Written by Jaimee Green, NEMHS
In northeast Montana, it is through the volunteerism and charitable giving of others that rural healthcare is able to maintain its innovative edge while keeping up with ever-changing technology. Donations, memorials and estate planning help non-profit healthcare organizations carry out their missions of providing their communities with the best local healthcare possible.
Through Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation, a recent donation made by former community members with strong ties to Wolf Point will help NEMHS continue bringing quality healthcare to the area.
Phil Sievers and Leonard Karge, both formerly of Wolf Point, recently donated $1,500 after being contacted by Brad Moran, a foundation board member. Together, they donated the money on behalf of their employer, Chenega Global Services LLC, a professional services firm specializing in environmental logistics, facility operations and medical services. Located in San Antonio, Texas, with eight subsidiaries, the firm holds strong ties to the Chenega people of Alaska and assists companies with professional staffing, support services and planning.
The donation was presented to the foundation when the two men returned home for a visit during the 90th annual Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede. The money will be used to help offset the cost of current and future medical equipment.
“We understand medical equipment and other resources are constantly changing and improving and require upgrades to stay innovative. These changes aren’t cheap but they are important for ensuring the community is able to receive the most up-to-date care possible. We want to be a part of that,” Sievers said.
Both Karge and Sievers grew up in Wolf Point. Karge is the son of Eileen and Carl Karge and Sievers is the son of Ellen Sievers and Daryl Sievers.
“The foundation was very happy to receive this donation. We have been so fortunate to have the support of the community and it always impresses me to see how giving people can be, even when they no longer live within the community. People truly never forget their roots,” said Beth Pickthorn, foundation executive director.