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.
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.
Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics is pleased to welcome Beata Bednarska, MD, family medicine, and Heather Greiling, APNP, family nurse practitioner. Both providers are now accepting patients at Moundview’s Family Clinic in Friendship.
Dr. Bednarska is board certified in family medicine and provides care for individuals as well as entire families. She welcomes patients age five and older. Her special interests include women’s health, preventive care and weight loss. She received her medical degree from the University of Warsaw in Poland and completed her residency at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining Moundview, she practiced family medicine at a private clinic in Chicago for 20 years.
“I believe it’s important to treat the patient’s soul as well as their body,” said Dr. Bednarska. “I take time to listen to my patients. The more I know about their lifestyles, family history and social issues, the better medical care I am able to provide.”
Dr. Bednarska is a native of rural Poland. She currently resides in Arkdale. She has a daughter and granddaughter who live in Chicago. Her mother, sister and extended family live in Poland. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, tennis, classical music and gardening.
“I feel comfortable in Adams County because it is similar to where I grew up,” said Dr. Bednarska. “I look forward to establishing good relationships in the community and with my patients. Medicine has been my passion since I was five years old.”
Heather Greiling, family nurse practitioner, is a familiar face at Moundview. She was a full-time registered nurse in the hospital’s emergency department for seven years. While working, she went back to school for her master’s degree as a nurse practitioner at Walden University. As a student she completed one of her clinical rotations in Moundview’s Family Clinic under the supervision of Sheryl Obernberger, nurse practitioner. After receiving her master’s degree from Walden University in 2015, Greiling worked as a nurse practitioner at Employer Solutions in Stevens Point, providing primary care and occupational medicine. She also continued to work as a casual nurse in Moundview’s emergency room.
Greiling provides care to patients of all ages, from infants to older adults. Her special interests include asthma and other lung issues, pediatrics, health promotion and disease prevention. She is also certified to perform DOT physicals.
“My goal is to treat patients the way I would want to be treated,” said Greiling. “People know their bodies better than I do. If patients tell me something is wrong, I will work with them until we can determine what the problem is or refer them to a specialist as appropriate.”
Greiling grew up in Wautoma. She currently lives in Big Flats with her fiancé, Corey, son and daughter. Their children are active in Adams-Friendship Middle School athletics. In her spare time, Greiling enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with her family including her stepdaughter and grandson who live in Green Bay. She also loves animals and has several household pets.
“I am happy to be working full-time again at Moundview,” said Greiling. “I look forward to helping improve the health of local residents.”
To make an appointment with Dr. Bednarska or Heather Greiling, family nurse practitioner, call Moundview’s Family Clinic in Friendship at (608) 339-6350.
Beata Bednarska, MD
Heather Greiling, Family Nurse Practitioner