Data released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) features three significant points: fewer Wisconsin youth report drinking alcohol, adult binge drinking is higher than the national rate and deaths attributed to alcohol are increasing.

ThedaCare has announced its Community Commitment and Financial Stabilization plan following suspension of services recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to devote resources to the COVID-19 pandemic.

...was named a top-10 school in Nursing Schools Almanac’'s 2020 rankings of the best nursing programs, earning its place at number six in the list of best associate degree nursing programs in the state, out of 20 institutions evaluated. The designation adds to the top-10 ranking the program …

With the health and safety of patients and team members a priority, all of the area’s major healthcare providers are resuming various in-person services and elective procedures as they continue to assess the prevalence and impact of COVID-19.

“As families stay safe at home, there are more middle, high school and college-aged students who are providing care,” said Brandy Breuckman, dean of Northcentral Technical College’s School of Business, Community Services & Virtual College. “We need to equip those who are watching over ch…

Ascension Wisconsin is reminding Central Wisconsin residents not to delay seeking emergency care, emphasizing that their hospitals are equipped to safely protect patients from potential exposure to COVID-19. “We are seeing a concerning drop in the number of people coming in for serious non-C…

Marshfield Clinic Health System, was awarded $143,490 by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health to reduce the risk of child maltreatment in Wood County families as a result of parental stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some UW-Stevens Point employees found their jobs shift recently to do work that supports healthcare providers and first responders needing protection from COVID-19. 

The app COVID-19 Wisconsin Connect has been launched by the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies at UW-Madison in partnership with statewide government, academic, medical, business and community organizations.

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) of the Medical College of Wisconsin has awarded $4.8 million in funding to 17 projects designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact across Wisconsin. This includes one specifically for Central Wisconsin and 11…

Aspirus health system announced has temporarily furloughed or reduced work hours of some employees because of the organizational impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This primarily impacts employees who do not work in direct patient care. 

Marshfield Clinic Health System is now doing in-house COVID-19 testing, currently focusing on patients who need to be hospitalized and healthcare workers. 

National speaker and employee benefit con - sultant, Dean M. Hoffman, will present a seminar entitled “Self-Funded Health Plan Options for Businesses” at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau from 8-11 a.m., May 13.

(Wausau, WI) National speaker and employee benefit consultant, Dean M. Hoffman, will present a seminar entitled “Self-Funded Health Plan Options for Businesses” at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau on Tuesday, June 23 from 8 am to 11 am. This seminar was recently scheduled for May 13.…

Taylor County Ambulance and Aspirus MedEvac are now housed in a single location at 660 Wheelock Ave., Medford, the former Taylor County Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Taylor County Ambulance is funded by the county. The ambulance staff is paid and managed by Aspirus. Aspirus Medford …

A new “school-to-work” program allows high school students to prepare for fire protection and EMS careers while saving money on future college tuition.

A good resource for information about any hospital in the state and its policies concerning COVID-19 is the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) website at www.wha.org. Go to “About WHA” and then go to “WHA Member Hospital Directory.”

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW)-Central Wisconsin has expanded into a nearly 25,000-square-foot new campus at 1900 Westwood Drive across from Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Somerville, Inc., in Green Bay was the architect. Miron Construction Co., which has multiple locations including Wausa…

Eight Wisconsin healthcare organizations issued a joint statement urging the public to abide by the “Safer at Home” order given by Gov. Tony Evers on March 24 directing Department of Health Services SecretaryDesignee Andrea Palm to prohibit all nonessential travel, with some exceptions, thro…

Ascension Eagle River Hospital has been named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. It was one of 11 Wisconsin hospitals so named.

Doctors at UW Health in Madison became the first in the United States to treat a patient using a new medical-imaging device that allows physicians to see inside blood vessels and organs during surgery.

Bone & Joint expanded its physical therapy services by opening a new 3,000-square-foot facility at 2106 Schofield Ave. in Weston. The new site increases the number of Bone & Joint physical therapy centers to three, with one in Plover, Wausau, and now, Weston.

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Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin has opened drive-through testing locations for COVID-19 in the region. Drive-through testing sites are available in Plover, Rhinelander and Crandon. Additional sites are currently in development.

The Community Leadership Celebration Awards Dinner sponsored by St. Michael’s Foundation will be held 6-9 p.m., May 2, at SentryWorld in Stevens Point. Tickets are $65 per person and includes dinner.

Marshfield, has earned five service quality awards for 2019 from Service Quality Measurement (SQM), a North American research firm that specializes in customer service improvement.

The age at which a girl begins menstruating may be more significant than previously realized and may impact her risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure later in life.

The Aspirus Health Foundation’s Aspirus Scholars Program has awarded $550,000 to four medical students from the Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin campus in Wausau.

On Dec. 20, 2019, the federal government raised the federal minimum age of the sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes/e-liquids to anyone under age 21.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Wisconsin State Patrol and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families announced Jan. 21 they are working in partnership with the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (WPMCA) to increase understanding within the convenience …

• St. Michael’s Foundation in Stevens Point is accepting applications for three $1,000 scholarships offered for the 2020- 2021 academic year to students pursuing healthcare careers. The application deadline is March 2. Qualified applicants are from Portage County and surrounding counties. Ap…

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications through March 17 for up to $15 million in grants for civic groups providing adaptive sports and therapeutic recreational opportunities to veterans and members of the armed forces with disabilities.

Aspirus Wausau Hospital was one of three Wisconsin hospitals named among the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2020 by IBM Watson Health.The study spotlights the topperforming cardiovascular hospitals based on publicly-available clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metr…

For the first time in its 34-year history, Wisconsin will host the Veteran Golden Age Games. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the games provide eligible veterans age 55 and over with the opportunity to engage in rehabilitative sport and recreation competition.

Three local communities are represented among the 26 students admitted to the next class for the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM). They are Antigo, Athens and Wausau.

Volunteers at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff were recognized with the Wisconsin Award for Volunteer Excellence (WAVE) by the Partners of the Wisconsin Hospital Association for their participation in the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), an internationally coordinated model of care…

Marshfield Clinic and Gundersen Health in La Crosse announced Dec. 19 that after several months of discussions on a possible merger, they have decided to remain independent health systems.

Wisconsin had the nation’s second largest collection for a total of 60,472 pounds during the Oct. 26 biannual Drug Take Back Day, according to an announcement by Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul. According to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which sponsors the event, Texas came…

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the United Way of Wisconsin announced that 5,594 people contacted the free Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline during its first year of operation.

“Be Unbreakable: Brilliant Bones & Balance,” a free Aspiring Women Night Out, will be held at Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave. in Wisconsin Rapids from 5:30-7 p.m., Dec. 4.

ThedaCare, Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin and Neuroscience Group have announced a collaboration to create the region’s first comprehensive Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Center at ThedaCare Health Campus-Encircle at 2500 E. Capitol Drive in Appleton.