New Orthopedic Surgeon for Stellis Health

New Orthopedic Surgeon Joins Stellis Health

Fellowship trained sports medicine and adult reconstruction orthopedic surgeon specialist Jim Lorge, DO, recently joined Stellis Health. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Lorge to our medical staff and community,” says Brent Wilde, CEO of Stellis Health. “His patient-first approach to care complements our orthopedics team and clinic philosophy perfectly.” “I enjoy taking care of the athlete, weekend warrior and the construction worker whose job is probably more physical than half the sports out there,” says Jim Lorge, DO, orthopedic surgeon at Stellis Health. “When considering surgeries like an ACL or meniscus repair, first and foremost I consider their quality

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Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner for Stellis Health

Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner Joins Stellis Health

Doctorate of nursing practice and certified family nurse practitioner Chris Elness, DNP, recently joined Stellis Health. “We are excited to welcome Chris to our medical team,” says Brent Wilde, CEO of Stellis Health. “He is a tremendous addition to our clinic and community, particularly his extensive experience in orthopedic care.” “I strive to deliver the highest quality, holistic orthopedic care to my patients and their families,” says Chris Elness, DNP. “I approach each patient individually and strive to provide tailored care that takes into account the bigger clinical picture.” Chris has a special interest and extensive experience in orthopedic care

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Steliis Health March Colonoscopies Blog

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month: Know Your Screening Options

When searching for birthday cards at the store, especially for a 50th birthday, inevitably you will find at least a handful with jokes regarding colonoscopies – “Look who’s all grown up and ready for a colonoscopy! Happy 50th Birthday!” There are a multitude of jokes, comics, and memes on the topic, but colorectal care and cancer prevention is no laughing matter. It is estimated that colon cancer causes 50,000 deaths annually. However, if detected early, it is also one of the most treatable forms of cancer.


It may be an uncomfortable topic, but colorectal care and cancer screening should never be

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Monticello Reopens March5 When it's Urgent We Provide Care

Urgent Care Reopens in Monticello on March 5

We are excited to announce that we are resuming Urgent Care services at our Monticello Clinic effective March 5, 2022! Back in December 2020, we temporarily closed operations in our Monticello Urgent Care due to staffing shortages while we kept our Buffalo Urgent Care open so we could continue to provide this important service for our communities.


Due to ongoing staffing shortages, we will continue requiring reservations at each location. Please note the updated operating hours at both locations effective Saturda

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Feb Womens Heart Blog for Stellis Health

Women’s Heart Disease Is Uniquely Their Own

Unless you’ve been previously diagnosed with a heart issue, when was the last time you worried about your heart’s next beat? Age, date, location, weather, activity – chances are your heart has pumped away tirelessly without you giving it a second thought. There is no time like the present to pay some attention to your ticker, especially amidst the COVID crisis, which has shown it can directly affect the hearts of those infected.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States,” says Kari Fabian, MD, internist and Chief Medical Officer

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Mammography ACR Accreditation Facility

Stellis Health Earns ACR Accreditation

Stellis Health has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.


The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

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Family Medicine Physician Cory Simning, MD at Stellis Health

Family Medicine Physician Cory Simning, MD Now at Stellis Health

Family Medicine Physician Cory Simning, MD, recently joined Stellis Health – Monticello Clinic. “We’re excited to welcome Dr. Simning to our medical staff and back to his hometown,” says Brent Wilde, CEO of Stellis Health. “He grew up in Big Lake and wanted to come back home to practice medicine.”


“I loved growing up here – the community is great and my family is nearby,” says Dr. Simning. “My approach to medicine is based on shared decision making and getting to know each other. I work together with my patients to figure out what is best for each individual based on their goals.”

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Stellis Health Welcomes Family Medicine Physician Emily Lawrence, MD

Stellis Health Welcomes Family Medicine Physician Emily Lawrence, MD

Family Medicine Physician Emily Lawrence, MD, recently joined Stellis Health – Buffalo Clinic. “We’re excited to welcome Dr. Lawrence back to our medical staff and community,” says Brent Wilde, CEO of Stellis Health. “She is already a familiar face here as she spent nine months in training through the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) and loved our clinic and community so much she wanted to return.”


“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Stellis Health to practice family medicine,” says Dr. Lawrence. “I felt so lucky to complete my RPAP training here and really wanted to return to build my practice.

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Brent Wilde Named CEO of Stellis Health

Brent Wilde Named CEO of Stellis Health

Brent Wilde was recently named chief executive officer of Stellis Health, succeeding Douglas Hanson who is retiring later this month. “We are excited to introduce Brent Wilde as our CEO,” says Jason Halvorson, MD, president of Stellis Health. “With nearly 30 years of hospital and clinic operations experience, Brent is an accomplished executive with proven success who truly complements our clinic and community.”


Brent is a visionary, values-driven leader who creates strong, sustainable partnerships. He has outstanding interpersonal communication skills and is committed to results-oriented leadership and team building. “Stellis Health is a high performing organization with a tremendous 70-year legacy of caring,”

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Katie Alvarez, PA-C Now Provides Family Medicine Care

Katie Alvarez, PA-C Now Provides Family Medicine Care

Physician Assistant Katie Alvarez, PA-C, recently shifted her practice from Urgent Care to providing family medicine care at Stellis Health – Albertville-St. Michael Clinic. “We’re excited to have Katie join the Stellis Health-Albertville Clinic team full-time to support the growing needs of community members in and around the Albertville-St. Michael community,” says Douglas Hanson, MPA, CEO of Stellis Health.


“When people come to see me they can expect a listening ear, a caring heart and a smile – likely hidden under a mask for the time being,” says Katie Alvarez, PA-C. “I’m looking forward to building ongoing relationships with my patients

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A Trio of Locations

We provide care when you need it, where you need it, at our three convenient locations in Albertville-St. Michael, Buffalo, and Monticello, with convenient access to Primary Care, Skin Care, Urgent Care and more.
Stellis Health Clinic in Buffalo
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