Kevin Fritz, RN, CNP
Joined MLHS:
March, 2014

College: Mankato State University, Mankato, MN – Elementary Education; Rochester Community College, Rochester, MN – Associates Degree in Nursing; Winona State University, Winona, MN – B.S. in Nursing; University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire – Masters in Nursing (nurse practitioner.)

Specialty: Family Medicine/Primary Care
Medical interests: Pain Management, Geriatric Medicine, Family Medicine

By Mary Rains

Angela Stowell is the latest provider to join the Mille Lacs Health System family of care. Stowell is a Nurse Practitioner who grew up in Bemidji. She relocated to the Mille Lacs area after graduating from both Bemidji State University with a degree in nursing, and then getting her Master’s degree in nursing from University of North Dakota at Grand Forks. Angela worked for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe at the Ne-Ia-Shing Clinic as a family nurse practitioner for 3 years prior to coming to MLHS.

By Mary Rains
Mille Lacs Health System

Mille Lacs Health System wants to remind patients that although open enrollment for insurance through the MNsure website has now closed, some groups can still sign up.

Many people who ̶ in the past ̶ had been told they did not qualify for Medical Assistance, Medicaid or Minnesota Care, are now being accepted into these programs through MNsure. (The difference between those three programs has to do with income and age.) For people who think they may be eligible for one of these programs, and want to explore that further, the enrollment period is open year-round.

Mille Lacs Health System
Mary Rains: 320-532-2608

The 10th annual adverse health report, put out by the Minnesota Hospital Association, (MHA) was released on Thurs., Jan 23. 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 annual report of adverse events that have occurred in Minnesota hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and regional treatment centers.

by Mary Rains

Electronic medical records are already a reality in the hospital and the emergency room at Mille Lacs Health System, and Centricity is the program that will launch the clinic side of electronic medical records.

Amy Ninham, MLHS clinical analyst, says, “The IT team, providers and clinic staff, are currently working on the interface between the hospital electronic medical record and Centricity. Eventually both systems will have interoperability and the end result for the patient will be a closed loop of care.”