Published on April 12, 2019

Essentia Health Staff and Volunteer Recognized

Essentia Health staff member Angie Halvorson, a cook at the Prairie Pines assisted living community, received the District A Caregiver of the Year award and longtime volunteer, Dean VIkan received the District A Volunteer of the Year award. Halvorson and Vikan were honored at the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute, the state’s largest and most comprehensive aging services conference.

The Caregiver Award honors individuals in older adult services who demonstrate exceptional commitment to older adults and enhance the quality of life of those in their care. Halvorson was one of seven caregivers selected for the award.

Essentia Health employee receiving Caregiver of the year award

Pictured left to right: Nancy Stratman, Angie Halvorson, Gayle Kvenvold, and Sara Sterling

“Angie has been working as the Prairie Pines cook for seven years and is one of the biggest assets to my team,” explains Tori Edie, Assisted Living Supervisor at Prairie Pines Community. “She welcomes each resident with a smile and asks them about their day and families. When it comes time to serve the meal, she knows each resident’s likes and dislikes.”

The volunteer award honors individuals in older adult services whose commitment and dedication enhance the quality of life for seniors and their communities. Vikan was one of five volunteers selected for the award.

Essentia Health volunteer receives award

Pictured left to right: Gayle Kvenvold, Dean Vikan, Nancy Stratman, and Sara Sterling.

“Dean is integrally involved in the community and volunteers in a number of capacities” explains Kevin Gish, Essentia Health-Fosston Administrator. “Dean has been running the exercise group at Prairie Pines and enhances the lives of the residents by helping them to keep their mobility.”

Both Halvorson and Vikan received their awards at the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute.