by Mary Rains

Mille Lacs Health System

The third annual $500 Beth Cunz Nursing Scholarship is awarded each year to one Mille Lacs Health System employee who is actively enrolled in a nursing program. To be eligible, an employee has to be enrolled in an LPN or RN nursing program, and be an employee at MLHS. This year’s recipient is Katie Gerwing, R.N., who has been an R.N. Coordinator for the past two years at MLHS’s Long Term Care facility. She is attending Minnesota State University Moorehead, pursuing an R.N. to B.S.N. program.

Why get a colonoscopy? Mille Lacs Health System is urging patients to get educated and get screened, especially this March, which in National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The bad news: Of cancers affecting men and women, it’s the second leading cancer killer in the country. The good news: If detected early, it’s 90% treatable and 90% preventable. Those are pretty good numbers. The key word, however, is “early.”

The risk increases with age.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) supports the position that intensive diabetes management should be considered for most patients with diabetes. This approach emphasizes education which focuses on what diabetes is and how it affects the body, along with how nutrition, physical activity and other treatments such as oral medication and injectables are used to care for and prevent complications that arise from living with diabetes.

The 14th annual Adverse Events Health Report, put out by the Minnesota Hospital Association, (MHA) was released on Thurs., Feb. 22. It was initiated by the MHA and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and created through state legislation in 2003. This annual report provides an overview of the most recent year of data. Through hospital participation in the MHA Patient Safety Registry, hospitals share best practices, identify common issues and collaborate on finding solutions together. Hospitals also gain access to

Mille Lacs Health System is asking visitors who are the least bit ill with any type of cough, fever or cold symptom to stay home and not visit patients and residents at both the Acute Care hospital and Long Term Care units, and at Lake Song Assisted Living.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), coincides American Heart Month in an effort to draw greater national attention to heart health. This year’s theme, “Making Positive Changes, One Beat at a Time,” honors the patients, families, and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to cardiac rehabilitation as a vehicle for a healthy lifestyle.

The Minnesota Department of Health recently re-designated Mille Lacs Health System as a Level IV Trauma hospital. MLHS and staff voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to become part of Minnesota’s statewide trauma system. The process included an outside review of the hospital’s resources and

It has been said that more people in the US die of too much food than too little. The facts are, more than 35 percent of adults are obese, and 34 percent are overweight. Nearly 32 percent of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s three times the prevalence from just one generation ago.

The annual St. Francis Award, given to a nominated employee at Mille Lacs Health System, was awarded on Fri., Jan 19, to Connie Hermel. Hermel began working at MLHS in 1992, as a bookkeeper in the nursing home. She went on to manage the business office and is now working in the Admissions/Reception Department.