Hospital News

Upcoming Events for Calendar Programming


Tuesday, October 15 beginning at 6:00 pm

Infant Loss Remembrance Walk

Location: Crossing Rivers Health


Wednesday, October 16 from 5:45 – 8:45 pm

Family & Friends Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Location: Crossing Rivers Health


Tuesday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 23 from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) Certification

Location: Crossing Rivers Health


Monday, October 28 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Tuesday, October 29 from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Collective Goods Book Fair

Location: Crossing Rivers Health





Midwives Provide Empowering Approach to Women’s Healthcare


Prairie du Chien, WI –Women face unique healthcare challenges in each decade of life; adjusting to changes as a teen, handling stress and family life in their 20s and 30s, managing hormones in their 40s and beyond. Terri Payne, Molly Schlegel, and Katy Maker, the team of Board-certified Nurse Midwives at Crossing Rivers Health Clinic, provide a safe woman-centered, empowering approach to care delivery. They do this for women in every decade of life - from the teenage years, childbearing years, midlife transitions and beyond.


Board-certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are registered nurses who have graduated from a nurse midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education and have passed a national certification examination to receive the professional designation of certified nurse-midwife. Nurse midwives have been practicing in the United States since the 1920s. Over time, the midwife role has expanded to include gynecological and primary care for women.


While most women are familiar with the role of today’s CNM in providing prenatal and obstetrical care, many may not realize that a CNM also provides routine primary and gynecological care. A CNM is trained and licensed to provide a far broader spectrum of services than pre- and post-natal care, and many women are now choosing to use CNMs as their primary healthcare provider throughout their childbearing years and well past menopause.


Terri Payne, Crossing Rivers Health Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner states, “One of the highlights and rewards of rural health care are the relationships you build with families.” As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Terri offers a broad range of services from providing healthcare that includes before, during and after childbirth to performing comprehensive medical care for any one and for all ages. Terri sees patients at both Crossing Rivers Health Clinic locations in Prairie du Chien and Fennimore, Wisconsin.


Molly Schlegel, CNM and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APNP), and Katy Maker, CNM, offer a broad range of women’s health services including obstetrics, prenatal, and postnatal care; care of newborn, birth through one month; gynecological care; family planning; and a holistic approach to women’s health and wellness from puberty through menopause.


“I am passionate about women’s health and enjoy providing care throughout the lifespan,” shares Molly. “I enjoy empowering women to be the change they want to see in their healthcare. As a partner in their healthcare, I provide women with an integrative approach that encompasses modern technology, complementary therapies, and shared decision making during some of the most important moments in their lives.”


“Midwife means ‘with woman’,” adds Katy. “We take care of young women for sports physicals and wellness exams. We provide education on their developing body, contraception, and safe life choices. We provide pre-conception care, for families that are trying to conceive and, when a woman is expecting, we provide pre-natal care, along with delivery and post-partum care for moms. We also continue to provide well-woman care beyond pregnancy, such as ordering mammograms and menopausal care.”


A trusting and open relationship with your provider is key to optimal health and wellness. To learn more about the Board-Certified Nurse Midwife team at Crossing Rivers Health, visit or call the Crossing Rivers Health Clinic at 608.357.2500.

This October, Crossing Rivers Health is challenging everyone, from all across this region to a #PinkPose Challenge to raise awareness for breast cancer screening. To join the challenge, gather your friends, family, or co-workers, take a photo and strike a #PinkPose. Share your photo on Facebook using #PinkPose and tag @crossingrivershealth, along with eight friends that you challenge to take action. 


“This fun campaign will boost awareness for the importance of breast cancer screenings, educate others, and help us all in the fight against breast cancer. Encourage your family, work colleagues or friends at school- all ages throughout the region, to get involved to help save lives. A #PinkPose shows you’re taking action and standing up to cancer,” shared Tim Clark, Director of Medical Imaging.


Jean Blake, Medical Imaging Supervisor at Crossing Rivers Health adds, “Our Medical Imaging team challenges you to strike a #PinkPose and to take action. Talk to one woman in your life about the guidelines for mammography, schedule your annual screening mammogram, or encourage a woman you love to schedule hers. Join Crossing Rivers Health, individuals, groups and businesses across the region to rally together as a community to show your support and create awareness for the importance of annual screening mammograms.”


To learn more about the #PinkPose Challenge, visit

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