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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.

Education:
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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The Monitor

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Hospital Replacement

Darin’s Story

My name is Darin Ehrenberg and wish to share my experience with Ortonville Area Health Services as an emergency patient following a farm accident. When I arrived by ambulance to the Emergency Room, the response of staff was quick and organized. They knew what to do and prepared me for my flight to a larger trauma center. The staff kept my wife, Kristi, informed of what was going on from ER admission through transfer. Following a long hospitalization in another facility, I was transferred back to Ortonville for recovery. I was able to return to OAHS as a swing bed patient to allow me to finish my therapy and recovery closer to home and family. I was thankful for the wonderful new hospital rooms. Dr. Al Ross was great. He always had time to answer any questions we had and made sure we understood my plan of care. The nurses were the best. Always friendly and helpful, no matter what kind of day they were having. They made me feel very comfortable.

The most valuable aspect of my experience was that I got healthy again! The nurses and Dr. Al were always encouraging and were confident about my recovery. Having a new hospital didn’t hurt either. It really is a very nice facility now, but I would say the hospital staff from Doctors, to Nurses, to Therapists were the most critical aspect in my successful recovery. Our family donated to the OAHS fundraising campaign, but I never imagined that I would put the new facility to use in such a personal way. I would absolutely recommend Ortonville Area Health services to anyone in the region in need of medical care. My family and I feel very fortunate to have had such a wonderful medical team and great facilities to allow for my full recovery.

Did I thank the nurses enough? Ha, ha! They honestly cared about every patient there, almost like family.

 

OAHS Receives Grant & Funding for PortaCount

OAHS received state grant funding as well as a generous contribution from the OAHS Ladies Auxiliary for the purchase of a PortaCount machine for Fit Testing our N95 masks. The N95 mask looks similar to a regular surgical mask but is made of a heavier filter material and has two straps. In the event of an emergency where there is the risk of possible exposure to an airborne organism, the N95 mask would be utilized to prevent the employee from breathing in the organism. The PortaCount machine allows us to test the employee for maximum fit to ensure their safety in an airborne event. It is a requirement by OSHA to have ALL employees tested yearly. The purchase of this equipment will make it much easier to accomplish this goal. We will be starting employee Fit Testing as soon as possible for both Northridge and Hospital employees.

A big thank you to the Auxiliary for their help with purchasing this equipment and for their continued support of OAHS!

 

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