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.

Did you know Mille Lacs Health System has a full time general surgeon, as well as many visiting surgical specialists?
Board Certified General Surgeon Thomas Davis, M.D., F.A.C.S. brings experience and a depth of knowledge to the surgical department. Dr. Davis has many surgery specialties, which include: abdominal, laparoscopic, endoscopic, colonoscopy, appendectomy, hernia and gallbladder surgeries.

In addition to Dr. Davis, many of our visiting specialists also can schedule surgery. They are:

By Tom Bracken, M.D., Mille Lacs Health System

The Minnesota State Legislature has approved legislation that legalizes the use of marijuana (also known as cannabis or THC) for specific medical conditions as of July 1, 2015.  There are very specific conditions for which it can be used, and very specific ways in which it will be dispensed and used.

The laws in Minnesota are much different than the laws that were passed governing medical use in California and Colorado.  In Minnesota, there are much more specific and limited designations of diagnoses that are covered, and the marijuana that is prescribed is not going to be dispensed as a product to be smoked.

The process in Minnesota will be as follows:

Did you know the student athlete in your family has to have a qualifying sports physical every three years to be eligible to participate in sports? And, well-child exams are recommended yearly.

Summer is a great time to schedule exams your child may need, and MLHS can help you out with that.

Healthy Me - a six-week long wellness challenge

Mille Lacs Health System invites you to start thinking about getting healthy this summer by participating in the Healthy Me wellness event.

The event will be a six-week long wellness challenge, where you can track your exercise and healthy eating on a daily log, and earn points toward incentive awards that will be given at the end of the event.

The event will kick off on July 11 with our co-sponsorship of the Isle Fun Run/Walk. You can earn 200 points right out of the gate if you participate in the run. Beginning July 13, you can sign up online by visiting our website, and look for the Healthy Me logo. You must give an email address.

Arden Virnig, a Family Practice Physician from Mille Lacs Health System, has just ridden 44 miles, from the main campus in Onamia to the neighborhood clinic in Garrison, and back.  “As I rode our tandem bike solo today it made me think about all the ways as a parent you make so many little decisions that assume all of your children will be included in plans for the rest of your life,” he says. “We had room around the kitchen counter for six, we always bought vehicles that could carry six, we purchased tents that could sleep six. Then cancer comes along and you have to adjust. Now we only count to five.”