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CMS Five Star Rating
Posted 8/27/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
June 18, 2015 -  Norwood Health Center has been recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) by receiving the highest possible overall rating of 5 stars. Crossroads has earned an overall 5 star rating, while Pathways TBI has earned an overall 4 star rating. Congratulations to the staff on Crossroads & Pathways for their dedication to patient care, quality & excellence! 

Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality and nursing homes with 1 star are considered to have quality much below average. There is one Overall 5-star rating for each nursing home, and a separate rating for each of the following three sources of information:

Health Inspections – The health inspection rating contains information from the last 3 years of onsite inspections, including both standard surveys and any complaint surveys. The most recent survey findings are weighted more than the prior two years.

Staffing –This rating considers differences in the levels of residents' care need in each nursing home. For example, a nursing home with residents who had more severe needs would be expected to have more nursing staff than a nursing home where the resident needs were not as high.

Quality Measures (QMs) – The quality measure rating has information on 11 different physical and clinical measures for nursing home residents. The QMs offer information about how well nursing homes are caring for their residents’ physical and clinical needs. 

Foster Care Program
Posted 8/17/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us

The Wood County Foster Care program is looking for individuals or families who are willing to be a Receiving Home for children who are placed in Foster Care.

A receiving home is a general licensed foster home that signs a contract agreeing to be available 24/7 on an on-call basis to receive emergency placements of children and youth.

Placements are generally short term (1-30 days).

Monthly stipend and additional monthly reimbursement is provided for actual placements.

If you have an interest in learning more, please contact Julia Dauenhauer at 715-421-8629 or Grace Bauer at 715-389-0238. 

Or click on the link to direct you to the Wood County Human Services Foster Care web page.


Outpatient Mental Health Clinic Expands Psychiatry Services Using Tele-health
Posted 8/3/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
In July, the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic began offering psychiatry services out of the Chestnut Street Branch Office Clinic in Marshfield. Dr. Sheila Rao has joined the clinic as a contracted provider offering psychiatry services to adults. Dr. Rao completed her Psychiatric Residency program in 2003 at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She currently practices in Illinois.

When using Tele-health, the doctor can be located anywhere in the country. This is what allows Dr. Rao to work in Wood County. A nurse facilitates the appointment and remains with the person throughout the time they are talking with the doctor using video equipment. This service can be accessed by individuals who are currently enrolled in the Mental Health Outpatient Clinic.
Healthy People Wood County Mental Health Conference
Posted 7/30/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Below you will find a link to the SAVE THE DATE flyer for the Healthy People Wood County Mental Health Conference being held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at the University of Wisconsin Marshfield/Wood County Campus in Marshfield.

A variety of sessions are being offered to appeal to worksites, youth and those serving youth, direct service providers and anyone interested in reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

The Healthy People Wood County Mental Health Coalition is excited to provide this educational opportunity to not only people in Wood County, but also people state-wide.

Registration will open in August.

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Did You Know?

National Foster Care Month: to read more about the need for Foster Care Parents/Families in Wood County, please click on this link to read an article that was recently featured in the Hub City Times.

Hub City Times Foster Care Article