Awards

  • 2017 – Dr. Julie Benson named the Minnesota Academy Family Physician of the Year
  • 2017 – Lakewood Care Center received five out of five rating from US News & World Report
  • 2017 – Lakewood Health System’s behavioral health department received Program of the Year, Customer Service of the Year, and Program Director of the Year from Horizon Health
  • 2016 – Lisa Bjerga, CFO, named one of Becker Hospital Reviews 50 Healthcare Leaders Under 40
  • 2016 – Awarded the Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics
  • 2016 – Awarded the Women’s Choice Award for America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience
  • 2015 – Lakewood Care Center received 2015 Innovation Award from Care Providers of Minnesota
  • 2015 – Dr. Christine Albrecht received the Rural Physician Associate Program’s (RPAP) Preceptor Achievement Award
  • 2015 – Choose Health program received the HealthPartners Innovations in Health Care Award
  • 2015 – Lakewood Care Center earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
  • 2015 – Lakewood clinics recognized by Minnesota Health Action Group (The Action Group) for delivering optimal care and achieving optimal care measures, or improving specific patient outcomes as part of the 2015 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program and the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System
  • 2015 – Recipient of the 2015 Bush Prize for Community Innovation for the Choose Health program
  • 2014 – Becky Bennett, PA, was named the 2014 Clinical Instructor of the Year award from the Augsburg College Physician Assistant program
  • 2014 – Awarded the 2014 Women’s Choice Award for America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience
  • 2014 – Recognized by the March of Dimes and the Minnesota Hospital Association for reducing the number of elective inductions and Cesarean deliveries performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy
  • 2013 – Pillager clinic ranked first in office staff and provider ratings amongst 651 clinics in Minnesota by Clinician and Group Surveys – Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CG-CAHPS)
  • 2013 – Awarded the 2013 Women’s Choice Award for America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience
  • 2013 – Awarded the 2013 Women’s Choice Award for America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics
  • 2013 – Awarded UCare Minnesota’s Overall Performance Quality of Care for the third year in a row
  • 2013 – Awarded the Best-in-Class® Seal by HR Solutions for the second year in a row
  • 2012 – Lakewood’s IT division was recognized as one of the five best IT small hospital workplaces in the country for the second year in a row by Healthcare IT News
  • 2012 – Awarded UCare Minnesota’s Overall Performance Quality of Care for the second year in a row
  • 2012 – Awarded a Best-in-Class® Seal by HR Solutions. This honor is for select organizations whose employee survey scores are within the top 10 percent of Employee Engagement and Overall Job Satisfaction levels
  • 2012 – Named the nationwide winner of Akro-Mils® Before & After Room Reorganization Photo Contest
  • 2011 – Lakewood’s IT division was recognized as one of the five best IT small hospital workplaces in the country by Healthcare IT News
  • 2011 – Awarded UCare Minnesota’s Overall Performance Quality of Care
  • 2011 – Recipient of the Minnesota Hospital Association Career Promotion Award for promotion of healthcare careers and summer internship program
  • 2011 – Lakewood Health System received the Environmental Excellence Award from SteriMed for implementing initiatives that reduce waste and costs
  • 2010 – Lakewood Health Care Home model is dubbed by the Minnesota Department of Health as an innovative “Successful Model”
  • 2010 – Recipient of two bronze Aster Awards for Excellence in Medical Marketing
  • 2010 – Recipient of the 2010 Good Catch for Patient Safety Award on behalf of the Minnesota Hospital Association
  • 2010 – Lakewood Health System Social Services Director recipient of Prairie Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 award
  • 2010 – Recipient of the MHA Innovation of the Year in Patient Care – Small Hospitals Category
  • 2010 – Recipient of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award by the Minnesota Psychological Association
  • 2009 – Lakewood Health System President, Tim Rice, recipient of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Rural Health Hero Award
  • 2008 – Recipient of the Minnesota Hospital Association SAFE initiatives award
  • 2008 – Recipient of the nationally-recognized HealthLeaders Media Top Leadership Team Award (small hospital category)
  • 2008 – Dr. Bill Mennis and Dr. Ted Lelwica, both Lakewood family physicians, are joint-recipients of the Staples Community Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2007 – Recipient of the Minnesota Hospital Association award for Health-Care Career Promotion (small hospital category)
  • 2005 – Recipient of the CentraCare Spirit of Caring Award
  • 2005 – Lakewood Health System employee, Helen Kimball, was the recipient of the Minnesota Hospital Association Caregiver of the Year award
  • 2002 – Recipient of the Minnesota Department of Health Rural Health Hero Award
  • 2002 – Recipient of the Minnesota Department of Health Rural Health Team Award
  • 2002 – Recipient of the Minnesota Hospital Association Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace

awards

2008 SAFE Initiatives Award

The Minnesota Hospital Association awards hospitals that show excellence in patient safety initiatives including SAFE Skin, SAFE Falls, SAFE Site and SAFE Count. Lakewood Health System has been recognized in all four categories and continues to practice SAFE initiatives.

2013 Nurse – Caregiver of the Year

Katie Paine-Santos, RN Coordinator for Lakewood Care Center’s Memory Care Unit was named Nurse – Caregiver of the Year by Care Providers of Minnesota. This award is given to a nurse who displays extraordinary skills in caring for individuals residing in a nursing facility, assisted living establishment, or receiving care at home.

2005 Spirit of Caring Award

The CentraCare Health Foundation announced that “Methamphetamine: The Facts” was one of this year’s recipients of the “Spirit of Caring” award. Bev Nelsen, Staff Nurse/Occupational Health/Education and long-time employee at Lakewood Health System, was presented the award on November 9, 2005 at CentraCare Health System.

Caregiver of the Year

Helen Kimball, a certified resident assistant with Lakewood Health System in Staples has been named the Minnesota Health & Housing Alliance’s District D “Caregiver of the Year.” This award is given annually to a direct care employee in each of MHHA’s seven geographical districts. The award honors individuals who go “above and beyond” to enhance and enrich the quality of life for seniors in their communities; who have demonstrated their commitment to Minnesota’s elderly; and have shown exceptional service to a MHHA-member facility and their residents.

Innovation of the Year

Lakewood Health System was named recipient of the Innovation of the Year award in Patient Care Enhancement by the Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership at its annual meeting near Brainerd in September. The hospital received the award for its newborn hearing screening program. The association presents the award annually to a hospital or health system that has developed a creative, new method or model for health care delivery.

Rural Health Hero Award

At the Minnesota Rural Summit Conference sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health Primary Care, Mel Nefstead, Board Chair of Lakewood Health System, Staples, was presented the Minnesota Rural Health Hero Award.

Rural Health Team Award

Lakewood Health System and Freshwater Education District of Staples were awarded the outstanding Rural Health Team Award at the Minnesota Rural Summit sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health Primary Care. Lakewood Health System and Freshwater Education District received the Outstanding Rural Health Team for the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Clinic.

Team Achievement Award

Care providers of Minnesota awarded Lakewood Health System the Team Achievement Award. Lakewood Health System has an employee group which teams up with administration in establishing overall facility philosophy as well as policies and procedures affecting employees and customers. This group is called Partners in Action. Partners in Action is a committee with employee and manager representation from each division. Partners in Action meets monthly with administration and has access to all minutes and meetings conducted by administration.

Trustee of the Year

Melvin Nefstead, chairman of the Lakewood Health System in Staples, received the Trustee of the Year award from the Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership at its annual meeting near Brainerd in September. The Trustee of the Year award is presented annually to a health care trustee for providing exceptional leadership to his or her hospital and the community.

Volunteer of the Year

Lillian Postel, a volunteer with Lakewood Health System in Staples has been named the Minnesota Health & Housing Alliance’s District D “Volunteer of the Year.” This award is given annually to a volunteer in each of MHHA’s seven geographical districts. The award honors individuals who go “above and beyond” to enhance and enrich the quality of life for seniors in their communities; who have demonstrated their commitment to Minnesota’s elderly; and have shown exceptional service to a MHHA-member facility and their residents.

Workplace of the Year

Lakewood Health System was presented the “Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace” Award at the Minnesota Hospital Associate (MHA) Trustee Conference this past January 17. The nomination was submitted by employees who felt Lakewood Health System implemented systems and programs to encourage employee participation, creating a work environment that meets employee needs and makes them feel valued.

Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership Patient Enhancement Award

In October 1997, the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at Lakewood Health System was the winner of the Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership Patient Enhancement Award. Lakewood Health System was the very first in the state of Minnesota to implement a universal newborn hearing screening program where all babies born at the hospital are screened by our lab team for hearing loss before discharge.

Distinguished Service Award

In April 1998, the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at Lakewood Health System was honored by the Minnesota Speech, Language, Hearing Association by being awarded the Distinguished Service Award.

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