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Gundersen receives Patient-Centered Medical Home certification


Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Primary care clinics throughout Gundersen Health System recently received Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certification. This designation comes from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality.

PCMH is a healthcare model that emphasizes care coordination and fosters partnerships between patients and their primary care providers. It’s designed to assure that patients get quality primary care when and where they need and want it, in a manner sensitive to their cultural beliefs and in language they understand.

“Gundersen Health System is committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive and accessible healthcare to our patients. To accomplish this, a dedicated team is necessary to ensure all of the processes are in place to provide patient-centered care,” reports Mary Kuffel, MD, Gundersen medical vice president, Operating Team 1 and Regional Systems.

Within Gundersen’s clinics, primary care teams have been established. Team members work together to deliver care for patients and to ensure each role within the care team functions at its highest scope. Research confirms that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider satisfaction.

“One of the intended benefits of the Medical Home is to foster greater engagement of patients,” explains Marilu Bintz, MD, Gundersen vice president, Operating Team III. “We know that a patient’s outcome improves as they get more engaged in their own care. We as providers can give patients all kinds of recommendations, but unless those recommendations reflect the desires and goals of the patient, he or she will not be motivated to follow through. The Medical Home strives to really serve the patient where they are, not where the provider is.”

PCMH is the model of care for Gundersen primary care including Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Gundersen has primary care clinics in:

•Wisconsin at La Crosse, Blair, Galesville, Independence, Onalaska, Prairie du Chien, Sparta, Tomah, Viroqua and Whitehall Clinics

•Iowa at Calmar, Decorah, Fayette, Lansing, Postville, Waukon and West Union Clinics

•Minnesota at Harmony, Houston, La Crescent and Spring Grove Clinics

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Semcac wellness committee partners with weight watchers and welcomes community members

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Semcac continues to partner with Weight Watchers to better the health of the community. Since January 2013, Semcac staff and community members have joined together as a team to lose 968 pounds! Semcac sponsors the meetings by providing space in Rush ..... 
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Need for blood continues during holiday season

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Every day patients across the country rely on blood donated through the American Red Cross. While the need is ongoing, the supply isn’t always — especially during the holiday season, when many regular donors are busy with hol ..... 
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Free health screening at Harmony Santa Day

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health is partnering with the Harmony Lions to host a free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening at Santa Day on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. Breakfast with Santa will take place at the Communi ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on December 3

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typi ..... 
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Blood donations bring hope during the holidays

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The holiday season is a time for people to reflect on what makes them grateful. Family, friends and good health come to mind for many. Countless patients like Ethan Hoffart, however, strive for good health during the holidays, ..... 
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Fillmore County Turkey Day Run celebrates fifth year

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

What are you doing on the morning of Thanksgiving Day? There will be a select few who will wake up around 7 a.m. and mentally prepare themselves to run 10.3 miles from Lanesboro to Preston on the Root River State Trail. This tradition has evolv ..... 
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Red Cross offers tips for a safe, yet spooky Halloween

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — With Halloween right around the corner, the American Red Cross would like everyone to stay safe when donning costumes and going out to Trick-or-Treat. Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, cos ..... 
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Gundersen Health System offers tips for a healthy and safe Halloween

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Halloween is an exciting holiday for children, but since it’s high season for candy, it can also be an frustrating time for parents who encourage kids to eat healthy foods and make sweets a limited part of a balanced and nutritious diet. Valerie ..... 
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