Chest Compressions Count for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

By James Frederick, PA-C, Emergency Department Imagine a young adult who exercises regularly, eats the right foods, and is in excellent shape. His heart suddenly stops, and you instantly think “heart attack,” but sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is different from a heart attack. Think of a heart attack as a plumbing problem of the heart; sudden…

A Saving Grace During the Hardest Time in My Life

“I have esophageal/stomach cancer and from the beginning, homecare has been my saving grace. Jocelyn and the team have gone above and beyond to get me through the hardest time in my life. They have made sure my health and safety are first and have made communication between doctors and team members easy. I do…

Glacial Ridge Health System Offers New Treatment for Chronic Pain

Glacial Ridge Health System now offers COOLIEF Cooled Radiofrequency Treatment, which is a non-invasive, outpatient option for sufferers of chronic pain. Family medicine provider Dr. Gustave Mellgren is certified to provide the COOLIEF treatment, which is intended for those with chronic pain that has lasted longer than three months. Dr. Mellgren can treat those with…

Small Town Warmth, Big City Feel

“My overall experience was so positive. The staff from clinic to hospital to homecare were personable, warm and caring. The hospital and staff have improved greatly since I moved here in 1979, yet the small town warmth still comes through. Thank you for the wonderful service.” – Julie P., Glenwood

BBE National Honor Society Provides an Extra Dose of Comfort

Pediatric patients will get an extra dose of comfort at Glacial Ridge Hospital thanks to members of the Brooten-Belgrade-Elrosa (BBE) National Honor Society. To help children feel special and more comfortable, the group made and donated more than 60 pillows for pediatric patients in the emergency room, hospital, or when undergoing surgery. A note from…

One Experience is All it Took

“I was 30 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child and wasn’t happy with the care I was receiving at a different facility. When one of my dearest friends suggested giving Glacial Ridge a try, I agreed I would make an appointment and go from there. I had one appointment and that’s all it took to know…

7 Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality

By John A. Dvorak, Respiratory Therapist Breathing is essential for life, and healthy lungs help keep us healthier overall. When lungs aren’t healthy, it negatively impacts the rest of your body in many areas. Lung disease can affect your cardiovascular system and even lead to a heart attack or stroke. Keeping your lungs healthy and…

Extensive Medical Staff at GRHS

Glacial Ridge Health System features 26 physicians and medical practitioners, nearly quadrupling the medical staff just 10 years ago. CEO Kirk Stensrud commends the staff for this achievement. He states, “GRHS has been able to successfully grow in terms of medical staff and specialties they offer because of our friendly staff, cooperative work environment, and…

When Can Work Not Feel Like Work?

Our employees say it best – and we’re seeking excellent people to join us. “Heartfelt care” isn’t just our tagline. You can feel it, see it, and live it every day – as a patient, visitor, and EMPLOYEE! It’s a great place to work and receive health care. Our positions are open until filled by the…

Flu Epidemic Hits Hard

“I have never seen the CDC flu map entirely brown (widespread) across the United States at the same time before. This is a flu epidemic,” said Jeanette Pasche, RN-BC, Infection Preventionist at Glacial Ridge Health System and board certified in infection control. “Usually, the flu starts in the southeast, and by the time it has spread to…