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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Aurora Medical Center in Summit

Implementation Approaches

  • Through Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund grants-Support nutrition and occupational and physical therapy programming and behavioral health services at St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic
  • Continue to partner with the YMCA at Pabst Farms to evaluate low participation for previous offerings; explore alternatives to advance healthy weight education, such as the 5-2-1-0 program
  • Provide Summit Senior Breakfast Club to residents, including a free breakfast and presentations on health topics related to chronic disease and healthy lifestyle choices
  • Support the statewide Dose of Reality campaign to increase awareness and provide information to the public about the dangers of misusing prescription pain medicines
  • Continue sponsorship of and engagement with community Stairway to Heroin program
  • Provide appropriate follow-up with non-emergent patients using the ED for primary care
  • Ensure coverage and care for uninsured and Medicaid-eligible patients using our ED for primary and dental care by actively screening patients for coverage through the Marketplace or financial assistance programs and assisting with application processes
  • Refer patients as appropriate to Lake Area Free Clinic or St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic
  • Ensure access for seniors and persons with disabilities who lack transportation in the Oconomowoc area where public transportation is minimal
  • Provide social worker in our ED to assess and appropriately expedite referrals for behavioral health services
  • Provide telepsychiatry consultations at our hospital to respond to behavioral health needs and link patients with appropriate behavioral health services
  • Through Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund grants-Continue to partner with Lake Area Free Clinic to address navigation/patient-service coordination issues to determine the appropriate health home for patients
  • Through Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund grants-Support a patient service coordinator, psychiatric provider and pilot transportation program at Lake Area Free Clinic
  • Through Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund grants-Further partner with St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic in the City of Waukesha, including involvement on board and finance committee, to refer uninsured patients receiving emergency care in our ED who require follow-up medical care closer to home
  • Through Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund grants-Support nutrition and occupational and physical therapy programming and behavioral health services at St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic
  • Continue to partner with the YMCA at Pabst Farms to evaluate low participation for previous offerings; explore alternatives to advance healthy weight education, such as the 5-2-1-0 program
  • Provide support groups to patients and community members to assist them with managing diabetes
  • Conduct chronic disease risk factor screenings with community based partners to reach more people and screen for risk factors such as high blood pressure and elevated blood cholesterol
  • Support the statewide Dose of Reality campaign to increase awareness and provide information to the public about the dangers of misusing prescription pain medicines
  • Continue sponsorship of and engagement with community Stairway to Heroin program
  • Promote prevention and early detection of breast, colorectal and lung cancer in the community by providing AMCS cancer experts to staff multiple cancer education/screening events within AMCS service area
  • Provide low dose CT screenings for patients at risk for lung cancer as identified in the electronic health record, regardless of ability to pay
  • Administer our distress tool to measure each patient’s level of distress; for a score of 4 or higher on a scale of 1-10 refer as appropriate to our principal and community partners (ACS, Stillwaters, etc.)
  • Hold an annual Survivorship event for our cancer patients and their caregivers to provide information about cancer support resources and to address quality-of-life issues during and after cancer treatment
  • Partner with Aging and Disability Resource Center to promote and teach Stepping On program, or evaluate participation rates for previous programs and examine alternative approaches to fall prevention, such as the evidence-based A Matter of Balance
  • Assess patients in the ED for fall risk; refer to primary care provider and physical therapy as appropriate
  • Provide Summit Senior Breakfast Club to residents, including a free breakfast and presentations on health topics related to chronic disease and healthy lifestyle choices
  • Hepatitis C: Patients in cohort are identified and screened Referrals, staging and standardized caredelivery process for our patient population are implemented for those who test positive
  • Provide social worker in our ED to assess and appropriately expedite referrals for behavioral health services
  • Provide telepsychiatry consultations at our hospital to respond to behavioral health needs and link patients with appropriate behavioral health services
  • Through Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund grants-Support a patient service coordinator, psychiatric provider and pilot transportation program at Lake Area Free Clinic
  • Through Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund grants-Support nutrition and occupational and physical therapy programming and behavioral health services at St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic
  • Provide educational sessions for EMS with speakers on evidence-based best practices
  • Provide clinical experiences for paramedic students, both in the ED and ancillary areas of the hospital
  • Provide Advanced Cardiac Life Support classes for paramedic students
  • Provide Sim Man/Sim Baby trainings for paramedic students
  • Continue to partner with area school districts to support a Health Care Charter High School
  • Provide educational sessions for Medical Explorers program