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November 2010
MHC Fall News 2010

Nursing Home 5 Star Rating

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) developed the nursing facility quality profile, or report card. This process is a result of legislation enacted in 2001 that required the commissioner of Human Services to publically disseminate quality profiles for nursing homes, including consumer satisfaction, allowing a rating using a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being “much above average.”

The rating scale shows how Minnesota’s certified nursing homes are scored in seven quality measures; resident satisfaction and quality of life, quality indicators-clinical quality, hours of direct service provided, staff retention, use of temporary staff, proportion of beds in single rooms and State inspection results.

The formula used to rate a nursing home uses multiple measures of quality, incorporates sophisticated risk adjustments to compare facilities fairly, and looks more closely at clinical outcomes, quality of life and resident satisfaction.

Sue Klabo, CEO for the Mahnomen Health Center stated she is excited for her staff in obtaining this recognition. “They have strong leadership in Rachel Tuenge, Director of Nursing, but each member of the nursing home staff posse’s great pride and skills in their own work.” When she asked staff what they enjoyed most about their job, while at a staff meeting, each responded by saying it was their relationship with the residents.

The Mahnomen Health Center board of directors holds the administration and leadership accountable for providing quality care and meeting, or exceeding, state and federal regulations. The Board members include Wally Eide, Chairman, Louella Fraser, Vice Chair, Karen Ahmann, Jim Kochmann, David Jaeger, Jerry Carrier, Kim Kochmann, Mary Nell Preisler, and Jonathan Large.

Klabo encourages family members to consider all aspects of choosing a nursing home for themselves or their loved ones. She feels it is important to visit the nursing home, prior to the selection, and take advantage of the Nursing Home checklist found on the website.  Information on the nursing home report card can be found on

Wanna Quit Smoking & other Tobacco Use?

Is this your Decision Time? 

If you’ve ever tried to quit, you just might have

found that it’s tough to quit.

Jay Taylor, Respiratory Therapist and Tobacco Educator from Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND will be here on November 16th to share his expertise on quitting tobacco for life. As an x-smoker, Jay understands and can help. 

Location: Shooting Star Event Center

Date: Tues, November 16th, 2010

Time: 7:00 pm

Sponsored by:

Mahnomen Health Center

Sanford Health Mahnomen


For more help, call:

Sanford's Tobacco Education Team:

For an appointment: 701-234-2524,

or (Jay) 701-234-6460 or (Vickie) 701-234-6452

Additional Resources:

(Your State) Quit-Line: 1-800-QUIT NOW (800-784-8669)

Very often, state quit-lines will supply FREE Nicotine Replacement products with additional counseling.  Some states have additional medications.


Watch for the Nursing Home Van

The residents of Mahnomen Health Center will enjoy many trips in their Nursing Home Van.  Mahnomen Health Center Auxilary and staff held numerous fundraisers for the purpose of obtaining the van.  Donations were made to Mahnomen Health Foundation through Northwest Minnesota Foundation that also helped provide funds for the van. The residents will enjoy a trip to the lakes in the summer, watch the leaves turn color in the fall, and marvel at Christmas lights in the winter along with many, many other events.

Mahnomen High School Students and MHC receive grant funds

Mahnomen Health Center partnered with the Mahnomen High School to help the Health Occupation's Class attend Science and Health Career Days at University of North Dakota and North Dakota State School of Science for school year 2010-2011.  Grant funds also were received 5 years ago by MHC to help the school start the Health Occupations Class. Each year,  approximately 15 students have enrolled in the class. Along with education from their classroom teacher, Mrs. Kim Kochmann, the students have also listened to health educators and specialties from Sanford Health, Fargo, ND without leaving town! During the scheduled class time, the students and Mrs. Kochmann hold class at the Mahnomen Health Center and hold class interactively via teleconference and the conference room T1 Polycom and large screen. They discuss careers in pharmacy, therapy, IT, nursing, psychology, and several other fields they didn't even realize existed. Thanks to the enthusiasm of Mrs. Kochmann, the program has allowed approximately 40% of the students to graduate with enrollment into a college with the intent of seeking a healthcare career.

Mahnomen Health Center’s Radiology Department Receive Accredidation,

1 of only 2 rural hospitals to achieve this status.

The American College of Radiology has awarded the Mahnomen Health Center a three-year term of accreditation in Computed Tomography (CT) as the result of a recent survey. Mahnomen Health Center Radiology staff along with the physics department at Sanford Health had to go through numerous testing to receive the ACR accreditation. MHC is only the 2nd rural hospital in the state of Minnesota to reach this achievement. The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualification of the personnel and the adequacy of the facility equipment. The MHC Radiology staff include Sarah Stock, R.T. Mgr; Carie Strubbe, R.T., Haley Mattson, R.T., and Bob Crawford, Op. According to a Yale physician, “If you must have a CT scan, seek out a facility that is accredited by the American College of Radiology, which requires careful monitoring and control of the radiation dose.

Sue Klabo, CEO, commented, “ Although the CT Scan (CAT SCAN) is thought of by physicians as a life-saving tool it is important that the public feels assured that the CT they are receiving is being well-monitored for its safety.  I’m proud of the MHC radiology staff and the hard work they put in that allowed this accreditation to occur.”