Senator Cramer Celebrates Signing of Letter of Intent to Improve Access to Health Care and Services in Lake Area Communities

Devils Lake, ND – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) celebrated the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) between Essentia Health, Altru Health System, the City of Devils Lake and Spirit Lake Nation to collaborate on healthcare initiatives, including the development of a new healthcare campus. He kicked off the ceremony by congratulating local and health care leaders.

“Local health care leaders, Spirit Lake Nation and the Town of Devils Lake are coming together to build a healing institution that, through its development, will have a healing impact on the entire lake region. The scriptures say that “a rope of three strands is not easily broken”. These strands are communities and relationships that depend on trust, but there have been decades of trust and broken promises. Today is a monumental day marking the start of a new journey guided by an innovative vision to rebuild strong partnerships, restore lost trust, and provide the access to quality health care the community of Devils Lake deserves.” , said Senator Cramer.

Senator Cramer delivered remarks at the standing room event filled with local leaders and the medical community. He highlighted his family’s connection to Devils Lake, applauded the vision of Spirit Lake Nation, the Town of Devils Lake and local healthcare providers for their innovative approach, and discussed the importance of rebuilding strong relationships to ensure that the lake region has access to the quality health services they deserve.

Signing ceremony attendees included Spirit Lake President Doug Yankton, Devils Lake Mayor Jim Moe, Essentia CEO David Herman, Essentia West Market President Bill Heegaard, CEO of ‘Altru, Todd Forkel, and Altru President, Josh Deere.

Background:
In June, Senator Cramer joined Spirit Lake Nation President Yankton for a panel discussion on regional issues ranging from fish and wildlife to health care initiatives. Attendees included Governor Burgum, former Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson, community leaders and stakeholders. Senator Cramer is committed to providing assistance to ensure that Spirit Lake Nation and the greater community of Devils Lake have access to the resources they need to improve access and quality of health care. Learn more here.

In August, Senator Cramer held a roundtable in Northwood, ND with North Dakota rural health leaders. It was an informative and informative meeting to discuss the challenges of workforce, behavioral health, telehealth and operations. Learn more here.

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