ONEOK Grants $15,000 to CHI St. Alexius Health Foundation for Orthopedic Surgery Bed
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center identified a need for expanded orthopedic services and how purchasing a second orthopedic surgery bed would directly impact patients of this community immediately. September 9, 2019, ONEOK Community Investments granted the CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation $15,000 toward this project. Purchasing a second orthopedic surgery bed would make a significant, positive impact on our patients and our staff. Currently, we utilize our orthopedic surgery bed for all shoulder arthroscopies, hip fractures, hip replacements, and almost all lower extremity orthopedic surgeries. With the addition of a second bed, we will be able to accommodate more patients in a day and decrease surgical wait times. This will allow for an increase in scheduled surgeries here and a decrease in the number of patients transferred out to tertiary facilities. Thus, enabling more people to stay in our community for their surgery. Furthermore, when orthopedics is not using this bed, it can be used for all general cases as well. Particularly if trauma patients arrive in our emergency department, it can quickly configure to meet the needs of the procedure and surgeon in our OR, even with limited staff on call.