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"Ten years ago, my Mason City Clinic heart surgeon removed my expiration date"

—Dean Haugen, Fertile, Iowa

Dean Haugen

“I used to visit the ER often with undiagnosed heart problems. During my last visit in 2004, they told me I probably wouldn’t make it another year. That’s when my doctor at Mason City Clinic found my mitral valve malfunction and surgically repaired it. I recently had my annual EKG exam and my cardiologist found no heart problems whatsoever. Which means I can keep raising my squash, musk melon and tomatoes – and enjoying my life. Thank God I had such a great surgeon.”

"He’s the best doctor I’ve ever had – and I’ve had a lot"

—Jansen Wyatt, Emmetsburg, Iowa

Jansen Wyatt

With no warning signs, Jansen Wyatt, 54, suddenly collapsed in his home last November. His daughter-in-law rushed him to the ER at Palo Alto County Health System in Emmetsburg, where they diagnosed a severe heart attack. Jansen was helicoptered to Mason City’s Mercy Medical Center. Samuel Congello, DO, a board-certified cardiologist with Mercy’s Heart and Vascular Institute, a partnership between Mason City Clinic and Mercy Medical Center–North Iowa, performed an emergency procedure. Today Jansen feels better than ever. He has quit smoking and does cardiac rehab at Palo Alto County Health System. Dr. Congello drives there to see Jansen. “I think the world of Dr. Congello,” said Jansen. “He’s straightforward; explains things well and is understandable. He’s the best doctor I’ve ever had – and I’ve had a lot.

"It’s hard to be a good nurse when you have hearing loss"

—Janice Collins, Homecare and Hospice Nurse, Rutland, Iowa

Janice Collins

“As a young girl I was diagnosed with hearing loss in my right ear. I had many ear infections and surgeries, but the problem only got worse. It was getting hard to do my job because I was missing parts of conversations. Hearing aids only caused me more infections. Then I found Dr. Henry Diggelmann at Mason City Clinic. He recommended BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid), which creates sound using bone amplification. He inserted a tiny plug in my skull where the hearing aid could be attached. Two weeks after I received the hearing aid, during a follow-up exam, Dr. Diggelman took out a piece of gum and unwrapped it. I actually heard the wrapper coming off and started to cry. It was a first.”

"How do you handle kids if you can’t use your hands?"

—Sandy Wagner, Special Education Teacher, Forest City, Iowa

Sandy Wagner

“After years as a special-education teacher handling children with significant disabilities and behavioral challenges, I began having limited use of my hands due to severe arthritis pain. I found myself fighting back tears every day because the pain was so bad. I could no longer enjoy one of my favorite hobbies, quilting, either. I met with Dr. René Recinos, a plastic surgeon from Mason City Clinic and recommended a procedure called arthrodesis. He replaced one of my finger joints and immobilized seven others to restore the use of my hands and my quality of life. I’m back to work and back to quilting. One of my grandkids said I don’t have ‘old hands’ anymore.”

"By replacing her arthritic hip and knee, Charlene can walk in the woods again without pain"

—Charlene Hanson, Joyce, Iowa

Charlene Hanson

Retired school teacher Charlene Hanson used to love walking in the woods – until the pain and inflammation of arthritis took it away from her. Since she had heard such great things at church and in the community about Mason City Clinic’s Orthopedic Department and Dr. Darron Jones, she made them her choice to replace her arthritic hip and knee. “My recovery time was so much shorter because of the upfront education I received from the entire orthopedics staff,” said Charlene.

"No more sour grapes about knee pain for me"

—Gordon Lubbers, Winery Manager, Ames, Iowa

Gordon Lubbers

“I injured my knee as a teenager and had surgery. Then, as I got older, the pain returned and began affecting my routine and overall enjoyment of life. My doctor referred me to Darron Jones, MD, an orthopedic surgeon. After a thorough exam, he said I was a candidate for knee replacement. I had the procedure in late January 2014 and was back among the grapes by the beginning of March. I’m on my feet a lot and I operate heavy equipment. My knee feels better than ever, thanks to Dr. Jones.”

"I trusted him 100 percent"

—Donna Drake, Belmon, Iowa

Donna Drake

Donna Drake lived with a growing basal cell skin cancer (the most common skin cancer) on her lower eyelid for three years. A family practitioner at Franklin General Hospital recommended Mason City Clinic’s plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Mark Mulkey, who identified the cancer and performed the extremely delicate eyelid surgery to remove it and reconstruct her eyelid. “I went back to work 10 days later and no one noticed. He did a wonderful job. I trusted him 100 percent,” said Donna.

"Bunion pain stopped Melody in her tracks"

—Surgery got Melody Wagner , of Ft. Dodge moving in the right direction

Surgery got Melody Wagner

Melody Wagner loved walking until severe pain from bunions stopped her cold. She found a board-certified podiatrist at Mason City Clinic’s Podiatry Department. Podiatrists perform leading-edge surgery for bunions and hammertoes, as well as advanced treatments for diabetic feet, heel pain, ingrown toenails and more. Melody was afraid of a painful procedure and a long recovery. Neither happened; she was able to get back on her feet quickly with the help and compassion of Mason City Clinic’s podiatric specialists.

"I just wanted to feel beautiful again"

—Tiffani Ward, Clear Lake, Iowa

Tiffani Ward

“When Dr. Allgood hugged me and said, ‘We’ll get through this together,’ I felt reassured. After he successfully performed surgery to remove my cancer, I felt relieved. But the double mastectomy was a struggle for me – I didn’t want people to know I had gone through this change. I wanted to look normal in a t-shirt. I wanted to feel like a woman. Dr. Mulkey was just as kind, putting me at ease. He wanted my opinion, asking ‘What would you be happy with?’ then presented me with options for my reconstructive surgery. Today, I am truly alive in every sense of the word.”

"I didn’t know the pain in my leg came from a ruptured blood vessel in my chest"

—Lyle Miller, Retired Farmer, Thornton, Iowa

Lyle Miller

“One snowy night about seven years ago, I felt a sudden pain in the back of my leg. I thought I could shake it off and went out to shovel some snow. After a few minutes, I went back inside and collapsed. My wife called 911 but the ambulance couldn’t get to me because of the snow. My neighbors used snow blowers to clear the road and my driveway so the ambulance could get to me. When I got to the ER, Dr. Jeffrey Rowe, a vascular surgeon from Mason City Clinic, performed surgery on my aortic aneurysm and saved my life. Today I feel great, thanks to him.”

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