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St. John’s ministries helps those experiencing homelessness
GREEN BAY – St. John’s Ministries held its annual signature fundraising event, the Restoring Hope Gala, on Nov. 5 to help offset the cost of operating two seasonal homeless shelters of last resort and two daytime resource centers, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center.

St. John’s Ministries’ mission is to “honor the dignity, restore hope and create lasting change for those experiencing homelessness or housing instability in the Green Bay community.”

The non-profit organization opened the City of Green Bay’s only Women’s Shelter, 55 beds to assist females experiencing homelessness, on Nov. 1.

Bellin Hospital receives five-star rating
GREEN BAY – Bellin Hospital was recently awarded a five-star rating for hip fracture treatment by Healthgrades.

The Bellin Health building on Webster Ave. in Green Bay. Josh Staloch Photo

“We commend Bellin Hospital for their ongoing commitment to providing high-quality care to patients being treated for Hip Fracture,” Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and head of data science at Healthgrades, said.

“Consumers can feel confident that hospitals with five-star ratings by Healthgrades have demonstrated their ability to deliver consistently exceptional outcomes.”

The rating reflects Bellin’s dedication to achieving favorable results for hip fractures and sets the hospital apart as one of the nation’s leading hospitals for specialty care.

“This recognition from Healthgrades is a testament to our teams and their commitment to providing the highest quality orthopedic care to our patients,” Bellin Health President and CEO Chris Woleske said.
“I commend our teams for their dedication to excellence and their effectiveness in achieving such high standards.”

UW System launches survey, expands efforts
BROWN COUNTY – The University of Wisconsin (UW) System will implement a survey to gauge students’ attitudes towards free speech, viewpoint diversity and self-censorship on campus.

The survey will be distributed to a random sample of 2,500-7,500 students from each of the UW campuses depending on student population and response rate.

Results from the survey are expected to be available in early 2023.

The UW System will also expand its efforts to promote citizenship and civil dialogue both on and off its campuses by: creating the Wisconsin Institute for Citizenship and Civil Dialogue; organizing peer-to-peer conversations about challenging topics; sponsoring and promoting the Wisconsin Civics Games and the accompanying editorial writing and cartoon contest; and creating a new civil dialogue website for UW system universities.

“The First Amendment is a bedrock principle of American democracy, and this survey will help us understand what students know and think about free speech rights and responsibilities,” UW System President Jay RothmanRothman said.

“At the same time, we have an obligation to promote respectful dialogue – inside the classroom, around residence halls, and on the campus square.

What better place than a university to foster the vigorous, considerate exchange of ideas and opinions?”

Drop-off sites for Operation Christmas Child
GREEN BAY – Operation Christmas Child, an organization which collects and delivers gifts to children around the world, will be accepting donations during National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21.

To participate, pack a shoebox with toys, hygiene items and school supplies and drop it off at one of 4,500 drop-off sites worldwide.

An online lookup tool is available at samaritanspurse.org to locate the drop-off site nearest to you.
Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 198 million shoebox gifts since 1993, and is on track to collect its 200 millionth shoebox this season.

Bellin enters joint venture with Concentra
ASHWAUBENON – Concentra recently announced it has entered into a joint venture with Bellin Health to open a new medical center at 2920 Ramada Way in Ashwaubenon.

The center will be operated by Concentra, a national leader in occupational medicine, and co-owned by Concentra and Bellin Health.

Bellin Health’s Occupational Health Clinic at 1630 Commanche Avenue in Green Bay has closed to merge with the new facility, but occupational health operations in Sturgeon Bay, Marinette and Iron Mountain will continue as normal.

At their new location, Concentra and Bellin Health will provide work injury care, physical therapy, drug testing, DOT physical exams, pre-placement exams, COVID-19 return-to-work services and other employer-related health services.

“Partnering with the national leader in workplace health will enable us to provide additional resources and new services to the clients and patients of our former Bellin Occupational Health Clinic on Commanche Avenue,” Bellin Health President and CEO Chris Woleske said.

“Ensuring ongoing access to quality workplace health services is an essential part of the healthcare services we deliver to our community.”

American Iron & Alloys joins Lawton Standard
DE PERE – Lawton Standard Co. has added American Iron & Alloys, LLC (AIA) to the Lawton Standard Family.

AIA, located in Waukesha, processes and distributes continuous cast iron, bronze bar, tubing and other metal components and provides metal finishing and other services to the North American market.

“We have been exploring ways – both via acquisition and organically – to augment our production efforts and further serve the marketplace,” Alex Lawton, CEO of Lawton Standard, said.

“From the moment I met AIA’s founder and President, Rick Janes, and his team, I felt we found a great fit.
Working with AIA and Versa-Bar is a springboard to our developing services, including a distribution arm.
We will support AIA’s growth as it works to support our foundries and their customers.

When we look back in several years, both parties and all stakeholders will be astounded at what has been accomplished.”

Prevea Health welcomes new family physicians
BROWN COUNTY – Prevea Health has added several new physicians to its family medicine team.

Dr. Pamela Falcon will see patients at Prevea Washington Street Health Center.

Dr. Kirsta Hoffman will practice at Prevea East Mason Health Center.

Dr. Crystal Lalonde is now seeing patients at Prevea Shawano Avenue Health Center.

Dr. Eric Rojo has joined Prevea East De Pere Health Center.

These new additions to Prevea’s family medicine team will offer a variety of primary care services for people of all ages and in all stages of life.

WSBC Sustainable Business Award recipients
GREEN BAY – The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council (WSBC) announced the 2022 Sustainable Business Award winners at its awards reception Nov. 15.

Award recipients are selected for their leadership in their industry and community and their initiative, innovation and impact across their businesses and the communities they serve.

“Businesses play a crucial role in delivering solutions to customers and markets,” Jessy Servi Ortiz, managing director of WSBC, said.

“These awards recognize Wisconsin businesses for delivering value through sustainable integration and driving sustainable adoption and innovation in the market.”

Green Bay Packaging was awarded Sustainable Product of the Year for its ContainerBoard Paper.

Other award recipients included Empire Screen Printing, Innovative Service of the Year; Chris Drees of Mercury Marine, Executive Sustainable Leadership; and Scott Louks of Mercury Marine, Sustainable Champion.

New physician partners at BayCare Clinic
GREEN BAY – Three physicians — Dr. Daniel Budreau, Dr. Katrina Destree and Dr. Dan Miller — have earned partnership status at BayCare Clinic, earning themselves shared ownership in Aurora BayCare Medical Center and a greater voice in resource allocation decisions and the experience of patients.

Budreau practices as a general surgeon in Green Bay with Aurora BayCare General and Vascular Surgery.
Destree and Miller practice as emergency medicine physicians in Green Bay, Oshkosh, Two Rivers and Kaukauna with BayCare Clinic Emergency Physicians.

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