SJMC receives level three designation
St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd recently received Level III trauma designation under the statewide trauma system administered by the Minnesota Department of Health.
In September, St. Joseph's Medical Center was surveyed by a team from the Minnesota Department of Health. The team consisted of a trauma nurse from St. Mary's hospital in Rochester, a surgeon from Hennepin County Medical Center, and the designation coordinator from the Minnesota Department of Health.
During that survey, SJMC demonstrated that it has a formalized trauma program and a coordinated, unified approach to providing, measuring and improving trauma care. In addition, the hospital demonstrated to the surveyors that all the emergency department physicians, general surgeons, emergency department registered nurses, and intensive care unit RN's have completed required trauma education. In addition to the state's minimum educational requirements, SJMC will continue to require staff to maintain current education in the care of trauma patients.
Jane Curran, RN trauma coordinator, and Troy Duininck, trauma program medical director, coordinate the performance improvement programs to improve SJMC's response to trauma injuries.
ER physician joins Lakewood Health System
STAPLES - Dr. Michael Ginder has joined Lakewood Health System in Staples as its first dedicated emergency room physician.
Ginder attended the University of Minnesota, School of Medicine and finished his residency at the Eastern Maine Medical Center. Ginder has practiced as an ER physician for more than 20 years. Ginder is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has advanced training in emergency medicine for pediatric, adult and cardiac care.
Dehen completes surgery board re-certification
Dr. James John Dehen, general surgeon at the Brainerd Medical Center, has successfully completed the board re-certification examination for re-certification in surgery by the American Board of Surgery.
A general surgeon is trained in the diagnosis and comprehensive management of surgical conditions related to the digestive tract, abdomen, breast, surgical oncology, trauma and many additional areas.
To be certified, surgeons must pass an eight- hour written exam, followed by an oral exam that examines their ability to diagnose and treat diverse surgical problems and manage potential complications. Board certification is voluntary and demonstrates a surgeon's commitment to quality patient care. Re-certification is every 10 years. In contrast, medical licensure is required by state law for an individual to practice medicine and is not specialty specific.
Walker promoted to regional sales coordinator
BAXTER - Brent Walker was recently promoted to Aflac regional sales coordinator for the northeast region of Minnesota.
Walker was previously the district sales coordinator for the Brainerd/Bemidji area. He has been an independent sales agent for Aflac since March 2000. The Aflac region office is in Baxter.
Christina Johnson Photography expands
LITTLE FALLS - Christina Johnson Photography, with Christina Johnson and her husband Robert, recently expanded its product offering of their Little Falls-based company to include Fine Art Photography.
The subjects of Christina Johnson Photography's Fine Art Prints range from still life shots of flowers in the studio, the underwater pebbles of Lake Superior to pelicans flying overhead in Cabo San Lucas. A few of the prints also will be on display at St. Gabriel's Hospital in March 2009.
The full-service portrait studio, located in Little Falls, specializes in distinctive wedding, high school senior, family and commercial portraits.
Integra Telecom honors Haapajoki
BAXTER - Integra Telecom, Baxter, announced Eryk Haapajoki earned the 2008 President's Club Award.
This is the sixth time Haapajoki has earned the President's Club distinction. In order to qualify sales managers need to achieve 105 percent of budgeted sales for the year. He is a 12-year veteran in telecommunications sales at Integra Telecom and had record sales in 2008.
Haapajoki is Integra's sales manager for outstate Minnesota. He manages the sales teams for Baxter, Brainerd, Nisswa, St. Cloud, Little Falls and Fort Ripley. Haapajoki will celebrate this accomplishment with other Integra Telecom President's Club members in Cancun, Mexico.
Mayson's Grille hosts CHOW event
PEQUOT LAKES - The Brainerd Lakes Chamber's networking event CHOW is planned from noon to 1 p.m., March 4, at Mayson's Grille in Pequot Lakes.
Chamber members will be provided with lunch, information and door prizes.
Cost to attend is $5 for advance registrations and $7 at the door. Advance registration and cancellations accepted until 4 p.m. March 3. For more information, contact Sue Galligan, Pequot Lakes area coordinator, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (218) 568-8911.
Business After Hours planned at Tom's TV
The Brainerd Lakes Chamber's Business After Hours networking event is planned from 4:30-6 p.m. March 10 at Tom's TV, 25 N.E. Washington St., Brainerd.
Chamber members may check out movies in the state-of-the-art theater room. Advance registration is recommended. The event is free of charge to chamber members. For more information, contact Kerry Holubar via e-mail at email@example.com or call (218) 822-7121.
Landecker & Associates awards scholarships
PEQUOT LAKES - Landecker & Associates Inc. of Pequot Lakes recently awarded scholarships to two area high school graduates towards their post-secondary education.
Casey Dabrowski, a 2008 graduate of Pine River-Backus High School, was awarded a $500 scholarship. Casey attends Itasca Community College where he is studying forestry and plans on transferring to the University of Minnesota to continue his education.
Aaron Lehman, a 2008 graduate of Pequot Lakes High School, also was awarded a $500 scholarship. Lehman attends North Dakota State University where he is majoring in civil engineering.
Reichwein memorial scholarship established
Crow Wing Power dedicated three $1,000 memorial lineworker scholarships in honor of the late Andy Reichwein, lineworker from Connexux Energy of Ramsey.
Reichwein died Feb. 12 from severe head injuries he suffered after a fatal fall from a utility pole in Paducah, Ky. The Andover resident was among 13 Connexus Energy employees who had arrived in Kentucky earlier that day to help the local electric cooperative restore power after the devastating ice storms in late January.
Reichwein also worked at Crow Wing Power in Brainerd during severe outages in the past when extra line crews were needed.
The Andy Reichwein Memorial Scholarships will be donated by Crow Wing Power annually to three separate lineworker technical colleges: Dakota County Technical College, in Rosemount; Minnesota West Technical College in Jackson; and Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Wadena. Each $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to students attending the lineworker courses in those schools.
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