• Broesder Joins Appleton Area Health Services Leadership Team

    Broesder was born and raised in rural Appleton and attended grade school in Appleton and high school at LqPV.

    Dawn joined the leadership team at Appleton Area Health Services in October of 2012, taking on a dual role of activities director and social services representative. She is excited to come back and work with the residents of AAHS, not only because Appleton is her home town, but because of the great reputation AAHS has in the long term care field.

    Broesder attended Minnesota State University Moorhead where she obtained her BS degree in health services administration.

    During her high school years she worked as a dietary aide at AAHS, then as a certified nursing assistant in the care center.  After her deployment to Iraq in 2009, she came back to the Appleton Community and worked as the human resources director at AAHS.  During that time she used her college education to become a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.  She most recently worked at the Willmar Care Center as their Administrator.

    Broesder is also an active member of the national guard and VFW Post 1403 in Benson and is also a certified notary for Swift County.


  • New Procedure Now Available at Appleton Area Health Services

    Dennis P. Weigel, M.D. from Heartland Orthopedic Specialists out of Alexandria, performed the first knee arthroscopy in October at Appleton Area Health Services (AAHS). Although this is the first procedure in Appleton, Weigel is very experienced; performing several thousand procedures in his career. Weigel travels to AAHS each month.

    Arthroscopy is a non-invasive, same-day surgical procedure in which a joint (arthro-) is viewed (-scopy) using a small camera. Arthroscopy gives doctors a clear view of the inside of the knee. This helps them diagnose and treat knee problems.

    Technical advances have led to high definition monitors and high resolution cameras. These and other improvements have made arthroscopy a very effective tool for treating knee problems. According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, more than 4 million knee arthroscopies are performed worldwide each year.

    “Our first patient was very happy with the results of the procedure and care from the staff throughout the process,” says Jeffrey Cook, CEO at Appleton Area Health Services. The patient explained how it was very convenient to have the procedure done close to home and be treated like family. Prior to having the procedure, the patient was experiencing an extreme amount of pain and limping. Now, four weeks after the procedure, the patient has completed therapy and tells us she was back to feeling normal after just two weeks.”

    Knee arthroscopies are covered under most insurance plans. If you would like to learn more, please give Appleton Area Health Services a call at 320.289.2400.

    About Dennis P. Weigel, M.D.
    Weigel joined the United States Army Reserve following medical school and served as a Major in the United States Army Reserve Medical Division. In addition, he pursued advanced training in orthopedic surgery as part of his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Weigel’s specialty is general orthopedics with an interest in adult hip and knee reconstruction and sports medicine.

  • Thank You

    The team at Appleton Area Health Services would like to take a moment to thank all of you, our customers for your trust and confidence in allowing us to serve your healthcare needs. We’re committed to our promise – we’re here for you.

    Enjoy a safe and happy thanksgiving this holiday season.

  • National Rural Health Day – November 15

    National Rural Health Day is Thursday, November 15, 2012. Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 59.5 million people call them home. These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are places where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, respect each other and work together to benefit the greater good.

    Today more than ever, rural healthcare facilities struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve small communities. National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America. It also gives us a chance to bring the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face to light – and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.

    Please consider making a donation to the Appleton Area Health Services’ (AAHS) Foundation in honor of National Rural Health Day. Your support makes it possible for AAHS to enhance the health of our community and sustain our mission. We are currently raising funds to create a spa room for the residents in our care center.

    Warm Regards from the AAHS Foundation Board.

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  • November is National Home Care Month

    Is there a healthcare hero in your life?  Each November home health agencies celebrate National Home Care month to honor healthcare workers from a variety of disciplines, such as nurses, home health aides, homemakers, clinicians and therapists that have gone the extra mile and made a positive impact on the lives of those who are under their care.  It takes a special people to work in the home healthcare field and we’re proud of our team at Appleton Area Health Services.

    So what is Home Care exactly? Home healthcare comes in the form of skilled nursing and other health care services that are physician ordered and performed in the home by someone with special training including: registered nurse, licensed practical nurses and therapists.  Home healthcare can specifically benefit seniors by keeping them in familiar surroundings, as well as relieving the burden of the primary caregiver.

    The Appleton Area Health Services’ Home Care Team consists of 10 team members that provide care to 53 clients in a 20 mile radius of Appleton. In the past year, our team has made a total of 7,451 visits. If you would like to learn more about this service, please contact Cindy Maras at 320.289.2400.

  • 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.