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Aesto Health is committed to protecting the security and privacy of the information we maintain. On May 20, 2022, we began mailing notification letters to some Osceola Medical Center (“OMC”) patients whose information may have been involved in a data security incident that disrupted the operations of some of Aesto Health’s internal IT systems. We received the information in connection with services Aesto Health performed for OMC.

On March 22, 2022, we learned that some OMC patient information was involved in the incident that disrupted some of our IT operations. The incident was first identified on March 8, 2022, and in response, we immediately took steps to secure our systems, initiated an investigation with the assistance of a third-party forensic investigator, and notified law enforcement. The investigation determined that an unauthorized actor obtained access to our systems from December 25, 2021 to March 8, 2022. The investigation also determined that the unauthorized actor copied some files from a back-up storage device on our system, which included OMC radiology reports.

Our review of the files involved in the incident determined they contained the following information for OMC patients: names, dates of birth, physician names, and report findings related to radiology imaging at OMC. The files did not contain Social Security numbers or any financial information.

Importantly, this incident did not occur at OMC. The data systems and medical records maintained at OMC were not affected by this incident and remain secure.

We take this incident very seriously and sincerely regret any concern this may cause. Based on the nature of the information involved in the incident, OMC patients do not need to take further action in response to the incident.

To help prevent something like this from happening again, we have implemented additional safeguards and technical security measures to further protect and monitor our systems. A dedicated call center has been established to answer questions about this incident, which can be reached at (855) 788-2613 Monday through Friday, at 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central Time, excluding major U.S. holidays.

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photo of three people holding chronic pain kits in the front of osceola medical center's buildingOsceola High School junior Kiera Williamson recently donated chronic pain kits to Osceola Medical Center as a part of the “Why Wait” program at the Osceola High School. From left to right: OMC Specialty Clinic Manager Ben Sackmann, Williamson and OMC Clinic Manager McGee Smith.

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For the first time, the annual Healthy Communities Award was presented to two people for their impact on the community, Drs. Tom Hauge, DDS, and Paul Hauge. Tom accepted the award for the both of them at the Osceola Community Health Foundation Fiesta Gala, a reboot of their annual Holiday Gala. Presenting the award is Osceola Medical Center CEO Matt Forge.

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Alivia Maki and Paetynn Bliese, Osceola High School students, recently donated low blood sugar kits Wild River Fitness as a part of the “Why Wait” program. From left to right: Osceola Medical Center’s Diabetes Care team Chelsea O’Brien, RDN; Lorri Lutz, RN; Sara Harris, RDN; High School Student Alivia Maki; High School Student Paetynn Bliese; and Fitness Center Manager Sara Cutts.

Wild River Fitness is shining light on diabetes thanks to a donation from Alivia Maki and Paetynn Bliese, Osceola High School students.

This year, Maki and Bliese participated in the “Why Wait?” course at Osceola High School, where participating students help tackle a problem in the world. During the program, these girls focused on raising awareness about type one diabetes by making low blood sugar kits readily available throughout the community. This project hit close to home for Bliese since her father struggles with this disease every day. “I see firsthand the struggles and dangers associated with type one diabetes.” explained Bliese. “Untreated low blood sugar can be dangerous, so our goal was to have a source of glucose nearby for a diabetic emergency.”

Nearly $1,000 was raised, allowing the girls to purchase and restock low blood sugar kits in churches, libraries and gyms throughout the community.

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The Osceola Community Health Foundation hosted its annual gala last May 5, rebooted as a spring Fiesta Gala.

With great weather and a great turnout, the Gala is helping Osceola Medical Center improve the health and well-being of our community. Funds this year will help advance our Lab with a new chemical analyzer. With 70 tests offered at OMC – including for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and immune disorders – our Lab is a critical part of our local care. This equipment will allow us to keep our tests in-house and is crucial to providing faster, cost effective results to our patients. Funds are continuing to be raised for this equipment. To donate, go to https://myomc.org/about-omc/my-ochf. Thank you for your help.

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Osceola Medical Center has a commitment to the health care needs of our patients and community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to safe, reliable care has been even more important to us. Because of that, we've been thoughtful and deliberate when updating our services listed below in accordance to local, state and federal agency recommendations.

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In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Osceola Medical Center is giving away a limited supply of at-home COVID-19 antigen tests to low-risk, symptomatic OMC patients. Due to the limited supply, online scheduling is required.

Please take our online COVID-19 symptom checker to see if an At-Home Antigen Test is right for you. You may qualify if you:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms,
  • are a patient of OMC, and
  • are between the ages of 5 to 64.

Online scheduling is required and only available after taking our online symptom checker. Test kits will be available only at a drive-through pickup site for scheduled patients this Tuesday-Friday from noon to 2 p.m. while testing supplies last.
Note: Scheduling opens up at the begin of each day.

Thank you for choosing OMC for your health-care needs.

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As we move into a new year, we are hopeful the pandemic will slow. However, at this time, COVID-19 patient numbers remain high in all local hospitals. Our patients are our priority. Our OMC staff are heroes. They continue to rise up and provide quality, compassionate care for all patients. For over 20 years, the foundation has raised money to support outstanding patient care at OMC for you when you need it most. We invite you to view our story of that 20 years and learn why your giving matters and how it has made a difference in the Osceola area.

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Osceola, WI – Osceola Medical Center, an independent rural health-care center in western Wisconsin, and Minneapolis Heart Institute®, one of the top-rated cardiovascular centers in the world, announced a new partnership to expand cardiology care access across the region.

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Osceola Medical Center is partnering with the Osceola Trails Coalition to offer a series of Osceola Doc Walks that promote physical fitness and health in our community. Each walk will feature an Osceola trail and a local health care provider with a 10-15 minute health discussion at the beginning of the event. After a short Q&A, a trails guide will lead participants on a trail sharing stories and landmarks of our community's history. Estimated walk time 1 hour. 

Osceola Doc Walks are free and open to all. Please bring families and friends to join us as well. We hope to see you there! 

Date Time Topic Host/Speaker Trail Registration Link
9/11 9 a.m. Lyme Disease William Ryan, PA-C Simenstad Trail Sign Up Now
10/6 5:30 p.m. Breast Cancer Screening Rochelle Samarasekera, DO Brown Trail Sign Up Now
12/4 8 a.m. Yoga with a Doc in-person
or at-home edition
Amanda Tembreull, MD WRF Sign Up Now
2022
1/22 10 a.m. Bone and Joint Health Andrew Schmiesing, MD Ridgeview Trail:
Chisago Loop
Sign Up Now
4/28 5:30 p.m. TBD Eric Valder, DO Tewksbury Trail Sign Up Now
6/4 9 a.m. Anti-Inflammatory Diet Erika Helgerson, DO Brookside Trails Sign Up Now
7/9 9 a.m. TBD Tony Nguyen, MD Simenstad Trail Sign Up Now
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