• Giving back to the Community

    Jeans 2016_2 Jeans 2016
    The Employee Activities Committee at AAHS runs a Jeans for Generosity program each calendar year in an effort to support the Appleton community. For a $40 donation employees are able to wear jeans to work every Friday. Once there is a total raised the activities committee meets to decide where the money should go. This year the committee decided to donate half to Zion Lutheran Food Shelf and the other half to Prairie Playhouse for new cribs. Each organization received a check for $440.

    In the top picture in front accepting the check on behalf of Prairie Playhouse is Courtney Swenson and her son Aiden. Behind them is, left to right, Jess Wollschlager, Carly Peterson, Kris Schwartz, and Ramona Engebretson.

    Bottom picture accepting the check on behalf of Zion Lutheran Church is Pastor Michelle Rowell with members from the activities committee.

  • Big Stone Therapies learns Gratson Technique

    Lynn Simon PT,DPT,ATC and Carlent Porter COTA successfully completed the 12 hour M1-Basic Training in the Graston® Technique Therapy in Ortonville, MN.

    During this 2 day course, therapists learned different methods of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, which included diagnostic and therapeutic applications and procedures. Carlene is shown using this non-invasive technique with specially designed stainless steel instruments on a patient. The Graston® Technique enables therapists to address scar tissue and facial restriction during rehabilitation.

    This specialized treatment is clinically proven to achieve faster and better patient outcomes in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow), Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s elbow), Scar Tissue and Trigger Finger. Other injuries Lynn has used to treat patients and found good results are tendonitis of the Achilles tendon, patellar tendon and plantar fascitis as well as chronic upper back/neck pain. Acute injuries such as an ankle, hamstring or quadriceps strain are some other injuries that can be treated. Injuries and pain are debilitating. Lynn and Carlene are excited to use their traditional therapy methods and the Graston® Technique can help patients enjoy life again.

    The therapists at Big Stone Therapies, Inc. would be honored to be trusted with your care. Call 320-289-8503 for an appointment.

  • $11,780.82 for Dialysis Unit Fund

    Quilt at Gala
    The Appleton Area Health Services Foundation 4th Annual Winter gala was a success! On March 11, 2016 nearly $12,000.00 was raised to add to the dialysis unit fund. It takes many people to make such a great event from the generous donations given by sponsors to the individuals that support by purchasing raffle tickets to attendees of the gala. This year there were approximately 150 guests who enjoyed a silent & live auction, raffle drawing, wine pull and comedian, Eric Hunter. Among many auction items that were donated was a queen size apple quilt donated by Needle & Thread Quilt Club of Appleton. Guests enjoyed some intense bidding that resulted in a $1,400.00 purchase of the quilt with all proceeds going to dialysis. It was found out later that the purchaser of the quilt, Rick Huckle who was not present at the event, had friend Dale Lien, “buy it!” During the social hour guests purchased 50 bottles of wine from the wine pull sponsored by Shooter’s Bar and Grill. Winners of the raffle drawing were; Heidi Schuelke – Yeti Cooler with beverages, Reid Muxfeldt – Igloo Wine Cooler with wine and Wade Schmidt – Danby beverage center including craft beer.

  • 5 Star Rating for the Care Center

    5-Star group

    For the 7th consecutive year, the AAHS Care Center has received a Five-Star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions. Nursing homes with five stars are considered to have much above average quality care. They are measured through health inspections, staffing ratings and quality measures. Each department in the facility plays a vital role in receiving this honor. For more information on the Five-Star rating visit the CMS website at:

  • New Whiteboards Improve Patient Communication

    Whiteboards group
    New Whiteboards will help improve communications between staff at the facility, and between the staff and the patients they are caring for. Hospital Director of Nursing (DON) Stacey Weinkauf said all of the hospital staff had input on the design and information included on the white boards, and they are looking forward to using them.
    This information not only includes the patient’s preferred name, their doctor and nurse, but also a pain management communication chart, special diet instructions, and family contact information. There is also a space for notes or questions for the provider or nurse from the family and/or patient.
    “Whiteboards can play a valuable role in improving patient care, team work and communication,
    especially with the patient. The area for family contact information and questions
    is one of the most important pieces of the new whiteboards,” said Weinkauf.
    Hospital staff pictured with the whiteboards are, left to right, Stacey Weinkauf, Kristine Schularick,
    Dr. Chakravorty, Sherrie Lee, Melissa Egger, and Toni Cam.

  • Community Invited to Join Annual Gala

    Appleton Area Health Services Foundation will be holding their fourth annual Community Fundraiser Gala. Everyone is invited to join them Friday, March 11, at Shooter’s Bar and Grill in Appleton.
    Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to dress business casual. During the social hour a wine pull will begin. By purchasing a $20 bottle of wine you will not only receive that bottle of wine, you will be entered into a drawing for cash prizes.
    Raffle tickets will also be on sale. The winner will have the opportunity to pick their prize, if present. If not present, the winner will receive the item remaining with the highest value. Prizes are a YETI cooler filled with pop, an Igloo 12-bottle wine cooler including wine, and a Danby beverage center
    including craft beer.
    The drawing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Purchaser must be 21 years of age or older. Ticket prices are $10 each or three for $25.
    There will also be silent and live auctions. Prizes donated so far include a Mall of America family package, Prairie’s Edge Casino package and queen size apple quilt made by the Appleton Quilt Club.
    More auction items are coming in daily. If you would like to donate an item, please contact Jessica Wollschlager at 289-8510 or drop your item off at Appleton Area Health Services.
    Comedian Eric Hunter will perform beginning at 8:00 p.m. Hunter is a very funny comedian and actor who has performed with a wide range of comedians including Louie Anderson and Frank Caliendo. He has appeared on the television shows Last Comic Standing, two seasons of William Shatner’s Aftermath, Operation Repo, Homicide Hunter, Blood Relatives, and The Bob and Tom Show. You can currently see Hunter perform on Comedy Central.
    Proceeds from the Gala will go towards the incorporation of dialysis equipment and services at AAHS. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased by February 29 at Appleton Area Health Services, from any AAHS Foundation Board member or AAHS manager. Tickets are $40.
    “Everyone is invited to come out for our annual Gala,” said AAHS Executive Assistant Jessica Wollschlager. “The evening is guaranteed to be a fun time, along with helping support quality health care at home.”
    For more information contact Wollschlager at or call 289-8510.-Article written by the Appleton Press

  • Welcome Ketura Isidor, Physician Assistant

    Ketura Isidor
    Ketura Isidor, Physician Assistant joined the AAHS team on January 25, 2016 and is now accepting patients. Ketura completed her undergraduate in Biology, Pre-Med at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She obtained her Masters of Physician Assistant studies at Butler University. Her Certifications include DEA, DOT, ACLS, and BLS. She belongs to the professional associations AAPE, NCCPA, and SCAPA. Ketura has also organized and led multiple mission trips to Haiti. Her philosophy of care is; “To provide my patients with a personable access to care, supported by evidence based medicine with the utmost respect and compassion.”

  • 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

  • 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