Froedtert Hospital News Room
Archive July to December 2010
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Built for SpeedFrom advanceweb.com (December 2010) — Speed skating is a thrilling sport for both spectators and participants. However, with participation comes the risk of injuries ranging from muscle imbalances to those resulting from falls. The Performance Enhancement Program at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Center is designed to meet the needs of athletes such as speed skaters who are seeking treatment for an injury or those who may be looking to employ preventive measures.
Uecker Plans to Work in 2011From MLB.com (December 2010) — Milwaukee Brewers announcer Bob Uecker looks forward to getting back to work this spring. "Mr. Baseball" takes a little time out to thank his fans and his care team at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.
Thanatology Nurses Move Grief Work Beyond PlatitudesFrom Advance for Nursers (December 2010) — Nurses like Froedtert Hospital's Sandra Wolf, MSN, are making the commitment to get thanatology certification to help families in time of bereavement.
State Team Publishes Trailblazing DNA Work From jsonline.com (December 2010) — Doctors and scientists in Wisconsin have published the first detailed account of a groundbreaking medical case in which they sequenced all the genes of a very sick young boy from Monona and used the information to treat the child. Genetic experts say the case signals a new era in medicine in which doctors will be able to read our genetic script to diagnose and sometimes treat maladies, especially cancers and rare hereditary diseases.
Volunteer: Geny Kroll, Froedtert HospitalFrom Biztimes.com (December 2010) — Visitors to Bobbe’s Gift Shoppe at Froedtert Hospital will find more than the typical get well card, flowers or a forgotten toothbrush. They'll also find Geny Kroll, who has volunteered for more than 18 years and has logged more than 18,000 hours, many as the shop's buyer.
Taking Control of DiabetesFrom CBS58.com (December 2010) — For people living with diabetes, managing the disease starts with the right frame of mind. Jeannie Lehmann found just that when she came under the care of Irene O'Shaughnessy, MD, FACP, an endocrinologist at Frodetert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. Jeannie says she has turned the tables on her disease: "I don't feel like I'm controlled by my diabetes. I feel like I'm in control of it."
Changing World of Health CareFrom Bradley Hilltopics Online (December 2010) — When Catherine McNeal Jacobson was promoted to chief financial officer at Rush Health Plans in Chicago in 1990, she thought she had "no business in the world" being a CFO at the age of 27. Today, as the new executive vice president for finance and strategy at Froedtert Health, a health system and academic medical center in Milwaukee, Cathy is once again poised to help another top-notch health system provide superior patient care and, bottom line, to make a difference in the lives of patients.
Paralyzed Accident Victim Fights for Right to Die From jsonline.com (November 2010) — Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin released the following statement in response to this story: We have been caring for Daniel since his injury brought him to Froedtert Hospital 24 years ago. His situation is difficult and complex, and we understand the frustration he feels. However, we believe it would be inappropriate and irresponsible for us to discuss the details of his treatment in a news story. Read the jsonline.com artilce.
Cancers Diagnosed Late Despite Effective Detection Methods From jsonline.com (November 2010) — Nearly half of colorectal and cervical cancers and a third of breast cancers are diagnosed at late stages, when treatment is more difficult, despite the availability of effective screenings, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Amazing Recovery From TodaysTMJ4.com (November 2010) — If you see Janice Johnson struggle to get on her horse, you may not think she's been riding for 30 years. However, you also might not know that she cheated death to get back to the point of again being able to ride. After surviving a horrible car accident, she's knows one thing for sure: "It's good to be back."
Breast Cancer Survivor Helps Open Healing PlazaFrom sheboyganpress.com (November 2010) — Breast cancer survivor Elaine Rettig joined more than 150 people at a dedication ceremony Oct. 19 to mark the opening of a new Healing Plaza at Froedtert Hospital. Money from more than 400 donors created the distinctive garden plaza located near the entrance to the East Clinics building.
Miracle ChapelFrom Today's TMJ4 (November 2010) — People around the country are talking about the story — and calling it a miracle — of two men, both praying in a small chapel in Oconomowoc, both getting a call from Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin regarding life-saving kidney transplants.
Lieutenant Governor-Elect Kleefisch To Begin Chemotherapy (November 2010) — Lieutenant Governor-Elect Rebecca Kleefisch has decided to undergo six months of chemotherapy to reduce the chance that her colon cancer will come back. Kleefisch said that "As a 35-year-old wife and mother with two small children, I am following the recommendation of my doctor to begin preventive treatment. I was given the choice of whether to do chemo, and we decided as a family that it's the right choice for me."
Froedtert Hospital is 'Most-preferred' in Milwaukee From bizjournals.com (November 2010) — Froedtert Hospital has been named the “most-preferred” hospital in Milwaukee for the sixth year, according to the National Research Corporation’s 2010-11 Consumer Choice Award. The award recognizes hospitals across the United States that health care consumers consider to have the highest quality care and reputation. Froedtert was one of just four Wisconsin hospitals to make the list. The organizations selected for the Consumer Choice Awards are chosen by people who live in the communities the hospitals serve.
Bob Uecker Released from Hospital From WISN.com (October 2010) — Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker has been released from Froedtert Hospital, eight days after his second heart surgery this year. “I want to thank the doctors and staff at Froedtert again for the terrific care throughout the surgery and recovery,” Uecker said in a statement released by the team
Froedtert Hospital Dedicates New Healing PlazaFrom WauwatosaNOW.com (October 2010) — Contributions from more than 400 donors have created a peaceful oasis on the Froedtert Hospital campus. A distinctive 20,000-square-foot garden plaza wreathed in trees, grasses and shrubs and accented with a pergola, benches, walking paths and a waterwall now graces the entrance to East Clinics building.
Back in the Saddle After TragedyFrom jsonline.com (October 2010) — It's been a year since Janice Johnson was accidentally run over twice, dragged under a car for about 50 feet and then dropped to the pavement outside her workplace, a heap of broken bones and other life-threatening injuries. Today, she's back in the saddle again, learning to ride horseback all over again.
Report: Diabetes Patients May Triple by 2050From jsonline.com (October 2010) — A new federal report projects that one in three American adults could have diabetes by 2050. The report cites three key demographic factors: an aging population more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, the kind associated with obesity; increases in minority groups that are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes; and people with diabetes living longer.
Improving Lives for Liver Cancer PatientsFrom jsonline.com (October 2010) — Helen Godfrey, a former adminstrator at UW-Stevens Point, was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2008. When traditional treatments didn't work, she turned to William S. Rilling, MD, FSIR, an interventional radiologist at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Rilling uses drug eluting beads filled with chemotherapy to administer medicine directly to tumors while preserving healthy tissue surrounding the affected area.
Uecker Has Successful SurgeryFrom jsonline.com (October 2010) — Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcaster Bob Uecker has undergone a second successful heart surgery. The six-hour surgery was performed by Alfred C. Nicolosi, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. Uecker is expected to be back in the broadcast booth when the Brewers begin spring training in February 2011.
Froedtert Implements New System to Improve Medication Dosage AccuracyFrom biztimes.com (October 2010) — To achieve a higher level of patient safety and prescription accuracy, Froedtert Hospital has invested in new state-of-the-art technology that manages the pharmacy work flow more efficiently through digital record checks that occur throughout the prescription-fill process.
Volleyball Player Back on Court 10 Days After Near-fatal StrokeFrom sheboyganpress.com (October 2010) — Just 10 days after suffering a near-fatal stroke at volleyball practice, Maddy Kaat was back on the volleyball court.
Uecker to Have New Heart SurgeryFrom jsonline.com (October 2010) — The Milwaukee Brewers announced that Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker will undergo a second heart surgery at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. The team said the surgery is needed because of a pseudoaneurysm, or tear, at the site of his valve replacement.
Teen Stroke Victim Considers Herself Medical MiracleFrom Today's TMJ4 (September 2010) — Maddy Kaat, 16, had a stroke at volleyball practice. She somehow passed the blood clot that caused the stroke on her own, while on Flight For Life to Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.
Chaplain Stern Helps Cancer PatientsFrom WauwatosaNOW.com (September 2010) — Tosa resident Steve Stern has always been a quiet man who enjoys listening to what people have to say, so it was only natural that after a 19-year career as a parish minister, he took a position as hospital chaplain at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin's Clinical Cancer Center.
Lt. Gov. Candidate Reveals Major Health Scare(September 2010) — In this year's Republican primary race for Lt. Governor of Wisconsin, Rebecca Kleefish battled four opponents she knew about and one she didn't — colon cancer. On Sept. 2, a tumor the size of a grapefruit was removed from her colon by Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin surgeon Kirk Ludwig, MD, who says that the cancer was found at a stage where the likelihood of cure is quite high and the possibility of recurrence is fairly low.
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Ballet, UWM, Froedtert & The Medical College Plan Joint Facility Downtown From jsonline.com (September 2010) — The Milwaukee Ballet announced at its annual meeting that Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts have joined it in The Harmony Initiative, a new collaborative dance and sports medicine facility.
Cancer Center's Clever Hire From jsonline.com (September 2010) — Dr. James Thomas knows how clinical trials work and understands how to maneuver the regulatory thickets involved in getting new medications to market. He joined The Medical College of Wisconsin on Sept. 1 and brings expertise that will bolster the school's efforts to help commercialize more research and earn a designation as a comprehensive cancer center from the National Cancer Institute.
When Serious Illness Strikes Young ParentsFrom Metro Parent (September 2010) — When a parent is diagnosed with a critical illness, life's challenges are multiplied and complicated by new battles. Children of all ages notice changes in the household when a parent is ill, a situation that makes honest and open communication between parent and child even more critical.
Brain Conference Convenes in Wauwatosa From jsonline.com (September 2010) — Some 350 scientists and brain experts from around the world are gathered at The Medical College of Wisconsin to discuss their work under a banner likely to induce brain strain: The Second International Conference on Resting-State Functional Brain Connectivity. The conference title refers to the 1995 demonstration by researchers at The Medical College that the brain is never truly at rest.
Teens Glimpse the Effects of Bad DrivingFrom NewBerlinNow.com (September 2010) — Screams pierce the air. Emergency personnel use the Jaws of Life to peel the top off a mangled automobile. Flight for Life transports a paralyzed victim. The victims were young, as were the spectators — students at New Berlin West high school who witnessed "Forever Changed," a mock crash presented to illustrate the dangers of engaging in risky behavior while driving. The program was the result of a collaboration among the New Berlin fire and police departments, Froedtert Hospital and Flight for Life.
Family Breast Cancer: When to Worry About GeneticsFrom jsonline.com (September 2010) — Genetics can play a significant role in a woman's chance of developing breast cancer. The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer is the Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome, the result of a single mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found benefits for women with these two gene variants.
Living with Hope Despite Incurable Liver CancerFrom stevenspointjournal.com (September 2010) — Helen Godfrey isn't one to complain about sickness or pain. When initial treatment and surgery failed to treat her liver cancer, she found another option. William Rilling, MD, FSIR, interventional radiologist at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, began treating Godfrey with a different form of chemotherapy called chemoembolization. The therapy administers medicine directly to the tumor, maintaining healthy tissue around the tumor while shrinking it.
Froedtert Completes Purchase of Six ProHealth Clinics From jsonline.com (September 2010) — Froedtert Health has completed its purchase from ProHealth Care of the medical practices of about 50 doctors in Menomonee Falls, Germantown and Hartford. The acquisition also includes a behavioral health clinic and rehabilitation clinic in Menomonee Falls as well as a physician practice in Sussex.
How Does Milwaukee Stand Out?From Greater Milwaukee Today (August 2010) — Two cancer specialists with Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center talk about why they left renowned cancer centers in other states to practice here.
Froedtert’s Hill Rolls Up Sleeves for Diversity RoleFrom The Business Journal (August 2010) — A philosophy of inclusion and innovation characterizes the work of Froedtert Health's chief diversity officer, Joseph Hill.
Wisconsin Farmers See Increase in Demand for EggsFrom WISN Milwaukee (August 2010) — Advice from Froedtert Hospital dietitian Patti Cobb about making sure eggs are safe to eat.
Breast Cancer Survivors Swim-Bike-Run with Surgeon after Diagnosis-Treatment-RecoveryFrom the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (August 2010) — Breast cancer specialist Amanda Kong, MD, and two of her patients train together to compete in the Danskin triathlon.
Oncologist Fights Own Battle With Breast CancerFrom WISN Milwaukee (August 2010) — Cancer physician Mary Horowitz, MD, talks about her own experience with breast cancer and the insights it gave her.
Inside Mayor Barrett's RecoveryFrom Today's TMJ4 (August 2010) — One year ago, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was attacked near State Fair Park. Over the last year, he had three surgeries and spent many hours in therapy at Froedtert & The Medical College Hand Center to heal his severely injured hand.
ProHealth to Sell Physician Practices to FroedtertFrom the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (August 2010) — ProHealth Care and Froedtert & Community Health are close to an agreement to sell 51 physician practices in the Germantown, Hartford and Menomonee Falls areas to Froedtert & Community Health.
Doctor Blames Death on Drug DenialFrom the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (August 2010) — A woman whose cancerous brain tumor was in remission for nine years finally lost her battle, despite her doctor's efforts to get her insurance coverage restored for a drug he hoped could save her life.
Healthy Summer SkinFrom Wauwatosa Now (August 2010) — Sun exposure can damage skin, accelerating aging and even lead to skin cancer, but there are a host of options for protecting and repairing summer skin.
Road to RecoveryFrom Today's TMJ4 (August 2010) — A Racine woman receiving cancer care at Froedtert & The Medical College Clinical Cancer Center gets help from a free transportation program offered by the American Cancer Society.
Tosa Institutions Reach Out to Larger CommunityFrom Wauwatosa Now (August 2010) — Wauwatosa Now columnist Robert Warde applauds initiatives expanding medical research and cancer care in our community.
Why Don't Men Visit the Doctor More?From WUWM: Lake Effect (August 2010) — When it comes to their health, men are the weaker sex. They don't get checkups as often as women, are hospitalized more often with preventable illnesses, and they die younger. WUWM-FM's "Lake Effect" show asks Dr. Bob Gleeson, director of Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Executive Health program, to explain why men avoid doctors and what's being done to change that.
The US Transplant Games(August 2010) — The US Transplant Games, held in Madison July 30-August 3, drew 1,600 organ transplant recipients from throughout the country, plus thousands of families and friends. Thirty-five of these athletes were patients of the Froedtert & Medical College Transplant Center who competed in track, field and swim events with determination and pride worthy of the Olympics. The event is organized by the National Kidney Foundation to spread organ donation awareness by showcasing the success of life after transplantation.
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Drug That Could Stop Stroke Isn't Always UsedFrom the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (July 2010) — A growing number of hospitals that say they are equipped to use a clot-dissolving drug that can stop a stroke don't always use it, a Journal Sentinel investigation found. "The whole culture of treating stroke hasn't caught up with the science," said Diane Book, MD, medical director of the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Stroke and Neurovascular Program.
Uecker to return to the booth(July 2010) — Three months after undergoing heart surgery, the Milwaukee Brewers veteran radio broadcaster will be back in the booth for Friday's game. Fans and players are excited about having him back.
Radio Business Report article
Milwaukee-area Research Schools are a Study in CollaborationFrom the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (July 2010) — A $20 million grant awarded to The Medical College of Wisconsin by the National Institutes of Health will help fund a Milwaukee research consortium aimed at more quickly moving lab discoveries into treatment, training more researchers and engaging the community in its efforts.
View From the Waiting Room: Health Reform is HereFrom Third Coast Digest (July 2010) — Local experts at a recent public forum offered perspectives on national healthcare reform and how it will affect Wisconsin residents. Among them was Froedtert President & CEO Bill Petasnick, who views the legislation as a starting point for achieving a healthier community.
Sunscreen Dangers?From Today's TMJ4 (July 2010) — A controversial report about sunscreens shouldn't stop people from using them, because benefits far outweigh any risk, says Medical College of Wisconsin physician David Larson. Dr. Larson says sunscreens are essential to protecting skin from damage, including skin cancer, and should be used year around, every day.
Summertime Can Be Perfect Time to Lose WeightFrom the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (July 2010) — Summer, with its abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, is a great time to lose a few pounds. Sarah Zangerle, dietitian with Froedtert & The Medical College Comprehensive Weight Loss Center, offers tips to kick-start your program.
Experts Urge Nonpartisan Cooperation for Health CareFrom the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (July 2010) — William Petasnick, president & CEO of Froedtert & Community Health, spoke at a Milwaukee panel discussion on healthcare reform and cited improving care, reducing waste, lessening variation in care and slowing costs as challenges confronting the nation's healthcare system.
Cancer Network Formed(July 2010) — Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin have formed a regional cancer network to enhance access to specialists in the community hospital setting. Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls and St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend are the first hospitals to join the network, making additional cancer specialties available in both communities.
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