Monthly Archives: January 2015

Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment in Full Swing in Door County

The deadline for open enrollment in the Federal Insurance Exchange is February 15. With the many insurance plans available to consumers, Ministry Door County Medical Center is a resource for those who need enrollment assistance. Many Door County residents have already received help in signing up for coverage for the 2015 tax year.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as of January 9th more than 169,000 Wisconsinites have enrolled with 90% of those enrollees receiving premium subsidies.   Ministry has five Certified Application Counselors available to assist community members with their insurance options. iStock_000025297344_Medium Ministry also strives to be in-network for all commercial insurance plans available in our community.  The hospital and clinic physicians are in-network for many individual plans regularly sold in our community and on the exchange including Molina, Arise, Prevea 360, and United Healthcare. They are also a tier one, in-network provider for nearly all of the major employers in Door County, including private, non-profit, and government organizations.

With the many choices available to health care consumers, it can be confusing to determine which insurance best serves your needs, and to make sure your insurance will cover your trusted, local health care providers. For questions regarding insurance coverage, please call 920-743-5566 and ask to speak to a Financial Counselor.

Ministry Takes On Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program

Sexual assault is, sadly, a real issue in our community. To meet the needs of victims of sexual assault, Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) is offering Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) services providing immediate, compassionate, specialized medical care in a safe and confidential setting to victims of sexual assault. Services began at the beginning of January.

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“Since 2012, Door County has lacked SANE services, requiring victims of sexual assault to travel to Green Bay to obtain a SANE exam,” explains Sandy Vandertie, emergency department manager at MDCMC.  “This additional travel further traumatizes victims of sexual assault who need this specialized exam for their own physical and emotional well-being, as well as evidence gathering.”  To fill this void and provide needed services to the community, MDCMC has committed to offering SANE services.

“We have several nurses on staff who undergone extensive training for this specialized service,” explains Vandertie. “They have a great deal of compassion and understanding for victims of sexual assault, and very specific expertise.”

Ministry is partnering with local law enforcement as well as the Sexual Assault Center of Door County and HELP of Door County to ensure that SANE services are accessible to all men, women and minors aged 12-17 in the county. Ministry staff is currently working at obtaining training for staff to perform pediatric SANE exams, and expect to have that service available by summer of 2015.

“This is a service that we hope no one ever needs,” says Vandertie. “But we are dedicated to providing it for those who do.”

Door County Cancer Center Celebrates 10 Years

This year, the Door County Cancer Center at Ministry Door County Medical Center celebrates 10 years of caring for the community. Since 2005, the dedicated nurses and doctors of the Cancer Center have provided care to thousands of local residents. Dr. Sally Schlise helped found the center and served as its director until her retirement in 2012. She recalls how excited she was to be able to provide quality cancer care, close to home, when the clinic opened its doors in 2005.

“At the time I was working at St. Vincent’s, and there were so many Door County residents traveling to Green Bay for their cancer care. As a lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, I knew that offering services right here in Door County would benefit so many.” Through an innovative partnership with St. Vincent Hospital and Green Bay Oncology, Ministry Door County Medical Center brought life-changing cancer care to local residents.

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“We hear over and over again how our patients value the personal care they receive here,” says Dr. Schlise. “Patients feel at home here, and they are being cared for by experts who live right in our own community.”

This month, the Door County Cancer Center will begin installing a new linear accelerator that will take state-of-the-art images, providing even greater accuracy for patients receiving radiation treatments. During the installation of the equipment (January through mid-April) patients needing radiation treatments will be treated in Green Bay at either St. Vincent or St. Mary’s hospitals.

Other services at the Door County Cancer Center will continue uninterrupted. Dr. Richard Auchter, oncologist, will continue to see patients at the Door County Cancer Center, and staff will continue to provide medical oncology (chemotherapy) treatments.

For questions regarding the Door County Cancer Center, call (920) 746-7580.

Outpatient Lab Now Accepting Appointments

It’s a new year, and Ministry’s outpatient lab is now offering appointments for the convenience of their patients. “Our goal is to provide the best care, while decreasing patient wait times,” says Lori Schuerman, lab director. “By offering scheduled appointments, our lab will be more streamlined and efficient, resulting in shorter wait times to see a lab technician and quicker turnaround times for results.”

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Patients will have the option of scheduling a lab appointment through their provider at the end of an office visit, or calling the lab directly. “Scheduling following an appointment with the doctor will help assure that doctors can keep care continuous and timely,” says Schuerman.

Walk-in patients will still be welcome at the lab, but they should be advised that patients with scheduled appointments will take precedence. “Our goal is to have 90% of our lab appointments scheduled by the end of the year,” says Schuerman. “Once the word gets out that these appointments are available, we’re confident patients will see the benefits.”

The lab is open Monday through Friday from 7am-6pm. For questions about the lab or to schedule an appointment, call (920) 746-3630.