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Lakewood Health System Receives Inclusive Workforce Employer Designation

Lakewood Health System Receives Inclusive Workforce Employer Designation

The Regional Workforce Alliance (RWA) of Northwest Minnesota has recognized Lakewood Health System is an Inclusive Workforce Employer (I-WE) for their commitment to, and development of, an inclusive and equitable culture within their business and region. The I-WE designation was created to recognize and promote inclusive employers, reduce regional disparities and bring awareness to the […]

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Dr. Marie Nelson Joins Lakewood Health System Medical Staff

Dr. Marie Nelson Joins Lakewood Health System Medical Staff

Marie Nelson, OB/GYN, is the newest member of the Lakewood Health System Women’s Health team. Originally from Brainerd, MN, Dr. Nelson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the North […]

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Lakewood Health System Named a Top 200 Workplace in Minnesota

Lakewood Health System Named a Top 200 Workplace in Minnesota

Lakewood Health System has been named one of the Top 200 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list of those selected is available at StarTribune.com and was published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 19. Lakewood was ranked 41st on the list for ‘large’ employers. Produced by […]

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Lakewood to Offer Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Lakewood to Offer Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Lakewood Health System, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, will be offering a support group for caregivers of those with loved ones diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The group will meet the first Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Burlington room, located through Door C at Lakewood’s Senior […]

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Lakewood Health System Launches ‘Walk with a Doc’ Program

Lakewood Health System Launches ‘Walk with a Doc’ Program

Lakewood Health System is encouraging area residents to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc, a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk every Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at Lakewood’s Main Campus in Staples, starting Thursday, May 26th. (All participants should meet outside the main entrance prior to […]

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Lakewood Foundation ‘Night of Giving’ Dinner and Auction Raised $45,000

Lakewood Foundation ‘Night of Giving’ Dinner and Auction Raised $45,000

The Lakewood Health System Foundation held its ‘Night of Giving’ dinner and auction fundraiser on Friday, April 29th, 2022. One hundred and ninety-six people attended the event, with additional online auction participants bidding in the week leading up to the dinner and auction. In total, the event raised approximately $45,000, all of which will help […]

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Bjerga is Named Lakewood Health System’s Next President and CEO 

Bjerga is Named Lakewood Health System’s Next President and CEO 

Lisa Bjerga, CPA, MBA, has been named the next president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Lakewood Health System, effective January 1, 2023. Bjerga will succeed current Lakewood President and CEO Tim Rice, who will retire after over 42 years of service. This decision concludes a nearly two-year succession planning process in which members of […]

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Klous Joins Lakewood Health System Medical Staff

Klous Joins Lakewood Health System Medical Staff

Joshua Klous, family nurse practitioner, is the newest member of the Lakewood Health System Emergency Medicine team. Originally from Onamia, MN, Klous received his undergraduate degree from the College of St. Scholastica, and his Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University. He is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Klous […]

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Dr. Peter Neifert Joins Lakewood Health System Behavioral Health Staff

Dr. Peter Neifert Joins Lakewood Health System Behavioral Health Staff

Dr. Peter Neifert, psychiatrist, is the newest member of the Lakewood Health System Behavioral Health team. Born in Honolulu, HI and raised in Colorado, Dr. Neifert majored in chemistry at Colorado College and received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School. He completed a combined civilian/active-duty Air Force residency in psychiatry at Wright State/Wright-Patterson Air […]

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Seth Witthuhn Joins Lakewood Health System Medical Staff

Seth Witthuhn Joins Lakewood Health System Medical Staff

Seth Witthuhn, nurse practitioner (NP-C), is the newest member of the Lakewood Health System Family Medicine team. Originally from Wadena, MN, Witthuhn received his Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University. He is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Witthuhn is an advanced practice registered nurse with a special interest […]

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Ryan Skoog Joins Lakewood’s Orthopedics Team

Ryan Skoog Joins Lakewood’s Orthopedics Team

Ryan Skoog, physician assistant, joins the Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) and Lakewood orthopedics team at Lakewood Health System. Originally from Menahga, Skoog received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota, and his graduate degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and […]

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Kelly Metz Joins Lakewood’s Family Medicine Provider Team

Kelly Metz Joins Lakewood’s Family Medicine Provider Team

Kelly Metz, Doctor of Nursing Practice, joins the family medicine team at Lakewood Health System. Originally from Inver Grove Heights, MN, Metz received her undergraduate degree from Bemidji State University and her doctoral degree from Metropolitan State University. Her clinical work was completed at Lakewood. As a family medicine provider, Metz is focused on caring […]

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