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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.

Cardiac arrest survivor wants others to learn life-saving skill

Cardiac arrest survivor wants others to learn life-saving skill

Survivor: '[I was] clinically dead, and I was that way for 20 minutes'   

Sudden cardiac arrest kills 1,000 people a day in the U.S., which is roughly one person every two minutes.  Would you know what to do if you saw someone collapse in front of you?

Channel3000.com and WISC-TV are proud to partner with St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday for Hands on Hearts -- a community-wide event offering free compression-only CPR .

COCPR is a hands-only technique to help those in sudden cardiac arrest. The constant compressions are performed 100 times a minute to the center of a patient's chest. The compressions keep oxygen-rich blood flowing to the heart and brain. Mouth-to-mouth rescue breaths are not needed.

When compression-only CPR is used on a victim of cardiac arrest, the chance of surviving increases greatly.

5K to raise awareness of environmental illnesses

The Jennifer Parker Foundation is sponsoring a 5K walk for environmental illness as a part of a national movement to raise awareness for the cause. The walk will start at 1 p.m. on May 5 at Tenney Park.

EI includes diseases like asthma, fibromyalgia, chemical and electromagnetic sensitivity as well as allergies and autoimmune diseases. The illnesses usually occur when someone is exposed to toxins like mold, dust, traffic fumes, pesticides and other chemical products.

Participants will walk from the park to the Capitol and back. Registration for the walk will cost $25 and the price includes a T-shirt, water and a snack. Children under 14 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Mom to share son's organ donation story

Mom to share son's organ donation story

In 2001, dying 20-year-old man helped 55 people   

Twelve years ago, Mary Myskewitz and her family were faced with something they never expected: their 20-year-old son was dying and his physician was asking if he had spoken to them about organ donation.

"All of the family present answered yes in unison," recalled Myskewitz. "The bell went off and we knew we had to do it. That was easy because we had talked to him in the past and knew it was his desire."

Myskewitz's son Rob was able to help more than 55 people with that one decision thanks to his organ, eye and tissue donation.

In an event Thursday, as part of National Donate Life Month, Myskewitz will speak at 11:15 a.m. in the main lobby at St. Mary's Hospital. She said she hopes to spread the word about organ donation impact.