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Business Notes Sept. 23

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Lakewood Health System welcomes its first pediatrician

Lakewood Health System is pleased to welcome Dr. Neil Bratney, pediatrician to its on-staff specialists.

Originally from Adel, Iowa, Bratney received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, graduated from medical school at the University of Nebraska in Omaha and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Bratney has a particular medical interest in children with special healthcare needs, asthma and allergies, and pediatric sports medicine, including non-surgical fracture care and concussions.

He has experience working with pediatric leaders at the national level on pediatric homecare and hospice.

Bratney will see patients out of the Staples and Pillager clinics.

Gilb joins Riverwood Healthcare

AITKIN — Jeri Gilb, family nurse practitioner, joined Riverwood Healthcare Center’s family practice medical staff.

She will practice primarily at Riverwood’s McGregor clinic. Gilb has more than 20 years of experience as a registered nurse in acute care, long-term care, home care and hospice settings, including doing case management and consultation.

Her professional interests include the entire spectrum of family medicine plus women’s health and special populations. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica, and her master’s in nursing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

In addition to seeing patients at the McGregor clinic, Gilb will occasionally see patients at Riverwood’s Aitkin and Garrison clinics as needed. Gilb, who lives in rural Brainerd, grew up in Indiana but has lived in Minnesota since 1984.

Nelson joins Essentia’s

Clinic in Pine River

PINE RIVER — Nurse Practitioner Kassandra Jo Nelson is joining Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Pine River Clinic.

Nelson, a Pillager native, specializes in family medicine and will begin seeing patients Oct. 2.

Nelson’s bachelor’s degree in nursing is from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. She has a master’s degree from the University of North Dakota. She started caring for patients in 2007, working as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. She also has worked in public health for Crow Wing County.

Nelson has a special interest in woman’s health issues.

Bauer joins Cuyuna

Regional Medical Center

CROSBY — Dr. Leigh Bauer, obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) physician joined Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby, in September.

Bauer plans to provide a full range of obstetric and gynecological care including labor and delivery, minimally invasive surgery and wellness exams. Bauer has a special interest in guiding women through the journeys of pregnancy and childbirth.

Bauer completed her residency at Sisters of Charity in Buffalo, NY. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas where she graduated Cum Laude and earned her degree as a Doctor of Osteopathy from Des Moines University in 2008.

Bauer is originally from Minnesota.

Minneapolis Heart Institute

staff attend conference

Nursing and technical staff from Minneapolis Heart Institute, part of AllinaHealth, attended the 2012 Allina Cardiovascular Nursing Conference, “Teaming Up to Reach New Heights,” in St. Paul on Sept. 17.

Attending from the Baxter, Crosby and Aitkin clinics of Minneapolis Heart Institute were: Mary Kay Ling, EKG/Holter Tech; Leann Peterson, MA; Shar Stanich, LPN; Chrissy Soxman, RN and Deb Jellinger, RN.

Health care personnel from throughout the Midwest gathered to advance their knowledge on the increasing complexity and team approaches used to care for cardiac patients. Minneapolis Heart Institute electrophysiologist, Dr. William Katsiyannis and advanced heart failure/transplant cardiologist, Dr. Michael Samara provided the group with the latest updates in ECG and arrhythmias and cardiac resynchronization therapy, respectively. Other topics discussed included left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), heart failure, pacemakers, peripheral artery disease and stem cell therapy for cardiac patients.

The cardiovascular health providers of Allina Hospital Hospitals & Clinics view their role not just as cardiovascular health providers, but also as cardiac care educators. Each year Allina sponsors and participates in regional, national and international conferences that cover the full spectrum of cardiac care including prevention, diagnosis and state of the art treatment options.

Kovar joins Hair & Beyond

Chris Kovar joined the team at Hair & Beyond, Brainerd, as a independent hairstylist.

Kovar has 23 years of experience and more than five of those years working in the Brainerd area. Kovar specializes in hair cuts, colors, body waves, eye brow waxes and up-do hair styles.


promotes Erickson, Larson

Dain Erickson was recently named senior art director and Keith Larson was promoted to art director at RedHouseMedia, a Brainerd-based advertising agency.

Erickson joined RedHouseMedia as a graphic designer in 2007 and has moved up the ranks ever since. As senior art director, Erickson oversees all creative projects, from start to finish. He specializes in conceptualizing design, headlines and has even been known to write a few radio ads.

Larson also started at RedHouseMedia as a graphic designer, joining the team in 2010. He specializes in Web and logo design.

Both Larson and Erickson are award-winning designers who have worked on projects — including healthcare, government, education and telecommunication companies — throughout Minnesota.

CLC’s Lundblad gains

board appointment

Larry Lundblad, president of Central Lakes College (CLC) in Brainerd and Staples, has been appointed to the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC).

Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, made the appointment.

Lundblad has been president of CLC since 2006. He had been dean of curriculum, vice president, and chief academic officer at South Central College, Mankato. He began his career as a college instructor.

Recognized for an ability to build partnerships with business and school districts, Lundblad has overseen notable enrollment growth at CLC, ensuring college presence as a driver of economic and cultural development.

MAELC is a 16-member legislative council dedicated to improving and restructuring Agricultural Education in Minnesota at all levels. Pre-school through adult learners benefit from the critical knowledge provided by Agricultural Education programs. From basic food systems knowledge to advanced processing sciences, agriculture is the key to one in four jobs in Minnesota. Only with sufficient Agricultural Education can the state continue to grow and prosper.

MAELC was founded in 1997, and includes members from various public, private, and governmental entities. These members are agri-business leaders, teachers, legislators, and other people interested in Agricultural Education. They come from a variety of rural, sub-urban, and urban backgrounds to work together on challenges facing Agricultural Education.

Gessner joins Ameriprise Financial

BAXTER — Nadine Gessner was appointed financial adviser, joining the Ameriprise Financial practice of Stroot, Schumer & Associates of Baxter.

Prior to joining Ameriprise Financial, Gessner spent more than 14 years as an investment specialist and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Moorhead State University and a master of business administration in finance from the University of Minnesota.

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