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Edgerton Hospital wins award for being green

Edgerton Hospital wins award for being green

An area hospital received an award last month in recognition of its building's environmental conservation efforts, hospital officials said. 

On Nov.13, Edgerton Hospital officials accepted a "Special Citation" award from the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance in recognition of the hospital's outstanding design, sustainability and leadership in the area of green building.

The hospital said it's one of the first hospitals in Wisconsin to utilize a ground-loop geothermal HVAC system to reduce energy consumption by up to 40 percent compared to other hospitals of similar size. 

The hospital, which opened in October 2011, features a maintenance-friendly, state-of-the-art geothermal HVAC system; low volatile organic compounds, also called VOCs; materials for clean air; natural daylight seating and views; and operable windows in patient rooms.

Hospital to host free COPD discussion

November is national COPD awareness month and Edgerton Hospital is planning to offer the community a free session with a pulmonologist.

The discussion will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the hospital. Dr. Raed Hamed will discuss how patients living with COPD can have full, rewarding lives. 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is one of the most common lung diseases affecting nearly 13 million adults in the United States, according to the hospital. It is the third leading cause of death in America.

Hospital to kick off 'Bras for Hope' fundraiser

Hospital to kick off 'Bras for Hope' fundraiser

To celebrate October as breast cancer awareness month, Edgerton Hospital has launched its "Bras for Hope" fundraising event.

Local individuals and companies are invited to create bra art in various themes that will be displayed throughout Edgerton Hospital for the month of October. The more creatively designed, the better. The goal is to raise awareness for breast cancer and to support local residents and their families facing the struggles of cancer by donating all proceeds to the Rock County Cancer Coalition. 

The cost to submit a bra is $10, and the bra that raises the most money ($1 is one vote) will be deemed the winner during a ladies night out event at the hospital on Nov. 6.

To participate, people should:

'Fit Families Rock' program planned to fight fat

'Fit Families Rock' program planned to fight fat

A new health program in Rock County is aimed at combating area childhood obesity. 

An 11-week program called Fit Families Rock will utilize weight loss research to help participants establish healthy behaviors and prevent health problems linked to obesity. 

To be eligible, families must have at least one child between the ages of 8 to 12 who is at or above the 85th percentile of their age-appropriate body mass index, or BMI. In addition, the family must commit to having at least one parent attend all sessions although the entire family is welcome to participate.

The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:35-5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Janesville Family YMCA from Sept. 16 to Nov. 25. 

The cost to families is $25, which includes individualized follow-up and a three-month family membership to the Janesville Family YMCA. Class size is limited to allow individual attention for each family. To set up an interview, call 262-472-1836.

Health ed session focuses on heavy periods

Women are invited to a free presentation by an obstetrician and gynecologist on a procedure that health professionals said can help decrease or end a condition that affects about a quarter of women, according to Edgerton Hospital.

The health education event on endometrial ablation by Dr. Dale Rozeboom will take place at Edgerton Hospital on July 17 at 6 p.m.

About 20 to 25 percent of women suffer from heavy periods that interfere with work, social and everyday life, the hospital said. 

Man hit by lightning hospitalized

Man hit by lightning hospitalized

A Janesville man struck by lightning Monday afternoon is in critical condition at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center.

Witnesses told Janesville police they saw Gaylin Edwards, 63, get out of his vehicle on Highway 14 near Interstate 39/90 at about 5:15 p.m. when he collapsed. Police said he fell unconscious with a head injury.

Operators of a private ambulance and an off-duty nurse were driving just a couple of cars behind Edwards when they saw him laying unconscious in the middle of the highway, and they started CPR.

Mercy Hospital's EMS Director Jay MacNeal said early response time can make all the difference.

"The early CPR is what really gives people the maximum chance of survival, and again, I think that the Paritech Ambulance crews, the Janesville fire and our ER staff here, everyone did an excellent job," MacNeal said. "The physicians are providing great care and doing the best to protect him neurologically, and we are hopeful that he will recover."

Officials cut ribbon to open hospital's Healing Garden

Officials cut ribbon to open hospital's Healing Garden

Edgerton Hospital dedicated its Healing Garden with a ceremony and community celebration last week.

Guests enjoyed music by Edgerton students, yoga demonstrations and tours of the garden on June 4. After a brief presentation by key hospital staff, the ribbon was cut and a blessing was given by Father Dave Timmerman and Pastor Jim Johnson.

Edgerton Hospital Foundation Director Bonnie Robinson said a healing environment can contribute to the well-being of patients with medical issues, as well as help healthy people in the community maintain their good health.