The Essentia Health Regional Foundation in Fargo recently hosted two “boot camp” sessions – ways to introduce community members to the workings of our health system and recruit them for roles on the foundation’s board and its committees.
“This is the first time we’ve done anything like this and we had a great turnout at both sessions. They went really well, with lots of terrific questions and participant involvement,” says Foundation Development Associate Pam Perleberg.
|Members of the public (above) recently attended sessions to learn about the Essentia Health Regional Foundation and opportunities to serve on its board and committees.
Sixteen folks attended the morning session, while 15 people participated in the afternoon gathering. Topics were wide-ranging and the groups heard high-level views from leadership. Mark Holtz, president of the Essentia Health Regional Foundation Board, and Director of Development Sue Omdalen talked about the foundation’s community-based giving model, which begins with our patients, and its mission, which mirrors the Essentia Health-Fargo’s mission.
West Region President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Greg Glasner and Chief Operating Officer Tim Sayler spoke to both groups, discussing the national challenges in health care and specifically addressing the unique challenges related to population growth in Fargo and the West Region.
Not only did the groups hear from Essentia leaders, they got to see Essentia equipment and expertise in action. Participants were fascinated by their time in Essentia’s new SIM Lab on the 32nd Avenue campus in Fargo. Simulation Lab Educator Nichole Holte, Emergency Services Educator Ryan Telford and STEMI Program Coordinator Mallory Bosch put on a demonstration, using Essentia’s simulation manikin “Alex.” They showed what it would be like if “Alex” had a heart attack, following the steps to stabilize the patient and prepare him to be moved to the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab.
“The SIM Lab experience was very popular. People asked many questions – really smart questions, too,” Perleberg says. “They wanted to know about our response times and how quickly we can take care of a heart-attack patient. It was nice to see such interest and engagement.”
The visitors also heard from Essentia’s Finance team, who explained many of the finer points of benefits, insurance and charity care. Manager of Hospital Billing Tanya Livdahl and Manager of Business Partnering Nick Chaput were the presenters.
The bottom line is to encourage community members to consider volunteering their talents on our Regional Foundation. Recently, the foundation recruited seven board members and 19 people to participate as “action team” members, meaning they will serve on various committees.
“We welcome community members to our team,” Perleberg says. “Those folks who came out this month were so gracious to give us their time and attention. We’re hopeful they’ll consider joining us. It can only benefit our foundation and our organization.”