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New therapy center offers tours

New therapy center offers tours

An open house at a new physical therapy clinic will offer a look at the facility and a chance to win prizes. 

Meriter-UnityPoint Health said it will host the open house at its new Therapy Central clinic, 1414 S. Park St., on Wednesday.

The open house from 4-6 p.m. will give the community a chance to tour the new location, meet therapy staff, enjoy refreshments and enter to win fitness prizes.

The new building at 1414 S. Park St. combines a variety of therapies and services that were previously located within Meriter Hospital and at the 1 S. Park facility, Meriter officials said. 

Meriter-UnityPoint Health also offers therapy services at Meriter Hospital and clinics in Madison, DeForest-Windsor, Monona and Middleton.

Mosquito season off to an annoying start

Mosquito season off to an annoying start

Mosquito season is off to an annoying start in northern Wisconsin, where the problem has been so bad that one canoeing company has been turning away customers rather than sending them out on a bug-infested river.

Fortunately, though, the rest of the summer might not be so bad. A Madison entomologist said early indications suggest this season may end up being no worse than usual, and that standard precautions might be enough to keep the pesky critters away.

Some hardware stores up north have been having trouble keeping bug repellent on the shelves, and some residents said they can't remember a summer with such abundant swarms.

PJ Liesch, who studies insects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was in northern Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend. That Friday and Saturday were pleasantly mosquito-free, but hordes of the blood-sucking pests appeared as if out of nowhere that Sunday, he said.

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

A local cancer healthcare facility will host a free event next month serving ice cream lake side.

Organizers of the Turville Bay’s Survivor’s Day Ice Cream Social said there's no cost to attend the event June 8 and the social is open to everyone. 

The event is a special day for cancer survivors, their families, friends and caregivers as well as healthcare providers. The 2-hour ice cream event at Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center, 1104 John Nolen Drive, begins at 1 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy 10 flavors of ice cream provided by Chocolate Shoppe and beverages under big white canopies, while taking in Turville Bay's Lake Monona shoreline. People can explore the Healing Garden, listen to live music and win prizes. 

Tours of the center are available upon request. Parking is free.

Dietitian to offer recipe ideas at free food event

Dietitian to offer recipe ideas at free food event

An event later this month will focus on healthy, tasty food for kids. 

Meriter-UnityPoint Health is hosting Super Foods for Super Kids at the American Family Insurance DreamBank on May 31.

The event will offer interactive demonstrations, food tastings and a chance for parents to ask questions. A pediatrician and dietitian will talk about tasty foods that pack a nutritious punch. 

The free Super Foods event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. 

Free events to bring positive focus for kids with allergies

Two free events this month are planned to bring a more positive focus on living with allergies. 

It’s estimated one in every 13 children has food allergies, or about two in each classroom. That's why it's so important for everyone to understand the basic food safety concerning allergens. Amy Recob, local author of the book series The BugaBees, and Meriter-UnityPoint Health allergists are teaming up to teach the public how to stay safe.

"I know firsthand that living with a child who has a food allergy can be stressful and overwhelming at times," Recob said. "Having the ability to attend fun and educational events like this one is important. Not only is it a chance for my child to see she's not alone, it's also an opportunity for her friends and family to gain valuable information that will ultimately keep her safe and healthy."

MPD: Strangers help save woman suffering medical emergency

MPD: Strangers help save woman suffering medical emergency

Police praised two Madisonians for their efforts in saving a woman who was having a medical emergency Tuesday morning. 

The Madison Police Department said the Good Samaritans just happened to be walking -- separately -- near the Capitol Square when they heard a woman call out for help at about 9:10 a.m. The 64-year-old woman, of Madison, believed she was having a heart attack.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said a 38-year-old man ran across West Main Street and caught the woman as she fell, preventing her head from striking the sidewalk. A 53-year-old man also came to the woman's side and called 911.

UW Hospital and Clinics named to great places to work list

UW Hospital and Clinics named to great places to work list

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics was named to the 2014 list of 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare list released by Becker's Healthcare, according to a release.

The list has been published by Becker's since 2011, but this is the first year non-provider organizations have been included, according to the release.

Organizations are evaluated on their benefits, workplace culture, professional development opportunities and previous recognition for workplace excellence, officials said.

With 8,400 employees, UW Hospital and Clinics is one of the largest employers in the area, according to the release. Becker's mentioned UW's staff-retention rate of 90 percent, its redesignation as a Magnet hospital, and its seven consecutive years on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list as reasons for the company making the list.