Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cultural Health is Good for Your Health

At Ministry Door County Medical Center, we believe that art, music and theater are good for your health. That’s why Ministry is a primary supporter of a wide variety of arts organizations in Door and Kewaunee counties, from professional theater to classical music to arts programs for children.

“Ministry’s support has been a lifeline for us,” says Bob Boles, Co-Artistic Director of Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay. “By underwriting the past two summer seasons, they have helped us bring live theater to our growing audience, and we’ve also partnered with Ministry to present community events in support of other charities. There aren’t many organizations that reach out to the arts community like Ministry does. They’re really extraordinary.”

Brian Kelsey, Managing Director of Peninsula Players Theatre, agrees. “By supporting The Play’s The Thing, our winter playreading project, and sponsoring our first show of the season, The Tin Woman, Ministry has really embraced our mission.” Ministry’s sponsorship of the World Premiere of The Tin Woman was especially meaningful, as the play, centered on the story of an organ donor and recipient, dealt with themes of trauma, loss and redemption. “By supporting the arts, Ministry not only helps our organization, but also affects people. They recognize the power of the arts to help and to heal.”

A scene from The Tin Woman at Penisula Players Theatre

A scene from The Tin Woman at Penisula Players Theatre

In addition to sponsoring organizations including American Folklore Theater, Door County Plein Air Festival, and Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Ministry is the primary sponsor of the Peg Egan Concert Series in Egg Harbor and presents its own free “Music in the Garden” concert series on the Ministry campus in July.

Audience members enjoy at free concert at Ministry's green space

Audience members enjoy at free concert at Ministry’s green space

Ministry also brings the arts to children throughout Door and Kewaunee counties. Since 2007, Ministry’s “Art for Health” programs have served hundreds of children through after school programs and summer camps, immersing kids in visual and performing arts and building confidence and community. A similar program for older adults operates at the Door County Senior Center.

Kids enjoyed a free arts camp courtesy of Ministry at Southern Door School

Kids enjoyed a free arts camp courtesy of Ministry at Southern Door School

“We know that enjoying the arts benefits the mind, body and spirit,” says Kevin Grohskopf, Chief Business Development Officer at Ministry. “That’s why Ministry has made it a priority to support Door County’s vibrant arts community and create many opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy music, theater and the visual arts.”

Massage Services Good for Body, Mind and Spirit

For Julie Evans, Licensed Massage Therapist at Ministry Door County Medical Center’s Rehab Services, seeing the change in her clients is the most fulfilling part of her work. “I can see it in people’s faces,” she says. “It’s so rewarding to help take away the pain and make people feel good.”

Evans, who has seven years’ experience as a massage therapist, recently joined the Ministry Rehab team and specializes in deep tissue massage, traditional Swedish massage and a Hawaiian style of massage called Lomilomi.  She and five other massage therapists provide a wide range of massage styles at three locations: Rehab Services in Sturgeon Bay, the Women’s Center at Ministry Door County Medical Center, and at Ministry’s Algoma Rehab location. Massage therapy staff also provide services in partnership with the Northern Door YMCA in Fish Creek.

Julie Evans, LMT

Julie Evans, LMT

“We provide a valuable service to the community in offering affordable professional massage,” says Deb Whitelaw-Gorski, director of Rehab Services. “Massage has many benefits, including decreasing stress, potentially boosting the immune system and improving overall health and wellness.” Evans also cites massage’s impact on mental health. “We live such chaotic lives,” she says. “Massage offers people time to relax and have time for themselves.”

Ministry is also bringing massage services to the community through local employers. Hatco Corporation recently brought in a team of massage therapists to provide 10-minute chair massages to more than 200 of their employees. “Offering this service to our team is a great way to allow our employees the opportunity to relax as reward for their constant dedication and hard work,” says Jackie Bongle, Human Resources Manager at Hatco.

As for Julie Evans, she is thrilled with her new position. “Because our services are so affordable, we are able to reach out to a wider variety of potential clients. I also really enjoy my regular clients, because I get to see that change and progress.”

In addition to the varieties of massage mentioned above, options include hot/cold stone, sports, cupping and pre-natal massage.  To make an appointment, call Rehab Services at 920-746-0410.

Back On the Dance Floor: Terry Lowrey and Orthopedic Care

It’s hard to keep a good man down. So when Terry Lowrey of Sturgeon Bay finally decided to have hip replacement surgery at Ministry Door County Medical Center last year, he wanted the quickest recovery possible.  Lowrey, a fit 68-year-old had chronic pain that was keeping him from enjoying his favorite pastimes: golf, hiking and spending time with his young grandchildren. Terry and his wife Margaret are active members of the community, but when his thrice-weekly golf outings began to be painful, and hiking in Potawatomi Park was out of the question, he knew it was time to act. “I had successful cancer surgery at Ministry in 2006,” he explains, “and the care was outstanding, so I knew I wanted to go to Ministry.”  After meeting with Dr. Dan Tomascezski, Terry and Margaret attended “boot camp,” an in-depth educational session that teaches joint replacement candidates everything they need to know. “The meeting was so informative,” says Terry. “It showed me everything from what to expect in surgery, to the community resources out there to help, to the pre-op exercises I needed to do to prepare myself.”

Terry and Margaret Lowrey at home

Terry and Margaret Lowrey at home

Terry loves joking around, but when it came to his health, he took his job seriously. “I did everything Dr. Dan told me to do, and it worked.” Terry’s successful surgery was followed up with occupational and physical therapy while he was still in the hospital. “They get you up and moving right away,” he says, “and that helps so much.” After just two nights as an inpatient, Terry was home and receiving services at Ministry’s Rehab Clinic in Sturgeon Bay. “Carl, my therapist, was just fantastic. He pushed me to get through the difficult time, and made sure I was progressing as I wanted to.” Two weeks after surgery, Terry was released from therapy, though he continued his exercises at home. “He barely had those compression socks off, and he was back on the golf course,” says Margaret. Now, Terry is as active as ever, back on the links, hiking with friends, and has even taken up a new sport at the Y – pickleball. “He’s become quite the dashing pickleball player,” says Margaret with a smile.  And he’s back to keeping up with his two grandchildren who live in Sturgeon Bay. “We took them to see Thomas the Train at the Railroad Museum in Green Bay last week,” he says. “That’s a workout!”

Staying active is no longer difficult for Terry

Staying active is no longer difficult for Terry

For Margaret, caring for her husband was much easier as all of his care was local. “There’s just no need to travel when everything we need is at our doorstep,” she says. “From doctors’ visits, to surgery to rehab, it’s all right here.” Terry is glad he didn’t wait any longer for his surgery. “Dr. Dan got me back to the point where I’m ready for Dancing with the Stars,” he laughs. But Margaret wants to keep up with him, so Terry will have the chance to nurse his wife when she undergoes knee surgery with Dr. Tomascezski in October. “Because of the quality care we’ve had at Ministry, we just keep going back,” she says.