West River reaching out to area communities like never before

West River Health Services (WRHS) has always been a leader in Hettinger and surrounding Western Dakota towns. Now the organization is doubling down, with even more community outreach than ever before!

By TED UECKER
WRHS Foundation

West River Health Services (WRHS) has always been a leader in Hettinger and surrounding Western Dakota towns. Now the organization is doubling down, with even more community outreach than ever before! Recently, at the request of new CEO Matt Shahan, West River provided 30 cases of water and 18 bags of ice (with a quick call to our friends at Kennedy’s Fresh Foods) in huge coolers as a preventive measure for the local Little League Baseball Tournament. The temperature was over 100 degrees, the boys were playing hard, and we certainly did not need numerous 10-12 year olds coming into the Emergency Room overheated and dehydrated. Instead, we provided huge coolers with ice and water outside each of the four dugouts both days. Plus, our West River Ambulance was on hand for day one and at the ready for day two if needed. Fortunately, we only had one young man in need of our services and of course, he received care immediately.

In the last four months, West River Health Services has been part of many community activities including hosting our own “Shelly’s Safety Day” where 26 youth learned various safety protocol; our 28th Annual “Fun Run & Walk” for 175 runners and walkers of all ages on the 4th of July; participating in the KNDC and KCJB Farm & Home Shows; sponsoring numerous events including the Medora Bible Camp Golf Tournament, “Foundation Nation Golf Tourney,” and various area high school Proms; not to mention our 2nd Annual “Adult Prom” at the Fun Bar, where over 135 people attended; our “Scrub’s Camp” introduced almost fifty, 9th-10th graders to hands-on medical and EMS related careers; our “Scholarship Program” provided $16,000 in academic scholarships to eighteen college-bound students from nine area towns; our “Ride for the Rooms” event with RZ Motors convinced over 200 people to test drive a RAM truck from the WRHS parking lot, with RZ Motors then donating $2,500 to the “One Room At a Time Together” Campaign to help renovate Western Horizons Care Center; the “Mott Area Matching Challenge” with a presentation and campaign for the Mott Area Community which raised almost $34,000 for renovations to the WRHS Mott Clinic; and an “Ambulance Appreciation Program” which provided EMS STRONG t-shirts and stainless travel mugs, plus a $20 gift certificate at their local dining establishment for 167 ambulance volunteers from eleven area communities. That’s reaching out. Plus ten of us attended the “Celebrity Waiter Dinner” in Bowman and the “Best For Last” event in Lemmon! And we attend most every Annual Meeting, including Slope Electric’s, Basin Electric’s, West River Cooperative Telephone Company’s, whenever we can.  And there’s more coming in the future!

Of course, West River Health Services includes their Top 20 In The Nation Critical Access Hospital and Clinic, Western Horizons Care Center, Western Horizons Assisted Living Center, West River Rehabilitation Services, and West River Ambulance in Hettinger; plus six WRHS satellite clinics in Scranton, Bowman, New England, Mott, Dickinson and Lemmon, SD. Over 300 people answer the call for West River, including 16 physicians, 12 mid-level practitioners and 7 visiting specialists, who hustle from facility to facility to provide top-notch care for our broad service area’s patients. This is not normal for rural areas to have this high quality healthcare or the healthcare equipment available – including a new $3 million MRI Scanner & MRI Building Addition! And, did I mention, West River Health Services is a 501 c (3), a non-profit organization. Yes, they are.

Look for West River Health Services in your community next! We are determined to participate with our area communities. Together we can make a difference.