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September 5, 2019

Tyler Wickman Joins MMC Board of Directors

Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is pleased to welcome Tyler Wickman to its Board of Directors. Wickman is currently a partner at Dallenbach, Anich and Wickman S.C. in Ashland, Wisconsin. Practice areas include criminal law, civil litigation, municipal law, among others. He currently serves as the City Attorney for the cities of Ashland and Mellen. He […]


September 24, 2018

Richard Setzke Joins MMC Board of Directors

Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is pleased to welcome Rich Setzke, CPA to its board of directors. Setzke is currently a partner at Maitland, Singler and Van Vlack in Ashland, Wisconsin where he provides accounting and professional services to a variety of individuals, businesses, non-profits and government entities throughout the region. He received his Bachelors degree […]


August 28, 2018

Orthopedic Services of MMC to Offer Robot-Assisted Total and Partial Knee Replacement

Orthopedic Services of Memorial Medical Center (MMC) in Ashland will now be offering total and partial knee surgery utilizing robotic-assisted technology. The hospital recently purchased a NAVIO™ Surgical System for the new orthopedic surgeons who will begin practicing this month. MMC is the first hospital in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin or Michigan to invest in this […]


August 23, 2018

BHS of MMC to Offer Child Psychiatry Services

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Elizabeth M. Homan, MD, MPH will be offering child and adolescent psychiatry services via telehealth at Memorial Medical Center (MMC) in Ashland. Child Psychiatry has been identified as a major need in northwest Wisconsin as there are currently no child psychiatrists in the area. Dr. Homan will work with a team […]


Back to School Coping Strategies

We all know that summers here in the Northwoods don’t last nearly as long as they should. With the thoughts of back to school looming, many children and parents face anxieties related to going back to school. Just the simple change in schedules can create feelings of stress and anxiety for some children. Then, the […]


August 20, 2018

MMC Expands Women’s Health Services in Ashland

Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is expanding women’s health services in northwest Wisconsin. Gynecology and Obstetric Specialty Services of MMC is now open, providing women of all reproductive ages access to new women’s health services. Leading the team is Dr. Enrique Africano. Dr. Africano is a Board and Subspecialty Board Certified OB-GYN and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon […]


July 11, 2018

Advanced 3D Mammography

MMC is now pleased to provide the latest 3D Mammography Services The Siemens MAMMOMAT Revelation, is our latest investment in technology, bringing more streamlined mammography services to Chequamegon Bay. Mammography Suite</strong Wide-angle tomosynthesis- 41.5% higher cancer detection rate for invasive cancer with 1-view tomo only. 3.5 times higher depth resolution compared with narrow-angled systems. L […]


February 8, 2018

MMC Supports New Day Advocacy Renovation Campaign

MMC is pleased to support the New Day Advocacy Renovation Campaign efforts with a check for $10,000.  New Day is currently raising funds to renovate a new space they were able to purchase to provide additional services for our community.  New Day Advocacy (formerly New Day Shelter) is a safe haven for victims of Domestic […]


January 24, 2018

MMC and Ashland Paramedics Collaborate on Community Health Initiative

Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is excited to announce an innovative partnership with the Ashland Fire Department (which also provides Emergency Medical Services) to expand services for some of our community’s most vulnerable population. The Community Paramedicine program, also referred to as Mobile Integrated Health, fills a patient gap between hospital discharge and being successful at […]


January 9, 2018

Put a Waddle in Your Walk

Winter is here in the Northwoods and along with the snow comes the dreaded ice—sometimes where we least expect it. It is very easy to lose our footing in icy conditions but there are simple ways to increase our safety. Penguins have lots of experience walking on ice and we can all learn from them. […]


Influenza Hits Chequamegon Bay

If you didn’t already know it, Northlanders, the flu and influenza season is here. We recently started seeing an increasing numbers of patients in our ER and Urgent Care Departments at Memorial Medical Center with Influenza symptoms. We are also diagnosing increasing numbers of positive Influenza and that has resulted in several patients needing hospitalization. […]


December 8, 2017

MMC’s Diabetes Education Program Celebrates 20+ Years of American Diabetes Association Recognition

Memorial Medical Center’s diabetes self-management education program has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association. This program offers high-quality education services to the patients it serves and has been certified since 1997. Of the continued certification, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator Rebecca Crumb-Johnson says, “high-quality education for patient self-care is a primary […]


December 1, 2017

Salt Free Seasoning

Recipe Corner Salt-Free beef or lamb rub   1 tsp paprika 1 ½ tsp thyme 1 ½ tsp basil ¾ tsp cumin 2 tbsp curry powder Salt is an inexpensive stabilizer, preservative, and binder within foods containing both sodium and chloride. The human body needs salt for basic body processes such as nerve impulses, muscle […]


November 14, 2017

Giving Back

Darci DeWitt loves getting involved. A former bank vice-president in Hayward, DeWitt enjoyed volunteering her time and energy to the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. This changed a few years back when DeWitt transitioned from working full-time to caring for her mother. In her new role, DeWitt focused on caring for her mother, but she missed […]


MMC Physical Therapy now offering dry needling

Physical Therapy of Memorial Medical Center is expanding its treatment options by now offering dry needling. Dry needling is used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by muscle problems, headaches and some nerve problems. Dry needling works by inserting the needles into areas of muscle known as muscle trigger points. Dry needling refers to using […]


MMC to Provide Podiatry Services

Outpatient Services of Memorial Medical Center (MMC) will provide bi-monthly podiatry services starting in December. Dr. David Wood of Aspirus Ironwood will be traveling to Ashland the second and fourth Wednesday of each month to provide these services. Board certified podiatrist Dr. David Wood has been practicing in the Ironwood area since October of 2000. […]


September 26, 2017

Lowell Miller Recognized for Role in Regional Wellness Fund

When it comes to making an impact in the Chequamegon Bay region, Lowell Miller is often referenced. The two-time mayor and former president of Memorial Medical Center has dedicated much of his life to improving the overall quality of our community. This past month, the Regional Wellness Fund of MMC honored Miller for his contributions. […]


September 8, 2017

Singing thru Allergy Season

When Jack Gunderson followed his passion for performing to the heart of Chequamegon Bay, he didn’t know the great outdoors might cause him problems. “It turns out I’m allergic to 7 types of mold, dogs, cats, trees, hay…” he says. “There really is no way to avoid it but pollen is the hardest thing to […]


September 5, 2017

Marijuana and the Teenager

Submitted by Sandy Principe, Behavioral Health Services of Memorial Medical Center With the possibility of marijuana becoming legal in many states and the fact that it’s already legal in some, too many people seem to have acquired a false belief that there are no real risks involved with this drug. In fact, some individuals don’t […]


August 22, 2017

Save the Date: MMC to Celebrate 45 Years this September!

Can you believe it’s almost the 45th Anniversary of Memorial Medical Center? Come help the staff at MMC celebrate as you and your family are invited to the 45th Anniversary Birthday Bash on Thursday, September 7, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Tours of MMC will begin at 4 pm. Get an inside look of […]


July 27, 2017

Children’s Day Treatment Program Coming to MMC

Starting September 11, 2017, Memorial Medical Center (MMC) will be providing a comprehensive community-based day treatment program for children grades 1-5. The program will take place on the MMC campus in the building near entrance A. The program is designed to provide intensive interventions incorporating trauma care as well as skill development for self-regulation. By […]


July 17, 2017

Karen’s Cancer Journey: Finding the Good in a Bad Situation

“It is a blessing that we have a place like the Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center so close to us,” says Hayward, Wisconsin resident Karen Petrich. “When I received my breast cancer diagnosis, I started to cry. Your heart just sinks. But I always say that something good can come out of something bad, and I […]


2017 55+ Expo: Everything you need to know!

The 55+ Health Expo is the largest health fair in the region as it features free health screenings, demonstrations and presentations, BINGO, and much more. The 55+ Health Expo is on Wednesday, August 16, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Bay Area Civic Center and Bretting Community Center in Ashland. This event is […]


July 6, 2017

Bayfield County Selected as one of Five Pilot Counties to Partner on new Sexual Assault Response Training

In May, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the Wisconsin Department of Justice has selected five counties to serve as pilot sites to strengthen multidisciplinary responses to sexual assault through sexual assault response teams. Currently, the sexual assault response team includes: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Law Enforcement, the district attorney and advocacy groups such […]


June 20, 2017

My Sleep Regained

For over 40-years, Jan Penn has helped thousands of women and their families take care of themselves. The Nurse Practitioner from Highbridge devoted her life to caring for five generations of northern Wisconsin families, working up to 60-70 hours per week. But, like so many health care providers, she let some aspects of her health […]


June 13, 2017

Single Site Gallbladder Surgery a Success

Ashland native Leslie Bratley struggled with gallbladder issues for several years before an attack left her in pain so severe, she was debilitated for about 4-hours. “It was really, really painful. I toughed through it, but it was extremely unpleasant,” she recalls. Dr. George Fall understands. He’s been working with gallbladder patients for decades. “This […]


May 31, 2017

Radiology Department of MMC Offers New Test; Receives National Accreditation

The Radiology Department of MMC is now offering low dose CT (LDCT) screenings for patients at-risk of getting lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), LDCT screenings have been shown to have a higher rate of detection early on, than traditional chest x-rays. ACS recommends patients who meet all of the following criteria […]


May 11, 2017

John Smylie Appointed to MMC Board of Directors

Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Smylie to its board of Directors. Smylie joins the board with over 30-years of experience within healthcare, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer at Essentia Health. Of his appointment, Smylie says, “I’ve always been interested in making sure people in rural areas […]


April 13, 2017

Treat Your Allergies for Good

Did you know 60 Million People in the US suffer from allergies? In fact, allergies are the leading cause of chronic illness in the United States costing over $18 billion annually. Allergic disease has a significant impact on quality of life causing sneezing, wheezing, nasal congestion, coughing, itchy watery eyes, hives, fatigue and irritability. In […]


April 5, 2017

My Partner’s Life Regained

When Drummond resident Joe Brady saw the love of his life Dolores drop below 100-pounds, he was scared for her life. At first, he thought it was tied to her current battle against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. But, when it came time for her annual physical, he was surprised by what Chequamegon Clinic doctor Monica […]


April 4, 2017

Diane Lulich Named Chief Human Resources and Culture Development Officer at MMC

Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is pleased to announce Director of Human Resources Diane Lulich has been appointed to Chief Human Resources and Culture Development Officer. In this new role, she will continue to oversee Human Resources, but will also oversee Pastoral Services, Education, Nutrition, Health and Safety and Cardiopulmonary Services. “Throughout her tenure, Diane has […]


March 23, 2017

Just for Women

Save the Date! Put Yourself in the Equation & Reignite Your Life Celebrating 5 Years of living healthy, happy & whole (sans -200 lbs.) When Lori Schaefer’s life hit an all-time low and the scale an all-time high, she set out on the personal journey of a lifetime. Lori put herself in the equation of […]


February 15, 2017

Are you being a good visitor?

Written by Sarah Waby, BSN Infection Preventionist We all know how important it is to visit a loved one or friend who is elderly, alone or ill. The gift of your time and conversation is a very precious thing in improving their well-being, but there times you should postpone that visit so you don’t bring […]


January 18, 2017

Living Diet Free

Did you know that over 90% of New Year’s resolutions fail? I’m betting that many of you reading this article had set a resolution of going on a diet and losing weight, only to have already been sidelined and it is only late January! Why not try something different this year? I urge you to […]


January 17, 2017

Thomas Jensen to Lead Behavioral Health Team of MMC

Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce Thomas Jensen is our new Director of Behavioral Health Services. In this role, Jensen will oversee Outpatient Mental Health Treatment, Recovery Services and our 10-bed Inpatient Chemical Detox and Mental Health Stabilization. Jensen comes to MMC with over 20+ years of experience in both management and as a […]


December 15, 2016

Know the difference: Cold, Flu and Stomach Flu

Submitted by Sara Wartman, BSN, RN, Bayfield County Health Department Autumn and winter is a time where communities experience an increase in illnesses, and this autumn is no exception to the Chequamegon region. Colds, the flu, and the stomach bug start to increase as persons spend more time inside in close proximity to others. Often […]


December 6, 2016

Still Time to Get Your Flu Shot

Submitted by Sarah Waby, Infection Preventionist, Memorial Medical Center Getting a flu shot often decreases your risk of getting with flu. And although the flu shot doesn’t always provide total protection, it’s worth getting. Flu vaccines are available that protect against three or four different strains of the virus. A high-dose flu vaccine is available […]


Stress Free Holidays: Some tips to help families affected by addiction.

Written by Jay Giancola, Behavioral Health Services of MMC The holiday season is in full swing, resulting in an easy time to get caught up with our emotions. These can range from joy, happiness and hope to fear, isolation, worry and depression. We all know our lives have a tendency to get extra busy with […]


November 16, 2016

MMC Recognized for Efforts to Provide Quality Patient Experience

The Emergency Department of Memorial Medical Center has been named a 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey Associates, Inc. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved at least the 95th percentile in patient experience. This is the second year in a row MMC has achieved […]


November 9, 2016

MMC Invests in Robotic X-Ray to Help Improve Patient Experience

Memorial Medical Center is the fourth hospital in the country to invest in a multi-function, robotic x-ray machine that enhances the patient experience by providing more comprehensive imaging within a single exam room. The Siemens Healthineers Multitom Rax Twin Robotic X-ray system is a universal diagnostic imaging system that allows a wide range of exams […]


October 24, 2016

MMC Participates in Rural Telehealth Network

Memorial Medical Center is one of fourteen hospitals working with the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) to bring additional mental health services to our rural communities. The RWCH is the recipient of a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)* to operationalize a telehealth network where behavioral health practitioners in parts of the […]


October 20, 2016

Dr. Lee Wheeler Joins Behavioral Health Services of MMC

Board Certified General Psychiatrist Lee Wheeler, MD is the newest member of the Behavioral Health Services (BHS) of Memorial Medical Center team. Dr. Wheeler will primarily focus on treating outpatients within BHS. She has a special interest in jointly managing chronic psychiatric and medical conditions in collaboration with primary care, including problems like anxiety, depression, […]


What is Physical Therapy?

Written by Jill Gibbon, DPT, CWS October is National Physical Therapy month and many of you may be thinking that you know exactly what sort of conditions and problems physical therapists treat. If you are thinking that physical therapists help people with ankle, knee, hip, back, neck and shoulder pain you are correct. It is […]


MMC Extends Radiology Hours

Written by Pam Dewey, Radiology Technician It is that colorful time of year when everything is changing colors – a distinct reminder of how everything changes. October is also the month when everything turns pink, the awareness color for Breast Cancer and a season changer for many affected by the disease. In 1985 the American […]


September 20, 2016

New Cancer Center Features Salon-Style Wig Room

At the newly built Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center of Memorial Medical Center (NWCC) in Ashland, Wisc., a salon-style wig room is giving chemotherapy patients a new look and a boost of self-confidence when going through treatments. “Chemotherapy can be very hard on our patients. Many of them feel such a sense of loss when their […]


August 31, 2016

Partners of MMC Donates $75,000 to Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center

The Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center of Memorial Medical Center, in collaboration with Essentia Health is the recipient of a $75,000 gift from the Partners of Memorial Medical Center (MMC) auxiliary group. The funds will be used to purchase artwork for the state-of-the-art cancer center slated to open this pring. Any remaining funds will go towards […]


August 23, 2016

MMC Recruiting Additional Members to Patient and Family Advisory Council

Officials at Memorial Medical Center are recruiting new members to join the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The goal of the council is to discuss and review issues surrounding the quality of care to customers of MMC and serve as an advisory resource to senior administration. “This Patient and Family Advisory Council allows us […]


August 15, 2016

Allergy Season is Here

By Dr. Terrence C. Tuominen, ENT Clinic of Memorial Medical Center Even though it’s still summer, we are in the beginning of the fall allergy season. The warm weather and large amounts of rain we have received have been great for producing record amounts of weed growth. Ragweed in particular has been growing like crazy. […]


August 4, 2016

Come Learn More at this Year’s 55+ Health Expo

This year’s 55+ Health Expo will be on Wednesday August 17, 2016 from 11 AM to 5 PM at the Bay Area Civic Center and Bretting Community Center in Ashland. This event is free to anyone 55 and over. There will be free health screenings and food in addition to presentations throughout the day. The […]


Healthy Eating on a Budget

Written by Rebecca Crumb-Johnson, RD, CDE The first step in grocery shopping is planning ahead before entering the store. Plan meals for the week and make a list of what is needed. This decreases the risk of impulse buys or buying items that may not be used and go bad or sit in the back […]


July 28, 2016

Great Giveaways at this Year’s 55+ Health Expo

This year’s 55+ Health Expo will feature fabulous prizes during BINGO, along with great grand prizes. That’s right. This year seniors can enjoy playing BINGO from 3 to 4 pm. This year’s 55+ Health Expo will be on Wednesday August 17 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Bay Area Civic Center and Bretting […]


July 20, 2016

Screenings Set for 55+ Health Expo

If you or a friend has ever worried about your health then this is the event to finally put those worries to rest. The 55+ Health Expo provides free screenings throughout the day as health and wellness is important to anyone no matter the age. This year’s screenings include: Blood Glucose Blood Pressure Blood Typing […]


June 28, 2016

Save the Date: 2016 55+ Health Expo

Have you ever wondered what it was like to perform surgery instead of sleeping through it? Now it’s your turn to try at the annual 55+ Health Expo. This year’s event will feature the da Vinci Xi, which is often referred to as robot assisted surgery. Try out this interactive display and more at this […]


June 23, 2016

Telestroke Treatment Now Available at Memorial Medical Center

Memorial Medical Center has launched a telemedicine stroke program with Allina Health as part of its new Stroke Alert Initiative. The program allows MMC staff to connect with a stroke neurologist utilizing advanced videoconferencing technology. These special units feature a computer monitor and remote-controlled camera, which allow for two-way video and audio communication between the […]


June 21, 2016

Community Open House Set for This Week!

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the new Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center (NWCC) and adjoining Essentia Health-Ashland Clinic at a community get-together on Thursday, June 23, from 4-6 p.m., at 1615 Maple Lane, Ashland. “The Cancer Center has only been open for about a month and is already making a huge difference […]


June 9, 2016

Regional Hospice Board Recognizes Founder and Long-time Board Member Lowell Miller

Long-time board member and inspiration to the establishment of Regional Hospice Services, Inc. Lowell Miller was recognized for his years of service during the organization’s May board meeting. As part of the recognition, Ashland Mayor Deb Lewis recognized Miller for his years of service through a city proclamation. MMC also made a donation in Miller’s […]


May 25, 2016

Ear, Nose, Throat Specialty Clinic Now Open at MMC

Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) clinic on its campus starting in mid-May. Dr. Terrence C. Tuominen has joined the MMC medical staff and will be practicing full-time in northwest Wisconsin, splitting his time between Ashland and Hayward. Dr. Tuominen is qualified in the full […]


Generous Donations to help Cancer Patients in Ashland Area

Dedicated community members and good hearted volunteers recently got together to auction off designer purses and raised more than $11,000 to help cancer patients and their families in the Ashland area.  One Ashland family, all too familiar with cancer — the Brettings– was on hand for a check presentation May 17 at the Northwest Wisconsin […]


May 20, 2016

Regional Partnership To Focus on AODA Issues in Chequamegon Bay

A 2015 survey completed by 597 residents in the Chequamegon Bay area overwhelmingly identified alcohol and other drug as their primary health concern. The survey was part of Memorial Medical Center, Ashland County Health and Human Services and Bayfield County Health Department’s joint efforts to address health needs of the region. The results were shared […]


May 2, 2016

Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center Now Open

After five years of planning, the new Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center (NWCC) opened its doors to patients Monday, May 2nd. The $12 million facility is located on Ashland’s medical campus at 1615 Maple Lane and is a collaboration between Memorial Medical Center (MMC) and Essentia Health. “Essentia Health has been providing cancer care services on […]


April 18, 2016

Relay for Life Announces New Presenting Sponsor

The Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center of Memorial Medical Center in collaboration with Essentia Health will be the presenting sponsor of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Ashland and Bayfield Counties. The June 10 event will be held at the Central Railyard park in Ashland starting at 5 pm. Relay For Life Co-chair Ann […]


February 29, 2016

Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center Brings Together Talent & Technology

Terri Kramolis knows firsthand how difficult it can be to travel long distances for cancer treatment. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, the Ashland native made the 70-mile trek across Highway 2 each day for six weeks for radiation treatments at Essentia Health’s Cancer Center in Duluth. “Radiation is exhausting enough, and then […]


February 3, 2016

Attention Seniors: Get Your Flu Shot

Did you know that being older than 65 puts you at a higher risk for getting the flu? Because our immune system weakens as we age, adults over age 65 are more susceptible to getting the flu. The symptoms are likely to be more severe for this senior population. Pneumonia is a frequent complication of […]


January 7, 2016

Dr. White Joins Behavioral Health Services Team

Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce Doctor Herbert White has joined Behavioral Health Services as a psychiatrist. Dr. White received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic medicine and completed his residency program at the medical college of Wisconsin. He has been in practice since 1965. Most recently, he practiced at Ministry […]


Memorial Medical Center Acquires Gastroenterology Services and Digestive Disease Clinic

Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Kevin McClelland and the staff at Gastroenterology Services and Digestive Disease Clinic will be joining the Memorial Medical Center Team. Dr. Kevin McClelland has owned and operated Gastroenterology Services and Digestive Disease Clinic in Ashland since 2002. Dr. McClelland will continue offering the same services in […]


December 11, 2015

Four Gifts of Christmas

Submitted by Andrew MacGregor, MA, LPC, Chaplain for Memorial Medical Center and the Spiritual Care Coordinator for Regional Hospice. I invite you to take a moment and recall a time where either you gave someone a gift or you received a gift. How did you feel, either as the giver or the receiver? What do […]


October 30, 2015

Flu Shot 101

It’s Fall, It’s time for the Flu vaccine. But why should you get the Flu vaccine? The main reason for getting vaccinated is to spare yourself the misery of flu. But there are other reasons to get vaccinated too. It’s especially important for people with certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease, diabetes, HIV, heart […]


October 21, 2015

Robot-Assisted Surgery to be Offered at MMC

Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of the Intuitive da Vinci Xi robot assisted surgical system as part of our commitment to providing enhanced care for the people of northwest Wisconsin. MMC is the first hospital in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota to have the da Vinci Xi. The new system offers three […]


Turkey Trot to Benefit Area Community Fund & Food Shelf

Grab your favorite costume, your family and even your pet to run or walk the 4th Annual Chequamegon Bay Turkey Trot 5k. The event is held on Thursday, November 26 in Washburn and is a great way to start your Thanksgiving day. Memorial Medical Center is pleased to once again be the premier sponsor of […]


August 28, 2015

Construction Under way for Arrival of $4 Million Cancer-Fighting Machine

Linear Accelerator will be First of its kind in Northland Construction on the new Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center of Memorial Medical Center is on track and contractors recently poured 1.3 million pounds of concrete to create a special vault to house a state-of-the-art linear accelerator. Because the linear accelerator uses radiation, the concrete walls of […]


August 27, 2015

Alison’s Birth Plan

A Natural Delivery. For Alison Spaude-Filipczak, giving birth to baby Margaret naturally was important. She and her husband Alan had their first child, Mabel at MMC. They knew about the whirlpool tub for pain management and the great nurse coaches. They wanted the same experience. And this time, it was just as special. “I had […]


Q&A with Myra Foster, Patient Family and Advisory Council Chair

What is the Patient Family and Advisory Council? The council is a group of community representatives that meet each month to discuss and review issues of importance to customers of Memorial Medical Center (MMC).  This council acts as an advisory resource council to the administration and staff of MMC.  The council’s goal is to enhance […]


August 3, 2015

Teamwork and Timing Credited for Quick Recovery Time

In early January, Ken Carlson was enjoying one of his favorite past times – reading. “I love reading. I read about 5 books a week,” he says. But this time was different. “I got about two pages in and I felt like an elephant had crushed my chest. I knew I was in trouble.” Carlson […]


July 29, 2015

Golf Tournament to Benefit Relay for Life

Tee up this August to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. A three-person scramble will be held at the Chequamegon Bay Golf Club on August 8 starting at 11 am. The cost is $65 per person and includes lunch, dinner, golf, cart and plenty of chances to win prizes, including four Milwaukee baseball […]


July 10, 2015

Public Invited to Celebrate Progress on New Cancer Center

Memorial Medical Center (MMC) and Essentia Health invite the public to a construction celebration for the new Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center on Monday, July 20 from 3-5 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center. The event will include an official ground breaking ceremony at 3:15 p.m. and guests will have the chance to meet members of the […]


June 30, 2015

Save the Date: 2015 55+ Health Expo Set for August 19

The 55+ Health Expo will be held on August 19, 2015 from noon to 6 pm in the Bay Area Civic Center and The Bretting Center, 320 4th Avenue W, Ashland, Wisconsin. There will be over 60 commercial and community service booths, health screenings and entertainment available throughout the day. Food and beverages will also […]


June 17, 2015

Peggy Van Hollen-Kman Joins Board

The Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Peggy Van Hollen – Kman to its Board. Kman is the managing broker at the Iron River branch of Coldwell Banker East West Realty. She is the number 1 listing and selling agent in the area and current president of the […]


June 1, 2015

Summer Food Safety

By Theresa Hoyles, Registered Dietitian at Memorial Medical Center Planning on hitting the road for a picnic or camping this summer? Do you spend hours on a boat or at the beach enjoying the warmer weather? No matter what outdoor plans you have on the calendar, food accompanies all great activities. Here are some general […]


International EMDR Expert Treats Patients Right Here in Ashland

In a packed conference center in Edinburgh Scotland, MMC Behavioral Health Counselor Sherri Paulson shares her passion for helping people. For nearly 20-years, Paulson has been refining a powerful psychotherapy approach to help children with autism. This past fall, she shared her protocol and experiences as an international expert on eye movement desensitization and reprocessing […]


May 4, 2015

2014 Annual Report Online

MMC is pleased to share with you our first annual report. A copy of the annual report was mailed to most households within our service area. A digital copy of the report can be downloaded here.


April 15, 2015

MMC Staff Recognized at Regional EMS Event

The 20th annual EMS Recognition Event was held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) on Tuesday, April 14. The evening honored EMS professionals for their knowledgeable and selfless service to the community. The Washburn Ambulance, Ashland Fire Department and Memorial Medical Center were recognized for their involvement with a ST segment elevation myocardial infarction […]


March 31, 2015

Marijuana and our Youth

Submitted by Sandy Principe, CSAC The pros and cons of marijuana use remains a controversial subject. But, the risks adolescents take when using should not be overlooked. Neuroscience studies have shown that the adolescent brain is different than the adult brain in terms of information processing pathways, number of neurons, malleability and the degree of […]


March 27, 2015

Marijuana Addiction 101

With all the talk about the legalization of marijuana, it appears that many individuals have been lulled into a false sense of complacency about some of the risk factors in regard to the drug cannabis. Presently, the use of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) seems to be on the increase and it is discerning the growing number of […]


March 25, 2015

Get In Shape!

Submitted by Betty Madison, PT, CLT What would you like to do this Spring and Summer? You may be looking forward to gardening, walking to the mailbox, mowing lawn, or recreational sports, such as biking, running, hiking, or kayaking. If you are able to do your desired activity without excess strain, fatigue, and injury, you […]


March 11, 2015

Community Baby Shower

MMC is a proud sponsor of the second annual Community Baby Shower. This year’s event is set for Saturday, April 18 from 1 – 3:30 pm at WITC-Ashland. The event is free and open to the public. Childcare will be provided. The Community Baby Shower is an opportunity for new and expecting parents to learn […]


Cancer Prevention & Screening

MMC is proud to be a part of the upcoming Bay Area Health Education Coalition presentation on Cancer Prevention & Screening. The event is set for Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm. The conversation will focus around what is cancer and how can you prevent the most common types of cancer. Speakers include: Mihailo Lalich, […]


March 4, 2015

Change Starts with You

Bayfield County resident Kate Bernardo has always loved Lake Superior. “I have admired the area around Lake Superior for years. It seems to be the magnet that kept drawing me in to visit the area.” But, in 2012, Bernardo finally got to make this place her home. “My kids were all grown. It was time […]


February 26, 2015

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): What is it and what can be done?

Submitted by Daniel Gardner, Ph.D., M.S.C.P.  Diminishing hours of daylight with change of seasons can play “head games” on our mood. Did you know that the impact of reduced available daylight can result in significant alternations in weight/appetite, sleep, mood and outlook? Research in recent decades has not only confirmed these significant alterations but is […]


February 17, 2015

MMC to Participate in Project to Address Binge Drinking

Memorial Medical Center is one of four Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) hospitals in the state of Wisconsin that are implementing a program targeting binge drinking in rural Wisconsin. “A Collaborative Response to Reduce Binge Drinking in Rural Wisconsin Communities” was one of nine projects awarded funding during the 9th annual cycle of the Healthier […]


January 22, 2015

Relay For Life of Ashland and Bayfield Counties ranks number 1 in nation

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Ashland and Bayfield Counties is the number one fundraiser in the nation for per capita fundraising in communities its size. After several years in the nationwide top ten, the Ashland event raised over $146,000 in 2014 to reach number one. Along with Memorial Medical Center sponsoring the […]


November 3, 2014

MMC Provides Updated Look for Wheelchair Patients

MMC recently added 8 Staxi Medical Transport Chairs to assist in patient transportation at the hospital. The Staxi transport chair is an alternative to the traditional wheelchair and is specifically designed with the hospital patient in mind. The chair is extra durable, serving patients up to 500 pounds, but is more compact than a regular […]


October 28, 2014

Workshop to Focus on Needs of LGBTQ Community

The public is invited to attend a workshop entitled: The Invisible Patient: Understanding the Health Needs of the LGBTQ Community on Thursday, November 13 at the WITC-Ashland Conference Center. The workshop runs from 5:30 – 9 pm. It is free and open to the public. A light supper will be provided. The workshop will focus […]


Influenza Vaccine and You

Submitted by Terri Kramolis, RN,C, BSN, MS, Director/Health Officer in Bayfield County Local influenza providers are gearing up for vaccination clinics now. Predicting when flu season will start is difficult and varies from year to year, but typically influenza circulates in our area by December. Seasonal influenza vaccination is the most important way of preventing […]


October 20, 2014

New Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center Going Forward in Ashland

Plans now include a new Essentia Health Clinic Last January, Memorial Medical Center (MMC) and Essentia Health announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art Cancer Center in Ashland, Wisconsin. The $12 million project called for the new Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center (NWCC) to be built on the west end of the medical campus near the […]


October 17, 2014

The Dreaded Callback

A closer look at why second mammograms are often needed and why they aren’t always bad news By Pam Dewey The American Cancer Society recommends that women 40 and over should have a mammogram every year as long as she is in good health. Most of the time, these routine mammograms are just that – […]


MMC Ramps Up Preparedness for Ebola Virus

According to Wisconsin State Health Officer Karen McKeown, the chance of anyone contracting the Ebola virus in Wisconsin is unlikely. But, Memorial Medical Center staff is ramping up to respond, just in case. This includes a review of current protocols, procedures and continuing staff education. “Regardless of the risk assessment for Ebola reaching northern Wisconsin, […]


MMC To Launch New Patient Family & Advisory Council

Officials at MMC are recruiting members to join the newly formed Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The goal of the council is to discuss and review issues surrounding the quality of care to customers of MMC and serve as an advisory resource to senior administration. “This Patient and Family Advisory Council will allow us […]


October 8, 2014

Cardiac Rehab Services of MMC Receives National Accreditation

Memorial Medical Center is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiac Rehab program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Memorial Medical Center was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. “Every day we work with dozens of patients as they recover from […]


September 12, 2014

National Newborn Screening Awareness

More than 240 babies enter the world at Memorial Medical Center every year. And before they are even a few days old, most will have taken the most important tests of their young lives – their newborn screening tests. September is National Newborn Screening Awareness Month. Newborn screening includes blood, hearing and heart screens to […]


September 2, 2014

Standing Tall: 63-year old bounces back from double torn quads thanks to Physical Therapy program at MMC

A typical workday in January for Curtis Somppi turned ugly when he slipped on the ice while working a pipeline job in Cincinnati. The 63-year old life-long Ashland resident had spent decades working on his feet so it was even more heartbreaking to learn he had torn not one quad but both. A torn quad […]


Harvest Tips!

By Jill Garrington, Occupational Therapist at Memorial Medical Center As we enter prime harvest season, the fruits of our labor are finally ready to be picked. While this is great fun, it can also cause pain and discomfort in various joints and muscles of your body such as back, hips, knees, shoulders, wrists, and hands. […]


The Veggie Dilemma

By Theresa Hoyles, Registered Dietitian at Memorial Medical Center. I know how to decrease that garden stress that comes with the abundance of produce, especially when we are talking about cucumbers or zucchini. Do not plant cucumbers or zucchini! Someone in your life will gladly give you their extra cucumbers and zucchini. Another way to deal […]


August 6, 2014

One Less Day Campaign Launched in Chequamegon Bay

A new multi-media campaign assisting folks through the recovery process is now running in Ashland and Bayfield counties. One Less Day is the product of Ashland County Health and Human Services, Bayfield County Department of Public Health and Memorial Medical Center’s Community Health Improvement Plan that focuses on Alcohol abuse. “Throughout this entire process, we’ve […]


May 29, 2014

Parents Who Host, Lost the Most

Bayfield County is looking for Parents to Join Together and help Stop Illegal Underage Drinking at Springtime Events. This time of year brings lots of opportunities for youth and adults to celebrate the accomplishments of the past school year; blow off pent-up energy from the long Wisconsin winter and generally have fun.  This year, Bayfield […]


May 9, 2014

Stroke Project Underway at MMC

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a stroke, every second counts. If caught and diagnosed within the first three hours of symptoms, there is an FDA-approved clot-buster medication that may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. At Memorial Medical Center, a new Telestroke project is underway to […]


March 11, 2014

Chequamegon Bay Bariatric Support Group

The purpose of the Bariatric Support Group is to provide education and support to potential bariatric surgery candidates and to those who have already had surgery. The group is lead by a registered dietitian and a psychologist. The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:00 pm at MMC from September – […]


February 28, 2014

Q&A with Certified Lymphedema Specialists Courtney Roush and Betty Madison

What is Lymphedema Lymph is the fluid which is between all the cells of the body, excluding blood.   Lymphedema is chronic swelling in the body due to decreased lymph fluid out of the area caused by blockage.   An abnormal collection of excessive tissue proteins, edema, chronic inflammation and hardening of the tissues occurs.  Stagnant fluid […]


January 28, 2014

New Northwest Wisconsin Cancer Center to provide enhanced care to Ashland region

Memorial Medical Center and Essentia Health announce plans to build a new, state-of-the-art, $12 million Cancer Center in Ashland, Wisconsin. Essentia Health has been providing cancer care services on the Memorial Medical Center (MMC) campus since 2002.  For the past several years, the two healthcare organizations have been in ongoing discussions about how they could […]


December 30, 2013

Meet the Staff: Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral Health Services of Memorial Medical Center offers a wide range of services. To learn more about the services provided, click here. Below, meet just some of the staff that provide care on a daily basis. Karen Belany, OTR Karen Belany is a Registered Occupational Therapist in Behavioral Health and has been an employee of […]


December 19, 2013

Diabetes Prevention Class

Worried about developing diabetes? A free diabetes prevention class at Memorial Medical Center can help. Learn about pre-diabetes and how it increases your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Plus, learn how to treat pre-diabetes to help decrease the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in the future. To sign-up or learn more, please call: […]


December 13, 2013

MMC Welcomes Betty Madison, PT to Rehab Services Team

Betty Madison, PT is the newest member of the region’s largest and most experienced PT/OT team in northwest Wisconsin. Madison joins Rehab Services of Memorial Medical Center with 24 years of experience. Most recently she served as a physical therapist as Northern Lights Health Services in Washburn for 10-years. Prior to Northern Lights, Madison actually […]


December 4, 2013

Winter Safety Tips

In 2013, the Bay Area Health Education Coalition hosted an evening education class on winter safety. Topics included: how to stay healthy in the winter, what you should have in your car’s emergency kit, preparing your home for a winter storm and winter driving tips and how to check winter road conditions. In case you […]


November 15, 2013

Learning to Manage Stress

Don’t crack under the pressure this holiday season! The Bay Area Health Education Coalition (BAHEC) is bringing you some tactics to manage stress throughout the year. This free event will take place Thursday, November 21 at the WITC-Ashland Conference Center. The talk gets underway at 6:30 pm but attendees are welcome to come at 6 […]


October 30, 2013

Pleasure Unwoven: A personal journey of addiction

The Memorial Medical Center Ethics Committee is pleased to provide a free showing of Pleasure Unwoven: A personal journey of addiction and explanation of the brain disease of addiction on Thursday, November 7 at 7 pm. The event will take place at StageNorth in Washburn. Immediately following the presentation, Dr. Michael Notorangelo, MMC Psychiatrist and […]


October 22, 2013

Memorial Medical Center to Participate in National Pilot Project on Emergency Department Transfers

Starting this fall, Memorial Medical Center (MMC) will be part of a national pilot project for small rural hospitals focusing on transfers from the emergency department. The project is supported by MetaStar and funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Office of Rural Health is also working in partnership on this […]


The Weight Cancer Link

Written by Theresa Hoyles, RD The way you eat plays a central role in decreasing your risk for certain cancers.  However, there is no one magic food that decreases your risk; it’s the total diet that provides the best benefit.  A list of recommendations for cancer prevention has been released by the American Institute for […]


October 16, 2013

MMC Rehab Treadmill Defies Gravity

Physical Therapy Services at MMC is defying gravity with a groundbreaking piece of equipment for patients.  The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill uses NASA patented Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology so you can run or walk like you’re on the moon!  “The underlying technology was developed for astronauts to train in a reduced gravity environment for moon […]


October 1, 2013

A Plan for a Healthier Tomorrow: Efforts Underway to Tackle Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in Ashland and Bayfield Counties

What’s the key issue facing those living in the Chequamegon Bay area? For the past year, Ashland County Health & Human Services Department, Bayfield County Health Department and Memorial Medical Center have worked collaboratively to assess and prioritize the health needs of the region.  The vision was to create an action plan to create real […]


September 25, 2013

Synthetic Drugs and Other Emerging Drugs of Abuse

Presented by: Bryan Kastelic, Special Agent, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation Monday, September 30 6:30 pm Ashland WITC, Conference Room 306 Some products sold as bath salts and potpourri are synthetics-based and can mimic effects of amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and other illegal drugs if abused. Labeling notes they are not for […]


September 18, 2013

Weight Management = Health Management

The Bay Area Health Education Coalition (BAHEC), which MMC is a proud partner of, will present a free workshop on healthy weight management at 6:30 on Thursday, September 26 at WITC in Ashland. The seminar will focus on the medical effects of being overweight, why it is so hard to lose weight and how you […]


September 11, 2013

Critical Access Hospitals Are Critically Important

Written by Jason Douglas, CEO of Memorial Medial Center With almost 2 weeks under my belt as President of Memorial Medical Center, it has become very clear to me that MMC is a trusted and vital community partner.  We offer services that are not available at many community hospitals across the country.  That commitment builds […]


July 10, 2013

MMC CEO Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dan Hymans, CEO of Memorial Medical Center, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) during the Wisconsin Rural Health Conference held in the Wisconsin Dells. Hymans has served as CEO since 1992. In presenting the award, WHA President Steve Brenton spoke about Hyman being a highly-regarded health care and community […]


July 1, 2013

Summer Food Safety Tips

By Sarah Waby, RN, BSN, CCRN, CE The summer sun is bacteria’s best friend. As temperatures rise, it’s important to take extra precautions and practice safe food handling when preparing perishable foods such as meat, poultry and egg products. Bacteria thrive and multiply in temperatures between 40*F and 140*F, keeping food colder that 40*F and […]


June 25, 2013

MMC Physical Therapist Receives Certified Wound Specialist Certificate

Memorial Medical Center Physical Therapist Jill Gibbon recently received her certification as a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS). The specialty, which is overseen by the American Board of Wound Management, is a national recognized certificate that recognizes the competency, promotes education and elevates the standard of care across the continuum of wound management. Currently, 3,700 individuals […]


June 13, 2013

New to running? Some basic tips on choosing the best running shoes

By Timothy McLean, PT Memorial Medical Center The weather has finally improved enough for many runners to begin contemplating ramping up their miles for the warmer weather running season. It is that time of year to consider buying new running shoes for the upcoming spring/summer.  This article will try to offer some useful information for […]


Jason T. Douglas Named CEO of Memorial Medical Center and Regional Enterprises Incorporated

Ashland, WI—Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is pleased to announce Jason T. Douglas has been appointed CEO of MMC and Regional Enterprises Incorporated (REI), replacing Dan Hymans who will be retiring this fall after more than 20-years of service. Mr. Douglas is anticipated to start in late summer. “As a Board, we were impressed by the […]


May 20, 2013

Tick Season in Full Swing: Are you prepared?

By Sarah Waby, Infection Control Preventionist at Memorial Medical Center. Now that temps are finally warming up, Tick Season has started.  It is time to send out the yearly reminders and a few precautions to help you enjoy the outdoors while discouraging some unwelcome tag alongs. Early signs and symptoms These signs and symptoms may […]


May 13, 2013

Preventing Diabetes

Few diseases affect as many Americans as diabetes. Approximately 23.6 million Americans or 8 percent of our population has diabetes. Each year another 1.6 million people ages 20 and older are diagnosed with diabetes. Added to those millions are the number of family and friends who are affected by the disease because they love and […]


Live Diet Free

Instead of going on a ‘diet’ again, make the commitment to living diet free.  It is possible to lose weight and keep that weight off by making life-long food and activity changes.  Diets can contribute to feelings of failure, guilt and possible regaining of additional weight after going off the diet. Living diet free allows […]


Breast Cancer Prevention

It seems as though most of us know someone whose life has been touched by breast cancer. One of every eight women living in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women after lung cancer. The only cancer more common to American […]


The Benefits of Meatless Monday

The Benefits of Meatless Monday By Theresa Hoyles, RD You don’t have to be vegetarian to eat occasional meatless meals.  Take the challenge and eat meatless meals one day of the week.  October is coined Vegetarian Awareness Month and is the perfect time to change habits.  Join others who are recognizing that a plant-based diet […]


April 29, 2013

Memorial Medical Center Welcomes Two New Board Members

Ashland, Wisconsin—Memorial Medical Center is pleased to welcome Steve Bitzer and Michael A. Miller to its Board of Directors. Outgoing board members include Don Marcouiller and Mark Barbeau. Bitzer is currently the VP of Student Affairs at WITC Ashland where he oversees all of student services, marketing and recruitment. Bitzer received his Bachelors Degree from […]


Don Marcouiller Recipient of Wisconsin Hospital Association Trustee Award

Ashland, Wis—The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) is pleased to announce that Memorial Medical Center Board of Director Donald Marcouiller is the recipient of the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s 2012 Trustee award. The annual award goes to a healthcare trustee that has made an exemplary commitment to the community. Marcouiller first joined the board of MMC in […]


Dan Adams Retires as COO; Karen Hansen Named Interim COO at Memorial Medical Center

Ashland, Wis—Memorial Medical Center (MMC) is pleased to announce Karen Hansen has been appointed Interim COO, replacing Dan Adams, who is retiring after 22 years of service at MMC. “Under Dan’s direction, we have made great strides in achieving our goal of providing healthcare services people need to achieve independent and productive lives,” says Dan […]


CEO and CFO at MMC Set to Retire in 2013; Transition Plans Underway

Ashland, Wis—Dan Hymans, President & CEO and Les Whiteaker, Vice President & CFO of Memorial Medical Center (MMC) and its parent company Regional Enterprises Incorporated (REI) have formally announced their plans to retire. Hymans will officially retire on October 1, 2013. Whiteaker will drop to part-time on January 1, 2013 and officially retire on September […]