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Hospitals receive national recognition for care

Distinction recognizes facilities for improvements

A health care performance improvement alliance has rated two SSM Health Care of Wisconsin hospitals among the best in the nation at providing safe, reliable and efficient care.

Dietitians stage 'smart mob' with health message

Dietitians stage 'smart mob' with health message

Hospital employees dance through Metcalfe's Wed.  

A local grocery store served a side of entertainment Wednesday afternoon.

At 2 p.m., shoppers at the Hilldale Metcalfe's Sentry Foods watched a variation on a smart mob in which St. Mary's dietitians and supporters danced throughout the store to celebrate Registered Dietitian Day (March 13) and National Nutrition Month, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics campaign that takes place annually in March.

A spokesman for St. Mary's said bystanders watched as more than 30 people including dieticians, St. Mary's employees, their kids and the St. Mary's heart mascot danced through the store to an original song.

The special tune, "5 a day," was written and recorded by hospital employees to share the health message of eating five portions of fruits and vegetables daily.

Dalai Lama to visit Madison

Dalai Lama to visit Madison

'Change the World' event marks spititual leader's 9th visit    

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Madison along with other international thought leaders to take part in a series of panel discussions in May as part of the “Change your Mind Change the World” event at the Overture Center.

The May 15 event -- co-hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center and the Global Health Institute -- will include discussions on how neuroscience, environments, economics, and healthcare can combine to make the world a healthier, happier place.

Organizers said thought leaders from a variety of fields including neuroscience, economics and sustainability, will participate in a panel moderated by Arianna Huffington and Daniel Goleman.

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

It's almost time to spring forward, and Wisconsin officials are using the occasion to remind residents about home safety.

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, when Wisconsinites will set the clocks ahead one hour. Safety officials said the event marks a convenient reminder to do annual checks.

For example:

  • Consider replacing the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • If you don't have an emergency kit at home, now's the time to get one
  • If you do have an emergency kit, put fresh batteries in the flashlight and make sure the food, water and first-aid kit are all in good condition

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has additional safety tips on its website.

Nurse delivers sister's baby at home

Nurse delivers sister's baby at home

Nurse: 'It all just sort of happened at once … it was pretty wild'  

When Amanda Van Gorden finished her shift at St. Mary's Hospital on the night of Feb. 16, she envisioned a pretty uneventful evening. But a text from her sister Ashley an hour later would change everything.

"She texted [me] to say her water had broken and wondered if I could take her to the hospital," Van Gorden said.

Ashley's husband had left just a few moments earlier to drop her son off at her parent's house. It was after he left that the contractions started every two to three minutes.

'Yogathon' to celebrate health, raise funds for lung cancer research

'Yogathon' to celebrate health, raise funds for lung cancer research

Free to Breath Madison hosts auction, yoga session downtown   

A cancer awareness group will host a wellness event Saturday to benefit lung cancer research and promote healthy living.

The Free to Breathe Madison Lung Cancer Yogathon will be held at Union South. Check in is at 8:30 a.m. and a silent auction and wellness expo will take place. The 108-minute yoga session begins at 9:45 a.m. After yoga, refreshments will be offered and prizes drawn.

Cost to participate in the charity event is $30 Saturday and participants can register on site. Attendees wishing to take part in the yoga session are asked to bring their own mats.

On its website, Free to Breathe said it is an event series and fundraising program initiated in 2006 in Philadelphia to raise awareness and research funding to eradicate lung cancer.

Hospital hosts teddy bear care event for grade schoolers

Hospital hosts teddy bear care event for grade schoolers

Experience helps kids feel more comfortable in medical setting    

St. Mary's Surgical Suites staff opened a teddy bear hospital at St. Mary's on Wednesday for Lincoln School students.

About 29 students brought stuffed animals, action figures and dolls to the teddy bear hospital for care. The toy companions were treated for a variety of injuries including broken arms and legs from falling off monkey bars, a pool stick in the eye and even a broken arm from falling off bunk bed. Following the event students left with comfort kits, coloring pages and a bookmark.

The teddy bear hospital is just one way that St. Mary's educates Lincoln School students about the types of treatments that happen at a hospital. It also helps make the hospital experience a less scary one in the future should a student or member of the student’s family require medical attention.