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Valley Med Flight presented a check for $60,000 to the CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Foundation for the Emergency Room Expansion Project at their Open House in September

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(Pictured: Aaron Johnson-VP of Patient Care, Anna Walter-Foundation Director, Jim Moe- Foundation Board Member, Dustin Dimmer-VMF, Allan Thompson- Foundation Board Vice Chair, Robert Miller-VMF, Tami Evavold-VMF and Marcie Heller-VMF)

 


CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Foundation presents check to Lake Region Sunshine Hospitality Home

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CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Foundation held the Lights of Mercy Community Tree lighting during the Christmas season and half of the proceeds were donated to the Lake Region Sunshine Hospitality Home team goal. Pictured is Andrew Lankowicz, CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake President and Anna Walter, CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Foundation Director presenting Carma Hanson with a check.


Violence Prevention Program Hosts Summit and Training

May 10, 2017

 

Catholic Health Initiatives’ (CHI) North Dakota Violence Prevention Program is hosting its second annual summit and training, Spotlight on Intimate Partner Violence on May 17-18, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm; daily registration opens at 8:30 am. This free event will be held at CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck Medical Center, with videoconferency available in Carrington, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Lisbon, Oakes, Valley City and Williston. Professionals in all fields and interested community members are invited to join us in learning more about intimate partner violence and strategies to address it. Free continuing education credits/contact hours have been requested for counselors, domestic violence advocates, law enforcement officers, nurses and social workers. Preregistration is required. Register at www.surveymonkey.com/r/IPV2017. For more information visit our website at www.st.alexius.org/nd-violence-prevention-program, call 701-530-4973 or email vmzietz@primecare.org.


Together We're Healthier





CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Restricts Visitations Due to Flu

January 27, 2017

 

Due to the increased amount influenza cases in the Lake Region this year, CHI St. Alexius Health in Devils Lake is restricting visitation to its Obstetrics department.

 

Restrictions:
Children under 12 years of age are prohibited from visiting patients
Visitation is restricted to immediate family only; immediate family          members not vaccinated against influenza will be required to wear a mask
ER, lab and radiology patients who are experiencing flu-like symptoms    or who have not received the influenza vaccine are required to wear a mask

 

The restrictions will remain in place until the threat of influenza has passed or returned to normal seasonal level.

The general public is reminded it is not too late to vaccinate against influenza. In addition, it is important to always cover your cough and practice good hand hygiene.


CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital President Andrew Lankowicz presents the Patriotic Award to Captain Jon Barnett and the ESGR Statement of Support to Chief Keith Schroeder at a recent Devils Lake City Commission meeting

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(Pictured: Andrew Lankowicz, Captain Jon Barnett and Sergeant Devin Greywater)

 

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(Pictured: Andrew Lankowicz and Chief Keith Schroeder)


Devils Lake 2017 New Year's Baby Welcomed!

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CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital welcomed a beautiful baby girl as the first baby born in the New Year!

 

Everly Joan Elfman was born at 3:55 pm on January 2nd, 2016 to Brandon and Teri Jo Elfman. Everly was 6 lbs 6 oz and 18 ½ inches long.


Everly was delivered by Dr. Michael Vandall with the help of CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital OB nurses Kristin Gourneau and Elizabeth Berg. In 2016, CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital delivered 316 babies, which was 7.5% more than 2015.


Everly and her parents were presented a basket from the hospital filled with many baby items to use as she begins her new life.


All of the staff at CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital would like to send heartfelt congratulations to the Elfman family!


CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital President Andrew Lankowicz presents the Patriotic Award to Steve Nicola and John Maritato at Lake Region State College

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(Pictured above: Andrew Lankowicz and Steve Nicola)

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(Pictured above: Andrew Lankowicz and John Maritato)


 

CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital President Andrew Lankowicz with the Devils Lake Bantam Hockey Tournament Champions Devils Lake Flames

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Ashley Sebelius Joins CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Physical Therapy Department

October, 2016

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CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake is proud to welcome Ashley Sebelius to their medical team. As a physical therapist specializing in pediatrics, Ashley will help children maximize their physical abilities and minimized the physical limitations. She will use her training in gross motor delays, torticollis and plagiocephaly (flat headed syndrome) to assist children in reaching their highest level of potential.


Ashley was raised in Devils Lake and attended Devils Lake High School where she participated in volleyball and track. After graduating from high school, Ashley attended the University of North Dakota and graduated in 2016 as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.


Please join us in welcoming Ashley back into our community. To make an appointment with Ashley, please call 701.662.9755.


Alex the Cat appears at the Fall Festival Downtown!

October 8, 2016

 

CHI St. Alexius Health's mascot, Alex the Cat, paid a visit to the Fall Festival held downtown in Devils Lakes.  Pictured is Alex the Cat and CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital's President Andrew Lankowicz.

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iVantage Names CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

July 11, 2016

CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital in Devils Lake, North Dakota was recently named one of iVantage Health Analytics’ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States.

“We are proud of the efforts of our physicians, staff, health partners, and community who have contributed to our achieving this designation. We are also proud to be united in one name and one mission with CHI St. Alexius Health facilities in Carrington, Bismarck, Dickinson, Williston, Garrison, and Turtle Lake. We are anchored by CHI St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, the best hospital in North Dakota according to US News and World Report,” said Andrew Lankowicz, CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital President

 

CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural and Critical Access Hospitals. The results recognize that the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America – measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk, and efficiency.

 

The list of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com.

 

“Rural healthcare deserves the same performance analysis as all provider performance. It plays a vital role for communities across America, serving more than 60 million people. The services provided in rural America are similar to those needed in any major metropolitan area, yet the volumes and economic resources provide little economies of scale, making for little benefit from scale. These top 100 Critical Access Hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

 

About iVantage Health Analytics
iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and decision support tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and contract optimization. Employing a full array of public, private and proprietary data, iVantage tools and solutions - from dashboards and preformatted reports, to industry and custom guided analytics - are designed to help its clients move from data to action. In addition, iVantage analytics and tools are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. Learn more at iVantageHealth.com


One name, one mission

April 20, 2016


CHI St. Alexius Health forms regional healthcare system.

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19th, Andrew Lankowicz at CHI Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake called his staff together in the faility's former lobby for an announcement.

 

As the doctors, murses, techniciains and staff members from various departments gathered, Lankowicz informed them of the news, the name of Mercy Hospital would be changing.

 

He coordinated his announcment with that of Jeff Drop, Catholich Health Initiatives' Senior Vice President, executive office for the Fargo Division, who also announced Tuesday, April 19 the formation of a regional health care system in central and western North Dakota.

 

United under one name

 

CHI Mercy medical Center in Williston, CHI St. Joseph's Health in Dickinson, CHI Carrington Health in Carrington, CHI Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake and CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, Garrison, Turtle Lake, Minot, Mandan, and Washburn are now united under one name, CHI St. Alexius Health.

 

"We are rebranding these facilities to clearly communicate that we are building one regional health care delivery system for the patents we serve," said Drop.  "Our goal is to provide more coordinated care and better outcomes.  Together, we can provide the latest medical technology and innovations in care, and expand and upgrade services to meet the growing needs of people in central and western North Dakota."

 

According to Lankowicz, market president at CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake Hospital,  his board of directors were very supporttive of the change. "As advocates for the vulnerable members we serve, the prospect of extending Christ's healing ministry by forming a regional health care system aligns with our mission."

 

"Quality care is a hallmark of our organizations and today we come together under one name and one mission," said CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck Medical Center's CEO Kurt Schley.  "As the largest health delivery system in the region, we will build upon our mission of healing with an even greater emphasis on quality initiatives and outcomes."

 

CHI St. Alexius health officially announced the formation of its regional health care system on April 19, 2016.  The system is the largest health care delivery system in central and western North Dakota and is comprised of a tertiary hospital in Bismarck, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) in Carrington, Dickinson, Devils Lake, Garrison, Turtle Lake, Washburn and Williston and numerous clinics and outpatient services.  CHI St. Alexius Health manages five CAHs in North Dakota- Ashley, Elgin, Linton, and Wishek, as well as Mobridge Regional Medical Center in Mobridge, S.D.

Waylon and his parents were presented with a gift bag from the Dakota Medical Foundation that included a $500 grant to be given to the charity of their choice.


 

Surgeon Mary Aaland, MD, joins CHI Mercy Hospital

March 22, 2016


Last week CHI Mercy Hospital announced Mary Aaland, MD, a general
surgeon, is the newest member of the medical care team.

Dr. Aaland is a native of Northwood and she admits she’s a farm girl at heart.
She attended medical school at UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, ND. She completed her general surgery residency rotations at Yale Affiliated Regional Surgical Residency Programs, University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. and University of Illinois at Peoria, Ill. Dr. Aaland was a burn research fellow at Shriner’s Burn Institute and a JD Martin trauma fellow at Emory University. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery – Surgical Critical Care and by the American Board of Surgery – General Surgery.

 

Andrew Lankowicz, CHI Mercy Hospital President states, “We are excited to bring Dr. Aaland to our community. Many of our patients are having to travel
outside of our community to receive surgical care that could be done right here in Devils Lake.” Dr. Aaland will service our community the second Monday of every month for one week beginning March 14. Her office will be located in the Same Day Surgery Department at CHI Mercy Hospital with
procedures being performed at CHI Mercy Hospital. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Aaland, call (701) 662-9629.

 

Her Mission

 

Dr. Aaland has a mission, some might call it a vision. It is one that came from
Dr. Robert Sticca who is a department chair at UND Medical School.

 

She explains that approximately 18 months ago Dr. Sticca came knocking on
her door and told her that he had an idea about an innovative way to meet the surgical needs of people who lived in rural North Dakota and she was just the gal to help them get started.

 

Presently there are four major cities in North Dakota - you might call them hubs - providing medical care for residents who live within in a wide radius. Those hubs are Minot, Bismarck, Grand Forks and Fargo.

 

Dr. Sticca’s vision, developed in concert with Dr. Joshua Wynne, as Dean of the UND Medical School, would create hubs within those larger geographical areas at critical access hospitals like Devils Lake’s CHI Mercy Hospital.

 

That hub would provide an opportunity for residents to receive surgical procedures, or at least a majority of the procedures needed, closer to home.

 

Not only that, but their hope is to train and recruit a team to provide the procedures, necessary after care and follow up in the hopes of recruiting surgeons to serve in more rural settings.

 

It is all about providing the care needed closer to home, Aaland explained.
“Most smaller communities don’t need two surgeons, they need one surgeon on a regular basis and a back up plan,” Aaland added.

 

If a hospital, like Mercy, had a surgeon, whenever that surgeon wanted to take a week’s vacation, for example, they would have to wind their practice down the week prior to leaving, serve no one the week they’re gone and spend the week after returning winding the practice back up, all the while losing valuable time.

 

With the model Sticca and Wynne and now Aaland have espoused, there would be no down time. If a surgeon wanted a week off, there would be another surgeon to step in for that week to provide the care needed.

 

They are creating the pilot program, so to speak, here in Devils Lake. Dr. Aaland - who has returned to North Dakota after having her own private practice in Fort Wayne, Indiana for many years - will come to Devils Lake one entire week a month, every month, to provide surgical services to the patients that need it right here in Devils Lake. While she is here, it is her hope - and that of her mentors Sticca and Wynne - that this model will be a place they can use for training surgical residents who may find they dearly love a smaller community, like Devils Lake and one day return as the community’s surgeon.

 

Meanwhile Aaland has already begun to build a surgical team with the qualified staff of CHI Mercy.

 

“The goal is to provide safe and appropriate surgical services for the community,” Aaland stated.

 

There still will be cases that need to be sent out to a larger hospital in one of
those four larger metropolitan areas, but 65 percent of the cases can be handled right here in Devils Lake, she is convinced of that.

 

Right now they are taking baby steps, getting started, putting the right team
together and getting them trained to work together.

 

Aaland’s time in Devils Lake, as a representative of UND School of Medicine, will help to build the infrastructure needed for this model to be self perpetuating. In a sense all eyes are on what they are doing, even in these first baby steps they are taking, as they realize the vision - one baby step at a time - all in effort to better serve the local communities in rural North Dakota.

 

Aaland is quick to point out that the visions originated from Sticca and
Wynne, but she gets to be a part of seeing it become reality. She also gives credit to CHI Mercy’s president Lankowicz for his enthusiasm and openness to this innovative way of meeting the community’s needs.

 

She hopes to see even smaller hubs created one day around rural N.D. in
places like Hettinger, or Linton, Wishek or Ashley, Langdon or Cavalier, Stanley or Kenmare areas, too.

 

It’s thinking outside the box, heading into a new future for rural health care
one baby step at a time.

 

About CHI Mercy

 

CHI Mercy Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital accredited by The
Joint Commission, licensed by the North Dakota State Department of Health, and certified by the Department of Health and Human Services for participation in the Medicare Program. CHI Mercy Hospital is committed to providing patients quality medical treatment in the Lake Region area and surrounding communities. Our patients have access to state-of-the-art health care facilities, including 24-7 emergency care, a swing bed program, extensive therapy services, a critical care unit and an advanced birthing center. Our professional and caring staff is dedicated to ensuring patients
have compassionate and excellent care.


2015 CHI Mercy Hospital New Year's Baby Born!

 

CHI Mercy Hospital Welcomes "Giving Hearts Day" baby


CHI Mercy Hospital announces that Waylon Leeon Joseph as the community's Giving Hearts Day baby.

Waylon and his parents were presented with a gift bag from the Dakota Medical Foundation that included a $500 grant to be given to the charity of their choice.

 

Waylon and his parents chose to give the grant to CHI Mercy Hospital on his behalf.


2015 CHI Mercy Hospital New Year's Baby Born!


CHI Mercy Hospital welcomed a beautiful baby girl as the first baby born in the New Year! Claudette Ruth Cavanaugh was born at 8:48 am on January 2nd, 2016 to Cara Cavanaugh. Claudette was 6 lbs 11 oz and 18 ½ inches long.

Claudette was delivered by Dr. Michael Vandall and Dr. Derek Wayman and assisted by Dr. Elson Lim. They had the help of CHI Mercy Hospital OB nurses Tamara Kartes, Tara Schroeder and Micki Turbin. We thank the community for the new Panda Warmer the hospital was able to purchase from the generous donations provided during the 2015 Signature Event. Claudette was cared for in the new Panda Warmer during her stay.


CHI Mercy Hospital OB nurses, Patient Care Manager Debra Hodous and CHI Mercy Hospital President Andrew Lankowicz presented a basket filled with many baby items courtesy of the hospital for the baby to use as she begins her new life.


All of the staff at CHI Mercy Hospital would like to send heartfelt congratulations to the New Year’s Baby’s family!

 

 


CHI Mercy Hospital sponsors blood drive

 

Blood drive coordinator Anna Walter, and the CHI Mercy Hospital have sponsored another successful blood drive. The drive held in Devils
Lake on December 23rd saw 28 people volunteer to donate blood and 25 were able to give.


Four people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation, so a total of 28 products were collected.


Six people gave blood for the first time.

 

According to Weldon Roberts, Donor Recruitment Representative for United
Blood Services, “Communities like Devils Lake make a regional blood program work. People volunteer to donate when there has been a wellorganized campaign, informing the public of the need for blood.”


CHI Mercy Hospital was also responsible for registering donors and providing refreshments. Space to hold the drive was provided by Mercy Hospital.


On behalf of the patients who benefited, United Blood Services appreciates all the thoughtful people who volunteered to help others by giving of themselves.


A mother shares her Christmas "miracle"


By Chuck Wickenhofer
Journal Reporter


Kaicen Jay Beck was born five weeks early at 10:13 p.m. Christmas night by emergency C-section at Mercy Hospital. His mother, Tammi Beck, reports that she had a high risk pregnancy with Kaicen because of a complication
called a “uterine window” from previous pregnancies, and had been seeing a doctor twice a week in Grand Forks.

Beck had a checkup on Christmas Eve, but started to feel pain that was somewhat above the level of "normal" for this pregnancy, based on her
previous experiences. She says she attributed it to the long drive and the stress of the holidays, and pushed her way through the evening with
her family and kids, opening gifts.


Beck also describes that the situation became urgent when she arrived at the hospital the next day. "Within 20-30 minutes I was on my way to the operating room."

 

She furthered detailed the seriousness of the situation. "Dr. Derek Wayman (who delivered Kaicen) explained that there was a huge risk for
baby and myself if that scar (from previous C-sections) were to break further, causing me to bleed out. He said that the baby would need to be delivered right away."


Kaicen weighed 7 pounds exactly and was 17.5 inches long. Beck says that he had some struggles the first night with low blood sugar, low temperature,
and maintaining a regular heart rate, but pulled through all of it by the next
morning. Mother and newborn had a regular hospital stay and he came home with the family on the Dec. 28.

 

Beck says that since then he has been struggling with jaundice and feeding issues, but overall is doing great for a baby who came five weeks early.


Beck says that she has no doubt whatsoever that Dr. Wayman was her family's guardian angel that night. "He knew exactly what to do and didn't hesitate at all to do whatever it took to keep us both safe."


Beck also took time to thank those who participated in the procedure, including Dr. Rita Nalubega, who assisted in the C-section, her anesthesiologist, and the team of nurses who helped to insure that baby Kaicen was delivered safely.


"They were so caring and supportive throughout everything and took the time to calm my fears as best they could. I'll never be able to thank them enough. Kaicen is truly a Christmas miracle," Beck said.


CHI Mercy Hospital Adopts Family for Holidays


This Christmas Season CHI Mercy Hospital Staff came together to sponsor a family in our community. Many gifts and the ingredients for a nice Christmas meal were delivered to the family on Tuesday by some St. Vincent DePaul staff. In addition to sponsoring a family, our staff also provided items for gift baskets for seven elderly people in our community. This would not have been made possible if it wasn’t for our generous and caring staff.


 

CHI Mercy Hospital donates to St. Vincent DePaul Society

December 10th, 2015


CHI Mercy Hospital President Andrew Lankowicz presented a check for over $650 to the St. Vincent DePaul Society from the proceeds of the CHI Mercy Hospital Health Fair and

Pictured is Rosalie Heintz- St. Vincent DePaul Secretary, Sueann Locker- St. Vincent DePaul Treasurer, Andrew Lankowicz-CHI Mercy Hospital President and Linda Frelich- St. Vincent DePaul President

 


 

CHI Mercy Hospital names Brekhus new Physical Therapy Manager

November 13th, 2015

 


 

Jennifer Brekhus has recently been promoted to Physical Therapy Manager at CHI Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, ND. Jennifer began her career at CHI Mercy Hospital in 2010. Prior to working at the hospital, Jennifer was employed at Select/Achieve Therapy in Devils Lake. Jennifer specializes in Women’s Health, Vestibular Rehab and Spinal Rehabilitation.


Brekhus graduated from high school in Starkweather and went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The University of North Dakota in 2006.


Jennifer and her husband Cass, who farms near Garske, ND, live and raise their two daughters here in the Devils Lake area.


 

CHI Mercy Hospital receives grant from Helmsley Trust

November 10th, 2015

 

Special to the Journal
Patients at CHI Mercy Hospital Devils Lake will soon benefit from access to the latest computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology made possible through a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B.Helmsley Charitable Trust’s
Rural Healthcare Program.


The trust has awarded CHI Mercy Hospital $400,000 for a new 64-slice CT scanner. CT scanners provide essential diagnostic images of structures inside the body. A new CT scanner will allow for faster scans that produce highquality images, allowing medical staff to quickly determine
health status and course of treatment while giving patients access to up-to-date healthcare technology close to home.


“CHI Mercy Hospital is extremely grateful to be
awarded this grant,” said Andrew Lankowicz, president
of Mercy Hospital Devils Lake. “This generous grant enables us to meet the vision first espoused by our founders, the Sisters of Mercy, of caring for patients who live and work in Devils Lake, the Spirit Lake Nation and surrounding communities. It also ensures that we will continue to provide world class health care to Lake Region residents for years to come, while giving us the ability to redirect scarce capital toward other critical initiatives,
such as the renovation of Mercy Hospital’s emergency room.”


CHI Mercy is one of 37 grant recipients across the region to benefit from funding to purchase CT scanners. The Rural Healthcare Program of the Helmsey Charitable Trust is granting nearly $14 million over the next six months to support the purchase of this high-tech equipment for critical access hospitals in a sevenstate region.

 

About the charitable trust The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in health, place-based initiatives and education and human services. Since 2008,
when the trust began its active grant making, it has committed more than $1.4 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. The trust’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innititive projects that use information

technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the
latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date this program has
awarded more than $267 million to rganizations and initiatives in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa and Montana.


For more information visit www.helmsleytrust.org


 

CHI Mercy Hospital purchases Panda Warmer from Signature Event


Pictured are Andrew Lankowicz-CHI Mercy Hospital President, Tammi Kartes-OB Lead, Meghan Carew-OB Nurse and Tara Rogness-CHI Mercy Hospital Foundation Director.

In March, CHI Mercy Hospital Foundation held its annual Signature Event. The evening featured a Fund-A-Need Auction that provided attendees the opportunity to fund an immediate need of CHI Mercy Hospital. The auction was a huge success. This year the money from the Fund-A-Need Auction went towards purchasing a Panda Warmer for the hospital’s Obstetrics Department. Tammi Kartes, OB Lead, who passionately spoke at the event, expressed “The OB Department at CHI Mercy Hospital is near and dear to my heart. The commitment that was shown by the community during the event was amazing. The purchase of the warmer will allow us to care for our babies with new state-of-the-art equipment.” The warmer includes an integrated scale for weighing, a warming system to keep baby’s temperature controlled, integrated Sp02 and resuscitation system, and a full-color display monitor which will help track the baby’s temperature, weight, Sp02 and pulse rate.


“With the generous support from the community, we were able to raise the funds needed to purchase the Panda Warmer”, states Tara Rogness, CHI Mercy Hospital Foundation Director. The OB staff has received the training necessary to operate the warmer and are now using the warmer during deliveries. CHI Mercy Hospital would like to send a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to those in our community who made this possible.

 


 

Devils Lake Blood Drive a Success

Blood drive coordinator Anna Walter and CHI Mercy Hospital have sponsored a very successful blood drive.  The drive held in Devils Lake on June 2nd saw 27 people volunteer to donate blood and 22 were able to give.  Eight people gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine which collects two units of red blood cells during the donation, so a total of 30 products were collected.  Five people gave blood for the first time.

According to Rob Miller, Senior Donor Recruitment Representative for United Blood Services, "Communities like Devils Lake make a regional blood program work.  People volunteer to donate when there has been a well organized campaign, informing the public of the need for blood."

 

CHI Mercy Hospital was also responsible for registering donors, refreshments, and providing space to hold the drive.

 

On behalf of the patients who benefited, United Blood Services appreciates all the thoughtful people who volunteerd to help others by giving of themselves.  Blood is for sharing; you have truly given the "Gift of Life".


 

CHI Mercy Hospital employee certified in Cardiac Sonography


CHI Mercy Hospital would like to recognize Luann Thompson who has met the rigorous qualifications for certification in Cardiac Sonography by the premier credentialing organization for ultrasound professionals, the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). This certification acknowledges Luann’s personal achievement of a highly recognized professional standard of excellence.
Currently, the State of North Dakota has 44 registered Cardiac Sonographers, of which Luann is one of. Luann has worked at CHI Mercy Hospital for the past 27 years and is also registered in other specialties including OB/GYN, Abdominal, and Vascular Ultrasound. Please join us in congratulating Luann on this high level of achievement!!
CHI Mercy Hospital’s Radiology Department offers advanced imaging services to diagnose everything from osteoporosis to heart disease. For a full list of services that our hospital provides, please visit www.mercyhospitaldl.com or call 701-662-2131.


 

CHI Mercy Hospital's Relay for Life Team "Scrub out Cancer"


On June 5th, CHI Mercy Hospital's Relay for Life Team "Scrub out Cancer" participated in the 2015 Lake Region Relay for Life event.  Through various fundraising activities over the past few months, the team was able to raise over $4000 for this great cause.  CHI Mercy Hospital also supported this event by being a Silver Sponsor for the event.





2015 Unsung Hero for March

Renard Bergstrom of Lake Chevrolet, Connie Whitney and her son Timothy and Mark Flaig of Ramsey National Bank.

Special to the Journal
March Unsung Hero, Connie Whitney, has comforted countless patients with her calming presence throughout her 35 year nursing career. Presently she serves as Swing Bed Coordinator and Mission Director at Mercy Hospital. She says, "But I never do anything by myself. The people around me motivate me, it is always teamwork"

Connie says, "My profession allows me to be there for others at important moments in their lives. I feel it is a great privilege to be there and to be supportive. My patients have taught me so much." She adds, "Don't wait until you can do something big. Remember that small things are important, too. Small things can add up to big things."

In the Spring of 1980, Connie graduated from UND with a Nursing Degree. That Fall she married Dr. Rob Whitney. A year later they moved to Devils Lake and established a Dental Clinic here. Rob soon became a prominent Dentist in the Lake Region. Connie and Rob had three sons and enjoyed life to the fullest. Connie says, "Rob and I were the perfect team."

Rob died suddenly in 2011. It was a tragic sudden death. One can't help but think how proud Rob would be to see the strength and courage that Connie exemplifies as she goes forward.

This Spring Connie will be attending three college graduations! Each of their three sons will be receiving a college degree. Their eldest son, Jonathan, will receive a Law Degree at Harvard. Ian will receive a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Timothy a B.S. in Computer Science, both from the University of North Dakota.

Her family and her nursing career have been her focus. With creativity and gusto she brightens the community in innumerable ways through volunteer activities and church work.

She was a founding member of the Lake Region Quilters Guild; she sings with Joyful Noise at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church; her lovely yard has been on the Garden Tour; she plays Xylophone with the Elks Band…the list of the ways she generously shares her creative talents goes on and on and on and on and on.

The number of contributions Connie makes to the community is impressive. But perhaps what is to be most admired is the way she strengthens others through sympathetic and encouraging words.

She says "Every life experience affects you in ways that make it possible for you to be helpful to others. The impact we have on one another could take your breath away. It is always teamwork."

This faith-filled woman adds beauty to the world in so many ways. Not only through her music and her needlework, but through kind and cheering words.

This award is to recognize her and all who give selflessly and valiantly for the betterment of others. Those who are privileged to have been in her care are grateful for her loving- kindness.


New CHI Mercy Hospital president

Andy Lankowicz begins his duties as President for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Mercy Hospital officially on Tuesday, April 14.

••• Posted Mar. 27, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Andy Lankowicz begins his duties as President for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Mercy Hospital officially on Tuesday, April 14.
In the meantime he, wife Anita and son, Michael will be settling into their new home in Devils Lake.

Lankowicz recently retired from the U.S. Army after serving for 26 years, most recently working as the CO at Keller Army Community Hospital, US Military Academy, West Point, NY.


Dueling pianos, dancing and donating mark hospital event

Dueling pianos provides entertainment for the Mercy Signature Event in 2015.

Dueling pianos provides entertainment for the Mercy Signature Event in 2015 and 2014.
••• Posted Mar. 30, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Dueling pianos provided entertainment for the Mercy Signature Event in 2015.

This year's Signature Event was held Saturday, March 28 in the Memorial Building in downtown Devils Lake.

Those who attended the fundraiser benefiting the Mercy Hospital Foundation enjoyed music, dancing and an auction to raise funds for a Panda Warmer for newborns for the hospital's OB department. From the enthusiastic bidding it appeared they raised what was needed for the specialized unit.


Special event coming Saturday includes Dueling Pianos

This Saturday a very special event will be held in Devils Lake to benefit Catholic Health Initiatives Mercy Hospital.

Dueling pianos provides entertainment for the Mercy Signature Event in 2014. This year's Signature Event will be held Saturday, March 28 with the social beginning at 6 p.m. dinner at 7 p.m. and entertainment, provided by Midwest Dueling Pianos, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Building.
••• Posted Mar. 27, 2015 at 11:36 AM

This Saturday a very special event will be held in Devils Lake to benefit Catholic Health Initiatives Mercy Hospital.

The Memorial Building gymnasium in downtown will be transformed into a nightclub "in the round" with head to head baby grand pianos at the center. Midwest Dueling Pianos will provide the evening's entertainment.

Anna Walter, Executive Assistant and Marketing and Communications Director at Mercy Hospital says this year the meal served at the event will be very special.

Proz End of the Line will be catering a served meal of chicken Marsalla, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and a dessert table of assorted cheesecakes.

Unique this year will be the "Fund-A-Need" auction where it is hoped the $20,000 needed to purchase a Panda Warmer for the OB Department at the hospital will be raised.

Tara Rogness, who directs the Mercy Hospital Foundation, says already a couple of organizations from the community have pledged $1,000 each to help with the purchase.

It's not like the typical auction, instead bidders will have the opportunity to give at whatever level they are able to donate.

"The auctioneer will start the "bidding" at $1,000, then go to the $500 level, the $250 level and the $100 level," Rogness explained.

If they raise the entire amount early in the auction, there are a number of other items needed that also could improve the quality of care for new moms and babies at Mercy. All money raised in the Fund-A-Need Auction will remain in the Devils Lake community and be used for the local hospital's needs.

Chair of the Mercy Hospital Board of Directors, Brenda Langerud said she was looking forward to the event, "It is a lot of fun, there's a lot of laughter, and I am really looking forward to this year's Signature Event," she told the Journal.

"It's incredible how far it has come in such a short time period," Langerud continued speaking about the Signature Event.

"We have such a supportive community, it's heart-warming to see."

She said that at the Signature Event they will have a Panda Warmer on display and specially trained nurses will explain how it is used and the very special features of this piece of medical equipment they need for the hospital.

The Mercy Hospital's Signature Event is Saturday, March 28 in the Memorial Building. It starts at 6 p.m. with a social hour, dinner is served at 7 p.m. and Midwest Dueling Pianos will provide entertainment starting at 8 p.m.

The dinner and a cash bar are provided by Proz End of the Line. The Signature Event itself is sponsored by Hennen and Associates, PLC, John A. Martin CPA and Leevers Foods.


Thrivent, St. Michel Furniture give to CHI Mercy

Ramsey County Thrivent and St. Michel Furniture donated 3 lift chairs, 5 recliners and a lamp to CHI Mercy Hospital Swing Bed Program. Thrivent Members: John Nord, Marcee Mertens, Kara Johnson, Myrna Heisler, Linda Brusven, Dennis Aardahl and Elonda Nord. Coordinator of CHI Mercy Hospital Swing Bed Program Connie Whitney - front left, Manager of St. Michel Furniture Devis Lake Store: Angela Mikkelson - front right


Mercy Therapy and Fitness Center to Close

After exploring a number of options, including the sale of the operations, CHI Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, has made the difficult decision to close the Mercy Therapy and Fitness Center effective January 31st, 2015. Interim President, Joseph Messmer stated that the Mercy Therapy and Fitness Center has struggled financially since its opening in July of 2010 and a number of different operating models were considered, but it was determined that none of the options would bring the facility to a breakeven point financially. CHI Mercy Hospital thanks the employees for their dedicated service over the years. Mercy Therapy and Fitness employed one full time, two part time and four casual employees. The employees will be provided some form of compensation and will be considered for open positions at the hospital. Mercy Therapy and Fitness members who have paid in advance will be given a full refund. CHI Mercy Hospital would also like to thank the patrons of Mercy Therapy and Fitness for their support the past 4 ½ years.


CHI Mercy Physical Therapy to continue at the hospital

With the recent announcement that the Mercy Therapy and Fitness Center will be closing at the end of January, CHI Mercy Hospital wanted to clarify that the Physical Therapy program at the hospital will remain open and will continue to provide services for the community. Beginning February 2nd, the Physical Therapy department will now see all patients at the hospital. The hospital's Physical Therapy department will continue to provide the same services it has which includes specializing in Women's Health, sports rehabilitation, athletic training, spinal manipulation and much more. For a complete list of services that CHI Mercy Hospital's Physical Therapy and other departments offer the community, please visit www.mercyhospitaldl.com or call 662-2131.


CHI Mercy Donates to St. Vincent DePaul Society

CHI Mercy Hospital donated the proceeds from their Health Fair and Luncheon this past October to the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Pictured is the committee that organized the event made up of hospital employees presenting a check for over $400 to Jim Alfonso of the St. Vincent DePaul Society.


Mercy Therapy and Fitness Center to Close

After exploring a number of options, including the sale of the operations, CHI Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, has made the difficult decision to close the Mercy Therapy and Fitness Center effective January 31st, 2015. Interim President, Joseph Messmer stated that the Mercy Therapy and Fitness Center has struggled financially since its opening in July of 2010 and a number of different operating models were considered, but it was determined that none of the options would bring the facility to a breakeven point financially. CHI Mercy Hospital thanks the employees for their dedicated service over the years. Mercy Therapy and Fitness employed one full time, two part time and four casual employees. The employees will be provided some form of compensation and will be considered for open positions at the hospital. Mercy Therapy and Fitness members who have paid in advance will be given a full refund. CHI Mercy Hospital would also like to thank the patrons of Mercy Therapy and Fitness for their support the past 4 ½ years.


January Unsung Hero: Melvin Nosbusch

Melvin Nosbusch has received the award for the January Unsung Hero.  Melvin has been volunteering at CHI Mercy Hospital since January of 2012 in our Swing Bed and Laundry department.  Congratulations Melvin!


Ice Bucket Challenge Accepted!

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CHI Mercy Hospital staff was nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Altru Clinic.  Mercy employees accepted the challenge and put together a group of employees, including Interim President Joseph Messmer, to complete the challenge!  In addition, CHI Mercy Hospital night staff including Dr. Richard Johnson gathered a group of employees to participate in the challenge as well! 
 
CHI Mercy Hospital challenged the Devils Lake Fire Department and our sister facility CHI Carrington to complete the challenge!  A big THANK YOU to all of those that participated!


Veterans board meets with congressman


In the comfort of Devils Lake's Kneadful Things restarurant Kevin Cramer talks with the Veterans Advisory Board which includes Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, Medal of Honor recipient, Brenda Bergsrud, Veterans Coordinator and Benefits Specialist with the North Dakota Department of Veteran Affairs, Lt. Colonel Davina French, Government Affairs Officer for the North Dakota National Guard, John Hanson, VFW National Legislative Committee Member, Rusty Ouart, Purple Heart recipient, Warren Tobin, Department Adjutant of the Disabled American Veterans, and Lonnie Wangen, Commissioner of Veterans Affairs for the State of North Dakota.

By Shinoah Young
Journal Reporter

No opening date yet for new VA clinic.

On Monday morning Stacy Twete, a veterans service officer in the Lake Region, attended an important meeting with Congressman Kevin Cramer (R.-ND) at Kneadful Things in Devils Lake.

An array of veterans topics were discussed including how to make veterans' health care more accessible.

Twete brought up concerns surrounding the opening date of the new VA Clinic in Devils Lake, which is still under construction but nearing completion. "Construction is ahead of schedule which makes it sound real good," he told the Journal.

Two weeks ago, Twete communicated with one of the VA Clinic's staff members who will be receiving keys to the new facility on July 17.

"Congressman Kevin Cramer put out a date of dedication for August 20," he said. However, "The clinic may be open before that."

But Twete, who also spoke to a VA official that wants the facility's opening date set for July 15, opposes waiting until August.  "Veterans have been promised this for a long time," said Twete. "Here we have a conflict of date [for opening]."

Jim Marshall, Mercy Hospital's CEO welcomed Cramer to a tour of the VA Clinic Monday afternoon.

The new VA clinic calls home the third floor of Mercy Hospital, a previous birth and delivery wing.

"Delays aren't acceptable in the Lake Region," stressed Twete. He said the Lake Region's VA Clinic took a decade to even get started.

Though an opening date remains unannounced, Twete said he feels the need and demand for the VA Clinic are increasingly high.

"Veterans have expressed extreme interest and curiosity. The excitement and the waiting is eating them up a little bit."

"I've got a dozen guys who expect to be the first guy to get an appointment."

A veterans roundtable discussion will be held 10 a.m. July 20 at the Ramsey County Courthouse in Devils Lake. The public is welcome to attend and further discussion on the VA clinic opening is encouraged.

Photo and article courtesy of the Devils Lake Journal.


Fire Department 'rescues' Mary


Here it looks as if Mary is at the
controls of the fire truck's boom
bucket as she is lowered to safety.

The Devils Lake Fire Department is "rescuing" the Holy Mother of Mary statue on its last day atop Mercy Hospital, Tuesday afternoon.

The statue, which has been there for decades, will be moved to a ground level. The new Mercy Garden will now harbor the iconic statue. The Mercy Garden is currently being landscaped and will provide a tranquil on-facility setting for Mercy hospital patients and staff to relax.

Photo and article courtesy of the Devils Lake Journal.


Safety is priority at Mercy Hospital


Athletic trainer for Mercy's physical therapy department Cory Schuh (standing) gives a presentation about injury prevention to Mercy staff.

By Shinoah Young
Journal Reporter

A skills day for Mercy Hospital employees took place earlier this week, part of a six session safety seminar for Mercy's employees.

Organizer Deb Zieman said it's important to be proactive about safety. "There were certain things we identified that everybody needs to know," said Zieman, quality risk manager at Mercy.

The safety event included powerpoint presentations, demonstrations and handouts for workers.

"I just finished talking about emergency management and responding to different scenarios," said Zieman.

She presented scenarios that could occur such as a chemical spill, a natural disaster in the community or an armed intruder in the building. Employees also learned about infection control and preventative measures that need to be taken

"All staff members are required to attend the sessions," said Zieman. There were four days in April and two more days in May that Mercy employees received skills day presentations.

Zieman hopes the employees will be able to better prevent injuries and "to be aware and be able to respond appropriately to a scenario that might occur."

Presenter Cory Schuh, the athletic trainer for Mercy's physical therapy, taught hospital staff about injury prevention, from bending and lifting techniques to maintaining good posture– known as ergonomics. "I always tell people, 'it might be just a (small item), but this is a good chance to practice lifting."

Another presenter and organizer, Melissa Hodous, Registered Nurse and utilization review coordinator at Mercy said educating staff goes a long way. Hodous taught staff members some tips in communication and error prevention safety. For example, "to read back and verify" means reiterating prescription orders over the phone, to verify medications correctly. This prevents over and under dosage of meds.

"It's communication techniques to make sure we're being safe throughout the hospital," said Hodous.

Hospital staff is looking forward to another skills day safety training next year.

Photo and article courtesy of the Devils Lake Journal.


Veteran's clinic anticipated for July


Stacy Twete stands in the third floor waiting room at Mercy Hospital reminiscing his first child's birth over three decades ago, this time observing its demolition for a veteran's clinic.

By Shinoah Young
Journal Reporter

More than 30 years ago Stacy Twete sat in the third floor waiting room of Mercy Hospital anticipating his first and only daughter's birth. Now the  veteran's service officer for Ramsey and Nelson Counties, he stands at the end of that very waiting room observing its demolition – for another good cause.

In September,  Mercy Hospital was awarded the agreement to build the Primary Outpatient and Telehealth Clinic (POTC). Instead of commuting to Fargo, Lake Region veterans will soon have access to  primary health care in Devils Lake.

"Every veteran deserves his (or her) health benefits," said an enthusiastic Twete. "It's time that the Lake Region got this clinic to serve the veterans."

Mercy Hospital has dedicated its previous labor and infant delivery wing –  in use since 1957 –  to host the new establishment.

"What I hear from our veterans is they are very excited to see the project come into fruition," said Mercy's CEO Jim Marshall. "We are making progress and making this a reality."

Efforts first began with Senator John Hoeven (then Governor) over a decade ago.  The Department of Veterans Affairs Fargo VA Health Care System will fund and manage the new clinic.

According to the Fargo VA Public Affairs spokeswoman Peggy Wheelden, the total cost of the third floor addition is $858,000. While annual operating costs will require  $237,000, she said. Also, the clinic will operate on part time hours from 8 a.m. to noon four days per week and a physician will visit patients on-site once a month.

Clinic staff will include two LPNs and one registered nurse. Physicians will be accessible to patients via videoconferencing, also known as telehealth. Telehealth uses video cameras, linking veterans to Fargo doctors and specialists who will consult the veteran patients or give them referrals to further care.

"Every veteran that I serve (or) help becomes a friend … There are so many veterans asking 'How soon? When can I get an appointment (there)?'," said Twete.

Contractor Mike Dunn, manager of Construction Engineers, said the tentative grand opening date is early July. Dunn added there are roughly 15 to 20 construction workers on-site everyday. The renovating team includes an architect, electrical and structural engineers, plumbers, carpenters and electricians.

According to the 2012 Federal Summary of Expenditures report, there are 814 veterans in Ramsey County, 364 in Nelson County, 195 in Eddy County and 408 in Benson County.

Twete said the convenience of this clinic will make it a popular choice. All veterans, of all ages – both male and female  are welcome, he said. The new clinic will see more Vietnam veterans as well as those from younger generations – but increasingly fewer from both World War II and the Korean War as those vets age and are no longer with us.

Photo and article courtesy of the Devils Lake Journal.


Mercy Hospital's Signature Event a rousing success


The entertainers and their "dueling pianos" led the crowd in lively renditions of requested musical numbers.

The Mercy Hospital Signature Event Saturday evening was studded with laughter and music as the community came together to support their local hospital.

Hundreds of supporters turned out to enjoy the Irish potato bar meal provided by Thirsty's and all the music.

Special requests were taken all evening and more than a couple of volunteers were coerced up on stage and added to the merriment.

A portion of the evening was spent auctioning off several donated items including a football signed by the winning Bison football team from NDSU and a couple of wonderful vacations, one here on the shores of Woodlake and one in Florida. The money raised at the Signature Event goes to support the Hospital so it can continue to serve the Lake Region community as it has since 1895.

Photo and article courtesy of the Devils Lake Journal.


Mercy Hospital Highlights Recent Improvements, Additions


Jim Marshall, Mercy's CEO, gives one of the tours of Mercy Hospital during the Open
House Tuesday.

The friendly staff of Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake welcomed the public to an Open House Tuesday afternoon to show off recent improvements to the facility.

The hospital's cafeteria was transformed with tables and displays highlighting the new and improved features found within their walls like the new Diabetes Center.

Mercy's CEO Jim Marshall led tours through the hospital's newly renovated OB and Endoscopy suites, the Pain Clinic and the new MRI unit.

Marshall said they have much more planned for the future as funding becomes available.

He was particularly proud of the changes to the OB Suite where the walls are decorated by photographs of babies born at Mercy and the labor rooms have been painted and decorated to make them feel more like a nice hotel room, than an institution.

Richard Neukom playing violin in the hospital's entrance made the event even more special as members of the community enjoyed healthy treats while perusing the displays and visiting with hospital staff.

Photo and article courtesy of the Devils Lake Journal.


VA Clinic Update

Heitkamp continues to advocate for Devils Lake VA clinic, views progress


Pictured from left Brandon Lunde, Megan Sylling OB Nurse, Vickie Logan OB Nurse, Sadie Brown (front) and the twins.

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp Wednesday viewed progress on the construction of the new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Devils Lake.

Heitkamp also met with Jim Marshall, President of Mercy Hospital, where the CBOC will be located, to hear firsthand developments with the project. Since taking office, Heitkamp has been a forceful advocate for Devils Lake veterans and put pressure on VA officials to live up to their promise to open the much-needed facility.

"For too long, Devils Lake veterans were forced to wait for construction to begin on this crucial clinic," said Heitkamp. "Like so many other veterans across North Dakota, Devils Lake-area veterans have spent hours upon hours driving to get care in Fargo. When I took office and listened to the stories about the delays that slowed up this project, I made it a top priority to make sure construction takes place and is completed. I have been assured that construction is on track, but will continue to closely monitor the situation to make sure our veterans get the health care they deserve."

Heitkamp has worked extensively on improving the lives of veterans since taking office. To better understand the unique issues facing North Dakota veterans, Heitkamp toured the state earlier this year to hear from them firsthand and held roundtables in six cities. She is using the input to educate her colleagues and push the VA for improvements. Since her tour, she has advocated for many changes, including an expansion of Community Based Outreach Clinics, an increase in mental health professionals, and the improved access to transportation options for veterans in rural areas like North Dakota.

Photo and article courtesy of the Devils Lake Journal.


Mercy Hospital Welcomes First Births of the New Year


Pictured from left Brandon Lunde, Megan Sylling OB Nurse, Vickie Logan OB Nurse, Sadie Brown (front) and the twins.

Mercy Hospital welcomed twin boys, Aiden Dean and Ethan James Lunde as the first babies born in the New Year.

Parents Sadie Brown and Brandon Lunde welcomed 6 lb 11 oz Aiden and 6 lb 3oz Ethan at 9:39 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2014.

They were welcomed into the world by their parents and proud big sister Hayleigh.

Dr. Heidi Bittner along with the assistance from Dr. Derek Wayman delivered the twins, stated Debra Hodous, Patient Care Manager.

Mercy Hospital OB nurses, Megan Sylling and Vickie Logan, presented the family with a bountiful gift basket filled with many baby items and gifts from the hospital for the family and babies to use as they begin their new lives together.

In 2013, Mercy Hospital delivered 292 babies, with three sets of them being twins.

Also in 2013, Mercy Hospital remodeled their OB unit and four suites to create a more modern and relaxing atmosphere for the mothers and families.

All of the staff at Mercy Hospital would like to send a heartfelt congratulations to the New Year's Babies family on welcoming their new bundles of joy into the Lake Region Community.

Photo and article courtesy of the Devils Lake Journal.



Mercy Hospital Implements New Electronic Health Record

On December 1st, Mercy Hospital will begin using a new computerized patient health record. This means that instead of paper charts, each patient will have an electronic computer chart. The new system is designed to improve patient safety and provide caregivers with more complete, timely information, all in an effort to provide a better patience experience.

Our entire hospital staff, as well as the physicians who admit patients to Mercy, have completed training in our new system. However, as we all know, with new technology comes a learning curve. For example, during these first few weeks of transition, providers may spend additional time with each patient while making rounds. There will also be colleagues from our sister facilities offering support, so you may notice more caregivers in the hospital units. We appreciate your cooperation as we make this step forward.

From all of us at Mercy Hospital, we are grateful to be your caregiver and appreciate the trust you have placed in us.

Sincerely,



James Marshall

Mercy Hospital President