Dr. Ken Felz discussed Meriter and Physicians Plus’ involvement in the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes on WKOW’s Wake Up Wisconsin.
Click here to watch the interview.
Dr. Ken Felz discussed Meriter and Physicians Plus’ involvement in the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes on WKOW’s Wake Up Wisconsin.
Click here to watch the interview.
The Meriter Foundation has created a fund in honor of Dr. Stanley Phillips III, a neonatology fellow who tragically passed away after an accident involving a NICU transport ambulance. The Dr. Phillips Memorial Fund will sustain his values by supporting a neonatology lecture/conference to improve the care of our tiniest patients and to support the hardworking NICU staff.
To donate to the Dr. Stanley Phillips III Memorial Fund, please click here.
Meriter McKee is pleased to announce that Meghan McGowan has joined the team. Dr. McGowan specialty is obstetrics and gynecology. Meriter now offers OB/GYN services at three clinics: Meriter McKee, Meriter Monona and Meriter DeForest-Windsor.
Dr. McGowan has always been passionate about women’s health and enjoys working with women of all ages. The broad field of OB/GYN allows her to manage a variety of issues including low- and high-risk pregnancies, annual exams, cervical cancer screening, menopause symptoms and sexual dysfunction. She has special interest in minimally invasive surgery and is a trained robotic surgeon.
Away from the clinic and hospital, Dr. McGowan is a classically trained violinist and a bluegrass fiddle champion. When time allows, she enjoys playing the violin, cooking, biking and especially spending time with her young family.
Dr. McGowan is currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call the clinic at 608.417.8800 or learn more at meriter.com/doctors.
You have the opportunity to meet with a sports medicine professional to evaluate your running related injuries. If you are having a problem that limits your training, now is the time to address it so you can reach those racing goals! Sign up for a 20 minute session and receive:
- Musculoskeletal screen
- Running assessment
- Individual program of corrective exercises
Date: July 31
Location: Meriter Therapy Middleton, 2521 Allen Blvd. Middleton, WI 53562
Cost: $25 and space is limited
Adapted from EveryDay with Rachael Ray
Makes 4 servings
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high.
2. In a small bowl, mix buttermilk, olive oil, thyme, lemon zest and juice; season with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with half of the buttermilk mixture.
3. Thread chicken onto 8 skewers. Grill, turning frequently, until cooked through and browned in spots, 13 to 15 minutes.
4. In a large bowl, toss together the romaine, cucumber, onion and grapes. Drizzle with the remaining buttermilk mixture; season. Serve the salad with the kebabs
Dr. Gretchen Byfield visited NBC15 to talk about how Meriter helps patients dealing with chronic pain. She was joined by Hayley Weaver, who became a patient at Meriter after a car accident when she was a teenager and is now a student of Dr. Byfield.
Meriter Medical Group provides one of the best patient experiences in the state, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ).
“At Meriter, we strive to make sure each patient and their family receives the best possible care on every level,” said Dr. Pam Wetzel, Senior Medical Director of Meriter Medical Group. “It’s not only about clinical excellence; it’s about making sure we’re taking care of the whole person and being a trusted partner in their care.”
Meriter Medical Group, a group of more than 120 specialty and primary physicians who practice at Meriter Hospital and clinics, was ranked first or second in the state in every category measured. It was the only medical group in Wisconsin to consistently rank so highly.
The data was collected from patient responses to surveys in an outpatient setting. Scores indicate the percentage of patients who reported the best possible experience in each category, using the Clinician & Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CG-CAHPS) survey about the patients’ most recent visit to their provider. The full report can be found on www.wchq.org.
Dear Dr. Johnson: How can I prevent my child from getting mosquito bites?
Dear Reader: It is that time of year. According to expert predictions, mosquitoes will be worse this year given the mild temperatures and all the wet weather. How to avoid the pesky insects and their itchy bites has been a frequent topic of discussion in the clinic recently. While I have discussed this topic before, I thought sharing it again might be helpful.
Children are especially vulnerable to insect bites. They may be too young to let you know they are being bitten or they may be playing too hard to be aware of it. Many young children also will have a more profound reaction to mosquito bites, with redness and swelling. They also are more likely to scratch the bite, which can introduce bacteria under the skin and cause an infection.
So do I recommend keeping your child inside to avoid these pesky critters? Quite the contrary. While it might be best with very small children to avoid being out at sunrise and sunset, when mosquitoes tend to be the worst, I recommend playing outside as much as possible. But take steps to be sure you and your child are less appealing to the mosquitoes and other biting insects looking for dinner.
There are many products marketed to repel mosquitoes. While some may be beneficial, the products containing the chemical DEET have proven to be the most effective. The percent of DEET correlates to the duration of protection. Products with about 10 percent DEET provide about two hours of protection. Products with 20 percent DEET would provide about four hours of protection. However, more than 30 percent DEET has not been shown to provide additional protection.
Bug spray should mainly be applied to clothing and shoes, with a small amount to the skin. Avoid spraying directly on the face. You can spray it on your hands and then rub in on your child’s face. Do not apply to anything that may go in the mouth, such as a child’s hands. If your child is in a stroller, spray the stroller.
A few words of caution: Do not use bug sprays on infants under 2 months of age. Young children should not be allowed to apply their own bug spray. And try to avoid inhaling the bug spray.
Also, do not use combination sunscreen and bug spray products, as sunscreen needs to be reapplied frequently and bug spray does not.
If your child does get bug bites that itch, topical over-the-counter hydrocortisone ointment can help. For kids over age 2, oral diphenhydramine (Benadryl) also can help with severe itching. I do not recommend Benadryl ointments or creams, as how much is absorbed through the skin is variable. If the area becomes painful or has increasing redness or thick pus drainage, seek care because it may have become infected.
Have a great summer enjoying the outdoors with hopefully few mosquito bites.
This column provides general health information and is not specific advice intended for any particular individual(s). It is not a professional medical opinion or a diagnosis. Always consult your personal health care provider about your concerns. No ongoing relationship of any sort (including but not limited to any form of professional relationship) is implied or offered by Dr. Johnson to people submitting questions.
This is a healthy choice for families because it lets you care for your new baby. Rooming-in will help you learn to care for all your baby’s needs while staff is around to help if you need it. This will help you feel more comfortable taking care of your baby once you go home.
When you room-in:
Research shows rooming-in has these benefits:
What you can expect:
Your nurse is available to care for your baby outside of your room when necessary:
What else you need to know:
We want this to be the best possible experience for you. If you have any questions, please ask the nurse who is caring for you. Rooming-in is just a small way to get to know your baby in the very precious first days of life. It will promote bonding, help you learn about your baby’s behaviors, let you begin to understand what your baby’s noises mean, and see the many things your amazing baby can do.
Jan McIntosh BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Meriter Health Services (MHS) is proud to announce Meriter Health Services board member Holly Cremer Berkenstadt has been honored with the United Way of Dane County’s Woman of the Year Philanthropy Award.
“Holly exemplifies Meriter’s values of service and excellence,” said Jim Woodward, Meriter Health Services CEO and President. “We are honored to have her as a board member. She is an asset to the community and we can’t congratulate her enough on this award.”
Cremer Berkenstadt has been committed to improving lives in Dane County throughout her lifetime, with an emphasis on causes devoted to helping women. She currently serves on several boards in the Madison community including Meriter Health Services Board of Directors, the United Way of Dane County Foundation Board of Trustees, DAIS Board of Trustees and DAIS Capital Campaign and Madison Area Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees.
Cremer Berkenstadt received the award at the United Way Women’s Leadership Council Annual Breakfast in late June.
This is a great salad for those participating in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) because it uses lots of veggies that are currently in season. As the summer continues, make adjustments to this salad according to your CSA box.
Recipe is adapted from Barefoot Contessa. Recommended by Krista Kohls, RD, CD, Meriter Registered Dietitian
Makes: 12 servings
4 split chicken breasts (bone-in, skin-on) or one purchased rotisserie chicken (using edamame instead of chicken is a good substitute to make this salad vegetarian)
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound asparagus, ends removed, and cut in thirds diagonally
1 red bell pepper, cored and seeded
Salad turnips or radishes cut to bite sized pieces
Chinese cabbage or any type of lettuce
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted (or raw works too)
Cilantro or parsley, handfull, chopped (both are optional)
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted (or raw works too)
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
Salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan and rub the skin with olive oil. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Roast for 35-40 minutes, until the chicken is cooked. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and shred the chicken in large bite-sized pieces.
3. Blanch the asparagus in a pot of boiling water for 3-5 minutes until crisp-tender. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking. Drain. Cut the peppers in strips about the size of the asparagus pieces. Combine the cut chicken, asparagus, peppers, turnips, cabbage (or lettuce) in a large bowl.
4. Whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing and pour over the chicken and vegetables. Add the scallions and sesame seeds and season to taste. Serve cold or at room temperature.
No matter the time of year, we can’t hide from allergens, both indoors and out. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American has ranked Madison the 12th worst city in the nation for those who suffer from allergies. It’s that time of year for seasonal allergies to outdoor pollens and molds. Indoor allergens are present year-round and include pets, dust mites, mice, other rodents, molds and cockroaches. Here are some tips to help your family manage seasonal and year-round allergies:
For more information, visit the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology web site: www.aaaai.org
Yours in good health,
Jeremy Bufford, MD
Allergist & Immunologist
The center, one of only six percent of all child care facilities in the state with a five-star YoungStar rating, just donated dozens of children’s toys and pieces of equipment to two other child care facilities in Madison in order to help them achieve their five-star accreditation as well.
“We are able to offer the best care in the state to our employees and their children,” said Meriter Children’s Center Manager Martha Harrison. “But at the end of the day, Meriter wants all children in our community to have access to that same level of care, especially those who might not otherwise be able to afford it.”
With her children’s center preparing to move to a new home near around the corner, Harrison began taking stock of the all the equipment and toys the center owned. When it became clear that not everything could make the move and might have to be discarded, Harrison instead worked with a child care accreditor from the city of Madison to find new homes for these items.
The center’s accreditor told Harrison about two other centers in Madison, Sandbox and Precious Moments, which provided great care in low-income areas but were unable to reach the top rating simply because they didn’t have the right supplies. That’s where Meriter stepped in.
“My accreditor put me in touch with Meriter. I informed Meriter of the different items Sandbox required, and they invited me over and told me that I could take anything I needed,” said Angela Ferguson, owner of Sandbox.
Thanks to the donations from Meriter, everything from play kitchens to books to shelving units, Sandbox has reached full accreditation and Precious Moments is going through the accreditation process right now. This means children in low-income areas of Madison now have access to the highest level of care and for many; it’s even more affordable now.
“I have some parents who don’t qualify for state funding,” said Ferguson. “Because our center is now accredited, they are eligible to receive assistance from the city of Madison to help them pay for childcare.”
Meriter’s mission to minimize waste in the new facility doesn’t stop there. Drop side cribs that had been recalled will be repurposed as plant supports in a new garden, where children will grow vegetables for their own snacks. In addition, the Children’s Center will be partnering in Meriter’s CSA program, utilizing unclaimed produce as the foundation for their Friday lunch menu, educating children on the importance of fresh food.
Two homes on S. Mills Street were demolished in late 2012 to make room for the new Children’s Center, but even those became a community benefit. Habitat for Humanity ReStore salvaged many items from the two homes, while the Madison Fire Department used both buildings for training exercises.
There is a diabetes epidemic. Many more people are at risk for diabetes everyday. Many women have not had prepregnancy care or have not had recent screening for diabetes, despite having an increased risk for diabetes. About 5-10% of women have diabetes when they get pregnant and just don’t know it. Uncontrolled diabetes during pregnancy can lead to many health problems for mother and baby.
The earlier in pregnancy an issue of abnormal glucose is diagnosed, the easier it will be to manage. Insulin needs increase by 2-3 times during the course of a pregnancy and diabetes will cause glucose levels will to dramatically increase if noticed. Diet, exercise, and other methods of managing glucose during pregnancy work more effectively when we start them prior to much higher glucose control.
Diabetes screening for people who are not pregnant and early pregnancy can be done with a fasting glucose, a glucose challenge test or a lab called an A1c which tells us an estimated average glucose. Many area programs caring for women during pregnancy have adopted some method using these tests.
What happens next?
If a woman is diagnosed with any elevation in glucose prior to or during pregnancy there is help. Registered Dietitians can help you to plan how eat in manner that helps meet nutritional needs and helps to control glucose. In most cases a referral to a CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) to learn more about the diagnosis of diabetes, exercise, self-blood glucose monitoring, and other aspects as well. Many times a specialist will be needed during pregnancy to help with medication or insulin management. There will likely be more monitoring during the pregnancy to screen for risks to the baby. When glucose levels are controlled in the normal range we can greatly reduce the risk of problems to mother and baby.
April Eddy, RN, CNS, CDE (APNP)
Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist for Perinatal Services
“Younger Tomorrow: Exercise made fun”
Year-round fitness lets us enjoy life to the fullest. Beyond weights, machines and health clubs, there are many activities that will allow us to get fit and stay fit. Join Meriter Internist Dr. Ken Felz for tips on how you can get moving safely and keep moving to enhance your health and quality life.
Dr. Felz wants you to understand all aspects of your personal health. His goal is to build relationships founded on mutual respect and trust with all of his patients over time. Dr. Felz understands each patient is different and looks at each person as an individual
Date: June 13th, 2013
Time 7:00-8:00 pm
Location: Waunakee Village Center
What is WOW?
The Waunakee Village Center and the Waunakee-Westport Lions Club are pleased to offer Workshops on Wellness. The WOW program consists of monthly presentations to help improve healthy living. The presentations will be based on a wide variety of topics and each presenter will share information and answer your questions. The WOW program will be offered at 7pm on the 2nd Thursday of every month.
Join us for an informative session for people with chronic pain organized by those who have experienced chronic pain on Friday, June 28 from 1-5 pm. Chronic pain can affect mood, sleep, ones’ ability to work, perform daily activities and relationships with family and friends. Come and talk with people that have experienced and are living well with chronic pain.
The conference topics include: acupuncture, injection procedures, therapy options, role of ER in pain management and using healing energy. We will also showcase a poem and artwork created by persons in chronic pain.
Registration starts at 12:30 pm. Attendees are welcome to stay for part or all of the sessions.
Meriter would like to give a heartfelt Thank You for all the sacrifices they and their families have made for our country, including the dozens of Meriter employees who are veterans or members of the military.
Happy Memorial Day.
My partner went to Meriter to have surgery with Dr. Rogerson. From the first person we met at check in, to the nurse or nursing assistant that helped us to the car, we felt like we were more than taken care of. I am impressed with the care that she got and that I got! Not only was everyone professional, respectful, and funny, but they all answered our questions. They included me in her care, and made sure that she was comfortable.
On a sheet that was sent home with us, it asked if there was anyone that we wanted to recognize. Yes, there is – everyone that we came in contact with us. From the woman that checked us in, to the woman I checked in with to wait for her to get out of surgery, to the surgeon, to the short stay nurse, the anesthesiologist, etc. I work in health care and I work at Dean Clinic. I have had many surgeries at St. Marys. Never have I been treated and cared for like she was, and never was she treated like I was while she waited for me to come out of surgery at St. Marys. Never has a doctor sat down with us after surgery and drew a picture of what he did, gave her a video of what he did, or answered all of her questions that she had. The staff that I have had at St. Marys did not include her in my care, or treat her with respect.
I will be telling everyone about Meriter, and I will be looking for a job with Meriter — a company that obviously strives on patient satisfaction and care. Thank you, Thank you!
I wasn’t feeling well when we went to Jefferson. I waited as long as I could and I finally went to the doctor. I have nothing but good things to say about my whole experience. I looked online at your website to figure out where I could go. There’s a Meriter clinic in Stoughton. I called and made an appointment, then got in the same day. No problem. I signed a couple of things, but no paper work. I gave them my group number off my P+ card. Easy.
The doctor I saw was awesome. He and his partner purposely leave time slots open every day so people can get in. It turns out I had walking pneumonia and an ear infection. It was easy and I’m never switching.
I liked the clinic and the doctor so much that I am going to schedule a physical. The doctor I saw was Vern Partello. He is really nice and knowledgeable. Plus, he acts like a normal, everyday person. No time for idle chit chat, but he answered all the questions I had. Like I said before, the only paperwork I had was to sign a piece of paper to release my records from Dean and a statement saying that I gave them permission to treat me. So easy!
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 nationwide in 2012. This week, we recognize their around-the-clock dedication to providing emergency care.
Emergency care professionals strive to provide seamless care, from the field to the hospital emergency department. Their commitment to ensuring that patients receive the best emergency medical care possible is essential to advancing the health, safety and well-being of our communities.
Thank you to our pre-hospital partners for the excellent patient care and community service you provide each and every day. It is a pleasure and an honor to work alongside each one of you.
Pregnant women may wonder if they should wear a seat belt while they’re pregnant. The answer is YES! Experts agree that everyone, including pregnant women, should wear a seat belt when riding in a car. It is well documented that seatbelts reduce the risk of maternal and fetal catastrophes and therefore it is imperative that pregnant women use them.
According to the American College of Obstetricians-Gynecologists (ACOG), motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of injury to pregnant women and can also cause fetal deaths.
Depending on how severe the car accident is pregnant women could be at risk for miscarriage, preterm labor and other serious complications. In fact, the more injuries a mother has during a car accident, the greater the risk to her unborn baby. If the pregnant woman is wearing her seat belt properly at the time of the accident, she and her baby will face fewer injuries.
Guidelines for wearing a seat belt
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these additional tips:
Remember: Wear your seatbelt. It may save your life or protect you and your baby from serious injury if you get in a car accident.
Kathy Frigge, RN, MS, C-EFM
Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
Now that the weather has warmed up, everyone wants to be outside. But before you head out the door, remember to apply your sunscreen.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Each year more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the US and many could have been prevented. Also, most of the skin damage we associate with aging, such as wrinkles, sagging, leathering, and discoloration is actually caused by ultraviolet rays. To enjoy what the sun has to offer without risking your health, follow these simple rules:
To schedule an annual skin exam or if you are concerned about a spot or sore on your body call the Meriter Dermatology Clinic at 608.417.8550 or request an appointment online at meriter.com/dermatology.
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa. Recommended by Krista Kohls, CD, RD, Meriter Clinical Dietician.
Makes: 4 servings
Total time: 35 minutes
2/3 cup panko (Japanese dried bread flakes)
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 (4-6 ounce) salmon fillets, skin on
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Lemon wedges, for serving
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (the salmon could also be grilled).
In a small bowl, mix together the panko, parsley, lemon zest, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Drizzle with the olive oil and stir until the crumbs are evenly coated. Set aside.
Place the salmon filets, skin side down, on a board. Generously brush the top of the fillets with mustard. Press the panko mixture thickly on top of the mustard on each salmon fillet. The mustard will help the panko adhere.
Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or large heavy, ovenproof pan. When the oil is very hot, add the salmon fillets, skin side down, and sear for 3-4 minutes, without turning, to brown the skin.
Transfer the pan to the hot oven (or grill) for 5-7 minutes until the salmon is almost cooked and the panko is browned. Remove from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Serve the salmon hot or at room temperature with lemon wedges.
This is a great salmon recipe that can be cooked in the oven or on the grill! It pairs nicely with spring asparagus!
VHA Inc., the national health care network, has given Meriter Hospital a 2013 VHA Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence, honoring Meriter for improving the efficiency of its supply processes and reducing costs to help ensure delivery of quality patient care.
“Supply costs represent the second highest expense for hospitals, next to labor; and hospitals are squeezed to find new ways to manage that cost while upholding clinical quality,” said Byron Jobe, VHA executive vice president, service and delivery.
Meriter Hospital was one of 11 VHA member hospitals this year to receive a Leadership Award for Supply Chain Management Excellence. Winners were announced this week during VHA’s national meeting, the 2013 Navigating to Excellence Forum.
VHA is a national network of more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospital systems and 72,000 non-acute facilities that work together to achieve new levels of clinical performance and operational efficiency.
As Mother’s Day approaches, Meriter suggests that you not only tell your Mom how much you appreciate her, in addition remind her how important it is that she takes care of her health. Let your Mom know that she is a vital member of your family.
Contact your primary care provider if you detect a change during your monthly self-checks. It is important to schedule your mammography when recommended by your primary care provider, call Meriter Monona Mammography Services at 608.417.6288.