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  • Recognized for Excellence in Patient Safety

    Safety Award

    Appleton Area Health Services is recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance in patient safety as part of its Hospital Engagement Network 2.0. The MHA Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 is working to reduce hospital acquired conditions by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent.
    Appleton Area Health Services has committed resources to improve on 8 of the 10 focus areas, including adverse drug events; catheter-associated urinary tract infections; central-line-associated blood stream infections; injuries from falls and immobility; obstetrical adverse events, including early elective deliveries; pressure ulcers; preventable readmissions; surgical site infections; venous thromboembolism; and ventilator-associated pneumonia. Appleton Area Health Services was among 22 hospitals recognized by MHA for demonstrating high performance on six or more hospital acquired conditions.
    “Appleton Area Health Services is helping to further strengthen patient safety in Minnesota and contributing to the state’s well-deserved reputation for high quality health care,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA President and CEO.
    To keep our patients safe and numbers low for hospital acquired infections, Appleton Area Health Services has implemented a hand hygiene improvement project which includes ongoing education and quality assurance audits. Another intervention includes a project with our providers for early sepsis (a whole body response to an infection) recognition. For the hospital, we recently ordered new communication whiteboards that will go in the patient rooms to promote more open communication among the patient, families, nurses and providers to ensure the safest care including the reduction in falls or any adverse events. The most recent project we are working on is workplace violence which will include training with staff on potentially violent or abusive situations and safety guidelines for response to and de-escalation of an act of violence. We are also including our local law enforcement in this implementation process.
    “Our team is working hard as an active participant in the Minnesota Hospital Engagement Network and the Partnership for Patients. Our goal is to focus proactively to ensure the safest care for all of our patients and residents and to implement these safety initiatives because we want to always provide the best quality care for our patients and residents.” said Janell Thomson, Safety/Quality/Risk Manager, Appleton Area Health Services.
    For more information about Minnesota hospitals’ patient safety initiatives, go to www.mnhospitals.org/patient-safety.

  • AAHS Welcomes Nephrology Outreach Doctor

    Carlos R. Franco Palacios, M.D.

    Carlos R. Franco Palacios, M.D.


    Appleton Area Health Services Outreach Department is excited to announce that Carlos Franco Palacios, M.D., a physician in Nephrology and a Hospitalist, will join our team of outreach specialists in December of 2015. He will be here in the afternoon on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month to see patients.
    Dr. Franco Palacios received his Medical Degree from Universidad Nacional de Asuncion, Paraguay. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI. He then completed a Nephrology Fellowship and a Transplant Nephrology Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.
    As a medical doctor in Nephrology, Dr. Franco Palacios specializes in kidney care and treating diseases of the kidneys. He also works as a Hospitalist, focusing on the care of hospitalized patients at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

    Education & Training
    Undergraduate: Bachelor in Science, Bachiller
    Medical School: Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay
    Internship: Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay
    Residency: Internal Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI
    Fellowship: Nephrology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
    Fellowship: Transplant Nephrology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

    Certifications & Licensure
    American Board of Internal Medicine
    Board Certified in Nephrology
    Advanced Cardiac Life Support
    Basic Life Support
    United States Medical Licensing Examination
    Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
    State of Minnesota Medical License

    Professional Associations & Activities
    American Society of Nephrology
    American College of Physicians
    Minnesota Medical Association
    Wayne State Alumni Association

  • FLU SHOTS – 10/8/15

    Appleton Area Health Services will be offering a flu shot clinic on Thursday, October 8 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. No appointment is necessary and all ages are welcome. The cost for a flu shot is $35. If you have any questions please call us at 320.289.1580.

  • Golf Tournament Update

    Thank you to all of those who participated in and supported the AAHS Foundation 4th Annual Best Ball Golf Tournament! A great time was had by those who came out and participated. With community and business support we were able to raise just over $7,000 for dialysis. Click here to view tournament winners as announced by the Appleton Press. Photos compliments of Paul Raymo.

    Again, thank you to our sponsors.

    Hole-in-One Sponsor
    Heartland Motor

    Platinum Sponsors
    CMDI
    Lewis Family Drug
    Culligan
    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System
    West-Con
    Land O’ Lakes
    Shooter’s Bar & Grill

    Gold Sponsors
    DJ Apartments
    HCIS – Vaaler Insurance, Inc
    ACIRA
    Hanratty & Associates
    F & M Bank
    KLQP-Q92
    Transmed
    City of Appleton

    Silver Sponsors
    Erickson Chevrolet
    G&R Controls
    BST
    Prairie Sun Bank
    Subway
    Madison Bottling Company
    Next, Inc.

    Other supporters
    Dana F. Cole
    Casey’s
    Ascheman’s Uni-Mart
    *Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort
    Pope Architects, Inc.
    BST
    Pioneer Public TV
    Sydney Massee
    Sydney Massee
    Q92
    Happy Hour Sports Bar
    Dave’s Plumbing & Heating

  • Welcome Dr. Bajwa

    Dr. Bajwa joined the Appleton Area Health Services team on July 20, 2015. Dr. Bajwa practices family medicine and is now taking appointments. Please dial 320.289.1580 to schedule an appointment. Click here to read Dr. Bajwa’s article featured in the Appleton Press.

  • Keith’s Run For Your Life! Aug 13, 2015

    Sign up today! Keith’s Run For Your Life – Kickin it for Kidneys, in memory of Keith Novotny will be held on August 13, 2015 on Main Street in Appleton. Escape Fitness is hosting the ELECTRIC run (or walk!) and donating proceeds to Appleton Area Health Services Foundation to use towards adding a dialysis unit. The cost is $25 per person ($20 for families of 4+ participants). Register by 8/5 to guarantee t-shirt and glow stick. The run will be lit up with all different colors – it’s going to be electric!! Register at https://www.facebook.com/escapefitnessappleton or call Ashley at 320.808.4267.

    EscapeFitness

  • Sports Exams

    To: Parents of Students entering Grades 7 and 10.
    Appleton Area Health Services will be providing Sports Examinations to students for the upcoming 2015-2016 sports seasons. The Sports Exam will be offered at a reduced rate of $45 starting Wednesday July 1st through Monday August 31st. The exam is a 30 minute appointment. Immunizations are not included in the reduced rate. If your child needs immunizations, they will be billed separately. Please alert the receptionist when scheduling the appointment if immunizations are needed.
    Your insurance will not be billed for the Sports Exam. Payment of $45 must be made at the time of your child’s visit. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete physical, only a Sports Exam. If you would like your child to have a complete physical, and the visit billed the insurance company, please let the receptionist know that when scheduling the appointment. We will allot for a longer appointment time.
    Please complete and sign the Sports Examination form. Download Physical Exam Form This signed form must be brought with you to your clinic appointment.
    We look forward to providing excellent healthcare to you and your family. We encourage you to call the Clinic at 320-289-1580, to schedule your child’s appointment as soon as possible.

    Sincerely,
    The Clinic Staff
    Appleton Area Health Services

  • Golf Tournament – Save the Date – 7/30/15

    The date has just been sent for the Appleton Area Health Services’ Foundation 4th Annual Golf Tournament! The AAHS Foundation is currently working on raising money to use towards a dialysis unit. More details about the event and how to register to follow. Hope to see you there!

    Save the Date 2015