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Classes & Events


Grief at the Holidays

Support Groups

Eau Claire, WI
10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.
Mankato, MN
5:30 p.m.

Cancer Support Group

Support Groups

Fairmont, MN
6:30 p.m.
Mankato, MN
5:15-6:15 p.m.

Viniyoga for Health & Healing

Community Education

Red Wing, MN
Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Rice Lake, WI
Glenwood City, WI
Weekdays during regular clinic hours

CoolSculpting Sale

Special Event

Eau Claire, WI
Cameron, WI
Weekdays during regular clinic hours
Barron, WI
Weekdays during regular clinic hours
Mondovi, WI
During clinic hours
Elmwood, WI
Weekdays during regular clinic hours

From The Blog


Caring for a loved one with diabetes

Oftentimes in a diabetic person's life, he or she may need the help of a loved one. A diabetic person encounters many stages in life. Sure, it can be difficult at times, but the more prepared you are, the better you can handle the situation.

Kristi Stemsrud PAC By Kristi Stemsrud December 12, 2017

Should I use antibiotics or home remedies to treat my child's illness?

For parents, it can be hard to tell whether your child’s illness requires antibiotics or if there are other ways to effectively treat his or her symptoms. To prevent overuse of these drugs, it’s important to know when home remedies can be used instead of antibiotics.

Tiffany Casper DO By Tiffany Casper December 5, 2017

Around for the long haul: Weight loss success

Like many busy adults, Kasie Von Haden was always putting her health at the bottom of her priority list. Then came her wake-up call.

December 5, 2017

Rolling with the punches: Great medical care under unfortunate circumstances

Though the saying “I don’t have time to be sick” is well-known, some health complications create a tough road to recovery regardless of how busy life is. Paula West learned that the hard way.

December 1, 2017

Quarterback shuts out Type I diabetes

Between school, football, farming and living the life of a high school senior, Jack Gadient manages Type I diabetes, which he was diagnosed with when he was 7.

November 30, 2017

What is thyroid cancer?

Thyroid cancer arises from the thyroid gland — a butterfly-shaped organ located on the front of the neck whose main function is producing thyroid hormones to regulate metabolism. Thyroid cancer is the most rapidly increasing cancer in U.S., mainly due to advancements in imaging techniques that help detect smaller lesions.

Sakine Sever MD By Sakine Sever November 28, 2017

Local physician couple saves passenger’s life: A mile-high medical tale

Most people who fly worry about leg room, layovers and lack of storage space for their carry-ons. Few have to worry about saving someone’s life at 30,000 feet. When married Eau Claire, Wisconsin, physicians boarded a flight, they didn’t know they would be putting their medical training to work before they reached their destination.

November 27, 2017

5 tips for navigating changing holiday traditions

Traditions play a big part in our lives during the holidays. However, it can be difficult to maintain the same traditions each year due to family changes, such as a lost loved one, unemployment, a new family member, divorce/separation or a move. Here are five tips to help you navigate changes to your family holiday traditions.

November 22, 2017

Create your plate: Healthy serving sizes for the holidays

The holiday season is the most wonderful — and least healthy — time of the year for many people. Luckily, creating your plate with health in mind does not need to be complicated. Here are six easy tips to make eating during the holidays fun and simple.

Eileen Dutter, R.D. By Eileen Dutter November 21, 2017

Screen time and body weight — is there a connection?

Studies show that excess TV viewing in childhood predicts risk for obesity well into adulthood. For example, kids who have TV sets in their rooms are more likely to gain excess weight when compared to those who don’t have TVs.

November 21, 2017

Giving thanks for special care

Jess Pederson didn’t think she would ever be able to have a baby. Her journey to motherhood was a long one, marked with struggle and heartache along the way.

November 20, 2017

6 misconceptions about bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is an available treatment for severe obesity that consistently achieves and maintains substantial weight loss, and improves health and quality of life. Let’s review some misconceptions.

November 16, 2017

In The News

New physician assistant welcomed to Austin Family Medicine department

Diana Nelson, PA, joined the practice on Dec. 1st.

December 11, 2017
Auxiliary in Austin hosts "$6 Sale" on December 18

Proceeds support auxiliary projects at the medical center.

December 7, 2017
Reach Out and Read Literacy Program introduced in Mankato

Getting books from health care providers will soon be a routine part of regular pediatric checkups.

December 5, 2017
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) announce sponsorship transfer

FSPA announced it intends to transfer complete oversight of Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare to lay leaders of the organization.

November 21, 2017
Level II Trauma Center in Eau Claire reverified

After a rigorous on-site review, the American College of Surgeons commended Eau Claire for its demonstrated commitment to provide superior trauma care for injured patients.

November 20, 2017
Mayo Clinic Health System website earns three 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards

Winners of the 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards were recently announced at the Healthcare Internet Conference in Austin, Texas, and mayoclinichealthsyste...

November 17, 2017
Physician couple in Eau Claire save passenger’s life: A mile-high medical tale

Most people who fly worry about leg room, layovers and lack of storage space for their carry-ons. Few have to worry about saving someone’s life at 30,000 feet.

November 17, 2017
‘Set Memories Aglow’ this holiday season

All donations help support the Albert Lea and Austin Hospice programs.

November 16, 2017
New physician welcomed to Neurology department in Owatonna

Naila Goenka, M.D., joined the practice to assist in caring for patients with neurological diseases.

November 16, 2017
You can make a difference – become a hospice volunteer

Adult volunteers are needed to provide support to hospice patients and their caregivers in Albert Lea, Austin and surrounding communities.

November 15, 2017
Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare Announces Cancer Center Expansion

The $4.9 million project will add 3900 square feet including nine exam rooms and nine treatment chairs to the Cancer Center, located on the lower level of the Cancer and Surgery Building. 

November 14, 2017
Expert offers advice during Diabetes Awareness Month

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 9 percent of the U.S. population had diabetes in 2015, and it’s the country’s seventh-leading cause of death.

November 7, 2017


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