March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Although colon cancer is a preventable and curable disease if caught early, it remains the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The experts at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health provide highly-effective screening, prevention and treatment of colon cancer.

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons recommends people at an average risk of getting colon cancer receive a colonoscopy beginning at age 50. Increased risk patients may need earlier and more frequent screening depending upon recommendation by a health care provider.

People at an increased risk for colon cancer include:

  • Those with a personal or family history of colorectal polyps or cancer
  • Those with a personal history of breast, uterine or ovarian cancer
  • Those with chronic ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease

In addition to regular screening for colon cancer, you may also be able to lower your risk by:

  • Avoiding foods in high fat
  • Adding plenty of vegetables, fruits and other high-fiber foods to your diet
  • Exercising regularly and maintaining a normal body weight
  • Not smoking
  • Drinking alcohol only in moderation

Warning signs of colon cancer can include:

  • Blood in or on the stool
  • Recurrent shifts in normal bowel habits such as experiencing diarrhea or constipation for no known reason
  • Thinning of the stool
  • Increases in stomach discomfort (bloating, gas, fullness and/or cramps that last more than a few days)
  • A feeling that the bowel does not empty completely
  • Weight loss for no known reason
  • Constant and unexplained fatigue

Those interested in recognizing Colon Cancer Awareness month are encouraged to wear blue for National Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 6. For more information about colon cancer screening, prevention and treatment, or to schedule an appointment, call (920) 429-1700.

An Important Message during American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health are committed to raising awareness about the symptoms of heart attacks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds in the United States. If you notice symptoms of a heart attack in yourself of someone else, call 9-1-1 immediately. The chances of survival are greater the sooner emergency treatment begins.

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 comfort

In addition to these symptoms, women are more likely to experience:

  • Unusual or unexplained tiredness
  • Nausau or vomiting

How cold weather may play a role:
Cold weather does not increase the risk of heart attack for the average healthy person, but it can be problematic for someone with underlying heart disease. Those with underlying heart disease may already have narrowing of the blood vessels. Cold weather, especially sub-zero temperatures, can cause the vessels to constrict even further, limiting blood flow to vital organs and potentially resulting in a heart attack.

For more information about heart attack and heart disease, please visit the “Heart Care” resources section of www.prevea.com. A podcast episode featuring Prevea interventional cardiologist, Dr. Todd Fergus, and his experiences in caring for those affected by heart attack, is also available now on Prevea Health’s new podcast, Plug In to Health on Apple, Spotify and www.prevea.com/podcast. Look for “Heart Attack: What You Need to Know.”

Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Annual Luncheon and Love Basket Raffle

Oconto Falls and surrounding communities are invited to the Annual Luncheon and Love Basket Raffle, hosted by the colleagues and Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital on Friday, Feb. 14 at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., in Oconto Falls.

The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the hospital’s dining room and will feature steak, shrimp, and a variety of sides, as well as coffee, milk and desserts. Tickets are $10 per person at the door. For more information, please contact Sue Allshouse at (920) 373-7685.

In support of the Annual Luncheon on Feb. 14, colleagues of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will host the Love Basket Raffle in the hospital’s Assisi Room from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the same day. A variety of themed baskets will be up for grabs! Popular baskets from previous years have included I Love the Packers, I Love Wine, I Love Gardening and I Love Birds. Those interested in donating a basket should contact Dawn Coppens at (920) 846-3444.

All proceeds from the Annual Luncheon and Love Basket Raffle will help the Partners support programs at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

OFHS Vocal Jazz shares the spirit of the holidays!

Pictured:
Row 1 -Autumn Canavera, Isabella Rennie, Haley Schwantes, Khloe Van Dornick
Row 2 -Emma Bliskey, Cedar Olsen, Santa, Lyndsey Luebke, Carina Wirtley
Row 3 – Connor Romandine, Alex Waschbisch, Hunter Schaden, Keith Van Dornick, Simon Pumplun, Aidan Spillane

The Oconto Falls High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble, with Director Amy Thiel, shared the spirit of the holidays throughout Northeast Wisconsin on December 12 as they performed festive music. Performances included Aurora BayCare in Green Bay, BayPark Square in Green Bay, and Meadowlands in Oconto Falls, as well as HSHS St. Clare Hospital, Witt’s Piggly Wiggly, United True Value, Burger King, Peterson Ford, and City Hall in Oconto Falls. OFHS graduate Eva Finke was the accompanist for the performances. Selections included holiday favorites Angels We Have Heard On High, Silent Night, Caroling Caroling, An Evening In December, and We Wish You a Merry Madrigal!

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Joins Oral Health Partnership to Help Underserved Children in Need of Dental Care

Children with complex dental needs and who are uninsured or underinsured will now have greater access to care thanks to a new collaboration between HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls and the Brown County-based Oral Health Partnership (OHP).

Oral Health Partnership, a nonprofit founded in Green Bay in 2005, provides underserved children living in Brown County and surrounding counties access to preventive, restorative and emergency dental services at no cost. It offers a school-based dental care program, three clinic locations throughout Green Bay, and partners with three Green Bay hospitals – including HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center – to provide treatment for complex dental conditions that require an operating room setting.

“This year, OHP is on track to serve more than 10,000 children and accommodate more than 20,000 dental appointments,” said Michael Schwartz, Executive Director at OHP. “The addition of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital to our partnership allows us to treat more children in need of hospital-based care. We are immensely grateful for their partnership, as well as the continued partnership of HSHS St. Vincent and St. Mary’s.”

In early 2018, the OHP wait list for those in need of hospital-based dental care was at more than 250 children. The recent addition of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital as an OHP partner has helped to reduce the current waiting list to approximately 50 children.

“Our hospital’s vision is to provide health, healing and hope to all we serve, and we are proud to join our sister-hospitals in Green Bay to assist the OHP in providing a service that is greatly needed for underserved children,” said Chris Brabant, President and CEO at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “Our partnership with OHP also means that children who live in our rural, northern communities and in need of this type of care can now access it closer to home.”

As an OHP partner, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital provides operating room space and the assistance of its surgical staff to OHP physicians at no cost to OHP or the patient. The nonprofit hospital also obtained a grant from Delta Dental of Wisconsin to purchase the surgical instruments for OHP physicians to perform the necessary procedures. Procedures may include the treatment of multiple cavities in young children, abscessed teeth and/or teeth extraction.

“In some cases, these complex dental conditions can be life-threatening, and that is why increasing access to this type of care is so important,” said Schwartz.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital also provides the services of Child Life Specialists for each child that comes to the hospital to have a dental procedure. Child Life Specialists are specially trained in helping put children who may be anxious about their procedure at ease.

Oral Health Partnership serves children ages 0 to 19. Those interested in learning more can call (920) 965-0831 or visit www.smilegb.org. Underinsured or uninsured adults in need of dental care may contact the N.E.W. Dental Clinic at (920) 272-9300.

Aaron Rodgers Signs Multi-Year Extension with Prevea Health

Prevea Health is pleased to announce a four-year contract extension with professional athlete, Aaron Rodgers, to support its health and wellness initiatives throughout eastern and western Wisconsin. Prevea (pronouncer: prev’AY-uh) and Rodgers began their official partnership in 2012.

“This relationship goes far beyond the idea of a celebrity serving as a spokesperson,” said Ashok Rai, MD, President and CEO, Prevea Health. “As one of the most respected athletes in the country, Aaron is truly passionate about improving the health and wellness of our communities. His commitment to our message and his ability to add his own personal twist comes from his own passion of improving the health and wellness of Wisconsin. We are proud to call him a member of the Prevea family.”

Most recently, Prevea and Rodgers launched an advertising campaign called Senses focusing on what healthy looks like, feels like and sounds like – recognizing that it looks, feels and sounds different to each person. In the commercials, Rodgers shares openly how these thoughts, with Prevea, can help people stay in tune with their health and happiness.

“When I think about my legacy and what I want to be remembered for, I want to know that at the end of the day I made an impact on the communities that have meant so much to me,” said Rodgers. “When I think about the past several years and my partnership with Prevea, I am able to look back at all the things we did together that made a difference to people’s health and wellness. We’ve been able to do some pretty incredible things and I look forward to continuing to build on that.”

Click on the following hyperlinks to watch Rodgers’ latest commercials with Prevea. These may be used for b-roll purposes, courtesy of Prevea Health:
What Healthy Looks Like
What Healthy Feels Like
What Healthy Sounds Like

The commercials air in the Green Bay, Wis. and La Crosse/Eau Claire, Wis. television markets.

‘My Fair Lady’ auditions set for Dec. 16-17

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will hold auditions Dec. 16-17 for its spring musical, “My Fair Lady,” to be presented March 20- 22 and 27-29. The musical calls for various roles, both male and female, 10 years and older.

Originally produced on Broadway in 1956, “My Fair Lady” is Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s most popular musical collaboration, earning nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show depicts the transformation of “guttersnipe” Eliza Doolittle, under the tutelage of Professor Henry Higgins. “My Fair Lady” is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark, a Concord Theatricals Company.

Individuals will have two opportunities to audition: 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, or 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. Callbacks are 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Individuals who audition should come prepared to sing a short selection of a song not from “My Fair Lady.” They can sing acapella or bring a CD or phone to play music. The auditions will also include a reading from the script and a group choreography number. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended.

For more information, visit AbramsSpotlightProductions.com or contact ASPI at 920-826-5852 or theater.aspi@gmail.com.

Love Lights Honor Loved Ones During Christmas Season

The Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invite the community to participate in Love Lights, an annual Christmas fundraiser.

With Love Lights, people can honor a loved one, a business or organization by having their name placed next to a lit Christmas tree that is on display at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital throughout the holiday season.

Proceeds from Love Lights will benefit various health care improvements at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, which is part of a not-for-profit, Catholic-based health care system. Order forms can be found in the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Welcome Center. They can be returned in-person, or mailed to:

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
Attn: Amber Just, Volunteer Services
855 S. Main St.
Oconto Falls, WI 54154

A blessing of the Love Lights tree will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls, with a social to follow.

OFHS Choirs Present Home for the Holidays XII on December 7

The Oconto Falls High School Choirs will be presenting HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS XII on Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center.  Pre-concert music will begin at 6:10 p.m. in the Commons Area.  The concert will feature the Chamber Singers, Cantabile, Chorale, Concert Choir, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

This year’s performances will include many holiday classics, including Angels We Have Heard On High, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, and the First Nowell.  The four choirs -Chamber Singers, Cantabile, Concert Choir and Chorale – will also join their voices to sing a collection of Alfred Burt carols, including Caroling, Caroling, All on A Christmas Morning, The Star Carol, and We’ll Dress The House.  The concert will also showcase the talents of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble singing Fum, Fum, Fum, A Very Merry Madrigal, and An Evening in December.  Many children’s favorites will be featured at this performance, including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and We Are Santa’s Elves. The concert will conclude with the traditional Candlelight Processional— O Holy Night, Silent Night, Away In A Manger, and Joy to the World.  Community members and alumni will again be asked to join the OFHS Choirs for the finale selection Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah

The concert is free and everyone is encouraged to attend this wonderful evening of holiday music!

Youth to Present ‘Elf the Musical Jr’ in Abrams

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. is spreading Christmas cheer with the comedy “Elf The Musical Jr.” Based on a 2003 hit movie, this fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. The show features an all-youth cast, songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, and a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

“Doing a musical based on a movie can be hit or miss,” Director Elizbeth Jolly said. “Including enough of the movie while adding music and deepening the emotions for the stage is not an easy task. Elf really hits the nail on the head. I mean, when you have a show-stopping number called “sparklejollytwinklejingley,” you know you’re going to be in for a good time.”

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and 14, and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 15, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. A limited number of tickets are available at AbramsTheater.com or by calling the box office, 920-826-5852.

Jolly said Elf contradicts the misconception that quality doesn’t matter in a kids’ show.

“I think that sells children short,” she said. “We are not just depending on their cuteness, although they are all adorable. The cast is intelligent, talented, and has put in a lot of work to make this a high quality, spectacular production.”

“Elf The Musical Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.