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CHI St. Alexius Devils Lake Hospital announces emergency room, surgical improvements as part of master plan

Construction for the multi-year plan will have several phases of construction to accommodate patient care, said CHI Health, and will start with an emergency room expansion.

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An artist rendering by EAPC Architects Engineers shows what the CHI St. Alexius Hospital in Devils Lake could look like after upgrades planned to start in fall 2022.
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DEVILS LAKE – CHI St. Alexius Devils Lake Hospital plans to expand its emergency department and improve surgical capabilities in a series of renovations starting later this fall.

CHI Health announced the upcoming changes in a press release about its new master facility plan for the hospital on Aug. 19.

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“We are committed to improving access to high-quality health care in Devils Lake, expanding our services and providing deeper care to the communities we serve,” Mariann Doeling, president of CHI St. Alexius Health Devils Lake, said in the announcement. “The ultimate outcome will result in a better experience for patients and a better place for physicians, providers and staff to practice.”

Construction for the multi-year plan will have several phases to accommodate patient care, said CHI Health.

The first will focus on renovating and expanding the emergency department to a size of 6,500 square feet. It will include a triage room, additional exam and trauma rooms, a secure behavioral health room, negative pressure rooms for infectious disease care, a larger waiting area and new ambulance garage. The expanded emergency room is currently being designed, said the release.

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After the emergency department is finished, the focus will shift to improving the facility’s operating rooms, then areas for imaging, lab, rehabilitation, pharmacy, dietary and clinic.

“We are excited to begin working to improve our hospital for the needs of the future,” said Julie Goebel, chief operating officer of CHI Health Midwest Division. “Our community will benefit from the improvements and additions for years to come.”

The quality of health care of Devils Lake has been an ongoing issue in the community this year, with local leaders calling for change. Altru Health System and Sanford Health both have clinics in Devils Lake, and in January, former Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson called for a unified health care system between the hospital and clinics to improve care. Among his top complaints about health care in the community were the wait times in the emergency room and lack of surgical procedures available.

Community members have spoken out about the long wait times and tight quarters in the emergency room, like the Marvin Mead, who said he had to lay on the floor for more than an hour while waiting for care.

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