Wolf Point Herald

ONEOK Energy Company Gives $2,500 To NEMHS Charitable Foundation

A recent donation made by an energy services company is helping the Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation reach its goal of providing the community with some of the most advanced technology available. 

ONEOK donated $2,500 to the foundation which will be used toward the recent purchase of a 4D Ultrasound and Echocardiogram machine located at the NEMHS Trinity Hospital campus.
Dick Vande Bossche, director of pipeline and field support in the Sidney office, met with Beth Pickthorn, the foundation’s executive director, for the presentation of the grant donation on June 20.

“ONEOK is proud to support local programs and give community assistance. We want to be a part of aiding Northeast Montana Health Services even though we are not actually situated within its service areas because ONEOK is a community-driven company that strives to be a contributing member,” Bossche said.

The recent addition of the 4D Ultrasound and Echocardiogram brings the latest technology to the community. With 4D Ultrasound, 3D images are spiked with live action movies of what is going on inside the body.

Echocardiogram capabilities within the system allow for the evaluation of heart outputs and functions. Another feature is the use of a newer technology known as elastography. Here, an ultrasonic imaging technique that displays the elasticity of soft tissues has been effective in finding abnormalities of both muscle and breast tissues.

For moms-to-be, the 4D ultrasound is perhaps the first home movie starring baby. Parents can witness hands and fingers moving, toes curling and even facial expressions.

The advantages of this technology are that you will be able to see movement and note development in all three planes, creating ease in identifying the baby’s gender and heartbeat because the scan displays the entire baby. It can also determine the true fetal age, analyze the fetus’ development, detect abnormalities such as cleft palate, spina bifida, vascular anomalies and genetic syndromes and detect ovarian tumors.

This technology also provides benefits in breast imaging, interventional urology, and general imaging of other organs and internal autonomy and systems throughout the body. It can also replace the need for a colonoscopy or cystoscopy.

The total cost of the machine was $161,936. Training employees and purchasing supplies to go with the machine bring the cost to over $200,000.

The NEMHS Charitable Foundation made a pledge to their hospitals to support and raise $65,000 to assist with the acquisition of the new 4D Ultrasound and Echocardiogram. The first installment of $25,000 was presented to the hospital board in October 2012, with the remaining pledged contribution to be distributed in the next two years. Pickthorn filled out a grant proposal with the ONEOK Foundation asking for help with reaching their goal of the Ultrasound payment this year.

“I was thrilled when receiving the news that our grant went through. It’s great to have the support and financial backing from regional companies like this,” Pickthorn said.

ONEOK, headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., is a national energy services company that markets natural gas and related services to local distribution companies.
Since its inception in 1997, the ONEOK Foundation has awarded $39 million in grants to support nonprofit organizations throughout their operating areas. Primary focus areas for their community investments are education, health and human services, arts and culture and community improvement.

They give priority consideration to educational programs and to health and human services organizations, particularly organizations with programs that help people become self-sufficient.

NEMHS Charitable Foundation mission statement is “Bridging Healthcare and Community” and it is their goal to raise money to assist Trinity and Poplar Hospitals with medical equipment and services. They are a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

For more information, contact Pickthorn at 768-6148 or log on to www.nemhscharitablefoundation.org.