As we approach the middle of 2018, great strides have been made in our construction, just think, June 29th (2017) we broke ground!

The latest highlights include: landscaping around the SW addition, the dining room now open to our patients and their guests, rehabilitation services, and much more happening behind the scenes.   Level 2 of the SW addition is nearing completion including final touches in the birthing rooms and waiting area.  Watch for the invite to our open house showcasing the new areas!

Courtyard looking toward parking
New courtyard view looking in
Eating area looking out towards courtyard
New birthing center room
Waiting area on Level 2 of SW addition


FirstLight’s 4th of July Holiday Hours-2018

Happy 4th of July, the following are our hours on Wedneday, July 4th:

Mora Hospital:  OPEN– 24hours

Mora Clinic: CLOSED

Mora Same Day:  CLOSED

Pine City Urgency Services:  OPEN–  11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pine City Clinic:  CLOSED

Hinckley Clinic: CLOSED

Pine City Pharmacy:  CLOSED

Regular hours resume Thursday, July 5th.

Star Tribune names FirstLight Health System a 2018 Top 150 Workplace

Star Tribune names FirstLight Health System a 2018 Top 150 Workplace

FirstLight Health System has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list of those selected is available at and will also be published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 24.

Produced by the same team that compiles the 27-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 71,000 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by Energage, formerly WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention. FirstLight was ranked 44th out of 50 midsize companies that also took the survey.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Top 150 Workplace once again,” comments Randy Ulseth, CEO, FirstLight Health System.   Also, Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

FirstLight Health System currently has 492 employees and is the largest employer in Kanabec County.  It has two other campuses one located in Pine city and the other in Hinckley.

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,400 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.

Open opportunities with FirstLight Health System can be found here.

L-R: Kristie Bryant (Clinic Nurse Supervisor), Diane Bankers (Sr VP Nursing Services), June Juday (EMS Manager), Kimberley Carlson (Sr VP HR), Leann McMullen (Imaging Manager), Jill Sawyer (ED Nurse Manager), Brenda Moos (Revenue Cycle Director), Josh Asp (CFO), Sheila Peterson (Revenue Cycle Manager)

FirstLight awards $8,000 worth of renewable scholarships-2018

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:

  • Cal Wright, a graduate from Mora High School, who is planning on attending University of Concordia this fall. He is interested in becoming a nurse anesthetist.

FirstLight Scholarship Recipient 2018

  • Chayne Dunkley, a Hinckley-Finlayson High School graduate, plans to attend St. John’s University for a Bio-Chemistry/Pre-med degree.

firstlight scholarship recipient 2018

  • Kristina Knutson, who graduated from Pine City High School, plans on attending the University of MN Rochester to pursue a degree in Nursing.

firstLight scholarship recipient 2018

  • Jordin Klar, an Ogilvie High School graduate, who is planning to attend the University of MN-Twin Cities in the fall. She plans to study child psychology and pre-med.

Unfortunately we were unable to obtain a picture of Jordin Klar.

The scholarship candidates are eligible for yearly renewal, maxing out after 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. They must also maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA.

FirstLight started this scholarship program in 2009 and has paid out over $160,000 since its inception.