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'We are all in this together!': Healthy in Hudson – Leadership Hudson

Presenter Dan Goodier, Administrator of Christian Community Homes & Services (Library) speaks to Leadership in Hudson students during the 2017 Education Day. Submitted photo1 / 2
Mary Steele, the Manager of the Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties, addressed community challenges and enlightened student leaders of the generosity of area healthcare professionals who volunteer and partner to address the needs of those in the community who are unable to receive healthcare through mainstream methods. Submitted photo2 / 2

Submitted by Leadership Hudson

"We are all in this together!"—the late Kitty Rhoades, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Residents enjoy a variety of healthcare services in St. Croix County and Leadership Hudson students were given an education about the many aspects of providing effective healthcare to the community.

Leadership Hudson students recently started the day at the Hudson Campus of Christian Community Homes & Services with a breakfast discussion highlighting senior living with Administrator Dan Goodier. He led students on a tour of CCH covering life's later stages with everything from senior apartments, assisted living and memory care wings, as well as transitional/short-term rehab care.

The aging population is in for a longer productive lifestyle and can expect senior-centric fitness centers such as the Red Oak Center for improving the quality of life by encouraging preventative exercise and clinical therapies. You don't have to be a resident to enjoy the benefits of the Red Oak Fitness Center as it offers a community membership.

Mary Steele, the Manager of the Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties, addressed community challenges and enlightened student leaders of the generosity of area healthcare professionals who volunteer and partner to address the needs of those in the community who are unable to receive healthcare through mainstream methods.

Leadership Hudson students traveled to Hudson Hospital & Clinic for lunch and a presentation by President Tom Borowski. He shared a few facts about the 65-year-old hospital that has enjoyed a "new" campus (already 15 years old)! Now part of the HealthPartners family, Hudson Hospital and Clinic offers an Emergency Center open 24/7 and the area's premier Birth Center.

Taking a jump into the healthcare of the 21st century, Dr. Paul McGinnis of Hudson Physicians shared a local view of what to expect in healthcare advancements. His forward thinking presentation was followed by a tour of the innovative hallways of the Hudson campus. Students learned more about the campus as they walked the hallway "gallery" featuring inspiring artwork by rotating artists. This "Healing Arts" initiative creates a healing environment for mind, body and spirit to be enjoyed by both guests and employees!

A lively panel discussion with representatives of various community health organizations followed. Deb Lindemann, Public Health Coordinator for St. Croix County Public Health; Heather Logelin, Foundation and Community Engagement Director for River Falls Area Hospital; Derek Gilde, President of NAMI St. Croix Valley and Peter Vandusartz, Director of Programs for Change at Hudson Hospital & Clinic shared their observations and concerns about challenges that the St. Croix County public currently face and what their organizations are doing to address these community health needs.

Additional area health and wellness organizations were also explored. Offering so much more than the expected fitness center, Executive Director of the Hudson YMCA Chris Kost noted diabetes prevention and mental health programs that the YMCA supports. Dr. Jamie Cortese of HealthMax Chiropractic and Dr. Barb Wasson of Riverpoint Family Acupuncture, LLC also introduced services that address health care challenges (beyond the obvious of their specialties) including arthritis, migraine, stroke rehab, weight loss, anxiety.

Here in Hudson, healthcare offerings are extensive and varied! "So much more than you ever would have thought" a Leadership Hudson student commented, "We are lucky to have this level of care and so many options right here in St. Croix Valley!"

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