Wellness center hopes to spread awarness of facility

The West River Rehabilitation Services and Wellness Center hosted an open house recently, hoping to show the public what they facility has to offer.

Alex Thompson (Far Right) talks with visitors during the open house at West River’s wellness center. (Photo by Cole Benz/For the Record)

The West River Rehabilitation Services and Wellness Center hosted an open house recently, hoping to show the public what they facility has to offer. Though they have been operating for quite some time, some community members, new and old, may not know exactly what they have right here in Hettinger, and the open house was an attempt to show off the equipment, services and staff.

“I think sometimes I think we forget what we have in our own backyard,” said Matthew Shahan. “I think it’s just a good time to introduce to maybe some of our new community members and remind some our community that’s been around.”

He told the Record that it was a good opportunity of Alex Thompson, manager of physical therapy, and his staff have to offer.

Thompson said they just wanted to get people through the door and meet them, and introduce them to their services and facility.

“Just to make people aware of what we have here at the facility,” Thompson said. “I think there’s a good number of folks that don’t realize what exactly what we have here at the facility.”

In the basement of the building, located at 401 7th Street S. in Hettinger, they have free weights,  workout machines and an open workout area, among other amenities. Rehab services and equipment are located on the main floor.

The workout center in the basement is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. It has keyless entry all hours of the day for a person’s convenience.

The facility is located off campus from the rest of the centrally located hospital, which according to Shahan is both good and bad. It is a little tucked away and can be harder to locate for those not familiar with the area. But at the same time, a person can drive right up to the building and walk in, aside from navigating through a larger facility.

Aside from Thompson, the facility also employs Lynly Hebert, Kathleen Thompson, Erika Pagel, along with certified personal trainer Keith Jackson.

Thompson would encourage anyone with questions regarding rates and services to call the facility at 701-567-6044.

West River Health Services offers care in Bowman, Dickinson, Hettinger, Mott, New England, Scranton, and Lemmon (South Dakota).