Our Heritage of Healing

We’re looking back at 135 ways our caregivers have been part of keeping North Dakota strong.

Good Happens every day in Bismarck, and CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to have been part of it since 1885. As family. As neighbors. As North Dakota’s longest-serving hospital, we’re committed to providing our area the highest levels of clinical care – and a community spirit that’s always ready to give back to the place we call home. Scroll down to see all 135 ways.

Here’s to providing the region’s best care.

Here’s to caring for Bismarck since 1885.

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History - Here's to Being the First in the Dakota Territory
History - Here's to Being the First in the Dakota Territory
Here’s to 135 years of care.

The first patient of St. Alexius Hospital was treated May 3, 1885. In meeting the health care needs of the area through the years, the Benedictine Sisters collaborated with others in creating a medical center that utilizes research and new techniques, promotes education, and seeks to provide excellence in care. Today, CHI St. Alexius Health’s mission is to make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.

Here’s to giving care to the sick.

In 1885, a group of Benedictine Sisters opened the Dakota Territory’s first hospital. 135 years later, as CHI St. Alexius Health, we’re continuing the Sisters’ care mandate – that “above all, care must be given to the sick” and every person is to be “received as Christ.”

Here’s to taking care of historical figures.

For four months, St. Alexius Hospital cared for Louis Sitting Bull, stepson of the famous Chief Sitting Bull, leader of the entire Lakota Sioux nation. Louis was reported to be a great singer and often sang to all who would listen. Today, we continue our legacy of taking care of the region’s people, which includes diverse cultures.

Here’s to providing presidential care.

Theodore Roosevelt was treated for pneumonia at St. Alexius in 1886. He had been campaigning for the presidency throughout the Dakota Territory. He may have set the precedent for HIPAA, a privacy rule, for he requested that his name not be published in the record book or in the local newspaper, which published all admissions.

Slide Here's to taking care of historical women. Medora de Morès stayed with the Sisters at St. Alexius Hospital while her husband, the Marquis de Morès, was undergoing trial for murder. The town of Medora, North Dakota was founded by her husband and named in her honor. Slide Here’s to WWII preparedness. During WWII, in response to health care needs, the nursing program at St. Alexius was adapted to prepare Cadet Nurses to serve abroad and in military hospitals. Slide Here’s to defending against infection. Many infectious diseases can be prevented by the routine disinfection and sterilization of medical devices. In 1899, St. Alexius Hospital introduced aseptic and antiseptic methods of sterilization to ensure our facilities have the highest standard of cleanliness.
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Here’s to a community of Well Mamas.

Bringing a baby into this world presents many unknowns, especially for first time mothers. At CHI St. Alexius Health we want our mommas to be ready before and after baby arrives. That’s why we are proud to hold many baby-related educational classes. First is Childbirth Preparation class. During these instructions soon-to-be and current moms learn what to expect during the labor process; are educated on the decisions they will need to make about their birth experience; and will receive other information they should think about once baby arrives. Moms can also participate in breastfeeding classes where they can practice on life-like demo babies, and they can participate in Baby’s First Ride class to learn about car-seat safety taught by a car-seat certified nurse.

Here’s to making Bismarck a great place to live and work.

CHI St. Alexius Health is a proud partner of The Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals network, which enhances the culture for young professionals in our community through professional development, entrepreneurship, community service and social networking.

Here’s to bringing advanced cancer care close to home.

As a Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer center, CHI St. Alexius Health focuses on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, lifelong follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care. Our patients also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and patient-centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

Here’s to health and longevity for CF patients.

The CHI St. Alexius Health Heart & Lung Clinic's Cystic Fibrosis Center is the only independent cystic fibrosis center in North Dakota accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a distinction we’ve held for more than 25 years. Decades ago few children with cystic fibrosis lived into their teens. Now advances in research and treatments allow many cystic fibrosis patients to live into their 40s and beyond.

Here’s to health and longevity for CF patients.

Slide Here's to being a good neighbor. In 2001, CHI St. Alexius Health began creating partnership agreements with North Dakota rural hospitals, ensuring our critical access hospitals in the region have the tools they need to efficiently run their facilities and to provide excellent patient care. Slide Here’s to honoring veterans.
Our Hospice Program partners with the Department of Veteran Affairs to establish an enduring network of hospice and VA professionals, veterans, volunteers and other interested organizations who work together to provide quality services through the end-of-life experience for our nation’s veterans.
Slide Here’s to carrying on traditions.
Ever since Sister Boniface Timmins, who served as the St. Alexius Hospital administrator from 1892-1906 and 1909-1937, put the final touches on the Fourth of July float for the 1918 School of Nursing students, we’ve continued to support traditional community events like the annual Independence Day Parade & Street Festival.
Here’s to supporting healthy mothers.

CHI St. Alexius Health helps expecting mothers quit tobacco through our Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program. Prior to giving birth, mothers enrolled in the program have at least four tobacco cessation sessions followed by 12 months of sessions after delivery. At each session, if the mother tests negative for tobacco use, she receives a $50 voucher for diapers or baby wipes. In FY18, our program had the highest graduation rate of medical centers in central and western North Dakota.

Here’s to more successful open-heart surgeries.

During open-heart surgery, there are times when the surgeon needs the heart to be still. A perfusionist can allow this to happen by operating a heart-lung machine that keeps blood pumping through the body while the heart is motionless. For decades, CHI St. Alexius Health has included perfusionists as part of open-heart surgery.

Here’s to training the next generation of athletes.

For 38 years, CHI St. Alexius Health has provided athletic training services to a variety of high schools, semi-pro and professional teams, and a wide array of tournaments and special sporting events within the Bismarck-Mandan community and across the state. In addition to athletic training services, CHI St. Alexius Health was instrumental in the development of the athletic training curriculum at the University of Mary and provided the foundation of science-based athletic skill development through the Frappier Acceleration Sports Training Program, now known as Athletic Republic.

Here’s to making medication more affordable.

Over the past twenty years, drug shortages have increased, making it difficult and expensive for hospitals to obtain life-saving medications. To address this issue, CHI Health launched Civica RX, a not-for-profit generic drug company designed to ensure that essential generic medications remain accessible and affordable. Since 2018, CHI St. Alexius Health has partnered with Civica RX to provide patients with quality medications at fair prices.

Here’s to quality care where and when you need it most.

In 1885, we were a single hospital serving a broad western frontier. Today, CHI St. Alexius Health provides care for North Dakota’s entire central and western regions. From our main medical campus in Bismarck to critical access hospitals in ten different communities, and multiple clinics, practices and Urgent Care locations, we’re making it easier for more people in more places to access quality care when and where they need it.

Here’s to coworkers who feel like family.

CHI St. Alexius Health's culture is one of family. Associates not only work together during the day taking care of our patients, but they also spend time with one another outside of the hospital and clinic walls. They enjoy one another's company, especially at the annual Epiphany Party, an all-associate party to ring in the New Year.

Here’s to making our patients and puppies smile.

Mary Dunn, Activity Director for our Transitional Care Unit, knows that pet therapy is scientifically linked to reducing blood pressure, anxiety, depression and even physical pain. That’s why for the past three years she’s brought her golden retriever, Max, to work. Mary and Max visit patients together bringing them moments of joy to brighten their hospital stay.

Here’s to five-star nursing care.
Here’s to preparing nurses.

St. Alexius School of Nursing began in 1915, with its first class graduating in 1918. A residence hall for student nurses, Boniface Hall was completed in 1925 and named after Sr. Boniface Timmins, who served as the St. Alexius Hospital administrator from 1892-1906 and 1909-1937. Today, CHI St. Alexius Health continues to support the next generation of nurses through our partnership with the University of Mary, one of the leading nursing schools in the nation.

Here’s to helping companies care for employees.

Healthy and engaged employees make for strong companies, and strong companies are the foundation of growth and stability for communities. CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to partner with community businesses to create healthier work environments. Through Company Care, the delivery of CHI St. Alexius Health services, such as family medicine and employee assistance, has been reshaped and combined with newer service lines of occupational medicine, wellness, organizational psychology and ergonomics to meet the regulatory and health needs of any company desiring a healthier and more productive future.

Legacy Milestones - Here's to Historic Milestones in North Dakota
Legacy Milestones - Here's to Historic Milestones in North Dakota
Here’s to seeing the better hearts.

Thanks to countless donors, we now have the region’s first and only cardiac MRI, which has been described as the gold standard in cardiac imaging. A cardiac MRI gives a detailed image of the structures within and around the heart, allowing us to monitor cardiac disease and evaluate the heart’s function without the use of ionizing radiation.

Here’s to the first NICU in North Dakota.

Dr. Margaret Forke-Morgan and her husband, Dr. Riffat Morgan, established the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in North Dakota right here at CHI St. Alexius Health. Our Level III NICU is staffed by neonatal nurses, therapists, neonatologists, a pediatric neurologist, and visiting pediatric cardiologists. The care team is educated, skilled, and ready to handle critical newborn situations.

Here’s to being the first to have an in-hospital MRI.

MRI scans allow health care professionals to observe organs and structures inside the body and are highly useful for diagnosing a variety of conditions, from torn ligaments to tumors, spinal injuries, and brain abnormalities. CHI St. Alexius Health was the first hospital in Bismarck to have an in-hospital MRI, eliminating the need to transport patients to an outpatient center while they are in the hospital.

Here’s to being on the forefront of technology.

In 2000, CHI St. Alexius Health became the first hospital in the region to offer interventional radiology, a specialized field within radiology in which doctors use medical imaging to guide minimally invasive surgical procedures. These procedures aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and cure of many conditions while generally being less expensive, risky, and painful than general surgeries.

Here’s to providing more intensive care.

CHI St. Alexius Health was the first hospital in North Dakota to establish an intensive care unit (ICU) to provide critical care and life support to acutely ill and injured patients. Our ICU is staffed by hospitalists or intensivists — physicians trained specifically in the care of critically ill patients, who spend the majority of their time in the intensive care unit.

Here’s to bringing the CDC to Bismarck.

Dr. Solomon, a CHI St. Alexius Health Hospitalist, also has his PhD in Molecular Medicine, Virology, and Immunology. Working at the CDC for two years in Atlanta to obtain his post-doctoral degree, Dr. Solomon brings his expertise and care to our community’s residents.

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Here’s to bringing local physicians home.

CHI St. Alexius Health works with the University of North Dakota to ensure graduating physicians who are from the state have the opportunity to practice at home in North Dakota. We provide physicians from any university a stipend of up to $2,000 per month during a physician’s last year of residency or fellowship.

Here’s to taking care of men and their prostates.

CHI St. Alexius Health is one of the few hospitals in the nation – and the only one in North Dakota – to offer an advanced, minimally invasive treatment for enlarged prostates. The procedure, called holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP), uses a state-of-the-art laser to precisely remove tissue without incisions, minimizing pain and recovery time. Because of the extensive training and steep learning curve, most urologists can’t offer the treatment. But that didn’t stop Dr. Cameron Charchenko, CHI St. Alexius Health Urologist, from learning it – or completing a fellowship in HoLEP and robotic surgery at Mayo Clinic.

Here’s to strength in numbers.

Making a major lifestyle change to improve your health can be stressful. That’s why we created support groups for diabetes and weight management. By providing education and advice in a supportive environment, we’re helping Bismarck be successful in the journey to better health.

Here’s to a new generation of stroke care.

Using our online platform, Wellbe, we’re able to give stroke survivors and their families pertinent information about stroke, including risk factors and how to manage these to prevent another stroke. Check-in surveys provide patients the opportunity to assess their progress toward recovery and notify their provider if they are struggling. The platform allows us to continue to provide care, advice and resources to our patients after they leave the hospital.

Here’s to keeping nurses in the community.

Many of our travel nurses who become part of our culture of healing choose to stay on and accept permanent positions at CHI St. Alexius Health. Connie Wolfe, RN, said, “I came to St. Alexius as a travel nurse and stayed on as a permanent staff member. A big part of the decision to accept a permanent position was the care the staff show the community. I do not feel people realize what a rarity it is to find all staff members genuinely concerned about the patients’ and community’s well-being. It is a wonderful thing to be a part of.”

Here’s to making sure our employees stay healthy.

CHI St. Alexius Health knows that in order to have healthy patients, we need a healthy staff. It’s why we provide free flu shots to all employees. In addition, through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), we also support mental well-being by offering free and confidential assessments and referral services by trained professionals. Better yet, our EAP is ready and willing to work with the region’s businesses and their employees.

Slide Here’s to homegrown care. Here's to having local physicians, those who grew up here and chose to come back to serve their neighbors and friends. Dr. Luke Roller, a radiologist, grew up in Bismarck and was excited to move back to his hometown to provide diagnostic services to his fellow residents. Slide Here’s to prioritizing mental health. CHI St. Alexius Health currently has the only Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) in the region. The Partial Hospitalization Program is an intensive outpatient treatment program designed to help individuals who are experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse challenges manage their personal struggles without the need for inpatient hospitalization. Slide Here’s to decades of service. One trait of a great organization is employees who are dedicated to the cause. At CHI St. Alexius Health, we are proud that our Benedictine value to “Receive all as Christ” has profoundly spoken to our employees—so much that we have more than 310 individuals who have been with us for more than 20 years, including 51 who have been here for more than 40. In addition, we have 460 employees who have served our patients for more than 15 years. Caring for the sick and creating healthier communities is what we will continue to do.
Here’s to supporting our military.

Serving the health care needs of our patients will always be a top priority, and so will serving our associates who are called to duty by our country. At CHI St. Alexius Health each and every day a number of our employees enthusiastically protect our freedoms as active members of our military. In addition, many more have retired from the active military role, but their commitment to our country and patients will forever remain strong. Here’s to living our mission of “improving the health of people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.”

Here’s to gaining time on strokes.

Time is of the essence in strokes, which is why our new iSchemaView RAPID CT technology is giving stroke patients more chances to heal. As the only hospital in North Dakota offering this revolutionary brain-imaging software, CHI St. Alexius Health doctors can stretch the normal 2-6 hour window of stroke treatment to up to 24 hours.

Here’s to a safe place to deliver.

The Birth Place at CHI St. Alexius Health is designed to provide state-of-the-art care for mothers and their newborns. Complete with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Birth Place provides the area’s most advanced neonatal care.

Here’s to supporting moms and their newborns.

We know that having a baby changes your life, and we are here to support your post-labor pains. CHI St. Alexius Health offers free Well Baby screenings every Wednesday. Staffed by nurses and volunteers, new moms are welcome to bring their babies to the screening events to ensure their baby is developing in a healthy fashion.

Here’s to breathing easier.

CHI St. Alexius Health partnered with the North Dakota Department of Health and UND Center for Family Medicine to begin North Dakota’s only multidisciplinary children’s regional asthma and eAsthma clinic. CHI St. Alexius Health Regional Children’s Asthma Clinic has physicians, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and nurses who work together to help children aged birth to 21 years and their families gain control over their asthma.

Here’s to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.

As the only Cystic Fibrosis Center in North Dakota accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, our CHI St. Alexius Health multidisciplinary team continues to raise funds each year to support research for cystic fibrosis to ensure our patients will one day receive a cure.

Here’s to being ready for emergencies.

CHI St. Alexius Health provides continuing education in Basic Life Support for health care providers in central and western North Dakota. In 2019, we trained 3,754 clinical staff and emergency responders in Basic Life Support CPR.

Community Benefits - Here's To Investing in Bismarck's Health
Community Benefits - Here's To Investing in Bismarck's Health
Here’s to welcoming goblins and ghosts.

Every October, CHI St. Alexius Health has some Halloween fun by opening its doors to community schools so teachers can bring their ghosts and goblins in for some trick-or-treating fun with our staff and patients.

Here's to getting our wounded warriors back in the game.
Here’s to getting our wounded warriors back in the game.

Each year Great Plains Rehabilitation is a proud supporter of the McQuades Charity Softball Tournament by being on call for the Wounded Warrior team to fix and/or replace any broken prosthetics during the weekend's tournament. When not out on the field, our Great Plains orthotic and prosthetic clinicians evaluate, design, manufacture, assemble, fit and adjust braces for those in need of physical support.

Here’s to keeping the beat.

Emergencies can happen where we least expect it, and school is no exception. With the ability to restore a heart to its normal rhythm, an automated external defibrillator (AED) is something every school should have. CHI St. Alexius Health donated this equipment to Light of Christ Catholic Schools to help them care for their students in the event of a medical emergency.

Here’s to raising funds to help our tiniest patients.

For the past eight years, the annual St. Alexius Kickball Tournament (SAKT) has raised money for pediatric and neonatal needs. This past year the tournament raised enough money to purchase three new warming tables, which are used to keep infants in the nursery warm during examinations.

Here’s to giving back.

We’ve set up a Giving Garden at the East Patient Entrance where members of the community can donate their excess produce, giving more people access to nutritious foods that fuel their health.

Here’s to healthier smiles.

CHI St. Alexius Health sponsors Mission of Mercy, a two-day, free dental clinic to support the community’s oral health. Each patient who comes to the dental clinic is evaluated by a CHI St. Alexius Health provider to determine the patient's health and whether or not he or she can safely receive free oral care at the event. In 2018, more than 900 patients were served during the two-day, 50-chair, free dental clinic.

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Slide Here’s to putting safety first — and being first in safety. Every day we commit ourselves to keeping our patients and caregivers safe. Maybe that’s why the Leapfrog Group gave CHI St. Alexius Health the highest safety rating in the region. As a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety, the Leapfrog Group grades hospitals A-F on their safety based on 27 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs. Slide Here’s to shaping our student athletes. There are many Bismarck citizen coaches who give up their personal time to help shape and mold our student athletes--and one works at CHI St. Alexius Health. Cardiovascular sonographer Anna Folk is the head coach of the Mandan Braves volleyball team. Anna is one of many employees active in our community. Slide Here’s to standing up to domestic violence. Last year, more than 6,000 domestic violence incidents were reported to crisis intervention centers in North Dakota. Those are just the ones actually reported. To us, that’s too many. That’s why several CHI St. Alexius Health facilities teamed up to form the CHI North Dakota Violence Prevention Program. The program started by setting up a Non-Violence Coalition at eight CHI hospitals across the state, made up of law enforcement, social workers and public health officials. Together, they work to reduce domestic violence by teaching the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Here’s to preserving an extensive trail system within Bismarck-Mandan.

Dr. Nicholas Bradbury, CHI St. Alexius Health Interventional Radiologist, is so passionate about mountain biking and hiking that he co-founded the BisMan Trails Advocacy Group, which helps to maintain the wonderful trail system our community residents thoroughly enjoy.

Here’s to joining together against suicide.
Here’s to joining together against suicide.

A team of walkers from CHI St. Alexius Health joined together for the Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness and $2,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In addition, we take behavioral and mental health very seriously by offering an inpatient psychiatric unit, a partial hospitalization program and an outpatient mental health clinic.

Slide Here’s to celebrating milestones. Achieving health goals deserves to be celebrated. That’s why we’ve sponsored the Bismarck Marathon through the CHI St. Alexius Health Motivational Mile, a non-competitive walk that serves as a celebration of life for people who have overcome physical and mental obstacles and chose to get back on their feet striving for better health. Slide CHI St. Alexius Health was the first hospital in the state to offer an exclusive human milk diet to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients. Using donor breast milk with nutritional fortifiers allows us to give premature babies the nutrition they need, helping them get home sooner. Here’s to making premature babies healthier. Slide Here’s to pain relief, no matter the diagnosis. In 2013, CHI St. Alexius Health became the first hospital in western North Dakota to offer palliative care, a type of specialized medical care for people with serious or chronic illnesses. We continue to expand our services by offering an outpatient clinic and are the first palliative care team in the region to offer home visits.
Here’s to a higher level of stroke care.

Not only is CHI St. Alexius Health the first Primary Stroke Center in North Dakota, we are also the first hospital to receive certification from DNV GL Healthcare as a Primary Plus Stroke Center, affirming our readiness to handle a full range of stroke-related medical problems.

Here’s to making the birthing process more relaxing.

The Birth Place at CHI St. Alexius Health is leading the region by offering nitrous oxide during delivery. Nitrous oxide provides an alternative to epidurals in the management of labor pain, allowing women the freedom to move around during labor.

Here’s to learning how to survive in the wild.

What do you do when you or someone you’re with suffers an injury in the backcountry? Ask some of the local outdoor enthusiasts who attended our Wilderness First Aid Course. The free class, taught by an Emergency Department physician, gave the public a chance to learn a variety of survival skills, from how to splint a fracture to stabilizing neck injuries and more.

Here’s to being prepared for anything.

CHI St. Alexius Health is committed to ensuring our community is ready in times of disaster. That’s why we hold community-wide meetings on mass casualty preparedness, teaching first responders and community partners what to do and how to act in chaotic situations.

Here’s to connecting with the community.

Through CHI St. Alexius Health’s Employee Engagement Committee, we’re able to offer many fun activities for our associates and community members, both inside and outside hospital walls. You may have seen us at the Buddy Clinic during Children’s Day at the Zoo, at the ballpark for the Larks’ Family Fun Day, at a Bismarck Marathon water stop, serving at Ministry on the Margins and Heaven’s Helpers Soup Café, handing out treats at Zoo Boo or guiding little goblins as they trick-or-treated with medical staff and our patients in the hospital; and arranging beautifully creative Christmas trees for all visitors to enjoy during Christmas in the Solarium.

Here’s to remembering lost joys.

Few things are as devastating as losing a newborn. Since October 1993, we’ve supported families who have experienced an infant loss through our annual Perinatal Loss Service of Remembrance. The memorial service, held the second Saturday in October, is open to all families who have suffered the loss of a baby, and it includes a blessing and a committal service.

Here’s to utilizing the latest technology.

In 1919, CHI St. Alexius Health introduced X-ray technology to the region. Now our medical imaging capabilities include digital radiography (DR) suites assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of injury and illness and 3D mammography for advanced detection of breast cancer.

Here’s to utilizing the latest technology.
Here’s to filling our school buses.

Each year, CHI St. Alexius Health’s Employee Engagement Committee fills boxes of school supplies for the Annual Fill the Bus event, sponsored by Y93 and Bismarck Public Schools. The event helps secure needed student school supplies for families who can’t afford to buy them. Just another way we serve our vulnerable population.

Clinical Excellence - Here's to the Region's Best Level of Care
Clinical Excellence - Here's to the Region's Best Level of Care
Here’s to being one of the best hospitals in America.

In 2019, CHI St. Alexius Health was listed as one of the top 100 hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review, recognizing our excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction.

Here’s to next-level trauma care.

In recognition of our dedication to providing the highest quality of care for injured patients, the Trauma Center at CHI St. Alexius Health earned another consecutive Level II designation by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.

Here’s to next-level trauma care.
Here’s to caring for your whole family.

We provide the best in family medicine by combining the comfort and convenience of a neighborhood clinic with the state-of-the-art medical care for which CHI St. Alexius Health is known.

Here’s to expanding access to care.

In 2018, CHI St. Alexius Health expanded access to care as the first and only health care system in the region to offer Urgent Care Clinics. Our Urgent Care Clinics are similar to a walk-in clinic, but even better. Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, we’re here for life’s little urgencies.

Here’s to recognizing quality cardiac care.

In 2019, CHI St. Alexius Health’s Heart and Lung Clinic was recognized by the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program with two awards: NSTEMI Gold and STEMI Silver. The awards recognize our quick and appropriate treatment of heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries. Additionally, CHI St. Alexius Health is enrolled with Get With The Guidelines® – Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), a disease registry designed to support acute myocardial infarction (AMI), CAD and chest pain quality improvement activities.

Here’s to getting the region moving again.

As the first hospital in North Dakota to receive Advanced Certification for Total Knee and Hip Replacement by The Joint Commission, CHI St. Alexius Health leads the region in general and specialized orthopedic care. That means low complication rates, low readmission rates, same-day discharge, and new and advanced surgical procedures. We are continuously recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a high performing center in orthopedics.

Here’s to getting the region moving again.
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Here’s to finding new ways to serve.

In fulfillment of our calling to serve and “Let all be Received as Christ,” several of our caregivers and employees volunteer each year to serve a meal at The Banquet at Trinity Lutheran. The Banquet serves about 450 hot, nutritious meals every Thursday to those who need it most.

Here’s to ending the opioid epidemic.

To begin combating the opioid issue, in 2016 CHI St. Alexius Health implemented an opioid take-back program in its two pharmacy locations — CHI St. Alexius Health Community Pharmacy within the hospital and St. Alexius Mandan Pharmacy in its Mandan Clinic. Since its inception, thousands and thousands of opioids have come off community streets.

Here’s to ending the opioid epidemic.
Here’s to advancing heart and lung care.
Here’s to advancing heart and lung care.

Dr. Margaret Forke-Morgan and her husband, Dr. Riffat Morgan, established the first cardiopulmonary clinic—now known as the Heart & Lung Clinic—where cardiology and pulmonology work together in the same clinic to advance our patient care, serving the community for more than 50 years.

Here’s to independence and mobility.

CHI St. Alexius Health Great Plains Rehabilitation Services uses its community presence to provide needed medical equipment and supplies to help individuals lead active and independent lives, dispensing more than 64,000 medical product orders each year.

Here’s to getting quicker care.

Your one-stop shop for the right health care you need. CHI St. Alexius Health’s Urgent Care Clinics offer imaging and laboratory services and on-site prescriptions to ensure your treatment is effective and off to the right start.

Here’s to pursuing passions.

Dr. J’Patrick Fahn, one of CHI St. Alexius Health's hospitalists, originally attended the University of Mary to become a music teacher before realizing his passion for health care. He now lives out his passion by caring for our patients each and every day.

Here’s to expanding educational programs.

In 1962, the School of Nursing became part of Mary College, also founded by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery. Throughout the years, health courses continued to develop, and in conjunction with the college, CHI St. Alexius Health developed four-year professional degree programs in radiology and respiratory therapy — living our commitment to educating the next generation of future health care professionals.

Here’s to being better than the rest.

CHI St. Alexius Health was recently ranked as a four-star acute care hospital by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Federal government’s regulatory body that oversees the quality of health care for our nation’s citizens.

Slide Here’s to training our future health care providers. Our quality and excellence are renowned with universities across the nation. As an example, Texas Wesleyan University chooses to send its Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) students to CHI St. Alexius Health, where they receive clinical guidance, mentorship and training. Slide Here’s to starting something new. Sr. Mary Mark Braun served as the hospital administrator from 1948 to 1952. During her tenure, the School of X-Ray Technology and the School of Medical Technology were started. Sr. Mary Mark was also instrumental in designing and implementing the baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Mary College. Slide Here’s to strong recoveries. CHI St. Alexius Health’s Physical Therapy department was established in 1955. Sr. Rita Miller was our first physical therapist. She used to use fishing weights to help patients strengthen their muscles.
Here’s to adapting technology.

Adapting technology from the business sector, Frank Kilzer, former Vice President of Facilities, and his team of associates created a bar-coding system for our hospital (the first in the world), enabling our staff to track everything from bandages to medications.

Here’s to beating COVID-19 together.

CHI St. Alexius Health has always strived to offer new technology and treatments. That willingness to be on the cutting edge greatly helped a local couple survive COVID-19. Gery and Betty Degreef are from Mandan and are the first couple in North Dakota to receive convalescent plasma treatment. Being part of the Mayo Clinic trial allowed CHI St. Alexius Health to administer the treatment, and within 24 hours the couple made a miraculous recovery. They were discharged with much appreciation after spending 32 days in the hospital.

Here’s to helping patients feel prepared.
Here’s to developing the next generation of health care leaders.

As the first hospital in the Dakota Territory, we understand how important health care is to the region. That's why we participate in Rising Leadership ND, a three-day camp at the University of Mary where our medical staff teaches the next generation of leaders about the future of health care, allowing students the chance to explore the fascinating career paths available to them right here in North Dakota.

Here’s to quitting for good.

CHI St. Alexius Health offers a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient tobacco cessation program through a grant partnership with the NDQuits Cessation platform by the North Dakota Department of Health. When hospital or clinic patients indicate their desire to quit tobacco in 30 days, our respiratory therapists provide cessation counseling services, find out what will help them become successful on their cessation journey, and provide them with customized “Quit Kits” filled with all sorts of items tailored to meet their specific cessation needs.

Caring for Kids - Here's to Keeping Bismark's Youngest Health and Happy
Caring for Kids - Here's to Keeping Bismark's Youngest Health and Happy
Here’s to comforting our littlest patients.

Stuffed animals provide safety and comfort — two things children need the most when they’re sick or in pain. That’s why CHI St. Alexius Health has a very special gift waiting for every child admitted to our hospital: a stuffed Alex the Cat, CHI St. Alexius Health’s official mascot.

Here’s to helping kids heal in a home-like setting.

In 2014, through charitable gifts received by the Foundation from donors, CHI St. Alexius Health created Alex Town, a whimsical pediatric department designed to help kids feel at home. From a train depot and fire station to a toy store and planetarium, children are immersed in a safe world of healing. With state-of-the-art technology in care delivery, Alex Town brings specialized pediatric care close to home.

Here’s to improving outcomes for pediatric patients.

CHI St. Alexius Health provides continuing education on Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) for health care providers in central and western North Dakota. In 2019, we were responsible for training 328 providers with child and/or infant contact.

Here’s to keeping moms and babies together.

Initiated by Sr. Clarice Carroll, CHI St. Alexius Health was the first hospital in the region to offer "rooming in" for mothers and newborns. Shortly after giving birth in the hospital, a mother can choose to keep her newborn baby in the room with her.

Here’s to neonatal expertise without borders.

After establishing the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in North Dakota, CHI St. Alexius Health went even further to take care of our region’s babies. Our dedicated NICU flight nurses and transport crew utilize a transport incubator to safely and quickly transport newborns and neonates needing a higher level of care from rural communities to CHI St. Alexius Health’s Level III NICU, ensuring the well-being of all babies near and far.

Here’s to specializing in cranial helmets.

CHI St. Alexius Health Great Plains offers a Cranial Remolding Program for infants who have been diagnosed with cranial deformity. Great Plains specializes in cranial helmets, utilizing industry-leading technology, and uses the Gold standard STARscanner to obtain 3D images and the STARband family of helmets.

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Here’s to protecting your heart.

With specialists in cardiology and interventional cardiology, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, and more, the Heart & Lung Clinic has served the community for more than 50 years.

Here’s to keeping our patients and their loved ones connected.

Slide Here’s to helping families find hope.
In the spirit of caring for people during vulnerable times, each year before the holidays come CHI Health at Home hosts Finding Hope Through the Holidays, a workshop for individuals and families who have lost a loved one and are anticipating the holiday season will be a difficult time. The workshop provides specific tools and ideas to help individuals manage the holiday season.
Slide Here’s to emotional healing. A cancer diagnosis can affect an entire community of people. From patients, to caregivers, to loved ones, CHI St. Alexius Health offers special support groups to bring hope and comfort to those affected by cancer. Our groups include support for general cancer, breast cancer, cancer caregivers, and those grieving after a loss. Slide Here’s to advancing the region’s health care. Each year we ask the community to join us for Night for the Stars, our annual black-tie-optional fundraising event. The evening is designed to raise awareness and funds for particular health issues, allowing us to purchase new equipment and technology to advance the region's health care services.
Here’s to building a better community.

We believe health is an important building block of strong families and prosperous communities. That’s why CHI St. Alexius Health associates fundraise for United Way and the different programs it supports.

Here’s to advanced training.
Here’s to 3D imaging our backbones.

When it comes to surgery, placement is incredibly important. Dr. Alan Van Norman, CHI St. Alexius Health neurosurgeon, has the updated technology in the O-arm to ensure it’s just right. This medical technology allows for real-time three dimensional imaging of bony structures in the operating room during surgery. This vantage point has greatly improved the safety and efficacy of complex spinal surgery by improving the accuracy of screw placement during spinal fusion. This is particularly helpful for patients who have had previous surgery that has altered the landmarks normally used in screw placement during spinal fusions — giving a better quality of life.

Here’s to training caregivers to save lives.

CHI St. Alexius Health offers Heartsaver Pediatric CPR education for daycare providers and early education teachers throughout central and western North Dakota. In 2019, we were responsible for training 926 providers and teachers.

Here’s to bettering the economy.

Since its beginnings in 1885, CHI St. Alexius Health has positively impacted the health of the region by taking care of the sick, providing access to health care, and advancing health services with new technology. Its economic footprint has also made an apparent difference for generations by providing families with career opportunities while they served as part of its healing ministry. Often times associates will recall when their great grandparent, grandparent or parent had served, providing them with a stable workplace and a steady source of income, which allowed them to purchase homes, send children to school, and prosper.

Here’s to earlier detection.

CHI St. Alexius Health is proud to offer the latest in breast imaging technology: wide-angle breast tomosynthesis. A wide-angle 3D mammogram offers a better view of breast tissue than a standard 3D mammogram. Our 50-degree angle, the industry’s greatest depth resolution, captures more detail for the highest quality 3D images. This increases diagnostic confidence enabling earlier detection, and better outcomes for our region’s ladies.

Here’s to less invasive treatments.

In 1990, CHI St. Alexius Health became the first hospital in North Dakota to offer laser lithotripsy, a minimally invasive procedure used to help eliminate kidney stones, leading to a better quality of life.

Here’s to improving educational opportunities.

CHI St. Alexius Health established the Central North Dakota School of Anesthesia in 1964.

Slide Here’s to dreaming big.
Catholic Health Initiatives has a long-standing partnership with the University of Mary to support the next generation of undergraduate and graduate nurses. To date we have donated $10 million in nursing scholarships. With a nation-wide nursing shortage, it's just another example of how we collaborate to ensure the region has the health care professionals it needs.
Slide Here’s to creating a network of support. Studies show people on a weight-loss journey have more success when they have a group of peers helping them work toward achieving their health goals. We're committed to our patients and to creating healthy communities. That's why CHI St. Alexius Health offers weight-loss surgery support groups not only in Bismarck, but also in Dickinson, Williston, Minot, Carrington, and Mobridge, SD as well. Slide Here’s to working together for good.
Serving our vulnerable populations is part of our mission, and it has become a way of life for those who serve in our ministry. That's why each year CHI St. Alexius Health associates come together during the United Way's Day of Caring to work on a day-long project that will benefit a United Way-supported agency.
Slide Here’s to more girl power. Dr. Agnes Solberg, Interventional Radiologist at CHI St. Alexius Health, has been nationally recognized for her advocacy on behalf of women in radiology. She travels around the nation giving presentations on international radiology, gender bias, and burnout. Dr. Solberg also founded a local Angio club to connect surgeons and interventionists in the Bismarck community.
Spirituality - Here's to Healing Mind, Body and Soul
Spirituality - Here's to Healing Mind, Body and Soul
Here’s to creating a space for healing.

Each culture has its own practices and beliefs when it comes to health and healing. Knowing that one’s culture can have a profound impact on positive health outcomes, CHI St. Alexius Health created a Meditation Room. Open to people of all cultures, the room offers a safe space to practice spiritual healing through meditation.

Here’s to spreading our healing ministry.

Serving our patients, their families and friends in a spiritual sense has been at the core of our healing ministry since 1885. However, being there for the community is at the core as well. That's why CHI St. Alexius Health offers daily mass in its hospital chapel not only for its patients, but for community members too.

Here's to praying for our patients and the community.
Here’s to supporting spiritual wellness.

CHI St. Alexius Health is a proud supporter of Thirst, the Diocese of Bismarck’s annual conference.

Here’s to feeding the body, mind and soul.

The Soup Cafe was created by the Heaven’s Helpers Ministry to show the love of Jesus Christ by feeding hungry people in need both physically and spiritually. Our associates regularly support this mission by volunteering to prepare and serve food at the cafe.

Here’s to healing the spirit.

At CHI St. Alexius Health, we enjoy working with others to help live our mission. Since the Auxiliary was formed in July 1948, we have had many volunteers assist in serving our patients in various ways. On average, our volunteers donate 20,246 hours a year caring for those who seek our healing presence.

Here’s to being Benedictine.

Since day one, the premise of our care has been based on the teachings of St. Benedict, who said that “above all care must be given to the sick,” and every person is to be “Received as Christ.” As sponsors, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery focus their commitment to CHI St. Alexius Health in ways that invite those who work with them to bear witness to Gospel values through deeds of loving service. They promise to provide education, formation, and resources necessary to strengthen their Benedictine legacy today and into tomorrow.

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Here’s to offering the region’s most advanced surgical robots.

Throughout our history, we have focused on providing the newest health care technology and services to our patients. This effort is even more evident as we offer the region’s most advanced surgical robots for specialized and orthopaedic surgeries. With this technology in hand, our physicians can deliver to our patients minimally invasive surgical options that were once only available in more urban areas and more precise orthopaedic procedures customized to a patient’s anatomy. It’s just another way we offer high quality, advanced care close to home.

Here’s to keeping North Dakota trained physicians in North Dakota.

CHI St. Alexius Health partners with the University of North Dakota Medical School to provide a hospitalist fellowship program. When family medicine residents join the program, they are here for one year; and during that time they complete six months of hospitalist training and six months of specialty training. Once finished, they are certified in hospitalist medicine and often choose to stay at CHI St. Alexius Health or within the state - keeping North Dakota trained physicians in North Dakota.

Here’s to being among the first to use new technologies.

In 1977, CHI St. Alexius Health began utilizing a computed tomography (CAT) scanner in radiology—just two years after the first full-body CAT scanner was built—allowing us to take internal images of virtually every part of the body.

Here’s to training a community of lifesavers.

At CHI St. Alexius Health we understand when an emergent situation arises better outcomes will prevail when all involved are prepared. That’s why we offer Heartsaver CPR courses for the public, utilizing the American Heart Association’s course materials. In 2019, we were responsible for training 3,473 people in CPR — 832 of which were K-12 students.

Here’s to providing support to those who need it most.

Living our mission of serving vulnerable populations, CHI St. Alexius Health associates volunteer their time to provide meals at Ministry on the Margins, a volunteer-based ministry offering hospitality, meals and support to members of the community who have fallen on hard times.

Here’s to having a heart for women.

CHI St. Alexius Health is a proud sponsor of The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women “Ladies’ Night Out” event, a fundraiser that helps fund cutting-edge research, conducts life-saving public and professional educational programs and advocates for the protection of women’s heart health.

Here’s to walking for those who can’t.

CHI St. Alexius Health participates in Operation Walk, a community fundraiser that helps underserved and low-income patients receive free or low-cost total joint replacement surgeries.

Here’s to donations that save lives.

Every quarter, CHI St. Alexius Health holds blood drives to benefit Vitalant, a nonprofit organization supplying blood and special services to patients in more than 1,000 hospitals across 40 states.

Here’s to answering the call.

When disasters strike, helping thy neighbor doesn't necessarily just mean the person next to you. Knowing health care assistance is important during these circumstances, a group of CHI St. Alexius Health nurses voluntarily travel to provide much needed emergency medical response to communities devastated by natural disasters.

Here’s to riding the waves.

After WWII, Sister Terence Glum, who was a nurse anesthetist, utilized electroencephalogram, new technology at the time, to record a patient’s brain waves.

Here’s to highly trained physicians.
Here’s to making time for patients.

When patients are in our hospital, we understand there are other places they would more than likely rather be. So we try to make it the best experience possible. Not only do our providers spend extra time with our patients, listening to their stories and connecting, but other hospital team members do as well. On a daily basis our clinical and non-clinical associates spend time with our patients in their rooms to ensure our patients’ healing experiences are the best they can be.

Here’s to remembering those who gave their all.
Here’s to helping the region find their partner in health.

Since CHI St. Alexius Health opened the region’s first and only Urgent Care Clinics, we’ve been able to better serve patients for non-emergent health care needs, reducing unnecessary emergency room visits, and connecting patients to a family medicine provider to become their partner in health.

Here’s to recruiting all kinds of physicians.

Recruiting physicians to the Bismarck-Mandan region who are mission driven and want to make this place their home is something we strive to do. Sometimes we bring not only a physician of medicine, but another health care provider as well. We are excited to have Dr. Jeffrey DeSmidt, CHI St. Alexius Health’s emergency and trauma services provider, taking care of our emergent patients, while his wife takes care of the community’s dental needs as a dentist.