November is National Home Care Month!

Article courtesy of the Advocate Tribune

November is National Home Care Month and the Granite Falls Hospital Home Care Agency is celebrating 33 years of service to the Granite Falls and surrounding areas. This is also a time of Thanksgiving, a time to celebrate and give a heart felt thanks to all that we have been able to serve and make a difference in their lives.

The mission of the Granite Falls Hospital Home Care Agency is to assist individuals to remain in their homes safely and as long as possible as well as be a resource to maintain and improve their lives every day. The Home Care Agency has an exceptional staff that are skilled, committed and dedicated to the home care client’s and their needs.

The Granite Falls Hospital Home Care Agency is able to provide multiple services to assist you or a loved one to remain at home as long as possible. We have Registered Nurses, Certified Home Health Aides, Home Makers, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy as well as well-baby visits by an RN to your home after delivery at the Granite Falls Hospital. The services may include a weekly visit for medication assistance, bathing, light housekeeping or wound cares, IV therapy, home therapy for strengthening. We are here to assist you. Home Care provides services to a 30 mile radius of Granite Falls, we work with multiple providers as well as coverage for services under several methods of payment.

Client statement “Home care is like the quality of mercy—it blesses those who provide it with wonderful moments and memories, and it blesses those we care for with what they desire most—to be at home”.

If home is where you want to stay call the Granite Falls Hospital Home Care Agency and we will be happy to provide an evaluation visit and explain services that are available for you and your family member. We Provide Quality Care In Your Home. Please call 320-564-6226 for all your home care needs and questions.

Granite Manor Open House

Please join us in celebrating the opening of the new Granite Manor. An open house will be held November 22nd, 2015 from 2:00pm-5:00pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:00pm. We will be having guided tours of the building and light refreshments will be served. The Heartland Express Bus service is available by calling 564-3800 if you need transportation.

VanKlompenburg Benefit

The Maynard Lions will be having a benefit for Kelly VanKlompenburg at the Maynard Event Center (next to Budger’s Restaurant) on Saturday, November 14th, 2015. There will be a meal at 6:00pm followed by Bingo at 7:00pm with other fundraising activities happening during this time.

If you don’t have plans on Saturday night and would like to support a wonderful cause, please head to Maynard!

Granite Falls Hospital Receives 5 Star Rating!

5-StarsGranite Falls Hospital has achieved a 5 star rating from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services based on results of our satisfaction surveys from:

July 2013 – June 2014
October 2013 – September 2014
January 2014 – December 2014

The star ratings, with 5 stars being the top rating, relate to the patients’ experience of care at 3,553 Medicare-certified acute care hospitals. The ratings are based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) measures that are included in Hospital Compare. HCAHPS has been in use since 2006 to measure patients’ perspectives of hospital care, and includes topics such as:

1. How well nurses and doctors communicated with patients
2. How responsive hospital staff were to patient needs
3. How clean and quiet hospital environments were
4. How well patients were prepared for post-hospital settings

Thank you to all of our staff that work so hard to give our patients the best experience possible! We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without you!

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor Announce New CEO

The Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas J. Kooiman to its leadership team.

Kooiman has over 23 years of health care experience, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer for Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services in Elbow Lake where he has served since 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Finance and Marketing from Bethel University and a Master’s degree in Healthcare and Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Kooiman began his career as a long term care administrator with the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and also served as the Chief Operating Officer for Paynesville Area Hospital and Health Services, in Paynesville, Minnesota.

He will be filling the C.E.O. vacancy due to the retirement of current C.E.O. George Gerlach. Gerlach has been at the helm of the organization for almost 30 years and has served the Medical Staff, Board of Directors, Staff, Patients, Residents, Tenants, Clients, and Community diligently.

“Within the organization there is a culture of commitment and dedication to the patients, residents, clients, tenants, staff and community. The Board of Directors indicated they were committed to find someone who would embrace that same commitment and the rich history, while at the same time bringing new ideas and create vision and be a visible leader across the organization. Tom Kooiman is that candidate of choice,” states Lavonne Koenen, Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor Board Chair.

She continues, “George Gerlach will retire after 29 years of service from the organization and leaves a well managed facility. His style created a culture of quality and safety for patients, residents, providers and staff. He also achieved the organization’s mission and ensured continued appropriate access to high quality care within the region. Because of his past successes the transition to new leadership will be seamless.”

“I am very excited to work with a progressive organization, whose board, provider group and staff are focused on delivering quality care to the residents and patients of the Granite Falls community,” said Kooiman. “I am looking forward to developing a strategy to best position the organization for the changing healthcare environment.”

Kooiman and his wife Traci have three children. He will assume the role of CEO on November 16 and at present is working with Gerlach on a transition plan that will best serve the organization.


Thomas J. Kooiman


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