Agnesian HealthCare: Living In Good Health Spring 2014


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Check out the latest issue of Agnesian HealthCare’s “Living In Good Health” community newsletter! This informative newsletter shares the latest news and exciting developments at Agnesian HealthCare, as well as wonderful stories from patients and families we have helped to regain their quality of life through our expansive services.

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Agnesian HealthCare: Living In Good Health Spring 2014

  1. 1. in good health S p r i n g / s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 • a g n e s i a n . c o m
  2. 2. 02 I Need to Know Have a question? Send a message to your physician. Carlos Figueroa Castro, MD Infectious Diseases Agnesian HealthCare (920) 926-4530 Amy Miller, APNP Agnesian Work & Wellness Agnesian HealthCare (920) 926-5666 Rachel Damon, APNP Agnesian Work & Wellness Waupun Agnesian HealthCare (920) 324-6846 Jason Przybylo, MD Neurosurgery Agnesian HealthCare (920) 926-8641 Michelle Ziegelbauer, APNP Neurosurgery Agnesian HealthCare (920) 926-8641 Traci Freiberg, APNP Sleep Medicine Agnesian HealthCare (920) 926-5020 Carolyn Terry, APNP Women & Infants Unit St. Agnes Hospital (920) 926-4800 Agnesian HealthCare Welcomes the Following New Providers: NewProviders President/Chief Executive Officer Steven Little Vice President of Strategic Development & Marketing Holly Brenner Living In Good Health is published three times each year by: Agnesian HealthCare 430 East Division Street Fond du Lac, WI 54935 Mission Statement We at Agnesian HealthCare provide compassionate care that brings Hope, Health and Wholeness to those we serve by honoring the sacredness and dignity of all persons at every stage of life. We are rooted in the healing ministry of the Catholic church as we continue the mission of our sponsor, the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Values At the heart of our healthcare ministries, we affirm these values: • Honesty • Excellence • Compassion • Respect • Stewardship In Good Health is intended to share important health information with its readers. The newsletter facilitates learning by providing information about Agnesian HealthCare providers and facilities. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice.
  3. 3. Leading Dale Michels Center for Heart Care introduces the world’s smallest cardiovascular support system Imagine a tiny motor, one so small that it can fit inside a blood vessel, travel to the heart and provide power to move blood from the heart to the body. Sound like science fiction? Not at the Agnesian HealthCare Dale Michels Center for Heart Care. There, doctors recently used just such a device to sustain a Fond du Lac man’s failing heart. Impella® is the world’s smallest cardiovascular support system. Picture a motor-controlled corkscrew in a tiny tube; the Impella’s motor provides power to turn the corkscrew, which helps move blood out of the heart and to the body. The device is maneuvered into place by expert physicians, who thread Impella® up into the heart through a small incision in the groin area. “The Impella is an assist device,” says Richard Santa-Cruz, MD, an interventional cardiologist. “It doesn’t pump the heart; it helps move blood out of the heart and into the body for circulation when the heart isn’t able to do enough by itself.” When someone has a sudden heart attack, heart function can drop from normal to really bad within a matter of minutes. The body cannot withstand such a sudden decrease in heart function and goes into what’s called cardiogenic shock. Blood pressure drops. The lungs fill up with fluid. The once-functioning body teeters on the verge of collapse. Impella® can also be used to support heart function during complex repairs of damaged heart arteries. “When we’re working to fix arteries that supply the heart, things can get pretty touchy. The Impella® helps patients have good heart function while we’re working on repairing the arteries,” Dr. Santa-Cruz says. t h e w a y i n h e a r t c a r e
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  5. 5. “The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives…But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone like us to come along.” - Leo Buscaglia, author For more than 25 years, Jane Petrie has served as an Agnesian HealthCare Hospice Hope volunteer. During that time, she’s found inspiration in Buscaglia’s words, which were handed to her on a scrap of paper by one of the founders of Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope program. Then, hospice care was a relatively novel concept. “It was a new thought, the idea of allowing somebody to come into your home to help you,” says Petrie, who cared for her mother at home, without help, during her mother’s final years. “The idea of opening your family and your home to volunteers and nurses was a very difficult thing for people to accept. Hospice was something that had to be introduced to the community. People had to be educated and informed of the advantages.” Those advantages include physical, emotional and spiritual support. Top-notch care. An emphasis on living. And quality time with loved ones. Over the years, Petrie has filled a variety of roles as a Hospice Hope volunteer. She’s accompanied patients and families to doctor’s appointments. Gone with one spouse to visit the other spouse in another facility. Read books with patients. Prayed with patients. Weekly pharmacy medicine deliveries and bereavement for families. Even crafted ornaments with patients. “When I go into someone’s home, I help them live their life to the fullest,” Petrie says.“I accept people where they are, and I listen. One of the most important things I can do, I’ve learned, is to simply listen.” To learn more about Hospice Hope or for volunteer opportunities, call (920) 923-7950 or (800) 236-4156 (Fond du Lac), or (920) 294-6220 or (800) 361-9499 (Green Lake). v o l u n t e e r s M a k e a o f d i f f e r e n c e world
  6. 6. 06 Waupun Women’s Health Services A newly-remodeled suite at Waupun Memorial Hospital will bring together women’s health providers, including Patti Domask, RN, breast health coordinator, as well as the medical imaging technology to perform mammograms, stereotactic breast biopsies, ultrasound and bone densitometry. Scott Hansfield, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist, and Julia Houdek, APNP, a women’s health services nurse practitioner, will see patients in the first floor suite, just off the main clinic entrance. Remodeling work is now underway with an anticipated opening in mid-May. Camelot Drive Location The landscape at Agnesian HealthCare’s Camelot Drive facility, off the Highway 151 bypass in Fond du Lac, is looking different as construction continues to expand the existing facility by nearly 50,000 square feet. By increasing the facility size, similar services will be brought together for greater patient convenience, and space will be expanded to accommodate patient growth. Retail Services on the Move Work will begin in April on a second, approximately 50,000-square-foot facility off Camelot Drive in Fond du Lac. This new facility will house the Agnesian Health Shoppe and home oxygen services, as well as the Fond du Lac Dialysis Center. The Fond du Lac Dialysis Center will expand from 12 to 18 stations to meet increased patient needs, and will also bring all Fond du Lac nephrology providers to the same location. The new Agnesian Health Shoppe will feature a larger showroom and include home oxygen. Ripon Medical Center on Target Construction on the new Ripon Medical Center is progressing quickly. Studs and drywall are going up at the same time duct work is going in place. The new RMC Wellness Center, thanks to a generous donation from The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center, will offer a classroom area for exercise classes, separate areas for cardio machines, weight machine and free weights. BuildingUp
  7. 7. Time Crunch If you have time to Facebook, you have time to work out! The average Facebook user spends 50 minutes per day on-line. We’re Here to Help Journeys: a health resource center is your hub for all things wellness. Sign up for classes and learn more about our support groups at Honey, Honey Skip the artificial sweetener in your morning cup of coffee. Instead, try a drizzle of honey. Sun Safety for the Entire Family The best means of protecting you and your family against the damaging effects of the sun is by limiting exposure and protecting the skin. Generously apply a broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin. For Your Health
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  9. 9. Quick, coordinated care took farmer from cancer diagnosis to survivor On a busy holiday weekend last May, the cards were lined up just right for Jackie Welsh. When many were heading out for four days of fun, Welsh was in urgent need of colon cancer surgery. Four Agnesian HealthCare physicians worked in tandem to make it happen for Welsh. Inspiteofthechallengesabusyholidayweekendcanpresent,herprimarycarefamilyphysician,RussellFredrickson, MD, got her in quickly for a colonoscopy performed by Nathan Slinde, MD, gastroenterologist, who then successfully scheduled her for surgery the next day with General Surgeon Toni Stanley, MD. After surgery, Dr. Stanley referred Welsh to Joel Lundberg, MD - a medical oncologist at the Agnesian Cancer Center - who set Welsh up with a chemotherapy treatment plan. “Because Jackie had been showing significant signs of obstruction, I didn’t want to wait to intervene,” Dr. Stanley says. Cancer was also discovered in the lymph nodes, which resulted in a stage 3 colon cancer diagnosis - one that led to five months of chemotherapy orchestrated by Dr. Lundberg. In preparation for Welsh to receive chemotherapy directly into her body, Dr. Stanley had already surgically placed a “port” in her chest. The continuous pump method delivered the right amount of cancer-killing drugs to Welsh, even when at home. “Jackie tolerated chemotherapy well,” Dr. Lundberg says, noting that surveillance of her progress after treatment is being carried out according to national guidelines, which includes monitoring of a specific blood test, annual CT scans for three years, physical exams and periodic colonoscopies. “Her prognosis is excellent. Chemotherapy lowers the risk of recurrence by 50 percent.” National guidelines recommend a routine colonoscopy for everyone starting at age 50 to rule out colon or rectal cancer. “If there is a family history of colon cancer, the exam should start at age 40 - or 10 years prior to the age the relative was when diagnosed with colon cancer - whichever is earlier,” says Nathan Slinde, MD, a gastroenterologist. “Screening at these ages is important because that’s when most patients begin to form polyps (which can become cancerous),” Dr. Slinde says, noting Welsh’s colon cancer was caused by a polyp that had been silently growing inside her colon for more than 10 years. ClockworkLike Screenings Lifesaversare
  10. 10. 10 Basketball - and the injuries that can result from playing the game - has created a strong bond between the Lucky Wurtz family and Joe Kemp, MD, an orthopedic surgeon. Lucky (short for “Lockwood”) and all of his children have been treated for basketball injuries throughout the years by Dr. Kemp - even when some moved far beyond Fond du Lac. Lucky Wurtz has a long history as a high school boys’ basketball coach. He is currently the head coach at Kimberly High School where he teaches biology. The Mayville native lives in Appleton. Well known in the area and the state for his ability to coach winning teams, Lucky also went on to create a “winning” family of basketball players with his wife Judy, a native of Fond du Lac. All of their children have become accomplished basketball competitors. All have had their share of basketball injuries. Dr. Kemp has treated them all. “He’s become our family’s trusted physician and friend through the years,” Lucky says. “He’s got a great bedside manner - is easy to talk to and explains things so well. He’s always very reassuring that things will be OK.” Reassurance from your family’s orthopedic physician is crucial when you have a son who needs to have both shoulders reconstructed… or a daughter with hip injuries... or another son with a broken foot and ankle injuries. A common thread began to weave through their lives way back when Lucky Wurtz and Joe Kemp were college students at UW-Oshkosh. “I knew of Lucky then,” Dr. Kemp says. “My dad was head basketball coach at Oshkosh Lourdes at the time and was aware of Lucky’s skill on the basketball court. Lucky also knew of my dad as a coach.” Lucky started to refer injured players to Dr. Kemp during the 1990s while coaching at Laconia. “When you develop that kind of relationship, that’s what being a physician is all about,” Dr. Kemp says. “It’s more than just taking care of their injuries.” team W e ’ r e o n y o u r
  11. 11. A Family Affair Ana, Lucky’s oldest daughter, played basketball at Fond du Lac and Laconia high schools and then went on to play at Winona State College in Minnesota where she now coaches and teaches. “Ana had hip injuries playing college basketball and traveled back to Fond du Lac to see Dr. Kemp for that,” Lucky says. “He treated her with shots, but she didn’t require any surgery. She’s fine now.” The next oldest, son Aris, played basketball at Waupun High School and became a star player at Ripon College where he was the Division 3 Player of the Year - a national honor. Now in law school, Aris suffered a broken foot and ankle injuries during high school basketball. Dylan, who plays basketball at UW-Oshkosh where he’s a senior economics major, had two shoulder surgeries under the skilled hands of Dr. Kemp. “He repaired both of them arthroscopically,” Lucky says, noting the surgeries were performed a year apart.
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  13. 13. R o a d t o recoverySwing bed program provides ‘home away from home’ As far as Judy Zimmerman is concerned, the swing bed program at Ripon Medical Center is a major step forward in the provision of healthcare. Over the last three years, Zimmerman has had two hip replacements and a shoulder replacement at Ripon Medical Center. She knows, better than most people, that the hard work of recovery begins after a joint replacement. That’s why she was thrilled when she found out that she could continue her recovery at Ripon Medical Center after her 2013 hip replacement surgery. “Someone asked me, ‘Why don’t you go to a rehab hospital after your surgery?’ and right away I thought, Oh no. I’m not going to a nursing home!” Zimmerman recalls. “Then someone at Ripon Medical Center told me, ‘We have a new program called Swing Bed. You stay in your room - they don’t even move you to a different room unless they absolutely need your room - and you have your therapy several times a day.’” “The swing bed program is a good option for individuals, like Judy, who are not quite ready to go home but are doing well from a medical perspective,” according to Bradley Eisenberg, DO, a Ripon Medical Center hospitalist who cared for Zimmerman. “Overall, it helps patients gain the strength and confidence they need once they go home so they can safely navigate their way around their home.” “I could stay, get my therapy three times a day and still get a good meal and go to sleep when I needed to rest, instead of having somebody haul me there and back over and over,” Zimmerman says.“It was nice, because I was able to take naps when I was exhausted. Because of that, I think I progressed much faster than I would have otherwise. My hip is good enough that I’ll be back on the golf course this summer.” Swing bed services are available to qualified Medicare patients following a hospital stay of at least three days. Agnesian HealthCare offers swing bed services at Ripon Medical Center and Waupun Memorial Hospital. To learn more about the swing bed program in Ripon, call (920) 748-9134 or Waupun at (920) 324-6520.
  14. 14. New Samaritan Health Clinic Cash Raffle The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation is introducing a new fund-raiser, called the Samaritan Health Clinic $150,000 Cash Raffle. This new raffle will replace the house raffle. Ticket purchasers can win up to $150,000 in various cash prizes. First prize will be $100,000, with the second prize at $15,000. Remaining prizes are as such: third prize, $10,000; fourth prize, $5,000; fifth prize, $4,000; sixth prize, $3,000; seventh prize, $2,000; eighth to 11th prize, $1,000; and 12th to 25th prize, $500. Tickets are $50 each or four for $150, and are currently available at the Foundation office at St. Agnes Hospital. The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation can accept credit card ticket sales by calling (920) 926-4959. All other purchases will occur face-to- face, without sales by mail. The drawing is scheduled on Tuesday, May 13. 14 A g n e s i a n H e a l t h C a r e F o u n d a t i o n Blink of an eye Life can change in the Samaritan Health Clinic serves a vital role in the community When life is going good, it’s easy to overlook many things that we take for granted - like our good health. In the blink of an eye, our world can turn upside down with an unexpected illness or injury - mounting medical bills, missed work time, missed bill payments and more. For 22 years, the Samaritan Health Clinic has been a mainstay in Fond du Lac and Dodge counties - helping many individuals experiencing financial hardships that prevent them from seeking necessary medical care. In fact, the Samaritan Health Clinic welcomes more than 275 new patients each year, providing nearly 430 healthcare service vouchers monthly for physician follow-up visits, vision or dental care, and medication assistance. “The Samaritan Health Clinic provides the opportunity for individuals and families to have a point of contact for their healthcare needs,” says Rita Meidam, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation executive director. “Our clinic associates assist these community members every day in finding the best possible healthcare resources.” The Samaritan Health Clinic’s goal is to address basic healthcare needs before they become a bigger concern or a long-term health issue. “We know that as providers, we can more successfully care for our patients the sooner we are able to address their specific needs,” says Brita McCullough, an obstetrician and gynecologist, who is also serving as co-chair of the 2014 Samaritan Health Clinic $150,000 Cash Raffle. “There are many individuals that can benefit from this assistance, and we are able to help them through this journey.” Extending a level of compassion and support makes a world of difference for many Samaritan Health Clinic patients. “We embrace the patients we serve, looking at all their needs, whether physical, emotional or spiritual,” says Joe Kemp, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and 2014 cash raffle co-chair. “We support our patients in any way we can.”
  15. 15. Giving Methods Gifts to the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation may be made through a variety of tax-deductible methods including: cash or check, gifts of stock, securities, life insurance, and bequests through one’s will. Charitable donations can also be made on-line by visiting under Giving/Make a Donation. For more information about the Foundation, its events or to make a donation, call (920) 926-4959. Caring for Our Community The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, a charitable tax-exempt organization, exists to solicit, accept, acknowledge and invest charitable gifts, grants and bequests to help meet the many healthcare needs of the people served by Agnesian HealthCare. Our Mission The effective and efficient development, financial management and granting of philanthropic support for Agnesian HealthCare to promote health and wellness in Fond du Lac and surrounding communities through the programs and services of Agnesian HealthCare. Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Board of Directors Jack E. Twohig, Chairperson Joseph A. Bird, Vice-Chairperson Milan D. Vande Zande, Secretary/Treasurer Rita M. Meidam, Executive Director Katherine K. Bresser S. Mary Noel Brown, CSA Joan M. Cunningham S. Madeline Gianforte, CSA Punit Kumar, MD Steven N. Little Karen L. Meyer, MD Kevin P. Michels Michael R. Shannon Michael J. Spaude Catherine Twohig McGalloway, DDS David R. Weber, MD Samaritan Health Clinic $150,000 Cash Raffle May 13, 2014 - Noon New this year - the Samaritan Health Clinic $150,000 Cash Raffle! The public drawing is scheduled at noon on Tuesday, May 13 in the St. Agnes Hospital lobby. Proceeds support the Samaritan Health Clinic, which provides important basic health services, medication and urgent dental needs to those in financial need. This raffle replaces the Samaritan Health Clinic House Raffle with 25 cash prizes ranging from $100,000 to $500. Garden Walk & Art Fair July 13, 2014 - Rain or Shine This year’s Agnesian HealthCare Garden Walk will offer six gardens to view in the Fond du Lac area. The event is set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be available at select locations for $15, as well as at the gardens the day of the event. Call (920) 926-4959 for more information. Hospice Hope Cancer Care Charity Open August 18, 2014 All net proceeds from the 26th annual Hospice Hope Cancer Care Charity Open benefit patients and families in need of hospice or cancer care. The event is held annually at South Hills Golf & Country Club in Fond du Lac. Currently, the Charity Open committee is making plans for another great day of golf and elegant dining, where participants will experience a variety of fund-raising opportunities. Annual Appeal Through December 31, 2014 Each year, the Foundation reaches out to ask for assistance in helping to create hope for many individuals in our communities served by our partners in caring. Contributions to the Annual Appeal will help build the Unrestricted Fund, allowing the Foundation Board of Directors to respond to areas of greatest need presented to them each year. Eventsat the Foundation Spring/Summer
  16. 16. 16 Giving Methods Gifts to the Foundation for Ripon Medical Center may be made through a variety of tax- deductible methods including: cash or check, gifts of stock, securities, life insurance, and bequests through one’s will. For more information about the Foundation for Ripon Medical Center, its events or to make a donation, call (920) 926-4959. Caring for Our Community The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center serves to enhance the health of the people of the greater Ripon area by lending its financial support to Ripon Medical Center. Our Vision Out of a commitment to the residents in our rural setting, the Foundation for Ripon Medical Center partners with individuals, businesses and organizations to provide focused support for those needs of Ripon Medical Center that will help it to continue its pledge of excellence in all that it does to provide healthcare to those who it serves. Foundation for Ripon Medical Center Board of Directors Jean E. Johnson, MD, President Leonel L. Baird, Vice President Kathryn A. Schwandt, Secretary H. Andersen Lyke, Treasurer Rita M. Meidam, Executive Director Katherine R. Vergos, Chief Operating Officer M. Betsy Blazek David N. Duehring Mark S. Edinger, DC, DABCO Joan A. Karsten Patricia R. Lubinsky Wayne C. Mannebach, PhD Harley A. Reabe Victor H. Roeder, III, OD Blake E. Waterhouse, MD The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center’s Denim & Pearls set April 25 The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center has set the date for its annual Denim & Pearls fund-raiser on Friday, April 25 in The Great Hall at Ripon College. The event begins at 6 p.m. Participants are invited to wear their favorite “denim” and come to enjoy a fun, relaxing evening with music, creative food stations and many opportunities to support this great event. New this year will be wine samplings from Vines & Rushes Winery. Proceeds will help support the purchase of fitness equipment at the new RMC Wellness Center. For more information, call (920) 926-4959. Giving LIFEWith a gift funded by its 2013 Charity Golf Outing, The Foundation for RMC hits a hole-in-one! Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. More than 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy to operate tool for someone with no medical background. The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center knows that life can change in the blink of eye. As a result, it is using proceeds from its 2013 Charity Golf Outing to provide area businesses and organizations with lifesaving AEDs. More than $25,000 was raised to support this initiative within the Ripon area. In fact, 24 businesses have been accepted to receive full grants to date. “We are proud to designate our proceeds so we can offer these life-saving devices to area businesses and organizations,” says Rita Meidam, The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center executive director. “We know that AEDs do make a difference for individuals in sudden cardiac arrest. Having more AEDs available throughout our community will make a difference for someone when seconds count during a cardiac event.” Save the date! The 2014 Charity Golf Outing has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 4 at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia. To learn more, call The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center at (920) 926-4959.
  17. 17. happy family h e a l t h y M o m . . . When you had your first child, your whole world changed. Life was no longer about only you. It turned into late nights rocking a crying baby to sleep, cleaning up crayon on the wall and spills on the floor, driving here there and everywhere to practice for every sport invented… Somewhere in this crazy, beautiful mess, you, like many women, may have lost sight of the importance of taking care of yourself. Like the good mother you are, you take your kids into the doctor - not only when that tree climbing incident turned into a cut that a Band-Aid couldn’t fix - but for general check-ups too. But when is the last time you made an appointment for your yearly check-up? Women’s healthcare extends beyond childbirth and into a woman’s older adult years. It’s so important to take care of you. Screenings can detect health issues before you even have symptoms. Knowledge is power - know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Talk to your healthcare provider about your family history. Discuss the importance of mammograms, pap smears and other screenings. Your emotional health is as important as your physical health too. “Staying healthy mentally and physically isn’t simply a matter of good genes,” says Steven Sheppard, DO, an obstetrician and gynecologist. “It’s a proactive project that lasts your entire life. Like a finely-tuned machine, your body needs preventive maintenance, and your healthcare provider is in the best position to help guide you through this process.” Your healthcare provider is on your team. They want a happy and healthy you, because you are a very important part of a happy and healthy family. To learn more, visit under Services/Women’s Health.
  18. 18. 18 Feature Programs GentleYoga Join Suzanne Boyle, a certified Viniyoga instructor with the Fond du Lac Center for Spirituality and Healing, as she guides students in self-discovery using two key principles in Yoga - sthira (steady and alert) and sukha (comfortable and light). Journeys: a health resource center 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac Tuesdays, May 20 to June 24, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays, July 1 to August 5, 11 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays, August 12 to September 16, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. $60 per person VinyasaFlowYoga Join Amy Jarvis, a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, for Vinyasa Flow Yoga. St. Agnes Chapel 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac Wednesdays, June 18 to July 23, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 30 to September 3, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $60 per person PrenatalYoga Join Lora Vahlsing, certified Hatha Yoga instructor, for a four-week mixed level prenatal yoga class for all levels and any trimester of pregnancy. Journeys: a health resource center 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac Mondays, May 5 to 26, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, June 2 to 23, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, July 7 to 28, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, August 4 to 25, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $50 per person Yoga Join Sigrun Columbia-Navis, certified yoga instructor with the Fond du Lac Center for Spirituality and Healing, for a six-week yoga program designed for the beginner and intermediate yoga student. St. Agnes Chapel 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac Tuesdays, September 2 to October 7, 5 to 6:30 p.m. $60 per person Cardio+CoreFitness &StrengtheningClasses Join Becky Wightman, Fond du Lac Family YMCA fitness instructor, for a fitness and strengthening program that will help participants tighten their abdomen and buttocks, improve functional strength and help prevent injury. Plaza Level Conference Center 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac Wednesdays, April 23 to May 21, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $50 per person Wednesdays, May 28 to July 2, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 9 to August 13, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays,August20toSeptember24,5:30to6:30p.m. $60 per person JourneysOpenHouse This free open house will feature many activities, including: artwork by local artist, Amy Jarvis, free massages and visits with Fond du Lac Public Library staff. Journeys: a health resource center 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac Tuesday, April 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free TechnologyExplosion- TheGood,theBadandtheUgly Join Evelyn Schaefer, PsyD, an Agnesian HealthCare licensed clinical psychologist and techie, in exploring how to mindfully integrate technology to enhance ourselves and our relationships. Plaza Level Conference Center 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac Monday, May 5, 6 to 7 p.m. $5 per person HealthyFeet&AnklesforaLifetime Join Alyssa Stephenson, DPM, an Agnesian Foot Clinic podiatrist, for a discussion about the most common foot and ankle issues, and the importance of regular foot and ankle checks. Waupun Memorial Hospital Lower Level Meeting Room 620 W. Brown Street, Waupun Thursday, May 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free RiponMedicalCenterBabyFair Join Ripon Medical Center associates for information that covers what women can do to care for their body while pregnant, and the changes their body will go through in preparation of delivery. Royal Ridges 1 Westgate Drive, Ripon Tuesday, May 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free Core Classes CPR Classes Classes are offered at St. Agnes Hospital and Ripon Medical Center. Family and Friends CPR St. Agnes Hospital Saturday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 8, 6 to 9:30 p.m. $25 per person Heartsaver AED Ripon Medical Center Thursday, August 28, 6 to 9:30 p.m. $40 per person St. Agnes Hospital Tuesday, June 10, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 6 to 9:30 p.m. $40 per person Heartsaver AED Renewal St. Agnes Hospital Tuesday, July 15, 6 to 9:30 p.m. $25 per person Healthcare Provider CPR Ripon Medical Center Wednesday, May 14, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 13, 6 to 9:30 p.m. $40 per person St. Agnes Hospital Tuesday, June 17, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, 6 to 9:30 p.m. $40 per person Safe Sitter® Children ages 11 to 14 are encouraged to take the Safe Sitter® class to become better baby-sitters. St. Agnes Hospital Tuesdays, June 17 & 24, 1 to 3:30 p.m. $40 per student Waupun Memorial Hospital Wednesday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $40 per student Ripon Medical Center Tuesday, August 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $40 per student Expectant Parent Education Understanding Pregnancy Expectant mothers will learn from St. Agnes Hospital Women & Infants Unit labor and delivery nurses how to keep themselves and their babies healthy as they take the remarkable journey through pregnancy. St. Agnes Hospital Thursday, June 5, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 7, 6 to 8 p.m. For more information or to register for classes/events, call (920) 926-4960 or register on-line at communitycalendar.
  19. 19. Understanding Birth These two session classes are for expectant parents in their late second or mid to late third trimesters of pregnancy. St. Agnes Hospital Thursdays, May 8 & 15, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 8 a.m. 1 p.m. Thursdays, July 10 & 17, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, September 4 & 11, 6 to 11 p.m. $40 per couple Waupun Memorial Hospital Thursday, May 8, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 5:30 to 9 p.m. $40 per couple Breastfeeding for Moms & Dads Breastfeeding for Moms and Dads will provide you and your partner with information on how to begin breastfeeding with confidence and develop a true sense of security. Free. St. Agnes Hospital Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Waupun Memorial Hospital Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cesarean Section Class The Cesarean Section class is designed for women and their partners who will have a first-time cesarean section, repeat section or possible vaginal birth after cesarean section. Free. Call St. Agnes Hospital’s Women & Infants Unit at (920) 926-4800 for class listing and availability. Prepared Childbirth Refresher This class is for expectant parents who have already experienced the birth of a child. Free Call Journeys: a health resource center at (920) 926-4960 for appointment availability. Understanding Mom & Baby: Postpartum Care This two-part class focuses on mom and baby after baby is born. St. Agnes Hospital Thursdays, May 22 & 29, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, June 19 & 26, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, July 24 & 31, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, August 21 & 28, 6 to 8 p.m. $40 per couple Infant Massage Learn how the loving touch of infant massage benefits newborns. St. Agnes Hospital Tuesday, May 27, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20 per family Mom & Baby Club New parents are invited to attend a free support group designed for parents and their newborn (from birth to five months). St. Agnes Hospital The group meets the second Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon. Breastfeeding Support Group This support group offers new mothers/parents an opportunity to share common concerns and solutions regarding breastfeeding. St. Agnes Hospital The group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Look Good…Feel Better® Female cancer patients will learn how to use make-up and skin care techniques to overcome the appearance- related effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Waupun Memorial Hospital Tuesday, June 9, 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 11, 9 to 10 a.m. Free Dale Michels Center for Heart Care Cardiac Support Group Caring for Your Heart Club is a free monthly program that gives participants an opportunity to share their concerns with others. Journeys: a health resource center 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac Monday, May 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cancer Support Group Individuals and families experiencing a cancer diagnosis, and cancer survivors, are invited to learn more about cancer. Journeys: a health resource center The group meets the second Wednesday of every month, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free Sleep Apnea Support Group The sleep apnea support group is a free support group for individuals with sleep apnea, and anyone interested in learning more about sleep apnea. Journeys: a health resource center Wednesday, July 23, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free Family Addiction Education Program The family addiction educational program is designed to educate family members, significant others and friends who have someone either active in addiction or early in the recovery process. St. Agnes Hospital Outpatient Behavioral Health Services Tuesdays, April 15 to May 6, 4:30 to 6 p.m. $40 per person Caregiver Coffee Break Support Group This group is open to people that provide care for individuals who are ill with a chronic or acute illness. Sixth Floor Meeting Room The group meets the third Wednesday of every month, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free Diabetes Support Group This is a free program for individuals with diabetes or those who care about someone with diabetes. Diabetes Services Conference Room, Fifth Floor Diagnostic & Treatment Center Tuesday, June 10, 6 to 7 p.m. Free Above the Belt Support Group Facilitated by Liz Gorecki, RD, Agnesian HealthCare dietitian, and Kristie Martin, MSW, Agnesian Cancer Center social worker, “Above the Belt” is a free support group for individuals dealing with the challenges of cancers of the head and neck, esophagus, GE junction and stomach. Agnesian Cancer Center 480 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac The group meets the second Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free Ripon Medical Center Programs Healing Hearts Cardiac Support Group Healing Hearts is focused on helping those living with a chronic heart condition, or after a heart attack or heart surgery. Green Lake Room 933 Newbury Street, Ripon Third Tuesday of every month, September through May, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free Cancer Support Connection The Cancer Support Connection is an opportunity to connect with others who are affected by cancer. For more information, contact Linda Powell at (920) 748-9134. Free Advance Directive Workshop Staff will be available to answer questions and assist individuals in completing a Health Care Power of Attorney and/or Living Will. Princeton Room 933 Newbury Street, Ripon Second Tuesday of every month, 2:30 p.m. Free Alzheimer’sCaregiverSupportGroup Alzheimer’s disease caregivers are invited to gather with other caregivers to share concerns, discuss what does or does not work, share local resources and more. Princeton Room 933 Newbury Street, Ripon First Thursday of every month, 5 to 6 p.m. Free Diabetes Support Group This is a free program for individuals with diabetes or those who care about someone with diabetes. Green Lake Room 933 Newbury Street, Ripon Thursday, May 1, 6 to 7 p.m. Free
  20. 20. 430 East Division Street Fond du Lac, WI 54935 Non-profit org U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 354 Fond du Lac, WI Agnesian Health Shoppe 327 Winnebago Drive Fond du Lac, WI 54935 (920) 926-5277 Agnesian Pharmacy & Prescription Centers 145 N. Main Street Fond du Lac, WI 54935 (920) 921-4660 With locations in Fond du Lac, Brownsville, Markesan, Mayville, North Fond du Lac and Waupun Consultants Laboratory 430 East Division Street Fond du Lac, WI 54935 (920) 929-9300 Fond du Lac Regional Clinic 420 East Division Street Fond du Lac, WI 54935 (920) 923-7400 Ripon Medical Center 933 Newbury Street Ripon, WI 54971 (920) 748-3101 St. Agnes Hospital 430 East Division Street Fond du Lac, WI 54935 (920) 929-2300 St. Francis Home 33 Everett Street Fond du Lac, WI 54935 (920) 923-7980 Waupun Memorial Hospital 620 West Brown Street Waupun, WI 53963 (920) 324-5581 To explore employment opportunities at Agnesian HealthCare, visit or call (920) 926-5712. Back or Neck Pain?Q: When should I seek professional help for my back and neck pain? A: I recommend that you seek professional help if you have one of more of the following symptoms: • Chronic pain that is worse at night • Pain that fluctuates with a change in the weather • Lower back pain that spreads into the buttocks, pelvic area or thighs • Neck pain that spreads into the shoulders, arms or head • Headaches at the base of the skull and aching behind the eyes • Numbness or tingling in your legs or arms • Pain associated with fever, chills or weight loss • Neck or back pain after trauma such as a fall or car accident • Pain associated with weakness in the arms or legs For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Jason Przybylo, MD, a Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin neurosurgeon, call (920) 926-8641. He sees patients every weekday at Agnesian HealthCare, 420 E. Division Street, Fond du