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Dr. Darrell Carter Announced as Recipient of 2014 Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians’ President’s award

Affiliated Community Medical Center of Granite Falls family physician Dr. Darrell Carter, M.D., was recently announced as the recipient of the 2014 Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians’ (MAFP) President’s Award.

The President’s Award is given by the MAFP president to a person who has made an outstanding contribuation to the specialty of family medicine and the Academy.

Dr. Carter is deserving because he helped lead a grassroots effort to improve rural ER care, which in 1996, became the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support Program (CALS).

CALS was under the MAFP umbrella until 2004 when it seperated to form its own non-profit organization. Since then, close to 7,000 medical professionals have taken the course.

To date, CALS has been taught in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas, Iowa, California, Florida, Oklahoma, Canada, Kenya, and Haiti. It has also been taught to staff in multiple U.S Embassies around the world.

“Dr. Carter has worked tirelessly to improve the skills of rural ER providers and the people they serve,” said Daron Gersch, M.D., MAFP Immediate Past President.

The award was presented to Dr. Carter during the MAFP All-Member Celebration on Thursday, April 10th, 2014.

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is a professional association of approximately 3,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students established to assist family physicians in providing quality medical care in Minnesota. It is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota and is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the largest national medical organizations in the United States, with more than 103,000 members.

 

Dr. Kenneth Carter Nominated for 2014 Family Physician of the Year Award

By Scott Tedrick

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAWP) has announced that local resident and ACMC family physician, Kenneth Carter, M.D., is one of three finalists for the 2014 Family Physician of the Year Award.

I think it’s great. I think he deserves it,” said Granite Falls Hospital Administrator and CEO George Gerlach. “He and Dr. Darrell [Carter] have been the backbone of our medical staff for as long as I’ve been here. He’s been the Chief of Staff and headed a variety of departments. He’s a big part of the healthcare community and I’m glad he was nominated and I am glad he’s a finalist.”

Family physicians were nominated for the award by patients and colleagues.  The MAWP Board of Directors will select a winner after reviewing each finalist’s qualifications and reading nomination letters received on their behalf. It is asked that no additional letters be sent.

The 2014 Family Physician of the Year will be recognized at the MAWP Annual Meeting on April 11.  The other finalists include Dr. Sheldon Burns, Edina and Dr. Patrick Zooks, St. Cloud.

The Family Physician of the Year Award is presented annually to a family physician who represents the highest ideals of the specialty of family medicine, including caring, comprehensive medical service, community involvement and service as a role model.

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is a professional association of approximately 3,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students organized to assist family physicians in providing quality medical care in Minnesota. The MAWP is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota and is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the largest national medical organizations in the United States with more than 103,000 members. 

 

April is Occupational Therapy Month

Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month

As your local Occupational Therapy staff members at the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor we would like to take the time to celebrate our profession with you all during the month of April. April has been designated as Occupational Therapy month and is celebrated around the nation within the profession. We are honored to be in your community and to have had the opportunity to work with some of you. On the other hand, some of you may not be familiar with our profession; therefore, we would like to take this time to introduce you to Occupational Therapy.

 Occupational therapy enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping to promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. It is a practice deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience, and “best practices” that have been developed and proven over time.

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to an individual to assist in living purposeful and meaningful lives. It is occupational therapy’s purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors.

When working with an occupational therapy practitioner, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual to resolve problems, improve function, and support everyday living activities. The goal is to maximize potential. Through these therapeutic approaches, occupational therapy helps individuals design their lives, develop needed skills, adjust their environments (e,g., home, school, or work) and build health-promoting habits and routines that will allow you to thrive.

By taking the full picture into account—a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup as well as their environment—occupational therapy assists clients to do the following:

  • Achieve goals
  • Function at the highest possible level
  • Concentrate on what matters most to them
  • Maintain or rebuild their independence
  • Participate in daily activities that they need or want to do.

We can be reached at (320)564-6244 for additional information and/or inquiries.

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Paulette, COTA/L; Danielle, OTR/L; Kelly, OTR/L; Cristin, COTA/L

Paulette, COTA/L; Danielle, OTR/L; Kelly, OTR/L; Cristin, COTA/L

Granite Falls Hospital Home Health Care Department recognized as one of top performing agencies in the US for 4th year

The Granite Falls Hospital Home Health Care Department is proud to announce it has been recognized as one of the top performing Home Health Agencies in the United States for the 4th year. Home Care Elite identifies the top 25% of Medicare certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, quality improvement, and consistency and financial performance. Out of 9,969 agencies, 2,496 are considered elite. Granite Falls Home Care is an elite group. Home Care Elite winners demonstrate commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the Home Health Community. Congratulations to our Granite Falls Hospital Home Care Team!

Granite Falls Home Care Hosting Blood Pressure Clinic

The Granite Falls Hospital Home Care team is hosting a blood pressure clinic at the Senior Center in Granite Falls on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 11:00am. For any questions, please call 320-564-6226.

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