STAPLES -- Lakewood Health System and Freshwater Education District of Staples were awarded the outstanding Rural Health Team Award at the Minnesota Rural Summit 2002 sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health Primary Care.
Lakewood Health System and Freshwater Education District received the Outstanding Rural Health Team for the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Clinic.
This award recognizes teams of people who have made a significant contribution toward improving the health care of rural Minnesotans.
The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Clinic is a collaborative effort between Lakewood Health System, Freshwater Education District and the University of Minnesota. This diagnostic clinic is held four times a year at Lakewood Health System in Staples, serving children from seven counties.
The FAS Clinic team members from Lakewood Health System are Dr. David Freeman, Dr. Sarah Israelson and clinic coordinator Sue Nyhus, Cindy Sauber, Kathy Kelly and Julie Krause, all registered nurses.
Freshwater team members are Mary Jo Hofer, early childhood coordinator; psychologists Karen Hmielewski and Rebecca Patience; and Paula Peterson, occupational therapist.
Heading the FAS Clinic is Dr. Pi-Nain Chang from the University of Minnesota. Chang is a diagnostician who has worked more than 20 years with children surviving the effects of fetal alcohol exposure.
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