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2013 Archive: January-June

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Effects of Bacteria on Heart Health

From (June 2013) — The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a front page story featuring Medical College of Wisconsin researchers who are studying the effects of bacteria on heart health.

Working Out on Vacation

From (June 2013) — A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blogger talked with Froedtert & Medical College Sports Medicine Center athletic trainer Mike Ribar about keeping up with a fitness routine on vacation.

Actor's Sudden Death Raises Awareness About Men's Heart Health

From WISN 12 (June 2013) — The sudden death of 51-year-old actor James Gandolfini of an apparent heart attack surprised many. David Marks, MD, a cardiologist at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, discusses what men can do to stay heart healthy.

Supreme Court Rules Human Genes Cannot Be Patented

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (June 2013) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that isolated human genes are not patentable. Jenny Geurts, a genetic counselor at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, believes this will make genetic testing for genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 more widely available.

Living with Plantar Fasciitis

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (June 2013) — Health and fitness blogger Lori Nickel shares her frustration with plantar fasciitis which causes a painful stab at the center of her heel — and taps into the expertise of Andrea McCarthy, a physical therapist with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Center for tips to address this condition.

Supreme Court Decision to Affect Breast Cancer Testing

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (June 2013) — Women who have inherited either BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations are about five times more likely to develop breast cancer than a woman who does not have the mutation. Jenny Geurts, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin genetics counselor, says access to BRCA testing is a critical issue — but a forthcoming ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court may help address this challenge.

Family History and Breast Cancer Risk

From FM-106 (June 2013) — Karen Dalessandro of FM-106's morning show asks: "Should you be tested for breast cancer risk?" Jenny Geurts, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin genetics counselor, shares information about family history, breast cancer risk and genetic testing.

Large Kidney Donation Chain Proves Lifesaver for Racine Man

(June 2013) — Rafael Serrano, a 55-year-old Racine man received a kidney thanks to his 24-year-old future son-in-law, Nick Ludy. Nick was not a direct match for Rafael, but both are celebrating life following their participation in the world's second largest kidney chain which included 28 donors and 28 recipients. Froedtert & The Medical College were among 19 centers involved with this National Kidney Registry chain. Transplant surgeon Christopher Johnson said Rafael was one of the sickest people in the chain.
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Top Workplace Award

From (May 2013) — Froedtert Health was named a 2013 "Top Workplace" by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Froedtert Health ranked eighth among workplaces with more than 500 employees in southeastern Wisconsin.

Greenfield Girl Lives on Through Organ Donations After Accident

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (May 2013) — Recently while riding her bike, 15-year-old Brittany Barnstable was hit by a car. A day later, her parents didn’t hesitate in making the decision to share the gift of life by donating their daughter's organs. The sense of peace that donor families experience can be a powerful gift at an intensely emotional time. Brittany's parents are thankful for the support they've received from so many, including transplant experts at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings Offered on Wednesday

From Fox6 (May 2013) — Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in men. When Chris Lohman decided to be screened for prostate cancer, the outcome was something he didn't expect; but today, four years later — he's cancer free. Fox6 and Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin are teaming up in the fight against this disease with a free prostate cancer screening at Miller Park on Wednesday, May 29. Men ages 55 to 70 are most at risk for prostate cancer. For those who are African-American or with a family history, the risk starts at age 40. Men in these age groups are encouraged to get screened.

Q&A With Froedtert Health CEO Cathy Jacobson

From (May 2013) — Froedtert Health president and CEO Catherine Jacobson discusses her leadership philosophy and shares insights into the organization's success in dealing with reducing reimbursements, aligning physician partnerships and focusing on value.

Milwaukee Firefighter Fights and Beats Stage 4 Colon Cancer

From Fox6 (May 2013) — Milwaukee firefighter Kristin Ciganek was told she'd have less than a five percent chance of complete remission from colon cancer and a one in a million shot that chemo alone could rid her of cancer. Thanks to advanced care from Dr. James Thomas and staff at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin's Cancer Center, she's beaten the odds.

Food Swaps

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (May 2013) — Several options are available to replace old food regulars with healthier options. A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blogger and Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin dietitian Nicole Fasules share ideas such as swapping cottage cheese for salad dressing, nuts for chips or chocolate milk for soda.

Man Who Took Out Billboard Still Looking for a Kidney Donor

From Fox6 (May 2013) — Approximately 40 individuals contacted Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin after Doug Nelson sought a kidney donor using a billboard. While none of them were a match, some are exploring another option that could help Nelson. Stephanie Albano, living donor coordinator, describes the kidney donor exchange option.

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

From Wisconsin Public Radio (May 2013) — Actress Angelina Jolie drew significant attention in announcing her decision to have a double mastectomy after a genetic test showed she was at high risk for breast cancer. Jenny Geurts, a genetic counselor at Froedtert & The Medical College appeared as a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's Kathleen Dunn Show, sharing valuable information about BRCA genetic testing.

Milwaukee Women Have Opted for Same Proactive Procedure as Angelina Jolie

From Today's TMJ4 (May 2013) — A local woman shares her story about having a double mastectomy after BRCA gene testing. According to Dr. John Hijjawi, a Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin plastic surgeon, all American women have a one in eight chance of getting breast cancer — with the risk increasing to 80 percent for someone with a BRCA genetic mutation.

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings to Be Offered at Miller Park

From (May 2013) — Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, Fox 6 and the Milwaukee Brewers are joining together to sponsor a free prostate cancer screening on May 29 at Miller Park. One in six men will develop prostate cancer, but with early detection, it is highly curable.

Cancer Linked to Oral Sex Increasing

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (May 2013) — Today, 60% to 80% of oropharyngeal (tonsil and back of the tongue) cancers are linked to oral sex and genital human papillomavirus, or HPV. According to Dr. Michael Stadler, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin head and neck surgeon, this emerging epidemic cannot be ignored.

Behind the Mystery: Rare and Genetic Diseases

From The Balancing Act (May 2013) — Dr. James Findling, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin endocrinologist, is a nationally renowned expert in Cushing's Syndrome. He recently appeared as a guest on the LifeTime TV series, The Balancing Act, discussing symptoms and treatment of Cushing's.

She Beat Grim Prediction to Lead Cancer Center Walk

From Kenosha News (April 2013) — After a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and being told she had only three months to live, Ann Harms got a second opinion from cancer specialists at Froedtert Hospital. Today, 18 months later, she is cancer free and serving as the co-chairwoman for this weekend's American Cancer Society 5K Walk/Run in Kenosha.

Local Woman Warns of Danger of Too Much Sun

From Today's TMJ4 (April 2013) — Monday, May 6th is Melanoma Monday. A local woman shares her experience with melanoma and Froedtert & Medical College dermatologist Edit Olasz shares tips to reduce risks of developing this cancer.

Giving Voice

From Milwaukee Magazine (April 2013) — After the Oak Creek Temple shooting, police Lt. Brian Murphy was told by head and neck surgeon Michael Stadler that he may never again speak, swallow or breathe without a tube. But a rare surgery to reconstruct his voice box along with follow-up care from otolaryngologist Joel Blumin has allowed Murphy to resume speaking, swallowing and breathing without assistance.

Profile: Catherine Jacobson

From (April 2013) — Froedtert Health president and CEO Catherine Jacobson is profiled as a leader with a rich history in health care and a focus on forming strategic relationships with other health care organizations.

Milwaukee Area Hospitals Prepare for Tragedies Similar to Boston

From WTMJ AM 620 (April 2013) — As eastern Wisconsin's only Level 1 Trauma Center, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin are ready to respond to events like the Boston Marathon tragedy. According to Lisa Hass-Peters, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, the hospital performs mass casualty drill exercises on a regular basis.

Alpha Women; Female Executives Guide Hospitals Through Historic Reforms

From (April 2013) — Nationally, four percent of health care organization CEOs are women. Froedtert Health President and CEO Catherine Jacobson is one of three women holding the reigns at health care systems in southeastern Wisconsin.

Researchers Discovering New Treatments to Fight Cancer

From M Magazine (April 2013) — Science is unlocking the mystery of how melanoma develops. Dr. Stuart Wong, medical oncologist, has seen first-hand how new drugs are saving lives and joins colleagues at the Medical College of Wisconsin as part of an international team taking research to new levels.

Does Anybody Need a Kidney?

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (March 2013) — A soon-to-be released documentary shares the story of a woman who received a kidney thanks to another woman's selfless act of offering her organ on Facebook. The film include scenes from Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin where the transplant surgery occurred.

Sussex Man Pulling Out All the Stops In Kidney Search

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (March 2013) — After finding no suitable donors among family, friends and co-workers, Jeff Nelson is using a billboard in downtown Milwaukee to boost his search for a kidney. Stephanie Albano, living donor specialist for Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Transplant Center, says his efforts are spurring inquiries from potential donors.

100 Great Hospitals in America

From (March 2013) — Froedtert Hospital is among an elite group of hospitals named to Becker's 2013 list of "100 Great Hospitals." According to Becker's, these organizations continually improve upon themselves and are innovators for medical treatments, research, technology and care delivery.

Study Shows Radiation Can Be Bad for a Woman's Heart

From WISN 12 (March 2013) — A newly released study shows a link to heart disease among women who receive radiation therapy for breast cancer. Dr. Catharine Malmsten, cardio-oncologist, says focusing on risk factors to prevent heart attack is key.

Waukesha Woman has Personal Link to"Fight For Air" Climb

From Today's TMJ4 (March 2013) — Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women. Dr. Elizabeth Gore, radiation oncologist, says early diagnosis is critical and that events like the American Lung Association's "Fight for Air Climb" are valuable in supporting lung cancer research.

Saving Lives with 'Hands Only' CPR

From Today's TMJ4 (March 2013) — Dr. Tom Aufderheide, emergency medicine physician, designed new "hands-only" CPR training kits for the American Heart Association which are now being distributed across Milwaukee. He encourages people to get trained in this form of CPR.

New President Named for Froedtert & Medical College Community Physicians

From (March 2013) — Mark Lodes, MD, has been named president of Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Community Physicians, a joint clinical practice brining together more than 30 community clinics.

Froedtert Health Named to National Well Workplace List

From (March 2013) — The Wisconsin affiliate of the Wellness Council of America has named Froedtert Health a "gold" winner of its 2013 Well Workplace Awards. Froedtert is recognized for developing a comprehensive employee wellness program that produces results.

Shock Therapy 2.0

From Milwaukee Magazine (March 2013) — Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation offers a new treatment option for people suffering from depression. Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is one of only two hospitals in the state offering this procedure.

Cancer Center Holds Untold Beauty Inside Its Walls

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (March 2013) — In a snapshot of his wife's cancer treatment, journalist Crocker Stephenson shares personal perspectives about the beauty of the Cancer Center's Day Hospital where 90 to 150 people come each day for chemotherapy.

New Program Prepares Students for Careers in Health Care IT

From (March 2013) — Partnering with Marquette University, Froedtert Health will offer hands-on work experience for students in a new graduate degree program in health information technology.

100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs

From (February 2013) — Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin has been named to Becker's Hospital Review's "100 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.

Froedtert & Medical College Named Among Top 100 Hospitals

(February 2013) — Named by Truven Health Analytics as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals, Froedtert & The Medical College are recognized for bringing higher value to their communities through better quality, higher efficiency and high perceptions of care.
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Can DNA Now Predict Disease?

From WTMJ AM 620 (February 2013) — Dr. Howard Jacob, director of the Human and Molecular Genetic Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin, shares perspectives on the use of genetic profiling to determine future disease risks — and suggests that genetic testing will become commonplace in the future.

Froedtert Planning to Add Hospital Beds

From Milwaukee Business Journal (February 2013) — A 72% increase in surgical volume over the past decade and recruitment of nationally recognized physicians are among many factors driving the need for additional beds at Froedtert Hospital.

Dan Hermsen Forgot Just About Everything, but Only for a Day

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (February 2013) — After a sudden onset of memory loss, Dan Hermsen's wife feared he was having a stroke. Froedtert neurologist Piero Antuono diagnosed global transient amnesia, a rare, sudden memory interruption that lasts only a day.

Froedtert and Medical College to Merge Clinic Systems

From (February 2013) — Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin have agreed to create a joint clinical practice group to serve patients at both organization's community clinics. The new organization will be called Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Community Physicians.

Froedtert Health, Medical College Combining Area Clinics

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (February 2013) — Two separate organizations — Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin — independently operate more than 30 clinics, staffed by more than 250 physicians. A new joint clinical practice group will provide increased integration and reflects the evolving relationship between the two organizations.

Public Health Approach to Gun Violence

From (February 2013) — Dr. Stephen Hargarten, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin chief of emergency medicine, believes gun violence should be treated as a public health problem, much like drunken driving or a flu outbreak — and advocates for additional funding to more fully understand how and why firearms are used.
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What It's Like To Have a Stroke

From Ladies' Home Journal (February 2013) — A 41-year-old Milwaukee-area woman shares her experience of suffering a stroke and credits Dr. John Lynch, MD, with doing amazing things to save her. Lynch, director of the Neurosciences at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, describes how speed and the use of new techniques helped save her life.

Froedtert Health Named a 2013 National Top Workplace

From Advance for Nurses (February 2013) — In a survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, Froedtert Health was named one of America's top workplaces, ranking 47th nationwide among 872 organizations with more than 1,000 employees.

Gunshot Victims Face Long Road to Recovery

From (January 2013) — Recovering from a gunshot injury can be difficult journey. Experts at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin provide a range of services to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of patients.

Medical College of Wisconsin Doctors Recognized as Best Doctors in America

From (January 2013) — More than 450 Medical College of Wisconsin faculty physicians are listed on the Best Doctors in America 2013 database, including 318 who practice at Froedtert Hospital.

Medical Improvements Help More People Survive Serious Gunshot Wounds

From (January 2013) — Physicians at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin describe how members of the hospital's adult Level I Trauma Center care for victims of gunshot injuries and describe how improvements in care are leading to better outcomes for some of these patients.

Desire for Relaxing Vacation Turns Into Hospital Stay Full of Miracles

From Dairyland Peach (January 2013) — A recent car trip turned into a medical adventure for one Minnesota woman. Within 20 seconds of complaining of headaches, she was unconscious. After two weeks of carefully managing her condition, neurologists diagnosed an aneurysm and performed a rare surgery to implant stents into arteries at the base of her brain stem. Today, she's thankful to have a clean bill of health.

Miraculous Treatment Lets Cedarburg Woman Get Life Back

From Today's TMJ4 (January 2013) — Two years ago, Stacy Victor went from wedding planning to fight mode when she learned in her mid-20s that she had bone cancer. Today, thanks to advanced cancer and orthopaedic treatments, she's cancer free and recalls walking happily down the aisle.

Dr. Merle Orr: Supporting Spinal Cord Injury Patients

From Milwaukee Business Journal (January 2013) — As associate medical director of the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Spinal Cord Injury Center, Dr. Merle Orr strives to help spinal cord injury patients be successful after leaving the hospital. He also leads a local nonprofit agency offering programs to support those with spinal cord injury as they reintegrate into the community.

New Device Can Keep Heart Patients Alive

From (January 2013) — Physicians at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin performed the first operation in the nation (outside of clinical trials) using the newest Ventricular Assist Device (VAD). The golf-ball-sized HVAD works to improve the lives of patients suffering from end-stage heart failure.