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HISTORY

NDHC has been providing healthcare services to Northeast North Dakota for more than 120 years. It is the oldest facility in the state of North Dakota. 

Independently owned and operated by member churches, NDHC is dedicated to the communities it serves. A 9-member board of directors governs its operations and ensures services are sustainable as our communities evolve and grow.

1902

Eli Thingelstad farm home was donated for use as home for aged. Home was first used for a hospital.

1908

A new brick hospital was constructed.

1909

A training school for nurses was opened. 

1910

The Thingelstad home was remodeled for use as a Home for the Aged.

1913

A new stucco building was erected to serve as a home for the aged.

1914

The NORTHWOOD EMISSAEREN was launched.

1919

The Thingelstad home was moved to the back of the new addition.

1921

Training school for nurses closed due to financial conditions.

1922

During World War I, because of financial troubles, the hospital closed for a few months.

1924

The hospital and home for the aged were consolidated.

​1924

A large barn was built and equipped with stanchions for 25 cows. Due to health regulations, it was eventually dismantled.

1928

A fully equipped nursery was added.

1930

The depression nearly caused the hospital to permanently close. The Northwood Civic Club formed an association to conduct it as a community hospital.

1930

Financial help from the surrounding community met with success.

1934

A bequest from Mr. and Mrs. Anton Swarstad of Grand Forks was received and was used to build a chapel in 1936 at a cost of $10,000.

1934
Management was resumed by the Northwood Deaconess Hospital and Home Association.

1937

Hospitalization insurance was introduced.

1940

General remodeling was done to include new front entry.

1942

The Hospital and Home Association became a member of the North Dakota Hospital Association.

1943

An elevator was installed.

1945

A new laboratory was added.

​1954

A remodeling project was completed, which inlcuded a clinic in the basement area of the hospital.

1956

A new addition to the nursing home (now the residential section) was constructed.

1957

The old nursing home underwent major improvements.

1965

A new 66 bed nursing home was ready.

1966

Medicare program was adopted.

1967

We applied for a Hill-Burton grant to help fund a new hospital.

1971

A new hospital opened (through gifts and the Hill-Burton Grant).

1972

The clinic space was remodeled.

1974

NDC 100 benefactor club started.

1981

A Far West wing was added to nursing home.

1982

The business office and activities areas were enlarged.

1984

Swing Bed services developed (hospital beds for long-term care).

1985

Home Care services began. A satellite clinic in Larimore was established.

1986

Medical Alert services and Respite Care began.

1988

An Endowment Fund was established.

1989

Hospice care began. The Dr. Robert H. DeLano Nursing Scholarship established.

1990

A CNA training program was established.  Basic Care was delicensed.

1991

Dakota Unit third floor apartments were ready for occupancy.

1993

The Prairie Rose (Special Care/Alzheimer Unit) opened.

 

1994

Facility name changed to Northwood Deaconess Health Center.
Women’s Health Program established.

1995

Home Care became affiliated with United Home Care
Adult Day Care services were established.
A Hatton clinic opened.

1996

The Audrey Mandt Nursing Scholarship was established.

1996

The 2nd floor of Dakota Unit was completely remodeled into apartments.
A new clinic was built on the campus.

Charity Care

1997

The old clinic area was remodeled into a Rehab Dept.
Upstairs occupied by Home Care.

1999

Home Care services turned over to Altru Home Care.  
The Rehab Department entrance remodeled, including installation of a lift.

2001

Remodeling of the long-term care facility began, including the addition of small dining rooms.
Hatton Clinic closed.

2002

Long-term Care unit remodeling  completed.

2009

Opened 6 Assisted Living apartments on NDHC campus.

2014

Opened clinics in Northwood, Larimore, and Binford

2022

$1.1 million remodeling and expansion of Larimore Clinic started.