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Independent Group Practices = Personalized, Quality Patient Care

How independent practices benefit patients. Navigating the complex healthcare system is undoubtedly a difficult feat. Having options and the ability to make choices that best fit your medical needs is empowering and reassuring. Working with and seeking medical advice from an Independent Group Practice provides an extra level of care and flexibility, while still having all the benefits of a large medical group. Says Brent Wilde, CEO of Stellis Health, “I began my career in the big health systems, including Fairview and the University [of Minnesota], and bigger has not proven to be better. We as consumers need more independence….”

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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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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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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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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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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 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

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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Stellis Health Frontline Workers Receive COVID-19 Vaccination

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.

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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

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