As the weather warms and area residents return to the outdoors, our team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont is staying busy as usual with myriad community events and partnerships, as well as internal growth. Already well into 2019, we are excited about the opportunities on the horizon to promote wellness and introduce community members to new providers and services.
Below is a snapshot of what’s been taking place with Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont.
- We launched a new program, “Mayo Clinic Mile at Five Lakes Centre,” which encourages area residents to walk at the mall and earn perks based on completed miles. Mayo Clinic Health System is partnering with Fair Lakes Centre to issue cards to track mall-walking miles, and those who walk 25 miles in one month can earn a free T-shirt. Tracking cards are available at the mall or Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont administration, 800 Medical Center Drive, Fairmont.
- Mayo Clinic Health System gave several nursing scholarship awards to Fairmont recipients, including three Erma H. Rosen Nursing Scholarships to Matthew Jewett, Jessica Meyer and Mckenzie Terfehr. A Harlan S. & Alyce Johnson Nursing Education Endowment scholarship was awarded to Angela Fischer.
- The Fairmont Area Baby Café, which opened in 2018 as part of a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, was relocated to Fairmont Elementary School, 714 Victoria St., to be closer to Early Childhood and Family Education offices and services, as well as preschool. Baby Café combines breastfeeding information with a relaxed, informal environment where mothers can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled practitioners and one another. Infants also can be weighed and assessed by certified lactation professionals.
- We have been partnering again with Fairmont High School for a job-shadow program, which gives students interested in health care careers hands-on learning experience at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. The program includes shadowing opportunities in a variety of health care disciplines.
Growth and Services
- Our eye clinic has launched its dry eye services used to treat ocular surface disease, a chronic condition often referred to as “dry eye disease.” The cutting-edge equipment and technology isn’t available anywhere else from Sioux Falls to the Twin Cities.
- A reminder that Urgent Care services are located in the Fairmont Clinic (not in the Emergency Department) on the northwest side of the building and are walk-in only. Urgent Care covers treatment of allergies, bladder infections, ear and eye infections, strep throat, minor medical treatment for back and muscle pain, cuts, low-grade burns, ear aches, skin conditions, sprains, joint pain and upper respiratory infections.
- The construction of the $1.7 million project to relocate Oncology and Infusion Therapy to the Lutz Wing is ongoing, with the plan of opening this summer. The relocation will help improve patient experience and allow for adequate space and privacy. It also will help to meet the growing demand for cancer services in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.
- Mark Wikenheiser, M.D., joined Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont in the Orthopedics Department in January. As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Wikenheiser offers nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for injuries and conditions of the knees, shoulders and hips. He also provides solutions for joint problems by employing both nonsurgical and surgical techniques.
- Kendra Kamlitz, M.D., joined the Fairmont Surgery Department in March to offer a broad spectrum of general surgery services. Dr. Kamlitz is experienced in endoscopy and laparoscopic surgical techniques and has a special interest in breast surgery.
- Marie Morris, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont
- Amy Long, administrator, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont
If you have any comments or questions, Email or call Amy Long at 507-238-5070.