Aspirus Wausau Hospital (AWH) was recognized by IBM Watson Health in its annual 100 Top Hospitals study.

The study identifies the top-performing hospitals in the country based on overall organizational performance.

Aspirus Wausau Hospital is located in Wausau and serves communities from the Keweenau Peninsula in the U.P. to Wisconsin Rapids.

Hospital President Darrell Lentz says the designation is given to the top-performing hospitals...

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A coalition of groups are offering training in the life-saving drug Narcan in Forest county next week.

Narcan is an antidote given to people with heroin overdoses. It has been shown to be effective in bringing a person, in many cases, back to consciousness and in some cases, back to life.

Forest County UW-Extension Youth and Family Development Educator Michelle Gobert talks about the training...

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The community is invited, particularly business owners, to a forum next month to show how young people with disabilities and other barriers can become employed in the workforce.

Shelley Lehman is a special education teacher at Rhinelander High School...

"....and the title is "Employing Young Adults With Barriers" We're specifically going to be discussing what are some ways we can help youth with disabilities or students with other barriers to learn the skills and have the desire to work have our youth be employed in our community...."

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Last fall, the state changed statutes regarding short-term rentals but a local inspector says that change in the law did not change required inspection by the health department. The change allowed short-term rentals in places they weren't allowed before.

The Oneida County Health Department is hosting series of classes beginning next month to help parents with young teenagers get through what can be interesting times.

Community Health Specialist Jennifer Chiamulera says the 'Strengthening Families' program helps parents of young people between ages 10 and 14 to get together one time a week for seven weeks to help build a bond with their kids..

"...get some skills for some of the struggles they might, you know, struggles they're inevitably going to experience as they move through middle school...." biker becca

Hurricane Maria that struck Puerto Rico is causing a conservation effort of IV solution at Wisconsin hospitals.

Officials say hospitals and health systems are taking steps to conserve their supply of IV solution as they cope with unprecedented shortages. Ann Zenk is a Wisconsin Hospital Association vice-president and a former administrator at Ministry Health Care in Rhinelander. So why is there an IV shortage? rdelarosa0

The double whammy of cold weather and influenza are cutting into the blood donations says an American Red Cross spokesperson.

Northwoods Red Cross blood representative Marc Sutton says it has been a tough winter to collect always needed blood....

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MINOCQUA – Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) now has a clear path to build its $35 million hospital in Minocqua.

The deadline has passed for Ascension/Howard Young Medical Center to file a challenge in Oneida County Circuit Court over the county board of adjustment’s decision to grant a conditional use permit (CUP) to the Marshfield-based healthcare provider.

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A clever new e-cigarette has emerged among young people. Community Health Specialist at Oneida County Health Department, Corie Zelazoski details the JUUL e-cigarette...

" of our students who represents our Rhinelander FACT group left a message saying she had seen some students using it. We've kept our eye on it. Across the state now we're seeing a huge increase in youth using these e-cigarettes and they're basically like regular e-cigarettes, except they are made to look like USB flash drives...."

Sex Trafficking At The Super Bowl: Is It A Myth?

Feb 2, 2018
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MINNEAPOLIS - The Super Bowl has commonly been regarded as the single largest human trafficking event in the country - but that claim is now up for debate.

Wisconsin Gears Up For National Wear Red Day

Feb 2, 2018
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APPLETON, Wis. - Every 38 seconds, someone dies from cardiovascular disease, and heart disease is the number one killer of women. This Friday(2/2) is National Wear Red Day, meant to draw attention to American Heart Month.

The recent death of two dogs at a Rhinelander from exposure.. has prompted caution from an animal rights group.

People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals spokesperson Andrea Adelman  says pets should be protected from the cold...

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Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and other Senate Democrats have asked the the Government Accountability Office to review actions taken by the Trump Administration to address the opioid epidemic since it was declared a public health emergency.

Last October, President Trump directed agencies to declare the opioid crisis an emergency and open up services. Baldwin and the other Senators wrote they have become concerned that little has been done by the White House since the announcement.

More than 12,000 calls game into a problem gambling hotline last year and a spokesperson says this time of the year is particularly bad for people with gambling addiction.

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and other sources report  15 percent of Americans gamble at least once per week. About 2.5 million adults suffer from compulsive gambling, about 3 million are considered problem gamblers, around 15 million adults are under the risk of becoming problem gamblers.

January is Stalking Awareness Month and a local spokesperson says it is a serious crime.

Executive Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault...Shellie Holmes...says the legal system does not view stalking lightly....

"...stalking is defined as a pattern of behavior that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking can be charged as a crime or an element of other crimes, especially if domestic abuse or sexual assaults are involved....."

Holmes says it frequently happens at the end of relationships...