DWB donates to MRI, finishes two-year pledge

Dakota Western Bank donated the second half of a two-year pledge of $50,000 towards the West River Health Services MRI scanner and building project.

Ted Uecker (L) accepts the donation from Magnus Meier (R). (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
Ted Uecker (L) accepts the donation from Magnus Meier (R).
(Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

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Ted Uecker was on hand at the Hettinger location of DWB to accept the check of $25,000 from Executive Vice President Magnus Meier. The first check came in early August last year when Meier donated it around the same time the hospital had the open house and grand opening of the new wing and scanner.

The MRI project was completed last year when the healthcare system opened the scanner up for business in mid-August. Uecker said the hospital has been able to get over 70 patients per month through the scanner.

It has also given patients an added amount of convenience.

Before the in-house scanner, the hospital rented out a traveling MRI truck, which they could only book one day a week. Now, West River has scans five days a week.

The other convenience patients have with the new addition is the turnaround time for the results. The results are available in the same day.

According to hospital staff, the imaging is ‘night and day’ compared to the old, rented MRI truck, which is vital when making a diagnosis for a patient.

The project was $3 million and the hospital sought out to fundraise $500,000. Former West River Health Services CEO previously told The Record that they had exceeded that mark, which is a testament to how much the community values their healthcare facility.

This donation of $25,000 from Dakota Western Bank is just another example of community participation.