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OCH Ethics Committee Adds New Member
Oakes Community Hospital’s Ethics Committee would like to welcome our newest member, Marissa Huebsch. And extend our thanks and gratitude to Mary Schmitz, who had served on the committee for approximately 10 yrs. The Ethics Committee is a forum for analysis of ethical questions which arise in the care of individual patients. In most circumstances these questions concern appropriate care of patients with diminished capacity to participate in decision making regarding their care. In this role, the Ethics Committee will attempt to provide support and counsel to those responsible for treatment decisions including health care providers, patients, surrogates and members of the patient’s family. The Ethics Committee will not act as a decision-making body, but will attempt to assist and to provide support to those who do have this responsibility. Other members of the Ethics Committee at Oakes Community Hospital are Sister Dianna Hell, Monica Ptacek, Lee Boyles, Jan Quandt, Dr. Katie O’Brien, and Father Bill Gerlach. If you have any questions or concerns for the Ethics Committee, please contact the Spiritual Services Director, Sister Dianna Hell at 701-742-3291.
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Oakes Community Hospital and Clinic are proud to employ “North Dakota Physician Assistant of the Year Nominee” Jeff Hedlund. Here is an excerpt from his nomination letter:
Jeff joined our practice in March 2011 and provides patient care in the clinic, hospital and emergency room settings. His calm, friendly demeanor earns the trust and respect of his patients and staff he encounters each day. The clinic staff calls him “cool as a cucumber” which helps him excel as a rural healthcare provider where resources are often limited and providers need to be more independent and think on their feet. He consistently scores high on our patient satisfaction surveys in all areas, with one patient noting, “he was very caring, good bedside manner and understanding” during their ER visit.
Jeff started with limited emergency room experience but he took on the challenge and has grown into an excellent provider in our Level V Trauma ER where it is staffed a majority of the time by mid-levels independently. He sought out additional training courses and also worked with our own resources at the hospital to gain the experience and confidence needed in being a rural ER provider. His clinic practice has grown quickly and he now has many loyal patients who trust him with their care. He also puts his keen problem solving skills to work when caring for patients on the hospital floor.
In a small rural community, providers need to be utilized in many different areas and Jeff has stepped up to the plate in those regards. His flexibility, communication skills and overall positive attitude makes him an asset to our staff and patients. Jeff has become a leader and a role model that our staff can turn to in any situation; this teamwork is what gives us the ability to provide excellent quality care for our community.
Thank you, Jeff, for your hard work and dedication to Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes Community Clinic, your fellow providers, staff and mostly your patients. Congratulations!
A Medical Minute with Dr. James Johnson at Oakes Community Clinic.
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OCH Educational Gift Program
Recognizing the need for high-quality rural health care and increasing demand for trained professionals, Oakes Community Hospital has announced that it is once again offering two $750 educational gifts to students from our service area pursuing a career in the healthcare field.
This program is open to area high school seniors or graduates, who have enrolled or are currently enrolled, in a course of study leading to a Certificate/Diploma or academic degree in a healthcare field (may only win the award once). A few examples of eligible healthcare fields are Medical Lab Technology, Nursing, and Social Work.
Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college or university, vocational/technical school, a school of nursing, or an institution accredited by an appropriate state licensing health career board.
Applications may be picked up from Oakes Community Hospital or your school’s guidance counselor. Application is also available as a fillable/printable PDF.
For more information or to request an application, contact Julie Entzminger at 701-742-3837 or by e-mail at email@example.com, or Sister Dianna Hell at 701-742-3607 or by e-mail at SisterDiannaHell@catholichealth.net. All applications must be returned by April 19, 2013.