We cheer for volunteers! Meet Ava Peterson. This Wadena-Deer Creek senior has been volunteering in the Wadena Clinic and helping patients find their way through the building. Many patients have Ava to thank for an easy, carefree visit with their provider.
An interest and a duty
Ava’s passion for volunteering was sparked by a communitive services course at her high school. Through this course, she would be introduced to the volunteering program at Tri-County Health Care. After a month in, the 17-year-old can’t get enough. According to Peterson, she already had a healthy interest in the medical field and was exploring career options post-high school. This opportunity allowed her to experience working in a medical facility while giving back to the community she has called her home.
“I love the atmosphere.” – Ava Peterson, Tri-County Health Care volunteer
Legacy of care
Ava is no stranger to the medical profession. Many members of her family are nurses, including her mother, who sees patients in the orthopedics department in Wadena.
According to Ava, before her work at Tri-County, she struggled with being a little shy, but interacting with patients and staff daily is slowly helping her break out of her shell.
We cheer for volunteers like Ava and you!
Tri-County Health Care is searching for dedicated volunteers to assist in events, departmental activities, clinic operations, and much more. As Tri-County Health Care approaches the opening of the new building, staff will need extra helpers for training drills and wayfinding. Tri-County Health Care wants to extend a bridge to students like Ava. Serving as a volunteer at Tri-County Health Care is an excellent way to fulfill curriculum requirements that call for experience inside the walls of a medical facility.
Anyone can become a volunteer at Tri-County Health Care! For more information, please call or text Susan Marco. She will assist all prospective volunteers with finding a role and schedule that suits them. Volunteering doesn’t have to eat up hours of your time; even just 45 minutes to an hour can make a monumental difference in the lives of staff and patients.
Recently, patients completed surveys about their visits to Tri-County Health Care. Mothers took the opportunity to rate their care and share details and stories about the staff of Tri-County Health Care. This story is just one of many examples of the exemplary care commonly associated with Tri-County Health Care. In terms of birthing services, safety for babies is priority number one. Because of this, we are always looking for ways to innovate while providing a comforting environment.
Safety for baby
My baby was born without my doctor in the room. He came so fast that it required a rapid response, and all available staff rushed to help. A new OB nurse, Salma, helped me deliver my baby before others arrived. She was fantastic and calm throughout the process. My doctor made it in shortly after to finish the delivery. Then a tornado came through town the next night, and we were rushed to safety. It was a very eventful birth and hospital stay!
In may 2022, a powerful storm passed through Wadena causing massive damage to local infrastructure.
The care I received was top-notch from start to finish. The scheduling staff worked diligently to make my appointments fit into my schedule. The prenatal nurses took excellent care of me during my pregnancy. They ensured that I had all the necessary tests and procedures and prepared me for my preferred delivery experience. The nurses also helped me sign up for prenatal yoga and an aquatics course. They even provided me with a free car seat and assisted in the installation!
All the nurses took amazing care of us, even during the bad storm. In the end, it was a happy and memorable experience. I could go on for days about how incredible all the staff were throughout my journey!
Our mission is to help you
Tri-County Health Care prides itself on providing quality care for everyone, including safety for the mother and her baby. Bringing new life into the world is a cherished duty that our obstetrics staff embraces each day. In conclusion, we thank this patient for her kind words.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.