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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.

Edge Fitness Academy – Creating healthy, lifelong habits

As kids grow up, they tend toward less physical activity. In fact, one Washington State survey found that while 80% of 6th graders said they regularly took part in vigorous physical activity, that number fell to 65% in 12th graders. Staying physically fit is always important at any age, but it is equally important that, as children become teenagers, they continue to remain active, building appropriate exercise habits as they go from middle school, to high school, and move into their adult lives.

When teens stay active, they reduce their chances of becoming overweight or obese, and developing other weight related problems—like diabetes or heart disease—down the line. Additionally, physical activity has been shown to elevate mood and mental focus. By staying active, teenagers decrease the risk of developing mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, and academic performance tends to improve.

Door County Medical Center (DCMC) has long been committed to promoting, supporting and maintaining the health and wellness of Door County teens and student athletes. Part of our support for that community takes shape in our desire to keep kids active during the summer months, so for the past decade, Edge Fitness Academy, powered by DCMC, has worked to provide middle school and high school students with high quality athletic and fitness training during the long summer break.

Edge Fitness Academy

Edge Fitness Academy is a 6-week, sports performance summer camp that brings DCMC’s experienced team of Athletic Trainers directly to every one of the Door County high schools. Originally called Athletic Edge, Edge Fitness Academy started in 2008, and since that time, has been dedicated to “educating, empowering, and challenging the next generation in health, fitness, and athletics.” In 2013, Edge director Jason Linzmeier joined the team and immediately began to expand the program. “I came out of college with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Strength and Conditioning minor,” Linzmeier says, “and I saw what Athletic Edge was offering, and I thought ‘this is great, but we can take this up a notch.’ So now, we’ve moved from basic cardio and band exercises to high intensity cardio and full-body, multi-plane exercises that mimic the requirements of certain sports. Last year, for example, we finally got the kids into the weight room and started them on a regimented, progressive, weight training program.”

Edge: Essential and Elite

Edge Fitness Academy offers two programs. Edge: Essential is the core program. It focuses on strength, agility and speed. “Essential is 45 minutes in the varsity sports gym,” says Linzmeier, “focusing on strength training through body weight and locomotion—push-ups, sit-ups, jump-squats, squats, lunges, and things of that nature. If it’s a nice day, we’ll do 45 minutes on the track—the mile-long runs, the more cardio/endurance based activities. And, Essential is more time oriented—for example, ‘how many can reps can you do in 30 seconds. Okay, keep that score in mind, now try to beat your own personal score.’ That way these kids are always looking to push themselves—they’re not comparing themselves to someone else.” Essential provides a baseline of knowledge and is available to both middle school and high school students.

Edge: Elite is an additional 45 minutes following the Essential program, and is an advanced program for student athletes that want to take their game to the next level. Elite focuses primarily on high intensity weight training. “We try to keep it pretty basic,” Linzmeier adds. “Between the ages of 14 and 18, there’s a pretty big gap in levels of knowledge and maturity, so I’m not going crazy with a bunch of different styles. Essentially, I’m trying to find one style that’s good for every sport out there—I’m trying to cast the biggest net I can.” Because weightlifting first requires a certain level of knowledge that is provided by the Essential program, and because weight training can damage growth plates in young children, Elite is available only to high school students.

Edge: an opportunity and a learning experience

“I talk to the kids in high school all the time,” says Linzmeier, “and they say they don’t have a coach to help in the weight room, or a long-term class that teaches them how to lift weights. Often, when I initially enter the weight room with these kids, I see two things: that they’re not getting the most out of a lift because of poor technique, and the way they lift could lead to injuries. So, I view Edge as an opportunity—as a learning experience for the kids that sign up. They learn how to lift the right way, how to get the most out of their exercise experience, and how to manage a weight room. More than that, we’re teaching them appropriate exercise habits that they can use for the rest of their life—that will help keep them healthy and happy.”

Dates and Times

Athletic Edge Fitness Academy

Click to view Edge Fitness Academy poster

Edge Fitness Academy begins Monday, June 11th and ends Friday, July 20th. All sessions will meet in the varsity gym of the school you signed up for.

  • Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay sessions are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Southern Door from 7:00 – 8:30AM and Sturgeon Bay from 9:30 – 11:00AM.
  • Gibraltar and Sevastopol sessions are held Tuesday and Thursday. Gibraltar from 7:00 – 8:30AM and Sevastopol from 9:30 – 11:00AM.
  • General Registration begins March 17th, 2018 and ends June 10th, 2018 at 11:59PM (CST).
  • Early registration begins March 1st, 2018 and ends March 16th, 2018 at 11:59PM (CST). Register early to receive $10.00 off your final purchase price.

Note: All registration for Edge Fitness Academy will take place online at There is no offline registration. For more information, please visit:, call Jason Linzmeier at 920.746.0410, or email him at

DCMC Collaborates with Schools to Promote Teen Health and Combat Social Injustice

For the third straight year, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) is collaborating with Door County high schools to present LEAP -The Human Kindness Project, an innovative multi-media performance featuring teen performers from throughout Door County. The performance encourages conversations on anti-bullying, compassion and inclusion as well as promoting mental health in teens.


“The most effective tools anti-bullying advocates have are prevention and education. LEAP is triumphantly raising awareness through art, while involving youth in a worthwhile project that enhances their own health and well-being,” says Kevin Grohskopf, chief business development officer at DCMC.

LEAP (Learning to Empower and Appreciate all People) promotes a violence-free message and presents themes of acceptance and social justice. The performance encourages positive thinking, community, and personal growth through dance, spoken word, music, and the visual arts.

Since 2014, LEAP performances have reached more than 2,100 local high school students and general audience members. More than 90 teens have participated in the show.

This year’s performance, titled “A New World: Building a Healthy Community” centers on the theme of healthy relationships. Community performances are scheduled for Friday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Southern Door Auditorium.

Art for Health helps Local Seniors Stay Mentally Active and Healthy

Picking up a paintbrush is just the beginning for seniors who find their minds challenged and hearts opened at Door County Medical Center’s (DCMC) Art for Health workshops. For seven years, DCMC has providing free art workshops for local seniors at care facilities, places of worship and community centers. The interactive workshops provide hands-on participatory experiences in music, storytelling, visual arts and more. Since the program’s inception, the program has served more than 700 people.

Art for Health participant with her collage

Art for Health participant with her collage

“We believe that the health of body, mind and spirit are interconnected,” says Kevin Grohskopf, chief business development officer at DCMC. “Studies have shown the benefits of mental and creative stimulation in preventing dementia and depression and enhancing mental fitness and the sense of social connection.  We feel it’s important for our hospital to provide these experiences to the community.”

Art for Health coordinator Terry Lundahl recruits local artists and performers to provide the workshops, which serve a wide range of seniors. “This therapeutic program has proven beneficial to seniors who are very active as well as those who may be more fragile. In creating a community of participants in our workshops, we find people learn from one another and enjoy the experience of trying something new.”

Shirley Senarighi, coordinator of adult forums at Hope Church, agrees. “Art for health is a wonderful program that engaged our community in creating their own artistic ‘masterpieces’ and sharing them with the group. What a great contribution to our senior community.”

Upcoming Art for Health for Seniors workshops will take place on February 8 and 22, and March 8 and 22. For more information, contact Terry Lundahl at 920.493.5979.

Raising Children in Peace Forum Offers Tools to Parents

On Thursday, November 3, Door County Medical Center will present a forum designed for parents, guardians and caregivers entitled “Raising Children in Peace: A Parent’s Toolkit for Today’s Turbulent World.” Dr. DyAnn Buechler, a clinical therapist, educator and writer, will present the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion with local child advocacy leaders.

Tumultuous current events, bullying, and a heightened level of verbal violence in the media and our public spaces can all contribute to a child’s sense of anxiety. In today’s increasingly turbulent world, parents often ask “What can I do to help my child feel secure?” Dr. Buechler’s presentation will address the issue of fear in children’s lives and offer effective, practical tools to help parents create a positive environment, boosting children’s confidence and sense of security. The importance of safe spaces and community resources will also be explored, and attendees will be provided with a list of resources to support their efforts as parents and caregivers.


Four panelists will comment on the topic from their own professional perspectives, including Mark Hill, social worker at Door County Department of Human Services, Barb Johnson-Giese, licensed clinical social worker and Behavioral Health coordinator at Door County Medical Center, Shirley Senarighi, retired principal and educator at Sturgeon Bay Schools, and Patti Vickman, superintendent of Southern Door Schools. An open discussion with the audience will follow.

The forum takes place at Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 920.493.5979.

Skilled Nursing Facility Increases Private Room Offerings

The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) at Door County Medical Center (DCMC) is now offering an increased number of private rooms to residents. The facility has 22 private and four semi-private rooms. “We’re very excited to be meeting the demand for more private rooms,” says Judy Sinitz, RN, the SNF’s director of nursing, “and to continue to offer semi-private rooms for those who prefer that option.”

SNF resident Dorothy Schley cuts the ribbon at the recent opening ceremony of the renovated facility.

SNF resident Dorothy Schley cuts the ribbon at the recent opening ceremony of the renovated facility.

Residents who choose one of the newly renovated private rooms will still have plenty of opportunity for socialization. With the choice of communal meals, as well as daily group activities and individualized care, residents experience a home-like environment. In addition to creating more private rooms, the SNF also upgraded security measures to ensure residents’ safety.

DCMC’s Skilled Nursing Facility has consistently achieved an overall five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for their facility, staff and quality of care, placing it in the top 10% of long term care facilities in the nation. “In addition to our dedicated and caring staff, our SNF is distinguished by the fact that we are physically connected to the hospital and North Shore Medical Clinic,” says Sinitz. “This gives our residents unparalleled access to care.”

Newly renovated rooms are spacious, comfortable and private.

Newly renovated rooms are spacious, comfortable and private.

To learn more about the Skilled Nursing Facility at DCMC, call (920) 746-3663.

DCMC Volunteers Fuel the Door County Triathlon

When 2,000 athletes converge in Door County to swim, bike and run their way through the Door County Triathlon, Door Country Medical Center (DCMC) staff is behind the scenes, providing medical services and supporting race operations. Sandy Vandertie and Jason Linzmeier, DCMC staff who serve as Co-Medical Coordinators for the event, start their preparations months in advance. “We coordinate the teams of medical volunteers who make everything go smoothly, and provide our own staff throughout the course,” says Linzmeier. “This year more than 30 DCMC employees will play a part in the event.”

The Door County Triathlon is a community effort.  “We have fantastic engagement with our emergency services teams from all over the county, as well as the Sheriff’s Department, the Sturgeon Bay Police and Fire Departments and other local volunteer fire departments,” says Vandertie.

IMG_9884The coordination required for an event with such high number of participants is formidable. Operating from a dedicated incident command center, staff communicate with the 20 volunteers who staff 12 stations along the route, as well as two medical tents, two roaming fatigue vehicles, an ambulance and an EMS vehicle. “Every year we challenge ourselves to improve our process,” says Vandertie. “That includes being prepared for every eventuality that Mother Nature gives us.”

DCMC doctors Michael DeFrank and Francis McCormack are medical directors for the race. Last year, after overseeing the medical tent on Saturday, Dr. DeFrank ran the Half Ironman on Sunday. Then he put his medical shirt back on following the race and pitched in again to support his medical team.

In addition to medical services, DCMC donates the water, medical supplies and linens for the event. “Race participants have indicated a 99.5% satisfaction level with our medical services. We really are providing the best medical care for one of the top events in its class,” says Vandertie.


With many local athletes training for the event, the Door County Triathlon supports community health, and the event also makes a big impact on the local economy. “DCMC is leading the health and wellness of this community,” says Linzmeier. “At the Triathlon, it’s all hands on deck for the health and safety of everybody out there.”

LEAP – The Human Kindness Project Empowers Youth

LEAP -The Human Kindness Project is an innovative multi-media performance featuring high school performers from throughout Door County. The show will take the stage at the Southern Door Auditorium Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m., after being performed at local high schools throughout the week.  LEAP is sponsored by Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) to encourage conversations on anti-bullying, compassion and inclusion as well as promote mental health in teens.  “The most effective tools anti-bullying advocates have are prevention, education and raising awareness. LEAP is triumphantly educating local audiences and raising awareness through their art,” says Kevin Grohskopf, chief business development officer at MDCMC.


LEAP (Learning to Empower and Appreciate all People) expands on a violence-free message and challenges prevailing attitudes towards acceptance and social injustice. The performance is dedicated to encouraging positive thinking, passion, and personal growth through movement and the art of dance, spoken word, songs, visual arts and multimedia imagery.  By advocating a message of acceptance and tolerance, the project creates a platform that empowers young artists with the knowledge, compassion and understanding necessary to create works that address the most pressing issues of today’s youth.

This year’s story centers on 30 adolescents who portray “rebels” sent to an Adolescent Wilderness Therapy Treatment Center. The audience will be awed while watching these young artists take on a fearless moral inventory of their lives – critically analyzing addiction decisions, relationship failures and coping processes – telling their stories through dance, multimedia imagery, spoken word, song and visual arts- all the while employing a theory of action and change. This year’s original script was created by 8 of its artistic directors.

“A special thank you needs to go to the facilitators of LEAP,” says producer Terry Lundahl. “This project has turned out to be so much larger than my wildest dreams. We not only have the expertise of over 30 local, talented Door County high school performers, but also that of local artists and educators in the area of dance, visual arts, spoken word, multimedia imagery, sound and lighting.”

Tickets are available online at the Southern Door Auditorium, or will be available the night of the performance. Ticket price is $12 for adults, students free.