New Providers Joining Staff At MCHC

10 Oct 2019 News

Two providers are joining the staff at Mountrail County Health Center which will alleviate some of the staffing shortages over the past few months. One will be a new face, while the other will be familiar to many of the patients at the facility. Rich Laksonen, FNP-EMP has been on staff since September 25, while Abbey Ruland, PA will rejoin the staff on Monday, Oct. 21.

Rich Laksonen earned his nursing and graduate degrees at Northern Michigan University. He is both an FNP and EMP, meaning that he is certified as the family nurse practitioner, but also an emergency medicine practitioner.

He has worked as an ER nurse, flight nurse and paramedic during his career. He transitioned to the military and was stationed at Minot Air Force Base. He also flew medical flights from Williston, so he has been familiar with western North Dakota. Since returning home to Michigan, he has worked exclusively in the emergency room.

He will be seeing patients in the clinic but will be focusing on emergency room coverage. His position will see him taking call and covering nine to ten days per month. Because the on call is a 24 hour per day job it will be considered a full-time position.

Living in the UP in Michigan just outside of Marquette, he flies into North Dakota on a Thursday and then leaves again on Tuesday. He will continue to work his position in Michigan as well until November. After that point, he and his wife, Katy, may consider a move back to North Dakota. She has a degree in professional sports management and is currently working in human resources.

As a provider he is able to treat the full scope of routine and emergent medical problems, although he knows that the majority of his time will be spent with the on call treatment in the emergency room. To that end, he says that his time in the clinic is likely to be spent dealing with acute or emergent visits.

He says that his addition to the staff is to make sure the schedule is open so that patients can get immediate care. His current position in Michigan has him working exclusively in emergency and critical care medicine, so he says that the ER is where he likes to be.

His hiring is thinking outside of the box for MCHC and is an addition that will work well to meet patient needs. He says that signing his contract was able to help him fill in the needs in Stanley’s healthcare system. He says that he is not taking on patients as a primary care provider, but rather if their primary provider is booked, they will still be able to get in and be seen as soon as possible.

Administrator Ben Bucher say, “Rich brings with him a lengthy history of providing emergency care.  His time here will mainly focus on emergency medicine, which will allow our local primary care providers to see more patients in the clinic.  So far Rich has impressed our staff with his emergency room skills and willingness to help out in the clinic, nursing home, or assisted living whenever there is a need.”

Abbey Ruland, PA, is a familiar face for many in the Stanley area. She started at MCHC in January of 2013 and worked there through the end of October last year. At that time, she took a position with Trinity working at the clinic in New Town. Now almost a year later, she returns to the MCHC on Monday, Oct. 21. She will be working in the clinic and hospital but will take some daytime call on those weeks that Laksonen is not in Stanley. She will see patients in the clinic Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ruland earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Montana and her Physician’s Assistant from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Her return to Stanley, she says, will allow her to provide regular family practice medicine to patients. While she enjoyed her time in New Town and is sad to leave there, she is excited about the opportunity to come home and take care of the people she lives and works with. She says it is an amazing opportunity and is looking forward to getting back, settling in and making a mark by helping as many people as she can.

She also says that without having to take call, she will now look to focus on the kinds of services needed and how she can help to make those a reality. She also says that by adding Laksonen, it shows how far the MCHC facility has come in the last year and it makes her excited to do what she can to help the community.

When she was contacted by Administrator Ben Bucher and Administrator In Training Steph Everett, she says that she was happy to consider coming back to work with the colleagues she learned how to practice medicine with. She enjoyed working in New Town and says that staff there was great, but this is her home. She looks forward to broadening her own horizons while providing services and care that is needed here.

She is also excited to work with Laksonen, saying that as a highly qualified emergency provider it is exciting to work side by side and learn the skills he brings to the table. She says that adding him to an already great staff brings more brains to work together to come up with the best plan of care for patients.

She also says that the way Bucher and Everett are working together, the sky is the limit when it comes to healthcare in the Stanley area. She says that with an eye on the prize to serve the community, the facilities will continue to move forward in healthcare.

Ruland and her husband, Matt, live south of Ross where they farm and ranch. They have two daughters, Cora age 3 and Sloan age 1.
Bucher says, “ We are very excited to be bringing Abbey back to MCMC.  Her passion for providing excellent health care resonates with her patients, this is evident with her strong patient following.  I look forward to the energy and uplifting spirit she will bring to MCMC, and I’m excited for our patients who get to reunite with Abbey.”

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

Mammography Unit Provides Services at Home

8 Oct 2019 News

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that’s something that staff at Mountrail County Medical Center would like their patients to remember. Getting a mammogram is easier for patients in the Stanley area thanks to a Mammomat Revelation 3-D mammogram that was added to the radiology department last August.

Now a year into serving patients Mammography Technologist Beth Johnson, RT, says they have seen more than double the patients they thought they would see when they started offering the services last year. She says that patients are really happy with the ability to have the 3D mammogram done compared to the 2D that is offered with the mobile unit.

The 3D slice technology is especially valued by patients with dense or fibrous breast tissue. Many of those patients who receive a recall or follow up recommendation after having the 2D mammogram. That would mean a wait to get in to have the 3D mammogram done and result in a drive to at least Minot to have it done.

Because of the 3D technology, Johnson says, it is possible to catch issues earlier because they see deeper into the breast tissue. She says that dense tissue and cancerous tissues sometimes look the same, so the thin slices make it easier to differentiate.

Johnson says that patients are still scheduled one day per week, but if the demand rose additional days could be scheduled. She says that she has also been able to offer the services in the evening when she has two or three patients making the request. She says that makes it easier for women who work during the day with her ability to adjust the schedule.

She also wants patients to know that they do not need to feel self-conscious coming in for the mammogram. They have made the unit as pleasant, private and comfortable for patients as possible.

Mammogram recommendations call for a baseline at age 40 unless there is a family history or current issue that has a doctor recommending an earlier scan. There is not a “cut off” or “age out” date for mammograms, which are recommended yearly.

Johnson says that patients are grateful to have the 3D services. She says that patients should feel and know that they are getting the latest technology possible with the machine. The machine was purchased through funding from the Reiarson Trust. That money was set aside with specific conditions. It cannot help with operations at all for the hospital or clinic but can aid them by purchasing different equipment for the facility.

Getting a mammogram is a unique opportunity because it allows for early detection or peace of mind for patients. With Breast Cancer Awareness in October, now is the perfect time to schedule your mammogram, especially if you have been putting it off over concerns of travel time for a relatively short test.

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

Loock Hired As Assisted Living Director

24 May 2019 News

With construction on Rosen Place on 8th getting closer to completion, Mountrail County Health Center has added Tanya Loock to the staff to serve as the facility’s director. Loock will start full-time in the position this week after completing her paraprofessional position with the Stanley School District at the end of the school year.

A native of Stanley, Loock moved back to the Stanley area in January and is currently living in her home in Parshall Bay, although she is considering other options that would move her even closer to Stanley.

Loock has been a nurse for 24 years with a four year BSN from Minot State. In addition to nursing, her past experience also includes four years managing Mapleview Memory Care, the Alzheimer’s unit in conjunction with The View assisted living in Minot.

She says that assistant living is a great service to be able to offer in Stanley, as it serves as that step between living in your home and possible nursing home care. For the most part, many of the tenants are pretty independent but they find that they have needs that require additional services. That could be making sure they are taking medications on the right schedules, transportation needs to and from appointments and more.

As the facility director, she will coordinate the cares needed for those persons renting the units. She will oversee the hiring and management of staff for the facility. She is excited to take over this new position, saying she loves working with the elderly. She looks forward to offering activities like tea parties, fall festivals and maybe coordinating visits with school students in addition the day to day needs of her position.

Adding Rosen Place to the MCHC campus is a logical addition. Centennial Court apartments are designed for totally independent living with call button emergency services. Assisted living provides 24/7 staffing with universal workers that can help with medication aide, housekeeping, activities, dietary needs and more. Loock says they will be able to provide individualized contract services to meet the needs of the tenants. She says that the combination of the clinic, hospital, nursing home and aquatic center all tied together with assisted living is a great feature.

Loock says that she loves her hometown and is dedicated to make Rosen Place amazing. She is excited to see it come to completion. Living and working in Stanley is a great fit with her with family still here, including a sister and her daughter who work in the schools. Her parents, Dave and Ardis Loock, were long-time Stanley residents and she says they still look at Stanley as home as well.

MCHC Foundation Director/P.R. and Marketing Director/Administrator in Training Steph Everett says, “We are excited to have Tanya Loock join our Mountrail County Health Center team as our Rosen Place on 8th Assisted Living Director. She brings with her several years of knowledge working in a facility such as this. It’s even more special since Tanya grew up here in Stanley and knows the residents she will be taking care of. She will go above and beyond our expectations and make Rosen Place on 8th the best place to live!”

Rosen Place has 14 apartments, five two bedroom and nine one bedroom units. Two of those two bedroom units are fully ADA accessible. There are washers and dryers in each of the units. They are stackable units in all but the ADA units, where they are side by side appliances. They are located in the bathrooms in the two bedroom units and a separate space in the one bedroom units. Units feature vaulted ceilings in the living room. Units have their own heating and cooling thermostats as well. Each apartment has nurse call services. They also have a lock box for medication storage for tenants that need assistance with their meds.

Vaulted ceilings are also an architectural feature in the main hallways. Hallways between the units are wide enough to accommodate two electric wheelchairs meeting.

There are common areas in the facility that include a community kitchen where tenants will be served their meals throughout the day. With full kitchens in each apartment, tenants also have the option of preparing their own meals.

The main entrance to the facility will come off the parking lot. Mailboxes will be located by the main door. There is controlled access at that main door. Tenants will have their own fobs to open the doors and they will be able to buzz in visitors.

Besides the large open community room space there is also a family room that will have a fireplace, bookcases and French doors to provide a smaller private gathering space when families visit.

The completion date for construction is set for August. An open house will be scheduled as the opening dates get closer.

Anyone looking for more information on the apartments can contact Kelly Gustavson, Director of Social Services at Mountrail County Health Center at 628-2442, Ext. 118 or until May 28. After that they will contact Tanya Loock at 628-2442, Ext. 153 or at There are still nine one bedroom and three two bedroom units available.

This article is republished with the gracious consent of the Mountrail County Promoter.
This article was edited on June 10, 2019 to update the construction completion date.

Orthopedics Comes To Stanley

1 Mar 2019 News

A collaborative effort between Mountrail County Medical Center and McKenzie County Healthcare Systems will mean good things for Stanley area patients. As part of their efforts to bring more specialists into the T. H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic, Dr. Ravindra Joshi and Dr. Leah Brewster, FNP-C will begin seeing patients in Stanley on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Joshi is bringing his many years of experience and prior service in northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana to McKenzie County Healthcare in Watford City and now also in Stanley. Certified in orthopedic surgery by American, Canadian, British and Indian examining bodies, Joshi received his Master of Orthopedic Surgery degrees from the University of Liverpool and the University of Bombay. He completed his orthopedic residency at St. Thomas and Guy’s Hospital Orthopedic program in London. He received advanced medical education through fellowship training in total joint replacement surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and New York Orthopedic Hospital.

In 2000 he moved to practicing medicine in North Dakota, specializing in total joint replacements of hip, knee and shoulder, sports related surgery, trauma surgery, shoulder rotator cuff repairs and related surgery, hand and foot surgery as a general specialist in Orthopedic Surgery.

Brewster, a Stanley High School graduate, earned her Associates Degree in Nursing from NDSCS in Wahpeton in 2003 and then her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from UND in Grand Fords in 2005. Her Doctorate Degree in Nursing was earned at NDSU in Fargo in 2013. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is trained in Family Practice, so she can see patients of all age ranges. She worked cardiac and vascular medicine for four years after graduating and then went on to do orthopedic medicine. She has also done some walk in clinic work over the past year.

Having relocated his practice to Watford City in December last year, Joshi says that he has a goal of creating a rural network to take care of patients in their own communities. That is what will bring he and Brewster to Stanley each Thursday of the month. They plan to start out seeing patients from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and increase the times from there if patient load demands.

Surgeries would be done in Watford City, but they say that the patient oriented and focused care they can offer in a rural community like Stanley helps provides those services locally and help local clinics and hospitals flourish.

He started seeing patients in December in Watford City. He is involved in creating the orthopedic related portion of the surgical suites and equipment needed. They have been putting together the team needed to operate the surgical suites and should be able to offer the surgical procedures starting in mid-March with same day surgeries and then expanding into the in-patient procedures.

The outpatient satellite services offered in Stanley’s clinic will include orthopedic care for injuries, arthritis, sports injuries, carpal tunnel, rotator cuff, bunions and more. While any needed surgeries would be done in Watford City, patients will be able to have office procedures such as joint injections with cortisone and lubricant done in Stanley. They will also be able to offer testing including x-rays, labs, MRI, CT scans and physical therapy. Post-surgical visits will also be able to be done in Stanley.

Joshi says this will allow patients to recuperate and heal at home with their families rather than being in distant facilities. With the exception of surgery itself, examinations,  treatments and joint injections can be done close to home.

Joshi also says that his goal  in life is to do something for the communities and give back. With rural networking he says as a specialist he can do the majority of the work and then designate the right  person he trusts for the rest of the project. Creating rural networks makes it easier for residents to connect with what they need. A prime example is the adding of a good source of providers so people do not have to go elsewhere for medical care. That in turn supports the local community.

Brewster says that she serves as the peri-operative medical and orthopedic specialist provider. She  will coordinate the surgery with a patient’s primary care provider as well as considering any other factors or specialists that may be involved in the patient’s care. She will take care of scheduling the lab studies, x-rays, etc. and then  be involved in the risk assessment of patients making sure the patient is cleared and safe to proceed with the surgery. While in Stanley she will also be involved in seeing the patients for their orthopedic and trauma related needs.

While Joshi and Brewster continue to live in Minot, Brewster is doing most of her work remotely as the liaison and coordinator from Minot. She will be making the trip to the clinic in Stanley. Joshi is in Watford City Monday through Wednesday and then Stanley on Thursdays. He is holding Fridays for rural networking appointments.

The pair has a goal of offering high value and patients satisfaction outcome. They say they are there for the patients, providing the best orthopedic care to achieve that outcome. By rural facilities working together, they believe that there are many ways to provide better care for everyone while also realizing some cost savings.

Stephanie Everett, Foundation Director/P.R. and Marketing Director/Administrator in Training at MCHC, says that when the T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic was built the goal was to host specialists and improve patient care in Stanley. This opportunity with Dr. Joshi and Brewster is one more step in offering patients the ability to receive the best quality care locally.

To schedule appointments, patients are asked to call  the Specialty Clinics of McKenzie County Health Systems at 701-444-8730. Patients contacting the Stanley clinic will be directed to that number for scheduling.

Lions Club Donates Super Bowl Proceeds

1 Mar 2019 News

The Stanley Lions Club presented checks totaling $2,750 as the  proceeds from their Super Bowl Raffle Boards last week. Recipients this year were the Mountrail County Health Foundation, Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center, the Stanley Park District and the Will Athletic Complex Renovation project.

Pictured above, left to right, are Lowell Vedaa, past Lions President; LuWanna Meiers, representing the Aquatic Center; Brandi Larson, representing the Park District; Roger Gjellstad, Lions Vice-President; Heath Hetzel, representing the Will Athletic Complex; and Steph Everett, representing the Health Foundation.

A Change in Administration Coming for Mountrail County Health Center

7 Dec 2018 News

When Rocky Zastoupil submitted his resignation as MCHC Administrator/CEO on October 29 of this year, the boards of MCHC began the work to fill the vacancy. Zastoupil’s resignation will be effective on December 31, 2018. The boards have met, and the vacancy will be filled over the next year by interim Administrator/CEO Benjamin Bucher of Rolla. That will give time for Mountrail County Health Foundation Director Steph Everett to complete the training necessary to take over the position as the next Administrator/CEO of MCHC.

The selection process began when HR Director Janet Chastain reached out to the Long-Term Care Association. The association maintains a list of administrator’s potentially available to serve as interim administrators. With eight names on the list, she reached out to the boards and Bucher, asking if they could meet. At that meeting held on November 7, the boards felt that Bucher was an impressive candidate both in his response, resume and the interview process.

Bucher is the current CEO/Long-Term Care Administrator for Towner County Medical Center and Towner County Living Center in Cando. He is the Board Chair of the North Dakota Hospital Association, a member of the Heartview Foundation Board of Directors and on the CAH Quality Executive Committee Board.

Bucher says, “This is not a unique situation, having a CEO or Administrator resign. It is important to come together and help each other out, especially as part of small town rural healthcare.” The same situation occurred in Cando with them needing an interim administrator for eight months. The board there appreciated the assistance and said that they would be willing to offer the same assistance if the need arose.

Bucher holds a Masters in Business Administration with Specialization in Healthcare as well as a Masters of Science in Nursing, FNP-BC. He has a current practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner, family practice, emergency department and hospital inpatient at Towner County Medical Center in Cando and Presentation Medical Center in Rolla. His past work experience includes clinical nursing instructor for public health nursing at UND; and a registered nurse, patient care coordinator/supervisor at Altru Health System in Grand Forks. His honors include being named the ND Emerging Rural Health Leader the same year Dr. Mark Longmuir was named the Rural Health Care Professional.

Bucher will be splitting his time between the facilities, saying that his time in Stanley will likely be a few days every few weeks. However, when he is not on site, he will still be available 24/7 by phone or email.

This situation will put responsibility on staff in both facilities, but he says that he knows that the staff is in place in both to assure that they will run well. The managers, supervisors and all staff will have to buy in to the arrangement. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think that both facilities were able to do that,” he says.

MCHC board president Heath Hetzel says, “We are very thankful for the years of service that Rocky gave us.  He navigated us through some tough situations over the past 3 years.  We are now moving to a new chapter with Rocky’s retirement.  We are looking forward to having Ben as our interim administrator/CEO and the wealth of knowledge and experience he will bring to our facility.  We are also excited for the opportunity to have local interest in becoming the next CEO/Administrator for Mountrail County Health Center.  I have worked with Steph over the past 5 years while she has been the Foundation Director and have been impressed with how she conducts business and the energy that she brings to her job.”

For Everett, the work will begin right away as she will need 480 hours of training, and then complete all national and state testing. Dan Kelly of Watford City will oversee her hours as preceptor. He will oversee her training in Stanley’s facility and Cando’s with Bucher when he is there, along with his facility in Watford.

The training and testing are necessary for administrator of a nursing home. It breaks it down all areas of running the facility. The goal is that by May or June she will have the working knowledge necessary to begin assuming leadership roles at MCMC. By training with both Bucher and Kelly she believes she will have the necessary understanding to run the critical access hospital.

Everett says, “I want to thank the board members of the: Mountrail Bethel Home, Mountrail County Medical Center and Mountrail County Health Foundation/SCH for having the confidence in me to take on the position of CEO/Administrator. In the five plus years I have been the Foundation Director, we have seen tremendous growth. As I look ahead, I see awesome opportunity, and a great team that I am excited to lead to higher levels of growth. I wholeheartedly believe in our community and working together to ensure that Mountrail County and the City of Stanley has a thriving Health Center that will take care of the residents of our community for over another half century. I look forward in working with Ben over the next year to make this all happen!”

Everett has served as the Foundation Director since October of 2013. She says that she will still fill that position as well with the help of an assistant that will be hired by the Foundation Board. She loves that job and does not want to give it up. In fact, she says that by combining that with the administrator/CEO it will unify all the boards. She is emotionally vested in the facilities and the belief that they are a local facility that serves the communities around them.

Foundation board president Wade Enget says, “The Mountrail Health Foundation Board fully supports the hiring of interim Administrator/CEO Benjamin Bucher of Rolla, and the long-term plan to hire Steph Everett for the position of Administrator/CEO of MCHC.  In the past five years, Ms. Everett, as the Executive Director of the Mountrail County Health Foundation, has shown strong support for providing quality health care for our community and the surrounding area.  Ms. Everett brings the energy, ability and commitment needed to meet the Foundation’s goal:  “Your Health”.”

She and her husband Jim will be building a home in Stanley, something that also shows her commitment to the facility and the community. Her belief structure stresses the importance of the survival of healthcare facilities in Stanley. It is not only the jobs that the facilities provide, but also the access to healthcare with the clinic, emergency room, hospital, swing bed and nursing home.

She is concerned that at this point, the nursing home is down to 26 residents. She says that it could also be a sign of the times as the population is essentially between the generations that are using nursing homes. However, she says that it is important to keep that nursing home and all of the facilities vital and used by the community. The new assisted living under construction is a needed service for the community. She also recognizes that updates are needed for the nursing home in the future.

Access to healthcare is critical to the future of a community. Everett looks forward to being a part of that well into the future.

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

SACF Awards Grants

28 Nov 2018 News

Community Foundation Awards Grants

The Stanley Area Community Foundation awarded grants to seven different entities on Thursday, Nov. 15. $52,943 in grants was awarded to projects that will serve the community and the area as a whole. The foundation had nine applications totaling $187,000.

This year’s recipients were the Mountrail County Health Foundation for the assisted living project;  the Sibyl Center for the children’s summer theatre and carpet installation; Stanley High School for the speech team; Stanley High School for the drama club for props; the S.A.C.K. program for backpacks and food for children for weekends and extended breaks; Flickertail Village to replace shingles on buildings; and Opportunity Foundation for autism services equipment.

The Stanley Area Community Foundation was created in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to create a permanent financial resource to support local nonprofit projects. The purpose of SACF is to maintain a permanent source of funding for projects in the community of Stanley and the immediate surrounding area. Gifts from many individuals are pooled together and invested in a permanent fund. Each year, the local advisory committee uses income from the foundation to make grants. As the foundation continues to grow, the amount they are able to give also increases. In their first year, grants totaled $4,676, raising to $35,594 last year. Including this year’s grants, the foundation has awarded $206,327 in grants.

Each year, SACF has seen charitable giving grow. Contributions in 2013 to the Foundation were about $320,000 bringing the total at the end of the year to just over $700,000. In 2016 the Foundation reached their target goal of hitting the $1 million mark. As that figure continues to grow, they can increase their giving. This year, the Foundation’s assets increased again to just over $1.5 million total.

As the end of the year approaches, many people are looking for charitable giving options and the Foundation board believes this is one way to donate locally and support the community. Grants awarded in the past have included Flickertail Village, Women of Today, Stanley Parks and Recreation, Stanley High School Vo-Ag, Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center, Stanley Fire Department, Mountrail Community Food Pantry, Blue Jays Boosters, the Golden Age Club, the Rural Mental Health Consortium, Stanley FCCLA, Stanley DECA, the Stanley High School Band, Mountrail Bethel Home, Domestic Violence NWND program and Tri City CARES.

With changes to North Dakota tax laws, charitable giving to endowments and foundations has never been more attractive to the state’s residents. Both qualifying businesses and individuals can now claim up to 40% of their gift as tax credits on their state income tax. Those credits can also be carried forward for more than one year. With the reduction in the state tax and the credit that may also be applied to federal taxes, the gift is one that allows taxpayers to choose charitable organizations to receive tax dollars. The gift then also helps to support their communities in unique ways like the Stanley Area Community Foundation. When considering charitable giving, businesses and individuals should always consult their tax professionals to make sure they are doing what is best and right for their own individual circumstances.

Those wishing to donate to the Stanley Area Community Foundation can send their tax-deductible gift to: Stanley Area Community Foundation, PO Box 154, Stanley, ND 58784. For more information on the foundation you can contact Grace Lystad at (701) 628-3253 or John Heinen at (701) 590-4614. The local advisory committee consists of Doug Kinnoin, Jenny Gaaskjolen, Wayne Johnson, Dan Lindberg, Don Longmuir, Grace Lystad, Abbey Ruland, Ray Schepp and Ashley Skarsgard.

Organized in 1976, the ND Community Foundation was formed as an efficient means of meeting the needs of North Dakota in the educational, charitable, arts, scientific and health areas. It is a public nonprofit tax-exempt corporation which receives and distributes charitable funds to support a wide range of programs which benefit North Dakotans. The Foundation administers charitable endowment and non-endowment funds in both the restricted and unrestricted categories on behalf of communities, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals.

Pictured above are the members of the SACF and representatives of recipient organizations. Back row, left to right are Kier Jackson, representing the SACK program; Grace Lystad, SACF board member; Rory Porth, representing Flickertail Village; and Jenny Gaaskjolen, SACF board member. Front row, left to right, are Janinne Paulson, representing the Sibyl Center; Steph Everett, representing the Mountrail County Health Foundation; Katherine Harwood, representing both the Stanley High School speech team and drama club; and Rebekka Freije and Jamie Walker-Fuller, representing Opportunity Foundation.

Mountrail Bethel Home Breaks Ground on New Chapel

21 Nov 2018 News

Bethel Chapel Finally a Reality

Stanley, ND – For more than fifteen years, there have been dedicated community members that have helped fundraise for a new and larger chapel at the Mountrail Bethel Home.  Several architect drawings and ideas have been brought to the table, but none of them transpired into reality.  That is up until last week when Matson Construction finally broke ground on the Bethel Chapel.  It is not easily seen from any aspect of the property. It will be located to the north of the Bethel Home Activities Room in the current Courtyard.  But, eventually the Bethel Chapel will be the focal point once the Mountrail Bethel Home moves into their next portion of Phase Three, the building of a new Nursing Home on the north side of the property.

Mountrail County Health Foundation donates water bottles

21 Nov 2018 News

Darci Faul and Dawn Evenson attended the 32nd Annual Roughrider Health Promotion Conference in Medora in late May. As one of the goals they set out to achieve is to make the Stanley Elementary School a healthier environment by encouraging students to drink more water. Mountrail Health Foundation graciously supplied each elementary student and staff member with a new water bottle.

Reiarson Trust Purchases 3D Mammogram Machine

21 Nov 2018 News

An Open House will be held on Wednesday, August 29th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM for the community to tour the newly remodeled Physical Therapy Department and newly added 3D Mammogram unit.  Informational tours, demonstrations and door prizes will all be part of the fun!

In order to keep bringing services to our community, the Reiarson Trust donated money to the Mountrail County Medical Center to add a permanent 3-D mammogram machine inside the facility.  In doing so, MCMC was able to purchase one of only three Mammomat Revelation 3-D mammogram machines in the United States.

“The Reiarson Trust is very specific on what it can spend its money on,” says Derald Hoover, President of the Stanley Community Hospital Board.  “We cannot help with operations at all for the hospital or clinic, but we can aid them by purchasing different equipment for the facility.  With this machine now in place, residents of the community can stay here for this service.  That means a better bottom line for the Mountrail County Medical Center.”

“Getting a Mammogram is a unique opportunity, because it allows for early detection or peace of mind,“ states lead Mammography Technologist, Beth Johnson, RT, (R) (M).  “We, here at MCMC, are so thankful for the Reiarson Trust and its ability to allow us to have such a sophisticated piece of equipment in our facility.”

Along with the addition of the mammogram room, the Reiarson Trust paid for the remodel of the Physical Therapy Department.

“As we increase our services, such as dry needling and LSVT Big ®, we needed more room to work with our patients, “says Physical Therapist Manager Janae Maier.  “We now have three private treatment rooms to continue with our evolving treatment options.  The Physical Therapy team is excited to have all this new space to work with.”

Hours for radiology services are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  The mammogram schedule will vary as we start up this service.  Please call 628-2424, extension 129 to check availability and schedule an appointment.  Hours for the Physical Therapy Department are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM also.  To schedule an appointment please call 628-2424, extension 146.

We thank you for your continued support.  Nobody takes care of you like your own.


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