HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital to Honor Pastoral Care Week, Oct. 22 – 28

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will celebrate Pastoral Care Week Oct. 22-28, in honor of those who serve in various ministries and provide spiritual healing to others in need.

Held first in 1984, Pastoral Care Week is sponsored by the Coalition on Ministry in Specialized Settings Network, a national organization of pastoral care providers, professionals, chaplains, and a faith group endorser. Now in its 33rd year, the week-long observance recognizes the importance of spirituality and spiritual leaders as a part of the healing process.

“Pastoral caregivers make rounds to visit patients every day and are on-call after hours to provide spiritual assistance to patients and their families,” explains Mary Salm, Director of Spiritual Care, HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division. “During times of illness, knowing someone cares brings a sense of healing and hope to the sick and their families. They make frequent visits, offer support, share prayers and simply listen to patients.”

Each day, pastoral caregivers are invited into the life experiences of women, men, children and organizations. Pastoral Care Week provides an opportunity for the community to celebrate with chaplains and pastoral care counselors, educators and providers for bringing many gifts to the process of restoration to patients, young and old.

“Pastoral Care Week is a wonderful time to recognize those providing spiritual care within our community,” says Salm. “We are celebrating the work of our chaplains this week, but we also want to celebrate the work of the many other clergy and spiritual leaders throughout the area who faithfully visit their parishioners during hospital stays.”

All those who provide pastoral care to others, regardless of faith tradition, whether clergy or not, those who give pastoral care in specialized settings such as hospitals, prisons, businesses, industries, long-term care facilities, pastoral counseling centers, hospices, military settings, nursing homes, congregations of sisters, priests and brothers, schools, universities, seminaries, and many more – HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital celebrates them and appreciates all they do for our patients and the community.

Treat-and-Greet Community Event Thursday, Oct. 26

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and its partner, Prevea Health, invite the community to Treat-and-Greet on Thursday, Oct. 26 on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

A free, family-friendly event, Treat-and-Greet will feature trick-or-treating, refreshments, and the opportunity to tour the hospital campus and learn about the diversity of services provided. Attendees can “trick-or-treat” throughout the hospital campus, including the Medical Services Building where Prevea Health offers a variety of specialty care.

Treat-and-Greet

  • 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26
  • HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 835 Main St., in Oconto Falls
  • The event will take place throughout the hospital campus, including the Medical Services Building.

Candy, goodies and educational material will be handed out to the “trick-or-treaters”; and providers will be on hand to greet all attendees and answer questions about the services they offer. Costumes are not required but are encouraged for children and adults. Guests of all ages are welcome!

Prevea Welcomes Lena Native, Dr. Stacee Goedtel Birr

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health are pleased to welcome Dr. Stacee
Goedtel Birr, a board-certified family medicine physician, to see patients at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center.

Dr. Goedtel Birr specializes in the following:
• Routine care for children, adults and elderly
• Preventive medicine and health maintenance
• Osteopathic medicine and manipulative treatment
• Women’s care
• Pregnancy care up to 28 weeks
• Dermatology
• Minor skin procedures
• Minor psychiatric illness

Dr. Goedtel Birr, originally from Lena, Wis., completed medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and residency at Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency in Appleton. She is thrilled to be back in the area to care for patients so close to her hometown.

“My approach to providing quality patient care includes getting to know the patient and involving them in choosing a treatment plan that works best for them,” said Dr. Goedtel Birr. “I believe we must agree on a course of action that is simple and cost-effective, yet complex enough to accomplish all our goals.”

Dr. Goedtel Birr joins Dr. Amy Romandine Kratz, a primary care sports medicine physician and Oconto Falls native, who started her practice with Prevea in 2016. Both are now seeing patients at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center, 835 S. Main St., located on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

Appointments with Dr. Goedtel Birr and Dr. Romandine Kratz can be made by calling (920) 846-8187.

Dr. Amy Romandine Kratz Appointed Medical Director of Health Centers in Oconto Falls and Mountain

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health are pleased to announce Dr. Amy
Romandine Kratz as medical director of the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center and the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Mountain Health Center.

As medical director of these rural health centers, Dr. Romandine Kratz will develop, execute and review the health centers’ policies and services. She joined the Prevea family in 2016 as a primary care sports medicine physician, and continues to see patients at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center and the Prevea Ashwaubenon Health Center.

Dr. Romandine Kratz grew up in Oconto Falls, graduating from Oconto Falls High School in 2005. She graduated medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; completed residency at the University of Wisconsin Health Fox Valley Family Medicine; and completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at RiverStone Health in Billings, Montana. Dr. Romandine Kratz is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center is located on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 835 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls; and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Mountain Health Center is located at 14353 Hwy 32/64 in Mountain.

WISCONSIN SINGERS TO PERFORM ON OCTOBER 27

wisconsin SingersThe Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts are proud to present THE WISCONSIN SINGERS – with Opening Act ENCORE! as part of their 2017-2018 Fine Arts Series. The performance will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located in Oconto Falls High School.

UW-Madison’s most talented singers, dancers and instrumentalists, the Wisconsin Singers, will take the stage at with a Broadway-caliber show that promises to entertain your whole family. You won’t want to miss the Wisconsin Singers newest show, Can’t Stop Dancing! With more than sixty songs from timeless legends like Sam Cooke and Fred Astaire, to current pop icons such as Black Eyed Peas and Taylor Swift, you’ll enjoy every minute of this high energy show. Broadway fans will love well-known numbers from 42nd Street, Hairspray, and Dear Evan Hansen; while kids of all ages will enjoy moments from Sesame Street, and the Mighty Power Rangers.
The celebrated Singers band rocks the house with an impressive medley of a tribute to 50 years of band features and a tribute to big band swing. Badger fans will love the Singers’ rendition of the famous Fifth Quarter where audiences sing Varsity and dance to Jump Around. This performance features area singers and dancers representing grades 5-12 in ENCORE!

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ocontofallsfriendsofthearts.com, by mail, or at the door. This event is sponsored by the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts with additional sponsorship provided by ST Paper and Neva Hodge Lemorande. For more information, call (920) 848-7469/(920) 848-SHOW.

MEMORY LANE Dinner & Show

Daddy D Productions presents MEMORY LANE
Dinner & Show

Fine Arts Series Celebration and Fundraiser
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Romy’s Holiday Inn-Kelly Lake
Tickets: $45

Darren Johnson and the members of Daddy D Productions are back to share another afternoon of remarkable music, friendship, and good clean humor! They are continually inspired by the iconic variety shows of years past and add a big helping of Daddy D energy to create a winning combination! This year’s Daddy D Production brings you a musical celebration that takes you down Memory Lane and includes many of your musical favorites from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. This event also includes the Season 16 Fine Arts Celebration Fundraiser & Raffle and a chance to win numerous great prizes.

Seating is limited –Advanced ticket sales only

FINE ARTS CELEBRATION SET FOR OCTOBER 1

The Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts Fine Arts Series continues its 2017-2018 season with Daddy D Productions – MEMORY LANE Dinner & Show on Sunday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m. The performance will be held at Romy’s Holiday Inn-Kelly Lake. Darren Johnson and the members of Daddy D Productions are back to share another afternoon of remarkable music, friendship, and good clean humor! They are continually inspired by the iconic variety shows of years past and add a big helping of Daddy D energy to create a winning combination! This year’s Daddy D Production brings you a musical celebration that takes you down Memory Lane and includes many of your musical favorites from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. This event also includes the Season 16 Fine Arts Celebration Fundraiser & Raffle and a chance to win numerous great prizes. Tickets are $45 and available online at www.ocontofallsfriendsofthearts.com or by calling (920) 848-7469. Seating is limited –Advanced ticket sales only

Book Fair & Gift Sale, Tuesday, Sept. 12

BOok FairThe Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will host its bi-annual book fair and gift sale at the hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Books, music, greeting cards, toys, accessories and gifts for all ages will be for sale, with proceeds benefitting various projects and programs at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital – a faith-based, not-for-profit hospital.

Book Fair & Gift Sale
· Tuesday, Sept. 12
· 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls
o Assisi Rooms A & B

The Auxiliary has a long-standing history of financial support and community volunteers giving their time, talent and resources to benefit HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital; and, more volunteers are needed! If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a hospital volunteer, contact Regina Boettcher at (920) 848-6348.

BEAUTY LOU AND THE COUNTRY BEAST

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents
BEAUTY LOU AND THE COUNTRY BEAST

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 12 noon & 2:30 p.m.
Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $13 for adults and $8 for students

Join Missoula Children’s Theatre and 50-60 local students as they present BEAUTY LOU AND THE COUNTRY BEAST, an original country western adaptation of the classic fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Beauty Lou is the oldest daughter of the bronc-bustin’ balladeer Buck. At the local county fair, young Beauty Lou is upset by the ungrateful behavior of a miner who has won the blue ribbon for his beautiful roses. She calls him a beast and wishes that he would look like one too. Years later, when in danger of losing the family farm, Buck meets the miner-turned-beast. Beauty Lou agrees to befriend the Beast to save her family. Beauty Lou and the Beast both learn to look beyond appearances and first impressions and to see the beauty that dwells inside. The story, set in the American West, also features Beauty Lou’s six sisters, her Imaginary Friend, her dog Fleabite Clyde, farmhands Slim and Dusty, the neighborly Country Folk and the Barnyard Critters.

Hospital Sisters Health System Named 2017 “Most Wired”

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), which has four hospitals located in Northeast Wisconsin, has been named “Most Wired” by the 19th Annual HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, released this month by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. Hospital Sisters Health System’s Northeast Wisconsin locations include: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey showed that technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact. The investments hospitals and health systems, such as HSHS, have made in technology has been shown to improve communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. Furthermore, these new tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health.

HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration. Health care organizations must meet specific requirements of each of these four areas to be named “Most Wired.”

“Our dedicated and knowledgeable IT team at HSHS has worked tirelessly to bring the most advanced technology to our hospitals and clinics for our patients,” Mary Starmann-Harrison, HSHS President and CEO, said. “We have successfully integrated technology into every part of our health system, from patient care to our administrative operations. I’m extremely proud of our IT team and for this recognition that they have deservedly earned.”

In recent years, HSHS has leveraged technology to give patients several treatment options, which is especially critical in small, rural communities when seconds count. For instance, the Telestroke program provides quick access to neurology specialists that may be more than 100 miles away. The Telestroke program has been implemented at both HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. In addition to telehealth technology, HSHS has taken measures to ensure the security of patient information through the use of intrusion detection systems, and is transforming care delivery with the knowledge gained from data and analytics.

“Our technology initiatives have really strived to focus on patient-centered and patient-first care,” Dr. Ray Gensinger, HSHS Chief Information Officer said. “Technology has enabled us to serve patients and deliver high-quality health care like never before. Our efforts are cost-effective and convenient for the patients, which is the top priority.”

For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.