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CHI St. Alexius urges residents to take precautions with latest COVID surge

North Dakota’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise as the Omicron variant surges across the state. Health care providers are warning residents that they must continue to be diligent as the state sees record high numbers.

This week confirmed cases of COVID in North Dakota set records for the highest number of cases in over a year. Before this month, the record was 2,278 cases on Nov. 14, 2020. As of Jan 19, there were 3,131 new positives in the state.

"This new variant, the Omicron variant, is extremely contagious." CHI Chief Medical Officer Dr. Wayne Anderson told the Williston Herald. "Much more contagious than the Delta variant, and unfortunately the vaccines aren’t quite as effective against this new variant, although they’re still not terrible, but that’s why we’re seeing such a significant spread, particularly among people who have had no vaccinations nor any prior exposure or symptomatic COVID."

CHI St. Alexius urges residents to take precautions with latest COVID surge

E.J. Kuiper new president and CEO of CHI Health

CHI St. Alexius Health is pleased to announce that E.J. Kuiper is the new CEO of CHI Health and President of CommonSpirit Health’s Midwest Division. Monday, Jan. 17, Kuiper began providing strategic leadership and overall operational oversight to the health system’s 28 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health centers, and more than 150 employed physician practices in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota. CHI St. Alexius Health is part of CHI Health, the Midwest Division of CommonSpirit Health which includes locations in North Dakota, eastern Minnesota, Nebraska and southwest Iowa. 

Kuiper comes to CHI Health with significant health care experience, most recently serving as president and CEO at Hospital Sisters Health System Illinois--a nine-hospital division totaling more than 1,150 acute care beds. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the Academy for Physical Therapy in the Netherlands; a master’s degree in health science, health services administration from Florida Gulf Coast University; and a doctor of physical therapy degree from St. Augustine University. 

E.J. Kuiper new president and CEO of CHI Health

CHI St. Alexius teams with WBSD 7 as Partners in Health

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston has teamed up with Williston Basin School District 7 for Partners in Health, providing beneficial resources to their staff, students, and families.

Dubi Cummings, Director of Marketing/Foundation for CHI St. Alexius, said that conversations with the district began in May of 2021 after the CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation received a grant, with a focus on partnering with the school to provide educational resources that could be used in a school setting. The Foundations used the $5,000 grant to purchase resources such as noise canceling headphones, fidget devices, anxiety workbooks and more for District 7.

CHI St. Alexius teams with WBSD 7 as Partners in Health

Cancer Survivorship Workshops

More people are surviving cancer than ever before, but it can still impact many aspects of someone’s life. CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck is hosting a variety of hands-on workshops to help cancer survivors and caretakers manage the different challenges cancer presents.

All workshops are taught by highly trained professionals in a safe learning environment. For a complete list including presenter information, visit here.

Cancer Survivorship Workshops

New Years Baby Blessing

The first baby of the New Year was born at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center at 3:05 a.m. January 1, 2022. 

New Years Baby Blessing

Firefighters Continue Spreading Cheer During the Holidays

As the holidays approach, you might find yourself going through your list of things to check off before celebrating with friends and family. But for some, having a child in the hospital during this time of year can make for an emotional and challenging experience.

Firefighters Continue Spreading Cheer During the Holidays

2021 Years of Service Awards

CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to recognize 217 employees who embody the mission and values of our hospitals and clinics. We congratulate them on 3,385 combined years and offer our sincere appreciation for their dedication, loyalty and patient-centered care.

2021 Years of Service Awards

Annual Hospice Online Silent Auction

CHI Health at Home invites you to be part of our annual Hospice Online Silent Auction. Each year, proceeds from this event go towards supporting our hospice patients and their families in Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding areas. We couldn't do it without your support.

Annual Hospice Online Silent Auction