A Change in Administration Coming for Mountrail County Health Center

7 Dec 2018 News

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

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.

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.

How can I help support our new Rosen Place on 8th Assisted Living?

Rosen Place on 8th Assisted Living will provide a much needed added service to the residents of Stanley and Mountrail County.  Because most Assisted Living facilities are located in larger towns, seniors are forced to move away from smaller communities to have access to this kind of care.  Not only does this impact them, it also affects their families who now have to travel to visit them.  The nearest Assisted Living to us is 60 miles to the east in Minot.  We know we are losing Stanley residents to these Assisted Living facilities in Minot and other large cities. The Mountrail County Health Foundation is committed to finding a solution to allow our Stanley residents to enjoy their last years within their community, where they have lived and contributed to for so many years.  Rosen Place on 8th will be the perfect place and location for our residents to continue to live and contribute to their community.

 

The Mountrail County Health Foundation (MCHF) has been diligently working on helping fund the construction and furnishings of Rosen Place on 8th.  The Foundation’s purpose is to provide avenues through which donors can share in the philanthropic goals of the Mountrail County Medical Center and Mountrail Bethel Home.  In the past years Mountrail County Health Foundation has assisted in funding 1.) Phase One; the Emergency Room, Ambulance Bay, and CT scanner addition; and 2.) Phase Two; the expansion of the T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic.  Now, the Mountrail County Health Foundation is focusing on Phase Three, which is assisting with the expansion/renovation of the Mountrail Bethel Home.  Thinking outside the box, Mountrail County Health Foundation has been researching and putting into place different ideas as to how to receive funding for this project.  We have been working closely with several entities that award grant money.  One of the grant opportunities we have been chosen to be a part of is the St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation’s Twice Blessed program.

 

It’s a truly a blessing when you give a gift to others.  We’re honored to be working with St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation to double your blessings during our TWICE BLESSED campaign for funding to help with the purchasing of the needed furnishings for Rosen Place on 8th.

 

In fact, any donations given to the Mountrail County Health Foundation for Rosen Place on 8th during the period of time from November 15th through December 31st, are eligible for a match by the St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation, up to $5,000.  Any monies collected over this amount will not be matched, but will still be distributed to the MCHF.

 

Please help MCHF earn our 1-1 match by going to www.twiceblessednd.com and find the MCHF link to donate or call Steph Everett at 628-1405 to have a donation card mailed to you.   Or mail your check made out to the St. Joseph’s Community Foundation with “MCHF – Twice Blessed” in the memo line to:  St. Joseph’s Community Foundation, 308 2nd Ave SW, Minot, ND  58701.  All gifts are welcome.  To give of one’s self freely is always a blessing.  So give your gifts double the impact this holiday season with TWICE BLESSED. We so thank you for thinking about this.

 

And as stated a few weeks ago in a “Did You Know” and in an ad this week, we will start to take applications for Rosen Place on 8th on Thursday, November 15th at 9:00 AM either in person or by phone to Kelly Gustavson, LSW at 701-628-2442 Ext 118 for Rosen Place on 8th.  Her office is located at Mountrail Bethel Home.  All calls and voice mails are time stamped with date and time of call.  There will be a deposit required to be on the waiting list as follows:

  • One bedroom will be $1500
  • Two bedroom will be $1700

 

Checks can be made to Rosen Place on 8th.  A refund will be issued for any of the following:

  • No longer qualifying/failing the screening
  • Change in condition that makes the applicant ineligible for Assisted Living
  • Event of a death

 

The Mountrail County Health Center and the Mountrail County Health Foundation appreciate your continued support. We are always striving to do better. Nobody takes care of you like your own.

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.

 

Reiarson Trust Purchases 3D Mammogram Machine

15 Aug 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.

Local Students Attend R-Cool Health Scrubs Academy on the UND Campus

29 Jun 2018 News

Stanley, ND- The University of North Dakota (UND) Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Academy is a four day/three night camp held on the University of North Dakota campus.  The Academy allows Jr. High students to learn what health care professionals do in FUN and INTERACTICE ways.  Again this year, the Mountrail County Health Foundation sponsored eight local Stanley Jr. High students to attend.  Pictured are Macee Jones, Colt Nohr, Jacob Littlefield, Kaydence Vachal, Penny Wolter, Jocelyn Vachal , Kyra Fox and Sunshine Whitney.  They joined 80 other Jr. High students from across North Dakota.

“I have really enjoyed getting to attend Scrubs camp two years in a row,” say Jocelyn Vachal. “Thanks to Mountrail County Health Foundation, I’ve gotten to expand my horizons on the medical field in learning and becoming CPR certified and many other interesting things dealing with the medical education.  I really have gotten to meet a lot of nice people and made lots of friends and wish that I could attend again.  This camp is a week of experiences that will help you see if you want to follow a dream of a medical education.  Best part its all hands on!!!”

The Scrubs Academy encourages middle school students from across North Dakota to pursue a career in healthcare. They participated in hands-on activities and received information related to a variety of healthcare professions. In addition to the experiences with healthcare professionals, the students were certified in Friends and Family CPR and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The Scrubs Academy serves as a mini-preparation program to strengthen academic skill sets associated with health disciplines, introduce adolescents to a higher education experience, and foster a relationship between the students and the University.

Evenson named Outstanding Rural Health Volunteer

25 Jun 2018 News

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Marilyn Evenson of Stanley received the Outstanding Rural Health Volunteer award at the 2018 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health’s annual banquet June 14 in Grand Forks. This award recognizes the contributions made by a community person who has volunteered to contribute his/her energy, time, and skill toward the betterment of rural healthcare.

Evenson worked for the Mountrail County Health Center as a registered nurse for 50 years. She retired in 2008, but she did not stop working. Evenson is a longtime resident of Stanley and dedicates her life to helping others wherever and whenever there is a need. She volunteers at health fairs and blood drives and makes and sells handcrafted items for auxiliary fundraisers. Evenson is actively involved with the hospital and nursing home auxiliaries. She is also active in her church and senior citizens and is an avid quilter.

Lynn Patten, administrative assistant at Mountrail County Health Center, said she can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award.

“Marilyn is an integral part of our facility,” Patten said. “She is an advocate for promoting healthcare in our community. She gives of herself so freely, not just at our facility, but also in the community, and we are all better because of it.”

The Dakota Conference is a joint effort by the North Dakota Rural Health Association; the North Dakota Public Health Association; Altru Health System of Grand Forks; the UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines; and the Center for Rural Health.

To watch videos of all this year’s awardees visit ruralhealth.und.edu/dakota-conference/awards/archive.

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