Blog Posts in November, 2019

  • Jenna Sebranek, MD to join care team at Elroy Family Medical Center

    Mile Bluff is pleased to welcome Dr. Jenna Sebranek to the healthcare team at Elroy Family Medical Center starting December 9. She will be providing family medicine and pregnancy care to patients. Since she could talk, Dr. Sebranek always said she wanted to be a doctor. Inspired by the care she received from her family physician as a child, Dr. Sebranek knew she wanted to provide family medicine ...

  • Mile Bluff joins National Guard for emergency response exercise

    Large amounts of flooding and devastating tornadoes led to a medical emergency for Juneau County...at least that is what employees at Mile Bluff Medical Center acted out the third week in July. Working closely with the National Guard and the Red Cross, Mile Bluff successfully completed PatriotNorth19. The event was a training exercise that provided realistic experience in responding to the ...

  • New, improved water treatment system installed in Mauston dialysis center

    At Mile Bluff, the health and safety of patients is a top priority. Equipment and processes are always being reviewed to make sure the highest quality of care is being offered to the community. Earlier this year, an improvement was made to the water system used for dialysis treatments in Mauston. A direct-feed water system was installed, which offers benefits for both patients and staff members. ...

  • Nikki Turner: Proud to be part of the Mile Bluff Medical Center team

    Since 2002, Nikki Turner has been a member of the Human Resources (HR) team at Mile Bluff. As an HR generalist, Nikki’s main focus is employee benefits. She connects new employees with the benefits they are eligible for, and answers any questions employees may have about insurance and 401(k)s. “I don’t do patient care, but I like to think that what we do in the Human Resources ...

  • Taking extra steps to help patients manage blood pressure

    For the past year, Mile Bluff’s clinics have taken part in a Health Resources and Service Administration grant opportunity with the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. The focus of the project was to help improve hypertension. The goal was to increase the percentage of patients ages 18 to 85 who have their blood pressure (BP) below 140/90. As a part of the initiative, staff members learned ...

  • Rhonda Larson named Mile Bluff's 2019 Rural Health Ambassador

    On Thursday, May 16, Rhonda Larson - Director of Mile Bluff’s Acute Care and Infusion & Cancer Care departments - was presented with the Rural Health Ambassador Award. To recognize the achievement, a reception was held in her honor. Rhonda’s husband, along with many of her colleagues, attended the event to celebrate and show their support and appreciation for Rhonda. Rhonda - who ...

  • Mile Bluff receives grant to secure 'Stop the Bleed' training kit

    In response to increased gun violence and mass casualty events in the country, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security created ‘Stop the Bleed,’ a national campaign to help improve survival from life-threatening bleeding. ‘Stop the Bleed’ is an awareness campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. It is also a call-to-action. No matter how ...

  • Common Myths About the Flu Shot

    Influenza season has arrived, and the healthcare community and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourage people to get vaccinated for the virus. Although a stomach bug is often mistaken for being ‘the flu,’ influenza is actually a serious and contagious respiratory virus. Here are some other common myths about "the flu." Myth 1: You can catch the flu from the vaccine. ...

  • Foundation to fund $65k in equipment

    Throughout the year, Mile Bluff Medical Center Foundation raises funds to support the programs and services Mile Bluff provides to the community. The foundation gives individuals and businesses the opportunity to take an active role in impacting healthcare locally. The funds raised are put toward community events, scholarship programs and equipment purchases. The following is a list of the ...

  • When medication isn't the best 'medicine'

    Dealing with a sore throat, cough, congestion or sinus infection is never pleasant. Unfortunately, most of these illnesses are caused by viruses that do not get better with antibiotics. Because of this, prescribed medication is generally not the answer. Often times, the best ‘medicine’ is to get some rest, drink plenty of fluids, and eat right. To give patients a little extra ...

  • Ashlie Dushek, PA-C joins Urgent Care team

    In August, Mile Bluff also welcomed Ashlie Dushek, PA-C to the Emergency & Urgent Care team. For as long as she can remember, Ashlie wanted to work in medicine. “I enjoy working with people and find a medical career to be very rewarding in many ways,” says Ashlie. “This field of work always keeps me wondering, thinking and learning. I just can’t imagine doing anything ...

  • Mile Bluff recognized for accomplishments in antibiotic stewardship

    As fall sets in, so does cold and flu season. To remain as healthy as possible, be sure to receive all recommended vaccinations. When you are sick, only use medications when needed, and always use medications as directed. When you have a virus like influenza or a cold, it’s easy to think that an antibiotic is the solution to your illness. This is when many turn to healthcare providers to ...

  • Mile Bluff nursing & rehabilitation centers earn five-star ratings

    Earlier this year, Mile Bluff’s Crest View and Fair View nursing & rehabilitation centers both earned five-star ratings from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The official site for Medicare (www.medicare.gov), provides a resource that rates each nursing home on a scale of one to five stars. The five-star quality rating system was created by CMS to help consumers, ...

  • Jennifer Birdsey, PA-C joins Urgent Care team

    In August, Jennifer Birdsey, PA-C joined the Emergency & Urgent Care Department at Mile Bluff. Jennifer is eager to provide care to patients by helping with their immediate needs, and their overall health. “I really enjoy working with people and having conversations about how to improve their health, not only in the acute setting, but also preventative care,” says Jennifer. ...

  • Influenza season is on its way

    With influenza season right around the corner, the healthcare community and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourage people to get vaccinated for the virus. Although a stomach bug is often mistaken for being ‘the flu,’ influenza is actually a serious and contagious respiratory virus. It is important to recognize the symptoms. Know the symptoms... fever or feeling feverish/chills ...

  • James Grannell, DO joins orthopedics team

    In September, Mile Bluff welcomed James Grannell, DO to the orthopedics team. As a general orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Grannell helps patients who are dealing with knee, hip, shoulder, wrist and other joint pain. If surgery is needed, Dr. Grannell uses minimally-invasive surgical techniques to ease and reduce the amount of recovery time patients need. When playing football for the Michigan State ...

  • Rick Rilling, MD joins Orthopedics Team

    This May, Mile Bluff welcomed Dr. Rick Rilling to the orthopedic surgery team. As a general orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Rilling enjoys fixing things. Whether he uses new technology, minimally-invasive techniques, or conservative treatment, Dr. Rilling wants to get patients up and moving quickly after surgery. Joining Drs. Horan and Brucker, Dr. Rilling has been enjoying providing Mile Bluff patients ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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