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The laboratory at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital has recently earned accreditation renewals from the College of American Pathologists and the American Association of Blood Banks. The voluntary inspections and subsequent accreditations follow an intensive onsite assessment of policies, procedures and practices of all aspects of laboratory testing and anatomic pathology, as well as an onsite assessment of lab equipment, staff qualifications, safety programs and overall management.

HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health is hosting a free session for anyone who would like to learn how to recognize the warning signs that someone may be thinking about suicide, and how to help them. The training is called “Question, Persuade, Refer” – or QPR. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save a life.

CHIPPEWA FALLS – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health are hosting a free session for anyone who would like to recognize the signs of anxiety or a panic attack in someone close to them. Called “Mental Health First Aid,” the session is an eight-hour training course that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and addictions in friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. This session is open to anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help.

​EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals will host legendary Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw for a special presentation to learn more about achieving success both mentally and physically.

​EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health are hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid session February 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Rotunda (lower level) at Sacred Heart Hospital (900 W. Clairemont Avenue).

​EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s grief support and holistic healing center, is offering a two-part Myers Briggs Type Indicator Workshop on February 9 and February 16 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at The Healing Place, 1010 Oakridge Drive, Eau Claire.

EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place is offering an ongoing grief support group for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one through death. Gather with others who understand and wish to offer support. Sessions will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. Participants can attend any session that works for them.

EAU CLAIRE – A name says something about a person – noble, kind, charitable or simply derived from another name. Below were the top five baby boy and baby girl names at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals in 2016.

EAU CLAIRE – Ever wish you had the time to begin a meditation and prayer practice for yourself? Join with others to take care of yourself in a unique way. The Healing Place is offering two ongoing meditation sessions this winter.

​EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s grief support and holistic healing center, is offering an Eau Claire Women in Theater performance “Home Bittersweet Home” February 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Healing Place, 1010 Oakridge Drive.

EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s grief support and holistic healing center, is offering a pregnancy and infant loss support group for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. 

EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place is offering a 12-week “Living Mindfully” meditation and prayer education program for people who wish to learn more about the practice of meditation and prayer. 

EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place is once again offering “Sacred Habits of the Heart,” a monthly series to guide, challenge, comfort and encourage you. Each month will focus on a different “heart” related topic. 

EAU CLAIRE – In an effort to provide the very best healthcare experience possible, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals, along with other hospitals in the HSHS system, have created Midwest Healthcare Insights Community (MHIC), an online community for area residents. 

EAU CLAIRE –  Julie Manas, president and CEO of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, has recently been named to Becker's Hospital Review’s  list of "130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know in 2016,” which recognizes female leaders of hospitals and health systems across the country.

EAU CLAIRE – Three colleagues have been promoted to director level and have taken on expanded responsibilities at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals:

EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart Volunteer Partners will host a book and gift sale December 15 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December 16 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rotunda on the lower level of Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 West Clairemont Ave.

EAU CLAIRE – Three hospital colleagues recently earned advanced certification in their respective fields:

EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health are hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid session November 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Rotunda (lower level) at Sacred Heart Hospital (900 W. Clairemont Avenue).

EAU CLAIRE – For the 31st year, the Volunteer Partners of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital will sponsor the Love-Light Christmas Tree outdoor lighting ceremony at the hospital. This is a unique way for individuals to memorialize a loved one or to honor a relative or friend by making a donation to reserve a light in a loved one’s name. 

EAU CLAIRE – Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women according to the most recent data from the American Cancer Society. Approximately 224,390 new cases of lung cancer have cropped up just this year in the U.S., and each year more people die of the disease than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Smokers and those exposed to second-hand smoke are at a much higher risk for developing the disease – approximately 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are linked to smoking.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us November 1 for our first of a series of telephone town hall meetings to discuss the future of health care in our community. In total, we had more than 250 concerned community members participate in the call.

​EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health is hosting two free sessions for anyone who would like to learn how to recognize the warning signs that someone may be thinking about suicide, and how to help them. The training is called “Question, Persuade, Refer” – or QPR. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save a life. 

EAU CLAIRE – Join HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health for a session about digestive health, specifically the risk factors of colon cancer.

EAU CLAIRE and CHIPPEWA FALLS – With Halloween and trick-or-treating right around the corner, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals encourage everyone to make the health and safety of their family a priority.  

​EAU CLAIRE – The holiday season can be particularly difficult for suicide survivors. The Healing Place – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s grief support and holistic healing center – is hosting an “international survivors of suicide” program November 19 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at 1010 Oakridge Drive. 

EAU CLAIRE – Two new directors have recently joined HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals:

​CHIPPEWA FALLS & EAU CLAIRE – The Partners at both HSHS St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals will host their annual Christmas open house in their respective gift shops on the following days and times:

​EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s grief support and holistic healing center – is hosting a walk in honor of babies who have died during pregnancy or shortly after birth. October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

​EAU CLAIRE – Two colleagues from HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital recently earned advanced certification in their respective fields. Valerie Hofacker and Kate Stuewe, who are registered nurses in the hospital’s inpatient physical rehabilitation department, recently earned their certified rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN) accreditation.

​CHIPPEWA FALLS – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health are hosting a free two-part Mental Health First Aid series for anyone who would like to recognize the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses such as anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

​EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart Volunteer Partners will host a jewelry and gift sale on October 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and October 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bishop/Treacy Halls on the lower level of Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 West Clairemont Ave.

​EAU CLAIRE – The death of a spouse or life partner is difficult to handle. If you are struggling to cope with the loss of your loved one and worried about facing the future without your partner, The Healing Place offers a structured setting for participants to safely and comfortably discuss issues related to the death of their spouse. Topics include managing the emotions of grief, dealing with holidays and special days, finding hope in the challenging days ahead and caring for yourself in the midst of change.   

​EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ palliative care program is in need of new, clean comfort blankets for patients in their program. Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illnesses. 

​EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place is offering a support program on dealing with grief and the holidays after the death of a loved one. Gather with others who understand and wish to offer support. The session will be offered October 27 at 10:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m.

​EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s grief support and holistic healing center, is offering a pregnancy and infant loss support group for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. The group provides a safe place for parents to share their grief, learn coping skills and create new healing connections with other parents walking a similar path.

EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s grief support and holistic healing center, is offering a grief support group for parents who have lost a child.

EAU CLAIRE – Ever wish you had the time to begin a meditation and prayer practice for yourself? Join with others to take care of yourself in a unique way. The Healing Place is offering two ongoing meditation sessions this fall:

EAU CLAIRE & CHIPPEWA FALLS – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals will host their annual “Blessing of the Animals” events on Sunday, October 2.

​EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place is offering a one-day retreat called Journeying with Courage and Resilience that will help participants renew their heart, mind and spirit and journey with courage and resilience. The day will provide an opportunity for rest, renewal and re-engagement with identity and integrity.

EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place is offering a 12-week “Living Mindfully” meditation and prayer education program for people who wish to learn more about the practice of meditation and prayer. Topics addressed as part of the course include mindfulness as part of a healthy lifestyle, attitudes cultivated in meditation, choosing an anchor for meditation, how mindfulness changes our brain, mindfulness and relationships and mindfulness and our values. 

EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place is once again offering “Sacred Habits of the Heart,” a monthly series to guide, challenge, comfort and encourage you. Each month will focus on a different “heart” related topic. Information, exercise and inspiration for increasing our awareness of and interconnectedness with others will be provided.

EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s grief support and holistic healing center, is offering movies with a thought-provoking message. The community is invited to join the staff from The Healing Place at Micon Downtown Cinema (315 S. Barstow Street) for a free movie on the following dates and times. There is no cost, but registration is required by calling (715) 717-6028. There is a minimal charge for optional refreshments.

​CHIPPEWA FALLS – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health is hosting a free session for anyone who would like to learn how to recognize the warning signs that someone may be thinking about suicide, and how to help them. The training is called “Question, Persuade, Refer” – or QPR. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save a life. September is national suicide prevention awareness month.

​EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation will hold its annual Hope Gala fundraising event on October 1 at 7 p.m. As in previous years, the location is a surprise and will be revealed to ticket holders before the event. 

EAU CLAIRE – Join HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health for a talk called “Decoding Your Teenager: The Power of One Caring Adult” on September 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the State Theatre (316 Eau Claire St.). This is part of a new speaker series the hospitals have developed called the “Human Connection Series.” Award-winning youth speaker and author Josh Shipp will share how to connect, communicate and strengthen your relationship with your teenager when he or she is acting out.

​CADOTT – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health are hosting a free session for anyone who would like to learn how to recognize the warning signs that someone may be thinking about suicide, and how to help them. The training is called “Question, Persuade, Refer” – or QPR. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save a life. 

EAU CLAIRE – As a new school year begins, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals encourage you to make the health and safety of your family a priority. Every parent wants their child to have a successful year, and taking time to consider your child’s needs for health and safety can help her or him start the year off right. 

EAU CLAIRE – An average of 10 percent of Wisconsin residents live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Though it’s hard to believe, there are folks in western Wisconsin who won’t have warm coats to wear this year. To respond to this chilling reality, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, King’s Closet and Redeeming Grace Church are partnering to collect winter coats and blankets August 27 until September 28.

EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart Volunteer Partners will host a book and gift fair on August 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and August 17 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Monsignor Klimek Auditorium on the lower level of Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 West Clairemont Ave. Items for sale will be 30 to 70 percent off retail price.

A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the hospital’s tuition assistance grant program.

EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is pleased to announce the following recent promotions:

​EAU CLAIRE – Bob Binczak, Mike Hulke and Jamie Radabaugh have recently joined the HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation Leadership Council, and established members Robert Ridenour III, M.D., and Jennifer McDonough have been named chair and vice chair, respectively.

​EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation held its 26th annual Golf and Tennis Classic at the Eau Claire Country Club on July 25 with 160 golfers, 16 tennis players and dozens of volunteers. Proceeds from the event – $57,500 – will help fund the remodel of the hospital’s women and infant services department, with construction scheduled to begin early 2017.

​EAU CLAIRE – The death of a spouse or life partner is difficult to handle. If you are struggling to cope with the loss of your loved one and worried about facing the future without your partner, The Healing Place offers a structured setting for participants to safely and comfortably discuss issues related to the death of their spouse. Topics include managing the emotions of grief, dealing with holidays and special days, finding hope in the challenging days ahead and caring for yourself in the midst of change.   

EAU CLAIRE – As summer temperatures climb, more people can become vulnerable to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. While seniors are more likely to be affected by high temperatures and heat-related problems than younger people, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can affect anyone if conditions are right.

​EAU CLAIRE – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health are hosting a free session for anyone who would like to recognize the signs of anxiety or a panic attack in someone close to them. Called “Mental Health First Aid,” the session is an eight-hour training course that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and addictions in friends, family, neighbors and co-workers.  This session is open to anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help.

​CHIPPEWA FALLS – HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital colleagues Jessica Erickson, physical therapy manager, and Anne Sadowska, registered occupational therapist, have been appointed to serve as the outpatient and inpatient managers for physical, occupational and speech therapies at HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. Erickson and Sadowska will officially begin their new roles July 17. The two hospitals combined their rehabilitation service offerings earlier this year.

​CHIPPEWA FALLS – HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ 3D Community Health are hosting free sessions for anyone who would like to learn how to recognize the warning signs that someone may be thinking about suicide, and how to help them. These sessions have been expanded to include teens as well as adults. The training is called “Question, Persuade, Refer” – or QPR. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save a life. 

EAU CLAIRE – The Healing Place is again offering an ongoing grief support group for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one through death. Gather with others who understand and wish to offer support. Sessions will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. Participants can attend any session that works for them.

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