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Please contact our Employment and Recruiting Representative if you need assistance with the online application process.

As one of the primary employers in the Staples area, Lakewood Health System is continually looking for motivated, dedicated and compassionate leaders who are passionate about delivering the best in healthcare services. And with our comprehensive employee orientation, our employee recognition programs and our overall drive to help YOU succeed, you’ll be sure to find job satisfaction right here at Lakewood Health System. Take a look! One of our current job openings may be a perfect fit for YOU. Whether you’re an employee or a patient at Lakewood Health System, you are family.

Click on the "Videos" icon on the right to view more information about Lakewood Health System, and hear from some of our employees.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. We are pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request. 


  • Recipient of “Best Minnesota Rural Workplace"
  • National Rural Health Team Award from Health Leaders Media
  • Healthiest Workplace Award from MN Psychological Association
  • Employee engagement score ranks in the 96th percentile in Avatar HR Solutions Healthcare Engagement database.
  • 90% + Press Ganey customer satisfaction scores
  • Click on "About" (above, in the orange area) and then "Quality" to see how Lakewood scores from a quality and safety standpoint. 

Lakewood Health System is a progressive leader in modern medicine. Programs such as our Medical Home have been recognized state and nationwide. Our reputation as an early adopter of the health care home has allowed Lakewood Health System and physician champion Dr. John Halfen the opportunity mentor other facilities through their implementation.  Our coordinated care programs like Medical Home and Palliative Care have allowed our medical staff to provide comprehensive care to those who need it the most.

HR Solutions recently awarded Lakewood Health System with a Best-in-Class® Seal. This honor is rewarded to select organizations whose employee survey scores are within the top 10 percent of Employee Engagement and Overall Job Satisfaction levels. Research shows that engaged employees are more productive employees. They are more customer-focused, and safer. The results of the survey tell us that overall, Lakewood employees enjoy coming to work every day, and feel a true sense of fulfillment and passion for what they do.


More than 30 physicians, specialists and physician extenders have made Lakewood Health System their “home” for practicing medicine. Our culture is very family-orientated and friendly. We work with our friends, neighbors, and even family members. Our caring environment is evident as soon as someone walks in the door. Our providers agree:

“Patients tell me daily that they feel cared about as an individual – from getting assistance in the parking lot -- to the reception process – to nursing interaction. I’ve never worked anywhere else where the staff works so well together.”

“My favorite thing about working here is the people. This is a friendly work environment and our employees really care about our patients.”

Lakewood Health System offers medical staff an opportunity to practice within a broad spectrum of care. The wide scope of our on-staff specialists and visiting partners allows providers to deliver the comprehensive care patients needs, all in one place. 

Lakewood Health System offers more than just stable work. We truly value work-life balance, and here, you’ll find less required working and on-call days. You are the keeper of your career path at Lakewood Health System. We accommodate that by customizing a plan based on your interests and needs. It’s a partnership. A team. Our providers agree:

“This is an independent system governed by an administration that listens to its providers and emphasizes the importance of primary care.”

“The working atmosphere is always friendly and supportive. The physicians work well together and are responsive to requests for consults or other assistance.”

“My work seems to be valued by my patients and colleagues.”


The historic, quaint town of Staples is located in north central Minnesota (Todd County) and has a population of approximately 3,000 people. Its neighbor, Motley, is just a few miles away and has another 1,000 people. The two towns collaborate on many community-wide initiatives, including the local school system. Staples boasts many attractive store fronts and businesses in the downtown area, giving it a “Main Street USA” feel.
Staples is proud of its rich history and accomplishments in the areas of business, education, health care, athletics and cultural activities. Community involvement, passion, and loyalty is alive and well in Staples -- From the town rallying around local sports teams, to attending concerts and other fine arts-related events, to supporting local philanthropic efforts, to cultural activities representing the strong Scandinavian & Finnish ancestries in the area.
Other Staples attractions include Central Lakes Community College, a historic brick train station built in 1909, a municipal airport, a weekly newspaper -- Staples World, The Vintage Golf Course, an eclectic mix of restaurants and coffee shops, and a variety of retail stores to meet just about anyone’s shopping or gift-giving needs.

To learn more about why this area is a perfect place to work, live, learn and play, visit the Greater Staples Website at:

Our employees appreciate and enjoy living here for many different reasons:  

“The beautiful nights of moonlight on snow. Quiet sunsets on the lake and loons crying into the night. Beauty all around every day.”

“No matter where I am, someone always offers a hand – and this is important since I’m in a wheelchair. Sometimes I’ll have THREE people offer to help me fill my car – even in the snow!”

This is a friendly community with opportunities to get involved in activities and community planning/development.


I enjoy the lifestyle here. It’s rural, yet very accessible to larger areas for shopping, dining, etc.

For an afternoon outing or weekend getaway, there are many destinations - just a short car ride away - that showcase all the best that the Midwest has to offer!
Brainerd Lakes Area ~ 25 miles:
Ottertail County ~ 40 miles:
Alexandria ~ 60 miles:
St. Cloud ~ 65 miles:
Minneapolis / Saint Paul ~ 120 miles:

Click on the "links" icon to the right to view links to other resources in the area.

Make a Difference – Join our Team!
Last year, volunteers donated more than 3,000 hours of service to Lakewood Health System. Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer! People like you are an essential piece to the high-quality care we offer our patients and residents. There are numerous opportunities available so we’ll be sure to find the best match for your time, talent and skills.

How Do I Become A Volunteer?
For more information about becoming a volunteer at Lakewood Health System, please contact the Volunteer Office at 218-894-8524, or click on the 'Documents' icon to the right. Print off and fill out the volunteer packet, and send to the address below:

Lakewood Health System
Volunteer Coordinator
49725 County 83
Staples, MN 56479

Who Can Volunteer?
Lakewood Health System volunteers are women and men at least 14 years of age or older. There is no minimum time commitment for volunteers. Whether you wish to come every week or once every month, we are glad to welcome you as part of our caring and attentive organization.

As a volunteer, there are a variety of positions available varying in the amount of patient contact and physical activity. Some of the opportunities include:

•  Staffing the Guest Services desk
•  Providing musical entertainment
•  Clerical/office tasks
•  Knitting baby caps/quilts
•  Gift shop assistant
•  Visiting with residents & patients
•  Many more!

How Will I Benefit From Volunteering?
As a volunteer at Lakewood Health System you will benefit greatly, as will those around you. Volunteering gives you the chance to:

•  Utilize your talents, develop new skills and explore interests
•  Receive complimentary meals and snacks
•  Receive recognition through events and awards
•  Socialize, network and connect with people in our community
•  Stay active and exercise
•  Live a longer, happier, healthier life
•  Make a difference in the lives of patients and their families

We look forward to hearing from you and having you become part of the Lakewood family! Lakewood Health System volunteers and our health care team share one common goal of providing “quality, personalized healthcare for a lifetime”. Because one person can make a great difference…

Volunteer Coordinator
Employment and Recruiting Representative
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Main Campus

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