■ Minneapolis Heart Institute nurse recognized for 35 years of CCRN certification
CROSBY — Gail Smith, a registered nurse at Minneapolis Heart Institute in Crosby, recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession.
Since 1978, Smith has consistently maintained American Association of Critical Care Nurses (CCRN) certification offered through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation.
She is one of 24 CCRNs being honored nationally this year for 35 years of continuous certification. Achieving and maintaining the CCRN credential over time is further validation of Smith’s dedication to advanced clinical knowledge and demonstrates a lifelong commitment to patients, families and colleagues, Minneapolis Heart Institute reported.
CCRN certification is one of the most advanced professional credentials that can be achieved by a nurse in the field of acute and critical care. Research studies have specifically linked CCRN certification to higher levels of clinical knowledge, experience and skill. These studies have found that CCRN certified nurses are particularly motivated to maintain clinical excellence in rapidly changing acute and critical care environments.
■ Draper appointed commissioner of community development
ONAMIA — The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe announced Katie Draper was appointed as the new Commissioner of Community Development.
Draper’s responsibilities cover a wide range of issues facing the Band, including overseeing tribal housing and infrastructure maintenance and improvements.
Melanie Benjamin, chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band said Draper experience and commitment to improving the lives of band members and this new position will allow her to make an even bigger impact on the community.
As commissioner, Draper will oversee the staff of the community development department to develop and implement programs that benefit the entire Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe community. In addition to her broader duties, Draper hopes to develop tools and strategies to allow band members to improve personal financial planning and management so that all band members and their families are financially secure.
■ Thompson gains Mills Motor, Ford scholarship
Stafford Thompson, a 2013 graduate of Brainerd High School FFA, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Mills Motor Inc. and Ford Motor Company.
Thompson’s parents are Bruce Thompson and Terri Thompson of Brainerd. Stafford Thompson plans to study biological sciences at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead. The Built Ford Tough FFA Scholarsip program is designed to recognize FFA member’s talents and accomplishments while encouraging their future academic achievements.
The scholarship is one of 530 scholarships awarded by Ford Division, Ford Motor Co. Fund and Ford Dealers to FFA members who are high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall of 2013 or current collegiate students. This program is part of Ford’s overall commitment to the National FFA Foundation, a youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
■ Salvevold graduates
Jennifer Salvevold, owner of Photojenic Photography, Breezy Point, recently graduated from Central Lakes College earning her AAS degree in photographic imaging with high honors.
Salvevold also gained certification in matting and framing. Recently she earned her CPC certification. She runs her photography business out of her home in Breezy Point.
■ Riverwood to host grand re-opening, barbeque
AITKIN — Riverwood Healthcare Center just completed a two-year expansion and renovations project with generous support from many local individuals, businesses and organizations from the Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor communities.
The public is invited to come for an outdoor barbeque 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. June 6 to celebrate what Riverwood has to offer in its newly renovated hospital and clinic in Aitkin. There is no need to RSVP. Riverwood CEO Michael Hagen said it’s an opportunity to showcase the newly expanded and renovated hospital and clinic facility with single-occupancy patient rooms, a new birthing center and many department renovations. “We are extremely grateful to all who have given generously to our Better Together Capital Campaign,” Hagen said. Participants may tour the new inpatient and outpatient facilities. Dr. Don Hughes, 2013 Minnesota Physician of the Year by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, is expected to attend.
A helicopter and an ambulance will be on-site for tours, provided courtesy of North Air Care and North Ambulance.
At 6 p.m., in the Healing Garden, Riverwood Foundation will host its annual memorial ceremony. A short program will honor those who have been memorialized or honored by relatives and friends who have made contributions to support the Healing Garden, which is now in its 10th year.
Dr. Chuck Schotzko, Riverwood family physician who has recently retired after 36 years of practicing, will be recognized for his role in getting the Healing Garden established in 2003, said Jodie Johnson, Riverwood Foundation director.
■ Local high-tech company MicroNet achieves milestone
NISSWA — MicroNet Inc. the providers of ChamberMaster of Nisswa, announced the addition of its 1,500th customer, the Edgerton Area Chamber of Commerce in Edgerton, Wis.
MicroNet reported it continues double digit customer growth compared to the previous year. MicroNet CEO Scott Juranek said the company is especially pleased to see such strong growth in the chamber member management market.
■ Taylor recipient of Mary Lou Houle Nursing Excellence Award
CROSBY — Recently, the Mary Lou Houle ursing Excellence Award was presented to Sandy Taylor in recognition of her dedication and commitment to patients, families, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and the community.
Taylor is the third person to receive the award. The Mary Lou Houle Nursing Excellence Award was created as a tribute to Mary Lou Houle and the example she set for others. Houle was a part of health care in the Cuyuna lakes for more than 55 years from Miner’s Hospital to the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.
She served in different roles including registered nurse (RN), nursing assistant and administrator. She melded together her professional skills, her love for people, and her passion for the community in all she did, CRMC reported.
This annual award recognizes an RN who is selected by their peers and exhibits the traits and characteristics of Mary Lou.
■ Wausau Homes builder opens design center
NISSWA — Wausau Homes builders Larry and Jenny Oaks to celebrate their grand opening with an open house 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25 in the Northland Center, 24400 Smiley Road in Nisswa.
Visitors may tour the new, state-of-the art design center that showcases a welcome area where homebuyers can share their life story and vision for their new home. The design center includes cabinets and countertops to siding and shingles and a 3D viewer that allows homebuyers to see their home plans take shape so they will know what their new home will look like before it’s ever built.
Refreshments will be served. Wausau Homes, based in
Wausau, Wis., has been building customized homes in partnership with local builders throughout the Midwest for more than 50 years.