Fall 2016 Issue

Gundersen Magazine Fall 2016 cover

Robin Henderson: Pain and purpose from cancer
A strong, independent mother of two and Air Force veteran, Robin had stage 4 colorectal cancer. She was just 30 years old.

Total knee replacement helps outdoorsman get back to nature
"If I wanted to continue being active, I knew had to do something," says Dan Borgwardt, of rural Fountain City, Wis., who began investigating total knee replacement.

Don't wait for a heart attack to think about heart health
Hope Unverzagt of Sparta, Wis. is living proof heart disease is something everyone needs to be aware of.

Winona girl meets adversity head on
It was Halloween 2013 and Willa Krase of Winona, Minn., was looking forward to trick-or-treating as a mummy. But the day turned out far more frightening.

'Hospice truly cares about the entire family'
Jean Bruder didn't know she was sick until after a car accident when X-rays revealed a large mass on her lungs. At 52, Jean was determined to live the rest of her life her own way.

A permanent, pill-free solution to chronic acid reflux
It wasn't that long ago that eating and drinking just about anything - including water - would often give Bill Becker uncomfortable, unhealthy acid reflux.

Bringing mental health into the mainstream
Integrated Care provides behavioral health services from the convenience of your primary care provider's office, a place you know and trust.

Winning Weighs® helped Patti be fabulous at 50
Winning Weighs helps people like Patti Petrie take control of food choices.

Suffering with back or neck pain?
About 80 percent of all adults will experience back and neck pain severe enough to keep them from doing routine activities for at least one week.

Creating smiles to last a lifetime
Our orthodontic specialists are specially trained to correct teeth, bite and jaw problems using the most up-to-date techniques and technologies.

The new look of family medicine
Gundersen Health System's new Family Medicine Residency Clinic is open and ready to serve patients of all ages.

What's New - Fall 2016
What's new at Gundersen Health System from the Fall 2016 issue of Gundersen Magazine.

Care close to home for complex women's health issues
Women like Samantha Goodenough who live near Tomah, Sparta and Hillsboro now have access to more obstetric and gynecology services close to home.

Mindful Medicine: Consider osteopathic care for chronic pain
The pain started with a purse. Dani Sulik of Kendal, Wis. packed the purse – "it weighed as much as two bowling balls," she says.

Community commitment: New Sparta Clinic opens soon
Work began on the 35,000 square-foot facility in fall 2015, and it is scheduled to open in January 2017.

Optometrist joins Gundersen Eye Clinic Waukon
Great colleagues, great patients and a great place to live bring Kristen Reierson, OD, to the Gundersen Eye Clinic Waukon.

Easing the pain during delivery
Childbirth is a joyous experience, but it also takes planning and preparation. Women who deliver at Gundersen Palmer West Union have several options to manage their pain.

Marty Samuelson: Catch cancer before it catches you
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US behind lung cancer. It is also one of the most preventable & curable cancers. Marty Samuelson of Decorah shares his story.

Top-notch resources, technology, specialty care right here at home
"Yearly eye exams are an important part of health maintenance for everyone, regardless of age or physical health," says Ashley Finch, OD, Gundersen Eye Clinic Whitehall.

'Cowboy' grateful for life-saving trauma care at Gundersen Tri-County
A self described "tough cowboy," Rob Steagall of Mondovi, Wis., got care when he needed it most.

Scoping out colon cancer
A colonoscopy is an exam that could save your life. It offers the best opportunity for doctors to detect colon cancer in its early, more treatable stage.

Family Medicine physician joins Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic
Gundersen Health System is happy to welcome family medicine physician Devin Wenrich, MD, to the Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic.

Bond through breast cancer
Theresa Braudt & Michelle Farrell of Boscobel, Wis., share a bond like no other. In 2015, both healthcare professionals became patients after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Linda Horswill: Catch cancer before it catches you
Linda Horswill of Cashton, Wis., has a cautionary tale: Talk to your physician about getting a colonoscopy at age 50. Linda didn't, & it almost cost her dearly.

Heel pain: You can't just 'walk it off'
Is that a rock in the heel of your shoe? No, it's probably plantar fasciitis, a common condition that can affect people of all ages and lifestyles.