Blog Agnesian en Hometown compassion, exceptional orthopedic care <img src="//" width="960" alt="Lori and husband" typeof="Image" /><p>It quickly becomes apparent in conversations with Todd and Lori Machmueller, Ripon residents who will both be celebrating their 57<sup>th</sup> birthdays in August, that they appreciate the many benefits of having Ripon Medical Center and its skilled and compassionate providers right within their own community.</p> Thu, 22 Jul 2021 07:00:00 CDT Acupuncture brings longstanding benefits <img src="//" width="480" alt="Boyd" typeof="Image" /><p>More than 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered that pressing certain points on the body relieved pain locally while also benefitting other parts of the body further away. In the early Chinese dynasties, when stones and arrows were the only implements of war, many soldiers wounded on the battlefield experienced sudden relief from long-standing symptoms of disease. Gradually, they discovered more points that alleviated pain and influenced the functioning of the internal organs.</p> Thu, 15 Jul 2021 07:00:00 CDT Margaret Boyd, LAc, LMT Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Charity Open plans traditional return <img src="//" width="1000" alt="Charity Open" typeof="Image" /><p>The 2021 Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Charity Open, scheduled for Monday, August 16, is feeling a little more familiar as plans are underway for a traditional event, following a virtual event in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. </p> <p>Thanks to incredible community support, the 2020 virtual event surpassed its fund-raising goal to assist patients facing end of life with invaluable hospice care, regardless of their ability to pay. </p> Thu, 15 Jul 2021 07:00:00 CDT CoolSculpting® less invasive way to effectively manage fat cells <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Coolsculpting" typeof="Image" /><p>The Agnesian Plastic Surgery &amp; Cosmetic Services team makes receiving CoolSculpting® services easy and welcoming. This was the case for a recent patient who speaks highly of team members - Jean, Heidi and Selina - as she was treated like royalty.</p> <p>CoolSculpting® is a fat-reduction treatment for men and women who want to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat in certain areas of their body (see FDA-cleared areas for treatment). CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical alternative that has little to no downtime.</p> Thu, 15 Jul 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare win 27 Best of Fond du Lac awards <img src="//" width="250" alt="Best of" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, received 27 honors as part of 2021 <em>Best of Fond du Lac awards </em>by the Fond du Lac Reporter.</p> <p>Readers were encouraged to vote for individuals or businesses in categories ranging from best services, eats and drinks, entertainment, leisure spots, shopping and more!</p> <p>Those who were honored included:</p> Wed, 30 Jun 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare to transition from mass COVID-19 vaccine clinics, offer in primary care clinics <img src="//" width="1129" alt="vaccine" typeof="Image" /><p>As mass vaccination and retail sites offer more vaccine to the general public, Agnesian HealthCare is transitioning from community vaccine clinics to offering vaccinations at Fond du Lac Regional Clinic locations including: </p> Mon, 28 Jun 2021 07:00:00 CDT Behavioral Health services to offer education series <img src="//" width="1500" alt="children playing" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare Behavioral Health services is offering a Mindfulness, Resiliency &amp; Beyond series starting June 17, 2021.</p> <p>Sessions are scheduled from June 17 to August 19 at the Boys &amp; Girls Club of Fond du Lac (members only), Fond du Lac Family YMCA (open to public), and the Children's Museum of Fond du Lac (members only).</p> <p>Registration is not necessary. Sessions are led by Danielle Falesnik, MS, ATR, LPC, SAS, with Agnesian HealthCare's Doll &amp; Associates.</p> Wed, 16 Jun 2021 07:00:00 CDT How to set up your workstation when working from home <img src="//" width="1236" alt="computer" typeof="Image" /><p>Audra Hazelberg, PT, DPT, Ripon Medical Center</p> <p>Many of you have found yourselves working at home due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Setting up a proper workstation is important to decrease risk for injury and developing chronic pain. Using proper ergonomics, body position, can decrease stress and focus on neutral posture to minimize pain.   </p> <p>Here is a simple “how to guide” on how to set up your work station to optimize body posture and ergonomics. </p> Mon, 14 Jun 2021 07:00:00 CDT Waupun Memorial Hospital continues emergency readiness <img src="//" width="2048" alt="Hazmat training" typeof="Image" /><p>Warmer temperatures could not stifle the teamwork from Waupun Memorial Hospital Medical Imaging, Maintenance and Emergency Preparedness staff as they conducted their annual hazardous material (Hazmat) training.</p> <p>The training involved setting up a special tent-like structure near the Emergency Department and practicing using its equipment, which is specially designed to decontaminate victims of a hazardous material incident.</p> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Health Plaza A team honors physician legacy <img src="//" width="4000" alt="bench" typeof="Image" /><p>Members of the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic’s Otolarynology team and others came together in early June to remember the legacy of Dr. Michael A. Strigenz, who passed away in September 2020 at the young age of 63.</p> <p>Dr. Strigenz practiced Otolaryngology with the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic from June 1991 to June 2015.   He was greatly respected and appreciated by his patients, as well as our providers and staff.  Dr. Strigenz served as president of the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic Board of Directors and as a member of the Agnesian HealthCare Board of Directors. </p> Mon, 07 Jun 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Volunteer Services awards nine scholarships <img src="//" width="1827" alt="Scholarships" typeof="Image" /><p>Nine area students who intend to pursue careers in health care have been awarded scholarships from Agnesian HealthCare.</p> <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Volunteer Services has awarded six from the Fond du Lac area with the Waupun Memorial Hospital Volunteers giving three.</p> <p>Scholarship recipients were chosen from among area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in health care.</p> <p>Award recipients include:</p> Fri, 04 Jun 2021 07:00:00 CDT Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary awards scholarships to area students <img src="//" width="1826" alt="RMC scholarships" typeof="Image" /><p>Three area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in health care have been awarded scholarships by the Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary. </p> Fri, 04 Jun 2021 07:00:00 CDT Ripon Medical Center Medical Staff awards scholarships to area students <img src="//" width="480" alt="scholarships" typeof="Image" /><p>Three area students who intend to pursue careers in health care have been awarded scholarships from the Ripon Medical Center Medical Staff.</p> <p>Scholarship recipients were chosen from among area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in health care.</p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $2,000 scholarships.</p> Fri, 04 Jun 2021 07:00:00 CDT The Foundation for RMC awards Arlene Fenner Family Endowed Scholarship <img src="//" width="732" alt="Noldolf" typeof="Image" /><p>The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center has named McKenzie Nodolf, a Ripon High School senior, as the 2021 recipient of the $500 Arlene Fenner Family Endowed Scholarship.</p> <p>Nodolf is pursuing a physical therapy degree at Clarke University. She is the daughter of Bethany and Jesse Nodolf. Nodolf was chosen from among area high school seniors, pursuing a career in health care that plan to attend a college or university in Wisconsin.</p> Fri, 04 Jun 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Pharmacy donates greeting cards to St. Vincent de Paul Society <img src="//" width="4032" alt="Pharmacy donation" typeof="Image" /><p>As the need for Agnesian Convenient Care Clinic and Agnesian Pharmacy services at 145 N. Main Street in Fond du Lac continues to grow as more individuals are returning to medical care as COVID-19 cases decrease, the need for more space is becoming increasingly evident.</p> <p>The Agnesian Pharmacy has turned the need to increase space into a positive for another local ministry, which shares the same values as Agnesian HealthCare and SSM Health.</p> Tue, 25 May 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare/SSM Health recognizes Fond du Lac County Health Department <img src="//" width="4032" alt="Health Department" typeof="Image" /><p>A long-standing partnership between two local health care partners has helped to ensure that the community’s physical and well-being needs are being met, even as new medical concerns come to light. </p> <p>Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, and the Fond du Lac County Health Department have collaborated to help individuals and families navigate through various health issues, including measles, mumps, rabies, influenza, H1N1 and more, to provide needed medical care as well as education. </p> Fri, 14 May 2021 07:00:00 CDT Mt. Calvary resident wins the Samaritan Cash Raffle grand prize <img src="//" width="4032" alt="Cash raffle winner" typeof="Image" /><p>Mary Beyer, of Mt. Calvary, 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 12. The suspense was finally relieved when the grand prize winner was announced by Shawn Fisher, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation executive director, and Richard Santa-Cruz, MD, an interventional cardiologist with Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic and cash raffle chairperson.</p> Wed, 12 May 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare opens COVID-19 vaccine clinics to walk-ins <img src="//" width="5472" alt="Mom and child" typeof="Image" /><p>With warmer temperatures and wonderful spring scenery, schedules are quickly filling with gardening and yard work, safe outdoor activities like walking and biking, and backyard barbecues. In addition to other day-to-day tasks, time can be tight some days and it can be challenging to fit everything that needs to be complete within a given day.</p> Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare to expand suicide screening age groups <img src="//" width="1000" alt="depression" typeof="Image" /><p>Suicide is a serious public health concern. The death of a loved one by suicide touches all of our community. There are many factors that contribute to suicide. The goal of suicide prevention is to reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience.</p> Tue, 27 Apr 2021 07:00:00 CDT The right care at the right place…safely <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Convenient Care" typeof="Image" /><p>Our goal is to make sure that our patients can always get the best, most appropriate care for their individual needs. That’s why we offer a wide range of options from primary care to urgent care to emergency care.</p> <p>For all the bumps, bruises and bad fevers that don’t call for a trip to the emergency department, the Agnesian Convenient Care Clinic offers an on-site pharmacy, lab, X-ray services and convenient hours including weekends and holidays.</p> Mon, 26 Apr 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare offers same-day COVID-19 vaccinations <img src="//" width="1129" alt="Vaccine" typeof="Image" /><p>Thanks to more abundant supplies, Agnesian HealthCare, a member of<strong> </strong>SSM Health, is now offering same-day appointments for the COVID-19 vaccines at its Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun locations.</p> <p>Adults seeking a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 first-dose appointment are encouraged to call (920) 926-8400 or through a simplified online scheduling platform at The COVID-19 vaccination phone line is<a> available weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. </a>Calls after those times will be returned next business day.</p> Fri, 23 Apr 2021 07:00:00 CDT How exercise reduces stress, anxiety <img src="//" width="6720" alt="Stairs" typeof="Image" /><p>As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, many Americans have reported a decrease in overall physical activity, increased social isolation and elevated stress/anxiety.  These factors have contributed toward an overall decrease in physical and mental health since the beginning of the pandemic. The mental and physical health of Americans has somewhat deteriorated during the pandemic and has resulted in a collective “lockdown fatigue.” </p> Fri, 16 Apr 2021 07:00:00 CDT Stroke can strike at any age; Agnesian HealthCare highlights importance of acting FAST <img src="//" width="3025" alt="Renae Patrick" typeof="Image" /><p>Stroke happens at any age, yet many young people do not think a stroke could happen to them. <strong>In fact, about one in seven strokes occur in adolescents and young adults, ages 15 to 49.  </strong></p> <p>Younger people may not recognize the symptoms, and there may be delay in diagnosis at the hospital because stroke is typically thought of as a condition that happens to older people. </p> Fri, 16 Apr 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare welcomes family medicine physician to Waupun clinic <img src="//" width="1732" alt="Dr. Riquelme" typeof="Image" /><p>Jean Riquelme, MD, FAAFP, a family medicine physician, is now accepting patients at Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 608 W. Brown Street in Waupun. </p> <p>Dr. Riquelme specializes in family medicine and sees patients of all ages. She offers a full range of general family medicine, including preventive health care, annual physicals, well-child checks and immunizations, and care for acute and chronic illness and general medical concerns. </p> Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare vaccines 2,000 residents in mass vaccination clinic <img src="//" width="4032" alt="mass vaccine clinic" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, has been busy since late January providing COVID-19 vaccines to interested patients, and now any community member over age 16. In fact, staff has successfully vaccinated nearly 28,000 people.</p> <p>Those numbers became a reality in part due to a mass vaccination clinic in Fond du Lac that drew more than 2,000 interested community members as they were able to receive the Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine.</p> Sat, 10 Apr 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare offers simplified online self-scheduling for COVID-19 vaccinations <img src="//" width="1129" alt="vaccine" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare, a member of<strong> </strong>SSM Health, is offering simplified online self-scheduling for adults seeking COVID-19 first-dose vaccination appointments. The new web-based platform at is open to all Wisconsinites, whether they are current Agnesian HealthCare patients or not.</p> Mon, 05 Apr 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Cancer Center ranked as one of best in the country <img src="//" width="480" alt="Cancer center" typeof="Image" /><p>The Agnesian Cancer Center has been granted a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).</p> <p>To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.</p> Thu, 25 Mar 2021 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare expanding vaccination clinic schedules <img src="//" width="1129" alt="vaccine" typeof="Image" /><p>With supplies of COVID-19 vaccine increasing in Wisconsin, Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, is expanding its vaccination clinic schedule to accommodate more eligible individuals as approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.</p> <p>Currently, Agnesian HealthCare and SSM Health, are vaccinating individuals in the following eligible groups, as approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services:</p> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 06:00:00 CST Moraine Park receives $10,000 donation from Waupun Memorial Hospital <img src="//" width="4032" alt="MPTC donation" typeof="Image" /><p>The Moraine Park Foundation has received a donation of $10,000 from Waupun Memorial Hospital, a member of Agnesian HealthCare, to purchase 44 Portable Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Jump Bags. This equipment will be used as an additional learning tool for the College’s Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and Paramedic program students.</p> Wed, 10 Mar 2021 06:00:00 CST Vestibular rehabilitation: stopping the dizziness, improving your balance <img src="//" width="640" alt="Jesse Schulz" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Jesse Schulz, PT, DPT, Ripon Medical Center</em></p> Wed, 10 Mar 2021 06:00:00 CST SSM Health Wisconsin delivers 100,000th dose of COVID-19 vaccine <img src="//" width="3188" alt="100000 dose" typeof="Image" /><p>SSM Health Wisconsin, which includes Agnesian HealthCare, has reached a milestone today by administering its 100,000<sup>th</sup> dose of COVID-19 vaccine.  </p> <p>Since January 25, Agnesian HealthCare has given nearly 11,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine and nearly 3,000 second doses to its patients 65 years and above at three different locations in Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun. </p> Thu, 04 Mar 2021 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare partners to offer emergency teleneurology coverage <img src="//" width="281" alt="Equipment" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare is now offering emergency teleneurology coverage at Ripon Medical Center, St. Agnes Hospital and Waupun Memorial Hospital, in partnership with SOC Telemed, a national provider of telemedicine technology and solutions to hospitals and other health care organizations.</p> <p>The partnership enables the hospitals to virtually access time sensitive neurological care expertise whenever and wherever it is needed through the use of SOC video conferencing software and technology.</p> Wed, 03 Mar 2021 06:00:00 CST Ribbon cutting ceremony celebrates new SSM Health facility opening <img src="//" width="4032" alt="ribbon cutting" typeof="Image" /><p>On Monday, February 22, 2021, the Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of SSM Health’s new physician offices located at 130 Corporate Drive, along Highway 151 in Beaver Dam, with a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony available for viewing on the Beaver Dam Chamber Facebook page.</p> <p>SSM Health started building in March of 2020 and in less than a year they opened their doors and are able to provide a full array of health care services. This new facility provides area residents with more opportunities for health care right in their backyard.</p> Mon, 22 Feb 2021 06:00:00 CST SSM Health celebrates opening of new Beaver Dam physician offices <img src="//" width="4032" alt="Clinic" typeof="Image" /><p>SSM Health is celebrating the imminent opening of its new 40,000-square-foot physician offices in Beaver Dam with a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the facilities. The new offices, located just off Highway 151 at 130 Corporate Drive, will open to patients on Monday, February 22.</p> Thu, 18 Feb 2021 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Waupun Memorial Hospital virtual raffle successful <img src="//" width="250" alt="Virtual raffle" typeof="Image" /><p>Thanks to the continued support of residents in Waupun and surrounding communities, the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation raised more than $20,000 to help support the purchase of an ultrasound device that offers a quicker and less invasive way to insert an IV placement, and as a result, will help providers on the delivery of care.</p> <p>The virtual raffle drawing - conducted February 17 - was shown on Agnesian HealthCare’s Facebook page live.</p> <p>The following individuals were randomly drawn as prize winners:</p> Wed, 17 Feb 2021 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Mayville clinic welcomes new family medicine physician <img src="//" width="750" alt="Rao" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Kandipati Sreenivasarao, DO, (also known as Dr. Rao) a board-certified family medicine physician, to the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 360 S. Mountin Drive, Mayville. He is now accepting new patients.</p> <p>Dr. Rao specializes in family medicine and sees patients of all ages. He offers a full range of general family medicine; preventive health care; annual physicals; well-child checks and immunizations; and care for acute and chronic illness and general medical concerns.</p> Tue, 16 Feb 2021 06:00:00 CST During American Heart Month, take steps to protect your heart health <img src="//" width="749" alt="Balderrama" typeof="Image" /><p>Over the last 11 months, the nation’s health care focus has been on protection from the COVID-19 virus.</p> <p>“And rightly so,” says Tadeo Diaz Balderrama, MD, MS, FACC, an Agnesian HealthCare cardiologist. “In addition to protecting ourselves from COVID-19, it is equally important that we are attentive to our overall heart health, especially as we recognize February as American Heart Month. Even during a pandemic, heart disease remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States.”</p> Thu, 04 Feb 2021 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare extending vaccinations to patients 65 years and above <img src="//" width="1129" alt="Vaccine" typeof="Image" /><p>Since the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) gave approval for adults age 65 and older to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Agnesian HealthCare has been planning and implementing vaccine clinics in Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun.</p> <p>Like other health care providers in the state, Agnesian HealthCare is working collaboratively with its public health department partners and the DHS to determine next steps.</p> Wed, 03 Feb 2021 06:00:00 CST Waupun Memorial Hospital receives ventilator <img src="//" width="1512" alt="Vent" typeof="Image" /><p>As a critical access hospital, Waupun Memorial Hospital has received a free transport ventilator through the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.</p> <p>The new Hamilton T-1 portable ventilator is a perfect complement to the ventilators already in place at Waupun Memorial Hospital. The hospital identified this equipment necessity when planning initial responses to the COVID-19 crisis and potential surge of patients.</p> Wed, 03 Feb 2021 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Foundation receives large gift <img src="//" width="266" alt="Beatrice Eiring" typeof="Image" /><p>The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation has received one of its largest gifts from a single donor after receiving an estate gift from Beatrice Eiring, a former employee and volunteer at St. Agnes Hospital, a member of Agnesian HealthCare.</p> <p>The estate gift was designated for the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation by Beatrice who passed away at the age of 92 in October 2014. Beatrice was employed at St. Agnes Hospital for many years as an information desk clerk and also served as a volunteer more than 2,250 hours.</p> Tue, 26 Jan 2021 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, Lakeside Forward donate funds to replace playground equipment <img src="//" width="1600" alt="playground" typeof="Image" /><p>On December 21, 2020, playground equipment at Lakeside Park was destroyed by fire. In a collaborative effort, the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation and Lakeside Forward will collectively donate $40,000 to rebuild the playground.</p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman Beaver Dam SSM Health clinic construction near complete, interior fixtures now being installed <img src="//" width="250" alt="Workstations" typeof="Image" /><p>With roughly one more month before the first patient walks in the door at the new SSM Health physicians offices in Beaver Dam, work is focusing less on actual construction and more on the installation of furniture and fixtures needed by providers and team members to provide compassionate and quality care.</p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare welcomes nurse practitioner to Waupun clinic <img src="//" width="250" alt="Jessica Sullivan" typeof="Image" /><p>Jessica Yogerst Sullivan, APNP, MSN, a nurse practitioner, is now accepting patients at Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 608 W. Brown Street in Waupun.</p> <p>Sullivan provides medical services to individuals and families with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. She assists patients by discussing prevention and wellness techniques, prescribing medications and managing health issues.</p> Fri, 08 Jan 2021 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman Ripon Medical Center receives ventilator <img src="//" width="1431" alt="Ventilator" typeof="Image" /><p>As a critical access hospital, Ripon Medical Center has received a free transport ventilator through the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.</p> <p>The new Hamilton T-1 portable ventilator complements one generously donated in mid-2020 by the Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary, as the hospital identified this equipment necessity when planning initial responses to the COVID-19 crisis and potential surge of patients.</p> Wed, 06 Jan 2021 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman Beaver Dam SSM Health physician offices interior work progressing well <img src="//" width="250" alt="tour" typeof="Image" /><p>The community will get its first public look at the new SSM Health physician offices in Beaver Dam during a virtual tour starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, December 20. For those interested in viewing, they can visit either the SSM Health Dean Medical Group or Agnesian HealthCare Facebook pages or, or</p> Fri, 18 Dec 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman Dr. Darold Treffert leaves behind rich history <img src="//" width="1105" alt="Treffert" typeof="Image" /><p>Darold Treffert, MD, an internationally respected researcher in autism, hyperlexia, savant syndrome and related conditions, passed away unexpectedly on December 14 at the age of 87. He leaves behind a rich legacy through Agnesian HealthCare’s Treffert Center, which invites individuals, families and communities worldwide to explore the potential of the human mind, focusing on strengths rather than limitations. </p> Tue, 15 Dec 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman Beaver Dam SSM Health clinic interior work progressing well <img src="//" width="706" alt="Beaver Dam clinic" typeof="Image" /><p>Construction efforts remain on schedule at the new SSM Health clinic in Beaver Dam. With the weather turning colder, most of the work is focused on the facility’s interior, however, some exterior work continues.</p> <p>The construction crew is installing wood appearance paneling to complement existing stone and brick. Work crews are finishing up sidewalks and will install trees and a few other plantings at the front of the building with additional landscaping and parking lot work to follow in the spring of 2021.</p> Tue, 08 Dec 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman Language Lines <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Language Line" typeof="Image" /><p>These dedicated professionals work quietly behind the scenes to ensure that the translation needs of our patients and their families are being met 365 days a week, 24 hours a day. They work one-on-one with patients – available during each step of the health care process.</p> Fri, 20 Nov 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman Honoring A Legacy <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Debra and Stephen White" typeof="Image" /><p>Debra and Stephen White, of Waupun, were blessed with a loving and blessed married life for 37 years. They raised two sons and welcomed four grandchildren to their family.</p> <p>When Stephen was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his cancer journey began. Stephen didn’t respond to chemotherapy treatment and his health began to decline rapidly. End-of-life care was needed, and a friend recommended Debra and Stephen consider Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope, and in particular its Hospice Home of Hope.</p> Fri, 06 Nov 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman New Beaver Dam clinic construction continues on track <img src="//" width="4032" alt="Beaver Dam exterior" typeof="Image" /><p>It’s easy to see that the exterior of the new SSM Health clinic under construction off Highway 151 in Beaver Dam is taking shape. What is less apparent is the extensive work going on inside.</p> <p>“At the beginning of October, you could stand at one end of the facility and see all the way to the opposite end,” says Kyle Prochaska, senior construction project manager for SSM Health Dean Medical Group. “Right now, that is no longer the case. In fact, as of mid-October, 90 percent of the second-floor drywall has been installed with the first level following behind.”</p> Wed, 04 Nov 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman Know Your Numbers <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Donna Jost" typeof="Image" /><p>For Donna Jost, 68, of Fond du Lac, keeping up on her overall health and well-being has always been a priority. While raising a family and working full time at Consultants Laboratory, Donna stayed on top of her health, keeping all in check, thanks to regular visits to her health care provider.</p> <p>Since her retirement, she continues to monitor her overall health - whether blood pressure, blood sugar, body weight, cholesterol and more - with her primary care provider, Radhika Raj, MD, internal medicine.</p> Fri, 23 Oct 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman The Best Fit <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Barb Teletzke" typeof="Image" /><p>Barb Teletzke, 71, of Waupun, has taken all the right steps in caring for her heart, including regular visits and monitoring by several members of the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care team for many years, including Richard Santa-Cruz, MD, interventional cardiologist, Kimberly Udlis, APNP, electrophysiology, and James Roth, MD, electrophysiologist.</p> Fri, 09 Oct 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman St. Agnes Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award <img src="//" width="4032" alt="Stroke award" typeof="Image" /><p>St. Agnes Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines<sup>®</sup>-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments with the goal of reducing death and disability for stroke patients. </p> Mon, 05 Oct 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Care That’s Second-to-None <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Donald Wackett" typeof="Image" /><p>Donald Wackett, 80, of Fox Lake, loves to stay busy through various activities, and that is not difficult with his five daughters, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. From fishing, to mowing lawn, to car rides, to spending time with family, he is accustomed to a busy lifestyle.</p> <p>His hectic life only continued to develop when he suffered a stroke 10 years ago and experienced many heart episodes in the following years. Whether it was his heart going into atrial fibrillation or experiencing significant heart palpitations, it quickly began to interfere with his daily life.</p> Fri, 25 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Fond du Lac is an ideal place to practice urology <img src="//" width="811" alt="Christopher Tuveson" typeof="Image" /><p>For the past 17 years, Christopher Tuveson, MD, has been a practicing urologist with the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic.</p> <p>“Fond du Lac is an ideal place to practice urology due to the patient mix, the quality of the clinic staff and the commitment of the clinic and hospital to provide high quality, compassionate care while constantly striving to improve. The safety of the community and proximity to so many activities - making this an ideal place to raise a family - is what initially brought me to Fond du Lac and what has kept me here.”</p> Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Personalized care best through eyes of patients <img src="//" width="720" alt="Jean Rusch" typeof="Image" /><p>Patients appreciate the time that Jean Rusch, APNP, a nurse practitioner with Agnesian Plastic Surgery &amp; Cosmetic Services, takes during their visits with her knowing that the direction she offers to their specific needs will be the best avenue for them to follow.</p> <p>“Patient care is approached through the eyes of the patient,” Rusch says. “Understanding their individual needs, concerns and expectations is how each plan of care is curtailed to his/her treatment.”</p> Tue, 15 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman ‘Got My Snap Back’ <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Lee Brice" typeof="Image" /><p>Lee Brice, 65, a Kingston resident, is not one to sit still. She will admit that the moment you meet her. Always on the go - whether gardening, yardwork, quilting, crocheting or putting together puzzles and more - Lee is not one to sit idle.</p> <p>So, when she was facing pain, she knew who to turn to for help - first with Leesa McShane, APNP, nurse practitioner, and then Jeffrey Meincke, MD, orthopedic surgeon. Since 2016, she has had several surgical procedures with Dr. Meincke.</p> Fri, 11 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Nothing is more special than time with family <img src="//" width="4032" alt="Judkins" typeof="Image" /><p>Being proactive about health should be a priority for any individual. The goal is to promote optimal health so everyone can live a full, rewarding life. It is never too late or too early to begin a path to optimal health. Chiropractic care is available to help individuals who are experiencing pain and stress due to misaligned spines.</p> <p>For the past 15 years, Andrew Judkins, DC, chiropractor, has been serving Fond du Lac area individuals and families in meeting their varied chiropractic care needs, helping them to effectively address acute and chronic health conditions.</p> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Foundation Funds Keeps Families Connected <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Foundation gift" typeof="Image" /><p>Betty Bauer could count on a weekly visit from her family, grandchildren and friends. And then, the COVID-19 pandemic happened. Betty and her resident friends at St. Francis Home became part of a vulnerable population that needed to have strict isolation for their safety. Even family was restricted to enter and visit.</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman High school athletes experiencing increased anxiety during COVID-19 <img src="//" width="480" alt="Chris Schattschneider" typeof="Image" /><p>How are our high school athletes handing the pandemic? Not well according to a recent study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. After polling more than 3,000 high school athletes in all but one Wisconsin county during the spring, researchers found that 68 percent had symptoms of depression and a 50 percent reduction in physical activity. </p> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Mask up! Don't let down your guard against COVID-19 <img src="//" width="261" alt="El-Shahat" typeof="Image" /><p>Even as the United States reopens, it's crucial that people wear face masks when they can't maintain proper social distancing.</p> <p>While masks help keep individuals from getting sick, they are even more effective at preventing somebody else from getting sick. They inhibit some of an infected person's droplets from spreading. This is especially important for people who either have no COVID-19 symptoms or have symptoms so mild that they don't realize they are infected.</p> <p>In fact, wearing a mask is a way to say, “I care about you,” to those around you.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Provider collaboration helps patients with easy access <img src="//" width="3024" alt="Manish Sharda" typeof="Image" /><p>For the past two years, Manish Sharda, DO, has been serving family medicine patients at the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic in Waupun. In his role, Dr. Sharda sees patients of all ages, offeringa full range of general family medicine - preventive health care,annual physicals, well-child checks and immunizations,women’s health, and care for acute and chronic illness and general medical concerns.</p> <p>“Putting our patients and community first is what I enjoy the most about Fond du Lac Regional Clinic,” says Dr. Sharda. “We have multiple teams that work together to deliver world class care.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Tips to help your child wear a mask <img src="//" width="261" alt="Megan Puddy" typeof="Image" /><p>Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, levels of uncertainty are high.  As we begin to plan and prepare for the upcoming school year, parents and caregivers are often left with more questions than answers. </p> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Family, Faith and Fun <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Lance Shiniger" typeof="Image" /><p>Like many cancer patients, Lance Schiniger, a 65-yearold Waupun resident, has left a loving impression on Agnesian Cancer Center staff following successful prostate cancer treatment.</p> <p>“Lance is very kind,” says Annice Klapperich, a registered nurse who works with Filip Troicki, MD, radiation oncologist. “Our staff really loved being around Lance while he received care from our team.”</p> <p>Thanks to Lance’s ongoing partnership with his primary care provider, Janette Drews, APNP, a routine exam showed that his PSA levels were elevated.</p> Fri, 28 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Hometown & Proud of It! <img src="//" width="3648" alt="Bre Anna Nagle" typeof="Image" /><p>During medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bre Anna Nagle, MD, a family medicine physician at the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic in Waupun, was a part of the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program. She knew that she wanted to return to her small town of Waupun in the same environment that she was raised in. </p> <p>During her training, Dr. Nagle spent some time at the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic in Waupun both as a medical student and as a resident. She felt very welcomed and connected to the patients that she was seeing. </p> Sun, 23 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Ripon College welcomes first strength and conditioning coach <img src="//" width="2275" alt="Brandon Zemke" typeof="Image" /><p>Brandon Zemke has been named as the first-ever strength and conditioning coach in Ripon College’s storied history. His first day is August 17.</p> <p>Zemke comes to Ripon College with a wealth of knowledge and experience from his time working at Division 1 and Division 3 NCAA programs to prepare student-athletes for collegiate athletics.</p> Fri, 21 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman UW Organ and Tissue Donation honors Ripon Medical Center/St. Agnes Hospital for maximizing the gift of life <img src="//" width="2016" alt="RMC tissue honor" typeof="Image" /><p>Ripon Medical Center and St. Agnes Hospital are being honored by University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) for their ongoing commitment to saving and improving lives through organ and tissue donation.</p> <p>UW OTD is recognizing Ripon Medical Center and St. Agnes Hospital with the Excellence in Tissue Donation award as Versiti partner hospitals who are achieving at least a 60 percent consent rate. This metric measures the collaborative work between the hospital staff and tissue bank in coordinating communication around tissue consent conversations.</p> Fri, 21 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Simplicity…For Better Results <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Bryce Daane" typeof="Image" /><p>For the past 16 years, Bryce Daane, 24, of Brandon, has been effectively managing his type 1 diabetes helping him to lead a healthy life as an agriculture teacher and preparing for his upcoming wedding to fiancée, Abby.</p> <p>“I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was eight years old,” Bryce says. “I was always extremely thirsty and fatigued, and, needed to use the restroom frequently. At the same time, I went to school with another student who was having the same symptoms and had been recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.”</p> Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Goodbye Seasonal Allergies <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Matthew Vellema" typeof="Image" /><p>Matthew Vellema, 40, of Waupun, grew up in the farming industry and is now the fourth-generation owner of his family farm, Vellema Farms, LLC. Carrying on the farming tradition, working 14 to 16 hour days isn’t uncommon for Matt. When he and his wife, Tracy, welcomed their son, Blake, Matt decided to slow his life down to be more present in the lives of the ones he loves.</p> Fri, 14 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Integrative Health offers safe acupuncture, massage therapy services <img src="//" width="480" alt="acupuncture" typeof="Image" /><p>Never before has Integrative Health services been more necessary to guide patients toward improved immune function, improved bodily function and increased ability to adapt to the tremendous stress of everyday living.</p> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Margaret Boyd, LAc, LMT Ripon Medical Center Medical Staff awards scholarships to area students <img src="//" width="1827" alt="Scholarships" typeof="Image" /><p>Three area students who intend to pursue careers in health care have been awarded scholarships from the Ripon Medical Center Medical Staff. </p> <p>Scholarship recipients were chosen from among area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in health care. </p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $2,000 scholarships. </p> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Masks & Face Coverings: What You Need to Know <img src="//" width="1080" alt="Mask" typeof="Image" /><p>COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which come out of your mouth and nose when you breathe, talk, sneeze, sing and so on. The main goal of wearing a mask is to prevent those droplets from getting into your mouth and nose.</p> <p>Deciding which type of mask is most appropriate? Here is what’s available, along with pros and cons.</p> <p><em>When at an Agnesian HealthCare facility, patients and visitors must wear cloth or disposable masks.</em></p> <p><strong>Bandanas and Neck Gaiters</strong></p> Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare Hospice Hope earns SHPBestTM ‘Superior Performer’ Caregiver Satisfaction Award <img src="//" width="750" alt="Lisa Kirker" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall caregiver and family satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20 percent of all eligible SHP clients for the 2019 calendar year.</p> Mon, 20 Jul 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Catholic Health Association salutes exceptional young leaders in the ministry <img src="//" width="2726" alt="Tiffany Parker" typeof="Image" /><p>Tiffany Parker, director of Inpatient Behavioral Health, Addiction Services and Domestic Violence Services with Agnesian HealthCare, was among 10 young professionals recognized by the Catholic Health Association (CHA) in early June during a virtual assembly.</p> <p>Parker is being honored as one of Tomorrow's Leaders 10 accomplished individuals - all age 40 or younger - who are poised to continue to make significant contributions to the ministry for years to come.</p> Tue, 09 Jun 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Long-term neurologist, team join Fond du Lac Regional Clinic <img src="//" width="261" alt="Dr Gu" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare, with the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, is pleased to announce the addition of Xian-feng Gu, MD, neurologist, and other members of Lakeside Neurocare team effective July 1, 2020.</p> <p>For more than 25 years, Dr. Gu has served with Lakeside Neurocare providing patients with comprehensive neurology services, as well as education and encouragement, and being an active partner in the management of their neurologic needs.</p> <p>He is joined by Lacy Ihde, MSN, APNP-C, and Renae Patrick, RN, MSN, APNP-C.</p> Mon, 08 Jun 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers at Waupun Memorial award scholarships <img src="//" width="1827" alt="Scholarship" typeof="Image" /><p>Five area students who intend to pursue careers in health care have been awarded scholarships from the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers at Waupun Memorial Hospital.</p> <p>Scholarship recipients were chosen from among area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in health care.</p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $1,000 scholarships.</p> Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers award scholarships <img src="//" width="1827" alt="AHC scholarships" typeof="Image" /><p>Seven area students who intend to pursue careers in health care 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 health care.</p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $2,000 scholarships.</p> Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Meet curiosity...the antidote to change ‘frustration’ <img src="//" width="823" alt="Halper, Robin" typeof="Image" /><p>There’s no denying that we’ve all been forced to change our way of life these past few months. While for some it has been subtle, for the vast majority of us our lives have almost become unrecognizable. We keep hearing the words “new normal” everywhere you turn, and quite frankly they’ve come to sound a little irritating. </p> Wed, 13 May 2020 07:00:00 CDT Robin Halper, LPC-IT Dealing with arthritis pain during the COVID-19 pandemic <img src="//" width="480" alt="Callahan" typeof="Image" /><p><em>How do I deal with my significant hip or knee pain until the orthopedic teams are able to begin performing joint replacement surgery?</em></p> <p>There are a variety of non-operative treatment options for arthritis pain. No one treatment is going to help everyone, and patients need to find the treatments that seem to work the best for them.</p> <p><strong>Medications</strong></p> Fri, 24 Apr 2020 07:00:00 CDT Bert Callahan, MD Communication at a Distance <img src="//" width="1500" alt="stay connected" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Alyssa Hallgren, MS, CRC, LPC </em></p> <p>Communication has always been important in our interactions with friends, family, co-workers and professionals. From a young age, we begin learning the “dos and don’ts” of communication to ensure that we don’t offend those we are interacting with. In the age of social distancing, we are communicating in all new ways and have new rules to learn.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare expands care options for patients <img src="//" width="733" alt="telehealth" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the need for regular care continues</em></p> <p>Even under a stay-at-home order, patients still require access to the care they need. That’s why Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, continues to offer high-quality care to patients and communities.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Coronavirus and you: Some FAQs <img src="//" width="1440" alt="Coronavirus" typeof="Image" /><p>The coronavirus that has caused numerous deaths in China is a source of concern worldwide. Like any public health issue, questions about coronavirus are on many people’s minds. So, we spoke with SSM Health Director of Infection Prevention Chris Zirges to answer some of the most common questions about the illness.</p> Tue, 03 Mar 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman ‘There are no words’ <img src="//" width="250" alt="bereavement" typeof="Image" /><p>“There are no words.” It’s a cliche used often and casually in conversation. It means that we can’t explain how we feel or that something is so unreal that we can’t believe it has happened.</p> <p>That is what it feels like when someone we love dies. There are no words. A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with someone about the death of a loved one and we both were looking for words to describe the feeling. We finally decided that indeed, there were no words. </p> Tue, 03 Sep 2019 07:00:00 CDT Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC Grieving at one's own pace <img src="//" width="960" alt="grieving" typeof="Image" /><p>At the Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center, one service we offer is one-on-one support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. We offer free support to both children and adults during the grieving process following the death of a significant person in their life. While the world sometimes attaches stigma to getting support, we want you to know it's okay to challenge that and know how courageous you are for stepping forward to receive the support you may need.  </p> Sat, 01 Jun 2019 07:00:00 CDT Kelly Hanson Managing pain after loss <img src="//" width="98" alt="Loss" typeof="Image" /><p>The journey of grief is painful. The pain is emotional, physical and mental. It might mean our bones and joints ache and it definitely means that our heart aches. Is there a day that will come when we don’t miss our loved ones or feel that ache? I hear this question often. And my answer is always the same, no. There will never come a day when we won’t miss our parent, our partner, our sibling or our child. That is not the goal of walking the journey of grief. So how do we live with the painful feeling of missing someone we love? </p> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 06:00:00 CST Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC Treating yourself like you treat others <img src="//" width="6016" alt="Sunrise" typeof="Image" /><p><em>“When you stop worrying about what you cannot control, you have time to change the things you can control. And that changes everything.” - Marcandangel</em></p> <p>It can happen at any time. One moment you think you have all the answers and life is “going your way.” The next, you are scrambling to make sense of the chaos. Often we say that we had “the best laid plans,” but we know that it can take just a moment to make those plans obsolete. So, what do you do when things are out of your control? How do you respond?</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 06:00:00 CST Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist Self-care important to health, well-being <img src="//" width="4928" alt="meditation" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Kelly Hanson, MA</em></p> <p><em>Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Specialist</em></p> <p>“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brown</p> <p>Self-care is a term we hear on a regular basis. However, how often do you evaluate your self-care? Are you feeling burned out? Or, do you wake up feeling replenished each day? It is important to really think about what this term means and how to implement it into our daily lives.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 06:00:00 CST Give yourself permission <img src="//" width="2400" alt="Winter Grief" typeof="Image" /><p>Let me introduce myself. I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend. During the day, I can be found as a bereavement specialist, a Cub Scout Den leader, a Sunday School teacher, a school volunteer. I spend my days cooking, cleaning and running taxi for my family. I am there whenever anyone needs an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.</p> Sat, 01 Dec 2018 06:00:00 CST Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist Resolve Through Sharing helped this mom cope with loss <img src="//" width="178" alt="Grief Photo" typeof="Image" /><p>Sometimes events touch your life in a way that you will always remember - where you were, when it happened and the people that were with you. </p> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT Personal experience helps outreach to others <img src="//" width="2400" alt="Grieving Woman" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Kelly Hanson, MA, Bereavement Specialist</em></p> <p>It is truly special to me how our life experiences shape us into the people we are meant to be. My journey to becoming a bereavement specialist at Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services is an example of this. Here is my story.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT Helping those facing suicidal thoughts <img src="//" width="2227" alt="Jackie Block, LMFT, LCSW, Psychotherapy" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Jackie Block, LMFT, LCSW, Psychotherapy</em></p> <p><em>St. Agnes Hospital Behavioral Health Services</em></p> <p>I often get asked in my role what someone should do if they suspect someone that they know could be suicidal. What should they do or say to that person? What is the right thing to do or say and what is the wrong thing to do or say? Since this is such a sensitive topic (and some people may avoid doing anything because they don't know what to do), it would be good to offer some tips on what to do.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 07:00:00 CDT What is Dry Needling? <p><strong>What is dry needling?</strong></p> <p><em>Micah Swift, DPT, Outpatient Physical Therapy, St. Agnes Hospital</em></p> <p>Dry needling is a technique performed by a physical therapist with advanced training. While it can be used for a variety of reasons, it is primarily used to relieve muscle tension and pain in the form of a trigger point or what is more commonly called a knot.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:00:00 CDT Stroke risk higher for women than for men <img src="//" width="261" alt="Nathan Larsen" typeof="Image" /><p>Everyone should be aware of the warning signs of stroke. In the United States, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death among men and the third leading cause of death in women, according to the American Stroke Association.</p> <p>“In fact, about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year and strokes kill twice as many women as breast cancer every year,” according to Nathan Larsen, MD, St. Agnes Hospital Emergency Department &amp; EMS medical director.</p> Wed, 23 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman A Mother’s Love <img src="//" width="2121" alt="Mother&#039;s Day" typeof="Image" /><p>A few weeks ago, I finalized plans for a “Girls Only” weekend to visit my friend in Florida for her wedding. No kids, no husbands along. Just the girls, getting a chance to reunite and catch up over a long weekend. You cannot imagine the anticipation that has been building for this trip.</p> <p>But a few days ago, I came to the realization that the trip falls over Mother’s Day. This made me pause for a moment to think. Would my kids be upset that I won’t be with them to celebrate? More so, how will I feel being apart from my kids on Mother’s Day?</p> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist Osgood Schlatter Disease <img src="//" width="544" alt="Osgood schlatter disease" typeof="Image" /><p>Is your child complaining of knee pain? </p> <p>Does it get worse with jumping sports?</p> <p>Is there a painful lump on the shin bone?</p> <p>These symptoms are consistent with Osgood Schlatter Disease (OSD); however it can often be confused with tendonitis of the knee. It is important to differentiate the two as OSD may require a longer rest period and symptoms may last longer than tendonitis. </p> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Sarah Schultz Best wound care options <img src="//" width="2120" alt="April blog" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Kelsey Sauer, Licensed Athletic Trainer </em></p> <p>While skin injuries don’t always seem like a big deal, they can cause infection within the body and become a bigger concern if not cared for properly. It is important to know how to properly treat these injuries and when it is necessary to see a health care provider for care. Appropriate treatment of these injures will help to decrease infection and increase healing time.</p> <p>Common skin injuries include:</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Growth and renewal <img src="//" width="3586" alt="Bereavement" typeof="Image" /><p>Spring has always been my favorite season of the year. As the brown grass begins to turn green and the trees start to bud and their leaves start to grow, you can tell that the environment is going through growth and renewal. Neighbors are out in their yards and taking walks to enjoy the fresh air. It is exciting to see people in our neighborhoods enjoying the warmer temperatures and taking advantage of the extra hours of sunshine. There is just something about seeing a child running around in the yard freely enjoying life that brings hope to all of us after a long and cold winter.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Megyn Wirkus, MST Important questions to ask prior to an orthopedic surgery <img src="//" width="2121" alt="Orthopedic surgery" typeof="Image" /><p>Prior to having surgery for any orthopedic injury or diagnosis, it is important to have good knowledge of what to expect going into surgery. This will assist you in your rehab process and your return home.</p> <p>Below is a list of 10 suggested questions you should ask your surgeon, their physician’s assistance, their nurse practitioner or pre-surgical educator.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman How does cupping work? <img src="//" width="960" alt="cupping" typeof="Image" /><p>Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine where a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction.</p> <p>Cupping is used to treat a range of disorders and symptoms, sometimes on their own, or other times in conjunction with other alternative practices. It’s common for cupping therapy to be used along with massage therapy, essential oils or acupuncture.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:00:00 CDT Allieson Arentz, licensed massage therapist, Agnesian HealthCare Integrative Health Workplace neck pain: simple adjustments can help <img src="//" width="960" alt="neckpain" typeof="Image" /><p>Many individuals who sit at a computer for the duration of their workday complain of neck and upper back pain. Due to the long time spent in a certain position, muscles can become tight or weak, which leads to pain. Usually this happens over time, so even if you are not currently having pain, these suggestions can help you later in the future!</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2018 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations