Published November 09 2012
Business digest Nov. 10BCBSND prescription plan earns 5-star rating
The MedicareBlue SM Rx prescription drug plan offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota has earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the third consecutive year.
The CMS rating allows seniors to enroll in the prescription drug plan at any time of the year. Plans that do not have a five-star rating can only be selected during special open enrollment periods.
BCBSND is the only plan in the state and one of only four plans nationwide to achieve the five-star rating.
Sanford nears top level in medical record model
Sanford Fargo Medical Center has earned a Stage 6 status on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society electronic medical record adoption model.
The honor recognizes Sanford’s dedication to implement technology that improves patient safety and care.
Only 394 of the more than 5,300 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS analytics have reached Stage 6.
Stage 7 is the highest level attainable and means patient information is shared without paper.
Altenbernd retiring from Migrant Health Service
Joan Altenbernd, executive director of Migrant Health Service, Moorhead, is retiring after 36 years.
There will be an open house in her honor from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.
Cornerstone Bank awarded $15K grant
A $15,000 grant has been awarded to Cornerstone Bank by Federal Home Loan Bank, Des Moines, Iowa, to assist qualified homebuyers with costs associated with down payments, closing costs, counseling or property rehabilitation.
Cornerstone will distribute awards up to $5,000 to eligible homebuyers at its branches in Fargo and Bismarck.
For more information about the grant program, contact Tom Boyer at (701) 356-1171.
Free seminar offered for area entrepreneurs
The West Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center will sponsor a veteran entrepreneur and business networking seminar from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at VFW Post 1223, 1505 Center Ave. W., Dilworth.
Those attending will learn about resources available and how veterans and their families can start a small business. The event includes lunch.
The seminar is free, but registration is required by calling (218) 299-3037 or email email@example.com.
NDSU programs maintain accreditation
North Dakota State University’s School of Education has received full seven-year continuing accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The counselor education program also received full eight-year continuing accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs.
BCBSND seeks healthy activity champions
To encourage rural health care providers to be champions of healthy activity in their community, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is offering grant funding to providers who can develop new ideas to promote daily, physical activities as a break for North Dakotans of all ages.
Financial support, based on established criteria, will be awarded to applicants whose proposals for 2013 best benefit rural North Dakotans and their communities.
Completed grant proposals for programs scheduled for January through December 2013 are due Nov. 28.
For more information or grant guidance, visit http://ruralhealth.und.edu/projects/bcbs/pdf/bcbs_year_9.pdf.
AmeriCorps grants topic of free workshop
The North Dakota Department of Commerce will sponsor a workshop for the 2013-14 AmeriCorps grant from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at Job Service North Dakota, 1350 32nd Ave. S., Fargo.
Participants will learn information necessary to submit an application for AmeriCorps program funding.
There is no fee to attend the workshop, but registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call (701) 328-6048.
Home show to feature chef, personal organizer
The 52nd annual Red River Valley Home and Garden Show is scheduled from 3 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Fargodome.
This year’s show will feature Jyll Everman, a chef and season seven finalist on “Next Food Network Star,” and personal organizer Geralin Thomas, who regularly appears on A&E’s “Hoarders.”
Show guides will be published in The Forum on Feb. 17 and will be available at all Hornbacher’s stores on Feb. 18.
For more information on seminar schedules and other show features, including $1-off admission coupons, visit www.hbafm.com.
Chinese business topic of MSUM presentation
The School of Business at Minnesota State University Moorhead will present “China in Transition: Business Opportunity and Risk” from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the MSUM Center for Business atrium.
The presentation will include a panel discussion with professional China experts and will revolve around China’s legal, educational, manufacturing, labor and media elements and how they affect regional businesses.
The event is free but registration is requested by Monday to bdean@mnstate.
edu or call (218) 477-2763.
DSG acquires Fargo Water Equipment
Dakota Supply Group, Fargo, has acquired Fargo Water Equipment, a distributer of underground pipes, valves and fittings.
Founded in 1962, Fargo Water Equipment serves most of North Dakota and parts of Minnesota and Montana.
All 17 of the company’s employees will stay on and become part of DSG’s employee-ownership group.
DSG now has 26 locations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Montana.
Hometown Aditude marks 5-year milestone
Hometown Aditude, a marketing and advertising firm in Hillsboro, N.D., is celebrating its five-year anniversary.
The business, co-owned by Teran Harmon and Beth Christianson-Melby, has worked with a variety of organizations for the past five years, including economic development companies, law firms, non-profits, farm tech manufacturers and health care facilities, among others.
Rehab 4 Life opens second location
Rehab 4 Life Physical Therapy has opened a second location in the Pioneer Center at 13th Avenue and Ninth Street East, West Fargo.
The new clinic is located next door to Fitness 4 Life. The West Fargo clinic offers the same services as the Osgood clinic at 4622 40th Ave. S., Fargo, including treatment for orthopedic injuries/surgeries, balance disorders, workplace injuries, neck and back pain and any functional limitations.
The business can be reached by calling (701) 293-7294 or visit www.rehab4life.net.
Legal services topic of Nov. 20 presentation
Anne Hoefgen, an attorney with Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota, will give a presentation on legal services at 1 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Senior Center, Barnesville, Minn.
Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota receives a grant for senior legal education from the Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging.
The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call (800) 450-8585.