Jamestown Regional Medical Center now awarded as a Level IV Trauma Center

Jamestown Regional Medical Center has received an official notification that they are now state designated as a Level IV Trauma Center.

The North Dakota Department of Health State Designation has been awarded to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center as a Level IV Trauma Center for January 18, 2012 through January 18, 2015. The State Trauma Committee and the North Dakota Department of Health commend Jamestown Regional Medical Center for their services provided to trauma patients.



2012 Big Splash raises about $15,000 for JRMC Hospice

There was a chill in the air Saturday afternoon as 16 people walked the plank for charity.

More than 100 people were in attendance as costumed community members did their part at the Polar Pig Splash to raise money for hospice care in Jamestown.

“It’s just phenomenal to see the support and what they do here,” said Jan Barnes, Jamestown Regional Medical Center Foundation director. “You normally don’t see people putting in the energy for a project like this.”

This year about $15,000 was raised for hospice care at JRMC, said Don Wegner, activities director for the Jamestown Harley Owners Group, which organizes the event.

“It’s very, very important,” Barnes said. “It’s a program that we never want to lose.”

The event at Stutsman Harley-Davidson keeps growing each year. This year with the proceeds Barnes said JRMCE Hospice will be able to buy a specialty mattress and a suction pump to provide better care for hospice patients.

Polar Pig is the biggest fundraiser of the year for hospice care in Jamestown. Individuals or groups raise donations for their jump into the water.

Those not adventurous enough to brave the waters outside were able to compete in a chili cook off. For $5 people were able to sample 18 different types of chili and vote for their favorite.

“One guy was sweating,” said George Quigley, ABATE 8 representative, and chili server. “He took off his hat and said ‘see,’ so we must have a warm one in there.”

While the cost was a donation of $5, some people paid upwards of $50 for a chili sampling.

“This is kind of something to break up the winter blues,” Quigley said. “You can’t ride so have some chili.”

Wegner came up with the idea for the Polar Pig Splash six years ago.

“I know people that have (used hospice care) and they said it’s a really good program,” Wegner said. “It’s something you don’t want to use but it seems to benefit a lot of people and families.”

According to Barnes, JRMC Hospice has helped 604 families in the area since its inception more than decade ago.

A professional musician also provided some music during the event inside.

Les Davis, from North Carolina, originally Driscoll, N.D., came into Stutsman Harley-Davidson a few weeks ago to buy a sticker. He ended up buying a motorcycle and decided to donate his time on the electric organ.

“It’s an honor to be here,” Davis said. “I had to do it, it’s an honor.”

The studio musician has previously played with Lynyrd Skynyrd and John Mayer.

“It’s a surprise to all of us and I think everybody is pleased at the way it turned out,” said John Seifert, Stutsman Harley-Davidson general manger.

Seifert took over as manager early in January, but has been at the event in the past.

“I know for a fact it’s getting bigger and there’s more participation from the community and the Jamestown HOG Chapter,” he said.

Don Wilhelm Inc. also donated a used minivan to be auctioned off at the event with the proceeds going to hospice care.

“It’s a great donation to the hospice and I’m honored it is the only event they do and it’s held at our facility,” Seifert said.

Sun reporter Ben Rodgers can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at brodgers@jamestownsun.com

Congratulations! Emily Kjelland, RCEP

Emily Kjelland has been employed with Jamestown Regional Medical Center since August 2011 as the Cardiac Rehab and Wellness Coordinator.

Emily just recently passed the ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist exam. Achieving this certification is quite an accomplishment.



There are only 800 Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists in the United States. There is a 32% passing rate on this exam. Emily took the exam online through the American College of Sports Medicine.

Emily now has the following Clinical Certifications:

ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) — Clinical Exercise Specialists. CES typically work with clients who have, or are at risk of developing, cardiovascular, pulmonary or metabolic disease.

ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) — Clinical Exercise Physiologists assist clients being treated by a physician for cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, orthopedic, neuromuscular or immunological disease. This is considered ACSM’s most prestigious credential.

Thank you Emily for your dedication to your profession and those you serve.

Polar Pig Splash aids Hospice

Pirates will once again take over Stutsman Harley-Davidson Saturday, raising money for the Jamestown Regional Medical Center Hospice Foundation in the Polar Pig Splash.

Participants in the Polar Pig Splash walk the plank for hospice. Starting at noon, they will jump into an 800-gallon tank of water during one of the coldest months of the year.

“We raised about $12,000 last year,” said Don Wegner, activities director for the Harley Owners Group of Jamestown. “… it’s always gotten bigger and bigger.”

In its first year, the Splash earned $4,000 for the hospice program, and the fundraising has grown every year since.

People tend to do crazy things at the Polar Pig Splash, all to benefit their cause. There are prizes for team spirit, wildest costume and best splash, which prompts some cannonball attempts.

Jumpers have come dressed as pigs, clowns and once, Wegner recalled, somebody dressed up as a chicken.

And, should this year’s event raise $20,000, Wegner will have his head shaved.

“It’s doable, $20,000 is. I’m going to bring a stocking cap just in case,” he said.

Generally, about 15 or 20 people participate in the Polar Pig Splash, but the crowd numbers in the hundreds. Even the first year when it was 20 below zero, a hundred people turned out to watch the event.

“When you hit the water, the water hit the sidewalk where people were standing — it just froze,” Wegner recalled.

The forecast for Saturday’s event is much friendlier, with a high of 21 and a low of 6.

To help take the edge off the chill, the Polar Pig Splash also features a chili cook-off, with taste-testing running from 10 a.m. to noon.

For $5, people can taste the 15 to 20 chilis entered in the contest. Past chilis have included ingredients as diverse as chicken, rice and seafood. Tasters sample each chili and vote on the best one. The winner receives a plaque as well as bragging rights.

“It’s open to everybody,” said George Quigley, of District 8 Abate of North Dakota, who is organizing the chili cook-off.

Competitors should pre-register for the contest by calling 320-5355. Chili should be brought to the site before 10 a.m.

All money from the chili cook-off goes toward the hospice program, along with funds raised by the silent auction, which begins at 9 a.m.

“You don’t want to use (hospice) ever, but it’s a good program for people who do need it,” Wegner said.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at 701-952-8453 or by email at klucin@jamestownsun.com

Knowledge is Power

The more you know about the “hows” and “whys” of being healthy, the more empowered you can be to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Understanding both the risks of unhealthy living and the benefits of healthy living can help motivate you to live a more healthy lifestyle. Where do you turn to find reliable health information?

Seems like we are constantly bombarded with information on how to exercise (get six-pack abs in 10 minutes a day), how to lose weight (just spray your fat away) or how to get more energy (just take this herbal supplement each day). So, how do you know what sources to trust and what is just an opportunity for someone else to get rich quick on your dollar?

Looking for reliable health information can be tricky. How do you know if a source is reliable or not? You can consult your health care provider, or a health care professional like an exercise physiologist, physical therapist or dietitian. If you are doing research yourself on line, here are a few tips:

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There is no “Magic Bullet” that will melt your fat away without you first changing your diet and exercise routine. Use caution when taking any herbal remedies. Companies can make all sorts of claims, use a nationally recognized celebrity spokesperson or use personal endorsements that do not have to be supported by research studies. Before investing in a health care product, research the product to see if legitimate studies have been conducted to prove that the product does what it says it does. Many herbal products, health foods and weight loss products are not under Food and Drug Administration jurisdiction (with the exception of Homeopathic Remedies), so the company does not have to “prove” they actually work. In part, the FDA makes sure that when companies sell a health product it actually does what it claims to do. Plus, they try to make sure the medication or treatment is safe. Herbal products also have side effects or may be harmful if taken with other medications or herbs. Check with your health care provider or pharmacist before taking any herbal remedies or health care products that contain very high doses of vitamins.

Most health professions have a professional organization that has a website with health information for the general public. These sites are reliable sources of health information because it comes from the professionals in the industry. For example, log on to the American College of Sports Medicine website for a variety of fact sheets related to exercise at http://www.acsm.org/access-public-information/brochures-fact-sheets/fact-sheets. The American Dental Association has tips on how prevent dental caries at http://www.ada.org and the American Medical Association has health tips for patients at http://www.ama-assn.org — click on patients.

The U.S. government is also a reliable resource for health information. The Department of Health and Human Services has a plethora of health information — go to http://www.healthfinder.gov and click on Health Tools for online screenings, health prevention and wellness information and a variety of video casts. For weight loss tips, try The Center for Disease Control at this link http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/index.html and for the most recent guidelines for Physical Activity log on to http://www.health.gov/paguidelines.

Other reliable resources for health information are non-profit agencies that provide patients’ with health information on specific diseases and conduct research on finding treatments or cures for those diseases. Examples include the American Heart Association (www.heart.org), the American Lung Association (www.lungusa.org), the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) and the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org). Log on to these websites for reliable information to lose weight, prevent heart disease or cancer, stop smoking, or prevent diabetes.

Start the New Year with a renewed commitment to make at least one healthy change in your life — every step you take in the right direction can add years to your life.

Marla Walter, MS , Exercise Physiology
Department of Health and Physical Education , Jamestown College

Health care team making plans for two counties

Local health professionals and stakeholders are working on a road map to health for the people of Stutsman and Logan counties, identifying public health goals, objectives and priorities.

“Hopefully, as a community we can meet the … health needs of this community and focus our resources on how to improve health,” said Robin Iszler, unit administrator with Central Valley Health District.

Designed to use existing and new data to assess local health needs and possible improvement methods, the collaborative project is partially funded with a $35,000 grant from the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

The group is one of 12 nationwide that will serve as a model for other health departments in the U.S. There were 120 applicants for the grants.

Grant money will be used to develop a community health assessment and a community health improvement plan, two of three prerequisites that every health department must complete to be accredited. CHAs and CHIPs are also required for not-for-profit hospitals as part of health care reform legislation.

Developing a CHA and a CHIP for the area is expected to help meet rising health care demands, help leverage limited resources and increase efficiency and quality of health care services.

The district and two hospitals — Jamestown Regional Medical Center and Wishek Community Hospital & Clinics — are leading the project, which has become a massive collaborative effort.

Their partners are the Healthy Lifestyle Coalition, Jamestown College’s nursing department, South Central Human Service Center, Stutsman County Social Services and Central Valley Health District Board of Health, which includes representatives from the Stutsman and Logan county commissions.

In addition, other local government bodies, such as the city of Jamestown, are participating in future portions of the project.

“It’s a very collaborative arrangement,” Tami Dillman, CVHD finance manager.

The group spearheaded by Central Valley applied for the grant in May or June, and learned it had been selected in July. The group attended its first training session that month.

Much of the data in the CHA process has already been collected through previous local, state and federal public health organizations.

The data for Stutsman County will be reviewed and examined at a meeting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at Gladstone Inn & Suites. The public is invited to attend and anyone interested should RSVP to CentralValley@CentralValleyHealth.org.

Data for Logan County will be examined at a separate meeting on a different date.

After that, in February and March, a community survey will be conducted, which, along with the data, will be used to set priorities for local public health.

“What the survey will be looking at are what are the concerns as seen through the eyes of the residents of the county,” said Mark Winkelman, owner of Winkelman Consulting, Fargo, which is handling the survey. “What do we start working on first because numbers (from the data) and concerns of the community (from the survey) align?”

Once the survey is complete, a second meeting will be scheduled for May.

“At the May meeting, we’re going to share the results of what the community cares about — the community survey — and from there we’re going to set some goals, objectives and priorities,” Dillman said.

Then the group will decide what measurements and data can be used to determine how successful improvements are and assess any changes, and set clear targets for those measurements.

A similar project in San Francisco yielded 10 key priorities, as measured by 30 indicators. For example, the priority “Prevent and Detect Cancer” uses two key indicators — rates of colon cancer screening and mammogram histories. Both goals for those rates have been met.

CHAs and CHIPs are not meant to produce a document that gets shoved onto a shelf and forgotten, Iszler emphasized.

“It’s the end of the planning and the beginning of the action,” Winkelman said.

Having clear priorities for public health and target goals for its improvement may make it easier for local organizations writing grants or seeking help with health-related projects, Iszler explained. Priorities and goals can also help local government entities set public health policy based on what the community needs and wants.

In other words, community participation will dictate the outcome of the CHA/CHIP process.

“We’re asking people to turn out on the ninth, and we’re asking people to give their feedback when they get the call on the opinion survey,” Dillman said.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at 701-952-8453 or by email at klucin@jamestownsun.com

Suprise! January 2012 Customer Service Award

Jamestown Chamber of Commerce presents Bonnie Dewald, Wellness, with the
January 2012 Customer Service Award.

The 2012 Ambassador Committee is pleased to be honoring Bonnie as a Customer Service Award recipient. She was chosen to receive this award for demonstrating exemplary customer service and for going above and beyond the customers’ expectations. The following are excerpts from Bonnie’s nomination letters:

Bonnie is always willing to help out with the machines. She is very friendly and helpful.
She is knowledgeable about the exercises. You can see she loves what she is doing.

Bonnie is the “smiling face” of the Wellness Center. She is friendly, yet motivates you to keep exercising and strive for more. She is very knowledgable on all the machines as well as the exercises. I always feel better about exercising when she is there. She has deserved this award for many years!

The Ambassador Committee has awarded Bonnie with a plaque and will post her picture in the lobby of the Chamber office to display throughout the year. She will also be
recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet in late January 2013.

Congratulations Bonnie and thank you for setting an exemplary precedence of customer service.

Jamestown Chamber Ambassador Committee