Lakes Area Health Organizations Issue Letter to Community

Lakes Area Health Organizations Issue Letter to Community Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES (KDLM) - Lakes Area Health organizations came together, Wednesday to thank community members for their efforts in keeping the community safe.

The letter signed by leaders of Sanford Health, Essentia Health and Ecumen in Detroit Lakes asked that residents "be even more diligent with social distancing, wearing face masks, and practicing good hand hygiene."

It is expected that pandemic cases will continue to increase throughout the Lakes Area as cold weather, more indoor activities and holiday gatherings happen.

A copy of the letter is below


Dear Community,

On behalf of the people we care for and our teams, we want to thank all of you for your efforts in keeping our community safe. Your use of science-based methods, including wearing face masks, social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and quarantining when necessary, make an absolute difference in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

We also thank our teams for their innovation and flexibility. Their dedication in going beyond their traditional roles to cover needs throughout healthcare as we see record demand for our services has been extraordinary. They continue to rise to the occasion by working long shifts in the hospital and long-term care facilities to care for the complex needs of our patients and residents.

Despite all that we are doing, we anticipate that our pandemic cases will continue to increase as cold weather, more indoor activities and holiday gatherings happen. We ask that you be even more diligent with social distancing, wearing face masks, and practicing good hand hygiene during this most critical time. We know everyone misses family and friends, are experiencing fatigue and long for a return to normal; our hearts ache for the patients or residents struggling, distressed families, and healthcare staff working around the clock. Please, do not let your guard down. We are making headway. We and the community need your help now, more than ever.

We are all in this together. Please continue to take care of yourselves, support one another, and mask up to safeguard our family, friends and community.

Thank you,


Breanna Adams

Director of Operations

Sanford Health Detroit Lakes

Ryan Hill

Interim VP of Operations

Essentia Health St. Mary's

Katie Lundmark

Regional Director of Operations

Ecumen
Dr. Brian Gatheridge

Primary Care Department Chair

Sanford Health Detroit Lakes
Dr. Andrew Moen

Physician Division Leader

Essentia Health St. Mary's
Danielle Olson

Executive Director

Ecumen
Dr. Andrew Johnson

Surgical Department Chair

Sanford Health Detroit Lakes
Christy Brinkman

Administrator

Essentia Health Senior Care
Bridget Okeson

Director of Nursing

Ecumen


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