Madeline Heim, Southern Illinoisan

Madeline Heim

Southern Illinoisan

Appleton, WI, United States

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Past articles by Madeline:

Road salts wash into Mississippi River, damaging ecosystems and pipes

Chloride levels are increasing at all Wisconsin monitoring sites and across the Upper Mississippi River basin. → Read More

He was a dentist in Afghanistan. Today, he's filling a gap in the Fox Valley's dental health workforce

Nearly nine months after an Afghan dentist was forced to leave his home country, his skills are filling a gap in dental health care in Appleton. → Read More

Volunteer pilots, access groups prepare to get Wisconsinites out of state for abortions if Roe is overturned

A group of volunteer pilots is growing fast since the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn abortion protections. → Read More

Anti-abortion group seeks to change state law by removing lifesaving exception from Wisconsin abortion law

An anti-abortion group is lobbying to change Wisconsin's abortion law if Roe v. Wade is overturned by U.S. Supreme Court. → Read More

Wisconsin children born during COVID-19 are experiencing more developmental delays

More young children in the Fox Valley are delayed in hitting motor and communication milestones, a trend that is beginning to replicate nationwide. → Read More

Many of Wisconsin's nursing students are hired months before they graduate as desperate need continues

"I cannot put them out fast enough, our graduates," a Bellin College administrator said of employers' interest in the school's nursing students. → Read More

With 'dramatic decrease' in demand, Appleton's community COVID-19 testing clinic to close Friday

The decision to close was due to a "dramatic decrease" in testing demand at the location. Testing is still available in Appleton at other sites. → Read More

Mindfulness app helps teens think positively for weeks after regular use, Lawrence study finds

The study of more than 150 youths aged 12 to 15 showed a mobile app can reduce negative thoughts such as rumination and worry. → Read More

Evers announces new funding for telehealth services in Wisconsin, aiming to close gaps in mental health care

The two grant programs aim to expand access to mental health services for children and make telehealth appointments easier to access. → Read More

The number of Appleton residents reported to have died from COVID-19 just nearly doubled. Here's why.

As of last week, the city's public coronavirus dashboard listed 81 deaths due to COVID-19; on Monday, it increased to 149 deaths. → Read More

A looming shortage of Wisconsin nurses has reached its 'tipping point,' new hospital workforce report says

Wisconsin nursing vacancies are at the highest level in at least a decade. The crisis will worsen if steps aren't taken now, the state hospital association warns. → Read More

Here's how Appleton's children museum is aiming to get families and kids more comfortable with the COVID-19 vaccine

Children's museums have been recognized as a conduit for information about COVID-19 vaccines and museums are considered trustworthy sources. → Read More

An Appleton hospital is treating depression by delivering magnetic pulses to the brain

More than 80% of the 46 patients who have undergone TMS at St. Elizabeth's have seen their depression symptoms clear, a hospital psychiatrist said. → Read More

Masks are no longer required in buildings owned by city of Appleton, Outagamie County

The change is in line with new CDC guidance for areas with lower COVID-19 transmission. → Read More

New data show 30% of Fox Valley residents have received a COVID-19 booster dose as cases continue to decline

The COVID-19 case burden in the Fox Valley is a fourth of what it was at the end of last month, the region still has a high level of virus activity. → Read More

'Knock it down now and keep it down': Pressure easing on Fox Valley hospitals as COVID-19 cases decline

A month ago, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the Fox Valley was the highest of the pandemic. Today, it's less than a third of that. → Read More

A therapist will now work with Appleton police to handle mental health crises

The therapist will embed with the police department on second shift to provide on-site clinical evaluations and risk assessments for people in crisis. → Read More

ThedaCare drops lawsuit against Ascension over hiring of former employees, which had gained national spotlight

Lawyers for ThedaCare filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of the case Friday with the Outagamie County clerk of courts. → Read More

Outagamie judge Mark McGinnis to hear arguments Monday on employment status for Wisconsin health care workers

ThedaCare lawyers asked the court last week to temporarily stop seven of its employees from taking new jobs at a nearby hospital. → Read More

What to know about the battle over Fox Valley health care workers now playing out in court

Health care staffing strains played out in the courtroom Friday morning. → Read More