Please welcome Sarah Frisch

Sarah Frisch - Ortonville

Sara Frisch, medical student in the Rural Physician Associate
Program (RPAP) has recently started her nine month rotation at
OAHS.  RPAP is a nine-month, community-based educational experi-
ence for University of Minnesota third-year medical students
who live and train in rural communities. RPAP students experie-
nce hands-on learning as they care for patients of all ages.


“I’m excited to be in Ortonville and am eager to get involved in all aspects of patient care. Please feel free to say hi when you see me…if I don’t beat you to it!!!” :)


Breast Health Awareness Lunch & Learn

Lunch and learn Breast Health

Flu Shot Clinics

Flu Shot Clinic 2014

Lunch & Learn – Sleep Health Presented by Dr. Courtney Whitney

Lunch and learn Sleep Health

Welcome Dr. Grant Botker

Ortonville Area Health Services welcomes Grant Botker, M.D. who jDr. Grant Botkeroins our professional staff of practitioners. Dr. Botker will begin seeing patients at Northside Medical Clinic in September 2014.

BBQ Fundraiser & Dr. Bob’s Famous Malts

BBQ Fundraiser 2014

Lunch & Learn – Acupuncture – July 9, 2014

Lunch & Learn Acupuncture

Join us in wishing Dr. Delage Good Luck

Dr. Delage Picnic

Northridge Residence Survey:

As we continue to plan and prepare for the future of healthcare in our region, we are seeing significant and continuing changes in how senior care and services are made available. One of the key factors we face in preparing for the future of senior care is our infrastructure. Northridge Residence was a state of the art facility when it was built; however, it is almost 40 years old.

The appearance of the building looks in good shape as it has been cared for over the years. Behind the walls however, many of the building’s infrastructure (heating and cooling systems, plumbing, electrical, roofing, insulation, etc.) are at or past their useful lives so significant repairs and/or replacement needs are upon us.

As we looked into the building needs, we also looked at what changes are occurring in our region and at a national level. Expectations of senior care customers are changing, with greater expectations of more amenities and higher quality of care as well as how and where that care is given.

The purpose of this survey and the staff/community meetings is to get your input on what needs to be considered if we redesign the Northridge building to meet the expectations and needs of our community for the next 40 years.

Health Information Management Department Receives Excellence in Birth Registration Award

Birth records are a necessity for every patient. Every hospital is required to complete birth registration formHIM award Pics for every baby born in the facility. The data contained within the forms is collected by  Minnesota Department of Health Office of Vital Records and submitted to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The MDH Office of Vital Records monitors the timeliness and completeness of birth registrations in all Minnesota facilities. Ortonville Area Health Services was notified that the Health Information Management department received the Excellence in Birth Registration Award.


The standard the MDH establishes is that all birth registrations are completed in full and submitted within five days of each birth. The medical facilities that fully complete and submit 98 percent of birth registrations within five days of birth receive the Excellence in Birth Registration Award. For the calendar year 2013, 57 of 104 medical facilities that deliver babies in Minnesota were honored with this award. A greater accomplishment is that of the 57 facilities that received the award, only 19 of those facilities submitted 100 percent of birth registrations within the five day time frame. Ortonville Area Health Services is one of the only 19 medical facilities in Minnesota that submitted 100 percent of birth registrations within the five day window.


This award highlights the Health Information Management team and the excellence of their work. The primary person at OAHS responsible for birth registrations is Kristen Ohm, and her back-up is Joett Nicholson. This award, and achieving 100 percent of our birth registrations completed in full and submitted on time, highlights the teamwork and dedication of Kristen and Joett. Congratulations!