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Ministry Door County Medical Center’s recognition as “most wired” means better care

Ministry Door County Medical Center has been recognized as one of the 25 “most wired” small and rural hospitals in the country.

The “most wired” designation was received by those hospitals that scored the highest on the Health Care’s Most Wired 2010 survey. The annual survey is sponsored by Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine (H&HN), an American Hospital Association publication.

“This really says a lot about the people who spent so much time working to put together the electronic medical record system,” said Gerald Worrick, president and CEO of Ministry Door County Medical Center. “It shows that we are in a leadership role when compared to the rest of the country’s small and rural hospitals.

“Our goal is to meet the requirements that the federal government has set for hospitals to become fully electronic by 2017. Right now, we are ahead of that,” Worrick said.

What is an electronic medical record?

An electronic medical record (EMR) is a computerized medical record similar in structure to a paper-based record. It is capable of capturing, processing and storing information and is interoperable with other related systems such as billing and administrative applications, according to H&HN.

Ministry Door County received national recognition in H&HN’s July magazine and online at www.hhnmag.com. Mary Lopas, the hospital’s chief information officer, responsible for IT, diagnostic imaging and the laboratory, accepted the award in San Diego.

Lopas said the “most wired” award recognizes Ministry Door County for being on the right track.

“Our staff and physicians are being acknowledged by national experts for proactively meeting the guidelines and goals related to quality patient care,” Lopas said. “It’s an honorable distinction for a hospital this size; it exemplifies our commitment to the communities we serve,” said Steve Quade, the hospital’s vice president of business and hospitality services.

This is the seventh year Ministry Door County Medical Center has completed the “most wired” survey. In 2008, the hospital earned a “most improved” award, a designation which recognizes health care organizations whose IT scores improved the most. “This year, we have the full award. We have achieved the goal,” Lopas said.

Some of the more recent IT accomplishments at Ministry Door County include broadening IT programs to other areas of the hospital. For example, technology is being used to help ensure patients get the right medications in the right doses. The implementation of safeguards began in inpatient services and has recently expanded to the Surgery Center.

Another area that contributed to the hospital’s high score is the access patients have to their health care charges online and the ability to pay their bills electronically.

Ministry Door County’s employees also have access to a wide variety of hospital benefits and information through an intranet.

Voice recognition dictation is being used by the diagnostic imaging department to reduce the amount of time that doctors and patients spend waiting for health care test results. Ministry Door County’s achievements also include a picture-archiving communication system, which electronically manages and distributes images; computed radiography; digital rather than film images; and e-management systems in the emergency department and Ministry North Shore Medical Clinic, a multi-physician group practice owned by the hospital.

Looking to the future, Lopas wants to ensure that more information is being electronically captured at Ministry North Shore locations, so that it can be promptly available to the hospital’s emergency department.

Caregivers have the technology to capture patient information electronically in the private practice rooms instead of re-entering the information in the computer at a nurses’ station.

More information about Ministry Door County Medical Center is online at ministryhealth.org or by calling 920.743.5566.

What’s the difference between a DO and an MD?

Like most people, you have probably been going to a doctor ever since you were born, but you may not be aware that there are actually two physician designations. Whether your physician is an MD or a DO, you are in good hands.

DOs comprise a separate, yet equal branch of American medical care. The difference between a DO (doctor of osteopathy) and an MD is more a matter of philosophy than training. Both are fully qualified physicians licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication.

There are several similarities:

  • Both DO and MD medical designations require a 4-year undergraduate degree and 4 years of medical school.
  • DOs and MDs can choose to complete a residency program (typically 2 to 6 years of additional training) in a medical specialty area – such as pediatrics, family practice, psychiatry, surgery or obstetrics.
  • DOs and MDs must pass medical licensing examinations.

95% of America’s physicians are MDs, yet the 5% of DOs handle approximately 10% of all primary care visits.

There are a few differences:

  • DOs tend to specialize in primary care areas.
  • Osteopathic physicians are advocates of preventative health care and help patients take more responsibility for their own well-being.
  • DOs receive training in osteopathic manipulative medicine, a form of therapy that requires hands-on treatment of muscles, tendons, and joints – to relieve pain and improve function.
  • Understanding how injury or illness in one area of the body can affect the rest of the body helps to determine the best treatment.

For more information, contact Ministry Door County Medical Center at 920.743.5566 or visit ministryhealth.org.

Family medicine expands at Ministry Door County Medical Center

Ministry Door County Medical Center welcomes Nathan Hayes, DO, to its family medicine team.

Dr. Hayes graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and went on to earn his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center. He completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Hayes is originally from Antigo, Wisconsin. To make an appointment with Dr. Hayes, call 920.746.0510.

The internal medicine department at Ministry Door County Medical Center welcomes James Heise, MD.

Dr. Heise received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. His internship and residency were completed at the Department of Internal Medicine-Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Heise is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

To make an appointment with Dr. Heise, call 920.746.0510.


Join Ministry Door County Medical Center for a Celebration of Community 2010!

October 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Door Community Auditorium
3926 Hwy. 42, Fish Creek
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

FREE Concert. Seating is limited.

Julie Gold is best known for Bette Midler’s version of her song “From a Distance” which won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1991.

Be inspired by Dorothy Scott’s fierce and funny, outspoken, and vulnerable performance.

Cellist and producer Hans Christian combines the cello with electronics and instruments from around the world to create his unique sound.

For more information, call 920.493.5979.