JRMC Welcomes Athletic Trainer

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is pleased to welcome Certified Athletic Trainer, Andrew Randall to its newly-formed Sports Medicine Team.

Randall will provided full-time athletic training coverage for Jamestown High School and Blue Jay varsity athletics. Services will include prevention of athletic injuries, advice to coaches to optimize performance and provide immediate care of athletic injuries. He will also design and supervise rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries under the direction of a referring physician.

“I look forward to the opportunities to help athletes prevent injuries, provide insight to enhance performance and to be able to train athletes back into their competitive stage following an injury,” stated Randall, “I am very fortunate to get the chance to engage with the athletes and the high school in the new partnership that has recently been created.”

A native of Steele, Randall graduated Magna Cum Laude from Minnesota State University Moorhead with an undergraduate degree in Biology. He continued his education and received a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training at Montana State University Billings.

JRMC’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine department was recently named “The Official Sports Medicine Team for Blue Jay Athletics.” Through this partnership JRMC and Jamestown Public Schools will work together to make sure the athletes receive the training and care that they need to stay competitive. All athletes will have access to services at JRMC such as orthopedics and rehabilitation.

Senator Conrad: Health care reform act helps JRMC

Originally published in The Jamestown Sun: August 24, 2012

While one of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign promises is to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform, Sen. Kent Conrad’s visit to Jamestown Regional Medical Center Thursday focused on the importance of maintaining such reform and the negative implications if it was repealed.

“If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, you’re talking about adding $1.3 trillion to the debt,” Conrad said. “In other words, one-thousand, three-hundred billion dollars — billion. That’s a huge amount of money.”

Conrad said health care reform, especially the Frontier Amendment, is extremely important to North Dakota.

Conrad authored the Frontier Amendment as part of 2010’s Affordable Care Act. It boosts Medicare reimbursement levels for North Dakota hospitals and doctors, which Conrad said means more than $650 million coming into the state over the next 10 years.

“Senator (Byron) Dorgan, Congressman (Earl) Pomeroy and I worked hard on this legislation for many years. North Dakota used to be at or near the bottom of Medicare reimbursements and now we’re at or around the national average,” he said. “That $650 million over the next decade is a huge amount of money.”

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would mean termination of the amendment as well — something Conrad believes would hurt not only North Dakota, but the entire country.

“My answer to health care is to amend it, not end it. And we don’t have to destroy Medicare completely in order to save it — there are savings we can make,” he said.

Conrad also spoke to JRMC officials Thursday about maintaining JRMC as a critical access hospital (CAH).

“We earned critical access status 15 years ago and I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep that — especially for smaller communities like Jamestown,” he said.

CAHs are hospitals certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare, which is then intended to improve their financial performance and thereby reduce hospital closures.

CAHs must be located more than 35 miles from another hospital, according to the Rural Assistance Center website which provides health and human services information for rural communities.

Conrad stressed how important it was to maintain health care reform in order to assist not only urban hospitals, but rural ones like JRMC.

“Without having outstanding hospitals in major cities, it hurts local hospitals, too.”

In addition, Conrad said he was impressed by JRMC — something he said he fought hard to find federal funding for but had not seen in person since it opened in July 2011.

“It doesn’t get much better than this,” he said. “This is a world-class place and this community truly is a blessing to the state of North Dakota.”

Conrad is retiring after this term — his 26th and final year in the U.S. Senate — after being originally elected to the seat in 1986.

Sun reporter Brian Willhide can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at bwillhide@jamestownsun.com

Legacy Living taking shape: Apartments seeing progress as work goes on in other areas at site

Wondering what is happening at the formar Jamestown Hospital building? here is a great article about the renovations taking place at our original home.


Originally posted in The Jamestown Sun, August 23, 2012.
By: Ben Rodgers

Work on Lutheran Social Services Legacy Living at the site of the former Jamestown Hospital is progressing and officials hope to complete the project by Christmas.

When completed, Legacy Living will be the site of 51 apartments, James River Senior and Community Center, a day care and commercial entities.

Construction started on the project in November. LSS purchased the building in July 2011 for $1 from Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

Each one of the 51 apartment units will offer something different for residents of low-income and market-rate housing.

The 20 subsidized units will be open to people age 62 and older, and the 31 market-rate apartments will be open to people age 55 and older.

“It’ll be really fun for the community to walk through when we have an open house because it’ll be a real transformation,” said Jessica Thomasson, director of Lutheran Social Services Housing, of the project.

The only demolition for the project was the tear down of the surgery center on the northeast side. This allowed for more apartments on the first couple of levels in that part of the building.

Removing the surgery center will also allow for the construction of a courtyard with walking trails and a raised garden.

People will notice the work in the front of the building as the design is being changed to allow more parking space. Thomasson did not have an exact figure but said vehicles will be able to circulate through the area easier. The canopy in the front of the building will eventually be redone to fit the new use of the building as well.

“It’s just going to be a nice feature for the building and hopefully for the neighborhood as well,” Thomasson said of the entire process of changing the front.

Other construction has been done in phases. The majority of the work started in the center of the building and moved to the west side. Work now has started to take shape in the eastern part of the building.

“We should in a couple of weeks be at an even pace (with construction progress),” she said.

Some apartment rooms have cabinetry installed and others have boxes piled high. No doors or flooring are installed yet.

So many different things happening at once is the only hang up for the project, according to Nick Vanoverschelde, project manager with Roers, the main construction company on the project.

“On one end of the building you’re doing complete demolition and on this end we got flooring going in next week,” Vanoverschelde said.

Because of the shape of the building there really is no common floor plan. In total, 22 different floor plans are used for the 51 apartments. There will be one- and two-bedroom apartments.

“With the combination of different views and different floor plans, there probably are no two units alike,” Thomasson said.

The building also won’t just be housing units; there will be a commercial side/non-residential side.

Joining LSS Legacy Living will be the James River Senior Citizen and Community Center.

“Parking is the biggest issue,” said Laurie McGuire, executive director of the James River Senior Citizens and Community Center. “We have to turn away events because they look over the lot (and it’s full at the current location).”

JRSCC will likely move into the renovated building in January.

“The seniors are very excited and we’ve helped quite a few of our seniors with the application process for the apartments and that’s very exciting,” McGuire said.

A senior who typically spends his or her time at the senior center will have the ability to get breakfast or lunch, play cards with friends, take a nap and make it in time for dinner, she said.

There is also discussion about a coffee shop with homemade baked goods in the future.

Another aspect to benefit seniors is the Jamestown Wellness Center. No agreement has been worked out with management but Thomasson would like to see a discount for residents to use the exercise facility.

Another part of the commercial side is ME’s 21st Century Learning Center — a day care — which opened July 9.

“I asked around town and there really wasn’t anything except on Main Street and I didn’t want that because I wanted outdoor space,” said Emmy Hoffmann, director.

Hoffmann moved her day care from her home to LSS Legacy Living and expanded, with room now for 55 children — up from 12.

Thomasson said the LSS Legacy Living Center in Jamestown will be the first of its kind in the state with housing and other commercial services in the same facility.

“It’s really going to feel like a community place, not just an apartment building for people of a certain age,” she said.

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



JRMC and Jamestown Public Schools Announce Partnership for Athletics

Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC) and Jamestown Public Schools have entered into an agreement naming JRMC as the official sports medicine team for the Blue Jays.

“The partnership created between Blue Jay Athletics and JRMC will help to ensure that our students have the best athletic training care available to not only be competitive but to prevent injuries and live a healthier lifestyle” stated Jim Roaldson, Athletic Director at Jamestown High School.

Effective as of July 1, 2012, athletes at Jamestown Public Schools will have access to sports medicine services, including a board certified orthopedic surgeon and athletic trainer.  JRMC will provide the student-athletes with prevention of injuries, immediate treatment of injuries that occur during athletic contests and help athletes rehabilitate from injuries.

Through this partnership JRMC and Jamestown Public Schools will work together to make sure the athletes receive the training and care that they need to stay competitive. All athletes will have access to services at JRMC such as orthopedics and rehabilitation.

“This is a great opportunity for us to provide education, training and care for athletes in our community. Having an athletic trainer at Jamestown High School will allow athletes to develop a one-on-one relationship with the trainer leading to better care and successful teams,” said Todd Hudspeth, CEO of JRMC.

Construction Update August 9th

Weeks of Aug. 7 – Aug. 21

As we enter the middle of August, construction on the Jamestown Clinic Building reaches the halfway point. Construction of the base building has slowed down and will move to the interior of the building.

Projects that have been completed in the last couple weeks have included the following:

  • floor cement has been poured for the clinics and main corridor
  • exterior brick work
  • roof

With the bricks on the exterior walls complete, construction this week will focus on the window installation.

Other projects expected to begin this week include:

  • exterior brick washing
  • stone work on the drive-thru canopy
  • exterior sidewalks and the turnaround driveway will receive concrete.

In addition to things happening on the outside of the building, construction on the interior will pick up in the following months. Some of the items include:

  • sheetrock of base building walls around windows
  • plumbing, electrical and vent elements will be roughed in