Monthly Archives: February 2017

Dr. Terry Reisner: Joining the Community

For Dr. Terry Reisner, joining Door County Medical Center’s Algoma Clinic as a family physician is a perfect fit with his background and values. “I love working in small communities where people work hard and put family at the center of their lives,” he says. Reisner comes from a family of millworkers and farmers in East Iowa, and after several years practicing medicine in the western states, he is looking forward to returning to the Midwest.

Reisner enjoys family practice as it gives him the opportunity to serve people across the whole life span. “I have been especially interested in geriatrics. I worked as a nursing assistant in care centers prior to medical school, and I enjoy talking to seniors and getting to know them,” he says. He also likes caring for children. “They keep things lively.” And as a U.S. Airforce veteran himself, Reisner also has a great deal of respect for veterans and their health care needs.

DrReisner_wCoatWith a strong interest in prevention, Reisner enjoys helping people achieve lifestyle changes and use exercise as a health tool. He and his wife, Barb, stay active by hiking, snowshoeing, cross-county skiing and bicycling.

The Reisners look forward to making their home in Algoma. “We’ve always been involved in a church, and we play music and sing hymns both there and in nursing homes.” Barb plays the piano, and Dr. Reisner contributes on guitar and drums. “It’s important to us to be part of the community and get to know people as neighbors, not just patients,” he says.

Dr. Reisner begins seeing patients at the Door County Medical Center Algoma Clinic on February 7, 2017. To make an appointment, call 920.487.3496.

Treating Stroke Fast with Telestroke

During a stroke, an estimated two million brain cells die per minute. The faster a stroke patient is evaluated and treated, the better his or her outcome and recovery will be.

Door County Medical Center’s (DCMC) Emergency Department can now treat stroke faster and more effectively thanks to Telestroke, a new state-of-the-art technology that connects stroke patients with highly skilled neurologists with the click of a button.

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When a patient with stroke symptoms arrives at DCMC’s emergency department, they receive immediate, hands-on care and assessment from the expert doctors and nurses on staff. Then, using Telestroke, a two-way audio/visual technology, a board-certified neurologist is contacted and immediately begins assessing the patient. Following the examination, the neurologist works with the emergency department physician to develop a treatment plan for the patient.

“We are grateful that our new partnership with HSHS brought us the opportunity to offer this technology to our community, potentially saving more lives and improving outcomes for stroke patients,” says Sandy Vandertie, director of emergency services at DCMC.

Stroke is a medical emergency. Identify symptoms with FAST:

  • FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred?
  • TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.