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Spooner Health System ANNUAL COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR 8-2-14


Over 250 people participated in the 30th Annual Health Fair put on by Spooner Health System on Saturday, August 2nd 2014.  In addition to receiving lots of helpful information related to a variety of health care topics, community members were able to receive a blood pressure check, blood glucose screening and total lipid profile (cholesterol screening) all free of charge. Kids (and some adults too!) enjoyed getting thumb casts and their face painted in the kids corner! Many people also appreciated receiving a short chair massage and touring the helicopter.

 Spooner Health System 7th ANNUAL GOLF OUTING 8-13-14


Spooner Health System (SHS) held its seventh annual Golf Outing on Wednesday, August 13th at the Spooner Golf Course. Proceeds from the event will be used to support special capital projects at SHS. 

“The weather was perfect and the course was in great shape,” says Mike Schafer, SHS CEO.  “In addition to the golfers, we’d like to especially thank all of the sponsors and businesses that donated items for the raffles and drawings. Our event would not be a success without their generosity!”

Platinum sponsors included:  BWBR Architects, Essentia Health, Health Tech Management Services, Market & Johnson, Partners of Spooner Health System and Shared Medical Technology. Gold sponsors included:  CliftonLarsonAllen, Holden Insurance, Johnson Bank and Stockton Facility Management. Wapiti Medical Group was a Silver sponsor.

Carrie Furr was the winner of the grand prize, a paddle board. Jason Plante won Brewer tickets. Many other raffle items were given out.

First place in the event went to a team from Johnson Bank with a score of 58: Craig Hokanson, Vern Thompson, Tom Sutton and Brook Bezek. With a score of 59, second place went to Josh Villella, Shane Marino, Chris Thompson and Jamie Busch representing Community Bank of Northern Wisconsin. Third place went to Tim Bassett, Dave Dewey, Steve Sevals Sr. and Steve Sevals Jr. with a score of 60.  First place women’s went to a team representing Partners of Spooner Health System: Carol Heim, Lee Weiss, Penny Cuskey and Bobbi Zadra.

Hole event prizes included:  Hole #1 Longest Put, Dustin Rehkamp; Hole #2 Closest to the Pin, Bob Weisenberger; Hole #3 Closest Third Shot, Dave Sumner; Hole #4 Closest to the Pin, Laurie Zadra; Hole #5 Longest Drive (Women), Brooke Bezek; Hole #6 Closest to the Pin, Jamie Morales; Hole #7 Longest Putt, Chris Thompson; Hole #8 Shortest Drive, Lynn McDowell; Hole #9 Closest to a Bunker, Dave Haroldson; Hole #10 Longest Drive, Brad Olsen; Hole #11 Closest Second Shot, Jason Plante; Hole #12 Longest Putt, Jeff Lee; Hole #13 Closest Third Shot, Shared Medical Technology; Hole #14 Longest Putt, Pam Petry; Hole #15 Closest to the Pin (Women), Cherie Bagley; Hole #16 Closest Second Shot, Steve Sevals Sr.; Hole #17 Closest to the Pin, Bob Berendes; Hole #18 Longest Putt, Josh Villella. 

Bobbi Zadra won a new putter for having the highest score in the putting contest. Second place went to Scott Trinrud.


  Spooner Health System Named one of Nation’s “Most Wired”  

 Most Wired Hospitals Connect Providers and Patients

 For the sixth time, Spooner Health System (SHS) has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Wired facilities. SHS receives this recognition according to the results of the 2014 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.  SHS was also recognized as a Most Wired organization in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Though physical cables and wiring throughout the facility certainly play a part, information technology director at SHS, Mike DiPasquale, explains that winning Most Wired is more about the wired connectivity between caregivers. “It has to do with how people are communicating via technology from department to department as well as between our organization and other healthcare providers,” adds DiPasquale.

SHS is among only 10 hospitals in the state of Wisconsin being recognized as Most Wired this year. “Receiving this prestigious recognition as a leader in the use of information technology affirms the hard work and collaborative efforts of our organization,” says Mike Schafer, SHS CEO. “Our focus is to use technology to provide the highest quality and safest care possible to our patients.”

As the nation’s health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology (IT) to better connect care providers, according to the 16th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks. For instance, 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals including Spooner Health System share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Most Wired hospitals meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories and have made tremendous gains by using IT to reduce the likelihood of medical errors.

SHS’ information technology team works closely with physicians, nurses and staff to ensure they’re using technology to its fullest capability. Being named Most Wired several years in a row confirms that SHS is using the technology they have very well. “You can have the greatest technology in the world,” says DiPasquale, “however, it’s not very useful if you aren’t using it the right way to its fullest potential.”

 “The Most Wired data show that shared health information allows clinicians and patients to have the information they need to promote health and make the most informed decisions about treatments,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Hospitals, their clinicians and their communities are doing tremendous work to enhance their IT systems in ways that support care and delivery improvement, and patient engagement goals.”

Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.

 The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at













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