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Bechtel Returns Home to Run Froedtert’s Nursing StaffFrom The Business Journal (December 2009) — Just 10 weeks into her new position as Froedtert’s chief nursing officer, Kathleen Bechtel is highly impressed with the 1,500 nurses on the hospital’s staff. But she's not surprised. Five years ago, when a family member was admitted to Froedtert, Bechtel came away with a very high opinion of the nursing care her family received.
Froedtert Creates Health Screening Program for ExecutivesFrom BizTimes.com (December 2009) — Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin have established the Executive Health Program to bring health care convenience to the busy lives of executives. Robert Gleeson, MD, director of the Wisconsin Executive Health program, says the program provides an intensive six-hour review of a person’s health and wellness. An executive can get all necessary tests and see all necessary specialists, typically with one appointment.
Shawano's Buettner Family has Reason to Celebrate
From the Green Bay Press Gazette (December 2009) — LoriLynn Krausert Buettner gave birth to her son the same day she had a cancerous tumor and surrounding tissues removed from under her arm. Today, her son Isaac is an energetic 4-year-old who loves dinosaurs and playing with his sister. And every year on Isaac's birthday, LoriLynn takes a moment to remember she is one year further removed from the rare sarcoma that could have taken her life.
Dietitian Aids Participant in People Magazine's Weight Loss Challenge
From People Magazine (December 2009) — West Allis chef Rebecca Skroback recently shed nearly 70 lbs. in People magazine's Weight Loss Challenge. Froedtert Hospital dietitian Amy Kulwicki developed a 1,400 calorie diet that allowed for a few "sample" bites of rich dishes while still helping Rebecca to be one of two people who lost the most weight in the Challenge.
Grateful Cancer Survivor, College Classmates Create Film to Benefit Froedtert HospitalFrom fdlreporter.com (December 2009) — When Craig Hatch, a 20-year-old junior at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, he could have simply gone through radiation treatment and moved on with his major in finance. Instead, he decided to make a difference. He raised $4,150 for cancer research and made a class video to share his experience.
Froedtert RN Instrumental in Creating Transplant Nursing StandardsFrom BizTimes.com (December 2009) — Sue Dummer knew that she wanted to be in health care after traveling around with her grandfather on hospital rounds as a child. Dummer, a transplant nurse and nurse educator at Froedtert Hospital, has played an instrumental role in the creation of standards in transplant nursing nationally.
Health Care Debate: Hope and Skepticism on the Front LinesFrom USA Today (December 2009) — The men and women who run hospitals, nursing homes, community health care centers and private practices say they are hopeful, but wary, about the changes that might follow if Congress passes legislation to overhaul the health care system. William Petasnick, president and CEO of Froedtert Hospital, says that while current proposals will help, major changes need to reach beyond insurance.
Medical Unit has to be Ready for AnythingFrom jsonline.com (December 2009) — A helicopter lands, delivering wounded soldiers into the controlled chaos of an emergency medical facility. It's not a scene from "M*A*S*H." It's reality at the U.S. Army Reserve 452nd Combat Support Hospital in Afghanistan, where several Froedtert Hospital nurses are serving their country and their fellow soldiers.
Analysis finds Decline of Hormone Therapy Decreases Breast Cancer CasesFrom jsonline.com (December 2009) — The declining use of hormone therapy among women has led to fewer invasive breast cancer cases, according to an analysis by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The research quantifies and advances the idea that the dramatic decline in hormone use beginning in 2002 was the cause of a reduction in the breast cancer rate that began the following year.
Milwaukee Man’s Prognosis May Help Other Leukemia PatientsFrom Today's TMJ4 (November 2009) — Since he was young, Eric McLean has been a fighter. And now the 25-year-old is in the fight of his life. Having beaten leukemia twice, Eric is now battling the disease for a third time. And he's winning, thanks to some innovative treatments.
Thankful for LifeFrom the (Racine) Journal Times (November 2009) — Lung transplant recipient Bob Wehrly is thankful to the organ donor who has given him life and to her family.
Froedtert Names New Chief Nursing OfficerFrom The Business Journal (November 2009) — Froedtert Hospital has named Kathleen Bechtel as chief nursing officer. As a member of the hospital’s senior management team, Bechtel will lead both the inpatient and outpatient nursing practice of more than 1,500 nurses and will work in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin physicians.
Get That MammogramFrom jsonline.com (November 2009) — Frank Wilson, MD, chairman and Bernard & Miriam Peck Family professor of radiation oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, writes in an opinion piece that The American Cancer Society is not changing its recommendations for breast cancer screening, despite the recent United States Preventive Services Task Force announcement of a change to its guidelines for mammography that no longer recommends routine screening for women age 40-49.
Maker of Imaging Software Receives $1.6 grantFrom jsonline.com (November 2009) — Prism Clinical Imaging Inc., located in Elm Grove, will use a portion of a $1.6 million grant for a controlled study evaluating the benefits of their technology on brain cancer patients at Froedtert Hospital. Clinical data collected at Froedtert over the past three years shows patients undergoing Prism software-assisted brain tumor surgery had a significantly better chance of avoiding neurological side effects than the national average.
A Personal Reason to Focus on Male Breast CancerFrom the Wisconsin State Journal (November 2009) — Unis Matthews helps spread the word that breast cancer, while not as common in men, can target anyone.
Froedtert Creates "Flu Team" to Immunize StaffFrom WISN.com (October 2009) — To help keep staff healthy and caring for patients, Froedtert Hospital has created a "flu team" that administers flu vaccines to staff members in their work areas. This proactive approach has resulted in a 50 percent increase in vaccinations compared to last year.
Froedtert & The Medical College Move Up Medical Center RanksFrom The Business Journal (October 2009) — Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin has been ranked 10th in an annual review by the University HealthSystem Consortium, a nationally recognized scorecard measuring the quality of major academic medical centers.
H1N1 Questions and AnswersFrom Today's TMJ4 (October 2009) — Dan DeBehnke, Medical College of Wisconsin emergency physician, answers some common questions about the H1N1 flu.
A Debate Hijacked by Myth, Fear and Lies From jsonline.com (October 2009) — William Petasnick, president and CEO of Froedtert & Community Health, offered a matter-of-fact view of the current healthcare debate.
Magnetoencephalography: A New Way to View the Brain From WUWM.com (October 2009) — Sylvain Baillet, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin and director of the Magnetoencephalography (M.E.G.) program, discussed the significant benefits of this newest generation of imaging technology on WUWM's Lake Effect (audio clip is the second item in the center column).
Ride for Parkinson's AwarenessFrom TodaysTMJ4.com (October 2009) — More than one million people have Parkinson's disease — a degenerative disorder that impairs a person's motor skills. George McCullough, diagnosed with Parkinson's eight years ago, is riding past the odds and participating in the 'Moving Forward' Ride/Walk for Parkinson's.
Ohio Fertility Clinic Mix-Up Raises Questions About In VitroFrom WISN.com (October 2009) — When an Ohio woman recently gave birth to another couple's child after a fertility clinic mix-up, it raised questions about the already emotional process of in vitro fertilization. Estil Strawn, MD, a fertility specialist at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, tries to add perspective to what is a very rare situation.
Miracle Heart Transplant for Man With Reversed OrgansFrom ABC News Good Morning America (September 2009) — Jack Eigel, 53, was born with a rare condition called Situs Inversus, which causes all of his organs, including his heart, to be reversed. After a heart attack several years ago, Jack came to Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin for care. When it became clear that he needed a heart transplant, Jack was put on the waiting list at Froedtert and, to increase his odds of receiving a new heart, at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.
Good Morning America reports on this miracle transplant. The report includes an interview with Alfred Nicolosi, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin cardiothoracic surgeon.
Study Investigates Role of Genetics in Obesity, Hypertension, and DiabetesFrom Medical Economics (September 2009) — The Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Metabolic Syndrome Clinic is currently following 500 midwestern families to study the role of genetics in obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.
Froedtert Hosts Healthcare Reform DiscussionFrom Wisconsin Public Radio (September 2009) — Wisconsin Public Radio's "Conversations with Kathleen Dunn" program featured a discussion on healthcare reform involving guest panelists representing the insurance industry as well as state legislators, physicians and healthcare leaders. The program was broadcast live from Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Subscribers to Wisconsin Public Radio have access to the program archives. We have also made it available here for download (50MB file).
Petasnick 'Disappointed' in Tone of Reform DebateFrom The Business Journal (September 2009) — Bill Petasnick, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert & Community Health, said he is disappointed in the dialog surrounding national health care reform, particularly the amount of misinformation being distributed by politicians.
Dying to be Insured: Nicki's StoryFrom Today's TMJ4 (September 2009) — Nicki Cyrak had to fight in order to ensure that she had her double lung transplant at the hospital of her choice — Froedtert Hospital.
Healthcare Providers Need to Stay Healthy to Battle Swine FluFrom WISN (September 2009) — To better protect the public from the H1N1 flu, healthcare professionals must remain healthy themselves, according to Christopher Decker, MD, a Medical College of Wisconsin physician specializing in emergency medicine and director of clinical services for the Froedtert Emergency Department. Dr. Decker says staff have been preparing for weeks to handle every scenario from a small outbreak to a pandemic.
Woman Has Double Lung TransplantFrom Today's TMJ4 (August 2009) — A fighting spirit and a few helping hands combined to help Nicki Cyrak, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, receive a double lung transplant close to home at Froedtert Hospital.
Financial Programs Available to UninsuredFrom WISN (August 2009) — Laura Olla had breast cancer. What she did not have was insurance. Her efforts to get the treatment she needed hit one roadblock after another, until the Clinical Cancer Center at Froedtert Hospital became her wellness and financial lifeline through Froedtert's financial assistance program.
Study Identifies Strategies to Retain Experienced NursesFrom PRNewswire (July 2009) — According to a new study supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a number of healthcare organizations lowered turnover rates among experienced nurses by making a concerted effort to improve nurse morale and productivity. Among the case studies examined was an initiative in the Virtual Intensive Care Unit at Froedtert Hospital.
Reform and the Bottom LineFrom HealthLeaders Magazine (July 2009) — Froedtert & Community Health President and CEO William Petasnick weighs in on the healthcare reform debate.
Froedtert Adopts Electronic Medical Records(July 2009) — Froedtert Hospital has flipped the digital switch to rolling out electronic medical records. The hospital is well ahead of President Obama's five-year goal of making the transition to a paperless medical world.
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