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Dickinson Releases Winning Name for New Robot

CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson has recently announced the winner of the naming contest for its new Mako robot for orthopaedic surgeries. Dozens of name entries were submitted by CHI staff and members of the community. A committee narrowed the submissions down to the top three names, and CHI St. Alexius Dickinson staff voted via online survey to determine the winner.

The name HANK (an acronym short for “Hips And New Knees”) was chosen as the winner by the online vote.

Dickinson Releases Winning Name for New Robot

National Donate Life Month: Dan's Donation Story

April is National Donate Life Month, a month to inspire and encourage more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

Many people associate being an organ donor with registering oneself on a deceased donor registry. Dan Hanson, Operating Engineer in the Facilities Department at CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson, wants to remind others of the importance that living donations make for kidney and liver transplant candidates. 

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston transitions respiratory clinic to walk-in clinic

Residents are getting a new option for medical care, with CHI St. Alexius Health Williston announcing the opening of a new walk-in clinic. The new clinic opens on Monday April 12, but has a familiar look to it. CHI is transitioning their respiratory clinic, located at the facility behind Door 9, into a walk-in clinic with the ability to treat a variety of illnesses.

“We opened the respiratory clinic last year after COVID presented itself as a challenging aspect to our health care system,” Nurse Practitioner Anna Wolf told the Williston Herald. “Now we’re transitioning it into a walk-in, same day clinic. We’re expanding to include more things beyond respiratory illnesses.”

Walk-In Clinic Williston

CHI Brings Blood Draws Back to Wibaux, MT

The 32nd Annual Wibaux Health Fair Blood Draw was held on Thursday, March 25, at the Wibaux County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Wibaux, Montana.

The annual event is sponsored by MSU Extension Wibaux County and the Wibaux County Health Department, with registration and laboratory services provided by CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson and Beach Family Clinic. 

Dr. J’Patrick Fahn, a critical care medical director, on CDC’s new guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week updated guidance on cleaning and disinfecting everyday household surfaces, saying in most situations, with no known COVID exposure, a thorough scrub with soap and water will suffice rather than follow on disinfecting wipes and sprays.

CDC’s new guidance

CHI St. Alexius Health Recognized for Higher Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Maternity Care

CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota with a Blue Distinction® Centers+ (BDC+) for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Racial and ethnic disparities are persistent and widespread across maternal healthcare, primarily driven by socioeconomic status, geographic location, and implicit provider bias. Compared to similarly developed countries such as Canada, Germany, and Australia, the United State has the highest maternal mortality rate (MMR), at approximately 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births, with the MMR steadily increasing since 2000[1]. According to the CDC, non-Hispanic Black women are two to three times more likely to die from preventable or treatable pregnancy-related complications compared to white women[2].

CHI St. Alexius Health Recognized for Higher Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Maternity Care

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy being seen in North Dakota

As more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being distributed, some health officials say fewer people are lining up for their shot. While nationwide hesitancy has become better, health officials say North Dakota is one of the states that are seeing an increase - which has an effect on the doses sitting on shelves.

“Obviously those that were affected by COVID, whether family members or working in different businesses or different healthcare or have seen the effects of COVID, are maybe a little bit more interested in getting the vaccine,” explained Sherry Adams.

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy being seen in North Dakota

National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month and throughout the month, CHI St. Alexius Health will create awareness about the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation.

Currently more than 3,000 people in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and the national waiting list holds the names of more than 108,000 men, women and children. Each day, 22 people die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and a new name is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes. There are more people waiting for a life-saving transplant than there are donors, making it incredibly important for everyone who supports donation to register. One person can help heal up to 75 lives through organ and tissue donation. Organs that can be donated include heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestine. Tissues that can be donated to save and heal lives include skin, bone, veins, heart valves, connective tissue and eyes.

National Donate Life Month