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Our Volunteers

Tri-County Health Care's goals are best accomplished through the active participation of volunteers that live and work in the communities we serve.

Your Work Makes a Difference

Volunteers are a critical part of Tri-County Health Care. Volunteers with cheerful tact, poise, a cooperative attitude and a conscientious approach will long be remembered by patients, staff and other volunteers.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Tri-County Health Care, please contact the Foundation executive director, Ryan Damlo. You may also use the link below to complete an online volunteer application.

Ryan Damlo
Foundation Executive Director
Tri-County Hospital Volunteers
415 Jefferson Street North
Wadena, MN 56482

Volunteer Application

Wadena Clinic

Internship for Medical Students (Not intended for advanced practice providers)

Internship Opportunities

Experiences Available at TCHC:
 Clinical/Non Clinical Students: College or University students, enrolled through accredited post-secondary educational facilities in specific classes or training programs.  These students are seeking opportunities to enhance their didactic instruction through clinical “hands-on experience” and are facilitated by faculty who closely monitor their progress
Job Shadowing Students: Students enrolled in high schools, colleges/universities or other training class.  Consideration will be given to students applying for programs that require a shadowing experience as a prerequisite.  Students must be 16 years or older.  These experiences are observation only and generally do not allow students to provide hands-on care to patients.  These experiences are limited to one day, not to exceed 8 hours. Shadows who would like to return will need to repeat the above process.

Location: Wadena MN

Updated: 05 26, 2020

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General Surgeon

We are currently looking for candidates for a General Surgery position at our hospital and clinic.  General Surgery procedures at TCHC include: 

  • Hernia repair
  • Breast disease
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Excision
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Anti-reflux (GERD)
  • Endoscopy
  • ENT
  • Feeding Tubes
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Venous Disease Managment
  • Portacath Placement

TCHC offers the technology and sophistication of today's larger, metropolitan systems, all within the serene, beautiful surroundings of the Minnesota countryside and lakes county.  Find the work-life balance you desire while pursuing your passion at Tri-County Health Care.

  • Located in central Minnesota
  • Join a team of physicians and advanced practice providers in providing care to a diverse patient population. 
  • At TCHC our patients are our neighbors and we are dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve. 
  • Located at the intersection of three major highways, there is easy access to Minneapolis/St. Paul, St. Cloud and Duluth, Minnesota as well as Fargo, North Dakota. 
  • A great team. 
  • A great future. 

Would you like to learn more? We offer incredible incentives for recruitment and our ability to provide loan forgiveness is incredible!!  Please consider checking us out!! 

Location: Wadena MN

Updated: 05 26, 2020

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Wadena Clinic

Primary Care: Family Practice Physician with or without OB

Family Practice Physician with or without OB
Essential Duties:
  Supports the mission of Tri-County Health Care through:
  • Personal conduct including demonstrated concern for the people served and co-workers
  • Contribution of ideas and suggestions, helpfulness and friendliness
  • Adherence to TCHC rules, policies and general expectations
  • Role model for Excellence Quest/Studer Principles.
  • Direct medical care within the outpatient clinic providing a full spectrum of family practice in a rural setting.
  • Participate in the call rotation in the hospitalist and/or back-up role. In that role will provide the following:
  • Day time Admits
  • ICU Admits and Management (entire shift)
  • ReadyCare Supervision
  • Lab or other urgent follow-up
  • Nursing Home coordination
  • Rounds, inpatient management
  • Satellite consultation
  • Newborn Care- OB/GYN patients
  • Sports Medicine Coverage
  • Back-up for unusual situations, heavy workload, etc. when called or directed by ER Physician (ER, emergency management, OB. Surgery) Does not provide primary ER coverage
  • Complete charting in electronic format and required paperwork within required time parameters
  • Nursing home rounds as appropriate
  • Participates with the care coordinators and care coordination activities including Health Care Home
  • Advanced Practice Provider (APP) coordination/supervision in the outpatient setting including assigned chart review
  • Back-up assigned clinic "buddy" during his/her absence from the clinic to include responding to patient phone calls, in Basket messages, nursing home questions, My Chart questions, pharmacy/refill requests, etc.
  • Timely response to his/her own patient phone calls, in-basket messages, nursing home questions, MyChart requests
  • Pharmacy/refill requests and other patient needs/requests.
  • Coverage at satellite clinics as assigned. Stress test coverage (Optional)
  • Participate in Medical Staff Committee assignments and other administrative duties as assigned
  • OB is optional. If providing OB care would be expected to provide pre-natal, delivery and post-partum care and possess or seek to obtain C-Section privileges.  Participate in OB call     coverage for unassigned OB's or OB’s who present for care and their assigned physician is unavailable.
  •  Participate in mandatory CME activities (CALS, NRP, STABLE, Epic, etc.)
  • Support TCHC recruitment activities and provide preceptorship for medical students and other professional students as assigned
  • Other professional and administrative duties as appropriate
  • Graduate of Accredited medical school with degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
  • or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
  • Completion of Accredited Residency
  • Board certification in Family Practice or Board Eligible
  • Unrestricted license
  • Current DEA certificate without restriction
Work Schedule:
Full time, 4 to 4.5 days per week
FP w/o OB: Clinic hours with call rotation/back up role
FP w/ OB: Clinic hours with call rotation/back up role. OB call coverage

Location: Wadena MN

Updated: 05 26, 2020

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Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Caring Heart Boutique

Some of the volunteer's duties and responsibilities include:

  • Greet customer
  • Check out purchases
  • Make change
  • Stock shelves
  • Mark items with price
  • Light cleaning

Nursing Services

Volunteers in the nursing service area are an important service to the organization. Some of the nursing service volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Delivering snacks to patients
  • Providing fresh drinking water and other beverages
  • Assisting with setting up and distributing patient meals
  • Visiting Swing Bed patients
  • Delivering plants and flowers

Information Desk

Volunteers are vital to the success of our information desk. Volunteers assist patients and visitors with questions and give them directions as needed.

Cardiac Stress Testing

Volunteers are available to assist patient at the monthly Pacemaker Clinic. They also escort patients to and from their Cardiac Rehabilitation appointments.


Each of the newborn babies at Tri-County Health Care receive a knitted hat as a welcome gift to the world. Prayer shawls are also given to our end-of-life patients as a gift of comfort. Volunteers are essential in ensuring an adequate supply of caps and shawls. The volunteers use yarn and patterns they pick up from Tri-County Health Care. When the projects are finished, volunteers are asked to return the finished products to the Tri-County Health Care welcome desk.

Same Day Surgical Waiting Room

The Same Day Surgical Waiting Room volunteers help families be comfortable while they wait for their loved one in surgery. The volunteers facilitate communication between the surgeon and family and relay information to waiting family and friends.

Some of the volunteer's duties and responsibilities include:

  • Delivering snacks to family/friends of surgical patients
  • Pick up coffee from dietary for waiting room
  • Mailing outpatient surveys
  • Collecting, sorting and delivering mail
  • Labeling and distributing magazines

Diagnostic Imaging

The volunteers in the Diagnostic Imaging department provide comfort and care to patients receiving Diagnostic Imaging services.

Some of the duties and responsibilities include:

  • Sitting with patient while testing
  • Transporting clinic patients to and from Diagnostic Imaging department
  • Watching small children for patients having exams


VolunTEEN is a special teenager who volunteers at Tri-County Health Care giving patients, visitors and staff a helping hand. The VolunTEEN's cheerful tact, poise, cooperative attitude and conscientious approach to his/her task will be long remembered by the patients, staff and other volunteers.

Some of the duties and responsibilities of the VolunTEEN include:

  • Providing fresh water and beverages to patients and visitors
  • Delivering flowers and watering plants and flowers in patient rooms when necessary
  • Visiting Swing Bed patients
  • Talking, reading or visiting with patients
  • Spending special time with pediatric patients
  • Running errands

Ryan Damlo
Foundation Executive Director

TCHC Volunteers