Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Program Now Available at Swift County Benson Hospital

As a result of a recently formed partnership with Whitney Sleep Diagnostics & Consultants, Swift County Benson Hospital is pleased to announce its new sleep medicine program.  Patients can now receive diagnosis and treatment for their sleep disorder right in Benson.  Whether you are experiencing symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Restless Legs Syndrome or any of the 84 known sleep disorders, you can now receive care without having to leave town.

People who snore excessively or stop breathing during sleep may have sleep apnea.  It is estimated that up to 18 million American adults have sleep apnea.  Untreated sleep apnea can increase a person’s risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and work or traffic-related accidents due to daytime fatigue.  If you or someone you care about is having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or not waking up refreshed, you can talk with your healthcare provider about sleep.  A simple screening tool available through your healthcare provider’s office can help determine if a sleep study is the best course of action for your situation.

“Sleep medicine continues to grow as a need among our patients, so we’re excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Whitney, and bring his expertise to our patients.  Of course, patients also benefit from not having to travel,” commented Melissa McGinty-Thompson, Chief Nursing Officer at Swift County Benson Hospital.  “Our patients now have the ability to be tested locally, and receive follow up from their study by the same Board Certified Sleep Specialist that interpreted their sleep study.  Our new sleep program is driven by positive patient outcomes as opposed to simply diagnosing a sleep disorder. Now people living in and around Benson can receive the same, if not better, sleep medicine services as those who live in a major metropolitan area.”

Patients who have had a sleep study in the past, but are either non-compliant with therapy or have questions about their study can talk with their Healthcare Provider about a consultation with a Sleep Specialist.  Whitney Sleep can also help with CPAP questions and supplies.

Patients who wish to have the continuity of care–sleep disorder diagnosed, treated and managed–that Whitney Sleep is able to provide locally, should tell their provider that they would like a referral to the full service sleep lab at Swift County Benson Hospital.

Dr. Courtney Whitney, who oversees all aspects of the sleep program at Swift County Benson Hospital, is a Board Certified Sleep Physician.  In 2004, he opened the Whitney Sleep Center in Plymouth, MN and in 2008 created Whitney Sleep Diagnostics specifically to provide comprehensive sleep medicine services to the rural market.  His decision to partner with rural hospitals allows people living in less populated areas access to all of the benefits of a fully accredited sleep center.

According to Dr Whitney, “The new partnership with Whitney Sleep helps demonstrate the commitment Swift County Benson Hospital has to the community it serves.”

SCBH is announcing its new CEO

Kurt WaldbilligAfter conducting a nationwide search led by healthcare search firm B. E. Smith, Swift County-Benson Hospital has hired Kurt Waldbillig as its Chief Executive Officer. A skilled healthcare executive with more than 15 years of leadership experience, Waldbillig assumes his duties on Monday, March 23.  He replaces current SCBH CEO Frank Lawatsch who is retiring after 18 years at the SCBH helm.


“Kurt brings extensive experience leading rural healthcare organizations, a successful track record in physician recruitment, and a dedicated focus on providing high-quality patient care to the community,” said Kory Johnson, Swift County-Benson Hospital Board Chair. “We are excited to have Kurt join our senior executive team and are confident that under his leadership the hospital will continue to meet the expanding healthcare needs of the community.”


Formerly, Waldbillig served as vice president of physician services at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, N.D. In this role, he provided leadership for an outreach network consisting of seven managed critical access facilities and four affiliated critical access hospitals, as well as the daily operations of the primary care clinics and 12 specialty physician clinics. Previous executive positions include serving as chief executive officer at Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen, N.D., Jacobson Memorial Hospital in Elgin, N.D., and Richardton Health Care Center in Richardton, N.D.


“Swift County-Benson Hospital was seeking a dynamic healthcare executive with comprehensive rural healthcare experience and a proven capability to build strong collaborative relationships with physicians and the community,” said Mark Madden, senior vice president of executive search for B. E. Smith.  “Kurt’s experience and leadership style were the perfect fit.”


Waldbillig earned a master’s degree in healthcare management from the University of Bismarck and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He is a member of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

The SCBH Patient Portal is Now Available

Have you been to the hospital lately for a stay, a lab test, or an appointment? You can now get your medical information online at a secure patient site called MyChart and it’s available ONLY TO YOU.  MyChart will contain information such as: future appointments, lab results, allergies and conditions, current problems, a list of the medications you are taking, and your health summary. You can print the information for your files or send it to your physician or other health providers.

Here’s how you sign up for your private MyChart medical record site. Next time you come to the hospital, go to the SCBH Front Desk and fill out a Patient Portal Request form so we can make MyChart available to you. We will then e-mail you a password that will allow you to get into MyChart. You will be able to see your record and change the password to one you can remember. You also have the option to give your family member of legal ward access to your MyChart account by filling out a proxy form.

If you’d like to have the Patient Portal Request form mailed to you, please contact Michelle Nelson at 320-843-1317.

You can access MyChart through a link on the homepage of our website at www.SCBH.org or the web address https://mychart.scbh.org.

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The construction is nearly complete. . .

Please Join Us  for our Open House 


on Tuesday, October 22, from 4:00pm – 6:30pm for our Open House.

Stop in and take a tour of our new facility.  See the new clinic, therapy department, and more!  The official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 4:15pm.  Refreshments will be offered.

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