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Latest Northeast Wisconsin healthcare news & headlines – Sept. 26 Issue

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September 23, 2022

FVTC, WTCS honor ThedaCare with Futuremaker Award
APPLETON — Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) joined the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board Sept. 14 in recognizing ThedaCare with the Futuremaker Partner Award – which is presented four times a year by the WTCS Board to recognize long-standing connections between state employers and local technical colleges.

ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin and the third largest healthcare system in the state.

“ThedaCare is integrally involved with the college in many capacities, but, most importantly, the training of our health care students,” FVTC president Chris Matheny said. “During the 2021-22 academic year, 270 students were placed at a ThedaCare facility for further training while completing degrees and credentials.”

Matheny said ThedaCare has hired nearly 140 graduates in the past three years, making it the single largest hiring partner of FVTC students.”

Additionally, 17 ThedaCare practitioners advise the college’s curriculum as members of advisory committees, and also host 19 clinical or internship courses across FVTC health disciplines.

ThedaCare has also been a long-term partner of the FVTC Foundation with total donations approaching $100,000.

ThedaCare invests in student scholarships, primarily through the FVTC Foundation Golf Outing and other event sponsorships.

MCW breaks ground on Cancer Research Building
WISCONSIN – The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) ceremoniously broke ground Sept. 12 on its new 150,000-square-foot MCW Cancer Research Building, which is said to be the only cancer-dedicated research facility in eastern Wisconsin.

It will be located at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center at 8700 W. Watertown Plank Road in Wauwatosa and will centralize MCW cancer research programs, which now include nearly 700 researchers in 135 labs.

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2024 at a cost of about $100 million.

In August, the State Building Commission approved $10 million for the MCW Cancer Research Building.

“The MCW Cancer Research Building will serve as a hub for cancer innovation and bring together the brightest minds to forge innovations that will address the cancer burden impacting patients and families in eastern Wisconsin and beyond,” John Raymond Sr., MCW president and CEO, said. “Perhaps, most importantly, this facility will allow us to increase our attention to reduce cancer disparities among underrepresented groups in our communities.”

Reminder: Call or text ‘998’ for National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 
NATIONWIDE – As National Suicide Prevention Month comes to an end, advocates are reminding the community that “988” is the new three-digit, nationwide phone number to connect directly to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

Those needing assistance can also chat at

Veterans can press “1” after dialing 988 to connect directly to the Veterans Crisis Lifeline.

Veterans should continue to text the Veterans Crisis Lifeline short code: 838255.

Officials at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls said these are a few warning signs that someone may be in crisis:
They give a direct verbal clue by saying something like, “I’m going to end it all” or “I wish I were dead.”They give a coded verbal clue by saying something like, “I’m tired of life. I just want out,” or “I can’t take it anymore.”They exhibit behavioral clues like increased risk-taking, self-injurious behavior, drug or alcohol use, sleeping too much or too little, saying goodbye to friends and family and/or giving away prized possessions.They take on blame for situations like being fired from a job, being diagnosed with a serious illness or being bullied or humiliated.They showcase a noticeable change in mood, such as depression, anxiety, withdrawal from activities, irritability and/or shame.According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), in 2020, 45,979 Americans died by suicide and there were 1.2 million attempts.

Additional AFSP statistics:
? The rate of suicide is highest in middle-aged white men.
? In 2020, men died by suicide 3.88 times more than women.
? There are 130 suicides per day on average.
? White males accounted for 69.68% of suicide deaths in 2020.
? In 2020, firearms accounted for 52.83% of all suicide deaths.
? The age-adjusted suicide rate in Wisconsin is 14.54 per 100,000 individuals, which is higher than the national average.
? Wisconsin ranks 29th among U.S. states and the District of Columbia in suicide deaths.

St. Vincent Children’s Hospital to host picnic honoring NICU graduates 
GREEN BAY – HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital is hosting a picnic for former patients of the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and their families Friday, Sept. 30.

Organizers said the picnic will also honor the unit’s medical heroes – past and present – who have provided life-saving care to the communities’ tiniest and youngest patients for more than 50 years.

The event, which takes place from 3-6 p.m. at Green Isle Park, 900 Greene Ave. in Allouez, will feature a barbeque dinner, ice cream truck and live music from folk musician, Kristen Graves.

“Few understand the experience of having a child in the NICU,” Betsy Carney-Hoffman, NICU Nursing manager, said. “This special event will provide the opportunity for our former patients and their families, and those who cared for them, a chance to reunite and connect on their shared experiences.”

HFM to offering Saturday mammograms during awareness month 
MANITOWOC – To help mark National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Froedtert Holy Family Memorial (HFM) Hospital in Manitowoc will offer 3D screening mammogram appointments on Saturdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 7-11:30 a.m.

“We hope the extended hours will remove barriers to the women in our community who want to get their annual exams, but struggle to find time during the week,” Dawn Krueger, operations manager of the Women’s Imaging Center, said.

Lynn Baatz, medical oncologist at HFM, said with one in eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer, an annual mammogram starting at age 40 is a woman’s best chance of finding it early.

Baatz recommends women who have a family history of breast cancer speak to their primary care provider to see when the best time is to start having an annual mammogram.

To schedule an appointment call (414) 777-1900 or visit
Door County’s Welcome Baby project receives health grant
DOOR COUNTY – Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin Inc. for Door County received a grant for its Welcome Baby Continuum Project from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

It was among 10 new projects to receive funding from the Partnership’s Maternal and Child Health grant program.
A total of $1.5 million in grants was awarded, with individual awards of up to $150,000 over a two-year period.

Organizers said the Welcome Baby Continuum Project will use family resources and support specialists to promote infant health and safety, and address parental mental and physical health, family needs and risk factors that contribute to abuse and neglect in Door County.

Other news:
Bellin Health is expanding its flu vaccination offerings for 2022, with the anticipation of a “severe flu season.”
Clinics will run through Friday, Dec. 16.

Pre-registration is required for clinic sites, while Urgent Care and FastCare locations accept walk-ins.

More information, including a complete schedule of flu clinics, is available at

Froedtert Holy Family Memorial Hospital in Manitowoc is teaming up with Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin to host a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Manitowoc Conference Room.

Blood donors must be 16 years or older to donate.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

To schedule a blood donation, visit or call (920) 320-2243.
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay welcomed 20 high school juniors and seniors from across Northeast Wisconsin interested in healthcare careers for its first Healthcare Bootcamp last month.

The event showcased careers within a hospital setting, including the emergency department, intensive care and surgical units and pediatrics at HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital.

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