Monthly Archives: October 2017

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Warm Winter Clothing Drive

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invites local communities to participate in its Warm Winter Clothing Drive by dropping off new or gently-used, and clean, coats and clothing. All will be donated to Kingdom Come Food Pantry in Oconto Falls, which serves as many as 200 families in need each week.

Hospital colleagues and community members can place their donated items in the collection boxes set outside the cafeteria and imaging department inside HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Donations will be collected through Monday, Nov. 6. Coats and clothing of all sizes are needed.

According to www.onewarmcoat.org, a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Children have a harder time learning, and adults can’t work as effectively. For the nearly 15-percent of Americans living in poverty, a warm coat could solve these problems.

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.