1936 First Hospital is Formed
The first Trinity Hospital was the home of Dr. Mark B. Listerud's grandfather. Before that, the only facilities were three private homes used for maternity care. In 1936, the first Hospital Association was formed. The first tangible change was the purchase of the old hospital and equipment from Margaret Beddor in 1940. Then they purchased, from the Government, an airport building from Glasgow, Montana. Unfortunately, after the building was moved to Wolf Point, it was flattened by strong winds. Paul Johnson rebuilt it as good as new. The other wings were eventually moved in from Fort Peck. The completion of the 30 room, $1,000,000 unit was dedicated on October 16, 1948. Which included $35,000 in equipment to open its doors to patients.
1961 Trinity Hospital Doors Are Open
The Hospital Association started building the (Wolf Point) hospital we are now using. It is brick construction and consists of 25 rooms and was a 39-bed unit. January 29, 1961, was the day that more than 2,000 people came to look at the new Trinity Hospital Building (located at 315 Knapp St., in Wolf Point, Montana). This building replaced the temporary hospital used since 1948. That Tuesday night at 9 p.m., the hospital was initiated as a six-pound boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Sandau of Poplar. Officials said hospital costs were paid by the hospital. Two surgeries were performed in the new operating rooms that Wednesday.
1962 Faith Home Dedication
On October 14, 1962, the formal dedication of the Faith Lutheran Home began and lasted a full week. More than 2,000 people were in attendance. Completion of the Faith Lutheran Home took nearly 6 years
1964 Trinity Hospital Pediatric Wing Built
In 1964 or 1965, a Pediatric wing was built with 5 new rooms. But the "baby boom" was over and most patients preferred outpatient servicing. The wing was too expensive to maintain. Trinity Hospital refused to consider sacrificing any of its full-service offerings. Officials believed that this kind of service was necessary for the Wolf Point area. This indicated that increased community involvement was the only answer.
1967 Trinity Hospital Ambulance Service Disputed
In 1967, the cost of ambulance service was the next up for dispute; so, a committee was put together to save this service for Trinity Hospital. They felt that an ambulance service was a very important item in the emergency system. The hospital and ambulance system have to work hand-in-hand to provide this service.
1981 Addition to Trinity Hospital for Lab, EMS, ER
A 6,000-square foot addition was made at the northwest corner of Trinity Hospital. A new laboratory, twice the size of the existing one was added and a new emergency room adjoined with two examining rooms. A two-stall ambulance garage was also added so that both vehicles could be housed at the hospital. Other features added were offices for two physicians, renovation of the existing emergency room (creating a recovery room adjacent to surgery), and connection to the hospital so that people could go directly from clinic to hospital.
Present Day NEMHS
In 1996, Northeast Montana Health service was established and the combining of two facilities occurred. Wolf Point and Poplar became one unit of healthcare to provide distinct goals of healthcare and service to the communities. Goal1: Decrease delays to clinic services to improve access to healthcare. Goal 2: Provide sufficient healthcare services with a view to prevent community members from having to travel long distances for healthcare. Goal 3: Provide education and resources for community members affected by alcohol and substance abuse Goal 4: Increase awareness and education of services related to chronic disease How will NEMHS measure their success: Wolf Point and Poplar community members sport greater access, awareness, and satisfaction regarding services.