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CHI St. Alexius is celebrating heart month, one step at a time.

Heart-pumping competition raises heart health awareness. CHI St. Alexius is celebrating heart month, one step at a time. Cardiac Rehab patients and employees each walked or ran on a treadmill for 20 to 40 minutes today, to spread awareness of cardiovascular disease. It's part of a friendly competition with other medical facilities in South Dakota and Montana - total miles are added up and compared.

CHI St. Alexius is celebrating heart month, one step at a time.

A 'revolution in medicine': New technology at CHI St. Alexius helps stroke patients

When Nicholas Bradbury was in medical school 15 years ago, treatment options were limited for stroke patients. When Bradbury went with a neurologist to visit stroke patients, they'd take note of the functions patients lost - such as vision or speech - and then put them on baby aspirin and that was it.

"That was all the treatment you had," said Bradbury, now an interventional radiologist at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck. Over the past 10 years, treatment for stroke patients has changed drastically. Strokes occur when a clot gets stuck in a person's brain and blocks blood flow, which can cause brain damage, a long-term disability or death.

A 'revolution in medicine': New technology at CHI St. Alexius helps stroke patients

Bismarck 5th graders learn about explorers

Fifth graders at Liberty Elementary are learning about explorers and expeditions, and on Wednesday they got to hear from one in Bismarck. Each student has picked an explorer to research for the project. Wednesday, Dr. Jon Solberg spoke to them about his experiences.

Bismarck 5th graders learn about explorers

New Stroke Imaging Software Makes Detection Instantaneous

We spoke to a Radiologist who says when he was in medical school 12 years ago, doctors could only evaluate if a patient had a stroke by looking at them. Times have changed. CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck just became the first hospital in North Dakota to bring in RAPID stroke imaging software.

Doctor Nicholas Bradbury says this is revolutionary because when someone has a stroke, every minute counts and this will allow doctors to detect a stroke immediately.

New Stroke Imaging Software Makes Detection Instantaneous

CommonSpirit Health™ Launches as New Health System

Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health combine to bring compassionate, high-quality care to communities across 21 states

Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) have come together as CommonSpirit Health, creating a new nonprofit Catholic health system focused on advancing health for all people and serving communities in 21 states.

The $29 billion system operates more than 700 care sites and 142 hospitals, as well as research programs, virtual care services, home health programs, and living communities. CommonSpirit Health also supports a range of community health programs to create healthier communities and address the root causes of poor health such as access to quality care and health equity, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, and a healthy environment.

The new organization is built on the legacy of 17 congregations of women religious who founded health ministries to serve people most in need. Today, it is supported by approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Catholic Health Initiatives CEO Kevin E. Lofton and Dignity Health President and CEO Lloyd H. Dean will both serve as CEOs in the Office of the CEO for the new health system.

CommonSpirit Health™ Launches as New Health System

Don't Get Bit By Frostbite This Winter

With dangerous, and in some cases life threatening wind chills in the forecast this week. Medical experts are urging you to take care of your skin. Wind Chills are forecast this week to be 20 to in some cases 40 below zero. And at those temperatures, exposed skin can begin suffering the effects of Frostbite in less than a minute.

Don't Get Bit By Frostbite This Winter

Going Bionic: Baby Boomers seek joint replacement surgery at a rapid rate

When Baby Boomers moved through adolescence 50 years ago, they watched their parents and grandparents age and nursing homes fill with people suffering from arthritic conditions. Now as Boomers hit their 60s and 70s and their own joints ache and body parts wear thin, medical advancements are allowing them to stay active and continue a high quality of life.

Boomers account for nearly 40 percent of all total knee or total hip replacements in recent years due to improvements in materials, surgical technique and pain management. While they obviously seek pain relief, their biggest motivation is to get back to biking, golfing and their aerobics class.

“Baby Boomers want to stay active, and to a large degree we can meet their demands,” said Tim Bopp, CHI St. Alexius Health Bone and Joint Center orthopedic surgeon. “They are high demand people and they tend to take whatever we do and test it to the limit,” Bopp said. “Twenty years ago when I did a knee replacement, I wouldn’t dream of letting people go downhill skiing. Well, today, we do allow people to go downhill skiing, but they have to tone it down. They have to use some common sense because there’s still a limit to what we can do.”

Going Bionic: Baby Boomers seek joint replacement surgery at a rapid rate

CHI St. Alexius Health Brings iSchemaView’s RAPID™ Stroke Imaging Platform to Bismarck

iSchemaView’s RAPID™ Stroke Imaging supports the Expanded Treatment Window Stroke Guidelines Recently Adopted by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

State-of-the-Art Imaging Solution Now Available to CHI St. Alexius Health Patients Provides Automated Assessment of Blood Flow in the Brain and Assesses Salvageable Tissue

CHI St. Alexius Health, today announced they are the first in North Dakota to implement the RAPID imaging platform from iSchemaView, bringing the most advanced brain imaging software platform for identifying treatment options for stroke patients to Bismarck. RAPID is a new class of automated brain imaging software that allows doctors to quickly visualize interruptions in blood flow to the brain and quantitate salvageable brain tissue.

CHI St. Alexius Health Brings iSchemaView’s RAPID™ Stroke Imaging Platform to Bismarck