Assessing and Improving Community Health in Wisconsin

Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics

Aspirus
135 S GIBSON ST
MEDFORD, WI 54451
Taylor County
Hospital Website
Community Health Needs Assessment
Community Health Implementation Plan

Implementation Approaches

-The Life of an Athlete program stresses the importance of making smart decisions to improve academic and athletic performance. The program teaches why and how getting proper sleep and nutrition, limiting use of energy drinks and over-stimulating technology, making time for recovery, managing stress and avoiding the use and abuse of social drugs like alcohol and marijuana can make someone a better student and athlete.

-Our organization plans to support a grant that was awarded to Taylor County Health Department/Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners Coalition in 2015 to prevent youth substance use. The Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners will specifically work to address delaying the age of onset of alcohol consumption, decreasing the amount of current use and binge drinking of alcohol among Taylor County youth, decreasing youth access to opiates (pain killers) and increasing perception of harm related to opiates and other illegal drugs.

-We plan to continue to promote and encourage participation in community groups by health department and hospital personnel, and our organization continually seeks opportunities to utilize hospital resources to further the community’s best interests.

-Aspirus offers numerous free Heart Healthy Cooking and Heart Healthy Eating sessions for the public to attend.

-We are continually evaluating snacks, drinks and foods made available to employees and patients at our hospital and clinics.

-Aspirus Medford partners with area organizations to conduct wellness events, often with a nutritional focus, for the general public.

-Aspirus Therapy & Fitness Center offers “open house” days in which community members are welcome to try our fitness facility and classes free of charge. The fitness center also offers a variety of fitness-centered challenges for its members and special programs that take our fitness experts out into the community.

-Aspirus Medford Hospital holds its annual Community Colorfall 5K Run/Walk each fall.

-In addition to continuing our sponsorships of numerous activities managed by our and other community organizations and/or youth groups, we will continue to offer reduced-fee WIAA sports physicals each summer at all Aspirus Medford Clinics.

-The Taylor County Wellness Coalition (led by Aspirus Medford) is currently undergoing efforts related to healthy nutrition and physical inactivity as it impacts all members of the community. The Coalition is evaluating evidence-based programming to be implemented throughout Taylor County in an effort to positively impact healthy growth and development at all ages.

-The Life of an Athlete program stresses the importance of making smart decisions to improve academic and athletic performance. The program teaches why and how getting proper sleep and nutrition, limiting use of energy drinks and over-stimulating technology, making time for recovery, managing stress and avoiding the use and abuse of social drugs like alcohol and marijuana can make someone a better student and athlete. 

-Our organization plans to support a grant that was awarded to Taylor County Health Department/Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners Coalition in 2015 to prevent youth substance use. The Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners will specifically work to address delaying the age of onset of alcohol consumption, decreasing the amount of current use and binge drinking of alcohol among Taylor County youth, decreasing youth access to opiates (pain killers) and increasing perception of harm related to opiates and other illegal drugs.

-We offer regular tobacco cessation classes that are aimed at helping people quit smoking. Single sessions and more extensive programs will continue to be offered.

-Commit to Quit (Smoking) program

-Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics has expanded, and is in the process of expanding still further, availability of behavioral health services.

-Active recruitment for a psychiatrist is underway.

-The Medford Clinic is developing telemedicine psychiatric services, allowing individuals to consult with a professional psychiatrist over the Internet

-We offer a variety of flu clinics for community members to receive their flu vaccination. In addition, we also offer flu vaccination at area businesses to break down any transportation barriers that community members may face.

-We have offered, and will continue to offer, a variety of free classes, groups and events to encourage health care for children

-We recognize the need to provide educational opportunities for our community members. Educational opportunities we currently offer and/or plan to address for our community include:

  • Disease prevention education
  • The level of care mid-level providers can provide at clinics, even when physicians are absent
  • The importance of identifying and seeing on a regular basis a Primary Care Provider
  • Available specialties at Aspirus
  • The patient’s ability to change providers at any time at the patient’s discretion
  • Medical terminology
  • Healthy living facts and tips
  • Utilization of MyAspirus for efficient communication with providers

-Many more educational events are planned for the future through a program called Aspiring Women. Health literacy opportunities, specifically for the Hispanic community, are also being reviewed.

-We have offered, and will continue to offer as much as possible, a variety of classes, groups and events related to chronic diseases

-Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics has expanded, and is in the process of expanding still further, availability of behavioral health services.

-Active recruitment for a psychiatrist is underway.

-The Medford Clinic is developing telemedicine psychiatric services, allowing individuals to consult with a professional psychiatrist over the Internet

-Spearheaded by the school district’s Director of Pupil Services, the community has developed a Mental Health Council to address suicide prevention and other related ailments.

-We’ve established an Alzheimer’s Support Group that meets monthly for friends and families of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, a monthly Stroke Support Group, a Commit to Quit (Smoking) program, and a monthly Memory Café support group for people with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

-Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics recognizes the need to be prepared and aware to prevent injury and violence. We are addressing this important issue by:

  • Evaluating all our patients for risks associated with violence using a variety of screening techniques.
  • Providing concussion education to youth organization and school district coaches, in addition to providing an actual pre-concussion screening to many high school athletes.
  • Having Aspirus Medford athletic trainers and medical providers present at the sidelines of local high school football games, in addition to some soccer and volleyball tournaments.
  • Collaborating with other organizations (e.g., Taylor County Fair, Nestle Pizza) to provide free bike helmets or the funding for free bike helmets for various community events
  • Increasing, through social media venues, the awareness of dating violence and the avenues a person can choose for help and guidance.
  • Funding ALICE training in collaboration with the Taylor County Health Department. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training prepares individuals to handle the threat of an Active Shooter. ALICE teaches individuals to participate in their own survival while leading others to safety. Though no one can guarantee success in this type of situation, this new set of skills will greatly increase the odds of survival should anyone face this form of threat
  • Supporting Stepping Stones, a non-profit organization that provides free support services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Taylor County.