7 Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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 happy though requires effort. You take 25,000 breaths a day on average, so help your lungs be the best they can be. Many people know that smoke, exhaust, and other outdoor pollutants are bad for their lungs, but you cannot necessarily escape polluted air by...

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Extensive Medical Staff at GRHS

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 advanced technology,” Stensrud explained. Our staff truly care about each individual patient and strive to exceed their expectations.” Stensrud adds, “As an organization, we focus on making sure everyone understands what ‘heartfelt care’ means. We are all very proud of the high-quality care we provide...

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When Can Work Not Feel Like Work?

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 right candidate who meets our high standards of following the Keys to Heartfelt Care.  See open positions. Apply today for a position that fits you best or check back often. You can also sign up for our Careers Alert from our home page’s right sidebar to be notified...

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Flu Epidemic Hits Hard

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 the rest of the country, the south is starting to recover already,” she reported. The CDC website is updated weekly, showing the current status of the flu across the U.S. The video on the page shows how it has spread across the U.S. since the...

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[Video] New Bathroom and Shower Features at Glacial Ridge Hospital

[Video] New Bathroom and Shower Features at Glacial Ridge Hospital

Our respiratory therapist explains all of the features of the new bathroom and shower to a patient in this video. You will notice some big improvements over the old hospital bathrooms including: Open shower design featuring a no-step entry, grab bars, room for a shower bench, and plenty of space for staff to assist if needed 2 call lights in the bathroom: one in the shower and one by the toilet Personal sink and cabinet for hygiene items Slip-resistant tile Bright lighting The safety and comfort of our patients is a top priority!

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$22 Million Hospital Expansion Complete

$22 Million Hospital Expansion Complete

Patients and staff moved into the newly expanded, state-of-the-art hospital facility at Glacial Ridge Health System (GRHS) in Glenwood on December 12, 2017. The new facility is the result of a long-term planning process that started with a vision six years ago because the hospital did not have enough patient rooms. In the past 10 years, the number of local and regional patients using GRHS has tripled and so has the number of physicians and advanced care providers. GRHS has grown from seven to 26 health-care providers, including specialty physicians like a general surgeon, OB/GYN, podiatrist, internal medicine physician, and an...

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Ready to Give? What Food Shelves Need Most

Ready to Give? What Food Shelves Need Most

Canned chicken, tuna, and ham Hearty, ready-to-go meals like beef stew and chili with meat Canned vegetables Canned fruit and individual fruit cups – they are often low on these Snack items for kids to take to school: juice boxes, individual fruit cups or applesauce, granola bars, single-serving bags of Cheese-Its, or even cookies and pudding cups for a treat For infants: formula and infant cereal (No jars of baby food) Single serve macaroni & cheese Canned tomatoes and pasta sauce Shelf stable milk and alternatives (rice, soy, etc.) Low-sugar cereal like plain Cheerios Peanut or other nut butter, especially...

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Future Plans Underway at GRHS

Future Plans Underway at GRHS

Immediate Future: Remodel Old Hospital Patient Rooms In the next month, GRHS will begin remodeling the old patient rooms for new purposes. The remodeling is expected to take about seven months to complete. Over half of the area will be renovated to provide new and larger space for cardiology outreach, cardiac rehab, sleep studies, pulmonary rehab, colonoscopy, and other gastrointestinal procedure rooms. The remainder of the space will be remodeled to house some administrative departments such as Marketing, Human Resources, and Administration. That will free up space on the second floor for the crowded departments of Information Technology, Business Office and Health Information...

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Ringing in 2018 With GRHS’ First Baby of the New Year

Ringing in 2018 With GRHS’ First Baby of the New Year

Ebony Rose Schuler, the daughter of Brandon and Kelly Schuler, of Glenwood, was born at 2:59 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2018, claiming the honor as Glacial Ridge Hospital’s first baby of the year. Her birth was attended by Certified Nurse Midwife Jessie van der Hagen, CNP, CNM (right) and Registered Nurse Alissa Burginger (left). The couple received many celebratory gifts from area businesses, welcoming her to the community – Uptown Florist, Screen Prints Plus, Eagle Bank, Glenwood State Bank, Midwest Machinery, Pizza Ranch, Trumm Drug, Soo Line Credit Union, Hatchery Bar & Grill, Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber & Welcome Center...

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5 Tips to Resurrect Your Weight Loss Resolution and Succeed

5 Tips to Resurrect Your Weight Loss Resolution and Succeed

By Robert P. Montenegro, M.D., ABOM, Family Medicine and Bariatrics So you made a new year’s resolution to lose some extra weight… and you’ve already broken it. “The Battle of the Bulge” is one of the favorite new year resolutions. You know weight loss can help lower your blood pressure, ease your sleep apnea, and help with your asthma, diabetes or joint pain. While eating less and exercising is the goal, getting there is not always easy. However, the five p’s (Prop­er Planning Prevents Poor Performance) could make the difference between breaking a half-hearted resolution and keeping a whole-hearted new...

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