• 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
    Lewis Family Drug
    Prairie Lakes Healthcare System
    Land O’ Lakes
    Shooter’s Bar & Grill

    Gold Sponsors
    DJ Apartments
    HCIS – Vaaler Insurance, Inc
    Hanratty & Associates
    F & M Bank
    City of Appleton

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

    Other supporters
    Dana F. Cole
    Ascheman’s Uni-Mart
    *Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort
    Pope Architects, Inc.
    Pioneer Public TV
    Sydney Massee
    Sydney Massee
    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 or call Ashley at 320.808.4267.


  • 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.

    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

  • New Outreach Doctor to AAHS

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    Dr. Michael Bess has many specialties including General Surgery, Gastroenterology, and Wound Management. Dr. Bess and his nurse Penny Hormann, BSN are coming to us from Avera Medical Group, Milbank, twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Dr. Bess started his education in 1964 in an undergraduate program at Bradley University in Peoria, IL for Mechanical Engineering, then Graduate School at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN for Biomedical Engineering, obtained his Doctor of Medicine with special study in Rural Physician Associate from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, and finished his residency in 1980 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN with Special study in Trauma/Burns, and Medical Gastroenterology.

    His Additional Professional Training includes Microvascular Surgery, Implantable Hepatic Artery Chemotherapy, Therapeutic Endoscopy, Peripheral Vascular Angioplasty, Laparoscopic Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopic Abdominal Surgery, Endo-rectal Ultrasound, Endoscopic Surgery, Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery, Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, and Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access. He has been involved in research, been published, and has done many presentations. He also has many Honors, Accomplishments, and Activities he has completed including an award for One of America’s Top Surgeons in 2009.

    Dr. Bess has Licensures in South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota and is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Wound Management. He is also a Diplomat for the National Board of Medical Examiners and an ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) instructor. His professional memberships include the American Medical Association, Missouri State Medical Association, South Dakota State Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Missouri Chapter American College of Surgeons, South Dakota Chapter American College of Surgeons, American Society of General Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, American Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Priestly Society, American Gastroenterologist Association, Western Surgical Association, American College of Certified wound Specialists, and the Wound Healing Society.

    Penny is a BSN with long standing ties to the Milbank and Ortonville Communities. She is not only a nurse but is a Certified Case Manager, a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse, and a Certified Foot Care Nurse. She is the mother of 5 children, is very active in the Milbank/Ortonville community, and runs small hobby farm outside of Ortonville with her husband Curtis. They have no shortage of critters with horses, mules, goats, chickens, a dog kennel, and breading pups.

    Dr. Bess and Penny specialize in General Surgery and are more than willing to perform any surgery/procedure here that we are equipped to handle. We are excited to add Dr. Bess to our team and look forward to utilizing all of his expertise especially in Gastroenterology and Wound Care as well as Penny’s experience as a Certified Wound Care Nurse.