CHI, St. Alexius
to work together
BISMARCK - Catholic Health Initiatives and St. Alexius Medical Center have signed a definitive agreement for St. Alexius to become a direct affiliate of the CHI system. The two organizations also have agreed to the formation of a regional coordinated health system with their combined hospitals and clinics, and other care providers in central and western North Dakota over the next few years. Pending review and approval by state regulatory agencies, the agreement for St. Alexius to become a CHI affiliate should close by the end of the calendar year.
"Since 1885, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery have been committed to providing quality health care in North Dakota through St. Alexius Medical Center," said Sister Nancy Miller, OSB, St. Alexius' board president. "Working together with CHI through this agreement provides an exciting opportunity to strengthen that commitment. We Sisters, along with St. Alexius and CHI, will continue to work in fulfilling the mission, 'Let all be received as Christ.'"
"Health care delivery is in a state of transition and change," said St. Alexius President and CEO Gary P. Miller. "Our new affiliation with CHI will continue our sponsorship and mission while providing the opportunity to deal with the new challenges in a collaborative and coordinated way with a system that shares the same values. Together with CHI, we will continue to do great things."
The definitive agreement concludes several months of discussion and research. St. Alexius will remain under the sponsorship of the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery and retain its local Board of Directors.
The regional health system would include, but not be limited to Mercy Medical Center, Williston; St. Joseph's Health, Dickinson; St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck; St. Alexius Garrison Memorial Hospital, Garrison; Community Memorial Hospital, Turtle Lake; St. Alexius Garrison Clinic, Garrison; St. Alexius Mandan Clinic- North, Mandan; St. Alexius Minot Medical Plaza, Minot; and St. Alexius Washburn Clinic, Washburn.
Hickok now certified with the NRCME
WILLISTON - Trinity Community Clinic-Western Dakota provider Evonne Hickok, FNP-C, recently completed all requirements necessary to become certified with the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The NRCME is a list of examiners who have been trained, tested and certified to perform physical examinations for commercial motor vehicle drivers in interstate commerce.
Administered by the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Registry is a program is designed to make the nation's highways safer by requiring that all examiners performing physical examinations comply with training, testing and FMCSA administrative requirements, including refresher training every five years and certification every 10 years.
Hickok recently joined Trinity Community Clinic-Western Dakota in the specialty of Occupational Health and Family Medicine. She works with doctors and other clinic staff to diagnose and treat work-related injuries and illnesses, in addition to providing DOT physicals and other employment screenings.