Blog https://www.agnesian.com/blog/rss Agnesian en FDL Area Foundation gives Hospice Home of Hope expansion significant boost https://www.agnesian.com/blog/fdl-area-foundation-gives-hospice-home-hope-expansion-significant-boost <img src="/sites/default/files/Hospice%20Hope%20Expansion%20FDN%20Foundation%20Photo_0.jpg" width="4032" height="3024" alt="Hospice Home of Hope expansion donation" typeof="Image" /> <p>A $100,000 donation from the Fond du Lac Area Foundation is giving Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Home of Hope a significant boost as the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation works to solicit the remaining $625,000 in funds needed to cover the current project.</p> <p>Sandi Roehrig, Fond du Lac Area Foundation executive director and Joseph Braun, Fond du Lac Area Foundation director of finance &amp; development, presented a $100,000 donation to Holly Brenner, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation president.</p> Thu, 25 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/fdl-area-foundation-gives-hospice-home-hope-expansion-significant-boost The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center to host Charity Golf Outing June 7 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/foundation-ripon-medical-center-host-charity-golf-outing-june-7 <img src="/sites/default/files/AGN-17069%20FRMC%20Golf%20Outing_VitalSigns.jpg" width="1313" height="730" alt="Foundation for RMC golf outing" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center is hosting its annual Charity Golf Outing on Wednesday, June 7 at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake.</p> <p>Golf check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Participants will enjoy lunch and 18 holes of golf on The Woodlands course.</p> <p>A dinner reception will follow, featuring a choice of prime rib or salmon, as well as an extensive silent auction. Cost is $150 per person.</p> Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/foundation-ripon-medical-center-host-charity-golf-outing-june-7 Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers award scholarships https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-award-scholarships <img src="/sites/default/files/Scholarship%20Image.jpg" width="1827" height="1641" alt="AHC Volunteers Scholarships" typeof="Image" /> <p>Six area students who intend to pursue careers in healthcare 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 healthcare.</p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $1,000 scholarships.</p> Mon, 22 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-award-scholarships Shin pain equals hip strengthening https://www.agnesian.com/blog/shin-pain-equals-hip-strengthening <img src="/sites/default/files/960x540_Blog%20Image.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Shin Pain" typeof="Image" /> <p>As weather gets warmer and our thoughts move to outdoor activities, you may start to experience pain in your lower legs or shins. This pain could be due to the old shoes you are using, but planning to replace, or it could be due to muscle weakness. One possible cause of shin pain or shin splints is weakness in the posterior hip. Hip strengthening as an easy way to remedy this issue. </p> Tue, 16 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Brian Azinger, MA, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center https://www.agnesian.com/blog/shin-pain-equals-hip-strengthening Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers schedule footwear sale https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-footwear-sale <img src="/sites/default/files/Footwear%20Image.jpg" width="389" height="394" alt="Footwear sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers have scheduled a footwear sale by PRN from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6 in Agnesian HealthCare’s lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The sale will feature a selection of footwear to capture the likings of many. Styles will be available from top manufacturers to include Adidas, Columbia, Crocs, Klogs, KSwiss, Reebok and more. There will be a wide selection for both men and women.</p> <p>Cash, checks, VISA and MasterCard will be accepted.</p> Mon, 15 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-schedule-footwear-sale Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, Agnesian HealthCare announce collaboration https://www.agnesian.com/blog/fond-du-lac-dock-spiders-agnesian-healthcare-announce-collaboration <img src="/sites/default/files/Woolson_Samantha_480.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Sami Woolson" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders have announced that Agnesian HealthCare will be providing sports medicine coverage. Agnesian HealthCare is also a founding partner.</p> <p>Sami Woolson, MS, LAT, will serve as the team’s licensed athletic trainer, while Bryan Royce, MD, will serve as the team’s orthopedics physician, and Bryan Henslin, DC, MS, will help with chiropractic needs.</p> Mon, 15 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/fond-du-lac-dock-spiders-agnesian-healthcare-announce-collaboration What is the best way to catch kidney disease early? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-best-way-catch-kidney-disease-early <img src="/sites/default/files/Stethoscope.jpg" width="1200" height="800" alt="annual physical exam to catch kidney disease" typeof="Image" /> <p>The single most important way to monitor kidney function is to get annual physical exams and blood work, as these tend to catch kidney issues early in the course of disease. Normally, your primary medical physician should be able to treat mild to moderate kidney issues and make referrals to a kidney physician if the disease progresses and needs further specialized care.</p> Mon, 15 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sameer Gupta, MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-best-way-catch-kidney-disease-early Eldorado resident wins the Samaritan Cash Raffle grand prize https://www.agnesian.com/blog/eldorado-resident-wins-samaritan-cash-raffle-grand-prize <img src="/sites/default/files/Cash%20Prize%20Image.jpg" width="1740" height="1723" alt="Cash Raffle Prize Winner" typeof="Image" /> <p>David Kuharski, of Eldorado, is the grand prize winner of the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s Samaritan Cash Raffle, being randomly drawn for the $100,000 cash prize.</p> <p>Ticket sales were steady all morning on the drawing’s final day, May 10. The suspense was finally relieved when the grand prize winner was announced by Holly Brenner, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation president, and Evelyn Schaefer, MD, Agnesian HealthCare psychologist who has served on the cash raffle’s planning committee.</p> Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/eldorado-resident-wins-samaritan-cash-raffle-grand-prize What does a faith community (parish) nurse do? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-does-faith-community-parish-nurse-do <img src="/sites/default/files/Faith-Community-Nurse.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Faith community nurse" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Sue Schmitz, RN, PN, Parish Health Ministry Coordinator, Agnesian HealthCare</p> <p>Just as each faith community (mosque, synagogue, temple, church) is different in size, wealth and age range of its members, each parish nurses’ roles and responsibilities is also a little different. All parish nurses, however, share the same basic roles:</p> <p><strong>Integrator of faith, health:</strong> They help people focus on their health. They emphasize wellness, disease prevention, and health promotion in the context of their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.</p> Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Spiritual Care Services https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-does-faith-community-parish-nurse-do Agnesian HealthCare celebrates volunteers during annual appreciation luncheon https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-celebrates-volunteers-during-annual-appreciation-luncheon <img src="/sites/default/files/RMC%20Volunteers.png" width="320" height="240" alt="Ripon Medical Center volunteers" typeof="Image" /> <p>About 300 volunteers enjoyed a festive celebration - themed after the Kentucky Derby - during the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteer Services annual volunteer recognition luncheon in late April.</p> <p>This year’s event invited Agnesian HealthCare’s volunteers to “A Run for the Roses” celebration.</p> <p>While volunteers don’t end each shift with a trophy or blanket of roses like the Kentucky Derby race contenders do, their training, dedication and service does not go unnoticed.</p> <p>In 2016, 700 Agnesian HealthCare volunteers logged more than 64,000 hours.</p> Fri, 05 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-celebrates-volunteers-during-annual-appreciation-luncheon Ripon Medical Center schedules ‘Less Salt, More Taste’ Cooking Demo https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-schedules-less-salt-more-taste-cooking-demo <img src="/sites/default/files/Less%20salt%20demonstration%20image.png" width="1280" height="958" alt="Lower Salt Cooking Demo" typeof="Image" /> <p>A lower-sodium diet does not have to mean a lifetime of flavorless food. Before reaching for the salt shaker, join Emily Thiel, registered dietitian, and Rich Nimkie, head chef, with special guest Stephanie Glod, DO, family medicine provider, for a hands-on cooking demonstration on how to transform an everyday meal from ordinary to extraordinary through savvy seasoning with herbs, spices, citrus, vinegars or salt-free seasonings.</p> Thu, 04 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-schedules-less-salt-more-taste-cooking-demo Heather Schmidt, DO, receives Superhero of Medicine Award https://www.agnesian.com/blog/heather-schmidt-do-receives-superhero-medicine-award <img src="/sites/default/files/Heather%20Schmidt%20DO%20Superhero%20of%20Medicine%20Honor.png" width="1200" height="800" alt="Heather Schmidt, DO" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored Heather Schmidt, DO, with the Superhero of Medicine Award during its annual fund-raising dinner and silent auction in Wisconsin Dells on April 21. The Superhero of Medicine Award is presented annually to a physician from among those nominated for having superpower-like attributes and using them to go above and beyond the call of their profession.</p> <p>Dr. Schmidt, a family physician with Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac, also serves as Agnesian HealthCare’s health and wellness medical director.</p> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/heather-schmidt-do-receives-superhero-medicine-award Agnesian HealthCare supporters attend WHA Advocacy Day https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-supporters-attend-wha-advocacy-day <img src="/sites/default/files/WMH%20Auxiliary.jpg" width="1200" height="797" alt="Waupun Memorial Hospital Auxiliary" typeof="Image" /> <p>More than 1,000 hospital leaders, employees, trustees and volunteers, including from Agnesian HealthCare, descended on Madison on April 19 to participate in the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s (WHA) Advocacy Day event.</p> <p>Advocacy Day is an annual event that connects hospital supporters from across the state with their legislators in Madison so lawmakers can learn how issues impact local hospitals and communities.</p> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-supporters-attend-wha-advocacy-day A Gene for Savant Syndrome? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/gene-savant-syndrome <p>Doctor Erika Nurmi and co-workers at Vanderbilt University recently, using genetic exploration and methods, were able to identify, and separate, a subset of persons with autism who shared savant skills from a much larger group of autistic persons who did not have such skills. Their paper, “Exploratory Subsetting of Autism Families Based on Savant Skills Improves Evidence of Genetic Linkage to 15q11-q13” appeared in the July, 2003 issue of the <em>Journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry</em>.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/gene-savant-syndrome A Savant Odyssey: From wmhi.hospital to www.web https://www.agnesian.com/blog/savant-odyssey-wmhihospital-wwwweb <p>I met my first savant my first day on the job as a psychiatrist. And I have been intrigued with that extraordinary condition ever since.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/savant-odyssey-wmhihospital-wwwweb Adapted Bikes as Therapy Tool https://www.agnesian.com/blog/adapted-bikes-therapy-tool <p>While bike riding is a rite of passage and an accepted societal norm for adolescents, a number of children with cognitive as well as physical disabilities aren’t able to master bike riding other than by continued use of awkward training wheels and possibly other trike and four-wheeler adaptations. Richard Klein, a retired University of Illinois mechanical engineering professor, has devised a systematic program providing the opportunity for children with a wide array of disabilities to master conventional two-wheeler bike riding.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/adapted-bikes-therapy-tool Asperger’s Disorder and Savant Syndrome https://www.agnesian.com/blog/aspergers-disorder-and-savant-syndrome <p>April 29, 2004 Asperger’s article in <em>The New York Times</em><br /> Amy Harmon: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/29/national/29SYND.html" target="_blank">Answer, but No Cure, for a Social Disorder That Isolates Many</a></p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/savant_syndrome/savant_articles/aspergers#q1">here</a> to go to the March 19, 2004 update.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/aspergers-disorder-and-savant-syndrome Autistic Disorder 52 Years Later: Some Common Sense Conclusions https://www.agnesian.com/blog/autistic-disorder-52-years-later-some-common-sense-conclusions <p>I met my first autistic child in 1955, when I was a second year medical student. That perplexing condition engaged and intrigued me then, and engages and intrigues me still, 52 years later.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/autistic-disorder-52-years-later-some-common-sense-conclusions Dr. J. Landon Down and 'Developmental' Disorders https://www.agnesian.com/blog/dr-j-landon-down-and-developmental-disorders <p>Autism is not a new disorder, the ‘explosion’ in autism cases, whether apparent or real, notwithstanding.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/dr-j-landon-down-and-developmental-disorders Event-Related Brain Potentials https://www.agnesian.com/blog/event-related-brain-potentials <p>Dr. Niels Birbaumer, of the Institute of Behavioral Neurobiology, in Tubingen, Germany has been studying what he calls “event-related brain potentials” (ERPs). With those he measures early components (up to about 100ms) of brain activity which reflect initial, “preconscious” stages of mental processing-fast, low-level elementary mental operations. Later measurements of ERPs reflect higher level mental processing such as the so-called “executive” functions of the brain that dominate normal information processing.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/event-related-brain-potentials Giftedness and Autism: Savant Skill Fact Sheet https://www.agnesian.com/blog/giftedness-and-autism-savant-skill-fact-sheet <p>GIFTEDNESS &amp; AUTISM</p> <p>SAVANT SKILL FACT SHEET</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Dr. Trevor Clark https://www.agnesian.com/blog/giftedness-and-autism-savant-skill-fact-sheet Head Size, Autism and (?) Savant Syndrome https://www.agnesian.com/blog/head-size-autism-and-savant-syndrome <p>An unusually important article, in my view, on the origins of autism was printed in the July 26, 2003 issue of the <em>Journal of the American Medical Association </em>(<em>JAMA</em>). While the possible relationship of autistic disorder to head size and brain volume in infants has been raised before in a number of prior studies, in this study Dr.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/head-size-autism-and-savant-syndrome Hyperlexia: Reading Precociousness or Savant Skill? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/hyperlexia-reading-precociousness-or-savant-skill <h2>Distinguishing autistic-like behaviors from Autistic Disorder</h2> <h3>Hyperlexia: children who read early—identifying the subtypes</h3> <p>Hyperlexia— precocious reading ability in very young children—can present itself in several ways. In one group some “normal” (neurotypical is the proper term these days) children simply read early; they may be reading at a sixth grade level at age 3 for example with no behavioral or other concerns. Eventually their classmates catch up in reading skills, but such advanced reading at a very early age understandably draws attention.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/hyperlexia-reading-precociousness-or-savant-skill Hyperthymestic Syndrome: Extraordinary Memory for Daily Life Events https://www.agnesian.com/blog/hyperthymestic-syndrome-extraordinary-memory-daily-life-events <h2>Do we all possess a continuous tape of our lives?</h2> <p><em>Darold A. Treffert, MD</em></p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/hyperthymestic-syndrome-extraordinary-memory-daily-life-events In Search of the Savant Within Us Using rTMS https://www.agnesian.com/blog/search-savant-within-us-using-rtms <p>The most far-reaching implication of savant syndrome is that, perhaps, some of those remarkable savant abilities, and unique memory capacities, reside, to greater or lesser degree, within us all. The emergence of such buried skills in some persons (so-called “acquired savants”) following brain injury or disease especially raises that important question. Dr.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/search-savant-within-us-using-rtms Is There a Little ‘Rain Man’ in Each of Us? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/there-little-rain-man-each-us <p>Savant Syndrome raises many questions. But two especially intriguing questions are of particular importance: (1) How do they do it? and (2) What does savant syndrome say about hidden potential, perhaps, within each of us. The answer to the first question, addressed in sections elsewhere on this site, provide some clues to answering the second question. My answer to that second question: “Does some Rain Man ability — savant-like skill and capacity — exist in each of us?” is Probably so. Let explain me why.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/there-little-rain-man-each-us Music Instruction and Verbal Memory. . . a Cognitive Side-Effect https://www.agnesian.com/blog/music-instruction-and-verbal-memory-cognitive-side-effect <p>The July issue of <em>Neuropsychology</em> presents a fascinating article on how music instruction in children promotes an increase in verbal memory (i.e. language acquisition) almost as a ‘cognitive side effect’ of that training. As the APA press release about that article points out: “Those dreaded piano lessons pay off in unexpected ways.” In the study from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, children with music training had significantly better verbal memory than those without such training, and the longer the training the better the verbal memory.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/music-instruction-and-verbal-memory-cognitive-side-effect Musical Genius, Blindness and Mental Handicap: An Intriguing Triad https://www.agnesian.com/blog/musical-genius-blindness-and-mental-handicap-intriguing-triad <h2>Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, Retinopathy of Prematurity and Musical Savants</h2> <p>The <em>60 Minutes</em> program of September 28, 2003 — “Musically Speaking” — brings to the fore once again the recurring, fascinating link between vision loss, mental disability and musical genius seen in certain prodigious musical savants over more than a century.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/musical-genius-blindness-and-mental-handicap-intriguing-triad My marvelous journey with incredible savants: What have I learned? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/my-marvelous-journey-incredible-savants-what-have-i-learned-0 <p>So much of what happens to us in life is not by plan, but rather by coincidence or serendipity. Thus it was with me and my career.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/my-marvelous-journey-incredible-savants-what-have-i-learned-0 Myths that Persist: Savant Syndrome 2008 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/myths-persist-savant-syndrome-2008 <h3>Some Substantial Progress</h3> <p>It is 157 years since the first case of savant syndrome appeared in a scientific journal in Germany, and it is 121 years since Dr. J. Langdon Down first described savant syndrome as a distinct condition.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/myths-persist-savant-syndrome-2008 Nonverbal Learning Disorder https://www.agnesian.com/blog/nonverbal-learning-disorder <p>Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD or NVLD) is a relatively newly described condition separate from dyslexia or other forms of learning disabilities. It is characterized typically by a large discrepancy between high verbal and lower performance scales on IQ testing coupled with postulated right hemisphere brain dysfunction.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/nonverbal-learning-disorder Perfect Pitch https://www.agnesian.com/blog/perfect-pitch <p>What is perfect pitch?<br /> Perfect pitch, also known as Absolute Pitch (AP), is the ability to name a note without reference to external reference pitch. A person with perfect pitch might be able to hear a note played on an instrument (or even a whistle, wind chime, or passing tone of someone’s speech) and instantly name it as an F-sharp or a B-flat, for example.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/perfect-pitch Prodigy and Savant Syndrome: Are They Related? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/prodigy-and-savant-syndrome-are-they-related <p>Questions are raised continually as to what are the differences in brain mechanisms, if any, between (a) prodigies with certain musical or mathematical skills, for example; (b) persons with savant syndrome with similar skills and abilities and (c) the rest of us who function quite normally overall but lack some spectacular area of expertise.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/prodigy-and-savant-syndrome-are-they-related Rain Man, the Movie / Rain Man, Real Life https://www.agnesian.com/blog/rain-man-movie-rain-man-real-life <p>Raymond Babbitt, the main character in the movie <em>Rain Man</em>, has become the world’s best known savant due to Dustin Hoffman’s remarkably accurate and sensitive portrayal of Savant Syndrome in that film. That 1988 movie, in its first 101 days, accomplished more toward bringing Savant Syndrome to public awareness than all the efforts combined of all those interested in this condition the past 101 years following Dr. Down’s 1887 description of this disorder. It is a memorable movie about a memorable savant.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/rain-man-movie-rain-man-real-life Savant Syndrome 2013 — Myths and Realities https://www.agnesian.com/blog/savant-syndrome-2013-myths-and-realities <p>I met my first savant in July, 1962. It was my first day on the job setting up a Children’s Unit at a state hospital in Winnebago, Wisconsin. One adolescent lad had memorized the bus system of the city of Milwaukee and was able to recite the route and time table of each of the buses for the entire city. Another younger boy, severely autistic, was able to put together a 200 piece jigsaw puzzle <em>picture side down</em> just from the geometric shape of the pieces.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/savant-syndrome-2013-myths-and-realities Savant Syndrome: 2000 and Beyond https://www.agnesian.com/blog/savant-syndrome-2000-and-beyond <h2>Where We’ve Been/Where We’re Headed</h2> <p>In 1964 Horwitz and coworkers presented a paper at an American Psychiatric Association meeting describing two extraordinary identical twin brother savants whose calendar calculating and memory abilities remain as astonishing today as they were then. The twins had a calendar calculating span that extended over 40,000 years. They also remembered the weather for every day of their adult life. They traded 20 digit prime numbers for amusement but could not do the simplest of arithmetic.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/savant-syndrome-2000-and-beyond The Application of Savant and Splinter Skills in the Autistic Population Through an Educational Curriculum https://www.agnesian.com/blog/application-savant-and-splinter-skills-autistic-population-through-educational-curriculum <h2>Results of a Case Study Research Project</h2> <p><em>By Dr. Trevor Clark — Autism Association of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia</em></p> <p>Among the underserved minority of gifted children with disabilities are a group of children referred to as autistic savants. These gifted children, despite their often severely incapacitating disabilities in communication, social and on occasions, intellectual development, often display remarkable gifts or splinter skills in one or several domains. They are possibly the least recognised and underserved group of gifted underachievers.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Dr. Trevor Clark https://www.agnesian.com/blog/application-savant-and-splinter-skills-autistic-population-through-educational-curriculum The Autistic Savant https://www.agnesian.com/blog/autistic-savant <p>This website generates many inquiries about the “autistic savant,” particularly because the Academy Award winning movie <em>Rain Man</em> made “autistic savant” a household word. But savant skills are not limited to autistic persons, nor are all autistic persons savants. Therefore Savant Syndrome is a more accurate and inclusive term for this remarkable condition and Savant Syndrome includes some persons (about 50%) who are autistic with superimposed savant abilities, but also includes persons with other Developmental Disabilities (the other 50%) who have savant abilities as well.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/autistic-savant The Case of the 'Sudden' Savant https://www.agnesian.com/blog/case-sudden-savant <p>Savant syndrome, whether associated with autistic disorder or other developmental disability, most often is present from birth and surfaces during early childhood. However, recently more instances of “acquired” savant syndrome have been reported in which savant-like abilities emerge, sometimes at a prodigious level, following central nervous system (CNS) injury or disease in later childhood or even adult life in previously non-disabled persons.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/case-sudden-savant The Polyglot (Language) Savant https://www.agnesian.com/blog/polyglot-language-savant <p>Most persons with savant syndrome have impoverished language skills as part of their basic disability, while musical, artistic, mathematical or mechanical skills flourish as particular islands of genius. Very rarely however, in an already rare condition, spectacular language (polyglot) skills, surprisingly, represent the island of genius in stark contrast to other overall handicaps.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/polyglot-language-savant The Savant Registry — A Preliminary Report https://www.agnesian.com/blog/savant-registry-preliminary-report <p>Through my years of interest in savant syndrome, literally hundreds of cases have come to my attention through the savant syndrome website, professional and lay articles, books, videos and in-person interviews. In 2010, with the help of David Rebedew, a medical student on a summer research scholarship, approximately 367 such cases were entered into a savant syndrome registry that included the following information: name, address, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, type of ability and disability, congenital vs.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/savant-registry-preliminary-report The ‘Acquired’ Savant—’Accidental’ Genius https://www.agnesian.com/blog/acquired-savant-accidental-genius <h2>Could such dormant potential exist within us all?</h2> <p>A 10-year-old boy is knocked unconscious by a baseball. Following that traumatic blow, he suddenly can do calendar calculations. He can also remember the weather, along with other autobiographical details of his daily life, from that time forward. An elderly woman who had never painted before becomes a prodigious artist after a particular type of dementia process begins and progresses. Another elderly patient with dementia has a similar sudden epiphany of ability, but this time in music.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/acquired-savant-accidental-genius Williams Syndrome and Savant Syndrome https://www.agnesian.com/blog/williams-syndrome-and-savant-syndrome <p>A 10/19/97 <em>60 Minutes</em> program focused on Williams Syndrome, which bears some relationship to Savant Syndrome.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/williams-syndrome-and-savant-syndrome ‘Ancestral’ or ‘Genetic’ Memory: Factory Installed Software https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ancestral-or-genetic-memory-factory-installed-software <p><strong>How do prodigious savants know things they never learned? Maybe Carl Jung was right.</strong></p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ancestral-or-genetic-memory-factory-installed-software Agnesian Work & Wellness welcomes new nurse practitioner https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-work-wellness-welcomes-new-nurse-practitioner <img src="/sites/default/files/Ford_Allyson-WEBSITE.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Allyson Ford, APNP" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Allyson Ford, APNP, nurse practitioner, to Agnesian Work &amp; Wellness, located at St. Agnes Hospital, 420 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac. She is now accepting patients.</p> <p>Ford will be working with occupational health clients to provide a variety of customized services and programs designed to meet the unique needs of each business and its employees.</p> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-work-wellness-welcomes-new-nurse-practitioner Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers invite public to book fair https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-invite-public-book-fair <img src="/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-516137066.jpg" width="1826" height="1642" alt="Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers invite public to book fair" typeof="Image" /> <p>The public is invited to a book fair, sponsored by the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers, from Wednesday, May 3 to Friday, May 5 at Agnesian HealthCare’s lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The book fair by Collective Goods runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3; from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 4; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 5.</p> <p>Proceeds will benefit the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers Scholarship Fund.</p> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-invite-public-book-fair How does acupuncture work? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-does-acupuncture-work <img src="/sites/default/files/Acupuncture.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="How does acupuncture work?" typeof="Image" /> <p>Acupuncture improves the body’s functionality and activates the natural self-healing process by stimulating acupuncture points, or acupoints. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice with roots that go back thousands of years. According to traditional Chinese medicine, your body is a cohesive unit - a complex system where everything is interconnected and each part affects all other parts.</p> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Margaret Boyd, LAc, LMT https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-does-acupuncture-work What are the common symptoms that indicate presence of kidney disease? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-are-common-symptoms-indicate-presence-kidney-disease <img src="/sites/default/files/Flank-pain.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Flank pain - symptom of kidney disease" typeof="Image" /> <p>This is an excellent question that I get a lot from my patients. The bad part about having kidney disease is that it is relatively a silent disease. Apart from pain in your flank/groin or frank blood in urine, which are alarming symptoms that prompt someone to seek medical attention, most of kidney disease is silent and one does not notice it unless the kidney function drops to a critically low level, which requires dialysis.</p> <p><strong>So, when should one see a nephrologist and what is the best way to make an appointment?</strong></p> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sameer Gupta, MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-are-common-symptoms-indicate-presence-kidney-disease What is the physical/medical side of addiction? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-physicalmedical-side-addiction <img src="/sites/default/files/ThinkstockPhotos-532685419.jpg" width="2141" height="1400" alt="Physical medical side of addiction" typeof="Image" /> <p>Ann Frintner, CSAC, behavioral health inpatient addiction counselor</p> <p>The medical side of addiction is what changes go on in the brain when addiction occurs. How do you recognize symptoms, and take care of them or help someone you love to recognize them?</p> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-physicalmedical-side-addiction ‘Stretch & Balance for Older Adults’ Program https://www.agnesian.com/blog/stretch-balance-older-adults-program <img src="/sites/default/files/494389869%20On%20My%20Way3_0.jpg" width="1800" height="1200" alt="Stretching for Older Adults" typeof="Image" /> <p>Stretching is an important part of an older adult’s flexibility, and helps to offset the effects of normal decline in the flexibility of joints so individuals can remain active and independent.  </p> <p>Join Natasha Novak, fitness instructor, for a stretching program that incorporates breathing exercises and good posture to relax the body and relieve tension. </p> <p>“Stretch &amp; Balance for Older Adults” is scheduled for Wednesdays, May 3 to 24 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the RMC Wellness Center, 845 Parkside Street, Ripon.  </p> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/stretch-balance-older-adults-program Breathe https://www.agnesian.com/blog/breathe <img src="/sites/default/files/Blue-Sky-with-Clouds.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Beautiful sky - breathe it all in" typeof="Image" /> <p><strong>Breathe. Just breathe.</strong></p> <p>It seems silly to have to remind myself to breathe. After all, isn’t it something I should just do naturally without having to think about it? But still, I find myself saying those words many times a day.</p> <p><strong>Breathe. Take a deep breath.</strong></p> <p>When I start to worry about what is coming up in my life, I have to say those words. When I feel overwhelmed with grief, sadness or fear, I have to say those words.</p> <p><strong>Breathe. Slowly, in and out.</strong></p> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Spiritual Care Services https://www.agnesian.com/blog/breathe Ripon Medical Center offers ‘Gentle Yoga’ https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-offers-gentle-yoga-0 <img src="/sites/default/files/RMC-Wellness-Center.jpg" width="1600" height="900" alt="RMC Wellness Center" typeof="Image" /> <p>Join Jenni Borell, E-RYT, a certified integrative yoga for seniors instructor and certified essential low back program instructor, to release tension, increase range of motion and energize through this slow-paced, therapeutically-oriented class. This class is suited for all ages and abilities.</p> <p>“Gentle Yoga” is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, May 1 to 22 in the RMC Wellness Center, 845 Parkside Street, Ripon. Individuals should bring a yoga mat and throw blanket to each class.</p> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-offers-gentle-yoga-0 Exercise, eat smart to keep the weight off https://www.agnesian.com/blog/exercise-eat-smart-keep-weight <p>It’s that time of the year again when people are making lifestyle adjustments to help meet New Year’s resolutions. For those looking to either lose weight or keep it off, here are some strategies to consider.</p> <p>People who keep weight off tend to have several habits in common. The following strategies can help you achieve long-term weight loss.</p> <p><strong>Exercise every day</strong></p> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Stephanie Glod, DO https://www.agnesian.com/blog/exercise-eat-smart-keep-weight Agnesian HealthCare welcomes internal medicine physician https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-internal-medicine-physician <img src="/sites/default/files/Muller_Jay-WEBSITE.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Jay Muller, MD" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes internist Jay Muller, MD, to Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic. He is now accepting new patients at the Agnesian Health Plaza Building A, 421 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>As a board-certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Muller offers comprehensive healthcare services to men and women, including preventive care, diagnosis and non-surgical treatment.</p> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-internal-medicine-physician Our senses and sensory processing https://www.agnesian.com/blog/our-senses-and-sensory-processing <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/autism.jpg" width="506" height="338" alt="autism" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: <a href="/physician/vivian-hazell-lead-autism-therapist">Vivian Hazell, MSE, LPC Lead Autism Therapist with Agnesian HealthCare</a></p> <p><strong>Points to consider:</strong>The only way that any person knows what is going on both internally or externally is how they gather information through their senses (central nervous system) and how they interpret that information with their brain to come up with an adaptive response.</p> <p>1.  The seven senses that are responding to occurrences are:</p> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Behavioral Health Services https://www.agnesian.com/blog/our-senses-and-sensory-processing Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers to host fair trade sale fund-raiser https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-host-fair-trade-sale-fund-raiser <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers are hosting a fair trade sale by the Just Fare Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 27 in the Agnesian HealthCare lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street. The public is welcome to attend.</p> <p>Just Fare will feature fair trade items, such as coffee, baskets, aprons, handcrafted kitchen and tableware, children’s clothing and gifts, Boozik amplifiers, musical instruments and much more. Stop by and see the beautiful handiwork!   </p> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-host-fair-trade-sale-fund-raiser Same old workout routine can backfire https://www.agnesian.com/blog/same-old-workout-routine-can-backfire <img src="/sites/default/files/Spinning-Cycling.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Spinning workout" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Michael Kurek, ATC, LAT, <a href="/services/sports-medicine">Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</a></p> <p>Have you been doing the same routine at the gym and not been happy with the results? Try switching things up in your workout routine to maximize your time and effort. Whether you are training for sport or working out for leisure, doing the same routine is not only boring, but will eventually lead to a plateau or overtraining injuries.</p> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Bone & Joint Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/same-old-workout-routine-can-backfire Healthy Recipe: Spicy Salmon with Olive-and-Lemon Quinoa https://www.agnesian.com/blog/healthy-recipe-spicy-salmon-olive-and-lemon-quinoa <p><a href="http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2011/02/Salmon-with-apple-quinoa-868x10241.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://a.dilcdn.com/bl/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2011/02/Salmon-with-apple-quinoa-868x10241.jpg" /></a> Salmon and quinoa</p> <p>Prep time: 15 minutes</p> <p>Cook time: 15 minutes</p> <p>Makes: 4 servings</p> Mon, 03 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/healthy-recipe-spicy-salmon-olive-and-lemon-quinoa What is a parish nurse? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-parish-nurse <img src="/sites/default/files/Parish-Nurse-1.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Parish Nurse" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Sue Schmitz, RN, PN, Parish Health Ministry Coordinator, Agnesian HealthCare</p> <p>A parish nurse (also called a “faith community nurse”) is a registered nurse with training in whole person health, who works within a faith community (mosque, synagogue, temple, church). A parish nurse focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention habits to help people of all ages get and stay healthy. </p> Mon, 03 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-parish-nurse Bereavement Services Gathering & Raffle promises evening of fun, giving https://www.agnesian.com/blog/bereavement-services-gathering-raffle-promises-evening-fun-giving <img src="/sites/default/files/Bereavement-Gathering-Raffl.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Bereavement Services Gathering &amp; Raffle" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation has scheduled its annual gathering and raffle to support Bereavement Services from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 at the Plaza Level Conference Center at St. Agnes Hospital, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The event will feature refreshments, children’s activities and the raffle drawing (6:30 p.m.). Admission is free with the purchase of a raffle ticket.</p> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/bereavement-services-gathering-raffle-promises-evening-fun-giving Avoiding complications with sleep apnea https://www.agnesian.com/blog/avoiding-complications-sleep-apnea <img src="/sites/default/files/Sleep-Apnea-CPAP.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Sleep apnea diagnosis" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Stacy DeGroot, RRT</p> <p><strong>What health risks are associated with sleep apnea?</strong></p> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Health Shoppe https://www.agnesian.com/blog/avoiding-complications-sleep-apnea Foundation for Ripon Medical Center to host Denim & Pearls April 8 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/foundation-ripon-medical-center-host-denim-pearls-april-8 <img src="/sites/default/files/AGN-16343%20DenimPearls_Ripon%20Display.jpg" width="720" height="720" alt="Foundation for Ripon Medical Center Denim &amp; Pearls 2017" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Foundation for Ripon Medical Center is hosting its annual Denim &amp; Pearls fund-raiser on Saturday, April 8 at Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street, in the hospital’s Atrium.</p> <p>The event begins at 6 p.m. Participants are invited to wear their favorite denim and pearls, and come to enjoy a fun, relaxing evening with music, delicious food and many opportunities to support this great event. Tickets are $40 each.</p> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/foundation-ripon-medical-center-host-denim-pearls-april-8 Audio blog: an interview with Bert Callahan, MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/audio-blog-interview-bert-callahan <img src="/sites/default/files/Callahan-Bert%20web%20480_0.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Bert Callahan, MD, Orthopedic &amp; Sports Medicine Agnesian HealthCare" typeof="Image" /> <p>Find out more about Bert Callahan, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Ripon Medical Center. This monthly program will focus on various bone and joint topics such as joint replacement, arthritis, sports medicine and more! </p> <p></p> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/audio-blog-interview-bert-callahan Samaritan Cash Raffle tickets on sale https://www.agnesian.com/blog/samaritan-cash-raffle-tickets-sale <img src="/sites/default/files/AGN-16349%20Samaritan%20Cash%20Raffle_Facebook.jpg" width="720" height="720" alt="2017 Samaritan Cash Raffle " typeof="Image" /> <p>Tickets are now on sale for the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s annual Samaritan Cash Raffle, with the top prize of $100,000. The raffle gives participants the opportunity to win up to $125,000 in cash prizes.</p> <p>The 2017 drawing is scheduled at noon on Wednesday, May 10 in the St. Agnes Hospital lobby. First prize will be $100,000, with second prize at $10,000. Remaining prizes are as such: third prize, $4,000; fourth to 25<sup>th</sup> prize, $500.</p> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/samaritan-cash-raffle-tickets-sale Treffert Academy now enrolling https://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-academy-now-enrolling <img src="/sites/default/files/AGN-17072%20Treffert_4K%20Registration_Facebook.jpg" width="1500" height="1501" alt="Treffert Academy 4K Registration" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Treffert Academy - 371 E. 1<sup>st</sup> Street, Fond du Lac - is currently accepting enrollment for its current full-day preschool program, as well as its 4K and half-day preschool programs for fall.</p> <p>Janell Nielson and Kelly Schisel, from Marian University’s Early Childhood Center, serve as the newest members of the Treffert Academy 4K and half-day preschool teaching team.</p> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-academy-now-enrolling RMC Auxiliary sets uniform, linen sale on April 10 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-sets-uniform-linen-sale-april-10 <img src="/sites/default/files/AHC%20icon%20only.jpg" width="266" height="267" alt="Agnesian HealthCare Logo" typeof="Image" /> <p>The public is invited to attend a PRN Uniform and 40 Winks linen sale, sponsored by the Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10 in the hospital’s Green Lake Room.</p> <p>PRN Uniforms will feature a selection of more than 4,000 items from top manufacturers, including scrubs, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. The sale will feature a selection of more than 4,000 items from top manufacturers, including scrubs, shoes and accessories at affordable prices.</p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-sets-uniform-linen-sale-april-10 Special foot care for diabetes https://www.agnesian.com/blog/special-foot-care-diabetes <img src="/sites/default/files/Agnesian-Podiatry-foot-care.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Foot care for diabetics" typeof="Image" /> <p>Written by: Robert Bertram, DPM, &amp; Sarika Parikh, DPM, Podiatry (Foot &amp; Ankle)</p> <p>It’s not high blood sugar, heart disease or stroke that most often puts people with diabetes in the hospital. It’s their feet. Foot wounds are the most common diabetes-related cause for hospitalization. Foot wounds in a person with diabetes can also lead to amputation.</p> <p>Fortunately, people with this disease often can prevent these serious wounds with daily foot exams.</p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Podiatry https://www.agnesian.com/blog/special-foot-care-diabetes Nephrology: understanding all aspects https://www.agnesian.com/blog/nephrology-understanding-all-aspects <img src="/sites/default/files/Kidneys.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Kidneys and nephrology" typeof="Image" /> <p>In short, a nephrologist is a physician who specializes in treating health concerns that arise from sub-optimal kidney function. However, I strongly feel this explanation oversimplifies the facts and one can truly understand the role of a nephrologist if he/she acknowledges the role that kidneys play in our daily lives.</p> <p>Nephrology (from Greek νεφρός nephros "kidney," combined with the suffix -logy, “the study of”) is a specialty of medicine and pediatrics that concerns itself with the study of normal kidney function, kidney problems and the treatment of kidney concerns.</p> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sameer Gupta, MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/nephrology-understanding-all-aspects How long does a knee replacement last? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-long-does-knee-replacement-last <img src="/sites/default/files/Bandaging-knee.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Provider bandaging a patient&#039;s knee" typeof="Image" /> <p>Patients often ask, “How long will knee replacements last?” This is an excellent question, and particularly relevant for those who are younger and contemplating knee replacement.</p> <p>More than 600,000 knee replacements will be performed in 2017 and the number is due to rise to 2.2 million by 2020. Knee replacements reduce pain and improve function, and allow people to maintain a level of activity for as long as their overall health allows. Total knee replacement (TKA) does not, however, give you a normal knee and it is important for patients to have realistic expectations.</p> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Bert Callahan, MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-long-does-knee-replacement-last Benefits of using art to heal https://www.agnesian.com/blog/benefits-using-art-heal <img src="/sites/default/files/wp-images/art.jpg" width="630" height="350" alt="using art to heal" typeof="Image" /> <p>Being creative can reduce stress. Often relaxation and enjoyment are the main goals when thinking about making art. Art can also be more than a hobby or pretty picture. Art therapy is an expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Art therapy can achieve different things for different people.</p> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/benefits-using-art-heal Waupun Memorial Hospital ‘An Evening of Chocolate & Wine’ sees banner year https://www.agnesian.com/blog/waupun-memorial-hospital-evening-chocolate-wine-sees-banner-year <img src="/sites/default/files/An-Evening-of-Chocolate-and.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="An Evening of Chocolate &amp; Wine" typeof="Image" /> <p>This year’s “An Evening of Chocolate &amp; Wine” - presented by the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation and Waupun Memorial Hospital (WMH) Special Events Committee - has raised more than $17,000 to help benefit the addition of palliative care amenities to the WMH private patient room expansion.</p> <p>Nearly 200 people enjoyed <a>the event</a>, which featured chocolates and various hand-selected wines, specialty beers, local cheeses and a bountiful hors d’oeuvre buffet, as well as music by jazz vocalist Ron Williams, raffle and silent auction.</p> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/waupun-memorial-hospital-evening-chocolate-wine-sees-banner-year Audio blog: an interview with Ripon Medical Center's Dr. Stephanie Glod https://www.agnesian.com/blog/audio-blog-interview-ripon-medical-centers-dr-stephanie-glod <img src="/sites/default/files/Stephanie-Glod-DO.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Stephanie Glod, DO, Ripon Medical Center" typeof="Image" /> <p>Stephanie Glod, DO, family medicine provider at Ripon Medical Center, interviewed about how she came to Ripon, her practice at Ripon Medical Center and her philosophy. Listen to the complete interview.</p> <p></p> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/audio-blog-interview-ripon-medical-centers-dr-stephanie-glod Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers to host purse sale https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-host-purse-sale <img src="/sites/default/files/AHC%20icon%20only.jpg" width="266" height="267" alt="Agnesian HealthCare Logo" typeof="Image" /> <p>The public is invited to attend a purse sale, sponsored by the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5 in the Agnesian HealthCare lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The sale will feature more than 100 fashion handbags from New York.</p> <p>Proceeds benefit Agnesian HealthCare programs and services. Visa and MasterCard are welcome.</p> <p>For more information, call Cindy Smith, Agnesian HealthCare Volunteer Services, at (920) 926-4955.</p> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-host-purse-sale Ripon Medical Center offers ‘Gentle Yoga’ https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-offers-gentle-yoga <img src="/sites/default/files/Gentle%20Yoga.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Gentle Yoga" typeof="Image" /> <p>Join Jenni Borell, E-RYT, a certified integrative yoga for seniors instructor and certified essential low back program instructor, to release tension, increase range of motion and energize through this slow-paced, therapeutically-oriented class. This class is suited for all ages and abilities.</p> <p>“Gentle Yoga” is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, April 3, 17 &amp; 24 in the RMC Wellness Center, 845 Parkside Street, Ripon. Individuals should bring a yoga mat and throw blanket to each class.</p> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-offers-gentle-yoga “Smiling inside:” becoming more mellow https://www.agnesian.com/blog/smiling-inside-becoming-more-mellow <img src="/sites/default/files/Smiling-little-girl-%282%29.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Smiling little girl" typeof="Image" /> <p>My definition of good mental health is being more “mellow”—“relaxed, at ease and pleasantly convivial.” One of my patients described it as “smiling inside.”</p> <p>“Mellow” more deeply described means:  “fully developed, sweet, gentle; not course or rough; full, rich, pure, free of garishness, roughness, stridency and the harshness of youth; having attained gentleness, softness and kindliness through aging and experience; relaxed, at ease and pleasantly convivial.”</p> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:00:00 CST Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/smiling-inside-becoming-more-mellow Treffert Lecture Series to feature savant/artist, Ping Lian Yeak https://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-lecture-series-feature-savantartist-ping-lian-yeak <img src="/sites/default/files/AGN-17025%20Treffert-Marian_Ping_Facebook1.jpg" width="1500" height="1500" alt="Strokes of Genius Treffert Lecture" typeof="Image" /> <p>The 10<sup>th</sup> annual Marian University Treffert Lecture Series will present “Strokes of Genius: The Talented Savant,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3 at the Marian University Stayer Center, 45 S. National Avenue, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>Darold Treffert, MD, a world-renowned autism and savant syndrome expert, will offer opening comments about savant syndrome overall, followed by Rosa C. Martinez, PhD, BCBA-D, Strokes of Genius, Inc. president and founder.</p> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-lecture-series-feature-savantartist-ping-lian-yeak Avoiding shoulder pain with overhead activity https://www.agnesian.com/blog/avoiding-shoulder-pain-overhead-activity <img src="/sites/default/files/shoulder-pain.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Shoulder Pain" typeof="Image" /> <p>By: Billie Jo Braatz, PT, DPT, LAT, <a href="/services/physical-occupational-and-speech-therapy-outpatient">Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</a></p> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Bone & Joint Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/avoiding-shoulder-pain-overhead-activity The Nutman is coming to Ripon Medical Center https://www.agnesian.com/blog/nutman-coming-ripon-medical-center <img src="/sites/default/files/AHC%20icon%20only.jpg" width="266" height="267" alt="Agnesian HealthCare Logo" typeof="Image" /> <p>The public is invited to attend a candy and nut sale by The Nutman Company, sponsored by the Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary, on Tuesday, March 28. This event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by the Ripon Medical Center Atrium by the gift shop.</p> <p>The Nutman Company features 150 fine quality nuts, chocolates, snack mixes and candies at reasonable prices! This is a great opportunity to pick up a special gift or satisfy your sweet tooth.</p> <p>Proceeds benefit Ripon Medical Center programs and services. Visa and MasterCard are welcome.</p> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/nutman-coming-ripon-medical-center Agnesian Bone & Joint Health March 2017 Tip of the Month https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-bone-joint-health-march-2017-tip-month <p>Experiencing shoulder pain? Check out our tip of the month to see if this is the cause.</p> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Bone & Joint Health https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-bone-joint-health-march-2017-tip-month Ripon Medical Center to offer ‘Running for All Levels’ program https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-offer-running-all-levels-program <img src="/sites/default/files/Running-At-Your-Finest.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Running for all levels" typeof="Image" /> <p>Hard work and intelligent training are essential when it comes to running faster and farther, no matter how experienced a runner you are.</p> <p>Runners of all levels are invited to join Dan Garcia, PT, DPT, physical therapist, for an educational program that will prepare runners for race day as they step up to the start line feeling confident and strong.</p> <p>Garcia will discuss proper nutrition and running gear, training strategies, injury prevention, race preparation and more! Gait analysis checks offered after presentation.</p> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-offer-running-all-levels-program Agnesian HealthCare offers summer student volunteer program https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-offers-summer-student-volunteer-program <img src="/sites/default/files/Summer-Student-Volunteer.jpg" width="480" height="482" alt="Agnesian HealthCare Summer Student Volunteer" typeof="Image" /> <p>Summer is fast approaching, and Agnesian HealthCare’s Volunteer Services will have many opportunities for students that will be age 15 or older by June 1, 2017.</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-offers-summer-student-volunteer-program How to save money on medications? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-save-money-medications <img src="/sites/default/files/Pharmacy-Pills.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Agnesian Pharmacies and Prescription Centers pills" typeof="Image" /> <p>The start of the year brings a lot of “new” to many of us: New Year, new resolutions, and the start of a new deductible. For individuals who inject insulin on a daily basis, the cost of medication while in the deductible period can be a very pressing time in finding a way to cover the cost. Fortunately, there are options available to patients.</p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Pharmacies & Prescription Centers https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-save-money-medications The Truth About Pre-Workout Drinks https://www.agnesian.com/blog/truth-about-pre-workout-drinks <img src="/sites/default/files/Powdered-Energy-Drink.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Pre-workout drink" typeof="Image" /> <p>The newest craze in the fitness/performance world is the addition of a pre-workout drink. This supplement is meant to serve as a “boost” to get you through your routine with greater outcomes.</p> <p>This may sound like a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t I want to make the most of my workout especially if these drinks all claim increased performance? What could go wrong? To find out, let’s look at what these latest supplements contain that are said to improve your performance.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Chris Schattschneider https://www.agnesian.com/blog/truth-about-pre-workout-drinks The little black doctor’s bag https://www.agnesian.com/blog/little-black-doctors-bag <img src="/sites/default/files/Doctors-Bag.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Dr. Treffert&#039;s doctor bag" typeof="Image" /> <p>When I began my practice eons ago doctors, including me, each had our little black doctor’s bag. When making rounds we would bring it into the room with the tools for physical examination. There was a stethoscope to listen to the heart; an ophthalmoscope to examine the eyes; a tuning fork for testing hearing; a reflex hammer; a blood pressure cuff and some vials of spices to test smell. </p> <p>There were also a few medications for certain emergencies and maybe even some bandages.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/little-black-doctors-bag If cancer runs in your family, when do you need genetic services? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/if-cancer-runs-your-family-when-do-you-need-genetic-services <img src="/sites/default/files/Famly-Medical-History.jpg" width="960" height="540" alt="Family Medical History" typeof="Image" /> <p>There are many features that can be present in a family that would indicate a referral is needed for genetic services. The following is a general (partial) checklist of characteristics that may indicate an increased risk of familial cancer or a heritable cancer syndrome. The symptoms of genetic diseases may resemble other conditions or medical concerns. Always consult your healthcare provider for a diagnosis and a complete list of characteristics.</p> <p><strong>Family history</strong></p> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Lisa Michels https://www.agnesian.com/blog/if-cancer-runs-your-family-when-do-you-need-genetic-services Ripon Medical Center community drug drop location now open https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-community-drug-drop-location-now-open <img src="/sites/default/files/RMC-Drug-Drop.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Ripon Medical Center Medication Disposal" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare has added a third secured drug drop location at Ripon Medical Center enhancing similar services at St. Agnes Hospital and Waupun Memorial Hospital. The drug drop locations help to ensure the proper disposal of expired or no longer needed medications.</p> <p>To date, the two hospital collection sites have received more than 841 pounds of medications – nearly half a ton.</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-community-drug-drop-location-now-open Tips for getting a good night's sleep https://www.agnesian.com/blog/tips-getting-good-nights-sleep <img src="/sites/default/files/Good-Night-Sleep.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Get a good night&#039;s sleep" typeof="Image" /> <p>Here are some basic tips for getting a good night's sleep:</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/tips-getting-good-nights-sleep Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers invite public to jewelry sale https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-invite-public-jewelry-sale <img src="/sites/default/files/Jewelry-Sale.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Jewelry Sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The public is invited to a jewelry sale by PTK Sales on March 9 and 10 in Agnesian HealthCare’s lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The sale will run from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 10.</p> <p>Sponsored by the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers, proceeds will benefit patient programs and services at St. Agnes Hospital.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-invite-public-jewelry-sale February a month of heartache and hope https://www.agnesian.com/blog/february-month-heartache-and-hope <img src="/sites/default/files/Heart-in-Hands.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Heart in Hands" typeof="Image" /> <p>February is a month that hearts and love are all around us.  We traditionally think of Valentine’s Day being filled with love and romance when the day is really about the love in our hearts that we have for those around us.  This day may be difficult for some to find love and happiness because their hearts are filled with grief and sadness.</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Spiritual Care Services https://www.agnesian.com/blog/february-month-heartache-and-hope Therapy dogs, volunteers bring respite to hospice patients, next training date set https://www.agnesian.com/blog/therapy-dogs-volunteers-bring-respite-hospice-patients-next-training-date-set <img src="/sites/default/files/Therapy-Dogs.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Therapy dogs, volunteers bring respite to hospice patients" typeof="Image" /> <p>Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope is proud to offer this service to the patients and families it serves, including care offered by Melodie Pulvermacher, of Princeton, and her therapy dog, Tia. And, the need is there for more volunteers like Melodie.</p> <p>“The best part of being a pet therapy volunteer for hospice is seeing people’s face when Tia arrives,” Melodie explains. “The smiles and laughter Tia brings to the patients and families is priceless. I know the time spent allows them to take their mind off any worries and brings them comfort during their final days.”</p> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/therapy-dogs-volunteers-bring-respite-hospice-patients-next-training-date-set Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary to host book fair February 23 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-auxiliary-host-book-fair-february-23 <p>The Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary will host a Collective Goods (Books are Fun) sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 23,  in the Green Lake Room, located in Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street.</p> <p>The Collective Goods book fair features quality books and gifts at 50 to 75 percent off retail price, and includes bestsellers, children’s, reference, hobby, nature and wildlife, sports and gift items.</p> <p>The book fair is open to the public, and all proceeds will benefit Ripon Medical Center patient programs and services.</p> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-auxiliary-host-book-fair-february-23 Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Love Light campaign sets record year https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundation-love-light-campaign-sets-record-year <img src="/sites/default/files/Hospice-Home-of-Hope-Expans.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Hospice Home of Hope Expansion Project January 2017" typeof="Image" /> <p>Tremendous support was shown for the Hospice Home of Hope expansion during the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation 2016 Love Light fund-raiser as donors helped to raise more than $20,000.</p> <p>The expansion project, now underway, will add eight more private patient rooms at the Hospice Home of Hope, which will effectively address current waiting lists.</p> <p>Punit Kumar, MD, Hospice &amp; Palliative Care medical director, and Nidhi Kumar, MD, Consultants Laboratory medical director, served as this year’s Love Light co-chairpersons.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundation-love-light-campaign-sets-record-year RMC Auxiliary hosts second annual flower sale https://www.agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-hosts-second-annual-flower-sale <img src="/sites/default/files/RMC%20Auxiliary%20Flower%20Sale%20News.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="RMC Auxiliary Flower Sale" typeof="Image" /> <p>The Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary is sponsoring its second annual flower sale to help raise money to 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 agnesian.com/volunteers. </p> <p>Completed forms, along with a check for payment, can be dropped off at - or mailed to - the Ripon Medical Center gift shop (845 Parkside Street, Ripon). </p> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/rmc-auxiliary-hosts-second-annual-flower-sale Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary offers scholarships to area students https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-auxiliary-offers-scholarships-area-students <p>Area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in healthcare are invited to apply for scholarships offered by the Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary and the Arlene Fenner Family Endowed Scholarship Fund. </p> <p>Three $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship are being offered to eligible students who attend one of the following schools: Green Lake High School, Markesan High School, Princeton High School or Ripon High School.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-auxiliary-offers-scholarships-area-students Tell me about care navigators https://www.agnesian.com/blog/tell-me-about-care-navigators <p>When individuals and families are facing a complicated, chronic or long-term health condition, it can at times be confusing to effectively move through a healthcare experience – knowing what resources to tap into, which providers offer appropriate services, and how to manage medications and health conditions.</p> <p>At Agnesian HealthCare, our care navigators are available to offer education, support and resources to help patients overcome any barriers that may prevent them from getting the services they need.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Danelle Smit https://www.agnesian.com/blog/tell-me-about-care-navigators Treffert Academy to enhance child care options starting fall 2017 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-academy-enhance-child-care-options-starting-fall-2017 <img src="/sites/default/files/Dr-Treffert-with-patient.jpg" width="1600" height="900" alt="Dr. Treffert playing with patient" typeof="Image" /> <p>The <a href="/services/treffert-academy">Treffert Academy</a> - 371 E. 1<sup>st</sup> Street, Fond du Lac - is expanding its current services for three and four year olds starting fall 2017.</p> <p>In collaboration with the Fond du Lac School District, the <a href="/services/treffert-academy">Treffert Academy</a> will offer a 4K program during both morning and afternoon sessions four days per week (with the exception of Fridays).</p> <p>Interested parents can call to schedule a tour, and then during fall enrollment with the school district can select the Treffert Academy.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-academy-enhance-child-care-options-starting-fall-2017 Concussion Myth versus Fact https://www.agnesian.com/blog/concussion-myth-versus-fact <p><strong>Myth: </strong>A bruise to the brain.</p> <p><strong>Fact: </strong>A metabolic imbalance or dysfunction of the brain.</p> <p><strong>Myth: </strong>Person has to lose consciousness.</p> <p><strong>Fact: </strong>Ninety percent of concussions don’t lose consciousness.</p> <p><strong>Myth: </strong>Have to have a headache.</p> <p><strong>Fact: </strong>Multi-symptom injury that varies person to person.</p> <p><strong>Myth: </strong>You have to get hit hard.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Chris Schattschneider https://www.agnesian.com/blog/concussion-myth-versus-fact Healthy Recipe: Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon https://www.agnesian.com/blog/healthy-recipe-maple-mustard-glazed-salmon <img src="/sites/default/files/Glazed%20Slamon.jpg" width="480" height="480" alt="Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon" typeof="Image" /> <p>Serves 4</p> <ul><li>4 salmon fillets (4-6oz)</li> <li>Black pepper</li> <li>¼ cup pure maple syrup</li> <li>2 Tbs. stone ground mustard</li> <li>2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar</li> </ul><p>Season salmon with pepper. In small bowl combine maple syrup, mustard and vinegar, mix well. Preheat skillet or broiler pan. Place salmon in pan and brush with glaze; cook about four minutes per side for medium. When turning the salmon, brush with additional glaze.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/healthy-recipe-maple-mustard-glazed-salmon ‘To cure sometimes; to help often; to comfort always.’ https://www.agnesian.com/blog/cure-sometimes-help-often-comfort-always <img src="/sites/default/files/Care%20Navigation.JPG" width="507" height="338" alt="Provider Patient Relationship" typeof="Image" /> <p>Above the oldest mental hospital in the world, in France, is the inscription: “To cure sometimes; to help often; to comfort always.”</p> <p>There are some “cures” of various diseases in each of the medical specialties and how welcome those are. And we keep searching for cures as we should. But most of the time, whatever the specialty or organ system, we simply “help.” How welcome, what a relief, and sometimes how dramatic that can be.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Darold Treffert MD https://www.agnesian.com/blog/cure-sometimes-help-often-comfort-always Villa Rosa to host long-term care workshop January 30 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/villa-rosa-host-long-term-care-workshop-january-30 <img src="/sites/default/files/AHC%20icon%20only.jpg" width="266" height="267" alt="Agnesian HealthCare Logo" typeof="Image" /> <p>Join Julie Hilbert, benefits specialist with the Fond du Lac County Senior Services department, as she addresses questions that individuals and families may have as they consider long-term care options. She will offer a free presentation at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 30 at the Villa Rosa Theatre, N8120 County WW, Mt. Calvary.</p> <p>Hilbert will address questions, such as:</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/villa-rosa-host-long-term-care-workshop-january-30