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■ CRMC receives accreditation

CROSBY — Following a review of its medical education program by the Minnesota Medical Association’s Committee on Accreditation and Continuing Medical Education, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Crosby received accreditation of its Continuing Medical Education (CME) program beginning May 1 and continuing for two years.

“This achievement resulted from a combination of the vision by medical staff, a commitment by executive leadership and hard work by the education staff,” said CRMC CEO John Solheim, in a news release. “I appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm for lifelong learning that helped make this important initiative a reality.”

Because of the accreditation, physicians and other specialists will be able to meet their annual education requirements through programs offered at CRMC rather than traveling. The accreditation status allows CRMC to offer American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award Category 1 credits for all education events that meet CME criteria, reportable to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

CRMC reports it plans to enhance its current CME content and ensure that it integrates education programming within the institutional framework for quality improvement. In particular, data and information about changes in learner competence, performance, or patient outcomes as a result of the CME program will be collected via a variety of mechanisms.


■ Trained medication assistant

course offered in May

As a trained medication assistant, individuals will be trained in the science of drugs and their uses and actions within the body.

This 48-hour course also includes correct techniques in administration of medication under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. This course develops the student’s awareness of basic pharmacological concepts. It teaches the student how to calculate basic dosages for medication administration, and perform conversions between measurement systems. It covers drug laws and standards and safe medication administration. Students learn about the actions of medications in the body, such as absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion. The various classifications of medications are discussed along with how to use medication references.

Cost is $750. Instructor is Megan Stanich. The class is planned from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 12-19 at Central Lakes College, Business & Industry Center. Advanced registration is required. Registration deadline is May 7.

For more information contact: Central Lakes College, Brainerd Campus, 855-8118 or 800-933-0346, ext. 8118.

■ Going into Business for Yourself class is May 10

This session covers all areas of business start-up, helpful advice on how to get a dream off the ground, how to become and stay profitable, including financing a new venture and necessary filings with the state of Minnesota.

Follow-up counseling is available to qualified individuals from the Small Business Development Center’s team of consultants at no charge to the individual.

Cost is $49, $29 for each additional business partner. Instructor is Jay Bock.

The course is planned 9 a.m. to noon, May 10, at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Door No. 6. Deadline to register is May 3. For more information, go to or contact Phillip Olsen at 855-8118 or


■ Serving It Safe Review set May 13

A Serving It Safe Review, to meet the requirements for four hours of continuing education for certified food managers, will address food sanitation and safety, emerging trends in food preparation and handling sanitation and prevention of food-borne illness.

Cost is $85. Instructor is Colette Pohlkamp. The course is 5-9 p.m. May 13 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Business & Industry Center, Entrance No. 6.

Advanced registration is required. Deadline to register is May 6.

For more information contact: Central Lakes College at 855-8118 or 800-933-0346, ext. 8118.

■ ChamberNet to meet May 8

The next meeting of Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s ChamberNet group is 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. on May 8 at Brick House Pizza Bread & Bagel, 302 Washington St. in Brainerd.

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. For more, email Matt Perrine at or call him at 822-7107.


■ Electronics recycling drive

to benefit area youth education

An electronics recycling drive is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 to benefit continuing education for area youth through the Deerwood Technologies Scholarship Fund.

The event is at Deerwood Technologies, 21301 Archibald Road (at the corner of Archibald Road/Highway 6 and Cross Drive) in Deerwood.

All items are slated for an end-of-life environmentally safe facility in the U.S., Deerwood Technologies reported.

People may bring in computer towers, monitors, laptops, speakers, keyboards, mice, routers, network hubs, cable boxes, batteries, any size printers, copiers, fax machines, VCRs, DVD and CD players, radios, PDAs and MP3 players, cell phones, telephones, extra cables, digital cameras, camcorders, power supplies & transformers, microwaves, small electronics — razors, toothbrushes, hair dryers, curling irons, electric brooms and sweepers, all for $0.55 per pound.

Old Christmas lights may be dropped off for recycling free of charge. This year, televisions are being accepted for a donation of $10 each. No major appliances will be accepted.

For more information, go online to or email

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