• The Inside Scoop – for a healthier you – July.

    The Inside Scoop – for a healthier you.

    Appleton Area Health Services offers community education to promote the health, well beingm and learning of all community members. Each month, we’ll offer ‘the inside scoop’ on health topics based  on your wants and needs. To submit a topic, please email Our upcoming topics include:

    Smoking, How To Quit, Emphysema, Bronchitis, Asthma

    Presenter: Kurt Koenen RRT, RCP

    When: Tuesday, July 9 at 5:30pm

    Where: AAHS Education Room (Lower Level of Care Center)

    The inside scoop for July will be presented by Kurt Koenen RRT, RCP from Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital and focused on smoking, how to quit smoking, emphysema, bronchitis, asthma and treatments. Kurt has been at CCMH for seven years. Prior to CCMH, Kurt worked at Rice Hospital in Willmar for 18 years and Ramsey Hospital in St. Paul for two years while in college, where he started his respiratory career. He received his Repiratory degree in 1988 from St. Paul College in St. Paul, MN.

    Food and refreshments will be provided. RSVP is requested, but not required. Call Fawna at 289.8510 to hold your seat for July!

  • Watch Week 3 – AAHS’ Weekly Weight Loss Support Video Here!

    Hosted by: Jana Lilyerd, ANP

    AAHS’ Weekly Weight Loss Group meets every Tuesday:

    Where: Education Room; Lower level of Appleton Area Health Services Care Center

    When: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Please let Fawna Berger know if you are interested in joining the class or if you would like a copy of the “Mayo Clinic Diet” book.

    Phone: 320.289.8510


  • Appleton Area Health Services’ Foundation 2nd Annual Best Ball Golf Tournament

    Saturday, July 27, 2013  |  Appleton Golf Course

    4 Person Team – (Early Bird Pricing – $200; after June 30 – $240) includes:

    • 18 holes of Golf (two rounds of 9 holes) – begins at 10:30am
    • Dinner ticket for each player
    • Drink ticket for each player
    • Chance to win door prizes of $500, $250, $100 in cash
    • AAHS Gift

    Proceeds from the event will be put towards creating a Spa Room in our Care Center.

    This event for golfers at all levels. If you’re not a golfer, participate in the silent auction and join us for dinner at 5:30pm.
    Dinner tickets available at Appleton Area Health Services for $12.

    Pre-registration is required for all participants. For more information, email or call Fawna at 289.8510

    Download a Registration Form


    Sponsored by:

    Silver Sponsors – $500:  High Point Networks, QHR, Liebe HealthMart, Hanratty & Associates, Inc. and CMDI

    Bronze Sponsors – $250: KLQP-FM Q-92, Appleton Power Equipment,
    The Appleton Press, Federated Telephone, Big Stone Therapies, G&R, Kreisers, Inc., Transmed, Inc., West-Con, Farmers & Merchants State Bank and Prairie Lakes Health System

  • Introducing AAHS’ Weekly Weight Loss Support and Educational Group Meeting! Starting June 11th!

    Did you know that obesity kills millions of people each year and is responsible for poor health outcomes? For this reason, providers at Appleton Area Health Services (AAHS), Jana Lilyerd, ANP and Susan Moore, MD, will be sponsoring a free weekly weight loss support and education group at AAHS.*

    The curriculum is based from the evidence put together by the Mayo Clinic, so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Change takes time. With support and education, we can help each other lose pounds.

     What: Weekly Weight Loss Support & Educational Group Meeting

    When: June 11 at 6 o’clock in the evening

    Where: Lower level of Appleton Area Health Services’ Care

    There is so much more to learn…so join us!

     The first 25 people that call to reserve a seat to this meeting will receive a FREE copy of The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat well. Enjoy Life. Lose Weight.

    Contact Fawna at 289.8510 or

  • The Inside Scoop – for a healthier you: May

    Appleton Area Health Services offers community education to promote the health, well being, and learning of all community members. Each month, we’ll offer ‘the inside scoop’ on health topics based on your wants and needs. To submit a topic, please email

    Presenter: Jana Lilyerd, MSN NP-C
    When: Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m.
    Where: AAHS Education Room (Lower Level of Care Center)

    The Inside Scoop for May will be presented by Jana Lilyerd, MSN NP-C. Jana will give a presentation on prevention, signs & symptoms management of side effects and how to reduce symptoms of heart disease and diabetes. Jana received her AAS degree in nursing from Tacoma Community College, then went onto receive her B.S. degree in nursing from Seattle Pacific University. In 2012, she received her master of science degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica.

    Participants of the Lac qui Parle Health Network Live Well. Be Well. Challenge can earn a total of 15 points for attending this workshop!

    Food & refreshments will be provided; RSVP is required. Contact Fawna at 289.8510 or email to hold your seat.

  • New Clinic Hours Begin May 6

    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.

    AAHS is excited to announce new clinic hours to provide prompt & personal treatment to help you feel better as quickly as possible.  To allow more flexibility in your everyday schedule, we are offering expanded hours effective May 6, 2013. New hours will be Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm and Friday 8am-5pm.

    To schedule an appointment, please call 320.289.1580.

  • Get one month FREE rent at Apple Ridge Estates!

    Apple Ridge Estates, Appleton’s independent apartments for active seniors has an opening for immediate occupancy. Move in by June 1, 2013 and receive one month’s rent FREE! Call 289.1163 for more information and to schedule a visit.

  • Appleton Area Health Services Welcomes Pam Martinson to the Senior Leadership Team

    Pam comes to Appleton Area Health Services (AAHS) with over 12 years of work experience; seven of those years focusing on human resources. In March of 2013, Pam joined the family at AAHS as the Human Resource Director.

    Prior to joining the AAHS team, Pam worked as a Human Resource Representative at Case New Holland in Benson. There, she focused on recruiting, hiring and training to meet business needs of over 200 employees. Pam has also worked at Fagen, Inc. in Granite Falls and Schwan’s in Marshall.

    Pam obtained her office information system specialist associate in applied science degree and legal secretary diploma from Alexandria Technical College. She comes to us with a broad range of experiences in several industries and we’re excited to have her as part of our team.

    “I’m excited about everyone’s drive to be successful – the values and leadership are outstanding,” says Pam. “It’s so nice to be part of a team that is respected and helps one another.”

    Pam and her husband Dean have been married for 16 years and have three children – Paige (13), Grant (9) and Regan (8).  She enjoy spending time with her family, attending her children’s sporting events and is a huge Minnesota Wild Fan!

  • Nodding Off – You May Need More Than a Nap

    Humans spend about one-third of their lives doing it, yet sleep remains misunderstood and underappreciated for its role in keeping us healthy and productive.

    While age and other factors are important in figuring how much sleep each individual needs, scientific studies have proven that if we don’t get enough of it, bad things can happen.  While some may view sleep as unproductive downtime, researchers say that sleep is actually linked to muscle repair, memory consolidation and hormone regulation linked to growth and appetite.  Sleep contributes to a healthy immune system and enables us to concentrate, make appropriate decisions and actively engage in school and work activities.

    “Research shows that lack of sleep can hamper our ability to be productive during waking hours, affecting mood, memory and performance of mental and physical tasks,” says Jana Lilyerd, MSN NP-C at Appleton Area Health Services.  “Getting inadequate sleep can lead to serious health problems and jeopardize the safety of the people around you.  Car accidents and workplace injuries are caused by people who are not alert or, in some cases, actually falling asleep without even being aware of doing so.”

    In addition to a greater risk of accidents, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reports that lack of sleep is linked to an increased likelihood of other potentially serious mental and physical issues, including:

    • Obesity and higher body mass index
    • Diabetes, heart problems and high blood pressure
    • Psychiatric conditions, including depression and substance abuse
    • Difficulty paying attention, remembering information and reacting appropriately

    The NSF recommends that healthy adults sleep seven to nine hours out of each 24-hour period.  Babies and young children need more sleep, from 10 hours up to 18 hours for newborns through two-months-old.  The target for teens is a little more than eight to nine hours.  Generally, the amount of sleep recommended declines from birth into adulthood.

    However, research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that some 40.6 million workers report sleeping six or fewer hours on average in a 24-hour period.  This is defined as “short sleep duration” — what we often call sleep deprivation.  That’s 30 percent of civilian employed adults.  The practice is even more prevalent among people who work night shifts.  About 44 percent of these workers, some 2.2 million people, get less than the recommended amount of sleep.  And studies over time indicate that Americans are getting less sleep than suggested by medical professionals.

    The federal National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are developing evidence-based training programs on sleep and work hours to address the problem in jobs where sleep deprivation is of most concern.  Studies show that managers and employees who work in manufacturing, mining, nursing, retail and trucking are most likely to report short sleep duration.  Indeed, the NSF’s 2012 Sleep in America poll found some startling statistics related to transportation workers.  In that poll one in five pilots admitted they had made a serious error due to sleepiness, and one in six train operators and truck drivers reported a “near miss” because of it.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that driver fatigue leads to about 100,000 vehicle accidents each year.  These accidents result in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and monetary losses of $12.5 billion.  And these figures probably don’t tell the full story, since it’s often difficult to determine if sleepiness or fatigue is a contributing factor when a crash occurs.

    The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that about one in six deadly vehicle crashes involves a drowsy driver.  Young people ages 16 to 24 are most at risk, with one in seven licensed drivers in that age group reporting they have nodded off behind the wheel at least once during the past year.

    Sleep problems can be the result of medical conditions, particularly those that cause discomfort, pain and breathing difficulties.  “Some 50 million to 70 million adults in the United States experience chronic sleep disorders, according to the CDC,” states Pat Cooper, vice president of clinical operations for Quorum Health Resources (QHR).

    If you consistently experience morning sleepiness, daytime fatigue or difficulty falling asleep, a thorough physical examination is needed to rule out medical problems.  For many people, however, it’s the long to-do list and late nights at the office that keep us from getting the sleep we need.  Following these simple steps can help you and other family members learn to relax and welcome a rejuvenating night’s sleep:

    • Try to go to sleep and wake on a consistent schedule, even on weekends
    • Create a relaxing bedtime routine for the hour before you expect to fall asleep
    • Make your sleep environment dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
    • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow
    • Avoid working, watching television and similar activities in bed
    • Finish eating or snacking two to three hours before you go to sleep
    • Exercise regularly, but not within a few hours of settling down to sleep
    • Avoid alcohol and caffeine before bedtime, and quit smoking altogether

    This article provided courtesy of Appleton Area Health Services and Quorum Health Resources, LLC (“QHR”).

  • Appleton Area Health Services’ Foundation First Annual Community Gala was a Success!

    On March 8, over 100 community members gathered at Shooters to support the services of Appleton Area Health Services. From silent and live auction items to entertainment by The Classics, there was something for everyone. Over $11,000 was raised and will be put toward creating a Spa Room in our Care Center. Raffle ticket winners were also drawn. Winners were: Kris Schwartz ($100 Gift Card), Janelle Skarsten (Wine Chiller & Wine), Lisa Nichols (iPad mini).

    The event was sponsored by Colonial Life, KLQP Radio, Next, Inc., Odden & Zimbelman TV & Appliance, The Appleton Press, Vaaler Insurance/HCIS, Eide Bailly, Shible Mutual Insurance, Ottertail Power Company, Lake Region Healthcare and Clemen Electric.

    A big thank you to all of the sponsors, auction & raffle donors, staff at Shooters and everyone that came out to support AAHS. We hope to see you next year!