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■ Lakewood Health System receives

Excellence in Birth Registration Award

STAPLES — The Health Information Management (HIM) department at Lakewood Health System recently received the Excellence in Birth Registration Award from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). This award is given to healthcare systems that complete and file at least 98 percent of birth records within five days of each birth.

Lakewood had a record 468 births in 2013, and recorded 98.5 percent of them within five days of each birth. Each record contains data that the MDH’s Office of Vital Records collects, maintains and submits to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where it is studied and published in reports used by facilities and clinicians for policy and healthcare decisions.

■ MDH honors 57 hospitals

for birth registration

During the past several years, Minnesota’s hospitals have steadily improved the timeliness and accuracy of their birth data, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported, noting it recently awarded 57 hospitals Excellence in Birth Registration awards.

The MDH started its awards program in 2007 to encourage hospitals to improve the timeliness and quality of their birth data they submit to the state. During that first year, 26 percent of hospitals performed well enough to receive an award. Since then, there has been a steady increase each year in the number of award winners. For 2013, 57 hospitals, or 55 percent of Minnesota’s 104 birthing centers that delivered a baby in 2013, received the Excellence in Birth Registration awards. Award winning hospitals met criteria such as registering 98 percent of all births with MDH within five days of the birth.

“We want to recognize the many hospitals that have achieved this high standard for reporting this valuable birth information,” said State Registrar Molly Mulcahy Crawford. “We hope this positive trend continues, so we can meet our goal of giving this award to every birth center in the state.”

In 2013, 67,781 babies were born in Minnesota. MDH requires hospitals to file essential information about each birth with the state. Birth data are used in many ways. The data can influence planning for the health of mothers, infants, children and families. It also helps to pinpoint areas of Minnesota that may benefit from additional public health measures. For example, information about immunization and tobacco use during pregnancy are included in the birth data collection process.

Each award recipient also was required to comply with quality standards set by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), in data used in public health research.

The MDH 2013 excellence award winners from the area included: Lakewood Health System, Staples; Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia; Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd; Tri-County Healthcare, Wadena.

■ Sandberg ranks sixth in regional sales

AITKIN — Judy Sandberg of Aitkin, independent consultant with the national direct sales company In a Pikle, has ranked sixth in regional sales for the month of April.

In A Pikle features compact organizers filled with essentials to meet life’s little emergencies. In A Pikle products are sold at vendor fairs and at in-home parties.

■ Crow Wing County observed

National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week focused attention on the diverse way America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and improve the health of millions of individuals.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as Registered Nurse (RN) Recognition Day ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

According to the American Nurses Association, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care and meet the expanding needs of American society.

The 11 Crow Wing County public health nurses and one RN serve an important mission according to Gwen Anderson, Health and Social Services division manager.

Services provided by the nurses include: family home visits; certified lactation counselor consultation; nutrition education through home visits and Women, Infants and Children (WIC); personal care attendant assessments; case management for disabled and senior residents; emergency preparedness; educational outreach to children and their parents regarding annual physicals, dental appointments, car seat education, following the immunization schedule, general growth and development and environmental health education.


■ ChamberNet to meet May 22 in Brainerd

The next meeting of ChamberNet is 7:15-8:45 a.m. on May 22 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 information, email Matt Perrine at or call him at 822-7107.

■ Party World hosts

Northwoods Networking event

BAXTER — The staff at Party World is hosting the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s next Northwoods Networking event from noon to 1 p.m. on May 22 at 15867 Edgewood Dr. in Baxter.

Buffalo Wild Wings will provide the food.

Northwoods Networking is a program that focuses on intentional networking for business promotional purposes. Much like the chamber’s CHOW events, the event host will share information about his or her business with participants.

After lunch is served, the focus will turn to an educational program and hands-on training. Northwoods Networking is hosted quarterly.

Cost is $10. As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is recommended. Those who pre-register by 5 p.m. the day before the event will be eligible for door prizes. For more information, call 218-829-2838.

■ Minneapolis Heart Institute

invites the public to open house

BAXTER — Minneapolis Heart Institute is hosting an open house from 1-3 p.m., May 18, at its new clinic at 13205 Isle Dr. in Baxter.

The public is invited to tour the heart clinic, learn about programs and services and meet the cardiologists, providers and staff. Light refreshments will be served.

Entertainment will be provided by the Geritol Frolics at 1:30 p.m. The Geritol Frolics is a musical variety show presented in Vaudeville fashion by talented performers older than age 55 from around the Brainerd lakes area. Cardiologists Dr. Timothy Dirks and Dr. Peter Stokman will give brief remarks at 2 p.m.

Baxter is a full-service cardiology clinic staffed by six cardiology providers and offers a full range of outpatient cardiovascular services and testing.


■ Brainerd agent recognized

for outstanding volunteerism

Allstate agency owner Charles Brenny received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to helping others.

With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for Kinship Partners, where Brenny volunteers. Kinship Partners is a nonprofit youth mentoring organization serving families within Crow Wing county, southern Cass county and Staples/Motley area of Minnesota by providing positive role models to youth in their communities.

The Agency Hands in the Community Award celebrates the spirit of service. The Allstate Foundation awards more than $1 million every year to nonprofit organizations across the country in honor of dedicated Allstate agency owners who give back. To be eligible for nomination, Allstate agency owners must volunteer, mentor or lead a nonprofit of their choice.

■ Lakewood Foundation Raised $28,000 for Kids

STAPLES — The Lakewood Health System Foundation hosted its 21st annual Foundation Dinner Auction on April 11, raising $28,000 to help fund Lakewood’s programs for kids.

These programs include: OB home visits, car seats, stuffed animals, bicycle helmets, FASD clinics and books.

Contributing to the overall amount raised was about $2,800, which came from baskets made and donated by Lakewood employees. The nine baskets were included in the silent auction which took place throughout the evening. Along with the silent auction, the event also featured dinner, a live auction, and entertainment provided by magician Josh Lozoff. For more information, contact Megan Kruse at 218-894-8508 or

■ Bon-Ton Stores donates

$57,288 to support Soles4Souls

The Bon-Ton Stores, parent company of a host of stores including Herberger’s, raised $57,288 for Soles4Souls Inc., an international not-for-profit social enterprise that advances the fight against poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.

Bon-Ton donated a total of $182,500 since 2010.

On March 22, Bon-Ton donated $1 to Soles4Souls for every pair of shoes sold in select stores for a total contribution of $15,000, helping with the mission of fighting poverty around the world.

From April 9 to April 15, customers received a 30 percent off coupon valid in the shoe department for every $3 donation. Since its launch in 2007, Soles4Souls has distributed shoes and clothing to people in need, both in the U.S. and overseas and helped create self-sustaining jobs in countries that lack jobs that generate personal income.

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