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Trinity conducts Turkey Drive

Trinity Health is in the home stretch of a campaign to put turkeys on the tables of needy families this holiday season. The deadline for donations to Trinity’s second annual Turkey Drive is Dec. 4.

Foundation Director Jodi Smith said the drive is well on its way toward meeting its goal of providing turkeys for 400 families as part of Minot’s Horn of Plenty project. The turkeys will help top off the charity’s food and toy baskets that are given annually to area families during the Christmas season.

“This is a great time of year because it reminds us to reflect on our blessings and express our gratitude by giving back to others in need,” Smith said.

Cost of each turkey is $15, but monetary donations in any amount are welcome. Gifts may be dropped off at the Trinity Hospital Gift Shop or the Foundation office by Dec. 4. People may also contribute online at (

Allergy research program starting

Trinity Health Allergy/Immunology specialists Dr. Michael Reder and Dr. Sean Stanga are seeking participants in a cat allergy study that could pave the way for development of a new form of cat allergy treatment.

“Basically we’re looking at a way to potentially make it easier and safer for patients to be treated for cat allergy,” said Reder, the study’s primary investigator. “We’re hoping to enroll as many people as possible.”

As many as 25 percent of Americans may suffer from cat allergy, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. This includes 14 percent of children between the ages 6 and 19 years. Reder and Stanga’s study has an age range criteria of 12 to 65 years.

“We’re looking for cat allergic people who have a pet cat. These are people who have allergy symptoms, who know or suspect that they’re allergic to cats, and who actually have a cat that lives with them indoors,” Reder stated.

People who are interested in participating but aren’t sure if they are candidates may log on to

( to see if they pre-qualify. The screening process will determine whether they meet the study’s criteria. As is often the case with this type of research, all study-related exams, lab services and study medications are free, and compensation for time and travel may be available.

For more information about allergies or asthma, contact Reder or Stanga at 857-7387. For questions about the cat allergy study, please call Trinity’s Clinical Studies Department at 857-2510.

Sather to speak on ammonia spill

Emergency physician Dr. Jeffrey Sather will share the story of Minot’s 2002 anhydrous ammonia spill with physicians and healthcare workers in Wyoming on Dec. 2.

Sather is billed as the guest speaker at an educational event hosted by Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. The presentation will be broadcast via video conference to hospitals across the state of Wyoming.

Sather said he’ll discuss the impact the ammonia spill had on Minot and offer advice on what other health systems can do to prepare for a similar disaster. “The primary topic will be the anydrous spill, the medical response and disaster preparedness,” he added, “but most likely I’ll discuss the (2011) flood as well.”

One person was killed and hundreds were injured on Jan. 18, 2002, when a Canadian Pacific freight train derailed west of Minot, causing tanker cars with anhydrous ammonia to rupture and release a cloud of gas across the city.

Sather serves as director of the Trinity Emergency/Trauma Center and is Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Trinity Hospital.