Category Archives: Meriter News

Keeping Kids Active and Healthy

With the growing issue of childhood obesity, Meriter would like to remind children and adults that exercise is important and can be fun for the entire family. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in … Continue reading

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Meriter Celebrates Healthy Baby Month

March is Healthy Baby Month. Our staff works to ensure every baby is born healthy. Meriter is proud of our commitment to family-centered-care provided by highly qualified staff and providers. Our newly renovated Birthing Center was just completed for the … Continue reading

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Find Out if You’re at Risk for Diabetes

Take it. Share it. On March 26, 2013, the American Diabetes Association – and Meriter – will be encouraging the public to take the Diabetes Risk Test, as well as to share the test with everyone they care about – … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: How to Help Your Baby’s Dry Skin

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal, March 7, 2013. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: My toddler has dry skin. What can I do to help with this? Dear Reader: At this … Continue reading

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Healthy Recipe – Roasted Red Pepper, Onion and Eggplant Dip

Courtesy of Barefoot Contessa. Recommended by Krista Kohls, CD, RD, Meriter Clinical Dietician. Makes: 6-8 servings Total Prep Time: 60 minutes Ingredients 1 medium eggplant  2 red bell peppers, seeded 1 red onion, peeled 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons olive … Continue reading

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Meriter Surgeon Increases Minimally Scarless Gallbladder Surgery

The surgical team at Meriter was the first in Madison to perform a da Vinci® Single-Site™ Cholecystectomy in October 2012 and now the surgery is being performed almost weekly. The gallbladder is removed through one tiny incision of approximately one-inch … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Diet Lowers Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

This article was originally published on Time.com on February 25, 2013.   The Mediterranean diet is a well-known weapon in the fight against heart disease, but exactly how effective is it?  To find out, researchers led by Dr. Ramón Estruch, … Continue reading

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Meriter Hospital Named a Top Heart Hospital by Becker’s Hospital Reviews

Meriter Hospital has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Reviews as one of the top hospitals for heart care in the nation. Meriter was the only local hospital and one of four in the state to make the publication’s newly released … Continue reading

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Meriter Joins in Launch of HealthyDane.org

On Tuesday, February 26, Meriter’s President & CEO, Jim Woodward, joined CEOs from UW Health, St. Mary’s and Stoughton Hospitals, as well as Public Health Madison and Dane County, to launch the collaborative website, HealthyDane.org.  The website culminates over 2 … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Is there a way to tell what color my baby’s eyes will end up?

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal, February 14, 2013. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: My newborn has blue eyes. I have heard they can change color. Is there a way I … Continue reading

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Matters of the Heart this Valentine’s Day

  This Valentine’s Day, take matters of the heart…to heart.   All poetry and symbolism of the holiday aside, the fact is our hearts are in bad shape. Every hour, a heart attack strikes nearly 200 people in this country. It’s … Continue reading

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February is the Perfect Time to Begin a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

By Dr. Matthew Wolff, Meriter Cardiologist and Division Chief of Meriter’s Cardiovascular Program. Of course, any time is a perfect time to begin a heart-healthy life! But, February is designated as American Heart Month, and as such, should act as a reminder … Continue reading

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Meriter is Growing to Better Meet Your Needs

We’re proud to offer a full complement of providers and clinic locations throughout Dane County – including Madison (W. Washington Ave and McKee), Middleton (Deming Way and Elmwood Ave), Monona, DeForest-Windsor, Fitchburg and Stoughton. We understand that your time is … Continue reading

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Taming Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that is characterized by recurring symptoms including abdominal pain, cramping or bloating. These symptoms are often associated with altered bowel habits, such as constipation, diarrhea or both. There is no single, specific … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Choking is a Danger for Infants and Young Children

Originally published in the the Wisconsin State Journal, February 7, 2013. Dear Dr. Johnson: We have started some solid foods with my 6-month-old. She loves them, but I am worried she might choke. What can I do to prevent this? … Continue reading

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Healthy Recipe: Spinach Mushroom Quiche

Compliments of EveryDay with Rachael Ray. Recipe recommended by Krista Kohls, Meriter Clinical Nutritionist. Makes: 4 servings Prep time: 45 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Ingredients 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 4 yellow-fleshed potatoes, such as yukon … Continue reading

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Meriter Investing in the Next Generation

New Birthing Center Complete Meriter is excited to celebrate the completion of its three-story Birthing Center with the official opening on Monday, February 4, 2013. “This renovation is an essential investment to continue supporting families during one of the most … Continue reading

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GO RED for Women

On Friday, February 1, in honor of Heart Month, Meriter took a stand against America’s #1 killer of women: heart disease. Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined. The first step in finding a solution to this health crisis is … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: How to help your child get a good night’s sleep

Originally published in Wisconsin State Journal, January 31, 2013. Dear Dr. Johnson: My 10 year old has a difficult time falling asleep. Are there things I can do to help her get a good night’s sleep? Dear Reader: Some children … Continue reading

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Tips To Deal With The Flu

Originally posted on WKOW.com on Sunday, January 27 MADISON (WKOW) — The flu spreads mostly through the air by coughs and sneezes and it has hit our area. Dr. Sanford Carimi from Meriter joins Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend to discuss … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Should Parents Avoid Electronic Toys, Such as Talking Dolls?

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on January 24, 2013. Dear Dr. Johnson: As a child, my mother wouldn’t allow me to have a doll that talked for fear it would hurt my creativity. Now, looking at toys for … Continue reading

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HEALTH Program Receives $10,000 Grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

MADISON, Wis. – Meriter’s Helping Educate and Link the Homeless (HEALTH) Outreach Program has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation to provide medical care to the homeless in the Madison area. “The Kaiser Family Foundation Board … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: What to do if your child gets the flu

Originally published in The Wisconsin State Journal, January 17, 2013. Dear Dr. Johnson: What can I do if my child gets influenza? Dear Reader: If you have read the paper, watched the news, been on the Internet or pretty much … Continue reading

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Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from the Flu

It’s not too late to get your flu shot. Meriter encourages those who have not received a flu vaccination to schedule an appointment at your closest Meriter primary care clinic. Meriter DeForest-Windsor – 608.417.3300 Meriter Deming Way – 608.417.8388 Meriter … Continue reading

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4 Great Tips for a Healthier New Year

You’ve set goals for healthier habits for the upcoming year. But what will make this year more successful than last? Accountability Put you goals in writing, and share them with family and friends. Schedule a weekly weigh-in with a friend … Continue reading

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