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  • AAHS Introduces Valet Parking!

    Appleton Area Health Services will be starting Valet Parking November 1, 2013. This service is available from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  To request Valet Parking, simply drive your vehicle up to the Clinic entrance and let the front desk know you would like to use the Valet Service. When you are ready to leave the facility, simply let the front desk know and your vehicle will be brought up for you. Perfect for those blustery cold days!

  • AAHS Receives $381,836 Grant

    Patients of Appleton Area Health Services will benefit from the latest technological advances that expand patients’ access to quality emergency care and pharmacy services, made possible through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded  Appleton Area Health Services (AAHS) $381,836 for eCare, a program that gives physicians immediate access to specialists and pharmacists 24 hours a day. The grant will be used to purchase equipment connecting local physicians with specialists and pharmacists.

    Appleton Area Health Services will receive equipment for two types of eCare: eEmergency and ePharmacy. eEmergency ensures that board-certified emergency  physicians and emergency-trained nurses  are available to assist local providers in treating trauma, heart attack, stroke and other critical conditions. ePharmacy provides 24-hour access to hospital-trained pharmacists, making it possible for all prescriptions  to be reviewed prior to the patient taking the medication, even when the on-staff pharmacist  is not available.

    “This incredible gift gives local physicians and health care workers an immediate connection to specialty care and pharmacists even if they live in rural areas having fewer physicians and health professionals,” says Jeffrey A. Cook, CEO AAHS “This keeps patients close to home during treatment.”

    The Rural Healthcare Program of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust began awarding grants in 2009. In the last two years, The Trust has awarded more than $185 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the region.

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, established in 1999, supports a diverse range of organizations with a major focus on health and medical research, human services, education and conservation. To date, The Trust has announced more than $958 million in grants to charitable organizations.

  • Breast Cancer Awareness! Buy a pumpkin!

    Appleton Area Health Service’s Care Center will be having a Halloween Open House on October 31st. The residents of the Care Center are painting pumpkins pink and decorating them in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The residents will be selling the pumpkins for $10.00 a piece and the proceeds from the pumpkins will be donated to the Nation Breast Cancer Foundation. We hope to see you there!

    Have a Happy and Safe Halloween – from Appleton Area Health Services!

  • Minnesota Bridges to Excellence rewards Appleton Area Health Services for excellence in treatment of patients with depression!

    Appleton, Minn. (September 9, 2013)- The Minnesota Health Action Group (formerly Buyers Health Care Action Group) announced today that Appleton Area Health Services is among 445 Minnesota and border state clinics that were recently recognized for delivering optimal care and achieving or improving specific patient outcomes as part of the 2013 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program and Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System, a State of Minnesota program also administered by the Action Group. A complete list of reward recipients can be found at
    Appleton Area Health Services was recognized for achieving the program’s specific clinical outcomes for patients with depression; which is known to be a primary driver of health care costs. Meeting the achievement goals is the highest level of recognition in the program.
    “We are very pleased to be recognized for excellence in improving patient outcomes”, says Judy Carruth, Clinic Manager for Appleton Area Health Services. In addition, Appleton Area Health Services was recognized for meeting the improvement goal for depression care or increasing the use of the PHQ-9 for depression (the assessment questionnaire used to determine a patient’s level of depression).
    “We applaud the efforts of health care providers across the state who have made a commitment to improving the quality of care for their patients and for targeting this specific condition that is known to drive up health care costs, and can impact a patient’s overall state of health”, said Carolyn Pare, president and CEO, Minnesota Health Action Group. “This is significant because co-morbidity complicates the treatment of chronic conditions and increases health care costs and workplace productivity. Treating the whole person and all of their health needs is essential for achieving the best outcomes possible for each patient.
    The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program, which was established by the Minnesota Health Action Group in 2005, and the State’s Quality Incentive Payment System implemented in 2011, relies on clinical data that is publicly reported to identify clinics that qualify for a reward for meeting or exceeding optimal care standards for a specified percentage of patients with depression.
    To be eligible for a reward, clinics must have a certain percentage of patients at optimal levels of care or significantly increase the number over the previous year. For depression measurements include remission, response and use of the PHQ-9. Both are remission and response measures based on the patient’s improvement in their PHQ-9 score over a six-month period of time.