It is a little difficult to visualize what the new common, eye clinic, gift shop, pharmacy and wellness area will look like: below are some behind the scenes.  Watch for more updates as the spaces get closer to being done!

Overview of areas being worked on this winter / spring.
New clinic expansion (south side of FLHS)


We love to read! 2019

FirstLight LOVES TO READ and is celebrating love to ready month and Dr. Seuss day by giving away the famous book: The Cat in the Hat. Pick up your free book from any of our registration staff members in any of our (medical) clinics: Mora, Pine City or Hinckley, anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (2/25-3/1, 2019). Make sure you have your child with– we have Dr. Seuss stickers too!

FirstLight actively supports literacy opportunities for the children of its communities, not just because We Love to Read but because low literacy can affect a child’s health and overall well-being negatively; and can ultimately be associated with having a poorer understanding of written or spoken medical advice.

So, we’ll supply the book, all you need to do is read to them — or better yet,  have Dr. Gaalswyk read it instead! (click here)



Together, let’s help teach our kids to have a well-developed vocabulary!

New brand transformation for FirstLight Health System: February 12, 2019

Mora, MN – February 12, 2019
In the next few months, FirstLight Health system will undergo a brand transformation including a new facility name and identity. This announcement is being made as another national company has begun operations in Minnesota with a similar name to FirstLight’s.

To be able to continue to provide the best care possible FirstLight does not want to confuse its patients, visitors or communities.

Look for the announcement of our new facility name and identity when the construction project is completed this summer.

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Retirement letter for Mary Lagaard, DNP- February 7, 2019

January 22, 2019

Dear Patients,

After twenty-two years of advanced practice nursing, I’ve made  notice of my retirement from FirstLight Health System. My last day  will be Thursday, February 7, 2019.

I am grateful for your tolerance of my bad jokes, crazy brainstorming moments and most of all, for the opportunity to be your healthcare advocate.

As I transition to retirement, there are three projects at the top of my priority list including: one with Best Buy and the University of Saint Catherine Occupational Therapy Department that explores the use of technology to help older adults stay at home longer. Another, working with the Sisters of Saint Joseph on a few social justice issues and lastly, planning and planting a Hundred Year Forest with my husband as the climate continues to change. I’m sure there will be plenty of skiing and grandchildren time as well.

As many of you already know, my former student, Stephanie Piche (APRN) is specifically trained in geriatrics and would be a wonderful choice to meet your unique healthcare needs in the future. There are also a host of family FirstLight medicine providers whom I trust with your care:

Matt Allen, MD
Danielle Bergman, MD
Renee Coleman, PA
Donald Dahlen, MD
Pete Donner, MD
Barb Ennis, NP
Ryan Gaalswyk, MD

Ingrid Kaijage, MD
Katie Kroschel, MD
Ryan Kroschel, MD
Amy McDaniel, PA
Sandy Moore, NP
Matt Schultz, MD
Jack Schwinghamer, MD

Thank you again for allowing me to be your healthcare provider. Please call (320) 679-1313, and a member of FirstLight’s Care Team will work with you to help you find a new provider.

Kindest regards, Mary Lagaard, DNP

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Call 1-800-245-5671 to get your number entered into your electronic patient record

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