Healthcare week

MLHS Surgery Manager Jackie Ulseth helps with face painting at the employee picnic.


Mille Lacs Health System is celebrating Healthcare Week May 13-17. Some health care facilities celebrate hospitals, calling it National Hospital Week, but the MLHS Senior Leadership team decided that doesn’t include enough of what MLHS does as a whole, so it was decided to individualize the national acknowledgment and call it Healthcare Week.

 “We want to recognize all the locations and people that are included in our care delivery,” MLHS CEO Bill Nelson said. “From all our neighborhood clinics to the people you don’t see who help keep our facility and processes going and everything in between. Every single department is essential to the care we provide.”

 The facilities include the neighborhood clinics in Onamia, Isle, Hillman and Garrison and the chiropractic/physical therapy clinic in Milaca. These provide needed medical care, emergency care, surgery, care for seniors and other services to the Mille Lacs community and beyond. MLHS employs over 500 people. Many volunteers, as well as those who serve on the hospital board and MLHS Auxiliary, also are essential to its function. Mille Lacs Health System has been a community-based, nonprofit healthcare provider since opening its doors in 1956. “And we continue to build on that original passion for local healthcare,” Nelson said.

 MLHS cares about its communities and its contributions include: health care at the Ne-Ia-Shing Clinic; cooperation and support of Mille Lacs Area Health Foundation and in particular, Operation Community Connect; support of the Onamia Early Childhood Development Coalition; the making of the annual Community Harvest Meal; donations to local food shelves, school functions such as prom and community Christmas giving events; participation in community celebration parades; and many other types of giving.

 Healthcare Week gives employees a chance to participate in daily bingo for prizes, choose a giveaway, dress accordingly to the “style of the day” and bring their families to the big family picnic.

“It’s our way to thank everyone for being a part of this amazing team of people,” Nelson said. “We strive to be the best place to give and receive care.”

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