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2014 Student Internship Opportunity


                      Ortonville Area Health Services

2014 Student Internship Opportunity

Are you interested in exploring a career in healthcare?


Through a joint effort with the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, MN Dept of Health and OAHS, we are accepting applications for the summer internship program.  This Summer Health Care Intern Program (SHCIP) allows students to gain valuable experience in a health care setting and encourage students to explore health care careers.



Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • High School students who will be entering their senior year in the fall of 2014, or are 2014 high school graduates; or
  • Post-secondary students who are enrolled in (but not graduating from this year) a Minnesota two-year or four-year health care degree-granting educational program; or are a resident of Minnesota enrolled in (but not graduating from this year) an out-of-state two-year or four-year health care degree-granting educational program.

For consideration, applicants must submit a completed OAHS application with a cover letter plus a letter of reference by Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

Applications should be submitted to:

Ortonville Area Health Services

Attn: HR Office

450 Eastvold Ave.

Ortonville, MN  56278


phone: 320-839-4112                                           


OAHS is an EOE

Lunch & Learn – Senior Linkage Line – May 22, 2014

LUNCH & LEARN Senior Linkage

7th Annual Health Fair – May 7, 2014

health fair page 2014

SAVE THE DATE… Join us at the 7th Annual Health Fair

SAVE THE DATE… Join us at the 7th Annual Health Fair!
Wednesday, May 7th @ the Ortonville Armory
7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


  • Come meet the newest OAHS physician – Dr. Susan Andersen
  • Reduced Price Lab Tests – no appointment necessary
    –Lipid Panel
  • Free Blood Pressure Checks
  • Heart, Vascular & Lung Screening (to make appointment, call 320-839-4005)
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Preventative Care/Wellness Screens
  • MyChart Information & Sign-up
  • Tele-mental Health
  • Pre-diabetic & Diabetic Information
  • Adult Vaccines (Zostavax, pneumovax)
  • Battle to Fight America’s Obesity
  • Ortonville Public Library
  • Rice Hospice
  • Healthcare Directives/Five Wishes
  • Grip Strength Testing & Contest
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Mundwiler Larson Funeral Home Pre-planning Information
  • Adult Basic Education (Educational Opportunities, GED, ESL/ELL, Computer Literacy, Citizenship, Distance Learning)
  • Door Prizes
  • Lunch available



  • Tastefully Simple/Rolling Acres Boutique
  • Tupperware
  • Young Living Essential Oils
  • Simply Said
  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • Paparazzi Jewelry
  • Norwex



For further information, please call 320.839.4138


Sanford Health Network Scholarship Program

Ortonville Area Health Services combined with Sanford
Health will be awarding two students a $2000.00 scholarship, all of the details
and requirements are on the application.

Sanford Health Network Scholarship Program 

  •  $2,000 scholarships
  •   For students accepted into a healthcare program – proof of general enrollment is not acceptable
  •   Requires a grade point average of 3.0
  •  Limit of $4,000 lifetime Sanford scholarships
  •   The scholarship is not tied to an employment commitment
  • Scholarship funds will be distributed to the school in September of each year following a second verification of enrollment in a healthcare program


Applications need to be returned to the front desk at Ortonville Area Health Service by Thursday April 10—please label with ATTN: Liz


Or they can be mailed to:


Ortonville Area Health Services

ATTN: Liz Sorenson

450 Eastvold Avenue

Ortonville, MN 56278

Please download application 2014 SHN Application

Lunch & Learn – Women’s Heart Health by Dr. Orvar Jonsson

LUNCH LEARN presentation (jonsson) 2014

CNA $1,000 Hiring Bonus

CNA Sign-on Bonus

OAHS Recognized by March of Dimes

From Stacy Longnecker, MDMarch of DImes Banner

As a physician at Northside Medical Clinic/Ortonville Area Health Services, I see many pregnant women who are a few weeks from a full-term pregnancy and are feeling really uncomfortable. Some are ready to schedule a delivery by induction or cesarean section before they have reached their 39th or 40th week of pregnancy. They know friends or family members whose doctors have agreed to schedule such a delivery.


But I know that healthy babies are worth the wait. At least 39 weeks of pregnancy are crucial to a baby’s health – and I won’t schedule a delivery before that unless there is a medical necessity. Here at Ortonville Area Health Services, we’ve made a pledge to give babies a healthy start in life. In December 2013 we were recognized by the March of Dimes and Minnesota Hospital Association for this work. We have reduced the number of early deliveries that are medically unnecessary. When the award was received at the beginning of December, OAHS had 67 total births (more since that date) and 15 deliveries of those births were prior to the 39 weeks and only 4 of these were inductions or 6% of our deliveries. All 4 of these inductions were medically necessary.


Development of critical organs, including the brain, lungs, and liver, occurs during the last weeks of pregnancy. Research published last year shows the risk of infant death doubles when a baby is born at 37 weeks of pregnancy as compared to 39 or 40 weeks.


I have been working with the March of Dimes and our hospital to eliminate the medically unnecessary c-sections and inductions before 39 weeks of pregnancy because all babies deserve the best opportunity for a health start in life. We are proud of this recognition of our work by the March of Dimes and the Minnesota Hospital Association.


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