ESSENTIA HEALTH

Essentia Health Notifies Patients of Medication Storage Issue

Any potentially affected medications have been removed from distribution.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health is offering patients free revaccinations after certain vaccines and medications were stored improperly. An issue at a former distribution partner’s medication storage location in Fargo resulted in the medications being stored at the wrong temperatures. Essentia Health says the affected vaccines and medications are not harmful to patients, but may have reduced effectiveness. Any potentially affected medications…

Cass County Electric Cooperative Donates N-95 Face Masks to Sanford & Essentia Health

The company donated just over 1,000 masks.

CASS COUNTY – Company leaders say they wanted to do their part to support healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. They looked through their inventory and saw they had extra masks they could give away. The company found they had 54 hundred masks on hand and decided to donate just more than one thousand of them. “You know whilst it’s…

Essentia Health Opens Drop-Off Site for Community Donations

Donations can be dropped off on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

FARGO, N.D.–Essentia Health has opened a drop-off site for community donations at its South University Clinic. The healthcare facility says its most pressing need is for medical-grade N95 masks, but it is also in great need for medical-grade personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, eye protection, gloves and face shields. Donors are even encouraged to create handmade masks. Donations…

Essentia Health lays off 500 employees due to Coronavirus

Essentia Health has placed 500 non-medical employees on special administrative leave. “These plans include redeploying our workforce to best position Essentia Health to care for patients, while responding to the significant financial impacts caused by a reduction in services due to the pandemic,” Essentia Health said in a release. “Essentia Health is focused on keeping our staff and communities safe…

Fargo-Moorhead officials give COVID-19 update

Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead government and public health officials addressed the public

FARGO, N.D. — The City of Fargo hosted a Coronavirus update briefing to give the public the latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic. In Fargo, core city services like police and mass transit continue to function, employees are encouraged to work from home and wine and beer are now allowed to be picked up curbside. West Fargo is adapting with…

LIVE: City of Fargo Hosting COVID-19 Public Briefing at 11 a.m.

FARGO, N.D.–The City of Fargo along with other metro governments is hosting a COVID-19 public briefing at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Public health experts along with Sanford Health and Essential Health will be involved in the briefing. Fargo Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney, West Fargo Commission President Bernie Dardis and Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd will speak at the briefing in addition…

Essentia Health changes Coronavirus testing guidelines

FARGO, N.D. – Essentia Health changes Coronavirus testing guidelines due to a national shortage of testing materials. The company will focus testing “on the most susceptible people, including hospitalized patients.” Health care workers, including EMS, and people in long-term care facilities will be given priority. “We recommend patients schedule an E-visit or call our toll-free number if they are concerned about…

Breaking down coronavirus testing, sample collection process

As we continue the fight to slow down the spread of COVID-19, testing people for the illness is a key factor in that battle

FARGO, N.D.  — For the past couple of months, both Essentia Health and Sanford have been preparing for the novel coronavirus. “We had the luxury of being, you know, an Atlantic ocean away and it took a while for that illness to get here, so we were much better prepared,” says Essentia Health West Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Vetter. Preparing…

City Officials And Health Experts Discuss Strategy For COVID-19

The City of Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and Cass County as well as Essentia and Sanford were part of the meeting.

FARGO, N.D.- Sanford and Essentia Health are preparing for the spreading of the Coronavirus. “We’ve also reached out and are working to enhance our tele care capabilities. Expanding our platform as well as we’re going to be implementing virtual visits for patients to do from home. We’re also suspending as of today, any elective surgeries and routine health visits. We’ve…

Routine appointments & elective surgeries canceled at Essentia Health

FARGO, N.D. – Essentia Health postpones all routine appointments and elective surgeries for two weeks beginning Wednesday March 18 amid the Coronavirus outbreak. The company says in a release decisions about appointments and procedures after April 1 will be made at a later date. “We recognize that postponing routine appointments and elective procedures is disruptive to our patients and staff…