Blog Posts in October, 2019

  • 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. ...

  • Free diabetes education event - Nov. 7

    If you are living life with diabetes, dental health plays an important role in the management of the disease. To help you learn more about how vital proper dental care is to diabetes self-management, Mile Bluff Medical Center would like to invite you to a free education event. On Thursday, November 7, join Mile Bluff’s diabetes educator, Margaret Hewitt, and Dr. Marcie Yang of Wisconsin ...

  • 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 ...

  • Public invited to In the Garden: A one-act memory care play

    The impact of dementia can be felt throughout a family. Not only does it affect the person with dementia, but the family members, caregivers, and community members as well. To improve understanding of dementias throughout the community, Mile Bluff Medical Center and ADRC of Eagle Country, is inviting the public to In the Garden: A one-act memory care play on Sunday, November 10 from 1:30-4 pm at ...

  • 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 ...

  • Free diabetes education event - November 7

    If you are living life with diabetes, dental health plays an important role in the management of the disease. To help you learn more about how vital proper dental care is to diabetes self-management, Mile Bluff Medical Center would like to invite you to a free education event. On Thursday, November 7, join Mile Bluff’s diabetes educator, Margaret Hewitt, and Dr. Marcie Yang of Wisconsin ...

  • 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 ...

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