Riverside Reopening Next Week
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Trinity Health is reopening its Health Center-Riverside facility Monday (May 7) after an eleven-month displacement caused by last year's flood.
The building, located west of the Holiday Inn, houses Trinity's Behavioral Health Services and the EMS Education program offered jointly by Trinity Health and Community Ambulance of Minot. It's also a frequently used site for community health education classes and seminars.
Behavioral Health Services Director Heather Sys says her department has been serving patients from three facilities near Trinity Hospital-St. Joseph's. "It's going to be good to get back to having all of our providers in one location," she said. "We work as a team, with many of our patients seeing more than one provider. Our clients have been so patient with the rebuilding process. We're really excited to get back."
The Riverside facility was evacuated hastily last June when it became apparent that Minot would experience major flooding. Staff saved most of the furniture and critical items, such as patient records. Sys says that up to six feet of water inundated the building, which had to be gutted to the outer walls and steel girders. "The rebuild enabled us to make some changes," she noted. "Most importantly we were able to extend our reception area to better serve our clients."
EMS training coordinator Tami Petersen says she's glad to be back in permanent quarters instead of juggling classes from the Community Ambulance site. She says the education facility has also made improvements, such as more classroom space and enlarged kitchen facilities. "We also were able to add an IVN (N.D. Interactive Video Network) system to provide video conferencing and distance learning," Petersen added.
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