.
In addition to the TrueBeam Linear Accelerator technology installed at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, Ministry Health Care plans to install four more TrueBeam Linear Accelerators within the next 3 years at: Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, the James Beck Cancer Center at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital, in Rhinelander and Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital.
To learn more about Ministry Health Care’s comprehensive cancer program, visit ministryhealth.org.
You have access to new providers in Northern Wisconsin
Kristin Dahms, PA-CKristin Dahms, PA-C, joins Ministry Medical Group in Crandon located at 400 West Glen Street.
Prior to joining Ministry Medical Group, she provided care for the last 10 years at Langlade Hospital in Antigo. Dahms specializes in providing medical care for the entire family.
Dahms received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in the Physician Assistant Program. She is a member of the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
She believes being informed about your health care is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “I want to help patients navigate the health care system and truly understand their diagnosis, chronic conditions and treatment,” said Dahms. “I believe the more the patient understands about his or her health care, the healthier he or she can be.”
When she is not caring for patients, Dahms enjoys cheering for the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers, and spending time on the lake with her family.
To schedule an appointment with Kristin Dahms, PA-C, at Ministry Medical Group in Crandon, please call 715.478.3318. The clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to serve you and your family.
Olumide Omiwade, MD Olumide Omiwade, MD, provides hospitalist services at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital at 2251 North Shore Drive in Rhinelander.
Hospitalists are providers who specialize in caring for patients who have been hospitalized. In many areas of the country, primary care providers are referring their patients to hospitalists when their patients become too ill to be cared for in the outpatient setting.
Dr. Omiwade earned his medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife in Nigeria. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has a special interest in adult medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Omiwade has worked as a hospitalist in different hospital settings within the United States.
“In all that I do in life, I welcome each opportunity and the satisfaction with doing my best, especially in treating my patients,” said Dr. Omiwade.
In his spare time, Dr. Omiwade enjoys chess, soccer and spending time with family
Corrie Kassler, NPCorrie Kassler, NP, joins Ministry Medical Group in Crandon located at 400 West Glen Street.
Prior to joining Ministry Medical Group, she provided care for the last 7 years at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston. Kassler has a special interest in providing medical care for children.
“I enjoy taking care of children,” said Kassler. “It’s important to remember that when caring for children, you’re also caring for the parents.”
Kassler completed her Master of Nursing degree from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She is a member of the American Nurses Association.
“I believe that optimal health care is provided through mutual trust, understanding and cooperation between provider and patient,” said Kassler. “My goal is to form a positive and productive relationship with each person I care for.”
When she is not caring for patients, she enjoys traveling, reading, exercising and spending time with her family and friends.
To schedule an appointment with Corrie Kassler, NP, at Ministry Medical Group in Crandon, please call 715.478.3318. The clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Julie Olson, FNP, Joins Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander
Julie Olson, FNP
Ministry Medical Group is pleased to announce that Julie Olson, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), has joined the Rhinelander Riverside clinic located at 1020 Kabel Avenue. Although she is based in Rhinelander, Olson is also a Primary Care Float NP for northern Wisconsin and will provide care to Ministry Medical Group clinics in Crandon, Laona, Eagle River, Tomahawk and Woodruff.
What is a nurse practitioner? A nurse practitioner is your health care partner 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 by delivering a unique blend of nursing and medical care. Along with clinical services, NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, 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 prescribe medications and other treatments. Patients who are seen by NPs report an extremely high level of satisfaction with the care they receive.
Prior to joining the Family Practice at Ministry Medical Group, Olson provided care for the previous 15 years as a registered nurse at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. Olson has a special interest in providing medical care for all ages, including patients with a variety of acute and chronic illnesses.
“I believe in developing a caring relationship with my patients based on honesty, trust and respect,” said Olson.
Olson completed her Master of Nursing degree from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh.
“I value the opportunity to provide care using a holistic approach, which requires active listening and open communication,” added Olson. “I will take into consideration my patients physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs.”
When she is not caring for patients, the Tomahawk native enjoys reading, camping, spending time outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
To schedule an appointment with Julie Olson, FNP, at Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander, please call 715.361.4635. The clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Amy Lavin, APNPAmy Lavin, APNP, provides a holistic approach to health care at Ministry Medical Group located at 240 Maple Street in Woodruff.
Prior to joining Ministry Medical Group, Lavin provided care at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Her interests include all aspects of family medicine, including quality-of-life and end-of-life issues.
She received her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. Lavin is certified in basic life support.
“I believe the best way to care for my patients is from a holistic approach – caring for the mind, body and spirit,” said Lavin. “I value my interactions with patients and getting to know their needs and concerns and working together for positive outcomes, with a focus on illness prevention and health maintenance.”
In her spare time, Lavin enjoys listening to music, reading, the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
To schedule an appointment with Amy Lavin, APNP, at Ministry Medical Group in Woodruff, please call 715.356.8920. The clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kelly Brandt, APNPKelly Brandt, APNP, joins Ministry Medical Group at North Shore clinic located at 2251 North Shore Drive.
Brandt is a nurse practitioner who treats adults of all ages and most health issues, from acute to chronic illnesses. She has a special interest in treating patients with neurological conditions, migraines , memory loss, tremors, walking difficulty and Parkinson’s disease.
Prior to joining Internal Medicine, Brandt provided care for Neurology Alliance in Milwaukee. “I believe in forming a partnership with my patients to identify their health priorities and help guide them to optimal health,” said Brandt.
She received her Master of Nursing degree from Marquette University and her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She is certified as a nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
When she’s not taking care of patients, Brandt enjoys spending time with her family and staying active outdoors, including biking during warm weather and snowmobiling during the winter months.
To schedule an appointment with Kelly Brandt, APNP, at Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander, please call 715.361.4850. The clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Trina Ford, NP, provides women's health care services at Ministry Medical Group located inside the Howard Young Medical Center at 240 Maple Street. Ford is certified women’s health care Nurse Practitioner and a registered dietician.
Prior to joining Ministry Medical Group, Ford provided care at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield. Her interests include women’s health, gynecological concerns including menopause, nutrition and wellness counseling, diabetes care and preventative health care.
Ford received her Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay.
“I believe in empowering individuals to build healthier bodies and prevent sickness, disease or illness,” said Ford.”
In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, golfing, downhill and cross country skiing, snowshoeing and the Northwoods environment.
Ford is currently accepting new patients and will be providing care on Friday mornings. To schedule a Friday morning appointment with Trina Ford, NP, please call 715.356.8920.
Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital Laboratory receives top rating
The Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital laboratory has been awarded re-accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.
Ministry Howard Young Health Care Laboratory Director, Lisa Michaelis-Alft, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated the staff for the “excellence” of the services being provided. “We were very excited to receive this distinction,” said Michaelis-Alft. “This is an unannounced inspection that occurs every other year to maintain the laboratory’s accreditation. This verifies that our laboratory staff provides high quality service on a daily basis.”
The inspector was extremely thorough and complimentary of her findings. She extended comments to the department for being well-prepared, well-organized and being a quality-focused lab. “Once accredited, the department must perform regular quality checks and are subject to on-site inspections every other year,” said Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital Laboratory Supervisor, Alicia Evensen. “Inspection preparations take months of planning, organizing and data-gathering. The inspectors are highly knowledgeable on up-to-date techniques, policies and processes.”
During the on-site inspection, the CAP inspectors examine the laboratory’s records, quality activities and test procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine staff qualifications, the laboratory’s equipment records, the safety program, and the integration of lab services as seen by physicians and administrators.
The College of American Pathologists is a medical society, celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, serving nearly 18,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists, and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high quality and cost-effective medical care.
Care tailored just for you ... Ministry Health Care’s Patient-Centered Medical Home
It’s not a place. It’s a team of health care professionals that work together to coordinate care, which makes your health care more efficient and
- saves you time
- avoids duplicate testing
- provides specialist and medication consultation
- coordinates all your health care visits and results
- creates a unified health care plan to treat your mind body and spirit
Three Ministry Medical Group clinics receive national medical home recognition
Ministry Medical Group clinics in Tomahawk, Stevens Point and Waupaca have received national recognition for their medical home models by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). They have received Level 3 Physician Practice Connections® - Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition (PPC-PCMH™), the highest level that can be attained.
NCQA recognizes primary care practices that function as patient-centered medical homes, a model of care where each patient is at the center of his / her care and has an ongoing relationship with a personal provider who leads a team that takes collective responsibility for patient care.
Ministry Medical Group launched three medical home pilot sites in 2011. Since then, many of their clinics have begun transitioning to medical homes. Ministry’s medical home teams consist of physicians partnered with advanced practice providers (APNPs or PAs), RN case managers who coordinate chronic disease management, patient service representatives, health care associates (CMAs or LPNs) and a behavioral health specialist.
“This certification is a significant milestone for us,” shared Ronald Cortte, MD, Ministry Medical Group Family Practice. “Lots of hard work has been accomplished by our staff at each of our sites. Our common goal is to not only meet the requirements for certification, but to exceed them as a part of our ongoing work in making the health care experience the best it can be for our patients.”
Some of the areas PPC-PCMH measure include patient tracking and registry functions; access and communication; care management; patient self-management support; electronic prescribing; test tracking; referral tracking; performance reporting and improvement, and advanced electronic communications.
NCQA is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assessing and reporting on the quality of managed care plans, managed behavioral health care organizations, preferred provider organizations, new health plans, physician organizations, credentials verification organizations, disease management programs and other health-related programs. There are nine PPC® standards, including 10 must-pass elements, which can result in one of three levels of recognition. Level three represents the highest level of recognition.
Ministry Health Care plans to have all of its primary care clinics recognized as Level 3 PPC-PCMH by October.
Please visit www.ministryhealth.org/medicalhome to learn more about patient-centered medical home.