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Spring 2017 Issue

Gundersen Magazine Spring 2017 cover

Gundersen receives Patient-Centered Medical Home certification
All primary care, including Pediatrics, Family Medicine & General Internal Medicine, received the highest level of Patient-Centered Medical Home certification.

Relief from chronic pain? It was music to her ears!
Nerve damage from a neck injury in 2012 resulted in constant pain for Shelly Heerts, a Holmen school music teacher.

Why the 3,500-calorie rule doesn't always work 
Your body weight and your composition affect your metabolism. Body composition generally changes as your weight decreases. Read what to do instead of the 3,500 rule from Cindy Solis, RD.

Never missing a beat: Gundersen MedLink AIR 
Second Gundersen MedLink AIR helicopter brings the best care  directly to patients where they live when they need it most.

New life through clinical trial 
Rhita Searles has the pep back in her step, thanks to a clinical trial through Gundersen Health System and Gundersen Medical Foundation.

Youth sports 101: Instead of specializing, diversify!
Prevent overuse injuries and burnout by encouraging your child to participate in more than one sport.

Positive parenting pays off
What's the best way to respond to kids who behave in challenging ways? Center for Effective Discipline at Gundersen outlines five helpful tips.

Pen to paper: Amish youth and diabetes educator form friendship
Gundersen nurse educator exchanges letters with Amish boy to help him track his "numbers."

Hard-to-heal wounds benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy 
Gundersen Health System now offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help save limbs and heal wounds once thought untreatable.

Just ask – because you can save a life
Preventing suicide begins with a conversation. Learn about a new screening Gundersen is using and the important role you play.

3 things you should do for your skin at any age 
Start early with a consistent regimen and the effort will pay off in the long run. It's true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

8 ways for you to manage migraines and headaches
Lifestyle changes are often the most effective means to prevent chronic headaches and migraines.

Physical Therapy now available in Sparta
Physical therapy is one of several new services available close to home for residents in and around Sparta.

Patients need 'patience' with open wounds
Elaine Richards of Wyeville is glad of the great care close to home at Gundersen Tomah Clinic.

Strength training puts Barbara Davis in the driver's seat
Participation in the StrongWomen™ program helps Barbara Davis get back to life after serious injuries she suffered from a fall.

Family doctor gives Decorah tests an 'A' for access
Ease of access to advanced medical tests is important to Dan Wientzen, DO, his own family and the hundreds of Northeast Iowa families who choose the Gundersen Decorah Clinic for their care.

Light therapy brightening lives
Gundersen Tweeten's new light therapy project is aimed at helping patients with dementia make better transitions from day to night and improve their mood.

Knowing the signs of stroke and quick action saves Wadena man
When Dave Aylsworth wasn't feeling well, he thought he would go home and lie down. Thankfully, some passersby noticed Dave was struggling and showing symptoms of a stroke and took him to Gundersen Palmer Hospital for care.

Specialty eye care, shorter drive 
"For a rural area, the technology and resources at Gundersen Tri-County is impressive," says Ashley Finch, OD, Gundersen Tri-County Whitehall. "Few rural areas are able to provide this level of care."

Women's Health services expand to Boscobel
Board-certified gynecologist Shannan Stephens, MD, now sees patients in Boscobel for a wide range of problems of the female reproductive system.

Advanced breast care services available in Prairie du Chien
Save yourself a trip to La Crosse. Gundersen clinical breast radiologists are now available in Prairie du Chien offering advanced breast care services.