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Bismarck holds mass vaccination clinic

Mass COVID vaccinations have begun in North Dakota, meaning we’re moving beyond front line health care workers and those at highest risk. Doctors say this next phase is crucial to ending the pandemic. Hospitals like CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck are holding mass vaccination clinics to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. Hospital staff and patients broke down exactly what you can expect at one of these clinics. Two hundred thirty patients came into CHI Friday for their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Among those was Katherine Branson.

Bismarck holds mass vaccination clinic

NDMA backing monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

A form of therapy for COVID-19 patients is being backed by the North Dakota Medical Association. Many treatments have been tested in the long fight against COVID-19. Now, the North Dakota Medical Association is advising doctors and physicians to utilize monoclonal antibodies to treat the virus.

NDMA backing monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

Monoclonal antibody infusions to fight against COVID-19

In late November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for monoclonal antibodies. The treatment has arrived in the state and the North Dakota Medical Association is encouraging people with COVID-19 to consider the option. While the antibody treatment is new, doctors say it works, and yields extraordinary results. Your News Leader spoke with a woman who underwent the infusion who says it made a world of difference in her recovery.

Monoclonal antibody infusions to fight against COVID-19

Dickinson Welcomes New Orthopaedic Robot

CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson is the first hospital in western North Dakota to offer Stryker’s Mako SmartRobotics™ System for orthopaedic surgeries. This advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements are performed by combining three key components into one platform that can improve patient outcomes for these procedures. “For some patients, this can mean less soft tissue damage; for others, greater bone preservation,” explains Dr. Derrick Cote, orthopedic surgeon with The Bone & Joint Center at CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson.

Dickinson Welcomes New Orthopaedic Robot

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Community Health Needs Assessment Survey Released for Bismarck-Mandan

Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, Custer Health, CHI St. Alexius and Sanford Health are working together to coordinate a Community Health Needs Assessment Survey for the Bismarck-Mandan metro area. As community healthcare providers, we are acutely aware of the impact we have on our residents. We also understand that care delivery is only one factor impacting health. Transportation, safety, housing, and other such social determinants are also key considerations. Health needs identified this survey will be addressed through the implementation of community health improvement strategies developed by local health partners.

Your Health First: Heart health during stressful times

What do you do when you’re stressed?
Typically, we eat more, drink more and sleep less. According to Janel Eckroth, a nurse practitioner for CHI St. Alexius. These are all behaviors we tend to turn to in stressful times and these behaviors put stress on our hearts. As we continue to raise awareness about heart health, Eckroth says these times are tough. The holidays are stressors and so is the pandemic. Then add bad behaviors to the fact that our bodies are already reacting all on their own.

Your Health First: Heart health during stressful times

Myths and Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s been called hope in a bottle. The long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine is now reaching communities. Some see it as a chance to finally get life back to normal. Others have concerns about getting the shot. Be sure to get the facts about the vaccine, so you can be ready when it’s your turn.

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Beyond Pandemic Stress: Ongoing Crisis Can Cause Trauma

You don’t have to fight a war or be the victim of a violent crime to experience trauma. Living through the catastrophe of COVID-19 has brought on emotions many of us didn’t know we had. You don’t have to be on the frontlines to find the past year psychologically distressing. The ongoing uncertainty, isolation and fear is having a real impact on emotional health, and in some cases causing trauma.

The Centers for Disease Control defines a traumatic event as an “event, or series of events, that causes moderate to severe stress reactions.” These are characterized by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury or the threat of serious injury or death.

Beyond Pandemic Stress: Ongoing Crisis Can Cause Trauma