• October is National Physical Therapy Month

    In October, the American Physical Therapy Association wants you to know the many ways physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can help improve your quality of life by restoring and improving your ability to move.

    If you are one of many people who experience low back pain, for example, a physical therapist can help. If you have had a running injury or want to maintain your ability to run as you age, a physical therapist can help. If you are experiencing Bell ’s palsy, diabetes, frozen shoulder or pelvic pain, to name a few conditions, a physical therapist can help.

    In many cases, a physical therapist can work with you to manage or eliminate pain without medication and its side effects. A physical therapist will examine you and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote your ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability.

    If you are looking for an evidence-based, cost-effective, conservative approach to health care, then physical therapy may be right for you.

    Big Stone Therapies began providing therapy services to the Appleton community on May 1, 2012. We are so very thankful to all the people who have had a part in this transition; especially to the community. We are grateful and humbled that you would put your faith and trust in us by allowing us to care for you.

    We look forward to continuing to grow our involvement in the Appleton community. If you would like to schedule an appointment at AAHS, call 289.1580 and ask to make a therapy appointment.

    — Neil Feist, Big Stone Therapies Clinic Manager at AAHS

  • Did you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.  The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Call AAHS at 320.289.1580 to schedule your mammogram appointment on October 10 or 24.

  • Appleton Area Health Services Expands Clinic Hours

    You may not be able to control your schedule or the onset of sudden illnesses or injuries, but you can choose how and where you seek treatment. Appleton Area Health Services is excited to announce enhanced hours to provide prompt and personal treatment to help you feel better as quickly as possible.  To allow our patients more flexibility in their everyday schedules, we are offering expanded hours effective October 1  — Monday from 8 to 8 and Tuesday through Friday: 8:30 to 5. Schedule your appointment today by calling 289.1580.

     Appleton Area Health Services – we’re here for you.

  • Appleton Area Health Services Recognized for Efforts to Protect Patients from Influenza

    83 percent of facility’s health care workers received influenza vaccination in 2011-12

    Appleton Area Health Services (AAHS) was among 146 hospitals and nursing homes from around the state recognized this month by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for achieving high influenza vaccination rates among health care workers during the 2011-12 flu season.

    83 percent of AAHS staff, received influenza vaccinations during the second season of the FluSafe program. The facility received a white (Nursing Home) and red (Hospital) ribbon and certificate of achievement from Minnesota Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger for its efforts.

    The FluSafe program aims to get 100 percent of all health care personnel at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota, except those with medical exemptions, vaccinated against influenza each season. According to state health officials, unvaccinated health care workers can pass highly contagious influenza to their patients, many of whom are at high risk for complications from influenza. National rates of influenza vaccination of health care workers are estimated at 63.5 percent. Minnesota’s rates are about 72 percent overall, as measured by MDH in 2009.

    “Our patients’ health is our first priority. Protecting them from influenza just makes sense,” said Jeff Cook, CEO of Appleton Area Health Services. “We also want all of our employees to be as healthy as possible during flu season. We will be working hard in the coming years to improve our influenza vaccination rate among employees even more.” AAHS will kick off its employee flu vaccination campaign for 2012-2013 this fall.

    A total of 199 facilities participated in FluSafe this year, with 146 facilities reaching vaccination rates of at least 70 percent. Of those, 44 reached vaccination levels of 90 percent or greater, 45 were in the 89-89 percent range and 57 reached 70-79 percent. There are 145 hospitals and about 375 nursing homes in the state.

    “We’re extremely pleased with the number of facilities that participated in the program this year,” said Kristen Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control Division at MDH. “We’re making progress in getting more health care workers vaccinated. Even among those facilities that didn’t reach 70 percent, many showed significant improvement in their coverage rates.”

    Under the FluSafe program, health care facilities receive guidance and access to tools and promotional materials from MDH and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help them increase their rates. The facilities record and document their vaccination rates through MDH’s electronic immunization information system, called MIIC.

    More information on the FluSafe program can be found on the MDH web site at