Elbowoods Memorial Health Center

About Us

The Elbowoods Memorial Health Center (EMHC) is an American Indian Health Facility primarily serving the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.  The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is located in central North Dakota; home of the federally recognized Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation otherwise known as the Three Affiliated Tribes.  The reservation sits along the banks of the Missouri River and consists of 988,000 acres which is the home base for approximately 15,000 enrolled members.  For more information about the tribes please visit www.mhanation.com.

EMHC is owned and operated by the MHA Nation.  Historically, the healthcare was provided to the people of the MHA Nation by Indian Health Services.  In 2008, the MHA Nation’s health care system became a PL 93-638 Ambulatory Health Care Center; therefore this facility is operated under the rules and regulation of the MHA Nation along with its accrediting organization Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.

EMHC has four additional field clinics each with a provider, nurse, pharmacy technician, and support staff.  Other associated clinics include Dental and the Awatii Wellness Center.  We also provide direct health services to native people from other federally recognized tribes; as well as inmates occupying the Justice Center.  Our general clinic services initiate referrals to consultants, prescribe medications, and formulates a medical plan for each patient.


Pediatric Care – The EMHC and field Clinics offer well child exams, immunizations, head start and school physical exams, as well as urgent care services for sick babies and children.

Women’s Health – screening exams, prenatal care, and family planning services; along with mammograms, ultrasounds, and dexascans to check for bone density.

Behavioral Health –Provides out-patient psychological, counseling services; including routine and crisis intervention for individuals of all ages, families, and couples.  We also offer psychiatric care to individuals needing intensive/higher level of care.

Optometry – Optical services include comprehensive eye exams, refraction for all ages, contact lens fitting, post-surgical follow-up, emergency eye care, fundus photography; as well as the purchase, fitting, and repair of eyeglasses.

Podiatry – This service involves routine foot care including routine foot checks for diabetes clinic.

Dentistry – Provides exams, cleanings, fillings, extractions, sealants, and preventive dental care.  Other complex procedures are done only when service is available.

Laboratory Radiology – accredited by Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments (CLIA).

  • General X-rays
  • Mammography
  • CT
  • Ultrasounds

Pharmacy – assures effective, safe, cost effective drug therapy and outcomes in the use of drugs and medication in the communities served.

Diabetes Program/Clinic

Field Health Services – These departments offer services outside of EMHC and the Field Clinics:

  • Public Health Nursing
  • Community Health Educator
  • Environmental Health Officer/Sanitarian
  • Safety Officer


The EMHC team is a dedicated group of medical and administrative professionals committed to providing safe and appropriate health care, with a respectful and caring attitude to each individual.  It is through team-work, dedication, and quality customer relations that we all make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.

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