Froedtert Hospital News Room
Archive January to June 2010
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Success Reported After Treatment Guidelines ImplementedFrom Kaiser Health News (June 2010) — By applying the concept of evidence-based medicine, Froedtert & The Medical College is striving to bring more standardization — and, to a degree, order — to medicine and health care by helping to ensure that doctors are drawing on the best current evidence when treating patients.
Guidelines Met With Dose of SkepticismFrom jsonline.com (June 2010) — Medical College of Wisconsin cardiologist Lee Biblo's work with his physician colleagues to develop and implement basic guidelines at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin for treating patients with pneumonia, diabetes, heart failure and other diseases has led to faster recoveries and cost savings.
Uecker Visits Broadcast BoothFrom mlb.com (June 2010) — Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker was back at Miller Park and joined the broadcast booth for one inning on June 24. He thanked his many fans and the care team at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.
Bagemihl Named Woman of InfluenceFrom The Business Journal (June 2010) — Kathy Bagemihl, vice president of ambulatory services, has been named a Woman of Influence in the Mentor category, one of only 24 women who are making a difference in the community every day.
Watertown Baby is a Medical FirstFrom the Watertown Daily Times (June 2010) — Addison Strobel was the first child in the country to be born free of polycystic kidney disease following a newly developed process of a genetic screening. The screening was developed as part of a partnership between the Children's Research Institute and Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.
Former Boxer Stays in Ring as RefereeFrom jsonline.com (June 2010) — Angel Villarreal, a security officer at Froedtert Hospital, was once a Golden Gloves champion and today gives back to the sport by being the national chief of officials for USA Boxing.
Your Heart in HDFrom Today's TMJ4 (June 2010) — Modern heart care goes even higher tech with more minimally invasive treatment options and high definition screens in the operating room.
Cord Blood Transplants a Viable Option in Leukemia From Reuters (June 2010) — Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin report adult patients with leukemia fare just as well when they get stem cell transplants taken from a cord blood bank as they do from a well-suited adult donor.
Health Care Firm Develops Clinics on Franchise ModelFrom jsonline.com (June 2010) — Retail healthcare clinics, such as the FastCare clinic in the Sussex Shopko store, provide affordable care for common and relatively simple conditions. The clinic is the result of a partnership between Froedtert & Community Health, The Medical College of Wisconsin, and Bellin Health.
Breathing Easier: Final Exam Shows High-intensity Workouts Built Up VO2 MaxFrom jsonline.com (June 2010) — Journal Sentinel reporter and "Off the Couch" blog writer Tom Held goes high-tech with his training, working with the team at the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Center. The results after six weeks: a measurable increase in VO2 max.
How Medication History Program WorksFrom Pharmacy Choice (May 2010) — Involving pharmacists early on in gathering patients' medication histories has enhanced care and reduced medication errors at Froedtert Hospital.
Program Treats Childhood ObesityFrom WISN.com (May 2010) — Parents may not realize that overweight, unhealthy kids can mean a sicker society in the future, as well as higher health costs. And it's not just related to physical wellness, according to Mark Obermyer, MD, an internal medicine physician at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.
Froedtert asks: Poate aţi înţeles acest lucru?From The Business Journal (May 2010) — In her "Hess on Health Care" blog, Corrinne Hess reports that to alleviate confusion and better communicate with non-English speaking patients, Froedtert Hospital is utilizing a medical translation service. The service and supporting technology allows staff members to quickly communicate with patients who are of limited English proficiency, deaf or hard of hearing. The service translates in more than 180 languages in 36 seconds.
Small Gestures Matter in Health Care FieldFrom jsonline.com (May 2010) — Using techniques such as an annual engagement survey and "rounding" has resulted in Froedtert & Community Health being ranked among the Top 100 Workplaces in southeastern Wisconsin in a survey sponsored by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Genetic Technology Moving from Lab to Medical PracticesFrom jsonline.com (May 2010) —Tailoring medical treatments to a patient's genes sounds futuristic — and it is. But when it comes to using a patient's genetic profile to determine the best course of action, the future may be less than a decade away.
Froedtert Raising Funds for Healing PlazaFrom The Business Journal (May 2010) — The Froedtert Hospital Foundation has raised more than two-thirds of its $600,000 goal for the construction of a healing plaza at Froedtert Hospital. (Please note that the entire healing plaza text is shown; no subscription is required.)
More Than 500 Men Examined at the Annual Drive Against Prostate CancerFrom FOX6Now.com (May 2010) — More than 500 men — some arriving as early as 5:00 am — took advantage of the free prostate screening provided by Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin at an event hosted by the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
The event, designed to promote prostate health and early detection of prostate cancer, was also featured live as part of The Gus Tour on Fox 6 Wake Up News.
Milwaukee Brewers Team Up with Froedtert for Prostate HealthFrom FOX6Now.com (May 2010) — The Milwaukee Brewers have teamed up with Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin to provide free prostate screenings at Miller Park on May 20. Brewers' spokesman Tyler Barnes discusses the team's hosting of this nationally recognized event.
Doctors Urge Men over 50 to Get Prostates Examined RegularlyFrom FOX6Now.com (May 2010) — Doctors say all men over 50 should be screened for prostate cancer every year. A simple blood test and physical exam takes about one minute, and could save your life. Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin will conduct a free prostate cancer screening on Thursday May 20th from 7 am to 1 pm at Miller Park.
Brewers' Davis Diagnosed with PericarditisMilwaukee Brewers pitcher Doug Davis has been diagnosed with pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding his heart). Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin cardiologist James Kleczka, MD, said Davis has a mild case that can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication. Davis will be out of action for approximately two weeks.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Uecker Talks About His RecoveryBroadcaster Bob Uecker, the radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, talked about his recovery and desire to return to the broadcast booth after having heart surgery at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.
Fox 6 Now
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Uecker Released From HospitalFrom The Biz of Baseball (May 2010) — Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker thanks his friends, fans, family and his care team at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin as he is released from the hospital.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Brewers Blog
Giving Life: Family Sees Firsthand How Organ Donations Change Lives
From The (Racine) Journal Times (May 2010) — There's no knowing how one act of generosity can change a life - or several lives. Four members of a single Racine-Kenosha family have been affected in one way or another by the generosity of organ donors who literally give of themselves.
Back on the Line: Reliving High School through High-intensity IntervalsFrom jsonline.com (May 2010) — Journal Sentinel reporter and "Off the Couch" blog writer Tom Held writes about how three words — "on the line" — today bring on the same feelings of dread and accomplishment as they did in high school. In his high-tech training at the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Center, Held once again experiences the challenge of interval training.
Uecker Has Heart SurgeryBroadcaster Bob Uecker, the radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, underwent heart surgery Friday at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.
Tom Haudricourt's Brewers Blog on jsonline.com
The Milwaukee Brewers official site
Family Center a Calm Space During Anxious TimesFrom WauwatosaNow.com (April 2010) — The Froedtert Hospital Family Center, which just celebrated 10 years of serving people last month, is the "heartbeat" of the hospital.
Uecker to Have Heart Surgery(April 2010) — Broadcaster Bob Uecker, the radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, will undergo heart surgery Friday at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin and is expected to be out of action for 10-12 weeks.
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Off the Couch blog on jsonline.com
Bellin to Receive Public Relations AwardFrom The Business Journal (April 2010) — Carolyn Bellin, chief public relations officer of Froedtert Hospital, will receive the Dorothy Thomas Black Award on May 25 at the Southeastern Wisconsin Public Relations Society of America's Paragon Awards Banquet.
Slideshow: Froedtert Healing Plaza Groundbreaking CeremonyFrom WISN.com (April 2010) — Patients, contributors, hospital personnel and project officials all gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Froedtert Healing Plaza. The Plaza is scheduled to open in Fall 2010.
"Russian Twist" pins reporter in new workout regimenFrom jsonline.com (April 2010) — Journal Sentinel reporter and "Off the Couch" blog writer Tom Held writes about his encounter with the "Russian Twist" during his high-tech training at the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Center.
Using Employee Wellness, Energy Management to Cut CostsFrom Fierce Health Finance (April 2010) — The recession has forced many hospitals to find creative ways to rein in costs. Some outside-the-box thinking has improved the bottom line at Froedtert Hospital, where a comprehensive employee wellness program has reduced in-house health spending by nearly $1 million. Another significant savings has been realized by a real-time data monitoring system that manages energy consumption on the hospital's 3.2 million-square-foot campus.
Reporter Tries Scientific Approach to TrainingFrom jsonline.com (April 2010) — Journal Sentinel reporter and "Off the Couch" blog writer Tom Held decides to go high-tech with his training, working with the team at the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Center to measure his VO2 max and anaerboic threshold.
Cancer Patient to Get Her Medication From jsonline.com (April 2010) — Paula Oertel, whose brain tumor disappeared for nine years while she was on an unapproved drug and returned after she lost her insurance coverage, will be allowed to go back on the drug as the result of a decision by Medicare officials.
A Head's Up That Could Save Your LifeFrom wauwatosanow.com (April 2010) — Uncommon but serious, cancer of the head and neck can take away things most people take for granted, like speech, eating, and appearance. To spread awareness of the disease and encourage people to get screened, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin will provide free screenings on Wednesday, April 14, from 4-6 pm at the Clinical Cancer Center.
Doyle Announces New Office of Health Care ReformFrom WISN.com (April 2010) — Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle came to the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center on April 7 to discuss healthcare reform and the state's response, including the creation of the new Office of Health Care Reform.
Departing CFO Discusses 30-Year CareerFrom Becker's Hospital Review (April 2010) — Blaine J. O'Connell, retiring senior vice president and CFO for Froedtert & Community Health, discusses what he believes is most rewarding and most challenging about being involved in healthcare finance, and how the profession has evolved over the years.
System Upgrades Help Save $500,000From The Business Journal (April 2010) — In the first six months of fiscal 2010, Froedtert Hospital has cut $500,000 from its energy costs and is on track to reduce costs by $1 million by June 30.
Gift of Volunteering on Display at Froedtert Hospital From jsonline.com (March 2010) — Walk with Geny Kroll through the Froedtert Hospital corridors and you realize that just about everyone knows her. That's because over the past 18 years, she's logged more than 18,000 hours as a volunteer at the West End Shoppe. And she's just one of a small army of volunteers who stock the shelves and work the cash registers.
Petasnick: Health Care Reform Should Lower CostsFrom WISN.com (March 2010) — William Petasnick, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert & Community Health, says that the health care reform legislation isn't perfect, but it is "a good start." The legislation may provide a way of removing the 'hidden tax' and reduce costs because healthcare providers won't need to cover the costs of care provided to the uninsured.
Colorectal Cancer AwarenessFrom FOX6Now.com (March 2010) — Kirk Ludwig, MD, discusses the importance of screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50, or earlier if you have a family history of the disease. Dr. Ludwig says that the cure rate for colorectal cancer is high when detected early.
Counselors Tend to Hospital Patients' Financial WorriesFrom jsonline.com (March 2010) — While healthcare reform will bring changes, the need for financial counselors such as Beth Ehlen will remain. Along with her knowledge of a wide array of programs that can help patients pay for their care, she brings an unfailing cheer to her work.
Woman's Move Triggers Loss of Coverage for Cancer TreatmentFrom jsonline.com (March 2010) — For almost 10 years, Paula Oertel's brain tumor was kept at bay by a drug that was not approved to treat her condition. Then a move from one county to another triggered a review of her health insurance from Medicare, which eventually led to a loss of coverage, including the drug. And the tumor returned within four months.
Shopportunities: Small Stones Health Resource CenterFrom jsonline.com (March 2010) — The notion of wellness has been around for a while now. The Small Stones Health Resource Center seeks to pull together the best of what's out there in the field, with a common-sense approach to health and well-being. The center offers reading recommendations, workshops, health screenings, exercise tips, help with finding a Medical College physician, and nurse educators who can answer questions
Using Genetic Diagnosis for a Healthy BabyFrom WUWM.com (March 2010) — Jana Strobel and her husband Tim used preimplantation genetic diagnosis to avoid passing along recessive genes that cause autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD). Their daughter, Addison, is the first baby born after this screening was used.
Quality of Life Entering a Gray AreaFrom jsonline.com (March 2010) — Edmund Duthie, MD, is one of fewer than 8,000 board-certified geriatricians in the United States. In a field where there is no shortage of work as the population ages and lifespans increase, there is a shortage of geriatricians, a gap likely to grow as the population ages.
Family Center Celebrates 10 Years of Helping FamiliesFrom wauwatosanow.com (March 2010) — Tradition says gifts of tin and aluminum should be given on your ten year anniversary. However, this year in the Froedtert Hospital Family Center, staff and volunteers gave the same thing they have given the past 10 years…smiles, support and compassion.
Mother and Son To Undergo TransplantFrom TodaysTMJ4.com (March 2010) — In need of a life-saving kidney transplant, Parker Scaife will receive his new kidney — from his mother. Lindsay Scaife will have one of her kidneys removed at Froedtert Hospital. The organ will then be promptly implanted in Parker’s body at Children’s Hospital.
Elm Grove Police Officer Pays Price For BraveryFrom WISN.com (March 2010) — It's been nine months since John Krahn was deemed a hero. The Elm Grove police officer stayed in the path of an oncoming train last Memorial Day, trying to free a 2-year-old child whose minivan was stuck on the tracks. Krahn recently underwent his sixth surgery since the crash, a procedure performed at Froedtert Hospital.
What You Need to Know: Endometriosis & InfertilityFrom Wisconsin Woman of Greater Milwaukee (February 2010) — What is endometriosis? According to Estil Strawn, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and director of Froedtert Hospital’s Reproductive Medicine Center, endometriosis is most likely a genetically inherited disease where some of the blood during a woman’s menstruation cycle is not released from the body.
Barrett's Hand Surgery Goes SmoothlyFrom jsonline.com (February 2010) — Mayor Tom Barrett's hand surgery went smoothly, according to an email from his office. "The mayor would like to thank the medical staff at Froedtert for their efforts today, and he is looking forward to returning to work," a spokesman for Barrett said in a statement.
Study Finds Uptick in Strokes Among Younger People From jsonline.com (February 2010) — Stroke has been long thought of as an old person's disease, but in a little over a decade the percentage of people age 20 to 45 having strokes has more than doubled in some segments of the population, according to data presented at an American Stroke Association conference.
Petasnick: Get Involved in the Health Care DebateFrom htrnews.com (February 2010) — In a guest column authored for the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, Bill Petasnick, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert & Community Health, says that the push for major healthcare overhaul has lost its momentum. A new course must now be set, and public participation can have a profound effect.
Sixty Seizures to None: Young Girl Overcomes EpilepsyFrom ABC News (February 2010) — For most of her life, Amanda Momberg took medication to control seizures. But at age 16, the medications stopped working, and Amanda suddenly started having 60 to 100 seizures a day. It was then that Amanda had a MEG scan at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. MEG is an imaging technique used by doctors to detect changes in the brain. But unlike other imaging tests, the MEG scanner tracks changes in the brain instantaneously. The scan and successful surgery have eliminated Amanda's seizures and given her a "sky's the limit" future.
Changing Salt Habits Could Save Your LifeFrom WISN.com (February 2010) — Doctors say they have found what is close to a silver bullet when it comes to the battle against heart disease — a change that can add years to your life, improve your quality of life and save money. A recent study suggests that three fewer grams of salt per day could reduce the rates of heart attack, heart disease, and stroke by approximately 30 percent.
Second Chance After Liver DiseaseFrom TodaysTMJ4.com (January 2010) — Whether she's running cross country, doing homework, or just watching TV, Brianne Catarozoli is like any other 20-year-old college student — with a 51-year-old liver. Diagnosed with Wilson's disease, a rare genetic disorder of the liver, Brianne got a second chance at life thanks to an organ donor.
Petasnick: Key to Reform is Tackling Barriers Standing in Way of Clinical IntegrationFrom AHANews.com (January 2010) — In an article authored for AHA News, Bill Petasnick, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert & Community Health, says that health care reform offers an opportunity to achieve the type of systemic changes that can expand coverage, improve quality and care coordination, reward better care, promote innovation and reduce cost. But delivering on that promise requires the removal of longstanding barriers to clinical integration among hospitals, physicians and other caregivers.
Looking for Health Info Online Requires CareFrom the (Racine) Journal Times (January 2010) — More people than ever, about 61 percent of adults, have looked up health information online, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The key is discerning good information from content that sounds too good to be true — and often is.
Volunteer Still Going StrongFrom the (Racine) Journal Times (January 2010) — At 71, Gottfried Georgi is retired. But he also works 40 hours a week volunteering at Racine Unified's high school automotive program. He doesn't let his age — or the fact that he has Parkinson's disease — slow him down. With the right attitude and careful medical management through his Medical College of Wisconsin physician, Gottfried manages to stay active and involved.
Family's Past Troubles Fade in their Happy New RealityFrom WestAllisNow.com (January 2010) — After trying to start a family for a year, a visit to the doctor resulted in startling diagnosis for Michael and Stephanie Adrihan — Mike had cancer. "We went in because we wanted a baby," Stephanie said. "We walked out with cancer." Thankfully their story has a doubly happy ending.
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