Health Care Directive

Health Care Decisions Day is April 16th and is also acknowledged all week 16-22 below is the link with the information on Health Care Directive.

Health Care Directive

March Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Karen Frahm, our March Employee of the Month! Karen works at Reception and is a CNA at the Care Center and has worked at Granite Falls Health since 2012.

Karen is married, has 2 sons, 1 granddaughter Bristol, and 1 grandson Thaddeus

Karen enjoys camping, fishing, baking, and cooking.

When asked what she likes about her job working here at Granite Falls Health, Karen states “I love my job! I have the best co-workers. Our management staff in amazing and I also enjoy working with the public.”

Thank you Karen for all you do for us! You are appreciated!


Emergency Medical Technician Class

ambluance posterThe Granite Falls Ambulance service will be hosting an EMT-Basic course starting March 13th, 2017. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to handle a variety of emergencies. Skills taught will include, but are not be limited to, airway management, patient assessment, automated defibrillator operation, CPR for all ages, and more. All skills are taught according to Nationally Registry guidelines. Both in-hospital and pre-hospital clinical time will be scheduled during the course with a practical and a written national exam to follow.


Monday March 13th 2017 from 6:00pm-10:00pm

Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes should be completed mid May 2017.


Granite Falls Hospital Professional Building


$800.00 (price includes education material and course book) .

**$600 refund is available after one year of employment at any ambulance service from the state of Minnesota**.

Granite Falls Ambulance – Seth Streblow

345 10th Ave

Granite Falls, MN 56241


Avera Marshall Enters Professional Services Agreement with Granite Falls Health

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. (Feb. 28, 2017) – Leaders from Granite Falls Health and Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center announce the approval of a professional services agreement (PSA) which will help people in the region continue to have access to local quality health care.

This partnership between Granite Falls Health Clinic and Avera Marshall will add to the thriving services already in place. Granite Falls Health currently has two providers, Vicky Moe, MD and Tamala Schmitz, NP-C. They will become employees of Avera Medical Group. A new clinic, now under construction, will also offer a wider range of outreach services from providers.  Granite Falls Health CEO Tom Kooiman said the partnership will keep the priority of locally available medical care as its mainstay.

“This formal partnership means people in our region will have greater access to services and we’re pleased with it, both with the construction of the clinic as well as with our relationship with Avera Marshall,” he said. “Granite Falls Health will continue to own the clinic. What this partnership does is bring us to the next level and allows us to provide a wide array of specialty outreach services, some of which have never been offered before in Granite Falls.”

Avera Marshall President & CEO Mary Maertens said the importance of local care is a key reason behind the new relationship. “As a health care system, Avera is keenly aware of the necessity for improving and expanding services especially to people in rural areas. We know that the stress of travel can lead to poorer outcomes in many situations,” said Maertens. “This agreement gives the people of the region many opportunities to get timely care from a wide range of medical professionals.”

LaVonne Koenen, who chairs the board of directors for the Granite Falls Health, said she sees the new agreement as a strong step toward keeping robust health care services available for the region.

“We’ve seen how many people depend on the clinic and what it provides, especially since it was opened in December – it’s been busy,” she said. “The partnership allows the city to maintain ownership of the clinic and also allows more people to receive the care they need without leaving the area. This will benefit not only our patients, but our community and its businesses as well. We are in for an exciting spring.”

The new clinic with outreach space will offer family practice, general surgery, orthopedics and podiatry care. Avera’s telemedicine service, Avera eCARE™ eEmergency is already in place in the hospital to give providers more resources in the face of emergency situations.

The clinic will open on Monday, April 3 and the public will be invited to a sneak peak of the new facility from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 for a ribbon cutting and tours.

February Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Kelsey Bristle, our February Employee of the Month!  Kelsey is a Physical Therapy Assistant and has worked at Granite Falls Health since June 2012.

Kelsey and her husband Mike have been married for seven years.  They have three boys – Rykurt who is 5 and in kindergarten, Knox who is 3 years old and in preschool, and Linkoln who is 7 months old.

Kelsey enjoys spending time outside – running and playing softball.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and keeping busy with her boys.

When asked what she likes about her job working at Granite Falls Health, Kelsey states “I enjoy working with people of all ages.  The stories they tell and watching them progress and knowing I have a part in their improvement is very rewarding.  And of course . . . my co-workers!”

Thank you Kelsey for all you do for us.  You are appreciated!

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