Archives for 2012

Visitors Restricted at Ortonville Area Health Services

Important Notice to All OAHS Visitors


Flu season has arrived here in Ortonville. At Ortonville Area Health Services, our number one concern is the health and welfare of our patients and residents. For this reason we must take special precautions to protect our patients and resident’s and keep their care and recovery at the highest levels possible.


In order to accomplish this, the Medical Staff, infection control and administration have determined that we must restrict visitation to immediate family members who do not have any flu symptoms.  This restriction is for both Ortonville Hospital and Northridge Residence.


Our number one priority is to provide the highest level of health care to our community and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


If you have any questions please contact Nicole Lovgren, Infection Control Nurse at 320-839-4026 or the nurses station at either the hospital (320-839-4021) or Northridge Residence (320-839-6113).

“I Can Prevent Diabetes ” Prevention Program

In cooperation with University of Minnesota Extension Services, Ortonville Area Health Services will host an “I Can Prevent Diabetes” prevention Program. This is a 16-week program and groups will meet with a lifestyle coach once per week to help participants lose weight, eat healtheir and increase physical activity. You much qualify for this class, just call Angie at (320) 843-3796 to have a quick discussion with the lifestyle coach to see if you are able to participate. This is a FREE diabetes prevention class and will be held on Mondays, Februrary 4 – May 27, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. in the clinic conference room at Ortonville Area Health Services (use main entrance).

I can prevent Diabetes

Lunch & Learn – Female Pelvic Issues

Dr. Kevin Benson will present a Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 beginning at 12:00 noon. He will discuss Female Pelvic Issues and a variety of common problems. The session will be held in the Lower Level Dialysis Building. More details will be posted in January.

Welcome Lacey Kessler, Third Year Medical Student in Family Medicine Clerkship

We have been fortunate to have Lacey Kessler at OAHS doing a Family Medicine Clerkship. The University of North Dakota School of Medicine offers a clerkship for third and fourth year medical students. Students experience the breadth of practice that family physicians encounter daily.

 Lacey’s parents are Wayne and Lanette Washenberger of Aberdeen, SD. Her dad is a physician assistant and her mom is a nurse. She has an older brother David and a younger brother Derek. Lacey’s husband Kyle works at LM Windpower in Grand Forks, ND as a production technician.

Graduated from Aberdeen Central High School, Aberdeen SD in 2004
Graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology

She is currently a 3rd year medical student at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

The Monitor – Fall 2012

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DIscussing Women’s Health Issues

Lower Level Dialysis Center

Judy Johnsonon – NXCImaging
April Staehling – OAHS Radiology Manager
Kelsey Henningson-Kaye, PA-C

Free Lunch will be served during presentation

Registration preferred but not required – Call Donna at 839-4138

2012 Flu Vaccination Clinics


Northside Medical Clinic—Ortonville


October 1 – 31

Monday-Friday: 8:00 – 5:00

Saturdays 8:30 – 12:00


Clinton Clinic – Clinton


October 1-31

Tuesdays—1:00—4:45 PM

Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays—8:30—12:00 noon

The Monitor

Summer 2012 download the most recent issue of The Monitor

Congratulations Caden Unzen – Name that Dog Winner

Congratulations to Caden Unzen of Hugo, Minnesota. The 11-year old was the “Name that Dog” contest winner and the OAHS mascot was officially dubbed “Scrubs”. Caden is the grandson of Sandy & Brad Hanson of Big Stone City, SD. As a winner, Caden was presented with a new bicycle. Scrubs and Caden are pictured with the new bike.

Lunch & Learn – Concussions & On-the-Field Injuries

“Concussions & On-The-Field Injuries”
with Dr. Casey Johnston, Orthopedic Specialist
from Glacial Lakes Orthopedic Center, Watertown, SD

Thursday, August 23
                          12:00 Noon

This presentation will include information on concussions and on-the-field injuries and will be informative to athletes, athletic directors, coaches and parents.

This FREE presentation and lunch will be held in the lower level of the Dialysis Building adjacent to Ortonville Area Health Services.

If you have questions or wish to pre-register, contact Donna Moberg, Marketing Specialist at 320/839-4138.
Registration not required, but preferred for planning purposes.


With specialists from three clinics, our orthopedic or “bone doctors” diagnose and treat broken bones, arthroscopy procedures, total joint replacment (knee, shoulder and hips). Several of these procedures can be performed right in Ortonville. Ortho visits are provided at least weekly by Dr. Michael Vener and Dr. Casey Johnston from Glacial Lakes in Watertown, SD, Dr. James Green from Morris, MN, and Dr. Gary Matthys from Fargo.

James Green, MD
Dr. James Green is an Orthopedic Surgeon from Morris, MN. He attended University of Minnesota Medical School (Minneapolis), internship was completed at St. Mary’s Hospital (Duluth) and residence at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Green’s scope of practice includes treating and managing injuries of shoulders, knees, hips and fractures and some of the orthopedic surgeries are performed in Ortonville. Dr. Green provides outreach in Ortonville two Wednesdays per month.

Michael Vener, MD
Dr. Michael Vener is an Orthopedic Specialist from Watertown, SD. He attended University of Minnesota Medical School (Minneapolis) and his internship and residence was completed at the University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinic, Department of Surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Vener’s scope of practice is he provides surgery for knees, hips, carpal tunnel and shoulder problems. Areas of interest: trauma, sports medicine.  Some surgeries can be done in Ortonville including total joint replacement of the hip and knee Provides specialty clinics in Ortonville two times per month on Thursdays.

Casey Johnston, MD
Dr. Casey Johnston, Orthopedic Specialist, also hails from Watertown, SD. He attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha) and completed his residency at Creighton University/University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha). He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.  Dr. Johnston treats and managed orthopedic injuries such as fractures, pain and injury to the shoulder, knee and hips. Some arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement surgery of the hips and knees can be done in Ortonville. Dr. Johnston provides specialty visits in Ortonville two times a month on Thursdays.

Gary Matthys, MD
Dr. Gary Matthys is an Orthopedic Surgeon from Fargo, ND. He completed his residence at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and his residence at the University of Southern California and Los Angeles County Medical Center. Dr. Gary Matthys of Matthys Orthopedics in Fargo, ND has joined the OAHS Medical Staff team to practice his specialties of office and surgical orthopedics. His practice includes a full spectrum of orthopedics with special interest in arthroscopy, reconstructive and replacement surgery as well as treatment of simple and complex fractures. Dr. Matthys provides specialty visits in Ortonville one time per month on a Monday.



Announcing the Addition of Susan M. Keck-Andersen, MD

OAHS and Northside Medical Clinic Ortonville Area Health Services is pleased to announce the addition of Susan M. Keck –Andersen MD.  Dr. Andersen will be joining OAHS as a Family Medicine Physician late 2013. She completed her Medical Degree at the Sanford School of Medicine and currently is a 3rd year resident at the Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Andersen is from Stockholm, South Dakota and is married to Ed and they have a nine-year-old son.


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