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Wamsley Joins CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck Foundation

CHI St. Alexius Health is pleased to welcome Kathy Wamsley to its Bismarck Foundation. Kathy will assist with donor development, grant management, event planning and office management.

Before joining CHI St. Alexius, she served as the team lead for marketing and the meat department at Sam’s Club. Kathy brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, management, and fundraising.

Wamsley Joins CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck Foundation

Four associates accepted into the Provider Leadership Academy

CHI St. Alexius Health is thrilled to recognize the acceptance of four associates into the 2022-23 CommonSpirit Provider Leadership Academy. Please join us in congratulating Vanna Binning, MD, FAAFP Minot Medical Plaza; Cody L. Chathams, CRNA, Anesthesiology; Andrea Kilzer, Lead APP Urgent Care; and John Smetana, PA, Garrison Clinic, for this prestigious honor.

Our chosen associates will join a cohort of approximately 70 physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs) from 12 states across our ministry. Executive leaders nominated clinicians from St. Alexius for demonstrating a passion for leadership and learning. The network’s council reviewed nominees from CommonSpirit Health system entries and selected the final candidates.

Four associates accepted into the Provider Leadership Academy

Winter Weather Alert April 2022

Information updated April 22 at 11:30 am CDT:

Winter Storm

Let’s Talk about Organ Donation

It’s not a casual conversation, but organ donation is something we should all talk about - because the need for organ donors is very real.

Consider these statistics from the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network:

More than 100,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list. Every 9 minutes another person is added to the transplant waiting list. 17 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant. Every donor can save 8 lives and improve the lives of 75 more.

In the Upper Midwest, an estimated 3,400 people are waiting for a transplant at any given time.

Let’s Talk about Organ Donation

Nearly a year later, CHI Williston’s walk-in clinic continuing to serve healthcare needs

Being in the healthcare industry has been stressful, especially for the providers at CHI’s walk-in clinic, which opened last April. What started as a respiratory clinic during the height of the pandemic is now CHI’s walk-in clinic, which tends to everyday illnesses. Nurse practitioner Anna Wolf says she has seen it all.

“Earaches, maybe some colds that turn into sinus infections, some stomach stuff that seems to make its way around,” said Wolf.

Nearly a year later, CHI Williston’s walk-in clinic continuing to serve healthcare needs

CHI St. Alexius Health Shines Bright

CHI St. Alexius Health is excited to be recognized by the Midwest Division for a healthier future for all - inspired by faith, driven by innovation, and powered by our humanity.

The Midwest Division award winners for the first annual CommonSpirit Health Physician Enterprise Vision Awards accepted nominations in four categories: Inspiration, Compassion, Innovation and Academic. These awards are truly one of the highest honors - with peers taking a moment to recognize their colleagues.

CHI St. Alexius Health Shines Bright

DeSmidt Receives Benedictine Spirit Award

CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to present the 2022 Benedictine Spirit Award to Jeffrey DeSmidt, MD. The Benedictine Spirit Award is presented annually to a physician who provides distinguished service to patients and upholds the mission and values of CHI St. Alexius Health in the spirit of the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery.

Dr. DeSmidt demonstrates distinguished service to patients by having an incredible passion to provide care to the people of our community though his work in the emergency department and beyond. He has a commitment to the mission and values of St. Alexius. As an emergency department physician, he truly upholds “Let all be received as Christ.” Dr. DeSmidt is a mentor and positive role model to the medical students, residents, PA students and NP students. His experience in emergency medicine and his involvement on multiple committees, along with his dedication to service as vice president of the medical staff, are emblematic of his commitment to the St. Alexius community.

DeSmidt Receives Benedictine Spirit Award

45 is the New 50 for Colon Cancer Screening

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The good news is that in many cases, it is preventable or curable when detected early. 

During Colon Cancer Awareness month, CHI St. Alexius Health is sharing the importance of colon cancer screening. The American Cancer Society recommends healthy adults begin regular screening at age 45. Two common screening tests are the FIT test and the colonoscopy.

45 is the New 50 for Colon Cancer Screening