Monthly Archives: June 2015

Back on Track: Liz Junion and Dr. Steve Davis

Seven years ago, Liz Junion – busy mom, wife and teacher – wasn’t a runner. Then she broke her ankle.

“It was a bad break. I missed a stair, coming down,” she says. Fortunately, Liz had ankle repair surgery with with Dr. Steven Davis, orthopedic surgeon at Ministry Door County Medical Center, and now she’s better than ever.

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Liz credits Dr. Davis with the fact that she is so active. “I had surgery the next day. He was so caring and I felt a great deal of trust.” Successful surgery was followed up with rehab at Ministry’s Rehabilitation Services Department. “The staff there was amazing. They made it clear that it was going to be a process, and not easy. They were so encouraging. I know my rehab helped a ton.”

“After my surgery and rehab, I was very motivated to get in shape. I started with the Door County Half Marathon and then did two more runs. This month I’ll be running in my fourth Half Marathon,’ she says. “The more I move, the better I feel.”

According to Dr. Davis, “It’s an honor to be part of people’s lives, to help them get back to doing the things they love.” He’s thrilled to have helped Liz get back to her active life. “To see her as a busy teacher, a busy mom, and be able to enjoy life to the fullest and enjoy running – there’s really no greater reward.”

“I feel fortunate to have such good care, close to home,” says Liz. “I’d recommend Dr. Davis to everyone.”

HealthEVisits Offer Quick Online Diagnosis for Common Conditions

Do you need a quick diagnosis but don’t have time to visit Urgent Care? Perhaps you have a sick child at home and you’re reluctant leave the house to see the doctor? Or would you just prefer to get a quick diagnosis from your couch, desk or even your bed?

Ministry’s new HealthEvisits service offers quick, convenient care for mild health conditions including pink eye, sinus infections, bladder infections (UTI), and acid reflux. All you need is an Internet connection and ten minutes to complete an online questionnaire about your health condition.

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 4.48.28 PMThe service is easy to use: patients answer a short series of questions online that are reviewed by a Ministry clinician within an hour. The clinician then provides a diagnosis and treatment plan, with prescriptions called into the pharmacy of the patient’s choice as needed.

“As health care evolves, we are always looking for ways to make care more convenient and cost-effective,” says James Heise, MD, medical director at Ministry Door County Medical Center. “This program has been in use at other Ministry facilities since last year, and we believe it’s a great addition to what we offer our community.”

HealthEVisits are available from 7 a.m.- 10 p.m., seven days a week. A visit costs $35 out-of-pocket, a substantial savings compared with visiting an urgent care or retail clinic. The program is open to anyone in Wisconsin, resident or visitor, regardless of insurance status or primary care provider. Visit to begin.

Ministry Announces Free July Concert Series in Hospital Green Space

Ministry Door County Medical Center is pleased to announce its third annual free concert series “Celebrate Community,” beginning Tuesday, July 7. The first concert will feature Cavern Beat (music of The Beatles), with special guests Dorothy Scott and the young performers of LEAP (The Human Kindness Project). Concerts are free of charge and take place at 7 p.m. at the hospital’s green space on 16th Place, next to The Community’s Garden. Other featured acts for July include:

Cory ChiselTuesday July 14: American folk rock band Corey Chisel and the Wandering Sons. Cory and his band hail from Appleton, WI, but since have toured with Norah Jones and appeared on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, among others.

Tuesday, July 21: Acoustic duo Patchouli. Featuring award-winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel, this group will light up the night with elements of pop, folk, flamenco and jazz.

Tuesday, July 28: The Snowbirds. This group brings their storytelling and musical abilities to celebrate the fresh, laid back sound of alt-country.

“Music contributes to people’s emotional, physical and spiritual well-being,” says Kevin Grohskopf of Ministry. “We’re so pleased to help celebrate our community by offering these free concerts in a beautiful outdoor setting.”

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, and chairs or blankets. In case of rain, concerts will be moved to the Door County Fire Company, 38 S. Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. For more information on the series, call 920-493-5979.

Ministry Welcomes Orthopedic Physician Assistant

Ministry Door County Medical Center is pleased to announced that Philip Bryan, PA-C joined orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven Davis and Dr. Dan Tomaszewski June 1 in Ministry’s orthopedic department.

PhilBryan_CoatwebPhilip is one of 46 surgical residency trained orthopedic physician assistants in the United States. He comes to Ministry from his practice at Tri-State Orthopedic Surgeons in Evansville, IN. Philip holds a Masters Degree in Advanced Physician Assistant Studies from the Arizona School of Health Sciences and completed his general surgery residency at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. He also served in the United States Coast Guard as an in-flight emergency medical technician.

“Phil is an outstanding addition to the orthopedic team,” says Dr. Steve Davis. ““We’ve seen increased demand for orthopedic services here at Ministry, and Phil comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and an ability to relate to and care for our orthopedic patients through diagnosis and treatment, pre and post surgery, and throughout the rehabilitation process. He’s an outstanding person and we’re looking forward to introducing him to our community.”

Philip Bryan is now seeing patients. To make an appointment with a provider in Ministry’s orthopedic services department, call (920) 743-5566.

Ministry Door County Physician Inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology

Donald L. Renfrew, M.D., was recently inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology during their meeting May 17–21 in Washington, D.C.


Renfrew is a partner at Radiology Associates of the Fox Valley and provides radiology services at Ministry Door County Medical Center. He is a member of the ACR, the Radiological Society of North American, the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Wisconsin Radiological Society. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa and has authored numerous publications, including three books, in his area of specialty.

“Dr. Renfrew has been a trusted provider in our community for more than 20 years,” says Gerald Worrick, CEO of MDCMC. “He has led our organization in many ways including as Medical Director of the Radiology Department and Director of Grand Rounds for the hospital. This fellowship in an honor for him and for Ministry as we continue to provide expert, professional health care close to home.”

One of the highest honors the ACR can bestow on a radiologist, radiation oncologist or medical physicist is recognition as a fellow of the American College of Radiology. ACR Fellows demonstrate a history of service to the College, organized radiology, teaching or research, with only about 10 percent of ACR members achieving this distinction.

Behavioral Health Services Available in Sturgeon Bay and Algoma

Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) is now serving adult and adolescent (ages 12 and up) patients needing support with depression, risky alcohol or other drug use, and tobacco cessation through our Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) program. BHI is an innovative program designed to meet the mental and behavioral health needs of primary care patients and provide strategies and support for improving health. Services will be provided to patients of North Shore Medical Clinic by licensed clinical social workers or a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Barb Johnson-Giese, Behavioral Health Coordinator

“We know the health of the mind and the body are deeply connected,” says Barb Johnson-Giese, LCSW, Behavioral Health Coordinator and Licensed Clinic Social Worker at MDCMC. “At some time in their lives, almost everyone needs behavioral health services due to changes in their health, relationships or family dynamics. Our goal is to help our patients change behaviors that interfere with a healthy lifestyle.”

Ministry established the services in response to a recent Community Needs Assessment that identified mental and behavioral health services as an area of strong need for Door County.

“The program has been very well received since we implemented it last year,” says Johnson-Giese. “People feel comfortable receiving care, because our BHI team works with the patient in the comfort and privacy of the clinic setting, alongside the patient’s primary care provider.”

All primary care patients at Ministry’s North Shore Medical Clinic are asked to complete a brief screening tool during their annual visit that will help identify potential areas of behavioral health need. “By screening behavioral health needs, we can look at patients’ health in a holistic way,” explains Johnson-Giese. “Then, instead of traditional psychotherapy services, we can provide brief, focused sessions right in the patient’s doctor’s office.”

Behavioral Health services are available at North Shore Medical Clinic in Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. Call (920) 746-0510 (Sturgeon Bay) or (920) 487-3496 (Algoma) for an appointment.