GRHS Ranked High in State’s Top 150 Workplaces for 2020

GRHS Ranked High in State’s Top 150 Workplaces for 2020

Originally posted and printed by the Pope County Tribune, June 29, 2020 Three Pope County companies have been named as Top Workplaces by the StarTribune for 2020. Minnesota employees completed employee satisfaction surveys by Energage, an independent survey company. With the results, Energage ranked the top 150 Minnesota employers in three sizes of companies as Top Workplaces for 2020. Glacial Ridge Health System (GRHS) was named the number one (first) business of the top 50 companies in Minnesota for midsized employers according to recently released information from the StarTribune. Glacial Ridge Health System employs 350 regional workers and is headquartered in Glenwood. GRHS...

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Glacial Ridge Hospice Thanks Marthaler Chevrolet

Glacial Ridge Hospice Thanks Marthaler Chevrolet

Glacial Ridge Hospice appreciates the continued support and generous donation of $2,000 to the hospice program from Marthaler Chevrolet in Glenwood who has been the corporate sponsor of the “Riding For a Cause” Motorcycle Ride and Car Run. The 24th annual Hospice Ride gathering wasn’t able to be held as usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Glacial Ridge Hospice wasn’t actively raising funds this year however, individuals were encouraged to take a ride that day to remember and honor hospice patients and their families. The route this year honored Jim Tank, who passed away in 2019, for his dedication...

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Thank You to Our Community for Your Generosity

Thank You to Our Community for Your Generosity

We have THE BEST community! THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for thinking of our team over the recent stressful months. From making mask clips for a more comfortable fit and donating all types of PPE to your caring words and all of the special coffee, meals, and treats – you are amazing and your gratitude is so appreciated! For the many anonymous donors and for anyone we may have missed, THANK YOU as well. Doug and Kristi O’neilBarb SchuetBenita OtternessDonna HoeparPhyllis HennenGayle AndersonDiane JacobsonKara KirckofRuth VoneschenMatthew PedersonKaren SerrinMarv and Kathy Hoffman Marian ThompsonGlenwood Dairy QueenLakeside Foods –...

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Glacial Ridge Hospice: Riding For A Cause – Individually in 2020

Glacial Ridge Hospice: Riding For A Cause – Individually in 2020

The annual Hospice Riding For A Cause (Motorcycle Ride and Car Run) will look very different this year. The ride committee is unable to have the typical group event due to state restrictions on public gatherings and guidance from the MN Dept. of Health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This year we have something else planned! As always, the health and safety of our community and ride supporters is our priority. As individuals and/or members of the same household, we encourage you to embrace the open road on your motorcycles or in your vehicles on Saturday, June 20 as we continue...

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6 Ways a Hobby Can Boost Your Health

6 Ways a Hobby Can Boost Your Health

You have probably heard the saying “Get a hobby” in a negative tone, but it’s also good health advice. Here are six ways that pursuing a favorite pastime can deliver health benefits. 1. Reduce Stress – When you’re absorbed in a hobby, the other cares and stresses of life fall away. In addition, hobbies like knitting that rely on repetitive actions initiate a relaxation response, allowing you to rest and repair. 2. Recharge – Hobbies that demand focus such as woodworking or glass blowing – even though they may not be as relaxing in the moment – can provide other...

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Kick-Off Summer Vacation with the GRHS Virtual Scrub Run / Walk / Bike / Hike

Kick-Off Summer Vacation with the GRHS Virtual Scrub Run / Walk / Bike / Hike

With the CDC’s recommendation to maintain physical distancing, individuals and families are still encouraged to keep moving through COVID-19. The 6th Annual GRHS 5K Scrub Run/Walk, scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2020, will “run” a little different this year. The event will be held virtually, and not as a large group.  The rules of the Virtual Scrub Run are simple. On Saturday, June 13, be active any time of the day. You can do this alone or with your family.  There are many ways to be active so do what motivates you. Run, walk, hike, or bike the distance that...

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Elective Surgeries and Procedures Resume at Glacial Ridge Hospital

Elective Surgeries and Procedures Resume at Glacial Ridge Hospital

An elective surgery is often an essential surgery because it is needed to avoid future complications, relieve or alleviate pain, regain mobility, and live healthier. Glacial Ridge Hospital is now able to resume these non-emergency procedures for optimal health. Governor Walz lifted the elective surgery suspension on May 5 effective May 11, as hospitals in the state have been able to obtain a necessary amount of medical and PPE supplies. Increased diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is another reason the suspension was lifted. People’s need for screenings and surgeries are still here and it is time to resume. You can safely...

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Is Your Shoulder Ready For Summer’s (Social Distance) Activities?

Is Your Shoulder Ready For Summer’s (Social Distance) Activities?

By Michelle Linz, Occupational Therapy Spring is a time when golfing and fishing are a few activities that people can get out and enjoy again, but they may cause irritation or pain in the shoulder joint. Did you know that Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with a variety of issues and diagnoses involving the shoulder joint? The shoulder is a complex joint with the rotator cuff being involved most often when injury occurs to the shoulder. Underneath the large muscles of the shoulder such as the deltoid, pectoralis and upper trap muscles, is the rotator cuff (RC). These four muscles attach...

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GRHS Testing “Strike Team” Provides Partnership, Peace of Mind for Area’s Long-term Care Facilities

GRHS Testing “Strike Team” Provides Partnership, Peace of Mind for Area’s Long-term Care Facilities

In collaboration with area nursing home and assisted living facilities, Glacial Ridge Health System has assembled a testing “strike team,” as the state refers to them, to respond within 24 hours to a need for mass testing for the coronavirus. This is a key component in helping to identify and stop a potential spread within the facilities in order to keep them staffed and open so they can continue caring for their residents we all care about – our family, neighbors, and friends. Two months ago, nursing homes and assisted living facilities were among the first to restrict visitors and...

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Ticks Are Back: First Aid for Bites and Prevention

Ticks Are Back: First Aid for Bites and Prevention

By Erin Dahlke, MD, Family Medicine We are likely going to come across more wood ticks in 2020. Warmer temperatures in the Midwest will prolong the tick season. Wetter conditions will make ticks more widespread than usual. When more ticks feed, more ticks produce offspring. From early spring throughout summer, they are lurking on pets as well as tall blades of grass just waiting for their next ‘host’ to walk by. We all dread finding these tiny creatures on our skin. Rest assured, most ticks do not carry diseases and most tick bites do not cause serious health problems. Promptly removing...

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