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Local news briefs- Nov. 8

Posted: November 7, 2011 - 10:06pm

Darkness disrupts CLC Brainerd campus
Central Lakes College Brainerd campus had a 40-minute power outage Monday that began at 2:30 p.m., college officials reported.
The campus was dark except for areas near windows and in the Jon Hassler Library, which has a separate power system to thwart potential damage from freeze-ups and burst water pipes.

The men’s basketball team was forced out of the gymnasium; security personnel went on patrol due to the power outage; and natural resources students were in class, where instructor Bill Faber placed data on the display board.

Lakewood to thank and honor veterans
STAPLES — Lakewood Health System will thank and honor military veterans for their service to our country from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday on Veterans Day.
Coffee and cookies will be served near the guest services counter, inside the main entrance at the Staples Main Campus, 49725 County 83, Staples.

Minnesota Lyme Association at Culver’s
The Minnesota Lyme Association will be at Culver’s on Tuesday.
Members will be on hand to answer any questions on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Culver’s will generously donate a percentage of the sales from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to the Lyme Association, a non-profit organization bringing awareness to the community.

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center ranks high among female patients
CROSBY — WomenCertified, a referral source for top businesses and brands identified among women, is recognizing Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby as one of the country’s Top 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience based on female patient satisfaction.
Hospitals are selected for this annual list based on a proprietary scoring process that incorporates Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores along with a higher level of analysis that weighs criteria identified as the most important to women for patient satisfaction. Additionally, it takes into consideration WomenCertified’s research on customer satisfaction among women, including a joint study on customer satisfaction by gender conducted with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Based on this scoring process, CRMC ranked No. 4 on the Top 100 list of hospitals in the medium size hospital category (101-250 beds).
“At Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, we continually seek new ways to enhance our services, improve quality of care and provide exceptional service. Receiving this award only reinforces the type of care and compassion we strive to provide to the people we serve. We aspire to be an organization that always gives our best to provide world class care for years to come,” Tom Reek, CRMC chief executive officer, said in an email release.

As a Top 100 Hospital, and because of its high consumer satisfaction scores, WomenCertified further honored Cuyuna Regional Medical Center with the Women’s Choice Award.

“Women make or influence more than 85 percent of all healthcare decisions for themselves and their families,” said Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified and former publisher of Working Mother and Working Women magazines. “Recognizing the top hospitals nationwide that are women-friendly and align with women’s identified preferences is important to our mission at WomenCertified, where we are women helping women make smart choices.”

For more information, visit www.womencertified.com.