November Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Kendra Stevens who has been chosen as the November Employee of the Month.  Kendra is an R.N. in hospital nursing and has worked here since May 2013.  She has been married to her husband Chris for two years.  They enjoy spending time with their niece and nephew.  Her hobbies include spending time with family, camping and reading.

When asked what she likes about her job working at Granite Falls Hospital and Manor, Kendra states “I like the team atmosphere.  Everybody is willing to lend a hand whenever they can help, they become a part of your family.

Thank you for all you do, you are appreciated!


Hospital board approves terms for discussions with ACMC

By Caitlyn Mahlum, News Editor for Advocate Tribune

The Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor Board made a motion this week to agree to enter into formal discussions with ACMC. Planning to focus on the future of ACMC and Granite Falls, the motion to move into the formal discussions was approved on Monday, October 10, at a special hospital board meeting.

The plan is, as indicated by the motion, for the Granite Falls Hospital and ACMC to enter a period designated for formal discussion. CEO of the Granite Falls Hospital Tom Kooiman stated that he intends to arrange a meeting with ACMC after notifying them of the Board’s agreement and intent to enter discussions as soon as possible, which he hopes to do as early as this week.

Before the Hospital Board agreed to enter into good faith, formal discussions with ACMC, the board first inspected, modified, and approved a set of proposed ground rules and criteria for the discussions. These criteria were sent via email by ACMC Administrator Steve Gerberding to Kooiman and were presented publically to the board and visitors from the community during the special board meeting. The criteria inspected by the board included:

  1. A 90-day timeframe does not start until the first meeting.
  2. That it is agreed upon upfront on a basic set of goals and objectives for the talks.
  3. That an outside facilitator be engaged to conduct the meetings; both organizations are to suggest a facilitator, hold common interviews, and agree on the selection of the induvial/firm to perform the facilitator role.
  4. No public statement to be made by either party during the 90 day discussion period, unless a written statement is issued that is vetted and agreed to in writing by both parties.
  5. Kooiman and at least two Granite Falls Hospital Board members are to participate in the formal meetings.

The Granite Falls Hospital board was in favor of the majority of the the criteria except for the one stating that negotations were to go on for a 90 day period, starting with the first meeting between ACMC and the Hospital. The Board decided to aim for a potential deadline for the discussions to end at December 2 instead as a part of its criteria, citing concerns of wanting to get the ball rolling quicker.

The need for formal discussions came about after the Board had previously declared its intent of possibly creating a provider based, hospital owned clinic in the future. ACMC has been operating out of the Granite Municipal Hospital’s clinic space since the early 1990’s.

In a press release sent to the Advocate Tribune in late August, Kooiman stated that, “We are not interested in grabbing ACMC’s market share, but regaining the market share that has left our community…We are only capturing 39% of our market share; we want to keep local services local. Our goal is to have a market share of 80%. We believe the hiring of additional providers, particularly female, will assist the hospital in achieving this goal.”

October Employee of the Month

Lea Williamson has been chosen as the October Employee of the Month.  Lea is our Purchasing Director and has been with us since June 1, 2015.

Lea and her husband, Dusty, have been married for 8 years.  They have 4 beautiful little ones.  Nora is 5, Andi is 3, Harper is 1½ and Lane is 1½.  Lea enjoys running, reading, playing cards, watching the Vikes play and working on LuLaRoe.

When asked what Lea likes about her job working at Granite Falls Hospital and Manor, she states “I enjoy the camaraderie between staff and the drive everyone has to see this healthcare facility succeed!”

Congratulations Lea and thank you for all you do!  You are appreciated!


Prepared Childbirth Classes for 2016

baby-and-mother-64-23 session of Childbirth Education will be offered in 2016 – each session consisting of 2 classes

March 7th (will be held in the Boardroom in the basement of the Granite Falls Hospital) and March 14th, 2016 (will be held in the Family room in the basement of the Granite Falls Hospital) from 6-9pm

June 6th and June 13th, 2016 from 6-9pm

October 3rd and October 10th, 2016 from 6-9pm (These classes will be held in the Granite Falls Hospital Boardroom)

All classes will be held at the Professional Building behind Dairy Queen in Granite Falls unless otherwise noted

For questions or to sign up, contact Patty Massmann at 320-564-6211 or by submitting the form below.

Expectant Parent Class Registration

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor Introduces Dr. Thomas Chapa, M.D.

The Granite Falls Municipal Hospital & Manor is excited to announce the signing of Dr. Thomas Chapa. Dr. Chapa will be employed in the Emergency Department of the hospital, joining Fred Altamirano, PA-C, Heather Reeve, PA-C, Melissa Magstadt, C.N.P., and Holly York, C.N.P as the other Emergency Department providers.

In an interview, Dr. Chapa stated, “I am excited to have signed with the hospital and I look forward to continuing my role as an emergency department provider in facilitating the bridge between the clinic providers and hospital staff while meeting people’s acute care needs in the emergency room.”

Dr. Chapa grew up in Maryland, and attended his undergraduate school at the University of Virginia. After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree, he went to medical school at St. Andrews in Scotland as a fellowship and at the Medical College of Virginia.

Upon completion of medical school, Dr. Chapa finished his first residency in family practice at Mayo in Rochester, MN. Having an interest in international medicine, Dr. Chapa then moved to Saudi Arabia for three years in 1994 to practice family medicine at McDonnell Douglas and the U.S. Air Force base. He would ultimately move back to the United States for another residency in preventative medicine. This one would was completed John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD where he was at from 1997 – 1999.

After a stint consulting in the public health arena, Dr. Chapa started working at Mayo in Wabasha, MN in a family practice clinic. After three years in that setting, he transferred to Mayo in Rochester, MN where he would practice preventative medicine, emergency medicine, and family medicine.

Since 2007, Dr. Chapa has been an emergency room physician working for Acute Care, Inc., which would bring Dr. Chapa to Granite Falls, MN, as well as other locations. It was there that the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital & Manor would learn of Dr. Chapa’s skills, customer service, and focus on the quality of care with his patients.

Tom Kooiman, C.E.O., states, “We are excited that Dr. Chapa has decided to join our team. He has demonstrated a pattern of outstanding quality and customer service. Granite Falls Hospital and our community are very fortunate to have him as part of our team.”

Outside of working in the emergency room, Dr. Chapa enjoys running, most notably triathlons. Additionally, he has set a goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

As previously stated with the other new providers, Granite Falls Municipal Hospital & Manor will host an open house to introduce Dr. Chapa to the public with details being announced soon. Dr. Chapa is already employed and currently working in the emergency room.

Dr. Thomas Chapa, M.D.

Dr. Thomas Chapa, M.D.

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