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Carly Jonas, WHC Auxiliary PresidentGreetings!  

It’s a new year and the Wishek Hospital and Clinics Auxiliary is looking for new members! The Auxiliary is made up of a special group of dedicated people whose mission is to promote and advance the welfare of the WHC.  Members proudly and passionately serve as advocates to the hospital and clinics.  We share a common goal of supporting the WHC mission of providing quality care with concern and compassion.  Through volunteer service and fundraising, our work benefits patients and families directly.

For example, this past year, the Auxiliary organized an enchilada fundraiser.  The profits went toward the purchasing of TVs for patient rooms, ambulance pagers, and a new bladder scanner.  This upcoming year, we will host a “Tour of Tables” benefit and invite businesses to sponsor and decorate a table with a theme of their choice.  Attendees will enjoy a meal and entertainment.

We encourage anyone from our community to join the WHC Auxiliary.  Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the Wishek Clinic Conference Room.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Carly Jonas at 701-261-3331 or Sonja Graber at 701-452-2421.

Carly Jonas
WHC Auxiliary President

The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.—DeAnn Hollis


Foundation Fall Fundraiser: a “Hee Haw” of a Good Time  

The community knows what to expect by now. In fact, many come dressed for the occasion. The annual Foundation Fall Fundraiser is a sure-fire guarantee for some fun with music, food, a main attraction, a decked-out Civic Center, and the satisfaction of contributing toward a good cause. This year's theme was based on “Hee Haw,” a TV variety show that aired from 1969 to the late 1980s. There were aspects reminiscent of the show used at the fundraiser including the Foundation's jug band that performed Hee Haw country songs. “This theme really seemed to connect with people,” said Tom Lovik, Foundation Chairman. “A lot of folks dressed up in bib overalls and hats...To me, that was a highlight because it showed people are really into this.”

Ventriloquist James Wedgwood was the featured entertainment of the evening. “He was terrific,” said Tom. “He even went down into the crowd several times to pick out some local people to participate. You could just feel the crowd getting into it.” Tom gave a short presentation about the work of the Foundation and the importance of financial support from the community to keep it running. The gross income from the event was $14,400 between ticket sales, the silent auction, and individual donations.

The event was heartening from the Board's standpoint. We are so grateful to the community for coming through as they did. Everything from the 218 tickets sold to the financial donations and the absolutely blew me away.” -Tom Lovik

The Foundation operates through a board of volunteers that dedicate their time and creativity to raise funds for the WHC through an annual event and other initiatives. Foundation funds are distributed to WHC departments in response to requests. Funds can only go toward initiatives that have direct patient benefit. The WHC Foundation also accepts one-time donations, land donation, or estate planning benefits at any time throughout the year. To start a conversation, contact Tom Lovik at 452-2797 or email


WHC Hosts District Auxiliary Conference

This year, the WHC Auxiliary was honored to host the District 1 Fall Meeting on September 23rd. Auxiliary members from Fargo, Valley City, Jamestown, Ashley, Minot and Wishek gathered at the American Legion for the conference.

The agenda included brainstorming for fundraising ideas, discussion, speakers and German cooking. Keynote speakers included Cindy Gall (RN, Wishek Living Center) on her mission trip to Haiti and Melissa Axt (former RN at the Wishek Hospital) on Anencephaly. Musical entertainment was provided by Bethany Tunheim (Accounts Receivable, WHC).

These Auxiliaries are dedicated groups of people who donate many hours to raise money to improve healthcare in their facilities. The Wishek Auxiliary would like to say a special thanks to late president, Jeannette Wald, who played an instrumental role in recruiting members and making the Auxiliary what it is today.

The most beneficial part of being on the Auxiliary is the feeling of giving back and being able to update supplies and technology that would not have been possible otherwise,” says Carly Jonas, WHC Auxiliary President. Their most recent purchases include ambulance pagers, televisions for patient rooms and a reclining lift chair.

Community members are welcome to join the WHC Auxiliary. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Wishek Clinic Conference Room. If you are interested in joining, contact Carly Jonas at 701.261.3331 or Sonja Graber 701.452.2421.


National Rural Health Day

Celebrate the Power of Rural”
November 20th, 2014

Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 62 million people (nearly 1/5 of Americans) call them home. But these rural communities have unique and growing healthcare needs. Today more than ever, they must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population and larger percentages of underinsured citizens. Rural hospitals struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents.

National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the community-minded spirit that prevails in rural American healthcare while bringing to light challenges it faces.

The Reality of Rural Healthcare:

  • There are 4,118 primary care health professional shortage areas in U.S. rural communities compared to 1,960 in metropolitan areas.
  • Only 9% of all physicians practice in rural settings.
  • Rural healthcare centers are typically the economic foundation of their communities. Every dollar spent on rural hospitals generates about $2.20 for the local economy.
  • Only 24% of residents living in rural areas can reach a Level I or Level II trauma center within an hour, compared to 85% of U.S. residents who can.

(Information published on National Rural Health Day's website


Smiles for Life Fluoride Available at all WHC Clinics

Research shows that fluoride can reduce tooth decay by 25-45%. The Wishek Hospital and Clinics wants to reduce that percentage for children in our area by teaming up with the N.D. Department of Health - Oral Health Program called Smiles for Life to provide fluoride varnish to children. Smiles for Life services are covered by Medicaid and Healthy Steps and requires a minimal fee for commercial and private pay patients.

The Smiles for Life program, initiated in 2007 by North Dakota's legislature, allows health-care providers to assess oral health and apply the varnish to children through age 20. The purpose is twofold: to take preventive measures to protect children from cavities and to maintain their overall oral health.

All of our providers and nurses have completed the ND State Board of Dental Examiner’s training program through the Smiles for Life curriculum. The training allows them to administer fluoride when deemed necessary. Providers will also take the opportunity to educate children about the importance of brushing, flossing and caring for their teeth.

Children may receive fluoride varnish from both medical and dental clinics two to four times a year. Take action to help protect your children from cavities. Call your local clinic today to schedule a fluoride varnish appointment. For more information about Smiles for Life, visit

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