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Herseth joins Minnesota Center for Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic surgeon Jonathan Herseth of Roseville will join the Minnesota Center for Orthopaedics Sept. 1.

The center is at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby and Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.

He will use both surgical and nonsurgical means to diagnose and treat ailments affecting muscles, bones and joints, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders. He has special interests in treating sports related injuries.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities, Herseth also completed their orthopaedic surgery residency program in 2015 and recently finished his orthopaedic surgery fellowship in sports surgery. He also obtained his bachelor of science degree in biology at the University and studied at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and University of Arizona in Tucson. Herseth is originally from Roseau.

Herseth is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Minnesota Orthopaedic Society and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has worked as a lab assistant while an undergraduate and has experience working on construction crews during college and high school. He has served in several volunteer positions at medical centers, clinics and on a mission trip to Belize. He is also a former pilot.

CRMC gains designation

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby recently achieved stage six status as designated by HIMSS Analytics indicating the organization recognizes the important role of information technology in providing safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered care for patients.

HIMSS Analytics used its Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model to track CRMC and other healthcare organizations' progress towards achieving a paperless patient record environment. Hospitals and ambulatory care facilities were scored based on their level of EMR adoption from stage zero through stage seven.

The model allows organizations to track their progress against healthcare organizations across the country and view all scores in the HIMSS Analytics® Database. Benchmarking reports compared CRMC's operations to peers based on IT budget, staffing and service levels. The reports also included comparisons of clinical application portfolio capabilities using HIMSS Analytics EMRAM scoring algorithms. The HIMSS Analytics has tracked the adoption of EMR technologies within hospitals since 2005 and within clinics since 2012 using EMRAM and Outpatient EMR Adoption Model. Organizations work to complete the eight stages (zero through seven), with the goal of reaching stage seven: an environment where paper charts are no longer used.

U.S. Bank ATMs accept donations for Red Cross Disaster Relief

U.S. Bank customers can now make donations to the American Red Cross at all U.S. Bank ATMs to help people affected by disasters like floods in Louisiana, tornadoes in the Midwest, wildfires on the West Coast, and countless other crises. U.S. Bank ATMs will accept contributions through Sept. 16. All the funds will go directly to Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Aitkin's Allen recognized as a 50 Plus Leader

Sylvia Allen, from Aitkin was recognized as AARP Minnesota and Pollen unveiled the first-ever Minnesota 50 Over 50 list.

The 50 individuals are being honored as accomplished community leaders who are defying stereotypes about aging. Allen has been selected as a community builder on the 50 over 50 list.

Allen is the founder and principal at Allen Consulting Inc., an integrated marketing, sponsorship, and events production business, which she started nearly 40 years ago. She also founded the nonprofit organization Sylvia's Children, which exists to help children in Mbiriizi, Uganda.

In 2011, Allen purchased and restored to its original stateliness The Butler Building, a historical opera house in Aitkin. She then organized The Butler Project, a nonprofit that utilizes the opera house for hosting community events, and for ensuring the economic enrichment of Aitkin. She also produces the weekly Aitkin Farmer's Market, the annual Harvest Moon Brew Fest, and various wine festivals.

"Sylvia is a shining example of how much Minnesotans over 50 have to offer," said Seth Boffeli, Interim Director of AARP Minnesota, in a news release. "This list confirms the amazing contribution being made by people like Sylvia. These outstanding individuals are leading and inspiring communities of all kinds, colors and sizes. It is a remarkable list that only begins to tell the tale of what older Minnesotans are accomplishing."

"Ageism is real. 50 Over 50 not only recognizes the accomplishments and possibilities that come with age, but by celebrating these leaders we dismantle wrong and hurtful stereotypes about aging," said Jamie Millard, executive director of Pollen.

The final 50 honorees were selected from a pool of 350 nominations that were submitted earlier in the year. Candidates were nominated in five different categories; Nonprofit, Arts and Culture, Community Building, Business and Disruptor. A ten member selection panel worked with AARP and Pollen to determine the final honorees. Go to to see the complete list.

Fritz joins CRMC

Nurse Practitioner Kevin Fritz of Rochester has joined the staff of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center to support new pain specialist Dr. Joshua Horowitz.

Fritz has 28 years experience working as a nurse practitioner and registered nurse.

Fritz came to CRMC from the Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia and also has experience working at the Mayo Clinic's Department of Anesthesia-Division of Pain Medicine for 11 years, treating pain both in the hospital and clinic settings in Rochester. Also at Mayo, he worked in the Quality Information Resource Center, Rehabilitation, and Neurology/Neurologic Surgery areas as well as the Travel & Geographic Medicine Clinic (Travel Medicine).

Fritz is an honors graduate of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He earned his bachelor of science degree in nursing at Winona State University and also has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Mankato State University.


Panel presents Employment Beyond Retirement

Lakeland Public Television and The Center will present Employment Beyond Retirement: Are you ready for what's next?

Members of the panel will make short presentations followed by your questions. The free event will be 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 15 at The Center, 803 Kingwood St. Brainerd.

Members of the panel are Sue Hilgart, program manager Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program; Marcia Ferris, Lutheran Social Service, program manager, Senior Corps: Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions; Dr. Stephen Frawley, organization development consultant, provided career transition services for individuals affected by the Brainerd Paper Mill shutdown.