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Dr. J’Patrick Fahn, a critical care medical director, on CDC’s new guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week updated guidance on cleaning and disinfecting everyday household surfaces, saying in most situations, with no known COVID exposure, a thorough scrub with soap and water will suffice rather than follow on disinfecting wipes and sprays.

CDC’s new guidance

CHI St. Alexius Health Recognized for Higher Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Maternity Care

CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota with a Blue Distinction® Centers+ (BDC+) for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Racial and ethnic disparities are persistent and widespread across maternal healthcare, primarily driven by socioeconomic status, geographic location, and implicit provider bias. Compared to similarly developed countries such as Canada, Germany, and Australia, the United State has the highest maternal mortality rate (MMR), at approximately 17.4 deaths per 100,000 live births, with the MMR steadily increasing since 2000[1]. According to the CDC, non-Hispanic Black women are two to three times more likely to die from preventable or treatable pregnancy-related complications compared to white women[2].

CHI St. Alexius Health Recognized for Higher Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Maternity Care

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy being seen in North Dakota

As more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being distributed, some health officials say fewer people are lining up for their shot. While nationwide hesitancy has become better, health officials say North Dakota is one of the states that are seeing an increase - which has an effect on the doses sitting on shelves.

“Obviously those that were affected by COVID, whether family members or working in different businesses or different healthcare or have seen the effects of COVID, are maybe a little bit more interested in getting the vaccine,” explained Sherry Adams.

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy being seen in North Dakota

National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month and throughout the month, CHI St. Alexius Health will create awareness about the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation.

Currently more than 3,000 people in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and the national waiting list holds the names of more than 108,000 men, women and children. Each day, 22 people die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and a new name is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes. There are more people waiting for a life-saving transplant than there are donors, making it incredibly important for everyone who supports donation to register. One person can help heal up to 75 lives through organ and tissue donation. Organs that can be donated include heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestine. Tissues that can be donated to save and heal lives include skin, bone, veins, heart valves, connective tissue and eyes.

National Donate Life Month

Current Visitor Guidelines Updated

CHI St. Alexius Health hospital and clinics announced updates to their visitation guidelines. These guidelines vary in each of our locations.

Please click here to see the allowances and restrictions at each location.

As always the safety of our visitors, patients, employees, and physicians is our highest priority. We thank you for your cooperation with compliance during these COVID-19 times.

Current Visitor Guidelines

Williston Updates Entry Points of Care

WILLISTON, N.D. – Effective Monday, March 29, 2021, CHI St. Alexius Health will change the entrances open for entry.

Celebrating the Person Inside that White Coat

Improving the health of communities, one neighbor at a time. That’s at the heart of what physicians do, whether they’re catching cancer early, performing life-saving procedures or coaching more active lifestyles.

Bismarck allocated more COVID-19 vaccines

CHI St. Alexius says vaccine deliveries are ramping up and the more vaccines they receive, the more they can administer. When COVID-19 vaccines first began being distributed, the healthcare provider received a shipment every three weeks. Now, a new shipment arrives once a week. The Pharmacy Quality and Research Manager says at one point, St. Alexius had about a thousand people on its waitlist.

But with more doses come more opportunities to put shots into people’s arms.

Bismarck allocated more COVID-19 vaccines