On top of planning for the hospital of the future, Tri-County Health Care has been busy keeping up with other areas of the business in an effort to continue to serve the region's health needs. Here's a snapshot of some of the people and work TCHC has been doing in 2019.

New general surgeon

General surgeon Timothy Monson, M.D., FACS, joined the surgical team at Tri-County Health Care on May 30. He brings a wealth of knowledge and practiced hands to Tri-County Health Care with 24 years of experience in the surgical field. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in multiple general surgery procedures, with special interest in advanced laparoscopy and GI endoscopy.

100th joint replacement surgery

Ben Robertson, M.D., and his Tri Orthopedics team at Tri-County Health Care performed their 100th joint replacement on June 3, less than a year after the program’s launch. Tri-County hired Robertson full time and spearheaded the program in September of 2018, offering a full spectrum of orthopedic services. Joanne Olson of Wadena was the 100th joint replacement patient.

Organ, eye and tissue donation recognition

Tri-County Health Care has earned gold recognition for its efforts to increase organ, eye and tissue donor registrations across the state, through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. Between October 2018 and April 2019, Tri-County participated in the Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The program challenges hospitals and healthcare organizations to “let life bloom” by educating their staff, patients, visitors, and communities about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation and by offering them opportunities to register as donors.

Expanded ENT access

Tri-County Health Care’s partnership with ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist Kurtis Waters, M.D., can provide the diagnosis and treatment of ENT conditions, as well procedures for structures of the head and neck. Now, Waters plans to expand his visits in Wadena from once a month to every Friday starting Sept. 13. With 20 years of experience, Waters believes strongly in maintaining high levels of trust, communication and confidentiality in the care of his patients.

Dawn Dahlgren-Roemmich, CNM, in Ottertail

Women seeking primary or prenatal care now have another option at Tri-County Health Care’s Ottertail clinic. Dawn Dahlgren-Roemmich, certified nurse midwife, has begun offering midwifery services in Ottertail on Monday mornings. Midwifery services include prenatal through postpartum care and certain primary care services for women from adolescence through menopause, such as well- woman exams.

Dylan Folkestad, M.D., in Bertha

Starting in late August, Dylan Folkestad, M.D., will begin offering family practice services at Tri-County Health Care’s Bertha clinic one day a week. Folkestad also serves the Henning clinic two days a week. He has been with Tri-County since 2015, serving in the emergency department, the hospital and in his family practice role at the Henning clinic.

Lorinda Zigan, PA-C, in Henning

Lorinda Zigan, PA-C, a member of the Tri Orthopedics team at Tri-County Health Care, will soon expand her orthopedic services to Tri-County’s Henning clinic. She will serve patients in Henning two days a week on Wednesdays starting Aug. 28. Zigan works with Ben Robertson, M.D., at the Wadena clinic, seeing orthopedic patients and assisting with joint replacement surgeries.