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
Sep 21, 2020
Lakewood Health System has an opening for a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner at Lakewood Reflections, our intensive inpatient behavioral health unit. This position would also provide coverage as needed for Senior Services including the Lakewood Care Center, Lakewood Pines and Lakewood Manor. 32-hours per week, Monday – Friday. Opportunity to provide coverage in Saturday clinic and for weekend Emergency Department shifts alongside a physician. Qualifications Nurse Practitioner qualifications: Current licensure as an APRN in the state of MN required. Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner required. Physician Assistant qualifications: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Certification required. All candidates must also have current BLS, ACLS, NRP, and have current ATLS course credentials. All candidates must have the ability to work independently, exhibit excellent interpersonal communication skills and project a positive image for...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
Sep 21, 2020
Lakewood Health System has an opening for a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner in the Staples Family Medicine clinic. Shifts: 10:00AM to 8:00PM; Monday - Thursday Opportunity to provide coverage in Saturday Walk-In Clinic (8:00AM – Noon) and for weekend Emergency Department shifts alongside a physician. Must be willing to provide coverage as needed to our satellite clinics. Qualifications Nurse Practitioner qualifications: Current licensure as an APRN in the state of MN required. Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner required. Physician Assistant qualifications: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Certification required. All candidates must also have current BLS, ACLS, NRP, and have current ATLS course credentials. All candidates must have the ability to work independently, exhibit excellent interpersonal communication skills and project a positive image for Lakewood Health System and its entities.   Application Deadline:  Open...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
Sep 18, 2020
Lakewood Health System has an opening for a Part-time Universal Worker - PM Shift at their Assisted Living location(s). This is a part-time position working 32-40 per pay period.   The Universal Worker assists with activities of daily living to our tenants in a caring, safe and efficient manner.   Responsibilities: Assists with housekeeping and laundry services for our tenants. Involved in preparing and assisting with tenant activities and encourages participation. Assists with tenant’s daily dining experience and clean-up tasks. Performs safety checks Qualifications Qualifications: 1. CNA Preferred but willing to train 2. High School Diploma/GED 3. Certified Home Health Aide or Certified Nursing Assistant preferred, but will train 4. Ability to demonstrate safe and proper techniques for chemical use 5. Able to relate to tenants and interact in a pleasant manner Open until filled. Lakewood Health System is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer (Minorities...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
Sep 18, 2020
We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced Clinic LPN to join our Dermatology team to support our growing service lines. The Clinic LPN assists the care team with the implementation and coordination of patient care.  This position will work with patient flow by escorting patients to exam rooms, obtaining and recording vital statistics and reviewing/updating patient records for allergies and medications.  The Clinic LPN will also assist/instruct patient in preparation for the exam by MD and assist with medical care procedures and techniques as directed by MD. This includes assisting MD with biopsies, excisions, and other.  The Clinic LPN will also be responsible to clean, organize, and restock the exam rooms and will respond to patient phone calls and emails using established protocols. The Clinic LPN will also be scribing for the provider.  This is a full-time position located in our Sartell, MN clinic.  This position will also do occasional outreach in our Staples, MN...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
Sep 11, 2020
Lakewood Health System has an opening for a part-time Emergency Department Admitting Clerk.   This is a part-time position working 48 hours every two weeks between the hours of 2:00PM - 10:00PM.  Must be willing to work rotating weekends and occasional holidays.   The Emergency Department Admitting Clerk is responsible for timely and accurate registration of Emergency Department patients. This candidate will be representing Lakewood Health System in a professional manner by providing excellent customer service. This position is also responsible for the accuracy and completeness of all in-take patient admission documentation. The Admitting Clerk will be answering, directing and acting as a patient advocate over the phone and in person.   Ideal candidate must have strong communication skills, be detailed oriented, extremely organized and with the ability to pay attention to details. This position is based in our Emergency Room setting and the ideal candidate needs to be able to...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
Sep 09, 2020
Lakewood Health System has an opening for a Part-time Clinic Receptionist/Scheduler at our Dermatology Clinic located in Sartell.   The Clinic Receptionist/Scheduler is responsible for providing professional reception and scheduling services to patients, visitors and staff in a clinic setting.  Applicants must support the mission and vision of Lakewood Health System through adherence to the Employee Standards of Behavioral Excellence, concern for internal and external customers, contribution of ideas and suggestions, and regular and punctual attendance. Must be versatile, possess a happy and welcoming disposition, excellent communication skills and be able to work under pressure. At times the position will be extremely busy and will demand a person who can multi-task.   Essential Duties:   •Receives patients and visitors and ascertains their needs to assist them using a caring and professional manner. •Secures demographic and financial information from patients or family,...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
Sep 04, 2020
Lakewood Health System has an opening for a casual Radiology Technologist. The Radiology Technologist performs x-ray procedures and duties of the Radiology Department. They are responsible for producing quality radiologic and providing a safe environment for patient and/or co-workers in accordance with applicable safety standards. The positions are casual - covering various shifts as needed. Qualifications 1. Graduate of an accredited school of radiology (24-month course) or more, or a new graduate awaiting board exam. 2. Currently registered by the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) or soon to be. 3. Maintain CEU's as set by the ARRT. 4. Interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with physician staff and patients. 5. Basic computer skills.   Application Deadline:  Open until filled   Lakewood Health System is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer (Minorities / Females / Disabled / Veterans) and Equal Opportunity Provider.  All...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
Aug 19, 2020
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...
Lakewood Health System Staples, MN 56479
Jul 24, 2020
Lakewood Health System's Radiology Department has an opening for a full-time Ultrasound Technologist.   The Ultrasound Technologist performs ultrasound procedures as necessitated by workload, processes patient exam orders and charges and assists in departmental scheduling and office duties when workload allows. This position will work directly with our OB/GYN department.   This is a full-time position working 64-80 hours every two weeks; M-F on various shifts rotating through hospital and satellite clinics where needed and taking call rotation.   Qualifications 1. Currently registered by the ARDMS 2. Interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with physicians, staff and patients 3. Basic computer skills 4. Good customer services skills and a team player 5. Must have prior OB experience 6. Must have Vascular experience and have RVT credentials or obtain within one year of hire 7. MSK experience a plus   Application Deadline: Open until filled   Lakewood...