News from Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC):  The center was recently named to the Minnesota Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll for Hospitals in recognition of its commitment to improve the use of antimicrobial medications with the goal of enhancing patient health outcomes by reducing resistance to antibiotics.

Designated as a Gold Level Honor Roll Honoree, CRMC is recognized for looking beyond its facility to practice antibiotic stewardship in a collaborative way. CRMC practices antibiotic stewardship by tracking and reporting use of antibiotics and educating patients, their families, and the public about antibiotic use.

Led by Hospitalist Abby Murray, M.D., and Pharmacist Justin Richards, Pharm.D., CRMC’s team of providers and pharmacy staff review antimicrobials daily for discussion at bedside rounds. CRMC also uses pharmacist-driven policies and procedures to ensure best practice antibiotic utilization.

Dr. Joseph Merck, ophthalmologist and surgeon at Great River Eye Clinic, recently participated in a mission trip to Guatemala. While there, Dr. Merck performed sight-saving cataract surgery on Guatemalans who had no access to health care.  Dr. Merck’s father, Dr. Michael Merck, also an ophthalmologist, started The Foundation for Saving Sight over 25 years ago.

For the past three years, the son has joined his father on these annual trips to Guatemala as a surgeon.

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