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Welcoming New Providers – Kaneski and Smeby

Welcoming New Providers – Kaneski and Smeby

Barbara Kaneski, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Lisa Smeby, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), are the newest primary care providers to join Lakewood Health System’s medical staff. Originally from Duluth, Barb completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the College of St. Scholastica. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. As […]

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Free Bicycle Helmets to be Distributed to Area Children

Free Bicycle Helmets to be Distributed to Area Children

The Lakewood Health System Foundation will be distributing free bicycle helmets at its clinics to area children as part of its an annual “Helmets Worth Wearing” program. The program will kick off on Monday, May 14th, and will continue through Wednesday, May 23rd. Children of all ages will be properly fitted and given a free […]

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Improved Ear Tube Procedure is Setting Lakewood Apart

Improved Ear Tube Procedure is Setting Lakewood Apart

We’re always looking for those things that set us apart from the rest; the next big thing that makes us special or unique. In the healthcare industry, this is especially true, and when that “thing” is a procedure that can provide patients with increased safety and a quicker recovery, even better. The Hummingbird ear tube […]

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New Partnership with Children’s Minnesota Keeps Care Closer to Home

New Partnership with Children’s Minnesota Keeps Care Closer to Home

When something happens to your child, it feels like the world should come to a standstill. You want every person, every resource and every tool possible to care for them. Thanks to a new partnership with Children’s Minnesota, one of the largest and most regarded pediatric health systems in the country, Lakewood can now deliver […]

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Staples Clinic Expansion Officially Open

Staples Clinic Expansion Officially Open

Approximately 250 community members turned out for the official ribbon-cutting and opening of the newly expanded Staples clinic on Friday, January 5. Project partners, Lakewood Board members, local business owners and members of the media were present to hear words from Lakewood Board Chairs, Loren Morey and Mary Theurer; Lakewood COO/CNO, Teresa Fisher; and Lakewood […]

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Switching Paths

Switching Paths

“I’m from the cities, and I’d never really thought about rural medicine, but I came to Lakewood for a one-month summer intern program between my first and second years of school and thought the facility, providers and staff were amazing. They were doing such great things, which got me thinking about family medicine, so I […]

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Coming Home

Coming Home

“I used to joke that I wished there was a pediatric/OB specialty because that’s what I wanted to do. Dr. [Dave] Freeman told me, ‘That’s family medicine!’ Of course, he was right, so that’s what I decided to do.” After receiving her medical degree from the University of Minnesota, and completing her family medicine residency […]

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Expansion Updates – October

Expansion Updates – October

Fall has arrived, and that means some of the final touches are being done on a couple of Lakewood’s building and expansion projects. Staples Clinic The first-floor drywall hanging and taping is completed, and 60% of that floor is painted. Drywall on the lower level is 50% complete, and painting will begin next week. The […]

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Call Me Crazy – The Joys of Joint Replacement

Call Me Crazy – The Joys of Joint Replacement

Almost a year to the day, Gayle Christenson had knee replacement surgery at Lakewood Health System on October 4, 2016. “I’d known about Lakewood’s Joint Connection program: A Walk in the Park from having previously worked at Lakewood for many years, as well as hearing about it from others who’ve had replacements, but it was […]

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Breast cancer patient finds total team support at Lakewood

Breast cancer patient finds total team support at Lakewood

It was a typical January Friday night for many families in Minnesota and from the outside, the Horner family of Cushing appeared no different. Myra and her husband, Rodney, and daughter, Shelby headed to a St. Cloud State Huskies hockey game. It was their last family activity before Shelby headed back to college at Southwest […]

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Lakewood’s Foundation Golf Classic Raises $19,000

Lakewood’s Foundation Golf Classic Raises $19,000

The 24th Annual Lakewood Health System Foundation Golf Classic, co-sponsored by Nyhus Chevrolet-Buick and First International Bank & Trust of Staples, was held on August 24th at The Vintage at Staples with a total of $19,000 raised for children’s health and wellness programs. The Fish Guys team handed in the winning scorecard for the 18-hole […]

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Finding that Feeling

Finding that Feeling

 “It sounds so corny, but it’s true; I came to Lakewood because of the people, and the family feel of the organization.” When she arrived at Lakewood Health System as a Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) student in 2012, Dr. Kaitlyn Schoeck had no idea she’d be back to begin her medical practice here five […]

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