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Aspirus Lifeline program celebrates 25 years of service

Oct 21, 2008

WAUSAU, Wis. – The Lifeline program run by the Aspirus Volunteers is celebrating 25 years of serving subscribers in Marathon and Lincoln Counties.

The Aspirus Lifeline program began in 1983 with just 15 home units. Today, the program serves more than 900 subscribers with the Aspirus Wausau Hospital communication staff responding to more than 2,000 calls per month.

The Aspirus program is recognized as a top performing Lifeline program by Philips Lifeline, the parent company for the service. Aspirus’ program is rated in the top 200 out of more than 2,500 Lifeline programs in the nation.

“This is a great service that has really helped a lot of people,” said Cheryl Steen, the Aspirus Lifeline program coordinator, who also serves on the Best of the Best Philips Lifeline Advisory Board, an honor given to the nation’s top 14 program managers. “Our program is a leader in falls prevention and intervention, helping to keep individuals living independently in their own home.”

Lifeline is an easy-to-use, 24-hour service that provides quick assistance if the need arises. When help is needed, you just press the waterproof personal help button you wear as a pendent or wristband. Within seconds, a Lifeline monitor from Aspirus Wausau Hospital responds, assesses the situation and summons appropriate help, whether it is a neighbor, relative, ambulance or police.

Through the touch of a small personal help button, a Lifeline representative from Aspirus Wausau Hospital is contacted to assess the situation and call the appropriate help, whether it’s a neighbor, relative, ambulance or police.

Each subscriber signs an agreement and pays a $20 monthly fee for the use of the small Lifeline unit, which is installed in the subscriber’s home by a volunteer. All that is needed is regular telephone service.

In honor of its 25th anniversary, the program is sponsoring a Love Lights Celebration in the Aspirus Wausau Hospital lobby on December 9. With a $5 donation per red, green, or blue light, or a $50 donation supporting a yellow light at the top of a Christmas tree, people can recognize someone special in their lives. A reception will follow to honor the program’s 25 years of service. For more information about the Love Lights Celebration, please call 715.847.2380 or 800.847.4707.

Contact: Greg Aune, 715.847.0479