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As part of our desire to provide accountability and transparency about how resources have been utilized, Trinity Health Foundation will be placing updates on this page. Please check back here each month for new updates. Additionally, if there is a specific project or item on which you would like an update, please contact us at foundation@trinityhealth.org .

Current Project Updates:

  • Cancer Exercise Rehab Program/Tough Enough to Wear Pink
  • Staff Member Education and Training – Vermont Oxford Network
  • Trinity Health Foundation Campaign Theme
  • Staff Member Education and Training – OR Manager Conference
  • MIDCO Grant impacts youth Trinity serves
  • Your Gift Will Help Make Dreams Come True and Improve Healthcare
  • X-Ray Machine and Table making a difference at Trinity Community Clinic-Velva
  • Trinity Regional Eyecare Western Dakota Receives New Equipment Through Foundation Grant
  • Nursing Scholarship Recipients
  • Successful Year End Appeal to Benefit Hospice Patients
  • Turkey Drive Results


  • Cancer Exercise Rehab Program/Tough Enough to Wear Pink
    Updated 9/19/2017
    Each year Trinity Health Foundation partners with the Y’s Men and local radio stations to promote ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink.’ The proceeds from the sale of the ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink ‘merchandise provide scholarships for cancer patients to go through the Trinity Health Cancer Exercise Rehab Program located at the YMCA in Minot. This year more than $40,000 was raised.

    Launched in 2007, the Cancer Exercise Rehab Program provides clinical exercise and conditioning for cancer patients and survivors to help them gain strength and resilience.

    “The primary goals consist of helping individuals build muscle mass, muscle strength and endurance, cardio-respiratory capacity, flexibility, and improve functional ability,” said Russell Gust, MS, CSCS, manager of Trinity’s Exercise Physiology Department. “Secondary goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes, and improving quality of sleep, energy levels, mood, body image, and self-esteem.”

    To date more than more than 460 patients have benefitted from this program. Here is what one of the participants had to say about the program:

    “I find the program to be challenging, in that it helps to rebuild my mental, physical and spiritual self back to a normal life. I really look forward to coming in and working out after a long brutal battle with cancer.” Jeff Ballentine, former Chief of Police.




    Staff Member Education and Training – Vermont Oxford Network
    Updated 8/3/2017
    Vermont Oxford Network (VON) is a nonprofit voluntary collaboration of health care professionals working together as an interdisciplinary community to change the landscape of neonatal care. VON offers data-driven, action-oriented learning for improving outcomes and increasing the quality, safety, and value of newborn care. As a part of our membership, we are able to participate in an internet-based quality improvement collaborative to address issues of emerging importance within the field of neonatal care.

    One of the internet-based quality improvement collaborative VON is conducting relates to antibiotics usage in the NICU setting. This collaborative is named iNICQ 2017: Choosing Antibiotics Wisely, and Trinity Hospital’s NICU is able to be a part of this collaborative thanks to grant funding from Trinity Health Foundation.

    iNICQ 2017 focuses on the overuse and misuse of antibiotics that are common in NICUs. While hospitals often have antibiotic stewardship teams focused on adult patients, iNICQ 2017 focuses specifically on key components of antibiotic stewardship programs within NICUs. Improvement teams will pioneer evidence-based best practices that will reduce the overuse of antibiotics, while bringing much-needed standardized protocols and baseline data for hospitals to share.

    Our goal while participating in iNICQ 2017 is to minimize usage, length, and doses to help prevent resistant strains of bacteria. The combination of an effective antimicrobial stewardship program with a comprehensive infection control program can limit the emergence and transmission of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. With the tools and support of this project, we hope to be able to start this project in the NICU and eventually expand it throughout our organization.




    Trinity Health Foundation Campaign Theme
    Updated 7/11/2017
    From May 5, 2017 – June 5, 2017, Trinity Health Foundation was actively soliciting input related to our campaign theme and performance. More than 320 people participated in this process through focus groups, interviews and surveys. The information that was gathered was presented to the Trinity Health Foundation Board of Directors. The Board Members reviewed, and had an in-depth discussion about, all of the data and comments that were provided. Following the discussion, the Trinity Health Foundation Board of Directors selected the theme upon which we will be focusing for the next few years:

    Building Your Future

    Your Community · Your Health



    We sincerely appreciate all who participated in the process and shared their feedback with us. We also appreciate the kind comments about the positive things Trinity Health Foundation is doing to improve the health and wellness of the region, as well as the advice and suggestions we received for things that we could improve.

    Thank you again for your partnership with Trinity Health Foundation as we work together to change and save lives.


    Staff Member Education and Training – OR Manager Conference
    Updated 6/13/2017
    Earlier this fiscal year, some of Trinity’s surgical services management team went to the yearly OR Manager Conference. The foundation was instrumental in allowing us all to go and receive this education. We divided and conquered, as a team of OR, PACU management and our Surgical Services Director.

    We were able to learn more about patient flow and how we could get some more strategies in this area as we move to the new hospital. We looked at how others utilize and manage their surgeon’s blocks within the OR scheduling system. We attended budget meetings and learned how best to keep within the constraints of the budgeting process. We learned some about analytics and utilizing data for change. We were the first to bring back the concept of employee rounding and now that has been implemented hospital wide utilizing the RELATE Process.

    We also had a great opportunity to network with others from all over the country. In addition to the opportunity to try new foods and spend quality time with our own colleagues.

    We would like to humbly thank Trinity Foundation for the opportunity we had to further our knowledge. Denise Dahl, Jane Nelson, Jerica Klein and Pam McKay.


    MIDCO Grant impacts youth Trinity serves
    Updated 5/15/2017
    Earlier this year MIDCO awarded Trinity health Foundation with a grant to benefit Trinity Health’s Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization (CAPH) Program. We recently asked Lindsy L. Okland LSW, CAPH Supervisor, how the funds were benefiting those they served:

    "We have used the grant money from MIDCO to purchase equipment to create a portable sensory integration therapy room at CAPH to better serve our patients! Sensory integration therapy is an area that the CAPH occupational therapist along with all other CAPH staff has started to put into place with patients that have sensory processing disorders. Children with sensory processing disorder have difficulty processing information from the senses (touch, movement, smell, taste, vision, and hearing) and responding appropriately to that information. These children typically have one or more senses that either over- or underreact to stimulation. Sensory processing disorder can cause problems with a child's development and behavior. We have been able to purchase a variety of items with our grant money to include: a trampoline, a tunnel, weighted blankets and vests, exercise balls, a variety of flexible setting options and therapeutic sensory games. The children and adolescents in our program have been benefiting from these items and as a team we are so grateful for the opportunity to have these great therapeutic tools at our finger tips."


    Your Gift Will Help Make Dreams Come True and Improve Healthcare
    Updated 4/21/2017
    Nurses are indispensable in providing quality care to our patients and their loved ones. This excerpt from a thank you letter sent in about one of our nurses, Monica, who works on 5th Floor Medical at the hospital, summarizes the difference nurses make:

    “It has been almost a year since my family member was in the hospital and I still think of her. I still remember her enormous caring heart and wondrous compassion for us. She was there for me when I was afraid for my family member, afraid they were not getting the care they needed and that something was very wrong even if no one else believed me. She stood by me, encouraged me to speak up, and advocated for us. I don’t know what I would have done without her, and still feel I owe her so much more than I can give. Please let her know she is greatly thought of in our hearts.”

    Unfortunately, due to the projected shortage of 800,000 nurses in the United States, nurses like Monica who provide this level of extraordinary service and concern for patients and their families may become even more difficult to find.

    Last year Trinity Health Foundation revised and expanded our Nursing Scholarship Program to help build a vibrant and talented pool of nurses who will provide the best care possible. Thanks to the generosity of many donors we are able to award eight (8) $3,000 scholarships to deserving students.

    Here is what some of last year’s recipients said about the impact the scholarship will have on their lives:

    “I was excited to learn of my selection for this honor and I am very appreciative of your support. I promise to strive to do my best in nursing school and too soon be able to give back to my community.” - Kayla Camp

    “I feel extremely blessed and appreciative to have been chosen as a recipient of such an amazing gift. Your generosity has inspired me to want to one day give back to nursing students and help them achieve their goal just as you have aided me to do the same.” - Raquel Flory

    “Your kindness and generosity is so greatly appreciated. Your positive impact on the lives of future nurses will not be forgotten.” - Laura Hellmuth

    “This opens so many doors for me personally and professionally. I am able to focus more on academics, extracurricular opportunities and my family.” – Alexandra Hemingson

    Now our goal is to build on this effort and increase the Nursing Scholarship Fund so that even more students can receive financial help as they pursue their dream of becoming a nurse. We are asking for you to partner with us by making an investment in the Nursing Scholarship Fund. By helping those who will be nurses in the future to receive their education your gift will impact the lives of patients on a daily basis and improve the health and wellness of our region.

    You can help ensure the future of quality healthcare with a gift to the Nursing Scholarship Fund. Please make a generous gift today to help us to change and save lives in the region.

    Yours Truly,


    Jeffrey Verhey M.D.,
    Chairman Trinity Health Foundation Board

    p.s. The Nursing Scholarship Fund is a qualified endowment per the North Dakota Century Code. Therefore, North Dakota residents, businesses, and financial institutions may qualify for a 40% tax credit on the value of their gift to this endowment (minimum gift of $5,000 – at one time or aggregate in one year). The types of businesses and financial institutions this applies to include C corporations, S corporations, estates, limited liabilities and trusts. Businesses may carry forward any unused credit for up to 3 taxable years (financial institutions excluded). Individual donors may carry forward any excess credit for 3 years.


    X-Ray Machine and Table making a difference at Trinity Community Clinic-Velva
    Updated 3/23/2017
    Last June, $50,000 worth of new equipment was installed at the Trinity Community Clinic – Velva. Thanks to the donations of many individuals, companies and organizations that were matched by the Trinity Health Foundation, a new X-Ray Machine and Table were installed at this health facility. We recently spoke with Kammie Anderson, LPN, to see how the equipment is making a difference for the patients served at the facility. Anderson stated, “The new x-ray machine has been a wonderful addition to our clinic. With the ability of the table to move down to a lower position it helps our older patients and even our injured patients in getting on and off the table. Each image that the machine takes is also automatically programmed so with just a touch of a button the settings needed for each image are correctly adjusted. The new wall bucky also has the ability to be moved to a lower position which makes doing an x-ray from a wheel chair or chair possible. The new x-ray machine has a lot of nice features that makes taking images hassle free and uses less of the patient’s time. All of the patients appreciate the convenience of having an x-ray machine in this rural clinic.”

    We thank everyone who contributed to this project and helped us to improve the health and wellness of the region. If you would like to learn about other projects that Trinity Health Foundation is working on please call us at (701)857-5432 or (701)857-2430.


    Trinity Regional Eyecare Western Dakota Receives New Equipment Through Foundation Grant
    Updated 2/17/2017
    Trinity Health Foundation received a grant from The Rural Community Grant Fund to purchase two surgical eye carts for Trinity Regional Eyecare (TRE) Western Dakota. Located within Trinity Community Clinic Western Dakota, TRE conducts more than 650 surgical procedures on average each year. These new surgical carts assist the providers in offering patients the best possible care. Carlee N. Doucette, Nurse Manager for the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC), stated that "The ASC is very appreciative of the purchase of the additional surgical cart. We are now able to increase our patient volume and procedure efficiency on a daily basis. "

    The Rural Community Grand fund was established by AgriBank and its North Dakota Farm Credit partners to support communities impacted by mineral development in the Bakken region. We are grateful that through the Rural Community Grant Fund, AgriBank, Farm Credit Services of Mandan and Farm Credit Services of North Dakota, are supporting the Trinity Health Foundation in its mission to assist Trinity Health in creating a system of care with the most significant impact on health and wellness throughout the region.



    Front Row, L to R: Steve Perdue, Farm Credit Services of North Dakota board member Theresia Swartout, Regional Director, Trinity Regional Eyecare Sandra Odegard, Surgical Technician Carlee Doucette, Nurse Manager, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Williston Dr. Mark Raymond, ophthalmologist Claude Sem, CEO, Farm Credit Services of North Dakota

    Back Row, L to R: Albert Evon, Director, Trinity Health Foundation Dave Hokanson, Williston Branch Manager, Farm Credit Services of North Dakota



    Nursing Scholarship Recipients
    Updated 01/20/2017
    In 2016, Trinity Health Foundation expanded and enhanced its Nursing Scholarship Program in an effort to address the projected shortage of 800,000 nurses across the United States. The goal of the Nursing Scholarship Program is to build a vibrant and talented pool of nurses who will provide the best care possible and improve the health and wellness of our region.

    More than 40 people applied to be considered for scholarships. Those who were selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship include:

    • Kayla Camp, Minot, ND, attending Dakota College at Bottineau
    • Raquel Flory, Minot, ND, attending Minot State University
    • Laura Hellmuth, Minot, ND, attending Minot State University
    • Alexandra Hemingson, Minot, ND, attending Minot State University
    • Heather Morton, Minot, ND, attending Jacksonville University
    • Heather Oswalt, Minot, ND, attending Minot State University
    • Kylie Peterson, Minot, ND, attending Minot State University
    • Megan Schonberger, Minot, ND, attending Minot State University


    Upon learning that they were selected for a scholarship, some of the recipients shared the following comments:

    “I was excited to learn of my selection for this honor and I am very appreciative of your support. The financial assistance you have provided will help with my nursing school expenses and allow me to have more time to concentrate on my classes. I promise to strive to do my best in nursing school and too soon be able to give back to my community.” - Kayla Camp

    “I feel extremely blessed and appreciative to have been chosen as a recipient of such an amazing gift. Your support means a lot to my family and me. Your generosity has inspired me to want to one day give back to nursing students and help them achieve their goal just as you have aided me to do the same.” - Raquel Flory

    “Thank you sincerely to all who contributed to the Trinity Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship. Your kindness and generosity is so greatly appreciated. Your positive impact on the lives of future nurses will not be forgotten.” - Laura Hellmuth

    “Thank you so much for this generous scholarship. This opens so many doors for me personally and professionally. I am able to focus more on academics, extracurricular opportunities and my family.” - Alexandra Hemingson

    The opportunity given to these students would not have been possible without the many wonderful donations that have been given to the Nursing Scholarship Fund. We cannot thank the donors enough for not only making a difference in the lives of these students, but for also impacting the lives of the patients and families that these students will serve on a daily basis after their graduation.

    We hope to continue to grow the Nursing Scholarship Fund and assist more students in the future. If you would like to partner with us by making donations to this fund so that we can overcome the nursing shortage and make a positive difference in the healthcare of our region, please contact the Trinity Health Foundation office at (701)857-5432 or (701)857-2430 and one of our staff members would be happy to assist you.

    Want to learn more about the program and apply for a scholorship?


    Successful Year End Appeal to Benefit Hospice Patients
    Updated 1/12/2017
    Trinity Health Foundation recently concluded its year end appeal. The focus of this campaign was to provide Hospice Patients with a Patient Care and Comfort Package. These packages enable Trinity Home Health and Hospice to meet patients’ needs by providing them with items, at no cost to them, that will give them comfort, keep them safe, and preserve their dignity. Jen Napora, Home Health and Hospice Supervisor, shared why this is so important:

    “We recognize that for the patients we serve everything they do is potentially the last time they will experience it – their last birthday, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Therefore, as we care for them and meet their needs we want each moment they do have left to be as good as it can be. This includes spending quality time with their loved ones. By providing these items Trinity Home Health and Hospice removes the urgency for the family to go and purchase them. This in turn, enables loved ones to have more time together rather than having to spend time shopping for supplies. Thus, this package dramatically decreases the amount of stress the caregiver and patient have in the first week of adjusting to a new routine.”

    The goal of the year-end appeal was to raise enough funds to provide the Patient Care and Comfort Packages for 150 patients. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, that goal was surpassed!

    Due to the volume of patients served by Trinity’s Home Health and Hospice Team annually, there will always be a need for the Patient Care and Comfort Packages. We encourage you to partner with us to offer the type of service you would want for yourself or your loved ones to as many people as possible. Through your generosity lives will be touched as each individual we serve receives the comfort, care and dignity that everyone deserves. If you would like to receive a list of the items that are included and the package and how you can contribute to this fund, please contact the Trinity Health Foundation office at (701)857-5432 or (701)857-2430 and one of our staff members would be happy to assist you.


    Turkey Drive Results
    Updated 12/14/2016
    For the fifth year in a row, the Trinity Health Foundation has helped to raise money to purchase 400 turkeys for KHRT’s annual Horn of Plenty campaign, which helps to distribute food and gift baskets to families in need in the community during the holiday season.

    Through the assistance of donations made by Trinity Health staff, board members and other friends, the Foundation exceeded its goal by raising $6,490, which could purchase 432 turkeys for the food baskets.

    “Thanks to the wonderful generosity that has been displayed by Trinity Health staff members, board members, and other friends of Trinity, we eclipsed the goal that we set for this year,” said Al Evon, director of the Trinity Health Foundation. “The donations that were made are greatly appreciated and will positively impact families in the region. Our partnership with KHRT and the Horn of Plenty makes a difference in the health and wellness of the community and gives families hope at a critical time of the year.”

    A check for the amount was presented at the Horn of Plenty’s home base on December 8, as items for the food baskets were being hauled off trucks and loaded into storage; Evon and Cody McManigal, an assistant to the Trinity Health Foundation, lent a hand.

    With the help of some volunteers from Trinity Health the baskets were delivered to area families on December 12.

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