Don’t Be Deficient in Vitamin D!

By Joan M. Lunzer, M.D., Internal Medicine Do you have a vitamin D deficiency? According to the American Osteopathic Association, nearly 1 billion people worldwide probably do including much of the US population. That’s a huge number—with potentially big consequences for our health because of the many ways vitamin D helps the human body. Besides allowing…

New Local Business Supports Annual Harvest Ball With Discounts and Donations

With The Dashery, a men’s formal wear store, opening in Glenwood this year, owner Mandy Brower is already looking to give back to the community. The annual Harvest Ball is set for Oct. 6 at Lakeside Ballroom, and Brower has decided to donate a portion of her sales to the Auxiliary of Glacial Ridge Hospital,…

At-Home Fetal Heartbeat Monitors: Heartfelt or Harmful?

Parents crave peace of mind. It’s stressful to think something could happen to your unborn baby, so doing everything to monitor their baby’s heartbeat at home seems prudent. Unfortunately, though, at-home fetal doppler monitors carry risks and probably aren’t worth it. This growing trend is concerning to doctors and prenatal healthcare professionals. While the FDA…

GRHS RN Earns Certification Few Have

Glacial Ridge Health System congratulates Jeanette Pasche, RN-BC, for earning the Certified in Infection Control (CIC®) credential. Jeanette has demonstrated a mastery of infection prevention and control knowledge, joining approximately 5,000 CIC® practitioners worldwide. Certification is maintained through successful completion of a recertification examination every five years. The purpose of the certification process is to…

How to See Results Quicker

By Kimberly Paradis, Certified Personal Trainer at Glacial Ridge Wellness Center I hear it all the time; some of us are just not satisfied with our weight, size, strength, or body composition. We set goals to lose weight and get healthier, but we hardly see any results and especially not when we would like to see…

Dr. Laura Huggins Joins GRHS’ Family Medicine and OB Team

The growing Family Medicine and Obstetrics team at Glacial Ridge Health System welcomes Dr. Laura Huggins. Dr. Huggins was mostly raised in neighboring Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and attended medical school at the University of South Carolina. She completed her residency at Fort Collins Family Medicine Program in Colorado. Her special medical interests include obstetrics with cesarean…

Can’t Sleep It Off? Try a Sleep Study

Sometimes we’re tired without knowing why — it could be stress, diet, or another reason altogether. Many Americans go through their lives struggling with sleep. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) actually considers sleep problems a significant “public health problem” and some communities are beginning to take notice. This epidemic isn’t spread from person-to-person, but its…

Clean Eating: The Dirt on a Popular Fad

By Robert P. Montenegro, M.D. ABOM, Family Medicine and Bariatrics Setting impossible goals for ourselves can make us reach for any shortcut, even if it hurts our bodies. Motivated by health, some people are cutting out entire food groups and depriving themselves of important nutrients in the process. Clean eating is a trend with very…

The Future of Rural Health Care Revealed

Community members met with CEO Kirk Stensrud from Glacial Ridge Health System at an open forum on June 21 to discuss the future of rural health care and its complexity. Stensrud explained how changes made at a legislative level effect rural communities’ access to health care differently than metro areas. He then identified for the…

Interesting Sleep Facts: Know Your Zzzs

We spend a full third of our lives asleep, but there’s still so much many of us don’t know about this essential aspect of our health. Sleep is an important opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate our minds and bodies. Without any sleep, our health quickly fails because sleep impacts every organ system in the human…