Hospital News

Tuesday, February 12 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider Recertification – one day class

George Family Education Center at Crossing Rivers Health

Contact: Betsy Thorson,


Tuesday, February 12 from 5:00 – 5:00 pm

Grief Support Group

Education Conference Room at Veteran’s Memorial in Waukon

Contact: Brittney Miller, 608.357.2446


Wednesday, February 13 from 7:30 am – 11:00 am and 12:30 – 4:00 pm (Two sessions)

Basic Life Support (BLS) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

George Family Education Center at Crossing Rivers Health

Contact: Lynn Groom, 608.357.2285


Tuesday, February 19 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Recertification – one day class

George Family Education Center at Crossing Rivers Health

Contact: Betsy Thorson,


Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Childbirth Education Classes

George Family Education Center at Crossing Rivers Health

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Childbirth Education Offered at Crossing Rivers Health

Prairie du Chien, WI – Crossing Rivers Health will be offering Childbirth Education on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

“Childbirth education classes provide the expectant mother and her partner the information and skills needed to enable them to move through pregnancy, labor and birth with confidence,” explains Chris Schroeder, RN, Obstetrical Services Director at Crossing Rivers Health. “During the class, we explain the numerous changes that happen to the body during pregnancy, share up-to-date information on labor and delivery, and explain the various birthing techniques that will ensure dignity and instill confidence,” Schroeder said. The class also includes a tour of the Crossing Rivers Health Birthing Center and an overview of our services.

Individuals wanting to register for a class are encouraged to call early in their pregnancy to find a class date that fits their needs. Class schedules may change depending on the number of participants. To register, visit or to receive additional information, call the Education Department at 608-357-2298.

The compassionate and caring obstetrical experts at Crossing River Health take pride in making the birth of every baby special and memorable. The team offers nutrition and exercise information, newborn care education, baby feeding and breastfeeding support, infant hearing screening, and room service meals. Breast pumps and other supplies are available through the Home Medical Equipment Retail Store at Crossing Rivers Health. See a virtual tour of the Crossing Rivers Health Birthing Center at

Crossing Rivers Health and the Clinics in Prairie du Chien and Fennimore offer a wide array of services to the residents of Southwest Wisconsin and Northeast Iowa.




Do Your Part For Your Heart


Prairie du Chien, WI - Crossing Rivers Health is joining the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in celebrating Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, February 10 – 16. 


“Cardiac rehabilitation plays a large role in reducing the potentially devastating effects of heart disease,” shared Tammy Thompson, Director of Cardiac Rehab at Crossing Rivers Health. “Evidence supports exercise as the best medicine in the management of health related risk factors that contribute to heart disease. Regular exercise has such a positive impact on all areas of our health both mentally and physically.”


“Exercise reduces blood pressure and cholesterol, lowers blood sugar in diabetics, helps regulate the use of blood sugar in non-diabetics and has a positive impact on weight loss and weight control- which are all risk factors that are directly associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease,” added Patrick Stovey, Clinical Exercise Physiologist at Crossing Rivers Health.


Heart disease and stroke can be fatal, but they can also lead to serious illness, disability, and a lower quality of life.  Following a heart attack, individuals frequently suffer fatigue and depression, and they may find it more difficult to engage in physical activities.


“Participation in a Cardiac Rehab program helps people decrease levels of fatigue, helps manage depression and gives people the guidance needed to feel more confident in returning to usual activities,” stated Austin Neis, Exercise Specialist at Crossing Rivers Health.    


“Another major role we play in Cardiac Rehab is helping patients and their families increase awareness of their personal risk factors and identifying which lifestyle behaviors are most important to that individual,” explained Tammy. “Eating healthy, establishing a regular exercise program and sticking to it have to be priority to the patient we are working with in order for change in lifestyle choices to occur. Our goal is to help each person create a plan for changing lifestyle factors; such as creating a regular plan for exercise, or providing them with the education necessary to understand basic nutrition guidelines. Changing lifestyle behaviors is not a one size fits all for each person- it is not about adhering to the latest and greatest quick fix to weight loss and heart healthy living. The key to living a heart healthy life is creating an individualized plan that is important to you and one that is realistic and easy to maintain.”


Like @crossingrivershealth on Facebook to learn more information relating to heart health in the new Wellness Minute video series from Crossing Rivers Health or visit to learn more about the new American Heart Association recommended blood pressure levels and exercise recommendations.

Crossing Rivers Health Clinic Welcomes Kenneth Valyo, DO

Fennimore and Prairie du Chien, WI - Crossing Rivers Health Clinic announces the addition of Kenneth Valyo, Board-certified Doctor of Osteopathic Family Medicine, to the team of clinic providers. Dr. Valyo is accepting patients at both clinic locations in Fennimore and Prairie du Chien.


Dr. Valyo is passionate about listening to the needs of his patients.


“My patients value that I take the time to listen to their concerns and provide recommendations regarding their diagnosis and treatment,” Dr. Valyo shared. “I believe the most important part of patient interaction is listening and talking with my patients.”


According to the American Osteopathic Association, doctors of osteopathic medicine regard the body as an integrated whole, rather than treating for specific symptoms only. Dr. Valyo focuses on all aspects of family medicine from wellness, early detection and prevention. He also offers osteopathic manipulative therapy -  a technique used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury where the patient’s muscles and joints are moved using stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance. Osteopathic manipulative therapy can be used to ease pain, promote healing, and increase overall mobility.


Dr. Valyo received a Bachelor of Neuroscience Degree from Brown University, along with his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.


“I am very happy to join the team at Crossing Rivers Health Clinic. It feels like a great team environment that puts compassionate patient care first.”


On a personal note, Dr. Valyo enjoys coin collecting and photography. He and his wife, Sue, have been married for 33 years and have three children - Madeleine, Jared, and Brendan.


Crossing Rivers Health Clinics in Fennimore and Prairie du Chien provide individualized care to meet the needs of residents of the region. The Fennimore Clinic is located within the Health Science Center on the Southwest Tech campus and the Prairie du Chien Clinic is located adjacent to the Medical Center. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Valyo or one of the other providers at Crossing Rivers Health Clinic, call 608-357-2500. Meet the clinic providers and learn about clinic services by visiting


GO RED For Women


Prairie du Chien, WI – In an effort to create awareness about heart disease, Crossing Rivers Health participated in the National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1 to support the Go Red for Women movement. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. One in three women die of heart disease and stroke each year.


“GO RED is more than a color, a slogan, or a campaign,” shared Maria Mathis, Director of Clinics at Crossing Rivers Health. “GO RED is a call to action for women to take control of their health.”


The American Heart Association uses the phrase GO RED as an acronym, meaning:


G:          Get your numbers – ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

O:          Own your lifestyle – Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.

R:           Realize your risk – We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.

E:           Educate your family – Make healthy food choices for you and your family.

D:          Don’t be silent – Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer.


The first step in taking action is to make an appointment with a primary care provider.


“Primary care providers are great resources,” explained Mathis. “They get to know you and recognize patterns or changes in your health and well-being.”


Crossing Rivers Health offers two primary care clinic locations – in Prairie du Chien and Fennimore. Individuals interested in scheduling an appointment can call 608.357.2500 or visit to learn more about services and meet providers.