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Winter 2019 Issue

Patient Stories

Boscobel sisters through survival

Sisters through survival

Four local Boscobel women share their breast cancer journeys.

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Eduardo Hernandez and registered nurse Taylor Matchey

A perfect pair

Nurse creates scavenger hunt to brighten patient's day

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Drew Dockry with his guitar

Playing through Parkinson's

When Drew Dockry was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in January 2011, one feeling rose above the rest: relief.

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Emily Rodriguez and Hannah Thorelli

Midwives for a new generation of Tomah moms

While preparing for her second child, Hannah Thorelli of Tomah put a lot of thought into her ideal birth experience. Knowing the positive midwife experiences her sisters had during their nine combined pregnancies, it was hard for Hannah to ignore the option of choosing a midwife for her second pregnancy.

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Baby Kameryn with mom

Baby Kameryn: Overcoming the odds at 23 weeks

On June 16, 2017, Kameryn Vian came into this world without warning, weighing just 1 pound 3.8 ounces. Every year, 10 to 12 percent of babies in the U.S. are born prematurely (birth before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy). Only about 1 percent are born at an extremely low birth weight like Kameryn.

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Betty Halama on her lawnmower

Swing Bed helps Betty get 'back to normal'

Gundersen Tri-County Swing Bed care got Betty back to normal after an accident.

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Alex Arneson playing basketball

'You would never know'

To learn how to rebuild his strength after an accident, Alex's family turned to Gundersen Decorah Rehab Services.

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Jessica Miller with telemedicine stand

Telemedicine provides access to specialists close to home

Telemedicine uses interactive video and audio to connect patients and healthcare professionals at regional clinics and hospitals with our medical consultants in La Crosse.

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normal vein vs. a varicose vein

Get a leg up on varicose veins

Alexander Wade, MD is the only surgeon in the Viroqua area treating varicose veins.

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mother and daughter playing chess

A healthy body image starts with you

From a very young age, children pick up on how parents talk about their own bodies and the bodies of other people. No one is more influential to children than their parents.

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woman holding her lower back

In pain? You have options

Chronic pain doesn't have to keep you from life's special moments or the activities you enjoy.

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group of women doing yoga

Trauma-sensitive yoga gives 'choice,' 'sense of home'

The patient just wanted to feel "normal" and "part of a community." After care from Gundersen Health System providers, support from La Crosse Area Family YMCA staff, and Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive yoga, they found a sense of belonging.

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happy pregnancy woman

Caring for mom & baby close to home

A new Shared Care model at Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics allows you to receive your regular prenatal care close to home until it's time to deliver your new arrival.

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rendering of new St. Joseph's hospital

New hospital and clinic will improve access, services close to home

Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics in Hillsboro, Wis., has taken a big step forward in creating an even better environment for patient care and experience.

Gundersen St. Joseph's new facility, scheduled to welcome its first patients in 2020, will feature a variety of areas to maximize care and comfort. The new design draws on the natural beauty of the Hillsboro area. The flowing design is inspired by the farming practice of contouring and the campus' lakeside location.

Highlights of new building

surgical tools

Offering surgery close to home in Friendship

What do gall bladder surgery, colonoscopy, wrist surgery and shoulder surgery have in common? They are all surgical procedures performed by surgeons at Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics in Friendship, Wis.

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Gundersen Boscobel introduces new model of care

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics now offer a way to treat your behavioral health needs through a team-based model of care.

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Foundation Tree of Life

Gundersen Tri-County Foundation supports patient, community health and wellness

The Gundersen Tri-County Foundation makes a difference in the area it serves.

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Kylie Jirak

From RN to CNM

Kylie Jirak, RN, CNM, Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics' new midwife, shares the inspiration behind her career advancement.

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The skinny on the keto diet

For those of you unfamiliar, the ketogenic diet – shortened to "keto" – is very low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein and high in fat.

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Nine screenings that can save your life

When it comes to maintaining your best possible health, it is important to stay current on your health screenings.

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a pair of glasses on a vision test

Your eyes deserve the best

You have only one set of eyes to last a lifetime. For the highest quality eye care and the latest in designer eyewear, turn to Gundersen Eye Clinic Friendship.

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Urgent vs. Emergent: Where should you seek care?

When you're ill or injured, you need the right level of care, and that means knowing whether you have an urgent or emergent need.

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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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