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Looking for a physical, emotional, social and spiritual transformation in your life?

Are you looking to transform the physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of your life? Join us for a 7-week series on mind-body skills. Learn empowering skills — such as meditation, guided imagery, breath work and movement — to help reduce stress, increase resistance to disease and improve self-awareness. This series begins October 28 – December 9, from 7-9 p.m Continue Reading →

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Amy Fox, Stillwater Medical Group General Surgeon Recognized as Minnesota Monthly “Top Doc”

Minnesota Monthly recognized Dr. Amy Fox, a general surgeon for Stillwater Medical Group, on their “Best Doctor 2014” list. Dr. Fox was recognized for her outstanding service in breast surgery. “Dr. Fox truly deserved her recognition for her great compassion, bedside manner, professionalism and outstanding clinical care,” stated Dr. Andrew Dorwart. “I am extremely glad that her peers have recognized her as an outstanding physician.”

Dr. Fox is a board certified general surgeon with fellowship training in endocrine surgery. She earned her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota. Continue Reading →

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Preserve My Joints Class at St. Croix Orthopaedics

While each of us has unique needs and expectations, we can all benefit by taking action to improve our health and wellness in relation to joint pain and its impact on our lives. Take control of your health. Sign up for a Preserve My Joints class to learn about:

– How your joints function

– Effective ways of managing pain

– Helpful exercises to support your joints

– How physical therapy can alleviate joint pain

– Diet tips to help maintain joint health

– What treatments exist

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: To register by email, please send a message to To register by phone, call 651-275-2717 and leave a message. Classes are offered twice a month. Continue Reading →

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Bring the whole family out for an Open Gym in your community!

Looking for a safe and fun place to bring the family where you can shoot hoops, kick a soccer ball around, play a game of volleyball and more? Come to one of our many Open Gyms this fall and winter! Open gyms are taking place at several locations throughout the east metro/western Wisconsin, including; Stillwater ECFC, New Richmond Commons, Hudson EP Rock Elementary, Mahtomedi-Wildwood Elementary, Somerset Middle School, Stillwater Junior High and more! Visit to register and learn more. Continue Reading →

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Attend the Squishy Squash Cooking Class for preK-2nd Grade!

PowerUp with hands-on fun with food. Join Lakeview Hospital dietitian Kathy Mead, RD, MPH for a fun exploration on eating better with your child. Get hands-on experience preparing delicious, kid-friendly foods that can help PowerUp your family’s nutrition. Each class uses different recipes! Squishy Squash Cooking Class will include hands-on activities and recipes for this festive and nutritious vegetable. Continue Reading →

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PowerUp takes the stage in Washington DC

PowerUp will be featured on a national stage at the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC on Sept. 30. Marna Canterbury (Lakeview Foundation), Sue Hedlund (volunteer chair of the Lakeview Foundation Health and Wellness Advisory Committee) and Donna Zimmerman (HealthPartners) will showcase how PowerUp is bringing the St. Croix Valley together to make better eating and active living easy, fun and popular, so that our kids can reach their full potential. They will share successes and lessons learned with a national audience as we continue to work hand-in-hand to create and sustain change in partnership with the communities we serve. Continue Reading →

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Enter your child to become the next ball girl or ball boy at the Stillwater High School Homecoming Game!

Enter your child to become the ball girl or ball boy for the Stillwater High School Homecoming Game! We are looking for a ball girl and a ball boy for the Stillwater High School Homecoming game on Oct. 3! If your child is between the ages of 5-12, and would like to be the ball girl or ball boy, LIKE us on Facebook and learn how to win!

A winner will be announced Monday, Sept. Continue Reading →

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Concussion Management –

Concussion Management:

What you need to know about Brain Injuries

A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a force being transmitted to the head. This can occur in a direct blow to the head, collision, fall, whiplash injury or violent blow to the body. A concussion causes immediate and usually temporary impairment of brain function, which cannot be seen on an x-ray or scan of the head. Every head injury should be taken seriously and each dealt with appropriately. Symptoms:



Blurred vision

Dilated pupils

Poor balance

Difficulty speaking



Rest (physical and mental)

Avoid any physical activity, use of a computer, reading, text messaging, watching TV and video gaming

Do not operate a motor vehicle Continue Reading →

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Top Trending Health Classes in the Valley

Balance, Strength and Fall Prevention

Do you worry about taking a tumble? Then attend this class to learn what you can do to reduce the risk of falls. Physical Therapist Lori Mildon will share exercises for balance and strength, as well as a safety checklist to complete. Date: Weds., Oct. 1, 6:30-7:30pm

Location: Lakeview Hospital

Cost: Free; Registration required. Continue Reading →

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Lakeview Hospital Names Theodore Wegleitner New President

Theodore Wegleitner has been named Lakeview Hospital’s new president. Wegleitner, who lives in Hudson, Wis., succeeds Curt Geissler, former President of Lakeview Hospital who retired in July 2014. He is married with three adult children. Wegleitner, known as ‘Ted,’ joined HealthPartners in 1987 and has held senior leadership positions in surgical services, business, education and health promotion. His career includes director of Park Nicollet’s HealthSource, a health promotion program for employers, vice president of Surgical Services at Methodist Hospital and Park Nicollet’s Ambulatory Surgery Center and most recently as president and chief operating officer at TRIA Orthopaedic Center. Continue Reading →

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Love working with Children? Interested in Volunteering?

Lakeview Hospital is now welcoming new volunteers to work with kindergarteners who will be visiting Teddy Bear Clinic over the 2014-15 school year. Volunteers can choose to be a guide who escorts the children to four learning stations within the hospital, a “doctor” who puts bandages on stuffed animals, a snack server, or a presenter who shows the children x-rays and instruments they would see in an emergency room. Clinics are held on Tuesdays for about two hours. Volunteers can sign up for dates of their choice. Fun is guaranteed! Continue Reading →

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New Kids and Teens in Grief Support Group in Stillwater

Kids & Teens in Grief is a free six-week support group for kids and teens (K-12) that have experienced the death of a loved one. The series will be held every Thursday, starting Oct. 2 – Nov. 6, 2014, at Boutwell’s Landing (Town Hall 5600 Norwich Parkway, Oak Park Heights, MN). Trained volunteer facilitators provide a caring, safe and confidential environment in which youth are encouraged to freely express their grief through art, music, photographs and group discussion. Continue Reading →

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PowerUp your weekend with the Stillwater Stairs!


Sunday, September 7, 2014 1 p.m. – Starting and ending at Pioneer ParkThe Stairs of Stillwater 5K walk brings participants through beautiful downtown Stillwater while providing a challenging walking course of hills and staircases that wind to and from downtown, starting and finishing in Pioneer Park. It is not a race but a great stair climbing challenge with many rewards including beautiful vistas of the St. Croix River valley. This walk is intended for participants ages 12+ who are physically able to handle the challenging 5K terrain. There will also be a 1 mile course beginning at Pioneer Park winding through gorgeous Lowell Park for those desiring a less rigorous course as well as a fun activities by PowerUp for smaller children held within Pioneer Park. Continue Reading →

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Join us for Trail Races in Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 11 for the first annual Doug Allen Memorial Scholarship Trail Races at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve (1515 Keats Avenue North, Lake Elmo, MN), in honor and celebration of former Lakeview Hospitalist Doug Allen, MD. The trail races include a 5 and 10K Night Owl walk/run and a 6-Hour walk/run shuffle for a recreational walk in the woods or challenge your-self for distance. To register for a race, sponsor or donate, visit

Dr. Douglas Allen served as a hospitalist at Lakeview Hospital and had been with Stillwater Medical Group for over 6 years. He was a dedicated family man and respected colleague and physician. Continue Reading →

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Finish Off the Summer Taking the Chomp Challenge

From PowerUp:

Lots of kids in the St. Croix Valley are powering up with the Summer Chomp Challenge. You can, too! Kids, grab your Summer Chomp Challenge Passport and start your adventure to PowerUp today. Just complete ten Chomp Challenge activities and WIN fun prizes, including a FREE pass to a local waterpark (YMCA/New Richmond Centre)! Continue Reading →

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HealthPartners, Park Nicollet and Stillwater Medical Group clinics recognized for improving patient care and outcomes

HealthPartners, Park Nicollet and Stillwater Medical Group clinics have been recognized for delivering optimal care and improving specific patient outcomes by the Minnesota Health Action Group. The clinics were rewarded a total of $138,767 as a part of the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program and the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System. The clinics focused on making improvements in diabetes, vascular and depression care, which are known to be primary drivers of health care costs. The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program recognized and rewarded 44 HealthPartners, HealthPartners Central Minnesota, Park Nicollet and Stillwater Medical Group clinics for their accomplishments. The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program, which was established by the Minnesota Health Action Group in 2006, and the State’s Quality Incentive Payment System implemented in 2011, relies on clinical data that is publicly reported to identify clinics that qualify for a reward for meeting or exceeding optimal care standards for a specified percentage of patients with diabetes, vascular disease and depression. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Medical Group’s Urology Department Moves to New Location

In July 2014, Stillwater Medical Group’s urology department relocated from the specialty clinic on 1500 Curve Crest Boulevard to Lakeview Hospital at 921 South Greeley Street, in Stillwater. This newly renovated space has three spacious procedure rooms, a physical therapy room, five exam rooms and two nurses station. Each procedure room as an adjoining bathroom. Here are some of the services and treatments offered in our new urology space:

All general adult and pediatric urology

Enlarged Prostate

No-Needle, No-Scalpel Vasectomy

Kidney Stones

Male Contraceptive

Male Sexual Dysfunction (Erectile Dysfunction, Impotence)

Overactive Bladder

Prostate Cancer

Got Leaks? Female Incontinence


Learn more here: Continue Reading →

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Urgent! Donors Needed

We need your help! Since May the Red Cross has received 80,000 fewer donations than expected. Join us on August 01, right at Lakeview hospital and donate blood. Right now we only have 15 signed up and have room for 49 appointments! Help save a life and donate. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s PowerUp Activities and Adventures around the Valley!

Don’t let one warm summer day pass you by! Head outside and take advantage of these fun ways to PowerUp and complete the Summer Chomp Challenge this week:

Take an “I Spy ” nature walk (bring along pictures to “spy” like sand, birds, pine needles, leaves, dragonfly, butterfly, turtles, etc.)

Try something new like skate boarding, rip sticking, rollerblading or horseback riding. Be sure to wear a helmet. Play at the Discovery Hollow and Garden natural play area at the Tamarack Nature Center at Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park, in White Bear Township

July 24 – Somerset Farmers Market at 520 Main Street, 3 – 7 p.m., in Somerset

July 26 – PowerUp Kids Cook Class: Farmer’s Market Fresh (3rd-6th grade kids) 10-11:30 a.m. at Cooks of Crocus Hill in Stillwater

July 26 – Kids Fishing Contest at Willow River State Park 9:00 a.m. – noon; equipment is provided, in Hudson

July 26 – PowerUp in the Garden, Saturday, July 26 from 8:30-10 a.m., at Hudson Hospital and Clinic’s Garden

July 26 – Farmer’s Market Cooking Demonstrations 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in Hudson

July 26 – Mahtomedi Area Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m. – noon in Triangle Park

July 26 – New Richmond Farmer’s Market at the Heritage Center, 7:30 a.m.-until Sold Out

July 26 – Stillwater Farmers Market at Veteran’s Memorial Park on 3rd and Pine St., 7:30 a.m.-noon

July 28- The Edge Martial Arts and Fitness at Teddy Bear Park at 10 a.m., in Stillwater

July 30 – Visit PowerUp at the Washington County Fair, 12300 North 40th Street, Lake Elmo

Remember, when you complete 10 Chomp Challenge activities, return your Passport to PowerUp (mail or email) and you will win prizes! For more fun Challenge activities or to learn more about the Challenge, just click here to download your Passport and get started

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This Weekend’s PowerUp Activities and Adventures!

Fairs, festivals, farmers markets and the great outdoors are all awaiting you and your family this week in the Valley! How will you PowerUp? Cool down! Have a water balloon fight with friends (parents get in on the fun, too!)

Hike to the Waterfall at Willow River State Park (5 miles Northeast of Hudson)

July 16-20 – St. Croix Valley County Fair! Continue Reading →

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Interested in trying Tai Chi?

Interested in trying Tai Chi? Tai Chi can help you reduce pain and increase balance and flexibility! Take this 8-week class led by physical therapist Greg LaDouceur and learn gentle Sun-style Tai Chi routines that are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. Classes meet 6pm-7pm on Tuesdays for eight weeks, August 12, 2014 to September 30, 2014 in the Specialty Clinic Lobby, Stillwater Medical Group. Register today for $40! Continue Reading →

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Walk-in Sports Physicals for Kids: Extended Hours Now Available

Walk-in Sports Physicals for Kids – Extended Hours Now Available

Summer is not over yet, but it’s time to start gearing up for Fall! Stillwater Medical Group and Westfields Hospital and Clinic’s 4 convenient neighborhood clinics are here to help kids of all ages get ready for back-to-school season with sports physicals, well visits and immunizations. We are on your team with comphrensive care that focuses on your child’s complete health – physical, developmental and behavioral. Plus, most preventive care services are 100% covered and don’t count toward your annual deductible. Call to schedule today! Continue Reading →

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Lakeview Hospital President Curt Geissler to Retire

On Friday, July 11, 2014, Curt Geissler will retire as President of Lakeview Hospital. Geissler joined Lakeview Hospital in July 1991, as Director of Patient Services. When Stillwater Medical Group and Lakeview Hospital joined together in 2004, Geissler became the President of Lakeview Hospital. “Curt will be greatly missed at Lakeview. He has always been patient and family centered in all of his decisions,” stated Jeff Robertson, Lakeview Hospital and Stillwater Medical Group CEO. Continue Reading →

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Celebrate the 4th of July with PowerUp Activities, Adventures and more!

Looking for fun ways to PowerUp with the Summer Chomp Challenge this 4th of July? Bring on the Fireworks! Let the kids run wild with yummy 4th of July Fruit Sparklers! View more Rockin’ Red Recipes or Purple, White and Blue for this weekend here —-

July 4 – Stillwater Independence Day Celebration! Begins at dusk (10 p.m.), at Lowell Park, downtown Stillwater, but come early to grab a spot! Continue Reading →

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Lakeview Hospital Recognized Nationally for Sustainability Program

(STILLWATER, June 10, 2014) – HealthPartners has achieved high sustainability honors nationally, receiving a total of seven Environmental Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth. Hudson, Lakeview, Regions and Westfields Hospitals met high benchmarks in recycling, mercury reduction, pollution prevention and energy conservation. Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care sustainability community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care. Lakeview Hospital was awarded the 2014 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” Award. This award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this Award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas. Continue Reading →

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You’re invited to the Lakeview Foundation 6th Annual Winemakers Forum

(Stillwater, MN) — Lakeview Foundation invites all wine enthusiasts to attend the 6th annual wine tasting event to benefit Lakeview’s Prescription Assistance Program. The event will take place on Thursday, June 5, from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. at the Stillwater Public Library Terrace. The evening will feature wine tastings from the James Beard Award winner, Merry Edwards Wineries of the Russian River Valley. She is considered by many to be among the finest makers of Pinot Noirs in this country, in addition to producing a fine Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc that are also highly rated. Gourmet food pairings will be prepared by the Lake Elmo Inn, with music provided by the Stillwater Area High School Jazz Combo. Continue Reading →

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Lakeview Hospital Free Class Alert! Learn More About Menopause

Many physiological changes occur in women from age 45-55. Knowing what to expect and how to live healthy during the midlife years is important. Stillwater Medical Group’s Dr. Robert Hildebrandt and Certified Nurse Practitioner, Brenda Reiter, will talk about perimenopause, menopause, hormone replacement options and osteoporosis. Date: Tuesday, May 20

Location: Lakeview Hospital

Cost: Free, Registration required

Contact: 651-430-4697 or Continue Reading →

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Lakeview Hospital volunteers serve over 16,000 in the past year!

Lakeview Hospital honored its volunteers at a luncheon at Boutwells Landing on May 7, 2014. Over the past year, 203 volunteers contributed 16, 250 hours. Hospital volunteers work in 25 areas, including surgery reception, gift shop, information desks, pharmacy, Teddy Bear Clinic (educational program for kindergarteners), and nursing stations. Ten volunteers have served for 20 years or more: Darlene Berglund, Barb Dahlke, Ruth Guse, Betty Hudacek, Marie Olsen, Janet Roderick, Lorna Montagne, Kay Rosell, Lorna Schrade, and Norma Singer. For information about volunteer opportunities and an online application, please visit here. Continue Reading →

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