Roseau County’s First Baby of 2023

Welcome to the world, Avery Paul Goodin! Born January 4th at 5:01 a.m. weighing 5 pounds, 15 ounces and 18 1/4 inches long, Avery is LifeCare’s first baby of 2023. His parents, Shantay Nygaard and Brent Goodin of the Salol area, are excited to welcome Avery as the first baby of the year at LifeCare Medical Center. Avery was initially transferred to a NICU out of the area but is back home and doing well.

They are thankful to all the wonderful LifeCare Birthing Center staff for making such a positive impact on their experience!

LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER ACQUIRES SENIOR LIVING FACILITY 

September 28, 2022 | Roseau, MN — LifeCare Medical Center is excited to announce the acquisition of Oak Crest Senior Housing into their family of healthcare services in Roseau County.

Oak Crest Senior Housing is a 42 unit apartment complex located in Roseau, MN. Since 2006, Oak Crest has played a vital role in providing quality assisting living services to the region.

“For over 15 years, Oak Crest Senior Housing residents have had the opportunity to live in a warm and supportive environment, while receiving exceptional, companionate assistance,” says Keith Okeson, President/CEO of LifeCare Medical Center.  “We look forward to continuing Oak Crest’s current services of caring for seniors in our community.”​

LifeCare Medical Center is a not-for-profit organization, with services in Greenbush, Roseau and Warroad.

 

New General Surgeon joins LifeCare Medical Center

LifeCare Medical Center is pleased to announce Dr. James Cain, General Surgeon, has joined their medical team in Roseau, Minnesota.

Dr. Cain attended Medical School at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. and General Surgery Residency at Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, CA. Cain practiced in Seattle, WA and Wyoming, MN before coming to Roseau. He also spent ten years in the Navy flying F-14s (1991 Gulf War, TOPGUN grad) and ten years in the Army as a surgeon (Iraq & Afghanistan).

“I really have enjoyed the warm, welcoming staff at LifeCare Medical Center,” said Dr. Cain, “and look forward to offering high quality surgical care, close to home in Roseau County.

“We are so fortunate to have Dr. Cain practicing here in Roseau. Having a general surgeon on staff at LifeCare means we have the ability to provide advanced surgical care when someone needs it most,” said Keith Okeson, President & CEO.

LifeCare Medical Center is Northern Minnesota’s regional provider of quality health care. We believe it is a privilege to serve the health care needs of our communities here in northern Minnesota. We take great pride in our compassionate staff, dedicated physicians and modern facilities. Our LifeCare facilities include a 25-bed, critical access hospital, LifeCare Roseau Manor, LifeCare Greenbush Manor & Assisted Living, LifeCare Rehabilitation Services, LifeCare Public Health and LifeCare Home Care and Hospice.

 

LifeCare’s Milk Depot Celebrates World Breast Feeding Week

As a leader in rural healthcare, LifeCare Medical Center prides itself on setting the bar in making a positive impact on others.

Today, LifeCare celebrates World Breast Feeding Week by featuring the “Milk Depot”. LifeCare lead the way by becoming the first Minnesota hospital north of Wadena to open a human milk collection site.

Simply put, this effort, known as a Milk Depot, is a place where women can bring extra breast milk to donate for other babies.

“The goal is to ensure that vulnerable babies can get safely pasteurized human donor milk when a mother’s own milk is unavailable or in low supply,” say LifeCare’s Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC), Alicia Huston, RN.

As often happens with premature births, medically fragile infants require supplemental milk when a mother has not yet started producing milk in the first critical stage of the baby’s life, according to Huston.

“Breast milk is frequently prescribed since it is easier to digest and helpful to a babies immune system,” she says.

The result is a need for donors!

Mom’s are required to go through a specific process in order to become a human milk donor. There is a strict screening process which includes a health and lifestyle screen and blood test. After approved, the donors milk is brought frozen to LifeCare’s Milk Depot, and is later transported to the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies in Golden Valley, MN. From there, the breast milk is distributed to medically fragile infants in NICU’s, Special Care Nurseries, and other inpatients settings.

“Since the inception of the program, about three years ago, our community has really done a great job of putting LifeCare on the map as one of twenty-nine Milk Depots in the state of Minnesota,” says Heidi Lien, RN, CLC.

Thanks to this program it is now convenient for women, like LifeCare’s Laboratory Assistant, Ashley Tesarek to make breast milk donations. “It is so rewarding to know that through my milk donations, I am able to help babies that are in critical need of my gift,” says Tesaerk.

“Five moms from throughout Roseau County have dedicated their time to supply breast milk to the Depot,” says Sarah Picard, RN, CLC. “We are so grateful for all of our donors. So far we have been able to deliver 17,561 ounces of milk to the Minnesota Milk Bank,” says Picard.

“It is a huge commitment and it takes much effort to pump breast milk,” says Lien. “However, it can be very gratifying too. We encourage women, not only in Roseau County, but throughout the region, who have extra breast milk beyond what their children need, to consider donating to the LifeCare Milk Depot. Every ounce counts.”

To become a breast milk donor or to learn more about LifeCare’s Milk Depot, contact a Certified Lactation Consultant at 218-452-0591 or go online to www.mnmilkbank.org.

Pictured is LifeCare’s Laboratory Assistant, Ashley Tesarek, who poses with some of the Milk that she has donated to the LifeCare Milk Depot.

Groundbreaking Held for LifeCare Warroad Wellness

Construction started this week on the interior of the former Dollar Savers building in Warroad as it begins its transformation into LifeCare Warroad Wellness. A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on Thursday, April 21st to officially announce the start of the total building renovation.

Approximately 60 people attended the program, including LifeCare Medical Center staff, Warroad Community Development (WCD) representatives, members of the City of Warroad, Warroad Chamber and CVB, in addition to staff from Comstock Construction, (general contractors for the project), representatives from Foss Architecture and Interior, (responsible for the foot print and design of the new space) and community members.

The short program was emceed by Shannon Carlson, COO of LifeCare Medical Center, who credited the strong strategic partnership between LifeCare and Warroad Community Development for making the vision a reality.  “All four walls of the previous building will be used for the project, however, we did find some ground to break inside of the building,” says Carlson. “LifeCare could not be more excited for this project, and we are happy to make this announcement. This is truly the beginning of something amazing for the community.”

Other speakers at the program were, Keith Okeson, (President/CEO of LifeCare Medical Center), Cyndy Renfrow, (Executive Director of WCD), Rick Trontvet, (WCD and Marvin), Tom Goldsmith, (WCD), Kevin Thompson, (City of Warroad), Chuck Lindner, (LifeCare Board of Directors), and Jim Nelson, (Foss Architecture and Interior).

During construction, Warroad Rehabilitation Services will be moving to the new location. “We are hopeful that by January 2023, all construction will be complete and we will be settled in our new, beautiful space,” says Jeremy Anderson, Director of LifeCare Rehabilitation Services.  “Until that time, we ask for your patience, as we may experience some noise, temporary walls and interruptions of certain services.” Anderson added that the temporary Fitness Center is already at the new location, and to date, that has been working well.

When complete, the 13,000 square foot building will house LifeCare Rehabilitation Services, LifeCare Behavioral Health Services, a community Fitness Center with walking track, Wellness services and programming. Northern Chiropractic will remain in their current space.

Making BIG moves with Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that can affect movement. These symptoms can vary from each patient and can consist of mild tremors, stiffness when walking, shuffling gait, rigid movements, freezing when walking, slurred speech, minimal arm movement, or little to no facial expression. Parkinson’s affects more than 50,000 people each year.

How can Parkinson’s be treated? If you or a family member is concerned about symptoms such as these, see you doctor to discuss treatment options. LifeCare Rehabilitation Services provides a program called LSVT BIG which consists of an individualized treatment plan for each patient.

What is LSVT BIG? The LSVT BIG Protocol is an evidence-based treatment shown to improve gait speed, step length, transfers, balance and function with activities of daily living in patients with Parkinson’s disease. This program is offered in a one-to-one treatment setting. This treatment can only be provided by a certified Physical or Occupational Therapist. During LSVT BIG therapy sessions the therapist will focus on improving bigness of each movement to help reduce the Parkinson’s disease through high effort, intensive treatment.

How often would patient’s complete LSVT BIG? Patients would attend therapy four times per week for a minimum of four weeks. Typical treatment is one-hour sessions customized to fit each patient’s needs and goals.

What do the LSVT BIG treatments consist of? Treatment consists of repetitive movements and challenges as well as home assignments that promote bigger movements in everyday life. These treatments help improve the patient’s ability to perform bigger movement and smaller movement daily tasks. LSVT BIG focuses on improving the patient’s ability to participate in functional daily tasks with increased safety and reduced risk of falls.

Outcomes from LSVT BIG? This therapy has been researched for over 25 years providing positive outcomes for patients who have completed the program. The goal is for patients to improve activities of daily living, working toward gaining back independence.

Where are these services provided? LifeCare Rehabilitation Services offers the LSVT BIG program at all locations; Roseau, Warroad and Greenbush. If you have additional questions please contact a therapist:

Roseau: 218-463-4787
Greenbush: 218-782-4003
Warroad: 218-386-3155

Improve your quality of life and let LifeCare Rehabilitation Services help you regain independence and function in your daily activities.

LIFECARE RECOGNIZED AS 2022 TOP 100 CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL

LifeCare Medical Center with locations in Roseau, Warroad and Greenbush, announced it has been recognized, for the fourth time, as one of the 2022 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX™.

LifeCare received this distinguished honor out of 1,350 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States in 2018, 2020, 2021 and now in 2022. There are 77 Critical Access Hospitals in Minnesota; LifeCare is one of 5 hospitals recognized in 2022.

“To be granted this prestigious honor four times and especially over the past two most challenging years, is really a tribute to the dedication of our team! They continue to focus on excellence while providing high quality care” says Keith Okeson, President/CEO of LifeCare.” “The work that our team accomplishes every day is truly impressive. Every single employee deserves recognition in making this honor a reality.”

“Despite unprecedented adversity rural providers continue to display resiliency and a steadfast commitment to their communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Honoring the Top 100 is one of the highpoints of our year. We are delighted to recognize the exceptional performance and innovation of this year’s recipients, particularly in light of the extraordinary challenges facing America’s rural health safety net.”

Over the course of the last 12 years, the INDEX has grown to become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Based entirely on public data and utilizing 36 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses rural hospitals across eight pillars of performance, including market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. The INDEX framework is widely used across the nation by independent rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health, which provide access to INDEX analytics through grant-funded initiatives.

LifeCare Medical Center is a not-for-profit health care system employing approximately 450 people throughout Roseau County in Northern Minnesota. To learn more about LifeCare Medical Center, visit lifecaremc.org

LIFECARE REHABILITATION IN WARROAD TEMPORARILY MOVES

August 23, 2021 | Warroad, MINN – As big changes in downtown Warroad have been announced, LifeCare Rehabilitation Services will be moving into a new temporary location in Suite 201, G entrance (formerly the DD HUB space).

In January 2021, LifeCare announced the purchase of the former Dollar Savers Building in Warroad with the intent to renovate and become a community wellness center. In early August 2021, the DD HUB announced their move in downtown Warroad,
spurring some shifting of spaces at Lake Street Center.

“This move is a win-win for everyone as we grow and expand in Warroad. This temporary move will allow new growth on Lake Street as well as allow us to continue to serve area patients,” says Shannon Carlson, Chief Operating Officer at LifeCare Medical Center. 


LifeCare Rehabilitation Services is temporarily moving to the former DD Hub space next to Studio 212 located on the corner of Lake Street; Suite 201, G entrance. Beginning Thursday, August 26th, patients can be seen at the new location. 

The LifeCare Fitness Center is currently closed but will be reopening in a temporary location soon. An announcement will be made as soon as it’s available. 


If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Warroad Rehabilitation Services; 218-386-3155.

LIFECARE NAMED 2021 TOP 100 CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL

April 7, 2021 – Roseau, MN | LifeCare Medical Center with locations in Roseau, Warroad and Greenbush, announced it has been recognized, for the third time, as one of the 2021 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, this 11th annual recognition program honors outstanding performance among the nation’s rural hospitals based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX®.

LifeCare received this distinguished honor out of 1,350 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States in 2018, 2020 and now in 2021.

“To be granted this prestigious honor in the midst of a pandemic is really a tribute to the dedication of our staff who focus on excellence while providing high quality care” says Keith Okeson, President/CEO of LifeCare.” “I am proud of our entire organization. The work that our employees have accomplished over the past year during the Covid-19 health crisis is truly impressive. Our entire team is so deserving of this award.”

“The Top 100 program continues to illuminate strategies and innovation for delivering higher quality care and better outcomes within rural communities,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “We are delighted to be able to spotlight the efforts of these facilities through the INDEX framework.”

Over the course of the last 11 years, the INDEX has grown to become the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Based entirely on public data and utilizing 36 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses rural hospitals across eight pillars of performance, including market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency. The INDEX framework is widely used across the nation by independent rural hospitals, health systems with rural footprints and state offices of rural health, which provide access to INDEX analytics through grant-funded initiatives.

LifeCare Medical Center is a not-for-profit health care system employing approximately 450 people throughout Roseau County in Northern Minnesota.

LIFECARE MEDICAL CENTER TO PURCHASE FORMER DOLLAR SAVERS BUILDING IN WARROAD, MINNESOTA

January 11, 2020 | Roseau, MINN – LifeCare Medical Center has signed a purchase agreement of the former Dollar Savers Building in Warroad with the intent to renovate and become a community wellness center. “We have solidified the purchase of the building and are now ready to move forward with design and planning of a new Warroad wellness facility,” says Shannon Carlson, Chief Operating Officer at LifeCare Medical Center. “We started working with the owner of the 13,000 square foot building prior to the pandemic, and because of the health crisis, advancement on the purchase was delayed,” says Carlson. Working together, LifeCare Medical Center and Warroad Community Development, LLC (WCD) are excited to fulfill a community need that has arisen from the voice of the community. Both parties believed now was the perfect time to act. “The establishment of a community wellness center has been a consistent community request,” says Cyndy Renfrow, Executive Director of Warroad Community Development, LLC.  “We are excited to see this vision become a reality through this partnership.” LifeCare Medical Center opened LifeCare Rehabilitation Services in Warroad in October of 1997, housing a fitness center as well as full rehabilitation capabilities for the Warroad area. This purchase will allow them to expand into a new building, offer more services, and offer the community new wellness opportunities. “The long-term strategic planning lead by the WCD, LLC in conjunction with the City of Warroad is impressive. It has brought enthusiasm and energy to Warroad. LifeCare is pleased to be a part of this revitalizing growth and development of the community,” said Keith Okeson, President and CEO of LifeCare Medical Center. A Warroad Wellness planning team has been established in conjunction with LifeCare Medical Center personnel for the purpose of assessing the needs of the community and then defining and prioritizing services and programming for the 13,000 square foot Wellness Center. This group will work with LifeCare Medical Center’s architectural firm to map services and required space to the building plans. The design and build out of the facility along with the wellness services and programming is expected to begin in early 2021 with an opening targeted for Fall 2021.