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Whiting Donates $200,000 To Labor & Delivery Wing


Watford City—In a rural population that only continues to grow, reaching close to 10,000 now, we know that in order to properly care for our growing and evolving community expanding the continuum of healthcare is crucial, that includes a long term plan to implement labor & delivery services. Making a strong community footprint, Whiting is donating $200,000 to name and help offset expenses for the Labor & Delivery Wing. This wing is special because once deployed, it will be a service that hasn’t been provided in the county for decades.

In 2017, Whiting Petroleum Corporation donated $50,000 to provide furnishings for an Obstetrics Room in the new medical facility. Their new gift of $200,000 will fund the Labor & Delivery Wing, a vital entity at MCHS’ new medical facility. Whiting understands the obstacles expecting mothers and their families face in a growing, rural community when having to travel to a larger city for labor and delivery services. Their gift will positively impact thousands of people once fully-implemented. MCHS sincerely thanks Whiting for their generous support and community leadership in Watford City.

“Whiting has always been a strong supporter of our community. Their continuous generosity toward local healthcare shows they are truly aware of how important it is to be able to provide top-quality healthcare and services to the community. Their contributions to our new medical facility and their continued efforts to remain actively involved and supportive of Watford City and its neighbors is greatly appreciated and does not go unnoticed,” said Dan Kelly, CEO of MCHS.

Whiting is one of the largest independent exploration and production companies in the country with an oil focused asset base. They control one of the largest acreage positions in the Bakken and Three Forks resource play in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana with 469,752 net acres in the oil productive sweet spots of the basin. From the Bakken and Three Forks resource play they have consistently been a top oil producer in North Dakota and across the Williston Basin. In the new and large oil prone sweet spot of the eastern DJ Basin of Colorado, they have 87,412 net acres.

“We are honored and excited to be able to contribute to such an important entity at the new medical facility. Whiting knows that in an area like Watford City where the growing population consists of so many young families, it is a necessity to provide labor and delivery services close to home. We are extremely proud to be a part of this incredible community,” said Ashley McNamee, Director of Government and Corporate Affairs at Whiting Petroleum Corporation.

McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Inc. is located in Watford City - in the heart of western North Dakota's Bakken formation. McKenzie County Healthcare Systems’ Board of Trustees includes: Board Chair, Patsy Levang – Volunteer; Vice President, Myron Hovet - Volunteer; Secretary/Treasurer, Michon Sax – Volunteer; and Trustees—Jan Dodge, Tammy James, Scott Swenson, Neal Shipman, Dr. Monty Bulzomi, Virginia Ceynar, and Daniel Kelly, Ex-Officio. Board President of the Benefit Fund of McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Inc. is Myron Hovet, Volunteer, and Vice-President is Kelly Peterson, First International Bank & Trust. Dan Kelly serves as the Benefit Fund’s Executive Director.


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