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Six Things You Didn’t Know About Hospital Pharmacists

By: Hanna Knurr, Pharmacy Practice Resident Did you ever wonder how your nurse knows that he or she is giving you the right medications at the right times and at the right dose? Hospital pharmacists handle all things medication related! … Continue reading

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16 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween

By: Dr. Kristin Millin, Pediatrics at Meriter West Washington Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. At my house, we are currently in negotiations with my 9-year-old about whether a Zombie costume is appropriate to wear this year when we … Continue reading

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Why You Should Schedule a Screening Mammogram

By: Dr. Susan Toth, General Surgery You have a spot on your mammogram. You have breast cancer. No two sentences can strike more fear in a woman than those above. Sometimes that fear prevents a woman from actually getting a … Continue reading

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Learn the Truth About Ebola

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What to Know About Breast Reconstructive Options

By: Dr. Jeffrey Larson, Plastic Surgery As a plastic surgeon, I have the privilege of treating women who suffer from breast cancer, a potentially life-threatening disease that is becoming all too common. After the general surgeon completes the cancer removal … Continue reading

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Laura Brown Nominated for PA of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Laura Brown, MS, PA-C, WCC, has been nominated for the 2014 Wisconsin PA of the Year Award. The PA of the Year award annually honors an outstanding physician assistant who demonstrates excellence in service … Continue reading

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Tackling the Blues

By: Elizabeth Bothfeld, APNP at Meriter West Washington At some point in our lives, most of us will be personally affected by our own or a loved one’s mental illness. In fact, 1 in 4 adults will experience mental illness … Continue reading

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How to Remain Injury Free from Falls

By: Roseanne Braslow, Patient Safety Officer, Performance Improvement Did you know that Wisconsin is a national leader in fall-prevention research and that the state’s Aging and Public Health networks are leaders in providing evidence-based, fall-prevention programs to older citizens? A … Continue reading

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Five Reasons to Get a Flu Vaccine

By: Dr. Marie Roethlisberger, Family Medicine at Meriter McKee Did you know that flu activity can begin as early as October and occur as late as May? According to the Centers for Disease Control, the timing of the flu is … Continue reading

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Stepping On Program: Building Confidence and Reducing Falls

Meriter – UnityPoint Health’s Stepping On Program empowers older adults to carry out health behaviors that reduce the risk of falls. This community-based workshop is offered once a week for 7 weeks using adult education and self-efficacy principles. In this … Continue reading

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Meriter – UnityPoint Health Wins National Patient Satisfaction Award

Meriter – UnityPoint Health is proud to announce that it has again been recognized as one of the best patient care providers in the nation at the National Research Corporation’s 20th Annual International Patient-Centered Care Symposium in San Diego over … Continue reading

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Two New Services Help You Get Back in the Game

Meriter - UnityPoint Health is proud to offer two new orthopedic services led by two expert physicians. Dr. Emily Exten offers Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery at Meriter Monona for those suffering from a wide range of foot and ankle injuries. … Continue reading

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ALS: The Ice Cold Truths

By: Dr. Kevin Kapadia, Neurology You may have seen your favorite celebrity, friend or family member ‘go viral’ with voluntarily dumping an ice cold bucket of water on themselves this summer. While this may seem like they are playing practical … Continue reading

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How to Manage Fall Allergies

By: Dr. Jeremy Bufford, Allergy & Immunology Ready to say goodbye to seasonal allergies now that spring and summer have passed? Not so fast. Unfortunately for many people, the approaching autumn doesn’t mean relief from sneezing. Instead, it marks a … Continue reading

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Dr. Kevin Kapadia Joins Our Neurology Team

Meriter – UnityPoint Health welcomes neurologist Kevin Kapadia, MD, to the Meriter Specialty Clinic, located on the main floor of Meriter Hospital. He has a genuine interest in his patients’ health and wellbeing, and provides them the tools to manage their chronic … Continue reading

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How to Get an A+ in Healthy Back to School Lunches

By: Krista Kohls, MS, RDN, CD It’s hard to believe but it’s already time to start thinking about back to school and that means finding food to stuff in the lunch box or brown bag for school lunches. Kids’ lunches … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Returning to Work After Having a Baby

By: Kris Fedenia, RN, Lactation Consultant Many new moms are returning to work in the early weeks after the birth of their baby. It can be challenging and exhausting without some support and planning. Here are some ideas to help … Continue reading

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What to Expect at a Sports Physical

By: Dr. Cheryl Martin-Foster, Family Medicine at Meriter Fitchburg As summer winds down, it is time to get ready for the start of school. If your child participates in fall sports, part of preparing for school is scheduling a sports … Continue reading

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Our Urology Duo Will Help You Get Back on Track

  Meriter-UnityPoint Health welcomes urologist Brian Le, MD, MA, to the Meriter McKee clinic, located at 3102 Meriter Way, Madison. We are pleased to have him join Dr. Andrew Jahoda to provide the most up-to-date procedures to help those suffering … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Stay Safe This Summer

By: Dr. Paul Hick, Emergency Services With summer in full swing, it is important to keep safety at the top of your mind when enjoying time with family and friends. Whether you’re hiking or cooking out, remember these summer safety … Continue reading

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What to Expect at a Well-Child Visit

By: Dr. Sumita Ram, Pediatrician at Meriter Middleton Of course, we all know to take our children to the doctor when they are sick with an ear infection or a cough or a rash. However, well -child visits are also … Continue reading

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How to Prevent Catching the Flu at the Fair

Today is the opening day for the Dane County Fair! Between the carnival rides, food stands and animals, you can stay busy while taking in the scenes of the fair. During past county fair seasons, swine exhibits have been associated … Continue reading

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Meriter-UnityPoint Health Named 2014 “Most Wired”

Meriter Hospital has been named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals, according the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. “We’re always looking to better coordinate and improve the quality of care our patients receive. We believe that … Continue reading

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Expect Traffic Delays Near Hospital on 7/17

If you are traveling to and from the hospital campus or any downtown location on Thursday, July 17, please expect traffic delays. Meriter, along with UW Madison police, Madison Fire & Police Departments, Dane Country Sheriff Office & Emergency Management, … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Keeping Kids Safe Online

Originally published on July 9, 2014, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: How do I keep my preteen safe on the Internet? Dear Reader: The vast World Wide Web can … Continue reading

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