Why I’m a nurse

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Generational care

I decided to work at Tri-County Health Care as I enjoy the small-town atmosphere. I am a native of Wadena, so it’s even more special because I’m taking care of the people I’ve known my entire life. With almost every patient I meet, there is a connection. I love to chat and calm the patient. Often people come into our facility feeling very nervous. Calming those nerves and reminding those patients of their value is important. Empowerment is a great tool I use every day. I cannot do the job I love without patients! They are a huge part of why I’m a nurse.

Tri-County Health Care is a fun, fast-paced clinic loaded with teamwork! You are never working alone, and there is always a staff member around to answer your questions. We are always smiling, even behind our masks. I work with multiple providers regularly. Each of them goes out of their way to make work a fun, efficient place.

Fun scrubs

Why I'm a nurse.

Amber Block, LPN

I started my nursing career in the hospital 15 years ago. The hospital taught me a lot, but I knew I wanted a day job. It took me about ten years to realize that I belonged at Tri-County. So here I am; I’ve been a nurse at the Wadena campus for almost four years. I couldn’t be happier! I always knew I belonged here.

Tri-County Health Care offers flexibility with scheduling and understanding when circumstances are out of your control. You also get to wear fun, bright-colored scrubs that patients love! I love picking out my outfit, knowing that I can turn a patient’s bad day into a good day with just my fun scrubs.

I’m proud to be part of the Tri-County Health Care team. Come join me; you won’t be disappointed!

A good fit for you

Tri-County Health Care has several openings for nurses. For more information, please visit our Careers page.


The mission so far: Bobbi Adams

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I have received the great honor of being the next Chief Medical Officer at Tri-County Health Care. I want to thank my many coworkers and predecessor Benjamin Hess, MD. My Tri-County family has trusted me, and I won’t let them down! The mission has been challenging so far, but we can overcome anything together.

The pandemic has been stressful for our healthcare system. I’m glad that I’m beginning my tenure while it is declining. I hope with all of my heart that trends continue downward so we can return to the things we love. The biggest challenge in my new position is helping our medical team navigate the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape. I’m proud to be a part of a great team working to balance our current risks while maintaining a high level of precaution for any future threats.

Ushering in the new

In addition to combating COVID-19, I have the task of helping dozens of medical professionals acclimate to a new building. This task will require more work and attention to detail to make a safe and seamless transition for our staff and our community. We will make the big move in about a year, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Change is scary, but it can also be therapeutic. Some much-needed changes are on the horizon, and some of those changes generate anxiety. These are the kind of nerves that preface something great. As we make the change to Astera Health, our mission to be your trusted partner for life will not.

Dr. Adams and the mission so far.

Bobbi Adams, MD

About Dr. Adams

Dr. Adams has been a family medicine provider at Tri-County Health Care since 2000. Her 22 years of dedicated service are marked by a strong desire to help others while bringing new life into the world. When she isn’t in the hospital or clinic, she enjoys being with her family and tending to her garden. She’s also a big Minnesota Wild and Vikings fan.


COVID-19 Requires Unified Response

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We have reached a serious and critical point in our efforts to battle COVID-19. COVID-19 requires a unified response now. This virus is not only affecting those overseas or in densely populated areas; it has made its way to rural central Minnesota and is currently spreading quickly right here in our own backyard. Cases of COVID-19 have surged in recent weeks. The trajectory of these cases is predicted to increase throughout the holiday season.Tri-County Health Care COVID Todd County Wadena County Health Partners Germs Hand Hygiene

Healthcare facilities and their respective staff have watched as larger regional hospitals within the state have been overrun. Bed space has been depleted; there is no more room. That means COVID-positive individuals that may have otherwise been transferred to a larger hospital must seek care locally, increasing the strain on our local hospitals which are also near capacity. If this trend continues, this crisis will quickly increase and affect our ability to provide care to those who need it. People who could have been saved may succumb to COVID-19.

As the holidays draw near, healthcare leaders in the area have come together to plead that you celebrate responsibly this holiday season. These gatherings can be a significant source of spread and risk the lives of family members and friends. It may not be easy, but we ask you please try to find safe alternatives to these gatherings. Stay home. Call your loved ones or use video chat to communicate.

Fighting this virus requires a unified front, not just from hospitals but from every single individual. Everyone needs to practice physical distancing, wash your hands regularly, only leave home when absolutely necessary and wear a mask when in public.

COVID-19 is not a hoax or conspiracy. It is a very real virus affecting us all. The recent COVID-19 surge requires unified response. Please take this message seriously. For us to return to normal life as soon as possible, it must be earned with great effort and genuine care for others.

Thank you and stay well,

Daniel J Swenson
Administrator, CentraCare – Long Prairie

Joel Beiswenger
President & CEO, Tri-County Health Care

Tim Rice
President & CEO, Lakewood Health System

Jackie Och
Director, Todd County Health & Human Services

Cindy Pederson
Director, Wadena County Public Health