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Flu shots

2019 Flu Shots

Free flu shots are available at the following locations and dates:


  • Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2-6 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 4, 8 am-1 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2-6 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 8 am-1 pm


  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 9 am-3 pm at Amici’s Event Center


  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 11:30 am-1:30 pm at Ely Area Food Shelf


  • Monday, Oct. 21, 8-11 am Babbitt Council Chambers
  • Monday, Oct. 21, 1-4 pm Tower Civic Center


EBCH understands the difficulty for small business owners to get away from their business. Local businesses can schedule an appointment by calling 218-365-8739 and we will come to your place of business with free flu shots for you and your staff.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 23 by Appointment
  • Thursday, Oct. 24 by Appointment


  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 3:30-7 pm Washington Elementary
  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 3:30-7 pm Ely Memorial High School

2019 Flu Shot schedule

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Community Health Needs Assessment Findings

Every few years, the hospital participates in Community Health Needs Assessments and the results, which are used to identify local health priorities and establish an action plan to improve overall community health, are made available to the public.

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Blue ribbon reward

EBCH Recognized for Efforts to Protect Patients from Influenza

93 percent of facility’s employees received influenza vaccination in 2016-17.

FluSafe - Vaccinating staff, protecting patients

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital was among 139 hospitals and nursing homes from around the state recognized today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for achieving high influenza vaccination rates among facility employees during the 2016-17 flu season.

93 percent of EBCH staff, received influenza vaccinations during the past season of the Minnesota FluSafe program.  In October, EBCH uses their monthly employee recognition day know as Positive Thursday to promote the vaccination program by hosting “Shot and Beer Day”.  Members of the Patient Relations Committee go around the facility offering the influenza vaccination along with a refreshing root beer.  The facility received a blue ribbon and certificate of achievement from Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger for its efforts.

The FluSafe program aims to get 100 percent of all health care personnel at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota, except those with medical exemptions, vaccinated against influenza each season. According to state health officials, unvaccinated health care workers can potentially pass highly contagious influenza to their patients, many of whom are at high risk for complications from influenza.

Of the 149 facilities that participated in FluSafe this year, 67 reached vaccination rates of 90 percent or greater, 41 reached rates of between 80 and 89 percent, and 31 reached rates of between 70 and 79 percent.  Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital was the only facility from St. Louis County to receive blue ribbon statis.

“After seven years of FluSafe, we continue to be grateful for – and impressed by – the important steps participating facilities are taking to prevent flu through health care worker vaccination,” said Kristen Ehresmann, director of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control at MDH.

Health care facilities participating in the FluSafe program receive guidance and access to tools and promotional materials from MDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help them increase their influenza vaccination rates. The facilities record and document their vaccination rates through the state’s immunization information system, the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC).

More information on the FluSafe program, including a list of the 2016-17 facilities earning blue, red, and white ribbons, can be found on mdhflu.com.

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3D Mammograms Now Available

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital is excited to offer Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health (1).  Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.*

EBCH is committed to the fight against breast cancer.  In offering the Genius exam, our radiology department provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening.  If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact the EBCH Radiology Department at 218-365-8737.

About 3D Mammography

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time.  A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

The Hologic system is the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam.  The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (2). Findings include:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.

The Hologic system is the first FDA-approved breast tomosynthesis system in the U.S. Hologic Genius 3D Mammography™ exams are now available in all 50 states and over 50 countries. To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system – and we are proud to offer them here at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital!

*Compared to 2D Mammography

(1) Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams are available only on the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions® system.

(2) Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, Durand MA, Plecha DM, Greenberg JS, Hayes MK, Copit DS, Carlson KL, Cink TM, Barke LD, Greer LN, Miller DP, Conant EF, Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography, JAMA June 25, 2014

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60th Anniversary

60th Anniversary Celebration

Come help the hospital celebrate its 60th Anniversary on August 19th in Whiteside Park, where you’ll be able to walk through the MEGA Body Exhibit and peruse a Health Expo.

The celebration will kick off with opening remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 am. This family-friendly event is free and open to all as the hospital’s way of saying “thank you” for supporting us for the past 60 years. The festivities continue until 4:00 pm.

Inflatable MEGA Body

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The Medical Inflatables’™ MEGA Body Exhibit is a larger-than-life, walk-through model of the entire human body, where children and adults alike can experience the inner workings of various systems of the body, and learn that the choices we make can have a huge effect on our well-being today and in the future.  The exhibit is available through a generous donation from the Ely Health and Hospital Foundation.

Also available is a Health Expo with tables sponsored by a wide variety of local promoters of healthy living.  There will be hand-outs, giveaways, demonstrations and speakers throughout the day.

If you are interested in sponsoring a table or learning about some of the opportunities that EBCH has to offer groups and organizations interested in using this event as a fundraiser, please contact event coordinator Jodi Martin at 218-365-8739 for more details.

60th Anniversary Celebrations

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carbon monoxide danger

Beware of Carbon Monoxide Danger

Each winter we see these little villages pop up all over our frozen lakes here in Ely and the surrounding area. It’s ice fishing time again!!  Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital would like to remind you of a colorless, odorless danger that sends between 8,000-15,000 people to hospitals annually and can sink your chances at catching the “Big One” –

Carbon Monoxide

According to the Minnesota Department of Health website Carbon Monoxide is often known as the “silent killer” because initial symptoms are flu like and include; nausea, dizziness, weakness, intense headache and shortness of breath.  These symptoms are often missed or ignored until eventually the victim losses consciousness and is unable to escape to safety.

NEVER use camp stoves, charcoal grills, fuel burning lanterns or generators inside your fish house.  Heating equipment should be inspected often and in good working order.  It is also a good idea to install a Carbon Monoxide detector and NEVER ignore the alarm.

Ely-Bloomenson would like to remind you that winter is a particularly dangerous time for Carbon Monoxide poisoning and your ice house is not the only house at risk.  In your home have your furnace inspected annually by a qualified technician.  Also, never leave your vehicle idling in a closed garage.  Back your vehicle out and be sure that the exhaust pipes are clear of ice and snow.

This winter safety reminder is brought to you by your friends at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital.

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Don’t be SAD

Who hasn’t said “I have the winter blahs!!”  I know I have.  We sometimes feel that way here in Northern Minnesota when we’ve been shoveling for days, the temperature hasn’t been above zero and we haven’t seen the sun for a week.

Well, what if it’s more than just the winter “blahs?”

According to the Mayo Clinic website, “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in season.”  SAD typically affects people beginning in the late fall through winter and although less common can affect people during spring and summer.

Common symptoms for winter onset SAD can include irritability, trouble getting along, over sleeping, hypersensitivity, change in appetite, and weight gain.  Spring and summer onset symptoms include depression, weight loss, poor appetite, trouble sleeping, and high anxiety.

It is recommended that you see your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: changes in  your sleeping and eating habits, feeling hopeless, thoughts of suicide, or turning to alcohol for comfort or relaxation.

Treatments for SAD can include psychotherapy, light therapy, antidepressant medication, or holistic alternatives such as melatonin, acupuncture, or yoga.  As always, consult your doctor before beginning any form of treatment.

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Get Your Mammogram

Your screening mammogram DOES NOT require a doctor’s order. We have SAGE Program options available for uninsured, high deductible, high c0-pay.

SAGE is a Cancer Screening Program designed to keep Minnesotans healthy through screening and early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. A coordinated office visit including a breast exam and cervical cancer screening can be FREE along with a screening mammogram for qualified woman at participating locations.

Our Radiology Department here at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital offers free screening mammograms for all women over the age of 40 who qualify for the SAGE Program.  The program is designed to assist patients who are uninsured, have insurance that does not cover screenings, insurance that has a high deductible or co-pay or those who meet the income guidelines for the program.

The SAGE Program provides a staffed call center to assist Minnesota callers determine their eligibility.  You can contact them Monday-Friday 8:00 – 5:00 at 1-888-643-2584 or visit the Minnesota Department of Health website for more details.

Then call us here at the EBCH Radiology Department 218-365-8737 to schedule an appointment.  Remember to ask us about appointments during lunch and after work too!

Schedule a mammogram today at 218-365-8737.

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Community Health & Wellness Calendar

List your event in the new Community Health & Wellness Calendar that Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital is compiling.

  • WHAT – Does your organization have events, meetings or programs specific to health and wellness?
  • WHY – Wouldn’t it be great if one could find programs relating to health and wellness in one location? Ely Bloomenson is trying to achieve just that!
  • WHERE – The Community Health and Wellness Calendar will be advertised monthly by Ely Bloomenson and available in its entirety at ebch.org/events, as well as various other community websites.
  • WHEN – The calendar will run from September 2016 – May 2017.
  • HOW – Please fill out the form below if you would like your organization’s meetings, programs or events to be included on this Community Health and Wellness calendar.
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BE for Ely

Stay in Ely to receive the care you need from people you know and trust.

Call Ely’s hometown hospital for the answer you need to find comfort for your concerns.

Click here or the image above to see a poster listing all the services the hospital provides and the numbers to call.

BE for Ely!

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