Nurse Pactitioner recognized as “Community Star”

West River Health Services Psychiatric Health Nurse Practitioner Recognized as 2018 “Community Star” (Submitted Photo)

Jacquelyn Hedstrom, a psychiatric health nurse practitioner with West River Health Services in Hettinger, will appear in the 2018 Community Stars book available on the website on National Rural Health Day, November 15.

Every year on the third Thursday of November, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) leads National Rural Health Day (NRHD). NRHD is an annual day of recognition for those who serve the health needs of nearly 60 million people residing in America’s rural communities. NOSORH is the member organization serving all 50 State Offices of Rural Health (SORH). North Dakota’s SORH is headquartered at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

In 2015, NOSORH asked each SORH to nominate hospital and emergency first responder teams, community health, and volunteer service heroes on the front lines of rural health who were making a positive impact on rural lives. Soon after the stories started coming, the book of National Rural Health Day Community Stars was published.

“Hedstrom’s dedication and commitment to West River Health Services and the well-being of her community makes her worthy of the 2018 NOSORH Community Star recognition,” said Lynette Dickson, associate director of the CRH. “Jacquelyn is a shining example of a true North Dakota rural health leader.”

The CRH is designated as North Dakota’s SORH, a federal-state partnership that helps rural communities build their healthcare services through collaborations and initiatives with a wide range of partners across the state. SORHs provide support to rural hospitals, clinics, and first responders in several ways, including technical assistance, funding that supports workforce development, population health management, quality improvement initiatives, and more.