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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.

Homeless outreach group raises $60,000 for medical care fund

Homeless outreach group raises $60,000 for medical care fund

Funds will cover about 5 months of service costs    

A hospital outreach program said in December it raised about $60,000 to go toward medical care funds for the homeless.

Meriter’s Helping Educate and Link the Homeless, known as HEALTH, raised the money in the final weeks of 2012 to help homeless patients get care in the Madison area; $10,000 came from a grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“Getting needed health care can be a major challenge, if not impossible, for the homeless in our community,” said former Governor Jim Doyle, who serves on the Kaiser Family Foundation Board. “The HEALTH program is able to reach these patients who might otherwise be forgotten.”

In addition to the grant, an outpouring of support from physicians, employees and donors in the community helped raise $36,682.45 during a matching gift challenge in December, resulting in $46,682.45 with matching dollars.

Dr. Greg Burnett to Join St. Mary’s as Vice President of Medical Affairs

Dr. Greg Burnett to Join St. Mary’s as Vice President of Medical Affairs

Greg Burnett has accepted the role of Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

Burnett served most recently as a physician and West Division Medical Director at Marshfield Clinic, an 800 member physician organization located in central and western Wisconsin. Prior to that, Burnett was the President and Vice President of medical staff at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

During his five years as Division Medical Director, Burnett recruited more than 60 physicians, fostered and managed relationships with four hospitals, directed 30 medical and surgical specialties including more than 140 providers.

Dane County opens new environmentally conscious recycling center

Dane County opens new environmentally conscious recycling center

County: Managing hazardous waste can result in a huge environmental impact

As the manager of Dane County’s Solid Waste Division, John Welch is an expert on garbage -- specifically, our garbage.

From watching the county’s Rodefeld Landfill grow day after day, he’s made steps in his own life to curb his waste by composting, recycling, and conserving his way to just half a bag of garbage per week. And now he is excited about a new initiative that will cut waste county-wide. 

At 11 a.m. on Dec. 14, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and solid waste staff cut the ribbon on a new $4 million recycling center next to the landfill that will help the county save tons of hazardous and construction waste from becoming dead weight in a landfill, hazardous to the environment.

Meriter nurse named one of Madison’s favorite healthcare pros

Meriter nurse named one of Madison’s favorite healthcare pros

Meriter care provider one of 7 featured in list of local favorites

A Meriter nurse was named one of the city’s chosen caregivers in the annual Madison Magazine and WISC-TV event in December.

Meriter’s nurse Jane Nelson Worel is one of the 2012 Madison’s Favorite Nurses.

“We could not be prouder to work with someone like Jane,” Dr. Pam Wetzel, assistant vice president and senior medical director of Meriter Medical Group, said. “She truly cares about each patient who comes through the door and absolutely deserves this honor.”

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.