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By Jack McFarlane
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Mercy Board discusses scholarships, winter event


January 30, 2020

The Mercy Hospital board gathered Monday night, January 27 to hear a short presentation and discuss several items.

Bryan Hunter, the Chief CRNA of Mercy Hospital’s Pain Management Clinic presented some details on various treatments and services the clinic provides. Hunter mentioned how the clinic is a non-narcotic pain service and that they do not provide opioids for chronic pain. The clinic’s main malady they treat is low back pain.

Hunter talked about how big of an issue low back pain is. “The cost to treat people with low back pain exceeds any other health condition.” He continued by saying, “It exceeds diabetes, heart disease, it is the number one area of health care dollars. Chronic pain is an epidemic.”

The board discussed a 2020 scholarship request initiated by Moose Lake, as Mercy Hospital partakes in Dollars for Scholars in which they provide a $1,000 scholarship to four area high schools: Moose Lake, Barnum, Willow River, and Cromwell/Wright.

The possibility of an Essentia merger left the board unsure of what might happen to the scholarships in the future, although the board would like to continue providing them and agreed it would be a good issue to check in on. The board approved a motion to continue providing the scholarships to the four school districts.

The Mercy Foundation will be holding a fundraiser called the Frozen Moose on Saturday, February 29. It will be a community event, a race of sorts (running or snowshoe) held on the city’s Woodland Trails. A timed event will be on a bigger loop out on the trails while a smaller loop will be open to families. Registration is available online now.

The goal of this event this year is to break even, but mainly to gather a lot of feedback and make necessary improvements and adjustments for next year’s event. The goal in a few years would be to have a kind of “winter fest in Moose Lake.”


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