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  • $5,755 raised on Give to the Max Day

    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.

  • Clinic Open in Benson!

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    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.

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  • Keep our Community Healthy – Get your Flu Shot!

    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:
    • Fever/chills
    • Sore throat
    • Muscle aches
    • Fatigue
    • Cough
    • Headache
    • 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.

  • Excellence Award Received in Clinic

    AAHS CLINIC RECEIVES MINNESOTA BRIDGES TO EXCELLENCE REWARD FOR DELIVERING OPTIMAL PATIENT CARE, IMPROVING OUTCOMES

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    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.

  • Community Appreciation BBQ

    Community Appreciation 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.

  • Survey Raffle Winners Announced

    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.

    Winners were:
    • #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.

  • 5th Annual Golf Tournament a Success!

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    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.

    Team DJ Apts
    1st Place: Team DJ Apartments – Lucas Strand, Justin Swenson, Joel Voorhees & Chavis Neptune ($500)


    Team RJM
    2nd Place: Team RJM Construction – Dan Bjornlie, Billy Soule, Troy Stutz & Allen Anderson ($400)

    Team Monte
    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.

    Bridge Winner
    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

  • 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!