When you, a family member or friend is ill or injured, where do you go? If you’re like many in our community, you’re thankful that medical care is available nearby.
If you believe it’s important to help sustain local health care, please consider making a donation to Moundview’s Memorial Healthcare Foundation. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law. The organization's board of directors consists of community leaders who are committed to making decisions that secure the future of Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics.
Founded in 1993, the Foundation financially supports projects at Moundview Memorial Hospital based on the needs of the communities it serves. Your donation to the Foundation can help provide life saving equipment, upgrades, and improvements to Moundview as well as fund local healthcare programs.
Your gift is extremely important to us. With health care reform and continued cuts in federal and state funding, small hospitals like Moundview need your support now more than ever. Your contributions help us to provide the high quality health care you have come to expect.
Donations to the Foundation can be made through a gift today, planned giving or a memorial or honorarium through the Tree of Life. The Foundation also has two signature fundraising events, a Dinner/Auction and Golf Benefit. For more information about making a donation, see "Ways to Give", call (608) 339-8328 or email
The Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s mission is to support Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics through fund raising and public awareness.
Stewardship: Gifts to Memorial Healthcare Foundation are invested and managed locally, overseen by the Finance Committee and the whole of the Board of Directors.
Philanthropy: Memorial Healthcare Foundation has the capability of accepting planned or gifts by bequest, annual gifts, and gifts in support of its special events.
Endowment: Gifts to the Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s endowment fund are invested and the interest used to underwrite programming and capital projects.
Education: Memorial Healthcare Foundation educates the community by providing healthcare-related programming, educating donors about the methods of making tax-advantaged gifts in support of its mission and providing scholarships in health care careers.
Capital Improvements: Significant support of donors to the Memorial Healthcare Foundation funds hospital expansion projects or the purchase of medical technology.
Healthcare Emphasis: Above all, the mission of Memorial Healthcare Foundation is to be the steward of donations given to enhance local healthcare.
When stroke symptoms occur, seconds matter. Moundview Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department knows the importance of prompt diagnosis and treatment of stroke. The hospital has worked continuously to enhance local stroke care and was recently recognized for its achievements by the Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program.
“The Coverdell Stroke Program provides data and resources to assist hospitals and emergency medical services (EMS) in coordinating faster access to treatment for stroke patients,” said Lisa Massen, RN, Moundview Emergency Department Manager. “When we joined Coverdell, we quickly realized the importance of community education in improving stroke care. Over the past year, we implemented several outreach programs to increase community awareness of stroke symptoms and the importance of calling 911. Pre-hospital care by EMS has been shown to improve stroke outcomes.”
The hospital’s community education efforts have paid off. In 2015, the percentage of stroke patients who arrived in Moundview’s Emergency Department by EMS was zero percent. One year later, 100% had arrived by EMS and the hospital has maintained an exceptionally high percentage ever since. Coverdell presented Moundview with an award for this achievement and featured the hospital as a success story on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p01768.pdf
Coverdell also recognized Moundview for substantially improving its rate of immediate diagnostic CT head scans for stroke patients upon their arrival in the emergency department. The hospital’s scan times improved by 16 minutes which was the most improved over all other Coverdell Wisconsin hospitals.
“We are proud of our recent accomplishments and will continue to build upon them,” said Don Heinz, Moundview CEO. “Our goal is to provide patients with the highest standard of stroke care including state-of-the-art imaging diagnostics, 24-hour access to a neurologist through our new telemedicine services and clot busting medication when warranted.” “Our new telemedicine service optimizes stroke care for patients, offering real time diagnosis by an off-site neurologist,” said Heinz. “The neurologist remotely examines the stroke patient using a high resolution camera, computer and medical equipment. The emergency department physician consults with the neurologist to jointly make a diagnosis and recommend treatment.”
“When a stroke occurs, there is only a small window of time to prevent severe disability or, in some cases, death,” said Massen. “We encourage everyone to learn the acronym BE FAST to help spot a stroke. BE FAST stands for balance, eyes/vision, facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty and time to call 911.”
Kathryn Crum knows the importance of immediately calling 911 when you recognize symptoms. In the fall of 2016, she suffered a stroke at the age of 45.
“I got up from the couch, felt very dizzy and fell to the floor,” said Crum. “My head hurt. I had never felt like this before. I had no symptoms leading up to this. Luckily my son was home and he called 911.” The ambulance transported Crum to Moundview’s Emergency Department where she was examined, diagnosed and received clot busting medication. She was then flown by helicopter to UW Madison. For three days she was unable to move her right side and then she slowly regained function.
“I am thankful to the EMS and the staff at Moundview’s Emergency Department,” said Crum. “If not for their quick actions, the effects of my stroke could have been much worse. I could have died or been severely disabled.”
While time is of the essence when someone is having a stroke, prevention is the key to avoiding one in the first place. Some risk factors can’t be changed such as heredity, age and race. Other risk factors that can be improved, treated or controlled include: high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, poor diet, physical inactivity and obesity, high blood cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, carotid or other artery disease, peripheral artery disease, other heart disease and sickle cell disease.
“I knew I had a family history of stroke and I had several other risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking,” said Crum. “Despite this, I didn’t believe it would happen to me. I encourage everyone to get an annual check-up, especially if they have risk factors for stroke.”
To learn if you are at risk for a stroke, schedule a checkup with your health care provider or call Moundview’s Family Clinic in Friendship (608) 339-6350 or Westfield (608) 296-6350.
Kristine Fraley didn’t think she was at risk for a heart attack. She was only 48 years old and her parents and grandparents did not have heart disease. She had recently lost 50 pounds and was able to stop taking medication for cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes since her numbers had returned to normal. Then, on April 20, 2016, she felt chest pain while at her granddaughter’s birthday party.
“It happened quickly without any warning signs,” said Fraley. “I suddenly had chest pain and the room began to spin. Thanks to the quick actions of my family, the ambulance staff, Moundview Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department and UW Hospital, I am still alive today.”
Fraley recalls chewing aspirin before the ambulance arrived, but doesn’t remember much more. She later learned that time is of the essence when someone is having a heart attack. Moundview’s emergency department acted quickly, performing an EKG (a test that measures the heart’s electrical activity) shortly after her arrival and administering clot busting medication to prevent further heart damage. Once she was stabilized, she was flown by helicopter to UW Hospital where she underwent surgery for a 99.9% blockage in one of her arteries.
Ironically, Fraley had lost her husband to a heart attack about one year earlier. His death is what led her to lose weight to make sure she did not suffer the same fate.
“Despite all the changes I had made in my life I still suffered a heart attack,” said Fraley. “At first I was angry. But, this has been a learning experience. The cardiologist said the stress of losing my husband played a role in my heart attack in addition to any heart damage that may have occurred before I made lifestyle changes to improve my health. I’m also a smoker which added to my risk.”
Beata Bednarska, MD, family practitioner at Moundview’s Family Clinic in Friendship, recommends that adults get a health check-up, including screenings, at least once a year to learn if they are at risk for heart disease. “Your healthcare provider can check for conditions that put you at risk such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes,” said Dr. Bednarska. “They can also discuss your family’s health history and any lifestyle and stress factors that may impact your health.”
Heart attack symptoms vary from person to person. Common symptoms include: chest pain or discomfort (such as tightness, pressure, or fullness); difficulty breathing; pain radiating to the shoulders, arms or jaw; nausea or heartburn; cold sweats; dizziness or light-headedness; and unusual fatigue.
“If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1- immediately,” said Lisa Massen, RN, emergency department manager at Moundview. “It can mean the difference between life and death.”
“Moundview is committed to providing exceptional emergency care,” said Don Heinz, CEO. “We provide 100% of our cardiac patients with aspirin upon their arrival in the emergency room which is higher than state and national levels of 98% and 96%. We consistently meet or exceed the national cardiac care standards of performing an EKG within ten minutes of the patient’s emergency room arrival and administering clot busting drugs within 30 minutes. Our staff work closely with the cardiology and emergency staff at tertiary hospitals to get patients the care they need in a timely manner. When patients are discharged following their heart procedure at the tertiary hospital, their follow up care can be received at Moundview including appointments with a specialty clinic cardiologist, diagnostic tests and cardiac rehabilitation.”
“The emergency room staff at Moundview know what they are doing,” said Fraley. “Their quick actions helped save my life. I want people to learn from my experience. Do what you can to minimize stress, live a healthy lifestyle and listen to your body. If you think something is wrong, go to the doctor.”
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The month of February is American Heart Month, an opportunity for individuals to learn more about heart disease including prevention, risk factors, symptoms and the level of care available locally. For more information on heart disease and hospital services, visit Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinic’s website at moundview.org. To schedule an annual physical at Moundview, call the Friendship Clinic at (608) 339-6350 or Westfield Clinic at (608) 296-6350.