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CHI St. Alexius Health Opens Post-COVID Care Clinic

CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck has opened a Post-COVID Care Clinic to better serve its patients and individuals in the community who may be experiencing post-acute COVID syndrome. 

It is estimated that 23 million people experience post-COVID symptoms which may include, but not limited to:

fatigue shortness of breath brain fog and depression
Post COVID Care Clinic

Nurses the Heart of Health Care

If you want to see care in action, follow a nurse. They know a single moment can change an entire life, so they bring exceptional training and tremendous heart to every encounter. One patient at a time, they do a world of good.

The community came together Wednesday, May 11 at the Tribune’s fourth annual “Nurses: The Heart of Health Care” luncheon to share their why's – how they were inspired by the nurses who made an impact in their lives. The event recognized 13 nurses who have excelled at providing care for patients and their families. CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to be a founding sponsor of the event, which was held at Bismarck State College's National Energy Center of Excellence.

Nurses the Heart of Health Care

CHI Health at Home Hosts Memorial Tree Planting

CHI Health at Home is hosting its annual Hospice Memorial Tree Planting events in Bismarck and Garrison, ND. The tree planting ceremony is an opportunity to remember and honor loved ones in hospice care. 

The ceremony begins with a prayer service and candle lighting. Families and friends are invited to write their loved one’s name and a message on a piece of paper to be planted with the tree. The event will conclude with a program to recognize hospice volunteers, followed by a reception.

Hospice Tree

Living with cystic fibrosis: challenges and advances

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a difficult disease to live with but management is greatly improving thanks to recent medical advances.

CF is an inherited genetic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 people in the United States. A genetic defect causes the body to produce mucous that is thick and sticky rather than loose and watery. Instead of sweeping out bacteria from the lungs, it can clog the lungs and lead to life-threatening infections, progressive lung damage and difficulty breathing. The mucus also blocks the pancreas, which prevents natural enzymes from breaking down and absorbing food.

Living with cystic fibrosis: challenges and advances

CHI St. Alexius Health Names New VP Operational Finance

CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to announce James L. Smith, CPA, as its Vice President of Operational Finance. He previously served as Vice President of Finance at Palomar Health in San Diego,  Calif., where he was responsible for financial reporting for California’s largest healthcare district.

VP Operational Finance

Supan Receives DAISY Award

Johnathan Supan, RN, CHI St. Alexius Bismarck Intensive Care Unit, was honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

The DAISY Award recipient, Johnathan, was recognized for the care he provided a patient undergoing open-heart surgery. The patient’s daughter nominated Johnathan after seeing how he encouraged and communicated with her mother during her stay in the ICU. Johnathan was still in orientation, but it was never obvious since he cared for her like she was his own mother, putting the family at ease knowing she was in the very best care.

Supan Receives DAISY Award

Wamsley Joins CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck Foundation

CHI St. Alexius Health is pleased to welcome Kathy Wamsley to its Bismarck Foundation. Kathy will assist with donor development, grant management, event planning and office management.

Before joining CHI St. Alexius, she served as the team lead for marketing and the meat department at Sam’s Club. Kathy brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, management, and fundraising.

Wamsley Joins CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck Foundation

Four associates accepted into the Provider Leadership Academy

CHI St. Alexius Health is thrilled to recognize the acceptance of four associates into the 2022-23 CommonSpirit Provider Leadership Academy. Please join us in congratulating Vanna Binning, MD, FAAFP Minot Medical Plaza; Cody L. Chathams, CRNA, Anesthesiology; Andrea Kilzer, Lead APP Urgent Care; and John Smetana, PA, Garrison Clinic, for this prestigious honor.

Our chosen associates will join a cohort of approximately 70 physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs) from 12 states across our ministry. Executive leaders nominated clinicians from St. Alexius for demonstrating a passion for leadership and learning. The network’s council reviewed nominees from CommonSpirit Health system entries and selected the final candidates.

Four associates accepted into the Provider Leadership Academy