(DHS) has opened the first round of applications for $30 million in grant funding to support home and community-based services (HCBS) that help older adults or those who have disabilities live independently in their community. Funding comes from the American Rescue Act. Grant awards will ran…

The community had the opportunity last month to experience Mid-State Technical College’s Healthcare Simulation Center at Aspirus Health in Wisconsin Rapids at its grand opening celebration.

Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua celebrated the grand opening Aug. 23 of its 3,400-square-foot ambulance base to support its growing Marshfield Clinic Health System transport service.

Aspirus Wausau Hospital is the second hospital in Wisconsin where physicians implanted the Abbott Aveir VR leadless pacemaker system. The procedure was performed by Kevin Rist, an electrophysiologist with Aspirus Heart Care.

Through a $6.5 million Workforce Innovation Grant, Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) is partnering with Rawhide Youth Services and Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin to deliver an education and training program designed to alleviate economic hardships and reverse mental health …

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) warded more than $2.5 million to 27 community behavioral health services statewide to improve access to mental health and substance use treatment through telehealth. Funding is through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Seven Aspirus Health hospitals are recipients of Practice Greenhealth’s 2022 Partner for Change Award in recognition of their achievement and innovation in healthcare sustainability.

Aspirus Health says it is now even more prepared to serve Northcentral Wisconsin’s most vulnerable patients with the opening in July of the expanded Anya Marie Jackson Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Aspirus Wausau Hospital,

DispatchHealth, the nation’s first comprehensive in-home medical care provider, and Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) are partnering to bring on-demand, in-home, nonemergency medical care to rural Wisconsin communities.

The American Red Cross has announced that the national blood supply is urgent. Every day, approximately 29,000 units of red blood cells are needed in the United States. With just one donation, several lives can be saved.

Four Aspirus pharmacy residents took the next step in their careers when they graduated from the Aspirus Pharmacy Residency Program on June 22.

With the goal of improving access to physical therapy in Northcentral Wisconsin, a doctor of physical therapy program debuted in June at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with an inaugural group of 34 students.

UW Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter in Madison have collaborated to open the UW Health Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center. Services are available before, during and after birth.

Mid-State Technical College and Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids received the “Innovative Business of the Year” award at the recent 74th Heart of Wisconsin (HOW) Chamber dinner for their partnership on the new Mid-State Healthcare Simulation Center.

The Aspirus Scholars Program has awarded three scholarships, each worth $150,000, to students at the Medical College of WisconsinCentral Wisconsin in Wausau.

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Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the final approval of the $26-billion opioid agreement with the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors — Cardinal, McKesson; AmerisourceBergen and Johnson & Johnson.

After being removed from service at the end of November for repainting and rebranding, Aspirus MedEvac Air 2 has returned to air transport. The EC-145 air ambulance based at Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee was previously known as Spirit.

Three Nicolet College students were part of a radiography technology graduating class that recently posted a 100-percent pass rate on American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national certification exam. The three Nicolet students were part of the graduating class of 11 in the ra…

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded $3.4 million in grants to 43 organizations to promote health equity in COVID-19 vaccinations in Wisconsin. Funding will be used to help reduce barriers to vaccine access among disadvantaged or underserved populations.

“Opioids are powerful drugs. Prescription pain relievers, fentanyl and heroin hurt Wisconsin residents every day. More people die of opioid overdoses in Wisconsin each year than car crashes, but there is something more powerful than opioids: All of us. Together, we can reduce the dangers of …

Two of the eight Wisconsin hospitals designated among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals for 2022 for “outstanding performance” by The Chartis Center for Rural Health are in Northcentral Wisconsin.

University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson said he is working with university chancellors to begin removing current mandatory mask requirements on UW campuses, with the intent to withdraw them no later than spring break.

• The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) announced hat Attorney General Josh Kaul has joined a bipartisan coalition of 42 states and territories urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to preserve state authority to enforce their consumer protection laws in connection to the sa…

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Rhinelander area will be formally redesignated to attainment of the most recent federal air quality standard for sulfur dioxide,

Aspirus Wausau Hospital has been named one of America’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health for 2021 in the category of top teaching hospitals without a cardiovascular residency program.

Children’s Wisconsin, ThedaCare and Bellin Health have announced a pediatric joint venture in Central and Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

• The University of Wisconsin System announced Nov. 17 that 70 students were selected through a random drawing to receive $7,000 scholarships under the system’s Vax Up! “70 for 70” campaign.

Construction of a 3,400-square-foot ambulance base at Marshfield Medical CenterMinocqua is underway to house the Marshfield Clinic Health System transport service, which began in December 2020.

It was a first for Nicolet College in Rhinelander — the staging of a simulation exercise funded by the Wisconsin Northern Highland Area Health Education Center that brought together students from the law enforcement, emergency medical services and nursing programs as well as social services …

The hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other facilities that joined Aspirus Health on Aug. 1 from Ascension Wisconsin have assumed their new names. Most hospital names now reflect their geographic locations.

Dickinson County Healthcare (DCH) in Iron Mountain, Mich., and Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) have signed a Letter of Intent for DCH hospital and clinics to join Marshfield Clinic.

Aspirus Health System and Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) were among the health systems that recently received grants totaling more than $550,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to support education and training to assist rural healthcare in filling “high need, high d…

Has been named a recipient of the 2021 MAP Awards for High Performance in Revenue Cycle, sponsored by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). As a national award winner, ThedaCare has met revenue cycle benchmarks, implemented patient-centered recommendations and best practice…

A $3 million gift from the Legacy Foundation of Central Wisconsin to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will create a partnership to improve health and wellness in south Wood County.

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.