Community Coalitions Mobilize to Prevent Underage Drinking
More than 60 community coalitions are participating in this year’s “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” statewide underage drinking prevention campaign, which runs now through June, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today. “Parents who provide alcohol to teens do so at great risk to the teens and to our communities,” said DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades. “Underage drinking is unhealthy, unsafe, and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 14, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Department of Health Services (DHS) to Create Division of Medicaid Services (DMS)
The Department of Health Services (DHS) this week submitted its plan to the Department of Administration to create the Division of Medicaid Services (DMS), as directed in 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, the 2015-17 Biennial Budget. The reorganization is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2016. The goal of the reorganization is to streamline processes and strengthen the ability of DHS to effectively and efficiently administer programs and services, which include FoodShare, Family Care, and BadgerCare...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 11, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Division of Public Health (DPH) Increases Resources for Elizabethkingia Response
This week, Governor Scott Walker approved nine (9) project positions at the Department of Health Services (DHS) to ensure the Division of Public Health (DPH) has adequate staff to address ongoing and emerging outbreaks related to public health. DPH is experiencing an increased workload due to the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak, as well as other infectious diseases including Zika virus, and a recent increase in Tuberculosis (TB) cases. “It is important for us to make sure DPH has the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 8, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Think Before You Drink
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) urges all state residents to take time to self-examine their drinking habits. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a national observance to increase understanding of alcohol use problems , treatment, and recovery. “Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in Wisconsin,” said DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades. “This is a good time to take a minute and think about the effect alcohol has on your life – on your relationships...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 31, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Elizabethkingia Resources and Image Library
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health is currently investigating an outbreak of bloodstream infections caused by bacteria called Elizabethkingia. Illness associated with Elizabethkingia typically affects people with compromised immune systems or serious underlying health conditions, and can lead to death. Elizabethkingia Resources Elizabethkingia web page: This page contains information about the current outbreak and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 11, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Anthony J. Baize Named Department of Health Services Inspector General
The Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced that Anthony J. Baize has been named the DHS Inspector General. Baize begins his new role on April 4, 2016. “In leading the Office of Inspector General, Tony will be charged with helping to ensure that Wisconsin’s taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively.” said DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades. “Tony brings a wealth of knowledge about preventing and detecting waste, fraud, and abuse in public assistance programs as well as health...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 7, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Investigates Bacterial Bloodstream Infections
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Public Health (DPH) is currently investigating an outbreak of bloodstream infections caused by bacteria called Elizabethkingia . “The Elizabethkingia infection has been detected in 44 patients located in southeastern and southern Wisconsin. The majority of patients are over the age of 65 years, and all have serious underlying health conditions,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. “As soon as we were notified of the potential...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 2, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Family Care/IRIS 2.0: The Concept Paper
Building on the foundation of Family Care and IRIS, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today released a draft Concept Paper for Family Care/IRIS 2.0, to enhance the scope of services available to adults with disabilities and frail elderly, and to extend those services to every county in the state. To read the Concept Paper go to: (web) “This coordinated care model focusses on the whole person, including overall health and service needs, while maintaining the ability to self-...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 2, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Flu Season Is Here - Vaccine Is Effective, Available
Preliminary data show this season’s flu vaccine is nearly 60 percent effective, according to an announcement today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “What this means is that those who have gotten an influenza vaccine shot are well protected against the illness, and for those who haven’t, there is plenty of vaccine available, and it’s not too late to get a flu shot,” said Karen McKeown, the State Health Officer. Cases of influenza in...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 26, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Family Care/IRIS 2.0: Choice and Quality Control
MADISON - Members will have more choice in their long-term care services under Family Care/IRIS 2.0, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). DHS is working to redesign the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 initiative, as required by Act 55, to maintain and improve these services now and in the future. A draft of the concept paper is scheduled to be released next week. According to the Family Care/IRIS redesign, members will have more choices of agencies that deliver their care. They...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 25, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Family Care/IRIS 2.0: Benefits and Self-Direction
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is working on the planned redesign of the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 initiative, to protect and improve long-term care services for some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens, as required by Act 55. Today, as DHS works to finalize the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 concept paper, Secretary Kitty Rhoades reconfirmed the Department’s commitment to self-direction of services through IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct). “The Department of Health...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 22, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

After a Slow Start, Flu Cases Are Increasing in Wisconsin
The influenza season got off to a slow start in Wisconsin in 2015, but officials with the Department of Health Services (DHS) have noticed an increase in cases in the first weeks of 2016, and want to remind state residents that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine and take other actions to avoid illness. “We suspect with the late start of the season some people may have delayed getting vaccinated against the flu, but with cases on the rise, it’s very...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 3, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Protect Yourself From the Dangers of Radon
January is National Radon Action Month, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and federal health officials note that exposure to this colorless, odorless, radioactive gas is the nation’s second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is naturally present in the ground and can enter buildings through their foundations. Both old and newer homes can be susceptible to radon. “Research shows that radon...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 6, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Stay Safe This New Year's, Have a PLAN
If you’re 21 or older and choose to drink alcohol to celebrate the start of 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) urges you to have a PLAN for a healthy and safe kick-off to the New Year. P revent underage drinking. Do not offer alcohol to teens and do not allow underage drinking at your home. L imit consumption. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines on moderate alcohol consumption is no more than one drink per day for women, and no more than two...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 29, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Announces Renewal of SeniorCare Waiver
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today that Wisconsin received formal approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for renewal of the SeniorCare waiver through December 31, 2018. SeniorCare, Wisconsin's prescription drug assistance program for Wisconsin residents who are 65 years of age or older, is designed to help seniors with their prescription drug costs. Facts About SeniorCare The SeniorCare prescription drug assistance program is available to all...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 18, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Holiday tips for those caring for family members affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
As part of the Dementia-Capable Wisconsin Initiative , the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association , and your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), would like to share some advice about ways to adapt holiday celebrations to meet the needs of a family member with dementia, and still maintain the joy of the season. “...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 16, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

State Health Agency Increases Access to Health Care in Northwest Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is pleased to announce a new graduate medical education program to serve one of the most underserved areas of the state. “Data tells us that within the next few years, there will be fewer and fewer physicians serving Northwest Wisconsin,” said DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades. “Research confirms that recruiting medical students with existing or prior ties to the state coupled with residencies in in these rural and underserved areas significantly increased...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 8, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Tips for an Emotionally-Healthy Holiday Season
Stress does not have to overcome joy this holiday season. Here are five tips from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to help you maintain emotional well-being in the weeks ahead. Know your limits. Identify situations that create stress. Prepare a plan to problem-solve for the situations that you can control and don’t focus on the issues for which you have little or no control. Simplify your commitments. Organize your time around activities you...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 25, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Share the joy, not illness, this holiday season
As we look forward to gathering with family and friends for the holidays, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages everyone to take steps to ensure the holidays are remembered for the joy they bring, not for the illnesses shared. “The first thing we recommend is to get a flu shot,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “This year’s vaccine appears to be a good match against the influenza strains we can expect this fall and winter.” The vaccine is safe and effective for...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 12, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Media Advisory: New Public Service Announcements from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
To encourage women across the state to get screened for breast cancer, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is offering 30-second public service announcements. “Breast cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women in America, and a woman’s risk for it increases as she ages,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “This announcement reminds all women of the importance of mammograms, and also gives eligible, uninsured women the information on how to get the screening...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 4, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Video Release: Governor Walker and Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades Unveil Dementia-Friendly Employers Toolkit
Lake Geneva—Governor Scott Walker and Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Kitty Rhoades visited Primex Wireless, Incorporated in Lake Geneva, Friday, October 23, to unveil the latest initiative in the Dementia-Capable Wisconsin program, the Dementia Friendly Employers Toolkit . View the video from the event . For video to download, please email DHSMedia@...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 27, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Breast Cancer Remains Critical Health Issue for Women
Thirty years after the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held in October 1985, the disease remains second only to lung cancer in the number of cancer deaths in women, according to state health officials. “Today, we know much more about this disease, including the importance of regular breast cancer screenings to catch the disease early and get women into treatment sooner,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. To help accomplish this goal, the Department of Health Services...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 6, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Voice of the Wisconsin Badgers encourages state residents to get their flu shots
Matt Lepay, the voice of the Wisconsin Badgers football and basketball broadcasts, has donated his time and talent to encourage state residents get a flu shot. Lepay is featured on two public service announcements available from the Department of Health Services. “We are extremely grateful that Matt took the time from his busy schedule to help us get the word out about the importance of the flu vaccine,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “Stations can also help us spread the word by...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 22, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Drug Overdoses Are a Leading Cause of Injury Deaths in Wisconsin
More Wisconsin residents died in 2013 as a result of drug overdose than from motor vehicle crashes, suicide, breast cancer, colon cancer, firearms, influenza, or HIV, according to a special report (PDF, 517 KB) released today by the Department of Health Services. Opioid pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone, contributed to 45 percent of the 843 drug overdose deaths in 2013, while heroin contributed...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 10, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

DHS Presents “Voices of Recovery”
Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed September Recovery Month in Wisconsin, the opportunity to celebrate state residents who have overcome, or are in the process of overcoming, mental illness or substance abuse disorder . To honor them, and to inspire those who are starting the recovery process, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has produced a series of videos featuring state residents who have taken the journey...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 1, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Updated Information: Blastomycosis Associated with the Little Wolf River in Waupaca County
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has updated the number of confirmed cases of Blastomycosis associated with the Little Wolf River near New London in Waupaca County. There are now 13 confirmed cases, and 13 probable cases. Exposures resulting in illness took place on multiple days starting with Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25, 2015) and continuing at least through July. Additional cases are anticipated. DHS will be updating the case numbers weekly on its...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 17, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

State and Local Health Officials Continue to Investigate Fungal Infection in Northeastern Wisconsin
State and local health officials have confirmed 4 blastomycosis cases among individuals who went tubing on the Little Wolf River in early June. Blastomycosis is treatable with anti-fungal medication, so individuals with continual, persistent pneumonia-like symptoms are encouraged to contact their physicians to help ensure early detection and treatment of the fungus,” said James Kazmierczak, State Public Health Veterinarian. He noted that because the time between a person’s exposure and when...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 5, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

State Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) Rolling Out Electronic Benefits Transfer System
The state Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children ( WIC ) is transitioning to an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system, replacing the paper food checks used at grocery stores with a swipe card similar to a credit or debit card, state health officials announced. The new system is called eWIC (PDF, 3.7 MB) . “By bringing online EBT processing into the WIC program, we provide additional tools to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 27, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program receives $3.75 million to enhance statewide stroke care
The Department of Health Services will strengthen coordinated stroke care systems statewide thanks to a 5-year, $3.75 million CDC grant to continue the Wisconsin Coverdell Stroke Program , health officials announced today. Wisconsin is one of only nine states to receive the funding. “Continued support for our stroke care initiative will help us increase the likelihood that patients throughout the state receive fast and high quality stroke care,” said Dr...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 24, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Take Steps to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses This Weekend
With temperatures expected to reach into the 90s and the heat index peaking between 94 and 103 degrees this weekend, state health officials are encouraging residents to take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses . “Extreme heat can contribute to serious health issues and we want people to know that options like shopping malls and libraries are available to help you stay cool, especially if you do not have air conditioning at home,” said Karen McKeown,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 17, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Declare Independence from Unsafe Fireworks Practices
Editor’s Note: Local city ordinances may ban the use of fireworks, including sparklers. Depending on weather conditions, local governments may also have restrictions in place for fireworks use. Wisconsin residents should pay attention to their local media outlets for any announcements. MADISON – OOOH! AAAH! OHHH! It’s fireworks season again. As Wisconsin residents gear up for the Fourth of July holiday, state officials ask that families not let dazzling displays get in the way of good safety...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 26, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Don’t Invite Foodborne Illnesses to the Picnic
MADISON - As Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicks off summer, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is reminding people to keep summer meals safe by following proper food handling and preparation tips . Whether you’re planning a small summer cookout, a big holiday celebration, a camping trip, or a potluck dinner, make sure your plans include food safety. One-in-six Americans become sick from foodborne illness each year, resulting in 128,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 22, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

New plan to prevent suicide in Wisconsin
MADISON - Today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), in partnership with Prevent Suicide Wisconsin (PSW), released an updated Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Strategy (WSPS) (PDF, 2.5 MB) , a guide to mobilize efforts to address suicide, one of the state's most significant public health issues. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the state and the second leading cause of deaths due to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 13, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

State Agency Unveils “Building Dementia- Friendly Communities” Tool Kit
MADISON—Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Kitty Rhoades today unveiled the agency’s latest step toward making the state dementia-capable. The “Building Dementia-Friendly Communities” tool kit provides guidance to communities and businesses to become more accessible and welcoming to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their care partners—most often a spouse or adult child. “We know that dementia is a progressive disease, and people who have been...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 5, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Time to Talk About Mental Health: May is Mental Health Month
MADISON - It is time to change the conversation about mental health and recognize family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers may be suffering emotionally but are reluctant to ask for help. Today is the first day of May Mental Health Month and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) wants anyone who may be experiencing a mental health concern to know that support is available. The sooner these concerns are caught and treated, the better the results. “Like physical health, a person’s...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 1, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Otis Woods Receives 2015 National Survey and Certification Achievement Award
Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance Administrator Otis Woods received the 2015 National Survey and Certification Achievement Award from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for his extensive work creating creative solutions to complex problems that resulted in improved health and residential services for some of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable citizens. This award was presented to Otis Woods at the Survey Executives Training Institute in April 2015...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 30, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Prom and Graduation Time: A Reminder That Everyone Has a Role in Preventing Underage Drinking
Underage drinking cost Wisconsin $900 million in 2013, according to a national report released last month from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today. These costs include medical care, work loss, and pain and suffering associated with deaths, injuries, violence, traffic crashes, property damage, and other problem behaviors resulting from the use of alcohol by underage persons. "When it comes to preventing underage...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 16, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Pay Attention to Your Alcohol Use
The use and misuse of alcohol remains one of Wisconsin’s most serious public health issues, the State Department of Health Services announced today, the first day of April Alcohol Awareness Month. “This is a time for all state residents to be mindful of how they use alcohol and how alcohol may impact their life, their family, and their community,” said DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades. “Deaths, injuries, and property damage from drinking alcohol are preventable. If you are over 21 and drink alcohol...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 1, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Peer Run Respite Services Begin This Month
MADISON—The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today Wisconsin’s first Peer Run Respites will open to guests this month, following open houses this week. Peer Run Respites serve adults having difficulty coping with mental health or substance use concerns. The homes offer a safe, supportive environment managed and staffed by individuals who have experienced similar stress and symptoms and who themselves have been successful in the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 10, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: jpowell Source Type: news

Groundwater is Important to You!
MADISON--As part of National Groundwater Awareness Week (March 8-14, 2015), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) join the National Ground Water Association in encouraging Wisconsin residents to promote public health and the health of the environment by taking steps to protect groundwater. “Groundwater plays an important role in the health of many Wisconsin families and there are simple things people can do to protect this vital resource and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 9, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: fischsbpbb Source Type: news

Wisconsin Assisted Living Group Honored by Harvard University
MADISON—The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, has recognized the Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living (WCCEAL) as part of its 2015 Bright Ideas Program . The distinction is made for programs in all levels of government that are at the forefront of innovative action. WCCEAL is a...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 25, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Patrick Cork Named Administrator of the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
The Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced that Patrick Cork has been appointed Administrator of the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He has served as Deputy Administrator of the same Division since 2011, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee, and has completed the Certified Public Manager program at UW-Madison. Pat is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 12, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Major Measles Outbreak at Disneyland Shows Why Vaccinations Are So Important
A recent outbreak of 70 measles cases traced to Disneyland shows that it’s a small world after all, and health officials are encouraging families to make sure they are current on all recommended vaccinations, especially before any spring break trips. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 23, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Grant Awarded to Medical College of Wisconsin to Help Children With Mental Health Needs
Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades announced that the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has been awarded a $1 Million grant to pilot a Child Psychiatry Consultation Program (CPCP) in Milwaukee County and in 15 counties in northern Wisconsin. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 22, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

State Health Agency Urges Residents to Fight the Spread of Influenza and other Illnesses
MADISON—Wisconsin is experiencing an especially bad influenza season, and the state Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging people who may have the flu, or other illnesses, to stay home from work or school to avoid spreading sickness. “People may think they’re being tough and responsible by showing up at work or school when they aren’t feeling well, but the fact is they’re doing their co-workers or classmates a disservice by potentially spreading an illness to others,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 14, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

State Health Officials Confirm Pediatric Influenza Death
MADISON – The Department of Health Services and the City of Milwaukee Health Department today confirmed that a child in the city of Milwaukee has died from complications related to influenza.  In Wisconsin, deaths from influenza are only reportable if they are pediatric (under age 18) deaths. Because of patient confidentiality laws and out of respect for the family, neither the Department of Health Services nor the City of Milwaukee Health Department will be releasing the decedent’s sex, age, race or location of residence. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 7, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Heating Centers Open Around Wisconsin for People to Get Out of the Cold
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has updated its list of heating centers around the state for people to get out of the dangerous cold. View the list of warming sites. View the Department's Cold Weather-Related Health and Safety Tips (Hypothermia). This page includes valuable information for people to protect themselves from frostbite and hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other cold weather risks. Please feel free to share this information with the public. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 6, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: smithcfqbt Source Type: news

Be Healthy and Careful Ringing in 2015
MADISON—Deaths, injuries, and property damage from over consumption of alcoholic beverages are preventable, so before toasting in the New Year, consider these words of caution from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS): Celebrate responsibly and safely by limiting alcohol intake and by being a responsible host. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 29, 2014 Category: Hospital Management Authors: smileslwul Source Type: news

Wisconsin Receives Federal Award to Develop State Health Care Innovation Plan
MADISON— The Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced that Wisconsin has received a $2.5 million State Innovation Models (SIM) award from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center to develop a comprehensive State Health Care Innovation Plan. The award will allow DHS and its partners to enhance and accelerate multi-stakeholder, collaborative statewide quality improvement and payment reform efforts that are already underway. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 17, 2014 Category: Hospital Management Authors: smithcfqbt Source Type: news