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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.

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.

Join Us As We Celebrate the International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace gathering in Egg Harbor, WI

Honoring International Day of Peace September 21, 2018

Community Gathering at Peg Egan Performing Art Center & Kress Pavillion

Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

In observance of International Day of Peace, Door County Medical Center is proud to sponsor a free outdoor Community Gathering, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Peg Egan Performing Art Center. Afterwards, participants are invited to the Kress Pavillion to enjoy a community social along with free refreshments. The following schedule of activities will take place on the green space at Peg Egan Performing Art Center. All are welcome:

  • Meditation Walk
  • Dances of Universal Peace
  • LEAP the Human Kindness Project/ Music
  • Drumming Circle

The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2018 is “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. “As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
enters its 70th year, we reflect on its enduring importance. Lasting peace and security can
never be achieved in any country without respect for human rights.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Peg Egan Performing Art Center, 7840 Church Street, Egg Harbor
Donald & Carol Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church Street, Egg Harbor
For more information, please call 920-493-5979

58th Annual House & Garden Walk

58th Annual House & Garden Walk

Stop and smell the roses! The 58th Annual House and Garden Walk takes place on July 31st, offering visitors an inside look at some of Door County’s finest homes and outdoor spaces. The highly anticipated event is organized by Door County Medical Center Auxiliary, who curate a one-of-a-kind experience for ticket holders each year. The event begins in Sturgeon Bay, extending North into Ellison Bay, and features a free artisan pop-up shop at Egg Harbor’s Woodwalk Gallery. This day-long adventure is also a fundraiser for Door County Medical Center’s hospice and skilled nursing facility.

A History of Service

The Door County Medical Auxiliary has served our community through its support of DCMC programming and volunteers for nearly 75 years. The first Auxiliary hospital fundraiser was back in 1944, when the hospital -then Door County Memorial- was located in an old hotel. Auxiliary members raised $1,000 for the hospital’s new location by organizing a canned food drive, “all of the canned goods were homemade at that time” notes Auxiliary Board President Jeff Heck.

Averaging 200 volunteer members, including a Board of Directors and numerous committees, the Auxiliary puts on two signature fundraising events each year: the House and Garden Walk in July and The Angel Ball in December, which raises scholarship funds for area high-school students and hospital employees seeking advanced degrees in medical fields.The planning for these annual events is essentially neverending, “we’ll do a debrief after Tuesday’s event and then immediately start planning next year’s walk,” says Jeff.

Cheryl Wederquist, Marketing Chair for the Auxiliary, says it’s worth the sustained effort because “it all goes back to the hospital and our community.”

A Great Cause

The Auxiliary chooses the areas to focus their fundraising and are committed to raise $250,000 over the next five years for Door County Medical Center’s Skilled Nursing Facility and Hospice Care Project.

“As we get older, more and more of us have an experience with end of life care,” says Volunteer Coordinator Robin Hamm-Jackson, “you get to where it becomes significant in your life.” Having personally struggled to find resources for her aging parent, she shares, “My mom was not well, and facilities were full everywhere. She needed a temporary nursing home and there wasn’t an opening at that level of care. Our options were a CBRF or drive down to Green Bay, and we weren’t going to take her away from home.”

“That’s why there’s a lot of passion behind this project,” says Robin.

Even more, the Auxiliary is starting a partnership with Turning Point, an organization that helps people with disabilities find useful ways to spend their time. Volunteers will work with their Turning Point life coach at the skilled nursing facility, where they will help patients with small tasks like getting meals.

Tradition Worth Keeping

After 57 years, visitors to the House and Garden Walk have come to expect a high-quality and unique event. Ticket holders experience narrated history, architectural delights, as well as artists and exquisite gardens up close and personal. This legacy of success has helped the event garner what can only be described as a following.

“A number of people come back every year as a group. They will all dress alike, with matching t-shirts,” says Jeff, “This year there are at least three buses coming from out of the county.”

The allure of seeing how Door County residents live isn’t reserved for tourists. “You’ll see generations there, mothers and daughters who have been coming every year and now they bring their granddaughters,” says Robin.“Families living here tend to go to one spot,” adds Cheryl, “this allows people who live here to see more of the county.”

Gloria Heck, Committee Chair of the event, says it’s a win-win situation, “You can see five incredible homes you would otherwise not see and the proceeds go to a great cause.”

The House and Garden Walk is Tuesday, July 31, 9am-5pm. Tickets are available at sponsored locations up through the day of the event for $30 or $35 on July 31st. For more information or to buy tickets, visit Door County Medical Center Auxiliary’s website or check them out on Facebook. Questions? Contact Robin Hamm-Jackson at 920-746-1071, extension 3.

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 edgefit.org. There is no offline registration. For more information, please visit: edgefit.org, call Jason Linzmeier at 920.746.0410, or email him at jason.linzmeier@dcmedical.org.

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.

LEAP

“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.