Archives for March 2012




Family Practice

Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and a Physician Assistant provide family practice to the area. Our providers care for grandchildren to grandparents and everyone in between and specialize in preventive care, diagnosis and treatment of conditions and overall well-being of our patients. The medical practice is committed to providing a full spectrum of health care for families including maternity care, pediatric care, minor surgery, geriatrics and international travelers’ health consultation through Northside Medical Clinic and Clinton Clinic.

Our family practice practitioners include:

ROBERT ROSS, MD who has been serving patients in our area since 1977. Dr. Ross focuses on family medicine with a special passion of creating individualized smoking cessation programs.

RONALD BEYER, MD has been serving patients in the area since 1983 with special interests including minor surgery and geriatric care.

BRYAN DELAGE, MD has been serving the area since 1992. His special interests include obstetrics, trauma care, sports medicine and flight medicine as well as travel medicine.

ALLAN ROSS, MD has served patients in our area since 2000 and sees patients in both clinics. His special interests include obstetrics, obstetrical ultrasound and orthopedics.

STACY LONGNECKER, MD is the newest physician who joined our team in 2008. She sees a variety of patients but especially enjoys OB and newborns.

CHERYL JURGENS, FNP, CDE has been serving the area since 1982. She sees patients of all ages providing primary care, preventative health care and serves as a certified diabetes educator.

SHEREE KELLER, WHCNP has been serving patients in the area since 1996. She provides women’s health care including contraception, colposcopy, prenatal care, menopause and preventative medicine.

HEATHER TIETJEN, FNP has served patients in the area since 2004. In addition to her focus on family medicine, she has special interests in health education, pediatrics and asthma/allergies.

KELSEY HENNINGSON-KAYE, PA-C, a native of Ortonville has been a member of the medical staff since 2011. She specializes in family practice focusing on wellness, preventative medicine and urgent care needs. She sees patients at Northside Medical Clinic and Clinton Clinic.

Northside Medical Clinic is a family practice clinic physically attached to the Ortonville Hospital for patient convenience. The clinic currently serves a patient population base of 10,000. Our providers care for grandchildren to grandparents and everyone in between and specialize in preventive care, diagnosis and treatment of conditions and overall well being of our patients


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.


Health Fair

OAHS will be hosting the fifth annual Health Fair on Wednesday, May 9. The event will be held in the Ortonville Armory from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase . The Health Fair will have many participants, free screenings and services.

In conjunction with the Health Fair, OAHS sponsors a “Shopping Extravaganza and several vendors have indicated they will be attending that day including:

  • Thirty-One
  • Pampered Chef
  • Norwex
  • Paparazzi Jewelry
  • Inspiranza Designs
  • Celebrating Homes
  • Rolling Acres Boutique
  • Scentsy

If others are interested in being a part of the Health Fair or Shopping Extravaganza, please contact Donna at 320-839-4138.

Watch local newspapers or listen to the radio for more details related to the OAHS Fifth Annual Health Fair. SEE YOU AT THE HEALTH FAIR ON MAY 9TH!


Sara Ristvedt, RPAP Student

OAHS and Northside Medical Clinic have been fortunate to have Sarah Ristvedt in our community since October. Sarah is a 3rd year medical student at the University of Minnesota and chose Ortonville as her site to do an RPAP rotation. The Rural Physician Associate Program is a nine-month, community-based educational experience for U OF M third year medical students. They live and train in rural communities where they experience hands-on learning as they care for patients of all ages.

Sarah grew up in Beardsley, MN on the family farm. Her parents are Douglas and
Theresa Diekmann and she has two sisters and a brother. Sarah is married to John Ristvedt, CGB high school science teacher, football and wrestling coach. Sarah and John have a Brittany spaniel named Gibbs (who is in control of them and the house!). In Sarah’s spare time (not that she has much of it) she enjoys golfing, knitting, camping and spending time with family and friends.

We would like to thank her for all of her hard work, great personality and dedication that she has shared with us at OAHS/Northside Medical Clinic these past months. Thanks Sarah!

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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