Farm Credit Services Awards MCHC $5000

12 Feb 2018 News

Farm Credit Services of North Dakota is proud to announce that is has awarded Mountrail County Health Center $5,000 as a recipient of the Rural Community Grant Fund (RCGF). The grant funds will help purchase a Secure Care Roam Alert System for the Mountrail Bethel Home facility.

Representatives from Mountrail County Health Center were on hand on Wednesday, Feb. 7 to accept the grant funds, which will be utilized towards the facility’s security system.

“Farm Credit is proud to provide grant funds to help update the security at Mountrail County Health Center,” says Claude Sem, CEO of Farm Credit Services of North Dakota. Mountrail County Health Center provides critical medical and senior care services to the community. Farm Credit Services believes it’s important to give back to the community. “Mountrail County Health Center has seen a significant increase in providing quality secure senior care at the Bethel Home facility. The new roam alert system will help keep track of residents and notify staff if they are out of a designated area. This system will be a tremendous upgrade from their current system as it ages. We are proud to be able to help them provide better security for the residents as well as peace of mind for their families,” Sem adds.

Farm Credit Services of North Dakota Farm Credit Services 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.

The Rural Community Grant Fund is currently accepting applications for future funding requests. Interested parties can apply at www.farmcreditnd.com.

Farm Credit Services presented the check to MCHC representatives last week. Pictured, left to right, are Mike Larson of FCS; Rocky Zastoupil, MCHC Administrator; Wally Kowitz, MCHC CFO; Steph Everett, Mountrail County Health Foundation Director; Dr. Mark Longmuir; and Claude Sem of FCS.

MDU Resources Foundation Donates To Bethel Home

30 Nov 2017 News

MDU Resources Foundation presented Mountrail Bethel Home with a check for $2500 last week. The grant funds will be helping to cover costs for Rest-Q pressure distribution mattresses and bed frames to accommodate these mattresses.

Grant funds were also received from Farm Credit and St. Joe’s Community Foundation to cover costs for these updates. The remainder was paid with money from the Olga Sather Estate donation received by the Foundation. The Foundation Board felt Olga would be so happy to know all of her friends were now sleeping comfortably on new Rest-Q pressure redistribution mattresses.

The Foundation has been supporting qualified organizations since it was incorporated in 1983. Grant applicants must provide a copy of an IRS determination letter indicating their tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or evidence of their eligibility under Section 170(c)(1) of the IRC. The application will include the purpose of the grant and any other information that will be helpful in understanding the request. Applications can be made by qualifying organizations as well as political subdivisions including counties, cities, schools and park districts as contributions are allowable if they are used exclusively for public purposes.

Applications should be submitted no later than October 1 of the year prior to which the funding is being sought as the foundation operates on a calendar-year budget. Completed applications and the supporting materials should be submitted to the organization’s local MDU Resources office. In the case of MBH, they had applied for the funds prior to the October 1, 2016 deadline and received their funding this year.

The application form can be found on the MDU Resources Foundation website at www.mdu.com/integrity/foundation.

How do I Get in to See The Doctor at The Clinic and What do I do?

14 Nov 2017 Did You Know?

To make an appointment at T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic please call 701-628-2505. Our appointment times are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, unless otherwise posted. Our current providers include: Dr. Mark Longmuir, MD; Tara Nardacci, DNP; Tammie Braaflat, NP, and Abbey Ruland, PA. Most of these providers also cover our Emergency Room and Mountrail Bethel Home. As a result, occasionally, depending whoever is on call, you might not be able to see your scheduled provider on time or at all on a particular day. However, there should almost always be another provider who will take care of your needs. Please note that if you request to see a specific provider for a clinic visit, it may be difficult to get in the same day or even the next day for an appointment. Again, rest assured that we should have appointments available with one of our other providers on the same day. They all work closely together to give you the best possible care, regardless of who you see. Also, if you have a medical question or concern, or feel you may need to be seen sooner than the available appointment time that was given to you, please ask to speak with your provider’s nurse or any nurse. Remember in an Emergency to call 911 or come directly to our Emergency Department.

Why Am I Being Billed A Coinsurance When I Already Paid A Copay At The Time Of My Visit?

14 Nov 2017 Did You Know?

It is imperative to know your coverage and benefits before you go to a doctor’s visit. Knowing these details of your policy is an important part of being proactive in your healthcare and understanding your medical bills.

A persons co-pay, coinsurance & deductibles are not determined by any healthcare facility you visit. Healthcare facilities also do not determine what is covered under your policy or at what rate your insurance company will pay for doctor visit. These are all determined by your insurance. Understanding how your co-pay, coinsurance and deductible work will help you know when and how much you have to pay for care.

– Deductible: A deductible is the amount you pay for health care services before your health insurance begins to pay.

– Coinsurance: Coinsurance is your share of the costs of a health care service. It’s usually figured as a percentage of the amount your insurance allows to be charged for services. You start paying coinsurance after you’ve paid your plan’s deductible.

– Copay: A copayment or co-pay is a fixed payment for a covered service, paid when an individual receives service. It must be paid before any policy benefit is payable by an insurance company.

A patient may have all three listed above within one visit depending on what you are seeing the doctor for. More than likely a co-insurance will apply for a visit after the insurance has processed the visit, even if co-pay was taken at the time of visit. The deductible will come into play if items such as X-Rays or blood work are taken.

It’s just as crucial to understand your preventive care coverage on your policy. These services are limited to once a year or even once every two years. Having these services more frequently than your policy allows can mean large out of pocket expenses for you as a patient and not having them frequently enough, can mean you are missing great opportunities for preventative care. Such wellness services that could be covered at 100%, with the deductible waived, are well child care visits, preventive screening services, immunizations, mammograms or prostate cancer screening services. To get an understanding of your insurance policy you will need to call the member services number on your insurance card.

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

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.

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