Prevea, Hospitals Launch Mobile 3-D Mammography Unit

Now taking appointments in communities throughout Northeast Wisconsin

Green Bay – Prevea Health and Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) – Eastern Wisconsin Division are pleased to announce the launch of a 3-D and digital, mobile mammography unit to provide residents in rural areas greater access to breast health screenings.

The mobile mammography unit is now traveling on a regular basis to Prevea Health centers in Kewaunee, Luxemburg, Manitowoc, Shawano, Pulaski, Seymour, Oconto, Marinette, Gillett, Mountain and Lena – with additional locations to be added in the future. Appointments can be made now by calling (888) 277-3832.

“High-quality health care, especially preventive health services and screenings should never be difficult for anyone to find,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO of Prevea Health. “It should be readily available and close to home when you need it – and that is why we’re here. This is state-of-the-art technology on wheels that, with just some gas in the tank, can provide life-saving care to communities all across Northeast Wisconsin.”

The mobile mammography unit is equipped with mammography technology that has the capability to provide 3-D and/or digital images. It also features two changing rooms and a waiting room, and is staffed by a registered mammography technologist.

“Mammograms provide us an X-ray image of the breast, which can help us detect any tumors or other abnormalities,” said Brittany Demeuse, certified mammographer at Prevea Health who cares for patients in the mobile mammography unit. “They play a key role in the detection of breast cancer, a disease in which an estimated 266,120 women have already been diagnosed with this year alone, according to the National Cancer Institute. If we can catch cancer early with a mammogram, it is likely more treatable. Mammograms can even help us detect some forms of cancer before they develop.”

All women should talk with their health care provider about the appropriate timing for screening mammograms, especially women who are age 40 or at high-risk. A schedule will be based upon an individual’s health. At age 40, any woman may wish to begin regular screening mammograms. By age 45, women should have a screening mammogram and continue to have one at least every other year.

The mobile mammography unit was purchased with funds that were donated by private donors to HSHS St. Vincent/St. Mary’s Foundation – the philanthropic, charitable arm of HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay. HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center are part of HSHS – Eastern Wisconsin Division, which also includes HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

“As a not-for-profit health care system, we rely on donations to help us enhance the care that we provide – whether it be through the addition of new services or the purchase of new technology and equipment, such as the mobile mammography unit,” said Therese Pandl, President and CEO of HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division. “We are immensely grateful to the donors who made the purchase of this unit possible and are honored to partner with Prevea to deploy it into communities throughout Northeast Wisconsin.”

To learn more about the mobile mammography unit, visit:

Oconto Falls Students Receive WSMA Exemplary Awards

(Row 1 – L to R) Alex Kamke, Camden Jackson, Hunter Ryczek, Hunter Schaden, Aidan Spillane (Row 2 – L to R) Keith VanDornick, Connor Romandine, Colter McCormick, Ethan Winkler, and Gustav Frisack

The Wisconsin School Music Association announced in May, 2018 that the Oconto Falls High School Ensemble CHORALE has earned the WSMA EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE AWARD. The men, representing grades 9-12, sang the three-part (TTB) selection BALLGAME by Albert Von Tilzer, a song based on the popular tune Take Me Out To the Ballgame. This ensemble earned a State First and a perfect score at the UW-Green Bay State Festival, as well as earned a State First on their 4-part (TTBB) performance of Fergus ‘N Molly by Vijah Singh.
“I am so proud of these amazing student musicians!  They absolutely love to perform and share their enthusiasm for singing everywhere they go!”, commented OFHS Choral Director, Amy Thiel.
This is the first year that the WSMA has included ensembles to be eligible for the honor as top exceptional performances at the WSMA State Solo and Ensemble Festival.


Garrett Wons, son of Bill and Suzie Wons, was recently the recipient of the WSMA Exemplary Soloist Award at the UW-Green Bay State Solo and Ensemble Festival.  Garrett plays alto saxophone and is a junior at Oconto Falls High School.
This is the second year in a row that he has been selected as an exemplary soloist!  He is a member of the Oconto Falls High School Band and will be performing with Wisconsin’s Ambassadors of Music European Tour Band this summer.

Dr. Stacee Goedtel Birr Now Seeing Patients in Gillett

Dr. Stacee Goedtel Birr

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health are pleased to announce that Dr. Stacee Goedtel Birr, a board-certified family medicine physician, is now seeing patients at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Gillett Health Center, located at 340 N. Green Bay Ave. in Gillett.

Dr. Goedtel Birr also continues to see patients at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center, located at 835 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls.

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.

“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.”

Appointments with Dr. Goedtel Birr in Gillett can be made by calling (920) 855-2823, and appointments in Oconto Falls can be made by calling (920) 846-8187.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke Be Fast
“BE FAST” in recognizing signs, symptoms of stroke

Stroke, a disease that affects arteries leading to and within the brain, is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. A stroke can happen to anyone at any age – men and women of all ages and races.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls encourages everyone to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of stroke, as early recognition and treatment of stroke are crucial to preventing disability and death. Signs and symptoms of stroke can include: sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance; and sudden severe headache without a known reason.

An easier way to remember stroke signs and symptoms is to think of the phrase/acronym, BE FAST:

B – Balance difficulty
E – Eye changes

F – Face drooping
A – Arm weakness
S – Speech slurred
T – Time to call 911

There are numerous risk factors for stroke including age, genetics, gender and race, which cannot be controlled. However, there are several factors that increase the risk the stroke and can be controlled, including:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Alcohol consumption and illegal drug use
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Abnormal cholesterol

The stroke team at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital provides rapid access to stroke care with specialty expertise and written care protocols to provide individualized attention for patients. Click here to learn more.

Oconto Falls High School Musicians Excel at State Solo and Ensemble Festival

The Oconto Falls High School Choir and Band students recently participated in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival held at UW-Green Bay on May 5, 2018. 32 events received State Firsts and 7 events received State Seconds.

OFHS student musicians also received the honor of being selected as WSMA Exemplary Performers, recognizing them as one of the top exceptional performances in the entire State Festival! Congratulations to Chorale TTBB Ensemble members Gustav Frisack, Keith VanDornick, Camden Jackson, Alex Kamke, Colter McCormick, Connor Romandine, Hunter Ryczek, Aidan Spillane, Hunter Schaden and Ethan Winkler for their performance of BALLGAME and to Garrett Wons for this Alto Saxophone solo.

Congratulations to all of these fine musicians! Results were as follows:

Hailey Ferfecki, vocal solo
Lyndsey Luebke, vocal solo
Laken Wall, vocal solo
Autumn Canavera, vocal solo
Mackenzie Staidl, vocal solo
Cedar Olson, vocal solo
Charis Wirtley, vocal solo
Camden Jackson, vocal solo
Alex Kamke, vocal solo
Keith VanDornick, vocal solo
Ethan Winkler, vocal solo
Gustav Frisack, vocal solo
Garrett Wons, alto saxophone solo – WSMA EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE AWARD
Mackenzie Staidl, musical theater solo
Charis Wirtley, musical theater solo
Aliza Dickinson, musical theater solo
Camden Jackson, musical theater solo
Alex Kamke, musical theater solo
Autumn Canavera & Isabella Rennie, vocal duet
Charis Wirtley & Mackenzie Staidl, vocal duet
Andrea Waschbisch-Spang & Hailey Ferfecki, vocal duet
Camden Jackson & Ethan Winkler, vocal duet
Andrea Waschbisch-Spang & Camden Jackson, vocal duet
Delani Romback, Garrett Wons, saxophone duet
Natalie Olson, Delani Romback, Garrett Wons, saxophone trio

Chorale TTB Miscellaneous Vocal Ensemble: Gustav Frisack, Keith VanDornick, Camden Jackson, Alex Kamke, Colter McCormick, Connor Romandine, Hunter Ryczek, Aidan Spillane, Hunter Schaden, and Ethan Winkler – WSMA EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE AWARD

SSATB Madrigal – Hunter Ryczek, Hailey Ferfecki, Andrea Waschbisch-Spang, Lyndsey Luebke, Haley Schwantes, Megan Zielinski, Cedar Olson, Isabella Rennie, Mackenzie Staidl, Charis Wirtley, Keith VanDornick, Alex Kamke, Connor Romandine, Ethan Winkler, Gustav Frisack, Camden Jackson, and Aidan Spillane

Cantabile SSA Madrigal: Lindsey Schuster, Emma Bliskey,Autumn Canavera, Madeline Dorn, Diomaris Ortiz, Hope Hujet,Caitrin Lonzo, Cedar Olson, Lydia Romback, Lauryn Slade, and Trinady Vorpahl

Chamber Singers SSA Miscellaneous Vocal Ensemble: Aliza Dickinson, Erin Effenberger, Hailey Ferfecki, Faith Hujet, Flor Martinez-Mora, Amber Proctor, Lydia Murphy-Hendricks, Mackenzie Staidl, Andrea Waschbisch-Spang, and Laken Wall

Cantabile SSA Miscellaneous Ensemble: Isabella Rennie, Hope Hujet, Lyndsey Luebke, Cedar Olson, Elizabeth Olson, Diomaris Ortiz, Paige Renier, Lydia Romback, Haley Schwantes, and Tavia Westcott

Chorale TTBB Miscellaneous Vocal Ensemble: Camden Jackson, Ethan Winkler, Aidan Spillane, Hunter Schaden, Hunter Ryczek, Connor Romandine, Colter McCormick, Alex Kamke, Gustav Frisack, and Keith VanDornick

Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Ethan Winkler, Megan Zielinski, Hunter Ryczek, Hailey Ferfecki, Andrea Waschbisch-Spang, Lyndsey Luebke, Haley Schwantes, Cedar Olson, Isabella Rennie, Mackenzie Staidl, Charis Wirtley, Keith VanDornick, Alex Kamke, Connor Romandine, Gustav Frisack, Camden Jackson, and Aidan Spillane

Aliza Dickinson, vocal solo
Andrea Waschbisch-Spang, musical theater solo
Gustav Frisack, musical theater solo
Natalie Lubenske, alto saxophone solo
Sierra Seizyk, trombone solo
Chamber Singers SSAA Madrigal: Hailey Ferfecki, Aliza Dickinson, Faith Hujet, Lydia Murphy-Hendricks, Mackenzie Staidl, Tianna Rowell-Brown, Paige Stapleton, Andrea Waschbisch-Spang, and Megan Zielinski

Chamber Singers SSA Miscellaneous Vocal Ensemble: Paige Stapleton, Isabella Behnke, Calisa Reyes, Tianna Rowell-Brown, Grace Williams, Megan Zielinski, and Charis Wirtley

Dash O.F. Color 5K Color – Less than one week to register!

Dash O.F. Color: Sat May 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.


Time to get your COLOR on! Early bird pricing ends May 14 for the Dash OF Color 5k fun run/walk! Hurry and register today to guarantee the best price PLUS your official Dash OF Color t-shirt and new this year… neon bandannas!
Don’t forget, there are family pricing discounts, group pricing discounts and prizes for costumes, the most colorful, largest team, etc. WIXX will be on-site providing the jams and of course we will cap the event off with the always exciting color explosion!
Be a part of covering Oconto Falls in neon color Sat. May 26! Register NOW!

Dash O.F. Color
Oconto Falls, WI
Sat. May 26 2018

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HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Recognizes Hospital Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

Oconto Falls – In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 15 – 21, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital recognizes the hard work, dedication and compassion of its volunteers.
In 2017, 39 volunteers put in a total of 4,705 volunteer hours for HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. They also coordinated eight fundraising projects and events to raise money to enhance services offered at the hospital. This included $10,000 for the purchase of new visitor chairs to be placed in patient rooms.
“We are incredibly blessed to have dedicated volunteers that partner with us to bring health, healing and hope to our patients at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital,” said Mary Ann Brunette, volunteer services manager for HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division. “Volunteers bring joy to our patients and to all of us daily!”
Those interested in becoming a volunteer at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital should contact Regina Boettcher, volunteer services facilitator, at (920) 838-6348 or

About HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital serves Oconto Falls and the surrounding communities as a federally-designated critical access hospital with a 24-hour emergency department, urgent care, general, vascular and orthopedic surgical services, inpatient and outpatient surgical and diagnostic services, rehabilitation, oncology outpatient clinic and women’s care. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with Prevea Health, has six regional health center locations in Gillett, Lena, Mountain, Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Pharmacies are located in Gillett and Oconto Falls. Founded in 1921 as Community Memorial Hospital, in 2014, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital became the fourteenth hospital in Hospital Sisters Health System. As an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. For more information about St. Clare, visit

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

A Night in the Wild

Join us for a magical evening to celebrate
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and make a big 

impact in the lives of our patients!

Our 13th annual event will feature old-fashioned horse-drawn trolley rides, sumputious food, live entertainment, and amazing silent and live auction items with one-of-a-kind experiences.

Location: Reforestation Camp Lodge, 4418 Reforestation Rd, Green Bay, WI

Reception – 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Social ♦ Horse-drawn carriage ridesDinner – 6:30 p.m.
Opening remarks & blessing by Sister Annice McClure
Gourmet catered dinner from Chefusion ♦ Coffee & Dessert to follow

Donation Challenge and Live Auction – 7:30 p.m.
Video & Donation Challenge 
Conducted by Bill Jartz from WBAY

Ending of the Silent Auction 
$500 Wenz Home Furniture Drawing – 8:45 p.m.

Supernova Hoops Fire Performance – 9:00 p.m.

Cash Bar – 4:30 pm to Close

All proceeds will be used to turn a patient room at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital into a state-of-the-art place of healing.

Reserved your spot today – limited space available!

Tickets are $55 per person – pre-sale only (no at the door sales).

Please contact Matt Astleford at 920-433-8055 or for sponsorship opportunities or assistance.

Clothing Donations Needed to Help Stock St. Clare’s Closet

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is requesting donations of new or gently-used clean clothing to help stock the shelves of St. Clare’s Closet.

St. Clare’s Closet is located inside the hospital, and is stocked with clothing for people of all ages and sizes that can be provided to patients, free-of-charge in emergency situations.

“Patients don’t always have someone they can call to bring them clothing, and we want to be able to help in any way we can,” said Paula Bake, a Clinical Nurse Facilitator in the Emergency Department at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “St. Clare’s Closet is a wonderful resource and provides another opportunity for us to connect compassionately with our patients.”

Clothing donations are being accepted at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital through Friday, April 20. Donations of new or gently-used clean clothing can be placed in collection boxes located in the patient registration waiting room and outside the cafeteria. At this time, stretchy pants for men and women are most needed.

New Weight Loss Program Now Available in Oconto Falls

Prevea Health


Oconto Falls – Prevea Health is pleased to now offer Ideal Weigh at the Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center – Medical Services Building, located on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.
Ideal Weigh is a medically-supervised weight loss program that includes a diet low in carbohydrates and rich in healthy proteins. The Ideal Weigh program:
Uses Ideal Protein products, which promote fat loss while maintaining muscle mass.
Includes weekly weight checks, blood pressure, BMI and body measurement analysis.
Provides education to help you maintain your results.
Offers one-on-one personalized weight loss coaching.

“With the Ideal Weigh program, you also learn how to make better food choices for lifelong health, while also maintaining an optimal weight,” said Kari Jossart, APNP for the Ideal Weigh program. “I encourage those who are interested in learning about Ideal Weigh to attend one of our free workshops.”

Free, Ideal Weigh Workshops
April 16 and 23 at 1:00 p.m.
April 19 and 26 at 5:30 p.m.
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital – Assisi Room, 855 Main St., Oconto Falls
Register by calling (920) 431-1880

Learn more about Ideal Weigh by clicking here.

About Prevea Health
Prevea Health’s mission is to care for people with passion, pride, and respect. Founded in 1996, Prevea Health partners with HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, to provide access to more than 200 physicians in more than 60 specialty areas. Prevea has more than 80 locations throughout Northeast Wisconsin and Western Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley region. For more information, visit