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April 21, 2023

Lighthouse receives funding for women’s program
MANITOWOC – Lighthouse Recovery Community Center (721 Park St.) was among three Wisconsin programs to receive funding from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for renovation or construction projects for women’s opioid treatment and recovery support services.

Center representatives said the $180,000 would be used to create a space to support pregnant women and mothers who are in need of safe, stable housing for their families while they participate in outpatient treatment. 

Renovations are expected to be complete in 2024.

Lighthouse, as well as Arbor Place in Menomonie and Meta House in Glendale, received funds from Wisconsin’s share of the National Prescription Opiate Litigation settlement funds received in 2022.

DCMC creates SPARC program to encourage nursing careers
STURGEON BAY – In an effort to address the nationwide nursing shortage, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) created SPARC – “Start the Path to a Rewarding Career” program.

“Even here at Door County Medical Center, we have a shortage of nurses at nearly every level,” CEO Brian Stephens said.

A collaboration between DCMC and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), SPARC is a healthcare training program designed to assist future certified nursing assistants (CNAs), certified medical assistants (CMAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs), receive the education they need by providing both financial support and on-the-job hours needed to complete licensure and certification.

NWTC teaches the academic portion and DCMC provides each student with the clinical hours needed to complete certification or licensure. 

The CNA portion of SPARC takes place at DCMC, which is a Wisconsin Department of Health Services-approved training site for CNAs.

“SPARC is available to anyone who wants to be a DCMC employee, meets the requirements and is offered a position after the interview process,” Renee Glesner, SPARC education coordinator, said.

For more details, see or call (920) 746-3563.

Bellin Health Two Rivers Clinic now open
TWO RIVERS – Bellin Health Two Rivers opened its doors April 17 following the acquisition of the clinic of family medicine physician Robert Gahl.

The clinic will remain in its current location, 1516 Washington St., on the second floor of the US Bank building. 

“I’ve had a number of opportunities to take this step with different healthcare organizations over the years, but, in my eyes, the clear choice has always been Bellin,” Gahl, who will continue to practice and see patients now as a Bellin physician, said.

The clinic will see a number of immediate enhancements, such as access to MyBellinHealth – a portal that allows patients to schedule appointments, refill prescriptions, view test results and manage their healthcare.

Appointments can be made by calling (920) 793-4573 or by visiting

Foundations seeks nominations for 2023 Ethics in Action Awards
GREEN BAY – Foundations Health & Wholeness, an area mental health nonprofit, is seeking nominations for its 2023 Ethics in Action Awards, which recognize individuals who are creating healthier workplaces, schools and neighborhoods.

Nominations, which can be submitted through the nonprofit’s website, will be accepted for individuals aged 13 and over and are due by May 31.

The 16th Annual Ethics in Action Honors Event – which is sponsored by the George Kress Foundation (founding sponsor), Associated Bank and Jones Sign – will be held in October in the Legends Club Room at Lambeau Field.

The specific date will be announced following the release of the Green Bay Packers’ schedule.

To learn more, see

HSHS hospitals recognize their volunteers
NORTHEAST WISCONSIN – The Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) recognized the volunteers who serve its four eastern Wisconsin hospitals during National Volunteer Week (April 16-22).

“We are incredibly blessed to have dedicated volunteers that partner with us to bring health, healing and hope to our patients,” Mary Ann Brunette, volunteer services manager for HSHS hospitals in eastern Wisconsin, said.

In 2022, HSHS said its eastern Wisconsin hospitals had 225 volunteers dedicate 24,494 hours of service.

Bellin Sports Medicine partners with Brian Butch Basketball
APPLETON – Bellin Health Sports Medicine has announced a partnership with Brian Butch Basketball Academy based in Appleton to bring athletic training resources to the academy and basketball camps held in the Fox Valley, as well as at satellite locations elsewhere in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.

“We are excited to partner with them to provide care and education to our more than 3,000 program participants each year,” Camp Director Butch said. “With this partnership, we look forward to elevating our athletes’ knowledge and care to make them the best people they can be. We also look forward to being an outlet and support system for the school districts Bellin serves.”

Phil Schaible, Bellin Health director of orthopedics & sports medicine, said the program focuses on developing youth as both basketball players and people.

“Brian will also be able to support the high school and youth programs at the 28 school districts we serve in Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula,” he said. “Our goal is a cost-effective quality experience being made available to any interested partners of Bellin Health Sports Medicine.”

Ripon blood drive set for May 16
RIPON – SSM Health Ripon Community Hospital (845 Parkside St.) is hosting a community blood drive from noon to 3 p.m. May 16.

The drive will be conducted by ImpactLife (formerly Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center), the provider of blood products and services to more than 120 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. 

ImpactLife collects blood at 22 fixed-site donor centers and at more than 5,000 mobile blood drives held each year. 
Donors will get their choice of a gift card or a baseball hat. 

To sign up, visit 

Waupun hospital to host free shredding event
WAUPUN – SSM Health Waupun Memorial Hospital, located at 620 W. Brown St., is inviting the public to bring personal and confidential home documents needing secure disposal to a free drive-thru paper shredding event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3.

SSM Health is partnering with Iron Mountain Information Management LLC to shred confidential documents, which will ultimately be recycled to make paper towels, napkins, tissue and toilet paper.  

“Caring for the environment is an important part of the mission of SSM Health,” DeAnn Thurmer, president of SSM Health Waupun Memorial Hospital, said. “With our value of stewardship, we encourage people to care for the earth and each other by recycling and the safe disposing of confidential information.” 

The first 50 participants will receive an insulated reusable bag. 

All information will be destroyed on-site in a manner in which it cannot be recognized or recreated. 

Examples of documents appropriate to shred are bank statements, credit card statements, invoices and anything with your name and address on it. 

There is no need to remove paper clips, binder clips or staples.

Magazines, junk mail and other waste paper will not be accepted.?

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