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1st Extraordinary Nurse of 2022 Recognized at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston

Nurses at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston are being 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.

Stars come out to shine at Chamber Awards Banquet

The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet on Friday, Jan 14, honoring the individuals and organizations that work to enhance the Williston community. The ceremony was held at the Old Armory in Williston, and presented the Chamber Connector, Community Engagement, Champion of Agriculture, Generation Next, E. Ward Koeser Advocacy and Williston Leadership Awards, along with the Distinguished Western Star.

“The Williston Area Chamber has a long history of awarding hard work and deserving community and business leaders,” commented banquet MC Anna Schleisman with KFYR. “The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce operates under the defining principles: Connect, Engage, Grow and Lead. Tonight we recognize those individuals and businesses that embody those principles.”

Stars come out to shine at Chamber Awards Banquet

CHI St. Alexius urges residents to take precautions with latest COVID surge

North Dakota’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise as the Omicron variant surges across the state. Health care providers are warning residents that they must continue to be diligent as the state sees record high numbers.

This week confirmed cases of COVID in North Dakota set records for the highest number of cases in over a year. Before this month, the record was 2,278 cases on Nov. 14, 2020. As of Jan 19, there were 3,131 new positives in the state.

"This new variant, the Omicron variant, is extremely contagious." CHI Chief Medical Officer Dr. Wayne Anderson told the Williston Herald. "Much more contagious than the Delta variant, and unfortunately the vaccines aren’t quite as effective against this new variant, although they’re still not terrible, but that’s why we’re seeing such a significant spread, particularly among people who have had no vaccinations nor any prior exposure or symptomatic COVID."

CHI St. Alexius urges residents to take precautions with latest COVID surge

E.J. Kuiper new president and CEO of CHI Health

CHI St. Alexius Health is pleased to announce that E.J. Kuiper is the new CEO of CHI Health and President of CommonSpirit Health’s Midwest Division. Monday, Jan. 17, Kuiper began providing strategic leadership and overall operational oversight to the health system’s 28 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health centers, and more than 150 employed physician practices in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota. CHI St. Alexius Health is part of CHI Health, the Midwest Division of CommonSpirit Health which includes locations in North Dakota, eastern Minnesota, Nebraska and southwest Iowa. 

Kuiper comes to CHI Health with significant health care experience, most recently serving as president and CEO at Hospital Sisters Health System Illinois--a nine-hospital division totaling more than 1,150 acute care beds. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the Academy for Physical Therapy in the Netherlands; a master’s degree in health science, health services administration from Florida Gulf Coast University; and a doctor of physical therapy degree from St. Augustine University. 

E.J. Kuiper new president and CEO of CHI Health

CHI St. Alexius teams with WBSD 7 as Partners in Health

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston has teamed up with Williston Basin School District 7 for Partners in Health, providing beneficial resources to their staff, students, and families.

Dubi Cummings, Director of Marketing/Foundation for CHI St. Alexius, said that conversations with the district began in May of 2021 after the CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation received a grant, with a focus on partnering with the school to provide educational resources that could be used in a school setting. The Foundations used the $5,000 grant to purchase resources such as noise canceling headphones, fidget devices, anxiety workbooks and more for District 7.

CHI St. Alexius teams with WBSD 7 as Partners in Health

Cancer Survivorship Workshops

More people are surviving cancer than ever before, but it can still impact many aspects of someone’s life. CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck is hosting a variety of hands-on workshops to help cancer survivors and caretakers manage the different challenges cancer presents.

All workshops are taught by highly trained professionals in a safe learning environment. For a complete list including presenter information, visit here.

Cancer Survivorship Workshops

New Years Baby Blessing

The first baby of the New Year was born at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center at 3:05 a.m. January 1, 2022. 

New Years Baby Blessing

Trailer Donation Warms Hearts at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston

A new trailer graciously donated by Nova Energy will make COVID-19 testing more comfortable this winter season for CHI St. Alexius Health employees and patients. “We are so thankful for this generous donation. Nova Energy is truly a good corporate neighbor for stepping forward in a very real way,” said Dan Bjerknes, CHI St. Alexius Health president.

“As we continue to navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19, this kind of donation gives our entire staff and the community a boost because it shows that the business community cares and is willing to help.” CHI St. Alexius Health has already begun to use the trailer as the cold weather has arrived in our region. The trailer will be used throughout the winter months so staff do not have to stand outside in the cold and snow for car-side swabs.

Trailer Donation Warms Hearts at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston