Patient Stories

Nicholas… a 5-year old sensational kid
Five-year old Nicholas Bernhard was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder by Tyler Menke, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician at Winneshiek Medical Center. [...] Read More
Living well with diabetes
Joyce Schutte was diagnosed with diabetes in 2007. For six years, she successfully managed her health by going to classes, taking her medications, eating smaller portions and choosing to be physically active. Everything changed in 2013 when her daughter, Eileen, found out she had cancer. [...] Read More
Daycare accident leads to emergency medical care at WMC
Haidyn Farley was having a very normal four-year old day. She was playing with her friends at daycare, running around outside before everyone settled in for a nap. Without warning, Haidyn tripped and landed hard on her right shoulder. [...] Read More
Keeping Young Athletes Healthy
Out for track, softball, basketball, cross county and soccer, an injury can put the brakes on Alea’s plans any time of the year. So when she felt her hip tighten during a track meet, Alea knew that she should listen to her body and get help. [...] Read More
Maurice and Avon… ’til death do us part
Maurice and Avon Dahl never left each other’s side. Living in the very house of his birth, Maurice and his bride, Avon, were married for a mere 58 years, raising 12 children and enjoying scores of grand and great-grandchildren. [...] Read More
Rural clinics – where you’re family
Nichole Halverson returned from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, only to find herself feeling ill. She called the Mabel Clinic for an appointment. “I thought of Kirsten right away, and got an appointment with her for that very morning!” says Nichole. [...] Read More
Running pain free
Allyson Fillmore, a Luther College runner, now runs pain-free after working with physical therapists in Winneshiek Medical Center’s Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Department in Decorah, Iowa. [...] Read More
Working together to meet the needs of the patient
Bob Harri knows the symptoms of a heart attack. As the director of Security and Information Services at Luther College, and as a retired law enforcement officer and EMT, Bob has been around people during heart attacks before. His experience led him to make the 911 call – this time, for himself. [...] Read More
Softer, Warmer, Better – Digital Mammography
With every new year, Karen Anderson knows it’s time for her mammogram screening at Winneshiek Medical Center. This January, Karen anticipated a different experience with the new digital mammography technology. “Having worked at Bank of the West in Decorah, and now Seed Savers, I have always found it convenient to have mammograms at WMC,” says Karen [...] Read More
Skilled Care – Nursing and rehabilitation to meet your special needs
It was a beautiful spring day when Paul Johnson climbed on his tractor for some morning farm work. But Paul’s plans changed in an instant when a log he’d been pushing bucked back, slamming into the back of his neck and sending him somersaulting off the tractor. [...] Read More
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