Wolf Point Herald

Letter To The Editor About Local Health Care

Dear Editor:
I am writing this to let people know that there needs to be something done about the emergency department at the hospital here. They are not providing decent medical services. There is no excuse for them being so unable to provide proper service.
Example No. 1: A few years ago, my husband took me there because I was having a stroke. They sent me to Poplar for a CT scan and found a six centimeter spot on the right side of my brain. Then they told me I had a sinus infection and to go home and take a Sudafed. As it turned out, he finally got me to go to Glasgow and they sent me to Great Falls. I had seven strokes before I got there and the reason was Wolf Point did not follow proper protocol. I let this go and did not do anything.
Example No. 2: About a month ago, my daughter choked on a piece of meat. It was stuck in her throat so I took her to the local ER. They did an x-ray and said there was nothing in her throat. It was only irritated. The next day, she went to work, worked eight hours and could not even swallow a sip of water. When she got home, I called Glasgow and they said she should have had a scope. Since it was Friday night, the nearest place to get a scope was in Williston, N.D. I drove her to Williston and they found a 3” piece of meat stuck in her throat. They removed it and also found she had three ulcers and one was almost perforated. They took care of the situation. I went to talk to the CEO at Wolf Point and she said she did not believe what I was saying. I told her I had a copy of the Wolf Point ER report and Williston was sending me their report. She said she did not believe me. I
haven’t been back to prove her wrong yet, but I will.
Example No. 3: Wednesday, my husband called me at work and said he was home and not feeling well. I barely could understand him. I went home and his face was droopy on one side. He could barely stand up and couldn’t see out of his right eye. He did not remember driving himself home. I recognized these as stroke symptoms. I took him to Wolf Point. He was there four hours and they did nothing for stroke protocol. Dr. Z came in, looked at him and said he had vertigo. We finally had the nurse sign us out and I took him to Glasgow. He’d had a stroke so they flew him to Billings. There was nothing they could do at Glasgow as it was past the time limit for them to have given him a shot to stop the strokes.
He was admitted to Billings Hospital. The next morning, he had another stroke. They were light, but the doctor said that they were warning signs of a bigger stroke if gone untreated.
Now I ask you, what can people do to stop the negligence that is happening here? We need better services that they are giving here at Trinity ER. It’s time people start doing something. I also had a nurse there try to inject Bedizened into my pick line. My husband stopped her and called for another nurse who said if she had injected it, it would have killed me. What kind of treatment is that?
I firmly believe it is time to stand up to this hospital and make sure we all have proper medical treatment. When our pet was ill, I took him to our local veterinarian and they gave better treatment that what Trinity ER does. I feel we all need to stand up for what is happening here.
Lois Blankenship
Wolf Point
(Editor’s Note: “I did meet with the Blankenships and members of their family about two months ago,” said Peg Norgaard, NEMHS CEO, when asked about the incidents. She said she cannot comment other than to say she listened, asked questions and offered to help because of the federal HIPPA privacy statute.)

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Class Of 1964 Plants Tree


The Wolf Point High School Class of 1964 had a tree planted on the lawn of the high school in remembrance of their deceased classmates. The dedication took place during their 50-year class reunion in July. Classmates include Dennis Langager, Bill Smith, Mike Elgie, Dave Parsley, Marco Unruh, Jim Penner, Patsy (Whitmer) Hollyingberg, Gary Antonson, Tracy Stone, Dave Brownlee, Jay Hansen, Tim Erickson,  John Stratton, Annie Loendorf, Celeste (Matejovsky) Fisher, Nancy (Nitschke) Bauer, Penny (Boysun) Kolstad, Stephanie (Rathert) Hoon, Larry Harris, Butch Presser, Walt Presser, Linda (Stennes) Moncrief, Elsie (Appelgren) Kozan, Jan (Hanel) Parsley and Dixie (Sugden) Domagala.

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Wolf Point Man Charged In Beating Of Officer

A Wolf Point man is being held on $100,000 bail, accused of striking a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office detention officer multiple times after being jailed on misdemeanor charges.
Kaylob Joseph Trowbridge, 22, was arraigned in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Sept. 10, and pleaded not guilty to a single felony charge of assault on a peace officer.
Trowbridge is accused in charging documents of assaulting a detention officer shortly after being brought to the Roosevelt County Jail for arrest processing, Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Undersheriff John Summers said the officer was punched and head butted.
A Wolf Point Police Department officer had taken Trowbridge to the jail after arresting him on the 800 block of West Blaine Street on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. He is alleged by the WPPD to have been told to leave Town Pump at least twice earlier the same day and is accused of damaging several shelves in the convenience store after being told to leave the last time.
Judge David Cybulski denied a request by defense attorney Mark Epperson for a $75,000 bond reduction to $25,000.
A trial is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13.

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Twomey Changes Plea To Guilty

Cody Daniel Twomey, 20, of Culbertson withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to criminal endangerment in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Twomey is alleged to have threatened another male with a shotgun and nearly hitting a person with a pickup truck he was driving.
He was arraigned Wednesday, Aug. 13, on charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, criminal endangerment and being under the influence of an intoxicating substance by a person under 21.
The alleged incidents occurred on June 22 at a party spot southwest of Cul-
bertson near the Missouri River that is nicknamed “Twights Bottom.”
Roosevelt County Undersheriff Sheriff John Summers reported that deputies responded to multiple 911 calls at about 3:30 a.m., reporting a male “flipping out and in possession of firearm.”
The caller reported that Twomey had been threatening others with a shotgun, and that people at the party had taken the firearm away were restraining him.
A trial had been scheduled for Nov. 13.
A pre-sentencing investigation and report was ordered.

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Brockton Man Sentenced To Over 17 years For Murder

A 51-year-old Brockton man who stabbed and killed a 21-year-old man on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison, Friday, Sept. 12.
Great Falls United States District Court Judge Brian Morris sentenced David Lewis, 51, to 210 months in prison, followed by a term of five years supervised release.
Lewis previously pleaded guilty to second degree murder. In an offer of proof filed by the government, the government stated that if the case had proceeded to trial, it would have proven that Lewis stabbed the victim approximately 19 times in the back and arm following an alleged argument between them at Lewis’ house in Brockton.
The case came to law enforcement’s attention after the victim was reported missing by his family in January. During the search for the victim, Lewis pretended as if he did not know where the victim was and even pretended to help search for him. Upon further inquiry from law enforcement, Lewis eventually confessed that he had stabbed and killed the victim, and that the victim’s body was still in his home.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, Lewis will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is released from prison.
Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice criminal investigators and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

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