Growing Families

by Jim Dittmann
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By: Columbus Community Hospital

Two new family practice physicians, both offering childbirth services, are now seeing patients at Columbus Community Hospital and the Dean Clinic in Columbus.

Collen Cassidy, MD and Chris Kleppe, DO both joined the active medical staff at Columbus Community Hospital in September.

Dr. Cassidy grew up in a town, much like Columbus, of about 5,000 people as one of 11 children. “I wanted to find a clinic that was connected to a hospital, where I could offer obstetrics, and where I enjoyed the people. Columbus offered me all of those things,” said Dr. Cassidy.

Dr. Cassidy received a BA in Biology and Chemistry from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She received her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Columbia-St. Mary’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

She is a member of the Wisconsin Medical Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians.

“I chose Family Practice with obstetrics because I really like every age group. I like building a relationship with the individual and also getting to know the family so I am able to treat them to the best of my ability,” said Dr. Cassidy.

Dr. Kleppe, the son of a veterinarian, grew up in Monroe and is happy to be starting his practice in Wisconsin.  “Columbus reminds me a lot of home,” said Dr. Kleppe. “I’m looking forward to taking care of the needs of the community.” 

Dr. Kleppe received a BS in Genetics, Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin and a MS in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He received his DO from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Illinois and completed his Internship and Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in Waukesha, Wisconsin where he served as Chief Resident. 

“I enjoy being able to take care of the whole family, starting with the newborn,” said Dr. Kleppe. “I think people then gain trust of you as a doctor and value your opinion because of the relationship you form with the family.”

Dr. Cassidy and Dr. Kleppe are currently seeing new patients. To schedule an appointment or for more information call the Dean Clinic in Columbus at 920-623-9611.

Dr. Kleppe and Dr. Cassidy will join a team of compassionate physicians offering an individualized birthing experience at CCH. They include Heather Kennedy, DO, and Mark Torres, DO, FACOOG, OB/GYN, both located in the Dean Clinic, and independent physician Elizabeth Larson, MD, who sees patients in the Columbus Clinic.

Dr. Larson and the CCH Women’s and Childbirth Services nursing team are certified to perform water births at CCH.

“The exceptional care and personal attention we give to the moms and babies will always be what sets the birthing experience at Columbus Community Hospital apart from what you will find anywhere else,” said Rachel Svendsen, CCH Women’s and Childbirth Services Manager.

At 350 square feet, labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites at Columbus Community Hospital provide plenty of space for visitors and family. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom with soaking tub and a separate walk-in shower, as well as a flat screen television. Tempur-Pedic mattresses are provided for increased comfort following delivery. Each room also features a sleeper sofa, an iPod docking station, rocker gliders, mini refrigerator, flat screen television with DVD and enhanced natural light. 

A same floor C-section suite, designed specifically for obstetrics patients, means surgical staff is ready and waiting just down the hall. A family lounge and nutrition center is available for loved ones. A Skytron wireless remote control lighting system provides optimal lighting for physicians during delivery. State-of-the-art newborn resuscitation equipment is in each LDRP.

Tours are available on a continuous basis. To schedule a tour, please call (920) 623-2200 and ask to speak to someone in our Women’s and Childbirth Services Department.


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