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Kinder Morgan Contributes $300,000 To New Medical Campus


Left to right are: Patsy Levang, Chair of the McKenzie Co. Healthcare System's Board of Trustees; Cheryl Faulkner, Director of Nursing-McKenzie Co. Hospital; Lisa Samuelson, Ultrasound Technician-McKenzie Co. Hospital; Allen Fore, VP of Public Affairs-Kinder Morgan; and Ryan Dahl, Land Agent-Kinder Morgan

Watford City-Funding and building a new, state-of-the-art medical campus is no small task. McKenzie County Healthcare Systems' (MCHS) new medical campus is designed to enhance outpatient and inpatient care, meet the community's primary and urgent care needs, provide for surgical procedures and equip the Howard Bonner Memorial Emergency Room with technology necessary for the best, most immediate and effective response in the region. Additionally, private resident rooms for our community's aging population in need of nursing care will be constructed. In order to properly care for our growing and evolving community, we know enhancing our existing services and expanding our continuum of care is crucial. Expanding the existing facility will allow MCHS to continue to attract top talent and fill positions that can be challenging to fill based on our rural setting.

Hiland Partners Holdings, a Kinder Morgan, Inc. company, recognized the value of our efforts and has helped us advance our goal of keeping healthcare close to home for McKenzie County residents and our neighbors in surrounding areas. Because of their $300,000 commitment to the new facility, of which $120,000 is being donated today with the remainder coming in $50,000 installments through 2018, everyone in the community is closer to realizing the benefits of added services and staff. MCHS extends the most sincere gratitude to Kinder Morgan for their generosity and commitment to available and excellent healthcare in the community. "I applaud Kinder Morgan in making this contribution to the community where they have a strong presence. The oil activity has brought many new individuals to our community and with that influx comes new needs. Kinder Morgan is being a great corporate citizen and doing their part to see that their employees will have access to quality/comprehensive medical care," said Chief Executive Officer of MCHS, Dan Kelly.

Kinder Morgan is the largest energy infrastructure company in North America. In 2015, Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) completed the acquisition of Hiland Partners for approximately $3 billion, giving Kinder Morgan a large footprint in North Dakota and the Bakken Formation area. The company operates 325 miles of natural gas and crude pipeline in McKenzie County while employing approximately 150 people and paying $1.9 million in taxes to state and local bodies in the county. "It's very important to our company that we form strong partnerships with communities, especially given the size of our operations in McKenzie County," said Kinder Morgan Vice President of Public Affairs Allen Fore, who attended the check presentation in Watford City. "We know our contribution to McKenzie County Healthcare Systems will help serve the ever-changing needs of the community, and we are pleased to make this investment to assist the people on the front lines of providing critical care to area residents."


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