July 22, 2021 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, July 22, 2021
7:00 a.m.

Due to COVID-19, public access to our facility is restricted. To participate in the meeting by telephone, please call:  1-605-472-5291     Access Code:  889325#

  1. Call to Order – 7:00 a.m.
  2. Changes to Agenda
  3. Approval of June 24, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes and June 29, 2021 Email Vote
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Financials
  6. Administrator’s Report
  7. Medical Staff
    • Chief of Staff comments
  8. Foundation Report
  9. Old Business
    • MBH/MCMC – Strategic Planning
    • MCMC – OR Expansion Update
    • MBH – New Nursing Home Update
    • MBH – Update on motion regarding Mountrail County Health Foundation’s request to become a member of MBH
    • MCMC – Update on motion regarding Stanley Community Hospital’s request to become a member of  MCMC
  10. New Business
    • MBH – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals: none
    • MBH – Nursing home beds in layaway
  11. Executive Session (CLOSED TO PUBLIC) RE: Patient Care / Quality Issues Discussion will include references to private and confidential patient health information under state and federal law including but not limited to: N.D.C.C. § 23-01.3-01, N.D.C.C. § 23-34-02, N.D.C.C. § 44-04-19.2 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


Next Board Meeting Date:   Thursday, September 23, 2021, 7:00 am

June 24, 2021 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, June 24, 2021
7:00 a.m.

Due to COVID-19, public access to our facility is restricted. To participate in the meeting by telephone, please call:  1-605-472-5291     Access Code:  889325#

  1. Call to Order – 7:00 a.m.
  2. Changes to Agenda
  3. Approval of May 27, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Financials
  6. Administrator’s Report
  7. Medical Staff
    • Chief of Staff comments
  8. Foundation Report
  9. Old Business
    • MBH/MCMC – Strategic Planning
    • MCMC – OR Expansion Update
    • MBH – New Nursing Home Update
    • MBH – Update on motion regarding Mountrail County Health Foundation’s request to become a member of MBH
    • MCMC – Update on motion regarding Stanley Community Hospital’s request to become a member of  MCMC
  10. New Business
    • MBH – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals:  Activities
    • MCMC – Approve reappointment to two year terms to Allied Staff:  Tammie Braaflat, FNP; Richard Laksonen, ENP-C; Jeffrey Moberg, PA; Abbey Ruland, PA-C
    • MCMC – Approve reappointment to two year term to Active Staff:  Mark Longmuir, MD
    • MCMC – Approve HHS funds transferred in for expenses paid
    • MCMC/MBH – Approve Budgets
    • MBH/MCMC – Schedule date for next board meeting
  11. Executive Session (CLOSED TO PUBLIC) RE: Patient Care / Quality Issues Discussion will include references to private and confidential patient health information under state and federal law including but not limited to: N.D.C.C. § 23-01.3-01, N.D.C.C. § 23-34-02, N.D.C.C. § 44-04-19.2 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


Next Board Meeting Date:   To be scheduled

Deloris Oja named Outstanding Rural Health Volunteer

15 Jun 2021 News

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Deloris Oja of Stanley received the Outstanding Rural Health Volunteer award at the 2021 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health. The award recognizes the contributions made by a community person who has volunteered his/her energy, time, and skill toward the betterment of rural healthcare. The virtual awards presentation was held on June 3, and the program may be watched here, 2021 Awards Program.

Oja has been with the Mountrail Bethel Home for over 30 years, whether as a nurse or volunteer. For the past 12 years she has volunteered as treasurer of the nursing home auxiliary, scrupulously keeping track of auxiliary funds and presenting her reports at auxiliary meetings, which helps to plan future projects.

“Many fundraising efforts are completed by the auxiliary each year, and Deloris is always an active part of them,” said Lynn Patten, credentialing specialist with Mountrail County Health Center and secretary of the Mountrail Bethel Home Auxiliary. “She is one hard-working, reliable, enthusiastic lady who is a great example to the rest of us of what a volunteer can accomplish.”

Along with her involvement with other events hosted by the home, Deloris spearheads the sales of cutlery, which has helped fund many projects for the nursing home over the years. But perhaps her most lasting effect is with nursing home residents. Each Friday Deloris visits the residential ladies for some “hair fixing,” greatly adding to their quality of life. 

About the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health:
The Dakota Conference allows healthcare professionals, educators, and students several days to share their strategies for sustaining healthy North Dakota communities, and offers workshops, keynote speakers, poster presentations, and an awards banquet, during which the awardees are celebrated. The annual event is a joint effort by the North Dakota Rural Health Association; the North Dakota Public Health Association; Altru Health System of Grand Forks; the UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines; and the Center for Rural Health.

May 27, 2021 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, May 27, 2021
7:00 a.m.

  1. Call to Order – 7:00 a.m.
  2. Changes to Agenda
  3. Approval of April 22, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Financials
  6. Administrator’s Report
  7. Medical Staff
    • Chief of Staff comments
  8. Foundation Report
  9. Old Business
    • MBH/MCMC – Strategic Planning
    • MCMC – OR Expansion Update
    • MBH – Update on motion regarding Mountrail County Health Foundation’s request to become a member of MBH
    • MCMC – Update on motion regarding Stanley Community Hospital’s request to become a member of  MCMC
    • MBH/MCMC – Approve July, August, September 2019 Quarterly Quality Reports presented last month
  10. New Business
    • MBH/MCMC – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals:  none
    • MBH – Approve net asset transfer from MBH to MCMC from the PPP
    • MCMC – Approve HHS funds transferred in for expenses paid at MCMC
  11. Executive Session (CLOSED TO PUBLIC) RE: Patient Care / Quality Issues Discussion will include references to private and confidential patient health information under state and federal law including but not limited to: N.D.C.C. § 23-01.3-01, N.D.C.C. § 23-34-02, N.D.C.C. § 44-04-19.2 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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Next Board Meeting Date:   Thursday, June 24, 2021, 7:00 am

April 22nd, 2021 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, April 22, 2021
7:00 a.m.

  1. Call to Order – 7:00 a.m.
  2. Changes to Agenda
  3. Approval of March 25, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Financials
  6. Administrator’s Report
  7. Medical Staff
    • Chief of Staff comments
  8. Foundation Report
  9. Old Business
    • MBH/MCMC – Strategic Planning
    • MCMC – OR Expansion
    • MBH – Update on motion regarding Mountrail County Health Foundation’s request to become a member of MBH
    • MCMC – Update on motion regarding Stanley Community Hospital’s request to become a member of  MCMC
    • MCMC – New EHR system
  10. New Business
    • MBH/MCMC – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals:  none
    • MBH/MCMC – BCBS Review
  11. Executive Session (CLOSED TO PUBLIC) RE: Patient Care / Quality Issues Discussion will include references to private and confidential patient health information under state and federal law including but not limited to: N.D.C.C. § 23-01.3-01, N.D.C.C. § 23-34-02, N.D.C.C. § 44-04-19.2 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

We’re closed to the Public.  To call into the meeting please follow:

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Next Board Meeting Date:   Thursday, April 22, 2021, 7:00 am

New Faces In MCMC PT Department

31 Mar 2021 News

A pair of new faces have joined the staff in Mountrail County Medical Center’s Physical Therapy Department this month. Zachary Mravec and Taylor Augustine, recent graduates from Cleveland State University and an engaged couple, have taken traveling positions that will see them in the facility at least through June with an option to extend.

Mravec is originally from Rocky River, Ohio, having started his career as a licensed massage therapist for seven years. He says that he knew he wanted to be a physical therapist and used the career in massage therapy as a way to pay for the schooling.

Augustine is originally from a small town in Colorado, very similar to Stanley. As an undergrad, she focused on dance and was a professional dancer for ten years in Seattle, Wa. When she went to Cleveland for graduate school, the couple met in the same class.

They have chosen to be in Stanley and North Dakota, saying that it allows them the adventure of travel while working as physical therapists. They have a goal to travel for three years or so. It will enable them to see the country and in the end to better settle down with their finances in place and pay for their upcoming wedding. It also fits into the fact that both say they are a bit of a wanderer, liking to travel and try new things. They also look forward to being together in a setting where they can gain a variety of experience working with outpatient and hospital setting.

Their differences in training and background will also bring new skills to the MCMC Physical Therapy Department, something that department head Heidi Nielsen says she is looking forward to. This will benefit not only patients, but also give Nielsen insight into some specialized areas of physical therapy that she can use well into the future.

Taylor’s focus has been on dance rehabilitation and physical therapy. She has done continuing education and courses that have allowed her to specialize in treatment for performing arts. She is on the registry for doctors for dancers and the only provider currently in the state of North Dakota with that designation.

She also has completed level one of three in another niche specialty for pelvic health. This specialty deals with incontinence, pelvic pain, rehab after birth and pelvic floor issues for both men and women. She says that while physicians may see a patient with a pelvic floor dysfunction, pain or otherwise, not many look for the signs that lead to a different approach. That includes finding that patients with low back pain may actually have a pelvic floor issue.

When it comes to the dance rehab and therapy, she says that she can work with dancers of any age from the young child learning to dance, to the professional dancer, and the aging dancer who still dances recreationally. Well versed in all styles of dance, she says that she can treat all dance styles. That includes helping injured dancers with the rehab necessary to return to dance, as well as helping dancers enhance their performance as they train back to the demands of choreography. For the younger dancers, she says that she can do pointe shoe screenings, as well as helping them with training and safety.

Education, she says, begins with adolescent dancers. She has worked with professional dancers in the past, but her goal is to help young dancers prevent injury with education.

Zach’s background and focus deals with vestibular issues. He spent fifteen weeks in a clinic that focused on those issues including diagnosing and developing a plan of care and aftercare for patients who suffer from those dizziness and vertigo issues. The goal, while seeing a patient in therapy, is to provide them with the information to care for  those issues at home as well.

Beyond that, he says that anything neurological or involving the brain piques his interest. That has included helping patients with concussion issues. He also helps patients return to work and with prework testing. Having worked with workers’ comp patients, he was surprised at how motivated people are to get back to work.

Taylor is involved with the American Physical Therapy Association, a professional network that includes conferences and events to further the education of its members. She has also worked in advocacy, spending time at Capital Hill to address issues.

As a pair, they just became National Park members, starting at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota with a mission to see most of the national parks.

They are also looking forward to experiencing life in Stanley, getting to know the residents and the community. Taylor says that she enjoys being back in a small town and the community feeling that comes with that. Stanley, they say, feels cozy, welcoming and friendly. For Taylor, she grew up that way and says that it is nice to be back in the circle.

As for the facility, they say that MCMC provides a great working environment. Everyone is approachable and in it for the right reasons, they want to help people. The approach is different than in a large city facility and feels more like why they wanted to work in healthcare.

Zach hopes that eventually they can also start some planning for nursing home residents. With the challenges that COVID has presented to nursing homes, he says they could maybe start with a small balance or dance course or class to increase activity. He would like to take that onto their plates to promote in the facility.

PT Department Head Heidi Nielsen says that she is thankful that the transition went so smoothly as one set of traveling therapists was leaving, this couple was coming in. Although the licensing stalled, it came through at the perfect time.

The skills that both bring to the table are something that Nielsen looks forward to learning more about.

She says that they see quite a few patients with vestibular issues. During her schooling, she says, they got the gist of how to treat those patients, but she did not have the intensive hands on experiences that Zach had in his clinic rotations. She looks forward to refining her techniques and helping patients find the appropriate after and home care, saying that if they can take those skills to home practice the therapists have done their job.

As for Taylor’s pelvic health training, Nielsen says this is something that needs more light shed on it. People have kept their issues quiet and do not like to talk about it. Trained hands and minds can find a way to improve that, saying that “just because it is frequent does not mean it is normal”.

She looks forward to learning from both of them and refining her skills along the way. “It is exciting for me, too,” she said. “Everyone has a different focus and passion. To get to see and learn from that allows others to grown and help patients more”. For MCMC as a rural clinic in a rural community, Nielsen says that “to be able to cover so many more avenues is something you do not typically see in rural care”.

March 25th, 2021 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, March 25, 2021
7:00 a.m.

  1. Call to Order – 7:00 a.m.
  2. Changes to Agenda
    • Under Old Business:  MCMC – Stanley Ambulance Service Discussion
    • Under New Business:  The following Policy and Procedures Manuals:  MBH – Social Work; MCMC – Business Office, HIPAA, Social Work for Swingbed, Lab, Radiology
    • Under New Business, the following policies:  MBH – Controlled Substances Policy at Rosen Place Assisted Living; MCMC – COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment
    • Under New Business:  Approve Michael L. Sarkees, MD to the Provisional Staff Category – Department of Medicine for a one year term as a locum cardiologist; Approve Jason DiVito, MD, Kevin Marcum, MD, and Edward Fogarty III, MD to Real Radiology for one year terms.
  3. Approval of February 25, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Financials
  6. Administrator’s Report
  7. Medical Staff
    • Chief of Staff comments
  8. Foundation Report
  9. Old Business
    • MBH/MCMC – Strategic Planning
    • MCMC – OR Expansion
  10. New Business
    • MBH/MCMC – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals:  none
    • MBH –Mountrail County Health Foundation’s request to become a member of MBH
    • MCMC –Stanley Community Hospital’s request to become a member of  MCMC
    • MCMC – Electronic Health Record (EHR) system
    • MCMC – Request that Mountrail County Health Foundation consider expansion of physician recruitment fund to include mid-level healthcare providers and Nurses
  11. Executive Session (closed to public) re: Patient Care / Quality Issues.
    • Discussion will include references to private and confidential patient health information under state and federal law including but not limited to: N.D.C.C. § 23-01.3-01, N.D.C.C. § 23-34-02, N.D.C.C. § 44-04-19.2 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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Next Board Meeting Date:   Thursday, April 22, 2021, 7:00 am

February 25th, 2021 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, February 25, 2021
7:00 a.m.

  1. Call to Order – 7:00 a.m.
  2. Changes to Agenda
  3. Approval of October 22, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes and January 28, 2021 Special Telephone Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Financials
  6. Administrator’s Report
  7. Medical Staff
    • Chief of Staff comments
  8. Foundation Report
  9. Old Business
    • MBH —  Phase III status
    • MBH/MCMC – Strategic Planning
    • MCMC – OR Expansion
    • MBH – Rescheduling of Annual Meeting
  10. New Business
    • MBH/MCMC – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals:  none
    • MBH – Elda Titus – First Term ended Nov. 2020
    • MBH – John Anderson – Second Term ended Nov. 2020
    • MCMC – Heath Hetzel – Term ended Dec. 2020
    • MCMC – Mike Sorenson – Term ended Dec. 2020
    • MBH – Five nursing home beds out of Bed Bank
    • MBH/MCMC – CEO/Administrator Evaluation
  11. Executive Session
    • Quality: Alyssa Zaun, MBH DON

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Next Board Meeting Date:   Thursday, March 25, 2021, 7:00 am

New Provider Starts at MCMC

30 Dec 2020 News

A new Family Nurse Practitioner is starting at Mountrail County Medical Center in Stanley this month, helping to fill a need at the facility.

Jessica Charon, DNP, FNP-C, is originally from Carrington, graduating from Carrington High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, graduating in 2014. After working as an RN in Glasgow, MT for three years at a critical access hospital, she moved to Bismarck, where she continued her education and worked as an emergency room nurse at St. Alexius. She graduated in April of this year from the University of Mary with her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) with a focus on family nurse practitioner (FNP).

Choosing MCMC for the next step in her career, Charon says that she has always loved rural health. Growing up in a small town, she says that practicing in a rural setting allows her to practice medicine in a setting she passionate about. While you see a is little bit of everything, patients also become like family to you. When she graduated, she knew she wanted to stay in North Dakota. Visiting Stanley, she says that she really liked the facility. The flexibility of the position, makes this job a great fit for her family.

Charon started at Mountrail County Medical Center a few weeks ago with her hire date of December 1. She is filling a gap for providers by becoming an exclusive emergency room provider. That means that she will be working eight twenty-four hour days per month. She is currently training with ENP-FNP Rich Laksonen as she prepares to take on her role. She says that with her previous experience she is more comfortable in the role as an emergency provider. She says that she loves coming into work in this setting and the challenge of not knowing what will be coming in the door with each patient. That, she says, keeps you on your toes and makes you learn.

She has signed a three year contract with MCMC and says that she is happy to be there. She points to the working relationships and a great work environment as a breath of fresh air. She credits great upper management on all levels for making that possible. She says that having great management and younger management staff means a more progressive attitude towards health care. Forward thinking and innovative medical care means the facility is doing great things for the community and she looks forward to being part of that.

Signing with MCMC, she says, is giving her the opportunity to fulfill what she sees as her professional long-term goals. She wants to establish a role she can stay in, providing good patient care while becoming more confident in her job. She believes that Stanley is a fantastic place for her to continue her journey. She is looking to certify as an ENP, specializing in emergency care. Following Rich’s training and skills in Stanley is something she believes will allow her to meet those goals.

Her current schedule does not have set days, but rather it is those eight days per month. That could be split over different times throughout the month, depending on facility needs. She says that Rich Laksonen does his days in a stretch, traveling as he does each month. She says that living closer to Stanley allows her to split those days up to meet staffing needs for the facility.

Her husband Benjamin works doing fiber installation and property management in Bismarck. The couple has two children, three year old daughter Kinley and four month old son Lincoln. The couple will continue to live in Bismarck for now. In the off time, the family enjoys traveling, being outdoors, camping and hunting. “We are very excited to have Jessica join our MCMC family. The minute we met her we knew she would be the perfect fit to round out our team of Providers. We now are fully staffed with exceptionally qualified and caring Providers for our patients. And we look forward to working together as a team to position ourself and start implementing our vision that will propel MCMC to the next level,” says Steph Everett, MCMC Administrator/CEO/Foundation Director/PR and Marketing Director.

Postponed – MBH/MCMC Nov. 19, 2020 Board Meeting

New Date/Time – December 17th, 2020 7:30 a.m.

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, November 19, 2020 7:00 a.m.

  1. Call to Order – 7:00 a.m.
  2. Changes to Agenda
  3. Approval of October 22, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Financials
  6. Administrator’s Report
  7. Medical Staff – Chief of Staff comments
  8. Foundation Report
  9. Old Business
    • MBH —  Phase III status
    • MBH/MCMC – Strategic Planning
    • MCMC – OR Expansion
  10. New Business
    • MBH/MCMC – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals:  none
    • MBH/MCMC – Board Members with Terms ending Nov./Dec.:
      MBH – Elda Titus – First Term ends Nov. 2020
      MBH – John Anderson – Second Term ends Nov. 2020
      MCMC – Heath Hetzel – Term ends Dec. 2020
      MCMC – Mike Sorenson – Term ends Dec. 2020

We’re closed to the Public.  To call into the meeting please follow:
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MBH Annual Meeting:  Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:30 pm               American Lutheran Church, Stanley

Next Board Meeting Date:   Thursday, December 17, 2020, 7:00 am

Upcoming MCMC/MBH Board Meetings
(All dates are tentative, unless marked as confirmed)

December 17, 2020 (confirmed)
January 28, 2021
February 25, 2021
March 25, 2021
April 22, 2021
May 27, 2021
June 24, 2021
July 22, 2021
August 26, 2021
September 23, 2021

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