Monthly Archives: June 2018

DCMC Receives Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Professional Research Consultants Recognizes Industry’s Best at Annual Conference

Door County Medical Center was recently recognized by national healthcare research leader Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC). Door County Medical Center was honored with the awards during the 2018 Excellence in Healthcare Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, May 22. The list of awards include:

  • 5-Star Inpatient Services for HCAHPS – Care Transition
  • 5-Star in Inpatient Services for HCAHPS – Discharge Information
  • 5-Star in Inpatient Services for Overall Hospital Rating (HCAHPS)
  • 5-Star in Outpatient Surgery for Overall Quality of Care
  • Top Performer in Medical Surgical for HCAHPS
  • Top Performer in Inpatient Services for HCAHPS – Communication with Nurses
  • Top Performer in Inpatient Services for HCAHPS – Hospital Environment
  • Top Performer in Inpatient Services for HCAHPS – Overall Rating
  • Top Performer in Inpatient Services for HCAHPS – Responsiveness of Staff

The Excellence in Healthcare Awards recognize organizations and individuals who achieve excellence throughout the year by improving patient experiences, healthcare employee engagement and/or physician alignment and engagement based on surveys of their patients.

“It is an honor to recognize Door County Medical Center with these Excellence in Healthcare Awards for their deserving work,” said Joe M. Inguanzo, Ph.D., President and CEO of PRC. “It takes true dedication and determination to achieve this level of excellence in healthcare and Door County Medical Center has shown their commitment to making their hospital a better place to work, a better place to practice medicine and a better place for patients to be treated.”

The Excellence in Healthcare Conference has brought together hundreds of healthcare leaders to celebrate their work to transform the patient experience. With a focus on excellence and a commitment to improve the performance of healthcare organizations, PRC recognizes the outstanding award recipients at the 2018 Excellence in Healthcare Conference.

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Gerald Worrick, DCMC President/CEO

“It is an honor to be recognized for providing care that really is the best of the best,” said Gerald Worrick, DCMC President/CEO. “These awards recognize the trusted, expert care and top-notch facilities available right here in Door County. We’re proud that our doctors, nurses and employees live and work alongside our patients, which brings a level of caring and commitment to those relationships that is truly special.”

Door County Medical Center’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of all people, particularly those who are most vulnerable. DCMC thanks the dedicated & thoughtful clinical staff and physicians who made these awards possible.

To learn more about the 2018 Excellence in Healthcare Awards, including eligibility and criteria, visit www.PRCCustomResearch.com.

DCMC Sponsors Summer Youth Workshops

Summer is here and that means it’s time to register your kids for one of our health and wellness workshops. All of our programming is centered around engaging participants from a holistic perspective. It is DCMC’s mission to improve the health and well-being of all people, especially those with limited resources. Therefore, we are proud to offer the following workshops free of charge to our community.

Power Up! Youth Adventure Series

Young people hikingPower Up! is a brand new program open to teens ages 13-18. This eight week workshop kicks off a summer of dynamic programing that will empower teens to explore health and wellness in ways they never imagined. DCMC physicians and clinical staff alternate leading individual programs with local community experts. Participants can expect nature hikes, visual art, outdoor yoga, Equine coaching, music, dance and so much more!

Classes begin June 20 and run every Wednesday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with a break over 4th of July. The workshops will take place at various venues within the City of Sturgeon Bay, with the exception of Equine Guided Coaching at Leline Farm in Baileys Harbor.

Art on the Wild Side: A Visual & Performing Arts Day Camp for Kids

Door County youth performing artsArt on the Wild Side is an opportunity for children ages 6-12 to focus on music and art using performance, demonstrations and other fun activities. Children are challenged while building friendships, embracing diverse experiences and learning new skills.

Each day of the week, children will have the opportunity to focus on different visual and performing arts activities. The camp features some of Door County’s finest visual and performing artists as facilitators. Children who want to explore their creative potential and refine their artistic skills will have the opportunity to participate in a week-long summer camp featuring 10 different workshops.

July 2-6 | Perry Park, Algoma
July 9-13 & July 16-20 | Southern Door Auditorium
All classes held 9:00 A.M- 11:00 A.M.

JUMP Theater

Young lady jumpingEvery Tuesday July 17 – August 28. JUMP Theater stands for Joy, Unity, Mindfulness and Purpose. Participants will develop and perform theater productions which offer alternatives to destructive behavior and deliver positive messages on body language, substance abuse prevention, anti-bullying, cyber safety, family relationships and celebrating differences.

​During the summer program, teens will learn improvisation skills, dance, storytelling, theater games, how to build character, and scene development using personal stories and other sources for raw materials.

The Summer Theater program is led by artistic Directors Terry Lundahl & Dorothy Scott. Teen Artistic Directors from “LEAP” The Human Kindness Project: Kole Mallen, Marley Gigstead and Makayla Kratcha.


Space is limited so please call 920-493-5979 to register. Participants of Power Up! must sign up for all eight workshops.

*Please note that the deadline for registration may have passed for some of the programing. If you have any questions or would like to contribute to these efforts, please use the contact information listed.

June Is Men’s Health Month

National Men’s Health Month is an important annual occurrence that serves as a way to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems, promote healthy living, and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Men's Health Month CheckupWe all know that men visit their doctor less often than women, but did you know that, according to a 2014 survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men are 50% less likely than women to have visited a doctor during the course of a two-year period? Additionally, men are three times more likely to admit going five years without a visit and twice as likely to admit that, as an adult, they had never seen a doctor or health professional. The result? While a number of factors are probably involved—men tend to take a greater number of risks, and have more dangerous professions than women—women on average, live seven years longer than men and are less likely to die from eight of the top ten causes of death in the U.S.

In the United States, some of the leading causes of death in men include cardiovascular disease, cancer such as lung, prostate, and colorectal, and stroke. Every male, regardless of age or physical fitness level should take the appropriate actions to lower the risk of these and other conditions affecting men.

Below are six things you can do to improve your health during Men’s Health Month.

  • Get regular exams. Ask your doctor about screening tests for certain diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Also, ask how often you need to be examined.
  • Eat healthy. Nutritious foods give you energy and may lower your risk of certain diseases. Focus on eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free milk products.
  • Guys ExercisingFind time to exercise. Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It’s important to start slowly and gradually increase your level of activity.
  • Be smoke-free. Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, lung disease, and stroke. If you smoke, quit today!
  • Avoid heavy drinking. Heavy drinking can lead to many problems, including high blood pressure, various cancers, psychological problems, and accidents. For men 65 and younger, drinking in moderation means no more than two drinks per day. Men older than 65 should have no more than one drink a day.
  • Bring down stress levels. While everyone experiences stress at times, a prolonged amount of stress can affect your health and ability to cope with life. The best ways to manage stress in hard times are through self-care.

Don’t be a statistic! The time to schedule your annual exam is now. Make an appointment with one of our professional health care providers today by calling 920-743-5566.

da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Door County Medical Center is one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the nation. More than a hospital, Door County Medical Center is an integrated health system providing the residents of Door and Kewaunee counties with state of the art technology and procedures, and top physicians.

There are 4 big ways Door County Medical Center brings state of the art technology to our community. #1 is da Vinci Robotic Surgery.

The da Vinci Surgical System is an advanced, robotic computer that uses 3-D technologies to assist your surgeon with an operation. It has been safely utilized by skilled surgeons since 2000, but not every hospital offers this state of the art technology. Earlier this year, Door County Medical hired Dr. St. Jean, whose practice includes all aspects of Minimally Invasive Surgery, endoscopy and robotic surgery. He brings years of experience with advanced robotic surgery to DCMC.

da Vinci Surgical System

“It’s the latest in advance robotic-assisted surgery and in minimally invasive procedures,” says Dr. St. Jean, “The da Vinci Xi makes it possible for surgeons to perform complex operations through small incisions—operations, which would otherwise require large incisions and long recuperation times.” The first “baptismal patient” to utilize daVinci assisted surgery for colon resection was home in two days, “I hate to jinx it, but it went very well,” says Dr. St. Jean.

da Vinci Surgical SystemThe robot’s mechanical wrists bend and rotate inside your body more effectively than a human wrist, resulting in a less invasive surgery. The surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic-assisted arms, which translates his/her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. The 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.

Additionally, Dr. St. Jean points out that robotic-assisted surgery results in “decreased post-op pain. It gets the patient back to normal faster. Now that DCMC has one of these machines, Door County residents won’t have to travel to a major city for one of these procedures—we’re bringing the technological forefront to Door County.”

Soon, nearly all DCMC surgeons will be proficient in utilizing da Vinci technology. Dr. St. Jean is currently proctoring Dr. Scheer and Dr. Melarvie and works together with Intuitive Surgical representatives on their training. DCMC surgeons also receive additional training from the company off site through a standard curriculum.

Door County Medical Center is committed to continually bringing the most advanced technology to our community, but we never lose sight of the human connection that makes our hospital special. That’s why we are also committed to maintaining patient satisfaction scores in the 99th percentile, as we have, year after year.

Call to make an appointment for a consultation with one of our skilled surgeons today. (920) 746-1060