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The American Center was recently named a Blue Center for Distinction for bariatric surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield. This designation is given to clinics that demonstrate quality care, treatment expertise, and better overall results for patients. Congratulations to all who helped the American Center earn this recognition, and special kudos to Connie Gilkey, RN, who put together the application for the program.


Please join me in welcoming Sierra Raglin to the Department of Surgery to run our Histology Core, starting September 11th. Sierra joins us from the Marshfield Clinic where she recently completed her BS in Clinical Laboratory Science with a concentration in histology and has board certification from the American Society of Clinical Pathology as a Histotechnologist (HTL). Sierra will be located in H4/337 and her phone number is 262-8395. The requests for histology services form is available on the services/histology page of the intranet.

We are excited to announce a new resource for investigators in our department, the Grants Administration Primer. This guide is intended to help investigators and research staff understand the terminology, policies, and procedures of sponsored project administration. This primer will be updated and available on the intranet.

Notable Publications

Lee Wilke, MD, FACS, was a co-author on “A Phase II trial of neoadjuvant MK2206, an AKT inhibitor, with anastrozole in clinical stage 2 or 3 PIK3CA mutant ERÂ positive and HER2 negative breast cancer,” published September 5th in Clinical Cancer Research.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Amy Stacey, NP-BC (General)
“I know without a doubt that everyone at this facility helped save my life! I really enjoyed Amy Stacey, she explained everything so I could understand it. Everyone was wonderful, they are truly professionals! Thanks for your great care!”

Charles Acher, MD
“I think Dr. Acher is a wonderful and caring doctor, who is the best in his field.”

Ashley Anderson, MD, MS (Otolaryngology)
“He actually cared about me and my problems. He explained many things and ideas for improving my situation. He called me at home with even more ideas.” Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System