Froedtert Hospital News Room
Archive January to June 2012
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Hospitals Ready to Deal with Heat-related CasesFrom Fox6NOW.com (June 2012) — Temperatures in the 90s, heat indices in the 100s, and high humidity levels are a danger to everyone — especially the elderly and other vulnerable populations. Heat stroke or sun stroke can be a potentially fatal condition, even if you're relatively healthy.
Surgeons Discuss Bariatric Options for GERD and Hiatal HerniasFrom General Surgery News (June 2012) — Bariatric surgery should be considered as part of the treatment options for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and/or large hiatal hernias in obese patients, according to Dr. Jon Gould, bariatric surgeon with Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Gould believes that although procedures specifically for the treatment of GERD and/or hiatal hernia may address those problems, they do nothing to address the underlying obesity that contributes to or exacerbates those problems and may increase risk for recurrence.
Heroes by Anyone's DefinitionFrom waukeshanow.com (June 2012) — The lives of a Chicago area couple visiting Waukesha changed in an instant when the driver had a heart attack and crashed their car. Paramedics rushed the couple to Froedtert & The Medical College Level I trauma center. Weeks later, the driver's grateful brother describes the experience and the lifesaving efforts that occurred that day.
Female College Athletes Need Better Screening for Health Problems, Researchers ReportFrom WauwatosaNOW.com (June 2012) — A new study conducted by sports medicine researchers at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin has found there are possible shortfalls in the methods used to screen female athletes for a trio of medical issues called the "female athlete triad." These potential issues with the screening could put athletes at risk for lifelong health problems.
Injured College Student on Path to Full RecoveryFrom TodaysTMJ4.com (May 2012) — On March 14, a car struck Mai Kaw Xiong near an intersection on the east side of Milwaukee. Her doctors feared Xiong would only survive a few days. Now, after months in intensive care, those doctors are telling her she'll soon go home.
West Bend Athlete Beat Clock in Race to Save His BrainFrom OnMilwaukee.com (May 2012) — When it comes to stroke treatment, time is brain. However, that was the last thing on triathlete Karl Schultz's mind after an innocent tumble off his bike during a training ride last year. As he later learned, the fall started in motion a chain of events that led to a blood clot. Thanks to the collaboration between physicians at Froedtert Health St. Joseph's Hospital in West Bend and the acute stroke team at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, Karl is preparing for another summer of competition.
Top Workplace AwardFrom jsonline.com (May 2012) — Froedtert Health was named a 2012 "National Top Workplace" by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The list compiles results from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 30 publishing partners to identify the best employers in the nation. It is based solely on employee feedback from 805 companies with 1,000 or more employees and reflects responses from more than half a million people.
Uninsured, Underinsured Need Access to Health Care From jsonline.com (May 2012) — In a letter to the editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, William Petasnick, chief executive officer of Froedtert Health, and Joy Tapper, executive director of the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, outline a three-pronged strategy of coverage, access and care coordination to help improve access to care for the growing number of uninsured and underinsured individuals in our community.
Froedtert & The Medical College Clinics Earn Medical Home Designation(May 2012) — All nine Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin primary care clinics have received Level 3 (highest level) designation as patient-centered medical homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The three-year designation recognizes programs that use evidence-based, patient-centered processes to address a patient’s entire range of health care needs, emphasizing care coordination, disease prevention and early detection.
Wisconsin Health News
Jacobson Tapped to Navigate Froedtert Through Health Care Change From jsonline.com (May 2012) — Complex. Ambiguous. Uncertain. Changing. Those words are often used to describe today's healthcare environment. They also reflect the current and future challenges that face Catherine Jacobson, who will become chief executive officer of Froedtert Health on July 1.
Campellsport Family Comforted by Daughter's Organ Donation From WISN.com (May 2012) — Though Katie Berg's life tragically ended at age 16 in a car crash, her spirit lives on with her family. Her heart also lives on inside a nine-year-old boy with a new lease on life, thanks to Katie's decision to put an organ donor sticker on her driver's license on the very same day she got the license. The thought of Katie's heart beating on gives her parents a little comfort in the midst of a great tragedy.
Lake in the Hills Man Touts Importance of Organ Donation From Algonquin-Lake In The Hills Patch (April 2012) — Seven years ago Jeff Higgins' life changed. The Illinois man traveled to Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin for a successful kidney transplant. Gone were the four-hour, three-times-per-week dialysis appointments. Now Higgins is helping to promote organ donation in the hopes of reducing the waiting time for others needing this life-changing surgery.
Stem Cells Offer Gift of Life From TodaysTMJ4.com (April 2012) — A stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor was the lifesaving answer for a young Milwaukee man diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a blood cancer. Doctors determined he could receive most of his care on an outpatient basis, an option offered by only a few cancer centers nationwide.
Students Witness Aftermath of Drinking, Texting While Driving(April 2012) — Police officers, firefighters and paramedics responded to the two-car accident. Flight for Life arrived to carry critically injured drivers to Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin's trauma center. One driver was drunk; the other driver, a student, had been texting. Luckily no one was really hurt. The mock crash scene at Cudahy High School was part of Forever Changed, a program designed to show students the devastating impact a serious crash can have on an entire school.
Fox 6 Now
A Head's Up That Could Save Your Life From WaukeshaNOW.com (April 2012) — 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 clinical staff will provide free screenings on Thursday, April 26, from 4-6 pm at Froedtert & The Medical College Cancer Center.
Froedtert Hospital Tests Software Allowing Doctors to Ditch Pagers From WUWM.com (April 2012) — Paging Dr. Batman may soon be a thing of the past. Physicians in the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Emergency Department often wear a "Batman belt" with multiple pagers and other communication devices that help them treat more than 60,000 patients each year. Now, a new smartphone application is allowing physicians to receive alerts and respond immediately to new information while reducing their reliance on pagers.
UWM Proposal Critical to Success From jsonline.com (April 2012) — The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Innovation Park, now under construction in Wauwatosa, will serve as the setting for strong and enduring partnerships between UWM, The Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, the Blood Research Institute and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The goal of the park is to become the largest driver of economic development for southeastern Wisconsin.
Jacobson Recognized for Healthcare LeadershipFrom HFMA.org (April 2012) — Froedtert Health President Cathy Jacobson has been named as one of HealthExecNews.com's annual 10 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare. The list recognizes healthcare leaders who make impacts on hospitals and communities and have successful track records in healthcare leadership.
Froedtert To Build Medical Office Building in New BerlinFrom BizTimes.com (April 2012) — To meet increased demand for outpatient services, Froedtert Health will build a 135,000-square-foot multi-specialty medical office building at the intersection of Moorland Road and West Beloit Road. To be named Moorland Reserve Health Center, the building will house primary care, obstetrics-gynecology and urgent care clinics as well as a variety of specialty clinics and services.
Froedtert CEO Petasnick to Step Down(April 2012) — William Petasnick will step down as chief executive of Froedtert Health on July 1. Catherine Jacobson, president of Froedtert Health, will succeed Petasnick.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Business Journal
Froedtert Among Winners of Milwaukee Neighborhood AwardsFrom bizjournals.com (March 2012) — Froedtert Health's efforts to improve wellness in Milwaukee's Washington Park neighborhood was among the winners of the Local Initiative's Support Corp.'s neighborhood development awards. Froedtert's collaboration with the neighborhood includes sponsorship of a school nurse at Westside Academies I and II, as well as a partnership with the Lisbon Avenue Health Center. Watch the video in the "About Us" section of our website.
Surgery Better Than Pills When Fighting Obesity(March 2012) — More than 25 million Americans — many of them obese — suffer from diabetes. A new study shows that millions of those people likely would benefit from stomach-reduction, or bariatric, surgery. In addition to weight loss, the surgery has an established a range of health benefits including improved blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, reduced sleep apnea and reduced joint pain. The cost of the surgery is usually offset within two to four years by savings in medication costs.
Community Clinics Key to Improving Access to Care (March 2012) — Community health centers play a key role in improving access to health care for people living in low-income neighborhoods. The Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, which includes the chief executives of the five health systems in Milwaukee County, is working to solve the problem.
Device Could Keep Acid Reflux at Bay From jsonline.com (March 2012) — Technology spun off from The Medical College of Wisconsin could provide relief for patients who suffer from severe acid reflux. Patients wear an adjustable band around their necks at night. A small pad in front applies a slight amount of pressure just below the Adam's apple to keep stomach contents down.
Colon Cancer AwarenessFrom fox6now.com (March 2012) — Advances in treatment are making a colorectal cancer diagnosis a little less daunting. Survivor Michael Dec and Froedtert & Medical College colorectal cancer specialist talk about Michael's experience and how early detection improves treatment options and saves lives.
Remote Nurses Manage Patients from States AwayFrom jsonline.com (March 2012) — One of the early adopters of virtual ICU technology, Froedtert Health launched its remote monitoring center in 2005 as a joint venture initiative of Quality Health Solutions, Inc. "I think, through this concept, we are really transforming care delivery," said Virtual ICU director Erin Green.
Seven Health Systems and Medical College of Wisconsin Launch Regional Partnership (March/April 2012) — Froedtert Health, The Medical College of Wisconsin and six health systems are working together as a virtual health care network to launch an accountable care strategy and other health care initiatives.
The Business Journal
Becker's Hospital Review
Green Bay Press Gazette
Military Gives Grant to Professor to Study Concussions From jsonline.com (March 2012) — Concussions aren't just a concern for athletes. They are also the top medical issue for soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because it has been difficult for the military to conduct large-scale controlled studies on the best ways to diagnose and assess the recovery times of those concussions, the Defense Department's U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command has awarded a $1.9 million grant over three years to do it.
Shared Network Beginning to Help Doctors Get Patient Information Fast From jsonline.com (March 2012) — The Wisconsin Health Information Exchange has set out to build a network that eventually will give doctors and other health care providers in southeastern Wisconsin quick access to a patient's basic medical history. By aiding the continuity of care, the result can be better care and potentially lower costs by reducing duplicative tests and unneeded treatment.
Mayor Jensen’s Cancer Cure CompleteFrom Lake County News Sun (March 2012) — Milt Jensen has faced more than a few challenges in life. For the past 15 years he's served as the mayor of Beach Park, Illinois, and before that served in the same role in Zion, Illinois. He's also faced — and beaten — prostate cancer and bladder cancer. So when he was diagnosed with esophogeal cancer, he brought his can-do attitude north of the border to Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.
Orthopedic Surgeons Help Accident Victims Get on the Road to RecoveryFrom M Magazine (February 2012) — More than half of all trauma patients have orthopedic injuries. However, only a small handful of surgeons in Wisconsin specialize in orthopedic trauma. When seven-months-pregnant Brandyce Tolbert was involved in a minivan accident and sustained a complicated hip socket fracture, she met some of those specialists firsthand at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.
Female Athletes Often at Higher Risk for InjuriesFrom M Magazine (February 2012) — Recent decades have brought a big increase in female sports participation at all levels. But along with it has come a dramatically higher rate of specific musculoskeletal injuries and medical conditions compared to male athletes. The culprit? Female biology.
A Closer Look at Diabetes and DrivingFrom TodaysTMJ4.com (February 2012) — A diabetic seizure can be fatal to the person suffering the attack. If that person happens to be behind the wheel of a car at the time of the attack, other lives can be at risk — or lost.
Help For Medical Team of Hometown Heroes From TodaysTMJ4.com (February 2012) — The unoccupied tent housing the 911th Forward Surgical Team in Iraq had burned to the ground in seconds, lost to a rocket attack. No one was injured. However, the attack claimed all of the soldier's personal items including their personal computers that serve as a communication link to loved ones back home. Thanks to the extraordinary effort of local members of the unit, the computers have been replaced — and the vital links home restored.
Stop Back Pain Before It StartsFrom MSN Health (February 2012) — We've got your back. Just a few basic techniques can help prevent back pain before it even begins.
Forty Under 40: Yvonne BrodskyFrom bizjournals.com (February 2012) — For some, community service is a way of giving back. For Yvonne Brodsky, the diversity and inclusion manager for Froedtert Health, giving back is a lifestyle into which she injects boundless energy and a passion to make a difference. Brodsky was recently named one of the Business Journal's Forty Under 40, a group of young professionals who make a difference at work and in the community.
Getting Shocked: A Possible Cure for Sleep Apnea From TodaysTMJ4.com (February 2012) — Electric shock may not sound like a way to cure a sleep problem. But for Dan Gutzman, who had tried other remedies for his snoring and sleep apnea, it offered a new hope. Gutzman underwent surgery to implant a device that, when he snores, will deliver a small electric shock to the muscles in his tongue and open his airway in the same way his body normally would.
Pilot Health Project Aims to Improve Care for UninsuredFrom jsonline.com (February 2012) — Patients without health insurance often seek care at free clinics. A thorny problem arises, however, when a patient is diagnosed with a medical problem that requires specialty care. The Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, a coalition that includes Froedtert Health CEO William Petasnick, recently launched a pilot project to provide more access to care for those patients.
Husband and Wife Battle Disease TogetherFrom TodaysTMJ4.com (February 2012) — Dan and Sue Doyle have stayed strong for each other many times during their 25 years of marriage. That strength was put to the ultimate test — and passed with flying colors — as first Sue, then Dan, then Sue again faced a life-threatening illness.
Affordable Care Act: Cure for U.S. Health Care?From MPTV.org (February 2012) — Froedtert Health CEO William Petasnick participated in a panel discussion focusing on healthcare reform and its impact on health care in Wisconsin. The Affordable Care Act is tackling the problems, piece by piece. But how will this law change American health care?
Milwaukee Breaks Ground In Kidney TransplantsFrom WISN.com (January 2012) — 'ABO Incompatible Kidney Transplant With Plasmapheresis' may have little meaning for most people. However, for tens of thousands of patients awaiting a kidney transplant, it could it mean a significant reduction in the wait for a new kidney. With the help of teams from The Blood Center of Wisconsin and Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, patient Carole Lancour had her wait time reduced from five years to just one.
Friendship Drew Together Kidney Recipient, DonorFrom Walworth County News (January 2012) — The last thing Monica Bahaveolos expected during a routine medical checkup was to hear she may have kidney problems. A kidney specialist confirmed that Bahaveolos would need dialysis, and soon after she was on a daily nine-hour regimen of home treatment. Then something extraordinary happened, in the form of a kidney from a friend.
Bill Would Eliminate Costly Difference Between Oral, IV ChemotherapyFrom jsonline.com (January 2012) — Oral chemotherapy drugs are most commonly used to treat blood cancers, but according to Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin cancer specialist Parameswaran Hari, MD, oral chemotherapy is the future of cancer care. Legislation has been proposed in Wisconsin that would require state regulated health insurance plans to provide similar coverage for oral and intravenous chemotherapy drugs.
70 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology ProgramsFrom BeckersHospitalReview.com (January 2012) — Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin has been named to Becker's Hospital Review's "70 Hospitals with Great Oncology Programs." These hospitals are on the cutting edge of cancer treatment, prevention and research, and were chosen based on clinical accolades, quality care and contributions to the field of oncology.
Living For Today, and Now Well Beyond From OakCreekNow.com (January 2012) — Carl Robl was diagnosed at age 13 with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare form of liver disease whose victims include football great Walter Payton. Knowing for years that the progessive disease would likely require a liver transplant to survive, Robl never wavered. Now, with a new liver and a new fiancé, Robl continues on as he always has — living each day to the fullest.