HealthPartners honors Bjork, DeLeon


HealthPartners recently honored two Lakeview Hospital staff members for their volunteer work, agency officials announced Wednesday.

Dr. Kevin Bjork, a general surgeon for Lakeview Health, received


HealthPartners’ Wilbur Thomas Community Service Award for his volunteer work in Guatemala.

His co-worker, John DeLeon, a laboratory Coordinator at Lakeview Hospital, received the HealthPartners President’s Award for his outstanding partnership and accountability.

HealthPartners awarded seven individual awards, two team awards and the Wilbur Thomas Community Service award to honorees out of 12,000 employees.

“At Lakeview Health, we are extremely honored and privileged to have such outstanding employees on our team,” said Jeff Robertson CEO of Lakeview Health

HealthPartners awards the Wilbur Thomas Community Service Award annually to employees who go above and beyond to volunteer their time in the community. Every year, Bjork travels to Guatemala to operate on people who might not otherwise have access to medical care. In 2005, a hurricane caused a mudslide that buried much of the Guatemalan village where the hospital was located. Bjork led the effort to build a new hospital, one example of why he was honored with the award.

HealthPartners give the President’s Award annually to employees who go above and beyond as employees. Nominated by his colleagues, DeLeon is said to “always have a smile for everyone that really makes the day brighter. He is outstanding at his job, and is a genuinely great man that would drop everything to help anyone in need.”

DeLeon goes the extra mile as a father of nine children, football coach for a local school and volunteer for the Boy Scouts.

“Thanks to John’s father, Ben DeLeon, I was able to become a general surgeon in the St. Croix Valley,” Bjork said. “It was his retirement that opened a spot for me.”

Lakeview Health is an integrated non-profit hospital and clinic system serving the eastern metro area and western Wisconsin. The system includes Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater Medical Group, the Clinic of Walmart in Oak Park Heights and the Lakeview Foundation. Visit for more information.