Today’s healthcare systems are constantly evolving to better meet the technological standards of today’s patients. With nearly everyone having access to a computer, smartphone, and the internet these days, HVI has adopted its own patient portal system to help give patients better access to their personal health information.
Last week was a historical milestone for the structural heart program at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin and Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital. On April 13th, a team led by Dr. Cherian Varghese and Dr. Zenoun Abouzelam completed the area’s first transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.
Deer hunting season in Wisconsin is a Fall tradition that ranks right up there with football and pumpkin pie. Head to any Packer game at Lambeau Field in November and you’ll see as many people decked out in blaze orange and camouflage as you will in green and gold. This year alone, the Wisconsin DNR anticipates nearly 600,000 hunters will take to the woods during the nine-day gun hunt season from November 19-27 – with even more participating in this year’s bow and muzzleloader seasons.
Hunters up here mean serious business when they get in the woods, too. The Wisconsin DNR says hunters in Wisconsin spend upwards of $2.5 billion every year. From new cold-weather gear to the latest trail cams, deer stands, and everything in-between, you can be sure hunters in Wisconsin will be heading into the woods fully-prepared this year.
That said, as you start prepping your gear and planning your hunts, there’s one preparation that you can’t afford to overlook: your heart health.
The Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin has partnered with Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin to provide greater cardiac care to the Fox Valley.
Starting in September of this year, HVI physicians began seeing cardiology patients at Ascension clinics in the Fox Valley area, with plans to expand to Ascension Mercy Hospital and Oshkosh-area clinics in January 2022.
The Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin is excited to announce the addition of five new care providers to our growing team – Dr. Agei Enoh, Dr. Ben Ciske, and Dr. Thomas Wilson, along with Hillary Briedel, APNP and Laura Butch, APNP.
As the largest cardiology practice in northeast Wisconsin, Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin now has 15 physicians and 10 Advance Practice Providers on staff.
If you have Medicare or Medicare supplemental insurance and are a patient at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, you may eligible for our new chronic care management program with ChronicCareIQ.
Updated September 26, 2022
CDC Update to COVID-19 Guidance
Recently, the CDC updated its COVID-19 guidance to help people better understand their risk of the virus and what actions to take if exposed or tested positive for COVID-19.
While COVID-19 continues to circulate globally, there are now many tools available to help us reduce its severity, along with significantly less risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death compared to earlier in the pandemic. This new guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but that we are now at a point where COVID no longer severely disrupts our daily lives.
COVID-19 Policies for Patients and Employees
In support of the CDC’s latest update, Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin is loosening our mask requirements to a “Mask Optional” policy for patients and employees who have tested negative and aren’t experiencing COVID symptoms.
For patients who HAVE tested positive or are experiencing symptoms, the following rules will apply:
- CDC rules still apply in that if you test positive for COVID you must stay home for 5 days and wear an N95 mask for 5 days when you return. Please have courtesy and DO NOT come to work or your appointment sick.
- Patients will still be asked questions regarding if they have tested positive for COVID in the past 5 days. If they have, we will reschedule their visit.
- Patients may request that the HVI provider or employee who is delivering their care wear a mask during their office visit, diagnostic test, or procedure.
- Masks will still be available free of charge at the front desk for any patient who needs or would prefer to use one.
Last but not least, remember that we still have vulnerable patients (and employees) at HVI every day. We strongly encourage any immunocompromised patients and those with high-risk health conditions to continue wearing a mask, and we are trusting that you will respect their decision to do so.
ABOUT HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE OF WISCONSIN
With roots in Appleton since 1968, the physicians and providers of the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin deliver compassionate care at six locations throughout eastern Wisconsin by using advanced and innovative technologies to provide patients with state-of-the-art treatments.