Business Notes Feb. 8

-- CAREER -- Heartland Hospice welcomes new administrator Heartland Hospice announced the appointment of Bob Lake to the position of administrator for the Brainerd office. "We are very fortunate to have Bob on our team, his commitment to quality ...

Donna Peterson
Donna Peterson

-- CAREER --

Heartland Hospice welcomes new administrator

Heartland Hospice announced the appointment of Bob Lake to the position of administrator for the Brainerd office.

"We are very fortunate to have Bob on our team, his commitment to quality care and customer service, make him a great fit for Heartland," said Heidi Hagen, manager of business development, in a news release.

Lake has resided in Minnesota for the last 30 years and recently moved to the Brainerd lakes area to be closer to family. He has experience in the hospitality industry and in long-term care and will utilize the skills gained from both the service and health care industries to help build and support the Brainerd Heartland Hospice team of professionals.


Heartland is part of the HCR ManorCare family.


Wolf creates creates new Mohs surgery instrument

STAPLES - Rick Wolf, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Lakewood Dermatology in Sartell, created, developed and produced the Wolf Mohs Punch, a new instrument to be used during Mohs surgery.

Mohs surgery is the most effective way of removing basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas, which are the two most common forms of skin cancer. During this surgery, a doctor takes a Mohs section, which they cut out at a 45 degree angle. The instrument, which took a year to develop and produce, will make this cut for the doctor.

"I was working in the Mohs lab one cold winter day, and the idea just came to me," said Wolf in a news release. "One evening I sat down and started doodling. After I came up with a good drawing, I spoke to a guy who has a machine shop and asked if he could tool it for me. After I had the prototype, I presented it to George Tiemann & Co. in New York. The best part came from the president of the company, who said, 'Why didn't we come up with this?'"

"It's great to see Rick being innovative and creative," said Dr. Barry LaBine, at Lakewood Dermatology, in a news release. "It's fun to see him think outside the box to create new ways of doing things."

George Tiemann & Co. has supplied fine surgical instruments since 1826. For over 189 years we have supplied the medical profession with high quality, correctly styled products.


St. Joseph's Foundation welcomes Beaubien, Bergin

Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd, announces the recent addition of Donn Beaubien and Ann Bergin to the Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Foundation Board of Directors.

"Our newest board members will bring a fresh perspective to the foundation board," said David Jeremiason, St. Joseph's Foundation director in a news release. "Their experiences serving on various boards and working with diverse populations in our community will be a great asset."

Donn Beaubien is a mental health therapist specializing in grief and loss at Northern Pines Mental Health Center. In relocating to the Brainerd area in 2007, Beaubien committed herself to serving our community. This meant teaching, social work, crisis intervention, mental health therapy, involvement in a variety of social causes, and service on many nonprofit boards, including Grace House and Mid-Minnesota Women's Center.

Bergin is a licensed social worker and currently serves on the board of Kinship Partners, Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen, Nisswa Women's Club, Pacer Puppets, and Bethany Good Samaritan Auxiliary.

"When recruiting new foundation board members, we look for candidates with a good business background who are engaged in the community," said Todd Lyscio, St. Joseph's Foundation Board chair, in a news release. "We want people who are willing to help us understand the patient care, wellness, and business issues surrounding health care in the community. All our new board members bring those experiences to our board and we look forward to them serving for years to come."

St. Joseph's Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center and Clinics. The mission is to raise and grant funds to promote the health and well-being of our patient community. For more information about the foundation, serving on the board, making a donation or applying for a grant, contact Jeremiason at 828-7362 or email .



Solheim named rural CEO to know

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center reports CEO John Solheim is the only administrator from Minnesota included in the recently published Becker's Hospital Review list of "50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know."

Individuals included on the list include CEOs of hospitals located outside of a major metropolitan areas or healthcare hubs. Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) reported the CEOs on the list "are dedicated to advancing healthcare in their communities and are tackling the challenges of providing healthcare in rural or small towns with vigor."

Solheim has served as CEO of CRMC since 2012. Under his tenure, CRMC opened a $5 million medical clinic in Baxter in 2013, a $2 million Business Support Services building on site in 2014, and a state-of-the-art, $13 million surgery center this year.

Also, CRMC reports during Solheim's leadership, CRMC was named to Becker's Healthcare 150 Great Places to Work List and Minneapolis Star Tribune's Top Workplaces, received America's 100 Best Hospitals Women's Choice Award for Patient Experience and Obstetrics, and as a HCAHPS' Home Health Honors recipient. The organization was also accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Center of Excellence.

Solheim has 32 years of extensive experience serving as CEO at four different healthcare facilities in Minnesota and Montana. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he served as the Montana ACHE Regent from 2003-2006 and was recognized with ACHE's Distinguished Service Award in 2009. Solheim is a member of the Minnesota Hospital Association Board and its rural health committee and has served as chair of the Montana Hospital Association and VHA Mountain States Board. A graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Solheim received his master's degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected leaders through an editorial review process where a number of factors were considered, including awards received; local, regional and national leadership positions held; and their organizations' recent performance. Nominations were also considered.

The full list of "50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know" is available at



Dreamhaven Dental Sleep Medicine opens in Baxter

BAXTER - Dr. Clint Roberts, owner of Greenhaven Family Dental, recently opened Dreamhaven Dental Sleep Medicine in Baxter.

Both clinics share the same office space located next to Home Depot, however, they are operated as separate entities. Greenhaven is a general dentistry clinic while Dreamhaven treats patients suffering from sleep apnea, excessive snoring, grinding or clenching teeth, through dental appliance therapy.

Dental sleep appliances are similar to sports mouth guards and are worn while patients are sleeping. They are custom fitted and gently pull the lower jaw forward in order to keep the airway open, lessening the likelihood of snoring, grinding or apneas, where breathing stops repeatedly - sometimes hundreds of times each night - during sleep.

"Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous disorder that affects so many people, including myself," Roberts said. "That's why I'm so passionate about helping people sleep well at night, often for the first time in many years. I know first hand how much sleep can improve quality of life."

Sleep apnea is known to cause excessive daytime sleepiness and affect mental alertness, mood, memory, productivity and relationships. It can also be a contributing factor in many serious health issues, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, diabetes, depression and anxiety.

Roberts and the Dreamhaven team work directly with medical doctors, assessing patients' sleep habits and symptoms, and, when needed, refer them to a sleep center for an overnight sleep study. Once diagnosed with a sleep disorder by a physician, dental appliances are recommended to patients who cannot tolerate the use of CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy. Roberts has trained for five years in dental sleep medicine, and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.



Peterson to facilitate insomnia group

BAXTER - Donna Peterson, a licensed pyschologist, is facilitating the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Group at Nystrom & Associates, Ltd., 13045 Falcon Drive, Baxter.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia is a six-week group. Individuals that would benefit from this group are those that have problems falling asleep, those who wake up multiple times during the night, or those who wish to reduce or eliminate sleep medications.


Eckman gains recognition

Jordan Eckman, a waiter at the The Royal for six years, is the Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce February Employee of the Month

"Jordan is an easy going guy who loves to make people happy," stated Lisa Bitz in a news release."He does so with his great sense of humor and ability to be able to talk to anyone about anything, which makes him a great server and employee."


Eckman was appreciative of being recognized for hard work and said interacting with customers is a favorite part of the job.

Essentia Health Welcomes Riley to the Central Region Board of Directors

Essentia Health announced the recent addition of Janelle Riley to the Essentia Health Central Region Board of Directors.

"We value our board, community boards, and board members throughout the Essentia Health system," said Adam Rees, President Essentia Health Central Region, in a news release. "The Central Region Board chaired by Mr. Bob McLean, serves the Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center and surrounding area clinics. To meet our mission "to make a healthy difference in people's lives" we seek out proven community leaders."

Janelle Riley is co-owner of Syvantis Technologies, a technology services company in Baxter, and Fairview Office Park, an award-winning low impact development in Baxter. Riley, her husband and three children moved to Brainerd from the Twin Cities 15 years ago. All three of her children graduated from Brainerd High School. She is also a CPA and a member of a number of other boards in the community.

"Being a part of the Essentia Health Central Region Board gives me the opportunity to positively impact the lives of thousands of people," Riley said. "There is nothing more important to me than the resilience of our area and the health of our community."

"When recruiting new board members, we look for candidates with a good business background who are engaged in the community," explains Bob McLean, Essentia Health Central Region Board chair. "We want people who are willing to help us understand the patient care, wellness, and business issues surrounding healthcare in the community. Janelle brings those experiences to our Board and we look forward to her serving for years to come."


-- EVENTS --

Business After Hours Tuesday in Deerwood

DEERWOOD - The Deerstand is hosting Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at 24188 Mohs St. in Deerwood.

Business after Hours is a Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce function for members of the business community and is also open to the public. The Deerstand will be featuring their soup and salad bar and there will be raffle prize drawings.

As a courtesy to the host, advanced registration is recommended. To make your reservation or to receive more information, please call the Chamber office at 218-546-8131 or email . Entry fee is $2 per person.

Lakewood Manor to Host Open House Event

STAPLES - Lakewood Manor, an advanced care assisted living facility for seniors, is hosting an open house from 2-3 p.m. Feb. 18 at 222 5th St. NE, Staples.

The open house will include guided tours of the newly remodeled community room, which is now available to the public for workout classes, a community kitchen, meetings, events and classes.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Lakewood Manor at 218-296-1842 or visit .


Homebuyer Education-Home Stretch Workshop comes to Baxter

BAXTER - Central Minnesota: Home Stretch is a homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home-buying process.

In one day, participants will learn about qualifying for a mortgage, financing a home, credit, shopping for a home, the closing process, basic home maintenance, and affordable mortgage products that may be available. The next workshops in the lakes area is 4-8 p.m. March 17 and March 19 at the Greater Lakes Association of Realtors in Baxter.

Some affordable mortgage products, government loans, and down payment and closing cost assistance programs may require a buyer to receive a Home Stretch certificate. Offered online is Framework, our online homebuyer education course, many lenders have approved Framework to meet homebuyer education requirements. The registration link may be found at .

Registration is required, and participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop.

To register for the online Framework course or the Home Stretch workshop, contact Suzy at 320-258-0681 and visit our website for more information.

The Dispatch welcomes business notes submissions via email to , or fax to 218-829-0211, mail to Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401 or use the drop-off box in the alley next to the Dispatch building on James Street. Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 855-5852.

More business notes may be part of the Business Extra section in Monday's edition.

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