April is National Occupational Therapy Month!

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.  – See more at: http://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/OTMonth/what-is-OT.aspx#sthash.Lo3IuwOE.dpuf

OT month picture

Noelle, Paulette, Kelly, and Lori


In the arms of Ambulance Angels

By Caitlyn Mahlum, Staff Writer for the Advocate-Tribune

Last year, Chad Borka had a run in with some real-life angels. This year, he had the chance to thank them in person.

After suffering a crash between his FedEx delivery truck and a BNSF freight train, Borka, of Atwater, was rescued by the Granite Falls Ambulance Crew. Thanks to the efforts of the Granite Falls crew, he was later airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. “Doctors down in the cities commended you guys for saving my life. If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t have made it,” remarked Borka.

That is exactly why Chad and Lisa Borka decided to meet with the Granite Falls Ambulance Crew on March 20. “Today was about thanking them,” said Lisa. The meeting was filled with teary eyes as Chad Borka got to meet those who saved his life. “I cried and I don’t cry,” he admitted.

The ER doctor stated in his record that “the ambulance crew needs to be commended because they went  above and beyond,” according to Lisa Borka. The Granite Falls Ambulance Crew rose to the call when they were needed. They exceeded expectations with their life-saving work. “For a small town like this, you wouldn’t expect this. You’d expect this in a metropolitan area,” explained Chad Borka.

“I died three times. If it wasn’t for the crew I would have never made it,” stated Chad.

The Borkas were able to finally pour their thanks and gratitude on Granite Falls’ own crew of ‘angels.’ This meeting gave the Borkas closure. Chad is currently on the path to recovery, a path that he would have never been able journey on without the skills of the Granite Falls crew.

borka story

Alisha Handeland, RN; Patti Anderson, LPN; Leslie Niest, EMT-B; Chad and Lisa Borka; David Evenson, EMT-B; Laura Oftedahl, EMT-P, RN; Sam Canatsey, EMT-B

EMT Course

ambluance posterThe Granite Falls Ambulance service will be hosting an EMT-Basic course starting May 11th, 2015. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to handle a variety of emergencies. Skills taught will include, but 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.

Please pre-register by May 1st, 2015 by calling or emailing a correspondence to the information below.


Monday May, 11th 2015 from 6:00pm-10:00pm

Classes will be held Monday and Wednesdays and every other Saturday. Classes should be completed approximately July 10th, 2015.


Granite Falls Hospital Professional Building


$700.00 plus the cost of books and testing. A $200.00 deposit will be required when you pre-register.

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

Granite Falls Ambulance

345 10th Ave

Granite Falls, MN 56241



Prepared Childbirth Classes for 2015

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital Childbirth Education presents:

Breastfeeding Support Group
April 16th, 2015 at the Granite Falls Professional Building
from 11am-12:30pm

Mom 2 Mom Support Group
April 23rd, 2015 at the Granite Falls Professional Building
from 11am-12:30pm

Childbirth Preparation (Understanding labor, comfort, techniques, and medical procedures)
April 25th, 2015 at the Granite Falls Granite Falls Municipal Hospital & Manor​
from 9am-12pm

Post partum care (understanding newborns, breastfeeding, and postpartum)
May 23rd, 2015 at the Granite Falls Professional Building
from 9am-12pm

Sibling Class “Mommy’s Little Helper”
May 30th, 2015 at the Granite Falls Professional Building
at 9:00am

Daddy “Boot” Camp
May 30th, 2015 at the Granite Falls Professional Building
at 10:30am

Questions? Contact Debbie Eakes, CBE, Doula, and Certified Lactation Counselor at elnidobirthandfamily@gmail.com


All classes are offered free of charge!


Breastfeeding Support Group

Breastfeeding Support Group

April 16th, 2015 at the Granite Falls Professional Building

from 11am-12:30pm

For questions and to sign up, contact

Debbie Eakes, Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Certified Lactation Counselor at 320-522-3773 or at elnidobirthandfamily@gmail.com

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