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Keep up with what's happening at Appleton Area Health!

September 10, 2020

50 Raspberry & Honeyberry bushes added to Appleton Community Orchard!

 

On Wednesday, September 9th, an additional 50 raspberry and honeyberry bushes were added to the already thriving Appleton Community Orchard The purpose of this project is to improve access to fresh produce to anyone in the community as well as improve overall community health. Zion Lutheran Church also hosts the local food shelf and conveniently, the orchard can help supply fresh produce for those in need. Once the plants are fruit bearing, anyone in the community may use the produce.

The Appleton Community Orchard was made possible through a SHIP grant from Countryside Public Health and is located just north of Zion Lutheran Church.

September 3, 2020

Appleton Area Health Care Center COVID-19 Testing Negative!

 

The guidelines to allow visitors at AAH Care Center call for robust testing of residents and staff to establish a baseline so that a potential outbreak of the coronavirus among our most vulnerable population can be monitored.

Appleton Area Health recently completed COVID-19 testing on staff and residents in accordance with guidelines provided by The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). There were no positive cases identified at Appleton Area Health. We will continue periodic testing per the recommended guidelines and prevalence of COVID-19 in Swift county.

The vulnerable nature of the nursing home population combined with the inherent risks of close quarter living in a healthcare setting, requires aggressive efforts to limit COVID-19 exposure and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within nursing homes. AAH is committed to continued adherence of these criteria to help ensure our residents and staff remain safe.

September 3, 2020

Appleton Area Health selected by CORH!

The Texas A&M University Center for Optimizing Rural Health (CORH) was created as a technical advisory center for rural hospitals and is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Through an annual selection process, the CORH assists small, rural hospitals to identify and mitigate risk to their future viability.

Changes in how healthcare is delivered and increased dependence on technology have left smaller, more isolated hospitals in potentially precarious situations. Quality care is highly dependent upon local access to excellent primary care, specialized care, and timely transfer when a higher level of care is needed, as well as reliable communication across all levels of care. 

We are delighted to announce that Appleton Area Health was selected as one of five hospitals to receive intensive technical assistance from CORH. AAH was specifically selected because of the rapid financial recovery under new administration, growth of services, increase in patient population, strong and innovative leadership team, and positive and progressive culture.

The team at Appleton Area Health, as well as members of the communities served by the hospital, will work with the Center’s team to identify areas for improvement, strategize potential solutions, and develop a future plan to continue providing high quality, local care as well as access to high-tech care of the 21st century. The Center will provide guidance and assistance in reaching the hospital’s goals for a 12-month period and will provide continued assistance on an as-needed basis going forward.

August 24, 2020

Win with Fitness Weight Loss Challenge Coming Soon!

Appleton Area Health encourages you to participate in the Win with Fitness Weight Loss Challenge sponsored by the Lac qui Parle Health Network! 

 

Simply register online at www.dietbet.com where you will enter in your information and pay the $10 Registration fee. After four weeks, all participants that have reduced their weight by 4% will split the pot with other winners!

Two days before your game begins, you'll be prompted to submit your official starting weight.

Our standard weigh-in process involves you submitting 2 photos: one of you standing on a scale in lightweight clothing (no shoes, hats, belts, watches, coats, or outerwear), and another of the scale’s readout with your weigh-in word written on a piece of paper. The weigh in word acts as a time stamp for when the photo was taken, so it will change depending on when you weigh in. Each weigh-in submission is individually reviewed by a DietBet Referee.

Use DietBet to post photos, comments, and get weight-loss tips. Make sure to invite friends to cheer you on. 

Update your weight as often as you like. Self-reported weigh-ins during the game are unofficial but can help hold you accountable.

After the final day, you will have 48 hours to weigh out. Even if you have not won, please enter your final weight. You will not be required to submit photos for verification unless you are a winner.

Within 24 hours after the final weigh-out period ends, the results are made official and the pot is divided among the winners!


Winners will be announced at 11am on Wednesday, November 2, 2020...tune into KLQP FM Wellness Wednesday or visit our website at www.appletonareahealth.org or at www.lqphnmn.org or check us out on Facebook!

August 20, 2020

Suicide Prevention Awareness Virtual 5K

We're going virtual for Suicide Prevention Awareness!


Show your support and help raise awareness by participating in a Virtual 5K Walk/Run during the month of September...it’s easy, free, and fun!


Simply get out and enjoy a 5K Walk or Run on your favorite route between September 1-30th. Take a photo and share it on our Facebook page with the following: 
#aah #suicideprevention #mentalhealthmatters

August 3, 2020

2020 Annual Golf Fundraiser Event

Appleton Area Health Foundation is tee-ing up for its annual Golf Fundraising Event - with some very important changes this year. We’ve extended our one-day event into a month-long tournament...you’ll have the entire month of September to hit the course and show your support!

 

We invite you to participate in this exciting event. Your AAH Foundation Golf Tournament Voucher entitles you to:

 

  • 9 or 18 holes of golf that can be used anytime between September 1-30

  • A meal voucher at Appleton VFW Post 4955

  • 2 beverages at Appleton Golf Club

  • A gift from AAH Foundation (it’s really neat too!)

 

Here’s how the tournament will work…

 

  • Pick a day for you or your team to hit the course...remember that social distancing rules apply!

  • Call Appleton Golf Club at 320.289.2511 to reserve your tee time and don’t forget to mention that you’re happily supporting the Appleton Area Health Foundation. Golf cart rental is also available.

  • Arrive at the course ready to have a great time, check in and collect your scorecards, meal voucher, drink tickets, and gift!

  • Golf a round of “Best Ball” and enjoy the beautiful course...you’re going to love it!

  • When you’re done, drop your scorecard off at the clubhouse and head to the VFW for a delicious meal!

 

Once the scores are in, all participants will be entered into a drawing to win three $100.00 cash prizes! We’ll announce the winners in early October on our website, Facebook page, and in the Appleton Press.

 

Because of your support, Appleton Area Health Foundation has been able to purchase Laparoscopic  surgical equipment, install a handicap accessible door, purchase pedal bikes, bariatric beds, X-Ray equipment and more! This year we’re raising funds for a new tub unit for our hospital inpatients, further enhancing the care we provide to our patients.

Funding for this event comes from sponsorships from you, our business partners and community members. If you are interested in participating or sponsoring this event, please download the form below or contact Angel Molden, Marketing Director by calling 320.289.8504 or email at amolden@aah-mn.org 

We'll see you on the green!

August 3, 2020

2020 Gala Raffle Winners Announced 

Congratulations to the 2020 AAH Foundation Gala Raffle Winners! Shout out to our generous sponsors...we cannot thank you enough for your continued support!

June 15, 2020

Appleton Community Orchard 

Appleton Area Health is excited to partner with Zion Lutheran Church to establish a community orchard. Two dozen volunteers gathered to plant pear, plum and apple trees along with raspberries on June 12, 2020.  Honeyberry bushes as well as asparagus, rhubarb, and grapes will be planted at a later date yet this summer. 

 

The purpose of this project is to improve access to fresh produce to anyone in the community as well as improve overall community health. Zion Lutheran Church also hosts the local food shelf and conveniently, the orchard can help supply fresh produce for those in need. Once the plants are fruit bearing, anyone in the community may use the produce.

Kelsey Tollefson, Mental Health Therapist at AAH, was inspired by a similar concept in a neighboring community, and stated, "what better way to make an investment and help people for years to come."

 

The Appleton Community Orchard was made possible through a SHIP grant from Countryside Public Health and is located just north of Zion Lutheran Church.

June 3, 2020

Community Orchard Coming to Appleton

Appleton Area Health is excited to announce a partnership with Zion Lutheran Church to establish a community orchard. The orchard will be planted within the next few weeks and will be located on the vacant lot north of Zion Lutheran Church. Raspberry and honeyberry bushes as well as pear, plum and apple trees will be planted. The purpose of this project is to improve access to fresh produce to anyone in the community as well as improve overall community health. Zion Lutheran Church also hosts the local food shelf and conveniently, the orchard can help supply fresh produce for those in need. Once the plants are fruit bearing, anyone in the community may use the produce.

 

This orchard is made possible through a grant from Countryside Public Health SHIP grant.

 

Planting of the Appleton Community Orchard will take place in June and again in late August or early September.

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