Patient Stories

Cardiovascular intensive care unit helps stabilize Kurt’s heart condition prior to surgery

Kurt Cosselman
“Like a typical male, I said, ‘There’s nothing to worry about,’” Kurt says.

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.

Living a full life, even after two strokes

If you saw Dave Kane outside his Iowa City home shoveling snow in winter or watering the lawn in spring, you’d never guess this active 78-year-old had had two strokes — including one that could have left him debilitated for life. But while paying for groceries in December 2014, Dave felt himself...

‘Most caring people I’ve been around’ comforted mom far from home

“I also cannot say enough about the medical care I received. On nights when I was alone and scared of what was happening, the staff was there.”

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