Yearly Archives: 2012

Nominate Your Favorite Nurses by July 2

Nurses who practice in all health care specialties and environments – from hospitals and clinics to home care, schools, hospice, private practice, research, education and more, can be nominated. Winners will be recognized in the December 2012 issue of Madison … Continue reading

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Healthy Recipe – Tabouli

Recommended by Meriter’s Clinical Dietitian, Krista Kohls    Ingredients: 1 cup dry bulgur wheat 1 1/2 cup boiling water 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 heaping tsp crushed garlic 1/2 cup chopped scallions (white and green parts) 10-12 … Continue reading

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What is Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease?

Dear Dr. Johnson: A child in my son’s day care center was recently diagnosed with hand-foot-mouth disease. What is this, how dangerous is it and how is it treated? Dear Reader: Hand-foot-mouth disease is a very common infection in children. … Continue reading

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Quit Smoking with Meriter

Quitting smoking can be very frustrating. Most people can quit for a day or two, maybe even a few months – but automatic behavior, urges, withdrawal symptoms, smoking triggers, addictive thoughts, difficult emotions and stressful situations always come up, and … Continue reading

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Congratulations Friends of Meriter Scholarship Recipients

The Friends of Meriter awarded twenty scholarships to area high school seniors who plan to pursue degrees in health care. Tips from Meriter’s Greenbush Garden Bistro, Dr. Joe Coffee Clinic and valet parking fund the scholarship. Ten of the recipients … Continue reading

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Pertussis Vaccine Recommended for Pregnant Women

Pertussis, also known as whopping cough is a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract that causes severe coughing. The coughing makes it difficult to breathe, and a “whooping” sound is sometimes heard when an infant/child tries to breathe. In light … Continue reading

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Meriter’s Healthy Neighborhood Initiative

Two Meriter employees recently bought new homes, thanks in part to the Healthy Neighborhood Initiative. The initiative is a unique home buyer’s assistance program designed to catalyze urban renewal in the historic Greenbush and Vilas neighborhoods. Meriter’s initiative supports the … Continue reading

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Meriter Fitchburg Opening Soon!

On May 24, Meriter held an open house at our newest primary care clinic: Meriter Fitchburg. Employees, city officials, business leaders and the community attended, as they met our physicians, toured the clinic, received some free gifts and enjoyed refreshments. Thank … Continue reading

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Patient Story – Meriter Gave Me a Gift That Changed My Life

  I wasn’t feeling well for months. I was in the ER three times in terrible pain with kidney stones. I had pneumonia in January and broke a rib in February. I am also a type 1 diabetic. My out … Continue reading

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My Meriter Story – Dr. Casper Really Listens to Me

Doctor Casper really listens when I talk to him… and often it is his diagnostic skill and critical thinking that makes a vital difference in the care he provides. For two months I had a persistent and uncomfortable “infection” on … Continue reading

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National EMS Week is May 20-26

EMS Week honors the hundreds of thousands of EMS practitioners serving in communities across the United States. More than 36 million patients were cared for by EMS professionals in 2011. This week, we recognize their around-the-clock dedication to providing emergency care … Continue reading

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Meriter’s Family Care Center is Now Open

  We are excited to announce that one floor (5 North) in our Family Care Center opened on Monday, May 21. The center features 24 private rooms for families to bond together. Each private room includes a sleep space for a family member … Continue reading

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Unplugging the Pacifier

I will be the first to admit that both of my children used pacifiers. My daughter didn’t start regularly until she was a few months old, but my son came out of the womb wanting to suck, so we introduced … Continue reading

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Join us at the Meriter Fitchburg Open House – May 24

Come and celebrate the opening of Meriter’s seventh primary care clinic: Meriter Fitchburg. The open house will give you the opportunity to meet our three Family Medicine physicians, as well as tour the clinic and enjoy light refreshments. Bring your … Continue reading

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Whooping Cough: What you need to know

There has been an increase in the number of cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in Dane County over the last several months. Pertussis is caused by bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. It affects the lining of the airways causing swelling and … Continue reading

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2012 Meriter NICU Reunion

On May 5, Meriter hosted a reunion for families that have had a baby (or babies) graduate from our NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit) within the last 5 years. We were pleased that over 450 people attended the event. Many … Continue reading

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

This May, Meriter is part of the nationwide effort to raise awareness and spread hope about stroke – the nation’s #3 killer and leading cause of long-term disability for adults. It is projected that 795,000 Americans of all ages, ethnicities, … Continue reading

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Healthy Recipe – Roasted Eggplant and Red Pepper Dip

Don’t be scared away by the eggplant. This recipe is delicious for even those that are not a fan of eggplant!  Give it a try for a nice spring dip with some whole wheat pita chips! Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant … Continue reading

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Treating Varicose Vein Disease

Minimally Invasive Options and Unparalleled Expertise Varicose vein disease is a common medical disorder. Heredity, age and pregnancies significantly contribute to the development of varicose veins. “Patients with symptomatic varicose veins experience pain or aching in the legs, heaviness and … Continue reading

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Protect Your Family From the Sun

By: Dr. Dana Johnson, pediatrician at Meriter McKee Clinic Sun Protection Tips Wear sunscreen. Try to avoid prolonged sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest. A cap with a bill can protect … Continue reading

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A Pediatrician’s Answer to “Mom … I’m bored.”

“Mom, I’m bored.” “There’s nothing to do.” We’ve all heard it, sometimes daily, sometimes hourly. However, with National Screen-Free Week coming up April 30 – May 6, 2012, I thought it would be helpful to give a list of activities … Continue reading

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Attend a FREE Arthritis Presentation

May is Arthritis Awareness month, we have partnered with the Arthritis Foundation to provide the following sessions. The cost is free, but please register at meriter.com/classes. Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00pm Managing Low Back Pain Without Surgery and Healthy Movement … Continue reading

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My Meriter Story – I Cannot Thank Dr. Wilk Enough

I came to Meriter Hospital’s emergency department on March 12. My care from the very beginning couldn’t have been better. From the time I walked in the door until the time of discharge on Friday I was treated with kindness … Continue reading

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National Healthcare Decisions Day: Your Decisions Matter

The National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions.  The … Continue reading

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National Volunteer Week – April 15-21

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