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PODCAST: Peripheral Vascular Disease

PODCAST: Peripheral Vascular Disease

Listen as Raj Kakarla, MD, radiology, discusses peripheral vascular disease (PVD). To learn more, call (888) 39-MERCY. Click here for a complete list of our What’s Up, Doc episodes...
PODCAST: Mercyhealth's Autism Program

PODCAST: Mercyhealth's Autism Program

Listen as Angela Levin, MS, SLP, speech pathologist, discusses Mercyhealth’s autism services. To learn more, call (888) 39-MERCY. Click here for a complete list of our What’s Up, Doc episodes...
PODCAST: Trauma-related surgery

PODCAST: Trauma-related surgery

Listen to William Cowden, MD, surgeon, as he discusses trauma-related surgery.

PODCAST: Choosing an OB/GYN who is right for you

PODCAST: Choosing an OB/GYN who is right for you

Listen as Carley Zeal, MD, obstetrics and gynecology, discusses choosing an OB/GYN who is right for you.

PODCAST: Pulmonology

PODCAST: Pulmonology

Listen to Abdullah Altayeh, MD, pulmonology, as he discusses asthma.

PODCAST: Organ and tissue donation

PODCAST: Organ and tissue donation

Listen as Ruth Ramirez, RN, discusses organ and tissue donation.

PODCAST: Hospice

PODCAST: Hospice

Listen as Sara Parille, Hospice Supervisor, and Amy Bucholtz, Hospice Nurse Case Manager, discusses the Hospice program at Mercyhealth.

PODCAST: Colon Cancer

PODCAST: Colon Cancer

Listen as Dr. Thayer Hamoudah, gastroenterologist, discusses symptoms and prevention of colon cancer.

PODCAST: Heart Health

PODCAST: Heart Health

Listen as Dr. Rashad Belin, interventional cardiology, discusses symptoms and prevention and of cardiovascular disease.

PODCAST: Heart Health with James Hall

PODCAST: Heart Health with James Hall

Listen as Dr. James Hall discusses cardiothoracic surgery which includes surgical procedures of the heart, lungs, esophagus and other organs in the chest.

PODCAST: All things COVID

PODCAST: All things COVID

Dr. Moamen Al Zoubi, Infectious Diseases, discusses COVID-19, testing, variants, transmisability and vaccines.

PODCAST: What to expect when giving birth at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center–Janesville

PODCAST: What to expect when giving birth at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center–Janesville

Listen as Kelly Nesgood, RN and Childbirth Educator, discusses what to expect when giving birth at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center–Janesville.

PODCAST: Emergency MD-1 Program

PODCAST: Emergency MD-1 Program

Listen as Dr. Smetana, Emergency Medicine, discusses Mercyhealth’s unique and life saving emergency MD-1 program.

PODCAST: The importance of preventative care and treating the whole patient

PODCAST: The importance of preventative care and treating the whole patient

Listen as Dr. Saman Razzak, Mercyhealth Cherry Valley Family Medicine discusses preventative care such as annual check ups and talking to your doctor about your family's health history to see if you are predisposed to any major risks.

PODCAST: Radiation therapy for lung cancer

PODCAST: Radiation therapy for lung cancer

Listen as Dr. Gregory Richards, Radiation Oncologist at Mercyhealth Cancer–Rockford, discusses treatments for lung cancer including radiation therapy.

PODCAST: Mercyhealth Weight Management Program

PODCAST: Mercyhealth Weight Management Program

Listen as Dr. Veronica Rejon, discusses the Mercyhealth Weight Management Program.

PODCAST: The culture at MercyHealth

PODCAST: The culture at MercyHealth

Alen Brcic, VP of People and Culture at Mercyhealth, discusses labor shortages in health care and how Mercyhealth is working hard to fill vacancies and support our current employees so we can continue to provide exceptional care to our patients.

PODCAST: Seasonal Affective Disorder

PODCAST: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Dan DeSloover, MS, LPC, Employee Assistance Coordinator, discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms and tips to help.

PODCAST: Mercyhealth at Home Veteran Program

PODCAST: Mercyhealth at Home Veteran Program

Listen as Traci Melms talks about Mercyhealth at Home's Veteran Program in honor of Veterans Day.

PODCAST: Enrolling in an insurance plan for you and your family

PODCAST: Enrolling in an insurance plan for you and your family

Listen as Andy Jones with Mercy Care Health Plans talks about Open Enrollment and how to get an insurance plan for you and your family.

PODCAST: The Importance of Screening for Breast Cancer

PODCAST: The Importance of Screening for Breast Cancer

Listen as Dr. Patrick Para, Radiology at Mercyhealth's Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford discusses the importance of breast cancer screenings.

PODCAST: Pediatric pulmonology and RSV

PODCAST: Pediatric pulmonology and RSV

Listen as Dr. David Shoberg, Pediatric Pulmonologist at Mercyhealth discusses kids' coughs and RSV.

PODCAST: The difference between hospice and palliative care

PODCAST: The difference between hospice and palliative care

Listen as Angela Hadie, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN with Mercyhealth talks through the difference between hospice and palliative care.

PODCAST: Snoring and daytime sleepiness

PODCAST: Snoring and daytime sleepiness

Listen as Dr. Mohsin Khan, Neurologist at Mercyhealth discusses snoring and daytime sleepiness.

PODCAST: An overview of family medicine

PODCAST: An overview of family medicine

Listen as Dr. Panav Jha, Family Medicine Resident from Mercyhealth’s Family Medicine Residency Program in Rockford provides an overview of family medicine and what that entails.

PODCAST: Mercyhealth REACT

PODCAST: Mercyhealth REACT

Listen as Dr. John Pakiela, Emergency Medicine and MD-1 physician at Mercyhealth, discusses how Mercyhealth REACT serves the community.

PODCAST: Mercyhealth Hospice

PODCAST: Mercyhealth Hospice

Listen as Alison Lawhorn, LSW discusses how Mercyhealth Hospice cares for those who need their care.

PODCAST: Minimally invasive treatment of blood clots

PODCAST: Minimally invasive treatment of blood clots

Listen as Dr. Raj Kakarla, Interventional Radiologist at Mercyhealth, discusses how he treats blood clots with minimally invasive procedures, and how this affects outcomes for his patients.

PODCAST: ACL injuries in today's sports

PODCAST: ACL injuries in today's sports

Listen as Tim Bailey, Sports Performance Manager and Coach at Mercyhealth Top Performers, discusses ACL injuries for today's athletes.

PODCAST: Returning to work after COVID-19

PODCAST: Returning to work after COVID-19

Listen as Dr. Keith Shankar, Family Medicine Resident at Mercyhealth, addresses concerns about returning to work after having COVID-19.

PODCAST: Benefits of pediatric therapy

PODCAST: Benefits of pediatric therapy

Listen in as Renee Voltz, PT, DPT, discusses the benefits of pediatric therapy.

PODCAST: What to expect when giving birth at Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside

PODCAST: What to expect when giving birth at Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside

Ashley Vaughn, RNC-OB at Mercyhealth's Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside, shares what moms can expect when giving birth.

PODCAST: Overcoming anxiety and worry

PODCAST: Overcoming anxiety and worry

Dan DeSloover, MS, LPC speaks about mental health specifically in the workplace and offers self-help tips to ease anxiety and advice on steps to get help when needed.

PODCAST: Interventional radiology and minimally invasive options

PODCAST: Interventional radiology and minimally invasive options

Listen in as Dr. Matthew Groenwald, interventional radiologist, discusses how he decided to become an interventional radiologist and the benefits of interventional radiology for minimally invasive procedures.

PODCAST: Back-to-School Physicals and Immunizations

PODCAST: Back-to-School Physicals and Immunizations

Dr. John Perryman, a pediatrician at Mercyhealth Roscoe, shares when you should schedule your child for their back-to-school and sports physicals and why these exams are so important.

PODCAST: Stroke Awareness Month

PODCAST: Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Join our Director of Stroke and Neurointerventional Services, Dr. Vibhav Bansal, as he discusses stroke signs and symptoms, prevention and treatment.

PODCAST: All About Fibroid Embolization

PODCAST: All About Fibroid Embolization

Dr. Andrew D. Tannenbaum, a diagnostic and interventional radiologist, discusses how he uses imaging to perform a minimally evasive procedure called fibroid embolization to target and treat bothersome fibroids in a woman's uterus.

PODCAST: Overview of orthopedic hand surgery

PODCAST: Overview of orthopedic hand surgery

Your hands should be a priority when aches and pains occur. Dr. Sarah Lamont, an orthopedic hand surgeon at Mercyhealth, discusses what hand issues she treats, treatment options and the benefits of seeing a hand specialist.

PODCAST: TAVR Heart procedure

PODCAST: TAVR Heart procedure

Mercyhealth cardiologists are performing a high-tech, less-invasive heart procedure that is changing the game for patients who have narrowing of the aortic valve in their heart. The procedure is called TAVR. Dr. Gene Gulliver, who performed one of the first procedures at Mercyhealth, explains more....
PODCAST: When to see a urogynecologist

PODCAST: When to see a urogynecologist

Many women suffer from pelvic floor disorders and incontinence. These conditions, however, are treatable and can change a woman's quality of life. Dr. Sonya Ephraim, a urogynecoloist at Mercyhealth, explains some of the common conditions she treats and shares what to expect during your first visit. ...
PODCAST: Skin health during winter months

PODCAST: Skin health during winter months

The cold winter air can affect your skin in different ways. Learn more about skin health during the winter months from Dr. Aashish Taneja.

PODCAST: The importance of primary care

PODCAST: The importance of primary care

Your primary care physician is your partner in wellness and plays a crucial role in your care. Learn more about the importance of seeing your primary care physician regularly from Dr. Raju Shanmugam.

PODCAST: Benefits of seeing a resident physician

PODCAST: Benefits of seeing a resident physician

Mercyhealth is committed to bringing high-quality, expert care to the region. Learn everything you need to know about our new Family Medicine Residency Program at Mercyhealth Alpine from Dr. Seif Eid.

PODCAST: Diabetes and foot health

PODCAST: Diabetes and foot health

For people with diabetes, the smallest blister, bug bite or foot sore could lead to a difficult-to-heal foot infection or even foot ulcers.

PODCAST: How pandemic precautions have lessened the flu

It's flu season but if you think the pandemic is helping keep other viruses at bay, you could be right.

PODCAST: Sports training amid a pandemic

PODCAST: Sports training amid a pandemic

Many parents and young athletes worry that when the pandemic ends and high school athletics and youth-club sports come back, young athletes will have a hard time returning to their winning form. But the pandemic doesn't have to put our athletes at a disadvantage. Fro episode 75, we're joined with T...
PODCAST: How exercise can be the best medicine

PODCAST: How exercise can be the best medicine

Studies show that just 150 minutes per week of physical activity for adults can prevent and treat chronic diseases like cancer, type II diabetes and heart disease. Exercise IS medicine. In episode 74, Dr. Brian Michalsen, family and sports medicine physician at Mercyhealth Cherry Valley in Rockford...
PODCAST: Stress and anxiety among children

PODCAST: Stress and anxiety among children

Many parents are balancing work and remote learning with their children from home.

PODCAST: Managing diabetes amid a pandemic

PODCAST: Managing diabetes amid a pandemic

Keeping safe from COVID-19 is a challenge, but the stakes are even higher for diabetics.

PODCAST: COVID-19 vaccine FAQ

PODCAST: COVID-19 vaccine FAQ

The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived to Rockford and health care workers across the region are being vaccinated to help slow the spread.

PODCAST: COVID 19 breath test study

PODCAST: COVID 19 breath test study

Mercyhealth and RJ Lee Group Inc, based in Monroeville, PA, recently concluded COVID-19-related research at Mercyhealth North in Janesville. This research is the first step in developing a real time, non-invasive breath test for COVID-19 that provides results within seconds instead of days or weeks.

PODCAST: Radiation treatment ins and outs

PODCAST: Radiation treatment ins and outs

Radiation therapy or treatment is a cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.

PODCAST: Holiday blues and working through grief

PODCAST: Holiday blues and working through grief

The holidays can be very difficult for many who are suffering from the loss of a loved one.

PODCAST: Coping with grief and loss during the holidays

PODCAST: Coping with grief and loss during the holidays

The pandemic enhances these feelings as we social distance and limit or completely cancel holiday traditions and gatherings. Here to help us through this time and explain more is Joe Marek, bereavement coordinator at Mercyhealth Hospice in Rockford.

PODCAST: Healthy eating and social distancing during the holidays

PODCAST: Healthy eating and social distancing during the holidays

As COVID-19 cases rise in Wisconsin, our holiday traditions may look different.

PODCAST: Finding the right health plan for you

PODCAST: Finding the right health plan for you

Finding the right health plan for you and your family can be difficult to navigate.

PODCAST: New individual and family plans offered in Illinois

PODCAST: New individual and family plans offered in Illinois

Open enrollment for health care under the Affordable Care Act started November 1 and ends December 15. And finding the right health insurance plan for you and your family can be difficult to navigate. With multiple rates, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses, how do you know which plan is right fo...
PODCAST: Hernia repair in children

PODCAST: Hernia repair in children

Pediatric surgery is a medical specialty that requires expert, delicate care. Today, we talk with Dr. Ai-Xuan Holterman, pediatric surgeon at Mercyhealth. {Originally aired on WROK Radio Rockford October 29, 2020.}...
PODCAST: Breast health awareness

PODCAST: Breast health awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our friends at Mercyhealth want all of us to know that early detection is our best defense. In this episode, we sit down with Laura Hunter, nurse practitioner at Mercyhealth.

PODCAST: Heart disease prevention

PODCAST: Heart disease prevention

Heart disease continues to be a number one killer of both men and women in America.

PODCAST: Coping with COVID fatigue

PODCAST: Coping with COVID fatigue

Stress and exhaustion from worrying about the coronavirus is causing COVID Fatigue. This overall sense of exhaustion is leading to an increase in people requiring treatment from behavioral health providers. But there are tools, strategies and healthy coping mechanisms you can do at home to help you manage.

PODCAST: Establishing a family doctor

PODCAST: Establishing a family doctor

Establishing a relationship with a family physician is important to all around good health. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also provide routine checkups, vaccines, screening tests, and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

PODCAST: Coping with stress, anxiety

PODCAST: Coping with stress, anxiety

As we move through uncertain times during this pandemic, it can cause more stress, anxiety and even depression. Here to help us understand these feelings and ways to cope with stress is Dan DeSloover, behavioral health counselor at Mercyhealth.

PODCAST: Pain management options

PODCAST: Pain management options

Pain can be a debilitating condition, but there are ways to keep it under control

Pregnancy in a Pandemic

Pregnancy in a Pandemic

Pregnancy during a pandemic can be a scary time for many parents but it doesn't need to be.

PODCAST: Telemedicine technology

PODCAST: Telemedicine technology

Health care visits and appointments are looking a bit different these days.

PODCAST: Heart distress signs

PODCAST: Heart distress signs

Potential heart disease symptoms can be subtle, like extra fatigue, feeling out of breath or unexplained pains. Here to explain these symptoms and why ignoring heart distress symptoms could be dangerous and why a visit is always the safer option is Dr. Jeffrey Smith, cardiologist at Mercyhealth. {Or...
PODCAST: New TAVR heart procedure

PODCAST: New TAVR heart procedure

Mercyhealth cardiologists recently began performing a high-tech, less-invasive heart procedure that is changing the game for patients who have narrowing of the aortic valve in their heart.

PODCAST: New safety precautions

PODCAST: New safety precautions

Many people have questions about coming to a hospital or clinic at this time.

Don't delay emergency care

Don't delay emergency care

Hospitals across the country, including Mercyhealth, are reporting fewer visits for heart attacks, acute strokes and other medical emergencies. Although the phenomenon is not clearly understood and studies are underway, Mercyhealth medical experts believe patients are either choosing not to seek—or delaying—emergency care.

PODCAST: Facts about Coronavirus

PODCAST: Facts about Coronavirus

Learn more about the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, and how Mercyhealth continues to be prepared for COVID-19 cases. Here to help explain is Dr. Mark Goelzer, pediatrician and vice president at Mercyhealth.

PODCAST: Yearly lung cancer screenings

PODCAST: Yearly lung cancer screenings

From vaping and smoking to COVID-19, there are many things to be aware of when it comes to lung health. Here to discuss negative impacts of disease in the lungs and touch on how and why COVID-19 affects the lungs is Dr. Jay Tuck, pulmonologist at Mercyhealth Lung Center in Janesville. {Originally ai...
PODCAST: Operating room enhancements

PODCAST: Operating room enhancements

If you've been on the Mercyhealth Campus lately, you've noticed some big changes. Construction on its $15.3 million renovation project at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center-Janesville is complete and patients are already being seen in the new areas. In this episode, we sit down with Mary Remley and Andrew Kaiser, management staff of the operating room to shed light on the renovations and what it means to patients.

PODCAST: Hand health

PODCAST: Hand health

Most people with hand conditions prefer nonsurgical treatment to the prospect of hand surgery.

PODCAST: Beat the holiday blues

PODCAST: Beat the holiday blues

The holidays can be really hard. Many people can experience feelings of anxiety or depression during the holiday season.

PODCAST: All about hospice

PODCAST: All about hospice

For generations, Mercyhealth Hospice has offered its patients physical, emotional, and spiritual care during the most trying of times. In this episode, we interview Sara Parille, hospice nurse and case manager.

PODCAST: Health care experience

PODCAST: Health care experience

In the old model, you went to a doctor. He (and it was almost always a he) would ask you questions, do an exam, and tell you what to do to get better or stay well.

PODCAST: Shoulder injury, prevention

PODCAST: Shoulder injury, prevention

Our shoulders are an extremely complex joint.

PODCAST: Sports concussions

PODCAST: Sports concussions

Every sport carries some level of risk.

PODCAST: Teen stress and anxiety

PODCAST: Teen stress and anxiety

Anxiety and depression are on the rise among our youth.

PODCAST: Keeping our youth safe

PODCAST: Keeping our youth safe

Human trafficking is on the rise in Wisconsin.

PODCAST: Staying on track on vacation

PODCAST: Staying on track on vacation

Even though summer is one of the most relaxing times of the year, you can't get careless when it comes to your diet or fitness routines, especially while on vacation.

PODCAST: The scoop on strokes

PODCAST: The scoop on strokes

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death the U.S. and the second-leading cause of death worldwide.

PODCAST: All about measles

PODCAST: All about measles

The 2019 Measles outbreak in Washington and New York has been a major public health concern for children. Measles is an extremely contagious virus and can cause serious respiratory symptoms, fever and rash.