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Local health care professional earns top credential

Local health care professional earns top credential

Hospital’s director of medical imaging recognized by professional society

A director at St. Mary’s in Madison received recognition from an international society of health care executives who lead the nation’s hospitals and health care systems.

Seth Teigen, administrative director of medical imaging for St. Mary’s Hospital and Dean Health System, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Health care Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.

“Health care management ultimately affects the people in our communities,” Dr. Thomas Dolan, president and chief executive officer of ACHE, said in a news release. “It is critically important to have a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization.”

Capitol event raises awareness for Rett Syndrome


A second annual event for families affected by Rett Syndrome will take place at the Capitol building Saturday.

The international Blue Sky Girls event will take place closest to State Street at 10 a.m.  Attendees are asked to wear purple, the Rett Syndrome awareness color, to show support.

City of Madison firefighters will attend the event and assist girls that need assistance climbing to the top.  Madison Fire Department Chief David will also participate.

Governor Scott Walker recently signed a proclamation declaring October to be Rett Syndrome Awareness Month.  Twenty-four states and seven countries will participate in similar ceremonies simultaneously.

Climbing stairs is a symbolic gesture, said a press release, because climbing takes you upward and forward.  The majority of girls and women with Rett Syndrome are unable to walk or climb stairs unassisted, the press release said.

Breast cancer awareness month kicks off at capitol

Breast cancer awareness month kicks off at capitol


National Breast Cancer Awareness month has arrived and a local organization is kicking off the month at the capitol.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure in South Central Wisconsin holds their kick-off event on the King Street steps Saturday at noon.

Survivors, co-survivors, law enforcement officials, Mayor Paul Soglin, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney, South Milwaukee Police Chief Ann Wellens and Attorney General JB Van Hollen will attend the event, said a press release.  The Honor Guard will begin the program with a moment of silence for those that were lost to the disease.

The kick-off event includes a parade of survivors around the capitol.  Proceeds will go to local breast health and breast cancer programming funded by the Wisconsin Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Meriter Hosting Halloween Candy Trade-In Party

Meriter Hosting Halloween Candy Trade-In Party


Meriter will be hosting a Halloween Candy Trade-In Party on Saturday, November 3 from 10am-1pm at the Meriter West Washington Pediatric Clinic.  Pediatricians will be collecting Halloween candy from children in exchange for healthy alternatives, like fresh fruit.  Kids attending the event can also enter win great prizes, like a brand new bike.  All donated candy will be send to U.S. Troops through Operation Gratitude. This event is sponsored by Meriter and Physicians Plus.

Women voters forum discusses population health


The League of Women Voters of Dane County will hold their October forum Wednesday.

The topic this month is "There's More to Health than Just Medicine: A Population Health Perspective."  Julie Willems Van Dijk, who works at the UW-Madison Population Health Institute, will speak at the event.

The free event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Lakes Grand Hall located at 333 W. Main St.  Free parking is available.

For more information visit www.lwvdanecounty.org.

Ice cream social aims to break down mental health stereotypes

Ice cream social aims to break down mental health stereotypes


A Madison mental health center will host a “we’re not bananas” ice cream social Sunday to raise awareness for mental health struggles and break down stereotypes.

Families, friends and staff of the Journey Mental Health Center welcome the community to an open dialogue about mental health and addiction, said a press release.  Activities to promote awareness will be featured at the event.  A brass quintet will play 1890s era music including Scott Joplin rags.  A barbershop quartet will also perform.

The event takes place Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 14 Proudfit St.  Everyone is invited to enjoy mini-banana splits and assorted beverages.

Ovarian Cancer Alliance hosts free community event


As Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance will celebrate with a free community event Sunday.

“Afternoon Delights” features a one woman show about cancer survival performed by Madison native Laura Clark Hansen.  Her performance is entitled “Please Send Hats” and chronicles her experiences with living with cancer through comedy and heartfelt stories, said a press release.

The Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance said that the disease is now referred to as “the disease that whispers.”  Four symptom categories occur in women with ovarian cancer including bloating and gas, eating difficulties or feeling full quickly, abdominal or pelvic pain or discomfort and urinary symptoms of urgency or frequency.

The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 203 Wisconsin Ave. Seating is limited so call 608-630-8205 to reserve a space.