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Success Stories

Testimonials from our patients.


The care I received at Appleton Area Health was exceptional! I'm so thankful for the compassionate care of Dr. Nwakama, the nurses, and surgical team. Everyone took the time to listen to my concerns and every step of my surgery and recovery was explained thoroughly. Most importantly, I was able to have my total hip replacement right here at "home." We are so blessed to have such quality care right here - thank you AAH!

– Leslie Ehrenberg

"For over 8 months out of this past year, I was coming to the Clinic and Hospital with issues concerning my ear. Sometimes 3 times per day. I must say that the Nursing staff and Doctors that have had to take care of me, are ABSOLUTELY the best. The nurses are very compassionate. they are true heroes in my books. So, Thank you very much Carrie, Kenzie, Crystal, April, Kris, and April.  I know there are more nurses that I've not mentioned that embarked on the ear adventure with me, but I can't remember everyone that took such great care of me. Without y'all,  encouraging me, seeing me last minute in the middle of night, and truly being concerned, I don't know if I would have been strong enough to handle it all. THANK YOU ladies! Without those nurses helping me and being so patient when I lost my ability to speak, I would have gone crazy. They are incredible! I want everyone knowing what a wonderful and amazing job these nurses are doing."

– DeeDee Jordan

“Ray came to AAH for their swing bed services after being treated for a blood clot and aneurysm at another hospital where we were told that amputation was a strong possibility. Soon after his arrival, AAH staff quickly recognized complications and arranged for transfer for more extensive treatment of his condition.

After treatment, he came back to AAHS for swing bed services once again. We could not be more pleased with our decision. His after-care and rehabilitation was extensive. We were helped and guided by so many people throughout Ray’s extended hospital stay. Marcia Kells, Dr. Bajwa, who was sometimes at the hospital on his days off, and Dr. Bess, who provided surgery right at AAHS, are intelligent, talented, and very personable.

Wound specialists Penny Hormann and Kris Payne have done a great job and continue to guide us. Therapeutic support was provided by Big Stone Therapy, under the direction and watchful eye of Kelly Wittnebel.

Every single person was friendly and helpful, from the RN’s to Maintenance and Housekeeping.
We can’t say enough about the AAHS nursing staff and their nursing aides. They are phenomenal. Absolutely the best. The degree of care and compassion they provided to Ray was exceptional. They are smart, intuitive, and are the humble heroes for Ray’s recovery. We will never be able to say ‘thank you’ enough.

Thanks to this staff, a 95 year old man walked out of the hospital and is continuing his recovery at Apple Ridge Estates, where he is making progress every day.”

– Ray Busse and family

"I am a resident at the Appleton home and can attest to what a fantastic/awesome place the nursing home is."

Rosemary Hughes

"I felt very comfortable and confident with Marcia (NP) and Al (RN). They showed concern and caring regarding my pain control and treatment did a good job of explaining what they were doing and why. I was very pleased with everyone."

Warren Rau

"Care was excellent."

Robert Banken

"I can't possibly say enough good things about my stay in the Appleton Hospital. The nurses and doctor were just fabulous!!!!"

"This couldn't have been a better experience if I could've orchestrated it myself. Everything was wonderful. I'll never forget Dr. Bess, he did an amazing job. The nurses are aware of their patients and assist you with everything - the care is unreal and it doesn't get any better than this. Physical Therapy was fantastic; Occupational Therapy and Food Service did one heck of a job. This hospital is well run. They have good people here."

– Ronald Hosum

“I never once had any doubts about my decision to have my surgery at Appleton Area Health. I had read some reviews about Dr. Nwakama online and after meeting him and seeing first-hand how kind and patient he is and how he took the time to answer every single question, I never once had any doubts in his abilities.”

– Lisa R.

"I had a perfect time and everyone from the doctor on down took very good care of me."

– Hugo Roggatz, Appleton

"I cannot thank you all enough for getting my husband his COVID-19 vaccine.  I actually feel like a load is lifted.  He had talked to his cancer doctor about getting it and she told him the importance of it. You ran a super smooth operation. You can be proud of a small facility doing a huge job so successfully.  Great coordination!"

– Gary G.

"The Appleton Hospital has provided excellent care and support during this very difficult time. They have answered my questions and offered assistance in making my decisions about hospice."

– Barb Dale, Milan

"Wonderful care. All staff were super and cared for me very well. I would recommend Appleton Hospital!"

– Gwen Boonstra, New London

"Gloria and I wanted to say thank you to the nurses, doctors, techs, and administration for the kind and compassionate care during Gloria's stays in the hospital and clinic. They are all just wonderful."

– Curtis B. Johnson

“Dr. Nwakama was great!  I couldn’t have had a better surgeon!  I am so glad he comes to Appleton, I could get great care here in Appleton and did not have to leave town!  He is very gentle and caring.  I have come a long ways and have seen great improvements!  The care I received in the hospital was wonderful!  The nurses are great and very friendly!  I couldn’t have asked for better care!”

– Charlotte Kuhnau, Appleton

"The care I received from Liz (Elizabeth Charles CNM) throughout my pregnancy, labor and delivery was personable and exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t have imagined a better experience as a first time mom!" 

– Ashly Willis

“My surgery at AAH became easier directly because of the great care I received from the nurses, doctors, and surgical team. Their attention during my stay to ensure my well-being was exceptional. I definitely would recommend AAH for your medical needs”

– Lori Ann Rheingans

“It was so convenient for Demore to have his knee replacement done right here in town close to home.  Not only for him, but for me too.  I was able to visit at any time and didn’t have to worry about driving in a big city!”

– Mrs. Demore Larson, Appleton

“I had a very positive experience at the Appleton hospital.  I received excellent medical treatment.  The staff was very attentive to my needs and compassionate.  I hope that their rural hospital will get the funding and support needed to continue with its superb care.”

– Maria S. Steigauf

“I have friends that talked me into trying different hospitals and let me tell you, they don’t have anything better than Appleton.  Keep up the good work!”

– Buzz Rieppel

“My mom was in the hospital and I feel she received very caring and excellent care...great nurses.” 

“As a family member, I have appreciated the care and competence of the AAH staff and I am thankful for this hospital and the services.  I am just so happy with the care everyone has provided for my sister and I'm so glad that she's here!”

“We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful clinic hospital and staff in Appleton.” 


“I am very happy we have these services available to us so we don’t have to go to them."

“I like all of the activities and time to socialize that Apple Ridge Estates offers. My family feels at ease knowing that help is just down the hall if needed. I also enjoy the flexibility of living independently.” 


"My mother has been treated with the utmost kindness and respect thanks to the friendly and approachable employees. The Appleton Area Health - Care Center is a very valuable part of the Appleton area community.”


“Excellent experience. My nurse and Penny were excellent.“  

“Marcia was very good to us.”

“Everyone was great, the nurse and Penny treated me very well and were helpful.“

"Excellent care & food." Charles Dale - Dawson, MN

"I am so happy to have chosen Appleton Area Health for my swing-bed care. I couldn't have asked for any better place! Great staff - like a family helping each other and patients out when needed. Our community needs to keep this place going!! Thanks to everyone!!" - Connie Olson, Appleton

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