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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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COVID-19 Vaccines, Monoclonal Antibody Therapy and Testing Available at Lakewood Health System

COVID-19 Vaccines, Monoclonal Antibody Therapy and Testing Available at Lakewood Health System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children five to 11. This approval makes the Pfizer vaccine the only one currently available to everyone ages five and up. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved and available to […]

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Entering Fall with a Surge in COVID-19 Cases

Entering Fall with a Surge in COVID-19 Cases

We are in the midst of another COVID-19 surge – at Lakewood Health System, in our region, state and country. Just as things were feeling more like “business as usual,” positive COVID cases have steadily increased since late summer, due to the highly-contagious Delta variant. This has caused us to reinstate some of our COVID […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinics

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinics

Lakewood is holding COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics October 4th-7th from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at our Main Campus (enter through Entrance B on the south end of the building). Call 218-894-1515 (option 2) to schedule or register online. Walk-ins are available. Please bring your vaccine card to your appointment. There will also be a drive […]

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Lakewood Announces Partnership with Twin Cities Orthopedics

Lakewood Announces Partnership with Twin Cities Orthopedics

Lakewood Health System is partnering with Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) to provide world-class orthopedic care to patients at Lakewood. We are continually working to advance and improve the care we provide patients, and TCO—proud sports medicine partner of the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, and St. Paul Saints—will allow us to do just that. “Partnering with a […]

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