Dr. Terry Reisner: Joining the Community

For Dr. Terry Reisner, joining Door County Medical Center’s Algoma Clinic as a family physician is a perfect fit with his background and values. “I love working in small communities where people work hard and put family at the center of their lives,” he says. Reisner comes from a family of millworkers and farmers in East Iowa, and after several years practicing medicine in the western states, he is looking forward to returning to the Midwest.

Reisner enjoys family practice as it gives him the opportunity to serve people across the whole life span. “I have been especially interested in geriatrics. I worked as a nursing assistant in care centers prior to medical school, and I enjoy talking to seniors and getting to know them,” he says. He also likes caring for children. “They keep things lively.” And as a U.S. Airforce veteran himself, Reisner also has a great deal of respect for veterans and their health care needs.

DrReisner_wCoatWith a strong interest in prevention, Reisner enjoys helping people achieve lifestyle changes and use exercise as a health tool. He and his wife, Barb, stay active by hiking, snowshoeing, cross-county skiing and bicycling.

The Reisners look forward to making their home in Algoma. “We’ve always been involved in a church, and we play music and sing hymns both there and in nursing homes.” Barb plays the piano, and Dr. Reisner contributes on guitar and drums. “It’s important to us to be part of the community and get to know people as neighbors, not just patients,” he says.

Dr. Reisner begins seeing patients at the Door County Medical Center Algoma Clinic on February 7, 2017. To make an appointment, call 920.487.3496.


Treating Stroke Fast with Telestroke

During a stroke, an estimated two million brain cells die per minute. The faster a stroke patient is evaluated and treated, the better his or her outcome and recovery will be.

Door County Medical Center’s (DCMC) Emergency Department can now treat stroke faster and more effectively thanks to Telestroke, a new state-of-the-art technology that connects stroke patients with highly skilled neurologists with the click of a button.


When a patient with stroke symptoms arrives at DCMC’s emergency department, they receive immediate, hands-on care and assessment from the expert doctors and nurses on staff. Then, using Telestroke, a two-way audio/visual technology, a board-certified neurologist is contacted and immediately begins assessing the patient. Following the examination, the neurologist works with the emergency department physician to develop a treatment plan for the patient.

“We are grateful that our new partnership with HSHS brought us the opportunity to offer this technology to our community, potentially saving more lives and improving outcomes for stroke patients,” says Sandy Vandertie, director of emergency services at DCMC.

Stroke is a medical emergency. Identify symptoms with FAST:

  • FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred?
  • TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Art for Health helps Local Seniors Stay Mentally Active and Healthy

Picking up a paintbrush is just the beginning for seniors who find their minds challenged and hearts opened at Door County Medical Center’s (DCMC) Art for Health workshops. For seven years, DCMC has providing free art workshops for local seniors at care facilities, places of worship and community centers. The interactive workshops provide hands-on participatory experiences in music, storytelling, visual arts and more. Since the program’s inception, the program has served more than 700 people.

Art for Health participant with her collage

Art for Health participant with her collage

“We believe that the health of body, mind and spirit are interconnected,” says Kevin Grohskopf, chief business development officer at DCMC. “Studies have shown the benefits of mental and creative stimulation in preventing dementia and depression and enhancing mental fitness and the sense of social connection.  We feel it’s important for our hospital to provide these experiences to the community.”

Art for Health coordinator Terry Lundahl recruits local artists and performers to provide the workshops, which serve a wide range of seniors. “This therapeutic program has proven beneficial to seniors who are very active as well as those who may be more fragile. In creating a community of participants in our workshops, we find people learn from one another and enjoy the experience of trying something new.”

Shirley Senarighi, coordinator of adult forums at Hope Church, agrees. “Art for health is a wonderful program that engaged our community in creating their own artistic ‘masterpieces’ and sharing them with the group. What a great contribution to our senior community.”

Upcoming Art for Health for Seniors workshops will take place on February 8 and 22, and March 8 and 22. For more information, contact Terry Lundahl at 920.493.5979.


Luke Spude: Homegrown Talent

Luke Spude, Door County native and Southern Door alumnus, is happy to be putting his new degree to work at Door County Medical Center. The 2016 Marian University graduate was administrative intern at the hospital last summer, an experience he says taught him many sides of the health care business. “I was able to work on special projects in the finance, marketing and accounting departments,” he says. Through the internship, he had a chance to see the many areas of the community DCMC supports, from outdoor sporting events to school initiatives.

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Growing up in Southern Door, Luke experienced DCMC community support through his active role in the arts. A talented singer, he appeared on stage at the Southern Door Auditorium in several events supported by the hospital, including Door County Idol. He also received a scholarship from DCMC designed to support local high school graduates entering the health care field. “It’s amazing to see all the places Door County Medical Center gives back to the community,” he says.

Now Spude has landed a full-time job working in the accounts payable department. He sees fellow Southern Door graduates throughout the day, who hold jobs in everything from nursing to facilities management. “This place really is a center of the community, providing great care for patients and jobs for the community,” he says.



Tried and True: New Year’s Health Tips

Improving or maintaining good health is a resolution on most of our lists for 2017.  “There are many things we can all do to improve our health that do not require spending a lot of money or having extensive testing,” says Paula Hobart, family medicine nurse practitioner at Door County Medical Clinic.

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Here are a few tips:

  • Drink up. Make staying hydrated part of your daily routine. Even mild dehydration can contribute to fatigue, headaches, and difficulty concentrating. Try for eight glasses of water a day.
  • Plan Meals. Healthy eating doesn’t just happen. Make fruits and vegetables a part of every meal, and choose whole grains over white bread or sweetened cereals. Cut down on prepackaged and deep-fried food, and minimize sugary drinks and alcohol.
  • Get moving. Regular exercise can help improve sleep quality, reduce stress, help with weight loss and keep blood pressure and cholesterol down. Aim for 30 minutes, five times a week for starters.
  • Get your Z’s. Allowing adequate time for sleep can improve your sense of well-being. Sleep deprivation can contribute to depression, weight gain, difficulty concentrating at work, and inattentive driving.
  • Vaccinate. Receiving an annual seasonal flu vaccine is a simple way to reduce risk of serious viral illness during flu season. In addition to protecting yourself, it helps to protect others in the community who may not be well equipped to fight off a viral illness.

“In addition to these lifestyle choices, it is also important to have regular screening exams with your provider, so any little problems can be detected and treated early,” says Hobart.


Ask the Expert: Avoiding Colds and Flu

By Patti Balestrieri, APNP, Door County Medical Center


Q:  I’m a busy working mom, and I can’t afford to get sick! How can I avoid colds and flu this winter?

A: Proper handwashing is the first line of defense against cold and flu season. What’s more, encouraging good hand hygiene for the whole family can decrease illness in the household.

  • Sing the ABCs. It takes at least 20 seconds to kill germs. Have children sing the alphabet song while lathering, then rinse.
  • Soap and water. Washing with soap and water is more effective than hand sanitizer, and less drying to the skin.
  • Germ control. When in public restrooms, use a paper towel to turn off the sink and open the restroom door when exiting.
  • Cough smart. Teach children to cough into the crook of their arm, rather than their hands.


DCMC’s Urgent Care Department, located within the Sturgeon Bay facility, is open every day of the year from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Diana Wallace: A Warm Welcome

Diana Wallace knows the first interaction a patient experiences at a provider’s office is critical. As Rehab Assistant at Door County Medical Center’s (DCMC) Rehab Services Clinic in Sister Bay at Scandia Village, Wallace’s job includes scheduling appointments, handling billing and answering the phones. “But,” she says, “the most important thing I do is invite patients into the clinic and make them as comfortable as possible.”

Many patients coming to Rehab Services are recovering from recent joint replacement or other surgery. “It’s an intense time,” she says. “They are in pain, and it’s our job to help them understand we are here to help them feel better, better than they felt before surgery.”

wallace_2407Working in a clinic was a sea change for Wallace, who had a long career as a corporate marketing executive before moving to Door County ten years ago. After starting her own interior design business in Sister Bay, she realized she needed a job that would offer health benefits, and was hired part-time at the Sister Bay Clinic. “It has been ten years. I wasn’t planning to be here this long,” she laughs.

Wallace looks forward to coming to work and likes the fact that the patients she serves are also her friends and neighbors. “We recently moved into a new state of the art space in Scandia Village’s new addition.  It’s such a pleasant and comfortable space for patients. My colleagues are great people who enjoy learning and growing.”

Since moving to the county 15 years ago, Wallace has noticed a shift in the way people regard Door County Medical Center. “People know they can get virtually every kind of care at DCMC,” she says, “including joint replacement and cancer care close to home.” When Wallace first arrived in the county, she too wondered if she would need to move away from Door County as she grew older, to access high quality care. She doesn’t think that way anymore. “I know I’ll stay here, and I’m absolutely confident I’ll get excellent care from the doctors and therapists at DCMC.”

Being part of the local health care team means a lot to Wallace. “I always get stopped in the grocery store by someone telling me they’ll see me soon at the clinic or asking about available appointments. It’s a good feeling to be connected to this community.”

For more general information about DCMC Rehab Services please call 920-746-0410.


2017 Winter Concert Series

The Celebrate Community Winter Concert Series for 2017 begins Friday, January 6. Join us for heartwarming music in an intimate space!



Employee Art Warms New Clinic Space

When Door County Medical Center announced plans to renovate its main clinic in Sturgeon Bay, president and CEO Jerry Worrick knew he wanted something special to adorn the walls. “We have such a depth of talent among our staff, including many fine amateur photographers,” he said. The hospital put out a call to DCMC staff members to submit photographs of Door County scenes for consideration.

"The Fence" by Corinne Schaefer

“The Fence” by Corinne Schaefer

“The response was overwhelming,” said Jodi Hibbard, director of clinic operations who helped organize the project. “We had more than 70 photography submissions from a wide range of staff and providers.” Through an inclusive voting process, all those employed by DCMC selected the top 10 photographs. “There was a tie for tenth place, so we ended up selecting 13 photographs to be printed and mounted.”


"Summer Field" by Heather Khan

“Summer Field” by Heather Khan


The result is a beautiful and tranquil gallery, featuring subject matter ranging from iconic Door County scenes like Cave Point, to pictures of children and animals. “We wanted to pay homage to the fact that our employees have rich lives and talents outside of work. We could have purchased stock photos, but it’s more meaningful to have this gallery created by our own team,” said Hibbard.

The gallery is in the rear hallway of the main clinic in Sturgeon Bay, open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Wendy Ulrikson: Getting People What They Need

Wendy Ulrikson likes playing a supporting role. As department assistant for Cardiopulmonary Services, she works every day to communicate with patients and support staff members. “My role includes scheduling respiratory tests, calling patients to set up sleep lab appointments, and supporting the sleep lab and respiratory technicians,” she says.

Ulrikson joined DCMC in 2011, at a time when the Sleep Facility was expanding. “As an American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep lab, there’s a lot that needs to be done to stay current and make sure we are providing best practices for our patients.”


Her background in business administration in shipbuilding and manufacturing and as a pharmacy tech prepared her for the varied demands of health care work. She even worked in the IT department of a nuclear plant. “I love being in this supporting role. Helping people achieve their goals and get the resources they need to accomplish their jobs is really fulfilling for me.”

Ulrikson has referred many friends, family and acquaintances to the DCMC Sleep Lab. “I’ve learned a lot about sleep issues, and when I hear people talk about certain symptoms, I’m able to share my knowledge about how sleep problems can have a serious effect on health.”

She also enjoys talking with patients and helping them understand the “why” of their respiratory care. “Patients really appreciate when we take the time to explain the process of testing,” she says. Recently, a patient thanked Ulrikson and told her of the difference she made in his care by encouraging him to get to all of his appointments. “That made me feel really good.”

Outside of work, Ulrikson enjoys spending time with her two young grandchildren. “We always look forward to doing things in the community, including activities sponsored by the hospital.” She has taken her grandchildren to the Southern Door Eagle Trail Run, and hopes to enroll them in next summer’s Art on the Wild Side classes.

When she’s out and about, she isn’t shy about telling her own DCMC story. “I’m not just an employee – this is where I get my own health care, including surgeries. I will come back in a heartbeat, because the care here is such high quality.”