Blog http://agnesian.com/blog/rss Agnesian en Agnesian HealthCare listed among 2017 Most Wired Hospitals http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-listed-among-2017-most-wired-hospitals <img src="/sites/default/files/Birschbach_Nancy%20WEBSITE.jpg" width="261" height="282" alt="Nancy Birschbach" typeof="Image" /> <p>Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact helping to improve communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to results of the 19<sup>th</sup> Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, recently released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.</p> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-listed-among-2017-most-wired-hospitals Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new optometrist http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-optometrist <img src="/sites/default/files/Brown_Tristan_480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Tristan Brown" typeof="Image" /> <p>Tristan Brown, OD, an optometrist, is now serving patients at the Agnesian Health Plaza Building A, 421 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>Dr. Brown specializes in function and disorders of the eye, detection of eye disease and some types of eye disease management. An optometrist conducts eye examinations, prescribes corrective contact lenses and glasses, and diagnoses and treats eye diseases and disorders.</p> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-optometrist The Nutman is coming to Ripon Medical Center http://agnesian.com/blog/nutman-coming-ripon-medical-center-1 <img src="/sites/default/files/145992521_Chocolate%20Nuts_Fade.jpg" width="525" height="350" alt="Nutman Sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The public is invited to attend a candy and nut sale by The Nutman Company, sponsored by the Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary, on Tuesday, August 8. This event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ripon Medical Center Atrium by the gift shop.</p> <p>The Nutman Company features 150 fine quality nuts, chocolates, snack mixes and candies at reasonable prices!</p> <p>Proceeds benefit Ripon Medical Center programs and services. Visa and MasterCard are welcome, as well as cash and checks.</p> <p>For more information, call Ripon Medical Center Volunteer Services, at (920) 745-3670.</p> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/nutman-coming-ripon-medical-center-1 Summer in Wisconsin! http://agnesian.com/blog/summer-wisconsin <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%284%29.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Man riding bike" typeof="Image" /> <p>Summer in Wisconsin is a special time of year, a time during which hardy Wisconsinites, having weathered the cold, dark, frozen tundra of winter, are able to enjoy a precious, and usually short, period of warm sunshine, fire up the barbeque, and make memories with friends and family. The key to summer in Wisconsin is to be outside! Being active is important, however, the entire year. The human body is made for movement, and exercise is critical to aging well! </p> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Bert Callahan, MD http://agnesian.com/blog/summer-wisconsin Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s Charity Open gears up for 29th year http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundations-charity-open-gears-29th-year <img src="/sites/default/files/Co-chairperson%20photo.jpg" width="3699" height="3366" alt="Charity Open Co-Chairpersons" typeof="Image" /> <p>On Monday, August 21, the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation invites community supporters to the 2017 Charity Open for an eventful day of golf at South Hills Golf &amp; Country Club.</p> <p>Proceeds from the event support Agnesian HealthCare Hospice Hope and help ensure that all patients have access to these vital services regardless of their ability to pay.</p> <p>This year, the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Charity Open is being led by Dr. Burt and Alysia Steffes as senior chairpersons, with Tim and Rose Ahern joining as junior chairpersons.</p> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundations-charity-open-gears-29th-year Agnesian HealthCare offers easy access to healthcare providers’ notes http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-offers-easy-access-healthcare-providers-notes <img src="/sites/default/files/Jill_0.jpg" width="451" height="595" alt="Jill" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare patients who utilize Agnesian eHealth are benefiting from easier access to the notes their providers write in their medical records. And, that initiative was recognized as part of a keynote address to other healthcare providers at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference in Orlando.</p> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-offers-easy-access-healthcare-providers-notes Waupun Memorial Hospital to sponsor free community rummage http://agnesian.com/blog/waupun-memorial-hospital-sponsor-free-community-rummage <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image_0.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Rummage sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>Waupun Memorial Hospital, through its Mission Integration &amp; Simply the Best committees, is sponsoring a free community rummage for individuals and families within the Waupun community.</p> <p>The sale is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 3 in the hospital’s Marsh Conference Room (lower level), 620 W. Brown Street in Waupun.</p> <p>It will feature gently-used clothing for all ages and sizes. Just in time for back to school.</p> <p>Participants have the opportunity to donate one non-perishable food item for the Waupun Food Pantry.</p> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/waupun-memorial-hospital-sponsor-free-community-rummage What's Around Your Waist Matters http://agnesian.com/blog/whats-around-your-waist-matters <img src="/sites/default/files/497042785%20Waistline%20960x540.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Measuring Waistline" typeof="Image" /> <p>We live in Wisconsin. We love our brats, cheese, Friday night fish fry’s, and Culver’s custard! But, did you know that 70 percent of us are either overweight or obese? It is well known that being overweight increases your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and heart disease. What may not be widely known is that obesity also increases your risk for several types of cancer, including: breast, colon, esophageal, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreatic, uterine, ovarian, kidney and prostate cancers.</p> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Dwayne Clark, MD, Family Medicine http://agnesian.com/blog/whats-around-your-waist-matters Help for Families Affected by Autism http://agnesian.com/blog/help-families-affected-autism <img src="/sites/default/files/AGN-17072%20Treffert_4K%20Registration_Facebook.jpg" width="1500" height="1501" alt="ABBA kids" typeof="Image" /> <blockquote> <p>Agnesian Beyond Boundaries of Autism (ABBA) serves central Wisconsin offering the Early Start Denver Model and the Treffert Approach.  Home-based and Center-based behavioral treatment services for children,  5 and under, with an autism diagnosis. ESDM utilizes developmentally-based play interspersed with teachable moments.  Utilizing the Treffert Approach, all our services focus on the unique strengths in every individual, sensory, relationships, training and the environment to increase areas of self -regulation, empathy and compassion.  </p> <p>Why Choose us?.....</p></blockquote> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT http://agnesian.com/blog/help-families-affected-autism Feeling tired and getting a headache? It could be dehydration! http://agnesian.com/blog/feeling-tired-and-getting-headache-it-could-be-dehydration <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%282%29.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Dehydration Headache" typeof="Image" /> <p>The summer heat is here, and that means chances for dehydration are high when working and playing outside. How much water is recommended to stay hydrated during the day? Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces every day. So if you weigh 160 pounds, then aim for 80 ounces of water per day. If you are more active or in a hot environment, you may need more than 80 ounces. This may seem like a lot of water, but remember that fruits, vegetables, soups, tea and milk also count toward your total volume.</p> <p><strong>How do I know if I’m dehydrated?</strong></p> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Brooke Gardner, DPT, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center http://agnesian.com/blog/feeling-tired-and-getting-headache-it-could-be-dehydration Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers invite public to book fair http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-invite-public-book-fair-0 <img src="/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-516137066.jpg" width="1826" height="1642" alt="Book Fair" typeof="Image" /> <p>The public is invited to a book fair, sponsored by the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers, from Wednesday, August 2 to Friday, August 4 at Agnesian HealthCare’s lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The book fair by Collective Goods runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 2; from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on August 3; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 4.</p> <p>Proceeds will benefit the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers Scholarship Fund.</p> Sun, 09 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-invite-public-book-fair-0 Agnesian HealthCare announces promotions http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-announces-promotions <p>Agnesian HealthCare has announced several key executive promotions as part of its ongoing growth initiatives to enhance the quality of services and to meet the ever-changing healthcare environment.</p> Sat, 08 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-announces-promotions Gearing up for a Sunday Garden Stroll http://agnesian.com/blog/gearing-sunday-garden-stroll <img src="/sites/default/files/DSC_5650.jpg" width="4000" height="2923" alt="Garden" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Garden Walk and Art Fair is fast approaching and is sure to be a day filled with the Earth’s natural beauty. You may be a long-time attendee or perhaps you have never attended before,  but we have some behind the scenes details on this year’s event that are sure to spark your interest! Michelle Ries, director of the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, gives us some fun insight on the upcoming July 9, 2017 event.</p> Fri, 07 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Foundation http://agnesian.com/blog/gearing-sunday-garden-stroll Gold Wing Riders support Agnesian HealthCare Foundation breast cancer fund http://agnesian.com/blog/gold-wing-riders-support-agnesian-healthcare-foundation-breast-cancer-fund <img src="/sites/default/files/Gold%20Wing%20Riders%20Breast%20Cancer%20Fund%202017_0.jpg" width="4032" height="3024" alt="Gold Wing Riders" typeof="Image" /> <p>Gold Wing Riders from the Chapter C division gathered the first weekend in May at each of the Fond du Lac Pick n’ Save locations to hold a brat fry fund-raiser in support of the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s Breast Cancer Fund.</p> <p>David and Jill Krizizke, former chapter directors, presented Michelle Ries, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation director, with a $500 donation. The donation was made in honor of fellow chapter member, Bev Roehrborn.</p> Fri, 07 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/gold-wing-riders-support-agnesian-healthcare-foundation-breast-cancer-fund CSA Ministries, other leaders celebrate Sister Mary Mollison’s legacy http://agnesian.com/blog/csa-ministries-other-leaders-celebrate-sister-mary-mollisons-legacy <img src="/sites/default/files/20150428----CHA-Sr.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Sister Mary Mollison" typeof="Image" /> <p>More than 21 years ago, as St. Agnes Hospital celebrated its centennial, Sister Mary Mollison - as general superior of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA) - stood tall and proud as the courage and bravery of the Sisters was honored as part of a year-long celebration - “A History of Caring - A Promise for the Future.”</p> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/csa-ministries-other-leaders-celebrate-sister-mary-mollisons-legacy Antique Memories http://agnesian.com/blog/antique-memories <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%283%29_2.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Antique Memories July 2017" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Fourth of July was always my favorite holiday as a child. As I think back on past Fourth of July holidays, I can almost feel the warm summer sun on my face, smell the charcoal grills and hear the high school bands marching down the street.  I can see excited children sitting on the curb during the parade waiting to gather the candy that has been thrown to them from the fire truck that is passing by. Thinking back, I can also remember seeing the same excitement on the faces of the grown-ups that were driving brightly colored antique cars in the parade.</p> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Megyn Wirkus, MST http://agnesian.com/blog/antique-memories Agnesian HealthCare welcomes gastroenterology practitioner http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-gastroenterology-practitioner <img src="/sites/default/files/Conrad_Amber%20HS_480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Amber Conrad" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Amber Conrad, PA-C, a certified physician assistant, to the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic Gastroenterology department. She is now accepting new patients, and joins Drs. Jerry Evans, Sujatha Kailas and Nathan Slinde, as well as Jessica Loehr and Faye Franklin nurse practitioners.</p> <p>Digestive disorders can interrupt daily activities and affect quality of life. Conrad treats a full range of gastric concerns that start in the mouth and extend through the stomach, helping to improve quality of life for the patients she serves.</p> Wed, 05 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-gastroenterology-practitioner Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new emergency department physician to Ripon, Waupun http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-emergency-department-physician-ripon-waupun <img src="/sites/default/files/Tordzro_William_480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="William Tordzro" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes William Tordzro, MD, to its Emergency Department at Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street, and Waupun Memorial Hospital, 620 W. Brown Street.</p> <p>As an Emergency Department physician, Dr. Tordzro has special training to diagnose and treat acute illnesses and injuries, which require immediate medical intervention. Although emergency medicine doctors are not responsible for the long-term care of the patient, their work in conducting the initial diagnosis is paramount for the prognosis of the patient’s condition. </p> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-emergency-department-physician-ripon-waupun Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Ripon Medical Center orthopedics practitioner http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-ripon-medical-center-orthopedics-practitioner <img src="/sites/default/files/Heckenkamp_Joe%20HS_480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Joseph Heckenkamp" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Joseph Heckenkamp, PA-C, a certified physician assistant, to Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street. He is now accepting new patients, and joins Drs. Bert Callahan and Jeffrey Meincke.</p> <p>Heckenkamp provides comprehensive, advanced orthopedic care to patients of all ages. He has offered care in various settings, including clinical, surgical, inpatient and outpatient settings. In his patient encounters, Heckenkamp assesses and plans individualized patient care. </p> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-ripon-medical-center-orthopedics-practitioner Foundation for Ripon Medical Center Charity Golf Outing raises nearly $21,000 http://agnesian.com/blog/foundation-ripon-medical-center-charity-golf-outing-raises-nearly-21000 <img src="/sites/default/files/480x480_RMC%20Foundation%20Golf%20Outing.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="RMC golf outing" typeof="Image" /> <p>This year’s Foundation for Ripon Medical Center Charity Golf Outing has raised nearly $21,000 to help support Ripon Medical Center medical imaging upgrades and the areas of greatest need.</p> <p>“We truly appreciate the support we receive each and every year through this fun and entertaining event,” according to Holly Brenner, Foundation for Ripon Medical Center executive director. “The money we have raised will help our patients, their families and our staff with comfortable and accommodating access to our medical imaging equipment at Ripon Medical Center.”</p> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/foundation-ripon-medical-center-charity-golf-outing-raises-nearly-21000 Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new chiropractor http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-chiropractor <img src="/sites/default/files/Deer_Nicholas%20HS_480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Nicholas Deer" typeof="Image" /> <p>Nicholas Deer, DC,  chiropractor, is now serving patients at Agnesian Chiropractic Care at the Agnesian Health Plaza Building B, 305 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac. He joins Drs. Bryan Henslin and Andrew Judkins.</p> <p>Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments to enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support.</p> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-chiropractor Local firefighters show continued support of Hospice Home of Hope expansion http://agnesian.com/blog/local-firefighters-show-continued-support-hospice-home-hope-expansion <img src="/sites/default/files/Hospice%20Home%20Fire%20Fighters%20Donation%20061717.jpg" width="4032" height="3024" alt="Fire fighter donation" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Fond du Lac Firefighters Local 400 Charitable Fund has again stepped forward to help support the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s efforts to raise $2.5 million to add more private patient rooms at the Agnesian HealthCare Hospice Home of Hope residential facility.</p> <p>Peter O’Leary, City of Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue chief, and other Local 400 representatives, presented a $1,000 donation to Holly Brenner, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation President.</p> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/local-firefighters-show-continued-support-hospice-home-hope-expansion Local innovation in health insurance brings affordability, unique plan design http://agnesian.com/blog/local-innovation-health-insurance-brings-affordability-unique-plan-design <img src="/sites/default/files/AssureElitePhoto_480x480Website.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Insurance plan partnership" typeof="Image" /> <p>A recent partnership between Network Health, Hierl Insurance and Agnesian HealthCare is bringing a new health insurance option to employer groups in Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Dodge counties. This new insurance plan, Assure Elite, allows businesses with two to 100 enrolled employees to offer quality health insurance coverage to their employees at a competitive, business-friendly rate.</p> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/local-innovation-health-insurance-brings-affordability-unique-plan-design St. Agnes Hospital honored for heart failure care http://agnesian.com/blog/st-agnes-hospital-honored-heart-failure-care <img src="/sites/default/files/kneeland-jessica-thumb_NW.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Jessica Harding" typeof="Image" /> <p>St. Agnes Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines<sup>®</sup>-Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for the treatment of patients with heart failure.</p> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/st-agnes-hospital-honored-heart-failure-care What you need to know about total hip replacements http://agnesian.com/blog/what-you-need-know-about-total-hip-replacements <img src="/sites/default/files/587512462%20HipReplace%20960x540Blog_3.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Hip Replacement " typeof="Image" /> <p>Total hip replacement is a common surgery in which the thigh and pelvis bones that make up the hip joint are replaced with metal and plastic components to create a new ball-and-socket joint.</p> <p>There are two main types of total hip replacements that are performed. The first is a replacement in which the surgeon makes an incision along the front of the upper thigh. In the second, the incision is made along the back of the upper thigh. There are no long-term differences in function, including the ability to walk or climb stairs, when comparing the two approaches.</p> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Krista Behling, PT, DPT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center http://agnesian.com/blog/what-you-need-know-about-total-hip-replacements How did parish nursing get started? http://agnesian.com/blog/how-did-parish-nursing-get-started <img src="/sites/default/files/Parish-Nurse-2.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Parish nursing" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Sue Schmitz, RN, PN, Parish Health Ministry Coordinator, Agnesian HealthCare</p> <p>Parish nursing was an idea that came from the understanding of the healing ministry of the church and the need for healthcare that focused on the whole person - to emphasize wellness, disease prevention and health promotion.</p> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Spiritual Care Services http://agnesian.com/blog/how-did-parish-nursing-get-started WMH Auxiliary reflects at 65th anniversary, looks to new chapter http://agnesian.com/blog/wmh-auxiliary-reflects-65th-anniversary-looks-new-chapter <img src="/sites/default/files/Final.jpg" width="4032" height="3024" alt="WMH Auxiliary" typeof="Image" /> <p>It’s been 65 years of friendships, memories, exciting fund-raisers and much more that Waupun Memorial Hospital (WMH) Auxiliary members remember and treasure best.</p> <p>For it was in 1952 that 50 women of the Waupun area formally organized and accepted the mission to advance the purposes and goals of Waupun Memorial Hospital for promoting the health and well-being of area residents.</p> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/wmh-auxiliary-reflects-65th-anniversary-looks-new-chapter The Nutman is coming to Ripon Medical Center http://agnesian.com/blog/nutman-coming-ripon-medical-center-0 <img src="/sites/default/files/145992521_Chocolate%20Nuts_Fade.jpg" width="525" height="350" alt="RMC to host nutman sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a candy and nut sale by The Nutman Company on Friday, June 23. This event is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by the Ripon Medical Center Atrium by the gift shop.</p> <p>The Nutman Company features 150 fine quality nuts, chocolates, snack mixes and candies at reasonable prices! This is a great opportunity to pick up snacks for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, camping trips and to support the Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary.</p> <p>Proceeds benefit Ripon Medical Center programs and services. Visa and MasterCard are welcome.</p> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/nutman-coming-ripon-medical-center-0 How to burn more calories in less time with HIIT http://agnesian.com/blog/how-burn-more-calories-less-time-hiit <img src="/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-615919228.jpg" width="3865" height="2576" alt="HIIT" typeof="Image" /> <p>By: Ashlee Baer, MS, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</p> <p>Whether you are trying to burn calories to lose weight or get ready for football, basketball or softball season, exercising can be very time consuming. What if I told you that you or your athletes could increase the amount of calories burned and increase their aerobic fitness with only a 10 to 30 minute workout?</p> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Ashlee Baer, MS, LAT http://agnesian.com/blog/how-burn-more-calories-less-time-hiit Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers schedule candy, nut sale http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-candy-nut-sale-0 <img src="/sites/default/files/145992521_Chocolate%20Nuts_Fade.jpg" width="525" height="350" alt="Nutman sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>Fond du Lac area residents are invited to attend a candy and nut sale by “The Nutman Company,” sponsored by the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers on Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22 in the Agnesian HealthCare lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The sale is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 21 and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 22.</p> <p>The Nutman Company features 150 fine quality nuts, chocolates, snack mixes and candies at reasonable prices! This is a great opportunity to pick up a special gift or satisfy your sweet tooth!</p> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-candy-nut-sale-0 Christian Home, Agnesian HealthCare finalize affiliation agreement http://agnesian.com/blog/christian-home-agnesian-healthcare-finalize-affiliation-agreement <img src="/sites/default/files/FINAL%20SIGNING.jpg" width="6000" height="4000" alt="Christian Home signing" typeof="Image" /> <p>It’s been a partnership five years in the making, and thanks to its many successes, mutual respect, and shared mission and values, the Christian Home and Rehabilitation Center, Inc. is now officially part of Agnesian HealthCare.</p> <p>Leaders from the Christian Home and Rehabilitation Center, Inc., and Agnesian HealthCare signed official affiliation papers today that will bring the Christian Home under the Agnesian HealthCare umbrella. The affiliation is effective June 1, 2017.</p> Wed, 31 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/christian-home-agnesian-healthcare-finalize-affiliation-agreement FDL Area Foundation gives Hospice Home of Hope expansion significant boost http://agnesian.com/blog/fdl-area-foundation-gives-hospice-home-hope-expansion-significant-boost <img src="/sites/default/files/Hospice%20Hope%20Expansion%20FDN%20Foundation%20Photo_0.jpg" width="4032" height="3024" alt="Hospice Home of Hope expansion donation" typeof="Image" /> <p>A $100,000 donation from the Fond du Lac Area Foundation is giving Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Home of Hope a significant boost as the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation works to solicit the remaining $625,000 in funds needed to cover the current project.</p> <p>Sandi Roehrig, Fond du Lac Area Foundation executive director and Joseph Braun, Fond du Lac Area Foundation director of finance &amp; development, presented a $100,000 donation to Holly Brenner, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation president.</p> Thu, 25 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/fdl-area-foundation-gives-hospice-home-hope-expansion-significant-boost The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center to host Charity Golf Outing June 7 http://agnesian.com/blog/foundation-ripon-medical-center-host-charity-golf-outing-june-7 <img src="/sites/default/files/AGN-17069%20FRMC%20Golf%20Outing_VitalSigns.jpg" width="1313" height="730" alt="Foundation for RMC golf outing" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center is hosting its annual Charity Golf Outing on Wednesday, June 7 at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake.</p> <p>Golf check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Participants will enjoy lunch and 18 holes of golf on The Woodlands course.</p> <p>A dinner reception will follow, featuring a choice of prime rib or salmon, as well as an extensive silent auction. Cost is $150 per person.</p> Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/foundation-ripon-medical-center-host-charity-golf-outing-june-7 Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers award scholarships http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-award-scholarships <img src="/sites/default/files/Scholarship%20Image.jpg" width="1827" height="1641" alt="AHC Volunteers Scholarships" typeof="Image" /> <p>Six area students who intend to pursue careers in healthcare have been awarded scholarships from the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers.</p> <p>Scholarship recipients were chosen from among area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in healthcare.</p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $1,000 scholarships.</p> Mon, 22 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-award-scholarships Shin pain equals hip strengthening http://agnesian.com/blog/shin-pain-equals-hip-strengthening <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Shin Pain" typeof="Image" /> <p>As weather gets warmer and our thoughts move to outdoor activities, you may start to experience pain in your lower legs or shins. This pain could be due to the old shoes you are using, but planning to replace, or it could be due to muscle weakness. One possible cause of shin pain or shin splints is weakness in the posterior hip. Hip strengthening as an easy way to remedy this issue. </p> Tue, 16 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Brian Azinger, MA, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center http://agnesian.com/blog/shin-pain-equals-hip-strengthening Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers schedule footwear sale http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-footwear-sale <img src="/sites/default/files/Footwear%20Image.jpg" width="389" height="394" alt="Footwear sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers have scheduled a footwear sale by PRN from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6 in Agnesian HealthCare’s lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The sale will feature a selection of footwear to capture the likings of many. Styles will be available from top manufacturers to include Adidas, Columbia, Crocs, Klogs, KSwiss, Reebok and more. There will be a wide selection for both men and women.</p> <p>Cash, checks, VISA and MasterCard will be accepted.</p> Mon, 15 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-footwear-sale Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, Agnesian HealthCare announce collaboration http://agnesian.com/blog/fond-du-lac-dock-spiders-agnesian-healthcare-announce-collaboration <img src="/sites/default/files/Woolson_Samantha_480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Sami Woolson" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders have announced that Agnesian HealthCare will be providing sports medicine coverage. Agnesian HealthCare is also a founding partner.</p> <p>Sami Woolson, MS, LAT, will serve as the team’s licensed athletic trainer, while Bryan Royce, MD, will serve as the team’s orthopedics physician, and Bryan Henslin, DC, MS, will help with chiropractic needs.</p> Mon, 15 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/fond-du-lac-dock-spiders-agnesian-healthcare-announce-collaboration What is the best way to catch kidney disease early? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-best-way-catch-kidney-disease-early <img src="/sites/default/files/Stethoscope.jpg" width="1200" height="800" alt="annual physical exam to catch kidney disease" typeof="Image" /> <p>The single most important way to monitor kidney function is to get annual physical exams and blood work, as these tend to catch kidney issues early in the course of disease. Normally, your primary medical physician should be able to treat mild to moderate kidney issues and make referrals to a kidney physician if the disease progresses and needs further specialized care.</p> Mon, 15 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sameer Gupta, MD http://agnesian.com/blog/what-best-way-catch-kidney-disease-early Eldorado resident wins the Samaritan Cash Raffle grand prize http://agnesian.com/blog/eldorado-resident-wins-samaritan-cash-raffle-grand-prize <img src="/sites/default/files/Cash%20Prize%20Image.jpg" width="1740" height="1723" alt="Cash Raffle Prize Winner" typeof="Image" /> <p>David Kuharski, of Eldorado, is the grand prize winner of the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s Samaritan Cash Raffle, being randomly drawn for the $100,000 cash prize.</p> <p>Ticket sales were steady all morning on the drawing’s final day, May 10. The suspense was finally relieved when the grand prize winner was announced by Holly Brenner, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation president, and Evelyn Schaefer, MD, Agnesian HealthCare psychologist who has served on the cash raffle’s planning committee.</p> Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/eldorado-resident-wins-samaritan-cash-raffle-grand-prize What does a faith community (parish) nurse do? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-does-faith-community-parish-nurse-do <img src="/sites/default/files/Faith-Community-Nurse.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Faith community nurse" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Sue Schmitz, RN, PN, Parish Health Ministry Coordinator, Agnesian HealthCare</p> <p>Just as each faith community (mosque, synagogue, temple, church) is different in size, wealth and age range of its members, each parish nurses’ roles and responsibilities is also a little different. All parish nurses, however, share the same basic roles:</p> <p><strong>Integrator of faith, health:</strong> They help people focus on their health. They emphasize wellness, disease prevention, and health promotion in the context of their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.</p> Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Spiritual Care Services http://agnesian.com/blog/what-does-faith-community-parish-nurse-do Agnesian HealthCare celebrates volunteers during annual appreciation luncheon http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-celebrates-volunteers-during-annual-appreciation-luncheon <img src="/sites/default/files/RMC%20Volunteers.png" width="320" height="240" alt="Ripon Medical Center volunteers" typeof="Image" /> <p>About 300 volunteers enjoyed a festive celebration - themed after the Kentucky Derby - during the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteer Services annual volunteer recognition luncheon in late April.</p> <p>This year’s event invited Agnesian HealthCare’s volunteers to “A Run for the Roses” celebration.</p> <p>While volunteers don’t end each shift with a trophy or blanket of roses like the Kentucky Derby race contenders do, their training, dedication and service does not go unnoticed.</p> <p>In 2016, 700 Agnesian HealthCare volunteers logged more than 64,000 hours.</p> Fri, 05 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-celebrates-volunteers-during-annual-appreciation-luncheon Ripon Medical Center schedules ‘Less Salt, More Taste’ Cooking Demo http://agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-schedules-less-salt-more-taste-cooking-demo <img src="/sites/default/files/Less%20salt%20demonstration%20image.png" width="1280" height="958" alt="Lower Salt Cooking Demo" typeof="Image" /> <p>A lower-sodium diet does not have to mean a lifetime of flavorless food. Before reaching for the salt shaker, join Emily Thiel, registered dietitian, and Rich Nimkie, head chef, with special guest Stephanie Glod, DO, family medicine provider, for a hands-on cooking demonstration on how to transform an everyday meal from ordinary to extraordinary through savvy seasoning with herbs, spices, citrus, vinegars or salt-free seasonings.</p> Thu, 04 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-schedules-less-salt-more-taste-cooking-demo Heather Schmidt, DO, receives Superhero of Medicine Award http://agnesian.com/blog/heather-schmidt-do-receives-superhero-medicine-award <img src="/sites/default/files/Heather%20Schmidt%20DO%20Superhero%20of%20Medicine%20Honor.png" width="1200" height="800" alt="Heather Schmidt, DO" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored Heather Schmidt, DO, with the Superhero of Medicine Award during its annual fund-raising dinner and silent auction in Wisconsin Dells on April 21. The Superhero of Medicine Award is presented annually to a physician from among those nominated for having superpower-like attributes and using them to go above and beyond the call of their profession.</p> <p>Dr. Schmidt, a family physician with Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac, also serves as Agnesian HealthCare’s health and wellness medical director.</p> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/heather-schmidt-do-receives-superhero-medicine-award Agnesian HealthCare supporters attend WHA Advocacy Day http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-supporters-attend-wha-advocacy-day <img src="/sites/default/files/WMH%20Auxiliary.jpg" width="1200" height="797" alt="Waupun Memorial Hospital Auxiliary" typeof="Image" /> <p>More than 1,000 hospital leaders, employees, trustees and volunteers, including from Agnesian HealthCare, descended on Madison on April 19 to participate in the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s (WHA) Advocacy Day event.</p> <p>Advocacy Day is an annual event that connects hospital supporters from across the state with their legislators in Madison so lawmakers can learn how issues impact local hospitals and communities.</p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-supporters-attend-wha-advocacy-day A Gene for Savant Syndrome? http://agnesian.com/blog/gene-savant-syndrome <p>Doctor Erika Nurmi and co-workers at Vanderbilt University recently, using genetic exploration and methods, were able to identify, and separate, a subset of persons with autism who shared savant skills from a much larger group of autistic persons who did not have such skills. Their paper, “Exploratory Subsetting of Autism Families Based on Savant Skills Improves Evidence of Genetic Linkage to 15q11-q13” appeared in the July, 2003 issue of the <em>Journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry</em>.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/gene-savant-syndrome A Savant Odyssey: From wmhi.hospital to www.web http://agnesian.com/blog/savant-odyssey-wmhihospital-wwwweb <p>I met my first savant my first day on the job as a psychiatrist. And I have been intrigued with that extraordinary condition ever since.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/savant-odyssey-wmhihospital-wwwweb Adapted Bikes as Therapy Tool http://agnesian.com/blog/adapted-bikes-therapy-tool <p>While bike riding is a rite of passage and an accepted societal norm for adolescents, a number of children with cognitive as well as physical disabilities aren’t able to master bike riding other than by continued use of awkward training wheels and possibly other trike and four-wheeler adaptations. Richard Klein, a retired University of Illinois mechanical engineering professor, has devised a systematic program providing the opportunity for children with a wide array of disabilities to master conventional two-wheeler bike riding.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/adapted-bikes-therapy-tool Asperger’s Disorder and Savant Syndrome http://agnesian.com/blog/aspergers-disorder-and-savant-syndrome <p>April 29, 2004 Asperger’s article in <em>The New York Times</em><br /> Amy Harmon: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/29/national/29SYND.html" target="_blank">Answer, but No Cure, for a Social Disorder That Isolates Many</a></p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/savant_syndrome/savant_articles/aspergers#q1">here</a> to go to the March 19, 2004 update.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/aspergers-disorder-and-savant-syndrome Autistic Disorder 52 Years Later: Some Common Sense Conclusions http://agnesian.com/blog/autistic-disorder-52-years-later-some-common-sense-conclusions <p>I met my first autistic child in 1955, when I was a second year medical student. That perplexing condition engaged and intrigued me then, and engages and intrigues me still, 52 years later.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/autistic-disorder-52-years-later-some-common-sense-conclusions Dr. J. Landon Down and 'Developmental' Disorders http://agnesian.com/blog/dr-j-landon-down-and-developmental-disorders <p>Autism is not a new disorder, the ‘explosion’ in autism cases, whether apparent or real, notwithstanding.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/dr-j-landon-down-and-developmental-disorders Event-Related Brain Potentials http://agnesian.com/blog/event-related-brain-potentials <p>Dr. Niels Birbaumer, of the Institute of Behavioral Neurobiology, in Tubingen, Germany has been studying what he calls “event-related brain potentials” (ERPs). With those he measures early components (up to about 100ms) of brain activity which reflect initial, “preconscious” stages of mental processing-fast, low-level elementary mental operations. Later measurements of ERPs reflect higher level mental processing such as the so-called “executive” functions of the brain that dominate normal information processing.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/event-related-brain-potentials Giftedness and Autism: Savant Skill Fact Sheet http://agnesian.com/blog/giftedness-and-autism-savant-skill-fact-sheet <p>GIFTEDNESS &amp; AUTISM</p> <p>SAVANT SKILL FACT SHEET</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Dr. Trevor Clark http://agnesian.com/blog/giftedness-and-autism-savant-skill-fact-sheet Head Size, Autism and (?) Savant Syndrome http://agnesian.com/blog/head-size-autism-and-savant-syndrome <p>An unusually important article, in my view, on the origins of autism was printed in the July 26, 2003 issue of the <em>Journal of the American Medical Association </em>(<em>JAMA</em>). While the possible relationship of autistic disorder to head size and brain volume in infants has been raised before in a number of prior studies, in this study Dr.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/head-size-autism-and-savant-syndrome Hyperlexia: Reading Precociousness or Savant Skill? http://agnesian.com/blog/hyperlexia-reading-precociousness-or-savant-skill <h2>Distinguishing autistic-like behaviors from Autistic Disorder</h2> <h3>Hyperlexia: children who read early—identifying the subtypes</h3> <p>Hyperlexia— precocious reading ability in very young children—can present itself in several ways. In one group some “normal” (neurotypical is the proper term these days) children simply read early; they may be reading at a sixth grade level at age 3 for example with no behavioral or other concerns. Eventually their classmates catch up in reading skills, but such advanced reading at a very early age understandably draws attention.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/hyperlexia-reading-precociousness-or-savant-skill Hyperthymestic Syndrome: Extraordinary Memory for Daily Life Events http://agnesian.com/blog/hyperthymestic-syndrome-extraordinary-memory-daily-life-events <h2>Do we all possess a continuous tape of our lives?</h2> <p><em>Darold A. Treffert, MD</em></p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/hyperthymestic-syndrome-extraordinary-memory-daily-life-events In Search of the Savant Within Us Using rTMS http://agnesian.com/blog/search-savant-within-us-using-rtms <p>The most far-reaching implication of savant syndrome is that, perhaps, some of those remarkable savant abilities, and unique memory capacities, reside, to greater or lesser degree, within us all. The emergence of such buried skills in some persons (so-called “acquired savants”) following brain injury or disease especially raises that important question. Dr.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/search-savant-within-us-using-rtms Is There a Little ‘Rain Man’ in Each of Us? http://agnesian.com/blog/there-little-rain-man-each-us <p>Savant Syndrome raises many questions. But two especially intriguing questions are of particular importance: (1) How do they do it? and (2) What does savant syndrome say about hidden potential, perhaps, within each of us. The answer to the first question, addressed in sections elsewhere on this site, provide some clues to answering the second question. My answer to that second question: “Does some Rain Man ability — savant-like skill and capacity — exist in each of us?” is Probably so. Let explain me why.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/there-little-rain-man-each-us Music Instruction and Verbal Memory. . . a Cognitive Side-Effect http://agnesian.com/blog/music-instruction-and-verbal-memory-cognitive-side-effect <p>The July issue of <em>Neuropsychology</em> presents a fascinating article on how music instruction in children promotes an increase in verbal memory (i.e. language acquisition) almost as a ‘cognitive side effect’ of that training. As the APA press release about that article points out: “Those dreaded piano lessons pay off in unexpected ways.” In the study from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, children with music training had significantly better verbal memory than those without such training, and the longer the training the better the verbal memory.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/music-instruction-and-verbal-memory-cognitive-side-effect Musical Genius, Blindness and Mental Handicap: An Intriguing Triad http://agnesian.com/blog/musical-genius-blindness-and-mental-handicap-intriguing-triad <h2>Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, Retinopathy of Prematurity and Musical Savants</h2> <p>The <em>60 Minutes</em> program of September 28, 2003 — “Musically Speaking” — brings to the fore once again the recurring, fascinating link between vision loss, mental disability and musical genius seen in certain prodigious musical savants over more than a century.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/musical-genius-blindness-and-mental-handicap-intriguing-triad My marvelous journey with incredible savants: What have I learned? http://agnesian.com/blog/my-marvelous-journey-incredible-savants-what-have-i-learned-0 <p>So much of what happens to us in life is not by plan, but rather by coincidence or serendipity. Thus it was with me and my career.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/my-marvelous-journey-incredible-savants-what-have-i-learned-0 Myths that Persist: Savant Syndrome 2008 http://agnesian.com/blog/myths-persist-savant-syndrome-2008 <h3>Some Substantial Progress</h3> <p>It is 157 years since the first case of savant syndrome appeared in a scientific journal in Germany, and it is 121 years since Dr. J. Langdon Down first described savant syndrome as a distinct condition.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/myths-persist-savant-syndrome-2008 Nonverbal Learning Disorder http://agnesian.com/blog/nonverbal-learning-disorder <p>Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD or NVLD) is a relatively newly described condition separate from dyslexia or other forms of learning disabilities. It is characterized typically by a large discrepancy between high verbal and lower performance scales on IQ testing coupled with postulated right hemisphere brain dysfunction.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/nonverbal-learning-disorder Perfect Pitch http://agnesian.com/blog/perfect-pitch <p>What is perfect pitch?<br /> Perfect pitch, also known as Absolute Pitch (AP), is the ability to name a note without reference to external reference pitch. A person with perfect pitch might be able to hear a note played on an instrument (or even a whistle, wind chime, or passing tone of someone’s speech) and instantly name it as an F-sharp or a B-flat, for example.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/perfect-pitch Prodigy and Savant Syndrome: Are They Related? http://agnesian.com/blog/prodigy-and-savant-syndrome-are-they-related <p>Questions are raised continually as to what are the differences in brain mechanisms, if any, between (a) prodigies with certain musical or mathematical skills, for example; (b) persons with savant syndrome with similar skills and abilities and (c) the rest of us who function quite normally overall but lack some spectacular area of expertise.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/prodigy-and-savant-syndrome-are-they-related Rain Man, the Movie / Rain Man, Real Life http://agnesian.com/blog/rain-man-movie-rain-man-real-life <p>Raymond Babbitt, the main character in the movie <em>Rain Man</em>, has become the world’s best known savant due to Dustin Hoffman’s remarkably accurate and sensitive portrayal of Savant Syndrome in that film. That 1988 movie, in its first 101 days, accomplished more toward bringing Savant Syndrome to public awareness than all the efforts combined of all those interested in this condition the past 101 years following Dr. Down’s 1887 description of this disorder. It is a memorable movie about a memorable savant.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/rain-man-movie-rain-man-real-life Savant Syndrome 2013 — Myths and Realities http://agnesian.com/blog/savant-syndrome-2013-myths-and-realities <p>I met my first savant in July, 1962. It was my first day on the job setting up a Children’s Unit at a state hospital in Winnebago, Wisconsin. One adolescent lad had memorized the bus system of the city of Milwaukee and was able to recite the route and time table of each of the buses for the entire city. Another younger boy, severely autistic, was able to put together a 200 piece jigsaw puzzle <em>picture side down</em> just from the geometric shape of the pieces.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/savant-syndrome-2013-myths-and-realities Savant Syndrome: 2000 and Beyond http://agnesian.com/blog/savant-syndrome-2000-and-beyond <h2>Where We’ve Been/Where We’re Headed</h2> <p>In 1964 Horwitz and coworkers presented a paper at an American Psychiatric Association meeting describing two extraordinary identical twin brother savants whose calendar calculating and memory abilities remain as astonishing today as they were then. The twins had a calendar calculating span that extended over 40,000 years. They also remembered the weather for every day of their adult life. They traded 20 digit prime numbers for amusement but could not do the simplest of arithmetic.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/savant-syndrome-2000-and-beyond The Application of Savant and Splinter Skills in the Autistic Population Through an Educational Curriculum http://agnesian.com/blog/application-savant-and-splinter-skills-autistic-population-through-educational-curriculum <h2>Results of a Case Study Research Project</h2> <p><em>By Dr. Trevor Clark — Autism Association of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia</em></p> <p>Among the underserved minority of gifted children with disabilities are a group of children referred to as autistic savants. These gifted children, despite their often severely incapacitating disabilities in communication, social and on occasions, intellectual development, often display remarkable gifts or splinter skills in one or several domains. They are possibly the least recognised and underserved group of gifted underachievers.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Dr. Trevor Clark http://agnesian.com/blog/application-savant-and-splinter-skills-autistic-population-through-educational-curriculum The Autistic Savant http://agnesian.com/blog/autistic-savant <p>This website generates many inquiries about the “autistic savant,” particularly because the Academy Award winning movie <em>Rain Man</em> made “autistic savant” a household word. But savant skills are not limited to autistic persons, nor are all autistic persons savants. Therefore Savant Syndrome is a more accurate and inclusive term for this remarkable condition and Savant Syndrome includes some persons (about 50%) who are autistic with superimposed savant abilities, but also includes persons with other Developmental Disabilities (the other 50%) who have savant abilities as well.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/autistic-savant The Case of the 'Sudden' Savant http://agnesian.com/blog/case-sudden-savant <p>Savant syndrome, whether associated with autistic disorder or other developmental disability, most often is present from birth and surfaces during early childhood. However, recently more instances of “acquired” savant syndrome have been reported in which savant-like abilities emerge, sometimes at a prodigious level, following central nervous system (CNS) injury or disease in later childhood or even adult life in previously non-disabled persons.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/case-sudden-savant The Polyglot (Language) Savant http://agnesian.com/blog/polyglot-language-savant <p>Most persons with savant syndrome have impoverished language skills as part of their basic disability, while musical, artistic, mathematical or mechanical skills flourish as particular islands of genius. Very rarely however, in an already rare condition, spectacular language (polyglot) skills, surprisingly, represent the island of genius in stark contrast to other overall handicaps.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/polyglot-language-savant The Savant Registry — A Preliminary Report http://agnesian.com/blog/savant-registry-preliminary-report <p>Through my years of interest in savant syndrome, literally hundreds of cases have come to my attention through the savant syndrome website, professional and lay articles, books, videos and in-person interviews. In 2010, with the help of David Rebedew, a medical student on a summer research scholarship, approximately 367 such cases were entered into a savant syndrome registry that included the following information: name, address, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, type of ability and disability, congenital vs.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/savant-registry-preliminary-report The ‘Acquired’ Savant—’Accidental’ Genius http://agnesian.com/blog/acquired-savant-accidental-genius <h2>Could such dormant potential exist within us all?</h2> <p>A 10-year-old boy is knocked unconscious by a baseball. Following that traumatic blow, he suddenly can do calendar calculations. He can also remember the weather, along with other autobiographical details of his daily life, from that time forward. An elderly woman who had never painted before becomes a prodigious artist after a particular type of dementia process begins and progresses. Another elderly patient with dementia has a similar sudden epiphany of ability, but this time in music.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/acquired-savant-accidental-genius Williams Syndrome and Savant Syndrome http://agnesian.com/blog/williams-syndrome-and-savant-syndrome <p>A 10/19/97 <em>60 Minutes</em> program focused on Williams Syndrome, which bears some relationship to Savant Syndrome.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/williams-syndrome-and-savant-syndrome ‘Ancestral’ or ‘Genetic’ Memory: Factory Installed Software http://agnesian.com/blog/ancestral-or-genetic-memory-factory-installed-software <p><strong>How do prodigious savants know things they never learned? Maybe Carl Jung was right.</strong></p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD http://agnesian.com/blog/ancestral-or-genetic-memory-factory-installed-software Agnesian Work & Wellness welcomes new nurse practitioner http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-work-wellness-welcomes-new-nurse-practitioner <img src="/sites/default/files/Ford_Allyson-WEBSITE.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Allyson Ford, APNP" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Allyson Ford, APNP, nurse practitioner, to Agnesian Work &amp; Wellness, located at St. Agnes Hospital, 420 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac. She is now accepting patients.</p> <p>Ford will be working with occupational health clients to provide a variety of customized services and programs designed to meet the unique needs of each business and its employees.</p> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-work-wellness-welcomes-new-nurse-practitioner Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers invite public to book fair http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-invite-public-book-fair <img src="/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-516137066.jpg" width="1826" height="1642" alt="Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers invite public to book fair" typeof="Image" /> <p>The public is invited to a book fair, sponsored by the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers, from Wednesday, May 3 to Friday, May 5 at Agnesian HealthCare’s lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The book fair by Collective Goods runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3; from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 4; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 5.</p> <p>Proceeds will benefit the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers Scholarship Fund.</p> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-invite-public-book-fair How does acupuncture work? http://agnesian.com/blog/how-does-acupuncture-work <img src="/sites/default/files/Acupuncture.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="How does acupuncture work?" typeof="Image" /> <p>Acupuncture improves the body’s functionality and activates the natural self-healing process by stimulating acupuncture points, or acupoints. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice with roots that go back thousands of years. According to traditional Chinese medicine, your body is a cohesive unit - a complex system where everything is interconnected and each part affects all other parts.</p> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Margaret Boyd, LAc, LMT http://agnesian.com/blog/how-does-acupuncture-work What are the common symptoms that indicate presence of kidney disease? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-are-common-symptoms-indicate-presence-kidney-disease <img src="/sites/default/files/Flank-pain.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Flank pain - symptom of kidney disease" typeof="Image" /> <p>This is an excellent question that I get a lot from my patients. The bad part about having kidney disease is that it is relatively a silent disease. Apart from pain in your flank/groin or frank blood in urine, which are alarming symptoms that prompt someone to seek medical attention, most of kidney disease is silent and one does not notice it unless the kidney function drops to a critically low level, which requires dialysis.</p> <p><strong>So, when should one see a nephrologist and what is the best way to make an appointment?</strong></p> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sameer Gupta, MD http://agnesian.com/blog/what-are-common-symptoms-indicate-presence-kidney-disease What is the physical/medical side of addiction? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-physicalmedical-side-addiction <img src="/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-532685419.jpg" width="2141" height="1400" alt="Physical medical side of addiction" typeof="Image" /> <p>Ann Frintner, CSAC, behavioral health inpatient addiction counselor</p> <p>The medical side of addiction is what changes go on in the brain when addiction occurs. How do you recognize symptoms, and take care of them or help someone you love to recognize them?</p> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/what-physicalmedical-side-addiction ‘Stretch & Balance for Older Adults’ Program http://agnesian.com/blog/stretch-balance-older-adults-program <img src="/sites/default/files/494389869%20On%20My%20Way3_0.jpg" width="1800" height="1200" alt="Stretching for Older Adults" typeof="Image" /> <p>Stretching is an important part of an older adult’s flexibility, and helps to offset the effects of normal decline in the flexibility of joints so individuals can remain active and independent.  </p> <p>Join Natasha Novak, fitness instructor, for a stretching program that incorporates breathing exercises and good posture to relax the body and relieve tension. </p> <p>“Stretch &amp; Balance for Older Adults” is scheduled for Wednesdays, May 3 to 24 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the RMC Wellness Center, 845 Parkside Street, Ripon.  </p> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/stretch-balance-older-adults-program Breathe http://agnesian.com/blog/breathe <img src="/sites/default/files/Blue-Sky-with-Clouds.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Beautiful sky - breathe it all in" typeof="Image" /> <p><strong>Breathe. Just breathe.</strong></p> <p>It seems silly to have to remind myself to breathe. After all, isn’t it something I should just do naturally without having to think about it? But still, I find myself saying those words many times a day.</p> <p><strong>Breathe. Take a deep breath.</strong></p> <p>When I start to worry about what is coming up in my life, I have to say those words. When I feel overwhelmed with grief, sadness or fear, I have to say those words.</p> <p><strong>Breathe. Slowly, in and out.</strong></p> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Spiritual Care Services http://agnesian.com/blog/breathe Ripon Medical Center offers ‘Gentle Yoga’ http://agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-offers-gentle-yoga-0 <img src="/sites/default/files/RMC-Wellness-Center.jpg" width="1600" height="900" alt="RMC Wellness Center" typeof="Image" /> <p>Join Jenni Borell, E-RYT, a certified integrative yoga for seniors instructor and certified essential low back program instructor, to release tension, increase range of motion and energize through this slow-paced, therapeutically-oriented class. This class is suited for all ages and abilities.</p> <p>“Gentle Yoga” is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, May 1 to 22 in the RMC Wellness Center, 845 Parkside Street, Ripon. Individuals should bring a yoga mat and throw blanket to each class.</p> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-offers-gentle-yoga-0 Exercise, eat smart to keep the weight off http://agnesian.com/blog/exercise-eat-smart-keep-weight <p>It’s that time of the year again when people are making lifestyle adjustments to help meet New Year’s resolutions. For those looking to either lose weight or keep it off, here are some strategies to consider.</p> <p>People who keep weight off tend to have several habits in common. The following strategies can help you achieve long-term weight loss.</p> <p><strong>Exercise every day</strong></p> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Stephanie Glod, DO http://agnesian.com/blog/exercise-eat-smart-keep-weight Agnesian HealthCare welcomes internal medicine physician http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-internal-medicine-physician <img src="/sites/default/files/Muller_Jay-WEBSITE.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Jay Muller, MD" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes internist Jay Muller, MD, to Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic. He is now accepting new patients at the Agnesian Health Plaza Building A, 421 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>As a board-certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Muller offers comprehensive healthcare services to men and women, including preventive care, diagnosis and non-surgical treatment.</p> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-internal-medicine-physician Our senses and sensory processing http://agnesian.com/blog/our-senses-and-sensory-processing <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/autism.jpg" width="506" height="338" alt="autism" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: <a href="/physician/vivian-hazell-lead-autism-therapist">Vivian Hazell, MSE, LPC Lead Autism Therapist with Agnesian HealthCare</a></p> <p><strong>Points to consider:</strong>The only way that any person knows what is going on both internally or externally is how they gather information through their senses (central nervous system) and how they interpret that information with their brain to come up with an adaptive response.</p> <p>1.  The seven senses that are responding to occurrences are:</p> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Behavioral Health Services http://agnesian.com/blog/our-senses-and-sensory-processing Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers to host fair trade sale fund-raiser http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-host-fair-trade-sale-fund-raiser <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers are hosting a fair trade sale by the Just Fare Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 27 in the Agnesian HealthCare lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street. The public is welcome to attend.</p> <p>Just Fare will feature fair trade items, such as coffee, baskets, aprons, handcrafted kitchen and tableware, children’s clothing and gifts, Boozik amplifiers, musical instruments and much more. Stop by and see the beautiful handiwork!   </p> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-host-fair-trade-sale-fund-raiser Same old workout routine can backfire http://agnesian.com/blog/same-old-workout-routine-can-backfire <img src="/sites/default/files/Spinning-Cycling.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Spinning workout" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Michael Kurek, ATC, LAT, <a href="/services/sports-medicine">Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</a></p> <p>Have you been doing the same routine at the gym and not been happy with the results? Try switching things up in your workout routine to maximize your time and effort. Whether you are training for sport or working out for leisure, doing the same routine is not only boring, but will eventually lead to a plateau or overtraining injuries.</p> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Bone & Joint Health http://agnesian.com/blog/same-old-workout-routine-can-backfire Healthy Recipe: Spicy Salmon with Olive-and-Lemon Quinoa http://agnesian.com/blog/healthy-recipe-spicy-salmon-olive-and-lemon-quinoa <p><a href="http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2011/02/Salmon-with-apple-quinoa-868x10241.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2011/02/Salmon-with-apple-quinoa-868x10241.jpg" /></a> Salmon and quinoa</p> <p>Prep time: 15 minutes</p> <p>Cook time: 15 minutes</p> <p>Makes: 4 servings</p> Mon, 03 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations http://agnesian.com/blog/healthy-recipe-spicy-salmon-olive-and-lemon-quinoa What is a parish nurse? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-parish-nurse <img src="/sites/default/files/Parish-Nurse-1.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Parish Nurse" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Sue Schmitz, RN, PN, Parish Health Ministry Coordinator, Agnesian HealthCare</p> <p>A parish nurse (also called a “faith community nurse”) is a registered nurse with training in whole person health, who works within a faith community (mosque, synagogue, temple, church). A parish nurse focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention habits to help people of all ages get and stay healthy. </p> Mon, 03 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations http://agnesian.com/blog/what-parish-nurse Bereavement Services Gathering & Raffle promises evening of fun, giving http://agnesian.com/blog/bereavement-services-gathering-raffle-promises-evening-fun-giving <img src="/sites/default/files/Bereavement-Gathering-Raffl.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Bereavement Services Gathering &amp; Raffle" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation has scheduled its annual gathering and raffle to support Bereavement Services from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 at the Plaza Level Conference Center at St. Agnes Hospital, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The event will feature refreshments, children’s activities and the raffle drawing (6:30 p.m.). Admission is free with the purchase of a raffle ticket.</p> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/bereavement-services-gathering-raffle-promises-evening-fun-giving Avoiding complications with sleep apnea http://agnesian.com/blog/avoiding-complications-sleep-apnea <img src="/sites/default/files/Sleep-Apnea-CPAP.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Sleep apnea diagnosis" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Stacy DeGroot, RRT</p> <p><strong>What health risks are associated with sleep apnea?</strong></p> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Health Shoppe http://agnesian.com/blog/avoiding-complications-sleep-apnea Foundation for Ripon Medical Center to host Denim & Pearls April 8 http://agnesian.com/blog/foundation-ripon-medical-center-host-denim-pearls-april-8 <img src="/sites/default/files/AGN-16343%20DenimPearls_Ripon%20Display.jpg" width="720" height="720" alt="Foundation for Ripon Medical Center Denim &amp; Pearls 2017" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center is hosting its annual Denim &amp; Pearls fund-raiser on Saturday, April 8 at Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street, in the hospital’s Atrium.</p> <p>The event begins at 6 p.m. Participants are invited to wear their favorite denim and pearls, and come to enjoy a fun, relaxing evening with music, delicious food and many opportunities to support this great event. Tickets are $40 each.</p> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/foundation-ripon-medical-center-host-denim-pearls-april-8 Audio blog: an interview with Bert Callahan, MD http://agnesian.com/blog/audio-blog-interview-bert-callahan <img src="/sites/default/files/Callahan-Bert%20web%20480_0.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Bert Callahan, MD, Orthopedic &amp; Sports Medicine Agnesian HealthCare" typeof="Image" /> <p>Find out more about Bert Callahan, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Ripon Medical Center. This monthly program will focus on various bone and joint topics such as joint replacement, arthritis, sports medicine and more! </p> <p></p> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/audio-blog-interview-bert-callahan Samaritan Cash Raffle tickets on sale http://agnesian.com/blog/samaritan-cash-raffle-tickets-sale <img src="/sites/default/files/AGN-16349%20Samaritan%20Cash%20Raffle_Facebook.jpg" width="720" height="720" alt="2017 Samaritan Cash Raffle " typeof="Image" /> <p>Tickets are now on sale for the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s annual Samaritan Cash Raffle, with the top prize of $100,000. The raffle gives participants the opportunity to win up to $125,000 in cash prizes.</p> <p>The 2017 drawing is scheduled at noon on Wednesday, May 10 in the St. Agnes Hospital lobby. First prize will be $100,000, with second prize at $10,000. Remaining prizes are as such: third prize, $4,000; fourth to 25<sup>th</sup> prize, $500.</p> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/samaritan-cash-raffle-tickets-sale Treffert Academy now enrolling http://agnesian.com/blog/treffert-academy-now-enrolling <img src="/sites/default/files/AGN-17072%20Treffert_4K%20Registration_Facebook.jpg" width="1500" height="1501" alt="Treffert Academy 4K Registration" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Treffert Academy - 371 E. 1<sup>st</sup> Street, Fond du Lac - is currently accepting enrollment for its current full-day preschool program, as well as its 4K and half-day preschool programs for fall.</p> <p>Janell Nielson and Kelly Schisel, from Marian University’s Early Childhood Center, serve as the newest members of the Treffert Academy 4K and half-day preschool teaching team.</p> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/treffert-academy-now-enrolling RMC Auxiliary sets uniform, linen sale on April 10 http://agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-sets-uniform-linen-sale-april-10 <img src="/sites/default/files/AHC%20icon%20only.jpg" width="266" height="267" alt="Agnesian HealthCare Logo" typeof="Image" /> <p>The public is invited to attend a PRN Uniform and 40 Winks linen sale, sponsored by the Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10 in the hospital’s Green Lake Room.</p> <p>PRN Uniforms will feature a selection of more than 4,000 items from top manufacturers, including scrubs, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. The sale will feature a selection of more than 4,000 items from top manufacturers, including scrubs, shoes and accessories at affordable prices.</p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-sets-uniform-linen-sale-april-10 Special foot care for diabetes http://agnesian.com/blog/special-foot-care-diabetes <img src="/sites/default/files/Agnesian-Podiatry-foot-care.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Foot care for diabetics" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Robert Bertram, DPM, &amp; Sarika Parikh, DPM, Podiatry (Foot &amp; Ankle)</p> <p>It’s not high blood sugar, heart disease or stroke that most often puts people with diabetes in the hospital. It’s their feet. Foot wounds are the most common diabetes-related cause for hospitalization. Foot wounds in a person with diabetes can also lead to amputation.</p> <p>Fortunately, people with this disease often can prevent these serious wounds with daily foot exams.</p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Podiatry http://agnesian.com/blog/special-foot-care-diabetes Nephrology: understanding all aspects http://agnesian.com/blog/nephrology-understanding-all-aspects <img src="/sites/default/files/Kidneys.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Kidneys and nephrology" typeof="Image" /> <p>In short, a nephrologist is a physician who specializes in treating health concerns that arise from sub-optimal kidney function. However, I strongly feel this explanation oversimplifies the facts and one can truly understand the role of a nephrologist if he/she acknowledges the role that kidneys play in our daily lives.</p> <p>Nephrology (from Greek νεφρός nephros "kidney," combined with the suffix -logy, “the study of”) is a specialty of medicine and pediatrics that concerns itself with the study of normal kidney function, kidney problems and the treatment of kidney concerns.</p> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sameer Gupta, MD http://agnesian.com/blog/nephrology-understanding-all-aspects How long does a knee replacement last? http://agnesian.com/blog/how-long-does-knee-replacement-last <img src="/sites/default/files/Bandaging-knee.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Provider bandaging a patient&#039;s knee" typeof="Image" /> <p>Patients often ask, “How long will knee replacements last?” This is an excellent question, and particularly relevant for those who are younger and contemplating knee replacement.</p> <p>More than 600,000 knee replacements will be performed in 2017 and the number is due to rise to 2.2 million by 2020. Knee replacements reduce pain and improve function, and allow people to maintain a level of activity for as long as their overall health allows. Total knee replacement (TKA) does not, however, give you a normal knee and it is important for patients to have realistic expectations.</p> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Bert Callahan, MD http://agnesian.com/blog/how-long-does-knee-replacement-last