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Tribune seeks nominations of top nurses

The Bismarck Tribune is again partnering with local hospitals to recognize nurses in Bismarck, Mandan and the surrounding area who go above and beyond to deliver compassionate care. The Tribune is seeking nominations from the public of nurses who have made a significant impact in their community and on their patients. CHI St. Alexius Health and Sanford Health are the presenting sponsors of “Nurses: The Heart of Health Care,” which honors nurses who have excelled in unprecedented times.

Tribune seeks nominations of top nurses

CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck among Nation’s 250 Best Hospitals

CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck was among four CHI facilities in the Midwest Division named to the Healthgrades 2021 list of America’s 250 Best Hospitals. The distinction places these facilities among the top 5% of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems. CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy and CHI Health Lakeside — both in Omaha, Nebraska and CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, Nebraska, were also selected.

CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck among Nation’s 250 Best Hospitals

Bismarck doctor says the chances of contracting COVID after being vaccinated are low

Can you still contract COVID-19 after being vaccinated? The short answer is yes. For instance, this past week, four people in Oregon who were fully vaccinated tested positive for COVID out of 160,000 Oregonian residents who have received their second shot.

Bismarck doctor says the chances of contracting COVID after being vaccinated are low

KX Conversation: Work on the Frontlines

For our Feb. 12 edition of KX Conversation, Angie Sayler, the clinical coordinator at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck, joined us to discuss working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight.

North Dakota has come a long way since November. After a peak of 334 active COVID patients in hospitals, we’re down to 39. We asked Sayler how different things are at the hospital now, how morale is and what her message is to North Dakotans to keep those COVID-positive numbers low.

Work on the Frontlines

CDC tracks COVID vaccine side effects through V-Safe

The Centers for Disease Control have been updating the list of COVID vaccine side effects as more shots are administered. But, the information wouldn’t be available if people didn’t report how they feel after receiving one. Doctors say it’s common to feel some mild side effects after you get your COVID vaccine. They know this, thanks to a reporting system called V-Safe. Once the data from your vaccine experience, and thousands of others, is compiled, scientists can make important calls about the vaccine that could potentially help generations to come in understanding how it works.

CDC tracks COVID vaccine side effects through V-Safe

Your health first: Staying warm and avoiding frostbite

With subzero temperatures, frostbite can set in in minutes. Frostbite is what happens when your body’s tissue gets too cold and freezes. Your ears, fingers, nose and toes are the most at risk. An ER doctor in Bismarck says some of the signs to look for are numbing, tingling and even a burning sensation.

“You know, a lot of us are just getting in our cars and things, so the time of exposure to the cold to those fingers, toes, nose and toes is probably not that long. But if you’re out there for long periods of time, maybe a farmer, rancher that has to go travel long-distance walking or something, those are the ones we worry about,” said Dr. Benji Kitagawa, emergency & trauma medicine physician at CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck.

Your health first staying warm and avoiding frostbite

'Wear Red Day' Raises Awareness of Cardiovascular Disease

National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 5, 2021. We encourage our staff and our communities to wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women – and too many women, particularly our youngest most diverse women, remain unaware.

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