Hospice Volunteers Needed

Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospice is looking for volunteers – people dedicated to providing compassionate care for patients so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.

Essentia trains volunteers in hospice philosophy, spiritual care, grief and bereavement, infection control and symptom management, among other things via online training and face-to-face meetings. Hospice volunteer opportunities include patient and family support, office support, phone calling and house support at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. There is an especially great need for volunteers all along the North Shore to Silver Bay, the Superior area, Grand Rapids and the Iron Range, and for people with musical skills and volunteers for military veterans.

Anyone who is interested is welcome to complete the free training. For more information, please contact:

Katie Neff Dawson (Duluth Area) 218-786-4020 katie.neff.dawson@essentiahealth.org

Katie Bird (Virginia Area) 218-749-7975 katrina.bird@essentiahealth.org

Fairview Range receives Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation

HIBBING — Fairview Range Medical Center joins an elite group of hospitals that have received international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility, giving expectant mothers extra reassurance they are receiving the best possible care.

The recognition, developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization, reflects Fairview Range’s uncompromising commitment to offering optimal levels of care for mother and baby.

“We are so proud to have achieved Baby-Friendly designation,” said Caren Hardy, Director of Surgical Services and Women’s Health & Birth Center at Fairview Range. “The hard work and commitment given by our Women’s Health and Birth Center Team is duly noted by receiving the Baby-Friendly Certification, and demonstrates Fairview Range’s commitment to continually improving the health and well-being of women and infants.”

This international award recognizes birth facilities offering breastfeeding mothers the encouragement, information, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

“We plan to continue our work with partners in our community, such as Public Health, to support families’ commitment to breastfeeding,” said Amy Tuthill, Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health at Fairview Range. “This partnership has been an integral part of the long process of achieving Baby-Friendly status and supporting strong and healthy communities.”

Data shows significant health benefits for infants who breastfeed and their mothers. Breast milk provides several health advantages beginning at birth and continuing over a lifetime. These include a stronger immune system and fewer respiratory illnesses, ear infections and gastrointestinal issues and reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

Benefits to moms include more rapid weight loss and reduced risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and acquiring ovarian and breast cancer later in life.

In addition, Fairview Range knows the first moments after a newborn’s birth is a very special time for babies and parents. As part of the Baby Friendly Initiative, most babies spend the first hour after birth with mom instead of spending much of their time in the nursery.

This “Golden Hour” encourages a new mom to hold her baby immediately after delivery providing continuous and uninterrupted skin-to-skin bonding time. During this time, non-essential procedures, such as weighing the baby, are delayed. The Golden Hour is important in many ways, including facilitating the initiation of breastfeeding.

Derek DuSold, Patient Care Supervisor at Fairview Range, commented, “We’ve worked hard to provide education, support and care to new mothers and their babies to ensure they get a healthy start. Every aspect of our care has been improved by the pursuit of this designation and reflects our passion in doing the best we can for those we serve.”

“This recognition reflects Fairview Range’s commitment to providing excellent care for growing families,” said Patrick Sharp, President and CEO at Fairview Range, “and comes after a lengthy and rigorous review process. We are all extremely proud of our staff and happy for our community.”

For more information about Fairview Range’s Women’s Health and Birth Center, please call 218-362-6641 or visit www.fairview.org/range.

Orthopaedic Associates Announces Score 500 Campaign

DULUTH – In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, Orthopaedic Associates is showing appreciation and support to the communities in which they practice by donating $500 to 50 different local sports teams.

Orthopaedic Associates finds importance in being involved within their communities and are grateful for the support the areas in which they serve show them. Due to this, throughout 2019 Orthopaedic Associates is giving back!

Through their Score 500 program, Orthopaedic Associates will be selecting teams each month to be awarded $500. Starting in February, recipients will be announced at the end of each month.

To be considered for a Score 500 donation, a team can submit an application and how they would benefit from the money at oaduluth.com/Score500. Eligible teams need to be within the practicing areas of Orthopaedic Associates and can range from youth to adult and organized to club. Any individual can submit a team for consideration.

For 50 years, Orthopaedic Associates’ team of board-certified surgeons has been setting the standard for orthopaedic care in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. As an independent specialty group, their focus is on their patients and the communities in which they serve.

The physicians, therapists, nurses, and trainers are continually dedicated to working with their patients from diagnosis to recovery. With specialties including general orthopaedics and fracture care, total joint replacement, arthroscopy, trauma, and sports medicine, Orthopaedic Associates’ goal is to get all patients back to their full range of living after injury.

Serving the Northland since 1969, Orthopaedic Associates offers a complete range of diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services with ten surgeons and a team of professionally trained staff. Orthopaedic Associates of Duluth, P.A. is located at 1000 East First Street, Suite 404, in Duluth with a second therapy office at 4310 Menard Drive, Suite 400, in Hermantown, and a clinic at 3429 E. Beltline in Hibbing.

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