Blog Posts in September, 2019

  • Save your spot in Mile Bluff's Urgent Care with ClockwiseMD

    When you experience sudden illness or injury, and you can’t get in to see your primary care provider, urgent care is a great option. This can sometimes mean sitting in a crowded waiting room. With the addition of ClockwiseMD at Mile Bluff, you can now make your urgent care reservations online, and skip the line in the waiting room. Quickly making an unplanned medical appointment just got ...

  • Juneau County Women's Night Out set to return October 3

    Gather your friends and return to the Juneau County Women’s Night Out on Thursday, October 3 at Mauston High School. Join us as we celebrate friendship, explore new paths for wellness, and – most importantly discover our passions in life. Starting at 4 pm, area women are invited to enjoy dinner, visit health and wellness exhibits, participate in raffles, take part in interactive ...

  • Decorate a Bra for a Cause

    Want to get the creative juices flowing? Do you still have the Bedazzler hiding around somewhere? Mile Bluff Medical Center Foundation is giving you the perfect opportunity to get creative for a purpose. ‘Bras For a Cause’ is the foundation’s bra decorating contest and fundraiser to support the purchase of a 3D mammography unit at Mile Bluff Medical Center. Yes, that’s ...

  • Saving lives locally with 3D Mammography

    The impact that breast cancer has on the nation, and in our community, is widely felt. Breast cancer does not discriminate by age, race or economic status. In fact, one in every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in her life. Mammography is an important tool for detecting the first signs of cancer. As technology improves, cancer can be detected earlier. When cancer is ...

  • Let your dollar and your produce go further

    As the outdoor temperatures finally begin to increase, so does the amount of fresh produce available in stores. With more affordable prices for in-season produce, it’s easy to stock up on large quantities without taking into consideration the rate fresh produce spoils. It’s been estimated that the average family of four throws away $1,484 worth of food and beverages each year! The ...

  • Carla Lafferty thanked for almost 1,000 hours of service

    The staff of Mile Bluff Medical Center would like to recognize and thank Carla Lafferty for her service. Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Carla now resides in the Juneau County area. For the past two years, she has been helping out in the transportation department at Mile Bluff through a government program called SER-Jobs For Progress. The program works with non-profit organizations to help ...

  • Cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy programs help Ken reach new heights

    “If I could give someone advice, it would be to think about your heart when you open your mouth (to eat).” Those were the sentiments of Ken Warren, a former Mile Bluff cardiac rehabilitation patient. Ken’s Mile Bluff journey began when he had his sore knees examined by Dr. John Horan in the fall of 2017. Ken was told that he would need surgery to replace both of them. Two days ...

  • Looking for 'traveling chairs' in the Wisconsin Dells area?

    For individuals who need regular dialysis treatments, leaving their hometown is not always easy. It can be a challenge to find good dialysis providers that set space aside for travelers. Mile Bluff’s Wisconsin Dells Dialysis Center welcomes vacationing dialysis patients. In fact, the center reserves treatment chairs specifically for this purpose. Mile Bluff has been providing exceptional ...

  • Eye screening can save the sight of those with diabetes

    A special camera at Mile Bluff aims to improve access to screenings for one of the most common blinding diseases in the United States, diabetic retinopathy, also known as diabetic eye disease. Diabetic eye disease occurs when diabetes impacts small blood vessels, damaging the part of the eye called the retina. The disease can cause the blood vessels in the retina to leak and bleed. If it is not ...

  • Mile Bluff provides over $7 million of community benefits

    The work of Wisconsin hospitals reaches far beyond medical center walls. To help meet critical healthcare needs, hospitals fund neighborhood health centers, ensure citizens can purchase their medication, help patients find transportation, and much more. These contributions are captured in the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s (WHA) annual community benefits report. The 2018 report highlights ...

  • Access to physical therapy experts is available without referral

    What is direct access? Direct access allows patients to see a physical therapist without an order from a medical provider. Historically, when someone sustained an injury, an appointment with a primary care practitioner was required. That provider would then refer the individual to rehabilitation services; and that is when an appointment with a physical therapist could be made. Because the time it ...

  • Mile Bluff Medical Center welcomes Dara Bartels as Chief Financial Officer

    Dara Bartels is the newest member of Mile Bluff’s executive team. In March, she began serving as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Dara brings with her 20 years of finance experience, most of which has been spent in healthcare. She has served in the roles of accountant, auditor, controller and executive director of finance. Most recently, she worked as the CFO for ...

  • Ted Weitz, MD joins Emergency Dept.

    The staff at Mile Bluff is pleased to welcome Ted Weitz, MD to the healthcare team. He provides care in the Emergency Department at Mile Bluff Medical Center. Doctor Weitz has always been attracted to medicine. Serving as a medic in Israel starting at the age of 13, Dr. Weitz’s love of medicine has never wavered. “I just really love what I do,” said Dr. Weitz. “As a ...

  • A note from the pediatrician: Don't make a rash decision

    With news of outbreaks, measles has become a hot topic as this interesting and deadly virus continues to spread throughout the United States. Measles is a virus that humans contract from other humans. It lives in the nose and throat and is spread by coughing and sneezing. The symptoms of measles can begin seven to fourteen days after exposure. Symptoms of measles include: high fever (up to 105 ...

  • Mile Bluff improves access great clinical care

    Life can be busy. With so many places to go and things to do, waiting for an opening in a healthcare provider’s schedule is not always convenient. Mile Bluff has made changes to make it even easier for you to access great clinical care, quickly. According to last year’s patient satisfaction surveys, 98.5 percent of Mile Bluff’s clinic patients would recommend their ...

  • COPD 101 to be held April 16

    On Tuesday, April 16, Mile Bluff Medical Center will hold "COPD 101: Learn more, breathe easier." This event will give participants an opportunity to listen to a presentation about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, participate in screenings, and stop at informational booths. Ann Meicher, director of Respiratory Services at Mile Bluff, will be the presenter at the vent. She will ...

  • Together We Can: A dementia conference

    It is estimated that over 560 seniors are currently living with a dementia diagnosis in Juneau County. As our communities continue to age, the diagnosis of dementia and its various forms (i.e. Alzheimer’s) is predicted to increase. To improve understanding of dementias throughout the community, Mile Bluff Medical Center, ADRC of Eagle Country, and the Alzheimer’s & Dementia ...

  • Rob June: Proud member of Mile Bluff team

    For almost three decades, Dr. Rob June has been helping patients hear clearly as an audiologist. Having spent 11 years at Mile Bluff, Rob is proud of the care he can provide to patients locally. “For a rural community, our audiology department offers patients specialty tests which are generally only found in urban hospitals. I take great pride in diagnosing and managing my patients hearing ...

  • Local Boy Scout donates Lily Pads

    Jon (pictured right) recently donated IV pole ‘lily pads’ to the Acute Care Department of Mile Bluff Medical Center. The lily pads are skateboard-like devices that securely sit on the bottom of an IV pole to help pediatric patients get around the hospital more easily. Instead of struggling to walk, children are able to ride on these colorful platforms. Jon chose this project as part of ...

  • Sleep kits available to hospital patients

    Studies reveal that a calm and quiet environment helps to promote rest and healing. As a result, controlling noise levels in a hospital setting is an important intervention for supporting recovery. While it would not be safe to stop all sounds in the care environment, it is a priority of Mile Bluff’s inpatient team to keep noise levels as low as possible. In 2016, Mile Bluff formed a group ...

  • Foundation awards scholarships

    The cost of pursuing higher education can make it difficult for individuals to advance their schooling, especially when working. However, with the assistance of Mile Bluff Medical Center Foundation and the Carol Purvis Education Fund Scholarship, the burden of higher education costs is a little lighter for Mile Bluff employees and students. The foundation provides Mile Bluff employees with an ...

  • Mile Bluff uses opioid-free anesthesia

    Mile Bluff’s nurse anesthetists are experts in providing pain management to patients both before and after surgery. The team continually assesses pain management practices to ensure that what is provided to Mile Bluff patients is what is proving to be effective elsewhere. One of the emerging trends that is becoming a standard of care at Mile Bluff, is the cutting-edge option of opioid-free ...

  • Mile Bluff welcomes MegaCode Kelly simulation manikin

    To help ensure that Mile Bluff always provides healthcare services at their finest, continued education is necessary for the team. Staying on top of the latest techniques and protocols in patient care is a must for the entire healthcare team. The education not only contributes to exceptional care, but also helps staff members to maintain their licenses and certifications. Healthcare professionals ...

  • Inspiring next generation of care providers

    In December, several community healthcare agencies came together to educate the next generation of care providers. Mile Bluff’s licensed athletic trainers (LATs) and Emergency Department personnel partnered with area EMTs and paramedics to provide Mauston High School students with an inside look into sideline emergency response. Mile Bluff provides athletic training services to five area ...

  • Mile Bluff becomes a state-recognized Coverdell Stroke Care Partner

    Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States experiences a stroke. Every four minutes one of those individuals dies. Stroke is responsible for taking the lives of about 140,000 Americans each year, which is roughly one out of every 20 deaths in the United States. Stroke is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability. It can affect the senses, speech, behavior, thoughts, memory and ...

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