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Jean's Garden Party was a hit

Jean Nelson knew firsthand just what it means to garden from the heart. The slogan, often seen on garden paving stones and banners, was something her friends and family say she elevated to an art form, with all of her volunteerism on behalf of the CHI St.

Anderson Receives Outstanding Rural Health Provider Award

Dr. Wayne Anderson, Chief Medical Officer and general surgeon of CHI St. Alexius Health Williston, will receive the Outstanding Rural Health Provider award at the 2022 Rural and Public Health Awards Banquet, which will recognize outstanding North Dakota rural health and public health advocates for their accomplishments. The award is presented to a healthcare clinician whose practice is in rural North Dakota and has made an important contribution to his/her community and area. The awards banquet is June 9 at 6:00 pm Central, in Grand Forks. 

Dr. Anderson has been with CHI since 1994. In that time, additional duties including serving as clinic professor of surgery in medical education at the University of North Dakota, and a preceptor at the University of Mary, Rocky Mountain College, and various other institutions. 

Dr. Anderson

2nd 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. 

The DAISY Award recipient of May is Edith Cha Ong, RN on MedSurg. Cha Ong’s nomination letter from a previous patient praised her patience and kindness during their 7-year old daughter’s hospital stay. The nomination letter, written both by Cha Ong’s young patient and her family, goes on to thank her for taking her to “the toy room” and for “taking good care of me. I hope to see you soon.” 

2nd Extraordinary Nurse of 2022 Recognized at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston

Commissioning held for Dickinson's President Enderle

DICKINSON, ND - On Wednesday, May 18th, CHI St. Alexius Heath Dickinson celebrated new hospital president Carol Enderle with a commissioning ceremony in the hospital chapel.

Nurses the Heart of Health Care

If you want to see care in action, follow a nurse. They know a single moment can change an entire life, so they bring exceptional training and tremendous heart to every encounter. One patient at a time, they do a world of good.

The community came together Wednesday, May 11 at the Tribune’s fourth annual “Nurses: The Heart of Health Care” luncheon to share their why's – how they were inspired by the nurses who made an impact in their lives. The event recognized 13 nurses who have excelled at providing care for patients and their families. CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to be a founding sponsor of the event, which was held at Bismarck State College's National Energy Center of Excellence.

Nurses the Heart of Health Care

CHI Health at Home Hosts Memorial Tree Planting

CHI Health at Home is hosting its annual Hospice Memorial Tree Planting events in Bismarck and Garrison, ND. The tree planting ceremony is an opportunity to remember and honor loved ones in hospice care. 

The ceremony begins with a prayer service and candle lighting. Families and friends are invited to write their loved one’s name and a message on a piece of paper to be planted with the tree. The event will conclude with a program to recognize hospice volunteers, followed by a reception.

Hospice Tree

Living with cystic fibrosis: challenges and advances

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a difficult disease to live with but management is greatly improving thanks to recent medical advances.

CF is an inherited genetic condition that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 people in the United States. A genetic defect causes the body to produce mucous that is thick and sticky rather than loose and watery. Instead of sweeping out bacteria from the lungs, it can clog the lungs and lead to life-threatening infections, progressive lung damage and difficulty breathing. The mucus also blocks the pancreas, which prevents natural enzymes from breaking down and absorbing food.

Living with cystic fibrosis: challenges and advances

CHI St. Alexius Health Names New VP Operational Finance

CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to announce James L. Smith, CPA, as its Vice President of Operational Finance. He previously served as Vice President of Finance at Palomar Health in San Diego,  Calif., where he was responsible for financial reporting for California’s largest healthcare district.

VP Operational Finance