HOSPITALS

Vitalant Looks for Blood Donors as Summer Months Approach

Vitalant serves hospitals in North Dakota, South Dakota and Western Minnesota

FARGO, N.D.– With the unofficial start of summer just ahead, Vitalant is looking for blood donors to help serve nearly 70 area hospitals. Vitalant serves hospitals in North Dakota, South Dakota and Western Minnesota. 20% of Vitalant’s donors are high school and college students. A representative says the summer months are especially important because of people traveling and patients choosing…

North Dakota’s Stroke System Trying to Increase Survival Rates

It was created in 2009

  FARGO, N.D. — Not everyone who has a stroke will pick up the phone and call 911. “We had 30,000 calls in 2018. Strokes only make up one percent and we know there’s a lot more people having strokes out there. Unfortunately they self-present to the hospitals and then they have family drive them too late.” Lonski says people can…

Vitalant in Urgent Need of Blood Donors After Cold Stretch, KFGO Hosts Blood Drive

Subzero temperatures caused multiple centers to close

FARGO, N.D. — After brutal temperatures set back blood donations, it is urgent that Vitalant get more donors through their front doors. Centers in Fargo and Minot, North Dakota and Aberdeen and Mitchell, South Dakota were closed and blood drives were called off earlier this week because of subzero temperatures. KFGO stepped in and hosted an emergency blood drive. Their goal…

Fargo Force Players Deliver Teddy Bears to Kids in Essentia & Sanford

Over 500 teddy bears were collected from the annual teddy bear toss game

FARGO, N.D. — Over 500 teddy bears collected from the Fargo Force’s annual teddy bear toss game were delivered to babies at the Essentia NICU and kids at the Sanford Children’s Hospital. Tiffany Hovelson’s twins have been in the NICU for almost three months. She says it’s really meaningful that Fargo Force players came to deliver teddy bears. “That’s really cute,…

Federal Law Requires Hospitals to Post Prices Online

The Department of Health and Human Services enforced the law as of Jan. 1 to "promote transparency" between hospitals and their consumers

FARGO, N.D. — The Department of Health and Human Services started enforcing a federal law on January 1 in order to reduce the “challenges that exist for patients due to insufficient price transparency.” While it may be promoting that hospitals be more clear with patients about pricing, it’s also creating some confusion on both ends. “It’s very nondescript as far as…

Multiple People Injured After Deck Collapses

It happened at a Sioux Falls, South Dakota home around noon on Thanksgiving

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — At least three people are injured after an upper level deck collapses at a Sioux Falls home. Authorities say a half-dozen people were on the deck at the time. It happened shortly after noon. Three adults were taken to local hospitals with back and hip injuries. None of the injuries were life-threatening. An infant was also…

United Blood Services Rebranded as Vitalant

The name change doesn't change any of its operations

United Blood Services is now called Vitalant, but that doesn’t change any of its services. They say they wanted to bring the 100+ locations across the country under one name. Rebranding does not change any of its operations. Blood donated in the region will still be supplied to area hospitals. Over the next year, all their buildings and buses will…

United Blood Services’ Annual Blood Drive Wraps Up

They saw 387 donors throughout the week

FARGO, N.D. — Many lives will be saved thanks to people who donated blood at this week’s Save Our Summer event. 387 people gave blood at United Blood Services’ annual drive at West Acres Mall. Organizers say the need for blood is greater in the summer because of different cases involving accidents and travel. They also say a common misconception is…

United Blood Services: We Need Your Help

United Blood Services takes appointments but also welcomes walk-ins

FARGO, ND — During the holiday season, there is a 40 percent decrease in the amount of people donating blood. The cold weather is making those numbers even lower. United Blood Services is asking for the community to help by spending an hour of their time to donate blood. During bad weather, more trauma accidents seem to happen and there’s…