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Spring 2018 issue

Patient Stories

Eric Petersen-Brant with his bike

'I'm back' - Lung cancer survivor helping raise awareness of disease

A cancer diagnosis didn't alter Eric's positive outlook on life. He's using his experience to help others in similar circumstances.

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Uplifting Hospice Care

As Tootie's health declined, she was relieved to hear that Gundersen Palmer Hospice would be available at the place she now considers her home.

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Anna Reed and Dr. Uko

Freedom to enjoy food again

Chronic abdominal pain affects more than 1/3 of elementary and middle school children who complain of weekly episodes of abdominal pain. 25% of children report symptoms lasting more than 8 weeks. Read Anna's story about her diagnosis.

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Chris Mish at OT

Back on the job, thanks to Gundersen Tri-County care

The occupational therapy Chris Mish of Blair received at Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics put him back on the road, back on the job, and back as a provider for his family.

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Decorah Rehab Services team

Teaming Up with Team Rehab

Gundersen Health System and a longtime northeast Iowa private practice are coming together for physical therapy services close to home.

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older couple

'It sets us apart' Gundersen Palmer social workers offer care, support

For a combined 36 years, social workers Janell McElree, LBSW, and Bea Guenther, LBSW, have cared for patients in West Union and the surrounding communities at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital.

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Paula's Purse helps ease financial barriers to treatment

Every year generous contributions to funds like Paula's Purse help lessen the financial burden on patients affected by cancer.

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Tri-County Hospitals and Clinics financial services

Need help paying your medical bills?

At Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics
As a Gundersen Health System patient, one simple phone call could reduce your healthcare costs.

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man and woman on Terrace garden

Enriching Recovery: Rehabilitation patients plant, tend and harvest

Inpatient Rehabilitation patients at Gundersen Health System didn't always have the option to enjoy the outdoors by planting, tending and harvesting vegetables as part of their treatment plan.

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man with towel over shoulder

The big 10 for men

No matter your age, it's important to follow a healthy lifestyle.

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older woman in hospital bed

You need to heal but don't need a nursing home

Our goal with Swing Bed is to help you live the most active and healthy life you can, as quickly as you're able.

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New clinic, more convenient care coming to Tomah

Tomah area residents will soon have a convenient place to receive all their healthcare services, including cancer care.

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woman holding her wrist

We take the 'oi' out of joint pain

Does the pain from joint damage or injury have you exclaiming "OI!" when you try to move, sleep or go about your daily activities?

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paper flowers

4 over-the-counter treatments for seasonal allergies

Your pharmacist can be a useful resource for choosing the right product to treat your symptoms.

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spices on spoons

What to know before your next blood draw

Did you know dietary supplements can interfere with laboratory tests?

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vegetable clocks

Manage blood sugars with meal timing

"We empower patients with the right tools to help them self-manage their diabetes," says Nancy Ernst, registered dietitian and diabetes educator.

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sunscreen on the beach

Physical vs. Chemical sunscreens

Confused by what sunscreen to buy? You're not alone. Gundersen dermatologist April Farrell, MD, offers this helpful overview.

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Find the help you need by texting 211

By texting your zip code to 898211, you'll tap into hundreds and hundreds of resources.

And, you'll be texting with a living human being—so there will be interaction without that frustrating "pick from a menu" automation so common these days.

  • Text your ZIP code to 898211, Monday through Friday afternoons and evenings
  • Chat online at, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Log on at and search the 211 database of resources
  • Or call: Just dial 211, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

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New expanded hours in Sparta, Tomah

It's now easier to get the care you need at the Gundersen Sparta and Tomah Clinics with new expanded hours two evenings a week. Be sure to call ahead for an appointment. No walk-ins please.

Gundersen Sparta Clinic
1111 West Wisconsin Street (State Hwy 16)

  • Regular hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Expanded hours: Monday and Wednesday, 5-7 p.m.
  • For an appointment, call (608) 269-6731

Gundersen Tomah Clinic
1330 North Superior Avenue

  • Regular hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Expanded hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • For an appointment, call (608) 372-4111
what to expect

We've taken steps at all our locations to keep you and our staff healthy and safe. Here's what to expect when you visit us.

Stay safe