February 2, 2016


Madison hospitals dealing with nationwide drug shortage

By: Staff | WISC-TV | January 29, 2016

MADISON, Wis. - Madison hospitals are experiencing regular shortages of needed drugs, forcing doctors and pharmacists to come up with alternative options for patients.

Tomah Memorial provides neighborly aid

By: Editorial Board | La Crosse Tribune | January 28, 2016

There’s a time and a place for competitiveness. There’s also a time for being neighborly. The folks at Tomah Memorial Hospital are providing a good lesson in neighborly care and putting patients first — never mind whose patients they are.

Remaking the Valley: The growing business of keeping healthy

By: Christena T. O’Brien | Leader Telegram | February 1, 2016

Patients came and went at area health care centers in 2015, and so did construction workers — a lot of them, thanks to continued expansion of Eau Claire’s medical sector.

County pumps $200K into crisis response unit

By: Adam Rodewald | Green Bay Press-Gazette | January 26, 2016

Brown County is pumping $200,000 into a program that sends counselors to the homes of people in the midst of mental health crises.

Proposed bill could make vaccination for kids difficult to avoid

By: Eric Crest | NBC 26 | January 28, 2016

A bill just introduced in Madison would make it more difficult for parents to opt out on vaccinations for their kids. NBC26 gathered both sides of the debate and explains what it could mean, for your kids.

Hospitals 'Grow Their Own' Specialty Care RNs Amid Nurse Shortage

By: Maggie Van Dyke | H&HN Daily | February 1, 2016

Brandon (Fla.) Regional Hospital has a new nurse recruitment strategy: The 438-bed facility is hiring registered nurses fresh out of nursing school and enrolling them in weeks- or months-long residency programs to learn the technical skills needed to care for patients in critical care and other specialty areas.

Experts: USA must prepare now for Zika virus

WHA has created a resource page on Zika:

By: Liz Szabo | USA Today | January 27, 2016

The U.S. public health officials must prepare now for the inevitable arrival of Zika virus, a mosquito-borne infection that has spread to 21 countries in the Americas and is linked to a surge in birth defects in Brazil, health experts said.

CDC: Almost three-fourths of docs using certified EHRs

By: Marla Durben Hirsch | FierceEMR | January 28, 2016

The percentage of office-based physicians implementing certified electronic health records climbed to 74.1 percent in 2014, up from 67.5 percent in 2013, according to a new data brief published this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Health Care Fines Press Millennials as Deadline Nears

By: Associated Press | NBC News | January 27, 2016

WASHINGTON — Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don't need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama's health care law.

Costs to treat common ailments a prescription for pain

By: Laura Ungar | USA Today | February 1, 2016

A month’s worth of Glumetza diabetes pills cost Marge Meffert $746 last April. Then the price began skyrocketing — to $6,714.


Hendricks Family Foundation gives $3M to boost heart unit

By: Staff | Beloit Daily News | January 20, 2016

BELOIT — The new heart hospital being built on the fourth floor of Beloit Memorial Hospital will be named the Hendricks Family Heart Hospital after the Hendricks Family Foundation provided the biggest gift in Beloit Health System history to support the project.

Aspirus to partner with WPS Health Solutions on new insurance company

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 27, 2016

Aspirus and WPS Health Solutions are partnering to start a new health insurance company that will sell health plans in 16 counties in north-central Wisconsin.

New cancer center adds to treatment options

By: Katherine Lymn | Post Crescent | January 28, 2016

When the ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center opens Monday, it will mark the latest in a series of expansions to the Fox Valley's cancer treatment options. More and more, patients and their families can stay close to home and its comforts instead of traveling to larger communities such as Milwaukee for their care.

New Marshfield hospital gets final approval

By: Jonathan Anderson | Marshfield News Herald | January 26, 2016

MARSHFIELD - Construction of a proposed $175 million new hospital in Marshfield is cleared to begin after city officials gave final approval to the project Tuesday night.