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Raising Our Voice for Racial Justice and Health Equity

June 1, 2020
CommonSpirit Health CEOs Lloyd H. Dean and Kevin E. Lofton shared the following message in response to protests that have followed the killing of George Floyd. 

As the leaders of an organization whose reason for existence is health, we are part of a healing ministry of 150,000 people dedicated to human life, liberty and justice. We are united in a belief in the inherent dignity of all people. This transcends race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or economic status.

As healers, we cannot watch the killing of George Floyd and the violence that has erupted during otherwise peaceful protests in response without deep sadness. However, having seen the impacts of systemic racism in healthcare for decades, these recent events sharpen our resolve to demand justice, truth and dignity for all.

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CHI Mission and Ministry Funding completes County Park upgrades

Those out for a walk near the Foster County Courthouse or driving on the Highway 200 overpass in Carrington may notice the new, brightly colored park equipment in the Foster County Courthouse Park. Improvement efforts to the park have been in the works since January 2018 and were recently completed with the return of nicer weather. The most recent equipment installments were a result of a $50,000 grant from the CHI Mission and Ministry Fund to CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington with the intent to continue improving the park’s physical environment. By improving the equipment, children of all ages and adults are now able to safely enjoy outdoor physical activity opportunities at the park. The CHI Mission and Ministry Fund provides funding for planning, development and implementation of new initiatives to promote healthy communities in the communities CHI serves.

CHI Mission and Ministry Funding completes County Park upgrades

Helmsley Charitable Trust Grants $4.7m to Fund Life-Saving Technology to Confront Cardiac Threat from COVID-19

In April, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust announced a multimillion-dollar effort to save the lives of COVID-19 patients and to protect the frontline healthcare workers caring for them. The grant funded the purchase of 11 LUCAS mechanical chest compression devices for CHI St. Alexius Health located in Bismarck, Garrison, Turtle Lake, Carrington, Dickinson, and Williston.

A total of $4,711,481 in funding will be distributed across five upper-midwestern states to pay for 367 LUCAS mechanical CPR devices to be deployed to hospitals caring for patients during the pandemic and beyond.

“These devices are vital because we don’t want frontline healthcare workers to choose between trying to save a patient or risking exposure to themselves and others to the Coronavirus,” said Walter Panzirer, a trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “LUCAS has been a proven, effective tool in saving lives during cardiac arrest, and having more of them available during this pandemic will save even more lives, including those of the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers.”

Helmsley Charitable Trust Grants $4.7m to Fund Life-Saving Technology to Confront Cardiac Threat from COVID-19

CHI St. Alexius Health Resumes Elective Procedures and Services

CHI St. Alexius Health facilities have resumed some elective procedures and services. Like most hospitals, CHI St. Alexius Health stopped performing these procedures to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients and ensure we could provide these patients with the safest care. In taking the step to resume some procedures, CHI St. Alexius Health is using criteria that is based on guidance from the CDC, US Surgeon General, American Hospital Association, and the leading national associations of nurses, surgeons, and anesthesiologists.

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CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington named a 2020 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital

CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington was recently named a 2020 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital for overall performance in the country. This is the sixth time since 2014, CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington has been recognized with the Top 20 distinction. The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington, scored best among critical access hospitals as determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health for overall performance. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

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CHI St. Alexius Health Launches COVID-19 Help Line

Worried about COVID-19?  CHI St. Alexius Health has established a COVID-19 Help Line to help provide information, answer questions and direct patients who may be at risk for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Help Line is a two-step process for those in the community who are concerned they may have COVID-19. They answer four short questions. Those answers will determine what happens next. They are either directed to more information, Virtual Care or our Help Line where our health care team will determine the next level of care.

CHI St. Alexius Health Launches COVID-19 Help Line

CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Recognized as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington has been named a 2020 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This is the eighth time for CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington to receive the annual award, which honors rural hospital performance. The award is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020.

“It is an honor to be recognized eight out of ten years as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the United States,” comments Mariann Doeling, President of CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington. “It demonstrates our staff’s commitment to provide continuous high quality, safe patient care to our community,” adds Doeling, “It takes teamwork from our dedicated medical staff, nursing, imaging, lab and nutritional services to make this happen. That teamwork extends to include many additional office staff, housekeepers, maintenance, and administration who work behind the scenes to support our patient care teams.”

CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Recognized as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital