News from Ministry Health Care

Grief Support Open to All in Appleton

April 16, 2014

The hospice team of Affinity Visiting Nurses provides grief support to anyone in the community, regardless of their involvement with hospice prior to the death of their loved one.

Learn about Laser Vision Correction Surgery Options

April 16, 2014

(Stevens Point, WI) – Ministry Medical Group Ophthalmology Department hosts free program on Laser Vision Correction Surgery Options on Tuesday, April 29, 6- 7 pm, Oak Room, 2501 Main Street in Stevens Point.

Local leaders honored at Annual Community Leadership Celebration

April 16, 2014

(Stevens Point, WI) – Martin Luther King, Jr, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Steve Jobs – all great examples of leaders that catapulted ideas that changed lives on a global scale. Have you ever thought of those leaders that contribute to change and influence people on a more local level? They are out there. In fact, they are here in our community.

Seven Ministry Facilities Receive Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

April 15, 2014

Seven Ministry Health Care facilities have earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital Community Health & Wellness Fair

April 15, 2014

(RHINELANDER, WI) – The Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation will be hosting the eighth annual Community Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. - noon at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital located at 2251 North Shore Drive in Rhinelander.

Sports Physicals

April 15, 2014

Whatever sports your children play this summer or fall - like most kids - need a sports physical to meet the participation requirements of their school or league. If that's the case, Ministry Medical Group is here to make sure your kids are health and on top of their game

Grant Expands Training Opportunities for SANE Nurses at Ministry Saint Clare’s

April 14, 2014

A nearly $12,000 grant has been awarded to the Foundation of Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital on behalf of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital.

Ministry receives AORN award

April 14, 2014

Ministry Health Care has received an award from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), presented at the organization’s recent 61st annual Surgical Conference and Expo in Chicago. Nearly 5,000 health care professionals and another 5,000 vendors attended.

Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital earns AHA/ASA Award

April 14, 2014

Representatives of various stroke teams and departments at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital gathered for a photo recently after receiving the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.”

Living Well earns Best of Home Care award

April 10, 2014

Ministry Home Care offers a variety of volunteer opportunities in the Marshfield area—anything from pet therapy visits to clerical support.

Trauma Center is re-verified

April 10, 2014

Ministry Living Well was recently honored as a 2013 winner of the “Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award” by Home Care Pulse, the top home care quality assurance firm in the nation.

Women for Agriculture donate basket

April 10, 2014

Wisconsin is known for its agriculture. In fact, March 25 is designated Agriculture Day in the state. The Wisconsin Women for Agriculture decided to help observe the occasion by presenting an Ag Basket to the first baby born that day on the Birth Center at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

Spring Fling benefits House of Dove

April 10, 2014

Rock in’ the House, featuring the Pointless Brothers in a benefit for the House of the Dove Hospice Home, will be Saturday, April 12 at the Eagles Club in Marshfield.

Aortic aneurysms topic of Forum 55

April 10, 2014

“Aortic Aneurysm Repair” will be discussed at the next educational session of Forum 55+ the social and educational program sponsored by Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield for those 55 and older.

Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital Earns Trauma Re-verification

April 10, 2014

Central and Northern Wisconsin’s only Adult and Pediatric Level II Trauma Center at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, in partnership with Marshfield Clinic, has been re-verified by the Verification Review Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Free Monthly Blood Pressure Checks in Rhinelander

April 09, 2014

High blood pressure cannot be cured, but it can be controlled in most cases. The treatment for high blood pressure must be tailored to the specific needs of the individual, as guided by their doctor. Detecting it is the first step.

Grief Support Group Offered in Athens

April 09, 2014

A support group is available in Athens for any adult who is grieving the death of a loved one, whether the loss was recent or many years ago.

Grief Support Groups Open to All in Stevens Point

April 09, 2014

Ministry Home Care-Hospice Services provides grief support to everyone in the community, regardless of their involvement with hospice prior to the death of their loved one.

Ministry Saint Clare's Awards $50,000 to Blessings in a Backpack

April 09, 2014

Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston is pleased to announce the selection of Blessings in a Backpack of DC Everest and Wausau as the facilities first Community Benefit Partner Organization.

Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital can help with Advance Directives

April 08, 2014

(RHINELANDER, WI) – Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital, along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of Wednesday, April 16, as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Ministry Saint Mary’s is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Wisconsin state laws.

Grief Support Groups Open to All in Oshkosh

April 07, 2014

The hospice team of Affinity Visiting Nurses provides grief support to anyone in the community, regardless of their involvement with hospice prior to the death of their loved one.

Annual Plant Sale in Weston

April 07, 2014

Ministry Home Care – Hospice Services will hold their Annual Plant Sale on Friday, May 9, 8 am – 6 pm and Saturday, May 10, 8 am – 1 pm at the Weston Regional Medical Center.

HYMC Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition in National Program

April 07, 2014

(WOODRUFF, WI) – Howard Young Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

Ministry Health Care Supports Local Soccer

April 03, 2014

(WOODRUFF, WI) – Ministry Medical Group in Woodruff, and Howard Young Medical Center, contributed $1,000 to support the Greater Lakeland American Youth Soccer Organization (GLAYSO). Each Saturday during the season, an average of 400 children from Minocqua, Woodruff, and the surrounding communities, participate in youth soccer games at Arbor Vitae - Woodruff School.

Ties That Bind Us to host Colors of Cancer 5K Run and Walk in Crandon

April 03, 2014

(WOODRUFF, WI) – Let your true colors shine at the Colors of Cancer 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at the historic Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.

Grief Support for Surviving Spouses/ Partners in Stevens Point

April 02, 2014

Ministry Home Care-Hospice Services offers a unique support group for adults whose spouse or partner has died.

Annual Plant Sale in Wisconsin Rapids

April 02, 2014

Welcome spring with beautiful annuals. Join Ministry Home Care-Hospice Services for their Hospice Plant Sale on Saturday, May 10, 10 am – 4 pm at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 320 Oak Street, Wisconsin Rapids (across from Wisconsin Rapids Post Office).

Hospice Volunteers Needed, Training Offered in Stevens Point

April 02, 2014

Hospice is about living each day to the fullest. It’s about helping individuals dying of terminal illness live each day in a pain-free environment, with dignity and peace. As a hospice volunteer, you can be a part of this incredible journey.

Learn about Laser Vision Correction Surgery Options

April 02, 2014

(Stevens Point, WI) – Ministry Medical Group Ophthalmology Department hosts free program on Laser Vision Correction Surgery Options on Tuesday, April 29, 6- 7 pm, Oak Room, 2501 Main Street in Stevens Point.

LifeDirect Volunteers Needed

April 02, 2014

(Stevens Point, WI) – Ministry Living Well, in partnership with Saint Michael's Hospital, is seeking volunteers to assist with the LifeDirect program.

Working through Grief Series in Rhinelander

April 01, 2014

A free support group on “Taking Care of Yourself While Grieving” will be offered by Ministry Home Care as part of their ongoing Working through Grief series, open to everyone in the community free of charge.

Grief Support in Amherst

April 01, 2014

A support group is available in Amherst for any adult who is grieving the death of a loved one, whether the loss was recent or many years ago.

Free Blood Pressure Checks Offered Monthly in Marshfield

April 01, 2014

Ministry Home Care is providing free blood pressure checks at convenient locations around the area on the third Tuesday of every month.

Free Blood Pressure Checks Offered in Thorp

April 01, 2014

Ministry Home Care is providing free blood pressure checks at Morgan Plaza in Thorp on the third Tuesday of every other month.

Grief Support Group Open to All in Waupaca

March 31, 2014

Ministry Home Care-Hospice Services provides grief support to anyone in the community, regardless of their involvement with hospice prior to the death of their loved one.

Ministry Medical Group Woodruff Clinic Offers Free Education Events

March 28, 2014

(WOODRUFF, WI) – Would you like to learn how “you” are the best medicine? Find out more at “Circle of Health, Reflections on Wellness and Balance in our lives,” a free educational program provided by Ministry Medical Group in Woodruff. There are two opportunities to attend the one-hour seminar on Wednesday, April 9, at 12 p.m. or at 5 p.m.

Ministry Good Samaritan to Host Organ and Tissue Donation Program

March 27, 2014

Making the decision to become and organ or tissue donor is not easy. Being a donor isn’t right for everyone, but it can make a difference. Currently more than 120-thousand people are on the national transplant waiting list with more than 2, 000 of those living in Wisconsin.

Ministry Home Care-Hospice to Hold Life Talks Series in Weston

March 27, 2014

Navigating the health care system can be complicated, especially as people or their loved ones advance in age. In an effort to provide information on many timely topics, Ministry Home Care-Hospice is launching a series of brown bag lunch presentations in Weston on important topics that affect many of families as they or the people in their lives advance in age.

Volunteer Grant Provides Education for Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff at Ministry Good Samaritan

March 27, 2014

For many years the Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center Volunteers have supported educational opportunities for staff as the result of proceeds from the Hospital Gift Shop in Merrill.

Volunteers of Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital donation to SMH Foundation

March 27, 2014

(RHINELANDER, WI) – The Volunteers of Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital, through their fund-raising efforts, recently donated $20,000 to the Saint Mary’s Hospital (SMH) Foundation.

Saint Mary's Foundation sponsors Colors of Cancer

March 26, 2014

Ties that Bind Us, part of Ministry Saint Mary's Foundation, is sponsoring the Colors of Cancer 5K Run & Walk in Crandon, WI, on May 3, 2014. The Colors of Cancer is an untimed event with no winners or prizes, but runners will be showered with colored powder at five stations along the run. The event caters to families and 5K enthusiasts alike. Prizes will be given out for best costumes at the race!

Gurkirpal S. Sikka, M.D. Recertified in Pain Medicine

March 24, 2014

(RHINELANDER, WI) – Ministry Health Care is pleased to announce that Gurkirpal S. Sikka, M.D., was recently recertified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in Pain Medicine. Dr. Sikka is also board certified in critical care and anesthesiology. He practices pain medicine at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander.

A Time to Mourn Grief Support Offered in Woodruff

March 24, 2014

Led by experienced facilitators from Ministry Home Care, each month’s meeting focuses on a different topic designed to give people an understanding of grief and some tools to help them manage the feelings and tasks of the grieving process.

Grief Support Group Offered in Eagle River

March 24, 2014

A free support group is available for adults who are grieving a loss in their life.

Grief Support Offered in Merrill

March 24, 2014

Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center and Ministry Home Care provide a monthly grief support gathering for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one the second Tuesday of each month. The program features an informational presentation with opportunity for questions and sharing.

Ministry Athletic Trainer recognized by the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association

March 21, 2014

(AMHERST, WI) – Each year, members of the Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association nominate someone who has had an impact with the student-athletes, school and the community. Jodi Waltenberg, certified athletic trainer for Ministry Sports Medicine, received the local service award. It was presented during the last home Amherst girls’ basketball game of the season.

Free Informational Session on Women’s Reproductive Health

March 21, 2014

(Stevens Point, WI) – A free introductory session to learn more about the Creighton Model FertilityCare System™ is scheduled for April 6 at 1:30 pm and repeated on May 10 at 1:30 pm. The presentation will be held at the Center for NaPro Technology (currently Fertility Care Center) 2831 Post Road, Plover.

Ministry Behavioral Health Offers Stress Training

March 21, 2014

(RHINELANDER, WI) – Ministry Behavioral Health in Rhinelander is offering free training on Mindfulness for Stress: Simple Practices for Everyday Use. Mindfulness for Stress is beneficial for anyone who wants to improve coping, flexibility and peace with the physical and mental challenges of life.

Grief Support in Wisconsin Rapids

March 19, 2014

Ministry’s grief support groups are monthly adult gathering for individuals and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. Their Wisconsin Rapids grief support group meets the second Friday of each month, Noon - 1:30 p.m. at the McMillan Memorial Library, 490 E. Grand Avenue (All Purpose Room).

Ministry Medical Group and Expera Celebrating 10 years of Rolling out a Healthy Workforce

March 17, 2014

At a time when companies are looking hard at every dollar spent, finding money to provide additional wellness services for employees may seem like a costly extravagance. Paul Winter, Safety Manager for Expera Specialty Solutions, LLC, was confident that adding health care services on site was the right thing to do– for employees as well as the bottom line.

Grief Support Group for All Offered in the Wausau Area

March 17, 2014

Ministry Home Care-Hospice Services provides grief support to everyone in the community, regardless of their involvement with hospice prior to the death of their loved one.

For Men Only: Men Journeying through Grief in Neenah

March 17, 2014

Affinity Visiting Nurses invites all men who have experienced the death of a loved one, whether recently or long ago, to join others in this ongoing opportunity to receive support for their grief.

Babysitting Course Offered at MHLT

March 10, 2014

Those ages 11-15 are invited to participate in a babysitting course sponsored by the Auxiliary of Howard Young Medical Center (AHYMC) on Saturday, April 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Media Advisory on the James Beck Cancer Center Open House

March 06, 2014

The James Beck Cancer Center (JBCC) is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the TrueBeam Accelerator. JBCC Radiation Oncology Manager, Kim Hetland, will be available for media interviews.

Ministry Saint Clare’s Welcomes New Patient Advocate

March 06, 2014

Ministry Health Care is pleased to welcome Jacque Hustedt, RN to her new role as the Patient Advocate at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston. Hustedt joins the leadership team at Ministry Saint Clare’s after 15 years as a cardiac nurse most recently with Cardiovascular Associates, Wausau. She replaces Sister Sharee Hurtgen who retired at the end of February.

Sugar Out Day Promotes Good Oral Health at Maple Grove School

March 06, 2014

On average Americans eat or drink about 152 pounds of sugar each year. Members of the Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition hope that by promoting good oral health habits to elementary school students, they will reduce the amount of cavities and lay the groundwork for good health later in life.

Designer eyewear show

March 04, 2014

(Stevens Point, WI) – Ministry Medical Group Optical Department offers a designer eyewear showing March 27 and March 28 from 9 am – 5 pm at Ministry Medical Group, 900 Illinois Ave.

Ministry Saint Clare’s One of The Nation's 100 Top Hospitals for Second Consecutive Year

March 04, 2014

(Weston, WI) – Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital this week was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

Ministry Health Care - Nursing Open House

February 27, 2014

Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin, will be hosting an Open House on March 14, 2014 from 8am-2pm for experienced nurses and new graduates.

Babysitting Course Offered at MHLT

February 27, 2014

(WOODRUFF, WI) – Those ages 11 - 15 are invited to participate in a babysitting course, sponsored by the Auxiliary of Howard Young Medical Center (AHYMC), on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hospital receives award for breastfeeding education

February 26, 2014

(Stevens Point, WI) – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) awarded Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital the IBCLC Care Award for their work in providing breastfeeding education and support.

Caregivers Support Groups Available

February 25, 2014

To aid in supporting caregivers, Affinity hosts weekly caregiver support groups throughout the region. All groups are open to the public, and can help caregivers vent frustrations, celebrate accomplishments, and learn about preventing burnout.

Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander is a CaptionCall® Provider for Hearing Impaired

February 24, 2014

(RHINELANDER, WI) – The audiology department at Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander is proud to be a CaptionCall® provider.

Clinic offers Free Educational Session on Anxiety

February 21, 2014

(TOMAHAWK, WI) – Ministry Medical Group in Tomahawk is hosting an educational session on anxiety on Tuesday, March 11, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., in the Spruce Room at Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital, located at 401 West Mohawk Drive.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop to be held in Rhinelander

February 21, 2014

(RHINELANDER, WI) – Put life back into your life by participating in a Living Well workshop! If you or someone you care about has chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, or fibromyalgia, this workshop can help you take charge of your life.

Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center to Upgrade CT Scanner Capabilities

February 21, 2014

Patients in need of a Computed Tomography scan (CT) at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill will soon receive the service more quickly and efficiently, thanks to an equipment upgrade.

Ministry Rehabilitation Services Offers Wellness Wednesday

February 20, 2014

(RHINELANDER, WI) – Do you leak when you sneeze, cough or laugh? Do you leak when walking, exercising, or lifting? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from a Wellness Wednesday presentation by Ministry Rehabilitation Services on incontinence.