Plans take shape for Bismarck Center for Family Medicine The North Dakota Legislature appropriated $5.4 million to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) to construct a new facility for its Bismarck Center for Family Medicine and Southwest Campus offices. The SMHS has selected Ritterbush-Ellig-Hulsing, P.C., of Bismarck as the architects and planners for the construction project. The SMHS solicited advice on a potential building site from the community, the City of Bismarck, Medcenter One, and St. Alexius Medical Center. The SMHS appreciates the helpful and positive community contributions that will lead to a favorable location for the facility. The center will benefit the medical student and residency training programs of the SMHS and ultimately the citizens of Bismarck and the surrounding area. REH Architects, Bismarck, ND The SMHS hopes to complete the building by July 2011.
25th Annual Dakota Conference Draws Record Attendance
A record number of over 400 participants and 56 exhibitors met for the 25th Annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N. Dak., on April 13–15, 2010. The theme “Health Care in Transition: Creative Strategies” set the tone for the pre- and post-conference workshops, breakout sessions, poster presentations, and annual awards banquet. The keynote speakers included • Jim Hart, MD, director, Executive Program in Public Health Practice and the North Central Public Health Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota School of Public Health; • Robert O. Kelley, PhD, president, the University of North Dakota (shown above); • Wanda Agnew, PhD, director, Nutrition Service, Bismarck Burleigh Public Health; Sandra Poitra, RD, LD, community dietitian, Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility; and Karen Ehrens, LRD, health and nutrition consultant, Ehrens Consulting; and • Tom Morris, director, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Next year’s Conference on Rural and Public Health will be held March 23–25, 2011 in Mandan, North Dakota.
Grant Achievement Award Reception Edward Sauter, MD, PhD, MHA, associate dean for research, accepts a Grant Achievement award from Dean Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, and Phyllis Johnson, PhD, UND vice president for research and economic development, at the inaugural Research Award Reception sponsored by the Office of the Dean and the Office of Research Affairs at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences on February 17 in the Vennes Atrium. The grants were awarded for new national funding received during fiscal year 2009. Eighteen other researchers in the medical school were also recognized with this award.
NORTH DAKOTA MEDICINE Spring–Summer 2010
Spring-Summer 2010 Volume 35, Number 2-3