The West River Health Services Foundation hosted an “Open House” at its Mott Clinic for people to witness the new renovations on Thursday, March 9th, from 2-4pm. The Mott Clinic staff had cookies and refreshments ready for the crowd to enjoy. Lori Hill and her staff were ready to give personal guided tours to the expected numerous attendees. Our new CEO, Matt Shahan, was in attendance. Although we sent personal invitations to each of the campaign donors (almost 100!), advertised the Open House via posters throughout the town and for three straight weeks in the Eido -- the snowy weather didn’t cooperate and the local boys basketball team played in Dickinson that night too. No matter what, as they say, “the show must go on.” And it did. Bruce Colgrove was the first one through the door for a tour! As was Roger Brackel, Shirley Halvorson, Linda Lindeman, Christina Hansen, Cole Benz and Mott’s Mayor, Troy Mosbrucker. They were all there to see the new renovations to the patient exam rooms, the restroom, and the new front door. Our only youth attendee of the day, Cassandra Kindt, especially enjoyed the cookies and water! Most all of the eight attendees received a door prize – WRHS lawn chairs and Partners In Health beanies. Mayor Mosbrucker was most impressed with the modern updated amenities, and always looking forward, mentioned to us, “what are we improving here next?” Rest assured we’ll be visiting with our Mott Clinic physicians and staff to determine just that – and we’ll be back to Mott and the surrounding area soon. Of course, you’re all welcome to stop by our Mott Clinic most any time for a tour of your renovated digs. After all, you made this happen with your hard-earned dollars.
The Mott Clinic renovations began nearly two and a half years ago, when an anonymous Mott area resident gave $10,000 to the WRHS Foundation. The Foundation added $5,000 and two of the four patient exam rooms were completely remodeled with new flooring, cabinetry, paint, blinds, exam tables, etc.. This past year, this same anonymous person offered $5,000 more to the Foundation, if we could raise $7,500 (thinking we could then renovate the remaining two patient exam rooms). We took this “Mott Area Matching Challenge” and with the help of local WRHS Board members, Mark Resner and Ervin Schneider, we hit the streets on the run! Starting with Mayor Troy Mosbrucker and the Mott City Council’s dollar for dollar match up to $5,000; we were off and running to area businesses like Wilbur-Ellis, Mott Equity Exchange, the Commercial Bank of Mott, Good Samaritan’s Nursing Home, Eido Printing, the Mott Bus Service, Farm Credit Services of Mandan, Hettinger-Sioux County Abstracters Inc., and the Pheasant Café – all of whom gave from $100 to $2,900. Then we visited with area families such as August/Lucille Kirschemann, Don/Carmen Schaible, David Glaser, Charles/Tina Miller, Robert/Laura Larson, Leo/Janelle Brackel, Ted/Sheri Uecker, Norma Heidt, and 63 other giving families (all with gifts from $3 to $2,500!). Next we met with area organizations like the Mott Ambulance, Mott Volunteer Fire Brigade, Mott Lions Club and Trinity Lutheran Church (with gifts from $250 to $500). Even two of our physicians, Dr. Kristy and Dr. Boschee, got in on the act of giving with a grand each! This was an amazing fundraising campaign that began with a $7,500 goal. When it was all said and done, we raised $34,458! And every cent went in to your Mott Clinic – nowhere else. After all, this is what we promised at the onset of the campaign– and we kept our word.
THANK YOU Mott area families, businesses and organizations. We are grateful for your support of top-notch healthcare “close to home.” Our WRHS Foundation looks forward to relentlessly pursuing further improvements to our equipment and services in Mott and the surrounding area. Until next time, we’ll be around. Onward!
By Ted Uecker, WRHS Foundation