RETIREMENT & NEW VENTURE: After 40 years of service, Dr. Thomas Dow, an ophthalmologist at Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic, is retiring.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Healing Place, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s Center for Life’s Journeys, will host “The Healing Sounds of Christmas” holiday concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at The Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave.

FOOD SAFETY: Thanksgiving is just a day away, and that that means — turkey! Did you know that 1 in 6 people in the United States will get sick from a foodborne illness this year?

IMPACT PROGRAM: Mayo Clinic Health System and UW-Eau Claire are launching a new program to encourage creative solutions to critical health care questions.

LOVE LIGHTS: This year, as in past years, thousands of loved ones will be represented as lights on the trees in front of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital.

NEW LOCATION: Prevea Health has opened its newest location in the Chippewa Valley, the Center for Health & Wellness, at 2449 Highway I, Chippewa Falls.

WONDERLAND ON THE RIVER: The Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will host the ninth annual Wonderland on the River fundraising event on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Lake Wissota Golf & Events, 16108 97th Ave., Chippewa Falls.

Until this year, migraine sufferers had to make do with drugs originally developed for other medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or depression. Now, there are three new drugs that were developed just for preventing the horrible headaches.

MEDICARE SEMINARS: People are invited to learn about Medicare options at Security Health Plan of Wisconsin during the following free seminars:

Want to make a toast to your health? Just stick to drinking three or fewer times a week. On the heels of a slew of studies suggesting that even moderate drinking may be hazardous to your health, there is new research that suggests that drinking three times a week may be the cutoff.

FREE CLINIC: Landmark Christian Church, in cooperation with Touched Twice Ministries, is offering a free clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 4140 126th St., Chippewa Falls.

COAT DISTRIBUTION: Winter coats, winter apparel and blankets will be available at no cost for anyone in the community in need from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Redeeming Grace Church, 312 S. Barstow St.

BALTIMORE — For Dr. Zachary Dezman, an emergency physician in this heroin-plagued city, there’s no question that offering addiction medicine to emergency room patients is the right thing to do.

DOUG ALLEN MEMORIAL RACES: Night Owl Races announces the fifth annual Doug Allen Memorial Scholarship Races to be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Ave. N., Lake Elmo, Minn.

OCTOBER SESSIONS: The Healing Place, a community outreach service of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital that provides free services to anyone who has experienced a loss and is in need of spiritual and emotional support, is offering the following programs and sessions in October:

CHICAGO — When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen’s abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she’d be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics instead.

AWARD WINNER: At a recent ceremony at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, a registered nurse was recently honored for the extraordinary, compassionate care she provides daily in her role. 

OPEN HOUSE: Dove Healthcare is hosting an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, to show off the recently completed expansion of its short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing center at 2217 Duncan Road, Bloomer. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m.

DRUG COALITION: Mayo Clinic has joined a coalition of hospitals in launching Civica Rx, a not-for-profit generic drug company that will help patients by addressing shortages and high prices of lifesaving medications. The company, which is organized as a Delaware nonstock, not-for-profit corp…

WASHINGTON — Surgeons turned down Terra Goudge for the liver transplant that was her only shot at surviving a rare cancer. Her tumor was too advanced, they said — even though Goudge had a friend ready to donate, no matter those odds.

After a week with a dry cough, 16-year-old Ian McCracken started experiencing middle-of-the-night coughing fits so severe, he couldn’t talk. He returned home from his first trip to the urgent care clinic in mid-July with an inhaler and a five-day course of steroids.

BOOK COLLECTION & SALE: The Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital will collect new and used books and sell them to raise money for the group’s scholarship fund.

TINLEY PARK, Ill. — Sometimes a wedding dress is more than a beautiful gathering of fine fabric. Sometimes it tells a story of hope and perseverance and the importance of looking for silver linings.