Announcements


  • Presentation with Dr. Bigelow

    April 5, 2014

    Hastings community members were invited to attend a free lunch & learn presentation about colorectal cancer and screening options with local gastroenterologist, Dr. Christina Bigelow. Community members had an opportunity to learn and ask questions.

  • YMCA Information Table

    April 5, 2014

    Community members stopped by the WISDM information table at the Hastings YMCA. Visitors could talk about their colorectal cancer screening options with a registered nurse and pick up free resources and materials. Visitors also entered a drawing for a chance to win our signature “Don’t Fear the Rear” t-shirt!

  • Hastings Community Partners Collaboration

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Our very own Shared Decision Making nurse, Rowie Hansberger, presented information about the WISDM program to the Hastings Community Partners Collaboration at Hastings City Hall. She explained colorectal cancer, screening options, and how to make an informed decision.

     

    The Hastings Community Partners Collaboration is open to the community, is facilitated by Hastings United Way, and meets monthly.

     

  • 2014 Colorectal Cancer Screening Display at the Library

    March 11-25, 2014

    During the month of March, community members were invited to come visit our display at the Pleasant Hill Library to learn more about colorectal cancer screening options. Community members were able to pick up free resources to take home or share with other important people in their life.

     

  • 2014 Hastings Community Health Fair

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    The Hastings Community Health Fair provided a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about health resources in the community.

     

     

  • WISDM at Walgreens Senior Day

    WISDM partnered with A Healthier Hastings for All (AH-HA) to screen and provide information to local community members.

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  • WISDM at the Buffalo Pink Street Party

    The Pink Street Party is a unique event hosted by Buffalo Hospital Foundation to honor those who have experienced cancer, elevate cancer awareness, and enhance Cancer Care Services in our community. Every dollar raised stays in our community. Patty Erickson, WISDM CommPinkStreetParty2013unity Outreach Coordinator and Darlene Steenholdt, WISDM nurse, were available for questions and offered educational materials about colorectal cancer screening.

     

     

  • Over 50? Time to learn your colorectal cancer screening options

     

    BUFFALO, Minn. (July30, 2013)— The US Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society recommend that starting at age 50 average-risk men and women should have regular screening for colorectal cancer.  Unfortunately, many people delay making this important decision despite the fact that screening can save lives. As many as 3 out of 10 Buffalo residents, 50-75 years of age are not screened for colorectal cancer per current guidelines.

     

    If you’re like many people, medical decisions can be confusing.  Finding the right information can be difficult. It is important for people to know their screening options, understand the advantages and disadvantages (pros and cons) of each screening test, be empowered to ask questions, and tell their healthcare provider about what might be holding them back from making this important decision.

     

    Buffalo Community Outreach Coordinator, Patty Erickson, couldn’t agree more. In fact, she joined the CRCS-WISDM project to encourage the people of Buffalo to learn more about the benefits of screening:

     

    “In recently turning 50, I am personally more aware of the importance of screening and committed to making a screening decision. In preparing for this important decision, I’ve found the www.ScreenToPrevent.com website to be very valuable to weigh my options in accordance with my personal values. I am now ready to discuss and decide with my physician the best option for me.”

     

    Screenings can find polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screenings can also prevent and identify cancer early in people without symptoms, when the chance of cure is high. Bottom line: colorectal cancer screening can save your life!

     

    For more information about colorectal cancer screening, screening options, and local resources, or to download a booklet with information to help you or important people in your life make a colorectal cancer screening decision, visit the CRCS-WISDM web site: www.ScreenToPrevent.com. The site also features tips on how to talk about this topic with your doctor and other important people in your life.

     

    Talking about colorectal cancer screening isn’t always easy. If you have additional questions, want to learn more about screening tests, or would like to talk about your screening options with a registered nurse, please dial the Colorectal Cancer Screening community call-in line at (763) 684-7129.

     

    About CRCS-WISDM

    The CRCS-WISDM Project is a joint initiative of Allina Medical Clinic – Buffalo, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Buffalo community.

     

    About Allina Medical Clinic and Allina Health 

    Allina Medical Clinic offers primary and specialty care services at 42 locations in 32 communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Part of Allina Health, Allina Medical Clinic providers believe strong connections are at the heart of quality health care and they work hard to build relationships and trust with their patients.          

     

    Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at allinahealth.org.

  • Over 50? Time to learn your colorectal cancer screening options

     

    HASTINGS, Minn. (July 30, 2013)—It is recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society recommend that started at age 50  average-risk men and women should have regular screening for colorectal cancer.  Unfortunately, many people delay making this important decision despite the fact that screening can save lives. As many as 1 out of 3 Hastings residents, 50-75 years of age are not screened for colorectal cancer per current guidelines.

     

    If you’re like many people, medical decisions can be confusing.  Finding the right information can be difficult. It is important for people to know their screening options, understand the advantages and disadvantages (pros and cons) of each screening test, be empowered to ask questions, and tell their healthcare provider about what might be holding them back from making this important decision.

     

    Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks couldn’t agree more.

     

    “When I turned 50, the first thing I did was go get screened,” Mayor Hicks said. He has teamed up with the CRCS-WISDM project to encourage the people of Hastings to learn more about the benefits of screening.

     

    Screenings can find polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screenings can also prevent and identify cancer early in people without symptoms, when the chance of cure is high. Bottom line: colorectal cancer screening can save your life!

     

    For more information about colorectal cancer screening, screening options, and local resources, or to download a booklet with information to help you or important people in your life make a colorectal cancer screening decision, visit the CRCS-WISDM web site: www.ScreenToPrevent.com/. The site also features tips on how to talk about this topic with your doctor and other important people in your life.

     

    Talking about colorectal cancer screening isn’t always easy. If you have additional questions, want to learn more about screening tests, or would like to talk about your screening options with a registered nurse, please dial the Colorectal Cancer Screening community call-in line at (651) 438-1699.

     

    About CRCS-WISDM

    The CRCS-WISDM Project is a joint initiative of Allina Medical Clinic – Hastings, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Hastings community.  

     

    About Allina Medical Clinic and Allina Health 

    Allina Medical Clinic offers primary and specialty care services at 42 locations in 32 communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Part of Allina Health, Allina Medical Clinic providers believe strong connections are at the heart of quality health care and they work hard to build relationships and trust with their patients.          

     

    Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at allinahealth.org.

  • 2013 Rivertown Days Parade

    July 21, 2013

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    WISDM walked in the Hastings Rivertown Days Parade this year to promote colorectal cancer screening options.