Hospital News

By: News Release
Mar 3rd, 2018

Upcoming classes and events:


Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Taylor Street Tots playgroup

Contact Family Resource Center



Tuesday, March 6 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Infant Loss Support Group

Polodna Conference Room, Crossing Rivers Health

Contact Emily Wetter, Social Worker



Monday, March 12 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Grief Support Group - Elkader  

Family Room, Central Community Hospital

Contact Crossing Rivers Health Homecare

608.357.2449 or 608.357.2446


Tuesday, March 13 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Grief Support Group - Waukon

Education Conference Room – Veteran’s Memorial Hospital

Contact Crossing Rivers Health Homecare

608.357.2449 or 608.357.2446


Thursday, March 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday, March 16 from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Collective Goods Book & Gift Fair

George Family Education Center, Crossing Rivers Health

Contact Shawna Atterbury, Volunteer Services Coordinator



Incontinence Affects Millions

Prairie du Chien, WI - Being unable to control your bladder is a problem, also known as incontinence.  It can be frustrating, embarrassing, and not a topic many people tend to talk about. In most cases, however, it's also treatable.

Millions of Americans have urinary incontinence, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, and it's most common in women age 50 or older. But the problem isn't necessarily associated with growing older and can occur in people of all ages.

Incontinence can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Diseases or medical conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, cancer and bladder infections.
  • Some medicines, such as diuretics, pain pills, sedatives or cold remedies.
  • Conditions such as arthritis, which can make it difficult to reach a bathroom in time.
  • Buildup of stool in your bowels.
  • For women, weakened muscles around the bladder caused by childbirth, and drying of the skin around the vagina or the urethra—a problem that may be especially likely after menopause.
  • For men, an enlarged prostate gland or the effects of prostate surgery.

“I’ve been treating incontinence for 18 years and have seen upwards of 8,000 cases,” shared Dr. Jason Rexroth, Pelvic Floor Specialist at Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care. “I’ve seen it all, so if you think you are experiencing something I haven’t seen- I probably have. Incontinence treatment is one of the more rewarding things I do because we can provide a cure and treatment that can really change a patient’s life.”

The Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care offers proven urodynamic testing and outpatient surgical treatment options for individuals experiencing this condition, as well as robotic-assisted surgical treatment. To learn more about incontinence treatment and other specialty services available in Prairie du Chien, visit



Two-day Book and Gift Fair at Crossing Rivers Health

Prairie du Chien, WI - Partners of Crossing Rivers Health are hosting a Book and Gift Fair on Thursday, March 15, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday, March 16, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. The fundraiser offers a wide variety of items by Collective Goods, including a diverse selection of books, cards, inspiration items, home décor, and music at bargain prices.  Proceeds from the sale will be used to support hospital projects and equipment purchases- all to improve the health and well-being of area communities.


“Partners serve our organization and our community through their projects and fundraising events to benefit the programs and services at Crossing Rivers Health,” commented Shawna Atterbury, Volunteer Services Coordinator at Crossing Rivers Health. She added, “Please mark your calendars and plan to stop by the Book and Gift Fair. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the hospital, please contact me at 608-357-2621 or visit”



Donations Comfort Young Patients

Prairie du Chien, WI – The Pediatrics Team at Crossing Rivers Health recently accepted a variety of donations to provide comfort to young patients who visit the emergency, operating, or inpatient rooms at the medical center in Prairie du Chien.


“On behalf of the Pediatrics team at Crossing Rivers Health, we are incredibly grateful for the kindness and generosity from the Monona Jr. Feeders and the Partners of Crossing Rivers Health. These donations help children better handle fear or anxiety they may experience during a hospital visit. Items like books, toys, coloring books, pillows and blankets provide comfort and help children relax and heal,” stated Heather Fulks, Registered Nurse and member of the Crossing Rivers Health Pediatrics team.


Last fall, the Monona Jr. Feeders 4-H club approved the idea to create fleece blankets as a community service project. Approximately 20 4-H members and 10 parents created 50 blankets in just four hours.


“Several of the kids have been patients themselves and remember the comfort they felt when receiving a blanket,” stated Beth Henkes, Monona Jr. Feeders 4-H Club Leader and Registered Nurse at Crossing Rivers Health.  “They really enjoyed picking out all the fun patterns and are proud to provide support to young patients during their hospital stay.” 


Partners of Crossing Rivers Health, the volunteer member organization with a primary mission to assist in meeting the health care and wellness needs of our community, provided toys, coloring books and crayons, and hand-made teddy bears, pillows, and blankets for children because of their sincere desire to make their stay as comfortable as possible.


“Partners of Crossing Rivers Health feel their greatest reward is knowing they are helping others and making a difference,” added Shawna Atterbury, Crossing Rivers Health Volunteer Services Coordinator. “They hope their donations help to ease anxiety and bring some comfort to young patients during their stay at Crossing Rivers Health.”