Divine Savior Healthcare Child Care Center has openings!

Looking for a child care center that cares about you and your child’s needs? Divine Savior Healthcare Child Care Center goes beyond the ordinary child care services and works with each family to ensure your child is learning, growing and having fun!


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  • Full time opening in Infant Room – up to 2 years of age
  • Full time openings in Toddler Room – ages 1 and a half to 2 and a half years old
  • Full and part time openings in Preschool Room –ages 2 and a half to 5 years old


 Parent Testimonials:

“Being a new parent, the thought of leaving my child in a new place with new people for several hours each day to return to work was nothing short of terrifying. The Childcare Director, Jenn, was more than helpful with providing information, answering questions, allowing me to come in to tour the facility, several times...prior to enrollment.”


http://www.dshealthcare.com/sites/dshealthcare.com/assets/images/childcare_service/20170202_104520.jpg“I truly cannot say enough good things about the facility and the staff, my son was home with me solely until he was almost 18 months old and he LOVES every teacher he has had in each room of the daycare so far. It makes the transition so much easier when he uses the limited vocabulary he has so far to express that he enjoys going to "school" to see his "friends".”


“Going back to work made me very nervous to leave my daughter in the care of someone else. You made that transition very easy and I had comfort in knowing she was well taken care of. Thank you for loving my daughter for me while I’m at work! You guys are the best!”  


“You guys have been the best! I was never worried about leaving my “fancy”. We will all miss you guys so much. It means so much that she was loved while I was at work. Thanks for all the snuggles.”


http://www.dshealthcare.com/sites/dshealthcare.com/assets/images/childcare_service/IMG_3556.JPGhttp://www.dshealthcare.com/sites/dshealthcare.com/assets/images/childcare_service/IMG_3556.JPG“Our daughter has been at the center for one year and it is remarkable to see how much she has grown in that time. She has already made a transition to the pre-school room and it could not go without a huge thank you to Miss Heather and Miss Gigi. The day our daughter came home and counted to 10 in Spanish, at the age of 2, we were mind-blown. The teachers just don’t cover the basics, they go beyond what’s expected and help the children reach their best ability.” 


“I feel completely at ease leaving my daughter in your care. I love the updates I get to take home on her day what she ate, when she was changed, and fun little facts about things she said or what she did that day and how you incorporate pictures of the kids throughout the room and in their projects. The newsletter is great as well. My parents live out of state so I often send them pictures of the updates and newsletters so they know what our daughter is doing at “school”. All of the teachers are very friendly and nice to talk to. And their patience level is amazing! It takes very special people to work with children and your Center definitely found some very special people.”


Learn more about our Child Care Center at http://www.dshealthcare.com/child_care_center


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Experiencing a dull pain in the pit of your stomach

Stomach PainGastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and gallbladder disease are two very common disorders. Knowing which one you have may be trickier than you think. Symptoms may be vague, such as a “dull pain in the pit of your stomach”, making it hard for you to explain to your doctor what’s exactly going on.

At Divine Savior Healthcare, General Surgeons, Dr. Eric Anderson and Dr. Joshua Pogorelec, have seen many patients with these symptoms and after further examination are able to help  diagnose and treat both diseases.

What is GERD?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD refers to stomach contents moving into the esophagus causing a burning sensation commonly referred to as heartburn. Other symptoms may occur as well, such as pain in the upper abdomen, bloating, nausea and an acid taste in your mouth.  If this continue, prolonged exposure of the esophagus to stomach contents can result in damage to the lining of the esophagus.  This in turn can result in difficulty swallowing, pain with swallowing or permanent damage to the esophagus.

Although not all reflux results in symptoms or damage to the esophagus, common symptoms include:
• Heartburn
• Acid regurgitation
• Belching
• Difficulty or pain when swallowing
• Waterbrash sudden excess of saliva
• Dysphagia the sensation of food sticking in the esophagus
• Chronic sore throat
• Laryngitis
• Inflammation of the gums
• Erosion of the enamel of the teeth
• Chronic irritation in the throat
• Hoarseness in the morning
• A sour taste
• Bad breath
• Coughing at night

What is gallbladder disease?
The gallbladder is located below the liver on the upper right side of the abdomen. The main function of the gallbladder is to store bile, which is made in the liver and allows fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients to be easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Any condition that affects the gallbladder is considered a disease, and there are many different scenarios that fall under gallbladder disease:
• Inflammation
• Gallstones
• Common bile duct stones
• Biliary Dyskinesia
• Infection
• Perforated gallbladder
• Gallbladder polyps
• Porcelain gallbladders
• Gallbladder cancer

Dr. Anderson and Dr. Pogorelec share "the most common disease of the gallbladder is gallstones. Most people with gallstones do not even know they have them.  Once they cause problems, the gallbladder may need to be removed. Symptoms include pain below the right rib cage or in the “pit” of the stomach. This pain may radiate to the right upper back, chest, or shoulder. Other symptoms may include, bloating, nausea or vomiting, fever or chills, chronic diarrhea, jaundice yellow-tinted skin, or unusual lighter-colored stools or dark urine.”

After taking a closer look at GERD and gallbladder disease, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Pogorelec are able to provide helpful insight on common distinguishing factors between the two diseases.

Common distinguishing factors:
• Location: Although both may feel like a “pit in your stomach”, if you experience symptoms located closer to your throat or in your chest it is more likely to be GERD related. Symptoms located near your right lower rib radiating into your right upper back, chest and shoulder are more likely to be associated to your gallbladder.
• Pain: Unlike GERD, gallbladder pain usually begins suddenly, and changing positions, belching, passing gas or taking medications rarely helps pain symptoms go away.
• Timing: With heartburn being the most common symptom of GERD, symptoms of reflux are likely to occur shortly after eating, where symptoms of gallbladder disease usually occurs several hours after eating and have more consistent patterns of reoccurrence the same time each day.

What does treatment look like?
The symptoms of GERD are commonly and effectively treated with over-the-counter medications such as anti-acids and proton pump inhibitors. However, if relief does not go away from these medications your provider may recommend you be evaluated by one of our surgeons at Divine Savior.

After a thorough history and physical, our surgeons may recommend further evaluation of the esophagus and stomach with endoscopy.  Similar to colonoscopy, but without the need for prep, upper endoscopy allows the surgeon to visualize the esophagus, stomach and intestine to evaluate for damage to the esophagus, infection and a hiatal hernia.  Depending on the findings, further testing may be indicated to evaluate the function of the esophagus. 

Patients with severe GERD benefit from surgery to prevent reflux from occurring.  This procedure is commonly performed by both Dr. Anderson and Dr. Pogorelec, is minimally invasive, and very effective at treating GERD.  In fact, most patients no longer require any antacid medications after the procedure.

If you are found to have stones in the gallbladder causing symptoms, the best course of action is to have the gallbladder removed.  Leaving the stones in place will continue to cause pain and may result in serious infection of the gallbladder and bile ducts, jaundice or pancreatitis. 

Both Dr. Anderson and Dr. Pogorelec routinely perform minimally invasive removal of the gallbladder.  This is most often an outpatient procedure and very successful.  After a short recovery, most patients will find their symptoms are gone and they are able to live a normal life. 

If you experience symptoms related to GERD or gallbladder disease, or have concerns about either, it is best to consult your provider for further examination. Treatment for either disease varies person to person, but taking action immediately and being properly treated can help you prevent problems from worsening.

To schedule an appointment with Divine Savior Healthcare General Surgeons, Dr. Anderson or Dr. Pogorelec, call 608-745-5176.

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