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.


Meet Holly Hoffman, CBS’ Survivor Nicaragua Finalist

You are invited to a night of Inspiration, Determination & Motivation!

Thursday, August 16, 2012 – 6:00 PM
Ortonville High School Auditorium

Meet Holly Hoffman, CBS’ Survivor Nicaragua FInalist; hear her inspirational story which will truly endear your heart with the experience of Life Before…During…and After… her time on Survivor and her growing determination to never give up.

Sponsored by OAHS, Northside Medical Clinic and the Big Stone Health Care Foundation

OAHS Celebrates Milestone Employees

Each year in May, Ortonville Area Health Services celebrates our employees who reach 5-year increment milestone years of continuous service to our organization. The commitment and dedication of these employees is acknowledged and appreciated. In May, 2012, the following employees were recognized:


30 Years

Sharon Botker, Lori Larson (not present Terri Thomson)




25 Years

Sharon Carlson (not present Lynette Siewert)



20 Years

Kim Muenchow, Marge Dragseth, Kate Welberg (not present Linda Sis)




15 Years

Susan Maus, Shirley Swihart, Jody Biever (not present Jan Kirschbaum, Dawn Grant, Linda Ulrich)


10 Years

Denise Muldoon, Pam Karels, Judy Nissen, Kathy Madsen, Joett Nicholson (not present David Meyer, Lois Franzky and Mary Arndt)


5 Years

Diane Laub, Sybil Krause, Kristen Ohm, Amanda Engebretson (not present Rebecca Ash, Alicia Lee, Robin Redepenning and Michelle Tesch)

Friends & Family Council

Friends and Family Council will meet on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the dining room at Northridge Residence.

Topic of discussion is Advanced Directives:

  • Why do I need one?
  • How do I complete one?
  • I have one – where does it need to go?
    Twila Mursu and Marge Dragseth will be on hand to assist attendees with completing an Advanced Directive. A notary will also be available. The public is invited. Election of officers will also be held.
    If you have questions, please contact Marge Dragseth at Northridge Residence – 320.839.6113.

Community Grill Out at Clinton Clinic

Wednesday, May 30
4:00 – 6:00 PM

An open house grill out will be held at the Clinton Clinic to celebrate our expansion of services available in Clinton. Enjoy a free supper. Menu includes:

  • Hamburgers & Hot Dogs
  • Condiments
  • Potato Salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Lemonade
  • Ice Cream Treats

Sharon Swenson, LPN – 50 Year Milestone

On May 21, 2012, Sharon Swenson, LPN reached a milestone that not many, if any, other professionals reach. That date marked 50 years of continuous service at Ortonville Area Health Services for Sharon. Sharon has seen many changes in the years and the most recent is the conversion to electronic medical records.

Nurse Swenson graduated from NDSCS with her LPN degree in the 1961 and moved to Ortonville in 1962 to begin her employment. She also married Dorwin Swenson that year so she will celebrate two 50-year milestones in one year!

In recognition of Sharon’s years of service, an open house was held on May 22 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. honoring Sharon. Thanks Sharon for your dedication!

Hospital Replacement


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Long Term Care
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Housekeeper / Laundry

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Long Term Care
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Support Staff Position
Long Term Care
Part Time and Full Time

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