Flu Shots Available

Flu Shots Now Available at OAHS,2013.09.19 – Flu Poster Horizontal.

Flu Vaccination Clinics

2013.09.19 – Flu Poster Horizontal

Lunch & Learn – “Love Your Kidneys, Know the Score” – Dr. Tina Melanson, Nephrologist

LUNCH & LEARN presentation (MELANSON)

King Merv Redfield & Queen Karon Giese

Congratulations King Merv & Queen Karon

Congratulations King Merv & Queen Karon

Northridge Residence’s royalty participate in the grand parade for Corn Fest on Sunday, August 18. King Merv Redfield & Queen Karon Giese are chauffered by Merv’s son, Bruce Redfield.

Walk of Hope – BBQ Fundraiser – Wednesday, August 21

BBQ Feed ad in color

Newest Medical Doctor to Commit to OAHS Mission..Sarah Ristvedt, MD

Sarah Ristvedt, MD update 2

OAHS Announces Winners at Big Stone County Fair Booth

Diane Dwyer (OAHS employee) and Bob Ward, winner of the KindleFIre HD

Bean Bag Toss was a popular event at the Big Stone County Fair and there were many qualifiers for both the KindleFire HD (over 12 years of age) and the Kindle (ages 12 and below).  The winner of the KindleFire HD is pictured at right, Bob Ward of Graceville, receiving his prize from OAHS employee, DIane Dwyer.

KindleReader Winner

The Kindle winner is Duke McTighe receiving his prize from OAHS employee, Beth Swanson.


Thanks to all who visited our booth and played the game!

OAHS Recognized for Excellence in Patient Safety

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Ortonville Area Health Services recognized for excellence in patient safety


Ortonville Area Health Services has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance in patient safety as part of its Hospital Engagement Network. The MHA Hospital Engagement Network is focused on improving 10 hospital acquired conditions with the goals of reducing hospital acquired conditions by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent.

Ortonville Area Health Services has shown positive scores on 9 of the focus areas (1 area is not applicable for OAHS), including adverse drug events; catheter-associated urinary tract infections; central-line-associated blood stream infections; injuries from falls and immobility; obstetrical adverse events; pressure ulcers; preventable readmissions; surgical site infections; and venous thromboembolism. It was among 30 hospitals recognized by MHA for demonstrating high performance on three or more hospital acquired conditions.

Ortonville Area Health Services is helping to further strengthen patient safety in Minnesota and contributing to the state’s well -deserved reputation for high quality health care,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO.

Ortonville Area Health Services strives to provide the best possible care to each and every patient.  The medical surgical team partnered with MHA in multiple areas to learn of best practices from other facilities and have initiated multiple best practice practices in the facility.

Decreasing readmissions is a hot topic in the health care world.  OAHS has implemented several interventions to prevent readmissions:  education to providers and nursing staff, post follow up phone calls and pharmacy one on one visit to patients who have multiple medical issues, on new medications or have a new diagnosis.  Home Health has also gotten involved with providing home monitoring equipment in patients’ homes for patients with congestive heart failure.  Multidisciplinary approaches to patient care make a positive difference in the overall care of patients.

Ortonville Area Health Services’ Mission  is to “Provide personalized, high quality and compassionate care through  caring professionals in a healing environment”. Inherent in that mission is to provide safe, effective, patient-centered care to those we serve. Our partnership with the Minnesota Hospital Association provides increased support and resources for the work of our quality and safety teams.  This award is evidence of our staff’s commitment to continually improving the safety, quality and reliability of their work. On behalf of the employees, physicians, and volunteers at OAHS, we are honored to receive this recognition.

For more information about Minnesota hospitals’ patient safety initiatives, go to http://http://www.mnhospitals.org/patient-safety


Welcome Thomas Grindberg, Medical Student

Welcome, Thomas Grindberg. Thomas is a 3rd year medical student at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He will be spending 2 months at OAHS / Northside Medical Clinic doing the Third-Year Medical Student in Family Medicine Clerkship with Dr. Bryan Delage. The clerkship offers a variety of opportunities for out-of- state third and fourth year medical students. Students experience the breadth of practice that family physicians encounter daily.

Thomas grew up in Page, North Dakota on the family farm. His dad and grandpa are small, grain farmers, his mom is the accountant for the farm and his sister is a horticulturist in Fargo, looking to possibly take over the farm. In his free time Thomas enjoys camping, spending time at his parent’s lake cabin, playing piano and going to concerts/ the theater.

What inspired you to become a physician?

“Most of my life I was pushed in the direction of farming, but I knew it wasn’t for me. Medicine had always caught my eye, so I joined the local volunteer ambulance service in high school as a First Responder and then EMT. After seeing some very cool and intense stuff with the ambulance, my interest in medicine was solidified.”

**Cancelled** Lunch & Learn – Dr. Tina Melanson, Nephrologist – July 10 at 12:00 Noon

The Lunch and Learn with Dr. Tina Melanson, Nephrologist scheduled for July 10th has been cancelled. We apologize for any incovenience this may cause. But keep checking back for more upcoming Lunch and Learn events

OAHS Mammography Earns ACR Accreditation

mammography acreditationOrtonville Area Health Services Radiology Earns ACR Accreditation


Ortonville, MN —Ortonville Area Health Services has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.


The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.


The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.


Congratulations to the Radiology/Mammography Department of Ortonville Area Health Services on the award!




Students Interning at Ortonville Area Health Services

Ortonville Area Health Services offers opportunities for students to fulfill their internship and/or earn credits towards their degrees. Five students are currently completing an internship with the Organization including:
Courtney Dawald – Marketing Intern – Graduated from MSUM with Business Administration with Marketing Emphasis;

Student Interns May 2013

Theresa Craig, Kyrsten Karsky, Courtney Dawald, Kayla Findlay and Chelsie Parady

Kayla Findlay – enrolled in Physical Therapy program at the College of St. Scholastica;

Kyrsten Karsky – Pharmacy Student at NDSU;

Chelsie Parady, LPN at Southeast Technical Institute; and

 Theresa Craig, Medical Lab Student, Lake Area Tech

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