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Business Notes Sept. 29

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■ Lakeland Psychiatry Clinic achieves top 10 percent ranking

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clinics announced one clinic was recognized with a PRC 2013 National Excellence in Healthcare Award.

This distinguishes the excellent patient care provided as ranking in the top 10 percent nationally.

Recognized with this award from Lakeland Psychiatry Clinic at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center are: Dr. Steven Grandt, Dr. Peter Neifert, Dr. Andrea Nelsen, Nurse Practitioner Theresa Steele, Annette Anderson, and Sherry Wright.

Research is conducted to obtain the opinions of patients at Essentia Health via a confidential survey to assess their perceptions of patient care. Essentia Health then uses the feedback to continuously improve and enhance the patient experience and satisfaction.

■ Minnesota Dental Association announces 2013-14 officers

The Minnesota Dental Association recently hosted its annual House of Delegates meeting at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Bemidji where new officers were elected.

The newly-elected 2013-2014 officers include dentist: Michael Perpich, as president; Daniel Rose as president-elect; Pete Cannon as first vice president; Kevin Dens as second vice-president; and Travis Schmitt as treasurer.

Perpich is a general dentist in St. Louis Park at Tranquility Dental and in Minneapolis at the VA Medical Center. Rose practices in Pillager, Cannon in St. Paul, and Dens in Baxter.

The association looks forward to a successful year working with these new leaders. Priorities for the coming year, include studying plans and goals of the Minnesota Department of Health to improve oral health of Minnesotans, as well as reviewing all aspects of the Affordable Care Act that apply to dentistry to keep members apprised of its impact on their practices and their patients.

■ BlackRidgeBANK Announces $58,000 in funding to homebuyers

BlackRidgeBANK was awarded several grants by Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Des Moines.

The grants are part of FHLB Des Moines Homeownership Fund and Native American Homeownership Fund supporting homeownership opportunities for families and individuals in our communities.

Many hardworking home buyers who can make a house payment still find themselves unable to purchase a home because they do not have the funds required for upfront costs. Through these programs, these qualified individuals and families receive funds to assist with the down payment, closing cost, counseling or rehabilitation of the property.

By participating in Homeownership Fund programs, BlackRidgeBANK will be able to distribute awards ranging in amounts up to $5,000-$10,000 to each eligible homebuyer. Funds for the homeownership programs are available at the bank locations in Baxter, Nisswa, Crosslake, Schaefer’s Foods.

■ Larsen joins CRMC Crosby

Jill Larsen, physician assistant, joined Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Crosby

Larsen is from Marshall and cared for patients of Mille Lacs Health System at their satellite clinics prior to joining CRMC. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has been practicing medicine for eight years and has a special interest in healthy living and preventative care. She appreciates natural medicine and although it is not her clinical specialty, she enjoys educating patients on proper overall wellness including nutrition and fitness. Larsen sees patients in acute care and Urgent Care at the CRMC Crosby Clinic.

■ Health care providers

participate in initiative

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clinics is among a list of health care providers participating in a collaborative effort to improve the patient experience and care.

Stratis Health, based in Bloomington, in its role as Minnesota’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization is leading a quality improvement initiative to improve care coordination when patients are going from a hospital to home, home health care or nursing care setting. The project is funded by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Brainerd lakes area organizations participating in this initiative include Essentia Health; Comfort Keepers; Good Samaritan Society skilled nursing facilities Bethany, Pine River and Woodland, Good Samaritan Society Home Care & Hospice, Thrifty White Pharmacy, and the Central Minnesota Council on Aging. This group has come together as a teams for learning, sharing, and networking.

This team has access to quality improvement experts, evidence-based practices, and patient feedback. They have identified community-specific causes for poor transitions, engaged community stakeholders as partners, and implemented evidence-based interventions.

■ Lake Country Connections installs new leadership team

BAXTER — The Lake Country Connections chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) has installed its new 2013/2014 leadership team.

The new officers are president Nancy Hansen, Hansen Marketing; vice president Deb Cranny, Home Instead Senior Care; and secretary/treasurer Becky Butcher, Bremer Bank.

BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. Established in 2006, The Baxter-based Lake Country Connections chapter is the largest BNI chapter in the Brainerd Lakes Area with 45 active members. Visitors are welcome to attend Tuesday mornings 6:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m. at the Northland Arboretum in Baxter.


■ JAG Interior Solutions

hosts Business After Hours

The staff at JAG Interior Solutions invites you to Business After Hours from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 8. During Business After Hours, JAG Interior Solutions will provide Chamber members with hors d’oeuvres and beverages, information about its facility and door prizes.

JAG Interior Solutions, now located at 35762 County Road 3, is your go-to choice for floor coverings, window treatments, wallpaper, fabrics, cabinetry, countertops and closet systems.

Advance registration is recommended for this free event. To register, contact Holly Holm at 822-7112 or

■ Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s ChamberNet group meets

BAXTER — The next meeting of ChamberNet is 7-8:30 a.m. Oct. 10, at Mills Ford, 14858 Dellwood Drive in Baxter.

ChamberNet is a lead-sharing group that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The objective is to build strong partnerships with participating member businesses and provide consumer referrals.

Cost is $75 annually, but Brainerd Lakes Chamber members are invited to attend up to two meetings free to see what ChamberNet can do for their businesses. If you have any questions, email Matt Perrine at or call him at 822-7107.

■ LF Chamber to sponsor

Business After Hours

LITTLE FALLS — The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct its next Business After Hours networking event from 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Chamber of Commerce, 200 First St. NW, Little Falls.

Hosting the event is Century 21 New Horizons Realty, Horizon Health, Larson Abstract Company, Inc., Larson Boats and RadioShack.

This event is free and open to all chamber members and their employees. Announcements will take place at 5:15 p.m. For more information, call the chamber at 320-632-5155.


■ CLC provides

Quickbooks: Basic class

Central Lakes College (CLC) Business & Industry Center is offering a Quickbooks: Basic class to provide the basic skills necessary to implement computerized accounting using QuickBooks Pro.

The student will learn the basics of system setup, chart of account customization, item detailing, invoicing (accounts receivable), cash receipts, deposits and bill paying (accounts payable).

Cost is $99. Instructor is Jay Bock. The class is from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 9-16 at CLC in Brainerd, Room C221.

Advanced registration is required by Oct. 2.

■ Food Manager ServSafe certification and exam offered

A Certified Food Manager will be required in most Minnesota food establishments.

Central Lakes College, Business & Industry Center, Brainerd, is offering a Food Manager ServSafe course. Participants are trained and tested through the Service Serving Safe Food Certification course. Participants will learn about potentially hazardous foods and safe food handling practices, the system of food safety, setting up standards and completion upon passing the required exam.

Cost is $170. Instructor is Colette Pohlkamp. The class is 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdasy, Oct. 8 through Oct. 15. Advance registration is required. Registration deadline is Oct. 1.

■ Power Limited CEU offered at CLC

This continuing education course (CEU) is designed for holders of the Minnesota Power Limited Technician License.

The course consists of 16 hours of instruction covering applicable articles and sections of the 2008 National Electrical Code, Minnesota Statutes and Rules governing electrical work, and a review of the basic elements of electricity and electrical calculations. This course has been approved by the Minnesota State Board of Electricity.

Cost is $320, which includes lunch. The class is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 and Oct. 11 at Central Lakes College, Business & Industry Center, Brainerd. Instructor is Riverland College.

Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline is Oct. 3.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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