Looking back at 2021

Looking back at 2021 leads to thoughts of joy and moments of reflection. Tri-County Health Care endured many challenges throughout the year but came out on top! Please look at some of the milestones, events and changes that came to our longstanding healthcare system.


Looking back at 2021 involves the Kelderman family.

January 4 – First baby of 2021

Tri-County Health Care prides itself on bringing new life into the world. Sawyer Jay Kelderman was the first baby to grace our OB department in 2021.


David Fjeldheim

David Fjeldheim



February 3 – MHA trustee certification

David Fjeldheim is a Tri-County Health Care board member and superintendent of the Sebeka Public School System. In early 2021,  he completed advanced leadership training designed for healthcare board members.


March 30 – More vaccines

At the end of March, the COVID-19 vaccine was made available to all Minnesotans, 16 and older.


April 6 – Donate Life flag raising

This annual event honors organ and tissue donors. This year, Sarah Fisher shared the story of her son’s passing and his organ donation.

Vaccines must be apart of looking back at 2021.


May 20 – Vaccine available for 12 and over

The COVID-19 vaccine was made available to individuals 12 and over.


March 16 – EMS Night

This year, EMS personnel gathered once again for an evening of training. EMS Night 2021 featured Brain L. Bardsley, who shared procedures associated with being a battlefield medic.


Groundbreaking was a huge achievement for TCHC.

May 21 – Groundbreaking

After months of planning, groundbreaking on the new building arrived! The event drew a small crowd of staff, administrators, board members, community leaders and state representatives.

Carissa Mitchell, DC

Carissa Mitchell, DC


June 14 – Chiro kicks off

Carissa Mitchell, DC, joined the Tri-County family in mid-June. With this new addition came the Chiropractic department, which has continued to grow into a bustling care offering.


Alyssa Jackson, FNP

Alyssa Jackson, FNP



July 26 – Alyssa Jackson, FNP, joins the team!

Alyssa Jackson started at Tri-County Health Care in July 2021. She primarily works at the Sebeka Clinic.


July 28 – Lown Institute accolades

The Lown Institute recognized Tri-County Health Care as the #1 hospital in Minnesota for charity care and community benefit.

Brock Spandl, DC

Brock Spandl, DC



August 16 – Brock Spandl, DC

Brock Spandl joined the quickly growing chiropractic department and works with Carissa Mitchell, DC. The duo helps people with aches, pains and issues stemming from the spinal cord.


August 19 – Rebranding

During the annual employee picnic, Tri-County Health Care announced it would begin a rebranding process to Astera Health. Looking back at 2021, Tri-County had many high points, and this one may be the highest.

Jody Ruthermond, PA-C

Jody Ruthermond, PA-C



September 7 – Jody Ruthermond, PA-C

Orthopedics at Tri-County has been growing rapidly. Due to the growth and success, Jody Ruthermond joined the team to help with ongoing operations in September 2021.

John Lindblom, DO

John Lindblom, DO



October 22 – John Lindblom, DO

John Lindblom joined Tri-County Health Care in late October. Dr. Lindblom specializes in osteopathic medicine and focuses heavily on the mind, body and spirit.


November 2 – Mammogram paddles

Several technology upgrades were introduced in 2021In the fall, Tri-County Health Care began using new mammogram paddles. The paddles’ design makes mammograms more comfortable.


November 10 – Pediatric vaccination

In November, vaccination finally opened up for children 5-11.


November 17 – Virtual Quality Improvement Mentor

Tammy Suchy, director of quality and risk management at Tri-County Health Care, was selected as a national Virtual Quality Improvement Mentor. A mentor reports and uses data to support rural hospitals.


November 23 – Third doses

Due to waning immunity, health officials approved third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Shortly after the announcement, Tri-County Health Care began offering the booster.


Looking back at 2021 is definitely the year of metamorphosis.

December 1 – Marketing awards

In December, the Marketing Department at Tri-County Health Care received two awards for 2021. Primary care marketing advertisements and a rebranding video received special distinctions.


December 6 – 500th Joint Replacement

The orthopedics team completed their 500th Joint replacement in December. The milestone set off an organization-wide celebration complete with cake pops and t-shirts.


December 20 – The last piece of steel

On a cold day before the Christmas holiday, a select group of Tri-County Health Care employees attended a topping-off ceremony at the new building site. The group watched as the final piece of steel hoisted into the air and fitted into place.


Looking back at 2021 is necessary for setting goals for 2022. At Tri-County Health Care, we took a moment to look at all the progress made while we continue to push forward. Happy new year, and please enjoy the holiday responsibly.

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