A Community Presentation about Human Trafficking

On Monday, April 22, local health and public safety experts will lead a community presentation at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital about human trafficking. Human trafficking is a widespread and evolving crime in the United States and abroad that affects both urban and rural communities.

“It is important for rural communities to get informed because we often assume our children and families are isolated from major crimes,” said Dr. Amy Romandine Kratz, a family medicine physician at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center. “Traffickers don’t discriminate geographically and some specifically target rural areas because they can often go undetected.”

Dr. Romandine Kratz along with Jamie Kuhn, Detective at the Oconto Falls Police Department and Oconto Falls School Resource Officer, and Shelby Mitchell, a Sex Trafficking Victim Advocate at Family Services Sexual Assault Center NE Wisconsin, will provide an educational presentation for the community to learn:

  • Human trafficking definitions and trends
  • Facts and statistics about human trafficking
  • How the human trafficking pandemic is impacting us locally
  • Human trafficking warning signs and risk factors
  • Importance of screening during doctor visits
  • Common misconceptions about human trafficking

Event Details

6 p.m. on Monday, April 22
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., Oconto Falls
Assisi Conference Rooms

The free event is open to adults, and teenagers and pre-teens age 12 and up with a parent or guardian present. Food and beverages will be provided. Registration is required online by April 15 at under “Classes, Groups & Events.” For more information, call (920) 848-6329.

“Choose Local” with HSHS Pharmacy and Prescription Services

Recent pharmacy closure announcements in Eastern Wisconsin may have some community members in search of a new way to access prescription medications. HSHS Pharmacy and Prescription Services locations provide high-quality, friendly service, and are locally-owned and operated by HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

HSHS Pharmacies, located in Oconto Falls and Gillett, provide prescription and over-the-counter medications; friendly, knowledgeable pharmacists and staff; a 24-hour, automated phone line to fill and refill prescriptions; and free mail delivery and email notifications to alert patients when prescriptions are ready. They also provide flu and other vaccinations.

HSHS Pharmacy – Oconto Falls

  • Inside HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St.
  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • (920) 846-8059

HSHS Pharmacy – Gillett

  • Inside Pat’s Market, 117 N. McKenzie St.
  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: Closed
  • (920) 848-6323

HSHS Prescription Services, located in Lena, Pulaski, Mountain and Oostburg, provide most of the same amenities as a pharmacy with the exception of an on-staff, in-person pharmacist. At HSHS Prescription Services locations, a pharmacist based at an HSHS Pharmacy location in Oconto Falls or Gillett will consult with patients via real-time, video technology. Pharmacy technicians are on staff in-person to assist patients, coordinate video consultation with the pharmacist and provide medications.

HSHS Prescription Services – Lena

  • Inside Prevea Lena Health Center, 200 S. Rosera St.
  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: Closed
  • (920) 829-6400

HSHS Prescription Services – Pulaski

  • Inside Prevea Pulaski Health Center, 940 S. St. Augustine St.
  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: Closed
  • (920) 272-3330

HSHS Prescription Services – Mountain

  • Inside Prevea Mountain Health Center, 14353 Hwy 32-64
  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: Closed
  • (715) 276-1600

HSHS Prescription Services – Oostburg

  • Inside Prevea Oostburg Health Center, 11 S. 10th St.
  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: Closed
  • (920) 564-5177

Most insurance plans are accepted at HSHS Pharmacy and HSHS Prescription Services locations. For more
information, visit:

Local High School Choir Students Perform in Treble Honors Choir

OFHS Choral Students: Seated – Laken Wall; Row 1 – Christina Bauer, Hope Hujet, Jesalynn Wilkerson, Madeline Dorn, Andrea Waschbisch, Mackenzie Staidl, Paige Stapleton; Row 2 – Charis Wirtley, Carina Wirtley, Autumn Canavera, Emma Bliskey, Lydia Romback, Isabella Rennie, Catelyn Kramer, and Grace Williams

16 Oconto Falls High School Choir students recently participated in the M & O Music Conference and Near North Music Conference Treble Honors Choir. The festival, held at Gillett High School, included three schools from the M & O Conference – Gillett High School, Suring High School and Coleman High School, and three schools from the Near North Music Conference – Oconto Falls High School, Marinette High School and St. Thomas Aquinas Academy. Participating choral directors included Abbygaile Jadin (Gillett HS), Kaci Halverson-Boehmer (Suring HS), Kathleen Bader (Coleman HS), Amy Thiel (Oconto Falls HS), Cyndee Giebler (Marinette HS), and Susan Thornton (St. Thomas Aquinas Academy).

The area choir students worked together for the day-long festival and presented a Treble Honors Choir concert in the Meunier-Pelow Auditorium at Gillett High School. Performance selections included Omina Sol (Let your Heart Be Staid) by Z. Randall Stroope, Bashana Haba’ah arranged by V. Pasternak, No Time arranged by Susan Burmfield, Faithfully by Jonathan Cain, and Changes by Audrey Snyder.

Dr. Sarah Parks, Professor of Music at St. Norbert College in DePere served as the clinican and conductor for the Treble Honors Choir. She joined the music faculty of St. Norbert College in 2009 as head of choirs and choral music education. Her college choirs have toured regionally and internationally, most recently to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. The St. Norbert College Chamber Singers have been selected as a featured performance ensemble for WMEA and WCDA state conferences and the choirs have been invited to perform on stage with distinguished musical artists, ranging from John Rutter to Kenny Rogers.

Student participants from Oconto Falls High School included: Christina Bauer, Emma Bliskey, Autumn Canavera, Madeline Dorn, Hope Hujet, Catelyn Kramer, Isabella Rennie, Lydia Romback, Mackenzie Staidl, Paige Stapleton, Laken Wall, Andrea Waschbisch, Jesalynn Wilkerson, Grace Williams, Carina Wirtley, and Charis Wirtley.

Other area student participants included: Camilla Doherty and Grace Fischer (Suring High School); Livia Benson, Halle Beranek and Karah Nelson (St. Thomas Aquinas Academy); Jerika Heroux and Myriah Marohl (Gillett High School); Mckenzie Champagne, Gabrielle Meyer, and Coral Ermis (Coleman High School); and Kayden McClurg, Kandyce Mitchell, Skylar Norman, and Lily Teske (Marinette High School).

Annual Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction

The Oconto Falls-area community is invited to the Annual Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction, hosted by the colleagues and Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., in Oconto Falls.

The luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital’s dining room and will feature an all-you-care-to-eat buffet for $9. The buffet will include the hospital’s signature hot chicken salad, ham and cheese sandwiches, a variety of salads, dinner rolls, coffee, milk and desserts. For more information on the Salad Luncheon or to make group reservations, contact Sue Allshouse at (920) 373-7685.

In support of the Partner’s Salad Luncheon on Feb. 12, colleagues of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital will host the Love Basket Silent Auction in the HSHS St. Clare Assisi Room from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the same day.

Themes for baskets vary from year to year. Popular baskets from previous years have included I Love the Packers, I Love Wine, I Love Gardening and I Love Birds. In addition to the silent auction for the baskets, raffle tickets are sold for love-themed bucket raffles. Bidding on the Love Baskets and raffle ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. For more information about the Love Basket Silent Auction or to donate a basket, call Dawn Coppens at (920) 846-3444.

All proceeds from the Salad Luncheon and Love Basket Silent Auction will help the Partners support programs and enhance patient care at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.

Triple C Riders Toy Donation to HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital

On Friday, Dec. 21, members of the Triple C Riders motorcycle group dropped off seven boxes of new toys to be distributed to young patients and visitors at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

Featured in the photo, from left to right:
David Kuam of Triple C Riders
David Lally, Director of Business Development at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
Walter Woodward of Triple C Riders
Don Derouin of Triple C Riders
Bettie Woodward of Triple C Riders

This is the 10th anniversary of the Triple C Riders’ Christmas toy drive in which they donate new toys to area hospitals.  The Triple C Riders are made up of members from Menominee, Marinette and Oconto Counties, all of whom help to generously collect these toys throughout the year.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital is very grateful to the Triple C Riders for their generosity and thoughtfulness.  We will distribute these toys to young patients and visitors, as needed, throughout the year and for as long as the supply of toys lasts.   We know they will bring much joy and comfort to those who receive them!


OFHS Vocal Jazz Ensemble Celebrates the Season!

The Oconto Falls High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble spread the spirit of the holiday season on Tuesday, December 11 with children and adults of all ages!

The singers performed a 50-minute program filled with holiday favorites in Green Bay at Autumn’s Promise Assisted Living for residents, BayPark Square as part of their Salvation Army Red Kettle promotions, and even performed a few selections for the wonderful guests and staff at Perkins Restaurant!

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble community outreach continued in Oconto Falls as they sang traditional holiday carols for various residents and businesses, including HSHS St. Clare Hospital and City Hall.  The performances were an amazing way for these talented singers to share the gift of music with others!

Pictured are:
Row 1: Alex Waschbisch, Connor Romandine, Aidan Spillane
Row 2: Keith Van Dornick, Cedar Olson, Santa Claus, Mackenzie Staidl, Hunter Schaden
Row 3: Lyndsey Luebke, Autumn Canavera, Isabella Rennie, Andrea Waschbisch

Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Invites Community to Hospital Events

The Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invite the community to participate in their annual Holiday Raffle and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

The Holiday Raffle and Bake Sale will feature a variety of baked goods and raffle items, perfect for the holiday shopping season. This special event is open to the community, with proceeds benefitting various health care improvements at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital which is part of a not-for-profit, Catholic-based health care system.

Holiday Raffle and Bake Sale
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St., Oconto Falls
Assisi Rooms

If anyone would like to donate bakery or raffle items to this event, please contact Vicki Dobratz at (920) 846-3536. Donations can be dropped off at the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Assisi Rooms on Monday, Dec. 17 after 4:30 p.m. or by 7:30 a.m. the day of the sale.


The Partners also invite the community to participate in Love Lights, an annual Christmas fundraiser.

Love Lights offers people the opportunity to purchase a light in memory of a loved one. It is then placed on a Christmas tree located in the main lobby area of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. The names the lights shine for are also displayed next to the tree throughout the holiday season.

Blessing of the Love Lights and Tree
1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls
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Proceeds from Love Lights will benefit various health care improvements at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Lights can be purchased on behalf of an individual ($5); families up to six people ($25); or, sponsored by a business or organization ($50).

Order forms can be found in the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Welcome Center. Forms must be completed and returned by Thursday, Dec. 20. They can be returned in-person, or mailed to HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Amber Just, Volunteer Services, 855 S. Main St., Oconto Falls, WI 54154

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 

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:

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: