Hearing Dynamics Will Start in Stanley

29 Sep 2020 News

For patients with hearing aid needs or services in the Stanley area, a new service will be available starting on October 6. Hearing Dynamics, formerly The Hearing Aid Co. of Minot, will be utilizing space at the Mountrail County Medical Center Clinic.

Owner Lisa Risovi brings the ability to test hearing in Stanley. She sells Audibel, a Starkey family, hearing device. She can also repair and clean all brands of hearing aids. She says that she is proud to be selling the Audibel brand hearing aids, a USA made product manufactured in Minneapolis, MN.

Born and raised in rural North Dakota, Risovi started working in the hearing aid business with Arlynn Hefta at The Hearing Aid Company from 2013 to 2016. While he continues to own the location in Devils Lake, he offered her the Minot business. With twenty years of other business experience in customer service, she was excited to take on this new venture. Since taking on the business, she has been looking forward to not only serving customers in Minot, but also expanding that business to rural areas.

The Minot office is located in the Renaissance Center. By also expanding to other communities, she says she believes she can reach people in need in not only Stanley but also the surrounding areas. Risovi says that as a company, they have territories. Her territory is from Rugby to the Montana border and north to the Canadian border.

When asked how she connected with Stanley and MCMC, she says that she is friends with Doctors Joshi and Brewster. In conversations, they discussed the opportunity of adding to the services offered to Stanley area patients. She reached out to MCMC and is now renting space as an independent office in the clinic. She will handle her own billings and insurance if applicable, although most insurances do not cover hearing aids.

She will be in Stanley at the clinic two Tuesdays each month, with October 6 and 27 set for dates next month. She takes patients by appointment only. You can call 701-839-8964 to schedule an appointment.

“Hearing services is something we have been trying to get back into our clinic for quite a while,” says Steph Everett MCMC CEO.  “With the rapport already built with Doctors Joshi and Brewster, we are confident that Lisa will be the perfect fit for our patients and the residents of Mountrail County and we look forward to a long lasting relationship.”

This article is republished with the gracious consent of the Mountrail County Promoter.

September 17th, 2020 Board Agenda is now available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER AGENDA
Executive Conference Room
Thursday, September 17, 2020
7:00 a.m.

Call to Order – 7:00 a.m.

Changes to Agenda – Add approval of MCMC Budget for FY 2021 to Old Business

Approval of August 27, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

Visitors/Guests

Financials – will be sent separately

Administrator’s Report

Medical Staff
– Chief of Staff Comments

Foundation Report

Old Business
-MBH – Phase III status
-MBH/MCMC – Strategic Planning
-MCMC – OR Expansion

New Business
-MBH/MCMC – Approve Policy and Procedures Manuals: None
-MBH – Converstaion with Brad DeJong, Eide Bailey, in regards to bringing back beds out of layaway

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

Call 1-605-472-5291
Access Code: 889325#

Next Board Meeting Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7:00 a.m.

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

October 22, 2020 (confirmed)
November 19, 2020
December 17, 2020
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

Ruland Honored As PA of the Year

27 Aug 2020 News , ,

Mountrail County Medical Center’s Abbey Ruland was named the PA of the Year by the North Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants last week. The award was scheduled to be presented at the organization’s Spring Conference but was cancelled due to the pandemic. It was rescheduled for the Fall meeting, but that too has been cancelled.

Cheryl Ulven of Ray, who served on the board as the head of the scholarship and legislative committees, was in Stanley on Wednesday, Aug. 19 to present the award. Abbey serves on the board as a Public Relations person and had volunteered at their last meeting to help judge the three candidates nominated for the award, unaware she herself was one of the nominees.

Nominations are made by a PA’s peers, physicians, clinic staff or hospital staff. The nominations are then reviewed and voted on by the six officers, eleven committee chairs and three national delegates of the NDAPA Board.

To be nominated, they must be a Physician Assistant who works or resides in North Dakota. The nominator may feel the PA deserves recognition because they provide excellent patient care, are well respected by the medical community as well as patients, and/or are considered to be an asset to the community and the PA profession. They might be someone who has been involved in medical education, dedicated to improving public health by involvement in community education in addition to patient education. They may be involved in humanitarian projects, giving of themselves in service to others above and beyond their normal daily responsibilities.

A nearly unanimous selection by the board, Ruland checks all those boxes based on the letter of nomination by Mountrail County Medical Center CEO Steph Everett.

Abbey started with MCMC in 2013. In 2018 she took a hiatus serving the residents of New Town at the Trinity Clinic. Ulven says that Abbey was her replacement in New Town. MCMC set out  to get Ruland back on staff. The letter says that without her, “the void created in our team without her devoted and kindhearted nature was palatable”. With a provider not fulfilling their contract, they reached out and were lucky enough to get her back in the fall of 2019.

She hit the ground running on her return, stepping back in with her patients, sitting as an active member of the medical staff council, taking Emergency Department call, and filling in for Dr. Longmuir in reviewing and accepting patients for the Swing Bed and Nursing Home program. The letter says, “Abbey is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure our patients are getting excellent community based care”.

She has spearheaded the Quality Improvement process in the Rural Health Clinic. She oversees documentation of care for one doctor, two nurse practitioners and two physicians assistants.

The nationwide opioid epidemic is apparent in our local area, including with patients in and around New Town and the TAT reservation. Although the reservation has built up their capability to treat drug and alcohol use disorders with inpatient treatment centers, there was still a large portion of the population that was not able to get treatment or did not know how to seek treatment appropriately. Seeing this gap in care, Ruland undertook the additional responsibility by completing training to offer Medication Assisted Therapy through the clinic. This is the only PCP driven MAT program within 100 miles.

“Abbey is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to serve her patients,” stated Rich  Laksonen, FNP, ENP in the letter. “She’s a pleasure to work with, always willing to lend an ear or a helping hand. Her work ethic, and knowledge of the latest in evidence based care ensure that her patients receive compassionate care close to home, be it through the rural health clinic or emergency department.”

CAH Director and former ER Nurse LaRae Rudolph had this to say. “Abbey has a wide knowledge base and a positive energy and drive in healthcare always going above and beyond using both an individual and/or team effort approach to deliver optimal patient care to whomever is in need.”

Everett said this at the end of the nomination letter. “The bottom line is that Abbey is an esteemed member of our MCMC family and the compassionate community based care we provide here in Stanley is a result of Abbey’s hard work.”

The mission of NDAPA is to promote quality, cost-effective, accessible health care to enhance the health and well-being of the people of North Dakota and to promote the professional and personal development of Physician Assistants.

This article is republished with the gracious consent of the Mountrail County Promoter.

August 27th, 2020 MCMC/MBH Board Agenda Now Available

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER

AGENDA

Executive Conference Room

Thursday, August 27, 2020

7:00 a.m.

  1. Call to Order – 7:00 a.m.
  • Changes to Agenda
  • Approval of July 23, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

4.   Visitors/Guests

5.    Financialsattached

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 – Approve FY 2021 Budget (to be sent out next week)

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

Call 1-605-472-5291
Access Code:  889325#

Next Board Meeting Date:   Thursday, September 24, 2020, 7:00 am

COVID-19 Update July 20th, 2020

20 Jul 2020 News

Through routine testing for our employees, MCHC has identified a staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.

This case is not related to travel or a known positive contact and the employee is currently quarantined at home per ND Department of Health guidelines. This case correlates with an increase in community spread of COVID-19 in Stanley and Mountrail County. We as a Health Center are advising the residents of Mountrail County to follow the CDC guidelines for COVID-19 now more than ever.

We continue to practice strict infection control measures within MBH and MCMC. Our infection control team has performed the necessary contact tracing in house and families have been notified accordingly. We have instituted immediate repeat testing later this week of MBH, Rosen Place and Centennial residents as well as testing of our entire staff to screen for any additional positive cases.

Given the dynamic nature of COVID-19 and with regard to the nationwide plans to re-open/restart, the face to face visitation inside our nursing home and assisted living are on hold again at this time. We will visit these restrictions on a daily basis and will keep family members posted.

Any questions can be answered by calling:

Tanya Giese, RN – MBH DON – 701– 628-2424—Ext. 105

Amy Littlecreek, LPN – MCHC Infection Control – 701-628-2424—Ext. 104

If you feel you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or would like to be tested please call the Reiarson Rural Health clinic at: 701-628-2505.

July MBH/MCMC Board Meeting Agenda Available

17 Jul 2020 News

MOUNTRAIL BETHEL HOME/MOUNTRAIL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER

AGENDA

Executive Conference Room

Thursday, July 23, 2020

7:00 a.m.

  1. Call to Order – 7:00 a.m.
  • Changes to Agenda
  • Approval of June 25, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

4.   Visitors/Guests

5.    Financialsattached

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

      11.    Executive Session

MBH/MCMC – Quality:  Tanya Giese, MBH DON. Executive session to discuss patient care and quality issues. The discussion will include references to patient health information that is private and confidential 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:

Call 1-605-472-5291
Access Code:  889325#

Next Board Meeting Date:   Thursday, August 27, 2020, 7:00 am

Rosen Place and Bethel Chapel Featured

13 Jul 2020 News

Rosen Place on 8th and the new chapel at the Bethel Home were recently featured in an architectural magazine. This article has some astounding pictures and a lot of information on the construction of our new additions. You may view the PDF of this publication here.

Please note that you must have Adobe Acrobat or a similar PDF viewing software installed to view the above link. Alternatively, you may click on the pictures below to read the article.

COVID-19 Update July 6th, 2020

6 Jul 2020 News

As we stated last week, through routine bi-weekly screening, MCHC identified a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.

As a result of this, we tested all of our Centennial Court, Rosen Place on 8th and Mountrail Bethel Home residents last week. Our employees were tested also. All tests completed have come back negative. Repeat testing for everyone will be done again this week.

As we monitor the situation this coming week and work with the State Health Department, plans for our Phase Two Smart Restart will be put into motion again. Families will be contacted once we have all our results in from this next round of testing, which will be completed later on this week. The steps we had previously for our Smart Restart will be the same. A reminder, immediate family members will need to get an updated COVID test completed before they come into the facility.

Any questions can be answered by calling:

Tanya Giese, RN – MBH DON – 701– 628-2424—Ext. 105

Amy Littlecreek, LPN – MCHC Infection Control – 701-628-2424—Ext. 104

Press Release – COVID 19

30 Jun 2020 News

June 30th, 2020

Through routine bi-weekly screening, MCHC has identified a staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.

This staff member had recently returned from a trip out of state, was completely asymptomatic at the time of screening, and is currently quarantined at home per ND Department of Health guidelines.

Our infection control team has performed the necessary contact tracing in house and families have been notified accordingly. We have instituted immediate repeat testing of MBH and Rosen Place residents as well as testing of our entire staff to screen for any additional positive cases.

Given the dynamic nature of COVID-19 and with regard to the nationwide plans to re-open/restart, MCHC has put any plans for face-to-face visitation in our nursing home and assisted living on hold at this time.

Any questions can be answered by calling:

Tanya Giese, RN – MBH DON – 701– 628-2424—Ext. 105
Amy Littlecreek, LPN – MCHC Infection Control – 701-628-2424—Ext. 104

If you feel you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or would like to be tested, please call the Reiarson Rural Health clinic at 628-2505.

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