Blog Posts in October, 2020

  • Foundation prepares for holiday season with Festival of Wreaths contest

    The holidays are quickly approaching and soon the sights and sounds of Christmas will fill the air. It’s the perfect time to spread some cheer by entering Mile Bluff Medical Center Foundation’s “Festival of Wreaths” contest and silent auction. Get in the holiday spirit by creating a wreath reflecting the theme “We need a little Christmas.” By entering the ...

  • Mile Bluff to offer influenza vaccine clinics

    Each year as the fall season rolls in, it’s only a matter of time before the influenza virus makes an appearance. What is different about this year, however, is that the COVID-19 is likely to be spreading right alongside influenza. Being vaccinated for influenza is the most effective way to protect you and those around you from the flu. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be even ...

  • Dermatology services now available at Mile Bluff

    Mile Bluff is pleased to announce that dermatology services are now available at Mile Bluff Clinic in Mauston with the welcome addition of Amy Bernards, PA-C. With over 15 years of experience in dermatology, Amy is eager to provide skin care services to the rural Mauston community. “We all have skin and the majority of us have issues with our skin,” says Amy. “Dermatology is a ...

  • Giving children have a healthy start to the school year

    Summer vacation is nearing its end and the school year is almost here. It’s the time of year when students wonder where the season went, and parents look ahead to the ‘normal’ routine. The school year may look different this year due to COVID-19, but there are still steps parents can take to help children have successful and healthy school years. Whether going to class in person ...

  • Mile Bluff just made getting tested for COVID-19 even easier

    Individuals with minor to moderate symptoms of COVID-19, as well as those with no symptoms, can receive a swab-only test at Mile Bluff. This service is available Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 am, and Saturdays from 6 to 10 am.​ The testing takes place in Mile Bluff’s Emergency/Urgent Care (ER/UC) Department. However, it is not an ER/UC service, so your insurance will only be billed* for ...

  • Support local healthcare at foundation's annual Golf Outing

    Golfers are always looking for a good excuse to break out the clubs and tee off on the greens, especially with COVID-19 putting a damper on the spring golf season. This summer, Mile Bluff Medical Center Foundation is providing golfers with the perfect excuse to enjoy the sunny weather and hit the course, all for a great cause. Everyone is invited to golf with a purpose and support local healthcare ...

  • Brooke Benson, PA-C joins Necedah team

    Mile Bluff is pleased to welcome Brooke Benson, PA-C to the medical team at Necedah Family Medical Center. Brooke specializes in family medicine, and joins Drs. Angela Gatzke and Ryan Plamann in providing primary care services for all generations. Growing up, Brooke was always interested in having a career in healthcare. After caring for patients as a CNA and learning about various medical ...

  • June is Men's Health Month

    Studies show that women live an average of five years longer than men do. That is partially due to the fact that men are less likely than women to take preventative health measures, seek medical attention when necessary, and be properly diagnosed for conditions such as depression. Instead of seeking regular medical attention, history has shown that guys tend to ignore problems and hope they will ...

  • Donate blood and save a life!

    There is no substitute for the lifesaving gift of blood. It is precious, it is perishable, and the need for it is vital. Together, we can be a beacon of hope. Join your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors, and do your part to help save lives by joining the Blood Center of Wisconsin at one of two blood drives being held on Tuesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 25 from 9 am to 2 pm at Mile Bluff ...

  • Experience Mile Bluff - Trusted. Essential. Healthcare.

    To say that the past two months have been challenging, would be an understatement. As we’ve come together to navigate COVID-19 and the changes it’s brought our way, we’ve been forced to look at life differently. We’ve adapted to a new normal where the unexpected is what we expect. We’ve been educated about what is and isn’t essential. We’ve come to realize ...

  • Hosta Walk to support nurse education

    The sunny rays of spring have arrived! If you are looking to get your hands in the dirt and start planning your garden, Nurses Helping Nurses has just the event to help meet your gardening and landscaping needs! On Friday, June 19, from 4-7 pm, area gardeners, landscapers, and plant lovers are invited to join Nurses Helping Nurses at Uniquely Hostas in Elroy for a hosta walk and sale. Located at ...

  • Parents encouraged to schedule essential routine well-child exams

    From birth to adolescence, well-child exams are used to track a child’s health and growth. During these routine visits, important vaccines may also be given. Due to “Safer at Home” orders, parents may wonder if well-child visits are truly essential or needed. “I would consider well visits, especially when patients require vaccines, to be essential,” says Dr. Ryan ...

  • Mile Bluff following specific criteria for COVID-19 testing

    We understand the desire for more COVID-19 testing in our community and in the state. If we could test more people, we would, however, across the country testing supplies and capacities are limited. This situation is not unique to our area. As with all Wisconsin hospitals, we are following the very specific criteria and state mandated guidelines for prioritized testing. Testing is not based on the ...

  • Mile Bluff blood drive moves to Olson Middle School

    There is no substitute for the lifesaving gift of blood. It is precious, it is perishable, and the need for it is vital. Together, we can be a beacon of hope. In this COVID-19 pandemic, you can impact the health of your community and those in our state by donating blood. Join your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors, and do your part to help save lives by joining the Blood Center of ...

  • Mile Bluff shifts all clinic care to Mauston, New Lisbon, Lake Delton

    The Mile Bluff organization continues to prepare its response to COVID-19. Efforts are underway to proactively conserve resources such as equipment, supplies and staff. With this in mind Mile Bluff has made the tough decision to temporarily pause the operations of two of its satellite clinics. Beginning Wednesday, April 1, the medical providers from the Elroy and Necedah clinics will begin seeing ...

  • You can take an active role to prevent the spread of illness

    Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Juneau County, Wisconsin has seen an increase in cases, and community-based spread has been identified in some urban areas. This has led to changes in day-to-day life for most residents in the state. While the recent closures and cancellations can present challenges, they are measures that are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone ...

  • COVID-19 Risk to General Public Remains Low

    The Juneau County Health Department and Mile Bluff Medical Center are coordinating response efforts as the number of cases of COVID-19 increase across the country. At this time, the risk of COVID-19 to the general public remains low. “We are working with our local health care providers to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 situation,” says Amanda Dederich, Juneau County Health ...

  • Pediatric Readiness Quality Care Collaborative helps ensure high-quality care for children in Mile Bluff's ER

    When it comes to spending time in the Emergency Department, children are often scared, unsure and stressed. If not trained for these situations, staff members caring for these young patients can feel these same emotions. That is why Mile Bluff Medical Center’s Emergency Department is proud to be a part of the Pediatric Readiness Quality Care Collaborative [PRQC]. Mile Bluff is one of only ...

  • When you join the Mile Bluff team, you're joining the best team in town

    When you choose Mile Bluff as an organization to work for, you are gaining more than just a job. Whether you find yourself performing surgeries, sanitizing equipment, processing accurate medical records or answering phones, you are connected to a greater good. If you’re looking to join a team that improves people’s lives every day, Mile Bluff is the place to be. The medical center is ...

  • Wash your hands to stop the spread of illness

    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 request a prescription. However, there are many times an antibiotic is not only ineffective, but could actually be harmful. This is where antibiotic stewardship comes in. Antibiotic stewardship is the practice of using ...

  • Over $61k raised for 3D mammography

    This summer, Mile Bluff Medical Center Foundation set out to impact the health of the community by supporting a new tool for healthcare providers in the fight against breast cancer...3D mammography. Mammography is an important tool for detecting the first signs of cancer. Studies show that 3D mammography can improve detection of breast cancer in women of all ages, provide clearer images regardless ...

  • CT scan testing can detect lung cancer

    Although lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in America, it can be defeated. When found early, lung cancer can be treated before it has a chance to grow, spread or cause other issues. To help detect this cancer in its earliest stages, Mile Bluff’s Medical Imaging Department offers low-dose computed tomography (CT) for lung cancer screening. The CT machines are able to provide ...

  • Certified nurse midwife care now available at Mile Bluff

    Mile Bluff is pleased to announce that a certified nurse midwife has joined the healthcare team! Women can receive primary, prenatal, obstetric, and gynecologic care from Emily Walden, CNM, IBCLC, MSN/Ed. Meet Emily Emily joins the family medicine and pregnancy care team as a certified nurse midwife. Coming from a busy midwife practice in Iowa, Emily is excited to establish the midwifery program ...

  • Experience Mile Bluff orthopedics

    In recent years, Mile Bluff has expanded the orthopedics care that is available to patients in the surrounding community. Several new surgeons have joined the team, and brought with them decades of experience, a wealth of knowledge, and new procedures that bring ‘big city’ services closer to home. Mile Bluff’s orthopedics team provides specialized care for a full range of bone ...

  • John Murphy, MD joins Hospitalist team

    Doctor Murphy came to Mile Bluff with experience providing care in small community hospitals. Having played a variety of roles in primary care, urgent care and inpatient care, Dr. Murphy is comfortable in the rural setting. “I live by the philosophy that people need to have a purpose in life to truly be happy,” said Dr. Murphy. “Caring for my family and patients gives me that ...

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