Ruland Honored As PA Of The Year

27 Aug 2020 News

Mountrail County Medical Center’s Abbey Ruland was named the PA of the Year by the North Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants last week. The award was scheduled to be presented at the organization’s Spring Conference but was cancelled due to the pandemic. It was rescheduled for the Fall meeting, but that too has been cancelled.

Cheryl Ulven of Ray, who served on the board as the head of the scholarship and legislative committees, was in Stanley on Wednesday, Aug. 19 to present the award. Abbey serves on the board as a Public Relations person and had volunteered at their last meeting to help judge the three candidates nominated for the award, unaware she herself was one of the nominees.

Nominations are made by a PA’s peers, physicians, clinic staff or hospital staff. The nominations are then reviewed and voted on by the six officers, eleven committee chairs and three national delegates of the NDAPA Board.

To be nominated, they must be a Physician Assistant who works or resides in North Dakota. The nominator may feel the PA deserves recognition because they provide excellent patient care, are well respected by the medical community as well as patients, and/or are considered to be an asset to the community and the PA profession. They might be someone who has been involved in medical education, dedicated to improving public health by involvement in community education in addition to patient education. They may be involved in humanitarian projects, giving of themselves in service to others above and beyond their normal daily responsibilities.

A nearly unanimous selection by the board, Ruland checks all those boxes based on the letter of nomination by Mountrail County Medical Center CEO Steph Everett.

Abbey started with MCMC in 2013. In 2018 she took a hiatus serving the residents of New Town at the Trinity Clinic. Ulven says that Abbey was her replacement in New Town. MCMC set out  to get Ruland back on staff. The letter says that without her, “the void created in our team without her devoted and kindhearted nature was palatable”. With a provider not fulfilling their contract, they reached out and were lucky enough to get her back in the fall of 2019.

She hit the ground running on her return, stepping back in with her patients, sitting as an active member of the medical staff council, taking Emergency Department call, and filling in for Dr. Longmuir in reviewing and accepting patients for the Swing Bed and Nursing Home program. The letter says, “Abbey is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure our patients are getting excellent community based care”.

She has spearheaded the Quality Improvement process in the Rural Health Clinic. She oversees documentation of care for one doctor, two nurse practitioners and two physicians assistants.

The nationwide opioid epidemic is apparent in our local area, including with patients in and around New Town and the TAT reservation. Although the reservation has built up their capability to treat drug and alcohol use disorders with inpatient treatment centers, there was still a large portion of the population that was not able to get treatment or did not know how to seek treatment appropriately. Seeing this gap in care, Ruland undertook the additional responsibility by completing training to offer Medication Assisted Therapy through the clinic. This is the only PCP driven MAT program within 100 miles.

“Abbey is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to serve her patients,” stated Rich  Laksonen, FNP, ENP in the letter. “She’s a pleasure to work with, always willing to lend an ear or a helping hand. Her work ethic, and knowledge of the latest in evidence based care ensure that her patients receive compassionate care close to home, be it through the rural health clinic or emergency department.”

CAH Director and former ER Nurse LaRae Rudolph had this to say. “Abbey has a wide knowledge base and a positive energy and drive in healthcare always going above and beyond using both an individual and/or team effort approach to deliver optimal patient care to whomever is in need.”

Everett said this at the end of the nomination letter. “The bottom line is that Abbey is an esteemed member of our MCMC family and the compassionate community based care we provide here in Stanley is a result of Abbey’s hard work.”

The mission of NDAPA is to promote quality, cost-effective, accessible health care to enhance the health and well-being of the people of North Dakota and to promote the professional and personal development of Physician Assistants.

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

Rosen Place and Bethel Chapel Featured

13 Jul 2020 News
Rosen Place on 8th and the new chapel at the Bethel Home were recently featured in an architectural magazine. This article has some astounding pictures and a lot of information on the construction of our new additions. You may view the PDF of this publication here. Please note that you must have Adobe Acrobat or a similar PDF viewing software installed to view the above link. Alternatively, you may click on the pictures below to read the article.

Working Together To Fill A Need

17 Jun 2020 News

 

When the Coronavirus hit North Dakota, schools closed, and businesses closed or altered their business model. Daycares were impacted and many in Stanley chose to close. This created a challenge for staff at Mountrail County Medical Center. A cooperative effort between Ragamuffins Ranch Daycare and the Mountrail County Health Foundation worked to fill that need over the last two months.

MCMC Administrator Steph Everett says that the process started on March 23. She began receiving texts from staff expressing their concerns about what they would do as they faced closing schools and daycares. She said that she reached out to Carol Maurer at Ragamuffins Ranch who opened their arms to the staff’s children.

Everett says that each request was met with a “we’ll figure it out” response that was amazing. As they began the conversations, Everett says they had no idea how many staff members would need daycare. Based on the texts from staff, she knew it would be more than just a few.

As they received the guidelines from the state regarding daycares, working together the daycare was ready to start taking students by the weekend of March 27. Working hand in hand, they were ready for the first children on March 30.

Ragamuffins Ranch Daycare owner Carol Maurer says that working on the Bright and Early curriculum and achieving the Step 3 designation made the process easy. The assessments and training she says that by the blessing of God helped them be prepared to take on the challenges.

She says they were already set up to the new standards and guidelines set up by the state for childcare facilities in response to the Coronavirus. That includes the way they use spaces in the daycare, their sanitizing processes and the separations for age groups they already had in place.

They already were separated to eat in smaller groups and play in smaller groups and different areas. The babies, toddlers and older children already interact in their own groups on a regular basis.

Maurer says that the biggest challenge was to bring in children that didn’t know them or their environment. She says they wanted to make sure that each child felt safe and comfortable during this stressful situation. They wanted them to feel at home and happy, knowing this was a safe place to be.

The children coming into the daycare have moms and dads that work on the frontline during this virus fight. Life can be stressful, and children often pick up on that stress.

The staff put their heads together, even knowing it might not be easy, but knew they could do it and come out for the better. Maurer says they really stepped up to the plate and did a great job.

As they got ready to add new children to their groups, Ragamuffins reached out to their parents. For some, they were already planning on keeping their children home with schools and businesses closing or reducing staff. Others offered to keep theirs home to make room, saying that it was important to take care of first responders’ families. She says she gives credit to those families for giving the okay to use their spots.

With some of their kids not coming because of the virus, Maurer said they missed their kids. It was hard emotionally on everyone, but at the end of the day they came back and grew a whole new family with these new children.

As for helping out staff at the medical center, Maurer says that they knew the needed the help and they were ready to do it. It was amazing to watch, she says, and now as the two months come to a close, they will be missing these children that will be going back to their former providers.

Looking back now, Maurer says that everything was a learning curve with stepping stones at the right time with the right help to set up this difference to succeed. She said, “I do it this way and it works. Sometimes you pray and ask God to show you the way. My heart is put into this and we have invested so much of ourselves.”

Everett says that for the two months Ragamuffin met their needs, they were a lifesaver. Eight families with eleven children were helped during this time. Mountrail County Health Foundation, along with grant funds from the NWND Community Foundation helped cover some of the costs.

While many families will be returning to their previous providers this week as daycares resume operations, a few will be staying at Ragamuffins Ranch enjoying the new relationships they have formed.

Steph Everett says that they just knew at the beginning they had to do something to help their staff. All of this was so new to medical facilities. They had heard about the first stories with coronavirus coming from a nursing home in Washington. The focus became on what if it happened here.

“For medical staff, there is no choice but to be at work. The last thing we wanted was for staff to have to make a hard choice. We needed them here, for Health Centers never shut down. Some of our Staff made shifts from their clinic positions to helping at the nursing home, for they were needed there to ensure our nursing home residents were cared for,” said Everett.  “The partnership with Raggamuffin Ranch allowed us to take one huge stressor off our staff. Especially through this, maneuvering through unchartered territories over the last few month,” Everett said.

The two month partnership between the medical center and Ragamuffin Ranch is just another example of small towns pulling together to help each other through these challenging times. It is also an example of meeting critical needs through collaborative effort.

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

Mountrail County Health Center Drive Through Testing Draws A Crowd

13 May 2020 Events, News

Mountrail County Health Center in Stanley hosted a Drive Through COVID-19 testing event on Friday, Apr. 24. Testing started at 10:00 a.m. and ran through 2:00 p.m. although the lineup of vehicles of those waiting to be tested started more than an hour before.

Testing was organized through staging using the Stanley High School parking lot. Those looking to be tested were asked to report to the High School where they were assigned a number to their car. Mountrail County Sheriff Corey Bristol and several of the department officers, Mountrail County Emergency Manager Warren Bogert along with the Highway Patrol were at the school to coordinate that portion of the event.

When told by Health Center staff, they would then send a set number of vehicles down 8th Avenue towards the hospital. Along the way, intersections were being controlled by members of the Stanley Public Works and Stanley Police Department to assure smooth movement of not only those who were waiting to be tested, but also those cars that were just trying to go from one area of the city to another.

At the Health Center, they were met by staff with the information forms prior to testing. They then moved along the driveway area on the east side of the complex for testing. Tests were administered by staff and then brought back into the “command center” where they were documented and packaged for transport to the State Lab for testing.

The Health Center was grateful to all that helped make the testing a success, saying they could not have successfully done this test without coordination and manpower from the Stanley Police Department, Mountrail County Sheriff’s office, Stanley Public Works, and the Highway Patrol. They kept everything moving as smoothly as possible, without clogging up city streets with traffic, and that was no small feat. People participating were in awe of the teamwork as they drove from the staging area and down 8th Avenue to MCHC.

Additional thanks went to Marilyn Gaebe, who provided a delicious lunch for staff and kept them energized for the entire day. They appreciated Estvold Oilfield Services, specifically Jake and Kelsey, for allowing them to use their coolers to safely transport tests from Stanley to Bismarck testing labs and the “best COVID-19 courier in the state” Rodney Essler.

They also expressed their thanks to the community saying, “We would not try to offer these testing services if we did not think that people would show up to be tested, and our community SHOWED UP! It was a steady stream of cars the entire four hours.”

Last but not least, they expressed a personal thank you to the staff of the Mountrail County Health Center. From traffic control, to gathering information from each test subject, to registering each test subject, and properly marking each test to the Providers performing the swabs, and then our lab processing each test from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and to everyone inside the building allowing business to proceed as usual. This was pointed out as teamwork at its ultimate finest.

In the span of a little over 4 hours, the Mountrail County Health Center staff were able to test 189 vehicles, totaling 357 tests that included residents from throughout the county and a few out of county residents. “Thank you to everyone who came to get tested so we can gather more data about how this virus is impacting our community and to start working on getting North Dakota open again,” they said.

The drive through testing helped support Governor Doug Burgum’s goal of increasing testing to start the work on smartly reopening the state.

This testing clinic was a group effort between administration and providers.

Additionally, per direction of the state, the facility is also testing all of their residents and employees starting last week and continuing on Monday.

As of Monday morning, tests completed in Mountrail County had increased from 524 on Friday to 892 on Monday. One new positive was recorded on Monday, up from the cumulative 33 since the first tests administered in the county. That new positive is part of the testing done on Friday and is a case from New Town. Of the 892 tests recorded in the county thus far, 858 have returned negative. Not all of Friday’s test results were included in Monday’s numbers.

This article has been republished by the gracious consent of the Mountrail County Promoter.

Women’s Health Expo Held

13 May 2020 Events, News

Mountrail County Medical Center and the Mountrail County Health Foundation held their third annual Healthy Women’s Expo at Rosen Place on 8th in Stanley on Monday, March 9th.  The even had focused on healthy heart the past two years, but focused on “Healthy Mind for a Healthy You” this year.  There were several booths set up to coincide with the theme of achieving health from the inside out, a variety of salads catered by Marilyn Gaebe and desserts from Cookies for You and Little Heifer Bakery.  Booths included information from the Ina Mae Ruse Aquatic Center, nursing staff performing blood pressure and A1C testing, information on mammograms, healthy eating, BMI testing, and mental health checks.

As part of the Community Health Implementation Plan, a formal Response to the Needs Assessment, Mountrail County Medical Center pledged to place a high priority on mental health, and to assist community members get the help they need.  With statistics showing the number of Americans that die by suicide daily and the suicide rate in ND, the focus changed for this year’s event to mental health and suicide prevention.

Stephanie Everett, MCMC CEO and Foundation Director stated, “We can no longer allow the mental health struggles of our community to go unchecked.  We know that with mental health, each day, each moment counts, and Medical Center Staff need to get proactive and build resources to be a part of the solution.”  At MCMC, the ultimate goal is to transform the community by encouraging confident communication about mental health so residents know how, where, and when to ask for help.  They want to reach people before they enter a state of crisis mentally, and to encourage growth of coping skills as well as decrease stigma.

This year’s speakers started with Alison Traynor.  A licensed social worker, she has spent the past five years working to mobilize statewide suicide prevention efforts as the Director of Suicide Prevention and founding member of ND Suicide Prevention Coalition.  She started out with their “Swear Jar”.  Many are familiar with the premise of paying a fine to the jar.  This jar is a symbol to change the stigma one word at a time.  In their case, it is the word “committed”.  The goal is to quit using the word when it comes to suicide, much in the way efforts were underway to quit using the word “retarded”.  She says that we need to think that the word committed is used in cases like sin or crime, and that we need to change the culture with suicide, focusing instead on the person that is suffering.

She also talked about the need to work together to prevent suicide, invest in suicide together and work together to solve the complex problems.  She compared talking about the junk drawer.  We tend to shove suicide into the emotional junk drawer.  We need to open the drawer and explore and talk about the feelings and emotions that go along with suicide.

In North Dakota, the suicide rate is among the highest in the nation.  It cuts across all age groups, with the highest increase in those aged 25-34.  Relationship loss is the most common cause of suicide, followed by a crisis event.  When people are distressed, it can exceed their ability to cope.  They experience a perceived sense of isolation and their sense of being a burden increases.

To help combat suicide, she has worked to found Zero Suicide, a healthcare based system.  The belief is that with help, there is hope as they build a coalition.  It shifts from a person to a system approach.  Statistics show that 45% of suicides will have visited a primary care provider within a month.  30% will have seen a mental health professional, 40% will have had an ER visit in the year before their death.

Zero Suicide involves leadership, system wide, to create a culture change, provide training, help identify those at risk, and engage those in treatment and transitioning of care.  It also looks at policies and procedures to get the help to those that need it.

They find that statistics show that by implementing a system wide effort, fewer patients will die, there will be decreasing costs and improved morale.

Traynor says that it is important to watch out for the warning signs, including those changes in behavior, speech or mood that have you worried.  Be willing to talk about those feelings, including thoughts of killing themselves, feeling hopeless, being a burden, feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.  Watch for uncharacteristic behavior changes, especially if they are related to a painful event, loss, or change.  They could include increased use of alcohol or drugs, looking for ways to end their life, withdrawing from activities, isolating from family or friends, sleeping too much or too little, visiting or calling people to say goodbye, giving away valued possessions, aggression or fatigue.

Watch for mood changes like depression, anxiety, loss of interest, irritability, humiliation, agitation, or even a sudden relief.  If you are worried and think there is a suicide risk, act.  Everything else can wait.  Traynor discussed ways to ask or talk to someone you are concerned about.  They include finding someone comfortable to ask those questions if it is not you.  Normalize the conversation by saying something validating and then ask the question.  Express understanding that they might be struggling after a certain event.  She said to be persistent, but warm and present.  Allow them to talk freely without judgement, rather listen and be present.  Give them plenty of time to talk, and then make sure you can point them toward resources that can help.

She says that it is a five step plan: ask, keep them safe, be there, help them connect, and then follow up.

Those struggling are helped by connections, relationships, helping with coping and life skills, family, faith, and community.  With a person at risk they also discuss safety planning.  That includes walking the person at risk through the steps of coping, recognize what has set them off, validate the ways they have gotten through hard times before, and provide strategies to help.  It can include people they can reach out to for help, following up with clinicians and making sure the return place is safe. Suicide is complex.  It needs a community and system approach to find the answers.

The second speaker of the night was Kora Dockter, a nurse and ND Suicide Prevention Coalition Chair.  She is leading a statewide call for healthcare system-wide improvement.

She brings her own story of losing her adult son Steven to suicide.  She remembers the day in February of 2014.  A sunny, cold day, she was driving.  When her vehicle veered off the road and hit a curb, she says an energy went through her that scared her.  She found out later that moment was when her son died by suicide.

She says that her son was married, a great husband, dad, and medical provider.  He had a strong Christian Faith.  In September of 2013, Kora received a call from his wife, telling her Steven was struggling and had attempted to take his own life.

Kora says she was scared, paralyzed, and not sure how to help him.  He didn’t want people to know he was suffering, but looking back there were signs and symptoms.  Following his attempt, Steven was hospitalized.  After three days, he called her and said he was being discharged.  Based on how he had just been the day before, she was surprised to say the least.  She went to pick him up, expecting to talk about a discharge plan, but instead he walked out with his phone and a piece of paper.  She says she knew that was not right, but did not realize how broken the mental health system was.  She says that upon his discharge she was told “the place did him more harm than good”.  She realized that over time, they were watching him die.  He had lost weight.  He was not sleeping, and he was in a great deal of pain.  This is a silent and lonely disease.  Most people do not want to talk about mental health, unlike other health issues.  Without support, that won’t change.

A couple of years after his death, Dockter asked for her son’s medical record.  She said the red flags were everywhere once she started reading through them.  It talked about strong family support, although at the time, no one told them how to help him.  It mentioned team meetings and family conferences that did not happen and lacked a safety plan.  She says the biggest mistake was trusting someone else to care for her son.  The system needs to change.

With Zero Suicide, they are working on these changes.  They are working with insurance companies to address reimbursement.  They are talking about the facts that if things are not working right with the brain, the body is also affected.  Dockter also talked about her faith, saying that after the flood of 2011, she sought God again. Little did she know that as she was going through those difficult times, that god was actually preparing her for the time she would bury her child.  She points to that faith as well as she works to change the system.

She says that we are all being pushed to change someone’s life and make a difference.  You are more likely to come across someone that is depressed that someone that needs CPR.  Show them your light, life, and passion.  Help them realize that all life is worth living.  Suicide is a disease that does not discriminate by your race, age, or what you make.  All are at risk.  It is important to create an environment where it is okay to talk about it.  Don’t place judgement and don’t wait.  Tell someone who can make a difference to put the puzzle pieces in place before it is too late.

You can be part of the change.  You can find them on Facebook: ND Suicide Prevention Coalition.  Dockter left the group with the message, “It takes a village to raise a child, and a bigger village to save a child.  Create a village around those that are hurting.”

Those attending were given an insulated cup to take home.  In the cup was a card with the semicolon and a cross.  The message on the card read: “We use the semicolon in writing when we join together two closely related sentences.  The first part of the sentence could be a complete thought on it’s own, however, the writer decided to keep the sentence going.  In the context of mental health, the sentence is your life.  The semicolon represents the decision to continue living, and is a reminder that you have complete power over yourself and your life.  You are the author of your story.  You can choose to keep up the fight, even if there are days were you feel like giving up.  It is a symbol of strength and hope.

 

Hysjulien hired as Rosen Place on 8th Assisted Living Director

22 Jan 2020 News

October 25th, 2019

Mountrail County Health Center is pleased to announce we have hired Lauren Hysjulien to be the new Manager overseeing Rosen Place on 8th . “We are very excited to be able to promote from within our family of employees,” says Steph Everett, Mountrail County Health Center CEO/Administrator in Training. “We could not be more pleased to be able to give this opportunity to one of our amazing local CNA’s turned RN. Her knowledge of the level of care needed inside our building is so beneficial. The residents will thrive under her care.”
Lauren has been with the facility for eight years as both a CNA at the Mountrail Bethel Home and recently as an RN at the Mountrail County Medical Center Clinic. She is a graduate of Stanley High School and received her Nursing Degree from Williston State College. She received the North Dakota Long Term Caregiver award in 2014 while being a CNA at MBH. Lauren and her husband Cole live south of Ross where they ranch. They have one daughter, Braelynn who is two.

“Rosen Place on 8th is a wonderful addition to our facility and community,” says Lauren. “I am very excited to care for the residents, as I have known them since I was young. I am dedicated to making Rosen Place on 8th an amazing home for all our current residents and the new ones to come.”

If you would like to contact Lauren for a tour of Rosen Place on 8th or for any general questions about services offered, please call her at 628-2424, ext. 153.

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.

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All visitor restrictions have been lifted at the Bethel Home. All ages are welcome to visit their loved ones and friends. This notice last updated on 4/2/2019.