Solheim joins Cuyuna Regional
Medical Center as CEO
CROSBY — Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) recently welcomed John Solheim as CEO.
Solheim has 28 years of extensive experience as a CEO serving four different healthcare facilities in Montana and also eight years in Detroit Lakes as the CEO of St. Mary’s Regional Health Center.
“We believe John’s experience in both an integrated health delivery system and community hospital settings paired with his experience and passion for serving the community are important attributes in leading CRMC into the future,” said Board Chair Roger Twigg.
Solheim grew up in Barnum. After graduating from high school, he obtained his bachelor of arts degree cum laude from Concordia College in Moorhead where he studied organizational communications and business/hospital administration. He then earned a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota.
Duhn joins RiverWood Bank
Benjamin Duhn joined RiverWood Bank as a credit analyst.
His primary responsibility will be to gather and assess credit profiles for commercial clients working through our Baxter and Crosslake offices. He will eventually be expanding his role to work with our other nine branches located throughout the state.
Originally from Staples, Duhn is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a bachelor’s degree in economics, along with a minor in management from the Carlson School of Business. Throughout his collegiate career, he was actively involved in numerous student organizations including The Economic Student Organization, Habitat for Humanity and Minnesota Golfers. RiverWood Bank is owned by Great River Holding Company which, along with branches in Baxter and Crosslake, has offices located through Minnesota including the cities of Bagley, Baudette, Bemidji, Benson, Big Lake, Breckenridge, Monticello and Morris.
Lakewood Health System to welcome pediatrician in September
STAPLES — Lakewood Health System will be welcoming pediatrician Dr. Neil Bratney to its medical staff, starting Sept. 4.
Bratney will be working out of the Staples clinic three days a week and out of the Pillager clinic one day a week. Patients may begin scheduling appointments with Bratney in early August. Bratney will be Lakewood’s first pediatrician.
Kloha joins Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center
Sherry Kloha, wound and ostomy care nurse, is joining Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.
Kloha is certified in wound and ostomy care and brings a wealth of experience. For the past 16 years she has served as a wound care nurse at Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji and has played a key role in the development and growth of the Wound and Ostomy Department. Kloha has also been active in the advancement of wound care in her professional community and currently serves as president of the North Central Region Wound and Ostomy Association.
A WOC (wound, ostomy, continence) nurse is a graduate of an education program accredited by the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). WOC nurses specialize in the care of patients with selected disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and integumentary systems. This includes care for the following: stomas; draining wounds; fistulas; vascular, pressure, diabetic and neuropathic ulcers; incontinence; foot and nail care; and abdominal feeding tube education.
DEED receives 90 applications
for capital projects
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced the agency received 90 applications requesting $288.4 million in funding under the Capital Projects Grant Program.
The projects will be eligible for $47.5 million in bond funding approved during the 2012 legislative session. Local applicants included Todd County, $500,000 for Senior Citizens Healthy Living Center in Long Prairie and the city of Wadena of $4,625,000 for the Wadena regional wellness center.
“We were impressed by the volume and quality of the projects submitted for capital project grants,” said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips in a news release. “In the next several weeks, we will evaluate the applications closely and make a decision on which projects are selected. It’s going to take time, given the huge response to the program.”
Funding recipients will be selected based on such criteria as number of full-time jobs created or retained, increase in the local tax base, ability to attract private investment, health and safety benefits, and evidence of a strong return on investment and cost-benefit ratio.
A summary list of the applicants, funding requests and proposed projects is available at the following link: www.PositivelyMinnesota.com/capitalgrants.
Consumer Reports gives high
marks in patient safety
Consumer Reports Magazine tackled the topic of patient safety in its August edition, ranking hospitals on their infection and readmission rates, communications with patients and other indicators.
Among the 36 Minnesota hospitals included in the report, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd tied for the number two ranking on the list. St. Joseph’s achieved higher safety scores than all other hospitals measured in 23 other states. It ranked higher than well-known hospitals like Ohio’s Cleveland Clinics, Massachusetts General in Boston, and Mt. Sinai in New York.
Essentia Health is among 18 percent of American hospitals and healthcare systems publically sharing enough safety data to be included in the report. A total of 1,159 hospitals were included in the patient safety survey, which is the first of its kind for Consumer Reports.
St. Joseph’s received a score of 64 points, tying with another Essentia hospital located in Duluth. Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, one of Essentia Health’s many Catholic facilities, is a 162-bed nonprofit community hospital located in Brainerd with more than 1,000 employees and more than 100 physicians representing 21 specialties. It is a Benedictine-sponsored Catholic organization.
Pine River Outreach Site registration
nights set at two Cass County industries
The Pine River Community Outreach Site for Central Lakes College (CLC) and its partners serving Cass County have scheduled registration nights and tours at two area businesses.
Pequot Tool and Manufacturing, Jenkins, will host the first registration night, along with tours, on Thursday, July 26 from 5 to 7 p.m., Mann Lake Ltd., Hackensack, will host a registration night and tours on Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.
At each event guests have the opportunity to learn more about the courses offered at the Pine River Outreach Site, 980 First St. N, Pine River, as well as online toward the associate in arts degree from Central Lakes College.
Fall classes starting in September at Pine River include applied mathematics and blueprint reading I.
Pequot Tool and Manufacturing is located at 3457 Veterans St., next to the Jenkins VFW.
Mann Lake Ltd. is located at 501 First St. S, just west of the junction of County Road 40 and Highway 371 on the south edge of Hackensack.
CLC’s partners in the outreach are the Initiative Foundation, Cass County Economic Development Corp., and Pine River-Backus Schools. Call Admissions to register at Central Lakes College, (800) 933-0346.
Mille Lacs Band donates $44,463 in June
ONAMIA — The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe donated $44,463 in monetary and in-kind contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations and other charitable causes in June.
Each month the band and its businesses make contributions to community organizations including schools, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, food shelves, and others in Minnesota and nationwide.
The Mille Lacs Band contributed $1,000 toward the expansion of Young Park in Baldwin Township. The three-phase expansion includes playground installation, a 32-acre natural habitat restoration, and trail system improvements to make paths accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities. The plans also include other aesthetic upgrades such as more park signage and a shaded pavilion.
The band donated $1,000 toward Kinship of Aitkin County’s Four Steps Toward Youth Success program, which focuses on character development, good choices, and leadership skill building. The band also provided $1,000 toward Special Olympics Minnesota’s 2012 summer games that were hosted in June. In addition, the University of St. Thomas received $1,000 from the band for its language programs.
Other notable contributions include those to FUN Books for Kids in Pequot Lakes, Isanti County Safety Camp, Pine City Fire Department for the purchase of fire prevention materials, Sandstone Flower and Garden Club for garden upgrades, Fish Lake Lutheran Church in Harris for its annual ham dinner for veterans, and Little Falls-based St. Gabriel’s Home Health & Hospice for its annual Motorcycle Ride for Hospice.
Thrivent Financial for
Lutherans launches campaign
Thrivent Financial is asking people to consider financially giving to youth ministry this summer.
As an added way of support, people can also “like” the organization on Facebook and share the challenge with friends and family. If the organization’s number of Facebook fans reaches 110,000 by July 31, Thrivent Financial will contribute $10,000 to youth ministries.
Individuals may participate in the campaign by going to Thrivent.com/facebook and clicking on the “Like” button.
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