I Have A Doctor’s Order For An X-Ray, Now What Do I Do?

13 Nov 2017 Did You Know?

The Mountrail County Medical Center has a full lab and radiology department that is here for your lab and X-ray needs.

All labs, including urine and blood, can be completed here in Stanley, even if your provider is not local. All lab orders can be drawn at the Mountrail County Medical Center, processed and then sent out to the requesting provider.

The same is true for any X-ray needs you may have. MCMC recently has been able to upgrade their radiology equipment due to gracious grants from the Hess Corporation and a private donor. CT scans are also available in-house.

Hours for lab and radiology services are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. It’s nice to know you are coming ahead of time, but walk-ins are welcome. You just need to have your doctor’s order in hand or have had it faxed over earlier to 628-3274. Please check in at the front desk of the T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic for any lab or radiology needs or call 628-2505 to alert staff you are coming.

MRIs are available every Monday through DMS Health. Ultrasounds/Echoes are also available every Monday and Thursday through DMS Health. These are by appointment only. Please call 628-2424, extension 135 or ask for Radiology.

EKGs can be done by your provider here, if needed. Mammograms are done once a month here in Stanley through Trinity. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call the Trinity Breast Imaging department at 701-857-2640.

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

What do I do to have my parent enter the Bethel Nursing Home?

12 Nov 2017 Did You Know?

Nursing facilities are for residents whose needs are complex and need nursing care and supervision.

The Mountrail Bethel Home is dedicated to providing quality care to its residents. It prides itself on being a wonderful place to call home with 24 hour care and high staff to resident ratio. It is a 52 bed skilled nursing facility. It features semi-private rooms with shared bath, private rooms with a shared bath and private rooms with a private bath. Further safety measures, such as the use of Secure Care, provide essential protection to each resident in the Mountrail Bethel Home.

There are several steps that need to be taken to ensure your loved one is in need of nursing home care. Step One would be to contact Kelly Gustavson at 628-2442, ext. 118. Step Two will be for her to confirm payer source. There are mainly three sources we accept in our home. They are Long Term Care insurance, Medicaid or Private Pay. Long Term Care insurance and Medicaid patients need to meet a certain level of care in order to be placed in the Nursing Home. Self pay does not need to meet any sort of level of care. Medicare does cover, but for a limited number of days. Step Three is the collecting of medical records of the resident wanting into the Nursing Home. Step Four is the review of Steps Two and Three by an Admission Team that makes the final decision on if a resident can come into the Mountrail Bethel Home. There runs a risk of denial if we feel we cannot safely care for your family member, if a Medicaid patient does not meet the level of care that Medicaid will pay for or if there are no funds available to pay for services provided monthly for a resident.

The Mountrail Bethel Home currently has openings available at the facility. Please contact Kelly with any of your needs. Or if you want further information in regards to where your loved one fits on the Long Term Care Decision tree please go to https://carechoice.nd.assistguide.net/

Why Am I Getting a Statement from Trinity for a Visit That I Had at the T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic?

12 Nov 2017 Did You Know?

A visit with your provider in the clinic could produce three different statements, depending on what you had done during your visit. The doctor’s visit will be billed through our clinic (Mountrail County Medical Clinic) electronic health records, Athena Health. But if you have any testing, lab or radiology completed during this visit, this will be billed through the hospital (Mountrail County Medical Center) electronic health records, Patient Co.

The Mountrail County Medical Center has a full in-house lab and radiology department that is here for your lab and X-ray needs. This includes CT, X-Rays, blood work, urine and EKGs. Pap smears, biopsies and certain specialty testing completed during your visit at the clinic are sent out to Trinity or even Mayo, if needed.

All X-Rays taken at MCMC are sent to Trinity’s radiology department to be read by a radiologist. All blood smears taken at MCMC are sent to Trinity’s pathology department to be read by a pathologist. All EKGs/ECGs taken at MCMC are sent to Trinity’s cardiology department to be read by a cardiologist. This partnership with Trinity leads to a billing statement for these services from Trinity anytime any of the above occurs.

If you should have any questions on any of this please contact MCMC. We thank you for your continued support. Nobody takes care of you like your own.

Did You Know That We Wash A lot of Drink Ware to Accommodate our Residents?

10 Nov 2017 Did You Know?

This week we are going to fill your mind with a few rarely talked about tidbits about our facility.

So, Did You Know That…

  • The Mountrail County Health Center has 101 active computer workstations.
  • There are over 200 “mice” in the building.
  • We back up over a terabyte of information every 15 minutes.

We have 66 toilets in the facility that are cleaned daily.

So we are sure than you are wondering, ‘Wow, how much toilet paper do they go through then?’Well, we go through 4,160 rolls of toilet paper a year, 80 rolls per week. J

  • The total of aspirin given each year to residents is 14,400 capsules.
  • We make and serve 53,274 meals per year in the Bethel Home.
  • We pour 199,655 scheduled beverages per year in the Bethel Home.This does not include the beverages served to the residents at snack time.This count is just for the daily meals.
  • We go through 153,000 gallons of water per month by ONLY the Bethel Home.
  • Our laundry ladies do 142,000 pounds of laundry per year for MBH and MCMC.

A CNA typically walks 15,000 steps, totaling 6-7 miles, while caring for the Bethel Home residents during an 8 hour shift.

The first resident at the Bethel Home was Victor Laukala, admitted in December of 1960.Since then, the Bethel Home has been called home to 1,042 residents.

Four hundred and forty seven donations have been made to the Mountrail County Health Foundation since the Capital Campaign started in the fall of 2013.A total of $3,592,042.65 has been donated.

The residents at the Bethel Home are SUPER competitive when it comes to Giant Yahtzee and Card Sharks.

Three thousand one hundred and fifty feet of hospital tubing is utilized per year.

  • The average course of outpatient physical therapy is between 7-10 visits.

Even in the era of Electronic Health Records, the Medical Records department still goes through 3 reams of paper, totaling 1,500 pieces of paper per week. On average one patient visit accumulates 20 pages of paper due to printing to a fax or printing to mail out, plus the paper they get from the other departments to scan.

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.

Did You Know We Are Always Striving to make the Bethel Home as Close to “Home” as Possible?

9 Nov 2017 Did You Know?

Our tag line “Nobody takes care of you like your own” is near and dear to our employees’ hearts as they plan every detail for the residents at the Bethel Home.The Dining Staff have recently taken steps to ensure more quality food and choices for the residents. They can now pick from a menu that consists of two entrees, two vegetables, a potato, bread and dessert.The bread is being made fresh one day a week with hopes this can become more frequent.And soon the kitchen will be starting to offer a homemade soup of the day.The Mountrail County Health Foundation has been able to use the money raised from the annual golf scrambles to upgrade equipment in the kitchen including a new fridge, food warmer and a meat slicer.The meat slicer allows the kitchen to provide freshly cut meat, sliced to the desired thickness they need.And like everything else in the Bethel Home, the Dietary manager uses Sure Quest’s OnDemand to track every residents’ dislikes and likes.This allows the kitchen to tailor personal menus for every resident from the history that is captured.

The Bethel Home also offers one of the largest comprehensive activity programs in the statefocusing on person-centered activities designed to meet the needs of each individual.Our activity director strives to make it a fun environment for our residents and adds little special events such as a 4th of July BBQ in the courtyard to making peanut butter and banana sandwiches in honor of Elvis last week.Another feature we offer is our on-site hair salon and licensed hair care professionals, who come weekly to take care of all your loved ones hair care needs.This might seem minor, but it lets our residents feel like they used to when visiting the salon. We also have volunteers who come in each Friday to roll and style the residents’ hair.

We very pleased to say that we currently are using 95 percent of our own CNAs on the floor.This means more local residents are employed by the Bethel Home, enforcing the tag line…..NOBODY TAKES CARE OF YOU LIKE YOUR OWN! The facility is offering a CNA class starting on August 29th and again in October if you think this is something for you or know someone who might be interested.

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.

Did You Know That We Have Started Using Our New Electronic Health Records System?

7 Nov 2017 Did You Know?

August 17th marked the “Go-Live” of our new Electronic Health Records (EHR) system.We have partnered with Trinity to be able to use their Cerner EHR program and the billing program of McKesson STAR.Focusing on the positives for the future, we are excited to be able to make needed changes to our portal and streamline our check-in and billing statement processes during all of this.The portal will allow more transparency and improve the ability to communicate with your provider.Details will be given once all items are finalized over the next couple of weeks.

Please bear with us as we move ahead with this new program.A few items will be needed at your future appointments at MCMC:

  • Insurance cards
  • Photo ID
  • Updated addresses and phone numbers

We thank you for being patient with us over the past year while we made our way through some muddy waters with our previous EHR program.We are not looking back, but focusing on changes to make things better here at MCMC.

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.

NDCF Awards $150,283 In Grants

7 Nov 2017 News

The North Dakota Community Foundation has awarded $150,283 in grants from its Statewide Greatest Needs (Unrestricted) Fund to 36 organizations across the state working to improve the quality of life for state residents.

Kevin J. Dvorak, President and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation will be delivering the grant checks in the next few weeks. NDCF Development Directors Amy Warnke-Stromsodt of Grand Forks, Kara Geiger of Bismarck, and John Heinen of Dickinson will also participate in the presentation, as well as various NDCF board members from across the state.

The NDCF Board of Directors reviewed and discussed 171 grant applications at their meeting in September to make the determination of awards.

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, they were delivering grant awards in North Central North Dakota. That included a $5,000 grant to Mountrail Bethel Home for the roam alert system.

The Mountrail Bethel Home is updating its Secure Care Roam Alert system with the help of grant money, such as from NDCF, and money given from the Mountrail County Health Foundation. The roam alert system helps us keep track of our residents and will notify the nursing staff if one has roamed outside of a designated area. The Secure Care Roam Alert System provides essential protection to each resident in the home and provides the safest environment possible for the elderly who can no longer care for themselves. This system allows the family assurance that a loved one is being taken care of and watched over very carefully and their protection is ensured.

Grants were awarded in Killdeer, Williston, Grenora, Flasher, Raleigh, Elgin, New England, Beach, Golden Valley, Hebron, Garrison, Minot, Bowbells, Tolley, Hurdsfield, Harvey, Glenfield, Geulph, Gackle, and Napoleon last week. This week, grants will be delivered in Forman, Lisbon, Enderlin, Finley, Pekin, Drayton, Pembina, Cavalier, Gardar and Larimore.

Established in 1976, the NDCF is a public, non-profit tax-exempt corporation which receives and distributes charitable funds to support a wide range of programs that benefit North Dakotans. It currently manages over $70 million in assets in over 600 component funds, including local community foundations, agency endowment funds, donor-advised funds, and scholarships. It has made over $65 million in grants since its inception with the mission of improving the lives of North Dakota citizens and their communities through charitable giving and promoting philanthropy.

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

12 Jun 2017 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. Six Stanley students; Noah Rolfe, Jordan Larson, Caiti Hennessy, Jocelyn Vachal, Carissa Bieri and Luke Curren attended this year’s Academy last week compliments of the Mountrail County Health Foundation. They joined 56 other Jr. High students from across North Dakota.
“Scrubs Camp had great classes and we learned a lot about different medical related occupations,” says Carissa Bieri, “I definitely want to go back next year!”

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.

Why Am I Getting Three Billings Statements from MCMC?

14 Nov 2016 Did You Know?

The Mountrail County Medical Center is currently under an electronic health records (EHR) conversion. One item we need to have people be aware of is that the hospital and clinic are separate entities with services being billed out separately. It’s very similar to the fact that Trinity sends out bills for services rendered at the Hospital under one entity and services provided by the provider under another.

Our old EHR, Healthland, is producing statements for visits prior to June 23rd, 2015. These statements are coming from HRG (Healthcare Resource Group) and these statements will be postmarked from Spokane Valley, Washington.

Clinic services rendered on June 23rd, 2015 going forward are being billed through our new clinic EHR, Athena Health and these statements will be postmarked from Belfast, Maine.

Hospital services rendered on June 23rd, 2015 going forward are being billed through Patient Co. and these statements will be postmarked from our Stanley address.

In the very near future we hope to have our clinic and hospital services combined through Athena Health, with all statements coming from their headquarters in Maine. This billing is a service that is provided by our new EHR, Athena Health.

Due to the sun setting of our old EHR, Healthland, we are finding claims that were not properly submitted for payment and are doing so now. So, you may receive a bill from quite some time ago due to this clean up. Until all our EHR accounts are cleaned up and paid in full, you may get a bill from any of the above billing companies.

If you have any questions on statements you receive from MCMC please call the following:

  • Hospital and Clinic Statement PRIOR to June 23rd, 2015 – Billing Company: HRG – Please call the number written on the statement
  • Hospital Statements AFTER June 23rd, 2015 – Billing Company: Patient Co. – Please call 628-2424 and ask for the Billing Department
  • Clinic Statements AFTER June 23rd, 2015 – Billing Company: Athena Health – Call 628-2505 and ask for the Billing Department

We appreciate your patience during this conversion and thank you for choosing us.

Do I Have to Drive an Hour, for a Half an Hour of Therapy?

12 Nov 2016 Did You Know?

No you do not! The Mountrail County Medical Center in Stanley has a fully staffed Physical Therapy department that is here for any of your physical therapy needs. Our therapists provide hands-on assessment and treatment for patients of all ages with acute, postoperative, or chronic conditions involving the foot, ankle, knee, hip, back/spine, neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists and the hands. Some of the most common diagnoses that therapists see are golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, sciatica, sprains, strains, rotator cuff injuries, low back pain and neck pain and or spasms. Treatment is also available for on the job injuries or neurological conditions such as strokes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

The Physical Therapy department at MCMC can also offer aquatic therapy at the Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center. The Center features a state of the art warm water therapeutic indoor pool. Depending on your needs, aquatic therapy may be an option to help speed recovery. The warm therapeutic pool helps to decrease spasm and pain and promote muscle relaxation. A ramp and waterproof wheelchairs make it accessible to all who would benefit from aquatic therapy. It also serves as an environment to perform exercises with less joint compression and irritation to improve success with exercise and rehabilitation programs.

The hospital at the Mountrail County Medical Center can accommodate your recovery needs, right here close to home, from any sort of surgery or illness with our skilled and self pay swing beds. The physcial therapists come to the room to work with swing bed patients to improve their strength and mobility after a fracture, injury or surgery.

Hours for the Physical Therapy Department are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. To schedule an appointment please call 628-2424,extension 146. All major insurances are accepted. Generally a doctor’s referral must be in place before your first visit. However, some insurance plans do not require a physician’s order.

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

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