For some, the third time is a charm, but for Rob Eddy, Sous Chef at Prairie Ridge Health, it was the second.

“I was not in the top four, but I will be next year,” said Rob in 2018. And he was. In the summer of 2019, Rob clinched the title of top chef at the Premier Culinary Creations Contest in Nashville, Tennessee. The contest included 47 chefs nationally. Of those entrants, 10 were chosen as top chefs, which is where Rob finished in 2018.

This time Rob was named the winner at the Culinary Creations Dinner with his recipe for Gardener’s Pie. “I had several people come up to me and say that they never thought of using cauliflower or chickpeas that way,” explained Rob.

The Culinary Creations Contest is an opportunity for Premier’s food service members to honor their peers by selecting who they consider to be top chefs in the food service industry. The theme, Classic Entrée with a Twist, challenged food service members to take a fresh approach to traditional recipes that maximized fresh ingredients, used minimally processed foods, and reflected an overall healthier profile.

The four chefs in the final round prepared, presented, and served their dishes to over 200 Premier food service members. “The room was filled with people from across the country,” said Rob. “We went up on stage, spoke about our dish and the audience could ask questions.”

After the presentations, the audience voted and determined Rob’s recipe to be the top recipe in the nation. “When thinking of what dish to make, I think about the audience I a.m. cooking for and what they would like. This dish is doable, anyone can make it,” said Rob, who used toasted almonds rather than salt to adhere the low sodium nutritional guidelines of the contest. “And at the end of the day, it just tasted good.”

Are there plans for a repeat? “I plan to enter the contest again next year,” said Rob, who already has ideas for his next dish.

Rob’s many culinary creations will be available at The Ridge Café at Prairie Ridge Health, the new kitchen cafeteria and servery opening in the late summer of 2020. The Ridge will feature ample seating with a scenic view, patio seating, pleasing artwork, and accessibility via two entrance points (the hospital’s main entrance and the south parking lot entrance).

For more information regarding The Ridge Café and other Nutrition Services programs at Prairie Ridge Health,
visit www.PrairieRidge.Health.
As early as middle school, Leslie Alzuhn-Hansen, MD, FACOG*, knew that she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. Today, as the first doctor in her family, she has dedicated her practice to helping women.

Dr. Hansen grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She received her B.A. in Pre-Medicine and Biology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and her M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. “In college I worked the front desk of a fertility clinic. That experience really solidified my decision to keep going into healthcare,” said Dr. Hansen.

She completed her Residency at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Hansen decided to move back to Wisconsin, practicing in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Door County Memorial Hospital – Ministry Health OB/GYN in Sturgeon Bay, Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie, Revitalize MD, S.C. in Green Bay, and Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

In July of 2019, Dr. Hansen joined the healthcare team at Prairie Ridge Health in Columbus where she specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. “I a.m. happy with my decision to focus on women’s health,” said Dr. Hansen. “I’ve been able to make an impact on young women with menstrual issues, watch families grow through childbirth, assist older women going through menopause, and be there for women diagnosed with cancer.”

Getting to know her patients and their families is a priority for Dr. Hansen. “I like to develop a good relationship with my patients and get to know them as a person, not just someone coming in for medical care. I want to help people find treatment right in their community instead of having to travel. I try to be helpful in suggesting ways to modify lifestyle and be aware of non-traditional options.”

Dr. Hansen is accepting new patients at Prairie Ridge Health Clinic in Columbus. For more information, call 920-623-1200.
Making a difference one patient at a time

Growing up, Asghar Marwat, MD, was surrounded by role models in the medical field. From his aunt who is an Internal Medicine and Pulmonology physician in Wisconsin, to his uncle who is an Orthopedic Surgeon in England.

But it is his ability to connect with patients and a desire to improve their quality of life that brought him to Columbus, Wisconsin.

“I really like the personal care that you can give to patients in a smaller setting,” said Dr. Marwat. “You get to know your patients and can actually make a difference. You are more accessible.”

Dr. Marwat grew up in Islamabad, Pakistan, a town of about 700,000 people.

“I liked biology, math and physics in high school,” said Dr. Marwat, who specializes in Internal Medicine at Prairie Ridge Health Clinic in Columbus. During his high school years, he would visit Wisconsin where he shadowed Internal Medicine providers. “Columbus is not new to me. I’ve been visiting here since I was a teenager.”

After high school, Dr. Marwat attended the Shifa College of Medicine in Pakistan. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Conemaugh Memorial Center/Temple University in Johnstown, Pennsylvania where he was named Best Intern of the Year.

Dr. Marwat also did rotations in New York, Mt. Sinai, and Chicago. “My rotations in General Preventative Health, Critical Care, and Rheumatology have given me well-rounded experience to care for my patients,” said Dr. Marwat.

Following his residency, he accepted a position on the Medical Staff at Prairie Ridge Health in Columbus.

Dr. Marwat plans to provide relationship-based care with consistent follow-up. “I’m looking forward to keeping people out of the hospital with preventative medicine. If I know what my patients need on a personal basis, I can help them not only medically, but as a whole person.”

For more information call Prairie Ridge Health - Columbus Clinic at 920-623-1200.


Prairie Ridge Health has been preparing for the potential spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the US. “Hospitals treat patients with a variety of infectious diseases every day,” said Jamie Hendrix, MSN, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services. “Our clinic and hospital care teams participate in ongoing emergency preparedness training to help us put systems in place to handle an influx of patients while keeping our healthcare providers safe so they may care for others. The spread of COVID-19 puts us on heightened alert to put what we know in place to protect and care for the communities we serve.”

We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), local public health officials, the Wisconsin Hospital Association WHA) and our healthcare partners to monitor, plan, and respond to COVID-19. Throughout the past few weeks, our team has been working hard to ensure the safety of our patients, team, and communities.

The CDC has provided guidelines to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. One practice in these guidelines is social distancing. That is why, as of March 14th and until further notice, we have canceled all upcoming education classes and events, fitness classes, support groups, and volunteer activities. Over the past few days, our team has been calling many of these groups personally and will continue to do so as things progress. Please see below for a complete list of canceled activities.

Appointments & Procedures

 

 Educational Classes

Events

Fitness Classes

Support Groups

  All Volunteer Activities 

Our team is currently evaluating all patient care appointments and procedures to determine which ones can safely be postponed. Any decisions made with respect to changes or postponements of appointments or procedures will be communicated directly to our patients by our team.

   *Baby Care Classes  Chicken Shoot  Fitness Center  Alzheimer Support Group   Including Gift Shoppe
   *Breastfeeding Classes   Golf Classic  Fitness for Life  Diabetes Support Group  
   *Childbirth Classes  Produce Derby  Second Step  Healthier Together  
   Club Scrub  Toasts & Tastes  Strong Women    
   CPR First Aid Training  Women's Day      
   Live It!        
   Job Shadowing        
   Prediabetes Class        
   Safe Sitter         
   Senior Center Lectures         
   Sibling Care        
   Students         

*We are currently working on remote and/or digital offerings for these classes. Please continue to register to ensure we provide you with the material. 

Prairie Ridge Health is also doing the following to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 to our patients, team, visitors, and communities:

  • Visitors are restricted to one pre-identified visitor per patient for a maximum of one hour - Click here to learn more
  • To learn more about COVID-19 please visit CDC.Gov or Click here to learn more
  • Evaluating all patient care appointments and procedures to determine which ones can safely be postponed. Any decisions made with respect to changes or postponements of appointments or procedures will be communicated directly to our patients by our team.

“The situation is evolving every day,” said Hendrix. "The key is to look the future and not the current moment so we can safeguard our patients, team, and the communities we serve." 


Prairie Ridge Health has been preparing for the potential spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the US. “Hospitals treat patients with a variety of infectious diseases every day,” said Jamie Hendrix, MSN, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services. “Our clinic and hospital care teams participate in ongoing emergency preparedness training to help us put systems in place to handle an influx of patients while keeping our healthcare providers safe so they may care for others. The spread of COVID-19 puts us on heightened alert to put what we know in place to protect and care for the communities we serve.”

Coronavirus or "COVID-19," is an infection caused by a specific virus called SARS-CoV-2. It first appeared in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan, China. People with COVID-19 can have fever, cough, and trouble breathing. 

We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), local public health officials, and the Wisconsin Hospital Association WHA). Prairie Ridge Health is also doing the following to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 to our patients, team, visitors, and communities. To learn about what Prairie Ridge Health has done to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 to our patients, team, visitors, and communities - please click here.

For more information about COVID-19 please visit www.CDC.Gov or call Columbia County Public Health at 1-608-742-9253

To see which counties in Wisconsin have Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Tests, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services Website.

“The situation is evolving every day,” said Hendrix. "The key is to look to the future and not the current moment so we can safeguard our patients, team, and the communities we serve.”

 
  

 


 

HOW IT SPREADS

The virus mainly spreads from person to person, similar to the flu. This usually happens when a sick person coughs or sneezes near other people. It's also possible to get sick if you touch a surface that has the virus on it and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes. 

Click Here To Learn More About How It Spreads

 

 

Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, fatigue, trouble breathing, muscle aches) usually start a few days after a person is infected with the virus. But in some people, it can take even longer for symptoms to appear.

Click Here To Learn More About COVID-19 Symptoms

 

Prevent Your Risk of Illness

The CDC asks that community members practice the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home. Clean frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
  • Avoid crowds. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings if there are people in the crowd who are sick.

 


If Your Sick - Steps to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19


If you are sick or suspect you are sick with COVID-19, call your primary care provider and following the CDC guidelines:


Stay Home

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, multiple times a day. Especially before and after using the bathroom, before and after eating, and before and after going into public spaces. 
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you are sick, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
  • If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider prior and tell them of your symptoms. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take proper precautions.
 

Call your Primary Care Provider

  • Traveled to an area of confirmed cases or exposure: If you believe you have been exposed to or have come into contact with COVID-19, please call your primary care provider prior BEFORE arriving and tell them of your travel or potential exposure. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take proper precautions.

After 26 years, the Prairie Ridge Health Foundation Annual Golf Classic is still attracting area golfers to participate in the event that puts the fun in fundraising.

This year, participants traveled to Old Hickory Golf Course to support PRHF’s efforts to raise funds for new exercise and physical therapy equipment for the hospital’s new rehabilitation center opening in the fall of 2020. In addition, a portion of the proceeds are being placed in the PRH Foundation’s general endowment fund and will be used to benefit future community projects and hospital needs.