About West River Health Services

West River Health Services is a nationally recognized rural health care organization.  A 17 physician, multi-specialty group practice, 11 mid-levels and 7 visiting specialists independently provide professional services in a modern rural health care system.

scroll honorThe West River Health Services Foundation System includes:

Providing access to quality medicine in a rural environment has been the vision and goal of this medical system since its inception.

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The corporate structure of the organization is comprised of three 501C3 (not for profit) corporations. WRHSF is the Foundation/ fundraising and Parent Corporation. WRHS is the healthcare services (hospital, clinics and other healthcare services) corporation. Western Horizons Living Centers is the care centers (skilled and assisted living) corporation. Each corporation has board members from across the geographic area served by the organization. It is the largest medical complex in Adams County and serves 20,000 people in 20,000 square miles.

Rural people deserve as high quality medical care as their urban counterparts. To provide this level of care, a sophisticated medical system has evolved in southwestern North Dakota. West River Health Services Board of Directors, Administration, Medical staff, and Employees have and are working hard for the growth and improvement of the medical system. As a result of this commitment, it is one of the most progressive and complete rural health care systems available in a three-state area, perhaps in the nation. West River has received national and regional recognition for outstanding and innovative service in rural health care.


It is WRHS mission to provide the highest possible standard of health care. This standard is reflected by the state-of-the-art technology available for diagnostic purposes, as well as by the caring attitude of the employees toward the patient. At WRHS you receive "big city" medical treatment with small town friendliness and individual caring.

West River Health Services’ dedication to "Quality First" is embodied in our Core Values, which are displayed throughout the organization. It is our own individual dedication to excellence in practice, innovation in service, compassion for the people we serve, and respect for one another, that takes those values from being mere words on paper demonstrating our commitment.

QUALITY FIRST - It is what sets us apart from any other healthcare institution. It is demonstrated not only in our technical and clinical competence, but also in our capacity to touch the lives of our customers in ways that go far beyond the actual tasks we do.

surgery screenshot.jpgEXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE - We are dedicated to providing quality services in our respective fields, whether they be clinical or non-clinical, to the people who use those services.

Excellence in practice is the constant drive towards providing the highest quality of service possible. We pledge to be the best of what we can be.

West River Health Services provides the following services directly including: a CLIA laboratory; a full range of imaging services including general radiology and fluoroscopy, mammography, bone density, nuclear medicine, CT scanner, diagnostic ultrasound, and MRI; cardiopulmonary services; telemedicine; physical, occupational, speech, respiratory therapy; swing bed; two-bed intensive care unit; three-bed LDRP obstetrics unit; in-house pharmacy; level IV trauma unit; visiting nurses; individual, couple and family therapy service. optometry services; podiatry services; medical nutrition therapy; food and nutrition services; diabetes education; surgical services: ambulatory, inpatient, general, orthopedic, ophthalmology, podiatry surgery, and pain management; advance life support ambulance; and medical clinic.

INNOVATION IN SERVICE - At WRHS we keep abreast of the latest state of the art technology and are constantly striving to enhance the way we deliver care to our customers. Our dedication to innovation in service requires us to look forward. We work diligently to find new and creative ways of delivering our services, whether it be direct patient care, or support services in our region.

Radiology2COMPASSION FOR THE PEOPLE WE SERVE - A soft touch of the hand, a warm smile, a kind word of support, the silent flow of a tear - ways in which members of the WRHS family share themselves on a daily basis are demonstrations of our dedication to and compassion for the people we serve. These personal touches, added to our technical expertise, turn medical service into quality care with dignity.

RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER - Respect is the term we use to show consideration for one another. Through mutual respect for each other, we build ourselves into a team - The West River Health Services Care Team. This team contributes towards the common mission of providing comprehensive health and wellness services for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the people served."



  WRHS Board of Directors

Gary Dewhirst, Chariman - Hettinger
(Term Expiring 9-30-17)

Jonathon Eaton, Vice-Chariman  – Reeder
(Term Expiring 9-30-17)

Cleve Teske, Secretary Treasurer – Scranton
(Term Expiring 9-30-18)

Gwynne Smith - Lodgepole
(Term Expiring 9-30-18)

Larry Jackson – Reeder
(Term Expiring 9-30-18)

Rodger Goodfellow – Scranton
(Term Expiring 9-30-19)

Dr. Gerald Sailer - Hettinger
(Term Expiring 9-30-17)

Ervin Schneider – Mott
(Term Expiring 9-30-18)

Dr. Joshua Ranum- Hettinger
(Term Expiring 9-30-17)