Mille Lacs Health System is celebrating Health Care Week May 11-15. National Hospital Week also occurs at the same time, and National Nurse’s Week is May 6 – 12. However, because MLHS has many facets of healthcare operations, and wishes to honor everyone who works in its facilities, Health Care Week was created and designated to acknowledge all employees.

Mille Lacs Health System welcomes Dr. Jeff Skogen to their family of care. Dr. Skogen, a Nephrologist (kidney specialist), oversees the operation of the new DaVita kidney dialysis center in Isle and will be coming on board at MLHS, providing Nephrology services to the patients in the Mille Lacs area.

Dr. Skogen grew up in Isle, and when he was a teen, a person of influence in his life told him he thought he had the skills to be either a pastor or a physician. “It was that concept of ‘if just one person believes in you’ and he saw something in me that I didn’t yet see in myself,” he says.

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has selected Thomas Bracken, M.D., of Onamia, MN, as the 2015 Family Physician of the Year. This award is presented annually to a family physician who represents the highest ideals of the specialty of family medicine, including caring, comprehensive medical service, community involvement and service as a role model.

Why get a colonoscopy? March is Colorectal Cancer Month and Mille Lacs Health System is urging patients to get educated and get screened.

Mille Lacs Health System is a Veteran’s Choice Program provider, according to Dawn Buck, Manager of Patient Accounts at MLHS. Eligible Veterans, beginning in November, now have the option to receive non-VA health care rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility.
Veterans are eligible if any of these situations apply:

The 11th annual adverse events health report, put out by the Minnesota Hospital Association, (MHA) was released on Thurs., Feb. 26th. Initiated by the MHA and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and created through state legislation in 2003, the system is the first in the nation to be built on the National Quality Forum's list of 28 reportable adverse events. The MDH and MHA produce an

MLHS is requesting that you partner with us in medication safety. Not knowing all the facts about your medications can place you at risk and you need to protect yourself! MLHS is initiating a campaign to encourage all of our patients and their families to know their medications. Here are some ways that you can become a strong partner:

Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia, MN., has been named a recipient of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Emergency Care for the second consecutive year. Each year, there are more than 125 million emergency room visits in the U.S., with about a fifth of them being children under the age of 15. Emergency departments attend to life-and-death issues, as well as the day-to-day smaller emergencies, and they deal with them all.

The Women’s Choice Award is the only distinction that identifies the nation’s best healthcare institutions and signifies Mille Lacs Health System’s commitment and passion for creating an extraordinary healthcare experience for women and all patients.