If you take blood thinners requiring an INR blood test, talk to your MLHS medical provider about the new Anticoagulant Clinic. The new clinic feature is designed to address more effective monitoring, requiring less INR testing.

For the person with diabetes, the holidays can become very stressful. Trying to juggle the abundance of sweets, staying physically active, checking blood sugars, decorating, wrapping packages, and enjoying this special time of year, can take its toll.

Eye exams are an important part of maintaining your eye health, no matter how old you are. But how do you know if you need to have your eyes looked at by a professional?

Mille Lacs Health System is announcing their new 3-D Mammogram machine, installed recently to give women more of an advantage in early diagnosis of breast cancer.

At the MLHS Annual Shareholders’ meeting on November 15, an announcement was made about the new Phase IV building project, which the board of directors has approved. Improvements include a two-story addition for 17 patient rooms; a larger Emergency Department, which will offer patients more privacy; and a new kitchen and cafeteria.

You go to a hospital or clinic, emergency room or urgent care, and you see the nurses and medical providers, and you may notice the system around you that’s in charge of making sure you get the care you need. But what you may not know is, there’s a department that you don’t see, which also cares about what kind of services you get, and that’s the Quality Department.

Mille Lacs Health System is reminding people this fall that distracted driving kills. Every day, 11 teens die because they were texting and driving. Over half the road crashes in the US today involve the use of a cell phone, and many of these lead to death or severe injuries. Locally, MLHS Emergency Room Medical Director Dr. Arden Virnig was so disturbed by the number of cases the ER deals with as the result of distracted driving that he requested a campaign to help people become more aware of the risks. “I would love to see you,” notes Virnig, “but not in the Emergency Room because you or someone else was distracted while driving.”

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause health problems, such as heart disease, nerve damage, eye problems, and kidney disease.

National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder we all need vaccines throughout our lives. And because back-to-school season is here, it’s the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.