Farm Credit Services of North Dakota is proud to announce that it has awarded the Mountrail County Medical Center $15,000 as a recipient of the Rural Community Grant Foundation (RGCF). The grant funds were used to purchase a portable ultrasound machine that will be utilized in the ER, Hospital, Clinic and Bethel Home. Grant funds from the Stanley Community Foundation, St. Joseph’s Foundation and donations from the Hospital Auxiliary and the T.H. Reiarson Trust were also used in purchasing the $40,000 unit.
“With the changing, more frequent and increasingly serious injuries that we are seeing here at the Mountrail County Medical Center,” says Dr. Mark Longmuir, “we, as providers, requested a portable ultrasound unit to be purchased for the facility. This unit will allow us to diagnosis injuries and conditions right at the patient’s bedside, without the inconvenience, delay and discomfort created by moving the patient to another area for imaging.”
“Farm Credit is excited to provide grant funds to the Mountrail County Medical Center,” says Claude Sem, CEO of Farm Credit Services of North Dakota. The services provided by rural medical facilities are critical to the well being of their community and Farm Credit feels strongly that it’s important to give back to the community. “The needs in the Stanley area have grown significantly with the impact oil exploration has made, and will continue to make, in the coming years. We are excited to help support their essential needs providing equipment, such as the portable ultrasound, to help them assist in saving lives,” Sem adds.
Farm Credit Services of North Dakota, Farm Credit Service of Mandan and AgriBank, established the Rural Community Grant Fund to assist in the implementation and development of projects and programs in communities and rural areas in western North Dakota which have been impacted by mineral exploration.
In 2014 the program provided $740,000 in grants. The grant to MCMC is part of that 2014 grant program. In 2015 the program is expected to award around $800,000 in grants with the end of April as the next deadline. Applications are reviewed three times per year as part of the program.
The Rural Community Grant Fund is currently accepting applications for future funding requests. Interested parties can apply at www.farmcreditnd.com.
–Courtesy of Mountrail County Promoter