House Call - Mille Lacs Health System

Reflux Relief seminar
Dr. Howard McCollister, a surgeon
with CRMC (Cuyuna Regional Medical
Center) will present a seminar called
“Reflux Relief” on Tuesday, March 10 at
6 p.m. on the Onamia campus.
Dr. McCollister will speak about the
condition and the latest treatments for
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux
disease.) CRMC is one of three places in
Minnesota where patients can obtain
the new, minimally invasive treatment
for GERD. Information about
registration is below in our calendar.
Dr. Howard McCollister consults with a patient about GERD.
Mille Lacs
Health System
Mark your calendar
• “Reflux Relief” seminar, Tues., March 10 at 6 p.m. in the Lower Level Board Room on the
Onamia Campus (Administration entrance.) Register by calling: 218-546-4343 or 888-546-4343.
Sponsored by Mille Lacs Health System and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.
New surgeon
joins MLHS family
Winter 2014
Board Certified General Surgeon Thomas Davis, M.D., F.A.C.S., will
soon begin providing surgical services in Onamia and Crosby as part of a
new rural surgical partnership between the Mille Lacs Health System and
Cayuga Regional Medical Center, Premier Surgical Associates, and the
Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery.
He will consult with patients and perform operations and procedures in
Onamia beginning in January.
Dr. Davis has more than 20 years of experience. He earned his Medical
Degree at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine and
completed his internship and residency at Mercer University School of
Medicine. He is a military veteran, having served as captain in the U.S.
Marine Corps.
A surgeon who says he has always enjoyed rural medicine and small
communities, Davis notes personal
care in a small facility
is a priority. “I’m very happy to be working with the Mille Lacs
Health System family of medical professionals.”
Mille Lacs Area Health Foundation
Annual Spring Fundraiser
Fri., April 24, 2015 at Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort.
Check local media for more info in April.
Classes and Clinics –
• Prepared Childbirth classes : March 9 and 11 in the North Conference Room, MLHS Long Term
Care. Time: 6-8 p.m. Register by calling Kathy Boser, 320-532-2732.
• Nursing Assistant classes will be offered March 3 - April 17 on Tuesdays and Fridays,
from 3-9:30 p.m. on the Onamia campus. To register, call (320) 532-2392.
The next classes will be offered May 1 - June 12, 8-2:30 p.m.
Support Groups –
• Caregiver Support Group: 3rd Tues., 10 a.m. in the East Conference
Room at MLHS Long Term Care.
• Diabetes Support Group: 1st Tues., 4:30-5:30 p.m. at IREC in Isle.
• Grief Support Group - 1st and 3rd Thurs., 3-4:30 p.m. at IREC in Isle.
Classes &
Mille Lacs Health System
• Onamia • Isle • Hillman
• Garrison • Milaca
Caring for body, mind and spirit
Board Certified General Surgeon Thomas Davis, M.D., F.A.C.S., will consult with
patients and perform operations and procedures in Onamia beginning in January.
MLHS Home Care Program
receives award
Patient Safety Excellence Award
Mille Lacs Health System News
Mille Lacs Health System Home Care program has been
named a 2014 HHCAHPS HONORS recipient. HHCAHPS Honors is a prestigious, annual honor
recognizing home health agencies that continuously provide
the highest level of satisfaction through their care as
measured from the patient’s point of view.
Award criteria were based on the HHCAHPS survey
results for 2014. Individual agency performance scores were
compared to the Delta National Average score calculated
from more than 1,800 partnering home health agencies.
HHCAHPS Honors recipients include those home health
Kim Schiller, Alanna Tuttle, Jenny Harper, Joni Walker, Bernie
agencies scoring above the Delta National Average on at
Hoffman and Nikki Narveson – some of the MLHS Home Care
least eighty-five percent of the evaluated questions. MLHS
Home Care scored above the Delta National Average
(90 - 100% in most cases, with the national average being 78 - 88%) on composite scores of care, getting help and
advice, treating with courtesy and respect, and communication between providers/patients.
MLHS Home Care Medical Director Dr. Patti Hook is especially pleased with the department’s award. “Our
staff and nurses are superb, and we are so fortunate to be locally owned. We
take pride in the care
of our hometown neighbors.” Hook goes on to say that she depends very much on the nurses to be
“our eyes and our ears in the homes of the people they see. The Home Care nurses make adjustments when
needed, detect problems and work with us to solve them, thus allowing people to stay in their own homes.”
Avoid the
Season of Sick
The biggest piece of advice on how
not to get one of the 3 illnesses
circulating widely in our state this
season: Wash your hands.
Ordinary soap and water, combined
with the friction of a good scrub, can
help you avoid the nasty germs that
cause influenza, RSV, and Norovirus.
In fact, it’s been found that alcoholbased hand sanitizers actually are not
very effective in killing off
Norovirus. When you walk in the
door from wherever you came, going
right to the sink and washing up is
your best protection.
Winter 2014 House Call • Mary Rains, Editor • MLHS, 200 Elm Street North, Onamia, MN 56359
Mille Lacs Health System in
Onamia was recognized by the
Minnesota Hospital Association
(MHA) for its commitment
to patient safety. The
facility has been participating in a
three-year Partnership for Patients
Hospital Engagement Network
MLHS was one of 115
Minnesota hospitals actively
addressing conditions such as falls,
infections, and readmissions,
among other issues.
The MHA presented a plaque to
MLHS, acknowledging the “hard
work and resources devoted by
your hospital to keeping patients
safe through the Partnership for
Patients Initiative.”
Acute Care nurses Gretchen Miller, Angela Pohl, Tracy Meyer, Ruth Hughley and Kristy Olson care
about your safety.
Reduce your fall risk
Mille Lacs Health System News
Mille Lacs Health System received a grant this past
year from the Minnesota Hospital Association to develop
a screening tool for “fall potential.” Out of 4,217
people screened in the facility’s clinics for 6 months,
over 1 out of 10 said they had either fallen or were
concerned about falling. Those people were directed to
the right services for help.
Next up: A community coalition is in development.
Meanwhile, here are some tips to prevent falls in the
home from the MLHS Rehab Department:
• Get rid of throw rugs
• Get more light, everywhere, so obstacles are more
easily seen
• Put brightly colored duct tape on the first stair so
it’s clear that’s where to start stepping down
• Do the same for the place where carpet meets the
floor, another potential problem area
• De-clutter, especially in hallways and tight spaces
• Most falls occur in the bathroom, so make sure rugs
are out of there, and use bath mats and decals on
the shower/tub floor
• Raised toilet seats, tub chairs/shower benches, and
grab bars are invaluable
Good lighting helps you see problems before you trip over them.