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Staying Up-To-Date: Medical Staff Expands Skills Through Trainings

In keeping with our standard of having highly-trained nursing and medical staff, continued education is offered year-round.  Through additional certifications and training, our team constantly expands its medical skills by staying up-to-date on life-saving methods.  Currently, our staff is trained in the following areas:

  • CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) – all CNAs, RNs, providers, ambulance staff and WHC employees
  • ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) – all RNs
  • PALS (pediatric advanced life support) – all RNs
  • ATLS (advanced trauma life support) – all providers

Most licenses for the above certifications remain active for two years.  Several WHC providers and paramedics were recently recertified in ACLS through training conducted by Dr. Donald Kosiak, MD, former primary doctor at WHC.  Howard Walth, Trauma Coordinator from CHI St. Alexius Health, will offer a Trauma Nursing Core Course in May for RNs to complete their recertification. 

We are committed to utilizing tools like these to bring you the utmost quality of care.


Advance Directives  

Have you taken action to provide your family and loved ones with Advance Directives?

In the case of a medical emergency, Advance Directives will help make hard decisions a lot easier. Medical providers will consult your directives if you are unable to make your own health care decisions.  These directives can include a Living Will, designation of a medical POA (Durable Power of Attorney) and a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate Order).  Advance Directives are good for people of all ages.  We encourage you to prepare yours this year.  Contact WHC's social worker, Robin Opsahl, LSW, at (701) 452-3208 to start the process.  You can also visit the “services” tab on our website for more information (


Take Action and Know the Cost

To all insurance policy holders:  Before agreeing to large ticket items ordered by your provider, check your insurance policy book or call your insurance company (phone number located on the back of your card) to inquire if your plan will help cover the cost.  Sometimes, getting payment on a claim will require preauthorization for anything over and above your office visit, like specialized testing, procedures, injections and pharmaceuticals.  Since you are the policy holder, you have the right to your insurance information that could save you from having to pay out of pocket.  Take the first step in knowing what your insurance will cover and don’t wait for your medical facility to check for you.  It could save you money in the long run. 


The Affordable Care Act: Get Coverage Today

Although the ObamaCare Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, the health plan initiative is projected to be fully implemented in 2015.  For those who have obtained ObamaCare, or for those who do not have a form of health insurance yet, here are some details to take into account at the start of this new year.


  • If you are enrolled in a 2014 ObamaCare Marketplace plan, your coverage ended December 31, 2014.  This is true no matter what date your coverage began in 2014.
  • To continue health coverage this year, you can renew your current health plan or choose a new plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace website ( until February 15th, 2015.
  • If you don't have health coverage during 2015, you may have to pay a penalty.  The fee in 2015 has increased to 2% of your income or $325 per adult/$162.50 per child (whichever is higher).

For further information, or to apply for healthcare coverage, visit


Winter Safety Tips for Kids

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons listed winter sports as one of the top 10 causes of sports-related head injuries among children under the age of 15.  Thanks to the American Academy of Pediatrics, here are some general tips that can help parents keep their children safe during snowy activities.

Sledding.  Use a slope made of compact snow that is clear of all debris, tree branches and rocks.  Children are at higher risk when they lay flat on sleds, so be sure that every child sits up with their feet out in front of them.

Snowmobiling.  The leading cause of snowmobile-related deaths are head injuries. Therefore, it is imperative that all riders and drivers wear helmets while snowmobiling. Children younger than six years should not be riding on snowmobiles. Additionally, children 15 years of age or younger should not be allowed to operate snowmobiles.

Frostbite.  The key to preventing frostbite is wearing multiple thin layers. Use a thermal base layer (long johns, socks, turtleneck), followed by a middle layer (1-2 shirts, sweater, pants), and an outer layer (coat, boots, gloves, hat). Parents should set reasonable time frames for their children to be outdoors and encourage indoor breaks to avoid getting too cold. 

This information has been provided by Safe Kids Grand Forks, Altru Health System.  For more safety tips, visit