The Cavalier County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) held a community forum on April 3 to a packed house. With standing room only, CCMH CEO Jeff Stanley introduced the new CCMH Foundation Director, McKinzie Sivertson, who gave an update on the Foundation.
By Melissa Anderson
Sivertson went over some of the items that the Foundation has purchased for the hospital including isolation carts, new washers for the housekeeping department, and the largest donation of the year, a hematology analyzer for the laboratory. Other areas that the Foundation is working to make better include assisting student athletes in the county with getting their yearly physicals. Last year, the Foundation paid for 250 physicals and intends to do the same this year.
The Foundation has teamed up with the Cavalier County Senior Meals and Services to ensure that once patients are discharged from the hospital, they receive adequate nutrition. The two entities will work together to provide two weeks worth of meals to patients who qualify. At the end of the two weeks, Senior Meals will reach out to the patient to determine if services are wanted to be continued.
Sivertson, herself, has been busy working to better prepare herself and learn about her new role as the Foundation director. She has been meeting with other hospital foundation directors as well as attending foundation director meetings.
Events coming up for the Foundation include the annual CCMH Foundation Golf Tournament. This year, the tournament will honor the previous foundation director, Mary Shankar.
Darla Roder gave the community an update of the hospital. The update included performance evaluations and areas where services are doing well or need improvement. Roder specifically discussed how the hospital will be working to ensure patients with Medicare are participating in the services available to them. Roder explained that the primary goal of the hospital in doing this is to help patients stay in their homes longer by keeping them in good health.
Stanley finished the short forum by giving updates on the staffing of the hospital and the new services. The hospital has recently promoted Angela Kobel to be the new Chief Financial Officer after a few months of being a controller for the hospital. Two new FNPs will be serving the CCMH community. Megan Overby will begin at the CCMH Langdon clinic in May and a locum provider, Mark Hill, has decided to remain in the area. Hill will be full-time at the Walhalla location.
New services that will begin being provided by CCMH providers are house call visits for those unable to make it to the clinic. Dr. Charles Emerson and the FNPs on staff have committed to providing this service to better reach patients in need of healthcare. Dr. Emerson will also be providing a brand new service to the area. Beginning in June, Emerson will provide Botox to those interested in the procedure.