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State grant of $178,406 will train health workers in Long Prairie

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded a $178,406 grant under its Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to train 279 workers at CentraCare Health System - Long Prairie.

CentraCare Health System operates a hospital, clinic and long-term care facility which serve the residents of Todd County and the surrounding area.

Nurses, emergency medical technicians, medical technicians and medical transcriptionists will learn techniques to improve the quality and safety of patient care using a national program developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and offered by Central Lakes College.

"The training will assist in improving the ability of CentraCare Health System to provide continuing excellent care for its patients, while meeting additional growing demands for its services," said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. "In addition, Central Lakes College will expand its curriculum, enabling the college to teach more innovative techniques in patient care."

Sessions will include "Overview of Transforming Care at the Bedside," "Heart Failure Core Processes," and "Anticoagulation Management." CentraCare Health System employees will earn continuing education credits for courses completed successfully.

For more information on the grant, contact Rebecca Best, dean of economic, workforce and regional development at Central Lakes College, 218-855-8143 or

MJSP offers technical, financial and job training assistance to businesses, communities, educational institutions and workers. The board brings businesses with specific education needs together with educational institutions to design customized training programs.

DEED is the state's principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development.