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Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington

Nurses at CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington were recently honored with the ninth annual DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday. The 2020 award recipient is Alicia Gussiaas who was nominated for her exemplary care given to patients. Gussiaas was one of six nurse nominees from CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington, which also included Nikki Neumiller, Michelle Belile, Kristy Konschak, Terah Weisenburger, and Taryn VanBedaf.

Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington

Proud Member of the ND Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

CHI St. Alexius Health is a proud member of the North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, a 2020 80% in Every Community National Achievement Award Honoree. North Dakota designated this week as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Week, as we celebrate the North Dakota Colorectal Cancer Roundtable national award and bring CRC screening back into focus in this new pandemic environment.

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. when men and women are combined, yet it can often be prevented or detected at an early stage. But there is good news: the number of deaths from colorectal cancer has been dropping in both men and women for several decades. One reason, researchers say, is the use of screening colonoscopies to remove colorectal polyps before they develop into cancers, or find cancers earlier when the disease is easier to treat. Another factor is that treatment for colorectal cancer has improved.

Proud Member of the ND Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

Visitor Restrictions

The safety of our visitors, patients, employees, and physicians is our highest priority. Check back to this page for updates with the latest visitor restrictions for the different locations.

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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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