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Summer 2017 Issue

Patient Stories

Pediatric stroke patient happy, healthy

Gavin's parents were in shock when they learned that their 20-month-old son had a stroke. The reality is that their story is more common than most people think.

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Gundersen St. Joe's offers direct access to physical therapy care

When Tina Sullivan of Hillsboro began having discomfort in her shoulder, a friend suggested she see a physical therapist.

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Family LEAP Program teaches healthy habits to last a lifetime

Evan Nelson has not always been a fan of vegetables but after attending the Family LEAP Program, Evan will tell you that his favorite veggie is broccoli

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Cardiac Rehab gets to the heart of care

Lois understands the importance of working to improve heart health: On Dec. 12, 2016, she underwent cardiac surgery to repair her mitral valve.

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Meaningful care and therapy…with popcorn

Popcorn has been part of Laverne Pientok's life for decades. His favorite treat even helped him recover after he was hospitalized.

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Close to home

Local cancer care offers convenience and comfort. "I went to see the doctor in the fall of 2016 for a spot on my lung, which didn't turn out to be anything," Betty says. "But after some tests, they came back and told me I had colon cancer."

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Small-town medicine provides big-time benefits

One of the unexpected perks of small-town living, say the Tuszynski's, has been receiving healthcare at the Gundersen Viroqua Clinic.

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Daily weigh-ins can weigh heavy on your progress

"Stepping on the scale every morning is likely not going to help you lose weight," reports Gundersen registered dietitian Rebecca Stetzer.

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Finding the right care for you and your family

A primary care provider is a partner in your long-term health, gets to know you, your medical history and health goals and will help manage your overall health.

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Tackling the diabetes epidemic

If you're overwhelmed by these statistics, at least know this: diabetes is a growing problem that impacts everyone.

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Working together on your health and wellness goals

The Change Reaction Program is now available to the public, combining education about exercise, nutrition & stress reduction for individuals wanting to improve their overall health.

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Back to her roots

Gundersen Tri-County CEO excited to serve the area she calls home.

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It's our anniversary!

Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

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Personalized care for diabetes

A team works together to empower diabetes patients by giving them the right tools for self-care.

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Surgery close to home

What do breast surgery, cholecystectomy, colonoscopy and C-sections have in common? They are all surgical procedures performed by our surgeons in Prairie du Chien.

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Orthopedics outreach restores independence

Gundersen Health System orthopedic outreach in Boscobel is helping patients regain their independence.

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A magnetic treatment for heartburn

An innovative procedure at Gundersen Health System is expanding treatment options for sufferers of chronic heartburn and indigestion.

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Pelvic floor physical therapy: The treatment many are missing

Get to know more about pelvic floor physical therapy.

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5 homemade foods that are better than store-bought

Learn how to save some money and improve flavor by making these foods at home instead of buying them from the store.

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Is radon a risk?

You can't see it. You can't smell it. But radon might be a risk for you and your family. Radon is naturally occurring, and some areas, including the Tri-state Region, have higher concentrations of radon than others.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says exposure to radon, found underground through cracks and gaps in your foundation, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

The Environmental Protection Agency says radon is to blame for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. Visit to learn more about radon, including how to detect it in your home and what you can do to limit your exposure.

Benefits of drinking plain water

The average person should drink about eight cups of fluids per day. Gundersen Health System experts recommend at least half (or more) of daily fluid consumption come in the form of plain water.

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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.

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