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Hospital receives emergency grant for ventilator

By Staff | Apr 10, 2020

Otto Bremer Trust has awarded an emergency grant in the amount of $23,980 to Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby. The funds will be used to purchase a ventilator.

As a rural critical access hospital, Heart of America Medical Center is required to have a ventilator on site to perform surgical services, but Erik Christenson, who starts as HAMC’s CEO on Monday, said the hospital’s current ventilator no longer meets updated certification standards.

“The COVID-19 outbreak heightened the need to have a fully functional, certified ventilator within our facility,” Christenson said. “With a new ventilator HAMC is in a better position to assure members of our community they have access to needed care during this crisis.”

Christenson expressed his appreciation to Otto Bremer Trust for its “efficient and timely funding” of the ventilator.

In response to Covid-19, the Otto Bremer Trust established a $50 million emergency fund through its Community Benefit Financial Company Emergency Fund to provide financial support to North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations impacted by and responding to the pandemic.

“The turn around time on this application was extremely fast, which is what an organization like ours needs in a time of crisis,” said Cathy Jelsing, director of the Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation, who submitted the application on behalf of the hospital.

“The trustees at Otto Bremer Trust have helped Heart of America Medical Center with several projects over the years,” Jelsing said, “but never with something as urgently needed as this ventilator. It’s wonderful to have their support.”

– Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation

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