Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Meet Your Local EMS

“Every day, you’re called upon to help others through one of the most frightening times of their lives. Every day, you’re called upon to provide a sense of security and relief during chaotic and challenging situations. Every day, you’re called upon to do the work that only a select few can do. Every day, you’re…

Specialties in Occupational Therapy Help Patients Overcome Daily Challenges

By Tammy Vig, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, Occupational Therapy Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent – or live better with – an injury, illness, or disability. Occupational therapy involves more than what you may think including many specialty services. Did you know that…

Rise and Shine!

Our Glenwood Family Eye Center staff started this beautiful Friday hosting the Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce #RiseandShine! We are grateful to be able to provide a high level of comprehensive eye care in our community and appreciate everyone’s support. Learn more about the comprehensive services available at Glenwood Family Eye Center and don’t miss the Spice Up…

“Doc, my knee is killing me. What can I do?”

By Gustave L. Mellgren, M.D., Family Medicine with Obstetrics Sound familiar to you or someone you know? If so, you are not alone. Chronic knee pain affects 25% of adults. Arthritis is the most common cause of knee pain that limits people from activities they want to do or which keeps their body healthy. Staying…

COPD: Don’t Get Used to Your Disease!

By John Allan Dvorak, Certified Respiratory Therapist When it comes to lung disease, people naturally get used to their symptoms and downplay how serious their disease truly is. “A lot of respiratory patients appear to have shortness of breath or they have difficulty breathing, yet when asked if they feel short of breath or if…

Local Orthopedic Physician Dr. Michael Holte Joins Glacial Ridge Health System

Glacial Ridge Health System welcomes Dr. Michael Holte as our full-time, on-staff orthopedist, as we continue to expand the healthcare provided to residents in Pope County and beyond. From hip and knee replacements to sports medicine, Dr. Holte has 27 years of experience and proven results in surgery and general orthopedics, as well as a…

Flu Vaccine Cuts Risk of Death in Half for People With Heart Failure

For people with heart failure, getting a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine was associated with a 50 percent drop in the risk of death during flu season and a 20 percent drop in the risk of death during the rest of the year, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session. The…

Physical Therapist is Now a CSMT: Certified Spinal Manual Therapist

Angela Krych, Physical Therapist at Glacial Ridge Health System, is now a CSMT “certified spinal manual therapist.” To attain this certification Angela completed a year of coursework, tests, and hands-on training specifically targeted at evaluation and treatment of the spine. You may be thinking – “What is a spinal ‘manual’ therapist?” This means she has been…

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…

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…