Did You Know What Mountrail County Medical Center’s Relationship With Trinity Health IS?

9 Nov 2015 Did You Know?

Most people probably do not know the relationship between MCMC (our hospital and clinic) and Trinity Health.The fact is that ever since MCMC was founded back in 1997 Mountrail Bethel Home and Trinity Health have been the sole members of this corporation.The six board members are made up of two directors designated by the board of directors of MBH and two directors designated by the board of directors of Trinity Health. The remaining two board members are designated by the other four board members selected above.

Both partners have worked harmoniously together prior to and after the new hospital opened in May of 2002.Having a partnership with a tertiary hospital has enriched our ability to provide the best care possible in our rural community.It enables us to have specialists come to our clinic each month; link our diagnostics such as radiology (x-ray, CT) and lab equipment directly with their radiologists and pathologists for faster medical diagnostic determinations; and is currently allowing us to transition to their software system after MCMC’s computer disaster this past year.This software migration will finally put us in the best of both worlds with 1) an electronic health record that is accessible by both our providers and theirs, when required, to provide optimal care delivery and 2) it allows us finally to get our billing systems straightened out after struggling this past year.Modern times practically mandate a relationship with a larger health system versus the days of old when there was an independent hospital on almost every main street in America.Unfortunately, those days are in the past and fortunately, MCMC is strategically positioning itself to be viable well into the future through our working relationship with Trinity Health.Stay tuned for further developments.

We thank you for your continued support.

Nobody takes care of you like your own.

Did You Know You Can Access The CHNA Results On Our Website? (Community Health Needs Assessment Successfully Completed)

7 Nov 2015 Did You Know?

The Mountrail County Medical Center wishes to extend a big thank you to all who participated in the recent community health needs assessment (CHNA).Additionally, we want to thank the community members who volunteered their time to provide input through one-on-one interviews and participated in the community meetings. Your participation helped make this process collaborative and we greatly appreciate the insights you provided.

In an effort to gauge overall health needs and identify health concerns of the community, a survey was distributed throughout the county between February 15, 2016 and March 7, 2016. MCMC has released the results and findings of the recent study about community health needs in the Stanley area. You may visit the RESOURCES tab on our website at www.stanleyhealth.org for the report detailing the findings.This 2016 report, along with the last report which was completed in 2013, will remain available on our website for several years.

The assessment process used a variety of methods to gather information and data about the health status and needs of the local population. These methods included a survey which was distributed to community residents and health care professionals, one-on-one interviews with community leaders, focus groups, and an in-depth study of county-level statistics regarding health outcomes, health behaviors, clinical care, and the local physical environment.

More than 208 area residents provided input to the study by completing surveys, giving interviews, and participating in focus groups. In addition to helping identify community health needs, a group of community members also provided guidance to the hospital by ranking and prioritizing the identified needs. The group collectively ranked the top five health-related needs facing the community as:

(1) Ability to recruit and retain primary care providers
(2) Cost of health insurance
(3) Adult alcohol use and abuse
(4) Adequate childcare services
(5) Obesity/overweight

These prioritized needs will guide strategic planning and implementation, encourage collaboration to address these needs, and set the stage for improving our community.In the coming months, we will be creating our implementation plan to address these needs.

“We are here to serve our community and the CHNA provided us with valuable input and direction as we prepare for the future,” said MCMC CEO, Rocky Zastoupil.

A periodic community needs assessment is one of the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act.The law requires non-profit hospitals such the Mountrail County Medical Center to assess the community’s health needs periodically.MCMC received assistance in conducting the assessment from the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.To learn of other North Dakota communities’ prioritized needs and ideas to address them, go to www.ndchna.org for a complete list of CHNA reports and implementation strategies.

We thank you for your continued support.We are always striving to do better.

Nobody takes care of you like your own.

Did You Know That Behind The Scenes, The Reiarson Trust Helps Out The Hospital And Clinic As Much As Possible?

6 Nov 2015 Did You Know?

Since the late 1970s, the Reiarson Trust has been very supportive and generous to the Stanley Community Hospital and now the Mountrail County Medical Center.Most visible is the $2.4 million dollars the trust spent in building the T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic.And recently given were donations for the CT scanner upgrade and help with a down payment for MCMC’s new EHR software migration with Trinity.These two donations totaled $377,000.

Mr. Reiarson was a life-long farmer who lived south of Ross. In his Last Will and Testament, he created a trust for the benefit of the Stanley Community Hospital (SCH). Mr. Reiarson was specific in his will that the trust be prudently managed by the SCH board and be used solely for improvements and equipment.The SCH board and the trust’s trustee review every money request that comes to the trust from MCMC with care and consideration, for they have the responsibility to safeguard the viability of the entity. From the clinic décor, signage, technology and furniture to the new MCMC website to newly purchased hospital equipment such as a portable ultrasound, whirlpool bath, Radiology CR reader and the new Nurse’s Call Station, the Reiarson Trust has donated, in addition to the money listed in the first paragraph, a little over one million dollars since the beginning of 2015.

“We are eternally grateful for the foresight of Mr. Reiarson,” says Derald Hoover, President of the SCH Board.“We have sat in many meetings and said, ‘How could we survive in today’s medical world without the Reiarson Trust?’”

You can find this “Did You Know” and all past ones on our website at www.stanleyhealth.org. We thank you for your continued support.We are always striving to do better.

Nobody takes care of you like your own.

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