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Sanford Health and Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services are pursuing a merger planned for completion by the end of 2023 that would combine the nation's largest rural health provider with a major Twin Cities health system.
A joint news release on July 11 announced that Dakotans for Health would be withdrawing its initiated measure from the November ballot, allowing them and South Dakotans Decide Healthcare to focus on a single movement to expand health care in the state.
Hospitals in North Dakota paid up to $200 an hour for traveling nurses, and the state of Minnesota agreed to pay at least $275 an hour to an agency for nurses during the omicron surge.
In call with Gov. Doug Burgum, Sanford CEO walked back a controversial deed restriction for the Mott nursing home.
Kaylee Alvarado of Bismarck said there was "blood everywhere" when her son's foreskin was forced back during a routine medical procedure.
The new beds would help to fill a void of inpatient psychiatric treatment beds in western North Dakota. There are no such beds west of Minot or Bismarck.

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Rachel Iverson, a registered dietitian with Sanford Health in Bismarck, says heavily processed foods such as boxed macaroni and cheese, canned soup and frozen dinners often contain unhealthy levels of sodium; the reason being that salt is used as a preservative to extend shelf life. Yet, there are high sodium products whose heart stopping saltiness tends to stay under a consumer’s radar.
No one likes to consider the worst "what ifs" when it comes to their health and mortality, but worst-case scenarios are something people need to be prepared for. Having an advanced care plan in place helps loved ones and health care workers make treatment decisions in an emergency, and guarantees a patient's wishes are fulfilled.
These traveling nurses book their temporary contracts, usually about 13 weeks, through various agencies and can make as much in a week as a regular staff nurse earns in a month, according to one of the travelers. However, a human resources director at Essentia Health said much of the demand is being driven by the pandemic and, once the case numbers recede, many of those contractual positions will no longer be necessary.

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