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Published on May 25, 2017

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Gundersen Boscobel hosts Healthcare Week community events

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics celebrated Healthcare Week May 7-13. There were countless internal events and activities, as well as three external outreach events, all of which were quite successful.

The Nurse Recognition Event, held on Monday, May 8, was attended by approximately 25 nurses. A video comprised of pictures of current and past nurses was on display. Peer recognition awards were given to current GBAHC staff as well as a nursing profession appreciation certificate for community nurses. Dinner and a small token of appreciation were provided to all attendees, as well as drawings for some door prizes. "It was fun and interesting to hear about the different professional paths of each nurse," said Theresa Braudt, GBAHC Administrator of Patient Care and event organizer. "The event was intended as a way to celebrate all nurses' dedication and commitment to the nursing profession, to gather and feel appreciated," Theresa continued. "Next year, we would like to increase attendance, so plan now to join us during Healthcare week 2018," she concluded.

On Thursday, May 11, the third annual Healthy Hustle 5K Run/Walk was held. One of the only free 5K races in the area, the Healthy Hustle was an opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy a fun, healthy activity together. It was a perfect night for the race, as evidenced by the more than 100 participants that crossed the finish line to receive gift bags, have a chance to win prizes, take selfies in the "selfie booth," share snacks and simply have a fun community night with others. The race path took run/walkers down the Sanders Creek trail and back, and the evening's weather was perfect to enjoy this scenic route. Jointly sponsored by the BAHC Foundation and Boscobel Pharmacy, event organizers hope to reach the 200 mark in 2019. "We had people of all ages—truly," said event organizer Eric Swan, Gundersen Boscobel Director of Community Relations, "It's great when an event can honestly appeal to everyone."

Concluding the week, on Saturday, May 13, Gundersen Boscobel offered its second annual Teddy Bear Clinic. Although the event didn't start until 9 a.m., there was a line out the door at 8:30 a.m., and more than half of the 150 teddy bears offered were gone within the first 15 official minutes. "What an amazing problem to have!" exclaimed Jenny Dax, Director of Human Resources and event organizer.  "The event was something we can all be proud of." Planned by GBAHC's Ubergrippen's employee team, there were several new offerings in 2017. This year's stations included:  a check-up, where bears could be weighed and have their ears and throats checked;  a casting station, where bears could receive a cast of each child's choosing—both color and location; a lab station, where several "lab tests" were performed; and a simulator station, where Southwest Tech's simulator was on hand for the kids to interact with.  Local EMS, police and fire were also onsite for the participants to tour their vehicles and equipment, and the perfect day allowed Gundersen's Medlink Helicopter to be on the launch pad for the kids to see and climb into as well. Each child in attendance was given a teddy bear, as well as a gift bag including several other items. The kids also enjoyed a snack provided by the Partners of GBAHC. Plans are already in the works for improvements for 2018 and beyond. If you were unable to attend this year, please be sure to watch for this event during Healthcare Week 2018.

As promised, Healthcare Week 2017 at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics was fun for both staff and the community. Thank you for participating.

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