Living In Good Health Spring/Summer 2013


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Living In Good Health is a periodical publication written by Agnesian HealthCare to educate our communities on the new providers and services offered in our health system. We also include health and wellness articles to assist our community in living a healthier lifestyle.

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Living In Good Health Spring/Summer 2013

  1. 1. in good healthS p r i n g / S u m m e r 2 0 1 3 • a g n e s i a n . c o m
  2. 2. Living In Good HealthPresident/Chief Executive OfficerSteven LittleVice President of Marketing &Public RelationsCarol HylandDirector of Marketing & Public RelationsHolly BrennerLiving In Good Health is published threetimes each year by Agnesian HealthCare,430 East Division Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935.Reproduction in whole or in part withoutpermission is prohibited.Mission StatementWe at Agnesian HealthCare providecompassionate care that brings Hope,Health and Wholeness to those we serveby honoring the sacredness and dignityof all persons at every stage of life.We are rooted in the healing ministry ofthe Catholic church as we continue themission of our sponsor, the Congregationof Sisters of St. Agnes.ValuesAt the heart of our healthcare ministries,we affirm these values:• Honesty• Excellence• Compassion• Respect• StewardshipIn Good Health is intended to share importanthealth information with its readers. The newsletterfacilitates learning by providing information aboutAgnesian HealthCare providers and facilities.It is not intended as a substitute for professionalmedical advice.Vikas Bhatara, MDPulmonologyAgnesian HealthCare(920) 926-8640Michael Jones, DOFamily MedicineFond du Lac Regional Clinic(920) 324-6800Jan Drews, APNPFamily MedicineFond du Lac Regional Clinic(920) 324-6800Richard McMahon, DOFamily MedicineFond du Lac Regional Clinic(920) 324-6800Steven Sheppard, DOObstetrics & GynecologyRipon Medical Center(920) 748-0430Starts June 10, 2013Jennifer Schaeve, APNPEndocrinologySt. Agnes Hospital(920) 926-4530NewProvidersAgnesian HealthCare Welcomes the Following New Providers:02Amy Burmesch, PA-CEndocrinologySt. Agnes Hospital(920) 926-4530James Findling, MDEndocrinologySt. Agnes Hospital(920) 926-4530Beth Lalande, MDEndocrinologySt. Agnes Hospital(920) 926-4530The Family and Internal Medicine departments provide Saturday appointments from 8 a.m. to noonat the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 420 E. Division Street in Fond du Lac. This convenience is beingoffered to established patients.While walk-ins are accepted, scheduling an appointment in advance is recommended to ensureavailability. Call (920) 926-8722 (Family Medicine) or (920) 926-8420 (Internal Medicine) on aSaturday for a same-day appointment.saturdayhoursnow available in Family& Internal Medicine
  3. 3. 03Agnesian.comwishcome trueCancer Patient GetsFor Dianna Smith, of Wautoma, a visit to see the Grand Ole Opryin Nashville was something she had hoped for her whole life.To have her wish granted just as her life was winding down wasunexpected. Dianna, 65, is a hospice patient diagnosed withterminal cancer a year ago.Caregivers at Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope program inGreen Lake have rallied around Dianna as she lives out her lifewith quality and dignity. That includes making dreams come true.Working with the Dream Foundation in California, Dianna’shospice care team set in motion the plan to send her to Nashville.“The Dream Foundation is the first and largest nationalwish-granting organization for adults,” says Kristina Andrew,a hospice social worker with Agnesian HealthCare who helpsterminally-ill patients set goals.“Dianna told me why getting to the Grand Ole Opry was soimportant,” Kristina says, noting Dianna’s family - especiallyher father - enjoyed country music.“She grew up with countrymusic. Dianna said it runs through her veins… It makes hersmile and feel close to her father, who is no longer living.”Dianna’s all-expense-paid, three-day dream vacation to Nashvilleand the Grand Ole Opry included three nights at the Sheraton Hotel,gas money, tickets to the Grand Ole Opry including a personalup-close backstage tour, all meals and a gift bag of souvenirs.Treated to the show of her lifetime at the Grand Ole Opry, Diannasays she was in awe.“I had tears in my eyes,” she says.“I don’tthink I was walking on my feet - I felt like I was floating. We evengot a backstage tour to see the performers up close.”A thrill occurred when Roy Clark came up and talked to her. “Hesaid he loved the dimple on my left cheek and told me he’d giveme $285 for it,” Dianna smiles.“That wasn’t even in the plan!”
  4. 4. 04Waupun Memorial Hospital Earnsnursing excellence honorWhile others may have been dreaming about blasting off to spaceas an astronaut or singing in front of audiences worldwide, othersdreamt of becoming a nurse.“My mom always told me that she knew I would be a nurse sinceI was five,” says Shirley Westra, a registered nurse at WaupunMemorial Hospital (WMH).“I started my nursing career at age 12as a candy striper.”Diane Fischer knew after being a hospital patient at age six.“It’s amazing how a childhood experience can influence our future.After high school, I worked at my mother’s certified nursing homefor the elderly. Her mother worked at the nursing home in Juneaufor years. I feel this influenced my decision to go on to nursingschool too; nursing was in our blood.”And Marilyn Mulder’s passion began even before starting herown family.“I started working in obstetrics as a CNA at WaupunMemorial Hospital in 1973,” Mulder says.“I loved working withnew moms and babies. When my first child was born, I knew thatone day I wanted to return to work in OB.”The passion of these and many more nurses at WMH is shiningeven brighter as the organization celebrates being awarded theprestigious Pathway to Excellence®designation by the AmericanNurses Credentialing Center. Waupun Memorial Hospital is thefirst healthcare provider in the area to receive this honor,and one of only two in Wisconsin.The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elementsof work environments where nurses can flourish. The designationsubstantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at WMHand identifies it as one of the best places to work.Westra and Sandra Brinker served as co-chairpersons, leading adedicated committee of their colleagues, including Sarah Bruins,Barb Burdick, Diane Fischer, Cheri Goddard, Marilyn Mulder, KimScharschmidt, Tracey Schroeder, Terry Stenz, DeAnn Thurmerand Renee Walker. WMH started its journey in July 2011 exploringbest practices and assessing all efforts around providing qualitypatient care.“This designation demonstrates that nurses at WaupunMemorial Hospital give excellent care,” says Westra.“I am so personally proud of all the nurses here for all theexceptional things they do for their patients and visitors.”Scharschmidt is honored to have helped WMH receive this honor.“I think it is really neat that a small hospital like WaupunMemorial Hospital has received this designation,” she says.
  5. 5. 05Agnesian.comIdentifyingStrengthsEnabling AbilitiesNew Center Helps Families Dealingwith Autism-Spectrum DisordersDo you know someone with an autism-spectrum disorder? Oddsare good that you do. According to the Centers for Disease Control& Prevention, one in 88 children has an autism-spectrum disorder(ASD), or disorder that interferes with a child’s social, behavioraland language development. And while the severity of the conditioncan vary - the saying,“If you’ve met one person with autism, you’vemet one person with autism” exists for a reason - the familiesof children with ASD all face a similar challenge: finding help.The recently-launched Agnesian Autism, Behavior & CommunicationCenter (AABCC) will give area families “access to timely,multidisciplinary evaluations, including psychological, speech,language and occupational therapy evaluations,” according toMatt Doll, PhD, a psychologist with Agnesian HealthCare’s Doll& Associates.While Doll and others have offered services to children andfamilies dealing with ASD for more than 20 years, the AABCC isthe first center in the area to provide comprehensive, coordinatedhelp to individuals and families. Families that call the center canexpect to receive help and guidance.“Our office staff will guidethem through the process of gathering data,” according to Doll.“The staff will see what other evaluations already exist andcoordinate with existing providers.”After gathering all available data, center personnel schedule acomprehensive evaluation to help parents and care providersbetter understand the needs and strengths of the person with ASD.“When we correctly diagnose areas of concern andunderstand areas of strength, we can develop a treatmentplan that primarily focuses on abilities and strengths,and to bring those to the forefront while we work aroundsome of the areas of concern,” says Doll.AABCC professionals will also help connect individuals andfamilies with helpful community-based resources - and followup to make sure that families have found the help they need.Although Darold Treffert, MD, a renowned expert on SavantSyndrome, will not be working in direct patient care, hisknowledge and experience in this field of study are instrumentalin the establishment of this center. Dr. Treffert will be servingas a research consultant to the team of providers working atthe center.To learn more about the Agnesian Autism Behavior andCommunication Center, call (920) 907-8201.
  6. 6. 06robotic surgicaltechnologyWaupun Science Students Get Firsthand Look at NewWaupun Area Junior/Senior High School seventh grade sciencestudents got a firsthand look at the future of surgical technologyas Robert Santa-Cruz, MD, a urologist with Agnesian HealthCare,showed the intricacies of robotic surgery. Dr. Santa-Cruz hasbeen successfully performing robotic surgery for 10 years.A total of 150 science students ventured to Agnesian HealthCareto see the new da Vinci Surgical System, a minimally-invasiveoption for complex surgical procedures.“The present and future of robotics excites me,”Dr. Santa-Cruz says. “From my experience, patients benefitfrom a shorter recovery time and a quicker return to theirregular activities. They also experience significantly lesspain, bleeding and better clinical outcomes.”The da Vinci system is used for surgical procedures in theabdomen, throat and chest. It gives a surgeon greaterprecision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity,enhanced visualization and improved access.Waupun science students made the journey after participatingin a naming suggestion contest, which was extendedby Agnesian HealthCare to area middle school scienceclasses. Madeline Keach approached her science teacher,Terra Backhaus, about creating names, and arrived at“Ambidexter,” or “Dex” for short.Entries were also submitted by Brandon Middle School,Lomira Middle School, St. Mary’s School (Mayville), St. Mary’sSprings Academy, Theisen Middle School and WoodworthMiddle School.“From talking with my teacher and using my science background,we recognized by the da Vinci robot’s design that it resembleshuman hands and their movements,” Madeline says.“Whenlooking up the word dexterity on-line, I found that hand dexterity(fine motor skills) involves small muscles of the hands.”“In addition, I researched the word ambidextrous and foundthe definition ‘the use of both hands with equal facility,’”Madeline adds.“Information on the da Vinci System web sitestates that the system ‘seamlessly translates the surgeon’shand, wrist and finger movements into precise real timemovements of surgical instruments.’ The word ambi- meansboth, and dexter - means favorable, therefore these wordscombine into a new meaning, Ambidexter, using both handsin a fluent motion.”Dr. Santa-Cruz is using this technology for urological proceduresand brings expansive experience. He is fellowship trained inlaparoscopic urologic procedures and serves as an instructorto other surgeons.“This new technology is the perfect opportunity to engagearea seventh grade students in learning more about roboticsand its benefits in healthcare,” Dr. Santa-Cruz says.
  7. 7. 07Agnesian.comendocrinologyAgnesian HealthCare is proud to welcome a new specialty to treatindividuals with endocrine disorders.In collaboration with Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin,James Findling, MD, and Beth Lalande, MD, are now offeringendocrinology services at St. Agnes Hospital. Both doctors areboard certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism,and exclusively practice endocrinology.The endocrine system is a complex network of many hormonesecreting glands and organs throughout the body, including thehypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pancreas,bone, fat, ovary and testicle. Hormones secreted by the endocrinesystem have broad effects throughout the body from howindividuals cope with stress and injury, to energy level andmetabolism, to growth and development, to blood pressurecontrol and electrolyte balance, to menstrual cyclicity, libidoand reproductive function.Endocrinologists have the expertise to evaluate and treat patientswith common endocrine disorders, such as diabetes, thyroiddisease, cholesterol abnormalities, hypertension, obesityand osteoporosis. They also evaluate and treat men with lowtestosterone, and women with excessive facial hair and irregularmenstrual cycles. Endocrinologists additionally have expertise inthe evaluation and management of patients with adrenal tumors,pituitary tumors and thyroid nodules and cancer. Additionally,there are many rare endocrine diseases some of which are geneticsyndromes that endocrinologists are trained to diagnose and treat.Drs. Findling and Lalande, along with two of their advancedpractice professionals, physician assistant Amy Burmesch andnurse practitioner Jennifer Schaeve, provide endocrinologyconsultations, diagnostic evaluations and follow-up careto patients with endocrine disorders.“An important part of what we do is toeducate our patients about their endocrinediseases and treatment options, so we candetermine the best, individualized approachto their endocrine care,” according toDr. Lalande.Working collaboratively with patients tounderstand their specific health concernsis important to effective diagnosis andtreatment.“I listen carefully to my patientsand provide them with an honest opinionof my evaluation based on many years ofclinical experience,” says Dr. Findling.Both physicians are now accepting patients in Fond du Lac.Call (920) 926-4530 for more information or to schedulean appointment.Agnesian HealthCare Welcomes New Specialty,What does a Top 100 rural hospital look like?Look no further thanWaupun Memorial Hospital.For the second consecutive year, Waupun Memorial Hospital has been nameda Top 100 rural hospital in the nation, recognizing its outstanding quality care,high patient satisfaction and overall efficiencies.A special thanks to our providers, associates and volunteers who have dedicated their careers to caring for individualsand families throughout the Waupun area. Our hats are off to you!
  8. 8. 08sunSafePLAYAgnesian HealthCare Collaborates to OfferFond du Lac and surrounding areas are going to become alittle more colorful this summer as community organizationsand schools will be utilizing new tents donated by AgnesianHealthCare to help shelter children and others duringsporting activities.As part of the Sun Safe Soccer program,Agnesian HealthCare has given out a totalof 100 tents to 23 organizations, which willhave a tremendous impact on promotingsun safety for young athletes. In addition,Agnesian HealthCare is donating single-usesunscreen packets with each tent.Burt Steffes, MD, a board-certified dermatologist withAgnesian Dermatology & Skin Care Services, has been amotivating force behind the Sun Safe Soccer Program inthis area. In fact, Agnesian HealthCare is the first healthcaresystem in the state of Wisconsin to promote this program.“We are grateful for the commitment of coaches, programdirectors and role models for helping to build sun safe habitsthat will stay with players for a lifetime,” according toDr. Steffes. “Agnesian HealthCare is a proud sponsor ofSun Safe Soccer. The message - safety first, sunscreenthen shin guards - is simple.”Led by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, SunSafe Soccer aims to make soccer the most sun safe sportnationwide. The program teaches soccer coaches the basicsof sun protection and motivates these coaches to pass thatknowledge on to their players and their parents.“We really appreciate Agnesian HealthCare’s donation to theMarkesan Baseball Club,” says Skip Walker.“Our currentfacility layouts provide very little shaded area for our playersand fans. So the two tents will be a great benefit while ourbaseball and softball games are being played - especiallyduring those hot summer days!”“I cannot express how grateful we are at North Fond du Lacto receive these sun safe tents,” says Mike McDowell, athleticdirector.“These tents are heaven sent and will give our athletesneeded protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.”To schedule an appointment with a board-certifieddermatologist, call (920) 926-8722.
  9. 9. 09Agnesian.comWorkandpregnancyMany women work during pregnancy without any complications.Being able to work safely, in some cases, until the day of deliverydepends on the type of work performed and the mother-to-be’smedical condition.However, the workplace can pose certain risks, depending uponthe occupation. Knowing what these risks are and minimizingthem will help increase the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy.Be sure to discuss the following job risks with your healthcareprovider at your first prenatal visit:• Exposure to solvents, such as household cleaning agents and pesticides, can lead to fetal deformity and other issues.• Exposure to infections on the job, such as hepatitis, rubella and other diseases, can cause multiple health concerns during pregnancy.• Exposure to extreme heat on the job early in pregnancy may increase neural tube defects in the fetus.• Physical job demands, such as prolonged standing or walking, heavy lifting, working varying shifts and job stress, can adversely affect a pregnancy.“It is important that expecting women work in partnership withtheir healthcare provider to determine the proper precautionsto take if exposed to these risks on the job,” according to StevenSheppard, DO, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist whowill be seeing patients at Ripon Medical Center.“This way, we canwork together to help keep expecting moms and their babieshealthy throughout the pregnancy.”Working pregnant women can also consider:• Take a break every few hours• Take a longer meal break every four hours• Drink plenty of fluids while on the job• Vary work positions continuously, from sitting to standing to walking• Minimize heavy lifting and bendingWeight gain during pregnancy adds strain to the back.“Properlifting can help reduce the strain and prevent injury,” accordingto Dr. Sheppard.“When lifting, a pregnant woman should keep inmind the following recommendations: stand with feet shoulder-width apart, tuck in the buttocks, bend at the knees, lift with thearms and legs, not the back, and limit the amount and weightof the items lifted.”Today, many occupations involve the use of a computer. Computershave also been associated with many concerns, such as neck,wrist, hand, shoulder and back pain from prolonged sitting in thesame position and eye strain.“To alleviate these symptoms, the following mayhelp,” according to Dr. Sheppard.“Take frequentwork breaks. Use detachable keyboards andadjustable chairs and tables. Use non-reflectiveglass on the screen, adjust the screenlighting and contrast, and installindirect lighting.”Dr. Sheppard will begin seeingpatients at Ripon Medical Center,933 Newbury Street in Ripon,on June 10. Appointments can bemade by calling (920) 748-0430.Guidelines for Working During Pregnancy
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  11. 11. 11Agnesian.comDramaticDeliverywithhappyendingPiper Nicole Shady, the bouncing baby girl born to Danielle andDan Shady of Oakfield in late January, brought some “shock andawe” when she entered the world. Her parents, who had arrivedat St. Agnes Hospital earlier that morning, had no idea theirdaughter’s birth would require an emergency cesarean section -performed with such urgency that there wouldn’t be time to getDanielle fully anesthetized.In retrospect, it’s the happy ending and their beautiful healthydaughter the couple focuses on now. But the harrowing 20 minutesleading up to her birth was a crisis that blindsided them.“My pregnancy had been a normal one,” first-time mom Daniellesays, noting they arrived at the hospital soon after her water brokethat morning. What seemed like a normal labor process throughoutthe day, turned into an emergency situation by late afternoon.As her contractions increased, Danielle was given an epiduralaround 4 p.m. to help block the pain. During the next hour, a crisissituation began to develop. The baby’s heart rate was droppinginto the danger zone. The doctor who intended to deliver her babyhad been called away and was in the middle of another emergencyC-section on the same floor. Theodore Miller, MD, a board-certifiedobstetrician/gynecologist with Agnesian HealthCare, was aboutto leave his clinic office for the day when he received the urgentcall for help.“I was just finishing up to go home when I got the call saying thebaby was in distress - that its heart rate was down,” Dr. Millersays, noting the normal heart rate is well over 120, but in thiscase the baby’s was down in the 70s when he arrived.The next 20 minutes were like a frantic blur that ended in bliss forDanielle and her husband - and for Dr. Miller and his medical team. “In the situation of fetal distress, we don’t have the luxury of time,” Dr. Miller says.“We knew the heart rate wasn’t normal. Things were moving fast. I was concerned that any delay might result in permanent injury to the child.”With another emergency C-section taking place simultaneously,the room Dr. Miller needed was in use and his medical team wasassisting with that C-section.“I had to assemble another crewquickly and move Danielle to another part of the hospital.”The race was on.Danielle, though admittedly very scared, stayed calm knowing shehad to do whatever it took to safely bring her baby into the worldunder traumatic circumstances.“I didn’t have the option to put Danielle to sleep,” Dr. Miller says.“She had been given an epidural before I got there, and usuallythat would be adequate relief for a normal delivery. But it’s notenough for this emergency surgical procedure. An anesthesiologistand surgical tech were on their way to assist us but didn’t arrivein time. It was an urgent situation and we had to proceed usinglocal anesthesia.”With the frantic delivery behind them, Danielle and Dan are enjoyingthe cute smiles from their precious baby Piper. They are alsograteful for the quick thinking and care they received at AgnesianHealthCare in the midst of tense moments.
  12. 12. 12Strong heartSimple Ways to Keep aKeeping an active and healthy lifestyle is very important tosupport a strong and healthy heart. While cardiovascularexercise can include running on a treadmill, it can encompassmany other activities. For example, keeping harmful chemicalsout of your body and focusing on healthy habits is alsoessential to heart health.Below are five basic ways to keep your heart healthy:1. Brisk walking. Whether you decide to walk around a track, in a mall or outside, walking at a brisk pace will get your heart pumping. You practice walking briskly when it is cold outside and you have to get inside a warm building.2. Healthy eating habits. Eat fewer trans fats and hydrogenated oils, canned or processed foods, white refined carbohydrates, fried or fatty meats like chicken tenders and fatty steak, and whole milk. Instead focus on increasing the amount of fiber, calcium, healthy fats (omega 3), fruits and vegetables.3. Take the stairs. Make an effort to take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Taking the stairs, especially up, is a great workout for the entire body!4. Quit smoking. The harmful chemicals found in cigarettes are very damaging to your body. Smoking can lead to coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Smoking will also narrow the arteries and reduce circulation, putting smokers at a higher risk of heart failure. Agnesian HealthCare offers a smoking cessation program. Call Journeys: a health resource center at (920) 926-4960 for more information.5. Park far away. Believe it or not, something as simple as parking further away and walking is great exercise. This is a great chance to follow tip number one and walk briskly into the building.To learn more, call Journeys: a health resource center at(920) 926-4960.Mike Mentzer and R. Eric Lilly, MD
  13. 13. 13Agnesian.comStayingpositiveFond du Lac resident Jane Carter, 58, is a true inspiration toanyone that has undergone a kidney transplant, lost a kidney,went back on dialysis, suffered a heart attack or dealt withhealth-robbing diabetes. She’s experienced it all.However, in spite of her health struggles, Jane’s beautiful smile,engaging laugh and zest for life can brighten anyone’s day.Take, for example, the families undergoing stressful moments inSt. Agnes Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit where Jane volunteers onMonday and Friday mornings. She greets them with a smile. Shemakes sure the waiting area is supplied with coffee and snacks.Then she goes a step further…Jane starts a jigsaw puzzle in the waiting area so visitors havesomething to occupy their time.“I find it brings a smile to almosteveryone’s face,” Jane says.“I hope I help give them comfortwhile their loved ones are very seriously ill.”What they don’t realize is how ill Jane is herself. Little do theyknow that when her volunteer session ends at noon, she drivesacross town to Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Dialysis Centerwhere she reclines in a chair for more than four hours.Jane has no functioning kidneys in her body. Three days a week,the Fond du Lac Dialysis Center becomes Jane’s home away fromhome. With a dialysis machine next to her bed, transparent tubesreveal what’s happening as Jane’s blood can be seen runningthrough them. The dialysis process removes waste, toxins, saltand extra water from her body - a task her kidneys would do ifher own were still properly functioning.Dialysis is keeping Jane alive as she awaits her second kidneytransplant. Her body rejected her first transplanted kidney in2010, and she has been receiving dialysis ever since. “I hopeI get a new kidney soon,” she says.“Approximately 2,000 people in Wisconsin are waiting for anorgan transplant,” Jane says.“My wish is that this article willhelp bring awareness to the seriousness of kidney disease andto the importance of organ donation. I hope more people willdecide to donate.”in Spite of Kidney Issues2,OOO People inWisconsin areWaiting for anOrgan Transplant.DONATELIFEDONATE Life •
  14. 14. 14unrestrictedFUNDSAHC Foundation’s 2013 Annual Appeal Focuses onThis year, the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation annual appeal will be helping to raise moneyfor its unrestricted fund, which helps support a wide range of projects that bring ultimatebenefits to patients. Take for example:Massage Therapy. Enhanced quality of life, improved coping and reducing symptoms – theAgnesian HealthCare Foundation is helping to provide massage therapy to patients at theAgnesian Cancer Center.“Studies suggest that massage can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, pain and fatiguein cancer patients,” says Rita Meidam, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation executive director.“As a foundation, we look for opportunities to help our patients and their families in anyway we can during their journey with us.”Soothing Music. Agnesian HealthCare offers alternative therapies to help patients relax andheal in a different way, and to compliment the care they receive in the Intensive Care Unit.“We have been blessed to offer soothing harp music from local musician Deborah Guythanks to individuals that have given to our unrestricted funds,” says Meidam.“This musichelps to give them strength, the willingness to go on and the peacefulness they need toforge ahead.”When individuals give generously to support “unrestricted funds” through the AgnesianHealthCare Foundation, they are opening up new doors for patients and families.Watch for more informationon the 2013 annual appeal,or call (920) 926-4959for details.The Agnesian HealthCare Foundationis helping to fund a project at theAgnesian Cancer Center designed tohelp female cancer patients enhancetheir appearance and self-image duringchemotherapy and radiation treatments.The Foundation is funding the purchaseof wigs for patients utilizing servicesat the Agnesian Cancer Center, 480E. Division Street in Fond du Lac.“We are able to offer our cancer patientsthe convenience of coming to theAgnesian Cancer Center’s wig boutiquewhere our associates will assist themin their selection,” according toBill Daly, Agnesian HealthCare directorof Oncology Services. “We have a varietyof styles and price ranges, as well as agroup of wigs that are at ‘no charge.’”In addition, patients will also be ableto see other options available throughthe Agnesian Health Shoppe.Helping cancerpatients recovertheir self-esteem
  15. 15. 15Garden Walk & Art FairJuly 14, 2013 - Rain or ShineThis year’s Agnesian HealthCare Garden Walk will offer five areagardens to view in Fond du Lac, Lomira and Waupun. The eventis set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be available at selectlocations for $12, as well as at the gardens the day of the event.Call (920) 926-4959 to purchase tickets or for more information.Hospice Hope Cancer Care Charity OpenAugust 19, 2013All net proceeds from the 25th annual Hospice Hope CancerCare Charity Open benefit patients and families in need ofhospice or cancer care. The event is conducted annually atSouth Hills Golf & Country Club in Fond du Lac. Currently, theCharity Open committee is making plans for another great dayof golf, elegant dining, raffle prizes and an exciting auction.A limited number of raffle tickets will be sold at four for $150or $50 each.House RaffleThrough October 30, 2013The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation is putting a new twiston its Samaritan Health Clinic raffle house, located at theWestfield Hideaway subdivision, lot 76 on Hideaway Lane. Theraffle drawing is slated for Wednesday, October 30, just in timefor the lucky winner to move into a new home for the holidays.The raffle, now in its 18th year and sponsored by the AgnesianHealthCare Foundation, is the main source of funding for theSamaritan Health Clinic’s operations. All proceeds help providepatients with important basic healthcare services, medicationsand urgent dental needs. Tickets are $50 each or $150 for four.Spring/Summer Events at the FoundationAHC FoundationGiving MethodsGifts to the Agnesian HealthCareFoundation may be made through avariety of tax-deductible methodsincluding: cash or check, gifts of stock,securities, life insurance, and bequeststhrough one’s will. Charitable donationscan also be made on-line by under Giving/Makea Donation.For more information about theFoundation, its events or to makea donation, call (920) 926-4959 ore-mail the Foundation office for OurCommunityThe Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, acharitable tax-exempt organization, existsto solicit, accept, acknowledge and investcharitable gifts, grants and bequests tohelp meet the many healthcare needs ofthe people served by Agnesian HealthCare.Our MissionThe effective and efficient development,financial management and grantingof philanthropic support for AgnesianHealthCare to promote health andwellness in Fond du Lac and surroundingcommunities through the programs andservices of Agnesian HealthCare.Agnesian HealthCareFoundation Board ofDirectorsJack E. Twohig, ChairpersonJoseph A. Bird, Vice-ChairpersonMilan D. Vande Zande, Secretary/TreasurerRita M. Meidam, Executive DirectorKatherine K. BresserS. Mary Noel Brown, CSAJoan M. CunninghamPunit Kumar, MDSteven N. LittleKaren L. Meyer, MDKevin P. MichelsS. Marie Scott, CSAMichael R. ShannonMichael J. SpaudeCatherine Twohig McGalloway, DDSDavid R. Weber, MD
  16. 16. 16AEDs forcardiacemergenciesFoundation for RMC Golf Outing to Help ProvideThe Foundation forRipon Medical CenterGiving MethodsGifts to the Foundation for Ripon Medical Centermay be made through a variety of tax-deductiblemethods including: cash or check, gifts of stock,securities, life insurance, and bequests throughone’s will.For more information about the Foundation forRipon Medical Center, its events or to make adonation, call (920) 926-4959.Caring for Our CommunityThe Foundation for Ripon Medical Center servesto enhance the health of the people of the greaterRipon area by lending its financial support toRipon Medical Center.Our VisionOut of a commitment to the residents in ourrural setting, the Foundation for Ripon MedicalCenter partners with individuals, businesses andorganizations to provide focused support for thoseneeds of Ripon Medical Center that will help it tocontinue its pledge of excellence in all that it doesto provide healthcare to those who it serves.Foundation for Ripon Medical CenterBoard of DirectorsJean E. Johnson, MD, PresidentLionel L. Baird, Vice PresidentMary Ann Lyke, SecretaryH. Anderson Lyke, TreasurerRita M. Meidam, Executive DirectorKatherine Vergos, Chief Operating OfficerM. Betsy BlazekDavid N. DuehringMark S. Edinger, DC, DABCOJoan A. KarstenPatricia R. LubinskyWayne C. Mannebach, PhDHarley A. ReabeVictor H. Roeder, III, ODKathryn A. SchwandtBlake E. Waterhouse, MDAt the time of a cardiac crisis, minutes matter. Many lives can be saved with earlieraccess to AED, a defibrillator that monitors the heartbeat and delivers shocks throughadhesive pads placed on a person’s chest.The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center knows that life can change in the blink ofan eye. As a result, it is directing the proceeds from its annual Charity Golf Outingto help provide area businesses and organizations with lifesaving AEDs.The golf outing is changing dates in 2013, now set for Tuesday, June 18 on theWoodlands course at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia. It will begin at 9 a.m. withregistration and a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Dinner, along with a silent auction,will round out the evening and begin at 5 p.m. Call (920) 926-4959 to register.“We are proud to designate our proceeds so we can offer these life-saving devicesto area businesses and organizations,” says Rita Meidam, Foundation for RiponMedical Center executive director.“We know that AEDs do make a difference forindividuals in sudden cardiac arrest. In fact, studies have repeatedly shown theimportance of immediate bystander CPR plus defibrillation when given withinthree to five minutes of a patient collapsing.”Save the Date!2O13 Charity Golf OutingThe Golf Courses of Lawsonia, Green Lake11:30 a.m. Shotgun StartCall (920) 926-4959 to register.Tuesday, June 18, 2013
  17. 17. Cholesterol:Up with the Good…But How?Once upon a time, cholesterol seemed easy: high cholesterol wasbad, and you did everything you could - exercise, lose weight, eata low-fat diet - to lower it.Even then, it was known that one kind of cholesterol, HDL orhigh-density lipoprotein, is actually good for cardiovascular healthand should be kept high. But most of the lifestyle measures thatlower LDL, or bad cholesterol, also tend to raise HDL as well.“With the introduction of cholesterol-lowering medications, the storybecame more complex,” according to Michael Jones, DO, a board-certified family medicine physician with Agnesian HealthCare inWaupun.“The best of these medications tend to be very effectiveat lowering LDL, but not so effective at increasing HDL. And a fewindividuals who succeed in getting their LDL cholesterol to anacceptable level through drugs still have heart attacks, probablybecause their HDL is not high enough.”As a result, scientists continue to study new drugs and combinationsthat might be even more effective than existing ones by raising the“good” while lowering the “bad.”The benefits of high HDL have been well-established. Observationalstudies have for decades shown that individuals with high levelsof HDL (40 mg/dL or higher for a male, 50 mg/dL for a female) livelonger and are less likely to have a heart attack than individualswith lower levels.Studies show associations rather than cause and effect.“Major ways of increasing HDL are weight loss, exercise,moderate alcohol consumption and not smoking,” accordingto Richard McMahon, DO, a board-certified family medicinephysician with Agnesian HealthCare in Waupun.“In studies, menwho lived to age 85 were also more likely than other subjectsto be of normal weight and to have these heart-healthy habits.”One important function of HDL is reverse cholesterol transport. Itremoves excess LDL from the arteries and transports it to the liver.Studies have found reverse cholesterol transport to be an importantfactor in protecting against heart disease.“Women tend to have higher HDL levels than men, and exerciseis known to be very effective in boosting blood levels,” says JanDrews, APNP, a nurse practitioner with Agnesian HealthCare inWaupun.“Mediterranean-type diets, with their focus on omega-3fatty acids, monounsaturated fats (such as olive oil) and nuts,have been recommended for cardiovascular health in partbecause of their effect on HDL cholesterol.”It’s not a question of whether HDL is “good.” The question israther how HDL can be raised and how well these high-densitylipoproteins do their work of moving and removing excess LDL.“The winners of all these studies are those who get their HDL up theold-fashioned way,” Dr. Jones says.“That’s through regular aerobicexercise, weight control, a heart-healthy diet and good habits.”From left to right: Punit Kumar, MD; Robert Nagle, DO; Michael Jones, DO; Richard McMahon, DO;Peter Timmermans, MD; Robert Newton, DO; Jan Drews, APNP; Richard Parish, PA-C
  18. 18. Feature Programs Swallowing for a LifetimeDysphagia is the inability to swallow foods or liquidswith ease. People that have a hard time swallowingmay choke on their food or liquid. This symptom isn’talways indicative of a medical condition. In fact,swallowing difficulty may be temporary and go awayon its own.Join Kerry Winget, AuD, CCC-SLP/A, a certified speechand language pathologist with Agnesian HealthCare,as she shares information about the normal effects ofaging on swallowing, and safety concerns that mightarise. Common signs and symptoms of dysphagia willbe discussed. Learn basic strengthening exercises andstrategies to take pills.Agnesian HealthCare Plaza Level Conference Center430 E. Division Street, Fond du LacTuesday, May 14, 6 to 7 p.m. $5 per studentFree Varicose Vein LegScreening EventDo you experience discomfort, swelling and varicoseveins of the legs? If so, you may be suffering fromsuperficial venous reflux disease. Traditionally,patients diagnosed with venous reflux would undergovein stripping surgery. Now, patients can be treatedwith the VENEFIT procedure - a minimally-invasiveand more comfortable alternative.Join Richard Schaefer, MD, board-certified Fond du LacRegional Clinic plastic surgeon, and Toni Stanley, MD,board-certified Fond du Lac Regional Clinic generalsurgeon, for a free consultation that will determineyour candidacy for the VENEFIT procedure.Free. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.Participants should wear comfortable clothing, andarrive 10 minutes before scheduled appointment.Agnesian HealthCare Journeys: a healthresource center430 E. Division Street, Fond du LacThursday, May 23, 4 to 6 p.m. FreeYogaJoin Sigrun Columbia-Navis, certified yoga instructorwith the Fond du Lac Center for Spirituality and Healing,for a four-week yoga program designed for the beginnerand intermediate yoga student.Students will utilize the techniques learned in BeginningYoga, as well as learn more challenging poses thatare held longer to further increase strength, balanceand flexibility.St. Agnes Chapel430 E. Division Street, Fond du LacTuesdays, May 28 to June 18, 5 to 6:30 p.m. $40 per studentVinyasa Flow YogaVinyasa Flow Yoga balances the body and clears theenergy channels to bring the body back to balance.A more energetic approach to yoga, Vinyasa FlowYoga links movement to breath while each postureflows into the next.Join Amy Jarvis, a registered yoga instructor with YogaAlliance, for a four-week Vinyasa Flow Yoga class thatprovides participants with a great workout and a calmmind with instruction on deep breathing to increasebody strength.St. Agnes Chapel430 E. Division Street, Fond du LacWednesdays, June 5 to 26, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.$40 per studentorWednesdays, July 10 to 31, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.$40 per studentorWednesdays, August 7 to 28, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.$40 per studentRipon MedicalCenter Programs Healing Hearts CardiacSupport GroupHealing Hearts is focused on helping those living with achronic heart condition, or after a heart attack or heartsurgery. The group is also open to anyone interested inreducing their risk of heart disease.Ripon Medical Center Green Lake Room933 Newbury Street, RiponThird Tuesday of every month, September through May6:30 to 7:30 p.m.FreeCancer Support ConnectionThe Cancer Support Connection is an opportunity toconnect with others who are affected by cancer. Sessionsconsist of topic discussions, personalized issues, groupdiscussions and more. The group is open to anyonedealing with cancer; patients, family members, friendsand other loved ones. No registration is required.For more information on the Cancer Support Connection,contact Linda Powell at (920) 748-9134.FreeAdvance Directive WorkshopStaff will be available to answer questions and assistindividuals in completing a Health Care Power ofAttorney and/or Living Will.Ripon Medical Center Princeton Room933 Newbury Street, RiponSecond Tuesday of every month, 2:30 p.m.Free18Community Calendar
  19. 19. 19Agnesian.comCore ClassesCPR ClassesClasses are offered at St. Agnes Hospital andRipon Medical Center. Family and Friends CPR Tuesday, July 9, 6 to 9:30 p.m.$25 per personHeartsaver AED Ripon Medical CenterThursday, August 22, 6 to 9:30 p.m.$40 per personSt. Agnes HospitalTuesday, June 11, 6 to 9:30 p.m.Tuesday, August 6, 6 to 9:30 p.m.$40 per personHeartsaver AED Renewal Journeys: a health resource center430 E. Division StreetTuesday, June 16, 6 to 9:30 p.m.$25 per personHealthcare Provider CPRRipon Medical CenterWednesday, June 12, 6 to 9:30 p.m.Wednesday, August 14, 6 to 9:30 p.m.$40 per personSt. Agnes HospitalTuesday, August 20, 6 to 9:30 p.m.$40 per person Healthcare Provider CPR RenewalSt. Agnes HospitalTuesday, August 13, 6 to 9:30 p.m.$25 per personSafe Sitter®Children ages 11 to 14 are encouraged to take theSafe Sitter®class to become better baby-sitters.Topics include how to handle emergencies, safetyprecautions, choking child and infant rescue, childdevelopment and much more.St. Agnes HospitalWednesdays, June 19 & 26, 1 to 3:30 p.m.$40 per student Waupun Memorial HospitalWednesday, July 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.$40 per studentRipon Medical CenterFriday, August 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.$40 per student Prepared ChildbirthClass topics include information on nutrition, fetalgrowth and development, mechanics of labor,breathing and relaxation, types of deliveries, physicaland emotional needs of the mother and coach.St. Agnes Hospital Wednesday, June 12, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.Saturday, July 13, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Wednesday, August 14, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.$30 per coupleWaupun Memorial Hospital Thursday, June 13, 5:30 to 9 p.m.Thursday, July 11, 5:30 to 9 p.m.Thursday, August 15, 5:30 to 9 p.m.$30 per coupleBreastfeeding for Moms & DadsBreastfeeding for Moms and Dads will provide youand your partner with information on how to beginbreastfeeding with confidence and develop a truesense of security.St. Agnes HospitalWednesday, June 5, 6:30 to 9 p.m.Wednesday, July 3, 6:30 to 9 p.m.Wednesday, August 7, 6:30 to 9 p.m.FreeWaupun Memorial HospitalWednesday, July 17, 6:30 to 9 p.m.FreeCesarean Section Class The Cesarean Section class is designed for womenand their partner who will have a first-time cesareansection, repeat section or possible vaginal birth aftercesarean section.Please call St. Agnes Hospital’s Women & InfantsUnit at 926-4800 for class listing and availability.FreePrepared Childbirth RefresherThis class is for expectant parents who have alreadyexperienced the birth of a child, but feel they wouldbe better prepared if they had a review of labor anddelivery, breathing and relaxation.Please call Journeys: a health resource centerat 926-4960 for appointment availability.FreeBaby Care BasicsThis class provides instruction and demonstrationregarding infant care, such as feeding, bathing,navel care, circumcision care and diapering.St. Agnes HospitalThursday, May 23, 6 to 8:30 p.m.Thursday, June 27, 6 to 8:30 p.m.Thursday, July 25, 6 to 8:30 p.m.Thursday, August 22, 6 to 8:30 p.m.$30 per coupleInfant MassageInfant massage is nourishment for the healthydevelopment of a baby’s mind, body and spirit.Learn how the loving touch of infant massage lessensa baby’s tension, fussiness and irritability; enhancesbonding; aids in growth and development; improvesbaby’s sleep; and increases circulation. This class isfor newborns that are not yet crawling.St. Agnes Hospital Tuesday, May 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m.Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m.$20 per familyBreastfeeding Support GroupThis support group offers new mothers/parents anopportunity to share common concerns and solutionsregarding breastfeeding.St. Agnes Hospital The group meets the second Wednesday of every monthfrom 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the fourth Wednesdayof every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m.Dale Michels Center for HeartCare Cardiac Support GroupCaring for Your Heart Club is a free monthly program,scheduled over the noon hour that gives participantsan opportunity to share their concerns with othershaving similar experiences and to design ways to copewith the challenges that arise from a heart diseasediagnosis.Guest speakers include professionals in the field ofcardiac care. In addition, videotapes, print materialsand class discussion provide up-to-date informationfor patients, family and friends. Lunch is provided.St. Agnes HospitalMonday, May 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.“Proper Nutrition”FreeCancer Support GroupIndividuals and families are invited to learn moreabout cancer and meet with other to share theirthoughts to help increase their confidence and senseof well-being in the midst of physical, emotional andspiritual challenges they may be facing.Journeys: a health resource center430 E. Division StreetSecond Wednesday of every month, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.FreeSleep Apnea Support GroupThe sleep apnea support group is a free support groupfor individuals with sleep apnea, and anyone interestedin learning more about sleep apnea.Journeys: a health resource center430 E. Division StreetWednesday, July 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m.Free
  20. 20. 430 East Division StreetFond du Lac, WI 54935Agnesian Health Shoppe327 Winnebago DriveFond du Lac, WI 54935(920) 926-5277Agnesian Pharmacy145 N. Main StreetFond du Lac, WI 54935(920) 921-4660With locations in Fond du Lac,Brownsville, Markesan, Mayville,North Fond du Lac and WaupunConsultants Laboratory430 East Division StreetFond du Lac, WI 54935(920) 929-9300Fond du Lac Regional Clinic420 East Division StreetFond du Lac, WI 54935(920) 923-7400Ripon Medical Center933 Newbury StreetRipon, WI 54971(920) 748-3101St. Agnes Hospital430 East Division StreetFond du Lac, WI 54935(920) 929-2300St. Francis Home33 Everett StreetFond du Lac, WI 54935(920) 923-7980Waupun Memorial Hospital620 West Brown StreetWaupun, WI 53963(920) 324-5581To explore employment opportunities atAgnesian HealthCare, visit agnesian.comor call (920) 926-5712. Non-profit orgU.S. PostagePAIDPermit No. 354Fond du Lac, WIAgnesian HealthCare is working to offer educational and entertaining activities andevents to help provide the resources for area individuals and families to make informedchoices about their overall health and well-being.An upcoming open house will provide the perfect outlet to see firsthand the many newdevelopments available locally for those individuals facing a cancer diagnosis at theAgnesian Cancer Center.The open house is scheduled on Thursday, July 25 at the Agnesian Cancer Center,480 E. Division Street in Fond du Lac. Save the date for a chance to tour the newly-remodeled, state-of-the-art facility. Interact with the center’s skilled providers,and learn about the many ways that the Agnesian Cancer Center is providinga full spectrum of care, close to home.Last year, Agnesian HealthCare’s Hot August Nights brought fun activities to theFond du Lac area community, while sharing the many services offered by RichardSchaefer, MD, a board-certified plasticsurgeon. This year, the date has beenscheduled for Wednesday, August 21at the Agnesian Plastic Surgery &Cosmetic Services location at1088 S. Main Street in Fond du Lac.Upcomingeventshelpeducate&entertain