Patient Stories

Jim is impressed with surgeon dedication

When Jim Black of Sterling, Illinois, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, tests showed that the tumor was likely to spread to other areas of his body. He was advised to consider traveling as far away as Florida to get the best treatment, but he chose University of Iowa Health Care.

Orthopedic surgery team reattaches partially severed limb

Stephen Boeding
In October 2016, Stephen Boeding was trimming a tree branch in his yard when the unexpected happened.

Clinical trials of new cancer treatments give Laura a chance to benefit from the latest medicine available

Laura Simonis puts on sunscreen
When Laura Simonis talks about her melanoma, drug names like “pembrolizumab” and “indoximod” roll off her tongue with ease. That’s because she did her research and decided that a clinical trial would be part of her plan to fight cancer.

Preschool teacher donates kidney to student’s father

Darreld Peterson (left) with preschool teacher Nancy Bleuer (right)
Mason City preschool teacher Nancy donates kidney to student’s father, Darreld

Bariatric surgery, lifestyle changes shape Jared’s path to better health

“This whole operation was a way for me to completely take control of my life and become the person I really wanted to be” --Jared Cunningham from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Melinda’s chondrosarcoma journey

"I had never heard the word chondrosarcoma, couldn’t pronounce or spell it. Yet this word will remain with me for the rest of my life." Melinda

Betsy grateful for pregnancy care she received

After two miscarriages, Betsy Brown learned she was pregnant in May 2016. “A family member recommended UI Health Care because she had always been impressed by how her care team worked together to ensure the best possible outcome.” “When I called to make an appointment, the scheduler asked a few...

Julie had "utmost faith, confidence, and trust” in care team

Julie Wigger was 25 weeks pregnant when she started having unexplained vascular issues, so her obstetrician in Davenport referred her to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for a Level 2 ultrasound.

Tanya chose “only the best” when trying to conceive

Tanya Van Voorst cannot say enough amazing things about University of Iowa Health Care's IVF team.

Spine surgery delivers sweet relief

Living on 64 acres, Donovan Coffey loves being outside and taking care of the land. That’s how he discovered his passion: raising honey bees. “It really puts me in touch with nature,” Donovan says. “It’s a very pleasant experience.” That is, until he felt pain in his left shoulder.

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