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  • Sports Exams 2016-2017 School Year

    Appleton Area Health Services will be providing Sports Examinations to students for the upcoming 2016-2017 sports seasons. The Sports Exam will be offered at a reduced rate of $45 starting Friday, July 1st through Wednesday, August 31st. The exam is a 30 minute appointment. Immunizations are not included in the reduced rate. If your child needs immunizations, they will be billed separately. Please alert the receptionist when scheduling the appointment if immunizations are needed.

    Your insurance will not be billed for the Sports Exam. Payment of $45 must be made at the time of your child’s visit. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete physical, only a Sports Exam. If you would like your child to have a complete physical, and the visit billed to the insurance company, please let the receptionist know that when scheduling the appointment. We will allot for a longer appointment time.

    Please complete and sign the Sports Examination form. Download Sports Exam Form This signed form must be brought with you to your clinic appointment.

    We look forward to providing excellent healthcare to you and your family.
    Call the Clinic at 320-289-1580, to schedule your child’s appointment today!

  • Registration Now Open – AAHS Foundation 5th Annual Golf Tournament!

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    The AAHS Foundation invites you to participate in our 5th Annual Golf Tournament! This year’s proceeds will be designated to the dialysis unit fund. Registration will open at 10:00 am for shotgun start at 10:30 am. Late starts can join anytime before 2:00 pm. This is a 4-person team scramble with the option to play 9 or 18 holes. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st ($500), 2nd ($400) and 3rd ($300). The hole-in-one opportunity is back this year sponsored by Heartland Motor Company of Morris! Shoot for your chance at a 2016 Malibu.There will also be a bridge & whist card tournament held in the club house. Guests can mingle in the club house and participate in a silent auction and 50/50 raffle (need not be present to win!) Burger baskets, served by Shooter’s Bar & Grill, will be available for golf & card tournament participants from noon until 5:30. If you would like more information or would like to donate contact Jess at 320.289.8510 or email jwollschlager@aahsmn.org.

    Register Here!

    Card Tournament Registration

  • Blood Drive – 6/6/16

    Blood Drive
    Community members from the surrounding area are invited to donate blood on Monday, June 6th from Noon – 6:00 P.M. The American Red Cross will be accepting donations in the Education Room (lower level of the Care Center, park in rear of building.) To make an appointment call Ramona at 320.289.8556 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code: Appleton Health. Please bring a photo ID or donor card to your session. Walk-Ins are welcome!

    A few Stats:
    The number of whole blood and red blood cell units collected in the U.S. in a year: 13.6 million
    The number of blood donors in the U.S. in a year: 6.8 million
    Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10% of that eligible population actually do each year. Let’s give blood!

  • Big Stone Therapies completes Therapeutic Neuroscience Education

    BST-TNELynn Simon PT, DPT, ATC and Adrian Olson PTA attended a course in Marshall, MN on Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Educating Patients About Pain. This 15-hour, 2 day course was designed to update therapists on the latest evidence and clinical application of therapeutic neuroscience education for patients in pain. The instructor, Adriaan Louw PT, PhD has been all over the world teaching therapists how to treat patients with pain.
    Pain is complex and new models of pain, such as nerve sensitivity and immune responses to pain has pushed physical therapy to the foreground in the treatment of pain. Current Best-evidence has shown that neuroscience educational strategies are able to reduce pain, increase function, reduce fear, improve movement and also change cognitions and brain activation during pain experiences. Some diagnosis examples used for the Therapeutic Neuroscience education for patients are Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. For more information please contact our Big Stone Therapies clinic at 320-289-8503.

  • Giving back to the Community

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    The Employee Activities Committee at AAHS runs a Jeans for Generosity program each calendar year in an effort to support the Appleton community. For a $40 donation employees are able to wear jeans to work every Friday. Once there is a total raised the activities committee meets to decide where the money should go. This year the committee decided to donate half to Zion Lutheran Food Shelf and the other half to Prairie Playhouse for new cribs. Each organization received a check for $440.

    In the top picture in front accepting the check on behalf of Prairie Playhouse is Courtney Swenson and her son Aiden. Behind them is, left to right, Jess Wollschlager, Carly Peterson, Kris Schwartz, and Ramona Engebretson.

    Bottom picture accepting the check on behalf of Zion Lutheran Church is Pastor Michelle Rowell with members from the activities committee.

  • Big Stone Therapies learns Gratson Technique

    Lynn Simon PT,DPT,ATC and Carlent Porter COTA successfully completed the 12 hour M1-Basic Training in the Graston® Technique Therapy in Ortonville, MN.

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    During this 2 day course, therapists learned different methods of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, which included diagnostic and therapeutic applications and procedures. Carlene is shown using this non-invasive technique with specially designed stainless steel instruments on a patient. The Graston® Technique enables therapists to address scar tissue and facial restriction during rehabilitation.

    This specialized treatment is clinically proven to achieve faster and better patient outcomes in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow), Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s elbow), Scar Tissue and Trigger Finger. Other injuries Lynn has used to treat patients and found good results are tendonitis of the Achilles tendon, patellar tendon and plantar fascitis as well as chronic upper back/neck pain. Acute injuries such as an ankle, hamstring or quadriceps strain are some other injuries that can be treated. Injuries and pain are debilitating. Lynn and Carlene are excited to use their traditional therapy methods and the Graston® Technique can help patients enjoy life again.

    The therapists at Big Stone Therapies, Inc. would be honored to be trusted with your care. Call 320-289-8503 for an appointment.

  • $11,780.82 for Dialysis Unit Fund

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    The Appleton Area Health Services Foundation 4th Annual Winter gala was a success! On March 11, 2016 nearly $12,000.00 was raised to add to the dialysis unit fund. It takes many people to make such a great event from the generous donations given by sponsors to the individuals that support by purchasing raffle tickets to attendees of the gala. This year there were approximately 150 guests who enjoyed a silent & live auction, raffle drawing, wine pull and comedian, Eric Hunter. Among many auction items that were donated was a queen size apple quilt donated by Needle & Thread Quilt Club of Appleton. Guests enjoyed some intense bidding that resulted in a $1,400.00 purchase of the quilt with all proceeds going to dialysis. It was found out later that the purchaser of the quilt, Rick Huckle who was not present at the event, had friend Dale Lien, “buy it!” During the social hour guests purchased 50 bottles of wine from the wine pull sponsored by Shooter’s Bar and Grill. Winners of the raffle drawing were; Heidi Schuelke – Yeti Cooler with beverages, Reid Muxfeldt – Igloo Wine Cooler with wine and Wade Schmidt – Danby beverage center including craft beer.

  • 5 Star Rating for the Care Center

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    For the 7th consecutive year, the AAHS Care Center has received a Five-Star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions. Nursing homes with five stars are considered to have much above average quality care. They are measured through health inspections, staffing ratings and quality measures. Each department in the facility plays a vital role in receiving this honor. For more information on the Five-Star rating visit the CMS website at: https://www.cms.gov/medicare/provider-enrollment-and-certification/certificationandcomplianc/fsqrs.html

  • New Whiteboards Improve Patient Communication

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    New Whiteboards will help improve communications between staff at the facility, and between the staff and the patients they are caring for. Hospital Director of Nursing (DON) Stacey Weinkauf said all of the hospital staff had input on the design and information included on the white boards, and they are looking forward to using them.
    This information not only includes the patient’s preferred name, their doctor and nurse, but also a pain management communication chart, special diet instructions, and family contact information. There is also a space for notes or questions for the provider or nurse from the family and/or patient.
    “Whiteboards can play a valuable role in improving patient care, team work and communication,
    especially with the patient. The area for family contact information and questions
    is one of the most important pieces of the new whiteboards,” said Weinkauf.
    Hospital staff pictured with the whiteboards are, left to right, Stacey Weinkauf, Kristine Schularick,
    Dr. Chakravorty, Sherrie Lee, Melissa Egger, and Toni Cam.

  • Community Invited to Join Annual Gala

    Appleton Area Health Services Foundation will be holding their fourth annual Community Fundraiser Gala. Everyone is invited to join them Friday, March 11, at Shooter’s Bar and Grill in Appleton.
    Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to dress business casual. During the social hour a wine pull will begin. By purchasing a $20 bottle of wine you will not only receive that bottle of wine, you will be entered into a drawing for cash prizes.
    Raffle tickets will also be on sale. The winner will have the opportunity to pick their prize, if present. If not present, the winner will receive the item remaining with the highest value. Prizes are a YETI cooler filled with pop, an Igloo 12-bottle wine cooler including wine, and a Danby beverage center
    including craft beer.
    The drawing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Purchaser must be 21 years of age or older. Ticket prices are $10 each or three for $25.
    There will also be silent and live auctions. Prizes donated so far include a Mall of America family package, Prairie’s Edge Casino package and queen size apple quilt made by the Appleton Quilt Club.
    More auction items are coming in daily. If you would like to donate an item, please contact Jessica Wollschlager at 289-8510 or drop your item off at Appleton Area Health Services.
    Comedian Eric Hunter will perform beginning at 8:00 p.m. Hunter is a very funny comedian and actor who has performed with a wide range of comedians including Louie Anderson and Frank Caliendo. He has appeared on the television shows Last Comic Standing, two seasons of William Shatner’s Aftermath, Operation Repo, Homicide Hunter, Blood Relatives, and The Bob and Tom Show. You can currently see Hunter perform on Comedy Central.
    Proceeds from the Gala will go towards the incorporation of dialysis equipment and services at AAHS. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased by February 29 at Appleton Area Health Services, from any AAHS Foundation Board member or AAHS manager. Tickets are $40.
    “Everyone is invited to come out for our annual Gala,” said AAHS Executive Assistant Jessica Wollschlager. “The evening is guaranteed to be a fun time, along with helping support quality health care at home.”
    For more information contact Wollschlager at JWollschlager@aahsmn.org or call 289-8510.-Article written by the Appleton Press