Medical Bulletin Board

Mesabi Daily News
Van Patten elected
to academy board
VIRGINIA - Peter Van Patten, M.D., of the Duluth Clinic-Virginia, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology.

The organization, founded in 1911, is made up of about 200 medical doctors who specialize in eye and vision care. Twelve volunteer members from across the state make up the 2006-2007 board, along with a team of officers and committee chairs.

He has been providing eye care to Iron Range patients since 1996.

Memory loss, dementia
caregivers meeting set

VIRGINIA - A four-session program for family caregivers of persons with mid-stage dementia and other memory loss will be held 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Fridays, June 2, 9, 16 and 23, in the meeting room at the Range Mental Health Center in Virginia.

The program is sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.

Participants will learn skills to help them in the daily care of someone with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. The evidence-based program helps caregivers to develop and master the caregiving role, helping them focus on managing daily life, behavior, resources and care for the caregiver.

Preregistration is required by May 26; call 218-726-4819; a $25 donation is suggested. On-site respite care is available through Virginia Adult Day Services; call 218-741-4714 for hourly rates and arrangements.

Klander attends
eyecare symposium

ORLANDO, Fla. - David Klander, C.O.M.Y., NCLEC of the Duluth Clinic-Virginia, recently attended the contact lens and eyecare symposium held at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando in Orlando, Fla.

The symposium is the premier national contact lens meeting in the country, with the latest research, fitting techniques and clinical issues related to contact lenses and eyecare offered.

The meeting incorporates the full annual education meetings of the Contact Lens Society of America and the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists.

Adult mental health
services offered

VIRGINIA - Range Mental Health Center is offering adult rehabilitative mental health services through its community support program.

The services are available to persons who are 18 years or older, on medical assistance and diagnosed with a mental illness or traumatic brain injury and who are impaired in three or more functional areas.

Services can be one to one or in groups, and can be provided in the person's home or in a community setting. The services will help and enhance psychiatric stability, social competencies, personal and emotional adjustment, independent and community living skills, and stability and functions if at risk of significant decompensation.

Anyone with questions can contact Sandy Wallin at (800) 450-4714 or (218) 741-4714. In Hibbing, contact Sally Ribarczek at (218) 263-9237 or 1-888-344-9237.

Lab supervisor
takes on new role

VIRGINIA - Craig Ward, Duluth Clinic-Virginia laboratory supervisor, was elected as senior director of Area II for the Minnesota chapter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Scientists.

The organization serves as the voice of all clinical laboratory professionals, creating a vision for advancement of this field. The group promotes the value and role of the profession, ensuring safe, effective, efficient and patient-centered health care.

Stroke screening
set in Eveleth

EVELETH - Life Line Screening will be offering screenings for stroke starting at 9 a.m. May 8 at the Range Recreation Civic Center, 901 Hat Trick Ave., Eveleth.

Stroke, also called a "brain attack,'' is considered the third leading killer in the world, and second among women. Preventive screenings can greatly reduce the risk of having one.

Screenings are fast and painless, with ultrasound technology scanning for any possible blocked arteries, aortic aneurysms and hardening of leg arteries, often a predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening is also offered. A complete vascular screening package is offered for $109, with the osteoporosis and vascular screening for a total of $139.

For more information on screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287. Preregistration is required.

RMHC offers more
expanded services

VIRGINIA - Range Mental Health Center has added more services, both in the Tower/Ely area, and also a children's partial hospitalization program.

Intensive mental health services will be provided now to the Ely, Tower, Soudan, Babbitt and Embarrass areas through this community support program. The service is for persons age 18 years and older, with serious and persistent mental illness. Services include in-home visits, assistance accessing community services and daily living skills.

A drop-in center is now located at the Ely Baptist Church at 1515 Camp St. in Ely, open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. The center allows a positive place for socialization and relaxation, with activities including arts and crafts, field trips and budgeting and nutrition tips. A women's group addresses concerns from a woman's perspective, while a medications group helps educate on medication management and other issues.

Anyone having questions can contact Sandy Wallin at (800) 450-4714 or (218) 741-4714; Mariah Wiedemer at (218) 235-0755; or Mary Alice Johnson at (218) 780-5759 or (800) 450-4714.

The children's partial hospitalization program gives intensive therapeutic services for children ages 7-11 having difficulties at home, school or community settings due to serious emotional and behavioral disturbances.

Group therapy focuses on issues a child is struggling with, and individual and family therapy also are offered.

Primary goals in the program are stabilization and symptom reduction, with psychiatric assessment, medication management and different therapy modalities.

Family members are actively involved, with family therapy and a partnering with parents on learning new skills to handle difficult behaviors included. The program runs five days a week, four hours a day, year round, at the Northland Learning Center in Virginia.

For more information contact RMHC program director Anneli Bowman at 218-749-3257.

Hospital quality
information available

ST. PAUL - Information on the quality of care in Minnesota hospitals is only a click away, with the Minnesota Hospital Quality Report offered at

Health care consumers will be able to access information on three medical conditions, heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, with information specific to each hospital in the state. The site is for information, not to rank hospitals.

The Medical Bulletin Board is a quarterly feature of the Health Pulse 2006 editions. Professional and hospitals, clinics and other businesses related to the medical and health care fields are encouraged to submit items on promotions, honors, papers presented, meetings attended, accreditations or other achievements to Medical Bulletin Board, c/o Mesabi Daily News, P.O. Box 956, Virginia, MN 55792. Photos may be sent by mail or else by e-mailing them to [email protected] Photos sent by mail will be available for pickup after publication at the MDN business office or will be returned with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

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