Warmer weather is finally arriving. Being outdoors in the sun is great after being cooped indoors most of the winter. But, sun exposure on skin that is not protected is very risky.

Mille Lacs Health System is proud to announce its fifth year in a row as a hospital that has garnered the Women’s Choice Award© for Best Emergency Care.

It isn’t something that’s talked about much in medical news. But testicular cancer is a reality for young men ages 15 to 35 years old. This age group of males typically does not feel the need to think about health problems and takes any kind of symptom lightly, leading to lack of diagnosis. And like most forms of cancer, the sooner it’s caught, the better the outcome typically is. That’s what makes prevention techniques and overall awareness so important.

by Mary Rains

Mille Lacs Health System

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 capabilities to care for trauma patients. MLHS met standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources, and staff training. The health system also participates in a continuous performance improvement process.


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.