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Thank a Resident Day highlights Rural Track residency program in Williston

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston's Rural Track Residency program has attracted top-notch physicians to our region, and the hospital is showing their appreciation with Thank a Resident Day, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26. Over the last six years, CHI has integrated family medicine residents into the hospital's clinic, providing patients with more options in terms of care. Family Medicine Residents are licensed doctors who have signed up to take a particular course of study and clinical experiences to become certified in the specialty of Family Medicine. The three-year program gives training in a number of areas to prepare physicians for a variety of patient needs.

Bismarck doctor says the chances of contracting COVID after being vaccinated are low

Can you still contract COVID-19 after being vaccinated? The short answer is yes. For instance, this past week, four people in Oregon who were fully vaccinated tested positive for COVID out of 160,000 Oregonian residents who have received their second shot.

Bismarck doctor says the chances of contracting COVID after being vaccinated are low

KX Conversation: Work on the Frontlines

For our Feb. 12 edition of KX Conversation, Angie Sayler, the clinical coordinator at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck, joined us to discuss working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight.

North Dakota has come a long way since November. After a peak of 334 active COVID patients in hospitals, we’re down to 39. We asked Sayler how different things are at the hospital now, how morale is and what her message is to North Dakotans to keep those COVID-positive numbers low.

Work on the Frontlines

CDC tracks COVID vaccine side effects through V-Safe

The Centers for Disease Control have been updating the list of COVID vaccine side effects as more shots are administered. But, the information wouldn’t be available if people didn’t report how they feel after receiving one. Doctors say it’s common to feel some mild side effects after you get your COVID vaccine. They know this, thanks to a reporting system called V-Safe. Once the data from your vaccine experience, and thousands of others, is compiled, scientists can make important calls about the vaccine that could potentially help generations to come in understanding how it works.

CDC tracks COVID vaccine side effects through V-Safe

Your health first: Staying warm and avoiding frostbite

With subzero temperatures, frostbite can set in in minutes. Frostbite is what happens when your body’s tissue gets too cold and freezes. Your ears, fingers, nose and toes are the most at risk. An ER doctor in Bismarck says some of the signs to look for are numbing, tingling and even a burning sensation.

“You know, a lot of us are just getting in our cars and things, so the time of exposure to the cold to those fingers, toes, nose and toes is probably not that long. But if you’re out there for long periods of time, maybe a farmer, rancher that has to go travel long-distance walking or something, those are the ones we worry about,” said Dr. Benji Kitagawa, emergency & trauma medicine physician at CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck.

Your health first staying warm and avoiding frostbite

When Heart Fails: 5 Essentials for Heading Off Heart Failure

It has been called a condition of epic proportions. The incidence heart failure is alarmingly rising, affecting at least 6.5 million adults in the U.S. The prevalence of heart failure among adults older than 20 is expected to increase 46% by 2030.

Dickinson Hosts Naming Contest for New Robot

Naming the newest addition to the Orthopaedic Surgery team is no small task, which led CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson to call on the entire community for their best ideas. CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Foundation’s Board of Directors recently approved the purchase of Stryker’s Mako SmartRobotics System, making CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson the first hospital in the region to offer this type of robotic-arm assisted technology for total and partial knees and total hips.

'Wear Red Day' Raises Awareness of Cardiovascular Disease

National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 5, 2021. We encourage our staff and our communities to wear red to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women – and too many women, particularly our youngest most diverse women, remain unaware.