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A woman drinks outdoors from a water bottle to prevent dehydration

Try to prevent heat, illness from leading to dehydration

Drink plenty of fluids, and pay attention to symptoms
SHN Staff SHN Staff 8 min read
Stephanie Tegtmeier, paramedic, stands by an ambulance in a face mask and paper gown. The graphics on the side of the ambulance in blue and white say F-M AMBULANCE and SANFORD HEALTH.

COVID-19 FAQs: Is it safe to call 911?

Yes, health systems and EMS crews are well prepared to keep the community safe
Christen Rennich Christen Rennich 4 min read
Two health care workers in face masks meet in an exam room at Rock Rapids Clinic. A framed photo on the wall features Rapids Theatre.

Rock Rapids Clinic completes first year as community asset

Convenient care will continue to be a focus as clinic moves forward
Mick Garry Mick Garry 6 min read
A portrait of Brett Wigglesworth

F-M Ambulance leader wins national achievement award

Brett Wigglesworth's commitment to patients earns him Star of Life Award
Simon Floss Simon Floss 6 min read
A doctor wears a mask in front of a computer while he talks with a patient in an examination room

Don’t dismiss stroke symptoms during pandemic

Some who should seek medical attention may not because of pandemic concerns
Mick Garry Mick Garry 8 min read
Bob Bieberdorf, who had a stroke and subsequent rehab, twists to his left while seated as he holds a pipe in his hands.

Rehab work, positive attitude give stroke patient life back

'If you want to get better, you have to want to work'
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 8 min read
Bea Smith holds a stuffed bear while playing on the couch with her husband and their baby, who was delivered via emergency c-section after Bea had appendicitis.

Appendicitis hastens baby’s delivery via C-section

Bea Smith was grateful for a doctor she trusted when pregnancy veered from plans
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 8 min read
heart attacks in women: standing in park yoga instructor

Yoga instructor’s scare an example of heart attack in women

'I’m like, there’s no freaking way I’m having a heart attack.'
Jon Berg Jon Berg 6 min read

Healthy 20-year-old suffers stroke due to a common condition

Doctors discovered a patent foramen ovale — and closed the hole in her heart
Jon Berg Jon Berg 6 min read
A Good Samaritan Society resident gets loaded into an ambulance.

Greg Santa Maria: ‘Emergency management defines me’

Public safety director says 9/11 attacks and hurricanes helped shape his life
Jared Leighton Jared Leighton 18 min read