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Gotta Go, Right Now?

It might make you uncomfortable, but it’s time to talk about pelvic health. Pelvic health includes all things that are embarrassing to discuss, but important to address. Many are treatable! Things like:

  • Urinary leakage, frequency or urgency (incontinence)
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Diastasis rectus abdominus (when abdomen muscles divide postpartum)
  • Post-surgical weakness from abdominal surgery, hysterectomy or gynecological surgery
  • Scar tissue restrictions
  • Painful sex (a sign of muscles being too tight)
  • Pelvic prolapse (a sign of muscles being too loose)

While many of these symptoms and conditions are common, especially among the elderly and women who are or have recently been pregnant, incontinence is by far the most common.

Approximately 13 million Americans are incontinent: 85 percent of whom are women. Urinary incontinence can start early. It affects 4 out of 10 women, 1 out of 10 men and 17% of kids below the age of 15. 38% to 40% of women experience stress urinary incontinence and 41% of elite female athletes.

Pelvic health issues like these can have a negative impact emotionally, physically and financially. For example, someone who suffers with urinary incontinence may find it difficult to find suitable employment; embarrassing situations that reoccur can lead to isolation and eventually depression; running or aerobics become something to avoid when you suffer from incontinence.

Often, people go years or their whole lives powering through these daily struggles because they are too embarrassed to bring it up. The good news is that approximately 80 percent of those affected by urinary incontinence can be cured or improved.

Neuromuscular control is needed to create awareness of the contraction and relaxation of the pelvic muscles  and is a main goal of physical therapy.  An example of a treatment regimen includes Kegel muscle exercises emphasizing the ability to fully relax the muscles after a contraction. Patients would attend physical therapy sessions 1-2 days a week for about 2 months.

If incontinence is your issue, the thought of a car ride to Green Bay a couple times a week is anxiety inducing. Door County Medical Center has a team of physical therapists in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay who have participated in specialized training on adult pelvic health and pelvic floor muscles. These amazing physical therapists are prepared to listen to you with compassion and help you get back to living your life.

DCMC Physical TherapistsSister Bay: Lori Pothast, PT and Jen Gaddes, DPT. Sturgeon Bay: Crystal Pomeroy, DPT, Anna Deboer, DPT.

Patients are examined by one of our highly skilled physical therapists in a very discreet private treatment room. They provide education, home exercises and treatments to manage symptoms.

According to Lori Pothast, PT, “You don’t need to accept this as a way of life; there’s something you can do about it. Talk to your doctor. Mention that you are having problems. We can teach you muscular exercises over 6-8 weeks to improve control for the rest of your life. There are solutions.”

You deserve better! Talk to your primary physician today about physical therapy for pelvic health.

If you have any questions, contact DCMC Rehabilitation Services in Sister Bay (920-854-4111) or Sturgeon Bay (920-746-0410).

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.

Door County Medical Center General Surgery Welcomes Michael St. Jean M.D.

Dr. Michael St Jean

Michael St. Jean M.D.

Door County Medical Center is pleased to announce Dr. Michael St. Jean, M.D., F.A.C.S. will be providing General Surgery at Door County Medical Center beginning March 6th, 2018.

Dr. St. Jean received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University. While there, he joined the Army ROTC, and then completed medical school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He completed his surgical residency training at the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center and following his training, served at several Army MEDDACs and the William Beaumont Army Medical Center. He completed a Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center in 2005 and concluded his military career at Womack Army Medical Center, serving as residency director, Director of Medical Education and Chief, Department of Surgery. Following numerous combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2006 and 2011, he retired from active service. Prior to joining DCMC, Dr. St. Jean practiced Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine where he served as Surgeon Medical Director, overseeing all perioperative surgical services.

Dr. St. Jean’s practice includes all aspects of Minimally Invasive Surgery, endoscopy and robotic surgery. In particular, he is looking forward to bringing his years of experience with advanced robotic surgery to DCMC. “We’ll be using the da Vinci Xi Surgical System,” says Dr. St. Jean. “It’s really the latest advance in robotic-assisted surgery and in minimally invasive procedures.” 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. 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.”

Dr. St. Jean is also looking forward to moving closer to his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, who live in Wisconsin. “My wife is from Northern Illinois,” he adds, “so in a sense, this move is about getting back to family.”

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.

“My Experience at Door County Medical Center was a Beautiful Experience”: Why One Nurse Decided to Join Our Team at the Birthing Center

Giving birth to your first child is one of the most exciting and profound experiences anyone will go through during their lifetime. For one of our newest labor nurses, her experience giving birth to her first child at our Birthing Center was so positive that she decided she wanted to work at Door County Medical Center. The following interview recounts her experiences at the Birthing Center, both as a mother and as a labor nurse. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

My name is Jessica Skinner and I’m a Registered Nurse working in the Birthing Center at Door County Medical Center. I’m also an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. So, I fill two roles here in the Birthing Center.

I initially trained at Aurora Sinai in Milwaukee and actually started as a post-partum aid. While there, I was able to work with some excellent lactation consultants as well as several really wonderful nurses. And at Aurora Sinai, they have their birthing center split into labor/delivery and post-partum, so following my training as a post-partum aid; I cross-trained over onto labor and delivery. It was a more high risk, high volume hospital, but also a good place to learn.

What brought you to Door County Medical Center?

My parents are from the Door County area, so following my training in Milwaukee, I moved back home and started working at Aurora Bay Care in Green Bay as a labor nurse. Again, it was a big place, many wonderful people—a lot more patients than we typically see in Door County—but also a great place to learn and get my feet wet. And then, I had my baby right here in this very room [where we are doing the interview] and I was so taken with the level of care that I received—that was available here—that I was blown away. So, I think my son was almost a year old when I decided to come to Door County Medical Center, and I have not regretted a day of it.

What about your experience at DCMC’s Birthing Center, thus far, has so impressed you?

At DCMC, we don’t have the patient volume that my previous hospitals did—the nurses here typically don’t have four mom-baby couplets that they are taking care of at one time, usually it’s just one or two. Sometimes you might even be the only mom-baby group here. What that translates to is a lot more personal care for our patients, and of course patients really appreciate that—as a patient at DCMC, that level of personal care really blew me away.

But more than that, nurses at DCMC also really appreciate the low nurse-to-patient ratio, because we typically get into this profession for the hands-on, bedside caring. I feel that, instead of going through tasks and just providing safe-care, what we really provide is personal care—we’re teaching men and women and their new babies how to become families. We spend a lot of time answering their questions; letting patients get comfortable with new tasks—we’re kind of standing by for moral support and talking over all the fears you have as a new parent and all the joys you can expect too. We do a really good job of preparing people for becoming parents.

And that preparation actually starts well before people even get to the birthing center. We provide pre-natal breast-feeding classes, which I teach once a month. We also teach prepared childbirth classes, which are held six times a year. We really try to cultivate long-term relationships with families in this community.

When you were in labor was there a specific moment or positive experience that you could point to as “eye-opening,” with regard to the high level of care you received at DCMC’s Birthing Center?

Yes, a couple of memories. This maybe sounds odd considering I’m a labor and delivery nurse, but I was actually really nervous about labor—it was a strange feeling for me to be on the other side. So, I remember that Barb Severinsen, who was my labor nurse during the day, knew that I was a labor nurse, so she turned the monitor away from me so I couldn’t see it, and turned down the volume so I couldn’t hear it. This little thing was really important, because what I really didn’t want was to be my own labor nurse, and she picked up on that. We [labor nurses] tend to calculate the baby’s heart rate in our heads, and Barb could tell I was listening to the monitor and was not fully focused on being in labor.

I also remember laboring in the bathroom after my water broke, and Barb just standing with me there for what felt like hours. I just put my arms around her—Barb’s not a very tall woman, so she’s kind of a perfect height—and I remember hugging her and saying “Barb, don’t leave me,” and Barb just stroking my hair and saying “I won’t. I’m going to stay right here with you.” So, yeah, every step of the way, my experience at DCMC was a beautiful experience. And especially for me, because being a labor nurse, you go into it knowing all of the bad things that can happen, and I didn’t think about that once after I arrived at the Birthing Center.

Is there was a single aspect—a service perhaps—you can point to, which is representative of the high quality of care you are able to provide at the Birthing Center?

One of the services we offer at DCMC, which is really important—and is hospital-wide, but I feel is especially important for our department—is we always follow up with a phone call.  Once a person leaves the hospital, one of the nurses from the unit they were in—often the nurse that took care of them—will call them within one or two days of discharge. Sometimes there is so much going on it’s difficult to make all of the new information stick. Often, people will go home and think, “I can’t remember what she said about this; I can’t remember when I’m supposed to do that.” The follow-up call provides a nice opportunity to reconnect and check in on the patient—people won’t always ask for help, but when it’s freely offered people tend to be a lot more open to it. And that phone call is especially important in a postpartum unit, because everything changes, hour by hour with a newborn, especially when it’s your first baby. That phone call is very different from other places I’ve worked. It opens up a dialog between labor nurses and new moms that can lasts for years—it’s something special that we get to do at DCMC.

For more information on the Birthing Center at Door County Medical Center please visit us online at: http://dcmedical.org/Medical-Services/Womens-Care or call us at (920) 743-5566.

Family Nurse Practitioner Ellen Knipfer is Coming to the Algoma Clinic

Ellen Knipfer, Family Nurse Practitioner

Ellen Knipfer, Family Nurse Practitioner

Door County Medical Center is excited to announce that Ellen Knipfer, Family Nurse Practitioner at our Sturgeon Bay Clinic, has started accepting patients at the Algoma Clinic. Ms. Knipfer is bringing over a decade’s worth of diverse experience to the clinic, having previously worked on the Medical/Surgical Unit at DCMC, then in Infection Prevention and Employee Health, and more recently serving as Director of the ICU and the Medical/Surgical Unit.

Now, Ellen is looking forward to working with the Algoma community to make the kind of choices that lead to a healthier and more fulfilling life. “After more than 10 years at DCMC, I decided to leave my job as director after completing a Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I’m really glad that I made that decision, because after working in internal medicine, I saw a lot of chronic illness. Now, I feel I am better positioned to help my patients make the lifestyle changes that I feel they need to make in order to address, and hopefully prevent, those illnesses.”

It’s about education

“It’s about getting off the couch,” says Ellen, “it’s about getting out from behind the computer; it’s about changing eating habits. In general, it’s really about education, and nurses really are educators. So, one of the things I’m interested in bringing to the Algoma clinic is education—I want to teach people how, on a daily basis, to make the kinds of simple choices that will positively effect their overall health.”

Beyond that, Ellen is interested in getting involved in the Algoma community. “I’m looking forward to the move,” she says, “and I’m looking forward to finding out what kinds of healthy lifestyle changes are needed in the community, and how best to effect those changes.”

Ellen Knipfer, APNP, started seeing patients at the Algoma Clinic on Monday, January 29th. To make an appointment please call (920) 487-3496. Door County Medical Center’s Algoma Clinic is located at 815 Jefferson Street in downtown Algoma.

Local executive earns top healthcare management credential

Jodi Hibbard, MS, BSN, RN, FACHE recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

“Achieving FACHE certification has always been a personal goal since finding my passion for leadership in healthcare. It demonstrates my dedication to the field and is truly a very proud achievement,” says Hibbard, Director of Clinic Operations at Door County Medical Center (DCMC), Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. “Jodi is an outstanding leader, and this achievement is a great capstone to all of her hard work and accomplishments,” according to James Heise, MD, DCMC Chief Medical Director.

To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement.

“The healthcare management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important,” says Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community.”

“Jodi’s leadership here at Door County Medical Center has brought our organization to another level over the past seven years,” says Gregory S. Holub, FACHE, DCMC Vice President of Clinic Operations.

Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years and signifies board certification in healthcare management.

For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Member Services at (312) 424-9400, by emailing contact@ache.org, or visit ache.org/FACHE.

About the American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE’s established network of more than 78 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. The Foundation of ACHE is known for its educational programs—including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants—and groundbreaking research. Its publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on health services management including textbooks for college and university courses.

Dr. Ronald Kodras, MD joining the DCMC Internal Medicine team

Dr KodrasDoor County Medical Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Ronald Kodras, MD will be joining our internal medicine team starting December 19, 2017. Dr. Kodras received his medical degree from the Univertisty of Kansas, School of Medicine, completed his internship and residency at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and served as Preceptor for Medical Students at the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine-Madison. Now, Dr. Kodras is coming to us from Beloit Memorial Hospital, where he has practiced for 27 years.

“My wife and I had come to a point where we decided we needed to look for the place we wanted to retire—our final home, so to speak,” says Dr. Kodras. “We have a condo in Egg Harbor, and have been coming to, and enjoying Door County for years. We are both very active—we love to hike and bike and we’re bringing our cross-country skis and snowshoes—Door County seemed like a natural fit. However,” he adds, “I’m not ready to retire. My specialty is in Geriatric Medicine, and I was the Medical Director of the Stateline Area Memory Clinic in Beloit, so I’m looking forward to both bringing my expertise in memory care to Door County Medical Center and to working with older adults.”

Geriatric Medicine focuses on medical issues and diseases of aging—for those who are healthy or have a number of medical issues. Health care may become more complex as you age and encounter additional medical conditions. Dr. Kodras focuses on patients over the age of 50 and is an expert in the way medical conditions impact one another and how medical conditions and medications uniquely affect you as you age. As your overall health manager, Dr. Kodras will speak directly with your specialists, and together, identify the best course of action for you based on your current health. Using a team approach, he will also manage your care and work directly with those specialists making your care seamless.

Additionally, Dr. Kodras is planning a series of community talks for residents over 50. Talks will focus outdoor activities and will include topics like Traveling Abroad Over 50 and Hiking Over 50.

Our goal is to keep you active, healthy and independent. If your health becomes more complex as you age, Door County Medical Center and Dr. Kodras will be there to maintain your highest quality of life.

Dr. Phil Arnold Returns to Door County Medical Center

Dr. Phil Arnold

Dr. Phil Arnold

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Philip Arnold, DO, will be returning to Door County Medical Center and rejoining the Family Medicine team at our Sturgeon Bay clinic starting June 13, 2017. For the past year and a half, Dr. Arnold has practiced at the PolyClinic in Seattle, WA. Prior to his time in Seattle, Dr. Arnold spent nearly a decade at Door County Medical Center’s Fish Creek clinic as an attending physician and, since 2006, as director of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Arnold brings his extensive experience in primary care and sports medicine back to the community with specialties that include preventative care, pediatrics, injuries, concussion management and minor procedures. He received his medical education at Des Moines University, completed his family medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Virginia Tech Department of Athletics.

In addition to his work as an attending physician, Dr. Arnold has been a medical pool physician for the United States Ski Team since 2008 and has traveled the world providing medical coverage for the team. Now, he looks forward to returning to the sidelines of Door County’s own sporting events­—including high school athletics and running and biking events—and providing the same high quality of care to the teams and athletes in our area.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Arnold back as a primary care physician, sports medicine expert and member of our team,” says Jodi Hibbard, director of clinic operations at DCMC. “His unique blend of sports medicine experience and family care is a perfect fit for our community.”

High-touch and High-tech: State of the Art Technology and Compassionate Care Go Hand in Hand

Think you need to travel to a large city to get the best in medical technology? Think again. Door County Medical Center (DCMC) is committed to providing the latest in high-tech diagnostic imaging equipment to serve patients. And services are provided by local, experienced staff who care for generations of families.

DCMC’s new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine is the latest in cutting-edge technology, helping doctors diagnose and care for patients with needs including oncology, injuries and vascular issues.

Picture of MRI Scanner

“This state-of-the-art machine not only provides extremely detailed images, but it also allows patients to experience MRI in a more comfortable, spacious setting,” says Amanda Feldbruegge, director of diagnostic imaging at DCMC.

“Our new 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.

In addition to the new MRI machine, DCMC recently added a new CT scanner, becoming the third hospital in the United States to adopt new technology that reduces streaks from implanted metal such as rods and pacemakers.

“The combination of leading edge technology and compassionate care helps us provide the best possible outcomes for our patients,” says Feldbruegge.