July is Water Safety Month

July is the month when most people want to beat the heat and look for ways to cool off, and this means more people are heading to their favorite body of water to enjoy swimming, boating and other water recreation activities. North Dakota had five boating fatalities in 2011 with none of the victims wearing lifejackets.


However, it is also the time of the year when most accidental drowning occurs. With this in mind, children should learn to become proficient swimmers by taking lessons. Knowing how to swim could save lives should they unexpectedly end up in the water.


Here are some tips to stay safe around water and boating:

  • parents should be extra vigilant with small children around water
  • children and non-swimmers should always wear lifejackets
  • never dive into a lake or river unless you are sure of the condition of the bottom
  • don’t over estimate your swimming ability
  • don’t mix alcohol with swimming, diving and boating
  • alcohol affects judgment, balance and coordination
  • always wear lifejackets when operating personal watercrafts
  • children on boats should always wear a lifejacket

Coast Guard researchers say drowning was the reported cause of death in almost three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities last year, and 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.


Source: ND Game and Fish

Frigens donate $10,000 to JRMC

Ken and Vicky Frigen gave $10,000 to name the JRMC Infusion Room that Ken Frigen received his 40 chemotherapy shots in for multiple myeloma, according to Jan Barnes, JRMC Foundation director. “It was a way of giving just a little back,” Ken Frigen said. “I’ve counted on Jamestown Hospital/JRMC for emergency and medical care as well as rehab a total of 10 times. Having spent some time utilizing numerous and assorted prrofessionals in the medical field, I have begun to feel deeply appreciative of the facilites provided by and to our community.”

JRMC Helps Patients Rehab Faster and Safer with the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) today announced that the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, the world’s first and only treadmill using NASA based anti-gravity technology, has been installed to help patients in their short-term rehabilitation programs.

Thanks to funds raised by the JRMC Foundation, the rehabilitation department is now able to serve neurological and orthopedic patients better by offering them the opportunity to rehab faster with the AlterG.

AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmills enable faster rehabilitation, safer conditioning for the geriatric population which can help remove major obstacles associated with these activities. Impact on the body and the pain of recovery are reduced, which helps people achieve better results. Patients at JRMC can now rehab better, train smarter, and exercise safer with the AlterG.

With the AlterG, patients can run and walk without bearing their entire weight, reducing the impact on the body to optimize rehabilitation and physical therapy outcomes. Its Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology applies a lifting force to the body that reduces weight on the lower extremities and allows precise unweighting – up to 80% of a person’s body weight, so people can find exactly where the pain stops and natural movement feels good again.

According to Rehab Manager Tracy Anderson, “This treadmill is a breakthrough in enabling our rehabilitation patients to get back to their lives as quickly and effectively as possible.”

There are a multitude of benefits when training and rehabilitating on the AlterG. Patients can use the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill to recover from injury and surgery and it allows them to immediately do partial weight bearing exercises. Patients with neurological disorders maintain, and in some cases even regain functionality and mobility working with the AlterG.

“With AlterG you get all the gain, without the pain,” says Steve Basta, CEO of AlterG. Adopted initially by nationally renowned hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, most recently nursing facilities are seeing the benefits the AlterG can provide for their patients. “We are pleased that Jamestown Regional Medical Center is one of those pioneers,” he said.  “Our unique approach to unweighted physical therapy preserves natural body movement, helps with fall prevention and benefits a broad range of medical conditions.”

“We are fortunate to be only the second facility in North Dakota to have a treadmill of this kind to offer advanced services to our patients,” stated Anderson.

AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmills are designed to be used for lower body injury and surgery rehabilitation, aerobic conditioning, sport specific conditioning programs, neurologic retraining, and geriatric strength and conditioning.

About AlterG AlterG, Inc. manufactures and distributes the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmills®, a revolutionary technology for rehabilitation and athletic training. AlterG is great for anyone who wants to reduce impact during exercise or have a smooth rehabilitation after surgery or injury, and is preferred and used by leading medical professionals and the world’s best athletes and teams. AlterG’s unique anti-gravity technology was originally developed at NASA and tested at Nike’s Oregon Research Project by America’s top distance runners and is the only FDA-approved device of its kind. Located in Silicon Valley, AlterG is now selling Anti-Gravity Treadmills worldwide. For more information visit www.alter-g.com or contact the company at info@alter-g.com.

JRMC Cardiac Rehabiliation Program Continues to Grow

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is experiencing a boom in enrollment. For the past three months patient participation has continued to grow to all time highs, averaging over 30 percent more visits than previous months and over 50 percent more than last year.


According to Emily Kjelland, cardiac rehab manager, the growth has been very good for the past two years. “The growth we are experiencing can be attributed to our good referral base, proper marketing and the reputation of our program and care here at JRMC,” stated Kjelland. “The quality of our local care is keeping more and more people close to home.”


Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to help those with heart disease recover faster from recent events, such as a heart attack or heart surgery, so they may return to their normal lives. The program focuses on making a positive lifestyle changes in diet, exercise and tobacco cessation, enabling each patient to better manage their disease.


JRMC’s cardiac rehabilitation follows a three-phase approach that supports care from hospitalization through maintenance and prevention of heart disease.

Hudspeth shares on JRMC at Rotary

Todd Hudspeth, CEO of JRMC, gave an overview of what has been happening at JRMC at Rotary.

The new center opened July 31, 2011, with a state-of-the-art facility. It was created with the latest in equipment, technology, a design with the patient in mind and input by the employees, he said.

The goal of JRMC is to be the best rural hospital in America, Hudspeth said. To accomplish this, JRMC must have outstanding patient care, a workplace where the employees enjoy coming and have qualified physicians and specialist who enjoy being a part of the care. When employees are happy in their work it translates into better care for the patient, he said.

Hudspeth said the Medical Office Building construction is on schedule. He said JRMC will lease a portion of the space along with Essentia Clinic and the VA clinic. The goal is to be open and using the new space by January 2013.

2012 Dakota Conference Volunteer of the Year Award

Jamestown Regional Medical Center would like to recognize Shirley Flieth who has recieved the Outstanding Rural Health Volunteer of the Year award. This award is presented to a health care volunteer that has demonstrated success in the delivery of health services. Shirley was presented with her award on May 31st at the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health in Grand Forks. Thank you, Shirley, for your dedication to rural healthcare and to Jamestown Regional Medical Center. The following video is of Shirley receiving her award at the conference.


Family BirthPlace Patients Now Have Room Service

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is excited to announce the introduction of a new service for Family BirthPlace (FBP) patients: breakfast room service.

“It is great for patients to have the option of room service for breakfast in the Family BirthPlace as schedules with a new baby can be difficult,” said Emily Woodley, FBP manager.

This new breakfast option is available Sunday through Saturday and allows patients to order from a variety of delicious café options and determine when they would like to have their meal delivered. All food will be served fresh and hot at a time that is chosen by the patient. “Room service allows mothers to work around baby’s schedule to receive a hot breakfast,” stated Woodley.

In the future, JRMC hopes to expand the room service option to include patients beyond the FBP and to offer meals in addition to breakfast.

JRMC’s Family BirthPlace Delivers Ten Babies in Three Days

The Family BirthPlace at Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) experienced a memorable first, welcoming 10 new babies in only three days. Emily Woodley, Family BirthPlace manager commended her staff for how well they handled their own mini baby boom. “10 babies was very unexpected,” said Woodley, “our staff came in early and stayed late.”  Seven girls, including a set of twins and three boys were born. An online nursery is available at www.jrmcnd.com.

Couple contributes cost to move cornerstone and inscription to JRMC

Dick Hall, retired CEO of Jamestown Hospial, and his wife, Geneal, contributed the cost of moving Jamestown Hospital’s original cornerstone and having it installed at Jamestown Regional Medical Center. “When we heard the cornerstone and inscription were going to be brought to the new facility, we were pleased that its historical value was being recognized,” Dick Hall said. “It’s a unique way of taking a bit of the past to the new location. I thought it would be a very nice way for us to be part of the new facility.”