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Nystrom honored for service

February 6, 2015
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

For 14 years, regular has clockwork, Patsi Nystrom has made a 50-mile trip and back again to Havelock, twice a week, to volunteer her services at the Estherville Free Clinic at First Christian Church in Estherville.

Nystrom received a warm farewell from fellow volunteers Tuesday, Jan. 27 who turned out to wish her the best on her retirement.

Nystrom, a nurse practitioner with a Doctor of Nursing practice, worked with Graettinger Family Practice Clinic until Feb. 10 - coincidentally her birthday and the same day that clinic opened in 1991. The clinic is associated with Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.

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Follow volunteers turned out to wish Patsi Nystrom well on her retirement from the Free Clinic Jan. 27. Front row, left to right, are Sharon Hooge and Nystrom. Back row: Betty Ann Rosfjord, Sister Pat Murphy, Peg Kaess, Kristy Studer, Alex Perea, Joan Wedebrand, Karen Kraft and Diane Frerichs.
Photo by Michael Tidemann

Nystrom received her nursing diploma from St. Lukes in Sioux City then attended the University of North Dakota where she received her family nurse practitioner degree. She later received her bachelor's of science from St. Joseph in North Windom, Maine, and her BSN and master's from the University of Phoenix. She then received her doctorate of Health Professions from Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah. She did her master's and doctorate work while working full-time.

It was Doris Anderson from Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. who asked Nystrom to volunteer - and she readily agreed. Sister Pat Murphy said Alice Eveleth, Madonna Johnson and Kathy Jasper were instrumental in getting the clinic going.

"We started it for everyone who needs it," said Glenn Bohmer, clinic volunteer, and retired pastor. Bohmer said the clinic is nongeographic in that it serves anyone who needs it.

Bohmer noted the great relationship the Clinic has with Avera Holy Family Hospital and area pharmacies. "It's a good example of what can happen when a community sees a need and gets together and works at it," he said.



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