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Essentia Health and CommonSpirit Health sign Letter of Intent

Negotiations move forward regarding opportunity for CHI facilities in North Dakota and Minnesota to join Essentia Health

Essentia Health and CommonSpirit Health have signed a Letter of Intent for CommonSpirit-owned facilities operating under the CHI brand in North Dakota and Minnesota to join Essentia Health. This includes CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, a full-service tertiary hospital and 13 critical access hospitals, along with associated clinics and living communities currently operated by CommonSpirit and CHI Health at Home home health and hospice agencies.

Essentia Health and CommonSpirit Health sign Letter of Intent

Eating for Two? Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy Weight

Pregnancy is an exciting time. Everything you do affects baby too, which is likely how the old saying “eating for two” came about.  While you should eat enough to nourish another little life, how much more is that? Can too much weight gain be dangerous? Read on for answers to common pregnancy weight questions.

Eating for Two

CHI Gift Shop Donates Towards Medical Surgery Room Renovation project

The CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation is happy to announce a $10,000 donation from the Mercy Medical Gift Shop which will be used in the renovation of our Medical Surgery and ICU wings. "I am grateful to the many patrons of the gift shop (many of them employees) and the volunteers who help keep this open, says Marilyn McGinley, Gift Shop Coordinator. “Their support enables us to help the hospital in much needed projects.”

CHI Gift Shop Donates Towards Medical Surgery Room Renovation project

CHI gift shop, auxiliary donate thousands to hospital foundation

The Williston Hospital Auxiliary is helping CHI St. Alexius meet patients’ needs by donating a large some towards the purchase of new equipment. The auxiliary and gift shop at CHI have been donating to the CHI St. Alexius Foundation for many years with various events and fundraisers throughout the year. Events like the masquerade jewelry sale, bedding sale and the popcorn cake sale have helped contribute thousands of dollars towards the hospital’s equipment needs. Recently, the gift shop made a large donation to the foundation, presenting them with a check for $10,000.

CHI gift shop, auxiliary donate thousands to hospital foundation

New Year, New You: Take Positive Steps into 2021

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that our health is precious, and we all want to be around as long as possible for our loved ones. With 2020 in the rear view and a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon, there’s no better time to take steps for a healthier you. 

New Year, New You

Doctors easing fears over COVID vaccine

Nearly 25,000 COVID vaccines have been allocated for North Dakota. of them, nearly half have been administered. The vaccine is still very new and came “quicker than expected”. But in order for people to get it, they need to trust it. And health care workers are the ones saying they’re dealing with skeptics. Doctors aren’t just fighting the pandemic, they’re fighting misinformation on the COVID vaccine and its development. What medical leaders call a fast-track over administrative hurdles, a select part of the public calls a lack of transparency. As health care workers receive the vaccine, they also have to sell its safety. Some see the quick development and rollout as the key to ending the pandemic sooner, but others see it differently.

Doctors easing fears over COVID vaccine

Congregate living residents are set to be vaccinated after staff members

Long-term care workers and congregate living staff are among the first in line to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in the state. But when will the residents the workers care for receive a vaccine? All residents living in a congregate setting who have opted into the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program with CVS and Thrifty White Drug have the opportunity to be vaccinated starting Dec. 27. State immunization officials said it may only take about three weeks to get through every resident. Although long-term care residents have to wait another week to get a COVID-19 shot, some staff members are already being vaccinated. Janelle Sims, who works in a Transitional Care unit at CHI St. Alexius, rolled up her sleeve Friday morning. “I feel a lot of hope right now,” said Sims.

Congregate living residents are set to be vaccinated after staff members

National Hero Day: Meet some everyday heroes who make all the difference during the pandemic

Healthcare workers and first responders put others before themselves each day in an effort to save lives. On National Hero Day, we met some everyday heroes who make all the difference. The definition of a hero is different to everyone; it doesn’t always mean you wear a cape or can fly. ICU nurse Margo Maxon knows sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference.

National Hero Day