Employers: Let’s Do This!

Fort Atkinson and surrounding communities are fortunate to be the home of many quality large, medium and small businesses. While Fort HealthCare is the largest employer in Jefferson County, other companies such as Spacesaver, Nasco, Trek Bicycle, McCain Foods, Tyson Foods, Loeb-Lorman Metals and more provide a stable base of manufacturing, service and retail employment.

Our mission at Fort HealthCare is to improve the health and well-being of our community. We believe this charge extends to the companies where our community members work — and we hope that employers join us on this journey. Our goal is to help create for both employees and their families an exceptional quality of life. The success of these businesses depends upon the productivity of employees. Healthy employees and a safe workplace help improve productivity for every business.

Together, we will help create a comprehensive initiative that encompasses all the dimensions of wellness including health education, risk assessments and disease prevention. What’s the best way to get started? Talk to your employees. Ask them how together, you can make your work environment healthier and better for everyone. Then talk to your providers and ask them for their best practices and recommendations.

Let’s Do This! You’ll be delighted at the results.

Corporate Health Services

Fort HealthCare’s Corporate Health, Wellness and Preventive Services help companies control occupational health costs and maintain the highest standards of healthcare. The physicians, nurses, clinicians and case managers at Fort HealthCare understand this vital link. We will help your business become more profitable by helping you focus on your employees’ welfare.

Working as a partner with you for the health and welfare of your company’s employees, you will be pleased with the many benefits of a unified relationship with Fort HealthCare’s Corporate Health Service professionals. Whatever individual program or group of programs you choose for your employees, Fort HealthCare provides you with a coordinated approach to care and communication.

Our services include:

Physical examinations and screenings

Fort HealthCare’s Corporate Health Services will help you:

Address the welfare of your employees

  • Decrease absenteeism
  • Increase productivity and retention of skilled workers
  • Decrease medical costs and workers’ compensation costs
  • Improve regulatory compliance
  • Improve employee morale

Our “Employers” page at FortHealthCare.com features the Corporate Health News Room. Check here often to read the latest news articles geared specifically for the employers of our community.


“Get your flu shot!” You hear it all the time. You know that the flu can keep you out of work for days at a time, but what does it actually do? It is a highly contagious viral respiratory tract infection affecting an estimated 5 to 20% of people in the U.S. each year.

Influenza can make people of any age ill. Although most people are ill with influenza for only a few days, some have a much more serious illness and may need to be hospitalized. Influenza can also lead to pneumonia and death.

People usually become acutely ill with several, or all, of the following symptoms:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing at times
  • Cough, often becoming severe
  • Severe aches and pains
  • Fatigue for several weeks
  • Sometimes a sore throat
  • Extreme exhaustion

Fever and body aches usually last for three to five days, but cough and fatigue may last for two weeks or more. Although nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may accompany the flu, these gastrointestinal symptoms are rarely prominent. “Stomach flu” is an incorrect term sometimes used to describe gastrointestinal illnesses caused by other microorganisms.

To keep employees healthy, two things are mandatory — handwashing education and annual flu shots. Flu vaccines are ordered each Spring and administered each Fall. To reserve your vaccinations, contact us today. Let’s Do This!


Ergonomics, in simple terms, means improving the fit between the body and an activity. Adjusting a workstation so a petite person can better reach materials or machinery is one example. The result is increased comfort and efficiency. By applying ergonomic principles, any task — done anywhere — can be made less taxing on the body and less likely to lead to injury.

If you don’t pay attention to ergonomics, activities done over time may lead to a musculoskeletal disorder. Commonly called MSDs, this group of physical problems usually affects soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and nerves) and joints. Although MSDs most frequently affect the back and wrists, your whole body is actually at risk. MSDs can damage fingers, elbows, and shoulders, as well as the neck and arms, and even the legs. Left untreated, an MSD may limit your range of motion or reduce your ability to grip objects.

Using ergonomic principles on the job reduces your risk of developing a work-related MSD. By acting now, you may save yourself months of future discomfort and possible time away from work. And don’t think of ergonomics only at work. Apply ergonomic principles to everything you do and treat your body right 24 hours a day.

For more information, Fort HealthCare’s HealthWorks program helps to return injured employees back to the workplace sooner and safer.


Injured employees return to work sooner and safer with the proactive approach of the HealthWorks program, with less recurrence of injury. Transitional duty and return to work planning are enhanced by objective data regarding the employee’s ability to perform the physical demands of the job. On-site education programs promote job-specific injury prevention techniques and hands-on learning for improved outcomes.

Early intervention strategies such as ergonomics and symptom recognition can minimize the incidence and severity of injuries. In the unfortunate event that a workplace injury is sustained, our specially trained therapist can address the unique needs of returning injured employees to productive employment in a cost effective manner.

Services include:

  • Functional capacity evaluations
  • Work Hardening
  • Pre-placement screens

On-site services include:

  • Job analysis, office and industrial ergonomic assessments
  • Injury prevention programs including employee education
  • and stretching.

We can help prevent and treat workplace injuries. Let’s Do This!

Screenings & On-Site Events

Obesity and related conditions have risen to epidemic levels in the U.S. One reason for this is the increased automation and laborsaving devices that have resulted in a change in the way we live and work. In many workplaces today, employees participate in sedentary activities for extended periods. As an employer, this is cause for concern because obesity can lead to increased absenteeism, disability, injury and healthcare claims.

We can help by providing workplace wellness or health promotion to support healthy behavior. Examples of how we can assist include: health fairs, health education, medical screenings, health coaching, weight management programs, wellness newsletters, on-site fitness programs and/or facilities and educational programs. In addition, we can help develop organizational wellness policies designed to facilitate employee health. Examples include flex time for exercise, providing on-site kitchen and eating areas, healthy vending food options, “walk and talk” meetings, and offering incentives for participation.

Recent research has shown it is more cost-effective to invest in preventive health practices than spending resources on the small minority of employees/dependents who are responsible for high-cost health claims. What you do is really up to you, but it is important to do something that will engage employees and encourage them to take control of their health. Let’s Do This!

Employer News

Keeping your staff educated on wellness topics can be a full-time job. We know you don’t always have the resources to keep up with the latest trends and happenings in worksite wellness, so we offer an abundance of articles for your use. Some are purely educational; others offer suggestions for seasonally appropriate activities. All of them can help you keep your employees healthy. If there is a subject you’d like to see addressed, let us know. We want to remain a valuable resource for you in your quest for wellness.

The success of your business depends upon the productivity of your employees. Healthy employees and a safe workplace help to improve productivity for your business. Our goal is to provide those employees and their families with the exceptional quality of life we cherish here in southeastern Wisconsin.

Fort HealthCare’s Corporate Health, Wellness and Preventive Services help companies control occupational health costs and maintain the highest standards of healthcare. The physicians, nurses, clinicians and case managers at Fort HealthCare understand this vital link. We will help your business become more profitable by helping you focus on your employees’ welfare through our continuously updated employee news. Let’s Do This!


It’s not always enough to simply tell people how to be healthy; you have to give them the opportunity to change their behaviors. To that end, we offer a wide variety of classes throughout the area, and could bring them right to your site.

By providing classes and other educational opportunities, we are sharing our commitment to improving the health and well being of the residents in our community. In addition to online listings, our quarterly Health365 Magazine provides full listings and class descriptions. It is mailed to all residences and most local businesses in the Fort HealthCare service area 4 times a year.

Classes include, but are not limited to:

  • Zumba & Aqua Zumba
  • Cardio Kickboxing
  • Boot Camp
  • Step Aerobics
  • Glutes & Abs
  • Yoga
  • T’ai Chi
  • CPR
  • Health & Wellness Seminars
  • Nutrition Classes

FortCare PPO dependents have the added benefit of a 50 percent discount off the regular rate of all classes. What are you waiting for? Let’s Do This!

EAP/Behavioral Health

Sometimes life can be complicated; so complicated, in fact, that you need some help from people who deal with similar challenges every day. An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) helps employees deal with personal problems that could have a negative impact on their work performance or health.

As part of the EAP, employees and members of their household will have access to counselors for assessment, support and referrals to additional resources, such as a limited number of EAP-paid counseling sessions.

Examples of issues an EAP can assist with include:

  • Substance abuse
  • Emotional distress
  • Major life events, including births, accidents and deaths
  • Health care concerns
  • Financial or non-work-related legal concerns
  • Family/personal relationship issues
  • Work relationship issues
  • Concerns about aging parents

For employees requiring the services of an EAP, the experience can be invaluable. Participation is voluntary and an off-site office allows for confidentiality. As a benefit to employers, some studies indicate that offering EAPs may result in lower medical costs, reduced turnover and absenteeism and higher employee productivity. What are you waiting for? Let’s Do This!

Training & Certification

Studies have shown that health promotion and disease prevention training programs have been successful at reducing absenteeism and injuries. For your company, that means a savings in health care costs and an improvement in the overall health status of your employees.

Our on-site training programs are tailored to meet the needs of your company and team members. Through a brief discussion, we can coordinate the use of our life-like simulation mannequins, make available experts in nearly any health-related field, and provide resources and reference materials to leave behind for on-going education. Examples of programs we can create for you are:

Occupational Health Training Programs

  • Back Injury Prevention
  • Hand, Arm and Neck Injury Prevention
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Respiratory Protection Medical Surveillance
  • Substance Abuse Drug Free Workplace
  • Blood Borne Pathogen

Health Promotion Training Programs

  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Stop Smoking
  • Stress Management
  • Weight Loss and Management
  • Exercise/Fitness
  • Assertiveness

Health Discussions

Fort HealthCare Business Health offers a variety of one-hour health discussion programs focused on striving for and maintaining healthy lifestyles. We have many programs already in place and we can develop a program specific to your needs. The following are some health discussion offerings:

It is time to train employees so you can reduce the risk of injury and better protect your organization. Let’s Do This!

Live Well at Work

To build a strong organization, you need employees that are happy, healthy and productive. By helping employees develop healthier lifestyles, you help control rising healthcare costs, increase productivity and improve your company’s bottom line.

The Fort HealthCare Live Well at Work program is committed to making sure you and your employees are on the cutting edge of health and wellness. We will help you create a comprehensive initiative that encompasses all the dimensions of wellness including health education, risk assessments and disease prevention.

There are several areas in which we complement your company’s efforts:

  • Defining your company’s wellness goals
  • Developing a plan to meet both short-term and long-term goals
  • Educating your employees on disease management and disease prevention
  • Working with your entire workforce – including families
  • Demographic specific presentations
  • Health and wellness consultation in wellness program development
  • Assistance with interpretation of wellness aggregate data
  • Wellness Audit on wellness environment and programs

Fort HealthCare offers the following customized corporate services to assist employees in maintaining an optimum level of health:

  • Health risk assessments
  • Health education
  • Health fairs
  • On-site tobacco cessation
  • Health screenings

If you’re ready to make some changes at work, we’re ready to help. Let’s Do This!

Community Coalitions

For several communities in Jefferson County, key leaders have been identified to represent the Healthiest Communities Coalition in their respective cities. Coalition membership includes representatives from local schools, churches, government agencies, businesses, community organizations and interested individuals. All are engaged in a concerted effort to reduce the obesity rate in Jefferson County.

Each coalition is actively developing strategies to implement in their local communities, focusing on the following priorities:

  • Increase access to healthy food options
  • Apply incentives to improve nutrition
  • Institute workplace incentives to reward increased physical activity
  • Educate and inform the public about serving sizes and nutritional content of food options available in public areas
  • Implement comprehensive programs that promote physical activity and nutrition
  • Increase access to opportunities and facilities that promote physical activity

The coalitions’ plans include strategies and tactics that address public policy, the environment and the community, as well as organizational and individual change. Using these strategies is intended to be successful in both prevention and intervention efforts.

Additionally, a team of individuals are participating in a year-long commitment with the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute, which is a program funded through the Medical College of Wisconsin and the UW-Madison School of Public Health. Their participation will help them develop tools and skills for engaging their own community members and build efforts to improve public health.

Interested community members are encouraged to contact a coalition member and discuss ways to participate; most coalitions hold regular monthly meetings.


CAMBRIDGE Bridgette Hermanson bhermanson@cambridge.k12.wi.us 608-423-8108
Stephanie Nischik stephanie.nischik@forthc.com 920-568-5464

FORT ATKINSON Vicki Wright wright@fortschools.org
Kristin Wallace unitedway@idcnet.com 920-563-8880

Tiffany Frohmader tiffany.frohmader@forthc.com 920-568-5475
Lesa Radloff lesa.radloff@forthc.com 920-568-5141

JEFFERSON Lynn Zaspel zaspell@jefferson.k12.wi.us 920-723-7749
Karen Woodland karen@fullcirclenutrition.org 608-295-6787

JEFFERSON COUNTY Kathy Cheek kathyc@jeffersoncountywi.gov 920-674-7231

LAKE MILLS Laurel Runte laurel.runte@forthc.com 920-648-8393
Deb van Ommeren rocklakeac@gmail.com 920-674-7231

PALMYRA Kevin Setnes ksetnes@standardprocess.com 262-495-6410
Lee Clay lee.clay@forthc.com

WHITEWATER Richard Jazdzewski jazdzewr@uww.edu 262-472-1305
Brandi Niemeier niemeieb@uww.edu 262-472-1442



Creating Healthy Communities Powerpoint (Download PDF)
Fort HealthCare Assesment Matrix for Communities (Download PDF)

Wellness Challenges/Events

What motivates you? If you like to compete with others to get in your 10,000 step per day, or team up to lose weight with friends and family…our challenges may be just what you need to stay on track! Each year we offer a variety of challenges that allow you to use your Cerner Health account to compete for prizes.

In the past our players have logged daily step totals in the Rock the Walk Challenge, shed pounds through the Slimdown Challenge and reduced their carbon footprint through the Human Fuel Challenge. Along the way, participants have collected prizes from gifts cards, to iPods to treadmills. If you think you would like to play along, join us! Our challenges provide education and competitions that will help you make the necessary changes to improve your health and well being.

No challenges happening that interest you? No problem! You can always visit Health 365 Events to find community events that suit your interests.  Like to walk, bike, run? Maybe you want to take a class to improve your knowledge of healthy eating or CPR. Whatever you are into, we can help you find a local event to participate in. Let’s Do This!

FortCare PPO

FortCare is a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). Since 1989, FortCare has helped employers improve their bottom line with cost-effective healthcare services for employees and their families. Just as important, Fort HealthCare has delivered consistent, quality care through a network of providers with the medical professionals of Fort HealthCare at its core.

Self-insured or fully insured employers in and around Jefferson County wishing to reduce their healthcare costs and improve their bottom line should consider contracting for reduced fee-for-service medical care with FortCare. Our comprehensive network of primary care, specialty care and tertiary care medical providers can deliver your insured exceptional care whenever it is needed.

  • The FortCare network is the most extensive provider network in Jefferson County, Cambridge and Whitewater. The network is easy to access and easy-to-use.
  • The FortCare network can be paired with another network to serve employees who live outside the Jefferson County area.
  • No referral is needed to directly access more than 70 area providers, facilities and services.
  • Employees and dependents can access more than 200 specialty providers via an easy referral process.

FortCare members annually see bottom-line healthcare savings in excess of 20 percent, and the employers to enhance profitability. Let’s Do This!

Cerner Health

Fort HealthCare has partnered with Cerner Health to help you create a personal, portable health record that stays with you permanently regardless of physician care, hospital location or current employment. Cerner Health is a secure Personal Health Record (PHR) that allows you to collect, manage, and share your health-related information with family members, doctors, other members of your care team, as well as a growing number of health, wellness, and condition management programs.

Should you or a medical care provider need your medical information urgently, it can be accessed via the internet from anywhere in the world, at any time. You can also receive or grant access to family members or caregivers; this lets you manage health accounts for your spouse, under-aged children or aging parents. It’s your information — you control who has access and you can modify that access at any time.

Community Challenges such as Rock the Walk and the Slimdown Challenge require participants to establish a Cerner Health account as part of the registration process. Also, persons interested in the MyCompass Patient Portal are required to first establish a Cerner Health account.

Participation in Cerner Health is currently by invitation only. You must be invited by a health care organization.

Go to www.cernerhealth.com to learn more.

Workplace Wellness Awards

Being well is made easier when those who share similar goals and can help make good choices surround you. With this in mind, Fort HealthCare is encouraging businesses and other organizations in the area to promote wellness in the workplace.

The “Commitment to Corporate Wellness” award was created as part of Fort HealthCare’s mission to improve the health and well being of our community. A main component of that goal is keeping people in the workforce healthy and productive. This award recognizes that significant steps have been taken by local employers to create a healthy workplace, there is support from the highest level within the organization and numerous policies and programs exist to enhance the well being of employees.

Each winning company has demonstrated its commitment to wellness through employee programs focusing on at least four dimensions of the seven dimensions of wellness (physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, environmental and occupational.)

Companies recognized with this award include:

  • Spacesaver, Fort Atkinson
  • Digi-Star, Fort Atkinson
  • Nasco, Fort Atkinson
  • Ball Corporation, Fort Atkinson
  • Cygnus Business Media, Fort Atkinson
  • Polymer Technologies, Whitewater

Healthy employees have more energy, greater levels of camaraderie, increased productivity, reduced levels of injury, greater motivation to perform and lower health care costs.

Join this growing list of “wellness-friendly” companies. Apply todayLet’s Do This!