August is National Immunization Awareness month, and Mille Lacs Health System reminds its patients that immunizations are not just for children. All adults should get recommended vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become ill and pass diseases onto others. Everyone should have their vaccination needs assessed by a health care professional. Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person’s age, occupation or health conditions (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes or heart disease).

No one wants to think about school during the summer break, but something important to remember is that summer is a good time to get a sports physical for your child if they play sports in school.

If your student athlete has not gotten their physical yet for the upcoming academic year, now is a great time to think about scheduling that before the fall rush. Having a sports physical allows the student to speak with his or her healthcare provider and talk about any concerns they have, and identify possible issues before those issues block an active and productive season.

Mille Lacs Health System’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) is always looking for more patient/family members to join the new council. The PFAC is part of a broader system of hospitals – not only across Minnesota, but all over the US– who have embraced the idea of giving patients and families a voice when it comes to their healthcare. Minnesota Hospital Association strongly encourages its members to create PFACs, and those that have find the initiative very successful.

The Mille Lacs Health System Hospice Department will be holding its 19th annual Spirit of the Wings Butterfly Release fundraiser during Wahkon Days in August. On August 18, at noon, all the butterflies purchased in honor of a loved one will be released at the Ellen Ruth Park in Wahkon at noon.

If you would like to purchase a butterfly in honor of someone, or as a donation to Hospice, contact the department at 320-532-2608 (butterflies are $10 each.) Or, you can go here and click through to make a donation.

Please consider attending the event, which is a beautiful tribute to both hospice and those who have passed.

Everyone wants to enjoy as many outdoor activities as possible during the summer. No one wants to have their fun day turn into a trip to the emergency room. Mille Lacs Health System can treat patients for heat-related illness.

Mille Lacs Health System Long Term Care (Aging Services) achieved certification status from Great Place to Work®, an organization which is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through assessment tools and certification programs, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to recognize outstanding workplace cultures.

People who live in the Mille Lacs area know that a reliable means of transportation can make a difference between having needs met or going without basic necessities. Immediate access to services like healthcare, pharmacy, groceries, work, community events, government services, and school is an important requirement in anybody’s life.

Dr. Adam Ahlquist will now be seeing patients at Mille Lacs Health System. Dr. Ahlquist will be a visiting specialist on the roster, and he comes to MLHS from Crosby Eye Clinic. Dr. Ahlquist’s areas of expertise include providing comprehensive ophthalmic services, including cataract and glaucoma management, surgeries, macular degeneration management and eye-related diabetic management.

Men’s health may not be something thought about much while males are out fishing, golfing, camping and canoeing this summer. But it’s the perfect time to realize that those great outdoor activities can be taken for granted and, later, yearned for, if a health issue comes along to put a speed bump into a man’s life.