Having your child vaccinated is an important part of family health care. Immunizations are designed to prevent and protect your child – and others – from developing a serious disease.

by Mary Rains

Mille Lacs Health System

May is Naitonal Stroke Awareness Month and Mille Lacs Health System would like to remind patients that stroke is not just something that happens to the elderly. Anyone can have a stroke at any age. Know the signs and be confident that if you are experiencing symptoms of stroke, MLHS is an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital. The MN Dept. of Health will designate a hospital as Stroke Ready if it meets the criteria regarding standards, guidelines and best practices.

The Minnesota Stroke System committee has commended the health system’s stroke code protocol, which involves key components in providing safe and effective care to stroke patients. 

Many people – facing the hot summer months and the thought of wearing clothing sometimes that does more revealing than covering up – start to think about losing weight. Yet, watching your weight should become a healthcare priority any time of year.

The employees of Mille Lacs Health System worked together to collect food for the Spring  MLHS Food Drive.

Sixty-five pounds of food was donated, plus $930 in monetary contributions. The food shelves in Onamia, Isle, Garrison, Milaca, and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe all benefitted from the collections. Many thanks to Administrative Assistant Elyse Rieman and Nutritional Services Manager Tara Soderstrom for their work on this project.


National Healthcare Volunteer Week is April 7-13, when the American Hospital Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals celebrates the service, dedication and commitment of hospital volunteers.

Mille Lacs Health System is proud to announce its sixth year in a row as a hospital that has garnered the Women’s Choice Award© for Best Emergency Care.

The methodology for America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care award is unique in that it combines Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey res

Mille Lacs Health System is announcing the addition of two new physician assistants to their family of care.

Bess Kuzma will start working at MLHS in March. She graduated from St. Catherine University in St. Paul with a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. From White Bear Lake, MN, Kuzma was working as a researcher when her grandfather became ill. Watch

Colds and flu are definitely in our area. When you feel overcome by illness after catching something, it can be tempting to insist on an antibiotic from your health care provider to help you feel better. But antibiotics will not work against flu and other viral illnesses. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can do more harm than good, by increasing your risk of a bad reaction to a drug or getting an antibiotic-resistant infection later. Antibiotics also have harmful side effects, and the benefits versus the risk of these side effects need to be considered.