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The Patient and Family Advisory Council at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s includes (left to right) Brian Nelson, Amy Hochgraber, new member Anya Butzer, Trish Noyes, Dixie Johnson and David Fihn. Not pictured: Mary Frigstad. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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About a year ago, a half-dozen community members began meeting monthly at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes, as the core group of its newly-formed Patient & Family Advisory Council (PFAC).


Currently, its membership includes Dr. David Fihn, Mary Frigstad, Amy Hochgraber, Dixie Johnson, Brian Nelson and Trish Noyes.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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