Blog http://agnesian.com/blog/rss Agnesian en Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new cardiology nurse practitioner http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-cardiology-nurse-practitioner <img src="/sites/default/files/Dalzell_Mary_480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Mary Dalzell" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic is pleased to welcome Mary Dalzell, APNP, as a new cardiology nurse practitioner, located at 420 E. Division Street.</p> <p>As a nurse practitioner, she provides care to patients with various heart concerns, such as coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation and hypertension.  </p> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-cardiology-nurse-practitioner Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new audiologist http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-audiologist <img src="/sites/default/files/Gobler_Julie_480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Julie Gobler" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Julie Gobler, AuD, CCC-A, audiologist, to the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, located at the Agnesian Health Plaza Building A, 421 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac. She is now accepting patients.</p> <p>As an audiologist, Gobler diagnoses, treats and manages individuals with hearing loss or balance concerns. She identifies and evaluates hearing and balance disorders in children and adults, provides treatment for hearing loss, and counsels patients on preventing noise-induced hearing loss.</p> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-audiologist Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new psychiatrist http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-psychiatrist <img src="/sites/default/files/Malwitz_Kari_480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Kari Malwitz" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes psychiatrist Kari Malwitz, MD, to its Behavioral Health Services at 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac. She will care for individuals within the St. Agnes Hospital inpatient behavioral health services unit.</p> <p>As a general adult psychiatrist, Dr. Malwitz has a unique perspective in being able to diagnose, manage and care for people with mental illnesses and emotional issues. In addition, she is able to offer expert psychological and medical help in the balance required for the individual patient.</p> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-psychiatrist Lil Sears - hospice volunteer - plays vital role in end-of-life care, next training date set http://agnesian.com/blog/lil-sears-hospice-volunteer-plays-vital-role-end-life-care-next-training-date-set <img src="/sites/default/files/Lil%20Sears%201.png" width="1579" height="1941" alt="lil" typeof="Image" /> <p>  For the past three years, Lil Sears, of Green Lake, has been providing companionship to patients and families being served by Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope program. She also helps by making medication deliveries as needed and attending 11<sup>th</sup> hour vigils.</p> <p>Sears has been so engaged in her volunteer efforts with Hospice Hope that she frequently offers a gentle note of encouragement to others who consider following in her footsteps.</p> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/lil-sears-hospice-volunteer-plays-vital-role-end-life-care-next-training-date-set Agnesian HealthCare welcomes family medicine physician http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-physician <img src="/sites/default/files/Nagle_BreAnna_480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Bre Anna Nagle" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Bre Anna Nagle, MD, a family medicine physician, to the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 608 W. Brown Street, Waupun. She is now accepting new patients.</p> <p>            Dr. Nagle specializes in family medicine and sees patients of all ages. She offers a full range of general family medicine; preventive healthcare; annual physicals; well-child checks and immunizations; women’s health, and care for acute and chronic illness and general medical concerns.</p> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-physician Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers invite public to jewelry, women’s accessory sale http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-invite-public-jewelry-womens-accessory-sale <img src="/sites/default/files/Jewelry-Sale.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Jewelry sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The public is invited to a jewelry sale by PTK Sales on Thursday, September 28 and Friday, September 29 in Agnesian HealthCare’s lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The sale will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on September 28 and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on September 29.</p> <p>Sponsored by the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers, proceeds will benefit patient programs and services at St. Agnes Hospital.</p> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-invite-public-jewelry-womens-accessory-sale Agnesian HealthCare 2017 Seasonal Flu Clinic Now Open http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-2017-seasonal-flu-clinic-now-open <img src="/sites/default/files/516800852%20FluShot%20960x540WebPage.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Flu" typeof="Image" /> <p><strong>Agnesian HealthCare’s seasonal flu clinics are open to anyone interested in receiving a flu vaccination. </strong></p> <p>This cost is covered by Medicare and you must bring your Medicare card to the flu shot clinic. Vaccines are subject to availability. If you are pregnant and are not a patient of a Fond du Lac Regional Clinic provider, a provider’s order is required.</p> <p><em>ATTENTION BUSINESSES:</em> For on-site flu vaccines at your company, contact Agnesian Work &amp; Wellness at (920) 926-5497.</p> <p><strong>Agnesian HealthCare Lobby Concourse </strong></p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-2017-seasonal-flu-clinic-now-open New Beginnings http://agnesian.com/blog/new-beginnings <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%287%29.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="I can do it" typeof="Image" /> <p>Change. How can it be that one simple word can cause such fear and unease in people? Change is good, right? I mean, isn’t that what we are told?</p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist http://agnesian.com/blog/new-beginnings First Place 4 Health: A Faith-Based Weight Loss Program http://agnesian.com/blog/first-place-4-health-faith-based-weight-loss-program <img src="/sites/default/files/Screenshot005.jpg" width="1317" height="725" alt="Faith" typeof="Image" /> <p>First Place 4 Health (FP4H) is a Bible study that focuses on building your faith, and in the process, releasing weight. This Christ-centered program includes prayer, scripture memory and a small group Bible study. </p> <p>You’ll have the accountability of a small group (limit is 12 for that reason) and receive the starter kit of materials/books when you join. You will weigh in each week, and have measurements taken at the first and last class.  FP4H believes weight loss and lasting behavioral change starts on the knees and from within relying on God’s strength for lasting change.</p> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin http://agnesian.com/blog/first-place-4-health-faith-based-weight-loss-program Waupun Memorial Hospital committee awards 2017 scholarships http://agnesian.com/blog/waupun-memorial-hospital-committee-awards-2017-scholarships <img src="/sites/default/files/Seniors.jpg" width="600" height="150" alt="Seniors" typeof="Image" /> <p> The Waupun Memorial Hospital (WMH) Gift Shop Scholarship Committee has awarded five $1,000 scholarships to area high school seniors and continuing college students who are pursuing a career in medical-related fields.</p> <p>            This year, recipients include:</p> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/waupun-memorial-hospital-committee-awards-2017-scholarships What is genetic testing and do I need it? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-genetic-testing-and-do-i-need-it <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%288%29.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Genetic Testing" typeof="Image" /> <p>Genetic testing is done through a blood or saliva sample in the clinic. This sample identifies specific inherited changes (mutations) in a person’s chromosomes to help detect increased risk of certain cancers. Genetic mutations can have beneficial, harmful, or no effect on health. Mutations that are harmful may increase a person’s risk of developing a certain cancer. Overall, inherited mutations are found in about 5-10% of diagnosed cancers.  Typically cancers that are caused by a genetic mutation tend to be more aggressive and occur at a younger age.  </p> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Lisa Michels http://agnesian.com/blog/what-genetic-testing-and-do-i-need-it RMC Auxiliary to host fall mum sale on September 19, 20 http://agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-host-fall-mum-sale-september-19-20 <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image_2.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="RMC mum sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary has scheduled its fall mum sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 near the hospital’s healing garden (near Emergency Department entrance).</p> <p>The sale will feature a choice of high-quality mums and hardy asters that are specially grown to blossom and last well into the fall season. Large pots of grass and mums will again be available.</p> <p>Cash and checks are accepted, and Agnesian HealthCare associates can use quickcharge.</p> <p>All proceeds will support Ripon Medical Center services and programs.</p> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-host-fall-mum-sale-september-19-20 Agnesian HealthCare Foundation announces 2017 Charity Open raffle winners http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundation-announces-2017-charity-open-raffle-winners <img src="/sites/default/files/480x480_RMC%20Foundation%20Golf%20Outing.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Charity Open winners" typeof="Image" /> <p>Jeannie Timblin, Fond du Lac, was drawn as the grand prize winner in this year’s Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Charity Open. As the grand prize winner, Timblin can choose between a 2017 Buick Encore or $15,000 cash prize, donated by Holiday Automotive.</p> <p>Other raffle winners included: Cody Cardinal, Fond du Lac, second prize - $5,000 cash; Fred Christ, Fond du Lac, third prize - $2,500 cash; Rosemarie Herbert, St. Cloud, fourth prize - $1,500 cash; and Jim Baumhardt, Eden, fifth prize - $1,000 cash prize.</p> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundation-announces-2017-charity-open-raffle-winners Running the race: training, injuries & pain http://agnesian.com/blog/running-race-training-injuries-pain <img src="/sites/default/files/Runner%20image.jpg" width="1500" height="1001" alt="Runner" typeof="Image" /> <p>Hard work and intelligent training is essential when it comes to running faster and farther, no matter how experienced you are.</p> <p>Training for a race requires careful planning. Most training routines have a similar structure of a variety of runs with the distances, times and frequency adjusted to meet the demands of the race you are preparing to run.</p> <p>Proper training can help lessen the likelihood of running injuries and pain. To prevent injury, it is necessary to progress your running gradually, include strength training in your routine, eat healthy and stay hydrated.</p> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Daniel B. Garcia, PT, DPT http://agnesian.com/blog/running-race-training-injuries-pain Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers schedule candy, nut sale http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-candy-nut-sale-1 <img src="/sites/default/files/145992521_Chocolate%20Nuts_Fade.jpg" width="525" height="350" alt="Candy 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 Tuesday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 13 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 September 12 and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on September 13.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-candy-nut-sale-1 RMC Auxiliary schedules purse, tote sale September 11 http://agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-schedules-purse-tote-sale-september-11 <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image_1.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Purse sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The public is invited to a purse and tote sale at Ripon Medical Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, September 11 at Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street, Ripon.</p> <p>All items will be one-of-a-kind and handmade, original designs by local crafter, Debbie Brooks. Stock up for back to school or early Christmas presents with these fun creations, and support the Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary.</p> <p>Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Agnesian HealthCare associates can use quickcharge.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-schedules-purse-tote-sale-september-11 WMH volunteers to host annual bake & mum sale on September 13, 14 http://agnesian.com/blog/wmh-volunteers-host-annual-bake-mum-sale-september-13-14 <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image_2.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Mum sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Waupun Memorial Hospital Volunteers have scheduled their annual fall mum sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 14 outside the hospital’s main entrance on Brown Street.</p> <p>The sale will feature a choice of high-quality mums and hardy asters that are specially grown to blossom and last well into the fall season. Large pots of grass and mums will again be available.</p> <p>Cash and checks are accepted, and Agnesian HealthCare associates can use quickcharge.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/wmh-volunteers-host-annual-bake-mum-sale-september-13-14 Agnesian HealthCare welcomes general surgery/orthopedics nurse practitioner to Waupun http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-general-surgeryorthopedics-nurse-practitioner-waupun <img src="/sites/default/files/Smits_Andrea%20HS_480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Andrea Smits" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic is pleased to welcome Andrea Smits, APNP, as its new nurse practitioner with its General Surgery &amp; Orthopedics department at the Waupun clinic, 608 W. Brown Street.</p> <p>As a nurse practitioner, Smits assists general surgery and orthopedic physicians in offering a complete range of care including orthopedic concerns (total joint replacement, sports medicine, pediatric orthopedics, trauma and fractures) and general surgery issues (advanced laparoscopic procedures, varicose veins and colonoscopies).</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-general-surgeryorthopedics-nurse-practitioner-waupun Julie Hau's Story http://agnesian.com/blog/julie-haus-story <p>One appointment close to home changed Julie's life.  Her breast cancer was detected at a treatable stage with 3D mammography technology.  Agnesian HealthCare offers walk-in screenings in Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun.</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT http://agnesian.com/blog/julie-haus-story Hot Topic: Solar Eclipse 2017 http://agnesian.com/blog/hot-topic-solar-eclipse-2017 <img src="/sites/default/files/825386886%20Eclipse%20960x540.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Eclipse" typeof="Image" /> <p>By now, most of us have seen the news reports and social media posts regarding the upcoming solar eclipse and are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to experience this impressive event with our own eyes! However, before you turn your attention skyward, it is important that you keep in mind the potential for vision loss if you do so without the proper eye protection!</p> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Tristan Brown, OD http://agnesian.com/blog/hot-topic-solar-eclipse-2017 Agnesian HealthCare announces promotion http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-announces-promotion <img src="/sites/default/files/Floberg_Jenna%20WEBSITE.jpg" width="261" height="282" alt="Jenna Floberg" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare is proud to announce the promotion of Jenna Floberg, BS, NHA, to executive director of Villa Loretto and Villa Rosa in Mt. Calvary.</p> <p>In this new role, Floberg will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Villa Loretto and Villa Rosa, which offers long-term care services including skilled nursing care and assisted living apartments.  </p> <p>Doug Trost, St. Francis Home president and chief executive officer, made the announcement recently to the organization.</p> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-announces-promotion AHC Volunteers schedule footwear/uniform sale at Agnesian Health Plaza A http://agnesian.com/blog/ahc-volunteers-schedule-footwearuniform-sale-agnesian-health-plaza <img src="/sites/default/files/669451786%20Uniforms%20960x540.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Uniform sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers have scheduled a footwear/uniform and linen sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5 at the Agnesian Health Plaza A, 421 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac, in the Mary Agnes Room (second floor, second driveway).</p> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/ahc-volunteers-schedule-footwearuniform-sale-agnesian-health-plaza Common Shoulder Questions http://agnesian.com/blog/common-shoulder-questions <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%286%29.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Shoulder Pain" typeof="Image" /> <p>Almost every day, I treat patients with shoulder pain, instability or stiffness. Having limited mobility of the shoulder really affects quality of life and can have a major impact on normal activities. Some concerns are easy to treat while others require surgery.</p> <p>Most shoulder concerns can be classified into four common causes:</p> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Bryan Royce, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon http://agnesian.com/blog/common-shoulder-questions Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers to host fair trade sale fund-raiser http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-host-fair-trade-sale-fund-raiser-0 <img src="/sites/default/files/79071793%20Shopping%20960x540Blog.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Just Fare Trade" typeof="Image" /> <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, September 6, and Thursday, September 7 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> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-host-fair-trade-sale-fund-raiser-0 Hospice volunteer training creates new friendships, next training date set http://agnesian.com/blog/hospice-volunteer-training-creates-new-friendships-next-training-date-set <img src="/sites/default/files/Nan%20and%20Joyce%201.png" width="1748" height="1335" alt="Hospice volunteers" typeof="Image" /> <p>For Nan Amend and Joyce Jaeger, they could have never imagined that a training session to become Agnesian HealthCare Hospice Hope volunteers would lead to a wonderful friendship.</p> <p>More than 18 years ago, Amend, of Montello, responded to a newspaper article, while Jaeger, of Neshkoro, was looking for gratifying volunteer work and knew a friend who was a hospice volunteer. Throughout the years, both volunteers have provided companionship to patients and families, as well as 11<sup>th</sup> hour vigils and non-direct patient care areas.</p> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/hospice-volunteer-training-creates-new-friendships-next-training-date-set What Influences Recovery Time After a Concussion? http://agnesian.com/blog/what-influences-recovery-time-after-concussion <img src="/sites/default/files/513488990%20SickBoy%20960x540Blog.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Boy with head injury" typeof="Image" /> <p>As an athletic trainer that deals with high school athletes  and concussions, I will get a lot of questions about why did Johnny take three weeks to recover from his concussion when it only took Jacob 10 days, or “I will be back in a week right, because that’s how long it took Marisa to get back.”  Well the answer to those questions is not a simple yes or no. People need to look at concussions and brains like snowflakes.  No two snowflakes are the same, just as no two brains are the same, so that means no two concussions are the same.</p> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Tyler Schwarz, ATC, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center http://agnesian.com/blog/what-influences-recovery-time-after-concussion Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers schedule uniform sale http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-uniform-sale <img src="/sites/default/files/669451786%20Uniforms%20960x540.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Uniform sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers will be sponsoring a uniform sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23 in the Agnesian HealthCare lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-uniform-sale It’s OK to be selfish http://agnesian.com/blog/its-ok-be-selfish <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%285%29.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Man relaxing with book" typeof="Image" /> <p>I have found myself telling people many times in the last few months that it is OK to be selfish. It’s OK to conserve your energy and do only what is within your power to do during your time of grief. </p> <p>So what does it mean to be selfish during grief, especially during the intense first two years? It means that we can say “no” to people. It means we can think of ourselves first and ask, “Is this what I want to do with the precious little energy I have?” </p> Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC http://agnesian.com/blog/its-ok-be-selfish RMC Auxiliary sets uniform, linen sale on August 9 http://agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-sets-uniform-linen-sale-august-9 <img src="/sites/default/files/669451786%20Uniforms%20960x540.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Uniform sale" 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 Wednesday, August 9  in the hospital’s Princeton and Ripon rooms.</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> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-sets-uniform-linen-sale-august-9 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 receives Supply Chain Excellence Award from Premier Inc. http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-receives-supply-chain-excellence-award-premier-inc <img src="/sites/default/files/Team%20Photo%20with%20Payton%20Manning.jpg" width="1275" height="911" alt="Premier honor" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare has received the Supply Chain Excellence Award from Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, for its high-value purchasing practices.</p> <p>“Agnesian HealthCare is continuously advancing its supply purchasing strategies and collaborating to share best practices that support Premier alliance members,” says Durral R. Gilbert, present of Premier supply chain services. “We are thrilled to present them with this honor as they work to provide high-value care in their community.”</p> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-receives-supply-chain-excellence-award-premier-inc 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