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.

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.

Barefoot in the Park Auditions

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

Auditions will be held on April 9th and 9th 6pm-8pm at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St in Abrams
The play calls for various roles, both male and female 16 years or older
Schedules will be available at auditions- please bring your calendars

Barefoot in the Park runs June 15, 16, 17 and June 22, 23 and 24

For further information, please call the Box Office at 920-826-5852 or go to

Newcomers are encouraged to audition! Not interested in being on the stage? Please contact us for opportunities behind the scenes!

HSHS Hospitals Announce “Nurse of the Year”

Paula Bake, BSN, RN at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)-Eastern Wisconsin Division is pleased to announce Paula Bake, BSN, RN, who works in the Emergency Department at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, as the 2017 Nurse of the Year.

HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division hospitals 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. Each year, one nurse is chosen from within the Division as Nurse of the Year. Nurses nominate a nursing colleague from their unit, and those nominations are then reviewed by nursing leadership and HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division’s Professional Nurse Practice Council.

“Paula was chosen as the 2017 Nurse of the Year for the exceptional passion, quality and excellence she delivers in her nursing practice,” said Paula Hafeman, Chief Nursing Executive for HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division. “She goes above and beyond in demonstrating our organization’s core values of respect, care, competence and joy in her interactions with patients and their families.”

Paula Bake’s time with HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division began in 2000 working in the cardiac care unit at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. She began working at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in 2006, known then as Community Memorial Hospital, and has been there since. “When working in a rural hospital, you get to know the patients in a more personal way, which helps to create a deeper level of respect for one another,” said Paula. “I love coming to work and serving this community.”

In addition to her nursing duties, Paula serves on various committees within HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division that aim to enhance patient care, safety and experience. She is also an active member of the Emergency Nursing Association, Regional Trauma Advisory Council and the State Trauma Advisory Council.

Paula is also significantly involved in community outreach on a professional and personal level. She offers monthly blood pressure screenings at her local parish; organizes clothing drives to replenish the St. Clare Closet at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital for patients in need; serves as a medical volunteer at the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; is Chair for the Oconto County Annual Community Health and Safety Fair; and, volunteers for the Feed My Starving Children organization.

The 2018 Nurse of the Year will be announced in early 2019.

Walleyes for Tomorrow 2017 banquet

Sportsmen and women are invited to an event dedicated to raising money for walleye habitat improvement, fishing education and youth fishing.

The Green Bay Walleyes for Tomorrow annual fundraising banquet is Friday, March 10, 2017, at the Stadium View, 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay. The fun begins at 5 p.m. when the doors open and the raffles and silent auction begins, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The Friday night fish fry buffet will feature baked and deep-fried cod, chicken and all the fixings.

Door prizes will be awarded, and guests have an opportunity to win raffle prizes including guns, fishing rods and wildlife prints, while supporting a campaign to improve walleye fishing in the area.

Dinner tickets are $20 per person. Corporate tables are $240 which includes 8 tickets, a free wildlife print and entry into a gun raffle open only to corporate tables.

All of the money raised at the banquet will be spent in the local area. The proceeds from last year’s event were used to help purchase a generator for a Department of Natural Resources shocking boat in Oconto County and to provide a fishing clinic for 4-H youth. At the clinic, 25 rod and reel combos were distributed to participants. WFT continues to raise money for a walleye habitat project on the Oconto River.

Order your tickets today at For more information about this event, please contact Bill Koehne at 920-826-5901.

Prevea Women’s Care Now in Oconto Falls

Prevea Health is pleased to announce it is now offering women’s care services at the Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center, 853 S. Main St., located in the Medical Services Building on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

Prevea Women’s Care at the Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center is an excellent choice for women of all ages looking for comprehensive care for pregnancy or for their general health, such as routine exams, tests and procedures. The Prevea Women’s Care team in Oconto Falls is comprised of an OB/GYN physician and four certified nurse midwives (CNM).

Meet the Prevea Women’s Care team in Oconto Falls:

Dr. Jennifer Milosavljevic is a board-certified and fellowship-trained OB/GYN physician specializing in preventive medicine and health maintenance; pregnancy care; high-risk pregnancies; abnormal pap smears; and minor and major gynecological surgery.

Marta Brace, CNM, specializes in routine OB/GYN care; midwifery care and natural childbirth; adolescent care; and preventive care/health maintenance. Marta is also a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). She is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

Natalie Larson, CNM, specializes in routine OB/GYN care; labor and delivery support and care in the hospital; health promotion; and contraceptive management, including insertion and removal of Nexplanon®. She is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board.

Rebecca Morrill, CNM, specializes in routine OB/GYN care; preconception care; labor and delivery support and care in the hospital; and contraceptive management. She is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the National Certification Corporation.

Mary Williams, CNM, specializes in routine OB/GYN care; contraception management, including IUD placement and Nexplanon®; postpartum care; breastfeeding and lactation consulting; menopause; and STDs. She is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board.

Patients can make an appointment with Dr. Milosavljevic, Marta, Natalie, Rebecca or Mary, by calling (920) 436-1360.

Love Basket Silent Auction

Love Basket
A variety of love-themed gift baskets were auctioned off at the Annual Love Basket Silent Auction, hosted by employees of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Gift basket themes included, “I Love Wine and Chocolate.”

On Thursday, February 9, the Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital hosted its annual Salad Luncheon in conjunction with the Love Basket Silent Auction, hosted by hospital employees.

The Salad Luncheon attracted 120 people, while a variety of love-themed baskets including I Love Movie Night, I Love Wine and Chocolates and I Love Valentine’s Day were auctioned off.  All of the proceeds from both fundraising efforts benefit HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. The funds will be used towards health care improvements at the hospital, as well as health care education scholarships for local students.

A variety of salads were featured at the Annual Salad Luncheon hosted by the Auxiliary of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

Front row L – R: Mary Lemmen, Auxiliary Treasurer; Pat Grenke, Auxiliary Volunteer; Hope Hrabik, Auxiliary President; Regina Boettcher, Volunteer Services Assistant at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital; Darlene Hodny, Auxiliary Volunteer. Back row L – R: Becky Schmidt, Auxiliary Volunteer; Sue Gutheridge, Auxiliary Volunteer; Debra Pecha, Auxiliary Volunteer; Corky Goodell, Auxiliary Volunteers.


Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts welcomes outstanding international performers on February 19!


2:00 PM
210 North Farm Road ∙ Oconto Falls ∙ WI

The Young Irelanders comprises eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song & dance running through their veins. Although still in their 20’s and 30’s, these performers have achieved more than most people would aspire to in a lifetime. Between them they have performed for many heads of state, Presidents of Ireland, US Presidents, the Queen of England, the President of China, Prince Albert of Monaco, Empress Michiko of Japan, performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the People in China, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the US Capitol Building, Fox Theatre in Detroit and the Pantages Theatre in L.A . The artists have also toured as lead performers with Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, been soloists on PBS Special’s, shared the stage with Bono, and have recorded with Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) and been chosen by Sting to perform for his exclusive private parties.

Order tickets online at

Sponsored by
Oconto Falls Friends of the Arts ∙ ST Paper ∙ N.E.W. Credit Union
∙ Neva Hodge Lemorande