Fairview Range Earns Governor’s Safety Award for 5th Consecutive Year

HIBBING — Fairview Range was recognized for the 5th year in a row for superior performance in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon on May 10 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The organization is one of 279 employers that were honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council.

“Congratulations to Fairview Range for helping to make life safer inside their organization and beyond,” said Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council.

“Employee safety is one of our top priorities and receiving this award for the past five years recognizes that,” said Patrick Sharp, Interim President and CEO at Fairview Range. “We continue to be committed to ensuring Fairview Range is a safe place to work and practice.”

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. Winners are recognized at three levels:

• Meritorious Achievement (182 winners): Incidence rates that are better than the industry average for at least three years, and a score between 50 and 74 on a 100-point safety program evaluation scale.

• Outstanding Achievement (59 winners): Continuing improvement and/or a continuing outstanding record with incident rates that are 51-90 percent better than the industry average, and a score between 75 and 90 on the safety program evaluation scale.

• Award of Honor (38 winners): Incidence rates at least 91% better than the industry average and a score between 91 and 100 on the safety program evaluation scale.

Fairview Range received a Meritorious Achievement Award in Occupational Safety.

The Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon is part of the 84th Minnesota Safety & Health Conference, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. The conference is the oldest and largest gathering of workplace safety and health professionals in the region. The Minnesota Safety Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minnesota by preventing unintentional injuries (“accidents”).

Fairview Range is a family of medical providers based in Hibbing, and includes Fairview Range Medical Center, Fairview Mesaba Clinics (with locations in Hibbing, Nashwauk and Mountain Iron), home care, hospice and a medical supply provider. Fairview Range offers more than 60 medical services, including ENT, surgery, urology, occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, radiation therapy, sleep lab, sports medicine and obstetrics/gynecology, and also owns Fairview Range Greenview Residence, a memory care facility, located on the medical campus.

Julie Lange joins Orthopaedic Associates as certified athletic trainer

HIBBING — Orthopaedic Associates of Hibbing, P.A. is pleased to announce that Julie Lange has joined the practice as a certified athletic trainer in Hibbing.

Lange will provide athletic training services to all athletic teams at both Hibbing Community College and Hibbing High School.

A graduate of Minnesota State University in Mankato, Lange received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. She also obtained a master’s degree in athletic training at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Lange has been assisting the Hibbing communities at Hibbing Community College and Hibbing High School for over 25 years. Lange is a certified ImPact™ trained athletic trainer and has an extensive background in concussion assessments and testing.

Melissa “Gus” Kriske will also be joining Orthopaedic Associates, as a part time staff member. Kriske is a graduate of University of Wisconsin in Superior, WI with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a strong emphasis in athletic training. In 2007, Kriske then received her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing from St. Scholastica in Duluth. She will be working part-time to fill in for Julie as needed. In addition to working for Orthopaedic Associates, she is a full-time hospice nurse.

Serving the region 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 Hibbing, P.A. is located at 3429 East Beltline in Hibbing.


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