Category Archives: Press Releases

2017 Memorial Weekend Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

In observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, please see our hours posted below:

Saturday, May 27th

Mora Location:

  • Clinic OPEN from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (appointment required)
  • Same Day Clinic CLOSED
  • Eye Clinic CLOSED
  • Emergency Department OPEN 24H

Pine City  Location:

  • Clinic CLOSED
  • Urgency Services OPEN from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • Community Pharmacy OPEN from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hinckley Location:

  • Clinic CLOSED

Sunday, May 28th

Mora Location:

  • Clinic CLOSED
  • Same Day Clinic CLOSED
  • Eye Clinic CLOSED
  • Emergency Department OPEN, 24H

Pine City Location:

  • Clinic CLOSED
  • Urgency Services OPEN from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • Community Pharmacy CLOSED

Hinckley Location:

  • Clinic CLOSED

Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day)

Mora Location:

  • Clinic CLOSED
  • Same Day Clinic CLOSED
  • Eye Clinic CLOSED
  • Emergency Department OPEN, 24H

Pine City Location:

  • Clinic CLOSED
  • Urgency Services OPEN from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • Community Pharmacy CLOSED

Hinckley Location:

  • Clinic CLOSED

 

FirstLight Is Your Helmet Headquarters!

FirstLight is your helmet headquarters!

In celebration of National Bike Safety month, next week (May 22-26 only), stop into any FirstLight clinic, visit the front registration staff and receive a $20 voucher for your child (age 10 and under) to receive a gift card for a FREE helmet from either Shopko in Mora, Walmart in Pine City, or R&S Hardware in Hinckley.


 

FirstLight Community Wellness Center

Public/private partnership to build first year-round community wellness center

MORA, Minn., April 13, 2017 – Mora Public Schools and FirstLight Health System recently announced that they will jointly build Kanabec County’s first year-round community wellness center. At a cost of approximately $10.5 million, with nearly half coming from FirstLight, the center will be constructed on the Trailview school campus.

“This project will bring us one step closer to completing the long-range vision for the Trailview campus as a magnet for high-quality education and increased community uses such as arts performances, public gatherings, sports and fitness,” said Karen Kirschner, Mora Public Schools Board Chair.

FirstLight Health System recently agreed to contribute $5 million to help build a community wellness center on the Trailview campus. The center will include fitness, sports and physical education space. The remaining cost for the center will be covered by bonds previously approved for the Trailview campus and lease levy funding. Construction on the center is planned to be completed by December, 2017.

“We are excited to team up with Mora Public Schools by investing in this year-round wellness center to support the overall health of our community members,” said Randy Ulseth, CEO of FirstLight Health System.

When complete, the two-story wellness center will be owned by the school district and its taxpayers. It will include fitness, training and exam rooms, locker rooms, a 200-meter track, a separate elevated walking track, a large multipurpose space that includes four basketball/volleyball/tennis/group game courts, and more. FirstLight Health System staff will provide advice, guidance and physical evaluations.

Community members will be able to walk in through the wellness center’s public entrance before, during and after school hours to utilize the walking track, schedule a medical exam, or take part in group exercise classes or team sports events. During school hours, the wellness center will be used by students for physical education classes. The public entrance will be separate from the Trailview school building entrance.

Both Kirschner and Ulseth remarked that neither the Mora School District nor FirstLight Health System could have built the year-round wellness center alone but, by working together, the local communities will have an asset to enjoy for many years to come.

Click here to view preliminary drawings:

 

 

 

Mora Community Picnic

Join us May 24th for a FREE community picnic at FirstLight Mora. Please note, we are hosting the picnic at a different time this year, from 5:00-6:30 pm. Invite your family and friends and we will see you there!

Stress Management techniques

As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, FirstLight has kicked off a campaign partnering with MakeItOk to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health.

Here are a few tips from FirstLight Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, Jessica Stokes, on stress management techniques.


 

I Pledge to Make it OK! Mental Health Awareness, May 2017

I PLEDGE to Make it OK!

To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month in May, FirstLight is launching a campaign called “I Pledge to Make it OK”,  following the national campaign, ‘Make It OK’, to change people’s hearts and minds about the misunderstandings surrounding mental illnesses.

 

 

We want to encourage people to talk more openly about mental illness and learn more about common conditions to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Mental health stigma can be exclusion, silence, labeling, or a negative attitude displayed.

The national campaign, Make it OK, explains mental illness as:

Treatable health conditions that are very common in the world today. Mental illnesses can affect anyone, without regard to age, race, religion or income.

What can you do?

By pledging to ‘Make it OK’ to talk about mental illness, we all can encourage others to talk openly about mental illness, learn more about mental illness, not let stigma create shame around the illness, and encourage treatment to someone suffering from mental illness–

These will all help reduce the stigma!

By reducing the stigma, people experiencing mental illnesses will be treated with more respect, acceptance and may be more apt to get the care they need.

Through this campaign, in May our #FirstLightFamily and collaborating community partners will encourage everyone to take the pledge and wear a green bracelet to bring awareness to mental health conditions.

If you would like to be part of this, come to any one of our entrances at all of our locations and pick up your green bracelet. Show your commitment to Make it OK, by “I Pledge to Make it OK!”

Watch for weekly information about mental health topics on our website, Facebook page  and follow us on Twitter (@FirstLight_FLH).

 


Facts about Mental Illness-

What is Mental illness?
  • A medical condition
  • It disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others and daily functioning
  • It is very common, 1 in 4 people will develop a mental illness in their lifetime (souce: NAMI)
    • How common is 1-4? As common as silver colored cars driving down the road, people with iPhones® and those with brown eyes.
  • It is treatable with therapy, diet, exercise, support, and medication

Common conditions include:  anxiety, ADD/ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder),  depression, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), postpartum depression (PPD), bi-polar disorder, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and schizophrenia

What mental illness is not-
  • Imaginary
  • Something to “get over”, or “just snap out of” and it cannot be willed away
  • A character flaw, it cannot define you
What causes mental illness?
  • Trauma
  • Chemical or biochemical imbalance in the brain
  • Genetics
  • Environment
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Children/Teens & Families with Type 1 Diabetes

Join Danna and Melissa for a pizza party and a Q&A covering Type 1 Diabetes, May 7th at the Pine City Pizza Pub!  Diabetes education, resources, handouts and other information will also be provided by Julie Miller, Clinic Diabetes Program Nurse Coordianator.