Mental Health Breaks, Seriously?

Many of us Wisconsinites have likely heard about Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Cole Madison’s decision to take a “mental health break” from football. Is there anything the rest of us can take from this example. In the month of May, we focus on Mental Health Awareness. The days of “pulling yourself up by your […]

The importance of healthy employees

Improving the health of employees through employer-based wellness programs has many benefits to the employee and the organization’s bottom line. This article will share four common benefits of having healthy employees that are frequently shared by the Wellness Council of America or WELCOA. First, healthy employees typically will have fewer sick days. Whether a result […]

Employee Burnout: Impact and Solution

In 2018, Gallup conducted a study that was published by CNBC stating that 23 percent of full-time employees report they very often or always feel burned out. This burnout accounts for $125 billion to $190 billion in healthcare spending. The increase in healthcare spending is attributed to an increase in diabetes, heart disease, increased weight, […]

A Community without Healthcare

Nearly 120 years ago, Manitowoc was a growing region with three successful shipbuilding companies, and local business and government leaders asked the Franciscan Sisters to sponsor a hospital. Citizens collected money from private sources, and while far short on needed funding, the hospital was built based on deep trust in God and a mission to […]

The Engaged Digital Healthcare Consumer

The healthcare landscape today is evolving rapidly, including how patients shop for healthcare and services. Embracing digital tools which allow patients to change how they manage their healthcare is vital. In the end, the traditional relationships between patients and healthcare delivery networks or providers is changing at the direction of the engaged digital healthcare consumer. […]

Local Healthcare Supports a Strong Community

The strength of a local community is driven by many factors – a strong job market, great schools, government/business partnerships, diverse industries, stable infrastructure, and recreational and social activities. While we usually associate healthcare to people’s health, access to local healthcare also affects the strength of a community, especially in a rural community. Healthcare in […]

Achieving an Amazing Patient Experience

Quality and cost are commonly discussed as key decision factors when choosing a healthcare network; although it may be patient experience which is the ultimate factor. Cost is based on your insurance plan, while quality is generally expected, leaving patient experience. Patient experience is similar to customer service at a restaurant, hotel or anywhere else […]

Population Health

In recent years, greater emphasis has been placed on population health by both health care networks and insurance companies. Years ago, patients would see their healthcare provider to treat a specific injury, illness or chronic disease (i.e. diabetes, asthma, or heart disease). Now, a greater emphasis is being placed on improving or keeping the population […]

Who to see for primary care?

For most, healthcare is a relationship with a primary care provider. This is typically a patient’s main contact point for annual physicals and most other healthcare concerns. Yet, healthcare is changing. I remember having the same physician as my pediatrician, primary care, and virtually everything else growing up. He gave me vaccinations as a child […]

Value-Based Payments in Healthcare

As a patient, understanding and paying healthcare bills can be challenging and confusing. It is also challenging and confusing how healthcare delivery networks get paid. Healthcare networks and insurance carriers are working toward more processes based on the quality of care delivered. The process of getting paid is ever changing, moving from Fee-For-Service (payment for […]

Millennials make health and wellness a way of life.

Millennials are the largest generation in the workforce — larger than Baby Boomers — and view health care very differently than other generations. Health care and employers must adapt accordingly. To ensure we are on the same page regarding millennials, the following information is from Goldman Sachs to provide a baseline for this generation. Millennials […]

Heart and Soul Inspired Leaders in Healthcare

A heart and soul inspired leader is any individual, regardless of age, regardless of role, regardless of title; who embraces his/her personal gifts, strengths and passions to positively impact others and change the world. Many view leadership as a series of traits such as honesty, humility, grace, authenticity, etc. While each is necessary to be […]

Health care cost transparency improving.

In today’s wired world, we can easily compare products across vendors to make sure we are purchasing the best product at the best deal. Hundreds, if not thousands, of apps and websites can do all the heavy lifting for us — they gather reviews and prices for hotels, flights, restaurants and more, and give us […]

Healthcare Consumerism Benefits All Entities

Healthcare consumerism is a topic which has been discussed for years. It is defined as putting economic purchasing power and decision-making in the hands of participants – you – and supplying information and tools to make informed decisions which encourage engagement in altering health and healthcare behaviors. In simpler terms, the intent of healthcare consumerism […]

Humility in Healthcare

It is refreshing to interact with individuals exhibiting humility. People we admire, follow, learn from; and traits we desire for ourselves. Healthcare professionals should provide a great example since they do Jesus’ work. Healthcare has roots in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ – whose birthday many celebrate this month. It is a belief that […]

Someplace else is right here!

Have you ever heard someone from Manitowoc County say “It’s got to be better because it’s happening in Appleton…or Milwaukee…or Madison.” I’m sure you have. We all have. That’s because it’s human nature to undervalue the community in which a person lives and automatically assume that life and all that goes with it is better […]