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Rural clinics - where you’re family


Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

Nichole Halverson (right) pictured with Kirsten Wyffels, DNP who provides care in the Mabel Clinic. Photo submitted

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.

Kirsten Wyffels, a doctor of nursing practice (DNP), joined Winneshiek Medical Center’s Mabel Clinic in early July to provide daily expanded hours for the people in the Hesper-Mabel area, Spring Grove, and southern Fillmore County. Along with Kathy Petersburg, ARNP, Kirsten provides family medicine services such as well child exams, athletic physicals, well-woman exams, care for chronic illness, immunizations, wellness labs, strep tests and offers same day appointments for illness. Medical direction for Winneshiek Medical Center is provided by Mayo Clinic Health System.

“Kirsten sat down with me and asked lots of questions to fully understand me and my health history. She took time to get to know me to uncover what could be causing my illness,” says Nichole.

Before she left her appointment, Nichole was able to get the necessary lab work done right in Mabel. “Kirsten told me she would call with the results. What I didn’t expect was for her to call three times in between to check on how I was doing,” says Nichole.

“Being from Mabel myself, I view my patients as my ‘people’ and I want to take care of them,” says Kirsten. “If someone is sick, we will get them seen and they will be treated like family.” The family concept shined through for Nichole. She says, “Kirsten said I should run down to her house to get some Gatorade if I didn’t have any at home, and she even helped me understand my insurance. I’ve never felt so cared for by a health care provider.”

Nichole adds, “Kirsten will be my health care provider from now on. She goes out of her way, and above and beyond, to make sure you are taken care of.”

The Mabel Clinic is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Call 507-493-5115 to schedule an appointment.

Pheasants Forever offering first ‘Hunting for a Cure’

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

AUSTIN, Minn. – Pheasant hunters will come together in early October for a new fundraiser in LeRoy, Minn. to raise support for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research. Mower County Pheasants Forever, of Austin, and the Tri ..... 
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Help meet local flu reduction goals - get a flu vaccination!

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months obtain a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it offered. This is especially true for people with health conditions or their care givers. Accordi ..... 
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One-of-a-kind Minnesota nursing home payment program promotes overall quality

Mon, Sep 16th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

A one-of-a-kind Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) program that provides nursing homes additional payment for quality improvement projects shows promise for encouraging overall nursing home quality improvement, according to a study publishe ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on September 24

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. T ..... 
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MNsure Offers Low Rates and Help Paying for Health Insurance

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn.—MNsure announced today that consumers can expect competitive rates and an array of quality coverage options through MNsure, Minnesota’s new health insurance marketplace. Premiums for plans on MNsure are some of the lowest in the c ..... 
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Suicide Prevention Day: Time to remember there is help for those who need it

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

As World Suicide Prevention Day is observed this Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Minnesota Department of Human Services reminds Minnesotans of resources available to people in despair and their friends and family members. “Every life lost to suicide is a ..... 
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Additional services and more healthcare providers at Rushford Clinic

Thu, Aug 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Winona Health has added services at their Rushford Clinic and welcomed several new healthcare providers. “Healthcare organizations everywhere are finding it challenging to recruit healthcare providers for smaller, rural communities,” said Mart ..... 
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Report Shows Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center Excels in Treatment for Depression

Mon, Aug 26th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

An independent researcher recently reported that Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center significantly exceeded state averages in the treatment of depression. The report was released by Minnesota HealthScores, an independent, non-profit organization dedic ..... 
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