Project Update

 

Mountrail Bethel Board Awards Phase Three Bid to ICS

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Stanley, ND- ICS will continue to be the company that will expand the Mountrail County Health Center from every angle possible. The Bethel Board recently awarded the Grand Forks based construction company the Phase Three Construction project, the expansion of the Bethel Home. With winter so close at hand, ground breaking won’t be until Spring of 2016. But with the bid having been signed, this will allow ICS to order needed construction materials at the current prices. The approved expansion will include a Chapel/Multipurpose Room; a new and bigger kitchen; a remodel of the current dining rooms; relocation of shipping and receiving to an upstairs location and a Transportation Center that will allow for the MBH van, bus and private vehicles to be loaded while out of the weather.

“This project has been talked about for years, but has never become a reality,” says Ardis Evans, President of the MBH/MCMC Board. “The MBH Board has been monitoring the fact that the Bethel Home currently has several open beds, but we firmly believe that in order to fill our Bethel Home again, we need to have this expansion so we can market ourselves as the prime facility to bring your loved ones to. With the recent expansion of the ER, the addition of the CT area and the new T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic along with the Ina Mae Rude state of the art warm water therapeutic indoor pool, we can easily be the most attractive option for Senior Housing in the region with the addition of Phase Three.”

This phase is a huge financial responsibility, with the bid coming in at $4.4 million dollars. The Mountrail County Health Foundation has been working on raising funds to aid with the construction costs, with huge support coming from the local churches, businesses and community members.

“This being said, we still have a way to go to meet our $1.6 million dollar commitment we pledged to raise a year ago,” states Foundation Director Steph Everett. “With the help of the Mountrail Bethel Home Board and the Mountrail County Medical Center Board, we will continue to work together to meet our goal and to have Phase Three built.”

Questions regarding the construction phases and donations are being directed to the Foundation Director, Steph Everett at 701-628-1405.

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Held At T.H. Reiarson Clinic

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Although the doors opened for the first time to patients on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 the official grand opening and ribbon cutting at the T.H. Reiarson Clinic at Mountrail County Health Center was held on Sunday, March 29th, 2015.

Sunday’s ceremony started with a welcome from Derald Hoover, president of the Stanley Community Hospital Board, followed by a prayer of dedication from Pastor Rory Philstrom of the Prairie Lutheran Parish.

Hoover talked about the many people they needed to thank and introduce as they opened this new space, including representatives from the City of Stanley, their general contractor ICS and the subcontractors, and the employees who have worked so hard as part of this renovation process. He also welcomed the members of the MCMC Board, Bethel Home Board, Stanley Community Hospital Board and the Mountrail County Health Foundation. All have been an integral part of the fundraising for the three phases of construction at MCMC. When they started the fund drive, they had a goal of $6.5 million with being told they could realistically expect to raise about one-third of that amount. To date, they have raised $5.255 million of the goal.

The Stanley Community Hospital Board oversees the T.H. Reiarson Trust, which left funds to three individuals and five organizations including the SCH. Paraphrasing T.H. Reiarson’s will, Hoover said that the money was left with the trustees caused to erect a new medical clinic if deemed necessary. The will was written in 1977 and it took 38 years to build and dedicate this new clinic, but they came today to celebrate the fruition of his wishes with $2.195 million from the trust dedicated to the management of assets for future improvements, equipment and this new clinic.

MCHC has seen three phases of construction overall. The first phase of the ER renovation and hospital renovations were complete earlier and the clinic renovation is nearly complete now. The next phase will be construction at Mountrail Bethel Home.

Hoover thanked all of the donors that have made these three projects complete. Donor recognition walls are in place in the completed phases to recognize those generous contributions, including a donor wall inside the new clinic.

Dr. Mark Longmuir spoke next and paraphrased a poem from Mother Teresa encouraging people to “Do It Anyways”, a philosophy he says encourages people to remember that no matter what other people think, do it anyway, give anyway. Coming home to practice medicine in Stanley, Longmuir says the original clinic led them to feel they were in their “box” but the community saw the need, stepped up and brought MCMC to where it is today. He thanked everyone for coming and asked them to keep the staff and facility in their prayers and thoughts as they continue throughout the rest of the process.

MCMC CEO/Administrator Mike Hall also thanked everyone for coming and expressed his excitement about the new clinic. He says the additional space will allow the facility to add to outpatient doctor resources and also help as they look to recruit additional providers. The new space will allow them to expand on the quality care they are already offering to patients in Stanley and the surrounding areas.

Attendees were able to take tours of the new clinic spaces as part of the day as well. The new portion of the clinic holds six patient rooms, provider and clinic manager offices, a new nurses station, conference room and more. Remodeling continues in the old clinic space and once that is complete there will be a total of 15 patient rooms available.

- Courtesy of Mountrail County Promoter

 

MEDICAL CENTER BREAKS GROUND FOR CLINIC EXPANSION

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Officially breaking the ground for the new T.H. Reiarson Clinic were Abbey Effertz MCHC PA, Sue Weston MCHC CFO, Heath Hetzel, MBH Board Member, George Olson, MBH/MCMC Board President, Ron Dazell, ICS and Dr. Mark Longmuir.

With the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Emergency Medicine facility recently behind them, Mountrail County Medical Center is breaking ground for The Clinic Project, an expansion and renovation of the medical clinic. Completion of the project will provide the space needed for new physicians to practice in Stanley.

Lack of exam rooms and office space made it impossible to accommodate additional local practitioners and visiting specialists. Dr. Mark Longmuir says it takes a minimum of 3 exam rooms per practitioner to allow a practice run smoothly. “It’s not only having some place to see the patient, there also needs to be consideration of privacy and efficiency”, said Dr. Longmuir, “the new space will allow us to earnestly pursue additional physicians and practitioners”.

New construction will allow for extensive renovation of the former clinic space, providing for more exam rooms but also more efficient locations for staff to do their testing and procedures. The new clinic will also provide considerably more space in the waiting room and appropriate settings for consulting with patients.

The Clinic Project is expected to be completed in December.

As was the case in the Emergency Medicine project, the costs of The Clinic Project are being offset by the proceeds of the current “Partnering for the Future” Capital Campaign.

The Campaign, which began some eight months ago, has been well supported by county citizens. The work about to begin will include local residents and businesses, regional commercial concerns, energy companies and outside entities with an interest in Mountrail County. Enget explained, “We have intentionally developed the campaign to be able to demonstrate support from those that live here and we can now do that. It’s time to expand our efforts to include other prospective donors”.

Mountrail County Medical Center and Bethel Home Board President George Olson says that work beginning on The Clinic Project is exciting because it means that work on Bethel Home is near-at-hand. According to Olson, “we are anticipating consolidation of the efforts on behalf of the clinic with those that are focused on the Bethel Home and that will mean we can get to work on that part of the project earlier than expected”.

The “Partnering for the Future” Campaign has a goal of $6.25 million and is slated to run through the end of the year.

–Courtesy of Mountrail County Promoter

 MCHC Celebrates Opening Of New Addition

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 Officially cutting the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new addition are Dr. Mark Longmuir, MCMC Board President George Olson, Tom Warsocki of Trinity and Vice President of the Mountrail County Medical Center Board, MCMC Administrator Doris Brown, Health Foundation Director Steph Everett and Mountrail County Health Foundation President Wade Enget.

A ribbon cutting ceremony at the Mountrail County Health Center in Stanley on Sunday, May 18, 2014 celebrated the completion of a first phase of construction that will greatly improve the patient care at the facility. Mountrail County Health Foundation President Wade Enget welcomed everyone to celebrate this change that will be a welcome addition to healthcare in the city of Stanley.

Dr. Mark Longmuir talked about the new addition that includes the heated ambulance bay, something he says that will protect patients in the event of any type of weather as well as protect patient privacy, both an important part of patient care. The new emergency room provides three properly functioning beds. He says that the need to expand and improve the emergency room was already there before the boom, but that pushed them to look at what should be done and how best to make the emergency room more functional.

The project also created a space for the facility’s CT scanner. Longmuir says this is an important part of patient care as well. It gives providers more tools for the diagnosis and treatment of patients and in a number of cases will allow the patient to have their treatment at home without the need for additional trips to other facilities.

The project created a new, secure nurse’s station inside the hospital area near the emergency room and has converted space at the front doors for an admitting station.

Longmuir says the addition is not just space in the facility, though. It is also about peace of mind, community involvement and shows that people are willing to help with what needs to be done. The new additions add on to the assurance that the community has health care they can count on. It shows there is faith in the community and its future. The additional space and equipment also helps providers with treatment of their patients as they strive to expand on services available for patient care.

PA-C Abby Effertz also stressed how important these improvements and additions are for the future of healthcare in the community. As she has studied and worked in other communities, she has seen small facilities that struggle to stay open. The investments made in Stanley show great things for the long-term future of the community as well as the providers.

MCMC Board President George Olson touched briefly on the future plans at MCMC and Mountrail Bethel Home. Future projects include much needed clinic space. Plans would increase exam rooms from the current number of 6 to 13. This would allow the facility to see more patients and also provide the space needed to recruit another provider. There are other improvements that would be part of this project at the clinic. Another phase of construction calls for expansion at the nursing home that would enlarge the dining room and kitchen areas as well as creating a larger chapel area for residents.

Enget said that the challenge ahead of us now is where to go from here. Bob Harvey of Solutions for Fundraising is the new head of the capital campaign that is designed to raise funds for the construction projects. His job is to help tell the story of the needs so it makes sense. The facilities are busier than they were ten years ago and there are challenges that come with that and those challenges need to be shared in ways that are clearly understood.

The fundraising will continue for the next phases as they look to provide the best opportunities and facilities they can, seeing the needs and responding for a better Stanley for everyone. This ribbon cutting is only the beginning in a new chapter of healthcare.

None of this would have been possible without the support and hard work of many people over the past several years. The board of directors of the Bethel Home, Hospital, Stanley Community Hospital Association and the Mountrail County Health Foundation were all instrumental in the work that has gone on and in the planning for a needed expansion. Support has also come from the City of Stanley as the city council and the voters of the city approved the addition of a ½ cent sales tax that was approved for MCMC and has helped to meet the financial needs of the facility. Appreciation was also given to the architectural firm and building firms who looked at the needs of the facility and made sure those needs worked with plans and gained approval. It also goes back to the support of all of the staff and the hard work they give to make sure that healthcare is a priority in the community.

Enget says that they are grateful to everyone who made this project possible and that they will see their contributions working for the best of the community being able to receive that care at home, seeing providers patients know while moving forward to meet the needs of an ever growing community.

After the ribbon cutting, tours of the new areas were given. The new emergency room was expected to go into service on Monday, May 19.

Pictured below are areas of the renovation and new areas. From top to bottom:  New Nurses Station, New Admitting Desk, the new emergency room and the new CT Scan room

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–Courtesy of Mountrail County Promoter