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A Healthy Start Begins With On-Time Vaccinations

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder children need vaccines right from the start.

Immunization gives parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before age 2.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives – and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – Door County Medical Center is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. The first week of the month will focus on babies and young children and emphasize a healthy start for little ones begins with on- time vaccinations.

“Children who don’t receive recommended vaccines are at risk of getting the disease or illness and of having a severe case,” said Dr. John Arnold, who provides pediatric care at The Children’s Center of Door County Medical Center (DCMC). “Every dose of every vaccine is important to protect your child and others in the community from infectious diseases. I always ask parents if they have questions and I am happy to discuss the proven benefits of childhood vaccination.”

Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox. There are many important reasons to make sure your child is vaccinated:

  • Immunizations can protect your child from 14 serious diseases before they turn 2 years old.
    Vaccination is very safe and effective.
  • Immunizations can protect others you care about.
  • Immunization can save your family time and money.

Immunization protects future generations by reducing the prevalence of serious diseases. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their family and community. Those at risk include babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at or contact the Children’s Center of Door County Medical Center, 920-743-5566.

New Urgent Care Facility

On July 2nd, Door County Medical Center’s Urgent Care opened its brand new doors, showcasing a state-of-the-art facility designed to improve service for walk-in patients with acute needs. Open 12 hours a day, 365 days a year, these improvements make an exceptional facility even more accessible to our community.

Originally opened in January of 2012, Urgent Care was located in the former Emergency Room area. “The impetus for creating Urgent Care in the first place was our community and business partners telling us we need better access that’s not expensive like the emergency room. We needed a facility to address acute issues without an appointment. That’s how it started,” explains Sandy Vandertie, RN, Outpatient Services Director at DCMC.

Patient Needs First

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average number of people in Door County over age 65 is 25.4%. People ages 65-75 grew by 16% over the past 5 years and those over age 85 during the same period grew by 10%. The new Urgent Care facility addresses the needs of this demographic in a very noticeable way: the entrance is now located near the front of the ER.

“Our population of elderly and older retirees have multiple diagnoses or health issues that they are chronically managing and that’s what we’re here for,” says Vandertie, “but we needed to be more visible, not have them walk all the way around the building every time. We knew we could do better.”

The new design was a collaborative effort by a team of providers and staff who met regularly every other week. To ensure that patients’ needs were included in the planning, they used feedback from patient surveys and comments. Each member of the team brought in their unique perspective from working every day within their specific role at Urgent Care.

Privacy, Comfort, Technology

Within the new facility are six new rooms, three spacious bathrooms plus cubby areas to make things functional for folks in wheelchairs. “The first room a patient sees after registration is intentionally designed to be inclusive, especially for those seated in a wheelchair,” adds Vandertie.

The former Urgent Care had four rooms, two of which were across from a public hallway.
“In the spirit of privacy and confidentiality, we wanted to provide an area that we can absolutely guarantee both to all of our patients,” says Vandertie. The new waiting area was purposely designed to not be large for privacy reasons as well. “If there’s a lot of extra family or overflow, we’re going to encourage them to go to the other waiting areas where there’s a television. We want to keep this area as quiet and manageable as possible.”

Another improvement is the addition of computers and printers in every room, empowering providers to create and print discharge instructions right there with the patient. “Before, the nurse had to drag a shared laptop back and forth throughout each room. We try to be motivated with time, with the caveat that we’re still going to take care of you the right way. Having access to this technology is incredibly helpful,” says Vandertie.

The Choice is Yours

There are several reasons why a patient may feel more comfortable presenting to Urgent Care rather than the Emergency room. The advantage of being in Door County Medical Center is that both entities are literally across the hall from one another. “We offer flexibility for our patients to choose where they think they need to be cared for. If they happen to choose incorrectly, that they would be better served in the ER, then it is our job as health care providers to help them understand and explain why they are going to be better served in the emergency room,” says Vandertie.

“I think for somebody who’s really mindful about trying to utilize the right space at the right time for the right cost you have multiple options. Urgent Care is similar to an appointment in your provider’s office,” says Vandertie, “although we are separate departments with separate staff, my ER nurses are cross-trained to work in Urgent Care because, from a patient care perspective, I think it’s valuable for us to understand how each other works differently so that we work better together.”

Urgent Care is open 7am-7pm everyday, including all holidays. We are on schedule to transition Saturday outpatient lab from the clinic to the new urgent care area on Saturday, August 4. The hours for outpatient lab will remain 8am-12pm.

If you want to learn more about the differences between Urgent Care and our Emergency Room services, please call 920-743-5566.

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.


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

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

Presenting the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center at Door County Medical Center

Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Center

Pete and Jelaine Horton

“They let us bring in beer and watch the Packer game. We immediately felt at home.” That experience on Christmas Eve a few years back was the “a-ha” moment for Pete Horton and his wife Jelaine Horton. Pete’s mother was in her early 90s and living in hospice in Indiana; the family knew her life was nearing its end. Those final moments of comfort, remarkable in their similarity to everyday life, meant the world to the Horton family. “End of life means living until the end,” says Jelaine, “we felt so thankful. That’s a major reason we decided to contribute to the new Skilled Nursing Facility at Door County Medical Center.”

In June, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) will break ground on their new Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center. The Pete and Jelaine Horton Center will be one of only three federally-certified and Wisconsin-Licensed Skilled Nursing Facilities in all of Door County.

Growing Older

The 2015 U.S. Census Bureau list the average number of people over age 65 in the state of Wisconsin at 14.8%. In Door County, that figure is almost double at 25.4%. People ages 65-75 grew by 16% over the past 5 years and those over age 85 during the same period grew by 10%.

As our population ages, so too, does infrastructure. The current Skilled Nursing Facility at DCMC is the last of the patient service areas located in the 1963 building to be updated. The resident restrooms do not accommodate wheelchairs, natural light is scarce, the plumbing is outdated, and there is only one communal room for activities such as meals, therapy and treatment. If residents want to access green space, they need to take elevators down a floor.

“We have a 5-star Skilled Nursing Facility in place because of our amazing staff and leadership, but we can only do so much within the space we currently have,” says Communication and Marketing Coordinator, Erin Shortall.

“Our mission is to improve the health of all in our community, but especially for the poor and the most vulnerable. It is our mission, our duty, to take care of our senior population as they approach the end of their life. Building a new state of the art Skilled Nursing and Hospice/End of Life Facility is the right thing to do, despite the financial cost,” says Mike Herlache, Executive Director of Door County Medical Center Foundation.

Connecting Community

Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Addition

The 25,000 square foot Pete and Jelaine Horton Center will be located in the green space on the corner of S.16th Place and Rhode Island Street. Resident centered care is at the heart of the design and features a “two-neighborhood” approach. Each “neighborhood” offers 15 private skilled nursing resident rooms with one room in each “neighborhood” reserved for End-of-Life/Hospice care. Additional space is provided for family and friends of those receiving end-of-life care.

“This is something entirely new to our SNF, to offer an intimate and connected space for visiting loved ones,” says DCMC President and CEO Gerald Worrick, “it was important for us to shed the institutional feel so common in traditional skilled nursing facilities. This is about enjoying life.”

The list of amenities reads more like a brochure for a boutique hotel. The two neighborhoods collectively share the kitchen, dining room and spa area. The communal space for both also includes an activity room, chapel, salon and a healing garden. Each neighborhood does have its own living room, den and end-of-life/family room.

“The healing garden is an open extension of the building and will be a prominent feature of the facility. The recent addition of city sidewalks around the perimeter of the hospital, combined with the community garden just a block down the road, brings us all a little closer,” says Herlache, “Even more, this will be the only facility of its kind in our community that is attached to a hospital. This is advantageous to residents as almost all of their health care needs are right down the hall including clinic, rehabilitation and emergency services.”

Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Center   Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Center

Planting Seeds

In 1999, the Hortons moved to Sturgeon Bay after Pete was involved in a silo gas accident on their Indiana farm. Door County was a place for him to heal, and an opportunity for the couple to commit to an area they both loved.

“Door County always felt like home,” said Pete. His first visits to the peninsula began with his father, whose company built our familiar blue water towers. Pete’s father passed on the legacy of giving to his son, instilling first and foremost a sense of humility. “We’re just lucky enough that we can do it,” says Pete, “We all do what we can with what we have.”

Internal support for the new skilled nursing facility has been immediate and continues to grow. Of the 650 DCMC employees, 25% have collectively given $70,000. 100% of the Door County Medical Center Board of Directors, Senior Leadership and Department Leadership have contributed.

“No one likes to think about what will happen to our grandparents and parents someday down the road, as their independent living skills change, but it will bring peace of mind to know that DCMC will have this facility to take care of these loved ones – that’s why I contributed,” says Erin Shortall.

“It never ceases to amaze me how committed the community is to helping ensure that quality health care continues to be provided at DCMC,” adds Herlache, “Growing older is something we all get to do, if we’re lucky. I personally feel that we owe it to our senior population, to ourselves, to build a state of the art facility for generations to come. It’s up to us to step up to the plate once again and get this built.”
“Because this is not a profit center for the hospital, we are relying on philanthropy to make this project a reality. The Horton’s seed contribution of $2 million laid the groundwork. Now, as a community, we must raise $5 million of the $9.5 million in construction costs,” says Herlache.

To make a gift of any size, visit or contact Door County Medical Center Foundation.

State-of-the-Art Technology, Close to Home – Advanced Detection Methods

Door County Medical Center is one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in Wisconsin. 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.

High Tech Reason #4: Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

There are 4 big ways, Door County Medical Center brings state of the art technology to our community. #4 is our advanced detection methods.

At Door County Medical Center, we provide up close and advanced detection methods rarely offered in rural communities. With 3-D Mammography, MRI and CT scanning, we get the clearest possible internal images. This helps us detect irregularities early on, drastically improving your chances of recovery. Advanced detection is second only to prevention.

3-D Mammography imaging is a type of digital mammography that, instead of taking a flat 2D image of breast tissue, creates a 3D image from a composite formed of image layers. 3D mammography has been shown to detect 41% more invasive breast cancers, on average. As a result, there are fewer cancers missed and less invasive treatments. One common way to describe the process is to compare the 3D image to the pages of a book, allowing doctors to examine breast tissue layer by layer.

“I am incredibly excited that we have this technology,” says DCMC’s Diagnostic Imaging Director, Amanda Feldbruegge, “Because of the greater detail that 3D mammography provides, the early detection rate is far higher. So, we are going to be able to detect cancers much sooner, and at a much smaller size. As a result, doctors will be able to start treatment sooner—we can catch the disease at stage 1 rather than at stage 3 or 4.”

Even though it has been estimated that a woman born in the United States today has a 1 in 8 chance of developing some form of breast cancer during their lifetime, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100% when breast cancer is detected early.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the latest in cutting-edge technology, helping doctors diagnose and care for patients with needs including oncology, injuries and vascular issues. DCMC invested in a more comfortable and inclusive scanner in March 2017.

“Our MRI scanner is larger and more easily tolerated by claustrophobic patients,” says Donald Renfrew, radiologist at DCMC. “In addition, the new machine has improved the quality of the images. These improvements allow more confident diagnosis leading to better patient care.”

Patients agree that the combination of high-tech and personalized care make their experience stand out. “The new machine is less noisy than I had experienced in the past. It was very comfortable and I didn’t feel so confined. The technicians are always very nice, and that makes all the difference,” says patient Caroline Link.

CT Scanning technology uses 640 visual slices to provide the clearest possible images for doctors to diagnose patients by generating images that can be turned into three-dimensional pictures. Door County Medical Center was the third hospital in the United States to adopt the CT scan technology that reduces streaks from implanted metal such as rods and pacemakers. This enables doctors to diagnose patients with a variety of symptoms such as headache, chest pain and abdominal pain.

“This top-of-the-line scanner is both quicker and more comfortable for the patient, and reduces the radiation dose to the patient as well,” says Amanda Feldbruegge.

One of the unique abilities of the scanner is to eliminate the appearance of metal implants, such as artificial joints, on a scan. “It used to be difficult to obtain images from patients with everything from tooth fillings to hip replacements because the metal caused streaks on the images,” explains Feldbruegge. “This new technology allows us to see everything clearly.”

At Door County Medical Center, our patients experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing the best possible early detection technology is available so close to home. “The combination of leading edge technology and compassionate care helps us provide the best possible outcomes for our patients,” says Feldbruegge.

It’s never too early to take a look at your health: schedule an appointment today!

Opportunity | Experience | Independence – Door County Schools’ Career Training Program

The Door County Schools’ Career Training Program (DCSCTP) is a county wide collaborative program between the school districts of Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol, Gibraltar and Southern Door in partnership with Door County Medical Center. It represents an interagency collaborative effort to serve a traditionally underserved population of students with disabilities and/or those who are at risk, which is approximately 12% of all students in Door County. DCSCTP provides a learning laboratory in the adult world and prepares students for employment after graduation. The program was created in 1999 and has served over 175 participants.

DCSCTP is managed by job coach and educator, Jolene Buhk. Buhk sees this program as the perfect setting for students to gain job skills that will keep them employed and productive after high school. “Our participants learn job seeking and keeping skills, as well as life skills, to help them in their transition from high school to post-secondary education or the work world. They get to have first-hand experience working in various departments on the hospital with the help of the supportive, kind staff at Door County Medical Center. This program gives the students the skills and confidence they need to be successful members of our community as they enter adulthood.”

Classroom Vocational Development

Approximately 25% of student participation in the program is spent in a classroom setting addressing job skills. There is a significant social skill development element to the curriculum as well. Students are not allowed to begin work assignments until they have participated in a comprehensive three-day orientation.

Throughout the semester, typical areas of classroom instruction include getting along with others, handling criticism, accepting orders on the job, interviewing, respect, responsibility, team building, grooming, decision making, organization, and personal finance. This Spring, students focused on honesty, being trustworthy and reputation. As the end of the semester approaches, students are currently working on their portfolio containing a resume, cover letter, and references.

Student Work Experience

Students work directly with DCMC staff who train and supervise them with the support and assistance of Buhk. Students follow a daily task list that is developed for their specific job assignment and abilities. To promote opportunities for skill training and development, students are assigned positions in the departments of:

  • Housekeeping
  • Nutritional Services
  • Central Supply
  • Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Linen Department
  • Physical Rehab
  • Sleep Lab
  • Patient Accounting
  • Student Evaluation

Student progress and evaluation is monitored on a weekly basis. Each day supervisors and students complete an evaluation form. Buhk also provides daily documentation of class participation, observations of students at work and overall performance. The results of weekly evaluation is sent to teachers and parents and quarter and semester grades are provided to the schools. The program also distributes a monthly newsletter, “Career Connection”, to keep families, DCMC staff, school staff and interested community members informed on the specifics of the program. Compensation for the vocational experience is in the form of school credits which is determined by each individual district.

Buhk sees positive change in the teenagers she works with, “Many students come to the program timid and self-conscious, and after participating in daily classroom lesson and working in different job placements, they leave the program confident in themselves and their ability to get a job and be a good employee.”

How to Apply

Students apply to DCSCTP through their school. Guidance Counselors and Special Education Teachers can provide application packet and information on the program. Following an application review and acceptance into the program, student schedules are developed. Students attend the program half-days with transportation provided by the home school district.

The deadline for Fall 2018 applications has passed, but you can contact Jolene Buhk for information regarding Spring 2019. (920) 746-3721

Strong Team at Door County Medical Center – Algoma Clinic

Mark Fergus, APNP, FNP-BC will begin providing Family Medicine services at Door County Medical Center-Algoma Clinic beginning April 24th. Mark is from Green Bay and received his Masters Degree from Concordia University’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Mark is one of three health professionals, including Ellen Knipfer, NP and Dr. Beth Lux, to make the transition from DCMC’s Sturgeon Bay location to the Algoma Clinic this year.

Mark Fergus, APNP, FNP-BC

Mark Fergus, APNP, FNP-BC

Ellen Knipfer, NP

Ellen Knipfer, NP

Dr. Beth Lux

Dr. Beth Lux

Kim Swiggum RN, BSN has been with Door County Medical Center for almost seven years and is the Site Supervisor at DCMC-Algoma Clinic. “We now have a total of seven staff, including Lab Tech, X-ray Tech/LPN, two additional LPN’s, a RN and two Reception staff,” she adds, “We have a diverse group and we are able to provide a variety medical services to our patients.”

These professional moves are part of an effort by Door County Medical Center to build a strong medical resource for Algoma residents and visitors. Algoma, with just over 3,000 residents, is a year-round community with a variety of generations living within the compact downtown core.

“Having a clinic like DCMC that brings a wide variety of services to our small rural community is a huge asset to the health and wellbeing of Algoma. Everyone, from children to our elderly population, can receive quality services without having to drive more than a few minutes. Many small cities like ours do not have that luxury. Even large cities do not have the ability to provide same day appointments with your personal provider. It’s much too easy to get juggled around to whomever has openings,” says Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sara Krouse.

“Many of the staff are known in the community and have been with the clinic for a number of years,” says Swiggum, “I am receiving many positive comments in regards to Ellen Knipfer, NP who has recently started here at DCMC-Algoma Clinic. She has received positive comments on our surveys and patients have personally told me how much they like her.”

The benefit of having a strong local medical team extends beyond the clinic walls. Krouse adds, “DCMC is also just a great community partner in general. They support our Shanty Days celebration and summer concerts in the park. They provide their employees the opportunity to volunteer and be involved in the community on behalf of DCMC. Perfect example, William Bluett, PT at the Algoma clinic is a chamber board member. Knowing that they are investing more in Algoma is great for the health and wellbeing of the city!”

The DCMC-Algoma Clinic provides a variety of family medicine services, as well as specialty care services including OB/GYN, pediatrics, behavioral health and diabetic services. The clinic includes an onsite laboratory and diagnostic imaging capabilities. Located at 815 Jefferson Street, the clinic is in the heart of downtown Algoma. Clinic hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call 920- 487-3496.

50 rural hospital CEOs to know | 2018

Gerald Worrick recognized as a top rural hospital CEO to know by Becker’s Healthcare

Becker's top 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know 2018

The CEOs featured on this list have overcome significant challenges operating rural community and critical access hospitals to lead sustainable and thriving organizations. Many CEOs have served their institutions for decades, recruiting physicians, expanding services and implementing technology platforms to ensure the best care possible for their communities.

Becker’s Healthcare accepted nominations for this list and considered leaders making a positive impact on their organizations. The CEOs featured lead hospitals consistently recognized by the National Rural Health Association, American Hospital Association and HIMSS as top institutions; others sit on local chamber of commerce boards and serve on state hospital associations.

As president and CEO of Door County Medical Center, Gerald Worrick (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) has overseen the hospital’s efforts to affiliate with Hospital Sisters Health System. In his current role, Mr. Worrick oversees a medical staff that includes more than 175 physicians at the critical access hospital and satellite clinics. Mr. Worrick also has experience in leadership roles with the American Hospital Association and served in administrative positions at hospitals in Chicago and Eau Claire, Wis., before joining Door County.

Note: This list is not an endorsement of any individual or institution featured. Individuals do not pay and cannot pay for inclusion on this list.

Contact Laura Dyrda at with any questions about this list.