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With proceeds from this year’s ARTcetera, Polinsky will move to a brand-new center  where friends, family members and loved ones, no matter their age can learn to walk, talk, swallow, move, play, deal sensory disorders and maybe even fish.

 

Category Archives: Blog

Dressing for ARTcetera

I go through the same routine every year. Order a dress, send it back. Order another one and send it back. It’s my annual ARTcetera calamity, and it’s because ARTcetera, our region’s largest fundraiser, is for me, such a big deal.   I didn’t grow up wearing dresses and attending parties. I grew up fishing […]

Speech Language Pathologist

When was the last time you lost your voice? Were you ever worried it might not come back? It happens sometimes for a variety of reasons –– trauma, stroke, tumor. People who use their voices for a living or who shout or scream frequently are at particular risk. An SLP may be able to help. […]

Have You Taken a Shower?

Have you taken a shower? Eaten breakfast? Pooped yet? For most of us these are routine everyday tasks. For many served by the Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center, every move, every step, requires gargantuan effort.   Dolly was right-handed. When she had a stroke, she lost the use of her hand and used a walker to […]

Meet Lou Ann, Chief Happiness Specialist

Meet Lou Ann, Chief Happiness Specialist. She is the newest Miller-Dwan Foundation staff member and therapy-dog-in-training, and she is bringing joy and smiles to the Essentia Health – Duluth campus.   Lou Ann came into our lives on March 2, 2019. Here’s what we know about her and where she came from: We saw her […]

Snorkel Mask on Steroids – The Micromedical VisualEyes 505

Eye movement is a key to assessing dizziness and balance. Now, with funding from the Miller-Dwan Foundation, Essentia Health physical rehabilitation departments throughout our region are using the specialized technology to look more closely at patients’ eyes.   That technology is called Micromedical VisualEyes 505 or vestibular goggles. The goggles, which look like a combination […]

Superior’s Up and Coming Mental Health Programming

If you live in Bayfield, Ashland, Douglas, Burnett, Sawyer, Washburn, Polk, Barron or Rusk County in northwestern Wisconsin AND you have a serious mental illness, you have a less than 40 percent chance of getting help. If you have a substance abuse problem, the chances are even less.   While stunning, these stats are not […]

Iron River to Iron River: Two Grants 150 Miles Apart

Iron River, Michigan is known for its vast forest land, scenic lakes and winter sports. It is not, however, known for its mammograms. Until now.   Three-dimensional mammograms have been approved for use since 2011, but in 2018, despite studies that have found that 3-D mammograms find more cancers than traditional 2-D mammograms, the clinic […]

Four Ways to Feel Better About Yourself (without exercise)

This is officially the winter that will never end. Shoveling and more shoveling, a sideways slide down the hilly avenue, and yet again, another day of boots, hats, mittens and scarves. It can get a little old. But the Miller-Dwan Foundation staff have a few strategies that might help.   Try something new. I attended […]