Healthcare & Education 2017

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Dr. C. Etta Tabe uses a heart model to illustrate the purpose of a bypass.

Cutting-edge techniques revolutionize heart surgery

Tremendous strides are being made in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, and Trinity Health is beginning to bring those advancements to Minot. Dr. C. Etta Tabe, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Trinity, said new minimally invasive techniques are having a noticeable, positive impact on patient ...

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Fifth- and sixth-graders at Sawyer Elementary work on a Picasso art project on April 11. Sawyer will close its high school in the fall and many of its students will attend Max High School under a cooperative arrangement.

School mergers

The history of North Dakota schools is also the history of school districts closing or consolidating with other nearby districts or forming cooperative partnerships. The most recent area school district to ponder a cooperative agreement with another district is Sawyer, which will send its ...

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Students at Minot High School-Central Campus use technology to complete school assignments.

Minot Public Schools students are tech savvy

Minot Public Schools students are preparing for a world where they use technology as tools to help them learn and create. Technology director Alicia Eslinger said the school district employs six technology coaches to assist teachers in making use of technology in the classroom, three at the ...

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Dr. David Amsbury stands next to the da Vinci robot surgical machine.

Robotics improve surgical care for women

There was a time when women undergoing hysterectomies could expect to spend three days in the hospital and be laid up at home for three weeks while healing from a sizable incision. Today’s laproscopic surgery, using the robotic da Vinci system, has reduced the procedure to same-day surgery ...

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Pediatrician Koyejo 
Oyerinde and physical therapist Reed 
Argent pause in an exam room at the CHS St. Alexius Health medical plaza March 29.

Concussion culture

Physical therapist Reed Argent recalls his high school football team keeping smelling salts on the sidelines just in case a player was hit hard. “They certainly don’t carry these in any sports medicine bag now,” Argent said of the heightened attention to the dangers of concussion in ...

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A group of nursing students at Minot State University gather in a classroom to review course material between classes April 10.

MSU nursing program continues tradition of skilled care

Simulation labs and phone apps give nursing students new ways to acquire knowledge, but decades of technological advances haven’t changed the core values that motivate students to pursue nursing careers. Linda Pettersen calls it the passion and compassion element, and she has continually ...

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The New Town School District has added a new high school and a new career and technical center in recent years.

New Town moving forward

NEW TOWN – New Town Public Schools are also a major landlord in the city, out of necessity, said Superintendent Marc Bluestone. “We didn’t have any housing in our community,” said Bluestone. The district now owns 48 rental units between apartments and houses. Forty-seven out of the ...

Parshall students benefit from out-of-state teachers

PARSHALL – Parshall High School principal Mark Grueneich said the faces in his school building have changed quite a bit since he first came there some 28 years ago. “When I first came here, almost the entire staff was from North Dakota,” said Grueneich. “Everybody lived in town or not ...

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Dr. Vishal Chhibber of Sanford Health logs in March 15 to the Epic software system that serves as Sanford’s electronic medical records system.

Electronic medical records improve patient care in Minot

One of the biggest innovations in medicine isn’t a new drug or even an advanced medical procedure. Dr. Vishal Chhibber, a family medicine physician with Sanford Health’s Northwest Clinic in Minot, said electronic medical records are making a positive change in the health-care delivery ...