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Best Beginnings Coalition sponsored Fall Festival, a family-oriented event that promotes healthy living and makes people aware of available resources, at the Fort Peck Tribes’ new community center in Wolf Point Friday, Oct. 23. The idea for Fall Festival originated with the Roosevelt County Health Department. Pictured is Ta’Leigha Headdress, five, of Wolf Point “fishing” for a prize. The health department’s “fishing” booth was one of the most popular attractions (Photos by John Plestina)
Written by Angela Rose Benson
A westbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe loaded grain train experienced a minor fire in the engine compartment of a locomotive while stopped at a siding in Bainville, Friday, Oct. 9.
The Bainville fire department responded at 12:10 a.m., and, with the help of the BNSF crew, were able to shut down, isolate and put out the engine fire.
Lyle Lambert, of Bainville fire department, discussed the incident at the Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting in Bain-
ville on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
“I was on the phone with BNSF and there was some confusion. An oil train was on its way towards Bainville and we were unsure if we could get the fire put out in time,” Lambert said.
The safety of the fire department crew and residents of Bainville was in Lambert’s best interest, as he continued to say, “If we couldn’t handle the fire and BNSF didn’t shut down the main rails, I would have gotten my men out of there and began the evacuation process.”
The fire was extinguished before any traffic came though Bainville and no one on scene sustained any injuries.
“The incident did not impact traffic on the main track,” said Matt Jones, BNSF Railway public affairs regional director for Montana and Wyoming, in an email.
Written by Eric Killelea
Chlamydia cases on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and Roosevelt County has hit 103, according to new data released by the county department of health.
The preliminary data also show 54 gonorrhea cases.
County public health officials say they are concerned about the high number of STDs in the community because the cases can lead to more serious health problems, like infertility and an increased risk of HIV.
Montana had 1,936 overall STD cases in June. The state had 343 gonorrhea cases, six syphilis cases and 39 HIV cases, according to the latest report released by the state Department of Health and Human Services. At this time, the combined figures for Fort Peck and Roosevelt County included 64 chlamydia cases, 31 gonorrhea cases and three syphilis cases.
Roosevelt County had the highest rate of STDs in the state.
In 2014, the state’s chlamydia cases increased to more than 4,100 and gonorrhea cases nearly doubled, to more than 400, according to the state. State and local officials say to remember per capita rates of each county when reading figures.
Yellowstone County had 799 confirmed STD cases. The population of 115,634 meant that health officials confirmed 5.13 cases per 1,000 residents, according to the state. Still, Roose-velt County ranked first in the state with only 271 confirmed cases. The population was 11,332 and officials confirmed 23.91 cases per 1,000 residents.
Prevention of STDs
Patty Presser, a registered nurse at the county health department, wrote in email that people can get an STD from vaginal, oral or anal sex, and sometimes from genital touching.
Some STDs (such as HIV) are found in the blood; people can get HIV if they share needles for injecting drugs, vitamins or steroids, for tattooing or piercing. If people have sex with someone who shares needles, they are more likely to get an STD.
Not having sex is the only way to prevent STDs, but Presser says those who are sexually active can take steps to lower risk, such as:
•Use condoms. If you choose to have sex, use latex condoms correctly every time. People who are allergic to latex can use plastic (polyurethane) condoms.
•Get vaccinated. Vaccines can help protect you against hepatitis B and some types of HPV. Ask your health care provider if they are right for you.
•Have sex with only one person. Make sure the other person doesn’t have an STD. Neither of you should have sex or share needles with anyone else.
•Get checked. Both you and your partner should be checked for STD before you have sex.
•Know you sex partner(s). Your partner is at higher risk for STD if he or she has had sex with other people or has shared needles.
•Avoid alcohol and other drugs. People who are drunk or high are more likely to do things that put themselves and others at risk for STD.
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Every year, the Wild Horse Stampede has a "tough enough to wear pink" night to promote breast cancer awareness. Sponsors included (left to right) Christy Stensland, Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede Committee; Clay Boysun, Hi-Line Sports; Paul Olszewski, Mike’s Hard Lemonade/Blue Rock Distributing; Jan Bryan, Bryan’s; Arlyss Long, Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede Committee; and Arden DeWitt, Sew De Witt.
Written by Beth Pickthorn
The Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation raised funds to purchase new colposcopes for the Wolf Point and Poplar hospitals. Pictured with one of the new colposcopes are: (from left to right) Judy Lauridson CFNP; Lauri Handy, vice president of Rural Health Clinics; and Jude McTaggart, CNM. (Submitted photo)
About 230 attendees gathered for the annual Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation Spikes and Spurs Gala at the American Legion Club in Poplar, Saturday, Sept. 26.
It was a delightful evening with a “Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby theme, a four-course meal prepared by the Food Services of America Chefs and Associates. Entertainment for the crowd was the comical and amusing Midwest Dueling Pianos out of Michigan.
The NEMHS Charitable Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation that acts as the official fundraising arm of the NEMHS hospitals. The sole mission of the foundation and its 12-member board of directors is to raise, manage and distribute funds to supplement the continued availability of quality healthcare services and programs within each hospital location.
The foundation has become a vital part of our health care community with their annual events such as the Benefit Golf Tournament which is held in June, the September Spikes and Spurs Gala, along with their Festival of Trees that is held in December. These events not only allow the community a means to give to the Foundation, but are also enjoyable social affairs for the public. A new fundraiser drawing called “30 Guns for 30 Days” was added this summer and will become a yearly fundraiser going forward.
During Spikes and Spurs Gala, various tickets were sold and winners announced throughout the evening.
The lucky winner of 69 bottles of wine within the Wine Cellar Fundraiser was Brianne Moran of Wolf Point. Keeping with tradition, the foundation continued with their 50/50 drawing in which the winner received $5,000. This year, the winning ticket belonged to Deb McGowan of Poplar. For the second year in a row, the foundation held a fundraiser drawing for the popular National Finals Rodeo that is held in Las Vegas, Nev., each December. This year’s lucky winner was Lydania Hagadone of Poplar.
It was a profitable evening bringing in over $35,000 to be used toward equipment for the hospitals.
“With this success, the foundation is able to fulfill its’ pledge of buying two colposcopes for the hospitals along with other needed medical equipment” said Rodney Paulson, chairman of the foundation. “The effort of the foundation board along with the Gala attendees and sponsors make the Gala the success is it each year.”
The new “30 Guns for 30 Days” fundraiser offered 300 ticket owners a chance to win a gun each day for 30 days. The drawing was originally scheduled for November but as tickets sold out by the end of July, the foundation decided to draw the winners in August. A specific gun was assigned to each day, with a winner drawn per day. Gun winners were called and names were posted on Facebook along with the foundation’s website. Profits from the gun fundraiser came to $15,515.
Total profits from the golf tournament, Spikes and Spurs Gala and gun drawing came to $55,000 being raised thus far in 2015. There is one more foundation-sponsored Christmas Festival of Trees fundraiser, which will add to the total profitable income for the year.
Capital budget allotments for new equipment never stretch far enough for the hospital, so the available assistance from the foundation gives each hospital department a much needed boost.
Recently, the foundation acquired two colposcopes equipped with digital cameras for each location. The nurse practitioners and midwives in each campus will perform and screen assault cases and cancer biopsies with improved technology capabilities.
“We are very grateful to the foundation for providing us with the much needed new colpscopes” said Jude McTaggart, CNM. “We can now render improved and enhanced care and treatment to our patients.” The two scopes and cameras came to $24,430.
A grant written by the foundation to the Wells Fargo Bank Foundation furnished an additional $2,500 that was used towards the scopes.
In addition, the foundation board of directors recently voted on purchasing extra needed items for NEMHS. They include an emergency room gurney and a Panda infant warmer for the Poplar campus, new laboratory microscopes for each lab location, 19 infant car seats for the OB department, a vital-sign monitor for the Wolf Point emergency room and new media teaching tools for the Faith Home conference room. Earlier in the year, two bariatric transfer sheets were purchased for the emergency services department in each hospital.
“The much needed items purchased for us not only assists our medical departments, it also enables us to enhance our services to the public,” said Elaine Long, vice president of the NEMHS Nursing services. “We are extremely grateful to the foundation for their support and assistance.”
Total purchases that the foundation has bought for the hospitals comes to about $44,000 for 2015.
Throughout the year, family memorials have been designated to benefit the hospitals by way of giving to the foundation. The continued support to the foundation with their fundraisers improves your hometown hospital. Poplar and Wolf Point communities may be small, but the foundation believes residents deserve quality care close to home.
Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Their mission is “Bridging Healthcare to Community.” To learn more, visit www.nemhscharitablefoundation.org.