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Bank Forward/Insure Forward donates $35,000 to Excellence In Healthcare project

Bank Forward/Insure Forward donated $35,000 to North Country Health Services Foundation's Excellence in Health project. Front row from left are Penny Echternach, NCHS Foundation executive director; Jim Hanko, NCHS president and CEO; Bill Baumgartner, a director of Bank Forward and vice president/agency manager for Insure Forward; and Marilyn Miller, NCHS Foundation board chair. Back row from left are representatives of Bank Forward/Insure Forward: Mike Bessler, president for the Bemidji market; Tom Watso...

Bank Forward/Insure Forward recently donated $35,000 to North Country Health Services Foundation's current project, Excellence in Healthcare.

The donation supports the construction of an indoor healing garden that will be located at North Country Regional Hospital. The garden is one of seven items that are a part of the Excellence in Healthcare package to enhance healthcare services and facilities for our region.

A healing garden brings the elements of a natural environment to the practice of modern medicine. Healing gardens are designed to reduce stress for patients, staff, families, and visitors; improve patient health; and provide opportunity for visual solace, a connection to nature and a sense of peace.

Other items in the Excellence in Healthcare package include GeneXpert System lab equipment, bedside medication verification, Same Day Surgery TVs, an outdoor healing garden, a dietary management system and patient room renovations.

To contribute to the project, call the NCHS Foundation at 333-5515.