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Local medical clinics top performers

Pictured in photo from the Ellsworth Medical Clinic (moving clockwise from left) are: Kurt Helmrick, P.A.-C., Janis Moon, Becky Olson, Rosanne Matzek, Christopher Tashjian, M.D., Kerith Lijewski, M.D., LuAnne Jensen, Ashley Jensen, Missy Townsend, LaJean Nicholson, Lynn Gunderson, Jean Brickner, Sue Wood, Mary Lofgren, and Kelsie Yunker. Submitted photo

According to new results released by MN Community Measurement, a non-profit organization that provides objective information on the quality of health care, the Ellsworth Medical Clinic - a division of Western Wisconsin Medical Associates that includes River Falls and Spring Valley Medical Clinics -- is one of the state's top performers in providing Optimal Diabetes Care and Optimal Ischemic Vascular Disease care.

MN Community Measurement reports that on-average, 25.1% of patients with diabetes are optimally managed, meaning these patients have control of their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol; they don't use or have quit tobacco; and are taking aspirin when appropriate. The Ellsworth Medical Clinic had 46.7% of their diabetic patients optimally managed. Spring Valley Clinic had 35% of their diabetic patients optimally managed and River Falls had 31.7% optimally managed -- all three exceeding the average clinic's outcome and surpassing the national average of 12%.

"Studies have shown that control of blood glucose and blood pressure reduces the risk of blindness, kidney disease, stroke, and heart attacks in people with type 2 diabetes, said Keri Lijewski, MD at the Ellsworth Medical Clinic. "Our results reflect our commitment to helping protect the health of our patients with chronic illness."

The average clinics' for Optimal Ischemic Vascular Disease (strokes & heart attacks) management is 33.8%. The Ellsworth Medical Clinic far surpassed other clinics with 68.3%