Prairie Ridge Health’s new clinic, located at 134 Corporate Drive in Beaver Dam, opened its doors to patients on Feb. 1. The brand-new building, located just off the Industrial Drive exit on Highway 151, offers twice the space of the clinic’s previous Maple Avenue location and is home to 9 providers and 5 therapists.

 
“The convenient location, modern architecture and open design of the new building offers a welcoming environment for our patients,” said Hannah Young, Prairie Ridge Health Director of Clinics. “We look forward to continuing to care for Beaver Dam and the surrounding communities.”

The PRH Beaver Dam Clinic offers orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, diabetes and clinical nutrition, rehabilitation services (physical, sports, and occupational), family medicine, and general surgery. A modern therapy gym, with all new equipment, provides ample natural light for a healing environment. Medical imaging and laboratory services are onsite for convenience.

Prairie Ridge Health Clinic opened in 2014 with five providers and four service lines: Orthopedics, General Surgery, Physical Therapy and Medical Imaging. Now, three clinic locations (Columbus, Beaver Dam and Marshall) are the home of 18 providers offering 12 different service lines including: Orthopedics, General Surgery, OB/GYN, Rheumatology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Clinical Nutrition, Medical Imaging, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Lab.

For more information about our clinic and rehabilitation services, visit www.prairieridge.health or call 920-356-1000.

FMUB donates $30,000 for new Cardiac Central Monitoring System at Prairie Ridge Health in Columbus

Farmers & Merchants Union Bank in Columbus donated $30,000 to the Prairie Ridge Health (PRH) Foundation to fully fund a new cardiac central monitoring system for the PRH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in support of the PRH Foundation’s 2021 Heart Healthy Community Appeal.

“The Cardiac Rehabilitation central monitoring system is a computerized system that allows us to monitor patients’ hearts while they are exercising after a cardiac event,” explained Katy Geiger, Director of Outpatient Services at PRH in Columbus. “Patients wear a small telemetry unit while exercising and this connects wirelessly to the central station where heart rate and rhythms are displayed.  Other information about patients’ response to exercise sessions is entered into the system. This helps us generate reports about the progress patients make while they participate in the program.”

The PRH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is designed for those with cardiac conditions or those who have had heart surgery or heart catheterization. The individualized, medically supervised program of exercise and education builds a patient’s strength and endurance so they may safely and effectively overcome some of the physical complications associated with certain types of heart disease. The multi-step process involves input from an entire team of healthcare professionals based on the needs of the patient.

FMUB’s President and CEO, Randy Bobholz, stated, “Farmers & Merchants Union Bank appreciates that we have a wonderful healthcare facility in our community that provides great, high-quality services, while keeping a cozy, hometown feel.  Prairie Ridge Health continues to enhance their healthcare services along with using up-to-date technology to assist patients in their recovery close to home, which is appreciated by patients and caregivers alike.  Farmers & Merchants Union Bank has a similar philosophy in serving the banking needs of our community and that is another reason we are pleased to have this great opportunity to help Prairie Ridge Health continue that culture by making this donation to purchase a Cardiac Central Monitoring System.”

 “It is so important for our community members to have not only strong personal health, but great financial health as well – it is the best way to keep our community strong,” he added. “FMUB is proud to be part of these efforts on both fronts.”

The funding for the cardiac rehabilitation central monitoring system was given as part of the PRH Foundation’s Heart Healthy Community Annual Appeal. “We are so grateful to receive this generous donation to fully fund the monitoring system,” said Kristi Line, Executive Director of the PRH Foundation. “FMUB’s donation allows us to use additional donations to assist in funding other needs in our heart healthy appeal, such as the two new EKG machines for our Emergency Department and inpatient units to provide electrocardiograms to monitor heart health and quickly detect heart problems.”

Donations to the Heart Healthy Community Annual Appeal may be given at www.PrairieRidge.Health/Foundation/Make-a-Gift-Online or mailed to Prairie Ridge Health Foundation at 1515 Park Avenue, Columbus, WI 53925. For additional information regarding the Prairie Ridge Health Foundation, contact Kristi at 920-623-1370 or kline@prairieridge.health.

Pictured (l-r) Toni Wizner, ATC/L; Melissa Mangan, VP of Finance/CFO; Kristi Line, Executive Director of PRH Foundation; John Russell, PRH President/CEO; Katy Geiger, RN, Director of Outpatient Services; Anne Donahue, PRH Foundation Board Member; Alie Hayes, RN – Cardiac Rehab; Not pictured, Rolf Poser, MD, Cardiology and PRH Cardiac Rehab Medical Director; June M. Waterworth, FMUB Chairman of the Board; Randall G. Bobholz, FMUB President and CEO; Amanda Emery-Morris, FMUB Marketing and Training; Samantha Petrie, FMUB Retail Supervisor.

The Volunteers of Prairie Ridge Health 37th Annual Lights of Love will take place Monday, December 6 at 4:30 p.m. at Prairie Ridge Health, 1515 Park Avenue in Columbus.

The event will be available for viewing via Facebook Live. The memorial and honorarium program provides community members an opportunity to remember those they have lost or to show appreciation for family and friends through the purchase of a light in their memory or honor. White lights represent those being remembered and colored lights represent those being honored. Blue lights honor members of the United States Military, or a loved one living overseas.

Funds from the event will be used to purchase equipment for the PRH Lifeline program and the PRH Hunger Care food distribution program. Lifeline is a home emergency response system used by residents in the hospital’s service area. Lifeline enables elderly, handicapped or medically-fragile persons to live in­dependently, while assuring them that if they need help quickly, it will be available to them at the press of a button.

The PRH Hunger Care Program provides heart-healthy and diabetes-friendly food to food insecure individuals in the hospital’s service area. Eligible recipients are screened for food insecurity, diabetes, and heart health conditions. Recipes using items in the food package are provided each month and the Prairie Ridge Health nutrition team is available by phone to answer any questions about how to use ingredients.

“On average, 1 in 8 people in Wisconsin are food insecure, meaning that in the past 12 months they were worried food would run out before having money to buy more or the food they purchase did not last and they did not have the money to buy more food,” explained Rachel Selm, RDN, CD, Clinical and Community Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. “Poor nutrition can lead to nutrient deficiencies, malnutrition, and an increase of health concerns, such as high blood sugar, heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, depression, lowered immune function, dizziness/falls, and poor overall health.”

If you would like to contribute to this year’s Lights of Love, mail your donation and list of names in memory or honor of to: Lights of Love, c/o Prairie Ridge Health, 1515 Park Avenue, Columbus, WI 53925.  A minimum gift of $5.00 per light per person is appreciated. Checks should be made payable to the Vol of PRH Lights of Love. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2022. A printed listing of those being honored and remembered will be distributed.

Donation forms are available by clicking on this link LIGHTS OF LOVE 2021 DONATION FORM or calling 920-623-1280.

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Prairie Ridge Health and the UW Carbone Cancer Center are working together to ask the women of our community to share their views about mammograms. We are seeking your help to better understand why women in rural communities may not have mammograms. 

Why is this important?


One in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.  Early detection is our best fight against breast cancer, yet women in rural communities lag behind when it comes to getting screened.  For example, in Columbia County, only 39% of eligible women receive their yearly recommended mammogram compared to the state average of 50%. 

Help us learn how to educate the community and promote Women's Health within the community.

THE SURVEY HAS NOW CLOSED.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND VALUABLE FEEDBACK. 


We look forward to sharing the results of our research. 

The Partners of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) bestowed two awards to the Volunteers of Prairie Ridge Health and John Russell, President and CEO of Prairie Ridge Health (PRH), during the organization’s virtual state convention Oct. 5 and 6.

The Volunteers of PRH received the Partners of WHA 2021 Wisconsin Award for Volunteer Excellence in Community Outreach and Collaboration in recognition of their innovation, creativity, and leadership in the PRH Hunger Care Program.

In July of 2019, PRH and the Volunteers of PRH partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide heart healthy and diabetes friendly food to food insecure individuals in the hospital’s service area. Eligible recipients are screened for food insecurity, diabetes, and heart health conditions. Recipes using items in the food package are provided each month and the Prairie Ridge Health nutrition team is available by phone to answer any questions about how to use ingredients.

Without likelihood of funding from SHFB in 2021, the Volunteers of PRH secured funding for the Hunger Care program through their annual Lights of Love.  In addition, the Volunteers of PRH assist in organizing and packaging produce for pick up, staff the monthly pick-up day at the hospital, help load the food into the vehicles, and coordinated a drive thru pick up during COVID-19 to ensure the families received the support they needed.

“The COVID-19 pandemic required creative and quick thinking to secure funding, and to ensure a no-contact distribution to decrease the risk of potential transmission. The volunteers were instrumental not only in providing funding, but in coordinating the drive-thru plan for the program.” said Rachel Selm, RDN, CD, Clinical and Community Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.


Pictured are Patti Walker, PRH Community Relations and Volunteer Coordinator, John Marks, Hunger Care Program volunteer, Rachel Selm, RDN, CD, Hunger Care Program Coordinator, Hunger Care Program volunteers Darlene Marks, Chris Schleicher and Jerry Schleicher, and John Russell, PRH President and CEO.

John Russell was nominated by the Volunteers of PRH and named the recipient of the Partners of WHA 2021 Best of the Best Administrative Award, honoring one top, on-site administrator of a Wisconsin hospital who demonstrates a cooperative, supportive, enthusiastic, and well-defined relationship with the hospital’s volunteer organization.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic our administrator wrote letters to our volunteers every few months. These letters were mailed directly to each member of our volunteer organization,” said Jolene Gill, Volunteers of PRH Chairperson. “Because there was no face-to-face contact available at that time, it kept our volunteers informed as to the decisions being made and processes taking place at the hospital. Being included as a part of the organization during a time when many of us felt alone meant so much to all of us. It was through this communication, that our volunteers were brought back to the hospital slowly beginning in June 2020 and a new greeter position at our main entrance evolved.”


Pictured are Patti Walker, PRH Community Relations and Volunteer Coordinator, Barbara Lauersdorf, PRH Volunteer and Partners of WHA Southern District President, PRH Volunteers Carol Black and Bobbi Schaefer, John Russell, Bonnie Webb, Volunteers of PRH 2nd Vice President, Diane Dhein, Volunteers of PRH Past President, Andrea Tamminga, Volunteers of PRH Treasurer, and Sherry Jelic, Volunteers of PRH Community Health Education Chair.

  

 

 
Our NEW Beaver Dam Clinic Location is now open!

The new clinic is located at 134 Corporate Drive, just off of Hwy 151, near Exit 134, approaching East Industrial Drive. 

To schedule an appointment at the new Beaver Dam clinic, call us at 920-356-1000.

The new clinic will house the same services and team members that the Beaver Dam community has grown to love:
• Family Medicine
• General Surgery
• Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Services
Orthopedics
• Obstetrics & Gynecology (OBGYN) 
• Rehabilitation Services: Physical, Sports, and Occupational Therapy

Beaver Dam Clinic Providers