From Midwest living in Wisconsin to the mountains of Colorado, Kate Skaggs, MD, OB/GYN at Columbus Community Hospital and mother of four children and two step-children, has balanced life, family, friends and a successful medical career.
She was raised in Oconomowoc, WI and completed her undergraduate degree, medical school and residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Each year millions of Americans resolve to better themselves by making a New Year’s resolution. This year, why not make a resolution to be prepared?
For most, when crisis hits, community members look to those in healthcare, police and fire, emergency medical services, and local utilities to handle the problem. But in the event of a disaster, being dependent on others may not be the first line of defense in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe.
“In a disaster, 911 will prioritize calls,” said Karen Sell, RN and Emergency Preparedness Chairperson at Columbus Community Hospital. “There may be trees down, roads blocked, and it could be days before anyone can move or get to you. Those services we take for granted every day may not be accessible.”
While October is designated to breast cancer awareness, every month is breast cancer awareness month at Columbus Community Hospital (CCH). That’s why the medical imaging staff at Columbus Community Hospital encourages women to perform regular self-exams, have a clinical breast exam and begin having mammograms at the appropriate age. “If you are 40 and older, we recommend having an annual mammogram and clinical breast exam by your physician or provider,” said Denise Buzzell, RTR, M, CT, CCH Medical Imaging Manager. “And women who are in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam at least every three years.”
Our society relies on electricity for heat, food, and medical needs. Even some gas appliances need electricity to run. And when a power outage follows another emergency—like a tornado, or winter storm – that makes it even more important to be prepared in advance.
“We don't realize how dependent we are on power until we are without it,” says Karen Sell, RN and Columbus Community Hospital’s Disaster Preparedness Chairperson. “Sudden power outages can and do happen in Wisconsin. Are you ready?”
Do you have the ability to receive, understand, and act on information in an emergency?
Getting correct information during an emergency is the key to taking safe action. Someone in your household may not be able to receive, understand, or act on emergency information. Think about what special needs your household may have. Take action now to make sure everyone in your family will be safe in an emergency.