About Us

Mission: "An alliance of rural health care organizations working together to effectively provide value to members and strengthen the delivery of health care in the Medi-Sota service area."  More...


Career Center

The Recruitment Program provides recruiting services to members for Physicians, Mid-Levels, and Allied Staff Professionals...
Please visit the Career Center for a list of current openings at member facilities.



The Medi-Sota Education program offers a variety of workshops pertaining to healthcare including Acute Care, Long Term Care, Management, Business Office, Compliance, and other Ancillary Departments.  Most workshops are available at no cost or a reduced rate to members.  A library of training videos is also available to Members Only at no charge. 

Because Medi-Sota covers a wide region of MN, we also offer several workshops by videoconferencing so members do not have to travel long distances and can remain on site for their training.  Visit the Medi-Sota Education page to review a list of upcoming workshops.

Mentor Health

The Lac qui Parle Health Network (LqPHN) was awarded a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to fund the MENTOR Health IT project. This project connects network members with the broader health consortium, Medi-Sota, to propagate best practices and effective models for implementing and optimizing health information technology solutions to meet the needs of the rural, sparsely populated and rapidly aging southwest region of MN. Click Here for FAQ and Contacts.


Link to Application - Applications for Health IT Analyst Course Now Being Accepted

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FAQ Mentor Health IT

Medi-Sota welcomes Jeff Cook, CEO of Appleton Area Health Services and Dennis Miley, CEO of Paynesville Area Health Care System.

"Jeffrey A. Cook was named Appleton Area Health Services’ (AAHS) Chief Executive Officer and Administrator, beginning in August, 2012.  Prior to coming to AAHS, Jeff served as Essentia Health’s ND  division manager for the past ten years. Essentia Health is a large health system with a presence in Minnesota, North Dakota and Idaho that employs 11,500 employees with over 40 clinics and 15 hospitals within the system. Cook recruited over 20 multispecialty and primary care physicians, developed an OB/GYN practice in one facility adding 100 births per year, facilitated a multi-million dollar construction project and consistently operated under budget.

Jeff is looking forward to re-entering the hospital and care center (nursing home) world after being in the clinic side for the last ten years. As our society ages there will be more community members moving toward retirement and more of a need to accommodate the aging population through our senior living apartments and care center." 

"The Paynesville Area Health Care System Board of Directors has named Mr. Dennis Miley as the system’s CEO. Miley will assume his new role on August 6, 2012.

Miley comes to Paynesville Area Health Care System (PAHCS) with over 20 years of experience in health care and will be responsible for all organizational operations. He will serve as the principal link between the health care system, the community, the board of directors, and the medical staff.

Miley earned his Masters degree from the University of Minnesota in Hospital Administration with advanced studies in Health Services Administration.

Dennis began his career as the Administrator/CEO with Waseca Area Memorial Hospital, Waseca, Minnesota, where he spent 14 years. The next 13 years of Mr. Miley’s career was spent as President and CEO of Tri County Health Care, Wadena, Minnesota, an integrated health care system.

Miley is a progressive, collaborative leader committed to patient quality and service with strong business skills. With his deep commitment to health care, Miley earned the Grassroots Champion Award for health care leadership and advocacy in Minnesota from the American Hospital Association.

He is a strong believer in community service and has served on the Tri-County Foundation Board for 12 years, been the Chairperson for the Wadena Technical College Advisory Board with many professional affiliations through the Minnesota Hospital Association, and the State Trauma Advisory Council."

















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