Bright, healthy future at Jamestown Regional Medical Center
by Katie Ryan-Anderson and Kent Brick
Lois Grabinger is 76, mother of eight and grandmother to 23. She is also the recipient of a new knee, thanks to the modern new Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC). Last October, Grabinger had a total knee replacement, performed at the new facility by Dr. Michael Dean.
“When I read about Dr. Dean being in Jamestown, I told my husband that I was going to see him. I have had one knee replaced, and it was almost time for the other one,” Grabinger said. She said going to Dr. Dean would eliminate many trips to Fargo. After she had a fall, Grabinger went to see Dr. Dean sooner than she expected. “He asked me questions and listened. I trusted him right away,” she said.
Grabinger was one of Dr. Dean’s first patients at his newly established orthopedic practice at the new JRMC. She followed her surgery with physical therapy – walking and knee-bending exercises – at the JRMC rehabilitation department. Today, Grabinger says she is “coming along great.”
JRMC, on the western edge of Jamestown along Interstate 94, is a bright new chapter in the region’s health care, in public and private partnering, and in the lives of area residents. The new 25-bed, state-of-the art critical access hospital is the successor to Jamestown Hospital, built in the center of the community, in 1929.
Northern Plains Electric serving new facility
Reliability is of utmost importance to all members of Northern Plains Electric Cooperative. But for some members, it’s a matter of life and death.
“Jamestown’s new medical center joins our family of businesses that require round-the-clock service,” said Northern Plains Electric Cooperative General Manager Jay Jacobson. “While reliability is a priority for us in serving all our members, it is critical to a medical center.”
Upon opening last summer, the cooperative found problems in the way service was configured at JRMC. Within three weeks, the medical center experienced three outages.
“We were on it immediately, but had to work through some switching issues,” said Jacobson. “Through it all, the hospital folks were very cooperative and used the opportunity to change settings on some of their equipment, too. And we’re happy to report we haven’t had an outage since.”
Northern Plains Electric values the opportunity to serve the JRMC load. “This facility is a gem; a wonderful asset in the area,” Jacobson said. “It not only provides quality care for people in the region, but it also provides jobs and commerce.”
As a Touchstone Energy® cooperative, Northern Plains supports the communities it serves – and not only provides financial support to community resources (such as a $50,000 donation to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center Foundation), but also by giving of its employees’ time.
For the past eight years, Northern Plains Electrics Communications and Public Relations Director Connie Krapp has served on the medical center’s board of directors.
Northern Plains employees also serve on the boards of the Towner County Medical Center at Cando and the Foster County Medical Center at Carrington.
To read the entire story pick up the April 2012 issue of North Dakota Living.