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What to expect when you call 911, and what to do while you wait.

by Gerald Moore, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) at Southwest Health Making the decision to call an ambulance can be very scary. Your adrenaline kicks in, your thoughts start racing, every episode of “Emergency” starts running through your head. So many thoughts and feelings rush in that you find yourself unable to communicate your message [read more]

How to not let your health take a back seat in winter

by Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications at Southwest Health |  I don’t care what groundhogs saw or did not see last week. Spring will come when it’s good and ready. In the meantime, life is too short and far too precious to hibernate. Waiting out winter is no strategy for staying healthy. Instead, [read more]

Go ahead, feed your baby in public

by Meghan Raeder, RN, BSN, CLC – OB Supervisor and Certified Lactation Counselor at the Birthing Center at Southwest Health How would you react if you saw a mother breastfeeding her baby in public? Would you stare? Would walk over to her and ask her to cover up or go elsewhere? Would you see the [read more]

You’re not alone in your SADness

By Jennifer Miller Kass, MSW, LCSW, Behavioral Health Administrative Director at Southwest Behavioral Services  With all the fog that has fallen on our picturesque community lately, it can be hard to feel excited about getting out of bed or finding motivation. Gloomy and dreary winter weather has this effect on many of us. The days are [read more]

Importance of knowing Infant CPR

by Rebecca L. Wylesky-Durst MSN, MHA, RN – Director of Nursing at Southwest Health As new parents, we have a mental checklist we go through to make sure our home and lives are ready for our new addition. We make sure the car seat is in place, the nursery has all the right touches and [read more]

Cool Beans

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications at Southwest Health. The magical fruit, as they’ve been dubbed in a school-yard rhyme, are indeed both fruit and magic. While some cultures have long eaten beans because they’re abundant and cheap, the world is now waking up to the true magic of the legume family – [read more]

Medicare Annual Wellness Visits – What you should know

By Kim Reuter, Clinic Manager at Southwest Health Understanding your Medicare annual wellness visit is not always easy. So, we’re here to help. Knowing how to prepare for it and what to expect when you get there is difficult if you’ve never been through the process before. Our goal is to make sure that each [read more]

Viruses Among Us

by Jenny Pritchett, MBA, MPH, RN, CIC, Director of Quality Management & Infection Preventionist at Southwest Health As the hospital’s Infection Preventionist, I complete ongoing surveillance of illnesses throughout our area and provide guidance and recommendations based on this surveillance. Over recent weeks we have been experiencing a mumps outbreak in the Platteville and Dubuque [read more]

Give Your Bad Day a Makeover

Work isn’t working. Your kids are crabby. That painful paper cut.  And last night’s dinner is disagreeing with you. Sometimes life just throws things in your way. Truth is, bad days happen to all of us. Even the small stuff can overwhelm us and trigger a downward spiral of negativity that may quickly turn you [read more]