Carly Sanders, of Wishek, says two experiences from her childhood steered her in the path of becoming a nurse — at the age of 10, comforting a family friend whose husband had died, and, seven years later, performing CPR on a person. Sanders grew up in Fredonia, a small town in the southeast quadrant of the state. She recalls a blizzard taking hold of the area the year she turned double digits, causing life-threatening travel conditions. Read more….

South Central Health (Wishek, Kulm, Napoleon, and Gackle) and our area Public Health Agencies are
interested in hearing from you about your community health concerns.
The focus of this effort is to:
• Learn of the good things in your community as well as concerns in the community
• Understand perceptions and attitudes about the health of the community, and hear suggestions for
• Learn more about how local health services are used by you and other residents
What better way to spend your social distancing and quarantine days than to make your voice be
heard! We want to hear from you and strongly encourage those in our communities to participate!
You can take our survey online by using the website or QR code below:

The survey will be accessible to the public until May 15th. If doing the survey online does not
interest you and you would like a paper survey, please contact Shelly Glaesman at 701.452.3129 and
we can mail you one.

The Wishek Hospital and Clinics Board of Directors have voted earlier this year to change the organization’s official operating title to “South Central Health.” The vote took place at the board’s July 16, 2019 meeting.

“By adopting a name that encompasses our region of the state, rather than focusing solely on Wishek, we are signaling to residents and medical facilities throughout south-central North Dakota that we are here for them, and we want to work together,” said Harry Hagel, president of the Board of Directors. “Also, medical facilities across the country are shifting to an emphasis on health and wellness. As we, too, prepare for the future, our name should reflect it – hence the incorporation of the word ‘health’ in the new name.”

“In addition to focusing on wellness, patients will continue to receive the same top-quality health care services,” said Bev Vilhauer, CEO of Wishek Hospital and Clinics. “In recent months, the hospital has been exploring ways to incorporate more wellness services targeted specifically to the needs of area residents. The new services and events we are planning will help keep our communities healthy.”

“Maintaining a high-quality healthcare delivery system is vital to the future of our communities and region,” Hagel said. “The changes now underway will make our system stronger and will help ensure local health care remains available for future generations.”


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