• 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!

  • Appleton Area Health Services’ Care Center Ranks Top in State

    US News and World Report recently released its latest rankings of the best care centers in each state. In Minnesota, Appleton Area Health Services’ Care Center made the top 52. Minnesota fared better than the national average in this ranking. 21% of Minnesota facilities achieved five stars, compared to 19% nationally. Within Minnesota’s 79 best care centers, 68% were members of Aging Services of Minnesota.


    US News and World Report uses the overall ratings in the 5-star rating system of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The magazine describes facilities with five stars overall as the best in their state.


    (Courtesy of The Appleton Press)

  • Lac qui Parle Health Network receives $38,000 grant for Wellness Program – Learn how you can get involved!

     The Office of Community Engagement (OCEH) of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Minnesota recently awarded a Rural Community Capacity Enhancement Grant in the amount of $38,000 to the Lac qui Parle Health Network.
    The Community Wellness Program that was awarded the grant dollars was based on an idea that was first developed in 2011 through Johnson Memorial Health Services in Dawson.  This project  would expand the Dawson challenge to the Madison and Appleton communities and include workshops and screening events at various locations in all three communities designed to reach the at risk population where they live.
    Live Well. Be Well. is your opportunity to take advantage of health & fitness knowledge & resources during a regional call to action. We all know what we should be doing to stay active and health and why it’s important, but sometimes it’s nice to have that extra motivation to get on & stay on track. Live Well. Be Well., is that motivation and now you don’t have to do it alone!
    This team-based initiative is aimed at improving the wellness of the Madison, Appleton and Dawson communities through an abundance of unique activities. By creating a supportive environment among teams, we will encourage participants to improve their overall health as well as increase camaraderie in our communities. This is not about weight loss, however if your goal is to lose weight – great! Many people are at their goal weight and still practice very unhealthy habits…and that’s where we’d like to see improvement. This challenge is for everyone, no matter your fitness profile.
    Each team consists of four team members on it. Participants of the challenge will be accumulating points by choosing from a variety of options including: volunteering, planting a garden, giving blood and doing 90-150 minutes of weekly activities. In addition participants will have an opportunity each week to gain bonus points by completing the weekly challenge. Competitors must fill out a weekly tracking sheet detailing points earned.
    The challenge will run from April 1 through June 28, 2013. Live Well. Be Well. provides a framework and support for individuals to evaluate their health needs, create goals to carry through the challenge and beyond, and a structure to build a healthier and more active community. The top three teams in each community will receive a cash prize; in fact first prize is $500! The top three individuals in the entire challenge will also receive a prize. Start getting your teams together now!
    Live Well. Be Well. is brought to you by the Lac qui Parle Health Network, which consists of Madison Lutheran Home, Johnson Memorial Health Services and Appleton Area Health Services. The challenge is being sponsored by Healthland, The Dawson Co-op Credit Union, Minnwest Bank, Kelin Bank, Madison Bottling Company, United Prairie Bank and KLQP Radio . For more information or to sign up your team, please contact Janae Olson at , Fawna Berger or simply give us a call at 320.289.1580.

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  • New Hospice Family Room Unveiled at AAHS

    Rice Hospice – Appleton
    proudly unveiled
    their new family
    room at Appleton Area
    Health Services (AAHS).
    Located in the west wing
    of the Appleton Nursing
    Home, the room is completely
    redecorated for a
    cozy, comfortable place for
    families to either take a
    break from visiting their
    loved one in the hospital or
    nursing home, or spend the
    night if necessary.
    A $10,000 donation from
    the Arlys Heinecke estate
    made the transformation of
    the room possible. Appleton
    Hospice Nurse Kris
    Benson noted the Heinecke’s
    specifically ear
    marked the funds for a Hospice
    family room. However,
    it has been a long process in
    the making.
    Benson said the local
    Hospice has been working
    with AAHS as to the logistics
    of the room. With the
    reorganization to accommodate
    resident needs at
    the nursing home, this was
    a good time to renovate a
    room. “This was the perfect
    time to pull everything together,”
    she said.
    The room is beautifully
    decorated with a black
    leather hide-a-bed and
    chairs, flat screen TV,
    kitchenette, and a dining
    table and chairs. The private
    bathroom with toilet,
    sink and shower completes
    a place Hospice family
    members can use as
    Handling the renovations
    and decorating were Janae Olson, marketing and
    community relations manager,
    Kris Schwartz, rehab
    aide and CNA at the nursing
    home, and Beth Kellen,
    RN care coordinator.
    Appleton’s Hospice is a
    branch of Rice Hospice of
    Willmar. Other area
    branches are Paynesville,
    Benson, Ortonville-
    Graceville, Dawson, Granite
    Falls, and Montevideo.
    The Hospice team consists
    of many professionals
    – nurses, aides, social workers,
    therapists, chaplains,
    bereavement coordinators,
    and the medical director, as
    well as specially-trained
    volunteers, who all work
    together to support individuals
    and their families.
    The team works closely
    with the patient, their family,
    and the patient’s personal
    physician to develop
    an individualized plan of
    care that helps the patient
    meet their goals for living
    the last months of their life.
    Rice Hospice Programwide
    Director is Mary Beth
    Potter. Hospice employees
    for the Appleton branch are
    Social Worker Kathy
    Tweten, Nurse Kris Benson,
    Volunteer Coordinator Liz
    McTighe, and Hospice Chapalin
    Barb McKewin.
    What is Hospice
    Dealing with a terminal
    illness can be overwhelming.
    The patient and their
    family can find themselves
    in the midst of hospital visits,
    trips to the emergency
    room, fatigue, pain and
    emotional stress. With so
    much to deal with, it can be
    hard to know the best
    course of action to address
    all these issues and more.
    Hospice is here to help.
    Hospice provides care to
    both patients and families
    when a family member has
    been medically diagnosed
    with a terminal progressive
    disease with a life expectancy
    of six months or
    less if the illness runs its
    normal course.
    Hospice neither hastens
    nor postpones death, but affirms
    life and regards dying
    as a normal process.
    The Hospice team comes
    to the patient’s home –
    whether that be in their
    private home, nursing
    home, assisted living facility
    – or hospital, to provide
    a full umbrella of care. Covered
    by Medicare, Medicaid,
    and most private insurance
    companies, the
    Hospice benefit includes all
    medications, medical
    equipment, and services required
    to treat the terminal

    Hospice is available 24
    hours per day, seven days a
    week. In the middle of the
    night or weekend, patients
    and families may call to
    talk with a Hospice team
    member. If needed, the
    Hospice staff member will
    come to the home to help
    with care.
    Hospice is about quality
    of life, and living each day to the fullest.
    Once the patient has
    passed on, grief support is
    provided to the surviving
    family members for at least
    13 months, helping the
    family through all those
    painful firsts. Through
    mailings, phone calls, and
    optional support groups and
    individual meetings, those
    who are grieving can access
    support along their road of

  • Appleton Area Health Services Announces the addition of Dr. Susan Moore, MD, ABFM

    Dr. Susan Moore, MD, ABFM will join the family at Appleton Area Health Services (AAHS) in the Spring of 2013. She comes to AAHS with over seven years of experience in the healthcare industry; most recently in Hammond, Indiana. Dr. Moore received her bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering  from Kettering University, then went onto receive her doctorate of medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School.

    Dr. Moore will begin seeing patients of all ages in the Spring of 2013. Her patient philosophy is:

    • Understand patient concerns
    • Inform patient of limitations
    • Develop a plan with patient
    • Reinforce her willingness to help patient
    • Educate patient about their medical condition
    • Discuss the active role in patient’s controlling their medical health
    • Utilize preventative medicine policies

    Dr. Moore was born in Mandiville, Jamacia and raised in Lansing, Michigan with her two brothers.  She and her son, Henry moved to the Appleton community in January of 2013 and has enjoyed acquainting themselves with their new home.

    Some of her interests include dancing, theater, literature, cricket, soccer and playing dominos.  Meet her in person at the Appleton Area Health Services’ Foundation 1st Annual Community Gala Fundraiser at Shooters on Friday, March 8, 2013. Social hour takes place at 6:00 p.m. with dinner, a live auction and entrainment to follow. Tickets are available at AAHS for $40.

  • Lac qui Parle Health Network Wins 2013 Innovation Award

    St. Paul, Minn. – The Lac qui Parle Health Network, which includes Appleton Area Health Services (Appleton, MN), Johnson Memorial Health Services (Dawson, MN) and Madison Lutheran Home (Madison, MN) has received a 2013 Leading Change Innovation Award from Aging Services of Minnesota. The Innovation Awards showcase the very best innovative programs and ideas in older adult services in the state of Minnesota. The Aging Services awards are among the highest honors for aging services organizations in Minnesota.

    The three facilities teamed up to combine restorative nursing, or rehab, with the fun and interesting activities to encourage residents to exercise and follow through on their rehabilitation. The program, dubbed Putting the FUN in Rehab Nursing, is a first-of-its-kind combination in the country.

    Faced with unenthusiastic, reluctant participation in rehab therapy by residents, The Lac qui Parle Network of care centers searched quality improvement organizations throughout the country for a model they could adapt.

    “We contacted other facilities and searched online for ideas on how to do this, and we were unable to find anything,” said program coordinator Nancy St. Sauver. “So we decided to create our own.”

    The result was an innovative coordinated program that took residents’ past interested such as fishing, bowling, gardening or sports to create a collection of fun exercises around each interest area.

    “The results were stunning,” noted St. Sauver. Soon the residents were looking forward to the social interconnection, friendly competition and feelings of accomplishment. Quality indicator scores improved, residents experienced an improved ability to move around the room and range of motion.

    Representatives from the care centers shared their experience at the three-day conference in Minneapolis last week.

    A toolkit was developed to share the program with other senior care organizations.