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MOUNDVIEW NEWS

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. 

Tele-Stroke Services

Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics has been recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Health Service's Coverdell Stroke Program for becoming a Stroke Champion in the effort to improve stroke care.   

“Our goal is to provide the highest standard of stroke care for our patients,” said Don Heinz, Moundview CEO.  “Our emergency department offers a number of quality initiatives that enhance the prompt diagnosis and treatment of stroke.”

“Participating in the Coverdell Stroke Program assists us in our quality improvement goals,” said Lisa Massen, RN, Moundview Emergency Department Manager.  “We collect and monitor stroke performance data, comparing ourselves against other hospitals.  We also have access to numerous resources including increased educational opportunities for our emergency department staff and the local ambulance services.  Quality stroke care begins with the pre-hospital care provided by the EMS (emergency medical services).   We work closely with the EMS and strongly encourage patients to call 911 if they think they are having a stroke."

“Patients who arrive by ambulance have an advantage because they receive pre-hospital testing," said Charles Pratt, MD, Moundview Emergency Department Medical Director. "We are in constant communication with the EMS.  They relay patient assessments to our staff which results in faster treatment.  Once the patient arrives in the ER, they can be sent immediately to receive a CT scan of their head to give us a more clear diagnosis of their condition.” 

“We provide a clot busting drug to 100% of stroke patients who are within a three to four and a half hour window of symptom onset,” continued Dr. Pratt.  “We only have a small window of time to prevent severe disability or, in some cases, death.” 

Stroke care will be further enhanced this summer with the introduction of a new, state-of-the-art Tele-Stroke service at Moundview’s Emergency Department.  The service provides 24-hour diagnostic consultation with a neurologist via two-way video conferencing.

“Tele-Stroke will optimize stroke care for our patients,” said Heinz.  “Currently neurology consultations occur over the phone in our emergency room,” said Heinz.  “Tele-Stroke will enable our ER staff to initiate a “face-to-face” consultation with an off-site neurologist who will remotely examine the patient using a high resolution camera, computer, speakers, microphone and medical equipment.  The patient’s CT test results will be reviewed by the neurologist who will then make a diagnosis and recommend treatment.”

“In addition to prompt treatment, community education also plays an important role in stroke care,” said Massen.  “Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States.  We encourage everyone to learn the acronym F.A.S.T. to help spot a stroke which stands for facial droop, arm weakness, speech difficulty and time to call 911.” 

While time is of the essence when someone is having a stroke, prevention is the key to avoiding one in the first place.  Most strokes are preventable.  Some risk factors can’t be changed, such as heredity, age and race.  Other risk factors can be improved, treated or controlled including 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.

To learn if you are at risk for a stroke, schedule a checkup with your health care provider or call Moundview’s Family Clinics in Friendship (608) 339-6350 or Westfield (608) 296-6350. 

 

 

 

Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinic’s Emergency Department recently passed a state survey to be certified as a Level Four Trauma Center.  The certification is effective for three years. 

“Achieving level four trauma certification means Moundview’s emergency room has demonstrated to state surveyors the ability to provide advanced trauma life support for injured patients,” said Don Heinz, Moundview CEO. “This includes evaluation, stabilization, treatment, diagnostics, and transfer of patients to a higher level trauma center when needed.” 

“A trauma is a serious injury to a person’s body which could be the result of a motor vehicle accident, fall, injury from a weapon, or many other circumstances,” said Lisa Massen, RN, Emergency Department Manager.  “This type of injury requires a higher level of care which our emergency room is able to provide.  We have an advanced trauma life support certified physician on staff 24-hours a day.  Our registered nurses are also trauma certified.  Our radiology and laboratory services are available within 15 minutes or less, orthopedic surgeries are available Monday-Friday, and we have transfer agreements with other hospitals when patients need higher levels of comprehensive care.”   

The state surveyors were impressed with Moundview’s trauma quality initiatives including the establishment of a hospital-wide trauma team, staff education, review of trauma cases by the ER medical director and manager, community education on injury prevention, and evaluation of Moundview’s patient care as compared to state standards on numerous quality improvement measures. 

“As a rural hospital, one of our most utilized services is the emergency room,” said Heinz.  “We see a large increase in trauma cases during the summer due to the influx of tourists and seasonal residents.  Local and seasonal residents alike can be confident that they will receive good care at Moundview.”

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