Iowa Specialty Hospital

Patient Stories

The staff at Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics works very hard to provide our patients with a high level of medical expertise and services. We strive to achieve ultimate patient satisfaction in all that we do. We love to hear our patients' stories, because it means that we are providing exceptional service! Read our patient testimonials below to see what our patients are saying about us.



"It's been 2 years since my knee replacement surgery (8-10-20) and I continually sing the praises of Dr. Andrew Odland and all the medical staff at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion.  Everyone gets an A+ in my books! Thank-you for improving my quality of life."

Carol Ann Niewald

As far as I'm concerned, I had a "Wow" experience for the exceptional care that I was given both times I was at this hospital.

The nurses & CNAs are some of the most personable, caring, compassionate, efficient, knowledgeable individuals, and as a team are the best.  They are truly an asset to your hospital.

Mary C.

We have used this hospital twice in the last couple months.
It's been a "Wow" experience both times!  Amazing staff, communication, and patient care from the moment we entered until time of discharges.
Thank you!!

Todd S.

Recently, Terry Baxter (Iowa State Representative) reached out to Dr. Odland to ask if he would be willing to look at a gentleman that lived in Iquitos, Peru.  Manual was living with intense knee pain.  The following is the story of his journey to the U.S. and Iowa Specialty Hospitals.

“Dr. Palit is the best…he is caring, explains everything so that you understand.  I would recommend him to anyone who has knee problems. Iowa Specialty Clinics is the place to go and Dr. Palit is awesome.” 

Angelia M.

I will recommend your hospital to others. Really glad to know there is a good place for health care in our community.

Eric S.

All of the nurses and CNAs that helped me during my surgery and hospital stay were amazing! They all took the time to listen to my concerns and questions.  I would recommend every single one of these people a hundred times over!

Elizabeth D.

The best experience I've had yet! The nurses were all wonderful!

Malinda H.

The Iowa Specialty Hospital Cardiac Rehab program has been a tremendous help to me!  I would highly recommend it to anyone recovering from a cardiac event.

Kathy K.

The staff was outstanding!  I also want to thank Dr. Nelson as for weeks prior, other health care providers really didn't listen to how much pain I was in, and being referred to Dr. Palit and then to Dr Nelson, I can tell they truly cared and wanted to help me as quickly as possible.

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The nurses were very helpful and explained aftercare perfectly!  I refer EVERYONE here. It's so worth it. 


The best experience I've had yet!  The nurses were all wonderful!


The team and the nurses who delivered my daughter, rocked it. I honestly feel like switching where I choose to see a doctor was the best decision.


I recently had a total hip at your facility and just want you to know how very happy I am with everyone I came in contact with, on my pre-op appointment day, my surgical day, and my care as an inpatient. I really can’t say enough good things about your staff!


I can see at any moment what my sugar is from my phone, and then correct it based on what I have been eating or what I have been doing.  It has made my life easier and has made me feel much better.


Dr. Odland explained the procedure and had a surgery date for me that same day. I was so impressed and said let's get this done so I can walk again.


We thank Kristen Davidson for we believe she saved my life.  She cares for all her patients and treats them all as if they are the only one she has.


I continue to tell others of the wonderful care prior to, during and after my knee replacement.  I was treated so well.


I have been telling others of my success story with total knee replacement with Dr. Li and sharing his contact information with any who ask. Dr. Li's staff, as well as the hospital personnel that I have worked with, have all been very friendly, professional, and extremely good at what they do.  I have nothing but praise for the Clarion hospital!


Our family cannot send enough praise to Dr Caleb Aswegen. We also love his nurse Tricia!  Parenting is not easy, but having a care team you trust for your children make it just a little bit easier.


Once I entered Clarion's delivery ward, I knew this was the best choice we made!


i really feel like Dr. Aswegen is the answer to Belmond's prayers for a GREAT pediatrician.

Stephanie Angell

Dr. Andrew Odland was very caring and took time to communicate.


This was my first surgery and it was so much better than I could have imagined. I just have to say that all of Dr. Emile Li's staff was such a pleasure to work with. I could not have asked for anything more.

Brent Hodapp

Every single person I interacted with was gracious, professional, compassionate, caring, and kind!


Dennis Day had joint replacement surgery with Dr. Emile Li in August of 2018. In his own words, he shares about his journey before and after surgery including how much his life has improved.

Dennis Day

My kids absolutely love going to Dr. Caleb.  They are so comfortable with him, and he is very thorough, making sure everyone is taken care of! He is an amazing doctor!


On the car ride home, Adam asked us to shut the window because a semi was too loud.  We then realized to what extent he couldn't hear before surgery.  Thank you ISH!  He is so much less frustrated and has had less tantrums since the surgery.

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I made the appointment as a 2nd opinion to the reoccurring sinus issues I have had in the past five months after doctoring @ Mercy. I was told basically that I needed to just live with it.  Here I was asked more in depth questions regarding my health and the symptoms I was having than previously.  I really feel that my issues are on the way to becoming resolved, and I will be enjoying life once again.

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During my visits with Dr. Odland the focus is on my needs.  I am a question person, and he never fails to listen, explain and make sure they are answered before I leave.  He also is a very kind and caring doctor.  I have a very high level of trust in him and his staff.

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From arrival to departure, everyone was pleasant, courteous & professional.  I was very happy with Dr. Odland's care!  He gave complete explanations & took time to answer all my & my wife's questions about my diagnosis & upcoming surgery.

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We were all very impressed with the organized care and your very good system. Each person seemed to know what to do before they came to me. Thank you for a very good, and unexpected, visit to your facility for 3 days of good care!

Orthopedic Surgical Patient

Everyone that I came in contact with on ALL of my visits have always been very nice and welcoming. They never made me feel like I was unwelcomed or asking for too much. They were very quiet and nice when they came in during the night waking me up nicely for my meds and not startling me. My last surgery in January made me realize that it is definitely worth the hour drive to come to your hospital. Thank you for having such amazing staff that really care about their patients. 

Orthopedic Surgical Patient

The best hospital in the State of Iowa.

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I cannot believe how happy and helpful everyone is! Doctors listen and make sure you understand what is going on. They don't care if you ask a lot of questions. Staff is smiling, some singing, everyone says "Hi." Very impressive, nothing like when you go to any other clinic or hospital at all. I loved it!

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As all previous experiences at Clarion Clinic, my experience was positive.  I prefer to travel the extra distance (about 50 miles each way) than see Mason City doctors.

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They go above and beyond to make you comfortable.


I look forward to being able to participate in so many more activities this spring and summer.


I appreciate people like her that take the time to make a patient feel better.

Jordan L

Caleb Aswegen is an awesome doctor.

Kelly & Haleigh

Thank you for all that you do to help our families!

Susan & Shellie

Ben made me the happiest girl alive and gave me a cortisone shot that day.  

Andrea S.

I was in the clinic for a follow up on a mammogram. They saw spots and wanted to check it out further. 

Carrie I.

Listen as Sam Urness shares his emotional story of a broken leg that left him wondering if he would ever play basketball again and how his journey brought him to Iowa Specialty Hospital.

Sam Urness

I am writing to tell you what wonderful employees you have working at the Clarion hospital and specialty clinic.

Ruth T.

I'm very grateful for the time they took and going above and beyond...

Megan T.

Thank you for having the best of the best in all areas!


Hear what Lyle Christensen, a semi-retired farmer from Eagle Grove, IA, has to say about his experience with Orthopedic Specialists provider, Dr. Emile Li, and having knee, hip, and shoulder replacements done at Iowa Specialty Hospital.

Lyle Christensen

Hear why Brenda made the decision to have total right knee replacement with Orthopedic Specialists at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion and how she is now able to do things she hasn't been able to do in years!

Brenda Kay Senne

The replacement process at Iowa Specialty is so complete that I would highly recommend the department...

Jan Jaqua

We were blessed to find out that one of the very best, Dr. Shelley Wells, is right here at Iowa Specialty Hospital.

Carrol Hill

I had an ulceration on my left ankle that was open for over 4 years.  In 3 months, my wound was fully healed.  From the first treatment to the last, there was consistent improvement and never took a step backwards.

Dennis Welsh

Don’t wait!  You can be helped. Joint replacement surgery can change your life when all else fails!

Ida Eekhoff

Thank you for making sure I had what I needed to feel ok with the surgery.


I cannot express with words the extraordinary care my dad has received.

Tanja Jensen

I highly recommend Dr. Gautam Kakade and the staff at the Clarion Specialty Hospital.

Paul D. Hauser

The hospital at Clarion couldn't have been nicer, and Dr. Li did a bang up job.  My scar on the right knee is straighter than the scar on my left. The physical therapy people didn't allow you to wimp out. 

Ruth Bennett

I cannot say enough good things about the surgical team, the nurses and other staff at Clarion.

Lillian M (Ann) Hemmelrick

I am so pleased with the results and can not say enough good things about Dr. Kakade and his staff.

Larry Snyder

I would just like to take the opportunity to share what excellent care we received in the Belmond ER and hospital.

Tanja Jensen

Dr. Li is wonderful, compassionate, listens to you, and seems to enjoy life.

Linda Pingel

We will be returning to Iowa Specialty Hospital for our next child if God blesses us with that opportunity.

Amy & Ross Eiden

"Scott Schulte ALWAYS has a smile..."

Pharmacy Guest

...Dr. Brindle's nursing staff just gets nicer and nicer. 

Ruth Aldrich

I greatly appreciated the encouragement, monitoring, guidance and concern the rehab nurses provided.

Pat Kennedy

I would like to thank Trish and Emily for all the help I received after I had three stents placed in my heart.

Harlan B. Frakes

I am very pleased with the care I get, and I tell everyone.


We were extremely impressed with our experience at ISH.   

Tracy T.

Not 1 person left my husband’s room without asking if we needed anything. 

Wife of Patient

I cannot rave about Dr. Griffith enough! 

Tiffini T.

Clarion is the best hospital I have ever been a patient at. 

Paula D.

A guest staying in room 1 stopped at the nurses’ station to compliment the EVS crew on the cleanliness of the facility. 

Guest in Room 1

Julie is a phenomenal nurse who gives 100 % every day!! Iowa Specialty is very lucky to have her on staff.

Tanja Jensen

Everything was a 15 on a scale of 1-10. I have never been in a hospital that seemed to care as much as they do. 

Becky C.

Thanks again you to and the wonderful staff at The Meadows Assisted Living.  

Meadows Assisted Living Family Member

I could not have asked for a better hospital to have my knee surgery at!

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HUGE HUGE shout out to all the staff at both the Clarion and Belmond hospitals!!! I can never EVER express enough good things to say about either of these places. 

Michele Andersen-Hert

For the most part, people are just really wanting to know if it was worth it, and I can tell you for me it DEFINITELY was. It's like I was reborn again on that day, so July 21st, 2014 is my birthday now. It's when my new life started.

Steve Simonin

My son had surgery on his foot today with Dr. Phil Greenfield. Everyone was very accommodating. I have absolutely no complaints and would recommend your hospital to anyone and everyone I know. 

Tiffany Krieger

I just appreciate the communication, medical and professional skills, and the friendliness.  The staff is attentive to our needs, and Dr. Kakade is easy to work with…he is a very special guy.

Ray Neswold

I would like to thank Iowa Specialty Hospital for all the wonderful care my husband and I received for the weeks he was under your care.

Shirley T.

I was taken care of like I was the only patient. I have nothing but GREAT things to say and believe me I have promoted this hospital to anyone I know. Felt more like a vacation than surgery!!

Sandy N.

What a wonderful staff that cares for the residents at Assisted Living. 


I know this isn’t a hotel, but the staff definitely tries to make it appear that way.

Daughter of Inpatient

Our family knows and appreciates the professionalism of the Iowa Specialty Hospital medical staff and all those who support them...

Karen Weld

I worked with all of the amazing therapists they have at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion. They are the best! 


[All of my guests] are just so impressed with how nice this is and how friendly everybody is and how helpful...

Marcella Kressin

My dad has been in the hospital here for a week now and WOW what a great hospital we have! 


I really believe I had a “WOW” experience at Iowa Specialty Hospital! 

Orthopedic Patient

I've had lots of surgeries in lots of hospitals over the years, and you blow them away...

Bob Phillips

Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond has gone above and beyond what is expected of a hospital. I KNOW! I WORK IN ONE! I can only hope we treat our patients as well as you do!

A Grateful Son

My life has changed dramatically since being tested and treated for sleep apnea...


Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful, but two knees without pain sure helps.


I would recommend Iowa Specialty Hospital to anyone needing care. Thanks for everything!

Orthopedic Patient

Your group was positive, professional, and friendly. 


I was impressed by everything I had heard and did my homework on both the hospital and the staff. I could not have been more impressed or confident I had made the right decision to make the drive to this facility. 


All of you are special and need to know how much we appreciate what you all did for our mother and all of us.

Patient's Family Member

You made a difficult time as easy and pleasant as you could. Thank you for everything you do, and most of all, for the helpful and welcoming attitude each and every one of you brings to your work.

The Family of Virginia

Just a note to say thanks to your staff at Clarion. I would like to send my thanks to the great staff for the excellent care while I was a patient there. 


The minute I walked in, everyone was so helpful and pleasant.  


You all work so hard to make life special for the residents and their families.  


I cannot begin to thank all of you for your patience, visits, smiles, walks outside, encouraging words and just plain friendliness.  


Through your wonderful care, I am, really on the mend. I am feeling better than I have in 3 months...

Norma Jeanne

I can truly say you are a level 5.  If you continue to show the level of care I received, you will remain a level 5 facility. 


The quality of care and compassion show by your nursing staff is by far the best I have ever experienced.  


In our world too often this kind of professionalism is taken for granted, and I just did not want the opportunity to show my appreciation to slip by.  Please extend my sincerest gratitude to everyone involved.  

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