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Minds

A Story About Community

By Jaime Collins In every home on every block on every street and lot and farm in southwest Wisconsin, people have stories to tell of this pandemic year. I have one. You have one. And every last one of the 91,832 souls in Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties has their own story to tell. Grief. [read more]

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Providing Care…And So Much More

By Kim Reuter, Director of Operations Providers. What is a provider? They are the doctors, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, eye care experts, mental health therapists etc. who care for us in a healthcare setting. But really, they do so much more than help us stay healthy. The providers at Southwest Health do a lot [read more]

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

by Kelly Jo Fassbinder, Marketing Specialist The New Year brings a time to reorganize, set goals, and have a fresh start. Some people set goals or resolutions for better health, better balance, new adventures, or things they want to accomplish this year. Personally, I am kind of a goal setter all year around. Whether it’s [read more]

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Turning Anger Around

By Jaime Collins A recent survey ranks Wisconsin among the angriest of the 50 states. A leading provider of addiction treatment resources, alcohol.org, surveyed more than 3,000 Americans and found Delawarians to be the angriest. Residents there admitted to getting angry 12 times a week. Hawaiians, on the other hand, were found to be the [read more]

Better Together

By Julie Stephenson, Director of Community Development “Humans are social creatures: in this simple and obvious fact lies both the problem and the solution to the current crisis of loneliness”. In his groundbreaking book, Together – The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, the 19th  Surgeon General of the United States, [read more]

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The many emotions of holding a door…

By Breanna Callahan, Marketing Coordinator I can’t prepare the vials of vaccine. I can’t administer shots. I can’t update people’s medical records. But I CAN help people make their way from their car into the hospital safely. I CAN lend a hand or an arm to help steady them. I CAN get them a wheelchair [read more]

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Walking Away from the Pandemic

By Jaime Collins It appears the end of the pandemic is drawing near. The fact we will not be permanently stuck in pandemic mode comes courtesy of so many of you who masked up, stayed home, and protected others. That, I feel strongly, is the kind of thing great communities do for each other. Let’s [read more]

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A Love Letter to Winter

By Jaime Collins I have to tell you how I feel about you. You are special to me, and that makes me sorry for the way you’re always treated. So misunderstood. So disliked. Hated even. People talk horribly about you and grumble and curse whenever you come near. They say you hang around too long, [read more]

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The winter blues..and when it’s more

by Noelle Hebgen, APNP Being from Southwest Wisconsin, most of us are all too familiar with the phrase “the winter blues.” It is common for many of us to feel “blah” during the winter months and to be completely over winter by the time February rolls around each year. The winter solstice brings shorter days [read more]

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“Ch-Ch-Changes”

by Kelly Jo Fassbinder, Marketing Specialist One of my favorite things about the Midwest is the change of the seasons, and fall by far is my favorite. Fall is synonymous with change. Summer break ends and school starts; temperatures shift from warm to cool; and days get shorter and darker earlier. Change can be exciting [read more]

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