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  Contact : 218-365-8788


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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winter driving

Winter Tips

Anything can happen during winter as we all saw from the blanket of snow and gale force winds that hit our neck of the woods on November 18th.  Winter comes every year but yet we always seem to have a certain level of “unpreparedness.”

Here are some winter safety tips to keep in mind as we head into December and the Northern Minnesota Deep Freeze brought to you by Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital:

  •  Watch the road conditions and always keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that contains a minimum of a working flashlight, some basic first aid supplies, non-perishable, high energy food and wooden matches in a waterproof container.
  • Avoid back strains and injuries while shoveling or using a snow blower by always stretching first and taking frequent breaks.
  • Watch for frostbite and hypothermia and get treatment immediately if you feel you have been exposed.
  • Be sure you have a carbon monoxide detector with new batteries near every bedroom and never ignore the alarm.  Remember Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that sends 20,000 people annually to emergency rooms.

Everyone at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital wishes you all a safe and happy winter season!!  Get out there and enjoy all that Ely has to offer!!

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Jodi Martin, EBCH Community Benefit and Public Relations Coordinator, presents a donation from Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital staff to volunteers from the Ely Food Shelf.


Thank you to all the EBCH employees who donated to raise food & funds for the Ely Food Shelf through our  November “Positive Thursday” Campaign. With your help we were able to donate 170 pounds of food and goods plus $221.00 (which equals over $2000.00 in buying power for the food shelf!).  Shown in the picture is Jodi Martin, EBCH Community Benefit and Public Relations Coordinator, presenting a donation from Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital staff to volunteers from the Ely Food Shelf.

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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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Community Health Needs Survey

Click to view the Community Health Needs Survey in which EBCH participated in the fall of 2015, now available to the public. The results will be used to identify local health priorities and establish an action plan to improve overall community health. Click here to view the report in your browser or Right click to download and Save.

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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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