How electric cooperatives are helping the healers

Two scenarios. Choose one:

  • Your doctor decides getting an MRI is necessary. The hospital doesn’t have an MRI machine on site. They do have a portable MRI scanner, which makes a stop at the hospital every Monday. The scanner is located in a truck which parks outside the hospital. Since this is urgent, you get in your car and drive two hours to the nearest hospital with an MRI to be scanned.
  • Your doctor decides getting an MRI is necessary. You walk down the hall and wait 20 minutes to have your scan done.

There’s an obvious choice here, but the second wasn’t available in Hettinger, ND, until August. West River Health Services just completed a $3 million project to add an MRI scanner, build an addition to house it and upgrade the furnace.

West River Health Services capital campaign received a boost from electric cooperatives. Slope Electric Cooperative, a Class C member of Basin Electric headquartered in New England, ND, applied for Basin Electric’s member matching program. Slope Electric gave $100,000 for the project over five years, and Basin Electric matched that donation.

Check to West River Health

Electric cooperative representatives present $200,000 to West River Health Services. (l to r) Anthony Larson, Slope Electric director, Jen Holen, Basin Electric supervisor of community and employee engagement, Steve Wagner, Slope Electric director, and Ted Uecker, West River Health Services Foundation fund development officer, stand in the doorway to the $3 million MRI project.

Read the entire story, including a list of health care centers in other communities boosted by local electric cooperatives, in Basin Today: Helping the healers

Keep scrolling to see more people who make this community work so well for its residents.

Anthony Larson

Anthony Larson, Slope Electric director and West River Health Services director.

West River Health Services

Steve Wegner, Slope Electric director, meeting with Dr. Cathy Houle, family physician, and Ted Uecker, fund development officer, of West River Health.

West River Health Services

Mary Krein, MT, West River Health medical technologist.

West River Health Services

Brandy Schwab, LPN, West River Health surgical services manager.

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