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St. John’s Ministries helps the homeless
GREEN BAY – St. John’s Ministries hosted its annual fundraising event, the Restoring Hope Gala, on November 5 to offset the cost of operating two seasonal homeless shelters of last resort and two day resource centers at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center.

The mission of St. John’s Ministries is to “honor dignity, restore hope, and create lasting change for those affected by homelessness or housing instability in the Green Bay community.”

The nonprofit opened the city of Green Bay’s only 55-bed women’s shelter on Nov. 1 to serve women affected by homelessness.

Bellin Hospital receives five star rating
GREEN BAY – Bellin Hospital was recently awarded a five-star rating by Healthgrades for treating hip fractures.

The Bellin Health building on Webster Ave. in Green Bay. Josh Staloch’s photo

“We commend Bellin Hospital for their continued commitment to providing quality care to patients being treated for hip fractures,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades.

“Consumers can rest assured that with Healthgrades five-star ratings, hospitals have demonstrated their ability to consistently deliver exceptional outcomes.”

The rating reflects Bellin’s commitment to achieving favorable outcomes for hip fracture patients and ranks the hospital as one of the nation’s top specialty care hospitals.

“This recognition from Healthgrades is a testament to our teams and their commitment to providing our patients with the highest quality orthopedic care,” said Chris Woleske, President and CEO of Bellin Health.
“I commend our teams for their commitment to excellence and their effectiveness in achieving such high standards.”

UW System launches survey and scales up efforts
BROWN COUNTY – The University of Wisconsin (UW) System will conduct a survey to measure student attitudes toward free speech, diversity of opinion, and self-censorship on campus.

The survey will be distributed to a random sample of 2,500 to 7,500 students from each of the UW campuses, depending on the student population and response rate.

The results of the survey are expected to be available in early 2023.

The UW system will also expand its efforts to promote citizenship and civil dialogue both on and off its campus by: establishing the Wisconsin Institute for Citizenship and Civil Dialogue; organizing peer-to-peer talks on challenging topics; sponsorship and promotion of the Wisconsin Civics Games and accompanying editorial writing and cartoon contest; and creating a new civil dialogue website for universities of the UW system.

“The First Amendment is a fundamental principle of American democracy, and this survey will help us understand what students know and think about the rights and responsibilities of free speech,” said Jay RothmanRothman, President of the UW System.

“At the same time, we are committed to respectful dialogue – in class, in the dorm and on the campus square.

What better place than a university to encourage the intense and considerate exchange of ideas and opinions?”

Drop-off points for Operation Christmas Child
GREEN BAY – Operation Christmas Child, an organization that collects and distributes gifts for children around the world, is accepting donations during National Collection Week November 14-21.

To participate, pack a shoebox with toys, toiletries and school supplies and drop it off at one of 4,500 drop-off locations worldwide.

An online search tool is available at to find your nearest drop-off point.
Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 198 million shoebox gifts since 1993 and is on track to collect its 200 millionth shoebox this season.

Bellin enters into joint venture with Concentra
ASHWAUBENON – Concentra recently announced that it has formed a joint venture with Bellin Health to open a new medical center at 2920 Ramada Way in Ashwaubenon.

The center is operated by Concentra, a nation’s leading occupational health company, and is jointly owned by Concentra and Bellin Health.

Bellin Health’s occupational health clinic at 1630 Commanche Avenue in Green Bay has been closed to merge with the new facility, but occupational health operations at Sturgeon Bay, Marinette and Iron Mountain will continue as usual.

At their new location, Concentra and Bellin Health will provide workplace injury care, physical therapy, drug testing, DOT physical exams, pre-employment screening, COVID-19 return-to-work services and other employer-related healthcare services.

“Partnering with the national leader in occupational health will allow us to offer additional resources and new services to clients and patients at our former Bellin Occupational Health Clinic on Commanche Avenue,” said Chris Woleske, President and CEO of Bellin Health.

“Ensuring continued access to quality health services in the workplace is an essential part of the health services we provide to our community.”

American Iron & Alloys joins Lawton Standard
DE PERE – Lawton Standard Co. has added American Iron & Alloys, LLC (AIA) to the Lawton Standard family.

Based in Waukesha, AIA processes and distributes continuous cast iron, bronze ingot, tubing and other metal components and provides metal finishing and other services to the North American market.

“We have been looking for ways — both through acquisitions and organically — to increase our manufacturing efforts and continue to serve the market,” said Alex Lawton, CEO of Lawton Standard.

“From the moment I met AIA Founder and President, Rick Janes, and his team, I felt like we were a great fit.
Working with AIA and Versa-Bar is a stepping stone to our development services, including a distribution arm.
We will support the growth of AIA as it works to support our foundries and their customers.

When we look back in a few years, both parties and everyone involved will be amazed at what has been achieved.”

Prevea Health welcomes new GPs
BROWN COUNTY – Prevea Health has added several new doctors to its primary care team.

dr Pamela Falcon will treat patients at Prevea Washington Street Health Center.

dr Kirsta Hoffman will practice at Prevea East Mason Health Center.

dr Crystal Lalonde is now treating patients at the Prevea Shawano Avenue Health Center.

dr Eric Rojo has joined the Prevea East De Pere Health Center.

These new additions to Prevea’s primary care team will provide a variety of primary care services for people of all ages and life stages.

Recipient of the WSBC Sustainable Business Award
GREEN BAY – The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council (WSBC) announced the winners of the 2022 Sustainable Business Awards at its awards reception on November 15.

Award winners are selected for their leadership in their industry and community, as well as for their initiative, innovation and impact in their businesses and the communities they serve.

“Enterprises play a critical role in delivering solutions to customers and markets,” said Jessy Servi Ortiz, Managing Director of WSBC.

“These awards recognize Wisconsin companies for creating value through sustainable inclusion and driving sustainable adoption and innovation in the marketplace.”

Green Bay Packaging was awarded Sustainable Product of the Year for its ContainerBoard paper.

Other award winners included Empire Screen Printing, Innovative Service of the Year; Mercury Marine’s Chris Drees, Executive Sustainable Leadership; and Mercury Marine’s Scott Louks, sustained champion.

New doctor partners at BayCare Clinic
GREEN BAY – Three Doctors – Dr. Daniel Budreau, Dr. Katrina Destree and Dr. Dan Miller – have earned BayCare Clinic partnership status, giving them co-ownership of Aurora BayCare Medical Center and a greater voice in decisions about resource allocation and the experience of deserving patients.

Budreau is a general surgeon in Green Bay with Aurora BayCare General and Vascular Surgery.
Destree and Miller are Emergency Medical Practitioners in Green Bay, Oshkosh, Two Rivers and Kaukauna with the BayCare Clinic emergency physicians.


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