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Blue Distinction means better results for patients

Saint Clare’s Hospital (SCH) in Weston and Saint Michael’s Hospital (SMH) in Stevens Point were both awarded the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® designation from the BlueCross BlueShield Association for expertise in delivering high quality care for both knee and hip replacement surgery.

To earn the Blue Distinction, SCH’s and SMH’s processes and results were rigorously reviewed and met objective clinical measures developed by medical experts and professional health care organizations. “This designation affirms the excellence and commitment of our physicians and staff in combining state-of-the-art surgery with state-of-the-art care,” said Michael Kryda, MD, vice president, medical affairs for Ministry Health Care.

The new designations were awarded based on SCH’s and SMH’s clinical data proving excellent performance of comprehensive inpatient hip and knee replacement services, including total hip and knee replacement.

To qualify for the Blue Distinction designation, Saint Clare’s and Saint Michael’s Hospitals met the requirements as:

  • Acute care inpatient facilities offering intensive care, emergency care and full patient support services.
  • Being fully accredited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Comprehensive quality management programs.
  • Having experienced surgical teams with board certified, fellowship trained surgeons and having case volumes that met the selection criteria.

Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield was also awarded the Blue Distinction designation for knee and hip replacement, as well as for spinal surgery.

To learn more about SCH’s and SMH’s Blue Distinction designation, visit www.BCBS.com/bluedistinction.

Christopher Magiera, MD, joins Ministry Medical Group

Christopher Magiera, MD, joined Ministry Medical Group’s Department of Gastroenterology. Dr. Magiera provides a full spectrum of digestive disease evaluations and treatments for adult patients.

"The key to excellent medical care is not just the technical skill of the physician, but a commitment to listen carefully to the concerns of the patient," said Dr. Magiera.

Dr. Magiera currently sees patients at Saint Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point and Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston.

Diane Reetz, APNP, joins Saint Michael’s Hospital

Diane Reetz, advanced practice nurse practitioner (APNP), at Saint Michael’s Hospital Urgent Care Department, believes in the philosophy of treating people as she would like to be treated.

“I believe in being a good listener, providing compassionate care, and treating others with respect,” said Reetz.

Reetz enjoys spending free time with family, traveling, and spoiling her grandchildren.

For more information, please call 715.346.5000.

Janet Gilbert, MD, joins Ministry Medical Group in Weston

Janet Gilbert, MD, is a board certified family medicine physician with more than 20 years of experience. Dr. Gilbert has special interests in pediatrics, women’s health, and geriatrics.

“I believe there is always something unique in each patient,” said Dr. Gilbert.

Dr. Gilbert enjoys gardening, photography, reading, and spending time with her family. For more information, please call 715.393.3900.

Two new providers join the Saint Clare’s Hospital emergency department

Etta Lovitt, MD, joins the Emergency Services Department of Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston.

“Working in the emergency department provides a unique opportunity to put the patient first and build trust as people come to us in a significant time of need,” said Dr. Lovitt.

“They depend on us to work with them to resolve their issues quickly and efficiently.”

Family Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Verfuerth also joins the Emergency Services Department staff.

“I believe in partnering with patients and providing resources so they can better understand how to help themselves improve their health,” said Verfuerth.

In her spare time, Verfuerth enjoys biking, sewing, crafts, gardening and spending time on her hobby farm.

Project Embrace supports breast cancer patients

When Linda Cook was first diagnosed with breast cancer, she received three special blankets as gifts. Knowing that other women needed encouragement when undergoing breast cancer treatment, Cook initiated Project

Embrace which provides comforting blankets to cancer patients.

The UW-Stevens Point women’s basketball team played its 2010 Pink Zone® game against Platteville on February 17 at UWSP.

The Pointer Pink Zone game honors women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

To show their support, team members wore pink jerseys. Caretakers, nurses and friends of cancer survivors attended the Pink Zone game and were recognized along with the breast cancer survivors.

The Pointer women’s basketball team has held silent auctions and other fund raising events throughout the year. This year, during the game, the team presented Saint Michael’s Foundation with a gift of $2,562 for Project Embrace at Saint Michael’s Hospital.

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) started Pink Zone in 2007. Last year’s national campaign raised over $1.3 million for breast cancer research and awareness. Pink Zone is aimed at increasing breast cancer awareness throughout college campuses and their communities.

6th Annual Walk Wisconsin Non-competitive Walking Marathon

Saturday, June 5, 2010
Green Circle trail system in and around Stevens Point / Plover
Early check-in available Friday, June 4, from 4 – 8 p.m.

Check-in times

  • 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. – Full marathon (26.2 miles)
  • 6:30 – 11 a.m. – Half marathon (13.1 miles)
  • 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Quarter marathon (6.5 miles)
  • 2 – 5:30 p.m. – Finish line picnic /entertainment

Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and sports sack.

Registration fee is $25 per person.
To register or for more information, log on to www.walkwisconsin.com

Walk Wisconsin is proudly co-sponsored by Ministry Health Care