Category Archives: Meriter News

Welcome to Spring Allergy Season

Runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, cough? Itchy, red, watery eyes? Welcome to April, the official start of the spring allergy season. Just as we are getting over our winter colds, a new menace appears. With warmer weather come seasonal allergies that can … Continue reading

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Meriter McKee Welcomes Dr. Reed

Family Medicine physician Karen Reed, MD, recently joined the Meriter McKee clinic team. A major focus of Dr. Reed’s practice is based on prevention, favoring lifestyle changes rather than medicinal fixes whenever possible. Dr. Reed has a great deal of … Continue reading

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My Meriter Story: My Hat is Off to Meriter!

  My mother, who is 70 years old, fell and broke her wrist. She was taken to another hospital for her injury. She was not treated very well at this particular hospital and was told that she would have to … Continue reading

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Volunteer Today for a Cancer-Free Tomorrow

  Cancer Prevention Study-3 What if you could prevent even one family from hearing the words “you have cancer”? Right now you have a unique opportunity to fight back against cancer by enrolling in the American Cancer Society’s new research … Continue reading

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My Meriter Story: There Was Nothing Uncomfortable About My First Colonoscopy

  I had my first colonoscopy yesterday and I must say the staff at Meriter is incredible! They made me feel very relaxed and comfortable. There was nothing about the procedure that hurt or that was even uncomfortable. I left there … Continue reading

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Plain Talk: Homeless get health care at compassionate ‘hut’

Originally published by Dave Zweifel in The Capital Times on March 08, 2013. From the outside, the place doesn’t look like much — an out-of-the-way Quonset hut on a narrow two-block-long street on the city’s south side off busy Fish … Continue reading

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March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

        Among the cancers that affect both men and women, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. In Wisconsin, an annual average of 2,824 residents are diagnosed with it and 1,000 die … Continue reading

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Madison General Hospital School of Nursing History Book for Sale

To purchase “A History of the Madison General Hospital School of Nursing 1902-1982″ book, please fill out the attached order form and return it to the Meriter Foundation Department. The cost for the book is $15. This book was completed … Continue reading

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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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