Honor Roll designation for FirstLight from MN Department of Health: 2019

FirstLight is proud to announce we received Honor Roll designation from the MN Department of Health for our part ensuring the 24-35 month old population has been properly vaccinated at the annual Got your Shots Immunization conference.
It was reported to the Minnesota Department of Health that 90% or more of FirstLight’s patients in the 24-35-month age group have received the recommended immunizations.

Help us congratulate our nurses for their efforts by educating parents and ensuring the kids in our communities have been properly vaccinated.

Remember to keep up to date on immunizations by scheduling your child’s annual wellness exam.

*All children associated with the clinic in MIIC between the ages of 24-35 months as of 7/1/2018. Immunization status as of 10/16/18.

BCPS, BCOP & BCIDP board certifications for Giller: May 2019

FirstLight Health System Pharmacist Becomes One of Two Pharmacists Globally to hold Board Certifications in Pharmacotherapy, Oncology, and Infectious Disease

Nicholas G. Giller, Pharm D, BCPS, BCOP, BCIDP
Nicholas G. Giller, PharmD, earns designation of Board-Certified Infectious Disease Pharmacist

MORA, MN – May 17, 2019 – The rapid advancement of drug therapy creates a need for pharmacy practitioners who specialize in specific treatments and aspects of care. Nicholas G. Giller, PharmD, a pharmacist with FirstLight Health System, recently earned the designation of Board-Certified Infectious Disease Pharmacist (BCIDP). With his latest achievement, Giller is one of just two pharmacists in the world who actively holds credentials as a Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board-Certified Oncology Pharmacist, and BCIDP.

“Nick’s passion is to ensure that we provide the highest levels of expertise—and ultimately the best care—close to home,” said FirstLight Pharmacy Director Brent Thompson, PharmD. “With roots in small-town, rural America, Nick is dedicated to caring for our FirstLight patients, who are his friends and neighbors. As part of a pharmacy team in a rural health system, we are honored to work with and learn from one of the best in the world. With Nick, our pharmacists and physicians have access to a specialist that few big-city hospitals do.”

While board certification is not required to practice pharmacy, it is a tool to determine the expertise and experience of a pharmacist in a particular field. A state requires every pharmacist to hold a current license, but board certification is an extra step a pharmacist may take to assure a patient of specialty training. As part of board certification, pharmacists pursue extensive continuing education hours and examinations every seven years.

About the Board of Pharmacy Specialties and BCIDP

Granted by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), BCIDP is pharmacy’s highest credential in the practice of infectious disease pharmacy. The primary purpose of health-care specialization is to improve the quality of care that individual patients receive, promote positive treatment outcomes, and ultimately improve the patient’s quality of life.

The mission of BPS is to improve patient care by positioning board-certified pharmacist specialists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams, through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills for pharmacists in the United States and internationally. Board certification is a recognized credential for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels, given the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification.

Board-certified pharmacists are also acknowledged by many government agencies, employers, and education institutions. BPS currently recognizes more than 41,000 active pharmacist certifications across 11 specialties, including 23,482 in pharmacotherapy, 2,842 in oncology pharmacy, and 468 in infectious disease pharmacy.

“You are to be commended for having a pharmacist of this caliber on your staff,” said Brian Lawson, PharmD, senior director, professional affairs and international engagement at BPS. “And Dr. Giller should be commended for having achieved this designation.”

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!

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.