The hospital says Ippel has cared for patients at St. Joseph’s for 32 years. He practices with Family Health Associates, which is affiliated with HSHS Medical Group. Ippel is originally from Wausau. He went to medical school at UW-Madison and then did his residency in Eau Claire so he could be closer to his mother who was dying of breast cancer. The last year of his residency his mother passed away. Ippel and his wife Beverly were looking for a place for him to practice. He landed in Chippewa Falls.
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area doctor has now cared for six generations of patients in the same family.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls says Dr. Paul Ippel delivered Aspyn Barta, a healthy baby girl, on August 29. Ippel, 61, delivered Barta's mother Amber Barta in 1985. Her mother, Lucinda Teerink, started seeing Ippel for general care in the early 1980's. Amber Barta’s grandmother, Coreen Martinek also saw Ippel. Soon, Amber Barta’s great-grandmother, Arlene Brovold, and great-great-grandmother, Yvonne Sarazin started seeing Ippel too.
“He knows our whole family and all of our history,” she told staff at the hospital. “He’s been there for anything we need. He’s gone out of his way for us. He has just been the best doctor. He listens and understands. I’ve never met a doctor like him. There is nobody like him.”
Amber Barta, who lives in Elk Mound, told hospital staff that she found out that she had pre-cancerous cells that likely would cause cervical cancer. That's when she and her husband decided to get pregnant, and did a short time later. She says she's concerned that Ippel will retire soon, but he told the hospital he plans to work for a few more years.