The Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center (JMHCC) is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Elgin with a 24/7 emergency room. With support of sponsors and the local community, JMHCC opened its doors in 1977 after replacing an outdated hospital that had been in operation since the 1940s. With three clinics, from Elgin, Glen Ullin, and Richardton, reporting directly to the hospital, JMHCC is the biggest employer in the county with over 80 staff members on board.
Theo Stoller, CEO of JMHCC, proudly acknowledges that they offer chronic disease management, diagnostic imaging and testing, a laboratory, rehabilitation services, emergency care with advanced trauma support, and more. Now a stroke-certified hospital, JMHCC continues to increase their local services with advances in their medical equipment including a new CT scanner.
To sustain the rural critical access hospital, JMHCC relies on access to non-operating forms of revenue including a foundation and support from local sponsors within the community. Being a non-profit organization, one way they have achieved their financial stability is through the backing of the Jacobson Memorial Hospital Foundation. As previously mentioned, another pillar in the financial stability of JMHCC is their community partnerships. As a longtime supporter, Dakota Community Bank & Trust (DCB&T) had purchased a treadmill for JMHCC’s cardiac rehab program several years ago. In more recent years, DCB&T was a major sponsor in JMHCC’s 1.5 million dollar renovation of their outpatient area. Stoller mentions, “Dakota Community Bank & Trust has really stepped up to the plate to really care about the community and really care about the initiatives that we are doing. We wouldn’t be able to do the updates that we have done without the generous support of Dakota Community Bank & Trust and the other donors around the area.” With one common goal in mind, Stoller continues, “We want to make sure our community has a great place to go for care and we want to be that partner with you to take care of our community members.”
Stoller, who also serves on two local ambulance teams as an EMT, has passion and motivation tied to giving all patient’s the best care possible. He believes that JMHCC’s staff sharing in his passion is a key factor behind their success. So much so, that in recent years, they have seen their service area expand rather than contract due to their increasing services as well as the dedication behind their physicians and providers.
Mirroring JMHCC’s genuine concern for the health of their service area, Stoller reflects about DCB&T. “The willingness they have to help the community – the people that are working for Dakota Community Bank & Trust know they need to be in the communities serving and volunteering to make these communities work. The passion they have, to go above and beyond, shows how passionate they are about their mission to take care of the community as a whole.”
With annual updates to both the building and their services, Jacobson Memorial Hospital Foundation’s mission to engage and foster health care philanthropy, and enhance their region’s healthcare is evident now more than ever. For more information on the Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center including a full list of services, please visit: http://www.jacobsonhospital.org/.
Written by Lindsey Hefta, Marketing Director