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PACHS Welcomes New Physicians

August 19, 2014
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

New physicians were introduced to the Palo Alto County community last Friday during a coffee at Palo Alto County Hospital. Madhan Prabhakaran, M.D. and Amber Houge, P.A. are now on staff at Palo Alto County Health System.

Dr. Prabhakaran

Madhan Prabhakaran, M.D. has joined the medical staff and Family Practice Clinic in Emmetsburg. Dr. Prabhakaran is a family practice physician and will begin seeing patients in mid-August after orientation to PACHS.

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WELCOME TO PACHS -- Bill and Marcie Frevert of Emmetsburg (left) were among many who welcomed Amber Houge, P.A. (center) and Madhan Prabhakaran, M.D. (right). Amber Houge and Madhan Prabhakaran were welcomed to the medical staff at Palo Alto County Health System. --Jane Whitmore photo

During orientation, Dr. Veltri has been introducing Dr. Prabhakaran to the clinic and to patients.

"Dr. Prabhakaran is polite, compassionate and medically knowledgeable," commented Dr. Veltri. "I think he will be well liked by our patients and the community."

Dr. Prabhakaran earned his medical degree from Stanley Medical College in Chennai, India, and his residency at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, IL.

Dr. Prabakaran commented, "Chennai, India is a coastal city in Southern India. During my time there I liked going to the beach and spending time there, especially in the late evening when it was quiet. My parents are from a small town in India and I always enjoyed going to visit grandparents at their farm home until they moved to the city. These fond memories are probably why I am so attracted to the Midwest. During residency in Illinois, I found I love the Midwest for the food, the climate and the variety. I even like winters!"

He continued, "Dr. Krow Rodney gave me a tour of the community and hospital and everyone seemed to know me. I spent time with the hospital staff while I was here visiting and really liked the people and environment. Emmetsburg seemed like the perfect fit. I find the people in the midwest to be welcoming friendly people."

Dr. Prabhakaran's father is a retired Chief Educational Officer and high school math teacher. His mother is a retired high school chemistry teacher. He has one sister who is an engineer.

When not working, Dr. Prabakaran enjoys biking, driving (long distances), cooking, and trying new foods from different regions. "I tried snowboarding in January of 2013 but jammed my thumb and haven't snowboarded since."

As a family medicine physician, Dr. Prabhakaran enjoys the fact that he can have a relationship with a patient from birth throughout their life.

"Delivering a baby is the most beautiful thing to do," he commented.

To make an appointment with Madhan Prabhakaran, M.D., call Family Practice Clinic in Emmetsburg at 712-852-5555.

Amber Houge, P.A.

Patients who come to the Emergency Room or Family Practice Clinic and see Amber Hough, she might look very familiar.

Although Amber is a new provider at Palo Alto County Health System (PACHS), she has met a lot of patients during rotations in the clinic with Dr. Veltri last year. Her medical skill and friendly personality impressed both patients and staff. So, when an opening came available, PACHS was excited to have Amber join the staff.

"I truly enjoy the staff because it is an energetic and friendly environment that is focused on the best care for all our patients," commented Amber on why she chose to work at PACHS. "I have felt very welcome since starting my career here."

Amber provides care in the emergency room at PACHS during the day and sees urgent care patients in Family Practice Clinic on a daily basis.

Amber lives in Estherville with her husband Tony, and her children Michael (age 12) and Cathryn (age 9). She attended University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, graduating with honors. Previously, she worked as a respiratory therapist for 18 years.

During her time away from work, Amber enjoys gardening, reading, swimming and traveling.

The PACHS medical team and staff welcome Amber Houge and Madhan Prabhakaran to the family of medical providers.



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