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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Watertown Regional Medical Center

Implementation Approaches

1. Participate in substance abuse committees to increase awareness amongst hospital providers

  • The following are examples of committees: Regional V Emergency Preparedness Coalition for the State of Wisconsin, Jefferson/Dodge Pediatric Death Review Coalition, Jefferson County ATODA Coalition, Dodge County Health Care Coalition, Dodge County Mass Care Coalition, Watertown Health Care Coalition

2. Create an information packet for the public on substance abuse and available resources in Dodge and Jefferson County

Nutrition Implementation Plan:

1. Utilize Harvest Market as a Health Model Demonstration Center

  • Play a leadership role in the Wisconsin Healthy Hospitals Community of Practice Initiative by transforming the nutrition of our employees, patients, and community diners by working on quarterly goals to improve food and beverage choices
  • Follow specific dietary guidelines for Harvest Market menu items. Showcase a red light, yellow light, green light system to regulate healthy consumer options
  • Add at least two healthy choices to vending machines

2. Investigate the feasibility of turning hospital garden into community/hospital garden plots

3. Continue providing Harvest Market Classes to provide nutrition and cooking education to 500+ adults and children annually

4. Maintain offering affordable access to fresh, local produce for employees and community by hosting a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) drop-off

5. Engage five employer groups to help their high risk employees make lasting lifestyle changes through the ONE Wellness program

Physical Activity Implementation Plan:

1. Play a leadership role in our local wellness coalition, Get Healthy Watertown (GHW)

  • Assist GHW in developing a revised action plan in response to the updated CHA

2. Collaborate with the City of Watertown, Watertown Unified School District and civic partners (including Share the Road and the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation) to achieve Bike Friendly Community and Walk Friendly Community designation

  • Achieving this goal will necessitate education and policy change including development of a Complete Streets policy and master plan for active transportation
  • Engage medical staff, employees, and community members for policy and infrastructure that promote active living

3. Continue to serve 450+ high risk patients annually (whose needs are not being met by traditional community fitness centers) in our Medical Fitness Center

4. Encourage community participation in physical activity by utilizing WRMC’S social media and community magazine to promote activities throughout the region

  • Continue sponsorship of the local March 2 November Race Series
  • Maintain and encourage associate involvement in community fitness events

5. Engage five employer groups to help their high risk employees make lasting lifestyle changes through the ONE Wellness program

1. Participate in substance abuse committees to increase awareness amongst hospital providers

  • The following are examples of committees: Regional V Emergency Preparedness Coalition for the State of Wisconsin, Jefferson/Dodge Pediatric Death Review Coalition, Jefferson County ATODA Coalition, Dodge County Health Care Coalition, Dodge County Mass Care Coalition, Watertown Health Care Coalition

2. Create an information packet for the public on substance abuse and available resources in Dodge and Jefferson County

3. Begin a Narcan initiative to educate patients and family on use and administration

  • Access liability and create a SHARPS disposal and exchange program at the hospital with a goal of dispensing Narcan

4. Implement the E is Emergency QHIP

  • Treat pain appropriately based on care setting

1. Participate in substance abuse committees to increase awareness amongst hospital providers

  • The following are examples of committees: Regional V Emergency Preparedness Coalition for the State of Wisconsin, Jefferson/Dodge Pediatric Death Review Coalition, Jefferson County ATODA Coalition, Dodge County Health Care Coalition, Dodge County Mass Care Coalition, Watertown Health Care Coalition

2. Create an information packet for the public on substance abuse and available resources in Dodge and Jefferson County

1. Mental & Behavioral Health Clinic: Provide much needed professional mental health, substance abuse, and counseling services to the greater Watertown community through Directions Counseling by serving 6,500+ patient visits per year

2. Study the feasibility and community benefit of developing an inpatient Geriatric Behavioral Health/Psychiatric Unit at WRMC

3. Access possibility of utilizing MetaStar Initiative on training clinical staff in Motivational Interviewing

  • Use guiding communication style rather than leading in conversation
  • Work with patients on engaging intrinsic motivation to change behaviors