Monthly Archives: August 2015

55th Annual House and Garden Walk Supports Local Health Needs

It was a gorgeous day for the Door County Medical Auxiliary’s House and Garden Walk, and more than 1,200 people toured four homes and a garden from Sturgeon Bay up to Ellison Bay. “Every year, it takes legions of dedicated volunteers, generous sponsors, and of course, large-hearted community members who open their homes to hundreds of visitors the day of the event,” says event co-chair Deb Hogan. The event raised funds for two local health care initiatives chosen by the auxiliary: the Ministry Door County Dental Clinic, and the Skilled Nursing Facility at Ministry Door County Medical Center.

The mission of the Door County Medical Auxiliary, a group that is 250 strong, is to support the health care needs of the community. “Our volunteers accomplish their goal through their regular work volunteering at the hospital in departments as diverse as oncology and the beauty shop in our Skilled Nursing Facility. We also accomplish this goal through fundraising efforts that provide significant gifts to local health initiatives,” explains Hogan. Funds raised by this year’s event were earmarked for a new facility for Ministry’s Door County Dental Clinic, which provides free dental services to low-income and uninsured children and adults, and improvements to Ministry’s Skilled Nursing Facility, a residential setting for the elderly and those needing physical therapy. “Both of these institutions provide such important, needed services to our community,” says Hogan. “We are pleased to be able to support their work.”


The Nulton home was one of four private homes featured in the House and Garden walk.

Jerry Worrick, CEO of Ministry Door County Medical Center, volunteered at the event parking cars for guests, and was impressed with the organization and high numbers of attendees. “Events like these bring people together to create awareness of all the wonderful things that are happening in our medical community,” he says.

“This year’s tour included everything from a restored Victorian home, to a classic log home, to a Japanese-inspired garden,” says Hogan. “I heard from many people that the homes and gardens were so inspiring, and this event is something they look forward to every year. How fitting that such a beautiful event has such beautiful results – improving the health of our community.”

Next year’s House and Garden Walk will take place on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Mark your calendars!

From the Dietitian: Fresh Summer Peaches

As a registered dietitian at Ministry Door County Medical Center, I enjoy recommending fresh, seasonal foods to my patients to help them achieve a healthy diet. Fresh peaches on grocery store shelves and at roadside markets are a mark of summer. Found from May until September in most regions of the United States, the peak months for these nuggets of scrumptious flavors are July and August.  Nutritionally speaking, one medium peach has 60 calories and contains potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Peaches also contain phytonutrients that can inhibit the growth of cancer and tumors.

Here are some great ways to enjoy your peaches:

1. Peachy breakfast. Add sliced peaches to hot or cold cereal, pancakes and waffles, plain or vanilla yogurt or cottage cheese.

2. Grill, bake or broil: Peaches taste great warm from the grill. Place them on kabobs with other favorite fresh fruit and just grill some slices and enjoy! Or you can warm peach slices in the oven or on the stove, topping with cinnamon for a flavor sensation!

3. Drink them: Toss fresh or frozen peaches into the blender with some low-fat yogurt or milk, bananas and ice. Puree for a delicious smoothie.

4. Homemade fruit leather. Peel and pit peaches then puree in a blender. Pour the puree onto wax paper-lined cookie sheets and dry in a dehydrator or the oven at a very low temperature. Letting this cook overnight will give you a warm, welcoming treat in the morning!

5. Sweet sauce. Puree peaches, berries, apples, or pears for a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry, pancakes or French toast.

6. Flip your dessert! Serve sliced fruit and berries with a shortbread garnish on top, rather than shortbread with a spoonful of fruit. You also can serve a bowl of fruit with a dollop of low-fat frozen yogurt or ice cream on top.

7. Peach salsa! Salsa makes a delicious topping to many different meats or can be spooned over grilled chicken or fish.

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Peach and Avocado Salsa


  • 2 – 3 fresh peaches, peeled and diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ½ cup diced jicama 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Yield: 3 cups

Enjoy peaches, and enjoy summer!

-Carmen Schroeder, RD

Ministry is a Good Neighbor for the Arts

“There’s nothing like a night at the theater to help open people’s minds, hearts and spirits,” says Bob Boles, co-artistic director at the Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay. “Theater has the capacity to help us laugh at ourselves, cry with each other, and forget our troubles for a while. It’s good for the soul.” Boles also knows local support is essential for a thriving arts community. “The arts community in Door County is truly unique, and we are also uniquely lucky to have Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) as a supporter of not just our main stage season, but of so many cultural organizations in the county.”

A scene from TAP's production of Steel Magnolias

A scene from TAP’s production of Steel Magnolias

For the third consecutive year, MDCMC has underwritten Third Avenue Playhouse’s summer/fall season, helping to present shows such as “Educating Rita,” the musical “The Fantasticks,” and the perennially popular “Steel Magnolias,” now playing at TAP’s intimate studio theater. “As Door County’s only year-round professional theatre, we are in a position to provide quality theater to our residents and visitors. We truly couldn’t do it without Ministry’s support.”

As part of the underwriting partnership, Ministry’s 600 plus employees have the opportunity to see a show free of charge (first come, first served of course) on a special night designated for employees. “We’re so proud to partner with this creative and forward-thinking organization,” says Kevin Grohskopf, Chief Business Development Officer for MDCMC. “We truly believe that community health is about mind, body and spirit, and supporting arts groups like TAP, the Door Community Auditorium, Birch Creek Performing Arts Center, and Midsummer’s Music Festival is just one way we can help nurture these opportunities for our community.”