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Vizenor (along with DSGW representatives) speak at ASHE’s Region 6 Conference: April 6, 2019

Mark Vizenor, CHC, CBET joined Rebecca Lewis and Kelly Mortenson  from DSGW Architects to speak in respects to The Business Case for keeping it local when building at at the  ASHE (American Society for Healthcare Engineering) Region 6 conference on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

All three explained, discussed and supported the use of utilizing local resources for building projects citing nine purposeful steps that can help result with a successful project.

Mark is the Facility Operation’s Manager at FirstLight who oversees day to day operations of the physical plant, along with safety, security and construction activities for the organization.

To learn more about this conference and best practices (within the program book) click to learn more in the link.


As we creep closer to the end of this project, it’s hard to believe that it is this far along.

What’s happening now?

Main entrance

  • The main entry-way, otherwise known as Central Check-in:
  • stairs are poured
  • awning will be painted to match the Emergency Department (ED) Entrance
  • Allows for efficient patient drop- off and pick-up
Picture of centralized check-in, not painted
Featured staircase steps poured (concrete)
Straight on view of the featured staircase
Rendering of finished featured staircase and Centralized Check-In
Old photo of ED entrance that will soon be Centralized Check-in

Hospital lab

The hospital lab moved into a new space, remember all draws will happen in the clinic area, so if you are scheduled, make sure you register with Central check-in!

Move-in day for the new hospital laboratory. A pneumatic tube system was added to help with efficiencies between clinic and lab locations within the Mora campus.

The Mora clinic

Clinic renovations continue to happen inside and just outside the south wall of the Mora campus.  Construction is slated to be finished at the end of June and is adding and additional 7,500 square feet for exam and nurse/provider space.

Behind construction walls for the past four months was the Centralized Check-in and Common’s area.  If  you happen to stop in for a clinic appointment you will be surprised with a new look.

Central check-in

The place to “check-in” for all of your appointments,  whether it be clinic, lab or to see one of our many specialties.


A serene place to wait for your appointment or result with soft lighting and comfy chairs.

Gift shop

The new gift shop will open sometime in July (simultaneously) with the eye clinic.  The FirstLight Health Care Volunteers are busy with deciding what type of inventory to purchase, sell and display.

Before the space gets filled with gift options and trinkets, watch for the opening in July!

Wellness office

An additional space was added to the front in FirstLight’s new design, a Wellness office.

New wellness center office, promoting well-being for our community folks.


UPDATE: 6:20 PM 4/17/19

As of 6:20 p.m., ALL phones lines are now operational (INCLUDING: the hospital (320-679-1212), the 800#, (1-800-245-5671), Mora Clinic (320-679-1313) and Mora Pharmacy (320-225-3999).  

Mora clinic is now closed, but Same Day Clinic is open until 8:00 p.m. this evening.  The Mora Pharmacy is also closed for the evening and will reopen at 8:00 am tomorrow morning.

We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused and appreciate your patience as we corrected the issue.

No further updates will be posted, 6:29p 4/17/19

Any concerns, please email:


UPDATE: 4:45pm 4/17/19

The main hospital phone number (320-679-1212), and the 800 number (1-800-245-5671), ARE NOW OPERATIONAL. Registration staff are able to take messages, but unable to transfer calls to different departments.

If you are experiencing an emergency, dial 9-1-1.  

Mora clinic phone lines (320-679-1313) remain down.

Thank you for your patience while we are working diligently to resolve the problem.

Next update: 8:00pm 4/17/19


Update: 2:45pm 4/17/19

Our Mora phone system is still down.  Please call 911 for emergencies OR call the Pine City clinic at 320-629-7505 and we will do our best to route your call.

Next update: 4:45pm 4/17/19