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Hospital Sisters Health System Receives 2018 “Most Wired” Award

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), which has four hospitals in Northeast Wisconsin, has received a 2018 Most Wired award for the second consecutive year from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Hospital Sisters Health System’s Northeast Wisconsin locations 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.

Hospitals and health systems at the forefront of using health care IT to improve the delivery of care have maximized the benefits of foundational technologies and are embracing new technologies that support population management and value-based care. The most successful organizations not only adopt technology but apply it strategically to achieve great outcomes, according to an analysis of the CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired survey results.

HealthCare’s Most Wired, now in its 20th year, traditionally tracked the adoption of health care IT in hospitals and health systems. CHIME took over the Most Wired program and revised the survey questions and methodology this year to highlight strengths and gaps in the industry. The goal is to identify best practices and promote the strategic use of health care IT to elevate the health and care of communities around the world.

In addition to designating HSHS for 2018 Most Wired recognition, CHIME made a report based on an analysis of survey results available today.

“We’re proud that our innovative and knowledgeable IT team at HSHS is always taking steps to bring more advanced technology to our patients in clinics and hospitals,” said Mary Starmann-Harrison, HSHS President and CEO. “We have integrated technology into every part of our health system, from patient care to administrative operations. We are honored to have received this recognition twice.”

The report found two key areas that emerged in 2018: the use of foundational technologies such as integration, interoperability, security and disaster recovery; and the use of transformational technologies to support population health management, value-based care, patient engagement and telehealth. These foundational pieces need to be in place for an organization to leverage tools to effectively transform health care.

“Healthcare IT has the potential to revolutionize care around the world, but to meet that potential it must be used strategically,” said Russell Branzell, CHIME President and CEO. “The technology is important, but leadership and a strategic vision are equally important. The diversity of the organizations that earned Most Wired status this year shows quality care can be achieved almost anywhere under the right leadership. By sharing the best practices in Most Wired, we hope quality care will one day be available everywhere.”

The report findings fell into the two categories of foundational and transformational technologies.

Highlights under foundational technologies include:

  • 94 percent of participants used integrated clinical application suites and 86 percent used remote published applications.
  • About three-fourths send blood glucose, bedside blood pressure, bedside pulse oximetry and EKG data directly to the EHR but only 25 percent send data directly from IV pumps and 10 percent from in-bed scale.
  • Almost all physicians have electronic access to the EHR and other resources but only half have access to these resources using mobile applications.
  • 94 percent can consume data in some form from a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) and 97 percent can contribute to a CCD but only 60 percent can consume discrete data with a home health agency or a skilled nursing home.
  • Only 29 percent report having a comprehensive security program in place.
  • Nearly all use firewalls, dispose devices containing personal health information properly and secure mobile devices with passwords but many lack other fundamental authentication and safeguarding procedures.
  • 68 percent believe they could restore operations within 24 hours if a disaster caused complete loss of their primary data center.

Highlights under transformational technologies include:

  • 76 percent can perform retroactive analysis for care improvement and cost reduction but only 43 percent can manage bundled payments or do real-time identification and tracking of value-based care conditions.
  • 57 percent use clinical and billing data as well as health information exchanges to identify gaps in care.
  • Most provider organizations’ population health strategies target diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, heart disease and hypertension but few target behavioral health, sickle cell anemia and end-stage renal disease.
  • For patient engagement, 81 percent report capabilities like email and more than half offer satisfaction surveys; 67 percent offer secure email exchange with a member of home care team and 38 percent offer virtual patient visits.
  • Most offer conveniences such as requesting a prescription renewal or paying a bill through a patient portal; 90 percent offer a mobile patient portal; and nearly all offer access to test results and visit summaries.
  • 89 percent offer some form of telehealth service, but few offer focused telehealth services such as genetic counseling or rehabilitation.
  • About half use ePrescribing for controlled substances and 48 percent have their ePrescribing module connected to a prescription drug monitoring program.

In recent years, HSHS has made a concerted effort to leverage technology to give patients several treatment options, which is especially critical in small, rural communities when seconds count. For instance, the Telestroke programs at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital provide quick access to neurology specialists that may be more than 100 miles away.

“Our technology initiatives have strived to focus on patient-centered and patient-first care,” Dr. Ray Gensinger, HSHS Chief Information Officer, said. “Technologies have enabled us to serve patients and deliver safer, high-quality health care like never before. Our efforts are cost-effective and convenient for the patients and care providers.”

CHIME is an executive organization with more than 2,700 members in 51 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org 

HPV Vaccine Presentation and Community Discussion

HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Centers will present an informational workshop on the HPV vaccine on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the YWCA Greater Green Bay.

The Nov. 14 event presented by HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Centers is designed to answer important questions about the HPV vaccine, such as:

  • Why should it be given?
  • Who should it be given to and when?
  • Does it work and is it safe?
  • How is the cost of the vaccine covered?

The presentation will be led by Leighann Heling, RN, BSN, and nurse navigator at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Centers. It is free and open to the community.

HPV Vaccine Community Discussion

  • 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14
  • YWCA Greater Green Bay – 230 S. Madison St. in Green Bay
  • Registration is requested by visiting: www.stvincenthospital.org/HPV

HPV, short for “human papillomavirus,” is transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact. According to the CDC, 80 percent of people will get an HPV infection in their lifetime. In some cases, HPV can also lead to cancer. The CDC reports HPV causes 33,700 cancers in men and women each year in the United States. HPV vaccination can prevent most of the cancers from ever developing. To learn more, visit: www.cdc.gov/hpv

Tips on Choosing a 2019 Health Insurance Plan

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 and Prevea Health are proud to accept a wide variety of health insurance plans to better serve their patients’ and communities’ health care needs.

The HSHS hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin and Prevea Health recommend the following tips when reviewing health insurance plan options:

  • Learn if the insurance plan limits your access to certain doctors or hospitals. Doctors, hospitals and other providers may be in one of the company’s provider networks, but not in others.
  • Be sure to review the number of primary care physicians and specialists available to you within the health insurance plan, and the geographic locations of those physicians and specialists.

Below is a current list of the most common health insurance plans accepted by HSHS St. Vincent, St. Mary’s, St. Nicholas and St. Clare Memorial Hospitals, and Prevea Health.

Commercial

  • Arise Health Plan (excludes About Health Network)
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
    • Blue Access, Traditional PPO, Blue Preferred HMO/POS (excludes Blue Priority)
  • Choicecare Network
  • Cigna HealthCare – Open Access, OAPlus and PPO
  • HealthEOS Network
  • Health Payment Systems (HPS)
  • Humana – PPO, HMO/POS/NPOS and Humana Preferred Network (HPN) (excludes Humana Value Network)
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Multiplan – Beechstreet and PHCS Savility
  • Network Health Plan
  • NorthCentral Employees Healthcare Alliance (NEHA)
  • Prevea360 Health Plan
  • Sheboygan Employers Health Network (SEHN)
  • Three Rivers Provider Network (TRPN)
  • Trilogy Health Network
  • Tricare
  • United HealthCare (UHC) – HMO/PPO, Options PPO
  • WEA Insurance – Trust, Trust Preferred, PPP, WEA Provider Network
  • WPS – Statewide PPO

Medicare – Traditional and the following Medicare Advantage Plans

  • Anthem BC MediBlue Medicare Advantage
  • Humana Choice Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Network Health Medicare Advantage
  • Prevea360/Dean Health Medicare Advantage
  • United HealthCare Medicare Advantage
    • AARP Medicare Complete, UHC Medicare Solutions, UHC Community Plan

Medicaid – Traditional and the following Medicaid HMO Plans

  • Anthem BC
  • Badgercare
  • Children’s Community Health Plan (CCHP)
  • Care WI First
  • Group Health of Eau Claire
  • Managed Health Services
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Trilogy Health
  • United HealthCare Community Plan
  • WI Medicaid for SSI

ACA Exchange Plans (http://www.healthcare.gov/)

  • Molina Healthcare
    • Open enrollment is Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2018

More information can be obtained by calling the HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division Business Office at (920) 433-8122, or the Prevea Health Business Office at (920) 496-4775.

Northeast Wisconsin Families in Need to be Presented “Best Christmas Ever”

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of Best Christmas Ever, a non-profit organization aimed at providing families in need an unforgettable Christmas experience, is looking for nominations of local families deserving of this once-in-a-lifetime gift.

Best Christmas Ever partners with business leaders and communities to lift up families who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own by providing them the ultimate Christmas. Gifts provided to the families depend on their needs and can range from everyday necessities, to appliances, services or money to cover bills such as medical expenses, groceries and vehicle repairs.

Best Christmas Ever, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in Minnesota in 2011, surprised 100 families across the country last year and gave additional help to 200 others. The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of Best Christmas Ever was established in 2017, when members surprised a family in need in Manitowoc. This year, they hope to bless at least five families in Northeast Wisconsin.

“Our purpose is to make a long-lasting impact on families that have come upon hard times, and to truly change their lives for the better,” said Justin Spettel, leader of the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of Best Christmas Ever. “It’s an amazing experience for everyone involved, and now, we need Northeast Wisconsin’s help in nominating families deserving of a Best Christmas Ever in 2018.”

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of Best Christmas Ever is taking nominations for families in need now through Thursday, Nov. 15.  Nominations can come from people in the community, or friends, relatives or co-workers of families in need; however, families cannot nominate themselves. To nominate a family, please visit: http://www.bcemovement.org/nominate-a-family

To see first-hand how Best Christmas Ever touches the lives of families, watch the short video posted on the organization’s web site, http://www.bcemovement.org/. For more information on the nomination process or to learn about how you can help, please contact Justin Spettel at (920) 750-8176 or Justin@coreinsurance365.com.

Oconto Falls High School Presents The Sound of Music

The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical.  When a postulant proves too high-spirited for religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain.  Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry.  Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy.  The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.  The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.

The cast includes Andrea Waschbisch as Maria Rainer, Keith Van Dornick as Captain Georg Von Trapp, Aidan Spillane as Max Detweiller, Catelyn Kramer as Elsa Schraeder, and Connor Romandine as Rolf Gruber.  The Von Trapp children include Lyndsey Luebke as Liesl, Aaron Gonnering as Friedrich, Khloe Van Dornick as Louisa, Alex Waschbisch as Kurt, McKenzie Jackson as Brigitta, Autumn Canavera as Marta, and Jessica Wolford as Gretl. Paige Stapleton portrays Mother Abbess, with Cameron Mercier as Sister Berthe, Isabella Rennie as Sister Margaretta, and Cedar Olson as Sister Sophia.  Nuns and Postulants in the chorus include Novalee Bauer, Madeline Dorn, Lydia Romback, Lauryn Slade, Grace Williams, Carina Wirtley, and Haley Schwantes, who also portrays Frau Schmidt and Ursula.  The cast also includes Simon Pumplun as Herr Zeller, Dakota Brungraber as Franz and a soldier, and Josh Czerwinski as Admiral von Schreiber and Baron Elberfeld.  The pit band for the production includes Melody Kostreva on piano, Laurie Karnopp on synthesizer & strings, Victoria Athey on flute/piccolo, Samantha Landvick on clarinet, Kayle Hines on soprano saxophone, Greg Schliep, Emily Gonnering, and Gabby Wellnitz on trumpet, Kelly Hasselhuhn and Carli Fischer on French horn, Danny Smith and Maddie Haines on trombone, Paul Langlay on tuba, Jerry Wirtley on string bass, and Jeremy Seelig on percussion.   This year’s set construction crew includes Alex Barbin, Jacob Saari, David Kaczmarek, and Chase Pecha.  Technical/Backstage crew includes Paige Renier and Emma Bliskey as stage managers, Cade Ruthsack, Allison Gerlach, Donovan Kamke, John Wolford, and Gayle Gander.

Directors for THE SOUND OF MUSIC are Amy Thiel (Vocals/Technical/Set & Props), Susan Seidl (Drama/Technical/Set & Props), Victoria Dominguez (Pit Band), and David Heisel (Construction).  Laura Kostreva is the choreographer.

Several OFHS parent volunteer teams have also assisted with the production, including:  Carrie Romandine and Pam Jackson – raffle team coordinators;
Dwyla Slade and Nikki Stapleton – publicity team coordinators; Ron Romandine and Kris Luebke – prop team coordinators; Carolyn Kramer and Wendy Van Dornick – Saturday evening reception team; and Michelle and Mary Dorn – Seamstress team. Additional parent/community team volunteers include Bev Schwantes, Sue Waschbisch, Patrick and Julie Spillane, Mike Stapleton, Sue Gonnering, Jerry and Krista Wirtley, Paul Luebke, Erika Bauer, Heather Rennie and Bev Umentum.

2018 Performances will be held on:
Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m.
Friday, November 2 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 4 at 2 p.m.
All performances will be held at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center, located at Oconto Falls High School, 210 North Farm Road, Oconto Falls.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children/students are available in the OFHS Main Office between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily.  Tickets will also be available 1 hour before each performance at the door.  All seats are General Admission.  Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Community Halloween Party a Success

The Oconto Falls High School Music Department was proud to sponsor the 29th annual Community Halloween Party for children in Oconto Falls and the surrounding areas on Monday, October 22.

                             

Over 300 children in grades Pre-school through grade six attended the event, which was held in the OFHS Wrestling gym.  Many creative games were organized, designed and operated by over 120 high school students who represented the OFHS Music Department and members of the OFHS Chamber Singers, Cantabile, Chorale, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band.  Children and adults generously donated hundreds of canned food items for the Kingdom Come Food Pantry as part of their admission.  Special thanks to area businesses and individuals who made donations toward this safe and fun event for our area children.

Participating area businesses, organizations, and individuals joining the OFHS Music Department in donating toward the event were the following:  ORGANIZATIONS— American Legion Eick-Sankey Post 302, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 302, OFHS Art Department, OFHS Band, OFHS Choir, Oconto Falls Lions Club and the Oconto Falls Police Department; INDIVIDUALS— Terry Bitters, Joe and Monica Gostisha, Tom and Karen Lutz, Don and Judy Osborne, and Terry and Bev Umentum; BUSINESSES—BMO Harris Bank, The Antique Bar, Coachlight Inn,  Flower Shoppe II, Hometown Veterinary Clinic, Howard Eslien Law Office, Jones Funeral Service, Luisier Drilling, Inc., Metzler-Hanson Realty, Mortell Studio, N.E.W. Credit Union, Oconto Electric Cooperative,  Senn Hometown Insurance, Spaulding Construction, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, United True Value, and Witt’s Piggly Wiggly.  MEDIA SUPPORT was appreciated from the Oconto County Times Herald, Oconto Reporter, WOCO Radio, Chamber of Commerce, Roger Birr, and Bill Koehne.  Amy Thiel, OFHS Choral Director and Victoria Dominguez, OFHS Band Director are extremely proud of the Choir and Band student involvement and dedication to this outstanding community event.

The OFHS Music Department continues to sponsor the “Community Halloween Party” with area businesses as their way of saying “thank you” to the community for their tremendous support of music activities throughout the year!

Spiritual Care Week is Oct. 21 – 27

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls recognizes Spiritual Care Week – a time to honor those who serve in various ministries and provide spiritual healing to others in need.

Spiritual Care Week, coming up Oct. 21 – 27, is sponsored by the Coalition on Ministry in Specialized Settings Network – a national organization of spiritual care providers, professionals, chaplains and a faith group endorser. The week-long observance recognizes the importance of spirituality and spiritual leaders as a part of the healing process.

“Spiritual caregivers make rounds to 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 and Mission Integration for HSHS Wisconsin and Door County Medical Center. “During times of illness, knowing someone cares brings a sense of healing and hope to the sick and their families. They offer support and education, share prayers and simply listen to patients.”

Each day, spiritual caregivers are invited into the life experiences of women, men, children and organizations. Spiritual Care Week provides an opportunity for the community to recognize chaplains and spiritual care counselors, educators and providers for bringing many gifts to the process of restoration to patients, young and old.

“Spiritual Care Week is a wonderful time to recognize those providing spiritual care within our community,” says Salm. “We honor the work of our hospital chaplains during this week, but also the work of the many other clergy and spiritual leaders throughout the area who faithfully come to be with their parishioners during hospital stays.”

All those who provide spiritual care to others, regardless of faith tradition, whether clergy or not, those who give spiritual care in specialized settings such as hospitals, prisons, businesses, industries, long-term care facilities, spiritual 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.

 

Gala to Benefit St. Gianna Clinic in Green Bay Nov. 6

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the St. Gianna Clinic, in collaboration with the Green Bay Diocesan Office of Marriage, Family Life and Pro-Life, will host the 4th Annual Gala at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay.

The evening gala will feature Mass with Bishop David L. Ricken, a social with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, and speakers, Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla and Dr. Teresa Stanton Collett. The event will benefit the St. Gianna Clinic, a not-for-profit, Catholic-based health care clinic located at 1727 Shawano Ave. in Green Bay. It was established in 2015 and offers primary medical care for adults and children, women’s care and natural family planning services. All medical care provided at the St. Gianna Clinic aligns with the teachings of the Catholic Church and serves people of all faiths.

The St. Gianna Clinic is named after St. Gianna Beretta Molla who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2004 and is considered the patron saint of mothers, physicians and unborn children. St.

Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla

Gianna, a physician, died in 1962 following the birth of her fourth child, Gianna Emanuela Molla. During her pregnancy, St. Gianna was diagnosed with a tumor in her uterus and told by doctors she risked death if she followed through with the birth of her child. Intent on saving the life of her unborn child, St. Gianna chose to continue her pregnancy and died one week after the birth of her daughter. That daughter, Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla (pictured at right), will be a featured speaker at the gala Nov. 6.

“It is with deep-felt honor and gratitude that we are able to welcome Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla to the city of Green Bay and to the gala,” said Dr. Robin Goldsmith, the co-founder, president and chief medical officer of the St. Gianna Clinic in Green Bay. “She will be able to see and learn first-hand, the lifesaving, life-changing work our clinic and our wonderful physicians perform each day in the name and honor of her mother and of the Catholic Church.”

Dr. Teresa Stanton Collett, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota who specializes in the subjects of marriage, religion and bioethics, will also speak at the gala. Her presentation will focus on “Thinking Outside the Pill: Humanae Vitae for the Next Generations.” In addition, Bishop David Ricken’s Mass at the gala will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae – Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on God’s plan for married love and procreation.

Gala attendees will also have the opportunity learn more about the expansion project underway at St. Gianna Clinic, which aims to create more space and enhance services for its growing patient base.

All details for the upcoming gala can be found below. Tickets are $10 for students and $25 for adults. Registration is requested by Monday, Oct. 29 at: www.stmgb.org/gala

St. Gianna Clinic 4th Annual Gala
Tuesday, Nov. 6
5:30 p.m. – Mass with Bishop David Ricken
6 p.m. – Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
7:15 p.m. – Guest speakers: Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla and Dr. Teresa Stanton Collett
Meyer Theatre – 117 South Washington St., Green Bay

Prevea Offers Vaccine Clinics and Tips to Fight the Flu

Flu season will soon be underway, and Prevea Health is encouraging community members to get a flu shot, as it is the most important step in preventing the disease.

The flu shot fights a different group of flu viruses each year; therefore, it’s important to be vaccinated yearly. Flu shots are especially important for young children, pregnant women, people age 65 and older, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease. Yearly flu shots should begin soon after the flu vaccine is available, ideally by October. However, getting vaccinated later in the season can still be beneficial, as flu viruses may still be circulating.

Prevea Health is now offering flu vaccines at all locations across Northeast Wisconsin, including in the Green Bay, Lakeshore and Northern regions. Click here for locations and hours, or visit: www.prevea.com
Call (920) 496-4700 to schedule an appointment.

To further prevent the spread of the flu and in addition to receiving the flu shot:

  • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash hands with hot water and soap often, especially before you eat. Or, use alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that may harbor flu germs.
  • Eat a balanced diet to keep your immune system healthy.
  • Get enough exercise.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting. If you or someone you know may have the flu, stay home, treat the fever and contact your health care provider if necessary.

Community Halloween Party Set for October 22

The Oconto Falls High School Choir and Band are proud to sponsor the 29th Annual Community Halloween Party for children in Pre-school through grade six on Monday, October 22, 2018.  The event will be held in the OFHS Wrestling Gym from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  A parade of costumes will take place at 5:30 p.m. so be sure to dress in your favorite costume!

Many fun and exciting “ghoulish” games will be designed and operated by the OFHS music students!  Prizes for the games will include candy and a variety of other donated items.

Admission is $3.00 per person.  Donated canned food items will also be collected at the Community Halloween Party entrance for the Kingdom Come Food Pantry.  Please enter using the side doors (Guidance Office) of Oconto Falls High School.

Businesses and individuals that wish to make donations for door prizes or monetary donations toward the purchase of candy are asked to send donations to:  OFHS Music Department Halloween Fund, Att:  Amy Thiel, Choral Director, 210 North Farm Road, Oconto Falls, WI  54154

Join us for another exciting community event!