Blog http://www.agnesian.com/blog/rss Agnesian en Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers at Waupun Memorial award scholarships http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-waupun-memorial-award-scholarships <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Scholarship%20Image.jpg" width="1827" alt="Scholarship" typeof="Image" /><p>Five area students who intend to pursue careers in health care have been awarded scholarships from the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers at Waupun Memorial Hospital.</p> <p>Scholarship recipients were chosen from among area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in health care.</p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $1,000 scholarships.</p> Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-waupun-memorial-award-scholarships Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers award scholarships http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-award-scholarships <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Scholarship%20Image.jpg" width="1827" alt="AHC scholarships" typeof="Image" /><p>Seven area students who intend to pursue careers in health care have been awarded scholarships from the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers.</p> <p>Scholarship recipients were chosen from among area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in health care.</p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $2,000 scholarships.</p> Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-award-scholarships Meet curiosity...the antidote to change ‘frustration’ http://www.agnesian.com/blog/meet-curiositythe-antidote-change-frustration <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Halper%2C%20Robin_0.jpg" width="823" alt="Halper, Robin" typeof="Image" /><p>There’s no denying that we’ve all been forced to change our way of life these past few months. While for some it has been subtle, for the vast majority of us our lives have almost become unrecognizable. We keep hearing the words “new normal” everywhere you turn, and quite frankly they’ve come to sound a little irritating. </p> Wed, 13 May 2020 07:00:00 CDT Robin Halper, LPC-IT http://www.agnesian.com/blog/meet-curiositythe-antidote-change-frustration Dealing with arthritis pain during the COVID-19 pandemic http://www.agnesian.com/blog/dealing-arthritis-pain-during-covid-19-pandemic <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Callahan-Bert%20web%20480_0.jpg" width="480" alt="Callahan" typeof="Image" /><p><em>How do I deal with my significant hip or knee pain until the orthopedic teams are able to begin performing joint replacement surgery?</em></p> <p>There are a variety of non-operative treatment options for arthritis pain. No one treatment is going to help everyone, and patients need to find the treatments that seem to work the best for them.</p> <p><strong>Medications</strong></p> Fri, 24 Apr 2020 07:00:00 CDT Bert Callahan, MD http://www.agnesian.com/blog/dealing-arthritis-pain-during-covid-19-pandemic Communication at a Distance http://www.agnesian.com/blog/communication-distance <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/AGN-20091%20COVID-19_Stay%20Connected_720x720_D.jpg" width="1500" alt="stay connected" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Alyssa Hallgren, MS, CRC, LPC </em></p> <p>Communication has always been important in our interactions with friends, family, co-workers and professionals. From a young age, we begin learning the “dos and don’ts” of communication to ensure that we don’t offend those we are interacting with. In the age of social distancing, we are communicating in all new ways and have new rules to learn.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 07:00:00 CDT http://www.agnesian.com/blog/communication-distance Agnesian HealthCare expands care options for patients http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-expands-care-options-patients <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Telehealth.JPG" width="733" alt="telehealth" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the need for regular care continues</em></p> <p>Even under a stay-at-home order, patients still require access to the care they need. That’s why Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, continues to offer high-quality care to patients and communities.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-expands-care-options-patients COVID-19 Business Closures http://www.agnesian.com/blog/covid-19-business-closures <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/GettyImages-1204696189%20%281%29.jpg" width="2059" alt="Covid" typeof="Image" /><p>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Agnesian HealthCare has taken proactive steps to close the following locations for the health and safety of our patients and employees:</p> <p><strong>Adult Day Services - closed until further notice</strong></p> <p><strong>Agnesian Bone &amp; Joint Health, Beaver Dam - closed until further notice</strong></p> <p><strong>Agnesian Eye Care Services - open for eye emergencies only</strong></p> <p><strong>Agnesian Health Shoppe: </strong></p> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/covid-19-business-closures Coronavirus and you: Some FAQs http://www.agnesian.com/blog/coronavirus-and-you-some-faqs <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Coronavirus-blood-tube.jpg" width="1440" alt="Coronavirus" typeof="Image" /><p>The coronavirus that has caused numerous deaths in China is a source of concern worldwide. Like any public health issue, questions about coronavirus are on many people’s minds. So, we spoke with SSM Health Director of Infection Prevention Chris Zirges to answer some of the most common questions about the illness.</p> Tue, 03 Mar 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/coronavirus-and-you-some-faqs RMC Auxiliary hosts fifth annual flower sale http://www.agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-hosts-fifth-annual-flower-sale <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/RMC%20Auxiliary%20Flower%20Sale%20News.jpg" width="480" alt="Flower" typeof="Image" /><p>The Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting its fifth annual spring flower sale. Proceeds will support Ripon Medical Center programs and student scholarships.</p> <p>Order forms feature a variety of hanging baskets from Bloch’s Farm (Green Lake), and are available at the Ripon Medical Center information desk and gift shop, or by visiting <a href="http://www.agnesian.com/flower-sale">www.agnesian.com/flower-sale</a>. </p> <p>Completed forms, along with a check for payment, can be dropped off at - or mailed to - Ripon Medical Center gift shop, 845 Parkside Street, Ripon.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-hosts-fifth-annual-flower-sale St. Agnes Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award http://www.agnesian.com/blog/st-agnes-hospital-receives-get-guidelines-heart-failure-gold-plus-quality-achievement-award <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/FDLRC%20Cardiology%20Team%202019c.jpg" width="4032" alt="Cardiology team" typeof="Image" /><p>St. Agnes Hospital<strong> </strong>has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines<sup>®</sup>-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/st-agnes-hospital-receives-get-guidelines-heart-failure-gold-plus-quality-achievement-award Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new physiatrist http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-physiatrist <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Homb-Kris.jpg" width="2275" alt="Kris Homb" typeof="Image" /><p>Kris Homb, MD, a board-certified physiatrist, is now accepting patients at the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 421 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac. He joins Elizabeth Bensen, MD, and Patricia Michels, APNP, in the practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation.</p> <p>Dr. Homb specializes in spine and sports medicine, including joint/soft tissue and nerve injections by palpation, ultrasound, or fluoroscopy. Dr. Homb also offers Botox for spasticity.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-physiatrist Shattering myths about love and strengthening enduring truths http://www.agnesian.com/blog/shattering-myths-about-love-and-strengthening-enduring-truths <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Doll%2C%20Beth.jpg" width="840" alt="Beth Doll" typeof="Image" /><p>Love Myths: </p> <ol><li> <p>There is a “true love” that binds two people no matter what. Since true love lasts forever, if we ever fall out of true love, it never was true love in the first place. </p> </li> <li> <p>This connection is something that is known right away.    </p> </li> <li> <p>True love never ends, if you have found the right person. </p> </li> <li> <p>You should love me. I know best.</p></li></ol> Fri, 03 Jan 2020 06:00:00 CST Beth Rogers Doll http://www.agnesian.com/blog/shattering-myths-about-love-and-strengthening-enduring-truths Agnesian HealthCare first in Midwest to use new product to protect hemodialysis access http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-first-midwest-use-new-product-protect-hemodialysis-access <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/S.%20Alizadegan%20IN.PACT%20PR%20Photo.jpeg" width="1735" alt="Alizadegan" typeof="Image" /><p>Globally, more than 2.5 million people with kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD) regularly undergo hemodialysis (a procedure that filters waste and removes extra fluid from the blood when the kidneys fail).</p> <p>To perform hemodialysis, a physician needs a way to repeatedly reach - or access - the bloodstream. This access is used to carry blood from the body to the dialysis machine where it is cleaned and returned to the body.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2019 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-first-midwest-use-new-product-protect-hemodialysis-access ‘There are no words’ http://www.agnesian.com/blog/there-are-no-words <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/G843530334%20Bereavement%20250x250.jpg" width="250" alt="bereavement" typeof="Image" /><p>“There are no words.” It’s a cliche used often and casually in conversation. It means that we can’t explain how we feel or that something is so unreal that we can’t believe it has happened.</p> <p>That is what it feels like when someone we love dies. There are no words. A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with someone about the death of a loved one and we both were looking for words to describe the feeling. We finally decided that indeed, there were no words. </p> Tue, 03 Sep 2019 07:00:00 CDT Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC http://www.agnesian.com/blog/there-are-no-words Grieving at one's own pace http://www.agnesian.com/blog/grieving-ones-own-pace <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Faith-Community-Nurse.jpg" width="960" alt="grieving" typeof="Image" /><p>At the Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center, one service we offer is one-on-one support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. We offer free support to both children and adults during the grieving process following the death of a significant person in their life. While the world sometimes attaches stigma to getting support, we want you to know it's okay to challenge that and know how courageous you are for stepping forward to receive the support you may need.  </p> Sat, 01 Jun 2019 07:00:00 CDT Kelly Hanson http://www.agnesian.com/blog/grieving-ones-own-pace Support groups help during grieving process http://www.agnesian.com/blog/support-groups-help-during-grieving-process-0 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/G476345559%20Women%20MotherDaughter%20720x720.jpg" width="720" alt="bereavement" typeof="Image" /><p>The power of support groups is a beautiful thing. At the Bereavement Center, we offer several grief support groups throughout the month.</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2019 07:00:00 CDT Megyn Wirkus, MST http://www.agnesian.com/blog/support-groups-help-during-grieving-process-0 Managing pain after loss http://www.agnesian.com/blog/managing-pain-after-loss <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/family_ps%20%281%29.jpg" width="98" alt="Loss" typeof="Image" /><p>The journey of grief is painful. The pain is emotional, physical and mental. It might mean our bones and joints ache and it definitely means that our heart aches. Is there a day that will come when we don’t miss our loved ones or feel that ache? I hear this question often. And my answer is always the same, no. There will never come a day when we won’t miss our parent, our partner, our sibling or our child. That is not the goal of walking the journey of grief. So how do we live with the painful feeling of missing someone we love? </p> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 06:00:00 CST Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC http://www.agnesian.com/blog/managing-pain-after-loss Treating yourself like you treat others http://www.agnesian.com/blog/treating-yourself-you-treat-others <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/921736458%20Background%20Sunrise.jpg" width="6016" alt="Sunrise" typeof="Image" /><p><em>“When you stop worrying about what you cannot control, you have time to change the things you can control. And that changes everything.” - Marcandangel</em></p> <p>It can happen at any time. One moment you think you have all the answers and life is “going your way.” The next, you are scrambling to make sense of the chaos. Often we say that we had “the best laid plans,” but we know that it can take just a moment to make those plans obsolete. So, what do you do when things are out of your control? How do you respond?</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 06:00:00 CST Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist http://www.agnesian.com/blog/treating-yourself-you-treat-others Self-care important to health, well-being http://www.agnesian.com/blog/self-care-important-health-well-being <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-481273635_Meditation.jpg" width="4928" alt="meditation" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Kelly Hanson, MA</em></p> <p><em>Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Specialist</em></p> <p>“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brown</p> <p>Self-care is a term we hear on a regular basis. However, how often do you evaluate your self-care? Are you feeling burned out? Or, do you wake up feeling replenished each day? It is important to really think about what this term means and how to implement it into our daily lives.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 06:00:00 CST http://www.agnesian.com/blog/self-care-important-health-well-being Give yourself permission http://www.agnesian.com/blog/give-yourself-permission <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/4906482-1600x2400.jpg" width="2400" alt="Winter Grief" typeof="Image" /><p>Let me introduce myself. I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend. During the day, I can be found as a bereavement specialist, a Cub Scout Den leader, a Sunday School teacher, a school volunteer. I spend my days cooking, cleaning and running taxi for my family. I am there whenever anyone needs an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.</p> Sat, 01 Dec 2018 06:00:00 CST Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist http://www.agnesian.com/blog/give-yourself-permission Resolve Through Sharing helped this mom cope with loss http://www.agnesian.com/blog/resolve-through-sharing-helped-mom-cope-loss <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Grief%20photo.jpg" width="178" alt="Grief Photo" typeof="Image" /><p>Sometimes events touch your life in a way that you will always remember - where you were, when it happened and the people that were with you. </p> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT http://www.agnesian.com/blog/resolve-through-sharing-helped-mom-cope-loss Personal experience helps outreach to others http://www.agnesian.com/blog/personal-experience-helps-outreach-others <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/grief%20woman.jpg" width="2400" alt="Grieving Woman" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Kelly Hanson, MA, Bereavement Specialist</em></p> <p>It is truly special to me how our life experiences shape us into the people we are meant to be. My journey to becoming a bereavement specialist at Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services is an example of this. Here is my story.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT http://www.agnesian.com/blog/personal-experience-helps-outreach-others Helping those facing suicidal thoughts http://www.agnesian.com/blog/helping-those-facing-suicidal-thoughts <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/BlockJackie_8768.jpg" width="2227" alt="Jackie Block, LMFT, LCSW, Psychotherapy" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Jackie Block, LMFT, LCSW, Psychotherapy</em></p> <p><em>St. Agnes Hospital Behavioral Health Services</em></p> <p>I often get asked in my role what someone should do if they suspect someone that they know could be suicidal. What should they do or say to that person? What is the right thing to do or say and what is the wrong thing to do or say? Since this is such a sensitive topic (and some people may avoid doing anything because they don't know what to do), it would be good to offer some tips on what to do.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 07:00:00 CDT http://www.agnesian.com/blog/helping-those-facing-suicidal-thoughts Play is a great endeavor leading to acceptance, belonging and joy http://www.agnesian.com/blog/play-great-endeavor-leading-acceptance-belonging-and-joy <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-538188044.jpg" width="2030" alt="Children on playground" typeof="Image" /><p><em>At the Treffert Center, we are reminded on a daily basis that children already know what we work hard to remember. Play is a great endeavor leading to acceptance, belonging and joy. We are thankful to the mother who shared the truth she learned from her young daughter.</em></p> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 07:00:00 CDT Vivian Hazell http://www.agnesian.com/blog/play-great-endeavor-leading-acceptance-belonging-and-joy What is Dry Needling? http://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-dry-needling <p><strong>What is dry needling?</strong></p> <p><em>Micah Swift, DPT, Outpatient Physical Therapy, St. Agnes Hospital</em></p> <p>Dry needling is a technique performed by a physical therapist with advanced training. While it can be used for a variety of reasons, it is primarily used to relieve muscle tension and pain in the form of a trigger point or what is more commonly called a knot.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:00:00 CDT http://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-dry-needling Agnesian HealthCare welcomes family medicine practitioner http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-practitioner <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Kraus%2CTeegan.jpg" width="750" alt="Teegan Kraus" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Teegan Kraus, PA-C, a certified physician assistant, to the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic Family Medicine department, 420 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac. She is now accepting new patients.</p> <p>In her role, Kraus diagnoses illness, develops and manages treatment plans, prescribes medications, and often serves as a patient’s principal health care provider.</p> <p>“I listen to my patients and involve them in their own care,” Kraus says.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-practitioner Fond du Lac partners collaborate to promote infant literacy http://www.agnesian.com/blog/fond-du-lac-partners-collaborate-promote-infant-literacy <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Words%20to%20Grow%20By%20%281%29.jpg" width="4032" alt="Words to Grow By" typeof="Image" /><p>It’s a two-way street when it comes to communication between parents and their babies. Research shows the benefits of talking, laughing and reading to babies. While it may feel a little silly talking and reading to a baby, a baby responds giving response signals in their attempts to communicate.</p> <p>In fact, this important communication can, and should, begin during pregnancy. It’s never too early. Babies recognize their mother’s voice in the womb, so why not make reading aloud a habit while you’re still pregnant?</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/fond-du-lac-partners-collaborate-promote-infant-literacy Ripon partners introduce ‘Stop the Bleed’ effort to save lives http://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-partners-introduce-stop-bleed-effort-save-lives <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/RMC%20Stop%20the%20Bleed%20Kits.jpg" width="4032" alt="Stop the Bleed" typeof="Image" /><p>No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, so it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.</p> <p>Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available. There are some very simple actions anyone can take to help save a life.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-partners-introduce-stop-bleed-effort-save-lives Agnesian Integrative Health welcomes massage therapist http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-integrative-health-welcomes-massage-therapist-0 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Hansen_Kelley_480.jpg" width="750" alt="Kelley Hansen" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Kelley (Hansen) Cantu, LMT, massage therapist, to its Integrative Health services located at the Agnesian Health Plaza Building A, 421 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac. She is now accepting patients.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-integrative-health-welcomes-massage-therapist-0 Agnesian HealthCare welcomes family medicine physician http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-physician-2 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Sreenivasarao-Rao_480.jpg" width="748" alt="Sreenivasarao" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Kandipati Sreenivasarao, DO, (also known as Dr. Rao) a board-certified family medicine physician, to the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 723 Park Ridge Lane, North Fond du Lac. He is now accepting new patients.</p> <p>Dr. Sreenivasarao specializes in family medicine and sees patients of all ages. He offers a full range of general family medicine; preventive health care; annual physicals; well-child checks and immunizations; and care for acute and chronic illness and general medical concerns.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-physician-2 Reach Out & Read continues thanks to generous contribution http://www.agnesian.com/blog/reach-out-read-continues-thanks-generous-contribution <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Read%20A%20Book%20Photo.jpeg" width="4032" alt="Reach Out" typeof="Image" /><p>For the past three years, Agnesian HealthCare and Fond du Lac Regional Clinic physicians have partnered with the nationwide Reach Out &amp; Read program thanks to continued support from the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation. </p> Fri, 27 Jul 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/reach-out-read-continues-thanks-generous-contribution Valsartan recall: what patients should know http://www.agnesian.com/blog/valsartan-recall-what-patients-should-know <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Pharmacy-Pills.jpg" width="480" alt="Recall" typeof="Image" /><p>Nancy Hyland, Retail Pharmacy Director, Agnesian HealthCare</p> <p>The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a voluntary recall of valsartan-containing products from three different generic manufacturers. These generic valsartan and valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide tablets may contain an impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is considered a probable carcinogen based on testing done in labs.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/valsartan-recall-what-patients-should-know Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new anesthesiologist http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-anesthesiologist-0 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Bogan_Jacqueline_480.jpg" width="749" alt="Jacqueline Bogan" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes anesthesiologist Jacqueline Bogan, DO, to St. Agnes Hospital, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>An anesthesiologist offers preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care for patients and administers medications to control pain and support life functions during surgery.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-anesthesiologist-0 An inseparable bond http://www.agnesian.com/blog/inseparable-bond <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Ken%20Eggerts%20and%20Family.jpeg" width="4032" alt="Ken and Theresa Eggers" typeof="Image" /><p>They say the bond between dog lovers and their trusty companion is strong and endless. For Ken Eggers, that bond was unquestionable as Ken faced a potentially serious health condition, but never lost sight of caring for Petey, his trusted friend and companion. Petey is an almost one-year-old American Pit Bull.</p> <p>On Saturday, July 14, Ken - a northern Michigan truck driver - was driving past Fond du Lac to make a delivery in Brownsville. He was feeling under the weather, talking to his wife, Theresa, on the phone.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/inseparable-bond Kids Kamp 2018 Review http://www.agnesian.com/blog/kids-kamp-2018-review <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Kids%20Kamp%202018.jpg" width="1800" alt="kids Kamp" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Services just wrapped up its 18<sup>th</sup> Annual Kids Survival Kamp in mid-June. Through the generosity of the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, we are able to offer Kids Kamp to grieving families completely free of charge.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:00:00 CDT Megyn Wirkus, MST http://www.agnesian.com/blog/kids-kamp-2018-review Treffert Way School for Exceptional Mind charter school receives state grant http://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-way-school-exceptional-mind-charter-school-receives-state-grant <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/file2.jpeg" width="3923" alt="treffert" typeof="Image" /><p>Thanks to a Wisconsin Charter Schools Program grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the North Fond du Lac School District and Agnesian HealthCare’s Treffert Center will begin work to introduce The Treffert Way School for the Exceptional Mind charter school in North Fond du Lac in fall 2019.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-way-school-exceptional-mind-charter-school-receives-state-grant Make time for well-child visits http://www.agnesian.com/blog/make-time-well-child-visits <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Griffin%20Gudex%20after%20procedure.jpg" width="3024" alt="Griffin Gudex after procedure" typeof="Image" /><p>As a busy mom or dad, you’re juggling it all - dashing from work to soccer practice to dance class, fitting in birthday parties, teacher conferences and family dinners around the kitchen table.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 07:00:00 CDT http://www.agnesian.com/blog/make-time-well-child-visits Agnesian HealthCare welcomes hospitalist http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-hospitalist-0 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Ros%20Nydia_480.jpg" width="748" alt="Nydia Ros" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes hospitalist Nydia Ros, MD, to St. Agnes Hospital, 430 E. Division Street.</p> <p>A hospitalist is a physician that specializes in caring for patients while they are hospitalized. Hospitalists communicate with the patient’s primary care providers, as well as any other specialists that may be working with that patient. Patients see hospitalists regularly throughout their inpatient stay. They are available all day or night to care for patients.</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-hospitalist-0 Agnesian HealthCare welcomes orthopedics practitioner http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-orthopedics-practitioner <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Osborne.Jackie.jpg" width="750" alt="Jackie Osborne" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Jacklyn Osborne, APNP, a nurse practitioner, to its Orthopedics department at the Agnesian Health Plaza A, 421 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac. Osborne provides comprehensive, advanced orthopedic care to patients of all ages.</p> <p>She is now accepting new patients, and joins Drs. Joe Kemp, Steven Magoline, Alan Roetker and Bryan Royce, as well as Ashley Andrus, APNP.</p> <p>Osborne is a graduate of Marian University with a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner, as well as a bachelor’s degree in nursing.</p> Fri, 25 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-orthopedics-practitioner Stroke risk higher for women than for men http://www.agnesian.com/blog/stroke-risk-higher-women-men <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Larsen%20Nathan%20Dr%20WEBSITE.jpg" width="261" alt="Nathan Larsen" typeof="Image" /><p>Everyone should be aware of the warning signs of stroke. In the United States, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death among men and the third leading cause of death in women, according to the American Stroke Association.</p> <p>“In fact, about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year and strokes kill twice as many women as breast cancer every year,” according to Nathan Larsen, MD, St. Agnes Hospital Emergency Department &amp; EMS medical director.</p> Wed, 23 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/stroke-risk-higher-women-men Agnesian HealthCare diabetes education program receives ADA recognition http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-diabetes-education-program-receives-ada-recognition <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/AHC%20icon%20only.jpg" width="266" alt="image" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare was recently awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) education recognition certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program.</p> <p>The association’s education recognition certificate assures that educational programs meet the national standard for diabetes self-management education programs. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.</p> Tue, 22 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-diabetes-education-program-receives-ada-recognition Ripon Medical Center now offers peripheral artery disease exercise therapy http://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-now-offers-peripheral-artery-disease-exercise-therapy <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/PAD%20Exercise%20Therapy%20Team.jpg" width="480" alt="PAD team" typeof="Image" /><p>Ripon Medical Center is now offering help for individuals who are facing health difficulties due to peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is a slow and progressive circulation disorder. Narrowing, blockage or spasms in a blood vessel can cause PAD.</p> <p>PAD may affect any blood vessel outside of the heart including the arteries, veins or lymphatic vessels. Organs supplied by these vessels, such as the brain and legs, may not get enough blood flow for proper function. However, the legs and feet are most commonly affected.</p> Mon, 21 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-now-offers-peripheral-artery-disease-exercise-therapy New Waupun Memorial Hospital program helps with dizziness, balance http://www.agnesian.com/blog/new-waupun-memorial-hospital-program-helps-dizziness-balance <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Schmitt%2C-Barb-WEBSITE.jpg" width="480" alt="Barb Schmitt" typeof="Image" /><p>Dizziness is more common than most people think. In fact, it’s the second most common complaint people bring to their health care providers (lower back pain is first).</p> <p>It is estimated that as many as 40 percent of all adults experience dizziness severe enough to warrant reporting it to their physicians. Fortunately, most causes of dizziness are detectable and treatable, especially with today’s computerized diagnostics, sophisticated medicines and advanced surgical techniques.</p> Wed, 16 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/new-waupun-memorial-hospital-program-helps-dizziness-balance A Mother’s Love http://www.agnesian.com/blog/mothers-love <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/May%202018%20Blog%20ThinkstockPhotos-532556370.jpg" width="2121" alt="Mother&#039;s Day" typeof="Image" /><p>A few weeks ago, I finalized plans for a “Girls Only” weekend to visit my friend in Florida for her wedding. No kids, no husbands along. Just the girls, getting a chance to reunite and catch up over a long weekend. You cannot imagine the anticipation that has been building for this trip.</p> <p>But a few days ago, I came to the realization that the trip falls over Mother’s Day. This made me pause for a moment to think. Would my kids be upset that I won’t be with them to celebrate? More so, how will I feel being apart from my kids on Mother’s Day?</p> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist http://www.agnesian.com/blog/mothers-love Osgood Schlatter Disease http://www.agnesian.com/blog/osgood-schlatter-disease <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/May%20blog.jpg" width="544" alt="Osgood schlatter disease" typeof="Image" /><p>Is your child complaining of knee pain? </p> <p>Does it get worse with jumping sports?</p> <p>Is there a painful lump on the shin bone?</p> <p>These symptoms are consistent with Osgood Schlatter Disease (OSD); however it can often be confused with tendonitis of the knee. It is important to differentiate the two as OSD may require a longer rest period and symptoms may last longer than tendonitis. </p> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Sarah Schultz http://www.agnesian.com/blog/osgood-schlatter-disease Agnesian HealthCare welcomes behavioral health professional http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-behavioral-health-professional-0 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Ullrich%20Kourtney-Lechner_Ullrich.jpg" width="750" alt="Kourtney Lechner Ullrich" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Kourtney Lechner Ullrich, MS, LPC, a psychotherapist, who will be seeing patients at Waupun Memorial Hospital’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Services, 620 W. Brown Street, Waupun.</p> <p>Lechner Ullrich provides individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. She enjoys working with people as a team to help them develop specific and attainable treatment goals and strategies to better cope with life’s struggles.</p> Tue, 01 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-behavioral-health-professional-0 Agnesian HealthCare names new president at St. Agnes Hospital http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-names-new-president-st-agnes-hospital <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Vergos-Katherine.jpg" width="750" alt="Katherine Vergos" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, has named Katherine Vergos, MHA, FACHE, as its new president at St. Agnes Hospital. In her new role, Vergos will assume responsibilities for the daily operations at St. Agnes Hospital.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-names-new-president-st-agnes-hospital Agnesian Wound Care recognized with national clinical excellence award http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-wound-care-recognized-national-clinical-excellence-award <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Wound%20Care%20LR.jpg" width="720" alt="Wound Care" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian Wound Care professionals have been recognized for their outstanding quality care and customer service with a Center of Distinction Award from Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.</p> <p>Healogics is honoring Agnesian Wound Care for achieving clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-wound-care-recognized-national-clinical-excellence-award Becker’s Healthcare names Agnesian HealthCare among 150 top places to work in health care http://www.agnesian.com/blog/beckers-healthcare-names-agnesian-healthcare-among-150-top-places-work-health-care <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Agnesian-Pharmacy-Plus-asso.jpg" width="960" alt="Beckers" typeof="Image" /><p>Becker’s Healthcare has named Agnesian HealthCare among its “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare 2018” list, which highlights hospitals, health systems and health care companies that promote diversity within the workforce, employee engagement and professional growth.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/beckers-healthcare-names-agnesian-healthcare-among-150-top-places-work-health-care Best wound care options http://www.agnesian.com/blog/best-wound-care-options <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/April%20blog%20bone%20%26%20Joint%20ThinkstockPhotos-636391614.jpg" width="2120" alt="April blog" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Kelsey Sauer, Licensed Athletic Trainer </em></p> <p>While skin injuries don’t always seem like a big deal, they can cause infection within the body and become a bigger concern if not cared for properly. It is important to know how to properly treat these injuries and when it is necessary to see a health care provider for care. Appropriate treatment of these injures will help to decrease infection and increase healing time.</p> <p>Common skin injuries include:</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/best-wound-care-options Growth and renewal http://www.agnesian.com/blog/growth-and-renewal <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/April%202018%20Bereavement%20Services%20ThinkstockPhotos-87151625.jpg" width="3586" alt="Bereavement" typeof="Image" /><p>Spring has always been my favorite season of the year. As the brown grass begins to turn green and the trees start to bud and their leaves start to grow, you can tell that the environment is going through growth and renewal. Neighbors are out in their yards and taking walks to enjoy the fresh air. It is exciting to see people in our neighborhoods enjoying the warmer temperatures and taking advantage of the extra hours of sunshine. There is just something about seeing a child running around in the yard freely enjoying life that brings hope to all of us after a long and cold winter.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Megyn Wirkus, MST http://www.agnesian.com/blog/growth-and-renewal SSM Health names Steve Little to newly-created position of Regional Chief Operating Officer http://www.agnesian.com/blog/ssm-health-names-steve-little-newly-created-position-regional-chief-operating-officer <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Little%2C%20Steve%20color.JPG" width="750" alt="Steve Little" typeof="Image" /><p>SSM Health has named Steve Little, current President and CEO of Agnesian HealthCare, to the newly-created position of Regional Chief Operating Officer (COO). He will begin his new role May 1.</p> <p>Agnesian HealthCare of Fond du Lac, Wis., along with Monroe Clinic of Monroe, Wis., joined the SSM Health family in January when the <a href="https://www.ssmhealth.com/newsroom/2018/1/ssm-health-and-csa-complete-sponsorship-transfer">Congregation of Sisters (CSA) of St. Agnes transferred sponsorship</a> of their health care ministries to SSM Health.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/ssm-health-names-steve-little-newly-created-position-regional-chief-operating-officer Treffert Academy’s children and belonging http://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-academys-children-and-belonging <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/file2.jpeg" width="3923" alt="autism month" typeof="Image" /><p>At the Treffert Academy, our philosophy is one of inclusion, compassion, play, and helping our children find their way to becoming resilient and kind adults. </p> <p>On a daily basis, however, we are reminded that the journey they are on is moment by moment not year by year.  We are  reminded of that through their embrace of one another. </p> Sun, 01 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Vivian Hazell http://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-academys-children-and-belonging Agnesian HealthCare welcomes hospitalist http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-hospitalist <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Valid-Dr-Mukhamad-Sami_480.jpg" width="749" alt="Sami Mukhamad" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Mukhamad Sami Valid, MD, hospitalist, to St. Agnes Hospital, 430 E. Division Street.</p> <p>A hospitalist is a physician that specializes in caring for patients while they are hospitalized. Hospitalists communicate with the patient’s primary care providers, as well as any other specialists that may be working with that patient. Patients see hospitalists regularly throughout their inpatient stay. They are available all day or night to care for patients.</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-hospitalist Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new Mayville family medicine nurse practitioner http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-mayville-family-medicine-nurse-practitioner <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/McShane-Leesa_480.jpg" width="480" alt="Leesa McShane" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic is pleased to welcome Leesa McShane, APNP, as a new family medicine nurse practitioner, located at 360 S. Mountin Drive, Mayville.</p> <p>As a nurse practitioner, McShane offers a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive healthcare services. She diagnoses and treats a variety of health conditions, prescribes medications and provides patient education.</p> <p>McShane works collaboratively with other Fond du Lac Regional Clinic Mayville physicians, including Alisha Ketterer, MD, and Beth Collister, MD.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-mayville-family-medicine-nurse-practitioner Athletic trainers play vital role http://www.agnesian.com/blog/athletic-trainers-play-vital-role <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-Athletic%20Trainers648684978.jpg" width="2121" alt="Athletic trainers" typeof="Image" /><p>Ashlee Baer, MS, LAT, ATC, Licensed Athletic Trainer</p> <p>March is National Athletic Training Month! Kudos for athletic trainers!</p> <p>The majority of the population tends to think of athletic trainers as the person who goes out on the field with the doctor when a Packers player gets hurt, or the person that stretches the athletes on the sidelines.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/athletic-trainers-play-vital-role Important questions to ask prior to an orthopedic surgery http://www.agnesian.com/blog/important-questions-ask-prior-orthopedic-surgery <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-804154044%20Orthopedic%20Surgery.jpg" width="2121" alt="Orthopedic surgery" typeof="Image" /><p>Prior to having surgery for any orthopedic injury or diagnosis, it is important to have good knowledge of what to expect going into surgery. This will assist you in your rehab process and your return home.</p> <p>Below is a list of 10 suggested questions you should ask your surgeon, their physician’s assistance, their nurse practitioner or pre-surgical educator.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/important-questions-ask-prior-orthopedic-surgery How does cupping work? http://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-does-cupping-work <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/506159712%20Cupping%20960x540BL.jpg" width="960" alt="cupping" typeof="Image" /><p>Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine where a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction.</p> <p>Cupping is used to treat a range of disorders and symptoms, sometimes on their own, or other times in conjunction with other alternative practices. It’s common for cupping therapy to be used along with massage therapy, essential oils or acupuncture.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:00:00 CDT Allieson Arentz, licensed massage therapist, Agnesian HealthCare Integrative Health http://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-does-cupping-work Spring IS here! http://www.agnesian.com/blog/spring-here <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/wp-images/864944674.jpg" width="506" alt="86494467" typeof="Image" /><p>Despite the fluctuating temperatures…spring officially arrived on Tuesday, March 20!</p> <p>In addition to the start of spring, there are many national observances (see below) regarding outdoor activity and walking. Please note them on your calendars.</p> <p>As a reminder, we are all to strive to do 10,000 steps in a day. If you are currently at 5,000 steps, try to increase that by a 1,000 a week. Challenge yourself to get closer to that desired 10,000 steps.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:00:00 CDT Janelle Baldwin http://www.agnesian.com/blog/spring-here Agnesian HealthCare welcomes behavioral health professional http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-behavioral-health-professional <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Jedlicka_Ed.jpg" width="750" alt="Ed Jedlicka" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Ed Jedlicka, PhD, LPC, a licensed professional counselor, who will see patients at Agnesian HealthCare’s Doll &amp; Associates, 40 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac; Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street, Ripon; and the Treffert Center, 371 E. 1st Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>Jedlicka provides treatment for adults, adolescents and children. He specializes in treating anxiety, depression, ADD and ADHD, and trauma and PTSD.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-behavioral-health-professional Workplace neck pain: simple adjustments can help http://www.agnesian.com/blog/workplace-neck-pain-simple-adjustments-can-help <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/483348873%20Man%20neck%20Pain%20960x540BL.jpg" width="960" alt="neckpain" typeof="Image" /><p>Many individuals who sit at a computer for the duration of their workday complain of neck and upper back pain. Due to the long time spent in a certain position, muscles can become tight or weak, which leads to pain. Usually this happens over time, so even if you are not currently having pain, these suggestions can help you later in the future!</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2018 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations http://www.agnesian.com/blog/workplace-neck-pain-simple-adjustments-can-help Why Yoga? http://www.agnesian.com/blog/why-yoga <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/494364339_woman%20yoga%20mat.jpg" width="3865" alt="yoga" typeof="Image" /><p>Yoga is a 5,000-year-old discipline from India as a practice to unite the mind and body. While there are many yoga styles, they all can help balance your body, mind and spirit. But, they achieve this in various ways. Yoga offers so many benefits that it's not a surprise it's so popular among all age groups.</p> <p>What is yoga? It is a series of stretches and poses done with various breathing techniques. While it offers the powerful benefits of exercise, it is gentle and almost anyone can do it, regardless of your age or fitness level.</p> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Lora Vahlsing, certified Hatha Yoga instructor http://www.agnesian.com/blog/why-yoga Menopause…Change Is Good http://www.agnesian.com/blog/menopausechange-good <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Women%20stretching_0.jpg" width="724" alt="yoga" typeof="Image" /><p>Menopause marks the end of the menstrual cycle, which for many women is a cause for celebration in itself. Beyond the temporary physical discomforts some experience during menopause, there are important benefits to the new stage of life into which you’re headed.</p> <p>Goodbye to PMS - In the week or two before your period, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can cause a host of physical and emotional symptoms, ranging from breast tenderness and headache pain to food cravings and irritability.</p> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Christina Calvello, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology http://www.agnesian.com/blog/menopausechange-good Hygiene in the Locker Room http://www.agnesian.com/blog/hygiene-locker-room <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/915259266%20Locker%20960x540WS.jpg" width="960" alt="locker" typeof="Image" /><p>Skin infections, particularly in athletes, are a serious concern. Statistics show they account for up to 10 percent of time-loss injuries in some sports and can cause serious illness.</p> <p>There are several reasons why skin diseases are common among athletes, including: environmental factors, direct skin-to-skin contact in certain sports, shared close quarters, trauma to the skin resulting in open wounds and poor hygiene practices. While some infections can be passed from one individual to another through skin-to-skin contact, others can be passed by touching a contaminated surface.</p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Amy Bohl, LAT http://www.agnesian.com/blog/hygiene-locker-room Postpartum depression is common, help is close by. http://www.agnesian.com/blog/postpartum-depression-common-help-close <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/469098080%20MomBaby%20720x720_0.jpg" width="720" alt="mom" typeof="Image" /><p>Having a baby brings a mix of emotions including feeling excited, scared and overwhelmed. Some women experience more intense feelings, which could be signs of postpartum depression.</p> <p>Signs to watch for include:</p> <p>· Feeling foggy and having difficulty completing tasks</p> <p>· Feeling “robotic” or like you are just going through the motions</p> <p>· Feeling guilty or like you are failing at being a mom</p> <p>· Feeling scared or panicky for no real reason</p> <p>· Feeling so unhappy that you have difficulty sleeping</p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations http://www.agnesian.com/blog/postpartum-depression-common-help-close Reflection for Ash Wednesday http://www.agnesian.com/blog/reflection-ash-wednesday <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-873567382.jpg" width="3750" alt="Ash" typeof="Image" /><p>“God created man in his image; in the divine image, he created them: male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27</p> <p>Today Christians across the world will line up to receive ashes on their forehead. As the sign of the cross is traced they will be called to, “turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” This Lent, let us consider what it means for Catholic health care to be faithful to the gospel and live out our core commitments.</p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Spiritual Care Services http://www.agnesian.com/blog/reflection-ash-wednesday St. Agnes Hospital makes Healthgrades’ 250 top hospital list for clinical excellence http://www.agnesian.com/blog/st-agnes-hospital-makes-healthgrades-250-top-hospital-list-clinical-excellence <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Rhodes_Tara%20WEBSITE.jpg" width="261" alt="Tara Rhodes" typeof="Image" /><p>St. Agnes Hospital has been named by Healthgrades as one of the 250 recipients of its 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.</p> <p>Hospitals recognized with this award performed among the top five percent in the nation for at least 21 of 32 inpatient conditions and procedures analyzed by Healthgrades.</p> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/st-agnes-hospital-makes-healthgrades-250-top-hospital-list-clinical-excellence Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Ripon Medical Center orthopedics practitioner http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-ripon-medical-center-orthopedics-practitioner-0 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Strahota%2C%20Emily_480.jpg" width="753" alt="Emily Strahota" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Emily Strahota, PA-C, a certified physician assistant, to Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street. She is now accepting new patients, and joins Drs. Bert Callahan and Jeffrey Meincke.</p> <p>Strahota provides comprehensive, advanced orthopedic care to patients of all ages.</p> <p>A graduate of Marquette University with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies, Strahota is board certified. She has previously emergency medicine experience and is a member of the Southern Green Lake County Ambulance.</p> Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-ripon-medical-center-orthopedics-practitioner-0 Hand Washing: How and Why http://www.agnesian.com/blog/hand-washing-how-and-why <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image_3.jpg" width="960" alt="handwashing" typeof="Image" /><p>A study published in <em>Nature</em> (June, 2012) reported that about 100 trillion bacteria - three or four pounds worth - live on the human body, and they are more than just passive travelers. While most of these germs do good things for your health, your bacteria are not the same as others.You count on your hands to do your dirty, as well as clean, work. You comfort a baby with your hands…and change their diaper. You wash dishes with your hands and take out the garbage. You prepare raw chicken for cooking and put the finishes touches on a birthday cake.</p> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations http://www.agnesian.com/blog/hand-washing-how-and-why Agnesian HealthCare welcomes behavioral health professionals http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-behavioral-health-professionals-0 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/2pix_0.png" width="949" alt="Hall Majors" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes two new behavioral health professionals - Christine Majors, PsyD, a pediatric neuropsychologist, and Amber Hall, PsyD, LPC, psychotherapist.</p> <p>Majors will offer neuropsychological evaluations for children two to 26 years of age at both the Treffert Center and St. Agnes Hospital with a focus on the broad spectrum of concerns, including autism, seizure disorder, brain injury and learning disorders.</p> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-behavioral-health-professionals-0 Two new members Join SSM Health Ministries, SSM Health Board of Directors http://www.agnesian.com/blog/two-new-members-join-ssm-health-ministries-ssm-health-board-directors <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Sister%20Mary%20Noel%20Brown.jpg" width="3000" alt="Sister Mary Noel Brown" typeof="Image" /><p>ST. LOUIS, MO (Jan. 25, 2018) – Two new members have been appointed to SSM Health Ministries - Sr. Mary Noel Brown, CSA, of Fond du Lac, Wis., and Fr. Michael Rozier, S.J., of Ann Arbor, Mich. As the health system’s sponsoring body, SSM Health Ministries is responsible for preserving the organization's Roman Catholic identity and serving as liaison to the Vatican. With the appointment to SSM Health Ministries, Sr. Brown and Fr. Rozier also become members of the SSM Health Board of Directors.</p> Thu, 25 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/two-new-members-join-ssm-health-ministries-ssm-health-board-directors Leading U.S. health systems announce plans to develop a not-for-profit generic drug company http://www.agnesian.com/blog/leading-us-health-systems-announce-plans-develop-not-profit-generic-drug-company <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/SSM-Day-One_1600x500.jpg" width="3333" alt="Drug company" typeof="Image" /><p>To help patients by addressing the often unwarranted shortages and high costs of lifesaving generic medications, Intermountain Healthcare is leading a collaboration with Ascension, SSM Health, and Trinity Health, in consultation with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs* (VA), to form a new, not-for-profit generic drug company. The five organizations represent more than 450 hospitals around the U.S.</p> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/leading-us-health-systems-announce-plans-develop-not-profit-generic-drug-company How do I know if I have the flu? Where do I go for care? http://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-do-i-know-if-i-have-flu-where-do-i-go-care <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/stethescope%20%286%29.jpg" width="2709" alt="Stethascope" typeof="Image" /><p><strong>How I do know if I have the flu?</strong></p> <p>You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:</p> <ul><li>Fever*</li> <li>Cough</li> <li>Sore throat</li> <li>Runny or stuffy nose</li> <li>Body aches</li> <li>Headache</li> <li>Chills</li> <li>Fatigue</li> <li>Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting</li> </ul><p>*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.</p> <p><strong>What should I do if I get sick?</strong></p> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST Kayla Ericksen, BSN, RN, Infection Preventionist http://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-do-i-know-if-i-have-flu-where-do-i-go-care Agnesian HealthCare welcomes internal medicine physician http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-internal-medicine-physician-1 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Raj-Dr-Radhika_480.jpg" width="480" alt="Radhika Raj" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes internist Radhika Raj, MD, to Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 420 E. Division Street. She is now accepting new patients.</p> <p>As a board-certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Raj offers comprehensive healthcare services to men and women, which includes both preventive care and non-surgical management of medical illnesses.</p> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-internal-medicine-physician-1 Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new anesthesiologist http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-anesthesiologist <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Khotimsky_Ilya_480.jpg" width="480" alt="Ilya Khotimsky" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes anesthesiologist Ilya Khotimsky, MD, to St. Agnes Hospital, 430 E. Division Street.</p> <p>An anesthesiologist offers preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care for patients in the administration of medications to control pain and support life functions during surgery.</p> <p>“I treat my patients as I would treat a loved one or family member,” says Dr. Khotimsky. “I practice evidence-based medicine, which means I use the current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.”</p> Mon, 08 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-anesthesiologist The ABCs of Depression http://www.agnesian.com/blog/abcs-depression <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/606670658%20Sad%20Woman%20720x720FB.jpg" width="720" alt="sad" typeof="Image" /><p>“Depression,” like “heart attack” is a generalized term covering a variety different conditions with a final, shared path of feelings of sadness and grief coupled with symptoms, such as tearfulness, lack of appetite, insomnia, weight loss, and feelings of despair, hopelessness and sometimes worthlessness. These can range from mild to severe.</p> <p>Like elsewhere in medicine, the first step in treatment is to make an accurate diagnosis. To that end “depression” is seen in three forms in my experience</p> <p><strong>A - accidental or situational</strong></p> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST Darold Treffert MD http://www.agnesian.com/blog/abcs-depression SSM Health and CSA complete sponsorship transfer of Agnesian HealthCare and Monroe Clinic http://www.agnesian.com/blog/ssm-health-and-csa-complete-sponsorship-transfer-agnesian-healthcare-and-monroe-clinic <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/SSM-Day-One_1600x500.jpg" width="3333" alt="stronger" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Agreement adds 4 hospitals, 8 post-acute facilities and dozens of outpatient care sites to SSM Health’s integrated health care delivery network in South Central Wisconsin</em></p> Thu, 04 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/ssm-health-and-csa-complete-sponsorship-transfer-agnesian-healthcare-and-monroe-clinic Helping others through expression http://www.agnesian.com/blog/helping-others-through-expression <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Bereavement%20Care%20Services_0.JPG" width="4608" alt="Bereavement Care Services" typeof="Image" /><p>When I came to intern at Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Center, I didn’t know what to expect. Before starting my internship, I didn’t have any experience working with bereavement, and to be honest I wasn’t sure what bereavement was. At the beginning of my internship, I was told I would be making calls to individuals who had a loved one die. When I heard this, I was nervous that I wouldn’t know what to say to people or that I wouldn’t be able to support them the way that they needed over the phone.</p> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST http://www.agnesian.com/blog/helping-others-through-expression Walk with a Doc sets course for Ripon High School, encourages healthy lifestyles http://www.agnesian.com/blog/walk-doc-sets-course-ripon-high-school-encourages-healthy-lifestyles <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Glod_Stephanie-WEBSITE.jpg" width="480" alt="Stephanie Glod" typeof="Image" /><p>Getting into the habit of participating in healthy lifestyle behaviors can be challenging for many individuals. But, a program being sponsored by Agnesian HealthCare at Ripon High School on Wednesday evenings will help people find an easier way to get into the habit of walking, while at the same time getting to know their healthcare provider a little better.</p> Fri, 29 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/walk-doc-sets-course-ripon-high-school-encourages-healthy-lifestyles The Power of Love http://www.agnesian.com/blog/power-love <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-528721760_Man%20and%20Grand-Daughter_preview_0.jpeg" width="1600" alt="grandchild" typeof="Image" /><p>The other day, my four-year-old daughter and I were running errands in the car. There was nothing out of the ordinary about this day. My daughter was sitting in the back of the car, happily talking away to me, sharing anything and everything she could think of. I was listening, of course, but admit that my mind was also wandering through my “To Do” list - mentally checking off one thing after another.</p> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist http://www.agnesian.com/blog/power-love Shin Pain May Mean Hip Weakness http://www.agnesian.com/blog/shin-pain-may-mean-hip-weakness <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/855824694%20Injured%20Leg%20960x540WS.jpg" width="960" alt="shin" typeof="Image" /><p>It’s hard to be active without some level of ache or pain. A common pain I have seen as an athletic trainer is shin pain, commonly referred as shin splints or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. This condition is characterized by pain along the posterior medical boarder of the lower half of the tibia. The medial shin will be tender to touch over an extended area, pain with palpation over a 5 cm or greater area of the posterior-medial border of the tibia. Please take note that pain over an extended area implies that pain is not localized.</p> Thu, 21 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Brian Azinger, MA, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center http://www.agnesian.com/blog/shin-pain-may-mean-hip-weakness Off-season shoulder care for the recreational athlete http://www.agnesian.com/blog/season-shoulder-care-recreational-athlete <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/613759142%20Shoulder%20Therapy%20960x540WS.jpg" width="960" alt="Shoulder Injury" typeof="Image" /><p>Shoulder pain with overhead sports? Whether it be volleyball, softball, tennis or any other sport, you are not alone. Being a former collegiate volleyball player, I am very familiar with shoulder pain and how much it can impact your life.</p> <p>The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. While this makes it one of the most mobile joints in the body, it also makes it one of the least stable. Due to the fact that the shoulder isn’t overly stable, it is also prone to injury. Repetitive overhead sports or activity can increase your risk for shoulder injury and pain.</p> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Bone & Joint Health http://www.agnesian.com/blog/season-shoulder-care-recreational-athlete Heartburn Treatments http://www.agnesian.com/blog/heartburn-treatments <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Clark%2C%20Dwayne.JPG" width="1250" alt="DClark" typeof="Image" /><p>Heartburn or gastro-esophageal reflux disease (sometimes referred to as GERD) is quite common. It is estimated that more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn symptoms on a weekly basis.</p> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Dwayne Clark, MD, Family Medicine http://www.agnesian.com/blog/heartburn-treatments Cold season: when should I exercise and when should I take the day off? http://www.agnesian.com/blog/cold-season-when-should-i-exercise-and-when-should-i-take-day <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/200214495-001%20Man%20with%20Flu%20960x540WS.jpg" width="960" alt="Sick Man" typeof="Image" /><p>Throughout my time as an athletic trainer, I am often asked by student athletes whether or not they should practice when sick. I also hear this question frequently from coaches, volunteer assistant coaches and faculty who have come down with the common cold but don’t want to fall off their workout routine. Here are a few recommendations to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to head to the gym or take a couple days off and stay home.</p> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Sami Woolson, ATC, LAT, MS http://www.agnesian.com/blog/cold-season-when-should-i-exercise-and-when-should-i-take-day Opening Your Heart Chakra http://www.agnesian.com/blog/opening-your-heart-chakra <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/463748205%20Yoga%20Silhouette%20960x540WS.jpg" width="960" alt="Chakras" typeof="Image" /><p>I love yoga. One of the concepts that my yoga teacher discusses is the idea of Chakras or energy centers.  One of these is the Heart Chakra. I have been focusing on this Chakra lately.</p> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC http://www.agnesian.com/blog/opening-your-heart-chakra Icing made simple http://www.agnesian.com/blog/icing-made-simple <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/519864426%20Iced%20Ankle%20960x540.jpg" width="960" alt="icing ankle" typeof="Image" /><p>In the clinic, I commonly get questions about the use of ice when it comes to musculoskeletal conditions. In what instances should I ice my injury? What are the benefits of icing? How do I correctly ice? What should I use to ice?</p> <p><strong>Benefits of icing</strong></p> <ul><li>Pain relief</li> <li>Decrease swelling and inflammation</li> <li>Decrease muscle spasm</li> </ul><p><strong>When is ice appropriate?</strong></p> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Bone & Joint Health http://www.agnesian.com/blog/icing-made-simple Agnesian HealthCare welcomes family medicine physician http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-physician-1 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/El-Shahat-Taha%20WEBSITE.jpg" width="261" alt="Taha El-Shahat" typeof="Image" /><p>Taha El-Shahat, MD, a family medicine physician, is transitioning his medical practice to the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic’s Family Medicine department, 420 E. Division Street in Fond du Lac. He first joined Agnesian HealthCare in mid-2016 as a hospitalist with St. Agnes Hospital.</p> <p>As a board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. El-Shahat offers a full range of general family medicine, including preventive healthcare; annual physicals; well-child checks and immunizations; and care for acute and chronic illness and general medical concerns.</p> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-physician-1 Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Providing Hope http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundation-providing-hope <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/peter.jpg" width="1208" alt="Peter" typeof="Image" /><p>Peter and Kathy Burns, lifelong Fond du Lac residents, were enjoying life - 36 years of marriage, their four children and nine grandchildren.</p> <p>In June 2016, Peter began having issues with balance, vision and motor skills, and within a few days he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the meninges, a rare form of cancer that affects the tissue surrounding the brain. Peter’s tumor was very advanced and the Burns family was referred to Agnesian HealthCare's Hospice Hope to begin planning Peter’s end-of-life care.</p> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Kristina Haensgen http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundation-providing-hope Antibiotic Resistance http://www.agnesian.com/blog/antibiotic-resistance <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/495494798%20Antibiotics%20960x540WS.jpg" width="960" alt="anti" typeof="Image" /><p>Antibiotic resistance is a growing health concern, both in the United States and across the world, mainly due to the overuse and misuse of antibiotics.</p> <p>While antibiotics save lives, any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance.  </p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST http://www.agnesian.com/blog/antibiotic-resistance Frequently Asked Questions: Where should I seek care when I'm sick or injured? http://www.agnesian.com/blog/frequently-asked-questions-where-should-i-seek-care-when-im-sick-or-injured <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Parish-Nurse-2.jpg" width="960" alt="Care" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Important Note: Call 911 immediately if you suspect you are having a heart attack, stroke or life-threatening emergency!</em></p> <p>Q: When you’re sick or injured, where should you go?</p> <p>A: When you’re sick or injured, it’s always best to start with your primary care physician. (In the case of a child, call their pediatrician). They know your medical history, including any underlying conditions you may have. They also may be able to help guide you to where you should seek medical attention if they are unable to see you.</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Emily Hoepfner, RN, Agnesian HealthCare http://www.agnesian.com/blog/frequently-asked-questions-where-should-i-seek-care-when-im-sick-or-injured What is a sensory diet? http://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-sensory-diet <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%2813%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Sensory Diet" typeof="Image" /><p>A sensory diet is not always about food! A sensory diet is a specifically-designed activity plan that helps to provide the right amount of sensory input to help children stay energized, focused, organized and regulated throughout the day.</p> <p>Just like after a hectic day at work, we may come home and want to wind down by lighting a candle and have a hot bath. Or when we’re tired in the middle of the day, we may go for a hot cup of coffee or need to go for a short walk or stretch to re-alert ourselves to keep us going.</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Sonja Lewis, MS, OTR/L http://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-sensory-diet Agnesian HealthCare welcomes behavioral health professionals http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-behavioral-health-professionals <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Hall_Amber_480.jpg" width="480" alt="Amber Hall" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes two new behavioral health professionals - Jessica Fischer, MS, LPC, and Amber Hall, PsyD, LPC, both psychotherapists.</p> <p>Fischer will see patients at Agnesian HealthCare’s Doll &amp; Associates, 40 Camelot Drive in Fond du Lac, Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street in Ripon, and St. Agnes Hospital, 430 E. Division Street in Fond du Lac. Hall will serve individuals at Doll &amp; Associates, the Treffert Center and St. Agnes Hospital.</p> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-behavioral-health-professionals Darold Treffert, MD, shares insights in new book, proceeds to benefit the Treffert Center http://www.agnesian.com/blog/darold-treffert-shares-insights-new-book-proceeds-benefit-treffert-center <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Treffert%20Recollections%20Booklet_APR-0562%20Cover.jpg" width="2625" alt="Recollections" typeof="Image" /><p>Everyone loves a great story. Powerful stories can inspire you, guide you and bring fresh, new insight into your life.</p> <p>The same is true for a new book now available - called Recollections - that highlights previous writings from Darold Treffert, MD, a world-renowned autism and savant syndrome expert. A psychiatrist, Dr. Treffert has been studying savant syndrome for more than 50 years. He served as a consultant to the movie <em>Rain Man</em>, in which Dustin Hoffman portrayed an autistic savant.</p> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/darold-treffert-shares-insights-new-book-proceeds-benefit-treffert-center Overuse injuries in young athletes http://www.agnesian.com/blog/overuse-injuries-young-athletes <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/855824694%20Injured%20Leg%20960x540WS.jpg" width="960" alt="Shin Splints" typeof="Image" /><p>Participation in organized sports is on the rise and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 30 million children and adolescents in the United States participate in youth sports. Nearly half of all sports injuries in middle and high school students are due to overuse. Overuse injuries are more frequent in baseball, volleyball, cross country, soccer, and track and field.  According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.</p> <p><strong>What is an overuse injury?</strong></p> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Amy Bohl, LAT http://www.agnesian.com/blog/overuse-injuries-young-athletes Assistive technology (AT) for students and adults with exceptional needs http://www.agnesian.com/blog/assistive-technology-students-and-adults-exceptional-needs <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Nichols-Green_%20Kim%20HS_NW.jpg" width="480" alt="Kim" typeof="Image" /><p>Technology is all around us. You can find an app for just about anything from tracking calories to organizing finance. </p> <p>Assistive technology (AT) is also used to enhance the lives of students and adults with exceptional needs. Any item, piece of equipment or product system - whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized - that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities is an AT. AT enhances student participation and allows students to mainstream and interact with peers.</p> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Kim Nichols-Green, MSE, ESDM http://www.agnesian.com/blog/assistive-technology-students-and-adults-exceptional-needs Thankful for the moment http://www.agnesian.com/blog/thankful-moment <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ak%20%281%29.jpg" width="309" alt="Disney" typeof="Image" /><p>Thinking about a subject for the November article, the clear topic that comes to mind is the many things that I am thankful for. On my list are the obvious things - my family, friends, faith, job, and the list could go on and on consuming this entire article if I let it. However, this month, as I think about my article, I think about the exciting time that I just experienced with my grandmother. Last week, my 77-year-old grandmother and I went to Orlando, Florida ... just the two of us.</p> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Megyn Wirkus, MST http://www.agnesian.com/blog/thankful-moment Skin-to-skin is the healthiest place to begin with newborn http://www.agnesian.com/blog/skin-skin-healthiest-place-begin-newborn <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/DeMaa_Jodi_HS_0.jpg" width="750" alt="jodi2" typeof="Image" /><p>Skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns immediately after birth can be used to promote breastfeeding and may give babies a better start in life.</p> <p>A mother’s bare chest is the best place for a baby to adjust to life outside the womb. A baby smells, hears and feels his/her mother. Skin-to-skin contact means holding a bare baby against a mother’s bare chest or tummy. Skin-to-skin babies stay warmer, calmer and breastfeed better than babies who are swaddled or wrapped. It is soothing for baby.</p> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:00:00 CDT Jodi Demaa, MSN, RNC, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant, Agnesian HealthCare http://www.agnesian.com/blog/skin-skin-healthiest-place-begin-newborn What is lymphedema and what are the signs? http://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-lymphedema-and-what-are-signs <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%2812%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Edema Legs" typeof="Image" /><p>Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid just beneath the skin. While this swelling, or edema, occurs most commonly in the arm or leg, it may also occur in other parts of the body including the breast, trunk, head and neck. Lymphedema usually develops when lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes are removed (secondary lymphedema). Cancer, surgery, radiation, trauma and infection are common causes of lymphedema.  Lymphedema can also be present when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired due to a heredity condition (primary lymphedema).</p> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:00:00 CDT Wendy Krueger, OTR, Certified Lymphedema Therapist http://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-lymphedema-and-what-are-signs How we prepare for the number one cause of death in teenage athletes http://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-we-prepare-number-one-cause-death-teenage-athletes <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image%20%2811%29.jpg" width="960" alt="Student Athlete" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Although sudden cardiac arrest in adolescents is rare - occurring in three out of 100,000 - it’s the number one cause of death in teenage athletes in the United States. </em>Did you know that Agnesian HealthCare’s athletic trainers have portable AEDs that travel with them to all of their sporting events?</p> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:00:00 CDT Chris Schattschneider http://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-we-prepare-number-one-cause-death-teenage-athletes Agnesian HealthCare welcomes internal medicine physician http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-internal-medicine-physician-0 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Svasta_Paula_480.jpg" width="480" alt="Paula Svasta" typeof="Image" /><p>   Agnesian HealthCare welcomes internist Paula Svasta, MD, to Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 420 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>            As a board-certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Svasta offers comprehensive healthcare services to men and women, including preventive care, diagnosis and non-surgical treatment.</p> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman http://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-internal-medicine-physician-0