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									                                     Fall / Winter 2010 Newsletter


NORTHSTAR adds advanced procedures and technologies
NORTHSTAR’s ongoing commitment to providing state-of-the-art health care to the communities it serves is no more
evident than in the recent addition of several advanced procedures and technologies. These new additions enable
NORTHSTAR’s physicians and staff to continue to provide expert care close to home.

Vacuum-Assisted Biopsy

NORTHSTAR is now able to perform Vacuum-Assisted Breast Biopsy (VAB) – a tissue sampling technique that uses
a special instrument to remove samples of breast tissue through a single, small incision. This technique allows the
surgeon to remove more tissue than is possible with a traditional core biopsy and is much less invasive than an open
surgical biopsy.

VAB leaves only a small incision and takes less than an hour to perform. Patients can usually return to normal activities
soon after the procedure. It provides the ability to retrieve larger amounts of tissue for diagnosis without the costs and
discomforts of an open surgical biopsy.

VITEK 2 Analyzer

The laboratory is the new home for a VITEK 2 analyzer, which aids NORTHSTAR’s microbiologists in identifying the
type of bacteria found in a patient sample and in determining what antibiotics will be most effective in treating the
patient’s infection. In a matter of hours, the lab can then provide physicians with critical test results for a wide
range of organism/antibiotic combinations.

The system also has specialized software called Advance Expert System, which helps flag subtle changes in
a bacteria’s antibiotic resistance patterns, helping fight against the antibiotic resistant superbugs.

Aplio MX Ultrasound System

NORTHSTAR was the first facility in the nation to implement the new Aplio MX ultrasound system, a full-service
ultrasound system that covers a wide spectrum of exams, and provides exceptionally clear, high-resolution images
that contain more clinical detail – paramount for making correct diagnoses. In addition, the Aplio MX includes a
system for vascular imaging, which will be utilized in NORTHSTAR’s new vein clinic.

Portable X-Ray Technology

NORTHSTAR Health System and Iron County Medical Care Facility (ICMCF) have partnered together in bringing
portable x-ray technology to ICMCF’s residents. The new on-site technology allows a digital imaging technologist
from NORTHSTAR to each day visit ICMCF for patient x-rays, alleviating the inconvenience of having to transport
ICMCF residents to NORTHSTAR for such needs. This new on-site imaging technology is much more efficient and
cost effective, decreasing the time of diagnosis from days to hours – within 15 minutes of taking the image, a board
certified radiologist can review and consult with the ordering physician on findings.



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  NORTHSTAR Stories                               Delivering excellence in the patient care experience
                           Hello! My name         As part of a commitment to providing the best care to the
                           is Mary Kudwa          residents of the area, NORTHSTAR Health System added
                           and I would like       a new face this summer to its growing list of specialists
                           to tell you about      and care providers.
                           my experience
                                                  Connie Koutouzos joined NORTHSTAR in July as the Health
                           with NORTHSTAR
                                                  System’s new Vice President of Patient Care Services.
                           Health System.
                           I was diagnosed        Connie has over 25 years of healthcare experience with
  with stage 1 breast cancer in 2008.             expertise in hospital operations and nursing leadership.
  I have always used NORTHSTAR for my             Most recently, she was the Chief Nurse Executive at Bay
  annual mammogram screen. A small                Area Medical Center. Prior to that position, Koutouzos
  tumor was detected and a lumpectomy             had been employed at Marquette General Health System                Connie Koutouzos
  was performed. I truly believe the imaging      since 1986, where she held positions in nursing and                 Vice President of
  technician is incredible! Early detection       management, including eight years as program director               Patient Care Services
  is so very important and because of this,       of the Women’s and Children’s Center.
  only radiation was needed for treatment.
                                                  As NORTHSTAR’s Vice President of Patient Care Services, Koutouzos will oversee the
  I will forever be grateful to NORTHSTAR         operations of patient care departments and product line services, helping to ensure
  and their Diagnostic Imaging Department         excellence in the patient care experience in key areas such as patient safety initiatives,
  not only for their expertise, education and     leadership development, compliance with legal, regulatory, and accreditation requirements
  professionalism, but mostly for their sheer     and adherence to standards of practice in the industry.
  kindness and support.




  Taking care of your heart: NORTHSTAR and you
  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, with coronary heart disease being the most common type of heart
  disease. Every year about 785,000 Americans have their first heart attack, while another 470,000 individuals who have already had one or
  more heart attacks have yet another attack.

  NORTHSTAR is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Barbara Washington, a board-certified cardiologist, to the visiting specialist provider
  staff at NORTHSTAR. Dr. Washington will see patients at NORTHSTAR Crystal Falls and perform cardiology testing at NORTHSTAR Hospital.

  “With Dr. Washington on board, our cardiac patients will have more frequent access to a cardiologist,” says Bruce Rampage, NORTHSTAR
  president and CEO. “In addition, Dr. Washington’s presence will further enhance patient services and quality as she will also be available for
  consulting purposes and to supervise all cardiology testing.”

  Dr. Washington joins Dr. Timothy Tanke, Dr. Donnevan Blake and Dr. James Rider in providing the best cardiac care to the communities that
  NORTHSTAR serves. Cardiology services at NORTHSTAR include, but are not limited to, patient visits, pharmacological stress tests, nuclear
  stress tests, exercise stress tests, holter monitors (24- and 48-hours), event monitors (30-day), EKGs and rhythm strips.

  Make an appointment with your NORTHSTAR doctor today for a referral to any of our visiting cardiologists.




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The NORTHSTAR Ortho Experience
NORTHSTAR Health System’s Orthopedic Program has seen                      Following the joint replacement surgery, you will stay overnight at
tremendous growth in the past year, not only in the services offered,      NORTHSTAR for a few days, during which time our physical therapy
but in the number of patients utilizing this NORTHSTAR area of             team will work with you to initiate movement and guide you toward
specialty. If you find yourself in need of orthopedic care, here is what   being able to move around independently. During your stay in your
you can expect at NORTHSTAR:                                               own private room (with a view!), you will have access to our Catering
                                                                           To You menu service, a DVD player with movies, an iPod and have
NORTHSTAR has two orthopedic specialists, Dr. Steven Cline and
                                                                           consistent and personal connection with the staff.
Dr. Rodney Swan. Both doctors are board-certified orthopedic
surgeons and members of the American Academy of Orthopedic                 Once your stay with us is completed, you’ll be discharged to home
Surgeons, and together, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment          or, if additional care or support services are needed, arrangements
of a full range of orthopedic conditions, from orthopedic surgery          will be made for transfer to a skilled nursing facility. Physical and
to trauma care and sports medicine. Our physicians perform                 Occupational services will be available via our outpatient department
arthroscopic surgery, ligament repair and major procedures including       or home care department. A customized program will be tailored
joint replacements.                                                        to you according to your progress and needs. One week later we’ll
                                                                           see you for an evaluation and will at that time customize a physical
Our joint replacement program includes a preoperative education
                                                                           therapy and/or occupational therapy schedule for as long as needed,
session tailored for you and a family member so you will know what
                                                                           usually about six-to-eight weeks.
to expect before, during and after surgery. A team of experts will lead
you through the experience to prepare you for surgery, exercise and        NORTHSTAR’s state-of-the-art Orthopedic and Physical Therapy
physical therapy, and returning to your normal activity levels.            services and diagnostic equipment mean that you don’t have to
                                                                           travel far to obtain the expert care and attention you need.




                                                     NORTHSTAR Events


NORTHSTAR’s community, employee recognition and fundraising                their families enjoyed a day of games, cotton candy, popcorn,
events bring the community together at various times throughout            snow cones and both lunch and dinner.
the year. Here are some highlights:
                                                                           NORTHSTAR was pleased to recognize three employees – Jeanne
Recent Past Events:                                                        Miilu, Amy Dahl and Alisa Santi – this past August who completed
The 12th Annual Health Fair was held on October 21 at Iron River           additional education and certification in an effort to better
Elks Lodge. Over 550 people attended and obtained flu shots, several       themselves and their careers, skills and abilities.
free health screenings and useful health information and giveaways.
                                                                           In August, NORTHSTAR Health System Volunteer Services/Auxiliary
The Foundation had its first ever Employee Giving Campaign,                held its annual “Going for the Green” golf fundraiser at Lac Vieux
October 4-8. It was tied in with Breast Cancer Awareness month             Desert Golf Course in Watersmeet. While the weather did not
which celebrated its 25th anniversary, so we encouraged employees          cooperate and golf was rained out, fun was still had by all with
to give $25 for a t-shirt and a ribbon. Special events occurred daily      raffles, food and music. Stay tuned to our website for next year’s
to raise monies, awareness and fun. $6,331 was raised.                     golf fundraiser date.

NORTHSTAR Foundation’s Vineyards of Italy Wine & Food                      In addition to honing one’s skills, the NORTHSTAR Foundation’s
Pairing Education was held on Sept. 24 at George Young’s.                  Golf Clinic, held June 21 at the Iron River Country Club, gave
Eighty people attended and over $4,000 was raised in this                  attendees the opportunity to learn more about the Foundation’s
inaugural signature Foundation event.                                      goals and fundraising efforts.

On September 2, NORTHSTAR showed its appreciation to its                   Upcoming Events:
dedicated staff at its Employee Picnic, where employees and                On April 1, 2011, NORTHSTAR will recognize its employees’ years
                                                                           of service and customer service efforts at the annual Employee
                                                                           Recognition Banquet, at the Florence Ball Room.


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     Attention all Medicare Patients:
     Starting January 1, Medicare patients will be
     eligible for an annual wellness exam with no
     required co-pay or deductible. Your family
     doctor will be able to give you more details.

     To schedule an appointment, contact your
     NORTHSTAR Doctor today.



                       About Us
     NORTHSTAR Health System is committed to
     servicing the communities in Michigan’s western
     Upper Peninsula as well as northern Wisconsin.
     NORTHSTAR Health System’s locations include
     the main hospital in Iron River and eight other
     locations including two medical clinics in Iron River,
     one in Crystal Falls, one in Marenisco and other
     opportunities under consideration.




 Serving the community: NORTHSTAR’s Volunteer Services/Auxiliary
  NORTHSTAR’s Volunteer Services/Auxiliary is constantly giving
  of its time, talent and other resources.

  Patient care and support is a major priority for the group. Through
  fundraising events like the annual golf outing, Volunteer Services/
  Auxiliary has made several patient comfort and care initiatives
  possible, such as the purchase of robes for patients having
  mammograms and the donation of a book cart that provides
  patients with a variety of reading materials during their stay.

  The Volunteer Services/Auxiliary has provided one-third of the
  funding needed for the new $30,000 vacuum-assisted biopsy
  equipment (see Technology story, page one). A future focus will                Providing robes for mammogram patients is just one of the
  be raising funds to assist in the purchase of digital mammography              many ways that the NORTHSTAR Volunteer Services/Auxiliary
  equipment to provide more up-to-date screenings for area women.                makes a difference. Pictured L to R: Roxanne Melchiori,
                                                                                 Auxiliary; Eric Beauchamp, Diagnostic Services Manager;
  A 2010 goal for Volunteer Service/Auxiliary was the establishment              Amanda Grunland, Mammographer; Linda Saving, Auxiliary;
  of enhanced women’s health services called TOTAL WOMAN,                        Alicia Benson, Mammographer; Chris Kent, Auxiliary.
  a newly created program that provides service lines addressing
  orthopedic, vascular/vein, cardiac, breast care and emotional             Helping to make patients comfortable and supporting the best
  health, along with educational programs, wellness/screenings              possible services to patients is the number one priority for
  and Girls Growing Up.                                                     members of the Volunteer Services/Auxiliary. To become involved,
                                                                            call 906.265.0402. Meetings are the second Thursday of
                                                                            each month.


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