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The Benedictine Health System's board turned to one of its own to replace Rocklon B. "Rocky" Chapin and lead the Duluth-based Catholic health care agency. Jerry Carley, president and CEO of CSJ Initiatives Inc. in Wichita, Kan., will become president and CEO of Benedictine Health System on Jan. 3, the nonprofit announced in a news release on Friday. Chapin's retirement will be effective the same day. Carley, 48, already has a strong connection to the Benedictine Health System, he said in a telephone interview on Friday.
Washington drama notwithstanding, the CEO of the agency administering Minnesota's health insurance marketplace wants people to know it's business as normal this year. "This year, for 2018 coverage, we are going to open our doors again on November 1," said Allison O'Toole of MNsure during a news conference on Thursday at the Duluth Public Library. "Everything is intact for 2018. ... We're running against a headwind this year of that confusion and really trying to break through it."
After more than an hour listening to local experts discuss the challenge posed by opioid overdoses, Dan Saker had his say. "My brother Bill recently died of a drug overdose here in Duluth," Saker told the experts, community members and staff members from Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office who hosted a forum at Duluth City Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Dan Saker paused, briefly, gathering his emotions. "It was a hard time listening to everyone because you guys are all talking about these programs, but honestly they're not working."
Health insurance checkup A health insurance "checkup" will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday (Oct. 23) at the Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St. Provided by Insure Duluth, the event will provide "navigators" to help people with their questions ahead of this year's open enrollment system. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call (218) 336-5709 or visit insureduluth.org. This year's open enrollment season in Minnesota is from Nov. 1 to Jan. 14.
Kelsey Roseth has gone mountain biking and hiking, swimming and snowboarding. She has ridden on friends' four-wheelers and horses. The 30-year-old North Dakota native has a natural affinity for an active, outdoors lifestyle. But for the past seven years, it has been a lifestyle with limits. "All those things are really hard right now," Roseth said last week.
SAWYER, Minn. — Deacon Bryan Bassa stood on the bare ground in the filtered light of a small log building. The fragrance of wet earth and fresh-cut wood combined around him. The sound of hammers ringing on the roof above him were, to Bassa, as sweet as the music that once filled this original home of Saints Mary and Joseph Catholic Church. "When I became a deacon seven years ago, six years ago, this was my goal: to get this church fixed," the 69-year-old retired schoolteacher said. "This is history. This is the history of the people around here."
Seeking to boost its vaccination rate, Essentia Health this week began requiring all its 15,000-plus employees across four states to get flu shots, the health system's patient quality and safety officer said. The requirement also applies to the health system's vendors, students and volunteers who serve in the health system, said Dr. Rajesh Prabhu, who also is an infectious diseases physician at Essentia. The compulsory element of the new vaccination effort doesn't sit well with all Essentia employees.
St. Luke's new images The terminology is technical, but the result is clearer diagnostic images for physicians treating patients, according to a St. Luke's hospital news release. The hospital recently celebrated the opening of its expanded MRI Center for Diagnostic Imaging. "We've partnered with Center for Diagnostic imaging to provide advanced technology which also increases the accuracy and speed of diagnosis and treatment," said John Strange, the hospital's CEO.
While growing up in Bear River, 26 miles west of Cook, Dr. Arne Vainio had low expectations for himself. They matched the expectations of those around him. "When I was in high school, my counselor actually ... told me that I wasn't college material," recalled Vainio, 59, during an interview last week. "And I believed him. And why wouldn't I?"
MOOSE LAKE — A slender woman with short gray hair sat in a booth at Art's Cafe, holding a cup of steaming coffee with both hands. Around the little restaurant on Moose Lake's main drag, a lively Friday morning crowd filled most of the booths and tables, sharing stories and opinions. Some were enjoying 45-cent cups of coffee, quickly refilled by attentive servers. A man used a fork to methodically work his way through one of Art's Cafe's massive cinnamon rolls.