Hospital News

By: News Release
Apr 7th, 2017

Partners donate sound machines for Sleep Lab patients


Partners of Crossing Rivers Health have purchased and donated two sound machines for the Respiratory Therapy Department at Crossing Rivers Health. Laurie Fritz, Respiratory Therapy Director, explained the benefits of having the sound machines for patients in the sleep lab. She said, “We sincerely appreciate the generous donation from Partners. We will be placing one in each sleep lab room making them available for our sleep patients. Offering our patients the soothing sound of water, or consistent, calming white noise will help block out unfamiliar sounds such as voices, doors closing, etc. A sound machine is an all-natural sleep aid and is recognized by the National Sleep Foundation for better sleep. Sound machines moderate the noise level in the environment and block out sounds across a wide range of frequencies at a more steadily and lower volume.”

        Rich Scott, Sleep Lab Coordinator, adds, “A peaceful environment is important for a good night’s sleep. Noise can affect your sleep as your brain continues to register and process sounds on a basic level. Noise can jostle your sleep causing you to wake, move, shift between stages of sleep, or experience a change in heart rate and blood pressure- so briefly you won’t remember in the morning. Sounds that disturb your sleep depend on factors such as the stage of sleep you are in, time of night and even your feelings about the sound itself. The sound machines provide another level of comfort to our patients in our home-like sleep rooms. Patients describe the effects of the sound machine as being familiar, comforting, soothing, protecting and deeply pleasing.”

        For additional information about sleep-related conditions and the benefits of having a sleep study, call Respiratory Therapy at 608-357-2000 or visit




Pictured from left: Catie Dean, Respiratory Therapy, holding one of the sound machines; Meghan Smidt, Respiratory Therapy; Laurie Fritz, Director, Respiratory Therapy; and Partners: Jan Weisensale, Ruth Skelly, Iva Mulhern, Connie Whittenbaugh; Deanie Kieser, Pat Bolt; and Ellen Zwirlein.





Partners launch geranium and basket sale


        “We are all looking forward to warmer temperatures and planting this year’s flower gardens. Partners of Crossing Rivers Health remind area residents that they are conducting their annual Geranium and Hanging Basket Sale,” announces Shawna Atterbury, Volunteer Services Coordinator at Crossing Rivers Health. “Geraniums, spikes, asparagus ferns, and 14-inch hanging baskets of mixed colors are available. All proceeds from the sale support the mission of Partners to benefit the health and well-being of area communities.”

        Order forms have been placed at several area businesses and at the concierge desk at Crossing Rivers Health. Orders are to be completed and submitted with payment by April 25. The plants will be available for pick up at the Maintenance Garage at Crossing Rivers Health on Thursday, May 11, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, May 12, from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

        Jane O’Brien, Partners President, is helping coordinate the plant sale. She adds, “Partners play an important role in linking Crossing Rivers Health to our community. Volunteers staff the North Entrance volunteer desk, purchase equipment for the hospital, coordinate a healthcare scholarship program, provide newborn promotions, sponsor Christmas Right Here, and much more to promote healthcare and our hospital in our community. Please contact Shawna Atterbury at 608-357-2621 if you are willing to learn more about joining our volunteer team.”


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Value of Volunteers not measured in Dollars

“Every day millions of Americans choose to generously lend their time and talents to comfort the lives of others, assist those stricken with illness or tragedy, and serve the needs of others in countless ways. The week of April 23-29 is National Healthcare Volunteer Week; a great opportunity to place a well-deserved spotlight on the volunteers that touch our lives with every role they serve in our organization,” said Bill Sexton, Chief Executive Officer at Crossing Rivers Health. “The impact that our volunteers have in the lives of our patients and families, employees, and in the communities we serve, is not possibly measured in dollars. Through their efforts, and all volunteers across our nation, they are helping build better communities and a stronger nation.”


Shawna Atterbury, Volunteer Services Coordinator, added, “Our volunteer team at Crossing Rivers Health includes our Hospital Board of Directors, Foundation Board of Directors, Partners, Pet Therapy, Hospice and Assisted Living volunteers, and all those that serve others in any way. From delivering flowers to running errands for a Hospice patient, to manning a volunteer desk, to assisting with fund-raisers–our volunteers make a positive impact each and every day at Crossing Rivers Health. Last year our volunteers donated nearly 5,400 hours- an amazing and generous contribution to our organization and to the area.”

   Individuals interested in joining the healthcare team at Crossing Rivers Health as a volunteer are encouraged to contact Shawna Atterbury at 608-357-2621 to discover the numerous opportunities available. Information is also available through





Upcoming events and activities


Partners of Crossing Rivers Health remind area residents

That they are now accepting orders for their annual Geranium and Basket Sale.

Forms available at the concierge desk at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien.

The plant orders will be available for pick-up just in time for Mother’s Day!



Monday, April 10

Grief Support Group, Elkader, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

(Held 2nd Monday of every month)

Central Community Hospital Family Room, Elkader

Facilitated by Brittney Miller, Hospice Social Worker

For additional information, call Hospice at 608-357-2000


Wednesday, April 12

Grief Support Group, Veteran’s Memorial Hospital Education Room, Waukon, 2 to 3 pm

(Held 2nd Wednesday of every month)

Facilitated by Deacon Pat Malanaphy, Hospice Chaplain

For additional information, call Hospice at 608-357-2000


Thursday, April 13

Bake Sale- just in time for the weekend!  11 am to 3 pm

Outside Jerry’s Gift Shoppe at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien

Sponsored by Partners; proceeds to benefit community health.


Tuesday, April 18

Grief Support Group, Garnavillo, 5 to 6 pm

(Held 3rd Tuesday of every month)

Garnavillo Community Center, Garnavillo

Facilitated by Haley Schroeder, Hospice Social Worker, 608-357-2000


Wednesday, April 19

End-of-Life Planning Seminar, a free community program, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Panel of experts will share information on power of attorney for healthcare, wills,

And other end-of-life discussions.

Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien

Call 608-357-2000 for additional information.


Wednesday, April 19

Cancer Support Group, Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien, 7 to 8:30 pm

(Held 3rd Wednesday of every month)

Open to individuals and caregivers touched by any type of cancer.

Polodna Conference Room, Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien

For additional information, call 608-357-2044


Attn: Certified Child Care Providers

Thursday, April 20

Shaken Baby Syndrome and SIDS Prevention Class, 6-9 pm

Crossing Rivers Health Family Resource Center, Prairie du Chien

Learn more by calling 608-357-2138