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Williston Updates Entry Points of Care

WILLISTON, N.D. – Effective Monday, March 29, 2021, CHI St. Alexius Health will change the entrances open for entry.

Celebrating the Person Inside that White Coat

Improving the health of communities, one neighbor at a time. That’s at the heart of what physicians do, whether they’re catching cancer early, performing life-saving procedures or coaching more active lifestyles.

Self-Care Helps Prevent Breast Cancer

It’s also important to know your personal risk factors. Start with your family history. Your risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if you have a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Other risk factors to keep on your radar include dense breasts, genetic mutations, reproductive history, personal and family history of other cancers, previous radiation therapy and simply getting older.

Talk about your provider about your personal risk factors and mammogram screening recommendations, as they vary depending on age and risk. Early detection remains your best defense against breast cancer. The five-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 99%.

Bismarck allocated more COVID-19 vaccines

CHI St. Alexius says vaccine deliveries are ramping up and the more vaccines they receive, the more they can administer. When COVID-19 vaccines first began being distributed, the healthcare provider received a shipment every three weeks. Now, a new shipment arrives once a week. The Pharmacy Quality and Research Manager says at one point, St. Alexius had about a thousand people on its waitlist.

But with more doses come more opportunities to put shots into people’s arms.

Bismarck allocated more COVID-19 vaccines

Bismarck Nurse Receives Daisy Award

Extraordinary Nurse Recognized at CHI St. Alexius Health

Diane Vetter, a nurse at CHI St. Alexius Health, 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. DAISY Award recipient, Diane, was recognized for a situation with a patient where she knew something didn’t seem right and she ended up saving that patient’s life.

Bismarck Nurse Receives Daisy Award

Cardiologists warn of iPhone 12 usage for people with defibrillators or pacemakers

Cardiologists are saying the new iPhone 12 and the charger can be dangerous for some patients. Heart Rhythm Society is saying people who have defibrillators or pacemakers should take precautions when using the new technology. The new latest phone and the wireless charger have magnetic rings to connect. But CHI St. Alexius’ Interventional Cardiologist says the magnet switches the tool into safety mode.

Cardiologists warn of iPhone 12 usage for people with defibrillators or pacemakers

Experts explain impact of pandemic on the health care system, what we can expect for the future

From COVID-19 survivors to frontline workers to health care professionals, the pandemic has put stress on everyone. From the start, our nation relied on the people working behind the scenes to get us to the point we’re at now. Last year, the pandemic shocked us all and created an unexpected chain reaction. COVID patients relied on health care workers. The community relied on contact tracers. And now, we’re all relying on the Department of Health to help us get vaccines into as many arms as possible. It wasn’t always smooth sailing, but those I spoke to say we’ve come a long way. At its onset, doctors and nurses snapped into action, turning their attention to COVID patients desperate for their care.

Experts explain impact of pandemic on the health care system, what we can expect for the future

Bismarck adds new technology to help with knee replacement surgeries

Close to 800,000 knee replacement surgeries are done every year in the United States, according to CHI St. Alexius. The hospital is incorporating new technology for faster patient recovery, less pain and improved mobility. The ROSA robot scans the knee to create a virtual image with detailed information for the surgeons. The computer’s virtual image then helps doctors navigate to make more precise cuts of the bone. The precise cuts help ensure the alignment is as close to perfect as they can get.

Bismarck adds new technology to help with knee replacement surgeries