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MOUNDVIEW NEWS

Oct. 1, 2017, will mark an important milestone for Gundersen Health System and Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics in Friendship, Wis. That is when the two organizations will combine efforts and create the new entity Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics.

Moundview Memorial Hospital and its Friendship and Westfield medical clinics will consolidate under common leadership and the Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics name. There are no plans to reduce overall employment as a result of the agreement.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Moundview Memorial as part of Gundersen Health System,” says Scott Rathgaber, MD, Gundersen chief executive officer. “We are committed to extending our system of care to new communities in order to provide care to individuals as close to home as possible.”

Gundersen vice president Bryan Erdmann adds, “Moundview Memorial has served the Adams-Friendship area well and we are excited to combine our resources and efforts to further enhance the health and well-being of the community.”

“The partnership with Gundersen is the culmination of several years of diligent effort by Moundview’s association, sustainability committee and its board of directors,” says Mary Polivka, president of Moundview’s board of directors. “This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for our community. Gundersen understands the needs of rural communities and will help build an even stronger, high-quality community health system.”

“Gundersen is a high quality, value driven, financially strong organization with a history of successful partnerships with critical access hospitals similar to ours,” states Don Heinz, Moundview chief executive officer. “Additionally, their clinicians and staff are experts in developing new services in rural areas, including enhanced primary and specialty care.”

With the partnership, Moundview will have four community representatives on Moundview’s new Board of Directors, providing significant influence in strategic and operational direction for the organization. Gundersen will appoint five directors to the Board.

Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics will continue to welcome the same insurances Moundview currently accepts. Additionally, patients will be able to continue their relationships with their current clinicians.

Moundview consists of a 25-bed critical access hospital and the two medical clinics mentioned previously. The organization provides 24-hour emergency care, urgent care, inpatient and short-term rehabilitation care, diagnostic testing, surgical procedures, a full range of rehabilitation services, access to numerous specialty physicians and more.

To date, Gundersen has four regional hospital partnerships: Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics in Hillsboro, Wis.; Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics in Whitehall, Wis.; Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics in Boscobel, Wis.; and Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics in West Union, Iowa.

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. 

80% of strokes are preventable.  Some risk factors can't be changed such as heredity, age and race.  Others can be changed, treated or controlled.  Schedule a health checkup to learn if you are at risk for a stroke.  Call Moundview Family Clinic in Friendship at (608) 339-6350 or Westfield at (608) 296-6350.    

Stroke Risk Factors Include:

  • High blood pressure (The number one cause of stroke)
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity and obesity
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Carotid or other artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Other heart disease
  • Sickle cell disease

Spot a Stroke...Think F.A.S.T.

  • (F) Face Drooping
  • (A) Arm Weakness
  • (S) Speech Difficulty
  • (T) Time to Call 911

If you think you may be experiencing a stroke, don't delay.  Call 9-1-1.  Quick action can save your life.

 

 

 

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.

February is American Heart Month! 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.  Take care of your heart.  Prevention is the key to avoiding heart disease.  The American Heart Association's "Life Simple 7" Steps may help you improve your heart health.  Even modest changes can make a difference.  Start with one or two. The seven steps are:

1) Get active

2) Control cholesterol

3) Eat better

4) Manage blood pressure

5) Lose weight

6) Reduce blood sugar

7) Stop smoking

Call Moundview's Family Clinic in Friendship or Westfield today to schedule a checkup, including health screenings, to learn if you are at risk for heart disease.

For more information and heart healthy tips, please visit the links below:

Heart Attack Symptoms

Ten Things You Can Do For Your Heart Right Now

Your Heart and Sleep

Healthy Recipes

Heart Healthy Foods Shopping List

Keep Your Heart Healthy - US Dept. of Health & Human Services

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.

 

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Beata Bednarska, MD

 

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Heather Greiling, Family Nurse Practitioner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics’ Association members overwhelmingly approved moving forward with a partnership (affiliation) with Gundersen Health System at the hospital’s Annual Association Meeting on Monday, Oct. 17.  Gundersen's board will meet in October to approve the partnership followed by regulatory filings.  The partnership is anticipated to effective January 1, 2017. 

Gundersen was Moundview's top choice as a partner for many reasons, including their commitment to providing high quality local medical care, financial strength, familiarity with critical access hospitals, clinical expertise and experience developing new services in the communities they serve.  Partnering with Gundersen will enhance medical services in Adams-Friendship and the surrounding area.

Moundview will, for the most part, maintain its legal structure, facility identity and community representation on Moundview’s Board of Directors. The transition would largely be seamless, as patients would maintain access to their current providers, Moundview would continue to accept the same insurance carriers and staffing and management would continue without significant changes in employment levels.  Moundview's name will change to Moundview Gundersen Hospital and Clinics.

“Joining Gundersen is a tremendous opportunity for Moundview and our community,” stated Don Heinz, Moundview CEO. “Gundersen is a strong, progressive, nationally recognized organization that understands the needs of rural hospitals. Partnering will enhance our services and the ability to compete in a continuously evolving and turbulent healthcare environment.”

About Moundview
Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics is a 25-bed critical access hospital with clinics located in Friendship and Westfield. The facility has been providing medical care in Adams-Friendship and the surrounding area for 57 years.

About Gundersen
Gundersen Health System is a La Crosse-based healthcare network that includes a large multi-specialty group medical practice, a teaching hospital, regional community clinics, four critical access hospitals, an inpatient behavioral health hospital, vision centers, pharmacies, and air and ground ambulances. Gundersen’s 7,000+ employees serve patients in 19 counties in western Wisconsin, northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. 

Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics’ Board of Directors will seek approval for a formal partnership with Gundersen Health System at the hospital’s Annual Association Meeting on Monday, Oct. 17. If approved, the partnership will enhance medical services in Adams-Friendship and the surrounding area.

“Moundview is a high quality, financially stable organization that enjoys considerable market share and community support,” said Don Heinz, chief executive officer, Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics. “Despite this, the complexity of today’s healthcare environment has made it increasingly difficult for small hospitals, like Moundview, to remain independent.” 

“In 2012 the Hospital Board began examining the steps Moundview needed to take to remain viable in the future,” explained Mary Polivka, president, Moundview Board of Directors. “A sustainability committee was established in 2013, including hospital board and community members appointed by Moundview’s Association, to carefully examine potential affiliation partners. Gundersen was our top choice for many reasons, including their commitment to providing high quality local medical care, financial strength, familiarity with critical access hospitals, clinical expertise and experience developing new services in the communities they serve.”

Heinz noted if the partnership occurs, Moundview would, for the most part, maintain its legal structure, facility identity and community representation on Moundview’s Board of Directors. The transition would largely be seamless, as patients would maintain access to their current providers, Moundview would continue to accept the same insurance carriers and staffing and management would continue without significant changes in employment levels.  

“Joining Gundersen would be a tremendous opportunity for Moundview and our community,” Heinz stated. “Gundersen is a strong, progressive, nationally recognized organization that understands the needs of rural hospitals. Partnering would enhance our services and the ability to compete in a continuously evolving and turbulent healthcare environment.”

“We are excited about the possibility of Moundview joining our system,” says Bryan Erdmann, Gundersen Health System vice president, clinical operations and regional system. “We’ve been impressed with the vision of the sustainability committee, the staff, the physical facility and the communities they serve. We look forward to building on Moundview’s 57 years of healthcare delivery in Adams-Friendship and the surrounding area.” 

Moundview and Gundersen are in the process of finalizing details and documents that specify the proposed partnership structure, duties and responsibilities of both parties. Moundview will schedule community informational meetings about the proposed partnership in the near future. Approval will then be sought from Moundview’s Association and Gundersen’s Board of Trustees. Should the process move forward as planned now, the official partnership would become effective at the beginning of 2017.

If the partnership is approved, Moundview will become the fifth critical access hospital to join Gundersen. The others are Gundersen Boscobel Hospital and Clinics (Boscobel, Wis.), Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics (Hillsboro, Wis.), Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics (Whitehall, Wis.), and Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics (West Union, Iowa).

About Moundview
Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics is a 25-bed critical access hospital with clinics located in Friendship and Westfield. The facility has been providing medical care in Adams-Friendship and the surrounding area for 57 years.

About Gundersen
Gundersen Health System is a La Crosse-based healthcare network that includes a large multi-specialty group medical practice, a teaching hospital, regional community clinics, four critical access hospitals, an inpatient behavioral health hospital, vision centers, pharmacies, and air and ground ambulances. Gundersen’s 7,000+ employees serve patients in 19 counties in western Wisconsin, northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota. 

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