William (Bill) Nelson, of Onamia, and CEO of Mille Lacs Health System, was appointed to the Governor’s Workforce Development Council Board.

Governor Mark Dayton announced that William (Bill) Nelson, of Onamia, and CEO of Mille Lacs Health System, was appointed to the Governor’s Workforce Development Council Board. He will be acting as a Representative of Business, and will hold the term until December 31, 2018.

The Governor's Workforce Development Board works to strengthen the skills of Minnesota's workforce.

Made up of leaders from business, education, labor, community organizations, and state and local governments, the GWDB forges constructive solutions to Minnesota’s workforce challenges and provides leadership on plans that are of strategic importance to the state.

The Diabetic Education Department at Mille Lacs Health System will be starting a new Diabetic Support Group, beginning Wed., Jan. 20. The group will be meeting on the third Wednesday of every month thereafter in the North Conference Room in the Long Term Care Wing of the MLHS Onamia campus, from 4 – 5 p.m. For the few first meetings, attendees will be met in the Onamia clinic lobby at 4 p.m. for those who are unfamiliar with the location.

Diabetic education helps patients better understand and manage their disease through discussions regarding healthy eating, glucose monitoring, exercise, and diabetes medication.

Sometimes when you are facing an issue, you need help that goes beyond what your families and friends can give. Support groups bring people together who are facing the same types of life events, and can be a vital tool to help people cope.

Betsy Lundquist, a business owner in Hillman, understands that well. Six years ago, she faced breast cancer and found that attending support groups helped her share concerns as well as techniques for living successfully with the diagnosis. “I’ve always thought we needed one here though,” she said. “You shouldn’t have to drive so far to get that kind of help. I know there’s a need, and there is no reason you have to try to get by on your own.”

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House Call - Winter 2016

Mille Lacs Health System is announcing its special holiday hours schedule for Christmas and New Year’s.

  • Thurs., Dec. 24th  Christmas Eve – All clinics close at noon.
  • Fri. Dec. 25th  Christmas Day – All clinics closed.
  • Sat. Dec. 26th  – Regular clinic hours in Isle, Onamia, Garrison, 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Thurs., Dec. 31st   New Year’s Eve – Open regular clinic hours.
  • Fri., Jan 1st  2016 New Year’s Day – All clinics closed.
  • Sat., Jan 2nd  2016 – Regular clinic hours in Isle, Onamia and Garrison, 9 a.m. to noon.

Please note that the Urgent Care will be open in Onamia with normal hours, daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the Emergency Room is open 24/7.

There is a myth that if you haven’t gotten your flu shot by November, the opportunity is lost. The Center for Disease Control and the Minnesota Dept. of Health maintain that it’s just not true.  As long as influenza is circulating (which is typically through March) you can still get the flu, and it’s still worthwhile even if it isn’t a perfect match, strain-wise.

If you use the excuse “I never get sick,” that’s not smart thinking. This could be your year. And, you can have an active flu virus yet not be presenting any symptoms yet, so feasibly could pass it on without knowing it to any family gathering, party, or at work.

Mille Lacs Health System Home Care has been named a 2015 HHCAHPS Honors recipient by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst. HHCAHPS Honors is a prestigious award recognizing home health agencies that continuously provide quality care as measured from the patient’s point of view.

Mille Lacs Health System was announced as being a Red Ribbon winner in the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) annual FluSafe program. The program encourages medical facilities to protect patients by getting as many employees vaccinated as possible.

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Parents have sent their children off for another school year, and getting all of the recommended vaccines to protect their child’s health is as important as any other preparation.