July 13, 2019, marks the 7th annual Aurora BayCare Open Streets Green Bay, where roads in the Broadway District are closed to vehicle traffic and open to transportation alternatives. The event celebrates health and wellness and has several family-friendly activity zones, including the new Warrior Jungle obstacle course, where you can become a real-life ninja and test your abilities. Aurora BayCare Open Streets is free to the public and there’s no registration.
Skin cancer is very treatable if caught early, which was the case for Terri. After she noticed a mole on her neck that evolved, she met with dermatologist Dr. Hertel, and he found it was skin cancer. The skin cancer could have been caused by long-term sun exposure. Now, Terri takes extra precaution when outdoors, such as applying sunscreen more often and spending extra time in the shade.
According to Stroke Medical Director Dr. Darkhabani, 90% of patients who have a stroke like Richard’s will have a devastating outcome. However, because of a successful surgery, Richard has made a great recovery. The doctors suspect Richard’s stroke was caused by Afib. Medical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology Dr. Mehta is monitoring Richard’s heart 24/7 for defects, which will help determine the stroke’s cause.
After Toby was diagnosed with stage III melanoma, medical oncologist Dr. Gautam recommended he participate in a clinical trial to have not only the possibility of receiving potentially better treatment but also to help future cancer patients. Currently, about 50 different kinds of oncology clinical trials are taking place at Aurora BayCare. Learn about what Aurora BayCare is doing to bring innovative cancer treatments to its patients.
While stroke might not be top of mind when pregnant, the rate of pregnancy-related stroke is rising, according to the AHA Journals. Aurora BayCare nursing assistant Sam suffered a stroke while working at 31 weeks pregnant. Neurosurgeon Dr. Eckart performed an immediate procedure to remove the clot in her brain, saving Sam’s life, and OB/GYN Dr. Sipes delivered her baby. Thanks to coordinated care between neurology and obstetrics, Sam is on the road to recovery and enjoying time with her new daughter, Liley.
For National Stroke Awareness Month, neurologist Dr. Khabbaz shares important stroke warning signs. Someone might be having a stroke if they have a sudden loss of balance, blurred eyesight, facial drooping, weakened arms or difficulty speaking, and in any case, time is crucial and 911 should be called. Dr. Khabbaz says the earlier someone can receive treatment for stroke the better.
While sometimes stroke occurs without warning, stroke can also develop as a result of a brain aneurysm, which is a weak, bulging spot in a blood vessel. Signs of a brain aneurysm include severe headaches, blurred vision and sudden confusion or dizziness. Neurosurgeon Dr. Eckardt says if a brain aneurysm bursts, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention because the rupture could lead to stroke.
With summer around the corner, it's a great time to talk about your skin. It’s essential to be aware of what’s happening with your skin and take note of any new or changing moles or skin tags. Dermatologist Dr. Hertel says if moles violate the ABCDE rule – asymmetry, border, color, diameter or evolving – or change in any other way, to see a professional and have the area examined. See pages 12-13 and 37 in the online edition of Women Magazine for more information.
To help celebrate National Nurses Week, we’re congratulating Gianna Schliep for receiving the Nurse of the Year award! Gianna was nominated by one of her peers for this distinction because of her dedication, leadership, critical thinking skills and more. Vice President Chief Nursing Officer Heather Schroeder says Aurora BayCare also recognizes its staff through other awards as well as praises for a job well done.
Through the National Registry for Adoption services, families with remaining embryos from their IVF process can connect with families looking to adopt. With over 620,000 frozen embryos stored in the U.S., according to the Department of Health and Human Services, embryo adoption is an option for couples struggling with infertility. Aurora BayCare Donor Coordinator Tina Van Egeren, RN says it’s important for couples to work with a reputable source, like Aurora BayCare, to make sure all guidelines are followed.
It’s important for patients with Parkinson’s disease to remain active, and through Aurora BayCare’s Mobile and Fit Parkinson’s classes, they can regain strengthen and improve their quality of life. Physical therapist Ellen Linskens is a trained instructor in Parkinson’s wellness and recovery, and she helps guide patients through a variety of balance, flexibility, strength and aerobic exercises.
Jennifer had a high-risk pregnancy that required her to stay in the hospital for almost nine weeks. When she started having issues in the middle of the night, rapid response was crucial, and thanks to the Laborist Program, a board-certified OB/GYN is on-site 24/7 and ready to assist. With the help of Dr. Dobbins, Jennifer is now a mom of three and at home enjoying time with her new daughter.
As we age, our backs could experience pain. Bob, an outdoorsman, had extreme pain – to the point he could barely stand. Thanks to neurosurgeon Dr. Harrison, Bob is back to doing what he loves. Aurora BayCare also recently became the first and only hospital in Wisconsin to receive the DNV GL Healthcare Spine Surgery Program Certification, showcasing how it’s leading the area in neurological services.
While we celebrate doctors every day, we go the extra mile on National Doctor’s Day to show our appreciation. Doctors undergo numerous years of schooling and make sacrifices to pursue their professions and passions. We’re grateful for our providers, like Dr. Winburn and Dr. Vogel-Schwartz, who continue to make a difference in our patients’ lives.
There are ways to help prevent colorectal cancer, and the best way to do so is by getting a colonoscopy. Dr. Manthey says it’s recommended to be screened as early as 45 years old. People can also lower their risk by eating a healthy diet, exercising and not smoking. Symptoms of colorectal cancer include changes in bowel habits or bleeding; however, the symptoms are not always evident.
When performing intricate surgeries, accuracy is extremely important. Technology like robotic-assisted surgeries provide greater visualization for the surgeons and also reduce shaking. Dr. Johnson, director of gynecologic oncology, has completed over 2,000 robotic-assisted surgeries and helped patients like Sara recover faster.
According to a recent study by the National Institutes of Health, there’s a significant difference in the brains of kids who engage in screen activity for more than seven hours a day. As children grow up in a digital society, it’s important to limit screen time and engage them in activities that use other skill sets. Dr. Lynn Wagner, integrative lifestyle medicine, suggests kids spend time playing with hands-on activities, like block building, and interacting with friends and family.
Twins have a special bond and brothers Peter and Paul are no exception. As Peter was undergoing heart surgery, Paul started having chest pain and was brought to the hospital, only a few rooms away from his brother. Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Roitstein performed almost identical triple bypass surgeries on the twins.
According to Dr. Patel, medical director for cancer care, there have been breakthrough outcomes because of cancer treatments like immunotherapy. This treatment uses one’s own immune system to fight cancer and doesn’t have the side effects other treatments have. Jim has had almost no side effects while undergoing immunotherapy, and continues to see treatment progress.
While there are different kinds of heart disease, Dr. Witmer, interventional cardiologist, says coronary artery disease is the most common. This is when the arteries to the heart are blocked, which can cause a heart attack. To help reduce risk for heart disease through diet, he recommends decreasing intake of red meat, soda and carbohydrates and to increase your servings of fruits and vegetables.
Preventing heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S., starts with education. Dr. Weslow joined Good Day Wisconsin to share key distinguishing factors of heart attacks, cardiac arrest and heart failure. While family history is a risk factor that cannot be changed, he says people can help lower their risk by maintaining a healthy weight, managing health issues, like diabetes and blood pressure, and enjoying a heart-healthy diet.
Cardiac arrests and heart attacks are not synonymous. Emergency Physician Dr. Kerry Ahrens explains that a heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and if the artery remains clotted long enough, it can result in a cardiac arrest, where the heart stops. While both men and women have similar symptoms like chest pain or numbness, women also might experience stomach pain or nausea. Whether you believe someone is having a heart attack or experiencing cardiac arrest, call 911.
Electrophysiologist Dr. Sheikh kicked off American Heart Month by educating audience members about AFib, the most common type of arrhythmia. AFib symptoms range from pounding in the chest to even fatigue. Dr. Sheikh recommends people see their providers to help identify AFib early on and get the appropriate treatment, and overall, to be familiar with AFib’s signs and prevention methods. The public can learn more about AFib through the new Aurora BayCare AFib Clinic.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for men and women, but with the right steps, the risk can be reduced. Common symptoms of heart disease are chest pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. Dr. Shaikh, interventional cardiologist, says you can decrease your risk by eating a healthy diet, regularly exercising and not smoking.
Lissa’s cartilage in her left hip was unknowingly withering away, but she worked through the pain until it was too much. After researching different treatment methods, she found that an anterior hip replacement would get her back to her active lifestyle quickly. Dr. Schnaubelt says this type of procedure is minimally invasive, providing a faster recovery time.
When Dr. Limoni isn’t busy caring for patients or running his organic farm in Door Country, he’s inventing medical devices to better the lives of his patients. He developed the Walker Balls, which go on the bottom of a walker and don’t carry around bacteria, and devices to position legs for hip and knee surgery that improve cleanliness in operating rooms. His inventions are used at Aurora BayCare.
It can be intimidating to workout alone, but you don’t have to. Personal trainer, Linda Webster, says there are many benefits to working out in a group setting, such as gaining motivation and enjoying camaraderie. Aurora BayCare offers a wide selection of classes from yoga to kickboxing to spin, and during Healthy Weight Week, joining a class is the perfect way to get you on track to a healthier lifestyle.
Weaning is not always an easy process for the mother and her baby–it takes time, and each baby transitions differently. Throughout Janelle’s breastfeeding journey, and now into weaning, she has received guidance from Dr. Sehring and the breastfeeding and lactation support team to find what works for her.
Not only do Cancer Nurse Navigators, like Meghan, assist patients through the complex journey, but they also work with caregivers to ensure the best at-home care. After Pam’s mom, Jeanne, was diagnosed with lung cancer, Pam decided to become her at-home caregiver. Throughout the process, Meghan has been supporting them, from the diagnosis to recovery and beyond.
There’s been an increase in Norovirus cases in the area. Dr. Ryan Murphy says the stomach bug symptoms usually peak within the first 12 to 24 hours and stresses the importance of rest. To protect yourself, wash your hands frequently and sanitize areas in your home that have come in contact with someone who could be infected.
Expecting parents can have peace of mind around the holidays with the Laborist Program, meaning a board-certified OB/GYN is on staff 24/7 to help care for inpatients and walk-ins. All the doctors in the program are the same providers that care for women during their pregnancies. This allows providers, like Dr. Brian Dobbins, and other doctors to have a seamless line of communication about a patient’s status.
With sweet treats around the holiday season, it’s easy to overindulge; however, it’s important to be selective in which you splurge on. If you’re looking to eat healthier this year or lose the holiday weight, registered dietitians, like Carrie Taicher, can help you reach your weight and diet goals through unique plans that fit your lifestyle.
The Apple Watch could detect an abnormal heart rhythm through its EKG reading, but it doesn’t replace an exam. Dr. Weslow said the Apple Watch can’t gather as much information as a professional test and could miss potential cardiac symptoms.
Most New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, but it can be difficult to work toward this goal on your own; however, a personal trainer can help keep you on track. Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine Members Julie and René have been working with personal trainer Paula Taraboi for several years, and with Paula’s guidance, Julie and René have accomplished their goal to lose weight and gain energy.
To help keep care closer to home for Kaukauna-area residents, Aurora BayCare is building a new clinic near Interstate 41 and Highway 55 with completion slated for summer of 2020. The facility will include operating rooms, a pharmacy, therapy, primary care, specialty care, and urgent care plus.
Outagamie County is a growing community and, to help make health care services more accessible, Aurora BayCare is building a new facility in Kaukauna. The building will be a part of Commerce Crossing on Arbor Way. Aurora BayCare will be able to provide local, high-quality health care and also options for employers and residents in the area.
Non-surgical treatments are available for patients looking back to get to their sports or activities. Dr. Woods says we can treat acute and chronic injuries in patients of all ages. It starts with a formal diagnosis and, depending on the situation, we can provide non-operative solutions, like injections or a minimally invasive procedure.
Individuals that smoke, have a family history of lung cancer or are exposed to unsafe levels of hazardous gases are at an increased risk for lung cancer. Dr. Raul Mendoza, an Aurora BayCare interventional pulmonologist, recommends that individuals over the age of 55 who currently smoke, or have quit smoking within the last 15 years, learn more about Aurora BayCare’s high risk screening program to help catch lung cancer early, especially since it can grow silently.
Providers, like Dr. Schock, help patients get back to what they love. Our Comprehensive Sports Medicine Program brings together sub-specialized orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers and more at one location. Programs include an athlete assessment, the performance sports training program, ACL injury screens and performance nutrition.
With the holiday season in full swing, it’s important to manage and prevent stress, especially for patients recovering from aneurysms. According to Aurora BayCare Neurosurgeon Dr. Gerald Eckardt, genetics, smoking, and high blood pressure, sometimes brought on by stress, are all factors that can cause an aneurysm. Patient Lisa had two aneurysms and is currently recovering. To help prevent a future aneurysm, she must focus on lowering her stress level, even with the holidays here.
Aurora BayCare’s Comprehensive Breast Care Center goes above and beyond to help patients feel relaxed during their mammograms. From the private waiting room to the coffee bar to the nature videos and sounds, it’s a calming experience for patients. According to Dr. Lynn Mastey, an Aurora BayCare radiologist, it’s best when patients are relaxed during their screenings because then they can take better mammography images, making for a better examination.
Len Hansen quit smoking more than a decade ago; however, even after stopping, the effects unknowingly lingered. At age 65, Len decided to get a lung cancer CT scan and doctors uncovered a cancerous tumor in his lung. With the help of Dr. Raul Mendoza, an interventional pulmonologist at Aurora BayCare, Len is now cancer-free without having to undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Procedures like an anterior hip replacement or other minimally invasive techniques help people get back to their lives more quickly. Dr. Limoni also discusses how our Joint Camp informs patients on what to expect before surgery, during and afterward. This prepares patients for when they return home so they can recover faster.
If you feel a sharp pain on the bottom of your heel, it could be plantar fasciitis. Dr. DeNamur says this is most common for people in their 40s or 50s or those who stand on their feet all day, but it can happen to anyone. Treatment options range from a custom orthotic to physical therapy.
Seventeen million people around the world are affected by stroke. Dr. Ziad Darkhabani, Aurora BayCare Medical Center interventional neurologist, advises to call 9-1-1 and ask for transportation to your nearest stroke center if you or someone you know is showing the signs of a stroke.
Orthopedic Biologics is an area of medicine that harnesses the body’s natural properties. Dr. Woods explains that treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy can enhance and promote a healing environment and are best for patients with chronic or acute orthopedic conditions.
Rosie has been positively impacting Aurora BayCare Medical Center for ten years. The miniature horse is a part of Aurora BayCare’s Pet Therapy program, which aims to relieve patients’ anxieties and provide comfort. Aurora BayCare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Johnson joined Rosie to help raise awareness for the Pet Therapy program and explain how the program can help patients work toward recovery.
Real-life training is important at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, so we have programs, like the labor simulation program, that provide hands-on experience. Simulators, like Simone, have advanced technology that allows them to respond to situations just like an actual patient, such as talking, bleeding and breathing. These simulators are better for training because they portray the most life-like medical scenarios, which helps prepare providers for when a patient is under similar circumstances.
Aurora BayCare’s Comprehensive Breast Care Center director, Dr. William Owens, appeared on Local 5 Live to talk about advancements in breast cancer treatments but also stress the importance of early screening and breast self-exams. According to Dr. Owens, women of average risk over 45 years old should have yearly mammograms. Along with seeing a provider, women should also monitor their breasts for any abnormalities.
To help breast cancer survivor Annie Karjala-Dobbins connect with others going through a similar experience, she and Dr. William Owens, director of the Comprehensive Breast Care Center at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, created a support group as a safe space for patients and survivors alike to talk about their emotions and provide advice to each other. Annie has a master’s degree in counseling and serves as the leader of the support group, and members have found it extremely helpful and comforting to know they’re not alone in their journey.
Ankle sprains can cause fractures, like the Jones fracture, which is common in athletes. While fractures can be treated with or without surgery, Dr. DeVries says most patients undergo surgery, allowing for a quicker recovery time so athletes can return to their activities.
Aurora BayCare Spooky Sprint is a great way to celebrate Halloween with friends and family while also getting a workout. To help participants get prepared for the run, Joseph Woldt, an Aurora BayCare physical therapist, performed a running assessment at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine and provided training tips for Aurora BayCare Spooky Sprint runners, Jessica Nelson and Keri Brooks. In running assessments, athletes can gain a deeper understanding about their running form and how they can improve.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while chemotherapy is the treatment typically associated with diagnosis, there are alternatives. Dr. William Owens, director of Aurora BayCare’s Comprehensive Breast Care Center, debunks breast cancer treatment myths and why each case needs to be approached in a unique way. See pages 16-17 in the online edition of Women Magazine for more information.
Dr. Scott Weslow, a surgeon at Aurora BayCare cardiology, formed a special bond with his first Green Bay patient, Dave Janczak, as they both had a passion for restoration. When Dr. Weslow wanted to transform his old barn, Janczak's home building expertise came in handy. Dr. Weslow and Janczak were able to take an old dairy barn and turn it into something even more special.
Local anesthetics typically wear off within a day or two, but new procedures are helping patients recover even faster after a knee replacement. According to Dr. Limoni, they can make local anesthetics last for several days and even numb pain nerves, which can last for three to four months after surgery.
The 10th Annual Aurora BayCare Spooky Sprint is Saturday, October 27, 2018, where community members of all ages come together for scary fun. With Halloween almost here, as much as trick-or-treaters want to dive into the sweets, remember to eat them in moderation and have a balance of healthy sweets mixed in.
Dr. Klika joins the Field House to discuss carpal tunnel, a nerve compression syndrome. Common symptoms are nighttime numbness, tingling or weak hands. You should consider seeing a provider if the symptoms progress or remain constant. Treatments include anti-inflammatories and bracing to therapy.
Women whose families have a history of gynecologic cancer are at a higher risk to also have cancer, but through genetic counseling, women can learn about which cancers they are at most risk for. Through a simple interview and blood test, genetic counseling can help save lives and catch cancer in its earliest stage.
Aurora BayCare is honored to be the first hospital in Wisconsin to receive the Excellence in Spiritual Care Award from the Healthcare Chaplaincy Network. Spiritual care has a significant impact on patients, families, and also staff as they go through difficult situations, and it's important to help others beyond what medicine can do.
Athletes who participate in multiple sports could benefit from working with a sports medicine specialist. Dr. Schock talks about how custom workout plans can help athletes shift sports safely while improving performance. He also recommended to stretch before working out to decrease injury risk and increase muscle efficiency.
Clinical trials can test new treatments and technologies and help hospitals, like Aurora BayCare, discover if those drugs can benefit other patients. Aurora BayCare participates in several trials and offers them across multiple specialties, like oncology, neurology, orthopedics, cardiology, and more. The recent clinical trial lunch and learn informed prospective patients about the clinical trial process and their eligibility.
Thanks to the second annual "A Cause to Celebrate” event, hosted by the physicians and employees of Aurora Health Care, $75,000 was raised for its Greater Green Bay Well Community Fund, which was presented to the Jackie Nitschke Center. The donation will help build the Center's new serenity garden that will include a green space, patios, basketball court and a privacy fence. The Center has been saving lives and rescuing families from substance abuse for nearly 50 years.
Younger and older athletes have different kinds of common knee injuries. Dr. Henry says young athletes’ knee injuries are usually from a traumatic, specific event resulting in sprains or tears. Older athletes’ injuries are typically from over usage, like a stress fracture. Depending on the type of injury, treatment can range from therapy to surgery.
Many people are uncomfortable talking about inflammatory bowel diseases, like Crohn's disease and colitis, but Green Bay Take Steps is here to help bring awareness to these issues through a fun community event. Nick Olsen, Green Bay Take Steps event representative, and Dr. Mitchell W. Manthey, Aurora BayCare gastroenterologist, discuss the importance of acting on IBD symptoms and how the event helps work toward a cure.
Even if you cannot make it to the gym, there's plenty of ways to get a good workout in while at home. Aurora BayCare Certified Personal Trainer Regan Kust recommends using resistance bands for a personalized workout that can get every muscle in your body moving. See pages 14-15 in the online edition of Women Magazine for more information.
For National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Aurora BayCare Gynecologic Oncologist Dr. Peter Johnson explains the common signs of ovarian cancer, possible prevention methods, and the importance of working with a gynecologic oncologist. According to Dr. Johnson, survival rates for gynecologic cancer patients have improved when a gynecologic oncologist is the one to perform the surgery. See pages 12-13 in the online edition of Women Magazine for more information.
If you have hip pain and tried conservative treatments, such as medications, without success, an anterior hip replacement could be the right option. Dr. Schnaubelt describes the procedure as having a smaller incision than posterior, leaving patients with less pain and a faster recovery.
Bee, wasp, and insect stings can be extremely harmful if you're allergic. A reaction could stretch from slight itchiness to even difficulty breathing. Aurora BayCare Emergency Room Physician Bob Zemple explains why bees and wasps are more prevalent at this time of year and how people who are allergic can protect themselves from being stung.
Wrist injuries can range from fractures, dislocations, broken bones, arthritis or even tendinitis. If you have pain or swelling in your hand or wrist, it’s time to see your provider. Dr. Kirkpatrick says you can help prevent these injuries by being aware of your surroundings and modifying your activities to ensure safety.
The Community Stroke Day serves as a way for stroke survivors to grow their support systems and participate in education and relaxing activities like massages, crafts, and music therapy. Aurora BayCare sponsored this year's Community Stroke Day at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton.
To celebrate Aurora BayCare's miracle babies, an annual picnic is held at the hospital where miracle babies and their families join Aurora BayCare doctors and nurses to celebrate life. Families enjoy a free afternoon of food and fun.
Through IVF, Dr. Frank Wittmaack, Aurora BayCare reproductive endocrinologist, and his team were able to help Ryan and Samantha Brungraber fulfill their dream of being parents. Now, this family has two bundles of joy to cherish.
People should consider ankle replacement if they have advanced ankle arthritis, significant ankle pain or disability. Dr. Scharer explains that a detailed CT scan prior to surgery can help decrease operating room time and increase outcomes when replacing the damaged joint with a synthetic one.
Aurora BayCare Pediatrician Dr. Donald Beno discusses important back-to-school topics with Rachel Manek on Good Day Wisconsin. It's essential for parents to understand the effects of ill-fitting backpacks, how to address back-to-school anxieties, and the amount of sleep children need each night for proper growth.
Rotator cuff injuries are a common diagnosis that can be caused by daily activities; however, there’s a solution to get patients back to their normal routines quicker. Dr. Hennigan talks about how arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive procedure, can lead to a shorter recovery time and less pain.
When Jerrod Rathsack broke his elbow, he didn't think he'd ever bowl again, but Dr. Shawn Hennigan, Aurora BayCare orthopedic surgeon, was able to help. With a multidisciplinary approach and Dr. Hennigan's expertise, Jerrod can fully extend his arm and is back at the lanes.
Aurora BayCare Open Streets promotes a day of exercise and alternative transportation. The streets in Green Bay come alive as hundreds of people participate in various activities and engage with their community.
Nick Olsen, Aurora BayCare sports medicine, talks about the free annual Aurora BayCare Open Streets in Green Bay that promotes healthy living through engaging outdoor activities. The Kids Zone offers friendly activities, like games, an obstacle course, and more, to keep kids active.
May is American Stroke Month. Do you know the signs that someone could be having a stroke? Dr. Kerry Ahrens, emergency medicine physician at Aurora BayCare Medical Center and Dan Gatz, firefighter and paramedic with City of De Pere Fire Department joined Rachel Manek on Good Day Wisconsin with some life saving advice.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms usually have no symptoms, making them difficult to detect. In fact- doctors say a majority of aneurysms that haven't burst are found incidentally- during an ultrasound or CAT scan when doctors are looking for some other health problem. Aurora BayCare Medical center was able to save one man's life using a new- to our area- procedure.
Kristine is about two days into motherhood. She says as a first time mom, she felt all the emotions. “They just want a healthy baby, and things to go well and smoothly. That's a big anxiety for a lot of moms,” said Dr. William Morrissey, an OB-GYN Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
More than 50-percent of breast cancer cases are discovered by a mammogram. Which is why it is very important for women to get their annual screening. Aurora BayCare Medical Center offers Wisconsin's first and only audio-visual 3-dimensional mammography area.
May is American Stroke Month, and the Aurora BayCare Medical Center teamed up with the Howard Fire Department for an event at the Howard YMCA to bring awareness to the illness. The event was held in the Green Bay area to remind the community of the early signs and symptoms of a stroke.
Amy Schoenebeck, senior genetic counselor at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, said when it comes to health, knowledge is power. Casey Guilfoyle, 48, of Sobieski, was one of Schoenebeck's first cardiology genetic counseling patients when the medical center began offering counseling to cardiology patients just last year.
One in six couples has trouble getting pregnant, so many turn to experts for help. Aurora BayCare Medical Center's Fertility Clinic has helped make hundreds of couple’s dreams come true by helping them become parents through in vitro fertilization.
Ninety percent of Americans say they know they should talk to their loved ones about their wishes for end-of-life care but only 30-percent do so. That is why Aurora BayCare Medical Center is holding a free movie screening and discussion on the topic- to help people begin the conversation with their families- and get it in writing.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for Wisconsin residents, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Dr. Peter Stanko is a Gastroenterologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. He joined Good Day Wisconsin to discuss colonoscopies.
The Green Bay Gamblers and their fans will put smiles on the faces of sick children in our area. Over 76-hundred teddy bears were tossed onto the ice in Saturday's game. The bears will be given to pediatric patients at Aurora BayCare Medical Center and other community organizations.
Thousands of teddy bears tumbled to the ice at the Resch Center Saturday night in the Green Bay Gamblers' 19th annual Teddy Bear Toss. The furry friends are donated to pediatric patients at Aurora BayCare Medical Center as well as other community organizations.
Thousands of teddy bears tumbled to the ice at the Resch Center Saturday night in the Green Bay Gamblers' 19th annual Teddy Bear Toss. The furry friends are donated to pediatric patients at Aurora BayCare Medical Center as well as other community organizations.
Where can you find more than 7,000 teddy bears flying through the air for a good cause? Jason Habeck and forward, Josh Dunn of the Green Bay Gamblers discuss the 19th Annual Teddy Bear Toss where the collected bears will be given to pediatric patients at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder control and can be very embarrassing for the sufferer. According to the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, 80% of women who suffer from incontinence can be successfully treated without surgery or drugs.
Where can you find more than 7,000 teddy bears flying through the air for a good cause? Jason Habeck and forward, Josh Dunn of the Green Bay Gamblers discuss the 19th Annual Teddy Bear Toss where the collected bears will be given to pediatric patients at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
There are nearly 6-million Americans currently living with heart failure, according to the CDC. The Aurora BayCare Comprehensive Heart Failure Clinic helps patients make life-style changes to help them control their disease.
There is a vast range of employers in the region with on-site health clinics. Clinics are typically staffed with a registered nurse and a physician assistant who can quickly diagnose and treat everyday health concerns.
Exercise is one way you can strengthen your heart- especially if you have heart disease or have had a heart attack. Aurora BayCare is helping people get heart healthy through yoga. A large number of studies have shown that consistent yoga practice can help lower the risk of heart disease.
Dr. Armaan Shaikh, interventional cardiologist with Aurora BayCare discussed tips to prevent heart disease on Local 5 Live. February 2nd is recognized as National Wear Red Day, a day to help raise awareness about heart disease and overall heart health.
Sunday’s Super Bowl may be a real 'heart stopping' situation for some. Aurora BayCare interventional cardiologist, Dr. William Witmer says heart rates spike when adrenaline is pumping during exciting parts of a game, like overtime.
Flu season is upon us, and this season's strain is expected to be stronger than the average years'. Dr. Ryan Murphy, and Emergency Medical Physician at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, says that this year's flu strain, called H3N2, is to blame for the more extreme flu season.
Chloe, the 5-year-old golden retriever visits Aurora BayCare patients about once a week. Her owner, Dan Vermeulen, has been volunteering with his dog for the past six months in honor of his late wife, Cheryl, who benefited from pet therapy while in the hospital.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan, orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in shoulder surgery at Aurora BayCare, joined the Fox 11 Field House live to discuss how early intervention can help prevent more serious injuries, especially in athletes.
Brandie Robinson's herniated disc in her lower back had suddenly grown significantly, putting intense pressure on her spinal cord. Dr. Gerald Eckerdt, cerebral vascular neurosurgeon at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, performed a laminectomy- removing bone to get to the herniated disc to perform a discectomy.
Dieticians say on average adults should take in anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day, but on Christmas day calculations show that number could almost quadruple at 7,000 calories. “It can be easy especially if we're going to multiple holiday parties to reach those 7,000 calories," said Carrie Taicher, a registered dietician with Aurora BayCare.
Dr. Harold Schock, Aurora BayCare orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine, was live at the FOX 11 Field House to talk specifics on the well-known ACL injury. He explains the types of ACL injuries and what to expect from treatment and rehab.
Dr. Brian Klika, orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in hand and upper extremity at Aurora BayCare Medical Center joins the Fox 11 Field House crew live to talk about wrist injuries. He shared a reminder to our community to be safe when traveling and shoveling the Wisconsin snow.
Parents shopping for toys this holiday season are warned of toy-related injuries. Aurora BayCare Emergency and EMS Physician Steve Stroman sees dozens of kids that swallow or get small toy parts stuck in their mouth, nose and ears.
Dr. Harold Schock, orthopedic surgeon at Aurora BayCare who is fellowship trained in sports medicine, stopped by the Fox11 Field House to talk about the impact subspecialty training can have on patient care.
Dr. Harold Schock, orthopedic surgeon at Aurora BayCare who is fellowship trained in sports medicine, stopped by the Fox11 Field House to talk about the impact subspecialty training can have on patient care.
Local doctors are warning heart failure could be a dangerous consequence of abusing methamphetamine and other stimulants. They say not only age but also the background of certain users is causing such concern.
Dr. Ziad Darkhabani, stroke and interventional neurologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, joins Living with Amy to talk about Aurora BayCare becoming the region's first and only certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and what that means for patients in Northeast Wisconsin and the U.P.
Dr. Robert Limoni, orthopedic surgeon at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, appeared live at the FOX 11 Field House to discuss the orthopedic medical research happening at Aurora BayCare and the benefits these studies provide local patients.
There can be many side effects associated with treating prostate cancer. Aurora BayCare Medical Center recently became the first hospital in Wisconsin certified to use an innovative new technology that helps combat the negative side effects associated with treating prostate cancer.
If you're an athlete an ankle injury can sideline you- sometimes for good. So Eric went to see Dr. Harold Schock, an orthopedic surgery sports medicine specialist at Aurora BayCare Orthopedic & Sports Medicine and he was back on the rugby field in time for his first game in August.
Stephen Sehring, OBGYN department chairman at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, said temperature tracking has long been used by couples trying to conceive. While he finds it helpful in determining peak ovulation, he said it's not always consistent, and temperature changes from illness can also throw off accuracy.
More than 3,000 people in the state died from lung cancer last year, and more than 4,200 people were diagnosed. Smokers have an elevated risk of developing lung cancer and doctors say it's usually too late once symptoms start to show.
From parents, to school nurses, they say viral infections are making their rounds. Along with the Hand Foot and Mouth virus, Dr. Donald Beno, pediatrician at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, says he's also seen another virus, called "Croup."
As the aging population continues to rise, the demand for doctors goes up along with it. Smaller areas around the country are most affected by the doctor shortage. The Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine or WARM program is designed to attract future doctors to rural communities to help combat the doctor shortage. Aurora BayCare Medical Center is one of its extension campuses.
When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she would typically have to make multiple appointments with multiple specialists on different days. Aurora BayCare's Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic allows women diagnosed with breast cancer to meet with all their doctors in one day.
Up to 80 percent out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in homes, but only about 46% of people who have a heart attack outside a hospital get the immediate help they need before emergency crews arrive. Which is why one local hospital offers CPR training to the public and coaches.
"If you are able to do bystander CPR when somebody suffers a sudden cardiac arrest their chances of survival more than double," explained Lisa Resch, clinical educator, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
The event was held just outside of Shopko Hall on Saturday morning. It's a Halloween themed race for adults and children to help raise money for cancer patients and also spread awareness.
"Halloween is oriented around costumes and candy and things like that, which is good, but we wanted to have a fitness focus on it with all the candy you're eating," said Nick Olsen, event coordinator.
In Wisconsin, 80 percent of moms have breastfed their baby at some point, that's according to a report card published from the Centers for Disease Control. However, for moms who adopt, the breastfeeding experience has not always been an option, but now -- that's changing. Some are choosing to induce lactation. Sarah Hammer, a lactation consultant with Aurora Baycare Medical Center said the trend of inducing lactation has become more popular over the last 10 to 15 years with adopting moms, who never had the chance to go through a pregnancy or birth.
Giving back to the community is encouraged year-round. It's no secret, though, that the holidays really inspire people to get involved and make a difference in the lives of those in need, often by donating to food pantries. Yet, just as important as making an impact is ensuring the impact is a healthy one. Better, healthier options at food pantries can help decrease cases of Type 2 diabetes, obesity and coronary heart disease, said Jennifer Schnell, director of rehabilitation at Aurora BayCare Medical Center and chairwoman of the county's food and nutrition task force.
Monday afternoon, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy announced Rodgers will have surgery on his broken collarbone, sustained during Sunday’s Packers-Vikings game. After that, Rodgers’ road to recovery will likely include weeks of rest and strength build up – all to get his throwing arm back to a full range of motion.
“The options would be the same if it was you, or the top quarterback in the NFL,” says Dr. Harold Schock, an orthopedic surgeon at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine. “The treatment options would be the same.”
After having a baby it's hard to find time to exercise and get back in shape. But it can be done. And Aurora BayCare Medical Center's Spooky Sprint is a great stepping stone into fitness with your kids.
Natasha Dorsey, a personal trainer at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine says it's important for new mothers to work out, "Just getting your body back feeling good, feeling good about yourself, and getting that confidence back is just going to help you be a better mom overall."
Dr. Kelly Malloy, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Aurora BayCare joins Living with Amy to talk about what makes their Pregnancy Welcome Visit Program unique. Once you call to make your Pregnancy Welcome Visit appointment, you’ll be seen right away. You are guaranteed to be offered an appointment with a knowledgeable OB nurse within three business days of calling.
Halloween is fast approaching, but instead of just dressing up, you can also lace up those running shoes. That's because it is time to grab your costume and go for a Halloween run or walk. Aurora BayCare Medical Center's 9th Annual Spooky Sprint is coming up, and Nick Olsen joined Chelly Boutott on Local Five this Sunday Morning to explain how you can be a part of the fun.
Anne Karjala-Dobbins isn't afraid to say the words "breast cancer" out loud. In fact, since her diagnosis in 2012, she has made it her purpose to talk about it openly as the coordinator of a breast cancer advocacy and support group at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.
The Aurora BayCare Spooky Sprint is right around the corner. Even if you're not in shape to run a 5K you can still walk the route. But if you think you might want help training for next year, one local hospital has a program designed to help folks work their way up to a 5k.
"The Run for Fun Program is a program we have to get people who want to start to run or for brand new runners who don't know how to quite progress into their running," explained Amanda Riesenberg, exercise specialist, Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
We’re getting ready for Thursday night football. The Packers take on the Chicago bears. Before the big game, Joe Woldt, a physical therapist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, joined the FOX 11 Field House to talk about concussions.
The American Cancer Society estimates more than 61,000 women will be diagnosed with uterine cancer this year. Wisconsin is among the top twelve states based on number of cases. Uterine cancer is the most common type of gynecologic cancer. "I think women just need to be cognizant that this is out there," said Dr. Peter Johnson, Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
At least 2.7 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation- a quivering or irregular heartbeat. Bernie has atrial fibrillation. She used medications and underwent multiple ablations over the years to control this rhythm problem, but couldn’t regulate her condition. Thanks to Dr. Sheikh, Aurora BayCare electrophysiologist and cardiovascular disease specialist, she’s back to doing what she loves.
From the Packers game in Green Bay to the Fox Cities Marathon in Appleton, many people are going to be out in extreme heat this weekend, and should be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke.
"So when people suffer from heat stroke, their body is essentially shutting down," Dr. Ryan Murphy, an emergency physician at Aurora BayCare said. "It reaches the temperature where the body cannot auto-regulate or dissipate that heat in an effective way so their internal organ systems kind of start to shut down, and in a severe case those are the patients that can go into cardiac arrest."
Using an interactive map, Wisconsin health officials have made it easy to see school immunization data online. It's the first time they put the information out in this way in hopes it can be used as a tool for parents, schools, and healthcare providers.
“Tracking where people are not getting immunized certainly could help to protect those that have no coverage not because they didn't want it,” said Aurora BayCare Medical Center pediatrician, Dr. Donald Beno.
Emergency responders from Ashwaubenon Public Safety and De Pere trained to learn another way to help a patient breathe on Monday. It's called cricothyrotomy and it's a last-resort but after some recent critical care cases, Aurora BayCare helped provide personnel with a review.
Aurora Baycare's Medical Director of trauma, Dr. Michael Mackowski, leading the training using pig tracheas, said this last-resort procedure makes a difference for him when the patient arrives.
Fridays at the FOX11 Field House continue with Dr. Robert Limoni, an orthopedic surgeon at Aurora BayCare Medical Center talked about new procedures to reduce pain after total knee replacement surgery.
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are two painful, debilitating digestive diseases that affect 1 in 200 americans--- including 80-thousand children nationwide. Inflammatory bowel diseases, like crohns and ulcerative colitis can cause many painful and embarrassing bowel issues. They are diseases most people don't like to talk about, which is why the Take Steps for Crohn's and Coloitis Walk strives to bring awareness to the issue, "If you have an awareness of a condition then you are more likely to seek medical attention and you’re more likely to be diagnosed," said Dr. Bosco, gastroenterologist at Aurora BayCare.
Dr. Jon Henry, an Aurora BayCare Orthopedic Surgeon, joined Katie Phernetton at the FOX 11 Field House. He spoke about sports medicine and the advantages of working with a board certified sports medicine specialist.
It's that time of year again. The kids are loading up their backpacks and heading back to school. And with all the classes, homework, sports and other extracurriculars, it's important students fuel themselves with the right kinds of food. Jennifer Arendt, a dietician at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, offers her recommendations on foods that will help kids start the school year off right.
Margie was packing up her car at the grocery store, with her 4-year-old granddaughter, Deanna, in the back seat, when Muck started to feel her right leg go limp. Then came the headache. She was taken to a hospital, but was ultimately transported to Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. It is the only facility within Northeast Wisconsin with a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Imagine visiting the doctor with your kids and they won’t have to worry about getting a shot. That may soon be a reality, because scientists are working on a water-dissolving tablet to replace some needle-injected vaccinations. Dr. Ahmad Maqboul, family medicine physican at Aurora BayCare, says the technology would help make giving shots more convenient especially for children.
A local grandmother is back on her feet after a scary medical situation she encountered while out shopping with her four-year-old granddaughter. It’s been about a year since 59-year-old Margie suffered a stroke while grocery shopping with her 4-year-old granddaughter. Experts say it’s never too early to start teaching kids how to respond in an emergency.
Aurora BayCare Medical center is among the organizations participating in a mock disaster drill at the Austin Straubel International airport in Green Bay. This drill will prepare organizations for what to expect in the event of a disaster.
After accidentally shooting himself in the heart with a nail gun, Doug calmly drove himself to the emergency room at the Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, where he was later transported to the Aurora BayCare Medical Center. Cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Roitstein says that a wrong heartbeat, a wrong position and he would have had a much more complicated problem than he was bargaining for.
It was a special celebration on Sunday afternoon as dozens of families whose babies beat the odds after being born premature or were in intensive care got together at Aurora Baycare Medical Center. "Being able to come back here and see how well the babies are doing from being the NICU and being able to show off our bundle of joy. Yes, it's a great experience," said Tracy.
Hundreds of people came to celebrate the miracle of life on Saturday at the annual "Miracle Baby Celebration" picnic at Aurora BayCare in Green Bay. "I'm pretty sure I yelled ‘woo-hoo’ really loud into the phone." That's the reaction Deb had after finding out she was finally pregnant. Deb and Jim couldn't have a baby the traditional way, but after consulting with Dr. Frank Wittmaack they conceived Scott, their miracle baby.
Bikers are off on their 100 mile journey for the 10th annual Century Ride along Lake Winnebago. Participants will travel from Fond du Lac through Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha and Appleton as part of the Aurora BayCare Endurance Series.
Tracy was only 28 weeks pregnant when a blood clot in her placenta and other complications forced her to deliver her baby boy three months early. He weighed just over two pounds at birth. But Tracy's little guy is a fighter, and so is his support team in the neonatal intensive care unit at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. From knowledgeable nurses to dedicated volunteers like Mike Beno who serves as a baby cuddler, the infants are in good hands.
Summertime is a great time to get outside, enjoy the outdoors with family, and think about your health. The upcoming 5th Annual Aurora BayCare Open Streets coming up that encourages all three, the Open Streets Green Bay.
The measles outbreak is too close to home for doctors in Northeast Wisconsin. They are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of measles, a viral infection of the respiratory system. Dr. Donald Beno, a pediatrician at Aurora BayCare, advocates for kids to get vaccinated. He's very concerned about measles.
On July 15th a section of downtown will be closed off to traffic and opened up to fun, healthy transportation alternatives for Aurora BayCare Open Streets Green Bay, "A family friendly event it's where we close the streets down to automobile traffic and we open them up to people just coming out using the streets without that worry so you can ride," explained Nick Olsen.
Broken shoulders are the 4th most common injury that are seen and treated in the emergency department. After a bad fall, Lynn fractured her shoulder. Thanks to Dr. Shawn Hennigan, she is back to doing what Lynn loves, playing piano.
Thousands of people will hop on their bikes or boards and take to the streets of Green Bay without the worry of traffic on July 15. The 5th Annual Aurora BayCare Open Streets Green Bay event closes off a designated route to vehicles as people come out to promote fitness.
More than 300 people gathered on Green Bay's west side to take on a deadly disease Saturday. The third annual Lombardi Walk to Tackle Cancer stepped off bright and early Saturday morning at Aurora Baycare Medical Center.
Dr. Dhimant Patel, oncologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, was interviewed live on WBAY-TV 2’s noon show today to discuss the Lombardi Walk To Tackle Cancer at Aurora BayCare. The walk will take place on Saturday, June 17, and include tours of Aurora BayCare’s new cancer clinic.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center is expecting to host over 300 participants. Dollars raised help fund Aurora BayCare's cutting-edge research and clinical trials that advance cancer care in Green Bay. All proceeds will support Aurora Health Care-led cancer research and will receive matching funds from the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
Dr. Darkhabani, interventional neurologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, treated Donna’s rare stroke by opening the vessels, this type of stroke can have different warning signs like dizziness or blurred vision.
When Corissa and Paul Gehrke wanted a honeymoon in Mexico, they were concerned about Zika, knowing the dangers it presented, particularly with pregnancy. They visited obstetrician gynecologist Dr. Stephen Sehring for advice.
Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine physical therapists Ellen Lindskens and Dan Reznichek help an injured longtime runner Josephine get back on track with customized physical therapy and a video running analysis.
Director of Breast Health Dr. Owens and senior genetic counselor Amy Schoenebeck explain how genetic counseling can help identify certain types of cancer before it has the chance to develop, while a local woman shares her story with genetic counseling at Aurora BayCare.
Dr. Matthew Schmidt, interventional cardiologist was featured in Door County's Peninsula Pulse on the importance of calcium scoring tests and how this non-invasive test is saving lives, including the life of patient Bob Vogel.
Interventional cardiologist Dr. Weslow is doing his part to get rid of negative stereotypes and perceptions about cardiac stress tests. He undergoes a stress test and talks through the process and benefits for patients.
After a valve replacement by cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Roitstein, Sandy Eklund feels she has a new life, and now pays it forward by volunteering with patients experiencing the same thing she and her family once went through at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
Interventional cardiologist Dr. David Mathias and cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Alexander Roitstein discuss a sutureless valve procedure that is quicker than traditional valve replacement and doesn't need stitches.
Throughout the day Tuesday roadways and sidewalks have been slippery, covered with thick ice, sending several people to the hospital after falling. Emergency physician Dr. Stroman and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Hennigan is interviewed.
"The first couple hours I was here, we saw a bunch of ambulances with several people slipping and falling on the ice," said Dr. Michael Hartmann, an Emergency Department Physician at Aurora Baycare Medical Center.
Thursday at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Gov. Scott Walker called for a special legislative session to fight heroin and opioid addiction and ordered state agencies to ramp up their response to a drug that kills hundreds in Wisconsin each year.
Timothy Fuerst is studying to be a police officer, but an injury to his quadriceps muscle could have threatened that dream. Fortunately, Dr. Schock was able to use a unique method to repair the muscle, getting Timothy back into training.
Aurora BayCare Orthopedic & Sports Medicine occupational therapist Mitch Voss says traditional surgery requires therapy due to scar tissue. However, the Guo technique is minimally invasive and does not leave any scar tissue behind.
In partnership with the Green Bay Bullfrogs, Aurora BayCare provided a free baseball clinic taught by Bullfrogs players and coaches. This, in addition to the annual Strike Out Stroke Night to increase stroke awareness, were efforts made together for community benefit.
Dr. Roland Moreno, hyperbaric and wound specialist, explains how hyperbarix oxygen therapy can heal wounds. Brent Wisner shares his experience being treated in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber for diabetic foot ulcers, a treatment he calls the "life, or foot-saver."
According to Dr. Michael Schnaubelt, hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which diseased portions of the hip joint are replaced with artificial parts. The procedure helps improve mobility, hip joint function and eases or eliminates pain.
Dr. Peter Johnson discusses ovarian cancer, a women's cancer which is often undetected until it has spread. At that stage, treatment is challenging and the disease can be fatal. He shares symptoms and methods of prevention.
Breast surgeon Dr. Cynthia Geocaris says getting treatment as soon as possible is important for Tammy and other women. "If the cancer spreads it has the potential to go to other organs which can be life threatening," explained Dr. Geocaris.
Dr. Peter Johnson is the Director of Gynecological Oncology and Palliative Care at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. Most of his patients have very advanced terminal cancers and he spends a lot of time talking about bad news.
"Early detection of breast cancer is very important because we can save more lives and use less aggressive treatments if the cancer is caught early," says Dr. William Owens, medical director of breast health at Aurora BayCare.
Less than two weeks after being diagnosed with tubular carcinoma breast cancer, Jen Mahoney visited surgeons Dr. Cynthia Geocaris and Dr. Elizabeth O'Connor who performed a double mastectomy and subsequent reconstructive surgery.
Aurora BayCare sponsored the 8th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at Lambeau Field today with hundreds walking in support of breast cancer survivors. Director of Breast Health at Aurora BayCare, Dr. William Owens, was a keynote speaker.
The MDCC has a whole team of specialists working on a case together. It brings together multiple disciplines--the medical oncologist, the surgeon, the radiation oncologist to discuss each individual case to provide a plan of action for that patient," explained Dr. Owens. Breast cancer survivor Tina Carlson shares her experience being treated through the MDCC.
The annual Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis walk is Saturday, September 17th. Sarah Vande Hey shares her personal story with irritable bowel syndrome and gastroenterologist Dr. Bosco explains the symptoms of the disease.
A new school year brings new anxiety for kids. Aurora BayCare child psychiatrist Dr. Susan Jacquez-Dean says back-to-school anxiety is very common but shouldn’t be taken lightly. Parents can watch for signs of stress in their children and take action.
Doctors recommend a physical every year. Physicals entail looking further into a child's activity in sports and their general lifestyle. Pediatrician Dr. Donald Beno says that having children meet with a pediatrician is important to a child's growth.
Embrie is the miracle Bill and Renee Rumsey didn't think they would ever receive, "We were at the point now that this was our last chance," said Bill Rumsey, Menasha. Reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Frank Wittmaack helped the coupled conceive through fertility services at Aurora BayCare.
A regular bedtime can be one of the most difficult adjustments during back-to-school. Aurora Baycare Pediatrician Donald Beno says parents should gradually begin the sleep transition two weeks before school starts.
New mom Jenny Rymer wanted to breastfeed but didn't know where to start. That's where lactation consultant Kimberly Gunn came in. "They're fantastic, they changed my life absolutely," gushed Jenny, Stella and Parker's mom.
As the owner of a local bar and grill, an avid volleyball, softball and basketball player, Doug DeValk was an active guy until ankle pain started holding him back. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brandon Scharer discusses Doug's diagnosis and ankle fusion procedure that got Doug to "zero pain."
The month of August, often times means steamy temperatures and for some, it means getting back to football practice. Aurora BayCare Medical Center emergency physician Dan Gale speaks of early signs of dehydration.
Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay presented by Aurora BayCare Medical Center, and is an annual 5K run/walk raising local and regional awareness of colon cancer, the need for age-appropriate screenings and the importance of early detection.
Dontrell Johnson started his professional football career in 2013. After stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Blizzard, Dontrell suffered a torn ACL and meniscus. Dontrell then joined the ACL Bridge Program at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
Some downtown streets in Green Bay were closed to vehicles on Saturday and instead, open to walkers and bikers. It was part of the fourth annual Aurora BayCare Open Streets event, which promotes health and wellness.
July 16 is the 4th annual Aurora BayCare Open Streets fitness festival. There will be 30 booths with health and fitness experts at Leicht Memorial Park, as well as chances to try workouts like Zumba, Tai chi, and CrossFit.
If yoga looks like fun, you have a chance to try it for free at Aurora BayCare Open Streets. "Streets are open free of automobile traffic, open to active modes of transportation - biking, skating, walking..." said Nick Olsen, business development specialist sr. at Aurora Baycare Sports Medicine.
Nick Olsen of Aurora BayCare explains the different activity zones available during Aurora BayCare Open Streets this Saturday, while Randy Bailey, owner of Stadium Bike, explains how helmets should properly fit and how your children have a chance at winning a bike at the event.
Open Streets is a community event sponsored by Aurora BayCare. It's an opportunity for families to get out, ride a bike or walk on streets that are closed to traffic. It's patterned after the cyclovia in Brazil, where streets are closed off giving way to walkers and cyclists.
Aurora BayCare Open Streets Green Bay is meant to bring families together for fitness and fun. The event will soon welcome bikers, walkers and skateboarders to enjoy the streets of Green Bay without the worry of traffic.
For the sixth consecutive season, the Green Bay Bullfrogs have partnered with Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine to provide area youth with unique and developmental baseball experiences. Aurora BayCare Medical Center and Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine are the official healthcare and sports medicine providers for the Green Bay Bullfrogs. The Bullfrogs and Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine will host a free baseball clinic for kids ages 5 through 15.
In one of the "scariest moments" of his life, Josh Toneys was diagnosed with a severe heel fracture that could leave him disabled. Taking a rare and minimally invasive approach, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Schnaubelt was able to fully repair Josh's heel.
The Dairyland Mile, sponsored by Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine and Scheels, is a new run in northeast Wisconsin geared toward all ages. The race is just one mile and aims to bring back "America's distance."
When you're fighting cancer, you have many specialists to go to with lots of different doctor appointments. The Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic at Aurora BayCare Medical Center uses the team approach where you can meet with all your doctors in one place at the same time.
The Aurora BayCare Toughman Wisconsin took place on Saturday June 18. A photo series was published on the Appleton Post-Crescent website detailing the tough participants who swam, ran and biked to the finish line.
After an ACL, MCL and meniscus tear, avid runner Katelyn Peterson thought she'd be lucky if she ever walked again, much less ran. With the help of her orthopedic surgeon and personal trainer Joe Woldt, Katelyn is back running again and more efficiently than ever after a special running analysis.
Pastor Joy is now 10 years cancer free- and plans on taking part in the walk, "I think this walk for me is to celebrate the staff here at the Vince Lombardi BayCare for all their faithful care of not only me but of so many patients. We have a lot of work to do to keep on this journey of finding a cure for cancer," said Joy.
Mike Mason had a rotator cuff tear- and didn't know it for more than a year. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Shawn Hennigan explains these injuries and discusses an upcoming free seminar for those suffering from shoulder arthritis.
Home health screening kits are a multi-billion dollar industry and every year more and more Americans rely on the do it yourself medical kits than a doctor's opinion. But are they accurate and are they really worth the money?
Dr. Peter Johnson, a gynecologic surgeon and a genetic testing and personalized medicine advocate discusses how personalized medicine tailors medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient to improve patient experience and outcomes.
If infants are swaddled during sleep, their risk of dying from SIDS is higher, especially if they are placed on their stomachs, new research suggests. Pediatrician Dr. Donald Beno explains what can happen when babies are swaddled.
Dr. Ziad Darkhabani is an interventional neurologist with Aurora BayCare. He stopped by “Wisconsin Tonight” to discuss stroke. It’s the fifth-leading cause of death, claiming about 130,000 American lives each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about one of every 20 deaths. So Stroke Month is indeed a necessary observation for educating the public about all things stroke.
Michelle Tngley was told she had 3-6 months to live. That was three and a half years ago, thanks to a liver transplant at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in collaboration with Aurora St. Lukes Medical Center in Milwaukee, gastroenterologist Dr. Bosco explains.
"Kids will be able to touch the materials and talk about how it works and what it does. And if they've never had a cast put on they will be able to put a cast on themselves or have one put on to see what it feels like," said Dr. Limoni, orthopedic surgeon.
Colorectal and general surgeon Dr. Erik Johnson stopped by NBC-26 to help bring up a topic most people don't want to discuss: getting a colonoscopy. It is an effective preventive measure that could help detect a common form of cancer, colon cancer.
The number of babies born addicted to heroin and other opiates is growing in Wisconsin. Dr. Candy Allenbrand discusses the nationwide epidemic that she has witnessed firsthand in the Aurora BayCare NICU.
"Dress In Blue Day" is the colon cancer community's day to unite for a future free of colon cancer. Dr. John Bosco, gastroenterologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, joined FOX 11's Pete Petoniak to talk about the day and it's mission.
Players and staff from the Green Bay Gamblers took to the floor instead of the ice to make a difference in the community. They delivered bears collected from Saturday night's 17th annual Teddy Bear Toss to children at the Aurora Baycare Medical Center.
Dr. Francis G. Wolf, a cardiologist with Aurora BayCare Cardiology, stopped by “Wisconsin Tonight” to talk about some important takeaways as we wrap up heart month. With all the heart advice we’ve been given this month, what’s the big takeaway?
A stroke is a "brain attack." Much like a heart attack, stroke can happen to anyone at any time. Interventional neurologist Dr. Ziad Darkhabani explains how you can recognize a stroke in others and take steps to avoid having one yourself.
As an interventional cardiologist at Aurora BayCare, Dr. Scott Weslow is used to treating a patient, not being one. But for the sake of raising awareness of heart disease and risk of heart attack, he’s undergoing a Calcium Score CT Scan.
One of the children who died in Tuesday night's fire in Sheboygan Falls is helping save other lives. A post this morning online indicated that 10-year-old Benjamin Martin who was declared dead yesterday, had five of his organs donated to save others.
Suffering daily from ankle pain, Barb Kell acted on a newspaper ad she saw for foot & ankle surgeon Dr. Scharer, which offered total ankle replacement, a rare but "life-changing" specialty in our area.
Some area middle schoolers are using their knowledge of knitting to make a difference. Seventh and eighth graders at Red Smith School in Green Bay formed a knitting club to help newborns stay warm. The students knit 25 hats to support the American Heart Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" program.
Dr. Donald Beno, a pediatrician at Aurora BayCare, said the collaboration will spare Northeastern Wisconsin families frequent trips to Milwaukee or Madison for pediatric specialty care. He said a collaboration between Aurora and UW Health makes sense because of the relatively small number of children that need these services and physicians that specialize in them.
When Sandy Linsmeyer reached 242 lbs., she saw bariatric surgeon Dr. Daniel McKenna who performed bariatric surgery. Immediately, the procedure lowered Sandy's high blood pressure, cured her diabetes and acid reflux, and two months later, left her 40 lbs. lighter.
Eighty-five pounds lighter, Denise Barnes shares how she lost weight and has been able to keep it off. Denise's personal trainer Regan Kust discusses the commitment required to do personal training and the amazing benefits people will experience when they decide to make that commitment.
Gary Hagberg received two new hips at once when Dr. Schnaubelt performed anterior hip replacement surgery on him, a procedure that guarantees less pain and faster recovery than traditional hip replacement. Gary felt better within days and is now back to golfing, among other active hobbies, with no hip pain
Cardiologist Dr. Weslow talks about the new technology in ambulances that allows cardiologists to receive and read EKGs of incoming heart attack patients while in transit to the ER, saving precious minutes of time.
Hope Villiard is a local medical student taking part in WARM, a program designed by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to address the shortage of doctors in rural communities. Aurora BayCare Medical Center Director of Medical Education Dr. Richard Ludgin explains how students like Hope are trained in real-life settings to prepare them for providing health care in small communities.
John Piper became pain-free being treated for peripheral arterial disease by interventional cardiologist Dr. Weslow and general surgeon Dr. Geocaris in the hybrid operating room. Because he had two procedures done at once, this meant a lower cost, one-time anesthesia, and faster recovery.
Dr. Thomas Gallagher diagnosed Bridgette Moroney with endometrial cancer, the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs. Dr. Peter Johnson was able to remove the cancer 12 days later with robotic surgery, eliminating the need for Bridgette to have chemotherapy or radiation.
Dr. Ryan Murphy of the Aurora Baycare Medical Center says “Alcohol impedes our bodies ability to recognize our body getting cold” and also that “when you consume alcohol you may not have the ability to shiver to stay warm.”
Breast cancer survivor Tracy Klug shares how Aurora BayCare's breast cancer support group has helped her from diagnosis through recovery. Cancer Nurse Navigator Diane Haszel explains how the group gives fighters, survivors, family and friends a chance to connect with others experiencing similar things.
When Georgia Benney was diagnosed with breast cancer, Dr. William Owens shared a new treatment option with her called intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT). Eager to try an alternative treatment that promised less radiation, less side effects and a shorter treatment period, Georgia jumped at the chance.
Dr. Brandon Rucker discusses the importance of keeping your family active for their health as childhood obesity concerns grow in the United States. The 7th annual Spooky Sprint at Aurora BayCare is a great opportunity to get your family out for some fun physical activity. Don't forget your costumes!
We catch up with bariatric surgeon Dr. McKenna and Holly Husting, who has lost over sixty pounds since surgery and now feels "like a million dollars." Dr. McKenna talks about how bariatric surgery can add up to five years onto your life, reducing or eliminating conditions like type 2 diabetes.
The annual Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis walk will be held September 19th at 11am. Dr. Mitchell Manthey explains the diseases and shares how important it is to raise funds to find a cure. We hear from local woman Mary Stoeger as she talks about her experience living with Crohn's disease for over twenty years.
Dr. Erik Johnson explains the importance of a colonoscopy to prevent colon cancer and personal trainer Amanda Riesenberg talks about incremental strength training when preparing for a race as the Get Your Rear in Gear 5k approaches.
Melanoma survivor Janelle Klubertanz talks about the dangers of tanning and her experience with skin cancer. Dr. Steve Schmidt emphasizes the importance of using sunscreen and covering up when dealing with long periods of exposure to the sun.
Helmet Technician Jim Wiegand demonstrates proper bike helmet fitting technique and Event Coordinator Nick Olsen describes some of the fun activity zones for the upcoming Aurora BayCare Open Streets Green Bay.
Businessman Patrick Wall talks about his struggle with hearing loss and how the Lyric hearing aid has transformed his life. Audiologist Dr. Jessie Grzeca explains the convenience and simplicity of the first 100% invisible hearing aid.
Cardiologist Dr. Scott Weslow was featured on NBC 26’s Wisconsin Tonight news show where he discussed recent news about warnings against non-heart attack patients using aspirin as a preventative measure.
February Heart Month is a time to think about taking care of your ticker. Heart disease claims more lives than any other disease in the United States. Dr. William Witmer of Aurora BayCare Cardiology sat down with Rachel Manek to talk about how big a problem heart disease is in Northeast Wisconsin.
Heart attack survivor Debbie Schlise shares the unique symptoms she experienced while having a heart attack. Dr. Weslow explains how heart attack symptoms differ in men and women and what to watch for.
Dr. Weslow discusses launching the American College of Cardiology's Patient Navigator Program, which aims to reduce the amount of heart failure patient readmissions, an issue that costs billions nationally.
Aurora BayCare Pediatrician Dr. Beno was included in a story about this year’s flu season. Dr. Beno provided tips for parents on what to do if their children get the flu. The segment aired during the 5 pm newscast, which averages 29,261 viewers and also ran online, averaging 1,412 views daily.
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) named J. Richard Ludgin, MD, JD, to its community advisory board for MCW-Green Bay. Dr. Ludgin is vice president of medical affairs at Aurora BayCare. The board will assist in developing and implementing MCW’s planned regional campus in Green Bay.
Dr. Cynthia Geocaris explains the benefits of single site robotic surgery, particularly for gallbladder removals. Mary Lovell shares her experience with single site robotic surgery, including her fast recovery and minimal scarring.
When it comes to treating incontinence, there may be more options than you think. Lindi Magnuson, Physical Therapist, shares her insight on incontinence therapy, which demonstrated up to a 75% improvement in patients within six visits.
Aurora BayCare Certified Personal Trainer Amanda Zeamer appeared in a live, in studio segment on Sunday, January 4 to share tips on how to get fit and healthy in the New Year. She was also interviewed for a 10 pm story that aired last night.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center ED Physician Dr. Jemma Lewis and Internal Medicine Physician Dr. Ashwani Bhatia are featured in a story about the busy flu season and what the public can do to prevent the spread of flu.
Aurora BayCare Pulmonologist Dr. Mendoza and Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Roitstein were featured in a segment on WLUK-TV featuring a quadriplegic patient of theirs that now has phrenic nerve pacer, allowing him to breath off of a ventilator.
After diagnosing patient Quinn Ross with osteoarthritis, Dr. Jon Henry discusses the importance of treatment to stay active throughout your lifetime and participation in active events like The Jingle Bell Run/Walk, whose proceeds are donated to the Arthritis Foundation.
After hearing from multiple doctors that there was “nothing wrong,” Rachel Edwards was diagnosed with a labral tear by Dr. Jon Henry, Green Bay orthopedic surgeon. Henry was the first surgeon in the region to perform hip arthroscopy.
Innovative breast cancer treatment, Intraoperative Radiation Therapy, is able to deliver a single concentrated dose of radiation instead of 5 1/2 weeks’ worth of radiation therapy. Aurora BayCare is currently participating in clinical trials with the treatment to help breast cancer patients.
The Spooky Sprint is back! Whether you do a 1 mile, 5k or 10k, expect to see giveaways, fun fitness activities, and trick-or-treating for kids along the way. Money raised is donated to the YMCA Live Strong program for adult cancer survivors.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, Anne Karjala-Dobbins discusses her success with the breast cancer support groups that brought her hope and comfort during hard times. Knowing how important having support is, Karjala-Dobbins created an intimate, small support group in addition to the large support group for survivors, families, and friends.
Dr. Cynthia Geocaris says finding breast cancer early is the key through regular mammograms and breast self-exams. Dr. Geocaris’ patient Lynn Miller shares her story of discovering a lump while performing a breast self-exam.
Breast cancer survivor Anne Karjala-Dobbins speaks about her feelings after going through chemo and radiation. Dr. William Owens, director of breast services, discusses the creation of a breast cancer support group to provide comfort to those touched by cancer.
You may be surprised to learn that ovarian cancer takes more lives than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A local gynecologic oncologist discusses the signs and symptoms of this “silent killer,” and shares one woman’s success story in overcoming this disease.
Aurora BayCare uses simulation technology to enhance staff training. “Sim-Man” and “Sim-Baby” are life-like patient simulators that allow medical personnel to safely practice high-risk clinical events. These high-tech simulators feature “real-life” reactions, including answering questions and producing physical responses generated during actual medical crises.
Aurora orthopedic surgeon Shawn Hennigan, MD, shares insights on bicep tendon injuries.According to Dr. Hennigan, these injuries are quite common and may require significant recovery time, depending on severity.
Sticking with an exercise routine isn’t easy for anyone. But for recovering heart patients, it can be lifesaving. The Cardiac Coffee Club at Aurora BayCare offers cardiac patients friendship and fun as incentives to keep exercising — all under the watchful eye of trained cardiac staff.
A beautiful miniature horse named Rosie is probably the most recognized and beloved member of the Pet Therapy Program at Aurora BayCare. Once a week Rosie and her owner Sue Binsfeld visit the hospital, bringing unbridled joy to patients, visitors and staff alike.
Gynecologist Stephen Sehring, MD, details the benefits of robotically-assisted laproscopic surgery for hysterectomy patients. He cites benefits such as smaller incisions, less scarring and quicker recovery for patients, along with improved vision and precision for their surgeons.
Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country’s independence… it’s a day filled with food, family and fun. Don’t spoil your July 4th holiday celebration with an unexpected trip to the hospital emergency room. Here’s important information to keep you safe this holiday.
Listen to a young woman’s story living with Crohn’s Disease – an inflammatory bowel disease leading to severe abdominal pain and diarrhea. Learn how advanced treatment options are allowing her to live a normal life, even though the disease has no cure.
Advanced treatment options offered at Aurora BayCare are helping an area woman to live better with Crohn’s Disease. A combination of treatments and teaming up with her health care providers has been key to this woman’s improvement while living with this disease.
Hear an Aurora BayCare electrophysiologist describe how the ThermoCool Catheter is used to help patients suffering from an abnormal heartbeat called atrial flutter. This condition can cause stroke or even heart failure. Aurora BayCare was the first hospital in Wisconsin to employ this new technology.
Today, a popular cosmetic treatment is giving some people their lives back, when used as an innovative option for treating chronic migraine headaches. In theory, Botox may block the chemicals that generate pain messages, thereby limiting the cascading events that typically trigger migraine headaches.
An Aurora BayCare nurse spent four months volunteering in Africa on the world’s largest charity hospital ship, treating patients from the Congo needing surgery. Brittany Wiesman, RN, gained as much from her patients as they received from her during this life-changing experience.
Treatment options, including shock wave therapy, and having a preventive plan of action are helping one patient deal with recurring kidney stones. Urologist Vannhu Nguyen, MD, explains how kidney stones form and how they can be treated and hopefully prevented with lifestyle and dietary changes.
Interventional cardiologist Steven Winslow, MD, explains the importance of screening and the use of an endo vascular stent graft to repair a potentially deadly weakness in the aorta. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a predominantly male disease, with smokers or ex-smokers at higher risk.
Atrial Fibrillation is abnormal electrical activity that causes irregular heartbeats in the upper chambers of the heart. Two cardiovascular disease specialists shed light on how a heart ablation procedure works to treat this condition and how “A-fib” may cause a stroke if not properly treated.
Dave Mariucci is one lucky man. This active outdoorsman developed sudden cardiac symptoms and sought immediate medical treatment. Three main arteries in his heart were blocked with blood clots. Dave was successfully treated at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. Prompt treatment probably saved his life.
John Sage is fortunate to be alive sharing his story. His influenza had progressed into pneumonia and he developed congestive heart failure as a complication. John needed triple bypass surgery and received a pacemaker and a defibrillator to shock his heart, if ever needed.
Keeping a warm and fuzzy tradition alive that began some 15 years ago, players from the Green Bay Gamblers collected 6,500 stuffed bears from generous hockey fans to share with pediatric patients at hospitals in the Green Bay area.