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Zero G Technology at Froedtert Helps Patients Develop ConfidenceFrom fox6now.com (December 2013) – A stroke sent her to the hospital, and new technology helped her walk again without a walker or cane. Traversing a 75-foot ceiling-mounted track, the Zero G holds up to 50% of a patient’s body weight while exercises are performed to improve balance and walking. The device’s robotic brain detects if patients start to fall and catches them to prevent injury. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin is one of two hospitals in Wisconsin and one of 40 hospitals in the U.S. to offer the technology.
Cardiac Care – Dr. Robert LoveFrom Radio 620WTMJ (December 2013) – Cardiothoracic surgeon Robert Love, MD, discussed cardiac care and the options are available for patients who are in need of a transplant.
The Tiniest Addicts: More Babies Born Dependent on DrugsFrom fox6now.com (November, 2013) – More than 13,000 babies are born addicted to drugs each year, and hospitals are working hard to wean them off of these drugs. OB/GYN and maternal fetal care specialist Cresta Jones discussed the increase of prescription drug abuse across the country, and especially in Wisconsin.
Dr. Jonathon D. Truwit Named Enterprise Chief Medical Officer(December 2013) – Dr. Jonathon D. Truwit was recently named Enterprise Chief Medical Officer for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Truwit will oversee coordination of patient care across the health care network, direct the development, management and implementation of enterprise-wide quality and safety strategies, strengthen physician alignment and satisfaction, and lead evidence-based programs, practices and activities that deliver results. He also will be involved in the activities of Quality Health Solutions.
Embedding Pharmacists Throughout a Health SystemFrom Pharmacist.com (December 2013) – A big change in the delivery of pharmacy services at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin puts pharmacists at the bedside—and throughout a patient’s care, improving quality and patient satisfaction.
Greendale Medical Clinic Joins FroedtertFrom BizTimes Milwaukee (December 2013) – The Greendale Medical Clinic recently joined with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. The addition builds on the academic-community partnership that is unique in the region, and brings the benefits of greater access to advanced technology and specialty care across a broader network of providers.
Local Doctors Perform Unique Surgery to Save a Boy's Life and DreamsFrom Today’s TMJ4 (November 2013) – A young boy with osteosarcoma faced a difficult decision when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Orthopaedic surgeon JC Neilson, MD, explained how the team performed a complex rotationplasty procedure to replace the patient’s femur and knee with his lower leg and ankle.
E-Cigarette Regulations on the Horizon in WisconsinFrom fox6now.com (November 2013) – Many consider e-cigarettes as a tool to reduce or quit smoking. Pulmonologist Ileen Gilbert, MD, discussed the effectiveness of this device for smoking cessation, as well as the quality, safety and forthcoming regulation of e-cigarettes.
Engaging the C-SuiteFrom Human Resource Executive Online (November 2013) – Froedtert Health Chief Diversity Officer Joseph Hill explained how helping executives understand and support diversity and inclusion helps create an environment where patients know they can receive culturally competent care.
Patient Changed His Life to Save His HeartFrom The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (November 2013) – A patient turned his life around in order to have a life-saving heart surgery by cardiothoracic surgeon Robert Love, MD. Advanced heart failure specialist Claudius Mahr, DO, discussed the complexities of caring for patients with ventricular assist devices.
Radio 620WTMJ featured a number of stories focusing on prostate cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment OptionsFrom Radio 620WTMJ (November 2013) – Hematologist/oncologist Deepak Kilari, MD, discussed diagnosing prostate cancer, and the available advanced treatment options available at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Woman Delays Treatment with the Hope of Having ChildrenFrom Radio 620WTMJ (November 2013) – A young woman was faced with the decision to start a family or begin breast cancer treatment. Froedtert & the Medical College breast cancer surgeon Amanda Kong, MD, discussed the difficulty of preserving fertility while also treating cancer.
Genetic TestingFrom Radio 620WTMJ (November 2013) – Froedtert & the Medical College genetic counselor Jenny Geurts discussed the importance of genetic testing and how it can result in early detection of breast cancer.
17-Year-Old Fond du Lac Boy Survives Stroke With Help of DoctorsFrom fox6now.com (November 2013) – Chris Johnson of Fond du Lac had the surprise of his life when he suffered a stroke at 17. Thanks to the timely response by many involved with his care, Chris underwent a neurointerventional procedure where Dr. Osama Zaidat removed three clots from his brain. He left the hospital four days later. Last month, Chris had another surprise – a birthday party where family and friends joined together to celebrate the miracle of his full recovery and his life.
Local Woman Says Breast Cancer Saved Her LifeFrom Today's TMJ4 (November 2013) – Today’s TMJ4 featured a story about a local woman whose breast cancer diagnosis actually saved her life. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin hematologist/oncologist Parameswaran Hari, MD, explained how routine follow up care helped him find amyloidosis, an extremely rare cancer, hiding in her body.
Local Doctor Specializes in Rare DiseaseFrom Today's TMJ4 (November 2013) – TMJ4 also featured a live follow-up segment, where Dr. Hari discussed amyloidosis, and how Froedtert & the Medical College is one of only a few centers in the US to specialize in it.
Got a Headache? Doctor Says Treatments Have ImprovedFrom WUWM 89.7 (November 2013) – WUWM 89.7, southeastern Wisconsin’s National Public Radio station, featured a story about headaches. Froedtert & the Medical College neurologist, Fred Freitag, DO, discussed the difference between headaches and migraines, and the impact that specialty headache centers are making on disability and healthcare costs.
13 People Who Are Rocking the CityFrom M Magazine (November 2013) – M Magazine featured a series highlighting 13 people, including Froedtert Health President & CEO Cathy Jacobson, who are considered “game changers” in Milwaukee.
Once 436 Pounds, His ‘Health in the Toilet,’ Everett Gerron Fought BackFrom the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (November 2013) – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a story about a man, who after struggling with diabetes, bone disease and an amputation, turned his life around with the help of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin rehabilitation medicine specialist David Del Toro, MD, and our multidisciplinary team of specialists.
New Clinic an Incursion on Waukesha CorridorFrom the Milwaukee Business Journal (November 2013) – The Milwaukee Business Journal featured a story about the new Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Moorland Reserve Health Center, which expands acute-, primary- and specialty-care services in southern Waukesha County, while allowing patients a seamless transition to our academic medical center if needed.
When Rheumatoid Arthritis Makes Work UnbearableFrom Everyday Health (November 2013) – Everyday Health, an online website affiliated with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, featured Froedtert & the Medical College rheumatologist Richard Hariman, MD, discussing the difficulties that more than 1.3 million Americans experience from rheumatoid arthritis.
Halloween Kicks Off ‘The Eating Season’From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (November 2013) – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a story about the effects of Halloween candy on health and weight loss. Froedtert & the Medical College dietitian Dena McDowell, RD, explained the pitfalls of eating too much candy.
Hospitals Lean on Peter Pruessing’s ExpertiseFrom the Milwaukee Business Journal (October 2013) – The Milwaukee Business Journal featured a profile highlighting Quality Health Solutions CEO and Froedtert Health Executive VP Peter Pruessing. Pruessing’s experience in healthcare is bringing together six major healthcare systems across the state to improve care and reduce costs.
New Drug Could Ease Pain of Sickle Cell DiseaseFrom the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (October 2013) – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a story about a clinical drug trial to reduce the most severe sickle cell pain episodes. Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Adult Sickle Cell Clinic Medical Director Joshua Field, MD, is leading the trial in Milwaukee.
Tech Terns Program Opens Students’ Minds to CareersFrom the Milwaukee Business Journal (October 2013) – The Milwaukee Business Journal featured a story on our participation in a program called “Tech Terns,” which Froedtert Health VP of Facility Planning and Development said allows local students to observe and participate in a series of hands-on activities during construction of the new Center for Advanced Care building.
Taking a Hit Like Finley Did Could Have Lasting EffectsFrom Fox6 News (October 2013) – On Sunday, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley took a devastating hit to the head that sent him to the hospital. Froedtert & The Medical College Sports Medicine Center athletic trainer Drew Hacker talked with Fox6 News about the long-term impacts of head and neck injuries.
Nicholas Family Foundation Gifts $1 Million for Cancer Research(October 2013) – Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center recently received a $1 million donation from The Nicholas Family Foundation to fund The Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit. Froedtert & The Medical College hematologist and oncologist Jim Thomas, MD, explained that this unit will be one of only a few in the nation with the capability to conduct early phase cancer clinical trials in dedicated space with experienced research staff.
Reconstruction Helps Cancer Patients Recover From MastectomiesFrom the West Bend Daily News (October 2013) – The West Bend Daily News featured a story about a mother who, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, opted to undergo a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Her doctor, Froedtert & The Medical College St. Joseph’s Hospital plastic surgeon Mark Bosbous, MD, explained how donor tissues from the Blood Center and Wisconsin Donor Network helped with the reconstruction.
The Course of their LivesFrom the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (October 2013) – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a four-part, front-page series following students at The Medical College of Wisconsin during their first year in Gross Anatomy Lab. The series spotlights the academic medical center and the value of medical education The Medical College of Wisconsin provides.
New Health Center Extends Services Into New BerlinFrom New Berlin NOW (October 2013) – New Berlin NOW featured the grand opening of Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Moorland Reserve Health Center. The new facility offers specialty, primary and urgent care services from more than 60 physicians and advanced practitioners.
Forever Changed Drives Home MessageFrom Mukwonago Chief (October 2013) – Living Lake Country featured the recent presentation of “Forever Changed” at Mukwonago High School. Forever Changed is a free program offered by Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Level 1 Trauma Center that presents mock crashes at local high schools to highlight the real-life consequences of drinking or texting while driving. Froedtert & The Medical College emergency preparedness coordinator Lisa Hass-Peters, BA, RN, explained the impact seeing the scene unfold had on the students.
Teen's Journey Back From Stroke a Testament to Speed, Skill of Response(September 2013) – The front page of today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a story about a young man who suffered a massive stroke during his high school gym class. The story details the step-by-step process of saving the teen’s life, including the multidisciplinary care and new treatment provided by neurointerventionalist Dr. Osama Zaidat and his team.
The Appleton Post-Crescent, Fond du Lac Reporter and Door County Advocate featured similar stories.
Milwaukee Business Leaders Take Part in Affordable Care Act Panel(September 2013) – The Milwaukee Business Journal and WITI Fox6 featured stories about a recent Milwaukee Press Club panel that featured local business leaders discussing the impact of the health care overhaul. Froedtert Health President and CEO Cathy Jacobson shared her thoughts about the changes coming to health care.
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Jacobson Addresses Health Care Reform at Business Journal Power BreakfastFrom bizjournals.com (September 2013) – Before a sold-out audience of 450, Froedtert Health CEO Cathy Jacobson discussed the role of an academic medical center in our community, and how transparency and cost are driving health care choices today.
Cancer Patients May Be Eligible for Outpatient Bone Marrow TransplantsFrom M Magazine (September 2013) – The October edition of M Magazine featured a young man who was one of Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center’s first outpatient bone marrow transplant patients. Hematologist/oncologist Parameswaran Hari, MD, discussed the value that the outpatient bone marrow transplant option provides to our patients and community.
Working Together to Reduce Emergency Department Visits in MilwaukeeFrom The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (September 2013) – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health, focused a video on community efforts taking place in Milwaukee to connect Medicaid and uninsured patients who visit the emergency department with a primary medical home. Froedtert & The Medical College emergency department director Chris Decker, MD, explained how patients who kept their first medical home appointment used the emergency department 44 percent less frequently in the six months post-appointment.
Smartphone Art a Getaway From Cancer Treatments for World TravelerFrom jsonline.com (September 2013) – A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column by Jim Stingl featured a Froedtert & The Medical College Clinical Cancer Center patient who used art as an outlet to create paintings on her smartphone and take her mind off radiation treatment.
Karpinski Serves as Susan G. Komen Honorary Race ChairFrom Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin (September 2013) – Froedtert & The Medical College pharmacist Julie Karpinski was named the New Balance Honorary Race Chair and one of the 15 Faces of Komen for this year’s 15th Annual Komen Southeast Wisconsin Race for the Cure.
12 Tips for Good Breast HealthFrom self.com (September 2013) – The September issue of SELF magazine featured Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin breast cancer surgeon Alonzo P. Walker, MD, who discussed the importance of breast self-exams, and when to seek additional care.
Dr. Catharine Malmsten Named Top Healthcare Professional Under 40From WauwatosaNOW.com (September 2013) – Froedtert & the Medical College cardiologist Catharine Malmsten, MD, was named one of 40 “Top Healthcare Professionals Under 40” by the National Medical Association.
5-Year-Old Brain Cancer Survivor Inspires Change at Froedtert Hospital(September 2013) – Several stories highlighted the grand opening of a child-friendly Pediatric Radiation Oncology Room at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center. A five-year-old Neenah girl who beat brain cancer was the impetus for this colorful, toy-filled space, made possible thanks to Froedtert Hospital Foundation donors. We partner with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to provide radiation oncology therapy for young cancer patients.
Getting Anemia Under ControlFrom everydayhealth.com (September 2013) – Everyday Health, an online health website affiliated with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, spoke with Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin hematologist Patrick Foy, MD, about the dangers of anemia, and what steps need to be taken to get anemia under control.
Local Doctors Think Outside of the Box to Save a Man's LifeFrom todaystmj4.com (September 2013) – Today's TMJ4 features a local heart failure patient who was not a candidate for the traditional mechanical assist device needed to bridge him to a heart transplant. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin advanced heart failure cardiologist Claudius Mahr, DO, discusses the difficult decision the care team made to save the patient's life.
Facebook Page Helps Lift Spirits of Woman with Cystic FibrosisFrom todaystmj4.com (September 2013) – Today's TMJ4 features an inspiring story about two siblings who are both currently at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin suffering from cystic fibrosis. A Facebook page was set up for the older sister, hoping to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and promote organ donation.
UnitedHealthcare, Consortium Reach Agreement for Efficiency(September 2013) — UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin has entered into a shared savings agreement with Quality Health Solutions, a consortium of health care partners that includes Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. The agreement emphasizes effectively managing all aspects of patients' care, includes a broad choice of providers and rewards physicians and health systems for improving quality and reducing costs.
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From WUWM (September 2013) – WUWM 89.7, Milwaukee's local National Public Radio station, recently featured a three-part series about heart failure and heart transplants. The first segment features Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin advanced heart failure cardiologist Claudius Mahr, DO, discussing heart failure and ventricular assist devices. The second segment features Froedtert & the Medical College heart transplant surgeon Robert Love, MD, discussing heart transplants and the decision to remove a patient's entire heart and replace it with an artificial heart. The final segment features patient Kathleen Shores, who shares her story of living with a total artificial heart while she waits for a transplant.
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DeBehnke is New CEO of Medical College Physicians Group(August 2013) – Dr. Daniel DeBehnke, chief clinical integration officer at The Medical College of Wisconsin, was recently named CEO of Medical College Physicians Group (MCP). MCP represents more than 1,200 physicians and providers in approximately 37 specialties.
BizTimes Announces Fittest Execs FinalistsFrom BizTimes (August 2013) – BizTimes announced the "Fittest Execs" finalists, saluting some of the healthiest business leaders in Southeastern Wisconsin, including Jim Klauck, vice president of ancillary services at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. Jim is part of Froedtert & MCW's "Fittest Exec" team, which also includes Michael Anderes, Teri Lux and Karl Schultz.
First Responders on Standby as Harley 110th Celebration Kicks OffFrom Fox6 (August 2013) – The Harley Davidson 110th anniversary rolled into Milwaukee August 22-26. Emergency preparedness coordinator Lisa Hass-Peters, RN, talks with Fox6 News about steps taken by Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin and other local departments to prepare for a crisis or emergency during the celebration.
In Skin Cancer, a Discrepancy for MenFrom The Milwaukee Business Journal (August 2013) – Dr. Stefan Schieke, a dermatologist with Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin’s new multidisciplinary melanoma program, explains why melanoma is less likely to be detected in men.
Angelina Jolie's Experience Puts Genetic Testing in SpotlightFrom The Milwaukee Business Journal (August 2013) - Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin certified genetic counselor Jennifer Geurts discusses the process of genetic testing, and how tests can help in early detection and planning for future treatments.
Usher Program Offers Interns a New LookFrom The Milwaukee Business Journal (August 2013) – The New Look Foundation, a foundation created by R&B singer, provides leadership development opportunities for youth. Froedtert president and CEO Cathy Jacobson shares her perspective on Froedtert Health’s involvement.
Couple Beat Odds With Naturally Conceived QuadrupletsFrom jsonline.com (August 2013) — The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a front page story about a local couple who had naturally conceived quadruplets. Gynecologist and fertility specialist Joseph Davis, DO, explained possible reasons for this as the likelihood of conceiving quadruplets naturally is 1 in 700,000.
130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to KnowFrom Becker's Hospital Review (August 2013) — Froedtert Hospital President Cathy Buck was noted in Becker's Hospital Review as a "Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEO to Know."
Double JeopardyFrom Milwaukee Magazine (August 2013) — Two young sisters both battled breast cancer and faced the decision of undergoing mastectomies. Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin plastic surgeon Dr. John Hijjawi and genetic counselor Angela Thompson discussed the risks of breast cancer genetic mutations and mastectomies.
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Strengthens Academic Affiliation With New BrandFroedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin recently extended its brand to community hospitals and health centers. This brand extension helps unite our hospitals, health centers and physicians under one brand that is simpler for consumers, conveys a consistent standard of care, and better reflects our goal to provide superior value by aligning health care delivery across the system.
Passion for Rowing Floats Their BoatsFrom Milwaukee Business Journal (August 2013) — Medical oncologist Dr. Stuart Wong and radiation oncologist Dr. Elizabeth Gore discussed their passion for rowing in a recent Milwaukee Business Journal column, "Milwaukee Works Out."
Wheeling for Healing held on SaturdayFrom wisn.com (August 2013) — WISN Channel 12 featured the 16th annual Wheeling for Healing bike ride held on Saturday in Menomonee Falls. The ride benefits the Cancer Care Center at Community Memorial Hospital.
Treating an Incurable DiseaseFrom jsonline.com (July 2013) — In response to the needs of a medically challenging patient population, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin opened an Adult Sickle Cell Clinic in 2011. One of the few of its kind in the nation, the Sickle Cell Clinic provides comprehensive care for adults with Sickle Cell disease — a painful, chronic disease that affects mostly African Americans. The clinic has helped reduce admissions, re-admissions and emergency department visits.
Surgeon Recruited to Lead Transplant InitiativeFrom bizjournals.com (July 2013) — Dr. Johnny Hong was recruited to the Milwaukee area to be the physician leader of a solid organ transplantation joint program between Froedtert Hospital, The Medical College of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and The Blood Center of Wisconsin. Dr. Hong discusses his vision for the future of transplant in Eastern Wisconsin, as well as how he is working to transform the program into one of the premier transplant programs in the nation, both in surgeries and research.
Snoring Is No Laughing MatterFrom everydayhealth.com (July 2013) — Approximately 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Many don't know they have it and, left untreated, it can lead to severe complications. Dr. Tucker Woodson, director of Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin's Sleep Disorder Program, explains the challenges of sleep apnea and why treatment is essential to improving quality of life.
When Joint Pain Isn't Rheumatoid Arthritis — Or Is It?From everydayhealth.com (July 2013) — In a recent article published on Everyday Health, an online health website affiliated with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin rheumatologist Dr. Richard Hariman discusses the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Breathing Easier: Life with AfibFrom everydayhealth.com (July 2013) — In another article published by Dr. Gupta on Everyday Health, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. Marcie Berger talks about the numerous variations and treatments of atrial fibrillation.
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center Joins Elekta and Philips Research Consortium on MRI-Guided Radiation TherapyFrom heraldonline.com (July 2013) — Multiple news outlets highlighted the announcement about the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center becoming one of 10 sites worldwide to implement new MR Linac technology. This development group is implementing and studying a new radiation oncology technology that unites MRI and a radiation therapy linac in a single system.
Those Waiting for Lung Transplants Have High Hopes for New TechnologyFrom jsonline.com (July 2013) — Today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features a story about Dr. Robert Love and the new ex vivo lung perfusion technology at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. We are one of a handful of centers in the nation to have this technology, which enables transplant teams to use lungs that might otherwise be discarded, significantly increasing the number of lives that can be saved by lung transplant.
Pink Heals Tour Stops in Southeast WisconsinFrom Fox6 (July 2013) — Channel 6 featured a story about Pink Heals, a national tour where firefighters and police officers drive pink trucks to show their support for patients battling cancer. The Pink Heals Tour stopped outside of Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center.
Genomic Medicine Open for BusinessFrom WauwatosaNOW.com (July 2013) — A story in WauwatosaNOW highlights lessons learned three years after the launch of a genomic medicine clinic, which offers whole genome sequencing clinically to patients on "diagnostic odysseys." The clinic, run by The Medical College of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital, was the first of its kind in the nation.
Milwaukee Area Researchers Have New, Faster Test for SepsisFrom jsonline.com (July 2013) — Research led by the Medical College of Wisconsin led to a new test to identify leading causes of bacterial bloodstream infections nearly two days faster than conventional methods. This has the potential to reduce a patient's medical bills by about $21,000 and improve outcomes for individuals suffering from sepsis, an infection that results in about 500,000 US hospitalizations annually.
Last Review Date: Dec. 6, 2013
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