Blog https://www.agnesian.com/blog/rss Agnesian en Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers to host Collective Goods sale https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-host-collective-goods-sale <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Book%20Sale.jpg" width="600" alt="Book sale" typeof="Image" /><p>The Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers have scheduled a Collective Goods sale (formerly known as Books R Fun) on Thursday, December 20 and Friday, December 21 in the Agnesian HealthCare lobby concourse, 430 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 20, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 21.</p> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-host-collective-goods-sale Valsartan, losartan, hydrochlorothiazide and amlodipine: Is there a link to Cancer? https://www.agnesian.com/blog/valsartan-losartan-hydrochlorothiazide-and-amlodipine-there-link-cancer <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/5244440_0.jpg" width="2550" alt="Some products containing valsartan or losartan have recently been recalled" typeof="Image" /><p>Recalls announced by the FDA over the past few weeks have created confusion among patients who have been taking drugs containing valsartan and losartan. Valsartan is not a carcinogen, however many valsartan containing products have been found to contain an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which has been linked to cancer.</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/valsartan-losartan-hydrochlorothiazide-and-amlodipine-there-link-cancer St. Francis Home residents receive early Christmas present https://www.agnesian.com/blog/st-francis-home-residents-receive-early-christmas-present <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Trishaw%20Bicycle%20Photo.jpg" width="1936" alt="Trishaw bicycles" typeof="Image" /><p>Thanks to support from the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation donors, St. Francis Home residents will be enjoying two “Cycling Without Age” trishaw bicycles. The bicycles will be incorporated into daily activities allowing residents and their families to enjoy the fun and freedom of riding a bicycle at any age. The bicycles were also partially funded through a state grant.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/st-francis-home-residents-receive-early-christmas-present Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers to sponsor linen sale December 12 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-sponsor-linen-sale-december-12 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/GettyImages-471386109.jpg" width="3719" alt="Linen" typeof="Image" /><p>The Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers will be sponsoring linen sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12 in Agnesian HealthCare lobby concourse.</p> <p>40 Winks Linens and More will feature a selection of 1,200 to 1,500 count sheets in a variety of sizes and colors. Sherpa blankets will also be offered, and all at affordable prices. Cash, Visa and MasterCard will be accepted.</p> <p>All proceeds will benefit patient programs and services. You will not want to miss this great opportunity to purchase new linens at affordable prices!</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteers-sponsor-linen-sale-december-12 Give yourself permission https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/give-yourself-permission Agnesian HealthCare drug drop locations reach milestone https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-drug-drop-locations-reach-milestone <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Drug%20Drop%20Box_0.png" width="2164" alt="Drug Drop Box" typeof="Image" /><p>For more than two years, Agnesian HealthCare has been offering an easy way for area residents to properly dispose expired or no longer needed medications through drug drop locations, starting at St. Agnes Hospital and Waupun Memorial Hospital, and expanding to Ripon Medical Center shortly after.</p> <p>In just this short amount of time, all three sites have collected more than 4,000 pounds of unused medications - or two tons!</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-drug-drop-locations-reach-milestone Flu can have dangerous domino effect on older adults https://www.agnesian.com/blog/flu-can-have-dangerous-domino-effect-older-adults <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Rick%20Patton.jpg" width="2600" alt="Rick Patton" typeof="Image" /><p>It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because human immune defenses become weaker with age.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/flu-can-have-dangerous-domino-effect-older-adults Flu shot during pregnancy poses no harm to baby https://www.agnesian.com/blog/flu-shot-during-pregnancy-poses-no-harm-baby <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Allison%20Birschbach.jpg" width="2600" alt="Allison Birschbach" typeof="Image" /><p>Allison and Tony Birschbach celebrated another milestone in their seven-year marriage – welcoming their second child, Simon, into the world more than a month ago. Simon is joined by brother Thomas, who is three.</p> <p>As parents, Allison and Tony, like others, want what is best for their children and their family. So when Allison was expecting Simon, the couple stepped forward to receive their flu vaccination to protect everyone.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/flu-shot-during-pregnancy-poses-no-harm-baby Agnesian Convenient Care Clinic welcomes physician assistant https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-convenient-care-clinic-welcomes-physician-assistant <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Engel%2C%20Alex.jpg" width="750" alt="Alex Engel" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Alexander Engel, PA-C, a certified physician assistant, to the Agnesian Convenient Care Clinic, 145 N. Main Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The Agnesian Convenient Care Clinic treats patients on a walk-in basis - from infants to older adults - with acute health illnesses or injuries, such as broken bones and lacerations. Laboratory and X-ray services are available, and the clinic is staffed with physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. No appointments needed.</p> Sun, 25 Nov 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-convenient-care-clinic-welcomes-physician-assistant Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center welcomes new physical therapist https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-sports-spine-center-welcomes-new-physical-therapist <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Weber%2C%20Meredith.jpg" width="750" alt="Meredith Weber" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Meredith Weber, DPT, physical therapist, to Agnesian HealthCare’s Sport &amp; Spine Center, located at 360 S. Mountin Drive, Mayville. She is now accepting patients.</p> <p>Weber joins Lisa Traughber, PT, physical therapist, and Sara Gross, MS, OTR, occupational therapist.</p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-sports-spine-center-welcomes-new-physical-therapist Waupun Memorial Cardiac Rehab program certified by industry leader https://www.agnesian.com/blog/waupun-memorial-cardiac-rehab-program-certified-industry-leader <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Heart-in-Hands.jpg" width="480" alt="Heart" typeof="Image" /><p>Waupun Memorial Hospital (WMH) has received certification of its Cardiac Rehab program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). WMH was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/waupun-memorial-cardiac-rehab-program-certified-industry-leader AHC Foundation Love Lights for sale; patients to benefit with non-medical necessities https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ahc-foundation-love-lights-sale-patients-benefit-non-medical-necessities <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/AGN-18119%20Love%20Lights_Digital_720x720.jpg" width="1000" alt="Love Lights 2018" typeof="Image" /><p>Proceeds from this year’s Love Lights, presented by the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, will help support the Carol Hyland Caring for You Fund.</p> <p>Individuals can support Love Lights by purchasing a light in honor of someone they wish to remember or celebrate during the holiday season. This light will shine on the beautifully lit evergreen in front of St. Agnes Hospital.</p> <p>The names of those honored and remembered will be displayed through the holiday season in the St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac Regional Clinic and Waupun Memorial Hospital lobby areas.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2018 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ahc-foundation-love-lights-sale-patients-benefit-non-medical-necessities AHC Foundation donation supports Adult Day Services wheelchair-accessible swing https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ahc-foundation-donation-supports-adult-day-services-wheelchair-accessible-swing <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Adult%20Day%20Services%20swing%20photo.jpg" width="4032" alt="ADS swing" typeof="Image" /><p>St. Agnes Hospital Adult Day Services clients will be enjoying a new wheelchair-accessible swing thanks to a $17,000 grant from the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s Adult Day Services fund.</p> <p>WhisperGLIDE swing offers a seat for everyone - whether able to walk or using a wheelchair. The swing’s exclusive attribute is its ability to bring together those confined to a wheelchair and the able bodied in a relaxed and socially inviting atmosphere.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ahc-foundation-donation-supports-adult-day-services-wheelchair-accessible-swing Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary kicks off 2018 ‘Lights of Love’ program https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-auxiliary-kicks-2018-lights-love-program <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/LOL%20Tree.jpg" width="1115" alt="Lights of Love" typeof="Image" /><p>The Ripon Medical Center Auxiliary, Inc. has festivities in motion for its 31st annual “Lights of Love” program, a living memorial or tribute to friends, relatives or dedicated citizens of the community.</p> <p>A special lighting ceremony, which is open to the public, is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 13 at Ripon Medical Center, 845 Parkside Street. The public is invited to a brief program with holiday carols sung by a choir followed by the Lights of Love raffle drawing. Refreshments will be served.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-auxiliary-kicks-2018-lights-love-program Agnesian HealthCare volunteer enjoys paying it forward https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteer-enjoys-paying-it-forward <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Sandy%20S-1.png" width="617" alt="Sandy Schmidt" typeof="Image" /><p>No one has a crystal ball to know what their future holds. No one knows when they may need a helping hand. Sandy Schmidt, of Waupun, knows that.</p> <p>That’s just one of many reasons why she serves as an Agnesian HealthCare volunteer. For more than five years, Schmidt has helped Agnesian HealthCare patients through its hospice respite and companionship program in both Beaver Dam and Waupun, as well as a meal server at the Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac, and greeter at the Waupun Regional Dialysis Center.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-volunteer-enjoys-paying-it-forward AHC internal medicine/pediatrics physician gives tips on preventing, treating flu https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ahc-internal-medicinepediatrics-physician-gives-tips-preventing-treating-flu <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Agnesian-HealthCare-Pediatr.jpg" width="960" alt="Grass" typeof="Image" /><p>As everyone begins the transition to fall weather, many people have already been suffering through some sort of cold. From a sore throat to a stuffy nose, cough and everything in between, the first of the winter bugs are upon us. But lurking out there and not too far away is a much more menacing germ known as the flu.</p> <p>If you’re looking for the best medicine when it comes to the flu, your best option is prevention, according to Brenda Grass, MD, an Agnesian HealthCare internal medicine/pediatrics physician.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ahc-internal-medicinepediatrics-physician-gives-tips-preventing-treating-flu Mild 2 Wild fund-raiser supports Agnesian HealthCare hospice care https://www.agnesian.com/blog/mild-2-wild-fund-raiser-supports-agnesian-healthcare-hospice-care <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Mild2Wild%20donation%20picture.JPG" width="2100" alt="Mild 2 Wild" typeof="Image" /><p>A total of $25,000 was raised from a two-day event - Mild 2 Wild Cruise 2 The Cabin Car Show for Hospice. The early September car show was conducted at Red Cabin at Green Acres, offering car enthusiasts and spectators with great hot rods, door prizes, 50/50 raffles, silent and live auction, and much more. All proceeds will help support hospice patient care.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/mild-2-wild-fund-raiser-supports-agnesian-healthcare-hospice-care Resolve Through Sharing helped this mom cope with loss https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/resolve-through-sharing-helped-mom-cope-loss St. Agnes Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award https://www.agnesian.com/blog/st-agnes-hospital-receives-get-guidelines-heart-failure-silver-plus-quality-achievement-award <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Heart-in-Hands.jpg" width="480" alt="Heart honor" typeof="Image" /><p>St. Agnes Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines<sup>® </sup>- Heart Failure Silver 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.</p> <p>The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/st-agnes-hospital-receives-get-guidelines-heart-failure-silver-plus-quality-achievement-award Personal experience helps outreach to others https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/personal-experience-helps-outreach-others Agnesian HealthCare announces promotion https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-announces-promotion-0 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/ThurmerD%20color.jpg" width="1500" alt="DeAnn Thurmer" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare is proud to announce the promotion of DeAnn Thurmer to president and chief nursing officer of Ripon Medical Center and Waupun Memorial Hospital, effective October 1, 2018.</p> <p>Since early June, Thurmer has been serving as interim chief operating and nursing officer at Ripon Medical Center, in addition to her responsibilities as chief operating and nursing officer at Waupun Memorial Hospital.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-announces-promotion-0 Agnesian HealthCare welcomes family medicine nurse practitioner https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-nurse-practitioner <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Rembalski_Steven.jpg" width="750" alt="Steven Rembalski" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Steven Rembalski, APNP, a family medicine nurse practitioner, to the Agnesian Convenient Care Clinic, 145 N. Main Street, Fond du Lac.</p> <p>The Agnesian Convenient Care Clinic treats patients on a walk-in basis - from infants to older adults - with acute health illnesses or injuries, such as broken bones and lacerations. Laboratory and X-ray services are available, and the clinic is staffed with physicians and nurse practitioners. No appointments needed.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-nurse-practitioner Agnesian HealthCare welcomes family medicine physician https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-physician-4 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Fenske-Danielle.jpg" width="750" alt="Danielle Fenske" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Danielle Fenske, DO, a family medicine physician, to the Ripon Medical Center Clinic, 835 Parkside Street, Ripon. She is now accepting new patients.</p> <p>Dr. Fenske specializes in family medicine and sees patients of all ages. She offers a full range of general family medicine; preventive health care; annual physicals; well-child checks and immunizations; women’s health, and care for acute and chronic illness and general medical concerns.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-physician-4 Agnesian HealthCare welcomes cardiac electrophysiologist https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-cardiac-electrophysiologist <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Zimmerman_Jeremy_480.jpg" width="751" alt="Jeremy Zimmermann" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Jeremy Zimmermann, DO, a cardiac electrophysiologist, to the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 420 E. Division Street. He is now accepting new patients.</p> <p>As a cardiac electrophysiologist, Dr. Zimmermann is a highly-specialized cardiologist trained to diagnose and monitor the electrical activities of the heart, performing procedures such as heart ablations and pacemaker implants.</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-cardiac-electrophysiologist Agnesian Cancer Center welcomes hematologist/medical oncologist https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-cancer-center-welcomes-hematologistmedical-oncologist <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Tolay_Sameer_480.jpg" width="750" alt="Sameer Tolay" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Sameer Tolay, MD, a hematologist/medical oncologist, to the Agnesian Cancer Center, 480 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac. He will also see patients in Ripon and Waupun.</p> <p>Dr. Tolay specializes in both hematology (the study of blood disorders) and medical oncology (the study of cancers). He has experience in the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of several blood diseases, such as anemia, hemophilia and sickle-cell disease, as well as cancers of blood and solid organs, most notably leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-cancer-center-welcomes-hematologistmedical-oncologist Helping those facing suicidal thoughts https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/helping-those-facing-suicidal-thoughts Agnesian HealthCare offering seasonal flu vaccinations https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-offering-seasonal-flu-vaccinations <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/516800852%20FluShot%20960x540WebPage.jpg" width="960" alt="Flu vaccinations" typeof="Image" /><p>With the flu season approaching, Agnesian HealthCare is offering several seasonal flu vaccination clinics for adults and children.</p> <p>Here is a complete listing:</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-offering-seasonal-flu-vaccinations Agnesian HealthCare welcomes family medicine physician https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-physician-3 <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Sharda_Manish.jpg" width="750" alt="Manish Sharda, DO" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Manish Sharda, DO, a family medicine physician, to the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 608 W. Brown Street, Waupun. He is now accepting new patients.</p> <p>Dr. Sharda 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; women’s health, and care for acute and chronic illness and general medical concerns.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-physician-3 Agnesian HealthCare to open new Bone & Joint Health location in Beaver Dam https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-open-new-bone-joint-health-location-beaver-dam <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Callahan-Bert%20HS.jpg" width="750" alt="Bert Callahan" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare’s Bone &amp; Joint Health is growing with the opening of a new site at 250 Corporate Drive in Beaver Dam, which has convenient access directly from Highway 151. They will be sharing space with the Beaver Dam Chiropractic Clinic. The clinic is scheduled to open Monday, September 17.</p> <p>Bert Callahan, MD, orthopedic surgeon, and Luke Lentscher, PA-C, an orthopedic certified physician assistant, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves of the body.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-open-new-bone-joint-health-location-beaver-dam Play is a great endeavor leading to acceptance, belonging and joy https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/play-great-endeavor-leading-acceptance-belonging-and-joy New audiologist joins Agnesian HealthCare https://www.agnesian.com/blog/new-audiologist-joins-agnesian-healthcare <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Breckbill_Greta.jpg" width="750" alt="Greta Breckbill, AuD" typeof="Image" /><p>Greta Breckbill, AuD, has joined Agnesian HealthCare as an audiologist. She will see patients at the Agnesian Health Plaza Building A, 421 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac - just off the Highway 151 bypass.</p> <p>An audiologist diagnoses, treats and manages individuals with hearing loss or balance concerns. Audiologists have a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program. This advanced training provides the foundation for managing a patient’s hearing from birth through adulthood.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/new-audiologist-joins-agnesian-healthcare Agnesian HealthCare welcomes cardiologist https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-cardiologist <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Balderrama_Tadeo_480.jpg" width="749" alt="Tadeo Balderrama" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Tadeo Diaz Balderrama, MD, cardiologist, to the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 420 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac, and Ripon Medical Center Clinic, 835 Parkside Street, Ripon. He is now accepting new patients.</p> <p>As a cardiologist, Dr. Balderrama specializes in finding, treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Initial consultation often involves a physical examination, a review of patient records and medical history, and possible diagnostic testing. Dr. Balderrama help patients understand the risks and prevention of heart disease.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-cardiologist What is Dry Needling? https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-dry-needling Christian Home & Rehabilitation Center construction progressing well https://www.agnesian.com/blog/christian-home-rehabilitation-center-construction-progressing-well <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Christian%20Home%20Tour%20081618%20FINAL.jpg" width="4032" alt="Christian Home tour" typeof="Image" /><p>Several years of intensive planning is paying off as Agnesian HealthCare and Christian Home &amp; Rehabilitation Center welcome a new beginning in long-term care in Waupun.</p> <p>A new, roughly 104,784-square-foot facility along Highway 68 is being constructed as the new home for the Christian Home &amp; Rehabilitation Center. A total of $22.4 million is needed to complete the new facility, which is expected to open by late 2018.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman https://www.agnesian.com/blog/christian-home-rehabilitation-center-construction-progressing-well Agnesian HealthCare welcomes family medicine practitioner https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-practitioner Fond du Lac partners collaborate to promote infant literacy https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/fond-du-lac-partners-collaborate-promote-infant-literacy Ripon partners introduce ‘Stop the Bleed’ effort to save lives https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-partners-introduce-stop-bleed-effort-save-lives Agnesian Integrative Health welcomes massage therapist https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-integrative-health-welcomes-massage-therapist-0 Agnesian HealthCare welcomes family medicine physician https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-physician-2 Reach Out & Read continues thanks to generous contribution https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/reach-out-read-continues-thanks-generous-contribution Valsartan recall: what patients should know https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/valsartan-recall-what-patients-should-know Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new anesthesiologist https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-anesthesiologist-0 An inseparable bond https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/inseparable-bond Kids Kamp 2018 Review https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/kids-kamp-2018-review Treffert Way School for Exceptional Mind charter school receives state grant https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-way-school-exceptional-mind-charter-school-receives-state-grant Make time for well-child visits https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/make-time-well-child-visits Agnesian HealthCare welcomes hospitalist https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-hospitalist-0 Agnesian HealthCare welcomes orthopedics practitioner https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-orthopedics-practitioner Stroke risk higher for women than for men https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/stroke-risk-higher-women-men Agnesian HealthCare diabetes education program receives ADA recognition https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-diabetes-education-program-receives-ada-recognition Ripon Medical Center now offers peripheral artery disease exercise therapy https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ripon-medical-center-now-offers-peripheral-artery-disease-exercise-therapy New Waupun Memorial Hospital program helps with dizziness, balance https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/new-waupun-memorial-hospital-program-helps-dizziness-balance A Mother’s Love https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/mothers-love Osgood Schlatter Disease https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/osgood-schlatter-disease Agnesian HealthCare welcomes behavioral health professional https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-behavioral-health-professional-0 Agnesian HealthCare names new president at St. Agnes Hospital https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-names-new-president-st-agnes-hospital Agnesian Wound Care recognized with national clinical excellence award https://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 https://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 https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/beckers-healthcare-names-agnesian-healthcare-among-150-top-places-work-health-care Best wound care options https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/best-wound-care-options Growth and renewal https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/growth-and-renewal SSM Health names Steve Little to newly-created position of Regional Chief Operating Officer https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ssm-health-names-steve-little-newly-created-position-regional-chief-operating-officer Treffert Academy’s children and belonging https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/treffert-academys-children-and-belonging Agnesian HealthCare welcomes hospitalist https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-hospitalist Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new Mayville family medicine nurse practitioner https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-mayville-family-medicine-nurse-practitioner Athletic trainers play vital role https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/athletic-trainers-play-vital-role Important questions to ask prior to an orthopedic surgery https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/important-questions-ask-prior-orthopedic-surgery How does cupping work? https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-does-cupping-work Spring IS here! https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/spring-here Agnesian HealthCare welcomes behavioral health professional https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-behavioral-health-professional Workplace neck pain: simple adjustments can help https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/workplace-neck-pain-simple-adjustments-can-help Why Yoga? https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/why-yoga Menopause…Change Is Good https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/menopausechange-good Hygiene in the Locker Room https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/hygiene-locker-room Postpartum depression is common, help is close by. https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/postpartum-depression-common-help-close Reflection for Ash Wednesday https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/reflection-ash-wednesday St. Agnes Hospital makes Healthgrades’ 250 top hospital list for clinical excellence https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/st-agnes-hospital-makes-healthgrades-250-top-hospital-list-clinical-excellence Agnesian HealthCare welcomes Ripon Medical Center orthopedics practitioner https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-ripon-medical-center-orthopedics-practitioner-0 Hand Washing: How and Why https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/hand-washing-how-and-why Agnesian HealthCare welcomes behavioral health professionals https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-behavioral-health-professionals-0 Two new members Join SSM Health Ministries, SSM Health Board of Directors https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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? https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/how-do-i-know-if-i-have-flu-where-do-i-go-care Agnesian HealthCare welcomes internal medicine physician https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-internal-medicine-physician-1 2018: A New Year of Gratitude https://www.agnesian.com/blog/2018-new-year-gratitude <img src="//agnesian.com/sites/default/files/Gratitude%20Changes%20Everything.jpg" width="724" alt="gratitude" typeof="Image" /><p>The start of 2018 brings a new perspective on being grateful. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I’m going to work on being GRATEFUL for the people and things in my life that truly matter the most to me. I want to get back to the time when things were simple. I want to slow down and enjoy my family and friends. I want to enjoy my life again, I want to take walks in the early morning, sit on the porch at night and watch the sunset. I want to make a difference in the world around me.</p> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST Dawn Rehrauer https://www.agnesian.com/blog/2018-new-year-gratitude Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new anesthesiologist https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-new-anesthesiologist The ABCs of Depression https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/abcs-depression SSM Health and CSA complete sponsorship transfer of Agnesian HealthCare and Monroe Clinic https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/ssm-health-and-csa-complete-sponsorship-transfer-agnesian-healthcare-and-monroe-clinic Walk with a Doc sets course for Ripon High School, encourages healthy lifestyles https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/walk-doc-sets-course-ripon-high-school-encourages-healthy-lifestyles The Power of Love https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/power-love Shin Pain May Mean Hip Weakness https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/shin-pain-may-mean-hip-weakness Off-season shoulder care for the recreational athlete https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/season-shoulder-care-recreational-athlete Heartburn Treatments https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/heartburn-treatments Cold season: when should I exercise and when should I take the day off? https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/cold-season-when-should-i-exercise-and-when-should-i-take-day Opening Your Heart Chakra https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/opening-your-heart-chakra Icing made simple https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/icing-made-simple Agnesian HealthCare welcomes family medicine physician https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-welcomes-family-medicine-physician-1 Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Providing Hope https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/agnesian-healthcare-foundation-providing-hope Antibiotic Resistance https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/antibiotic-resistance Frequently Asked Questions: Where should I seek care when I'm sick or injured? https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/frequently-asked-questions-where-should-i-seek-care-when-im-sick-or-injured What is a sensory diet? https://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 https://www.agnesian.com/blog/what-sensory-diet