March 24, 2022 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, March 24, 2022
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 February 24, 2022 Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Approval of Financials
  6. Administrator’s Report
  7. Medical Staff
    • Chief of Staff comments
  8. Foundation Report
  9. Old Business
    • MBH/MCMC – Strategic Planning
    • MBH/MCMC – New Nursing Home & OR Expansion Update
    • 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:  Information Technology, Business Office, Quality Assurance, Pharmacy, Rosen Place on Eighth Assisted Living, and MBH Nursing.
  • MCMC – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals:  Information Technology, Business Office, Quality Assurance, Pharmacy, Medical Records, Radiology, Emergency Department, and Lab – #1 Blood, gas, coaq hem; #2 Bacti, urine, serology; #3 General Lab; #4 Spec. collection – lab nursing; Beckman Coulter; CLIA IQCP; Frend Analyzer; Preventative Maint.; QA.
  • MCMC – Approve the following new and revised policies: Clinic – Preparing and Confirming Vaccine/Medication Prior to Administration and Vaccine/Medication Administration; Ordering of Immunization Supplies; Checking Immunization Status on all Patients Prior to Administration. ER – Medical Staff Chart Reviews; CAH/ED – Covid-19 Testing – Inpatient Policy; Covid-19 Positive Inpatient Policy; PPE Use During Covid Pandemic; Patient Screening During Covid Pandemic; Negative Pressure Room During Covid-19 Pandemic; Inpatient Visitation During the Covid-19 Pandemic Policy; Covid-19 Monoclonal Antibody (mAb)
  • MCMC – Appoint Brittany Haugtvedt, FNP-C to a 2 year term as Allied Health category.
  • MCMC – Appoint Pedro Torres, MD and Faith Dieleman, MD to two year terms as Active Staff category.
  • MCMC – Appoint Michael D’Angelo, MD; David Lin, MD; and Lucy Lane, MD to Real Radiology for two year terms; and reappoint Daivd S. Henley, MD; Jarret Kuo, MD, Karen G. Phillips, MD; and Shawn T. Stone, MD to Real Radiology for two year terms.
  • MCMC – Appoint Steven Johnson, MD and Shannon Bownds, MD to Trinity Health Radiology for one year terms.
  • MCMC – Approve temporary privileges to Nana Appiwiah, MD effective December 13, 2021 to Trinity Health Radiology and to John Adan, MD effective December 22, 2021 to Trinity Health Cardiology.
  • MCMC – Remove from Real Radiology roster Farukh S. Mian, MD effective November 23, 2021 and Michael J. D’Angelo, MD effective 2-21-2022.
  • MCMC – Remove Mir Subla, MD from Trinity Health Cardiology roster effective October 1, 2021.

MBH/MCMC – Evaluation of CEO/Administrator

  1. 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, April 28, 2022, 7:00 am

February 24, 2022 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, February 24, 2022
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 January 27, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Approval of 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
    • MCMC – Update on motion regarding Stanley Community Hospital’s request to become a member of  MCMC
  10. New Business
    • MCMC/MBH – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals:  None
    • MBH/MCMC – Approve Human Resources’ policies:  “Employee COVID-19 Vaccinations”, “Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption”, and “COVID-19 Contingency Plan and Additional Precautions for Staff Who Are Not Fully Vaccinated”, and Human Resources’ forms:  “Request for Religious Exemption/Accommodation to the COVID-19 Vaccination” and “Request for Exemption/Accommodation for Medical Reasons to the COVID-19 Vaccination.”
    • MCMC – Approve revisions to MCMC CAH Policies “TNK (Tenecteplace) Dosing Protocol” and “Nitroglycerin IV Drip”.
  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, March 24, 2022, 7:00 am

New Provider Starts at MCMC

27 Jan 2022 Events, News

Another provider has joined the staff at the Mountrail County Medical Center this month in the clinic. Brittany Haugtvedt, FNP started on Monday, Jan. 17. She will be seeing patients Tuesday through Friday at the clinic.

Growing up in Beach, ND, she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Mary and her graduate degree at UND. She worked for five years at the Minot Health Clinic and was a nurse there as well.

She says that she chose to become an FNP because she wanted something better for her family. When she was accepted into the program, she found that it was a way for her to offer a different approach to finding the cause of diseases in her patients and assist them to improve their lives.

She will be working in the clinic seeing family practice patients. She says that her favorite thing is to help patients find the root cause for their illness or disease and help focus on wellness.

She says that her focus will primarily be patients twelve and older, although she looks forward to helping all patients.

She will be bringing different testings and treatments to the table with her practice. That includes advance hormone testing, food sensitivity testing, and gene sight testing which helps find what medicines work best when treating patients with conditions like anxiety and depression. MTHFR testing looks for gene mutations in patients that lead to conditions. She will also be offering advanced stool testing, thyroid management, and male and female bioidentical hormone replacement management as well as 3×4 genetic testing.

In the future, she also hopes to bring PRP, or plasma rich protein, treatments to the practice. PRP is a process of drawing blood from a patient and then spinning it down to pull off the plasma. This has benefits for patients in joint injections to help with cellular regeneration. It is also used for “vampire facials”, a process using micro needling and plasma regeneration. She says that PRP is also beneficial in sports injuries instead of steroids. It helps create regeneration in the body, often allowing it to heal internally and prolong the need for surgery.

She says that she looks forward to offering modern or functional medicine that focusses on the use of supplements, rather than just medication to help patients promote their health and wellness.

In the future, she also hopes to offer sclerotherapy for spider vein treatment for patients. This process helps decrease the appearance or erase those spider veins.

About her move to MCMC, Haugtvedt says that the facility has welcomed her with open arms. The change, she says, will allow her to better her family life by providing her with more family time. While she was not expecting to make the change, she says it all came together and presented her with an opportunity she  was interested in. She wanted more time at home, and even with the time spent on the road, it will even out and be a much better fit for her family.

She also says that she looks forward to meeting new patients and helping them find their inner wellness. She loves what she does. That includes helping patients find the complex answers to change their lives as they deal with illness. Getting to the root problem is important to a positive outcome.

Haugtvedt lives in Burlington with her husband, Chad, who works for BNSF. They have three children ages eleven, ten and nine. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and anything outdoors including hunting, camping and fishing. She enjoys cooking and also repurposing items. She used to have a business called Sweet Repeats that was based on repurposing items, but now she says she does it just for fun.

“We are excited to have Brittany join our family at MCHC. We originally interviewed Brittany for the ER position we had available. We enjoyed her energy and willingness to learn more for that position. So we had to figure out a way to bring her to MCMC! We love the new services she can offer for our clinic,” said Steph Everett, Administrator/CEO/Foundation Director/PR and Marketing Director Mountrail Bethel Home/Mountrail County Medical Center/Mountrail County Health Foundation.

January 27, 2022 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, January 27, 2022
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 December 23, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Approval of 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
    • MCMC/MBH – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals:  None
    • MCMC – Approve Physical Therapy Dept. “No-Show” and “Same-Day Cancellation” Policy
    • MBH/MCMC — Sign Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Forms
    • MBH/MCMC – Review Covid Policy, Covid Exemption Policy, Medical Exemption Form, and Religious Exemption Form
  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, February 24, 2022, 7:00 am

December 23, 2021 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, December 23, 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 November 18, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes and MBH November 18, 2021 Special Meeting Minutes
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Approval of 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
    • MBH/MCMC – COVID Vaccination Discussion
  10. New Business
    • MCMC/MBH – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals:  None
    • MCMC – Designate Rhonda for another 3 year term as Trinity representative. Designate John for another 3 year term as MBH representative.
    • MCMC – Election of officers.
  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, January 27, 2021, 7:00 am

Skittle Skool

Giving Our Youth the Knowledge to Create a Choose for Change towards Their Future Paths

Stanley, ND – The Mountrail County Health Foundation, the Stanley Park District and the Stanley High School teamed up again this year to bring Skittle Skool to all SHS students from
7th to 12th Grade.  The focus this year’s theme was:  Blue Jays Show Up For…Myself, My Family, My Friends, My Future.

 Twenty-one presenters addressed the following thirteen topics through creative and interactive activities and conversation:

✓ Stacy Schaffer from 31:8 Project covering “Sexting – Importance of cell phone use responsibility”
✓ Kris Halvorson from the Stanley Police Department and Hillary Burchett from the Stanley Ambulance Service covering “How and When to call 9-11 for an overdose and the danger of Nar Can usage”
✓ Virginia Dohms from North Central Human Service covering “Healthy Dating Relationships”
✓ Michelle Svangstu from Upper Missouri District Health Unit covering “Long term effects of smoking and chewing and how vapping is not a safe alternative”
✓ Abbey Ruland and Tammie Braaflat from the Mountrail County Medical Center covering “Safe Sex, STD’s, HPV and the importance of the HPV vaccine”
✓ Tara Nardacci and Dr. Longmuir from the Mountrail County Medical Center and Gerald White and his team from the Three Affiliated Tribes Drug Task Force covering “Prescription drug abuse and what it can lead to”
✓ Shelly Kinney from Mountrail County Social Services covering “Drug exposure and its effects”
✓ Terry Goldade from Northland Community Health Center covering “The effects of “screens and screen time” on Mental Health”
✓ Brenna Thompson from Pospishil and Associates covering “Suicide, Cutting and Self Harm”
✓ Bob Hayes from Bob Hayes Addiction Services covering “Alcohol Abuse and Addiction”
✓ Stephanie Nishek from Dakota Natural Health Center covering “Importance of a healthy diet for your developing brain”
✓ Pastor Carter Hill from Prairie Lutheran Parish covering “Being cruel is easy: Bullying Online and Off”Stacy Schaffer from 31:8 Project covering “Sexting – Importance of cell phone use responsibility”
✓ Kris Halvorson from the Stanley Police Department and Hillary Burchett from the Stanley Ambulance Service covering “How and When to call 9-11 for an overdose and the danger of Nar Can usage”
✓ Virginia Dohms from North Central Human Service covering “Healthy Dating Relationships”
✓ Michelle Svangstu from Upper Missouri District Health Unit covering “Long term effects of smoking and chewing and how vapping is not a safe alternative”
✓ Abbey Ruland and Tammie Braaflat from the Mountrail County Medical Center covering “Safe Sex, STD’s, HPV and the importance of the HPV vaccine”
✓ Tara Nardacci and Dr. Longmuir from the Mountrail County Medical Center and Gerald White and his team from the Three Affiliated Tribes Drug Task Force covering “Prescription drug abuse and what it can lead to”
✓ Shelly Kinney from Mountrail County Social Services covering “Drug exposure and its effects”
✓ Terry Goldade from Northland Community Health Center covering “The effects of “screens and screen time” on Mental Health”
✓ Brenna Thompson from Pospishil and Associates covering “Suicide, Cutting and Self Harm”
✓ Bob Hayes from Bob Hayes Addiction Services covering “Alcohol Abuse and Addiction”
✓ Stephanie Nishek from Dakota Natural Health Center covering “Importance of a healthy diet for your developing brain”
✓ Pastor Carter Hill from Prairie Lutheran Parish covering “Being cruel is easy: Bullying Online and Off”Stacy Schaffer from 31:8 Project and BCI Agent, Dr. Analena Lunde from the Victims of Crime division covering the topic of how technology influences the mind and how it effects your mental health and beyond.

✓  Al Schmidt from the Berthold Police Department covering the topic of drugs.

✓  Heather Jenkins from the Domestic Violence  Program NWND covering the topic of Healthy Dating Relationships.

✓  Becky Fladeland from Upper Missouri District Health Unit covering the topic of the long term effects of esmoking and chewing and how vapping is not a safe alternative.

✓ Abbey Ruland and Tammie Braaflat from the Mountrail County Medical Center covering the topic of Abstinence and STI’s.

✓ Chris Pulver and Mike Schott from the ND State Highway Patrol covering the topic of Law and Legalities for Teens.

✓ Alyssa Kreutzfeldt from bar 33 Leadership covering the topic of I Choose.

✓ Brenna Thompson from Crossroads Therapy covering the topic of Self Harm.

✓ Sarah Sorenson covering the topic of Be a Daymaker.

✓ Stephanie Nishek from Dakota Natural Health Center covering the topic of Nutrition for the Brain.

✓ National Guard Members doing a team building segment with the students.  

✓ Andie Roise teaching the students the importance of yoga and meditation.

✓ Brandi Larson covering the topic of Getting Involved In Your Community.

“We are go grateful to all the speakers that took the time to come talk to our Youth,” states Steph Everett, Mountrail County Health Foundation Director.  “Some of these topics are hard to talk about on a regular basis. So bringing in different faces and voices for the students to hear allows them to hear the topic a bit differently.  We hope last Wednesday made an impact on them.”

November 18, 2021 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, November 18, 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 October 28, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Approval of 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
    • MBH/MCMC – COVID Vaccination Discussion
  10. New Business
    • MCMC – Approve new/revised policies/procedures:  Discharge of the Patient from MCMC, Severe Sepsis and Sepsis Shock, Post-Exposure Employee Needle Stick Injury, various CSR policies, Corporate Compliance Monitoring for 340B Drug Discount Program Policy, Medicare Secondary Payer Policy, Medical Staff Meetings Policy, Functional Dry Needling and Functional Dry Needling Business Office Processing policies, new and revised policies for the Rural Health Clinic.
    • MBH – Approve new and revised policies for MBH nursing and revision to the Emergency Calls Policy at Rosen Place Assisted Living.
    • MCMC – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals:  Physical Therapy, CSR, Antibiotic Stewardship, Emergency Preparedness, Corporate Compliance, Medical Records, Safety Manual, Plant Operations.
    • MBH – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals:  Facility Assessment, MBH Nursing, Plant Operations, Emergency Preparedness, Corporate Compliance, Safety Manual.
    • MCMC – Approve appointment of William Bender, MD to Active Medical Staff for a two year term.
    • MCMC – Approve the appointment of Zi Xu, MD and the reappointment of Shannon St. Clair, MD, Waheed Jalalzai, MD, Gregory Arov, DO, Tyler Neitlich, MD, Veronica Ruvo, DO, and Mohammed Quraishi, MD to Real Radiology for two year terms.
    • MCMC – Approve the reappointment of Barry Amos, DO, Brian Johnson, DO, Farzodd Hanjani, MD, James Miller, MD, Margaret Haddon, MD, Robert Heninger, MD, Scott Lewis, MD, Sridhar Naidu, DO, Thompson Kamba, MD and Paul B. Jahn, MD to Trinity Health Radiology for two year terms.
    • MCMC – Approve the reappointment of Ahmad Daraghmeh, MD, Michael Sarkees, MD, Mir Subla, MD, Peter J. Macander, MD, Samir Turk, MD, Thomas Haldis, DO, and Valentine Chikwendu, MD to Trinity Health Cardiology for two year terms.
    • MCMC – Approve the appointment of Lucas Mailander, MD to Avel eCARE, LLC, Emergency Telemedicine Practitioner.
  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).


MBH Annual Meeting:  Tonight – Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6:30 pm

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

September 23, 2021 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, September 23, 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 July 22, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Visitors/Guests
  5. Approval of June, July & August 2021 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: Dietary
    • MBH/MCMC – COVID Vaccination Discussion
  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, October 28, 2021, 7:00 am

Gustavson Named Social Worker Of The Year

8 Sep 2021 News

Mountrail Bethel Home’s Kelly Gustavson was named the Social Worker of the Year last week at the Long Term Care Association of North Dakota’s annual convention. Unfortunately, the convention moved to virtual again this year meaning that the planned celebration was not held in person. As a result, the NDLTCA will provide Mountrail Bethel Home with funds to hold a celebration later.

It was a different experience for Gustavson who has usually been a part of the decision making for this honor. The award decision changed recently to have the nominees judged by past winners of the award. Prior to that, the decision was made by the board of Long Term Care Social Workers of North Dakota. Currently, Gustavson holds the position of president of that board.

Any facility in North Dakota is able to nominate their candidate for the award, with an average of five to six nominees per year. Each member of the selection committee then reviews the nominations, scoring each question to create a cumulative score.

A copy of the video made to support Kelly’s nomination can be found at https://youtu.be/sbU6eZZxZA8. She says that when watching the video, she was so excited to see her deskmate Flo in the pictures, but she also cried when she listened to it. She says that she was glad she was at home when she was watching it.

When describing her job, Gustavson says that a nursing home social worker is often the first person contacted for a referral. They are the first person a resident or their family meet at the facility. She says that her job is to make sure that all rights available to a resident are met, including having the psycho-social care planned correctly. She works as part of the care team to make sure that all needs are met including nursing, activity, dietary and therapy. She is quick to point out that she could not do her job without everyone else in the facility.

Her job is to help families and residents with the transition to nursing home care. That includes making sure they know this is not a “jail”. They can come and go. Even throughout  COVID, they have guidelines in place for residents to be able to leave the facility.

One thing that may set Gustavson apart is her firm belief that it does not matter the time of day, her job is to be there, especially when it comes to answering questions or being there to support them when a resident is ill or dying.

She points out that boundaries are fluid for her. She never wants a family to be worried, which is why she is available after “regular” work hours. She says that she could sit all day with the residents and their families. She says that she wants to be that person that supports them at the worst times when needed.

“My entire heart is in the whole building,” she says. “I cannot imagine doing anything else.”

This past year and a half have been hard for everyone in long-term care.

Throughout the pandemic, the goal has been to provide good care. She didn’t want families to have a hard time seeing their loved ones, even though at times that choice was taken away from them.

As president of the LTCSWND, Gustavson says the board is made up of six regional representatives. The group serves as a voice for long-term care social workers, not only in planning, but also serving as a resource to staff in their regions. When social workers have questions, they provide the answers. Sometimes that includes sending out a request for resources and ideas from other areas.

Having just celebrated their 50th anniversary, the group has changed over the years. They have provided meetings and trainings. Providing that training virtually is  new for this organization as well.

Gustavson says that every nursing home is different and every one is in a different place. The training and CEUs need to be completed even despite a pandemic. In order to keep up with the requirements by the ND Board of Social Work, they are looking for alternatives that include virtual and independent trainings.

The letter of submission from Mountrail Bethel Home read, “It takes a special heart and soul to be a Social Worker. Kind, caring, patient, understanding, helpful, dedicated and selfless are some of the qualities that Kelly was born with. That is why she is a perfect fit for Social Work.

Kelly graduated from the University of Mary in 1991 with her degree in Social and Behavioral Science. In 2000 she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Right out of college, Kelly started working for Williams and Ward County with Home and Community Based Service Programs.

In 2012, Kelly found her calling as the Director of Social Services for the Mountrail Bethel Home, although this wasn’t the first time, she had been at Mountrail Bethel Home. She had actually completed her internship here.

Kelly is always willing to go the extra mile for everyone she works with.

Families are always commenting on how amazing Kelly is to them. Aside from giving the absolute best care to our residents, she is there for the families, day in and day out. Her cellphone is on practically 24/7 and she is available to families whatever the topic is. During this pandemic, she has fielded some tough calls in regard to visits and positive COVID cases.

She has handled them with grace and compassion.

Kelly is an active member of the LTCSWND. She became treasurer when she joined in 2012 and held that position until she was elected as President in 2019.

When Kelly isn’t working, her other hours of the day are dedicated to her family. During the summer days you can find her in her garden, camping at Smishek Lake with family and friends or running her son to all of his activities, rarely finding some time for herself.

Not only is Kelly an amazing advocate for the residents and their families, but she is also an amazing friend and colleague. Her door is always open, the candy jar is always full, and she is always willing to listen, console and be there for staff.”

MCMC Administrator/CEO Stephanie Everett says, “Kelly Gustavson does not know where the off button is for her compassion for our residents inside the Mountrail Bethel Home.  She is the first person they talk to when entering our Nursing Home to the last person they see, for her dedication to the end of life care is beyond anything I have witnessed.  The one area I marvel at with her is her desire to be with our residents at the end of their life. It does not matter where she is; she drops everything, comes in, does the angel prayer with the resident, and is with them and the families as the residents take their last breath. So many families have expressed their gratitude for this simple action.   So, in ending, Kelly Gustavson deserves this reward for her love of every resident is portrayed by her actions and her words daily.”

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

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