Hospital News

By: News Release
Mar 9th, 2018


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

Taylor Street Tots playgroup

Contact Family Resource Center



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



Tuesday, April 3 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Infant Loss Support Group

Polodna Conference Room, Crossing Rivers Health

Contact Emily Wetter, Social Worker



Saturday, April 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Childbirth Education Classes

George Family Education Center, Crossing Rivers Health

Contact Crossing Rivers Health Education Dept.





Lung disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. Pulmonary rehabilitation helps individuals with lung disease learn to breathe and function at the highest level possible through exercise, education, and support. 

Join Crossing Rivers Health during National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, March 11-17, to celebrate the benefits pulmonary rehabilitation can provide for patients suffering from COPD. Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week aims to educate the community about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with chronic lung disease. This year’s theme, “Improving Life, One Breath at a Time,” honors individuals who struggle to overcome shortness of breath and the pulmonary professionals who work every day to alleviate that struggle and improve patients’ everyday life.

Ferryville resident Joan Kohlhaas was a heavy smoker for years prior to quitting in 1998. In 2013, she was diagnosed with COPD. Her pulmonary doctor referred her to the Pulmonary Rehab program at Crossing Rivers Health.

“My lung function was not where it should have been and I wanted to see my grandchildren grow up,” Kohlhaas shared. “At first, it was hard. I could only exercise for 10 – 15 minutes at a time, but I gradually was able to increase that amount of time. Pulmonary rehab makes me feel better about myself, my health is better, and my mental health is even better.”

There are many risk factors that predispose individuals to lung disease, including tobacco smoke, second hand smoke, indoor and outdoor air pollutants, allergens, occupational agents, diet and nutrition as well as post infectious chronic respiratory disease. 

The Crossing Rivers Health Pulmonary Rehab team helps individuals improve their physical condition and learn how to manage their lung disease through proper breathing techniques, medication management, nutrition, relaxation techniques, oxygen management, and how to stay healthy and avoid exacerbations.

“Starting an exercise program when you can’t breathe can be difficult and discouraging. Pulmonary Rehab programs assist in helping to make daily tasks less difficult.  Participation in pulmonary rehab can offer you the support you need to regain your quality of life,” stated Tammy Thompson, Crossing Rivers Health Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Manager.

To learn more about pulmonary rehab at Crossing Rivers Health, visit or call 608.357.2349.