Monthly Archives: December 2014

Ministry’s Winter Concert Series Heats Up the New Year

Starting in January, Ministry Door County Medical Center will present a series of musical concerts featuring some of the best Blues, Jazz, Folk, Reggae and Alternative music from national touring artists. The concert series is a fundraiser for 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 men and women of Door County living with cancer. The Healing Project offers therapeutic yoga, Healing Touch, counseling, acupuncture and massage therapy. Treatments help relieve stress, boost immunity, alleviate pain and manage side effects of cancer drugs.

“The cost of cancer is high” says  Kevin Grohskopf, Chief Business Development Officer at Ministry Door County Medical Center, “but the potential of hope is much higher. It’s not walking in someone’s shoes that matters the most, it’s your willingness to walk beside them that matters more.” Through one courageous step at a time, Grohskopf believes that our community will come forward to support those in need.

Here’s the lineup!

Friday, January 16 @ 7:00 P.M – Door County Fire Company, Sturgeon Bay
Sons of the Never Wrong – They are a turbo-charged trio from Chicago that delivers witty, whimsical songs with their signature soaring vocal harmonies and gorgeous arrangements. Combining influences of folk, jazz, pop and rock.


Friday, February 6th @7:00 P.M Door County Fire Company, Sturgeon Bay
Corky Siegel and Howard Levy
It is only natural that Corky and Howard, two of Chicago’s most revered and celebrated music treasures, would come together to make people laugh while knocking them flat with the jaw dropping virtuosity.


Friday, February 20  @ 7:00 P.M – Door County Fire Company , Sturgeon Bay

IN THE ROUND WITH patmAcdonald, Corey Carlson & Dorothy Scott.

Edgy, Alternative, Playful, Awe-inspiring, mesmerizing, unique styles, passionate, daring and uncompromising!


Friday, February 27 @ 7:00 P.M – Caffe Tlazo, Algoma
Peter Mulvey, a phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick – fire, quirky take on life, and an extraordinary guitar style..a joy to see and hear!


Friday, April 24 – Studio 330 330 N. Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay
Robert Rich- Rich’s latest work re-examines the musical language of vintage electronic space music, using analog modular synthesizers to generate pulsating melodic filigree, interlocking patterns and sweeping abstract sonic gesture.

Tickets are $15.00, For reservations and more information call (920) 493-5979

Making Bacon: Culinary Invention in Ministry’s Kitchen

Ministry’s culinary services department not only feeds hundred of employees, patients and visitors each day, but they also believe they can lay claim to the title of the only hospital in Wisconsin to cure and smoke their own bacon. Chef Eric VanAlstine leads a talented team of chefs, and he encourages them to do what they do best. That means pastry chefs Rebecca McDowell and Sandy Smith are always mixing up a creative dessert, while Chef John Vreeke uses homemade stocks to make mouthwatering soups. And Doug Meyer is curing the bacon.


“We acquired this wonderful Combitherm oven that roasts meats and keeps them moist. It’s great for leaner cuts such as pork butt,” says VanAlstine. One day Doug got the idea to smoke some of the pork’s “cap” to make “leaner” bacon, and it was a hit with patrons. He currently has 80 pounds of bacon curing in the walk-in cooler in preparation for Ministry’s holiday party. “We’ll use it for rumaki (bacon-wrapped water chestnuts), and to flavor other dishes as well,” he says. He will also smoke cheeses such as English cheddar and gouda to add extra flavor.

Doug’s ingenuity has led to ideas such as using the oven’s smokebox to smoke poblano peppers right on top of some of the pork bellies.  “This yielded some nice smoked poblanos, but we also tried to impart some of the pepper’s heat into the meat,” says Doug.


VanAlstine says that keeping things fresh in the kitchen is the key to keeping his employees engaged and pleasing his customers. “We really emphasize fresh-locally, made foods,” he says. And because VanAlstine has gathered culinary talent from some of Door County’s finest restaurants, there’s no shortage of creativity. “I can truly say that there’s not a restaurant I’ve worked at where I enjoyed working as much as I do here.”

Chef John Vreeke was inspired by Doug’s bacon to create this sandwich that was a hit during a recent lunch hour at the Ministry Cafeteria.


Grilled Apple, Bacon, and Cheddar Sandwich

Makes two sandwiches


4 slices bread of your choice (we use sourdough)

3 Tablespoons butter

8 oz. cheddar cheese, grated

1 apple, peeled and cored, sliced thin (about ¼ inch)

6 slices cooked, high quality bacon (or even better: Doug’s bacon!)

Butter one side of each slice of bread.  Place bread butter side down on a medium hot griddle or pan.  Top each slice of bread with 2 oz. of cheese.  Add a layer of sliced apple to two of the slices of bread, and three strips of cooked bacon to each of the other two slices.

When cheese begins to melt, combine an apple-topped slice with a bacon topped slice to make two sandwiches.  Continue to cook until golden brown, flipping once, for a total cook time of 5-8 minutes.

The Ministry Cafeteria serves breakfast from 7:00 am -9:30am (Mon-Fri), lunch from 11:30 am – 1:30pm (Daily) and supper from 5:30 pm -6:30pm (Daily). The public is welcome!

Ministry’s Nurse Navigators: Seeing patients through the journey

Arlene Junion and Jessica Kaye know that receiving a cancer diagnosis is not only life changing, but it can be mind altering, as well. “Once you hear those words, it’s hard to hear anything else,” says Junion. In their roles as Nurse Navigators at the Door County Cancer Center at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Junion and Kaye sheperd patients through the process of cancer care, from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship.

Jessica Kaye and Arlene Junion

Jessica Kaye and Arlene Junion

“We’re at the patient’s side during their initial consultations with surgeons, radiation oncology and medical oncology,” explains Junion. “Our role is to act as a scribe and an interpreter, to make sure the patient understands what providers are recommending. We’re also here as emotional support, which is so important during this process.”

Navigators stay in close contact with patients throughout the treatment process, checking in regularly both in person and by phone. “We also have a dedicated phone line, so patients can call us directly, anytime, to receive support and have their questions answered,” says Kaye.

The Door County Cancer Center, located inside the front door at Ministry’s Sturgeon Bay facility, is a collaborative including St. Vincent’s Hospital, Green Bay Oncology and other providers who care for Door County cancer patients. “We’re so lucky to have this cancer team here,” says Junion. “It’s the very same expert care you would get in a larger city, but it’s the doctor who does the traveling. It’s comfortable, and the care is close to home – which is so important for people struggling with a cancer diagnosis.”

For Jessica Kaye, working with oncology patients is its own reward. “I love helping people along the way,” she says. “For me, it’s all about the relationships. For breast cancer survivors, we are looking at up to 10 years post-diagnosis that we’ll be following up with them. It’s a great opportunity for a relationship that makes a difference.”

Arlene Junion also loves the personal nature of her work. “It’s amazing,” she says. “I’ve had patients who are going through some trying times, but they will remember what I’ve told them about my own family and asked me ‘How did your daughter’s birthday party go?’ Working with these people gives me a deep appreciation of my own life, and how generous in sprit people can be.”

For now, Ministry’s Nurse Navigators are working primarily with breast cancer patients, but there are plans to extend the services to patients with other diagnoses. “Patients have been very receptive so far,” says Kaye. “They’re grateful to have someone by their side during this process.”