Granite Falls Municipal Hospital Parent Education Classes

Newborn Care

Held at the Granite Falls Professional Building
1265 6th St.
Granite Falls, MN

November 15th, 2014
January 17th, 2015
March 21st, 2015


Questions: Contact Debbie Eakes, CBE at or Kristin Canatsey, RN at



Held at the Granite Falls Professional Building
1265 6th St.
Granite Falls, MN

December 20th, 2014
February 21st, 2015
April 18th, 2015


Questions: Contact Debbie Eakes, CBE at or Kristin Canatsey, RN at

Dr. Kenneth Carter Awarded 7th Annual ACMC Physician Excellence Award

ACMC created this distinguished award to annually honor an outstanding physician for his or her leadership, innovation, clinical knowledge and dedication to our patients and the communities we serve. Nominees for this award are selected by their peers.  ACMC’s Board of Directors has the final selection based on the individual’s contributions and accomplishments.

“Dr. Carter is board certified in family medicine,” said Dr. Richard Wehseler. “He also has an additional certification in geriatric medicine.  He has used these skills to serve the patients in Granite Falls very well.”

Dr. Carter attended the University of Minnesota Medical School graduating in 1968.  He served his medicine internship at St. Mary’s Hospital.  His first practice was in Clinton, Minnesota.  Shortly thereafter he moved to Granite Falls in 1970.  He has served the Granite Falls community for the last 44 years providing excellent patient care and service.

He has been active in teaching University of Minnesota medical students.  In fact, several current ACMC physicians have been former students of Dr. Carter.  He has served as consulting staff at Project Turnabout in Granite Falls.  For the last half of his career, he has focused on using his geriatric certification to provide excellent care to the community’s elderly patients with a special focus on providing dignified, high quality care at the end of life.

Many sent letters of support on behalf of Dr. Ken Carter.  One quote from a nurse said, “Dr. Carter always encouraged us to do the right thing for the patient and to get it right the first time.”  She found that Dr. Carter applied this same principle to his own care and patient problem solving.  There were numerous staff comments and feedback regarding the care and dignity that Dr. Carter used for patients, especially late in their life. One letter specifically commented, “I have always been amazed and inspired by the love, respect and dignity that Dr. Carter showed to our patients.  It was clear that the patient’s best interest was the only interest to be considered.”

Dr. Wehseler commented about a patient who had moved to be near their family in New London.  It was a patient that Dr. Carter had cared for many years.  She was now enrolled in Hospice.  Dr. Wehseler learned that the patient and her family would regularly check-in with Dr. Carter.  These check ins were only partly related to her condition and medication management.  Mostly the family was checking in with Dr. Carter to provide follow up as a friend would do.  Indeed, so many of these patients had become his friends. Treating his patients as friends and family is a part of the professional care he provided to the community of Granite Falls.

ACMC also extended a thanks to Dr. Carter’s wife, Lorelei, for her role in providing service to the Granite Falls community, noting the sacrifices made by the spouses in a physician’s service to their community. He received a crystal statue and a donation to the charity of his choice.

State will carefully monitor recent travelers from Ebola-affected regions

State will carefully monitor recent travelers from Ebola-affected regions

Minnesota Department of Health will monitor, for 21 days, individuals traveling from West Africa to Minnesota

After consulting with a team of experts in public health, medicine, ethics and law, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger today announced the framework for Minnesota’s plans to monitor the health of any individual returning to Minnesota after traveling from one of the countries in West Africa affected by the Ebola outbreak.

“My number one priority is to do whatever will best protect all Minnesotans from exposure to this disease. We believe the framework we are announcing today provides the most effective, science-based approach we can take to carefully monitor individuals and protect the public while ensuring the rights of citizens are not abused,” Gov. Dayton said.

Over the weekend, Governor Dayton, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the team of experts developed the basic framework for Minnesota’s monitoring program, which has begun. Based on guidance from CDC, Minnesota’s plan covers four types of returning travelers:

  • Those who were not providing health care in an affected country.
  • Those who were providing health care to an Ebola patient in an affected country but have no known exposure.
  • Those who are contacts of a known Ebola patient (but not a health care worker) and have a known exposure.
  • Those who provided health care to an Ebola patient and have a known exposure.

According to the framework:

  • All identified travelers will receive active case management that will include twice daily monitoring by MDH staff.
  • None of the individuals being monitored will be allowed to use public transportation for trips lasting longer than three hours, regardless of exposure history.
  • Only those with a known exposure will be restricted from using local public transit or attending mass gatherings.
  • All travelers will be allowed to have family members in their home.
  • Only those travelers who treated an Ebola patient and have been exposed will be required to be restricted in their home (have no physical contact with others).
  • All travelers will be required to keep a log of all activities and a log of close contacts during the 21 days.
  • Any situation involving children or adults who work with children will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

“This is a framework for monitoring, but we recognize and anticipate that every situation is going to be somewhat different. We will rely on the expertise of our team of epidemiologists, infection control specialists and medical experts to determine the course of action in each case that will be most effective in limiting the possibilities that the individual could spread disease to others,” Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ehlinger said.

“These new protective measures will best protect the safety of all Minnesotans,” Gov. Dayton said. “State officials, airport officials, medical professionals, first responders, and our federal partners will remain constantly vigilant to protect Minnesotans from exposure to Ebola.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week announced a new nationwide effort to enhance public health protections against Ebola. Beginning today in six states and expanding quickly to all 50 states, the CDC will work with state health agencies to monitor the health of any individual who has recently traveled to Ebola-affected regions of West Africa. The basic plan calls for daily monitoring of individuals’ temperatures and checking for any other Ebola-like symptoms for the 21 days after that person enters the United States.

“While there may still be certain details that need to be amended as we move forward, we believe the basic elements of the plan will add another layer of protection for families, communities and health care workers,” Ehlinger said.

Those individuals who attended meetings on Sunday with Gov. Dayton and provided their input on the plan were:

  • Dr. Ed Ehlinger Minnesota’s Commissioner of Health
  • Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Brooks Jackson, Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Dr. Steven Miles, Professor of Bioethics and Medicine, Center for Bioethics; University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Dr. John Finnegan, Dean of the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Jeff Hamiel, Executive Director and CEO, Metropolitan Airports Commission
  • Kristi Rollwagen, Manager of Emergency Programs, Metropolitan Airports Commission
  • Kris Ehresmann, Director, Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division, Minnesota Dept. of Health
  • Arden Fritz, Minnesota Dept. of Health legal counsel
  • Dr. Ruth Lynfield, Minnesota Dept. of Health State Epidemiologist and Medical Director
  • Dr. Aaron DeVries, Minnesota Dept. of Health Medical Director of Infectious Disease Program
  • Aggie Leitheiser, Minnesota Dept. of Health Assistant Commissioner Health Protection Bureau

Carter Brothers Go Above and Beyond

Local Family Physicians, Ken and Darrell Carter M.D., received the Minnesota Medical Association’s Community Service Award for 2014 at the group’s Annual Conference held Sept. 19 and 20 at Madden’s on Gull Lake near Brainerd. Together, the Carters have more than 80 years of medical experience.

“The Carters are excellent examples of members who go above and beyond the call of duty,” said MMA President Donald Jacobs, M.D. “They’ve done so much for the patients of Granite Falls as well as the citizens of Minnesota.”

Darrell played a crucial part in the development of CALS training for the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians back in 1996. CALS (comprehensive advanced life support) is an educational program designed for the emergency medical training needs of rural health care teams. Darrell was named Minnesota Rural Health Hero in 2001, Physician of the Year in 2001 by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, and Physician of the Year in 2003 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Ken played a key role in initiating Home Health Care through Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor. He has also served as a lab director, hospice director and the Yellow Medicine County coroner. He developed a telestroke protocol, in which physicians at a rural hospital can connect in real time with a tertiary care center in the Twin Cities when dealing with a stroke patient. The protocol has improved the care of stroke patients in rural areas. He has also taken on the role of physician champion for Stratis Health’s Rural Palliative Care Community Develop-ment Project.

Nearly 150 physicians from around the state gathered at the conference to select leaders, recognize their peers and honor one lawmaker.


Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor Booth At County Fair a Success!

The hospital sponsored a booth at the Chippewa County Fair in Montevideo, MN July 30th-August 2nd, 2014. We were able to distribute water bottles with the hospital logo. The water bottles were well received and gave us a great opportunity to advertise our very special hospital and new nursing home!

We were fortunate to have some important visitors to the booth including Dr. Eakes and his family, Chippewa County and Yellow Medicine County Commissioners and the WCCO news anchor team.


Frank Vascellaro and Mike Max visit the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor booth at the Chippewa County Fair

Frank Vascellaro and Mike Max from the WCCO news team visit the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor booth at the Chippewa County Fair

The water bottles were also distributed at the Hanley Falls Threshing Show.We will be looking for other opportunities to advertise our hospital in the future. Thank you to everyone who stopped to visit us!


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