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Fort HealthCare Let's Do This! campaign begins with weight loss challenge

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - As the premier health care provider in the Jefferson County and surrounding communities, leadership at Fort HealthCare has determined that a wide-reaching health and wellness promotional campaign can positively influence the overall health and wellness of the entire community. The Let’s Do This! campaign that begins in earnest this January will encourage everyone to take personal accountability for their health and for the health of their loved ones. More...

Fort HealthCare seeking patient satisfaction information through surveys

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - Patients of Fort HealthCare clinics and Fort Memorial Hospital are given the opportunity to share their experiences and help improve the quality of patient care through randomly assigned patient satisfaction surveys. More...

Rock the Walk 2012 Challenged Local Residents and Workers to Get Their Steps

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - Fort HealthCare recently challenged local residents and workers to increase their current activity level and improve their health by participating in the Rock the Walk 2012 Challenge. More...

Shapedown program helps families improve health and well-being

Monday, November 26, 2012 - Fort HealthCare clinicians are undergoing extensive training to offer Shapedown, a family-based wellness program that targets weight, nutrition and activity in both children (ages 10-16) and parents. More...

Bike for Mike raises nearly $6,500 in honor of Fort HealthCare CEO and support of Tomorrow's Hope

Monday, November 19, 2012 - On October 20, Fort HealthCare, in partnership with Tomorrow’s Hope and 2 Rivers Bicycle & Outdoor, hosted the family-friendly bike ride and fun run/walk, “Bike with Mike” for over 120 participants. Cyclists chose from 50, 30, or 15 mile marked routes and walkers and runners of all ages followed the path for a distance of their choosing. More...

Farm to School Program Has Kids Eating Locally Grown Foods

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - Schools across the nation celebrate National Farm to School Month and local school districts are no exception. Farm to School programming instills healthy eating habits early in life when most children are adaptable to change. More...

Fort HealthCare Receives Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Health

Monday, November 5, 2012 - Fort HealthCare has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Health Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity to work with the seven communities in its service area on implementing the Community Health Assessment ANd Group Evaluation (CHANGE). CHANGE is a data-collection, coalition building and planning resource for coalitions and other community partnerships, seeking to make their community a healthier place to live, work, learn and play. More...

Diabetes Day indoor walk event at Fort HealthCare

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - Diabetes does not discriminate. It can affect persons of any age, race, or socio-economic status and nearly everyone knows someone who is living with diabetes. To help spread the word regarding treatment and the search for a cure, World Diabetes Day is held each November, which is also American Diabetes Month. More...

Dermatologist Glinert receives UW Med School Clinical Teacher Award

Monday, October 8, 2012 - Fort HealthCare dermatologist Robert Glinert, MD has received the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine Clinical Teacher Award. This award recognizes volunteer faculty members practicing at outpatient clinical rotation sites such as Fort Memorial Hospital for their educational and teaching activities. More...

Fort HealthCare adds new clinic and new providers

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - Fort HealthCare opened a new primary care clinic, Fort HealthCare Integrated Family Care, on September 10. The clinic is temporarily located at 426 McMillen Street in Fort Atkinson. More...

"Bike for Mike" - October 20, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - Fort HealthCare, in partnership with Tomorrow’s Hope and 2 Rivers Bicycle & Outdoor, are hosting a family-friendly bike ride and fun run/walk, “Bike with Mike.” The event is in honor of Mike Wallace, Fort HealthCare president & CEO who was recently informed his T-cell lymphoma has returned, but is not widespread. More...

New Fort HealthCare Center for Hand Care-Open House Event

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - It is easy for people to take their full function of their hands for granted. Perhaps thousands of time each day we reach, touch, hold, point and lift with these essential parts of the body. Therefore, any loss of function through injury or disease can devastate lives. To better serve the people of our communities and businesses in the region, Fort HealthCare is proud to announce the newly-formed Center for Hand Care, a wrist and hand specialty clinic. More...

New Providers Available at Fort HealthCare Lake Mills Clinic

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - Fort HealthCare is committed to providing area residents with a quality healthcare experience close to home. As the community grows, Fort HealthCare responds by ensuring there are enough providers to serve area residents. In a committed effort to improve access and availability of providers to Lake Mills and Fort Atkinson, Fort HealthCare welcomes three new providers to the Lake Mills clinic. More...

Fort HealthCare Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Welcomes New Pediatricians

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - Fort Medical Group and Fort HealthCare Internal Medicine & Pediatrics are pleased to welcome two new pediatricians to its team of providers. Prerna Sinha, MD and Sleem F’Guyer, MD join Julia Dewey, MD, Katherine Lemon, MD, Donald Williams, MD, Amber Heuss, APNP, and Heidi Jennrich, APNP, as they care for area patients. More...

New Providers at Fort HealthCare Integrated Family Care

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - Fort HealthCare opened a new primary care clinic, called Fort HealthCare Integrated Family Care, on September 10. The clinic is temporarily located at 426 McMillen Street in Fort Atkinson (the location that formerly housed Fort HealthCare Surgical Associates). In spring 2013, the new practice will move into its permanent location at 1520 Madison Avenue, in the building that currently houses the Goodwill Store and is adjacent to Fort HealthCare Orthopaedic Associates and Therapy & Sport. More...

Fort HealthCare Jefferson Clinic Construction Completed

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - The newly remodeled Fort HealthCare Jefferson clinic opened in August at its permanent location, 840 West Racine Street in Jefferson. The new clinic is a modern space capable of supporting up to three full time providers practicing at the same time and has a procedure room, new imaging equipment and a small lab area on-site for extra convenience. The clinic’s construction was managed by Stevens Construction Corp., which uses a variety of subcontractors that are specialized in certain areas. Every effort was made to use local vendors and contractors when possible. More...

PADA and Fort HealthCare partner to share 'Telling Amy's Story'

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - “Telling Amy\'s Story” has the power to educate and save lives. The documentary has aired on nearly 300 public television stations, covering 85 percent of the United States population. Showings at Fort HealthCare will be Monday, October 8 at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. PADA staff will be present to answer audience questions, and light refreshments will be served. More...

Rock the Walk 2012 encourages local residents and workers to "get their steps"

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - Individuals looking for a way to begin an exercise program or change their current program are invited to join the Fort HealthCare Rock the Walk 2012 Step Challenge. Rock the Walk 2012 is a six-week challenge with weekly prizes, designed to increase the current activity level of participants. Each week, step goals and prize values increase to keep players motivated and engaged. For those who prefer activities other than walking, conversion charts will help calculate the equivalent number of steps for whatever form of exercise completed. More...

2012 Love Lights program to fund Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program

Friday, September 14, 2012 - Each year, the Fort HealthCare Partners select a project at Fort Memorial Hospital to support through the sale of Love Lights. Through proceeds raised during the 2012 campaign, Fort HealthCare Emergency Services will be able to provide equipment needed to support the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. Currently, there is no formal program to treat sexual assault victims in Jefferson County, even though between May and August 2012, there were 44 reported cases in Jefferson County. More...

Healthcare Innovation Grants provide funding for community wellness improvement

Monday, September 10, 2012 - Every year, the Fort Memorial Hospital Foundation funds projects that will enhance the quality of services offered at Fort HealthCare through the Healthcare Innovation Grant program. This year, $40,000 was available to fund projects that will improve the quality of life across the lifespan. More...

Fort Memorial Hospital simulated learning lab receives local grants

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - In a recent communication, Dean Johnson, president of Nasco International, has informed representatives of Fort HealthCare of a $75,000 award earmarked for equipment purchases related to the proposed simulation teaching and training laboratory at Fort Memorial Hospital. More...

Seeking patient satisfaction information through surveys

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - Patients of Fort HealthCare clinics and Fort Memorial Hospital are given the opportunity to share their experiences and help improve the quality of patient care through randomly assigned patient satisfaction surveys. Managers rely upon returned surveys to review provide insights into customer service and make improvements as indicated by respondents. Feedback provided by patients on these surveys is critical to creating the best possible patient experience. More...

Fort Memorial Hospital to participate in national nursing quality program

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - Nursing administration at Fort Memorial Hospital was recently notified that the hospital's application for participation in the Wisconsin Hospital Association's Transforming Care at the Bedside Project has been accepted and approved. Fort Memorial Hospital will join more than two dozen hospitals in Wisconsin selected to participate in the Aligning Forces for Quality Transforming Care at the Bedside project. More...

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - Fort HealthCare's Steel Away Cafe is pleased to announce that healthy and affordable dining choices are available 12 hours per day, including breakfast. Led by executive chef, Colleen Miller, the cafe is a prime dining option for staff of and visitors to Fort Memorial Hospital and has been growing in popularity with community members, as well. More...

New Fitness Classes Start in August

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - Fort HealthCare is committed to improving the health and well-being of our community. We encourage everyone to explore opportunities for self-enhancement. New fitness classes beginning in August and other offerings can help. More...

Nursing scholarships available through Fort HealthCare Partners

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - Fort HealthCare’s Partners organization is pleased to announce applications are being accepted for three $1000 scholarships to be awarded to qualified applicants enrolled in an associate’s degree nursing program. More...

Fort HealthCare Kids Konnection Daycare, Preschool & 4K Garden

Monday, July 9, 2012 - Childhood obesity and its health-related consequences are increasing among Wisconsin’s youth. Nutrition research supports the role of increased fruit and vegetable consumption for the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and obesity. Recent research has also documented that involving children in gardening is a promising strategy for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, as it increases their nutrition knowledge in an active learning environment. Thus, youth gardens have been emerging as an important tool for nutrition and wellness in public health interventions. More...

Fort HealthCare Jefferson clinic nears completion

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - August 7th marks the anticipated opening of the new Fort HealthCare Jefferson Clinic at 840 West Racine Street. This brand new building replaces the former clinic building that served patients for more than 39 years at that location. More...

Dane County Honor Guard recognizes Fort HealthCare

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - Fort HealthCare recently provided the Dane County Honor Guard with a donation allowing for the purchase of a member's uniform. The guard provides guidance in funeral planning, arranging for honors like casket guard vigil at visitations, coordinating displays of honor including a final salute and walk of honor, and sounding the final pager tone to signify the completion of duty. More...

BloodCenter of Wisconsin Is Experiencing a Serious Need for O Negative Blood

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - Due to the recent heat wave, many donors have not been able to attend their local blood drives. The loss of these donors has a significant impact on maintaining the local blood supply and BloodCenter is experiencing a serious need for O Negative Blood. More...

Second Annual Camp 911 a Success at Fort HealthCare

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - Fort HealthCare’s second annual Camp 911, was held on Wednesday, June 13 at Fort Memorial Hospital for third through sixth grade students. Camp 911 was a one-day program focusing on safety, prevention techniques and increasing awareness of health and wellness. More...

Fort HealthCare offers CPR Training for Jefferson County Inmates

Monday, June 18, 2012 - On June 8th, Fort HealthCare teamed up with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department to offer jail inmates a chance to participate in a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training course. CPR is a combination of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth assisted breathing used to restore oxygen in a person who has stopped breathing. Corinna Bindrim, the American Heart Association Coordinator at Fort HealthCare, worked with Sheriff's Deputy Tina Blake and Sheriff Paul Milbrath in providing this first time opportunity to the inmates. More...

Fort HealthCare Call for Artist Drawings

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - Fort HealthCare has issued a call for artist drawings related to health and wellness in our community. Ten winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges and transferred, to stairwells in Fort Memorial Hospital, by artist Jeff Haberman of Jefferson. The stairwell project was initiated by the Fort HealthCare Employee Wellness Committee as a way to encourage staff and visitors to take the stairs by creating a more inviting and energizing place to walk. More...

State concussion law improves safety for area youth athletes

Friday, June 1, 2012 - State Law Act 172, referred to as the Sideline to Safety Law, was designed to ensure proper care to youth athletes and will influence how coaches and parents treat concussions that occur in school athletics and recreational leagues. High school athletes today are four-times more likely to sustain a concussion than a decade ago. Fort HealthCare's Therapy & Sport Center is the only credentialed ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) provider in the area. ImPACT is a computerized neurocognitive assessment tool used to determine an athlete's readiness to return to play after a concussion. Widely used by collegiate and professional sports teams, it is the most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. More...

Wound & Edema Center receives third consecutive "Center of Distinction" award

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - For the third year in a row, Fort HealthCare received the prestigious 'Center of Distinction' award from Healogics, formerly Diversified Clinical Services, the nation's leading wound care management company. More...

Fort HealthCare begins door-to-door health needs survey

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - Each year, Fort HealthCare authorizes a comprehensive survey to assess the general public’s individual healthcare status and health-related behaviors. Survey results guide the organization in identifying the need for new and improved services, addressing individual health conditions more effectively and in assessing the overall health of the communities it serves. More...

Fort HealthCare celebrates National Nurses Week with wellness walk

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, Fort HealthCare nurses will celebrate by holding a Nurses Day Community Wellness Walk on Wednesday, May 9. All are welcome to participate in celebrating health and wellness with a Wellness Walk led by Fort HealthCare's patient care team. More...

Fab Four wins Fort HealthCare Slimdown Challenge

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - Fort HealthCare recently challenged local workers to lose weight and improve their health by participating in the Slimdown Challenge. The 12-week challenge was open to employees of Fort Atkinson-based Fort HealthCare, Nasco, Spacesaver, Digi-Star, Cygnus Business Media and members of the Rock Lake Activity Center in Lake Mills. More...

Fort HealthCare Business Services opens second location

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - The Fort HealthCare Business Services office, located at 210 Milwaukee Avenue, West has relocated cashier services to a second convenient location. The new location, in the Fort Memorial Hospital Main Lobby at Armenia Street, offers personal assistance to patients making payments. More...

Fort HealthCare encourages advanced directives

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Fort HealthCare, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Fort HealthCare is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney) in accordance with Wisconsin state laws. More...

Fort HealthCare plans new Fort Atkinson physician office

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - The Fort HealthCare board of directors recently announced the construction of a new primary care clinic location in Fort Atkinson. More...

Fort HealthCare Jefferson Clinic Reconstruction Underway

Monday, March 12, 2012 - This week’s anticipated demolition of the Fort HealthCare Jefferson building, 840 West Racine Street, is the next step in the construction of a replacement clinic designed to better serve the needs of area residents. More...

Fort HealthCare CEO Visits Washington to Lobby Against Cuts to Hospitals

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - Michael Wallace, Fort HealthCare President and CEO was one of 150 hospital advocates from across the country in Washington, DC to participate in the American Hospital Association’s Capitol Hill Day. Attendees were in the nation’s capitol on February 15 and 16 to continue the fight against proposed government funding cuts to hospitals. More...

Fort HealthCare CFO Nelson Appointed to Medicare Advisory Panel

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - Fort HealthCare announces that James Nelson, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has accepted an invitation to serve on the federal government’s Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment. More...

Scholarship applications now available

Monday, February 13, 2012 - Applications for scholarship awards are now available to qualified area students who are pursuing a career in a healthcare field. More...

Full-time medical services available at Rock River Free Clinic

Friday, February 10, 2012 - Leadership at Fort HealthCare recognizes the critical role the Rock River Free Clinic plays in ensuring the health of our most vulnerable residents. Since 2003, the clinic has operated on a limited basis with volunteer clinicians and support staff. Consequently, many of these economically disadvantaged persons requiring urgent medical care sought services they likely could not afford at Fort Memorial Hospital's emergency department or urgent care clinics. With that in mind, David Rutledge, MD, a family medicine physician at Fort HealthCare Jefferson for twenty nine years, was recently appointment full-time Medical Director at the Rock River Free Clinic. More...

Fort HealthCare Electronic Record Project Awarded High Honors

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - Fort HealthCare was recently recognized for its implementation of a comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR) system by HIMSS Analytics, a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). HIMSS Analytics recognized that Fort HealthCare has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM). Healthcare systems routinely track progress in completing the HIMSS eight stages (0-7) of successful electronic health record implementation and utilization. More...

CSA Info Session Tuesday, February 7

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - On Tuesday, February 7 at noon, all are welcome to attend an informational session hosted by three local CSAs: Wholesome Harvest, Regenerative Roots and High Meadow Farm. Attendees should bring a lunch and can expect to learn more about options for purchase, pick-up locations and pricing to participate. More...

CPR Anytime provides new parents peace of mind

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - Every now and then, a baby arrives a few weeks before the parents-to-be had planned. In those cases, Fort HealthCare Great Expectations Birthing Center nurses help better prepare parents with the help of CPR Anytime, a kit produced by the American Heart Association that allows anyone to learn infant CPR basics in only 22 minutes. More...

Fort HealthCare welcomes new board members

Monday, January 16, 2012 - Fort HealthCare, a non-profit integrated healthcare delivery provider based in Fort Atkinson, is pleased to announce the recent appointment of two new members to the organization’s board of directors. They are Barry Cash, MD, Fort Atkinson, and Eric Runez, Whitewater. More...

Rock River Free Clinic provides essential healthcare to those in need

Monday, January 9, 2012 - True to its mission, the Rock River Free clinic provides access to free health services for low income and uninsured individuals. And, in these days of economic hardship, the number of persons who suddenly find themselves without health insurance is growing steadily. More...

Fort HealthCare United Way campaign exceeds goal

Monday, January 9, 2012 - Representatives of Fort HealthCare gathered around a very large check to celebrate the recently completed goal topping United Way campaign. The campaign ran for a number of weeks this fall, and resulted in the donation of $39,132 to United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties. The donation was the result of employee fundraising activities that included a general appeal with payroll deductions, incentives for time off and other rewards for increased or early giving, a silent auction and department sponsored bake sales. More...

2012 New Year Baby has arrived

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - Jayden Heffner, son of Katelyn Heffner of Cambridge, arrived at 11:37 a.m. on Monday, January 2 at the Fort Memorial Hospital Great Expectations Birthing Center. He was delivered by Rebecca Reim, MD weighing 7 pounds 12 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Jayden is the first baby born in Jefferson County in 2012. More...

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