Thank You!

On behalf of the Granite Falls Ambulance, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who participated in making our 9th Annual Golf Tournament Fund-day a huge success.  Over the past 9 years, we have been hosting a golf tournament in an attempt to raise funds for a building to house our four ambulances and three special transport vehicles as well as facilitate office space, meeting/training room and sleeping quarters for  our out of town staff while taking call. This year’s tournament was outstanding!

I personally, would like to thank board member Mark Jensen, medical director Dr. Art Rillo, and V.P. of Operations, Allen Anderson who golfed and joined us for dinner.  Without the support of all the hospital board members, administration and medical directors, Dr. Darrell Carter and Dr. Art Rillo, we would not be where we are today.  We are grateful for their unending support and dedication to the Granite Falls Ambulance Service.

All of this could not be possible without the support from our sponsors.  A big thanks to GF Bank and Fagen, Inc. for their generous donation of $2,000 as this year’s Platinum Sponsors.  This year’s additional sponsors were:  Almich’s Market, Christensen Farms, Citizens Alliance Bank, E&C Graphics, F&M Agency, Inc., Granite Falls Energy, LLC., Granite Falls Lions Club, Granite Floral and Greenhouse, H&H Construction, Life Link III, Meyer’s Repair and Towing, MN Feed Distributors, National Independent Health Club Association, Northern Grain Design and Construction, Par Piping and Fabrication, Prairies Edge Casino Resort and Hotel, Project Turnabout, Robert Danielowski, CPA,  Soine Construction, Upper Sioux Community, Wood Lake Lumber, and Woody’s Bar.

Thank you to the Granite Falls Fire Department, Hanley Falls Fire and First Responders, and Clara City Ambulance Service for joining us in friendly competition and great camaraderie. Also, a special thank you to the Wood Lake Fire Department for use of their dunk tank to provide us with great entertainment.

Thank you to: John Berends, Yellow Medicine County Commissioner, Isaac Rillo, GF Ambulance EMT and Sam Ohliger for submitting yourselves to the dunk tank in an effort to raise funds.  Your willingness was greatly appreciated and we thank you for representing in this way.

Lastly, thank you to my co-workers.  I am so blessed to work with such a dedicated group of individuals who are willing to pour blood, sweat and tears into making all of our fundraising efforts successful. The support of our sponsors, phantom golfers, silent auction donations, golfers, those who came from near and far to join us for dinner and the volunteers was overwhelming.  We had a great year and look forward to your continued support in 2017.

Jana Berends-Sletten, RN/Paramedic

Local hospital leaders and GFMHM board chair person recognized by Minnesota Hospital Association

Eight hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

By participating in MHA’s voluntary certification program, hospital trustees receive training on current health care trends, governance best practices, ethics, government regulations, patient safety and quality. Participants undergo 35 hours of coursework, making Minnesota’s initiative the most comprehensive in the nation.

“In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the often complicated issues facing hospitals and health systems today,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO. “Our trustee certification program proactively ensures that hospital leaders are well-prepared to make good decisions.”

“With so many changes in health care policy and practice — especially under federal and state health care reform — hospital trustees want this kind of support to be strong leaders in their organizations,” Massa said. “Earning this certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”

Following are the newly certified trustees:

Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar Douglas W. Allen

Johnson Memorial Health Services, Dawson Dustin Citrowske

Swift County-Benson Hospital Dan Enderson

United Hospital District, Blue Earth Barbara Hanson

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital & Manor LaVonne Koenen

Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake Anna Lattu

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby Richard Schiller

Unity Hospital, Fridley John Swenson

For more information about MHA’s hospital trustee certification program, visit For more information about Minnesota hospitals, visit

The Minnesota Hospital Association represents 137 hospitals and health systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their communities.

July Employee of the Month

Seth Streblow has been chosen as the July Employee of the Month.  Seth is an EMT/STS Supervisor/Education Assistant Coordinator.  Seth is married to Charity and they have five children – Kevin, Makayla, Brennan, Natalie and Abigail.

Seth’s hobbies include cabinetry and violin.

When asked what he likes about his job working at the Granite Falls Hospital and Manor, Seth states “I appreciate our proactive and aggressive leadership that places such a high priority on providing quality, cost effective care for the community.”

Thank you Seth for all you do for us.  You are appreciated!Seth Streblow

June Employee of the Month

Mary Hildahl has been chosen as the featured Employee of the Month for June 2016.  Mary is a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).  She does inpatient and ER coding in the Medical Records Department.  Mary started in April of 2001.

Mary Hildahl

Mary and her husband, Marlin, live on a small farm south of Granite Falls.  They have 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 4 cats!  Mary’s hobbies include – quilting, reading, gardening and hunting.

When asked what Mary likes about her job at the Granite Falls Hospital and Manor, she stated “The best parts of the job are the excellent co-workers surrounding me and their willingness to make our facility great!  In the Medical Records Department, the majority of us have coding experience so if I have a question, there is a lot of knowledge to tap into.  I like the fact that the coding process itself is consistent, but every admission is different.  Each admission challenges me to provide the most accurate coding I can with the information available.  I really enjoy working in my home town!!  When I tell people that I work in the hospital, it makes me proud to hear the positive feedback from former patients and their families.  It makes me feel good that I can help people that I have known most of my life.  I may not be on the front line for patient care, but I am a part of the line!”

Congratulations Mary on being chosen Employee of the Month and thank you for all you do!  You are appreciated!

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor Lab Recognized for Quality Laboratory Services

COLA accreditation

GFMHM lab staff displaying their COLA accreditation certificate

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor Laboratory has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. GFMHM Lab has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality services all patients served.

COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation.

COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

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