COVID-19 Updates

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.