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312 9th Street SW, Waverly, Iowa 50677

(319) 352-4120


Kim Mashek

High energy kids sometimes end up with an injury. That’s what brought Timmy Mashek to Waverly Health Center’s emergency department.

When Timmy was three, he hit his head on a lamp and it caused a deep cut. His mom Kim knew it was going to take more than a bandage to fix it so she brought him to the hospital.

Margo Welsh was the provider who cared for Timmy in the ED. “Margo looked at the cut and told us she needed to put a staple in to hold the cut together,” Kim said. “She was very calm and soothing to Timmy. She clearly explained to him what she was going to do. Everyone focused on Timmy to help him through the situation.”

After Margo put in the staple, the nurses asked him what he’d like for a treat. A popsicle was his choice and he even gave one to his mom. Timmy was ready to leave the ED with his popsicle, smile and a handful of stickers.

On their way out, Kim stopped at the ambulance doors to show him the trucks. Larry Jones, one of the hospital’s paramedics, saw them looking and asked Timmy if he’d like to see the ambulance up close. “Timmy was beyond excited,” Kim stated. “Larry helped him climb up inside and even let him turn on the emergency lights and sound the siren. This experience was all a 3-year old could ask for.”

“Waverly Health Center is our first choice for health care. The experience we’ve had over the years couldn’t be better. On that day, I wasn’t expecting my 3-year old to walk out of the hospital with a big smile telling me that it was the ‘best day of my life.’ For that, I thank the providers and staff at Waverly Health Center.”