Hospital News

Due to local area flooding, La Derby Soirée has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 13th, at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. The event will go on as planned, just on a new date. The Crossing Rivers Health Foundation invites all community members to attend this fun-filled event, inspired by the famous Run for the Roses and driven by an important cause. All of the proceeds from this year’s La Soirée will help to purchase equipment and advanced technology for the Obstetrical Department at Crossing Rivers Health.

Your support of this event will help to keep the Crossing Rivers Health Obstetrical Department safe and efficient with state-of-the-art equipment such as a portable fetal monitor, a new Dinamap unit used to measure baby’s temperature, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels, as well as an infant bed warmer.

This Kentucky Derby themed celebration is planned at the historic Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. LaSoirée will begin at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception, silent auction, buffet dinner and a live auction, all followed by live entertainment! There will also be exciting Derby-themed contests you won’t want to miss!

The event will feature a number of great items for bid, including jewelry, handmade items, themed gift baskets, hunting packages, event tickets, golf packages and much more. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at the front desk inside the main entrance at Crossing Rivers Health, online or reserved by calling 608-357-2369.

Learn more about the Crossing Rivers Health Foundation at

Crossing Rivers Health Hosting Run The River 5K Run/Walk

Prairie du Chien, WI – Crossing Rivers Health will be hosting Run The River, a family-friendly 5K run/walk for members of the community, on Saturday, May 18. The event will begin at 8:00 am, and will be held in honor of National Hospital Week. Online registration for Run The River is now available at Registration cost is $20 for ages 18+ and $10 for 17 and under. The deadline for pre-registration to guarantee a race t-shirt is May 5. After that date, registration is welcome and available the morning of the race from 7:00 – 7:45 am.

The 5K run/walk will begin and end at the Crossing Rivers Health Clinic located at 37822 US Hwy 18 in Prairie du Chien.

“All ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the race,” shared race coordinator Stephanie Koenig, Crossing Rivers Health Employee Health RN/Infection Control Practitioner.  “The course is flat, fast and fun! The race will be chip-timed and medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in the categories of youth, men, and women. The Crossing Rivers Health team is very excited about welcoming the public to join us for this great event to encourage wellness in honor of National Hospital Week.”

Any questions can be directed to Koenig at 608.357.2260 or

April 25 and 26 from 10:00 am – 2:15 pm

Dementia Live

Location: Crossing Rivers Health

Learn more and Register at


April 29 and 30 from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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

Location: George Family Education Center at Crossing Rivers Health

To register, contact Betsy Thorson at


May 1 from 12:30 – 4:00 pm

Basic Life Support (BLS) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Location: George Family Education Center at Crossing Rivers Health

To register, contact Lynn Groom at 608.357.2285 or


May 2 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Grief Support Group

Location: Polodna Conference Room at Crossing Rivers Health

Contact: Haley Kregel at 608.357.2449


May 7 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Infant Loss Support Group

Location: Polodna Conference Room at Crossing Rivers Health

Contact: Emily Wetter at 608.357.2629 or


May 14 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Grief Support Group

Location: Education Conference Room at Veteran’s Memorial Hospital

Contact: Brittney Miller at 608.357.2446 or



Laboratory Professionals Work Behind the Scenes to Get Results


Prairie du Chien, WI – Crossing Rivers Health proudly joins the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science in honoring laboratory professionals during the week of April 21 – 27 and every week of the year.


The medical laboratory professionals at Crossing Rivers Health are key members of the health care team and are vital in providing quality patient care.


“The role of the laboratory is to provide information that healthcare providers use to make life and death decisions. Laboratory professionals perform tests on blood, tissue, or other body fluids, interpret the results, and help provide answers for a complete picture of a patient’s health.  It is estimated that 70% of all medical decisions are based on laboratory results.” stated Barb Welsch, Crossing Rivers Health Laboratory Director.


“Many are unaware of the many opportunities in the medical laboratory profession,” states Welsch.  “There are many career paths from phlebotomy or assistant certificates to associate, bachelor, or doctorate degrees.  If you have a strong interest in science, a strong desire to help people, are detail oriented, and like to solve problems, a career in laboratory may be right for you!  For more information about medical laboratory careers, visit”


Crossing Rivers Health Laboratory is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No appointment is needed and test results are sent directly to your healthcare provider.  To learn more information about the Crossing Rivers Health Laboratory, visit or call 608.357.2212.




Photo (LabTeam1)  (L to R): The laboratory team at Crossing Rivers Health performs more than 128,000 tests and takes part in the care of more than 12,000 patients a year. The lab is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Members of the laboratory team include: Amanda Otte, Lab Assistant; Jamie Ginter,  Lab Assistant; Tonya Nies, Lab Assistant; April Laufenberg, Lab Quality Coordinator; Barb Welsch, Laboratory Director; Abbi Perkins, Medical Lab Technician; Taylor Bird, Medical Lab Scientist; Trina Springsteen, Medical Lab Technician. Missing from photo: Betsy Hudson, Medical Lab Scientist; David Belflower, Medical Lab Technician; Vicki Knudtson, Clinical Lab Technician; Jodie Ball, Medical Lab Technician.




Occupational Therapists Help People Achieve Independence

Prairie du Chien, WI – Crossing Rivers Health is joining The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. in celebrating April as Occupational Therapy month. The Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants at Crossing Rivers Health take great pride in helping people of all ages live life to the fullest by helping them prevent or live better with injury, illness or disability. The team provides skilled treatment to help patients improve motion, balance, strength, coordination, sensation, visual perception, and cognition with the goal of increasing their participation and independence in all daily activities.

“Occupational Therapy often includes instruction on alternative ways to complete daily tasks. Activities may include one-handed strategies for putting on a shirt following a stroke, using a dressing stick or a sock aid, or home management activities for cleaning and cooking,” stated Angela Wagner, Occupational Therapy Manager at Crossing Rivers Health. “We also provide in-home assessments where we come to your home and make recommendations that will improve safety and independence. Every person and every home is unique. This type of assessment can be valuable to keep our patients safe while in the comfort of their home.”

The Occupational Therapy team at Crossing Rivers Health has additional specialized training in lymphedema treatment, myofascial release therapy, and the LSVT BIG program.

In honor of April as Occupational Therapy month, the Occupational Therapy team at Crossing Rivers Health recently donated their time to paint the picnic tables at Pikes Peak State Park.

“Our team had the process down to a science and we surprised ourselves - finishing all ten tables in only two hours. It felt good working for the benefit of our community,” Wagner shared.

For more information on occupational therapy at Crossing Rivers Health, visit or call 608.357.2216.