Monthly Archives: September 2018

DCMC Hosts Annual Ministry Fund Silent Auction Thursday, October 4, 2018

Door County Medical Center will be holding a Mission and Values Week Silent Auction to raise money for the Ministry Fund. Since its founding 17 years ago, DCMC’s Ministry Fund has given more than $500,000 to local individuals struggling to meet their basic needs. This Silent Auction is open to the public and is the primary source of funding for the Ministry Fund.

The mission of The Ministry Fund is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well being of all people, especially the poor. The types of needs funded through The Ministry Fund are as unique as the many individuals to whom they are provided. Some examples include shelter, clothing, durable medical equipment, car repair, fuel/utilities, transportation, medications and dental bills.

Through the resources made available from employees and other donors, this fund has been able to fulfill over 3,900 requests for assistance since the fund was created.

Katie Graf, a veteran Social Worker at Door County Medical Center is the coordinator of the Ministry Fund. Through Katie’s energy and drive to help those who are poor or in any way afflicted, the original grant has multiplied nearly four-fold since it was established in 1999. The fund is replenished through a variety of grants and ongoing fundraising events, most important of which is this Mission and Values Week Silent Auction.

“We don’t always see it every day, but people are desperate – falling through the cracks. This program is vital to our community and the members it serves. Helping someone with their utility bill to bridge the gap until their next paycheck or making sure they have enough funds for a taxi ride to the doctor’s office can make an immeasurable impact in the quality of their lives. It can mean the difference between a home and homelessness, sick or healthy and even life or death.”

All of the proceeds from the auction will be directed to the Ministry Fund for the benefit of Door County residents in need. Packages are provided by area businesses, different departments of Door County Medical Center, and even Door County Medical Center employees to help this incredible cause.

The silent auction will be held on Thursday, October 4th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the conference center at Door County Medical Center. Winning bids will be announced at 2:30 p.m. and the lucky winners will be asked to pay for and claim their items between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for those individuals unable to pick up their items until the following day.

For more information on The Ministry Fund or The Mission and Values Week Silent Auction, please visit www.dcmedical.org.

End The Stigma: A Conversation About Suicide

More than 40,000 people die by suicide every year, leaving friends and family to navigate the pain associated with such tremendous loss. As neighbors, we have the opportunity to raise awareness and to build community around an issue that impacts the lives of so many. Sharing stories and connecting with others is something we can all do: sharing stories can save a life.

September is Suicide Awareness Month and we caught up with DCMC’s Behavioral Health Coordinator, Barb Johnson-Giese, MSW, LCSW, CSAC, ICS to discuss this important topic.

Q) How do we prevent instances of suicide from occurring within our community?

Barb Johnson-Giese (BJG): First and foremost, community members need to acknowledge that suicide is a community concern, and not just the individual who has suicidal thoughts and attempts or dies by suicide. Although it is slowly changing, stigma surrounding mental illness continues to deter others from seeking services and support.  Educating our community members to recognize signs that a person/loved one may be experiencing thoughts of suicide is key to our community preventing further instances of suicides attempts and deaths.

Q) How is DCMC helping to prevent suicide in Door County? What other organizations does DCMC collaborate with to address this issue?

BJG: DCMC is an active member of the Door County Mental Health Focus Group, which was developed in partnership with Door County Public Health as a result of the Community Needs Assessment which identified a lack of behavioral health services in Door County. This group is charged with providing awareness and education to our community. Other member organizations include Prevent Suicide Door County – Nathan Wilson Coalition, Door County Human Services, JAK’s Place, Door County Partnership for Children and Families, Little Eddie Big Cup, Door County United Way, UW-Extension and others.

Q) What should a person do if they are experiencing suicidal thoughts?

BJG: My wish for anyone who experiences thoughts of suicide is to know they’re not alone, and that there are people who care and want to help. If you or someone you love is having thoughts of suicide, please contact any of the following resources:

  • Door County Mental Health Crisis Line at 920-746-2588
  • Mental Health Text Line: Text “HOPELINE” to 741741 or “APOYO” to 839863 (Spanish)
  • National Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255
  • Contact your primary care provider or another health provider

If you or someone you know is planning to hurt or kill themselves:

  • Go to the nearest Emergency Department, or Call 911

Q) What if I don’t know a person very well but have heard that they are contemplating suicide? What should I do?

BJG: It can be a scary and uncomfortable situation, and there is a myth that talking about suicide with someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts will increase the likelihood they will kill themselves. However, this is FALSE – talking with someone about suicide actually REDUCES their chance of harming themselves. Take the person seriously, and acknowledge their thoughts of suicide. Offer to listen and help them connect with community resources. Remember that depression and other mental illnesses are similar to heart disease, diabetes, etc. Think about what you would do if you saw someone who was having a heart attack or a stroke, and get them help!

Q) What educational tools are available to our community members to help us understand suicide?

BJG: The best way to prevent suicide is to remain proactive. Help reduce the stigma of mental illness and consider participating in community events to increase awareness and education about mental illness. Prevent Suicide Door County – Nathan Wilson Coalition provides free Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) training for all community members to recognize, respond and get help for someone who is thinking of suicide. For further information on QPR training, contact Monica at 920-495-7832. You can also check out their website for additional information.

Shop and Dine to Support The Healing Project Saturday October 6, 2018

healing project_brochureDoor County Medical Center, with the support of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, invites you to participate in the 7th annual Shop and Dine Day on Saturday, October 6, 2018, to benefit The Healing Project.

The Healing Project provides free integrative health care services to individuals with cancer.

Help us help those with cancer by shopping and dining throughout the city on Saturday, October 6! Participating Sturgeon Bay businesses will donate a portion of their sales to support The Healing Project.

Additionally, Door County Medical Center is giving away three Sturgeon Bay Visitor Gift Certificates. Customers that sign up in participating businesses on the day of the event will have a chance to win a certificate worth $300, $150 or $50!

A cancer diagnosis takes a toll on more than the just the body. Integrative therapies have been shown to benefit the physical, mental and spiritual health of those living with cancer at any stage.

The Healing Project provides a limited number of free integrative health care services to Door County residents living with cancer. Services include acupuncture, energy therapy, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, behavioral health counseling and mindfulness.

“I was truly broken after going through surgery, chemo and radiation. You listened, aided me in finding answers, and helped put my aching body back together. You helped me in so many ways. Thank you.” – The Healing Project Participant

Healing Project participants receive services from DCMC staff at the Sturgeon Bay campus. The program is overseen by Integrative Health Director Dr. Chona Antonio who also provides acupuncture services. The program is funded by the Cancer Healing Fund at the Door County Medical Center Foundation.

To learn more about The Healing Project or to participate in the Shop and Dine event, contact Jennelle Berg, The Healing Project Coordinator at (920) 746-0726.

Get event details at www.doorcountymedical.org or follow Door County Medical on Facebook!

DCMC Features Robotic Surgery Demonstration October 4, 2018

Free Hernia Screenings + da Vinci® Robotic-Assisted Surgery Education

To showcase Door County Medical Center’s state-of-the-art surgical services, members of the community are invited to watch a robotic-assisted surgery demonstration on Thursday, October 4. Our skilled surgeons will also provide free hernia screenings to any interested members of the public.

da Vinci Surgical System

This past winter, DCMC welcomed its newest member to our surgical services team: da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci Surgical System is an advanced, robotic computer that uses 3-D technologies to assist our surgeons with an operation. The robot’s mechanical wrists bend and rotate inside the body more effectively than a human wrist, resulting in a less invasive surgery.

The system can be used across a spectrum of general surgical procedures like colon removal, gallbladder removal and especially, hernia repair. About 27% of males and 3% of females develop a groin (inguinal) hernia at some point in their life. Inguinal, femoral and abdominal hernias may occur at any age, however, inguinal hernias occur most often before the age of one and after the age of fifty.

DCMC’s Dr. Michael St. Jean, M.D., F.A.C.S. 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.”

On October 4, we hope you come for the demonstration and stay for a hernia screening! The following schedule of activities is free and open to all members of the public:

2 pm – 6 pm : da Vinci® Robotic Surgery Demonstration
2 pm – 5:45 : Hernia screenings performed by Drs. Scheer and Melarvie in clinic exam rooms
3 pm and 5:15 pm : Educational presentations by Dr. St. Jean in cardiac rehab area

After your screening, visit the Ministry Fund Silent Auction. Since its founding 17 years ago, Door County Medical Center’s (DCMC) Ministry Fund has given more than $500,000 to local individuals struggling to meet their basic needs. This Silent Auction is open to the public and is the primary source of funding for the Ministry Fund.

Please contact our General Surgery Department at 920-746-1060 for more information.