Written by Jaimee Green
From tee-off to dinner, the Northeast Montana Health Services' Charitable Foundation annual benefit golf tournament was a success. The event took place on June 28 at the Wolf Point Airport Golf Club. The windy weather didn’t stop 18 four-person teams from participating in the day-long tournament. The annual competition helped to raise money for the NEMHS Emergency Medical Services Department.
"We are so appreciative of the support we receive from our community which enabled us to host another successful golf tournament. It assists us to reach both our mission and our annual goals for funding the added medical needs of NEMHS," said Rosie Kurokawa, foundation vice chairperson.
Nemont sponsored the complimentary menu that was offered throughout the day and 15 additional sponsors made it possible for the foundation to offer a variety of skilled hole prizes and games around the course for everyone’s enjoyment.
A game of chipping was held, in which golfers bought chances to hit their golf balls into a floating raft in the pond. Nine golfers were lucky enough to secure a ball into the raft for a chance to enter the final chip-off at the end of the tournament. The winner of the pool in the Pond Chipping Contest was Easton Copenhaver, who received a 47” LED TV.
In the last 2½ years, the foundation has raised a total of $65,000 to go towards the purchase of a 4D Ultrasound/Echocardiogram machine. Because of community donations received through events, memorials and sponsorships, the foundation has been able to fulfill their committed pledge in a short period of time.
Now, in 2014-2015, their focus is geared toward raising money for the EMS Department.
One needed item is Lifebook laptop computers situated in each ambulance. The laptops would be connected to vital monitors which would transmit essential health information in real-time to the emergency room providers via wi-fi capabilities. In doing so, the hospital personnel could observe and identify the patients cardiac and other system functions before they arrive through the ER door. The emergency room provider would be able to give the EMT’s further instructions for patient care while en route, and potentially, be able to contact a provider at a higher-level-of-care facility if air emergency flight is required. This will save critical time and ensure better outcomes for patients in life-threatening situations.
Two Stryker battery- powered cots are also needed to help ensure emergency personnel can lift patients safely. Risk of injury to the spine can be a recurrent issue for medical personnel. Battery packs allow the cot to be raised and lowered with a touch of a button. Patient care and safety can be better accomplished with a cot that can be powered to make each transition smooth in any weather situation or terrain.
Total cost for the two computers and two cots is close to $30,000. All proceeds from the golf tournament and other foundation events will go directly toward this purchase.
“A successful tournament such as this really helps us achieve our yearly goal,” said Beth Pickthorn, foundation executive director.
Overall winners of the tournament were:
First gross: Easton Copenhaver, Nolan Harris, Keith Higgins and T’Elle Evans.
First net: Walter Smith, Kurt Smith, Sam Smith and Jared Smith.
Second net: Brock Copenhaver, Lee Loendorf, Kelsey Haugo and Erin Fosland.
Third net: Jordan Smith, Roxann Smith, Judy Ogle and Arnie Bighorn.
Wildcard: Jay Kirk, Chris Dschaak, Mike Fox, Lawrence Zazzo.