Bariatric Surgery Seminar

Prevea Health will host a bariatric surgery seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

Anyone interested in learning more about bariatric surgery for weight loss is invited to attend this free event. Dr. Hassanain Jassim, bariatric and general surgeon at Prevea Health, will provide a presentation on bariatric surgery options; and, attendees will have a chance to ask questions and meet the Prevea bariatric surgery team.

Bariatric Surgery Seminar

6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 29
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital – Assisi Room; 855 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls

Those wishing to attend must pre-register by calling (920) 436-1358 by March 23. For more information about bariatric surgery options at Prevea Health, visit

Heart Attack Symptoms: Men vs. Women


In honor of American Heart Month, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and its partner, Prevea Health, are committed to raising awareness of the symptoms of heart attacks in both men and women. According to the American College of Cardiology, approximately 790,000 American adults experience a heart attack each year.

The five major symptoms of a heart attack for men and women include:
· Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back
· Feeling weak, light-headed or faint
· Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
· Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulders
· Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort

In addition to these symptoms, women are more likely to experience:
· Unusual or unexplained tiredness
· Nausea or vomiting

Many times, women dismiss the symptoms of a heart attack because they don’t think they are at risk and attribute them to less severe conditions like heartburn or signs of menopause.

If you notice symptoms of a heart attack in yourself of someone else, call 9-1-1 immediately. Your chances of surviving a heart attack are greater the sooner emergency treatment begins.

Orthopedic Sports Medicine Services Available in Oconto Falls, Starting March 5

Prevea Health is pleased to announce it will soon offer orthopedic sports medicine services at the Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center – Medical Services Building, located on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

Orthopedic sports medicine services are provided by Dr. Jonathan Dunker, a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine surgeon.

Dr. Dunker specializes in:

  • Comprehensive orthopedic care
  • Athletic injuries
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Arthroscopic treatment of ACL and meniscus injuries
  • Total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Total knee replacement
  • Total shoulder replacement

“My goal is to help athletes of all ages return to the activities they love,” said Dr. Dunker. “My approach to treatment is one of communication and partnership between myself and my patients. I provide up-to-date care to return athletes to their active lifestyles.”

Dr. Dunker graduated medical school at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency in orthopedic surgery at Oklahoma State University Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at Wellington Orthopedics/University of Cincinnati. Dr. Dunker is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Dunker will begin seeing patients on March 5, 2018, but appointments can be scheduled now by calling (920) 272-3300. The Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center – Medical Services Building is located at 853 S. Main St., on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.


featuring Carla Del Villaggio
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Falls Area Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $40 (includes $2 processing fee)

Carla Del Villaggio is a multiple award-winning tribute artist entertaining audiences from Miami to Las Vegas to New York City presenting the music of the Greatest Star, the incomparable Barbra Streisand.

From the hair down to the trademark nails, wearing meticulously detailed replicas of iconic concert gowns, Carla is Simply Streisand in every way.

This amazing artist recreates the excitement and high energy vocals of Streisand’s most powerful numbers, while singing with the beauty and purity of sound essential for the ballads so closely associated with this greatest of all singing actresses.

Mark your calendar for this “MUST SEE” event!

“A consummate actress and a natural comedienne with impeccable comic timing, critics compare Carla to the likes of Bette Midler and Carol Burnett, and consistently praise her for the beauty of her voice, commanding stage presence, and professionalism.” (Critics included The Baltimore Sun, The Review – Washington D.C., The Washington Post, and Opera News.)

The event is presented by the Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts and

sponsored in part by ST Paper, Neva Hodge Lemorande, Ursula Rathie, and N.E.W Credit Union

Tickets are available online at or by mail.

OFHS Choir students perform in WCDA All-State Choirs

All State Choir

(L to R) Alex Kamke, Camden Jackson, Andrea Waschbisch Spang, Hailey Ferfecki, Mackenzie Staidl, Peter Murphy, and Hunter Ryczek

Seven OFHS Choir students perform in WCDA All-State Choirs

The Oconto Falls High School Choirs were well-represented in the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association All-State Choirs on Saturday, January 13. The Choirs were part of the WCDA 2018 State Conference and performed at the historic Grand Theater in Wausau. Students were nominated by their choral director Amy Thiel and selected based on their exceptional vocal abilities, musicianship skills, and leadership qualities.

The 100-voice All-State Treble Clef Choir performed seven selections, including Sorida, A Zimbabwe Greeting, I See Heaven’s Glories Shine, Wir eilen mit schwachen doch emsigen Schritten, O Lux Beatissima, Morning Moon, and Isn’t That Something. The All-State Conductor was Dr. Mary Hopper, Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Studies at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Selected OFHS students were Hailey Ferfecki, daughter of John and Julie Ferfecki, Mackenzie Staidl, daughter of Jason and Rose Staidl, and and Andrea Waschbisch Spang, daughter of Sue Waschbisch and Craig Spang.

The 100-voice All-State Bass Clef Choir performed five selections under the direction of Dr. Christopher Aspaas, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Texas Christian University. Selections included Cantate Domino, She Walks in Beauty, John Schmoker, Music Makers – Dreamers of Dreams, and Plenty Good Room. Selected OFHS students were Camden Jackson, son of Jeff and Pam Jackson, Hunter Ryzcek, son of Ginny Dunsworth and Chad Ryczek, Alex Kamke, son of Mike and Kim Kamke , and Peter Murphy, son of Candice Behnke and Steve Murphy.

Annual Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction Feb. 13

Love_BasketsThe Oconto Falls-area community is invited to the annual Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction, hosted by the colleagues and Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., in Oconto Falls.

The luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital’s Dining Room and will feature an all-you-care-to-eat buffet for $9. The buffet will include the hospital’s signature hot chicken salad, ham and cheese sandwiches, a variety of sweet and savory salads, beverages and desserts. For more information on the Salad Luncheon or to make group reservations, contact Hope Hrabik at (920) 373-5774.

In support of the Partner’s Salad Luncheon on Feb. 13, employees of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will host the Love Basket Silent Auction in the HSHS St. Clare Assisi Room from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the same day.

“The joint events are open to the public; bring your family and friends,” said Dawn Coppens, chairperson for the events. “Not only can you enjoy a delicious salad luncheon, you can shop for that special Valentine gift or a basket just for you. It’s a fun day for all!”

Themes for baskets vary from year to year. Popular baskets from previous years have included I Love the Packers, I Love Wine, I Love Gardening and I Love Birds. In addition to the silent auction for the baskets, raffle tickets are sold for love-themed bucket raffles. Bidding on the Love Baskets and raffle ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. For more information about the Love Basket Silent Auction or to donate a basket, call Lisa Terry at (920) 848-6348.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Partners, which raises money for health care improvements at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

A new year is a popular time to make a change for the better.

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A new year is a popular time to make a change for the better.

1. Be realistic. The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make it unattainable. If your resolution is to eat healthy, start by eliminating one unhealthy food from your diet, instead of all unhealthy foods.

2. Keep resolutions to a minimum. Pick one or two specific resolutions and set reachable goals for them. Starting small with resolutions increases the likelihood of success.

3. Create a game plan and track it. Using a calendar or journal to monitor those few, challenging goals will dramatically improve your success rate.

4. Have a support system. Tell family members and friends about your resolution. Sharing your goals with others gives you more confidence and a higher level of accountability. If your resolution starts to waiver, others can help keep you motivated.

5. Stick to it. It takes approximately 21 days for a new activity, such as exercising, to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. Take one day at a time and don’t quit.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health recommend resolutions that focus on improving health, and, offer some tips on maintaining those resolutions throughout the year.

250 new toys at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, members of the Triple C Riders dropped off more than 250 new toys at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls to be distributed throughout the year to children who are being cared for, or, have a loved one being cared for at the hospital.

Matt Astleford, manager of the HSHS St. Clare Foundation, greeted the Triple C Riders upon their arrival Wednesday, and thanked them for their generous donation.

“HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is immensely grateful to the Triple C Riders and all who donated to their toy drive this year,” said Matt. “These toys will provide great joy and comfort to children in our hospital at a time they may need it most.”

The Triple C Riders are a non-profit organization designed to support the needs of Marinette, Menominee and Oconto Counties. They have been coordinating a toy drive for the last 8 years and donate to three hospitals in the area, including HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, each year around Christmastime.