Words will never express how much Dr. Kabatay is valued by the Appleton community. We thank him for his compassion and wisdom and are so grateful he chose to build his career in Appleton. We wish you the best retirement, Dr. Kabatay, and know you will enjoy this time with your family and friends. Click here to read Dr. Kabatay’s announcement of retirement written by Leslie Ehrenberg of The Appleton Press.
In celebration of Valentine’s week the Activities department in the Care Center hosted Minute to Win it games on February 13th. Staff members paired up with a resident and played a variety of games. The winning pair of each game got a box of chocolates. There were lots of laughs and smiles from the residents and staff alike!
Coronation was held on Valentine’s day. The court had five nominees each for men and women.Crowned Queen at the Valentine Coronation was Vi Risch and King George Clemens!
We invite community members, vendors and friends to join us at our 5th Annual Gala on Friday, March 10th at Shooter’s Bar & Grill! This year proceeds will be designated to the purchase of wheel chair pedal bikes. These chairs will enhance the quality of life of our residents, tenants and patients by assisting in improving mobility and by being a new option for daily exercise.
We are excited to announce entertainment by, Divas Through the Decades, a musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists in American pop music, featuring songs from the 40’s, through today’s current hits! The show features music made famous by various Divas including Tina Turner, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Beyoncé, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and many more. The Diva’s stage show is filled with electrifying vocals, cutting edge choreography, great costume changes, and a high energy performance that is second to none!
Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m.; attendees are invited to dress semi-formal. Meal will include your choice of Butterfly Shrimp or Garlic Parmesan Chicken with salad, veggie, potato, dessert and beverage. During the social hour guests can participate in the wine pull. 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.
There will also be silent and live auctions. One of the items up for bid is a Mall of America package including 4 admissions to Nickelodeon Universe, Moose Mountain, Crayola Experience, and Sea Life. Donations to the auction are greatly appreciated! 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.
You can also support the event by purchasing raffle tickets – on sale now! The drawing will be held at the Gala, but you do not need to be present to win. 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 1st Place – 2 tickets Section 102 (lower level) Row 2 to the Colorado Avalanche @ Minnesota Wild Game on Sunday, April 2nd at 5:00 p.m. 2nd Place – 2 tickets Section 124 (lower level) Row R to the Sacramento Kings @ Minnesota Timberwolves Game on Saturday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m. 3rd Place – 2 tickets Legends Club K Row 2 (lower level) to the Boston Red Sox @ Minnesota Twins Game on Sunday, May 7th at 1:10 p.m. The drawing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Purchaser must be 18 years of age or older. Ticket prices are $10 each or three for $25.
Tickets for the Gala are $45 and can be purchased at Appleton Area Health Services; from any AAHS Foundation Board member or AAHS manager by February 27th Tickets are $45. We hope to see you there!
The AAHS Foundation is very grateful to those who donated on Give to the Max day and would like to thank generous givers for helping us raise $5,755! These gifts will be designated to the dialysis unit fund.
Information on GiveMN.org
GiveMN launched in 2009 as a collaborative venture led by Minnesota Community Foundation and many other organizations committed to helping make Minnesota a better place.
To generate excitement, they organized a little something called Give to the Max Day. That spark touched off a blast of online giving — $14 million in 24 hours. Since that trial run in 2009, Give to the Max Day has become an annual tradition. Every year thousands of organizations raise money to improve the quality of life in Minnesota and communities around the world. This year’s total raised: $20,149,492.17!
GiveMN is more than a one-day giving extravaganza the website is available year-round to link people with nonprofits and schools to make giving soar.
AAHS Benson Clinic opened its doors on November 8, 2016. Staff members were excited to open and felt welcome by community members. Open hours are Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to Noon with a provider, nurse and lab technician on staff. CEO, Jeff Cook stated, “We decided to open a clinic in Benson because people were requesting an alternative to ACMC clinic. They would leave Benson to find care in Glenwood, Morris or Willmar. Now they have a choice to stay in town.”
At the clinic patients can expect to receive Primary Care, Laboratory services, and EKG. Basic labs will be done on site; those that can’t be processed there will be brought to either the lab in Benson Hospital Appleton Hospital or a reference lab. X-rays will be done at the Swift County-Benson Hospital. If hospitalization is needed it will be the patient’s choice to go to AAHS or SCBH, however if a patient is in acute need for hospitalization they will be admitted to SCBH. If a referral to a specialist is needed several options will be presented by the provider and a referral of their choice is made.
Dr. Kabatay, Dr. Chakravorty, Dr. Bajwa and Ketura Isidor PA-C along with their team are ready to meet or exceed your expectations. Stay close to home with AAHS Benson Clinic, we’re here for you!
To make an appointment call AAHS at 320-289-1580.
Pictured below is the front entrance, an exam room and the laboratory.
Appleton Area Health Services will be holding a Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday, October 19 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Cost is $35.
Why get vaccinated?
Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Anyone can get the flu. The flu strikes suddenly and can last several days.
Symptoms vary by age, but can include:
• Sore throat
• Muscle aches
• Runny or stuff nose
The flu can also lead to pneumonia and blood infections, and cause diarrhea and seizures in children. If you have a medical condition, such as heart or lunch disease, the flu can make it worse. The flu is more dangerous for some people. Infants and young children, people 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions or a weakened immune system are at greatest risk. Each year thousands of people in the United States die from the flu, and many more are hospitalized.
Flu vaccine can:
• Keep you from getting the flu
• Make the flu less severe if you do get it
• Keep you from spreading the flu to your family and other people
If you would like more information please call the clinic at 320-289-1580.
AAHS CLINIC RECEIVES MINNESOTA BRIDGES TO EXCELLENCE REWARD FOR DELIVERING OPTIMAL PATIENT CARE, IMPROVING OUTCOMES
The Minnesota Health Action Group (The Action Group) announced today that Appleton Area Health Services Clinic is among 276 Minnesota and border state clinics that were recently recognized for improving care delivery and outcomes for patients with diabetes, vascular disease and depression as part of the 2016 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program and the Quality Incentive Payment System, a State of Minnesota pay-for-performance program that is administered by The Action Group.
Minnesota Bridges to Excellence and the Quality Incentive Payment System also recognize clinics for improvement in these key conditions. These clinics have improved patient outcomes by at least 10 percentage points in the last year, but did not meet the achievement goal. Appleton Area Health Services Clinic was recognized for meeting the improvement goal for Optimal Vascular Care.
Established by the Minnesota Health Action Group in 2006, the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program uses publicly reported outcomes data to identify clinics that meet or exceed optimal care standards for a specified percentage of patients with diabetes, vascular disease and depression.
“Clinics that receive rewards are doing an exceptional job in caring for their patients, and we applaud them for their commitment and results,” said Carolyn Pare, president and CEO of The Action Group. “Our aspiration is for all Minnesotans to receive the right care, at the right time and at the right price. This can only be achieved through genuine collaboration on behalf of providers, patients, purchasers, and other community stakeholders.”
To be eligible for a reward, clinics must have a certain percentage of patients at optimal levels of care or significantly increase the number over the previous year. Performance goals are set each year by the Minnesota Health Action Group and the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence Champions of Change, a group of organizations that sponsor the pay-for-performance program and who fund the rewards. This year’s Champions include Best Buy, Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative, State of Minnesota-State Employee Group Insurance Plan, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the University of Minnesota, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.
More information about Minnesota Bridges to Excellence, along with a complete list of reward recipients, can be found at www.mnhealthactiongroup.org.
Mark your calendars for a free community event on Wednesday, September 7th from 4p-7p at Riverside park. Everyone is invited – community members, customers, businesses and vendors! AAHS staff members will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, watermelon and cookies. There will be music playing on the outside sound system and kids can enjoy an inflatable bouncy house. The first 50 guests who want to play frisbee golf will receive a free AAHS/City of Appleton red disc. There will also be prize drawings throughout the evening for those who are present.
We would like to thank those of you who took the time to complete the Community Health Needs Assessment survey. We believe, with your help, we can continue to improve health care services in our region. AAHS partnered with the National Rural Health Resource Center to administer the survey. Participants were chosen at random and mailed a survey. From those returning the survey, raffle tickets were drawn at random for three Ascheman Unimart Sinclair gifts cards.
• #7409873 – $150
• #7409358 – $100
• #7409733 – $50
Survey participants are asked to match these numbers against the green raffle ticket they kept. Winners can stop by AAHS with their winning ticket to claim their gift card. If gift cards are not claimed by August 31st a new ticket will be drawn.
For more information contact Jessica Wollschlager at 289-8510.
21 teams competed on July 28th in the 5th Annual AAHS Foundation Golf Tournament at the Appleton Golf Course. It was a perfect day for golf with partly cloudy skies, temperature in the low 80’s and a slight breeze. There was a hole-in-one opportunity on holes 8 & 9 for a 2016 Chevy Malibu sponsored by Heartland Motor Company of Morris. While there were no winners, there were a couple players that got pretty close. Rave reviews were given to the burger baskets grilled by Barry from Shooter’s that were available all afternoon for participants. The competition wrapped up around 5:30 and a short program was held in the club house for announcement of winners and prize drawings.
2nd Place: Team RJM Construction – Dan Bjornlie, Billy Soule, Troy Stutz & Allen Anderson ($400)
3rd Place: Team Montevideo Hospital – Mark Paulson, Tom Reeves, Lydia Kranz & Jeremy Heim ($300)
Longest Drive Men: Dan Bjornlie Women: Lori Andreas
Longest Putt Men: Chad Turner Women: Ramona Engebretson
Closest to the hole Men: Mark Paulson
While the golf tournament was going on we had a bridge tournament in the club house. Participants enjoyed morning refreshments, burger basket lunch and also participated in the silent auction.
1st: Dorothy Lissick ($50 Casey’s Card)
Highest Silent Auction Bid: Barb Gens purchased the Mall of America Family Pack for $100
50/50 Raffle Winner was Kelly Johnson for $105
$50 Casey’s Card Door Prize was Anne Kells
The event was a great success thanks to sponsors, donors, participants and help of the Appleton Golf Course. Proceeds of just over $6,800.00 will be designated to the dialysis unit fund bringing our total raised to $61,000.00