Oberlander Recognized for his Service on CHI Mercy Health Board

By: Lisa Urbatsch (CHI Mercy Health)

Mark Oberlander and Keith Heuser

Mark Oberlander and Keith Heuser

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – Mark Oberlander will retire from the CHI Mercy Hospital Governing Board after 5 years of service as its chairman.

Keith Heuser, President of CHI Mercy Health in Valley City said it is remarkable and gratifying to have a community member like Mark who has served CHI Mercy Health for so many years.

Mark Oberlander

Mark Oberlander

Oberlander was recognized on April 12th at the CHI Mercy Health Governing Board Meeting in Valley City. He served on the board from July 1, 2009, his term will end on June 30, 2018.

Oberlander said, “Serving on the Governing Board has given me greater appreciation of all the staff and providers at Mercy CHI Health.” He added, “Valley City and Barnes County is very fortunate to have these caring professionals taking over of our health care needs in this most challenging time for this industry.”

Hospital Pharmacy Technician Amanda Chase Receives State Award

By: Amy Noeske (CHI Mercy Health)

Amanda Chase

Amanda Chase

FARGO, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The 133rd annual ND Pharmacy Convention was held April 19-22nd in Fargo, where Valley City hospital pharmacy technician Amanda (Mandy) Chase was named the 2018 ND Distinguished Young Pharmacy Technician.

Each year one outstanding technician is given this award for North Dakota, as nominated by his or her peers and chosen by the NAPT (Northland Association of Pharmacy Technicians) Executive Board. The award recognizes one pharmacy technician who has been working for 10 or fewer years, for his/her contributions to the profession.

Mandy’s pharmacist peers were very complimentary of her daily work life, saying “her passion for her profession is evident daily in the interactions we have with her. To me there is not a technician in ND that is more deserving of this award” said Karen Finck of CHI’s Virtual Health tele-pharmacy group.

Her hospital work colleagues also described her as “a very active and positive leader in our facility” and note that she is a strong advocate for patient and employee safety by being one of the hospital’s leading Safety Coaches. In this role she models and promotes our Safety First behaviors and is never afraid to mentor those who need assistance.

Mandy has also done great work in sourcing medications through trying times of drug shortages. “I do not know of a nurse in this building who does not rely on Mandy’s skills, her integrity and her knowledge” says Keith Heuser, CHI Mercy Health’s President.

Mandy Chase has been an employee at CHI Mercy Health since 2009.