Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition


Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Safety Excellence
Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals

Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics

Minnesota Hospital Association Community Benefit Award
CEO John Solheim included in Becker's Hospital Review list of 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know


Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience
America’s 100 Best Hospitals Women’s Choice Award for patient experience
Soliant Health’s Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S.
CEO John Solheim included in Becker's Hospital Review list of 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know
Association for Healthcare Foodservice national competition bronze medal


Becker’s Healthcare 150 Great Places to Work List

America’s 100 Best Hospitals Women’s Choice Award for patient experience
Women’s Choice Award® ranking among America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics
March of Dimes and Minnesota Hospital Association Early Elective Delivery recognition
Certificate of Participation, Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network, Minnesota Hospital Association


Acute Stroke Ready Hospital designation by the Minnesota Department of Health (2015)

The Joint Commission Accreditation (2014)

 Cancer Center accredited by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (2014)

 The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence program accreditation (2007-2014)

 HomeHealth Partnership named Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Honors recipient (2014)

Minnesota Medical Association Continuing Medical Education Accreditation (2014)

 American Diabetes Association Diabetes Self Management Education program accreditation (2001-2015)


Employee Recognition

Mary Lou Houle Nursing Excellence Award

Jesse Oman of Aitkin, a Registered Nurse at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby the past 13 years, in April 2016 received the Mary Lou Houle Nursing Excellence Award. She will be honored at a banquet on May 10 as part of the organization’s Healthcare Week celebration.


The nurse received the award for her dedication to patients, families, peers and the community and because she works very hard as a role model for all CRMC employees.  Oman has worked primarily in Obstetrics since 2003 but occasionally works Medical/Surgical shifts and as a charge nurse when needed. She says it is important to work in other areas to maintain competence and skill set.


“I feel honored and grateful,” Oman said of her recognition. “I have always loved being a nurse and having the opportunity to care for people when they need it most--it is a blessing.  What makes this award especially important to me is that it comes from my peers, many of which are my mentors and people who I look up to and have the upmost respect. I have always felt so supported at CRMC; it has helped me become the nurse I am today, and continues to encourage me as advance in the nursing profession.”


One of Oman’s nominators was Family Physician Monica Goodwin, M.D., who wrote:  “She was always such a positive influence as the OB department was going through rather large changes. She always remained an ambassador to her patients, CRMC and her colleagues through some tense times. Her demeanor and ability to reach across disciplines was a major reason for our successes.”


Obstetrician/Gynecologist Christina Kramer, M.D., wrote in her nomination:  “Jesse’s personality and communication skills make her an excellent liaison between patient, other nurses and providers. She has helped implement new policies and procedures on the OB Unit, including TOLAC and nitrous oxide. She is responsible for training and orientation of new nurses.”


Other nominees for this year’s award included:  Jon Hendrickson of the Care Center, Jacqueline Holmes of Medical/Surgical, Dava Nash of Surgery, Jenny Pederson of the Care Center, Drew VanSanten of the Emergency Department.


CRMC established the Mary Lou Houle Nursing Excellence Award in 2010. Houle began her nursing career in 1959 at the original CRMC, Miner’s Hospital, and retired in 2010. She dedicated her career to the patients, families and community of the Cuyuna Range.  She was a skilled Registered Nurse working in many areas such as Obstetrics, Surgery, the ER, Medical/Surgical, Staff Development and Leadership.  She was renowned for her exceptional patient care and the level of dedication she demonstrated in every patient interaction.


2015 Recipient - Lea Carlson, RN

2014 Recipient -  Christine Roy, RN
2013 Recipient - Sandy Taylor, RN


I CARE Ambassador Award


Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Facilities Engineer Jared Monson of Deerwood was recognized as an “I Care” Ambassador in May 2016 for the care and compassion that he provides to patients and others.  


“This award was a surprise and truly appreciated. It has been a great 20 years, CRMC has provided a lot for me,” Monson said in acceptance of the recognition.


Monson, a member of CRMC’s staff the past 20 years, was nominated for being inspiring as a role model employee. He goes above and beyond expectations to ensure facilities are at their best by working overtime, picking up call, volunteering for events, and working in multiple locations. He is always at work promptly to assist those in need.


“Because of his dedication to making CRMC a better place, construction projects, and personal identification of issues he’s identified, he is a genuine person who is one of the best assets of our team,” said Facilities Director Dan Hoffard, adding that he always has a positive attitude, does not complain, and continues to work hard for the good of the organization.


“We’ve been able to save thousands of dollars because of his ability to perform work in house instead of outsourcing,” Hoffard continued. “He’s pulled late nights to get projects done that could not be done in the daytime. The quality of his work is profound. He gives phenomenal first impressions because he has a kind and professional demeanour towards everyone.”


Other nominees included Clinic LPN Shirley Borg, Nursing Administrative Assistant Marcia Good, Environmental Services Aide Kim Kayfes, Central Supply Aide Deanna Nichols, Environmental Services Aide Denise Schmidt, Clinic LPN Ben Mooers, Laboratory Supervisor Amy Vleck, and Laboratory Secretary Nancy Williams.


The  annual award is designed to honor an employee who has worked at CRMC for at least five years and has demonstrated excellence in the values of CRMC. “I CARE” is as an acronym for the award criteria.

“I” for Inspiring
“C” for Community
“A” for Approachable
“R” for Relationships
“E” for Excellence

The award exemplifies service that comes from the heart and the culture of care that sets CRMC apart. The first recipient Tedi Miehlke, who joined CRMC in 2002 was nominated and selected by her peers to receive the award for her exceptional attributes of care, compassion, and service that make her a genuine role-model and ambassador.


2015 Recipient - Judy Oestreich

2014 Recipient -  Joyce Gindorff
2013 Recipient - Tedi Miehlke


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