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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.
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.”
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.
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 brings health care providers to you when you need them most
Imagine not feeling well and wondering if it’s the flu, allergies or the new Coronavirus, COVID-19. What do you do? Consider calling or virtually meeting with a physician or provider who can help you from the comfort of your living room. CHI St. Alexius Health announced the launch of Virtual Care Anywhere, which is an urgent care service delivered by phone or computer.
Angie Svihovec, Vice President of Regional Services and State Advocacy at CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck, was awarded the prestigious Sr. Boniface Timmins Award during CHI St. Alexius Health’s Annual Associate Awards Banquet on October 22, 2019. Angie is recognized for her leadership and skill in establishing relationships and collaborating with various entities. She has spent more than twenty years working in health care administration. Angie is an energetic, motivated servant leader whose positive attitude is greatly appreciated by her colleagues. She leads by faith and trusts in God to carry the medical center through difficult times.
It’s not the longest course at the Bismarck Marathon, but the CHI St. Alexius Motivational Mile has participants taking some of the biggest steps toward achieving health goals. The Mile will serve as a celebration of life for people who have overcome physical and mental obstacles and choose to get back on their feet striving for better health. With the support of family members, friends and onlookers, walkers are sure to feel a sense of accomplishment when they cross the finish line.