Lakewood Health System



Lakewood Health System is an independent, integrated rural healthcare system. We have been caring for the health of our community for over 70 years, and are continually striving to not only meet, but exceed the expectations of our patients. With a hospital, five primary care clinics, a senior care center, two assisted living facilities, a dermatology clinic and skin and laser center, Lakewood works with patients to recognize and meet their healthcare goals. Lakewood is a recognized leader in providing innovative, patient-based care including women’s specialty services, senior services, surgical and outreach care, all of which help us give our patients the best possible care and service.

Our Mission is to provide quality, personalized healthcare for a lifetime.

Our Vision is to be the region's top value healthcare organization by 2019.

We Value open communication, innovation, personalized service, ownership, and integrity.

Lakewood is home to over 800 employees. In addition to the services provided by the full-time primary care medical staff, the hospital and clinic also have specialists, visiting and on-staff, in cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, nephrology, OB/GYN, ophthalmology, orthopedics, physical medicine, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry, pulmonology, radiology, rheumatology and urology.


Awards

2013 – Awarded the 2013 Women's Choice Award for America's 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience
2013 – Awarded the 2013 Women's Choice Award for America's 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics
2013 – Awarded UCare Minnesota’s Overall Performance Quality of Care for the third year in a row
2013 – Awarded the Best-in-Class® Seal by HR Solutions for the second year in a row
2012 – Lakewood's IT division was recognized as one of the five best IT small hospital workplaces in the country for the second year in a row by Healthcare IT News
2012 – Awarded UCare Minnesota’s Overall Performance Quality of Care for the second year in a row
2012 – Awarded a Best-in-Class® Seal by HR Solutions. This honor is for select organizations whose employee survey scores are within the top 10 percent of Employee Engagement and Overall Job Satisfaction levels
2012 – Named the nationwide winner of Akro-Mils® Before & After Room Reorganization Photo Contest
2011 – Lakewood's IT division was recognized as one of the five best IT small hospital workplaces in the country by Healthcare IT News
2011 – Awarded UCare Minnesota’s Overall Performance Quality of Care
2011 – Recipient of the Minnesota Hospital Association Career Promotion Award for promotion of healthcare careers and summer internship program
2011 – Lakewood Health System received the Environmental Excellence Award from SteriMed for implementing initiatives that reduce waste and costs
2010 – Lakewood Health Care Home model is dubbed by the Minnesota Department of Health as an innovative “Successful Model”
2010 – Recipient of two bronze Aster Awards for Excellence in Medical Marketing
2010 – Recipient of the 2010 Good Catch for Patient Safety Award on behalf of the Minnesota Hospital Association
2010 – Lakewood Health System Social Services Director recipient of Prairie Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 award
2010 – Recipient of the MHA Innovation of the Year in Patient Care – Small Hospitals Category
2010 – Recipient of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award by the Minnesota Psychological Association
2009 – Lakewood Health System President, Tim Rice, recipient of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Rural Health Hero Award
2008 – Recipient of the Minnesota Hospital Association SAFE initiatives award
2008 – Recipient of the nationally-recognized HealthLeaders Media Top Leadership Team Award (small hospital category)
2008 – Dr. Bill Mennis and Dr. Ted Lelwica, both Lakewood family physicians, are joint-recipients of the Staples Community Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award
2007 – Recipient of the Minnesota Hospital Association award for Health-Care Career Promotion (small hospital category)
2005 – Recipient of the CentraCare Spirit of Caring Award
2005 – Lakewood Health System employee, Helen Kimball, was the recipient of the Minnesota Hospital Association Caregiver of the Year award
2002 – Recipient of the Minnesota Department of Health Rural Health Hero Award
2002 – Recipient of the Minnesota Department of Health Rural Health Team Award
2002 – Recipient of the Minnesota Hospital Association Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace

2008 SAFE Initiatives Award
The Minnesota Hospital Association awards hospitals that show excellence in patient safety initiatives including SAFE Skin, SAFE Falls, SAFE Site and SAFE Count. Lakewood Health System has been recognized in all four categories and continues to practice SAFE initiatives.

2013 Nurse - Caregiver of the Year
Katie Paine-Santos, RN Coordinator for Lakewood Care Center's Memory Care Unit was named Nurse - Caregiver of the Year by Care Providers of Minnesota. This award is given to a nurse who displays extraordinary skills in caring for individuals residing in a nursing facility, assisted living establishment, or receiving care at home.

2005 Spirit of Caring Award
The CentraCare Health Foundation announced that “Methamphetamine: The Facts” was one of this year’s recipients of the “Spirit of Caring” award. Bev Nelsen, Staff Nurse/Occupational Health/Education and long-time employee at Lakewood Health System, was presented the award on November 9, 2005 at CentraCare Health System.

Caregiver of the Year
Helen Kimball, a certified resident assistant with Lakewood Health System in Staples has been named the Minnesota Health & Housing Alliance's District D "Caregiver of the Year." This award is given annually to a direct care employee in each of MHHA's seven geographical districts. The award honors individuals who go "above and beyond" to enhance and enrich the quality of life for seniors in their communities; who have demonstrated their commitment to Minnesota's elderly; and have shown exceptional service to a MHHA-member facility and their residents.

Innovation of the Year
Lakewood Health System was named recipient of the Innovation of the Year award in Patient Care Enhancement by the Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership at its annual meeting near Brainerd in September. The hospital received the award for its newborn hearing screening program. The association presents the award annually to a hospital or health system that has developed a creative, new method or model for health care delivery.

Rural Health Hero Award
At the Minnesota Rural Summit Conference sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health Primary Care, Mel Nefstead, Board Chair of Lakewood Health System, Staples, was presented the Minnesota Rural Health Hero Award.

Rural Health Team Award
Lakewood Health System and Freshwater Education District of Staples were awarded the outstanding Rural Health Team Award at the Minnesota Rural Summit sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health Primary Care. Lakewood Health System and Freshwater Education District received the Outstanding Rural Health Team for the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Clinic.

Team Achievement Award
Care providers of Minnesota awarded Lakewood Health System the Team Achievement Award. Lakewood Health System has an employee group which teams up with administration in establishing overall facility philosophy as well as policies and procedures affecting employees and customers. This group is called Partners in Action. Partners in Action is a committee with employee and manager representation from each division. Partners in Action meets monthly with administration and has access to all minutes and meetings conducted by administration.

Trustee of the Year
Melvin Nefstead, chairman of the Lakewood Health System in Staples, received the Trustee of the Year award from the Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership at its annual meeting near Brainerd in September. The Trustee of the Year award is presented annually to a health care trustee for providing exceptional leadership to his or her hospital and the community.

Volunteer of the Year
Lillian Postel, a volunteer with Lakewood Health System in Staples has been named the Minnesota Health & Housing Alliance's District D "Volunteer of the Year." This award is given annually to a volunteer in each of MHHA's seven geographical districts. The award honors individuals who go "above and beyond" to enhance and enrich the quality of life for seniors in their communities; who have demonstrated their commitment to Minnesota's elderly; and have shown exceptional service to a MHHA-member facility and their residents.

Workplace of the Year
Lakewood Health System was presented the "Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace" Award at the Minnesota Hospital Associate (MHA) Trustee Conference this past January 17. The nomination was submitted by employees who felt Lakewood Health System implemented systems and programs to encourage employee participation, creating a work environment that meets employee needs and makes them feel valued.

Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership Patient Enhancement Award
In October 1997, the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at Lakewood Health System was the winner of the Minnesota Hospital and Healthcare Partnership Patient Enhancement Award. Lakewood Health System was the very first in the state of Minnesota to implement a universal newborn hearing screening program where all babies born at the hospital are screened by our lab team for hearing loss before discharge.

Distinguished Service Award
In April 1998, the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at Lakewood Health System was honored by the Minnesota Speech, Language, Hearing Association by being awarded the Distinguished Service Award.

 

Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
May 17, 2021
Full Time
Lakewood Health System is seeking a Full-time Clinic Specialist LPN/CMA to join our Women’s Health nursing team. The Clinic Specialist LPN/CMA assists the Women’s Health Team with the implementation and coordination of patient care.  The primary duty of the Clinic Specialist LPN/CMA is to support Lakewood Health System Women’s Health Providers. Tasks assigned will include: room preparation, completing the rooming process with the patient, assisting the provider with patient care, completing documentation within EPIC system, inbasket and phone support to the Women’s Health Specialty Care Team with the flexibility of floating when needed within the Care Team to provide coverage/support.  In this role you will assist with immunizations and medication administration, order supplies, medications, check out dates, clean and stock work areas as needed, and assist other members of the Women’s Health Team on a routine basis. This position will primarily be working with the Lakewood Health...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
May 17, 2021
Part Time
**$5,000 SIGN ON BONUS AVAILABLE** Lakewood Health System is seeking a part time RN on the PM shift for our Care Center. Our Care Center has recently been recognized as one of the top nursing homes nationally for resident safety and best practices.   The RN supervises that LPN, TMA’s and CRA’s are completing resident care within the policies and procedures and job description. The RN will implement the resident plan of care, correctly dispense medications and complete treatments as ordered, communicate written information concerning residents' needs and cares to appropriate staff, observe proper infection control and safety procedures, and practice good guest relations by responding in a positive manner to questions, suggestions and problems brought to their attention by residents, resident family members and other staff members. This is a part time position, working up to 48-56 hours every pay period with the following shifts available:  2 PM - 10:30 PM Monday - Friday and...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
May 17, 2021
Full Time
Lakewood Health System has an opening for a Full-Time Clinic LPN or CMA Clinical Scribe in our Family Practice Department.    The Clinic LPN or CMA's will be responsible for assisting with patient flow by escorting patients to exam rooms, obtaining and recording vital statistics, reviewing / updating patient records for allergies and medications following a standard rooming process, transcribing physician-patient encounters during office visits and assisting with the care team with various in basket tasks.    This is a Full-Time position working 64-80 hours per pay period, between the hours of 8:30AM – 5:00PM working in our Staples location as well as our Satellite clinics.  Qualifications Current MN LPN Licensure or Medical Assistant Certification  Current BLS certification  Excellent communication and typing skills  EPIC EHR experience preferred  Scribe training and/or experience preferred but not required  We reward our team with a flexible time off plan; health and...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
May 14, 2021
Full Time
The Radiology/Cardiac RN is responsible for nursing related activities within the Radiology Department and Cardiac Department. As an RN in the Cardiac Department he/she functions within the level of knowledge, experience and preparation to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the delivery of patient care in a Cardiac Stress Lab setting.  This RN demonstrates the ability to respond quickly and appropriately to emergency situations. This position would also operate and monitor the Holter Exercise Stress system in the stress lab. This Radiology RN will assess the patient's condition as related to the study ordered and assess the patient's condition during the study.  Will also perform appropriate nursing interventions (IV insertions, catheter inserts, assist with biopsies, and other diagnostic procedures performed by the radiologist). This is a part-time position working 32-63 per pay period. Duties Include: Will assist the radiologist with procedures sterile and non-sterile...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
May 14, 2021
Full Time
Lakewood Health System has an opening for a full-time Environmental Service Aide.   This is a full-time position working 64-80 hours per pay period between the hours of 5:30 AM - 3:00 PM.   Must be able to work some weekends and holidays.  The Environmental Service Aide is responsible for high quality housekeeping services at our Main and Senior Campus locations.   Duties include: Responsible for routinely cleaning inpatient and discharge rooms and other areas as assigned on our Main Campus or Senior Campus locations. Environmental Services Aides are responsible for dusting, vacuuming/sweeping/mopping floors, wall cleaning, emptying trash, running a floor scrubber and other housekeeping equipment as well as driving the laundry truck. Qualifications High School Diploma or GED equivalent Previous housekeeping experience preferred but not required Valid Driver’s License Excellent Customer Service Skills Must be a Team Player Attention to Detail Ability to lift and move moderate...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
May 14, 2021
Part Time
Lakewood Health System has an opening for a part-time Environmental Service Aide.   This is a part-time position working 34-48 hours per pay period between the hours of 7:00AM - 3:00PM must be able to work some weekends and holidays.  The Environmental Service Aide is responsible for high quality housekeeping services at our Main and Senior Campus locations.   Duties include: Responsible for routinely cleaning inpatient and discharge rooms and other areas as assigned on our Main Campus location to health care standards. Environmental Services Aides are responsible for dusting, vacuuming/sweeping/mopping floors, shampooing carpet, wall cleaning, emptying trash, running a floor scrubber and other housekeeping equipment, as well as driving the laundry truck.  Qualifications High School Diploma or GED equivalent Previous housekeeping experience preferred but not required Valid Driver’s License Excellent Customer Service Skills Must be a Team Player Attention to Detail Ability to...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
May 14, 2021
Full Time
Lakewood Health System has an opening for a full-time RN in their Emergency Department. The RN Emergency Department functions within the level of knowledge, experience and preparation to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the delivery of patient care particularly in emergent events.  This RN demonstrates the ability to respond quickly and appropriately to emergency situations, assumes the role of coordinator in emergency situations. This is a full-time position working 64-80 hours per pay period. Schedule will rotating shifts, weekends and holidays. Qualifications Current MN RN licensure AT LEAST 2 YEARS CURRENT ED RN EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED Current CPR Certification for ACLS, TNCC is required within 6 months of being hired STABLE and PALS certification is preferred Ability to work in team environment Critical thinking skills are required Ability mult-task   We reward our team with a flexible time off plan; health and wellness benefits and more.   Lakewood Health System is...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
Apr 28, 2021
Full Time
Lakewood Health System is seeking a full time RN to work  for our Care Center.  Our Care Center has recently been recognized as one of the top nursing homes nationally for resident safety and best practices.   The RN supervises that LPN, TMA’s and CRA’s are completing resident care within the policies and procedures and job description. The RN will implement the resident plan of care, correctly dispense medications and complete treatments as ordered, communicate written information concerning residents' needs and cares to appropriate staff, observe proper infection control and safety procedures, and practice good guest relations by responding in a positive manner to questions, suggestions and problems brought to their attention by residents, resident family members and other staff members.   This is a full time position working up to 64 hours per pay period with the following shifts available:   PM Shifts - 8 or 12 hour shifts and work every third weekend, 12 hours shifts and...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
Apr 16, 2021
Full Time
Lakewood Health System has an opening for a Full Time Nutrition Services Manager/Clinical Dietitian. This position is responsible for overall management of the Main Campus Nutritional Services Department and Clinical Nutritional Services to inpatient and outpatient areas in an independently owned and innovative health system.   Responsibilities: Responsible for team management including hiring, training, scheduling, and ongoing team development. Ensures 5-Star service and quality of food provided to patients and customers. Responsible for quality improvement activities within the department. Clinical dietetic opportunities in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Partner in community health activities.   This is a full-time position working 80 hours every two weeks. Qualifications Registered Dietitian licensure/certification as required by the State of MN Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice. Recent experience in hospital, outpatient, clinic and community health. Prior...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
Jan 05, 2021
Lakewood Health System values higher education and welcomes all aspiring clinical students and shadows.   Highlights Rural Healthcare at its Finest: Gain hands-on experience as you work alongside Our Team to provide excellent care in our 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, one of our five Primary Care Clinics, and/or our Level III Trauma Center.   Preceptorship: Build your skills and knowledge under the supervision and mentorship of dedicated preceptors who are passionate about teaching the next generation of rural healthcare providers.   Expectations You will gain “hands on experience” during clinical rotations in the profession you are passionate about. Learn from leading healthcare professionals. Apply what you've learned in the classroom to real-life situations. Help community members in their journey to a healthy lifestyle. Perform clinical duties with guidance from preceptor Maintain confidentiality Adheres to Lakewood Health Systems hours, policies and procedures Seeks...