Your Dollars at Work
Your support plays a vital role in improving health care in our community. Each year, thanks to generous donor contributions, the Foundation is able to support a variety of projects and initiatives that bring health and wellness to Waukesha County.
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital Facilities
To provide a welcoming environment and improve the patient and visitor experience at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, we have completed several enhancements in 2013, including:
The 725 Grille, an expanded, centralized dining space that accommodates up to 300 guests.
An updated courtyard, featuring expanded seating to accommodate patients and visitors.
A specialty pharmacy that gives patients access to certain pharmaceuticals that were previously difficult to access.
The remodeled Waukesha Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, managed by the Waukesha Service Club.
The Patient & Family Resource Center that gives patients and their families the space and tools to learn more about their diagnoses.
Several clinical and patient-care areas throughout the hospital are being renovated as a part of this facility improvement project:
Intensive Care Unit & Cardiac Cath Lab Waiting Room —A larger, more comfortable waiting room for family and friends of patients in the Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Cath Lab.
Intensive Care Adaptable Rooms — Seven patient rooms on our second floor will be converted to six ICU-adaptable rooms. These rooms will allow for additional options for our most critical patients and will allow us to better manage the high-acuity heart, oncology and neuroscience patients admitted to the hospital.
Surgical Suites — Renovations will focus on equipment and technology upgrades in our 16 surgical suites, ensuring that our surgeons can provide the highest quality care.
Surgical Waiting Room — The waiting room for friends and family of surgical patients has been enhanced and enlarged. It features two private consultation areas for physicians and family members.
In addition, many of our patient-care units are being refreshed. We are converting the remaining shared patient rooms to single patient rooms, ensuring an enhanced healing environment for all patients. These renovations will improve the healing environment and focus on comfort for both patients and their families.
Careful planning by the hospital, combined with philanthropic support provided by generous donors to the Foundation, have funded this remarkable transformation.
In February of 2011, the FDA approved breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, following a number of clinical trials. A 3D mammogram allows doctors to see far more detail within breast tissue than previously possible. Unlike a conventional 2D mammogram — which takes a static image of the top and side view of the breast tissue —3D breast mammograms include 15 more pictures taken from multiple angles. With computer processing, these images are pieced together into a 3D image study that a radiologist can manipulate. Now, instead of reviewing a flat image, doctors can view breast tissue one millimeter at a time.
The fine details available in 3D breast imaging are more clearly visible and no longer hidden by the breast tissue above and below. Research has shown that this advanced breast imaging technology may detect up to 40 percent more cancers than digital mammography alone. In addition, radiologists are finding fewer callbacks are needed for additional images (literature shows a 30 percent reduction), which means fewer images, fewer biopsies — and greater peace of mind.
In mid-2012, 3D mammography was introduced at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital, making ProHealth Care the first health care provider in Wisconsin to offer this technology. Since making 3D mammography available, we have seen more than 2,000 patients and are able to offer better peace of mind to women who otherwise may have had to undergo additional imaging or biopsies. Beginning in September 2013, 3D mammography will be available at ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, allowing us to continue to better serve our patients across Waukesha County. By making tomosynthesis available at both hospitals, we will serve more patients throughout our communities and provide earlier detection for breast cancer.
Walks for Cancer
Cancer affects almost one of every four individuals and is second only to heart disease as a cause of death. ProHealth Care's Walks for Cancer have been organized to help change these statistics and show support in our community. Because of donor support, ProHealth Care is making strides against cancer, right here at home, in Waukesha County. The funds raised from the Walks for Cancer have:
- Expanded the reach of 3D mammography. This advanced imaging technology helps to detect up to 40 percent more cancers than conventional mammography.
- Enabled nearly 200 patients to annually enroll in clinical trials .
- Provided funding for dedicated oncology dietitians, the expansion of the nurse navigator program to ensure every cancer patient has a dedicated partner for their journey and the development of a survivorship program that begins at the time of diagnosis.
In keeping with the changes in health care access and in continuity with our mission, ProHealth Care has developed the Healthy Community Initiative. This initiative was created to launch an innovative and cost-effective program that will improve the health of families living in Waukesha County by providing programs that support and manage diabetes, chronic heart and heart failure conditions. It also creates a bridge for at-home care for patients newly released from the hospital, and encourages family programs that increase activity and adopt healthy eating habits.
The Healthy Community Initiative includes the following programs:
- Healthy People 2020 – Diabetes Initiative — This program supplies tools and supports diabetes patients who either have no insurance or minimal insurance coverage. The tools and support would help monitor their disease, administer medications, promote self-management and, ultimately, reduce admissions to the hospital — thus lowering health care costs.
- Healthy Heart Initiative — By better treating heart failure, we hope to help decrease the likelihood of disease progression, lessen symptoms and improve quality of life, thereby decreasing the risk of death and the need for hospitalization.
- Waukesha Works Out Initiative — With the rise in childhood obesity, ProHealth Care wants to find ways to educate families and give them tools necessary to promote a healthy lifestyle. To administer the program, we would partner with ProHealth Care’s Community Outreach Nurses to identify families to participate, based on need and demand.
- Hispanic Health Resource Center — The Hispanic Health Resource Center (HHRC) was born out of a community assessment that demonstrated an increasing need for linguistically and culturally appropriate health services in the community. The HHRC’s vision is to reduce morbidity and mortality in the Hispanic population by introducing several programs that can serve as a blueprint for improvements throughout the greater community.
- Community Outreach Nursing Program — ProHealth Care’s community health outreach nurses serve as health educators, advisors and advocates for individuals and families within the community. Their daily mission is to keep the community healthy by connecting people who have health problems or concerns to the medical and community resources they need regardless of age, cultural background or financial resources.