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
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.
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.”
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.
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,”
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
Frontline workers at Stellis Health are now getting the vaccine protection they need against COVID-19. “We’re vaccinating frontline caregivers with the highest risk of being exposed to COVID-19 first so they can continue to provide critical care to others who may be infected with COVID-19,” says Douglas Hanson, MPA, Chief Executive Officer of Stellis Health. Stellis Health family medicine physician Natalie Roeser, MD; pediatrician Matt Hoffman, MD; and OB/GYN Amanda Zehrer, MD, were among the first to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.
Stellis Health is working with the Minnesota Department of Health to assist in rolling out vaccine protection to all clinic staff and the public in the coming weeks.
Stellis Health CEO Douglas Hanson named one of Minnesota Physician’s 100 most influential health care leaders
Douglas Hanson, CEO of Stellis Health, has been named one of 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders in 2020 by Minnesota Physician. Deemed by their peers to be highly influential in terms of leadership and impact, the 100 leaders are known for making health care in Minnesota a global model of excellence.
“Our people are what make Stellis Health among the very best in health care,” says Jason Halvorson, MD, President at Stellis Health. “Throughout his tenure, Douglas (Hanson) has continuously positioned Stellis Health for the future by ensuring we remain agile
Amanda Zehrer, MD, recently joined the women’s health team at Stellis Health. As an OB/GYN specialist, Dr. Zehrer cares for women throughout their pregnancy from planning to delivery and postpartum care. Her GYN practice includes annual wellness visits, incontinence care, menstrual issues, hysterectomy and ablation surgeries and much more. “We’re excited to have Dr. Zehrer join our medical staff and community,” says Douglas Hanson, MPA, CEO of Stellis Health. “From prenatal care and preventative health to managing acute and chronic illness, Dr. Zehrer cares for women of all ages, in both sickness and health.”
“As a knowledgeable mentor to my patients, I assess her healthcare needs, provide education on available options, and together we decide what is best for her,” says Dr. Zehrer. “This empowers my patients to take control of their healthcare and be comfortable with the chosen treatment plan.”
Bethel University recently named Stellis Health the Clinical Site of the Year, an annual award given to a clinic or health care organization that best exemplifies a long-term and enthusiastic commitment to the education of Bethel University Physician Assistant (PA) students. “Stellis Health providers have been very generous with their time, energy and expertise mentoring and precepting many of our students in family medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, and orthopedics since our program began in 2013,” says Dan Leafblad, MD, Medical Director of the Bethel Physician Assistant Program.
Stellis Health has a long history of mentoring medical students. “Guiding and inspiring the next generation of medical providers is very important to all of us at Stellis Health,” says Douglas Hanson, MPA, Chief Executive Officer of Stellis Health.