Rotarians hear program on hospital addition, remodel

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By Peg Wunder

Dr. Leonard Linde introduced Angie Svihovec, CEO of Mobridge Regional Hospital and Clinics, when Rotary met on Monday, April 14.  Angie introduced Val Ford who is newly hired by the hospital to handle marketing.  Angie also apologized for her absences from Rotary these past months as the massive remodeling resulted in Monday morning meetings during the process. She said that the whole process is on schedule and there have been no major delays. She explained why the hospital has done the expansion and remodeling at this time. It was necessary to complete the merger of the clinic and the hospital. They addressed many of the problems that patients had complained about such as coordinating the bill so patients will now receive just one bill with combined hospital and clinics charges. Space for visiting specialists has been increased and physical therapy has been ungraded. Presently a mobile MRI comes to the hospital, but in the future it is hoped there will be an in-house unit. The total upgrade for the hospital is $5.7 million with several grants awarded. Both boilers have been replaced and looking to the future there is a small patio by the north door that will grant access to the boilers in the future if they need to be replaced. She stated that the trend is to treat patients on an outpatient basis.  Administration has been housed in the west side of the clinic across the street (Collins clinic) but have just recently moved back to offices in the hospital. The hospital pharmacy will no longer have a drive-up window because of safety issues. She ended her presentation saying that financially the hospital is in good shape.
There will be a blood drive on Monday, April 21, at Family Worship Center. There may be a need for volunteers to sign in people and serve a snack and juice to those donating blood.
Winners of the Final Four were Michelle McClellan and Rick Morris. All the winners have received their money as of Monday.
Last week there was a motion, which passed, to donate $250 to the Food Pantry and it should have been to the Thrift Center to help them pay their fuel bill this past winter.
It was reported that the Mobridge Rotary made $790 for the District through the sale of the raffle tickets. Dean Martin, president elect, reported that the Pets Conference, which he attended this past weekend, was very informative.  He said that when others who were attending realized he was from Mobridge, he received many compliments of how active this club is and the number of people who are Rotarians from Mobridge.  He reported that the theme of the Pets Convention was “Light up Rotary.”
Harley Overseth was present to claim the 50/50 pot.  Next week Sharon Martin will have the program when Rotary meets at noon at the Moose Club.

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