The Mountrail County Health Foundation’s bylaws state that the “corporation shall collect, receive and maintain funds and apply income and principle thereof to promote the advancement and preservation of the health care services for Mountrail County, without limitations, providing equipment, services and research and all other charitable and benevolent purposes to promote the well-being of the Stanley Community Hospital or its successor corporation, and Mountrail Bethel Home.”
The Mountrail County Health Foundation was established November 22, 1991 and received their non-profit status a year later. The foundation was originally organized to generate charitable dollars from community members to assist with the increasing shortfalls of Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross reimbursements.
The Foundation provides avenues through which donors can share in the philanthropic goals of the Mountrail County Medical Center and Mountrail Bethel Home. This can be done by cash gifts, endowments, memorials, special projects or other gifting arrangements.
The Foundation was instrumental in raising funds in the early 2000s that enabled the construction of the new Mountrail County Medical Center to open its doors in 2002.The recent “Partnering for the Future” Capital Campaign has raised 6 million dollars to date.This money has allowed Phase One to go forward, which included the expansion of the Emergency Department that included an enclosed ambulance bay, full time CT Scanner, Decontamination Room and a Trauma Room.Also, these funds have allowed Phase Two to be constructed, which greatly expanded the T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic.Phase Three, which will provide for the expansion of the Mountrail Bethel Home, is being redrawn with the start date of that project being backed up a year.The new focus will be the construction of a Chapel and the rebuilding of the resident rooms.
The Foundation board members are area residents who are committed to the future of the region’s healthcare providers, the services provided locally, while acknowledging the economic impact generated from MCMC and MBH.The Foundation has $2 million dollars currently in its Building Fund account that is specifically earmarked for the Phase Three project.This money will not be utilized for anything else but the Bethel Home expansion project.With every dollar the Foundation raises, that is one less dollar that would be taken out as a loan for this final construction phase of the Mountrail County Health Center.
The Mountrail County Health Foundation and its board members from SCH, MCMC and MBH are extremely grateful for the financial support provided by present and past area residents and local businesses.As in the words of Ray Rude during the 1999 Capital Campaign, “We hope the residents in the area understand the importance of looking ahead, understand the changes in healthcare, and will also get behind this important effort and make it successful.”The Board can see how evident that this community support is so many years later by simply looking at the Donor Wall inside the T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic.There is much truth in the saying that “nobody takes care of you like your own”. We sincerely thank you for your continued support of MCMC and MBH!