Monthly Archives: February 2014

Heart Healthy Food Can Taste Great Too

February is American Heart Month! I like to keep my heart in great shape by regular exercise at my local YMCA and by eating healthy foods. Take this chance to remind yourself what heart healthy foods you can easily include in your diet.

Judi Sowl, RD

Judi Sowl, RD

  • Fruits and vegetables are top choices. Include 3 servings of fruit and 4 or more servings of vegetables daily.  Include bright colored items such as orange carrots and squash, dark green kale or spinach, pink grapefruit, and red/black/or blue berries.
  • Beans are big. Chickpeas, chili beans, navy beans, black beans, and lentils are powerhouses of lean protein, minerals and fiber. Add them to soups or salads, or try this tasty white bean dip.
  • Go whole grain. Oats, wheat and rye berries, brown and wild rice, quinoa and millet are great choices.  Fiber in whole grains is thought to help lower cholesterol and decrease your risk for heart disease. Try this easy Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad for a change of pace.
  • Easy on the sweets. Limit high calorie foods such as desserts, sweetened drinks, snack foods, and processed meats.  These contain added sugar, saturated and trans fats, and high amounts of sodium that do not contribute to heart health.
  • Calories matter.  Heart health is linked to a healthy weight.  Balance your food intake with activity in order to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Try this delicious recipe for a heart-healthy, palate-pleasing dinner!

Grilled Salmon with Mango Lime Cream

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Cooking Spray

1/8 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper (white preferred)

4 salmon fillets (about 4 oz. each), rinsed and patted dry


1/3 cup chopped mango, 1 Tbsp. juice reserved

¼ cup fat-free sour cream

½ tsp. grated lime zest

1 tsp. fresh lime juice

Cooking instructions

Lightly spray grill rack with cooking spray. Preheat the grill on medium high.  Sprinkle the salt and pepper over one side of the salmon. Using your fingertips, gentle press so they adhere to the fish.

Grill with the seasoned side down for 5 minutes. Turn over. Grill for 2-3 more minutes or to desired doneness.  Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients.  Serve at room temperature or cover and refrigerate until serving time. Spoon over fish and enjoy!

-Judi Sowl, RD

Peter Mulvey Performs in Algoma for Music Heals Winter Series


On Friday, February 28 @ 7:30 P.M national touring artist Peter Mulvey will take the stage at Caffé Tlazo in Algoma at part of the “Music Heals” winter concert series, sponsored by Ministry Door County Medical Center.


Mulvey’s fifteenth record titled The Good Stuff is a collection of standards, which rejects the accepted definition of “standard” in favor of a more vivid, open approach. The music of Tom Waits is right there with Duke Ellington; Willie Nelson next to Thelonious Monk; Jolie Holland juxtaposed with Bill Frisell. Mulvey, along with his band, the Crumbling Beauties, addresses each tune with a true artist’s touch. His mirthful, gravelly baritone is front and center from moment one, and every track is a master class in restraint, phrasing, and commitment.

Twenty-odd years on the road, performing songs from his own catalog and from a vast, varied, and deep well of classic and obscure covers, has prepared Mulvey to deliver this collection. Night after night, the process of divining the heart of a song, being alert to where the moment can lead, has shaped him as an artist. To each rendition, he brings the soul of a singer, a light touch in a heavy world. Recorded in just three days at Signature Sounds Studios in the Connecticut Woods, the performances feature upright bassist Paul Kochanksi, violinist Randy Sabien, guitarist David Goodrich, and drummer Jason Smith. The arrangements run from quintet-in-full-swing down to hushed trio.

Also, please join us 15 minutes before the show to meet Dr. Nathan Hayes from North Shore Medical Clinic. Dr. Hayes will open up the show and give a demonstration of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

A percentage of all ticket sales will go toward the The Healing Project of Door County. The Healing Project is collaboration between Ministry Door County Medical Center and the Community Clinic of Door County.  The Healing Project provides free integrative health care services to men and women of Door County living with cancer. Practitioners offer therapeutic yoga, Healing Touch, counseling, acupuncture and massage therapy. Treatments help relieve stress, boost immunity, alleviate pain and manage side effect of cancer drugs.

To make reservations for the concert or for more information, please call 920-493-5979. Tickets are $15.00 and can also be purchased at the door on the night of the show.

About the Door County Cancer Center

The Door County Cancer Center is located inside the front entrance of the Ministry Door County Medical Center. This satellite clinic is part of the Regional Cancer Collaborative: an unprecedented cooperative effort with St. Vincent’s Hospital, Green Bay Oncology and Radiation Oncology Specialists of Green Bay that brings together top medical specialists, the latest medical technology and highly-integrated treatment options.


Leading the Community to Prevent Unintentional Falls

Unintentional falls have surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the most common cause of injury-related death in Wisconsin. As a nurse and the Director of Inpatient Services at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Ellen Knipfer sees the impact. “Falls are a serious health problem in our community,” she says, “especially for those aged 65 and older.” When Knipfer was charged with creating a community health-based project for the Nurse Practitioner program she is completing, she knew she wanted to do something to alleviate this problem. But she knew she couldn’t do it alone.

Ellen Knipfer, BSN, RN

Ellen Knipfer, BSN, RN

“There are so many factors with falls,” she says. “People’s medication can affect their balance, and strength and agility also play a part.” And it’s not just older residents who need to be aware of the dangers of falls. “We started looking at this problem, and realized we need to educate a wide range of folks, including the children and grandchildren of older adults.”

Knipfer began by working within the hospital at Ministry Door County Medical Center, fine-tuning protocols and adding preventative measures in patients’ daily care routines. “There are many ways we work to prevent falls within the hospital,” she says, “including assists, proper management of medical equipment and constant vigilance.” She reports that the new protocols have resulted in a safer hospital environment.

Then Knipfer started looking outside the hospital to the community. She partnered with others concerned about the problem, including the Public Health Department, local paramedics and the Senior Resource Center. The group named themselves the Fall Prevention Task Force, and suddenly, says Knipfer, “this idea took on a life of its own.”

Falls are costly to the community in a myriad of ways. In addition to pain and suffering, the health care costs associated with falls is staggering – they result in $800 million in hospital charges each year in Wisconsin.  And for folks who are still in the work force, says Knipfer, or caring for a spouse or other loved ones, the cost of lost wages and decreased mobility is high.

One third of people aged 65 and older have had an unintentional fall, and many of those don’t discuss it with their physician. Knipfer and the task force have made awareness a primary goal of their group. “People need to discuss this issue with their primary care provider,” she says,” and if they’re concerned about falling, they need to discuss that too.” Research shows that adults who are worried about falling are more likely to do so. “We don’t know the reason for that correlation,” she says, “but we do know that many falls can be prevented.”

This winter, the Fall Prevention Task Force has reached out to churches, service organizations and other community groups to educate them on fall prevention. The group recommends that older adults obtain a copy of the new Door County Resource Guide for Older Adults, available at the Door County Senior Resource Center, the Department of Human Services and online. Task Force members also encourage older adults take advantage of low-cost strength and agility classes offered through the Senior Resource Center.

Knipfer says her group is starting with a concrete goal of reducing the number of emergency room visits due to falls by five percent. “It’s a small start, but it’s a step in the right direction.”

A Passion for Primary Care: Missie Minerath, APNP

“When you’re a number at your doctor’s office, you know it,” says Missie Minerath, who recently joined Dr. Nate Hayes as primary care nurse practitioner at North Shore Medical Clinic in Algoma. “What I love about working at Ministry is that I can take the time to really get to know my patients.”

Missie Minerath, APNP

Missie Minerath, APNP

Originally from Oshkosh, Missie grew up vacationing in Door County and is thrilled to have settled in the area. She’s in it for the long haul in Algoma. “I know how upset I get when my hairdresser moves away,” she laughs. “I’m committed to staying in this community.”

Before receiving her nurse practitioner training at University of South Florida, Missie worked in a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. “My goal for my patients is to empower them to be well, so that they don’t end up in that situation,” she says.

Missie enjoys the variety involved in being a primary care provider. “I love family practice,” she beams. “Pediatrics, women’s health and sports medicine. It’s great working with people of all ages.”

She’s especially passionate about women’s health. “When it comes to health, women tend to put themselves after everyone else in their lives.” Missie encourages women to have a yearly well-woman exam, including breast cancer screenings. “I lost my aunt, who was also a nurse practitioner, to breast cancer when she was in her 40’s. That has inspired me to really focus on breast cancer prevention and screening in my own practice.”

As a woman, Missie knows how she likes to be treated as a patient.  “I want to talk to my doctor – really talk – before my exam,” she says. “To be treated with respect, and to have the time to share my concerns is so important.” Missie takes this to heart when caring for her patients, and the time she takes pays off. “A lot of women don’t realize that preventative care is now covered by most insurance,” she explains. Missie encourages her patients to seek care for quitting smoking, weight loss and elevated blood sugar levels. “That kind of care is what helps people to be as healthy as they can,” she says.

As for Missie, she stays active running and biking and is training for the Door County Half Marathon this summer along with her colleague Dr. Nate Hayes.  And she’s thrilled to be so close to Lake Michigan. “Anytime I’m on the water, I’m happy,” she beams. That includes fishing, boating, kayaking and even scuba diving.

And it also includes caring for her patients in Algoma. “It’s what I love to do, and it’s where I want to be. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”


Ministry Sponsors Women With Spirit Concert at TAP

Ministry Door County Medical Center is proud to sponsor the “Women with Spirit” concert on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 P.M. at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay. The show, part of Ministry’s “Music Heals” series, features four stellar singer-songwriters: Victoria Vox, Dorothy Scott, Sue Demel and Katie Dahl. Proceeds support The Healing Project, a collaboration between Ministry Door County Medical Center and the Community Clinic of Door County that provides free integrative health care services to Door County women and men with cancer at any stage. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 920-493-5979. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the show but seating may be limited.

Victoria Vox

Victoria Vox

Victoria Vox has been honing her songwriting and voice for the past ten years, performing around the globe in Australia, Europe, Canada, and across the USA. She began writing songs at age 10, inspired by artists Cyndi Lauper and Madonna. She went on to earn a degree in songwriting from the Berklee College of Music (2001), and then at 24 she was given a ukulele and never looked back. The small four-stringed instrument proved to be an excellent vehicle for her songwriting, while not getting in the way of her endearing vocals and simple but smart lyrics. Originally from Green Bay, WI, Vox now lives in Baltimore, MD.

Dorothy Scott

Dorothy Scott

Dorothy Scott takes a magical stance and melds music and the lyrics into a seamless, living whole. Her work flows effortlessly between genres achieving popularity in pop, folk, blues and alternative. The common bridge is an exquisite vocal style, amazing guitar playing and a gift for discovering the heart of a song. Her live performance is passionate and real, fierce and funny, outspoken and vulnerable. Often compared to Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Jeff Buckley, Dorothy’s style and sound remain uniquely her own. Her tours of the U.S, Ireland, Sweden and Canada have left a loyal and growing following in their wake.

Sue Demel

Sue Demel

Sue Demel’s voice was described by the Huffington Post as a “rich, athletic, octave hurtling instrument that purrs and growls, rocks the foundation and raises the roof. Demel is a well-tuned Maserati. She delivers with such a resplendent shimmer, you almost expect her to blink into a column of light.” Whether it’s scatting, chanting, collaborating, or writing, Sue explodes the pre-conceived notions of singing. As a founding and current member of the folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong, Sue tours nationally, performing original acoustic music. Her songs explore the boundaries of love and redemption. A seasoned back-up vocalist featured on over 50 CDs, Sue is currently a recording artist on Waterbug records.

Katie Dahl

Katie Dahl

Wisconsin singer-songwriter Katie Dahl has performed her original songs everywhere from the dusty cliff country of Mali, West Africa, to the winding canals of southern France, to the cedar forests of the American northwoods. The depth and power of Dahl’s alto voice, the literate candor of her original songs, and the easy humor of her live performances have earned her the chance to share stages with some of America’s most respected songwriters, including Julie Gold and Dar Williams. In 2010, she was named Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year.

During the winter season, Ministry Door County Medical Center sponsors several concerts throughout Door County featuring some of the best Blues, Jazz, Folk, and Alternative music from national touring artists to help raise funds for the Healing Project. Coming up next: Peter Mulvey at Caffe Tlazo in Algoma on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m.

About the Door County Cancer Center
The Door County Cancer Center is located inside the front entrance of the Ministry Door County Medical Center. This satellite clinic is part of the Regional Cancer Collaborative: an unprecedented cooperative effort with St. Vincent’s Hospital, Green Bay Oncology and Radiation Oncology Specialists of Green Bay that brings together top medical specialists, the latest medical technology and highly-integrated treatment options.