An extended-standing partnership between two native health-care companions has helped to make sure that the neighborhood’s bodily and well-being wants are being met, at the same time as new medical issues come to mild.
Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Well being, and the Fond du Lac County Well being Division have collaborated to assist people and households navigate via varied well being points, together with measles, mumps, rabies, influenza, H1N1 and extra, to offer wanted medical care in addition to schooling.
This partnership’s significance has been amplified via the COVID-19 pandemic, which started in Fond du Lac County a lot ahead of different areas throughout the state. And, from the primary day till current day, Agnesian HealthCare and the Fond du Lac County Well being Division have labored side-by-side to be current and versatile to handle the ever-changing virus.
On Thursday, as a part of Well being Care Week, Agnesian HealthCare and SSM Well being acknowledged Kim Mueller, Fond du Lac County well being officer, and the Fond du Lac County Well being Division with a neighborhood associate “Well being Care Hero Award.”
“This honor, which is so rightfully due, represents the only real Well being Care Hero Award being given to a neighborhood associate throughout the complete SSM Well being Wisconsin area,” St. Agnes Hospital president Katherine Vergos stated. “Now we have at all times been happy with the sturdy partnership now we have with all of our well being division companions, however this actually solidifies how a lot our mutually-beneficial collaboration pays off in the long term.”
SSM Well being celebrated its caregivers throughout Well being Care Week, Might 9 to fifteen.
Well being Care Hero Awards got to workforce members to acknowledge the heroic work they do each day.
In celebration of the various heroes, the Well being Care Hero Awards, are designed to acknowledge these workers, suppliers and neighborhood companions who’ve exemplified SSM Well being values all through the COVID-19 pandemic, displaying deeply compassionate service, extraordinary innovation and brave management.
“I’m grateful for the connection Kim and Katherine have and the management they’ve demonstrated for our neighborhood,” Fond du Lac County Government Director Allen Buechel stated. “This has been a difficult 12 months through which they’ve navigated efficiently to assist the neighborhood.”
In keeping with Agnesian, the Fond du Lac County Well being Division, with Kim Mueller as its well being officer, has been responsive from day one of many COVID-19 pandemic.
“Now that we’re previous the 365-day mark, they’re simply as responsive and nice neighborhood companions to work with,” Vergos stated. “We’re very lucky to have such a robust and two-way partnership with our well being division. Staff members have demonstrated nice flexibility and accountability to their neighborhood and had been current in our boardroom the night time the pandemic started.”
The collaboration started the day the primary COVID-19 affected person arrived on the St. Agnes Hospital Emergency Division.
“Kim Mueller was bodily current to view and consider the state of affairs,” St. Agnes Hospital Emergency Division Director Renee Weier stated. “The well being division workforce was onsite that night time nicely after hours as affected person tracing and phone tracing had been began in earnest. This workforce was additionally current on the hospital’s Incident Command Heart conferences to make sure that messages and help to the neighborhood had been unified and swift.”
These side-by-side efforts to offer sources for COVID-19 testing, precautions, schooling and now vaccinations have led to profitable initiatives.
“Kim and her workforce understood early on that we would have liked to get forward of this and supply help so the hospital may keep protected capability ranges,” Weier stated. “Kim helped the neighborhood to know the explanations for shutdowns and closures to ‘sluggish the curve.’ We had been sharing knowledge and doing dwell streams to tell the general public of actual time occasions and numbers.”
If that wasn’t sufficient, the Fond du Lac County Well being Division additionally stepped ahead with a $50,000 donation to the Agnesian HealthCare Basis to assist offset the prices of 5 worker self-screening kiosks to make sure the security of workers and all these coming into into our amenities. These kiosks had been replicated to be used at SSM Well being amenities in Madison and Janesville.
“Now our mixed efforts are specializing in vaccinating the neighborhood, and one other collaboration is how one can successfully outreach to underserved populations,” Vergos stated. “The well being division is using its in depth sources, together with interpreter companies and different neighborhood contacts, to make sure that anybody that wishes a COVID-19 vaccine can get a COVID-19 vaccine.”
These efforts have included vaccinations in lower-income housing complexes and different homebound people. Early collaborations have helped to determine efficient bigger community-wide vaccination clinics, together with greater than 1,000 people in a single session.
“We’re really honored to be acknowledged throughout Well being Care Week by our native well being care suppliers,” Mueller stated. “Public well being at its core is all about partnerships for well being and we deeply worth our relationship with SSM Well being. We look ahead to constructing upon our current partnership to profit neighborhood well being.”
“Kim Mueller and workforce are true heroes who deserve some recognition for the tireless effort and care they proceed to present this neighborhood,” Vergos stated.