HSHS Sacred Heart St Joseph's Hospitals
Free cardiac/stroke screening December 3 at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is hosting a free cardiac/stroke screening to help individuals understand and reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. The screening is Tuesday, December 3 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is free, private and confidential, and appointments are required. Registration will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 25 to 29 by calling 1-888-297-1940. Space will be limited to the first 100 people who register.
The screening includes blood work for glucose, HDL and total cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index, heart rhythm assessment, carotid bruit assessments, diabetes risk assessment and the opportunity to discuss ways to reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.
“Despite the fact that heart disease is highly preventable, it remains the leading cause of death in the U.S.,” says Jennifer Vaughan, cardiac educator at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “Prevention begins with knowledge of your individual risk factors. This screening will provide you with the information you need to make the necessary lifestyle modifications to reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.”
HSHS Hospitals to host pregnancy and infant loss remembrance service Dec. 8
Share of Western Wisconsin, a pregnancy and infant loss group coordinated by HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals, is hosting a special Christmastime memorial service for families and friends who have experienced a loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, early infant death or SIDS in the past year.
This service will take place Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 West Clairemont Ave. Families and friends throughout western Wisconsin are welcome to attend.
“The holidays are a particularly difficult time of year for those grieving the loss of a baby,” said Eric Butters, manager of Spiritual Care and Mission Integration at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. “Families are encouraged to bring a special Christmas ornament from home and hang it in on the tree in our Chapel during the service,” he added. The Christmas tree will remain in the hospital’s Chapel throughout the season.
The event is free and registration is not required. For more information, contact Spiritual Care Services at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals at 715-717-6174.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital to host “Healing Sounds of Christmas” concert December 12
The Healing Place, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s Center for Life’s Journeys, will host “The Healing Sounds of Christmas” holiday concert Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at Florian Gardens (2340 Lorch Ave.). The concert will feature the Eau Claire Master Singers and doors will open at 6 p.m.
The concert is free, but registration is required by Friday, November 29 by calling 715-717-6565 or online at www.sacredhearteauclaire.org/Events-Classes.
“We’re looking forward to an evening filled with music to heal the heart and bring joy to the soul,” said Amy Segerstrom, coordinator of The Healing Place.
The Healing Place is a community outreach service of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and provides free services to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss and is in need of spiritual and emotional support.
Donate blood at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Dec. 9
CHIPPEWA FALLS – There’s always a great need for whole blood from healthy donors. It’s a valuable resource that’s in short supply. To help bridge that gap, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, December 9, from Noon to 5 p.m. in McDonald Hall, 2661 County Hwy I. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter “St. Josephs” (no apostrophe).
“RapidPass” is also available. Visit www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass on the same day as the drive and complete your health history before you come in to donate. This option can help speed up the process.
Eligible donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health and feeling well.
L.E. Phillips Senior Center
L.E. Phillips Senior Center Hosts the Chippewa Valley’s First Annual Lefse Fest
When: Saturday, November 16, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: L.E. Phillips Senior Center 1616 Bellinger St. Eau Claire, WI 54703
Interviews: Mary Pica-Anderson, Executive Director
Photos/Video: Lefse Fest attendees, lefse activites including a lefse-filling contest
Eau Claire, WI - Volunteers will be rolling out the holiday fun this weekend with the first annual Lefse Fest to benefit the L.E. Phillips Senior Center’s “Fit for the Future” building campaign. Lefse is a traditional round potato pancake and Norwegian holiday favorite used in meals and desserts. The family friendly event is set for November 16, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. or until the lefse runs out.
“Lefse Fest is a delicious way to raise awareness and funds to meet the growing needs of our actively aging population and meet our $1.1. million match deadline,” said Mary Pica-Anderson, Executive Director.
Activities include lefse tasting stations, lefse decorating, lefse making demonstrations, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. There will also be a lefse-filling contest judged by local celebrity judges at 10 a.m. All of the lefse is kindly donated by Norske Nook and Countryside Lefse.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under. Pay at the door.
This event raises awareness and funds for L.E. Phillips Senior Center’s Fit for the Future campaign, which has a goal to raise $1.1 million by February for their senior center expansion.
“We invite everyone to start their holiday season with a new, fun family tradition: Lefse Fest,” adds Pica-Anderson.
For more information and to donate, log on to the L.E. Phillips Senior Center website, or donate on the Eau Claire Community Foundation page at: https://eccfwi.org/funds/fit-for-the-future-fund/
Security Financial Bank
Paul Rudersdorf, CEO and president of Security Financial Bank (SFB), is pleased to announce that Joscelyn Baker-Hoy has joined SFB as a credit analyst. Baker-Hoy will be responsible for completing the credit analysis and presentation functions to assist relationship managers in the credit approval and review processes. She also will assess the credit worthiness and appropriate risk rating level of new loan requests and ongoing loan portfolio relationships.
Baker-Hoy earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from UW-Eau Claire and is currently a Level 2 Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) candidate. She is a 2016 graduate of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Eau Claire program.
Before joining SFB, Baker-Hoy gained several years of experience working in indirect lending and commercial lending. She also worked in wealth management trading on the market and reviewing portfolio performance and financial statements.
Baker-Hoy will work out of SFB’s corporate office located in Eau Claire.
Wintermission Eau Claire
Wintermission Eau Claire announces collaboration establishing Winter Recreation Path
Wintermission Eau Claire, in partnership with the City of Eau Claire and area running organizations, is pleased to announce its first Pilot Project for the 2019-20 winter: A Winter Recreation Path to be plowed with high priority after snow events.
The route will connect Phoenix Park to UW-Eau Claire’s campus and create a circuit around the Historic Randall Park Neighborhood and will receive the highest plowing priority of any city trail. The path will be easily accessible from the city’s Phoenix Park parking ramp and Hobbs Ice Arena. UW-Eau Claire’s parking lots on Water Street will maintain priority access to the city trails with free parking on weekends.
“Having a four-mile portion of Eau Claire’s central city trails plowed at high priority after snow events signals a resounding investment in residents’ physical and mental health,” said Jake Wrasse, Wintermission Eau Claire spokesperson. “Knowing you’ll be able to continue outdoor recreation regimens—whether you walk, run, or fat-tire bike—year-round on Eau Claire’s city trails will make it easier to sustain healthy habits and enjoy our beautiful natural setting while preventing the ‘cabin fever’ that too often accompanies winter.”
Matt Evans, who teaches a distance-running class at UW-Eau Claire and is involved with numerous area running organizations, was working with the city to establish such a route before he connected with Wintermission. When Evans learned more about the project, it became clear this idea for a plowed winter running route aligned perfectly with Wintermission’s goals.
“In a climate like ours, it can be difficult to stay active year-round, and many runners report they fall out of good habits in winter because their summer running routes aren’t accessible,” said Evans, noting that running on treadmills is irksome for many distance runners. “Knowing the city will give priority to clearing this path means people can count on having this public space available as a recreation resource all year.”
Wintermission Eau Claire, which supports increasing outdoor recreation opportunities and decreasing social isolation in winter, decided to advocate for the effort to establish such a trail based on the success of similar efforts in Edmonton, Alberta. Edmonton has been designated a Winter City Vanguard for its comprehensive winter planning efforts, which include recommendations for “shared use paths and open space connections” for “pedestrians, runners, and cyclists” even after major snow events. At the completion of the 18-month Wintermission grant, Eau Claire will have developed its own Winter City Strategy.
Decreasing social isolation and increasing outdoor physical activity in winter are shown to reduce risks for chronic diseases, including diabetes, obesity, and mental health issues. Twenty-percent of the city’s population reports more than seven days of poor mental health in winter, and 30% have hypertension or chronic cardiovascular illnesses.
The Eau Claire Wintermission team is working collaboratively with local governments to identify projects to implement during the 2019-20 winter, and more pilot projects will be announced soon.
For more information, contact Jake Wrasse from Wintermission Eau Claire at 715-836-5613 or firstname.lastname@example.org ; Matt Evans on behalf of area running groups at 715-836-5519 or email@example.com ; or Scott Allen on behalf of the City of Eau Claire at 715-839-4914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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