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Slow/no wake ordered for 2 Dane Co. lakes

Slow/no wake ordered for 2 Dane Co. lakes

Dane County officials declared a slow/no wake order for two Dane County lakes, according to a release.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney have signed a declaration calling for a slow/no wake order on Lake Monona, including Squaw Bay, and Lake Waubesa, according to the release.

Officials said recent heavy rain and flooding have increased lake levels and the order is being issued due to the potential for additional rainfall over the next 24 hours.

Under the slow/no wake order, boats must move as slowly as possible while still maintaining steering control and produce no wake, according to the release.

The order is in effect now through at least Monday, according to the release.

Officials said violators may be subject to citations or fines, and signs will be posted informing lake users about the order.

UW grad honors dad with 85-mile biking fundraiser

UW grad honors dad with 85-mile biking fundraiser

A University of Wisconsin graduate will channel his dad's love of biking and push pedals for a good cause in mid-June.

"My idea has always been to be like my father," Donald Malchow wrote on his blog. "I was thinking of ways to do so and make him proud."

Fittingly, Donald Malchow is calling his 85-mile ride planned on June 15 from Milwaukee to Madison, "Bike Like Mike."

Hospital celebrates nurses week with singing competition

Hospital celebrates nurses week with singing competition

On Thursday St. Mary's staff participated in their own version of "American Idol" to celebrate Nurses Week.

Organizers said eight staff members mustered the courage to step onto the stage and into the spotlight much to the delight of those watching in the cafeteria.

After Thursday's event, employees will vote for their favorite performer and then the top vote-getter will be crowned the St. Mary's champ and receive a prize, the hospital said.

Madison writer uses personal stories to combat addiction, facilitate recovery

Madison writer uses personal stories to combat addiction, facilitate recovery

New book by Madison author and editor strives to help others "wake up happy"

Healthcare providers sponsor for allergy awareness

Dean and St.Mary's hopsital are sponsoring an event to raise awareness for food allergies in children. The free event will be held Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

The event is designed to be an opportunity for parents and children to learn about what it means to have a food allergy. It will feature story time with "The Bugabees" and award winning children's author and food safety advocate Amy Recob.

There will also be an expert panel of certified Dean allergists so parents will be able to ask safety questions as well as arts and crafts for kids.

Participants are invited to enter the Park Street ramp off Erin Street for free parking that day.

Ironman triathlete with diabetes to speak downtown

Ironman triathlete with diabetes to speak downtown

Despite being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Jay Hewitt pushes his body to its limits.

As an Ironman triathlete and member of the U.S. National Triathlon Team, Hewitt is living proof that an active lifestyle is possible for those with diabetes and helps keep the disease under control.

On June 6, Dean Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital and the American Diabetes Association invite residents to listen to  Hewitt tell the inspirational story of how he became the first athlete with type 1 diabetes to qualify for the U.S. National Triathlon Team. He'll also discuss how he learned to manage his disease and become a world class competitor, both of which he said require discipline and proper nutrition.

"I respect my diabetes, but I will not surrender to it,” Hewitt said.

Organizers said the event is free and open to the public.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Mary's Hospital Conference Center, Bay 1.

This event is presented by Novo Nordisk.

Area hospitals receive electronic record-keeping award

A healthcare management systems group has given Dean Clinic, St. Mary's and Stoughton Hospitals with an award recognizing their adoption of electronic records.

HIMSS Analytics, the research division of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, said the facilities have earned the award by completing the final stage in transitioning from hard copy records.

Reaching Stage 7 means that all records at a facility are electronic to make records accessible throughout locations and reduces preventable errors.

In addition, hospitals and health systems that have attained Stage 7 are able to share patient information with other health care providers, which can ultimately improve patient care and safety.

Dean Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital said the organizations are the first ambulatory and hospital to partner in the country that have both been recognized with the electronic health record adoption at the same time.