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The signs for many of the Northwoods medical facilities will be changing soon except for one well-known facility.

Ascension will have its name and brand on the facilities they have in the Northwoods says spokesperson Lara Barbour...

Ascension To Raise Profile, Integrate Its Health Operations

Sep 20, 2016
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Wisconsin's second largest health care system will soon raise its profile and start integrating its operations throughout the state.

Ascension will start by adding its name to its 24 hospitals and 111 primary care clinics throughout Wisconsin. That's after Ascension acquired Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare earlier this year and earlier picked up Ministry Health Care and several Northwoods facilities, Affinity Health, Columbia Saint Mary's.

Recently the Vilas County Amateur Radio Club activated their first radio repeater using tower space provided by Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

Hospital spokesperson Mark Dascalos says the hospital was glad to help the ham operators...

" in the Northwoods we have difficulty with cell signals and probably equal-wise with radio signals and it was an opportunity to use our tall antenna at the hospital to install a repeater that would enhance(the club's) abilities in a ham radio aspect to be able to communicate with other members...."

Last month, Marshfield Clinic informed Ministry Health Care it would no longer be providing medical oncology services at the James Beck Cancer Center. With the change, Ministry officials say they've moved fill the void and keep services patients have come to expect.

Dr. Douglas Reding  will lead the new team at the Rhinelander facility. He's vice-president for the Ascension-Ministry Oncology Service Line across Ministry Health Care. He has 29 years of oncology experience including here in Rhinelander...


The hospitals and county public health departments in the Northwoods are conducting a survey to assess health issues here. But as officials look at recent surveys they're finding they need more input from one gender.

The Community Health Assessment involves all residents in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties. The survey is designed to help health professionals find and work on specific needs the public identifies.

Oneida County Public Health Director Linda Conlon says to get a fair assessment, they need more men to respond...

Northwoods health leaders are hoping the public responds to a survey which will shape the future of health services in this region.

Ministry Health Care Community Link Coordinator Sue Kirby says they're in the process of doing a community health needs assessment in Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties. This is in collaboration, she says, with the county health departments and Ministry's three northern region hospitals. Kirby says the survey asks a number of questions..


Rhinelander High School athletics will again have a funded position to help with athletic injuries.

Aspirus Clinic and Ministry Medical Group each have donated $15,000 to fund an athletic trainer to work with student-athletes.

Dr. Jason Lowry  has been advisor to Rhinelander athletics for several years. He says funding this type of position is a rarity among K-12 schools in Wisconsin, but the need is there...

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Improving patient accessibility and comfort are the goals of a $3.7 million dollar renovation that began this week at the North Shore Campus of Ministry Health Care in Rhinelander.

The renovation will reconfigure parts of the facility to provide quicker access to the second floor, and have an new registration and check in area along with new waiting rooms and patient exam rooms.

Dr. Shishir Sheth is regional vice-president for Ministry Health Care Northern Region...


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Ministry St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander has earned a top rating from a group surveying hospitals for quality of performance.

The non-profit Joint Commission gave the hospital its Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation.

Hospital spokesperson Sue Klemm says Joint Commission is the nation's oldest standard setting and accreditation body in health care....


Volunteers at Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander have donated $25,000 to the hospital foundation and one of its programs. 

Jesse Bolder of the Saint Mary’s Foundation says past donations have helped fund projects like a machine that regulates CPR. 

“And allows the paramedics and the staff to be able to focus on the other needs of somebody that has a heart failure situation.  They’ve provided robes for the radiology department and the cancer center.”

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The past President of Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital has been named as leader of several Fox Valley Ministry Health Care facilities.

New Machine Offers Precise Radiation Therapy

Mar 12, 2014
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Rhinelander is home to a new piece of state-of-the-art cancer treatment technology.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, Ministry Health Care’s James Beck Cancer Center held a ribbon cutting for the machine Wednesday.

The True Beam Linear Accelerator offers radiation therapy that’s much more precise than previous technology at James Beck.  It also has powerful imaging capabilities which help to give a more accurate picture of a tumor.   

Radiation therapist Lynnette Fittante demonstrates how the machine even rotates around the patient.

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A Ministry Health Care leader has been given additional duties.

Monica Hilt has been named president of Ministry Howard Young Health Care in Woodruff. Hilt already is president of Ministry Sacred Heart-St. Mary's hospitals in Tomahawk and Rhinelander. Hilt replaces Shiela Clough who resigned in August.

Hilt says she's worked for 23 years at the two hospitals she currently oversees, but the Howard Young facility is familiar to her, having worked with Sheila Clough. She says Ministry has been working toward having officers in regional positions...


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Ministry Health Care and Quality Health Solutions have announced a partnership that a spokesperson says should help both organizations improve patient care.


Quality Health Solutions a collaborative group of Wisconsin health care systems and the Medical College of Wisconsin. QHS is expanding its accountable care network.

Ministry Health Care senior vice-president Ronald Mahorek says the partnership is an effort to improve quality and lower costs through an accountable care organization. He gives an example...