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  • Within our Walls: Mental Health Awareness Month

    Jodi Hovdenes|May 13, 2024

    May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. In accordance with Mental Health Awareness Month, we would like to remind the community that we have a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on staff at Foster County Medical and Urgent Care Clinic. Brittany Long has been a member of our medical staff since 2018. Brittany's clinical practice centers around mental health care for patients age six and older. She provides psychiatric assessments, medication management and counseling services...

  • Within our Walls: Billing

    Jodi Hovdenes|Apr 15, 2024

    It has been some time since my last Within Our Walls article. I have been pondering what this week’s article should be about, and with suggestions from staff, I am going to write about a concern that staff and community members have voiced. It is no secret that our billing system is, for lack of better words, less than stellar. Over the past 6-8 months, I have received concerns, complaints and frustrations from patients, family members and staff. The complaints encompass several different issues. Some of the most common things I hear are, “I ca...

  • Within our Walls: That's a wrap

    Jodi Hovdenes|Dec 25, 2023

    It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. 2023 brought its fair share of triumphs and tribulations. Hopefully the majority of us were blessed with more triumphs than tribulations. When you look back on 2023 my hope is that this past year brought you some wonderful memories, and reminded you of all the things to be thankful for. I am thankful to our patients and community for their continued support of our hospital and clinics. We appreciate you utilizing our services such as Physical Therapy, Surgical Services, Emergency R...

  • Within our Walls: Influenza, RSV season

    Jodi Hovdenes|Dec 4, 2023

    ‘Tis the season for celebrating with family and friends. It is also the season for emerging cases of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). We at CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington want to help you stay happy and healthy this holiday season. Let’s take a look at what influenza and RSV are, and what you can do to try to prevent contracting and/or spreading the viruses. Influenza, also called the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illnes...

  • Within our Walls

    Jodi Hovdenes|Nov 13, 2023

    CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington is excited to announce we are bringing cataract surgery services back to our facility. Our first official day back with this service will be November 16, 2023. Cataract surgical procedures will be performed by Dr. Matthew Winkels. Dr. Matthew Winkels is a surgeon with Bagan Strinden Vision Center out of Fargo, North Dakota. His practice emphasis is cataract/premium cataract and refractive surgery, but he also offers a range of services related to cornea, retina,...

  • Within our Walls: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Jodi Hovdenes President, CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center|Oct 2, 2023

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everyone can name someone that has been affected by breast cancer due to the fact that it affects 1 in 8 women. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Starting yearly mammograms at age 40 has helped cut breast cancer deaths by more than 40 percent. Seventy-five percent of women who get breast cancer are of "average risk" – with no family history of the disease or other high risk f...

  • Within our Walls: Celebrating EVS Team at CHI

    Jodi Hovdenes, President CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center|Sep 18, 2023

    National Healthcare Environmental Services (EVS) Week is held the second week of September each year. EVS week is a perfect time to show your environmental services team how much they are appreciated, and how thankful we are for the services they provide. This team works hard each day cleaning and disinfecting the healthcare environment for the health of our patients, clinicians, and staff. The last few years have brought many changes and challenges, and these staff members have remained...

  • Within our Walls: Carrington Ambulance serves community

    Jodi Hovdenes, CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center|Aug 21, 2023

    This week's edition of Within Our Walls features the Carrington Ambulance Service. Carrington Ambulance Service is owned and operated by CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington. We are a Basic Life Support (BLS) Service with Advanced Life Support (ALS) capabilities. This means that at a minimum, we must have an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and a CPR certified driver on shift at all times. When we have a paramedic on shift, we are able to provide ALS services. Basic Life Support consists of...

  • Within our Walls: Steps for a healthy school year

    Jodi Hovdenes, President, CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center|Jul 24, 2023

    We are approaching that time of the year again. Soon our children will be heading back to school. Are we ready? Are they ready? Here are a few suggestions that can assist you and your child in having a great back-to-school experience. It is recommended that children have a well-child exam yearly. During a well-child exam, your provider will be able to track your child’s growth and development. He/she can assess for any physical or emotional needs your child may have, and can intervene quickly if any issues are identified. It is also a good t...

  • Within our Walls: June 28, 2023

    Jodi Hovdenes|Jun 26, 2023

    Let me introduce you to Brad Hoff, a Certified Physician Assistant who works at our Carrington Medical Clinic and Urgent Care, as well as our Family Clinic in New Rockford. Brad started his medical career as a Registered Radiologic Technologist, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology from the University of Mary in Bismarck. He worked at MeritCare Health System in Fargo until October of 2008. In May of 2008, Brad attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks,...

  • Within our Walls: National CPR and AED Awareness

    Jodi Hovdenes|Jun 12, 2023

    The month of June hosts National CPR and AED Awareness week. Initiated in 2007, this week was formed by a partnership with the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and the National Safety Council. The aim of this awareness week is to stress the importance of learning and mastering the skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to save lives. These skills provide lifelines to assist individuals in helping anyone that experiences a sudden medical emergency. Knowing how to...

  • Within Our Walls: June 5, 2023

    Jodi Hovdenes|Jun 5, 2023

    This week's Within Our Walls article features Mary Hoff. Mary Hoff is a Certified Physician Assistant who works at our Carrington Medical Clinic and Urgent Care, as well as our Family Clinic in New Rockford. She also rounds weekly at Golden Acres Manor and the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd. Mary began her medical career in 1982 when she received her Licensed Practical Nurse degree from Wahpeton State School of Science. She worked on the medical floor at Trinity Health in Minot until she rec...

  • Within our Walls: May 8, 2023

    Jodi Hovdenes, President, CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Center|May 8, 2023

    Hospital and Nurses Week This week CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington will be celebrating Nurses Week and Hospital Week. Nurses Week runs May 6-12, and Hospital Week May 7-13. In honor of these celebrations, CHI St. Alexius Health recognizes their employees, and thanks them for their continued support and dedication to our community, patients and facility. On Friday, May 5, Nurses Week was kicked off early with The DAISY Award celebration. This celebration is held yearly during Nurses Week to honor those nurses nominated by patients or their...

  • Within our Walls: Do you have an advance directive for health care?

    Jodi Hovdenes|Mar 27, 2023

    Do you know what an advance directive is? An advance directive is a legal document that provides instructions for medical care and only goes into effect if you are unable to communicate your own wishes. An advance directive helps you plan for situations that cannot be foreseen, such as a serious car accident or a stroke. The most common types of advance directives are a living will and durable power of attorney for health care. A living will informs medical providers how you want to be treated if you cannot make that decision on your own. It...

  • Within our Walls: Dec. 5, 2022

    Jodi Hovdenes|Dec 5, 2022

    ‘Tis the season for celebrating with family and friends. It is also the season for emerging cases of Influenza and RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus. We at CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington want to help you stay happy and healthy this holiday season. Let’s take a look at what Influenza and RSV are, and what you can do to try to prevent spreading the viruses, or becoming infected with the viruses. Influenza, also called the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cau...

  • Within Our Walls: CHI supports Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Jodi Hovdenes|Oct 24, 2022

    CHI’s ND Violence Prevention Program is honoring October 2022 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Our dedicated staff will use DVAM as an opportunity to inform domestic violence victims and the community about available help and resources. This DVAM, CHI will stand together to show that violence and abuse have no place in our community. Everyone knows someone that has been impacted by domestic violence. The statistics associated with domestic violence are epidemic. On a typical day in the U.S., three women are killed by a current or f...

  • Within Our Walls: Oct. 10, 2022

    Jodi Hovdenes|Oct 10, 2022

    October is breast cancer awareness month. Everyone can name someone that has been affected by breast cancer due to the fact that it affects 1 in 8 women. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cancer death in women. Starting yearly mammograms at age 40 has helped cut breast cancer deaths by more than 40 percent. 75 percent of women who get breast cancer are of "average risk" - with no family history of the disease or other high risk factors. Some of the...

  • Within Our Walls: September 12, 2022

    Jodi Hovdenes|Sep 12, 2022

    September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Several Carrington entities came together to organize Carrington’s first ever Walk to Fight Suicide on Sunday, September 11. Our community and surrounding communities have been impacted too much by suicide and its ripple effects. Our goal is to bring awareness of the prevalence of suicide, and how we can all help to prevent it. I want to share with you some statistics regarding suicide just to exhibit how big of a problem this really is. Did you know that there are approximately 130 deaths by s...

  • Within Our Walls: August 29, 2022

    Jodi Hovdenes|Aug 29, 2022

    This week's Within Our Walls spotlight is Chelsey Zeltinger. Chelsey is a member of our CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Medical Clinic and Urgent Care team. She joined our team in 2017 after graduating from the University of Mary with a Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner degree. Prior to her onboarding in Carrington, Chelsey worked as a Registered Nurse for five years after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Jamestown. When Chelsey...

  • Within Our Walls: August 15, 2022

    Jodi Hovdenes|Aug 15, 2022

    Do you suffer from aching, cramping, or pain in your legs? Do you have swelling in your legs or ankles? Do your legs feel heavy or fatigued? Do you have varicose veins? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have help for you. Dr. Michael Page is trained to perform the Closure Fast Procedure. This is a minimally invasive vein treatment that uses radio-frequency ablation delivered by an intravenous catheter to seal off the affected vein so blood gets rerouted to other veins. Studies...

  • Within Our Walls

    Jodi Hovdenes, Interim President, CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington|Aug 1, 2022

    CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington would like to introduce you to Dr. Brent Bruderer. Dr. Bruderer is a board certified general surgeon with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Bruderer provides surgical services in Carrington the second and fourth weeks of most months. He runs a surgical clinic on Wednesday, and performs surgical procedures on Thursday of those weeks. Procedures that Dr. Bruderer is able to perform in Carrington are as follows: Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), Di...