From Today's TMJ4 — Last year, Jessica Wickersheimer put up billboards throughout southeast Wisconsin looking for a kidney donor. Not only did she receive a kidney and make a lifelong friend, but she also helped save six additional lives when others, initially wanting to donate to Jessica, continued with the altruistic donation process.
From Fox6 — Patients, staff and visitors at Froedtert Hospital were treated to some holiday cheer by Security Officer Jonathan Landis, Security Supervisor Santino Laster and EVS Housekeeper Anthony Weary. The trio worked their way through the hospital, spreading cheer by singing, and playing guitar and violin. This story also appearer on WISN12.
From Managed Healthcare Executive — Kate Sweeney, RN, director of patient support services at the Froedtert & MCW Clinical Cancer Center outlined three ways healthcare execs can increase cancer awareness efforts.
The Heart and Vascular Center at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls is offering a free, noninvasive screening to detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 15, for individuals over the age of 60 by appointment only.
From the Fond du Lac Reporter — What do puppies, Facebook and heart transplants have in common? Patient Dawn Revel. Since receiving a heart transplant in June of 2017, Dawn struggled with figuring out how to honor her donor and show gratitude toward the family. She put her struggles aside until she felt the time was right. This fall, Dawn’s dog had an unexpected litter of puppies, which she put up for sale on Facebook. Dustin is a young man who had lost his mother, father and dog in the past two years. Looking for a fresh start and a new puppy, he answered her ad. After some discussion and Facebook research, Dustin came across a startling coincidence … Dawn, a complete stranger, received a heart transplant right around the time his mother passed away. It turns out, Dustin’s mother was Dawn’s heart donor.
From NBC Nightly News — When Nicole Grehn was 24, she collapsed from a rare genetic heart condition and doctors at Froedtert Hospital had to make the difficult decision to amputate both of her legs above the knee. Three years later, inspired by the care she received, she’s working in the very same hospital as a nurse.
Community Memorial Hospital recently announced Teresa Alagna, registered nurse on the Modified Care Unit, as this quarter’s DAISY award winner.
From Today's TMJ4 — Mr. Jim Bittner, Wisconsin veteran was brought back to life by cardiothoracic surgeon Lyle Joyce, MD. After implanting a right ventricular assist device (RVAD), Dr. Joyce and his son, cardiothoracic surgeon David Joyce, MD, were able to perform PTE, a procedure to remove blood clots from arteries in the lungs. These two procedures, never having been done together, saved Jim’s life. Only a limited number of medical centers in the US offer the PTE procedure.