July 23, 2019
As many of you may have heard by now, I am writing this letter to inform you that I have resigned from FirstLight Health System. My last day of clinic will be Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
I have continually worked towards integrating behavioral health care into the primary care setting, all of which started through my doctorate project in 2011. Behavioral health integration has always been a passion of mine and I am leaning forward to pursue other personal and professional career goals.
The following local psychiatry resources will be best able to help you with your mental health (or psychiatry) needs. All of them have providers in whom I trust with your care:
• Cambridge Medical Center
• Kanabec County Family Services
320-679-6350 or 877-289-5495
• Nystrom & Associates, LTD
It has brought me great joy for the past seven years to have worked with you and I appreciate your willingness and continued effort in working towards your health care goals, wishing you the very best in your continued life journey.
During this transition, keep in mind, scheduling timely appointments for psychiatric mental health can sometimes be difficult. If you find yourself in that situation, your primary care provider at FirstLight can be an additional resource. Please feel free to call 320-679-1313 and ask to speak with Jessica Stokes, RN, as she can also be a resource.
Beth Good, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
As we prepare for our eye clinic to move next week; we have some important information to share:
Monday (July 29th) – Optical services only available at the downtown FirstLight location.
Tuesday (July 30th) – Closed
Wednesday (July 31st) – Closed
Thursday (August 1st) and beyond – First patient day on the FirstLight Mora campus
Please continue to call 320-679-2020 for your eye care needs.
FirstLight Health System recognized by Minnesota Hospital Association for excellence in quality and patient safety
Mora, MN – July 10, 2019 – FirstLight Health System has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance in quality and patient safety as part of MHA’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). MHA is one of 16 national, regional or state organizations selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in HIIN. All 123 hospitals in MHA’s HIIN are working to reduce overall patient harm by 20 percent and 30-day hospital re-admissions by 12 percent.
To earn this recognition, FirstLight Health System has been a leader in quality improvement in the MHA HIIN. FirstLight invested resources to report on at least 75 percent of process measures, met HIIN reduction goals on 70 percent of eligible outcome measures and implemented patient and family engagement efforts.
Over the past year, FirstLight focused on three major areas of the HIIN outcomes: preventing pressure injuries, fall prevention and improved care transitions resulting in FirstLight surpassing the baseline 70 percent goal set from MHA. Education was presented to the team members about the topics. Safe mobility, improved discharge instructions and hospital follow-up processes were implemented helping patients to recover at home more quickly and safely.
“FirstLight has demonstrated a commitment to strengthening patient safety in Minnesota, contributing to our state’s well-deserved reputation for high-quality health care,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, MHA’s chief medical officer. “Working in partnership, care team members from hospitals and health systems across the state are improving health outcomes for our patients, families and communities.”
“Our team has worked hard to ensure the best practices are implemented which has resulted in FirstLight exceeding MHA’s goal for outcome measures; ultimately allowing us to continue to provide safe health care in east central Minnesota,” comments Ellen Ryan, MSN, RN, Chief Quality Officer.
For more information about quality and patient safety efforts at Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems, visit: www.mnhospitals.org/quality-patient-safety
Happy 4th of July! Below are the hours for our locations for the holiday weekend.
Thursday, July 4, 2019:
- Hospital: OPEN 24
- Emergency Department: OPEN 24
- Clinic: CLOSED
- Same Day: CLOSED
- Community Pharmacy: CLOSED
- Eye Clinic: CLOSED
- Clinic: CLOSED
- Urgency Services: OPEN, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Community Pharmacy: CLOSED
- Clinic: CLOSED
It’s been a long road and GREAT NEWS, we can now announce some final dates for construction competition:
- Imaging remodel: will see their first patient on or before 7/2
- Featured staircase: ~7/18 this will connect the main entrance to surgery and administration
- Clinic remodel & expansion: ~7/15
- Curved hallway that connects the main entrance to the new pharmacy, eye clinic, gift shop*, and wellness office: 7/3
- Eye clinic will see their first patient in their new location: 8/2
- Administration remodel that added an additional conference room, work area and an additional office: ~7/16
- Wellness office: ~7/15
- Final landscaping to be completed over the next couple of weeks
*Gift shop grand opening~still TBA
FirstLight Health System supports area high school graduates in their pursuit of knowledge awarding $8,000 worth of renewable scholarships
Four local high school students, pursuing a higher education in the health field were awarded scholarships from FirstLight Health System.
The criteria used to evaluate the recipient’s application included their GPA, a letter of recommendation from a school official, and an essay written by the student explaining their education goals as they relate to their future health care occupation of choice.
“We are privileged to support our area students as they further their knowledge, proving to be productive members in the medical field,” comments Randy Ulseth, CEO. “Investing in our students’ education will aid in developing the next generation rural medical providers.”
Recipients of the most recent scholarships include:
• Isaac Balmer, a graduate from Mora High School, who is planning on attending University of North Dakota this fall and is looking to have a career in Athletic Training.
• Madeleine Mattson, a Hinckley-Finlayson High School graduate, plans to attend St. Scholastica pursing a degree in Nursing.
• Elizabeth Cahill, who graduated from Pine City High School, plans on attending the University of Minnesota in Mankato and majoring in Nursing.
• Maizy Burk, an Ogilvie High School graduate, who is planning to attend the University of Wisconsin in River Falls plans to study Heathcare Business.
The scholarship candidates are eligible for yearly renewal, maxing at 4 years, if they continue to be enrolled full-time in either a two or four-year post-secondary degree program in an area of health care deemed desirable by FirstLight. The student must also maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
FirstLight started this scholarship program in 2009 and has paid out over $190,00 since its inception.