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“I recently underwent shoulder surgery from Dr. Vern Prochaska at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Park Rapids, Minnesota. The personal care, concern and professionalism was fantastic. We are fortunate to have Dr. Prochaska in our community who is able to meet multiple Orthopedic concerns one might have.  You’ll be glad you contacted Dr. Prochaska!”
Loren Ferch

“There are moments in life when someone enters and makes a true difference! Dr. Prochaska is “ that person” for me. I don’t know if words are even adequate in describing his presence in mine. Not only does he have an easy ear, he understands, digests and takes on the task of ethical medical procedures. His personality is a mixture of humor, concern and genuine care. What more could I have asked for? He performed a hip procedure for me that took me from a place of despair and pain to HOPEFULNESS and HEALING. Overall, Dr. Prochaska is simply put, a wonderful human being. I am forever in his debt!”
SuEllen Brown

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

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Vern Prochaska, MD, joined CHI St. Joseph’s Health Orthopedics in Park Rapids in January 2019.

Dr. Prochaska provides orthopedic and sports medicine services to CHI St. Joseph’s Health on a full-time basis for inpatient, outpatient, and trauma-related care in Park Rapids. Dr. Prochaska is Board-Certified and has over 20 years of experience. He provides a very broad range of general orthopedic services and he has a special interest in sports medicine.

Dr. Prochaska did his undergraduate, medical school, internship and residency at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He has served as the team physician for the NBA summer league, College of Southern Nevada, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, West Fargo High School and NDSU.

Hiker, jogger, tennis player, cyclist, golfer, human being. Feeling good means moving easily through all the activities you love. Count on CHI St. Joseph’s Health Orthopedics for quality bone and joint care to support the active life you want to live. Learn how Orthopedics can help you get back to moving and living pain free!

Learn how CHI St. Joseph’s Health Orthopedics can help you Move & Live Pain Free!

To schedule an appointment call: 218.616.3700

Services include:

  • Sports medicine
  • Hip, knee and shoulder replacements
  • Carpal tunnel and trigger finger releases
  • Fracture surgeries of the upper and lower extremities
  • Knee and shoulder arthroscopies
  • Fracture care and more…


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General Information

600 Pleasant Avenue
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Phone: 218.732.3311
Toll Free: 800.566.3311
Fax: 218.732.1360

General Information

600 Pleasant Avenue, Park Rapids, MN 56470
Phone: 218.732.3311 | Toll Free: 800.566.3311 | Fax: 218.732.1360

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