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Ecumen Pelican Valley Health Center

Pelican Valley Health Center Receives $65,000 Grant for New High-Tech Alert System From Otto Bremer Foundation

The Pelican Valley Health Center, managed by Ecumen, has received a $65,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to purchase a new state-of-the-art system to alert staff when residents need assistance.

The system operates with wireless technology and can be used throughout the care center.  Residents wear a small pendant and simply press a button if they need assistance.  The alerts sound on iPods carried by staff, giving the exact location of the caller.


Ecumen Director Barbara Garrity Selected for Statewide Leadership Program

 Barbara Garrity, executive director of Ecumen-managed Pelican Valley Health Center in Pelican Rapids, Minn., has been selected to attend the year-long Aging Services of Minnesota Leadership Academy.

The academy, now in its fifth year, is a comprehensive development program to hone the leadership skills of emerging leaders in the aging services field.  Aging Services of Minnesota is the state’s largest association of organizations serving Minnesota seniors.


Director of Nursing Maria Stokka To Retire After 35 Years at Ecumen’s Pelican Valley Health Center

 For the past 35 years, Maria Stokka has been coming to work as the director of nursing at Ecumen-managed Pelican Valley Health Center, providing care to the families of Pelican Rapids. On February 28, 2014, she will retire from this job that has intricately connected her with the lives of the 2,500 people who make this northwestern Minnesota community home.