55th Annual House and Garden Walk Supports Local Health Needs

It was a gorgeous day for the Door County Medical Auxiliary’s House and Garden Walk, and more than 1,200 people toured four homes and a garden from Sturgeon Bay up to Ellison Bay. “Every year, it takes legions of dedicated volunteers, generous sponsors, and of course, large-hearted community members who open their homes to hundreds of visitors the day of the event,” says event co-chair Deb Hogan. The event raised funds for two local health care initiatives chosen by the auxiliary: the Ministry Door County Dental Clinic, and the Skilled Nursing Facility at Ministry Door County Medical Center.

The mission of the Door County Medical Auxiliary, a group that is 250 strong, is to support the health care needs of the community. “Our volunteers accomplish their goal through their regular work volunteering at the hospital in departments as diverse as oncology and the beauty shop in our Skilled Nursing Facility. We also accomplish this goal through fundraising efforts that provide significant gifts to local health initiatives,” explains Hogan. Funds raised by this year’s event were earmarked for a new facility for Ministry’s Door County Dental Clinic, which provides free dental services to low-income and uninsured children and adults, and improvements to Ministry’s Skilled Nursing Facility, a residential setting for the elderly and those needing physical therapy. “Both of these institutions provide such important, needed services to our community,” says Hogan. “We are pleased to be able to support their work.”


The Nulton home was one of four private homes featured in the House and Garden walk.

Jerry Worrick, CEO of Ministry Door County Medical Center, volunteered at the event parking cars for guests, and was impressed with the organization and high numbers of attendees. “Events like these bring people together to create awareness of all the wonderful things that are happening in our medical community,” he says.

“This year’s tour included everything from a restored Victorian home, to a classic log home, to a Japanese-inspired garden,” says Hogan. “I heard from many people that the homes and gardens were so inspiring, and this event is something they look forward to every year. How fitting that such a beautiful event has such beautiful results – improving the health of our community.”

Next year’s House and Garden Walk will take place on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Mark your calendars!


From the Dietitian: Fresh Summer Peaches

As a registered dietitian at Ministry Door County Medical Center, I enjoy recommending fresh, seasonal foods to my patients to help them achieve a healthy diet. Fresh peaches on grocery store shelves and at roadside markets are a mark of summer. Found from May until September in most regions of the United States, the peak months for these nuggets of scrumptious flavors are July and August.  Nutritionally speaking, one medium peach has 60 calories and contains potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Peaches also contain phytonutrients that can inhibit the growth of cancer and tumors.

Here are some great ways to enjoy your peaches:

1. Peachy breakfast. Add sliced peaches to hot or cold cereal, pancakes and waffles, plain or vanilla yogurt or cottage cheese.

2. Grill, bake or broil: Peaches taste great warm from the grill. Place them on kabobs with other favorite fresh fruit and just grill some slices and enjoy! Or you can warm peach slices in the oven or on the stove, topping with cinnamon for a flavor sensation!

3. Drink them: Toss fresh or frozen peaches into the blender with some low-fat yogurt or milk, bananas and ice. Puree for a delicious smoothie.

4. Homemade fruit leather. Peel and pit peaches then puree in a blender. Pour the puree onto wax paper-lined cookie sheets and dry in a dehydrator or the oven at a very low temperature. Letting this cook overnight will give you a warm, welcoming treat in the morning!

5. Sweet sauce. Puree peaches, berries, apples, or pears for a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry, pancakes or French toast.

6. Flip your dessert! Serve sliced fruit and berries with a shortbread garnish on top, rather than shortbread with a spoonful of fruit. You also can serve a bowl of fruit with a dollop of low-fat frozen yogurt or ice cream on top.

7. Peach salsa! Salsa makes a delicious topping to many different meats or can be spooned over grilled chicken or fish.

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Peach and Avocado Salsa


  • 2 – 3 fresh peaches, peeled and diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ½ cup diced jicama 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Yield: 3 cups

Enjoy peaches, and enjoy summer!

-Carmen Schroeder, RD


Ministry is a Good Neighbor for the Arts

“There’s nothing like a night at the theater to help open people’s minds, hearts and spirits,” says Bob Boles, co-artistic director at the Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay. “Theater has the capacity to help us laugh at ourselves, cry with each other, and forget our troubles for a while. It’s good for the soul.” Boles also knows local support is essential for a thriving arts community. “The arts community in Door County is truly unique, and we are also uniquely lucky to have Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) as a supporter of not just our main stage season, but of so many cultural organizations in the county.”

A scene from TAP's production of Steel Magnolias

A scene from TAP’s production of Steel Magnolias

For the third consecutive year, MDCMC has underwritten Third Avenue Playhouse’s summer/fall season, helping to present shows such as “Educating Rita,” the musical “The Fantasticks,” and the perennially popular “Steel Magnolias,” now playing at TAP’s intimate studio theater. “As Door County’s only year-round professional theatre, we are in a position to provide quality theater to our residents and visitors. We truly couldn’t do it without Ministry’s support.”

As part of the underwriting partnership, Ministry’s 600 plus employees have the opportunity to see a show free of charge (first come, first served of course) on a special night designated for employees. “We’re so proud to partner with this creative and forward-thinking organization,” says Kevin Grohskopf, Chief Business Development Officer for MDCMC. “We truly believe that community health is about mind, body and spirit, and supporting arts groups like TAP, the Door Community Auditorium, Birch Creek Performing Arts Center, and Midsummer’s Music Festival is just one way we can help nurture these opportunities for our community.”


Tart Cherries: Healthy, Local and Delicious

“Healthy food doesn’t taste good.” Is that what you think? As a registered dietitian at Ministry Door County Medical Center, I’d like to help change your mind. And Door County tart cherries might help!

Tart cherries are the smallest members of the stone fruit family. This “family” includes plums, apricots, nectarines, and peaches. Here in Door County, we grow two of the most popular varieties of tart cherries: Montmorency and Balaton. Cherries are a good source of vitamin A. They also contain anthocyanins, a compound found to block two enzymes which play a role in inflammation. Since inflammation has been linked to many chronic diseases, consuming cherries may play a role in prevention and treatment.

What we know for sure is that cherries are DELICIOUS. You can use them in all parts of a meal from appetizer to beverage, salad to bread, main dish to dessert. Dried, frozen or fresh, add cherries to your favorite recipes for an added boost of flavor and possible health benefits. The Wisconsin Cherry Growers website has many recipes using cherries in a variety of ways. This recipe combines two Door County favorites: Salmon and Tart Cherries. The salsa would also be great over poultry or pork.


Caramelized Salmon with Cherry Salsa   

Makes 4 servings

1-1/2 pounds fresh for frozen salmon fillet with skin

3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp. grated orange peel

½ tsp. coarsely ground pepper

1 ripe mango or papaya (seeded, peeled, and chopped)

1 cup frozen tart cherries, thawed, drained and halved

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint, basil, or cilantro

2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper


Thaw fish, if frozen. Stir together brown sugar, orange peel and pepper. Place fish, skin side down, in a shallow pan. Rub sugar mixture over fish. Cover and refrigerate 2-8 hours.

Remove fish from pan, draining off any juices. Place salmon, skin-side down, on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4-6 inches from medium-hot coals. Grill for 20-25 minutes or until fish flakes easily. Do not turn fish.

Meanwhile, toss together mango or papaya, cherries, herb, vinegar and red pepper. Spoon fruit salsa over warm fish. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information per serving: Calories 373, Carbohydrate 16 grams, Protein 34 grams, Fat 19 grams, Fiber 1 gram, Sodium 100 mg

-Judi Sowl, RD


Roasted Mexican Corn Salad

It’s high season for fresh corn, and Ministry’s cafeteria has been using a lot of it lately in this most-requested side dish from Chef Eric VanAlstine.

Says Chef Eric, “This is our version of a traditional Mexican method for serving corn.  Typically, you would see these ingredients applied to a freshly grilled ear of corn immediately after it is removed from the flame.  Our recipe can be made in summer with fresh corn, or year-round by substituting frozen, whole kernel corn. I make it at home and here in Ministry’s kitchen. It’s a great picnic dish, and complements just about any meal.”

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Roasted Mexican Corn Salad

·         2 pounds of frozen, whole kernel corn, or fresh corn off the cob

·         ½ cup mayonnaise

·         1 cup grated Cotija or Parmesan cheese

·         1-2 Tablespoons chili powder

·         Juice of one lime

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Spread corn evenly on a baking pan.  Toss corn once or twice while baking to help with even browning, roasting corn to desired doneness.  Remove from oven and let rest in pan until just warm.  (This will help loosen any brown “bits” stuck to the pan)

Move warm corn to a mixing bowl.  Add all ingredients and mix well.  Add mayo, and chili powder to taste.  Top wish chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.

Reheat if needed to serve warm, but it is also good at room temperature.


Back on Track: Liz Junion and Dr. Steve Davis

Seven years ago, Liz Junion – busy mom, wife and teacher – wasn’t a runner. Then she broke her ankle.

“It was a bad break. I missed a stair, coming down,” she says. Fortunately, Liz had ankle repair surgery with with Dr. Steven Davis, orthopedic surgeon at Ministry Door County Medical Center, and now she’s better than ever.

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Liz credits Dr. Davis with the fact that she is so active. “I had surgery the next day. He was so caring and I felt a great deal of trust.” Successful surgery was followed up with rehab at Ministry’s Rehabilitation Services Department. “The staff there was amazing. They made it clear that it was going to be a process, and not easy. They were so encouraging. I know my rehab helped a ton.”

“After my surgery and rehab, I was very motivated to get in shape. I started with the Door County Half Marathon and then did two more runs. This month I’ll be running in my fourth Half Marathon,’ she says. “The more I move, the better I feel.”

According to Dr. Davis, “It’s an honor to be part of people’s lives, to help them get back to doing the things they love.” He’s thrilled to have helped Liz get back to her active life. “To see her as a busy teacher, a busy mom, and be able to enjoy life to the fullest and enjoy running – there’s really no greater reward.”

“I feel fortunate to have such good care, close to home,” says Liz. “I’d recommend Dr. Davis to everyone.”


HealthEVisits Offer Quick Online Diagnosis for Common Conditions

Do you need a quick diagnosis but don’t have time to visit Urgent Care? Perhaps you have a sick child at home and you’re reluctant leave the house to see the doctor? Or would you just prefer to get a quick diagnosis from your couch, desk or even your bed?

Ministry’s new HealthEvisits service offers quick, convenient care for mild health conditions including pink eye, sinus infections, bladder infections (UTI), and acid reflux. All you need is an Internet connection and ten minutes to complete an online questionnaire about your health condition.

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 4.48.28 PMThe service is easy to use: patients answer a short series of questions online that are reviewed by a Ministry clinician within an hour. The clinician then provides a diagnosis and treatment plan, with prescriptions called into the pharmacy of the patient’s choice as needed.

“As health care evolves, we are always looking for ways to make care more convenient and cost-effective,” says James Heise, MD, medical director at Ministry Door County Medical Center. “This program has been in use at other Ministry facilities since last year, and we believe it’s a great addition to what we offer our community.”

HealthEVisits are available from 7 a.m.- 10 p.m., seven days a week. A visit costs $35 out-of-pocket, a substantial savings compared with visiting an urgent care or retail clinic. The program is open to anyone in Wisconsin, resident or visitor, regardless of insurance status or primary care provider. Visit ministryhealth.org/healthevisits to begin.


Ministry Announces Free July Concert Series in Hospital Green Space

Ministry Door County Medical Center is pleased to announce its third annual free concert series “Celebrate Community,” beginning Tuesday, July 7. The first concert will feature Cavern Beat (music of The Beatles), with special guests Dorothy Scott and the young performers of LEAP (The Human Kindness Project). Concerts are free of charge and take place at 7 p.m. at the hospital’s green space on 16th Place, next to The Community’s Garden. Other featured acts for July include:

Cory ChiselTuesday July 14: American folk rock band Corey Chisel and the Wandering Sons. Cory and his band hail from Appleton, WI, but since have toured with Norah Jones and appeared on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, among others.

Tuesday, July 21: Acoustic duo Patchouli. Featuring award-winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel, this group will light up the night with elements of pop, folk, flamenco and jazz.

Tuesday, July 28: The Snowbirds. This group brings their storytelling and musical abilities to celebrate the fresh, laid back sound of alt-country.

“Music contributes to people’s emotional, physical and spiritual well-being,” says Kevin Grohskopf of Ministry. “We’re so pleased to help celebrate our community by offering these free concerts in a beautiful outdoor setting.”

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, and chairs or blankets. In case of rain, concerts will be moved to the Door County Fire Company, 38 S. Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. For more information on the series, call 920-493-5979.


Ministry Welcomes Orthopedic Physician Assistant

Ministry Door County Medical Center is pleased to announced that Philip Bryan, PA-C joined orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven Davis and Dr. Dan Tomaszewski June 1 in Ministry’s orthopedic department.

PhilBryan_CoatwebPhilip is one of 46 surgical residency trained orthopedic physician assistants in the United States. He comes to Ministry from his practice at Tri-State Orthopedic Surgeons in Evansville, IN. Philip holds a Masters Degree in Advanced Physician Assistant Studies from the Arizona School of Health Sciences and completed his general surgery residency at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. He also served in the United States Coast Guard as an in-flight emergency medical technician.

“Phil is an outstanding addition to the orthopedic team,” says Dr. Steve Davis. ““We’ve seen increased demand for orthopedic services here at Ministry, and Phil comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and an ability to relate to and care for our orthopedic patients through diagnosis and treatment, pre and post surgery, and throughout the rehabilitation process. He’s an outstanding person and we’re looking forward to introducing him to our community.”

Philip Bryan is now seeing patients. To make an appointment with a provider in Ministry’s orthopedic services department, call (920) 743-5566.


Ministry Door County Physician Inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology

Donald L. Renfrew, M.D., was recently inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology during their meeting May 17–21 in Washington, D.C.


Renfrew is a partner at Radiology Associates of the Fox Valley and provides radiology services at Ministry Door County Medical Center. He is a member of the ACR, the Radiological Society of North American, the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Wisconsin Radiological Society. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa and has authored numerous publications, including three books, in his area of specialty.

“Dr. Renfrew has been a trusted provider in our community for more than 20 years,” says Gerald Worrick, CEO of MDCMC. “He has led our organization in many ways including as Medical Director of the Radiology Department and Director of Grand Rounds for the hospital. This fellowship in an honor for him and for Ministry as we continue to provide expert, professional health care close to home.”

One of the highest honors the ACR can bestow on a radiologist, radiation oncologist or medical physicist is recognition as a fellow of the American College of Radiology. ACR Fellows demonstrate a history of service to the College, organized radiology, teaching or research, with only about 10 percent of ACR members achieving this distinction.