COVID-19 Updates

05/21/2020 Thursday:

St. Aloisius is still not open for visitors, however, we are trying to post pictures of our residents often on Facebook.  We realize that not everyone has a Facebook account so…pictures are being posted in the “Gallery” on our St. Aloisius website www.staloisius.com.  The “Gallery” is found under the “About Us” tab at the top of the home page of our website.  If you would like to visit with your LTC resident via Face Time or Zoom on the iPad you can call Sara Balfour, Activities Director at 399-9803.

05/14/2020 Thursday:

Although we are open for patient medical needs…. we still cannot allow visitors into our Acute and Long Term Care areas.

While the coronavirus is still a lingering threat, we are still taking precautions: everyone (including our staff) is required to wear a mask upon entry and throughout your time within our ministry(s), we will take your temperature and ask you to sanitize/wash your hands.

  • If you have a medical need, we are making appointments as usual in our clinic. Call 701 324-5131 for clinic appointments.
  • If you have an emergency, please call 911 as usual. You can be seen in our Emergency Room 24/7.
  • If you need Therapy (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Therapy) you can call 324-5119 to make your appointment.
  • If you need Lab Services or Radiology (CT, Mammogram, Xray, Ultrasound, MRI, etc.) please call 324-4651.
  • We are also scheduling scopes and surgeries as needed.

Our goal, as always, is to keep you and our staff as safe as possible through this pandemic.   Even though the State of North Dakota is allowing for some areas to open up within the state, the threat is still far from over.   Thank you for your continued patience and support.

05/06/2020 Wednesday:

Benjamin Weckerly a true “Bright Light”  (I will not try to add his picture here but it is on our Facebook page with this same story)

Eight year old Benjamin Weckerly sent a letter with a check to St. Aloisius Medical Center which reads, Hi, my name is Benjamin.  I have been saving my money.  I have also been hearing about the coronavirus and wanted to help.  I hope this money will help with the coronavirus.  Thank you everyone at the hospital for helping people.  Thanks, Benjamin.”

It is always heartwarming and humbling to receive donations when there is a disaster or in this case a pandemic.  And it is amazing how our communities come together to uplift each other and to be of assistance during those times.  We have all struggled at one time or other to grasp just what this pandemic will mean for our future and how soon we will see “the light at the end of the tunnel”?

Benjamin is a true “bright light” for St. Aloisius and our communities.  This young man truly has a giving and caring heart and we appreciate his compassionate spirit.  He donated the money he had been saving for something special for himself in order to help someone else.  Thank you, Benjamin, for your generous donation.

05/01/2020 Friday:

Monday, May 4, 2020 we will begin opening up business, in a limited way, at St. Aloisius Medical Center.  Staff that have been working from home will begin working back in the office and will be required to wear masks and follow hand washing precautions and distancing.as before.

We will begin to schedule more routine appointments in our Clinic, Radiology, and Therapy Department and will also start taking appointments for scopes for later in the month.   All patients will be screened as they come and will be required to wear a mask during their visit.  We will be continuing social distancing and will space appointments further apart to help with keeping fewer patients in lobbies/waiting rooms at the same time.

Long Term Care will continue with current precautions including NO Visitors allowed and distancing.  We will follow the same precautions in LTC as we have been practicing over the last several weeks.

The health and safety of our residents, patients and staff is most important to us.

05/01/2020 Friday:

Gloves vs. No Gloves #3

You probably shouldn’t be wearing gloves at all.

One reason health experts don’t endorse wearing gloves outside is that they can give wearers a false sense of security that they don’t need to wash their hands.  Be sure to wash your hands often.

04/30/2020 Thursday:

Gloves vs. No Gloves #2

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests people use gloves while disinfecting the high-touch surfaces of their homes and discard them after each cleaning.

04/29/2020 Wednesday:

So, are gloves really more sanitary than washing hands?

The answer may surprise you. Generally, when people wear gloves it’s actually less sanitary than when they don’t wear gloves, with the exception of when you have cuts or open sores on your hands. A hand-hygiene study was conducted by the CDC and found that hand washing rates were significantly lower when gloves were worn. This is due to the fact that gloves create a false sense of cleanliness, which ultimately leads to gloves being used incorrectly and employees not washing their hands well or as often as they should.

04/29/2020 Wednesday:

With the “ND Smart Restart” starting to open up some of North Dakota’s businesses in a very limited way, we wanted to share our plans at St. Aloisius Medical Center.
 
We will NOT be allowing visitors into our facility yet. The challenges with Coronavirus still remain valid at St. Aloisius Medical Center in regard to the safety of our residents, patients, staff and families. Therefore, we will continue with current COVID-19 precautions at St. Aloisius. Your health and wellness is our Ministry and we care about you. “Be ND Smart”
 
Please continue to STOP the spread of COVID-19.
1. SPACE – Keep a safe distance (6 feet)
2. HANDS – Wash them often
3. ELBOWS – Cough into them
4. FACE – Don’t touch it
5. HOME – Stay there if you can

04/24/2020 Friday:

We are here for you.  Your health and wellness is our Ministry.  Please call ahead ahead to our clinic 324-5131 for an appointment. If you are having a fever, shortness of breath, cough you should call Dr. Dean directly at 324-5125, M-F, 8-5.

 

04/20/2020 Monday:

We are excited to announce we have returned to our brand-new therapy department located in the lower level of the St. Aloisius Clinic. As we continue to make the safety of our patients a priority, access to the therapy clinic with be at the rear of the hospital, basement entrance. Patients will be screened at the door and given a mask, then escorted to the therapy department by staff. Appointment slots are limited as we continue to maintain social distancing. Please contact us with any questions at 324-5119.

 

04/7/2020 Tuesday:

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, St. Aloisius Medical Center’s priority remains the safety and health of our team members, residents/patients and the public. We are still NOT allowing visitors into our facility in any area,  We are practicing “social distancing”, hand washing or hand sanitizing often and all of our staff are wearing face masks…”I protect you, You protect me!”   Stay safe!”

 

04/7/2020 Tuesday:

NOTICE:

The CLINIC at St. Aloisius Medical Center will be closing at 12 Noon Friday, April 10, 2020 because it is Good Friday. If you need emergent healthcare services remember to call 911. Our emergency room is open 24/7. However, If you are having Coronavirus symptoms (i.e. fever, shortness of breath, cough) please call ahead before you come in 324-4651 so our staff can be prepared and expedite your care.

03/31/2020 Tuesday

REMINDER: March 31, 2020

Dr. Dean is available by telephone if any concerns of exposure or symptoms you may have related to Coronavirus. Please call 324-5125, 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday.

All patients who have had International Travel, Travel outside of ND and/or exposed to a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 should call this number before they come to St. Aloisius Medical Center Clinic or Hospital to be seen in ER.

We are asking all patients to please call ahead if you have upper respiratory symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath and sore throat and feel you need medical care.

03/31/2020 Tuesday

We are screening all staff and people entering our front door for services in our ministry prior to allowing you past the front lobby. Please be patient and keep the 6 foot social distancing from the person ahead of you being screened. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

REMINDER OF COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: Originally posted on March 17

• Visitors Restrictions: Visitors are not allowed to enter patient/resident care areas. All Long Term Care resident families have been notified of these restrictions.

• Employee Screenings: All staff are being screened for fever and respiratory symptoms at the beginning of their shift.

• Emergency Room Patient Screening: Patients will be screened for shortness of breath, respiratory symptoms, and/or fever to evaluate for COVID-19 and staff risk exposure. If you exhibit any of these symptoms we recommend you call ahead if possible (701 324-4651) so our staff can be prepared and expedite your care.

03/30/2020 Monday

There are those who run to the fire. Sometimes heroism is a matter of just showing up.

The reality of the coronavirus has sunk in to all corners of the country, if not the entire world. The spread of the virus, along with the increased availability of testing and other factors, contributes to the availability of more accurate data and higher numbers.  We are at a point in time where we are dealing with a great deal of apprehension about the disease notwithstanding all of the safeguards against it.

If we want to glean a positive aspect out of all this, it appears to me that everyone is taking this disease a lot more seriously than just a week ago. Reality has finally set in. Social distancing is being practiced. People are staying home voluntarily where it is not mandated.  Our compliance with the safeguards will go a long way toward slowing and eventually defeating this pandemic.

The healthcare ministries of SMP Health System are doing their part to protect the overall health of the communities where they are located by the various restrictions on visitation and other safeguards that they have implemented and information they have disseminated.  They are following the current regulations and guidance from state and federal sources in order to maintain the safety of our patients, residents, and employees inside each facility.

Notwithstanding all of the safeguards, there is still an underlying apprehension or even fear, both inside and outside of our facilities. I would like to acknowledge our front-line employees who have been steadfast in their commitment to the patients and residents in their care. They are unsung heroes who demonstrate their love and concern for their neighbors and communities by showing up for work in the face of their own apprehensions, who strive to maintain a positive attitude and give their best efforts under difficult circumstances.

Aaron K. Alton

President/CEO

03/26/2020 Thursday

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
 
If you are a retired health care professional and are willing to come back in a lesser capacity of duties contact Ashley Van Dolah, Human Resources Director at 324-5123.

03/25/2020 Wednesday

St. Aloisius Medical Center cares about you and we want to make sure all your needs are met. If you need to talk to someone please reach out:

North Dakota Suicide Hotlines
1-800-472-2911

Employee Assistance Program
800-327-7195

Rural Mental Health Consortium, Erin Hagemeister, APRN,PMHNP-BC, FNP-C – call Donna Corneliusen at 324-5111 to schedule an appointment.

The national Suicide hotline is 800-273-8255 and there is a text 741741 which is also National suicide hotline.

03/23/2020 Monday

The St. Aloisius Medical Center Therapy Department will be temporarily located in Weber Chiropractic Clinic building at 1008 Adams Ave. in Harvey, beginning on Tuesday, March 24.

We are postponing any Physical and Occupational Therapy appointments that are NOT post-surgical or lymphedema related.

St. Aloisius Medical Center’s first and foremost concern is the well-being and health of all residents, patients, employees, public and their families. We are pro-active in the COVID 19 pandemic. In order to have fewer people coming through our regular clinic building we have decided to relocate our Therapy Department temporarily for the purpose of social distancing.

If you have any questions please call 701 324-5266. Thank you again for your patience.

03/21/2020 Saturday

You can keep track of the latest precautions and statistics regarding COVID-19 at the North Dakota Health
website at https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-con…/…/coronavirus-public

03/20/2020 Friday

St. Aloisius Medical Center’s first and foremost concern is the well-being and health of all residents, patients, employees, public and their families. We are pro-active in the COVID 19 pandemic.
 
St Aloisius Clinic will continue to see and treat patients during regular scheduled hours for urgent care needs beginning on Monday, March 23rd.
 
The routine, preventative, and annual wellness appointments will be postponed for the time being. Your provider will refill your medications for three months to help during this time. If your pharmacy has changed please contact our office at 701-324-5131.
 
We are asking all patients to call the Clinic prior to arrival and will be screened on the phone and when you arrive.
 
Patients that have the symptoms or concern on possible exposure to COVID 19 are instructed to call and talk to Dr Dean. He has a direct line and can be reached at 701-324-5125 Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
If you need prescription refills please call your pharmacy and have that pharmacy send the request to your provider and we will be happy to refill those medications.
 
Our team is working diligently on getting Telehealth up and running for an option to visit with your provider during this time.
 
Thank you for your understanding and patience.

03/19/2020 Thursday

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we are asking patients only to come into the clinic. Please do not bring extended family with you to your appointments if at all possible Thank you!

03/18/2020 Wednesday

Dr. Dean is available by telephone if any concerns of exposure or symptoms you may have related to Coronavirus.

Please call 324-5125, 8 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday.

03/17/2020 Tuesday Precautions

ST. ALOISIUS UPDATED STATUS REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19):

  • Visitors Restrictions: Visitors are not allowed to enter patient care areas. All Long Term Care resident families have been notified of these restrictions.
  • Employee Screenings: All staff will be screened for fever and respiratory symptoms at the beginning of their shift. If staff has a temperature of 100.4 or greater, they will be instructed to self-isolate at home.
  • Emergency Room Patient Screening: Patients will be screened for shortness of breath, respiratory symptoms, and/or fever to evaluate for COVID-19 and staff risk exposure. If you exhibit any of these symptoms we recommend you call ahead if possible (701 324-4651) so our staff can be prepared and expedite your care.

03/16/2020
ST. ALOISIUS UPDATED STATUS REGARDING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19):

The world health community continues to monitor closely the emergence of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). At this time, no one knows how severe this outbreak will be.

Our regular Outpatient Services i.e. Emergency Dept., Clinic, Lab, Radiology, Therapy Dept. are open and operating at St. Aloisius. However, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Scopes services have been cancelled at this time.

And, since our first responsibility is to our residents and patients, no visitors are allowed in our Long Term Care or Hospital Acute Care with possible exception if a resident/patient is on hospice or critically ill. Any exception would be made on a case-by-case review.

If you have a fever, cold, flu, runny nose or other flu-like symptoms and need to be seen at St. Aloisius please call ahead so we can expect you. St. Aloisius Clinic 701 324-5131 or St. Aloisius Emergency Dept. 701 324-4651.