Facing an increasingly unsteady nationwide blood supply, The Community Blood Center (CBC), based in Appleton, has helped found a first-in-thenation partnership to prepare for emergency situations when blood needs are high.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced Aug. 17 it is collaborating with three healthcare providers to pilot a new “hub and spoke” approach to treating eligible BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid members who have substance use disorders and at least one other health condition.

All area healthcare systems are encouraging individuals not vaccinated for COVID-19 to do so, especially in light of the Delta variant and the Federal Drug Administration's (FDA) full approval Aug. 23 of the Pfizer vaccine.

ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca has announced The Joint Commission has reaccredited the hospital for its safety and quality care practices. A voluntary process, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest healthcare accrediting body.

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches on Sept. 11, VA mental-health officials say they are preparing for an uptick in veterans seeking help as veterans come to terms with their service and as the Afghanistan withdrawal comes to completion.

Aspirus Health has acquired seven Ascension Wisconsin hospitals, 21 physician clinics, and air and ground medical transport services in north and central Wisconsin.

s (DHS) is co-hosting five visits to home lead abatement projects through October to raise awareness of childhood lead poisoning and what can be done to prevent it. The second visit was held in Wausau on July 27. One of the major sources of lead poisoning in children is lead-based paint, fou…

The Oneida County Health Department is the recipient of the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) Futuremaker Partner Award for its close working relationship with Nicolet College in Rhinelander during the COVID-19 pandemic. The award recognizes the collaboration between an organizatio…

For those who are currently enrolled in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for their health coverage but have not yet taken advantage of the opportunity to reevaluate their current coverage, the deadline is Aug. 15.

(VA) Secretary Denis McDonough announced he is making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for Title 38 VA healthcare personnel who work in VA administration facilities, visit Veterans Health Administration facilities or provide direct care to those that the VA serves. Each employee will have eight w…

Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport has equipped its Spirit 1 helicopter and several ambulances with compact intensive care unit (ICU)-level ventilators. “This is one of several ways to bring the ICU into our air medical helicopter or a ground ambulance,” said Shaun Piller, quality/…

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is encouraging anyone age 12 and older attending school or college this fall to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. “With the recent increase in new cases, and the very real threat of the Delta variant, vaccination remains our bes…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently offered new diagnostic, treatment and management considerations for patients with long-lasting symptoms following a COVID-19 infection.

Free rapid-results COVID-19 tests continues to be available to community members at all three University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campuses this summer.

Of the seven members of the inaugural classes of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) psychiatry residency programs in Central Wisconsin and Northeastern Wisconsin who graduated in May 2021, six will be practicing in Wisconsin.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID19 vaccination rates are lowest among individuals ages 18 to 29. Reasons cited include vaccine hesitancy and convenience.

For years, Aspirus Riverviews containers for disposing of sharps (medical needles, syringes and finger-stick lancets) could only be used once before being disposed of by a medical waste disposal company.

North Central Health Care (NCHC) held a grand opening for Hope House Antigo on May 24. The eight-bed home provides a safe, sober living environment for women in recovery from alcohol or other drugs in Langlade County.

Free rapid-results COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to community members at all three University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campuses this summer. The BinaxNow antigen testing, with results available in about 15 minutes, will be offered as follows:

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) announced a multi-year partnership with Novo Nordisk aimed at public awareness of obesity and improving clinical care for patients with obesity.

Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan are now accepting applications from eligible school districts to apply for grants to implement b.e.s.t. Universal Screening in the 2021-2022 school year.

The Community Blood Center (CBC), which provides blood to Northcentral and Northeastern Wisconsin, has launched the Thank the Donor program which allows patients who have received a transfusion to send a message of appreciation to the individual who donated the blood, platelets or plasma the…

(DHS) announced that the state received more than $175 million in federal funding to develop a program to support school-based COVID-19 testing for teachers, staff, and students. The program will be part of a comprehensive COVID-19 mitigation approach to assist schools in operating safely.

Aspirus Health Care in Wausau has been recognized by healthcare supply chain leader Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) as a Best 50 healthcare provider.

Marshfield Clinic Health System is now offering Mako SmartRobotics, an advancement in joint replacement surgery that transforms the way total knee and hip replacements are performed.

ThedaCare Medical Center-Wild Rose is the first hospital in North America to install the DG Reader Net semi-automated analyzer, used to facilitate pre-transfusion blood type compatibility testing. “We screen for antibodies, antigens, as well as determine the blood type. The DG Reader Net sem…

Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield has created a new EMS coordinator team that will help build stronger working relationships with local first responders and medical units at the hospital.

The Chartis Center for Rural Health has released its annual list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) for 2021. Included on the list was Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk.

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin has received two service quality awards including its fifth consecutive world-class customer experience certification for 2020 from Service Quality Measurement (SQM), a leading North American research firm that specializes in customer service improvement.

For the fifth consecutive year, Aspirus Health Foundation has awarded three medical students scholarships totaling $450,000 through its Aspirus Scholars Program.

The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department and Mid-State Technical College have entered into a new 10-year collaborative agreement to expand local and regional training offerings in fire protection and emergency services. The training will take place at 2615 South Vine Ave. at the current tra…

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced a $6.1 million investment to support community-based organizations in raising awareness and access to the COVID-19 vaccine in communities that have faced both historical and current barriers to healthcare services and the COVID-19 vaccine.

The City of Wausau has recognized Aspirus Health with the Wausau Sustainability Award for its work to help create a more sustainable and energy-smart Wausau.

Marshfield Clinic Health System has announced creation of Community Corps, a program of AmeriCorps, that will place 80 fulltime staff across Wisconsin to support healthcare organizations, nonprofits and government agencies in addressing local health priorities. 

UW-Stevens Point reports that many students who are working toward degrees in nursing, clinical laboratory science and other health-related majors, are working full-time during the pandemic while taking full-time classes. 

Free rapid results COVID-19 tests are again available to community members at all three University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campuses. Testing began again on Feb. 1.

Aspirus Health has added its first all-electric vehicle (EV) to its fleet of company vehicles in Wausau, which is being used to transport lab specimens between Aspirus Wausau's testing center and a regional lab.

Northcentral Technical College (NTC) in Wausau announced Jan. 21 what it is calling “a one-of-a-kind apprenticeship program that aims to help increase essential healthcare workers.” 

Astudy of 17 schools in south Wood County that implemented measures such as mask wearing to limit the spread of COVID-19 shows that cases among students and teachers who participated in inperson learning remained “very low.”