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By: News Release
Jan 27th, 2018

Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.

Childbirth Education Classes

George Family Education Center, Crossing Rivers Health

Contact Crossing Rivers Health Education



Tuesday, February 20 & Friday, February 23 from 7:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.

Heart Healthy Wellness Fair

George Family Education Center, Crossing Rivers Health

Contact Crossing Rivers Health Cardiac Rehab



Tuesday, February 27 from 5:30 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.

Live SMART! for your Heart

George Family Education Center, Crossing Rivers Health

Contact Crossing Rivers Health Cardiac Rehab



Community Encouraged To Attend Local Substance Abuse Impact Town Hall Forum
Prairie du Chien, WI - Community members are encouraged to attend a town hall forum entitled “Responding to Addiction in our Community: It’s your neighbors, it’s your friends, it’s OUR problem,” on Tuesday, February 13 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the George Family Education Center at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. The town hall is a collaborative community effort of the Crawford County Courts, Crawford County Health & Human Services, Crossing Rivers Health, Gundersen Health System, and Mayo Clinic Health System.


“We have seen an exponential growth in felony cases in Crawford County due to methamphetamine and other drug and alcohol use,” shared Lynn Rider, Crawford County Circuit Court Judge. “We are calling this town hall meeting to bring together a diverse group of people to determine resources and support the community can offer for their recovery, whether it be alcohol or another substance. We’re hoping that the community can look at this problem and determine ways we can beat this problem.”


Discussion topics will include the nature of addiction – what works and what doesn’t work and the role of community members; the current addiction problem facing Crawford County; a treatment court as an alternative to incarceration; and treatment, recovery, and building resilience in rural Wisconsin. Representatives from law enforcement, health care, and human services will share their perspectives.


“This collaboration is the first step,” added Judge Rider. “We’re all coming to the table to see how we can improve and are looking for members of the community to join us. My hope is that this is just the beginning of further collaboration between all of these agencies and members of the community.”


“Individuals who are recovering need support in an environment that is going to encourage them to get healthy again. I’m hoping the community is going to see that and develop additional treatment resources for their home community,” stated Dan McWilliams, Crawford County Health and Human Services Director.


For more information on the Responding to Addiction in Our Community Town Hall Forum, visit or call Lynn Groom, Crossing Rivers Health Education Coordinator, at 608.357.2285.



Crossing Rivers Health Hosts February Heart Health Events


Prairie du Chien, WI - A first step in the prevention of heart disease and other cardiovascular issues, is knowing your “numbers” and recognizing risk factors. What are “numbers” relating to cholesterol and blood sugars? Where can people who want to quit smoking find resources? In recognition of February, American Heart Month, healthy living and management of heart disease risk factors will be the focus of two community education events hosted by Crossing Rivers Health.


“According to the American Heart Association, about 750,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. About 2,200 Americans die each day from heart disease in the United States— that’s one every 40 seconds,” shares Tammy Thompson, Crossing Rivers Health Cardiac Rehab Manager. “Yes, these statistics are alarming, but there is good news— heart disease is preventable and controllable. Knowing your “numbers” can help prevent cardiovascular diseases.”


  A Heart Healthy Wellness Fair is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 20 and Friday, February 23 from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. Fasting cholesterol and blood glucose screenings will be available for a fee of $30. Results from the screenings will be available approximately 7 days following the screening. The Wellness Fair will also offer blood pressure checks and feature a variety of Crossing Rivers Health services that promote heart heath.


The second community education program entitled Live Smart for Your Heart, will be Tuesday evening, February 27th   from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Crossing Rivers Health cardiac rehab department staff Patrick Stovey, Austin Neis and Tammy Thompson will help participants understand their ‘numbers’, relating to blood sugar and cholesterol management. Additionally they will cover how smoking affects heart health and provide resources to help smokers quit smoking. Finally, they will discuss how these risk factors can lead to a condition known as Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) which is a disease that causes poor circulation of blood to the legs and feet. Many American’s may be living with this disease and not even know it.

“We encourage people to attend both events.  You can have your screenings done at the Wellness Fair and then bring your results to the Live Smart for your Heart event to learn about what those results mean and how you can take action to live a healthy lifestyle,” Thompson explained.

Reservations are encouraged. Please call Cardiac Rehab at 608-357-2349 or register online at



Childbirth Education Offered at Crossing Rivers Health

Prairie du Chien, WI – Crossing Rivers Health will be offering Childbirth Education on Saturday, February 24 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 enable dignity and 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 or to receive additional information, please 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 classes, infant hearing screening, room service meals, a complimentary half-hour massage, and also a complimentary follow-up visit in the home by a Homecare nurse. 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 over 100 services to the residents of Southwest Wisconsin and Northeast Iowa.