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Essentia Holds Open House for New Equipment

Numerous items are available from wheelchairs to food pumps to custom prosthetics

FARGO, N.D. — Essentia Health Medical Equipment and Supplies hosted an open house to showcase its products. Numerous items were available from wheelchairs to food pumps to custom prosthetics. Anyone in the community can purchase equipment from the facility, regardless of what provider they’re seeing. Guests could also tour the building, network with the medical supplies team, and see demonstrations of…

Sanford Takes Part in Cardiac Rehab Challenge

The challenge involves logging miles on a treadmill

FARGO, N.D. — Sanford Health took part in the annual Cardiac Rehab Challenge. The challenge lets cardiac rehab programs from around the upper Midwest compete by logging miles on a treadmill. Both staff members and patients can take part. The goal is to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity while preventing, or recovering, from heart disease. “There’s nothing better…

Dick Beardsley Talks Staying Sober, Battling Addiction with First Step Recovery in Fargo

He says it's important to share his story and continue to inspire others to get better one day at a time

FARGO, ND — Dick Beardsley shares his personal story of hope and redemption with patients and supporters of First Step Recovery in Fargo. In February, Beardsley will be 21 years sober, after battling a prescription drug addiction. He says it’s important to share his story and continue to inspire others to get better one day at a time. He also…

Minnesota Doctors May See Limits on Opioid Prescriptions

Doctors who give more than the limit for more than half of their patients will be warned and go through extra training

  MINNESOTA — New limits for opioid prescriptions are underway in Minnesota for doctors in the Medicaid program. Doctors who give more than the limit for more than half of their patients will be warned and go through extra training. Anyone who does not reduce their dosage amounts could be removed from the program. These limits would only apply to…

ND Dept. of Health Proposes Medical Marijuana Administrative Rules

Voters approved medical marijuana in November 2016

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota’s Health Department has unveiled proposed administrative rules for a medical marijuana system in the state. The agency is taking public comments through December 26, and has scheduled public meetings in six cities next month. Voters approved medical marijuana in November 2016. The Health Department doesn’t expect the drug to be available to patients for another…

Sanford Children’s Hospital Brings Halloween to its Patients

The hospital hosted its first Backwards Halloween in the new Sanford Hospital building

FARGO, N.D. — One local hospital brought the fun of Halloween to their patients who can’t get out and trick or treat. Sanford Children’s Hospital hosted “Backwards Halloween” where staff dress up in costume and give out treats to kids. Being cooped up in a hospital room can be tough for anyone, especially for a kid on Halloween, so Sanford…

Fargo Davies, West Fargo Volleyball Teams Play for Kids Battling Cancer

The two teams choose which fundraiser they help out each year

FARGO, ND — It’s the sixth year this familiar Volleyball match up is raising money. Players said they’ve raised at least $7,000 and counting to help a summer camp for kids with cancer. Davies High versus West Fargo means it’s time to “Dig for Kamp KACE.” Both sides are serving hope for a summer camp made for children with cancer….

Sanford Celebrates Opening of Broadway Urgent Care Clinic

This new walk in clinic at the Sanford downtown facility will give patients another convenient option for care

FARGO, ND — Sanford’s new urgent care clinic with walk in access on Broadway in Fargo is officially open to the public. Officials at Sanford felt it was an important addition now that the emergency department has moved to the new medical center along Interstate 94. This new walk in clinic at the Sanford downtown facility will give patients another…

Nearly 100 Businesses Interested in Testing Medical Marijuana for North Dakota

The agency is establishing a system to make medical marijuana legally available to patients

  NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota health officials are looking for laboratories that are interested in testing medical marijuana for the state. The state Health Department wants non-binding letters of intent by August 25. The agency is establishing a system to make medical marijuana legally available to patients. Earlier this summer, the health department reached out to groups and businesses…

Sanford Patients on the Move to the New Medical Center

Sanford Medical Center Moves Patients Into The New Medical Center

FARGO, ND — F–M ambulances spent a majority of their day transporting patients to the new Sanford Medical Center. NICU babies, long term pediatric patients, and some ER patients were transported from the downtown hospital once the new medical center opened. Ambulances made trips every five minutes to transfer around 75 patients. Nearly 200 volunteers made sure the transition was…