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Skipping sedation: A quicker colonoscopy

Deb Gunderson has natural curiosity and a love of medicine. It was for those reasons that the licensed practical nurse opted for a sedation-free colonoscopy when she was due to receive the important colon cancer screening.

February 21, 2017

First patient has TAVR heart surgery in Eau Claire

Until recently, 87-year-old Charles Kaeding of Augusta considered himself to be in fairly good health. However, that quickly changed when he noticed getting increasingly tired and becoming short of breath when exerting himself.

February 13, 2017

Heart attack patient lives to tell another fish tale

Rochelle Diercks was used to her husband’s fishing tales. But the tale he lives to retell from his annual fishing trip in June 2016 is even more unbelievable than any embellished story she’s ever heard before.

February 8, 2017

Care coordination benefits patient in multiple ways

A host of health problems have hit Jim Kissinger of Stone Lake, Wisconsin, hard in the last few years. Living nearly 100 miles from his Eau Claire doctor doesn’t make staying on top of his medical situation any easier.

February 2, 2017

Wound care team, dedication help heal Eau Claire nurse

MaryAnn Pozarski has seen many patients and changes over the 40 years treating patients at Mayo Clinic Health System. But the most impactful change came when she needed care for a wound of her own.

Raeann Nargiz, N.P. By Raeann Nargiz February 2, 2017

Patient thankful Y90 treatment slows liver cancer

Three months out from his last Y-90 treatment, Mark Turnbull continues to work, feels well and remains in good spirits.

January 27, 2017

College professor beats breast cancer with hometown team

Polly Browne, 54, a North Mankato, Minnesota resident and elementary education professor at Mankato-based Bethany Lutheran College, didn’t have symptoms, but she knew something wasn’t quite right with one of her breasts. An otherwise healthy person who had not long ago received a normal mammography report, Browne decided she needed to see her primary provider, Susan Laabs, M.D., Family Medicine.

January 16, 2017

Hospice patient gets a special visit from Chi Hi football players

Phil Pitsch is an avid a sports fan as they come. A former three-sport athlete and standout running back for the Chippewa Falls High School Cardinals, Pitsch, 81, follows Chi-Hi football games to this day

November 1, 2016