In 1946, Allen Limberg, M.D., trained at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire and then began practicing with his brother at the Limberg Clinic in Glenwood City in 1950. Both facilities are now part of Mayo Clinic Health System.
By Nancy Kohlhepp, R.N., Mayo Clinic Health System
MENOMONIE, Wis. — Father’s Day offers a good time to pay tribute to my dad, who paved the way to a multigenerational tie to Mayo Clinic Health System.
In 1946, my father, Dr. Allen Limberg (who patients called Dr. Allen), completed his medical internship and residency at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, now called Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. In 1950, he moved to Glenwood City to practice medicine with his brother at the Limberg Clinic, also now part of Mayo Clinic Health System.
Patients of Limberg Clinic may remember a little girl at the clinic named Laura Kohlhepp. Laura is my daughter and Dr. Allen’s granddaughter. Laura remembers looking at X-rays with her grandfather around the kitchen table. That is where her dream of becoming a doctor took hold.
Today, Laura Nelson, D.O., and her husband, Drew Nelson, M.D., mark our family’s third generation employed at Mayo Clinic Health System. They both are physicians in the Emergency Departments in Eau Claire and Menomonie. Laura became a physician, as she always wanted to be a doctor like her grandfather. Meanwhile, I retired in 2014 from my role as a nurse in Mayo Clinic Health System’s endoscopy lab after 26 years.
My family has been blessed to have a special bond with patients that goes back to the Dr. Allen era in Glenwood City. He would make house calls 24/7. If a woman was in labor, many times he would pick her up at her house and take her to Menomonie’s hospital. He would explain, “I had to go there anyway to deliver the baby.” The baby’s father would come after he finished his milking chores. It was not uncommon for Dr. Allen to take mother and baby home after making rounds and also discharging them.
One time after a huge snowstorm, Dr. Allen received a phone call to make a house call just outside of Glenwood City. After getting two vehicles stuck in the snow, he had his three sons shovel them out. He came in the house and called for me to drive him on a snowmobile. The family at the house was so shocked to see us in that weather.
I know Laura’s grandpa, Dr. Allen, would be so proud of Laura fulfilling her dream. I had to smile when we heard that Laura and Drew were expecting their first child, a daughter, who arrived Jan. 28 — Dr. Allen’s birthday. Her great-grandfather would be thrilled to know Elsie Autumn Nelson arrived on her due date. Now that I am retired, I have the delight of caring for Elsie when her mom and dad are working. I wonder if the new baby’s dreams will ever include Mayo Clinic Health System as they have for her numerous ancestors.
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Press ContactKristin Everett