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Brinkman earns leadership award

Christy Brinkman, a senior administrative leader at Essentia Health - St. Mary's, Detroit Lakes, formerly of Wadena, has been awarded the 2014 Kal Michaels Outstanding Leadership Award from Aging Services of Minnesota.

The award is among the highest honors for the state's aging services professionals.

Brinkman joined Essentia Health - St. Mary's in 1999. She serves as administrator for Oak Crossing, which includes a 23-bed transitional care unit and three long-term care neighborhoods. She is also responsible for senior housing and assisted living as well as a variety of hospital and clinic-based services.

The award celebrates those whose leadership has benefited older adult services, enhancing the work environment for their organization's employees and the quality of life for the seniors that the organization serves.