14th Annual Lillian Bridgeford Memorial Golf Scramble raised $2,750 for Hospice of the Red River Valley

Jon Bridgeford (middle) presents a check from the 14th annual Lillian Bridgeford Golf Scramble to Erin Hagen and Curt Seter with Hospice of the Red River Valley.

The 14th annual Lillian Bridgeford Memorial Golf Scramble was held Sept. 21, 2019, at Sandhill River Golf Course and raised $2,750 for Hospice of the Red River Valley.  

“What a fantastic way to honor the memory of Lillian while supporting Hospice of the Red River Valley. We are grateful to be on the receiving end of this memorial golf tournament,” said Erin Hagen, development officer with Hospice of the Red River Valley. 

Border State Bank Employees Raise $4,000 for Hospice of the Red River Valley

L to R: Border State Bank employees Karen Korpi, Bethany Packard and Jessica Porter, and Hospice of the Red River Valley Development Officer Samantha Gust

Employees of Border State Bank in Thief River Falls recently raised $4,000 for Hospice of the Red River Valley.

The Thief River Falls branch of Border State Bank has 20 employees who raise money throughout the year through various activities. This is the seventh year Border State Bank has chosen Hospice of the Red River Valley as the recipient. The donation will be used to provide compassionate end-of-life care to those in Thief River Falls and surrounding communities.

Jessica Porter, Consumer Loan Servicing Specialist at Border State Bank, said they chose Hospice of the Red River Valley as the beneficiary because of the care and compassion the organization provides to families during such a difficult time. “Hospice of the Red River Valley is such a wonderful organization,” Porter said. “We are thankful for all of the community support and donations that have helped us continue to support such a vital service in our community. We look forward to continuing our fundraising efforts in 2018 to provide future support.”

“We are so appreciative of Border State Bank’s gift and support,” said Hospice of the Red River Valley Development Officer Curt Seter. “Their continued commitment to supporting Hospice of the Red River Valley helps ensure compassionate end-of-life care will continue long into the future.”

Third Annual Tree Walk for Hospice to be held Dec. 2 in Thief River Falls

Tree WalkThe third annual Tree Walk for Hospice will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 at Eagles Club #2368, located at 305 Red Lake Boulevard in Thief River Falls.

Join us for an event featuring beautifully decorated trees, food and a variety of activities throughout the day! See the schedule of events below.

All events are free-will donation, except for the auction and bake sale. Net proceeds benefit Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Schedule of Events
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tree Walk – View decorated trees and vote on your favorite. Trees will be available for purchase through a silent auction. Paper angels can be purchased at the event to decorate the Hospice Memorial Tree.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Holiday Bake Sale – Take home some tasty treats. The bake sale runs until the items are gone, so get there early!
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Santa & Mrs. Claus – Bring the kids for a visit! Photos may be taken, and each child will receive a bag of treats provided by the Eagles Aries #2368.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Soup and breadstick feed – Free-will donation
2:30 p.m. Tree judging
3 p.m. Memorial ceremony

3rd Annual Marty Pinkney Memorial Golf Tournament Raises More Than $3,100 for Hospice

The third annual Marty Pinkney Memorial Golf Tournament was held June 16 at the Hawley Golf and Country Club and raised $3,185.97 for Hospice of the Red River Valley. Fourteen four-person teams participated in the tournament this year.

“This event continues to be a success, due in large part to the hard work and long hours put in by Jessica and Rita and their group of volunteers,” said Curt Seter, development officer for Hospice of the Red River Valley. “This event honors the memory of Marty Pinkney, and all of us at Hospice or the Red River Valley are very grateful that they have chosen this fun and important day to also support our organization.”

Marty Pinkney passed away under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley in 2014. The event is held in his memory by his family and friends and has raised more than $7,200 for Hospice of the Red River Valley since it began.

 

Dr. Tracie Mallberg Sylvester Joins Hospice of the Red River Valley

Dr. Tracie Mallberg Sylvester, MD
Dr. Tracie Mallberg Sylvester, MD

Dr. Tracie Mallberg Sylvester, MD, has joined Hospice of the Red River as a Staff Physician. In this role, she is responsible for the delivery of patient-centered, high-quality medical hospice care to patients and their families in collaboration with our medical director.

“There is a profound opportunity to make meaningful change in the lives of so many people in our area,” said Dr. Mallberg. “I am very much looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that Hospice offers.”

Most recently, Dr. Mallberg practiced in the emergency department at the VA Hospital in Fargo. She also owned and operated LilyCare, a clinic in West Fargo, for five years. In 2010 she was voted Fargo-Moorhead’s Woman of the Year in Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and her undergraduate degree from University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.

Defining Hope Documentary Screening to be Held in Fargo

Defining HopeDefining Hope, a new documentary following eight patients with life-threatening illness and the nurses who guide them, will be released in select theaters nationwide for special screenings on Nov. 1 in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. The film will be shown in Fargo on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Marcus West Acres Cinema located 4101 17th Ave. S. This event is sponsored by Hospice of the Red River Valley, Sanford Health and Essentia Health, and hosted by the Fargo-Moorhead Advance Care Planning group.

Defining Hope explores what makes life worth living and what to do for ourselves and our loved ones as we get closer to the end of life. Through the stories of patients, families, nurses and healthcare professionals, the conversation around quality end-of-life care is brought to the forefront. Nurses will receive 1.25 free contact hours for watching the film and completing the evaluation thanks to the generous support of Walden University.

Tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/defininghope for $12.50 each. To learn more about the film, visit www.hope.film.

November Lunch and Learn Announced: Palliative or Hospice Care: Navigating End-of-Life Choices

Topic, Presenter & Date
Hospice of the Red River Valley invites health care professionals to its November Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, from noon-1 p.m. Roxanne Smedsrud, RN, CHPN, with Hospice of the Red River Valley, will present on the topic of “Palliative or Hospice Care: Navigating End-of-Life Choices.”

Attendees will understand the role of palliative and hospice care for patients living with progressive, chronic illness and be able to recognize disease-specific indicators and signs of decline. Attendees will also learn how to incorporate palliative and hospice medicine for those patients and families who may benefit.

Continuing Education
Hospice of the Red River Valley is an approved provider of continuing education for social workers and nurses* in North Dakota. This program will be awarded 1 contact hour. *CEs for nurses available only for this presentation.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah Nurses Associations are members of the Western Multi-State Division of the American Nurses Association.

Locations
For your convenience, Lunch and Learns will be held in five Hospice of the Red River Valley Office locations:

  • Fargo – 1701 38th Street SW, Fargo, N.D.
  • Detroit Lakes* – 1111 Highway 10, Detroit Lakes, Minn.
  • Grand Forks* – 2860 10th Avenue N., Ste. 400, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Lisbon* – 415 Main Street, Lisbon, N.D.
  • Valley City* – 1240 W. Main Street, Valley City, N.D.

*The Detroit Lakes, Grand Forks, Lisbon and Valley City office locations will be connected via videoconference to the Fargo office, where the live presentation will take place.

Registration
This event is free and open to all health care professionals, but pre-registration is required because space is limited. Participants may bring their own lunches; coffee and water will be provided. RSVP to Laurie Asmus: laurie.asmus@hrrv.org or (701) 356-1563 by Nov. 7, and indicate which location you will be attending.

Lunch and Learns are free and open to all health care professionals. Lunch and Learns in 2018 will be held every other month starting in January on the second Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. Specific topics and descriptions will be shared closer to each date.

2nd Annual J.J.’s Hog Roast for Hospice Raises $4,530 for Hospice of the Red River Valley

The second annual J.J.’s Hog Roast for Hospice was held Aug. 25-26 and raised $4,530 for Hospice of the Red River Valley. The two-day event, which featured music, a car and bike show, and a traditional hog roast meal, was held in Pelican Rapids, Minn. Over the past two years, this event has raised $5,636 to help provide hospice care to patients and families.

“We’re so appreciative of Jeff and Cindy for hosting this event in memory of their son J.J. It brings the community together for delicious food, fun and a great cause,” said Curt Seter, development officer with Hospice of the Red River Valley. “We’re honored to be a part of this wonderful event. I hope we can continue to work together for years to come.”

The event was sponsored by A1 Radiator Service, Dewey’s Septic Service, Wanzek, Dakota Paper, Northstar Safety Inc., Roamers 4×4 Club, Doug’s Optical, Pro Pallet and Cormorant Inn.

Hospice of the Red River Valley to Host Free Community Event in Grand Forks & Fargo

Hospice of the Red River Valley is pleased to offer a free community event with featured speaker Barbara Karnes, author of “Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience” (also known as the Little Blue Book) which has sold more than 12 million copies. Barbara will present, “Dying is simple. Why do we make it so hard?”

According to Barbara, “Dying is not a medical event; rather it’s social and communal, and when we’re at the bedside of someone who is dying, it is all about togetherness.” Hospice of the Red River Valley invites the community to spend time with Barbara and explore her thoughts on acknowledging and understanding the dying process. From her compassionate and honest message, attendees may relieve stress and reduce fear.

Barbara’s presentation will be offered three times in two locations:
• Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 9-11 a.m. at Ramada, 1205 N. 43rd St., Grand Forks
• Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 7-9 p.m. at Ramada, 1205 N. 43rd St., Grand Forks
• Thursday, Oct. 12 from 7-9 p.m. at the Delta by Marriott Hotel, 1635 42nd St. S., Fargo

These events are free and open to the public with no registration required. No continuing education units are available. Barbara will also present a full-day conference for health care professionals on Friday, Oct. 13 in Fargo.

For more information, visit www.hrrv.org/journeyinghome or call (800) 237-4629.