Business Notes March 13

CAREER Alba accepts new NJPA position STAPLES--Katie Alba recently accepted the position of membership relations and communications specialist with the National Joint Powers Alliance in Staples. In her new role, she will work to drive membership ...

Katie Alba
Katie Alba


Alba accepts new NJPA position

STAPLES-Katie Alba recently accepted the position of membership relations and communications specialist with the National Joint Powers Alliance in Staples. In her new role, she will work to drive membership growth and communication by promoting the NJPA membership message to current and potential members. She is responsible for communicating to over 50,000 NJPA members and recognizes the importance in building open, honest, and trustworthy relationships to ensure positive outcomes with NJPA's contract purchasing services.

She earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead. She brings a diverse background in customer relations and is passionate about strategizing communication methods that will enhance member-focused solutions.

Loosbrock joins Frandsen Bank


BAXTER-Jim Kraft, president of Frandsen Bank & Trust-Lakes Area, announced that Tony Loosbrock has recently been hired as the new vice president and senior business banker in Baxter.

"Tony comes to Frandsen Bank with over 13 years of business banking experience, with the past 11 being in the Brainerd lakes area," Kraft said in a news release, noting Loosbrock's outgoing personality and consultative approach to business relationships.

In his new position, Loosbrock said he plans to focus his efforts on developing new and managing existing Frandsen Bank business relationships in the area. "It is very exciting to continue to grow in my career with Frandsen Bank and in this community," he stated. "In this relationship business, it is important to find ways to create value for the client."

Loosbrock holds a degree in finance from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

He enjoys being active in the community with numerous organizations including the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber, Brainerd Sunrise Rotary Club, Junior Achievement and Timberwood Church. He also enjoys spending time with his family on the lakes and looks forward to using Frandsen Bank branded golf balls this coming summer.

Pagel earns credential as a certified hand therapist

Cheryl Pagel, certified hand specialist, at Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Rehabilitation Clinic, met all the certification requirements of this designation, which includes at least five years of clinic experience as an occupational therapist, a minimum of 4,000 hours of direct practice in hand therapy, and successful completion of advanced clinical skills and competency testing in upper limb rehabilitation.

Pagel treats the hand as well as the entire arm. Treatable symptoms include tingling/numbness, tendonitis, arthritis, or loss of function due to injury to the arm from shoulder to fingertips. Neurological and post-surgical conditions are also frequently treated in the hand clinic.


Valentine gains honor

The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced Jerome Valentine, as its March Employee of the Month.

Valentine is the frozen and dairy manager at Coborn's Superstore and has worked for Coborn's Superstore for 38 1/2 years.

"Jerome has been a very dedicated employee since day one," said Greg Zylka. "He takes great pride in his family, job and community."

Carlson attends education course

BAXTER-Sara Carlson, MS, OTR/L, an occupational therapist at Select Therapy in Baxter, attended the American Society of Hand Therapists continuing education course in Orange, Calif. The course provided an overview of the rehabilitation of the upper extremity. Course objectives were to assist attendees with preparing to take the certified hand therapist examination. Carlson will be taking the exam in hopes to earn the certified hand therapist credential in May.


CRMC hosts seminar on ReShape Monday


Cuyuna Regional Medical Center reports it is the first facility in Minnesota to offer the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon, an FDA approved, first-of-its-kind non-surgical weight loss procedure for people with mild to moderate obesity.

ReShape provides a new option for adults with a BMI of 30-40 and a related health condition who haven't succeeded at diet and exercise alone and do not want or do not qualify for bariatric surgery.

"For years a significant gap has existed in treatment options for obesity with limited, effective therapies available," said Dr. Howard McCollister, surgeon, in a news release. "We often see patients who are clinically obese and in desperate need of medical intervention to help them lose weight, when diet and exercise alone have failed and surgery is not an option."

McCollister said ReShape provides this group of 'in-between' patients with access to a non-surgical, reversible option to encourage new habits.

McCollister will present a free informational seminar about ReShape from 6-8 p.m. Monday, at the Country Inn and Suites in Baxter. Registration is requested by calling 888-546-4343.

The ReShape Dual Balloon is inserted in the stomach during a short outpatient procedure, where it remains for six months, serving as built-in portion control so people may feel full and less hungry. It does not change or alter the natural anatomy of the stomach in any way. During this time and for the six months after removal, patients receive frequent in-office diet and exercise coaching sessions and access to the ReShape Patient Portal, an online support resource that provides tools and information to help patients track weight loss, diet, and exercise, and an online community where they can interact with each other.

More than 78 million adults in the U.S. are obese. In June 2013, the American Medical Association officially classified obesity as a disease. Clinically defined as having a body mass index of more than 30, obesity can lead to numerous, serious health complications including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

In an FDA clinical study of 326 patients conducted at eight sites in the United States, patients with ReShape experienced 2.3 times more weight loss at six months compared to those who had the diet and exercise program alone. In the clinical trial, patients lost up to 72 pounds in 12 months.

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Cheryl Pagel
Cheryl Pagel

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