ESSENTIA HEALTH

Essentia Health will restrict hospital visitors beginning Monday

Visitors will not be allowed in the hospital except in special circumstances and at the discretion of patients' care teams

FARGO, N.D. — With the significant growth of COVID-19 cases, Essentia Health in Fargo will restrict visitors of hospitalized patients beginning Monday. Essentia officials say they are taking this step to keep patients and staff safe during a time of high community prevalence. Visitors will not be allowed in the hospital except in special circumstances and at the discretion of…

Sanford Health, Essentia Health address uptick in patients seeking mental health care

Sanford Health says they try to get new patients scheduled for an appointment within 60 days. Essentia Health says their wait is about a month.

FARGO, N.D. — There is greater stress about health, finances and the future during the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, it has also meant spending a lot of time alone. These are all things that can lead mental health to worsen, causing more people to reach out for help. “What is often described in the behavioral health world is this notion…

Essentia Health enrolling patients for clinical trial

Study seeks to improve patient health

FARGO, N.D. – Enrollment of a new clinical trial is underway for a study that will determine whether a commonly used drug to lower cholesterol can help adults over the age of 75. Essentia Health is enrolling patients for the study. It’s called Preventable and will help researchers investigate if taking the drug Lipitor helps in maintaining patient’s health by…

Sanford Health, Essentia Health see increase in patients

Many more patients are coming in for issues not related to COVID-19. The hospitals say this may be due to people putting off care.

FARGO, N.D. — Of the 153 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in North Dakota, approximately 50% of them are in Fargo. Sanford Health says there has been between 60-70 coronavirus patients at their facility this week and Essentia Health has reported between 10-15 patients. There have been concerns over the hospitals having enough beds to handle these patients, but the facilities say…

Essentia Health begins flu vaccinations

FARGO, N.D.–Community members can now begin receiving flu shots at Essentia Health. The flu shot is recommended for anyone six months and older, including those with compromised immune systems and chronic medical conditions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone looking to receive a flu shot must make an appointment prior to arriving at a clinic. The Essentia Health 32nd Avenue…

Community rallies behind Fargo girl on dialysis in Sioux Falls

They have created a GoFundMe and a Bonfire T-shirt fundraiser to help with the medical bills.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  A fundraiser is created to help a Fargo family whose daughter is undergoing dialysis treatment. Claire Upton is a 16-year-old cheerleader at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo. “She told me she was feeling a little nauseous and had missed cheer practice because of it and had a headache,” said Claire’s mom Ann Upton. It was…

Essentia Health offers back-to-school digital COVID-19 toolkit

The toolkit contains materials aimed at helping keep students and teachers healthy.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health is offering a back-to-school digital toolkit for students and teachers returning to school. The toolkit contains materials aimed at helping keep students and teachers healthy. The materials within the toolkit include resources for properly wearing and cleaning a face mask, recommendations for social distancing inside and outside the classroom, additional safety precautions and frequently asked questions. Dr….

Essentia Health to reopen West Acres Clinic, suspend Osgood Clinic walk-ins August 3

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health is set to reopen its West Acres Clinic on Monday, August 3. The Clinic will be open for family medicine and walk-ins. Appointments will be required for family medicine. Walk-in care will be available seven days a week. Additionally, Essentia Health has announced it will be suspending walk-in care at its Osgood Clinic on August 3. Family…

Essentia Health offers on-demand video visits

The visits will allow patients to receive primary care 24 hours a day.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health is currently offering on-demand video visits for existing patients who have a MyHealth or MyChart account. The new service will help patients receive same day care without leaving their homes. The on-demand visits can be used prior to an in-person visit to shorten the time a patient spends at the clinic. They will also allow patients to…

Patients allowed one visitor per day according to new Essentia Health update

Visitors will be allowed between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health has updated its visitor policy to allow only one visitor per patient per day. Previously, Essentia Health allowed one adult visitor at a time, but patients could have multiple visitors a day. The policy was updated in order to protect patients and staff from the transmission of COVID-19. Visitors will be allowed between 9 a.m. and 6…