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!

Granite Falls Health Home Care Receives 5 Star Rating

Home health agencies are the latest to become subject to the CMS’ five-star rating program,which is intended to help consumers compare the quality and safety of care they should expect from U.S. healthcare providers. Granite Falls Hospital Home Care is pleased to announce they are the recipient of this Five Star Rating program,the highest rating possible.

Star ratings for all Medicare-certified home health agencies for which there is adequate data is published on Home Health Compare.,Approximately 12 million people in the U.S. currently receive home care from more than 33,000 providers, which offer at-home services for acute, long-term and terminal health conditions. DSCN1469

The star ratings come as Home Health Agencies play an increasingly important role in caring for the elderly. Last year 3.4 million clients (often referred to as beneficiaries) received home health services, with nurses, aides,and physical, speech,and occupational therapists treating them in the home.

For both the government and clients,Home Health visits are one of the least expensive ways to provide medical care. Because the elderly tend to be less familiar with the reputation of Home Health agencies than they are with hospitals and other institutions, that makes evaluating quality particularly difficult for family members and guardians. It’s not like a nursing home, where you can go and walk and look around. 

What Is Home Health care?

Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive,more convenient,and often just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). Some Examples of skilled Home Health services include: Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound;Client and caregiver education; Intravenous or nutrition therapy; Injections and/or monitoring serious illness and unstable health status. The goal of home health care is to help you stay safe in your own home and reduce the risk of hospitalization. Some Examples of what the Home Health Staff Do:

  • Check what you’re eating and drinking
  • Check your blood pressure,temperature, heart rate,and breathing
  • Check that you’re taking your prescription and other drugs and any treatments correctly
  • Ask if you’re having pain
  • Check your safety in the home
  • Teach you about your care so you can take care of yourself
  • Coordinate your care. This means they must communicate regularly with you,your doctor, and anyone else who gives you care.

For information on comparing Home Health Agencies,you can check out Home Health Compare. This site allows you to select multiple agencies at a time to compare the clinical quality of care provided and client experiences at these agencies. The clinical information comes from data from the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS). The client experiences of care data come from the HHCAHPS (Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) Survey. DSCN1490

We want to thank everyone who received a survey, filled it out and returned it. It is you, our customers of Home Health Care, that made us eligible for this 5 Star Rating. The Granite Falls Health Home Care staff thank our Home Care clients, past and present, for allowing us to serve you. If you are interested in learning more about Home Care services, please call Granite Falls Health Home Care at 320-564-6226.


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