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MEDICAL BRIEFS - Level 2 trauma designation reaffirmed

October 25, 2010

The American College of Surgeons has again re-verified Trinity Hospital as a Level 2 trauma center. The approval follows a site visit in August by the group's Verification Review Committee.

Only 130 centers in the country have Level 2 verification, and Level 2 is the highest level of trauma care available in North Dakota. Trinity Hospital was first verified in 1996.

The group reviewed response times and the hospital's ability to document quality medical outcomes. Level 2 criteria include 24-hour availability of trauma-trained physicians and nurses, continuous availability of trauma emergency care, surgery staff, critical care and radiology. In addition, neurotrauma care and orthopedic trauma care must be promptly and continuously available, along with other types of subspecialty care.


UND medical school names new NAME president

Mary Ann Sens, professor and chair of the department of pathology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences has been selected president of the National Association of Medical Examiners.

The association is the national professional organization of physician medical examiners, medical death investigators and death investigation system administrators who perform the official duties of the medicolegal investigation of deaths of public interest in the United States. The group is recognized as the premiere professional organization of forensic pathologists and death investigators.

Sens has been the chair of the Department of Pathology since 2002. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology and licensed to practice medicine in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and South Carolina. In addition to her work at UND, Sens serves as the Grand Forks County Coroner and is the medical examiner for Marshall, Kittson, Red Lake and Mahnomen counties in Minnesota.


New Web site helps teens transition to adulthood

The North Dakota Department of Human Services' Independent Living Program has launched a new Web site to help teens make the transition to adulthood easier. The North Dakota Youth Web site can be found at (

The site was developed by older teens and young adults as a resource for others, especially youth receiving foster care, juvenile justice, or mental health services who are now preparing to live on their own.

The N.D. Youth Web site contains 15 individual sections with information on independent living, money management, addiction recovery, careers, employment, cultural resources, housing, education, crisis management and more.


Bay appointed director of developmental disabilities division

Tina Bay has been hired as the director of the North Dakota Department of Human Services' Developmental Disabilities Division. Bay has served as the division's assistant director since November 2008.

Bay will be responsible for the planning, budgeting, and licensing of community-based residential and day support program providers for individuals with developmental disabilities in North Dakota. Bay has over 10 years of experience in delivering supportive direct care services and program coordination for individuals with life-long disabilities and physical impairments. She joined the department in 2004.


Kouba heads health council

Marlene Kouba of Regent was recently elected to a second term as chairman of the North Dakota State Health Council. Other members of the council are vice-chairman Gordon Myerchin of Grand Forks, secretary Carmen Toman of Bismarck, Dennis E. Wolf of Dickinson, Howard Anderson of Turtle Lake, Hjalmer Carlson Jr. of Minot, Jerry Jurena of Rugby, Lee Larson of Leeds and Gary Riffe of Jamestown. Terry Dwelle is the state health officer, heading the North Dakota State Health Department.

Some of the duties of the council are to establish standards, rules and regulations necessary for the maintenance of public health, including sanitation and disease control and to provide for the development, establishment and enforcement of basic standards for hospitals, nursing homes and related medical institutions. The committee monitors health care and makes recommendations to the North Dakota Legislature. The group awards grants to nurses, physicians, dentists and veterinarians.



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