CHI Oakes Hospital : Imagine better health.

1200 North 7th Street Oakes, ND  58474 (701) 742.3291

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Oakes Drug Donation

Jeff HedlundNeed a D.O.T. Physical?

Hedlund becomes Certified Medical Examiner

Jeffrey Hedlund, PA-C, is a registered medical examiner on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Mr. Hedlund has completed the required training and testing concerning the Federal physical qualifications and standards for truck and bus drivers and possesses the necessary knowledge and professional credentials to perform physical qualification examinations for commercial motor vehicle drivers in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

Effective May 21, 2014, all health care professionals who perform DOT physicals will be required to complete accredited certification training and pass an examination. Also, all drivers seeking DOT exams must be seen by a registered medical examiner. FMSCA is developing the National Registry program to improve highway safety and driver health by requiring that medical examiners be trained and certified so they can determine effectively whether a CMV driver’s medical fitness for duty meets FMCSA’s standards.

Jeffrey Hedlund, PA-C sees patients at Oakes Community Clinic. To schedule an appointment with Mr. Hedlund call 742-3600. Our flexible scheduling and extended hours (Monday-Friday 8am-6pm and Saturdays 9am-12pm) help with busy schedules. We can also work with local employers to set up direct billing to the companies for their employee’s DOT exams.

2014 OCH Educational Gift Program

Recognizing the need for high-quality rural health care and increasing demand for trained professionals, Oakes Community Hospital has announced that it is once again offering two $750 educational gifts to students from our service area pursuing a career in the healthcare field.

This program is open to area high school seniors or graduates, who have enrolled or are currently enrolled, in a course of study leading to a Certificate/Diploma or academic degree in a healthcare field (may only win the award once). A few examples of eligible healthcare fields are Medical Lab Technology, Nursing, and Social Work.

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college or university, vocational/technical school, a school of nursing, or an institution accredited by an appropriate state licensing health career board.

Applications may be picked up from CHI Oakes Hospital or your school’s guidance counselor. Application is also available as a fillable/printable PDF.

For more information or to request an application, contact Julie Entzminger at 701-742-3837 or by e-mail at, or Sister Dianna Hell at 701-742-3607 or by e-mail at All applications must be returned by April 18, 2014.

Community Violence Prevention

Community Violence PreventionThis is a Community evening with a speaker and meal to promote the violence prevention survey to help stop bullying.

  • Step 1: Our goal is to create a safe community free from bullies and it will take the whole village. "If you see something, say something"

    Don't just save people from drowning. . . go upstream and stop them from falling in! Bullying can happen to anyone at any age, not just kids.

    Computers will be available that evening for the community to take a short 10 question survey for information to guide initiative.
  • Step 2: Coordinate a plan and educate everyone.
  • Step 3: Measure the effectiveness of program.

Free Book with first 300 that show proof of  having taken the survey or who take it that evening!

Help spread the word!

Survey Link:

I wanted to inform all of you that CHI Oakes Hospital has implemented visitor restrictions due to the positive influenzas we have seen has well as the state.

Please help inform the public with a public service announcement or ad.

We have placed the signs around the building, but it is much easier for the community if we remind patients and visitors that no visitors under the age of 18 are allowed and people who are sick should not visit anyone who is in the hospital.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

Kim Schmit
CHI Oakes Hospital
Executive Foundation Director / Public Relations

Community services available in Dickey, LaMoure, & Sargent County

Jeff HedlundCHI Oakes Hospital and Clinic are proud to employ “North Dakota Physician Assistant of the Year Nominee” Jeff Hedlund. Here is an excerpt from his nomination letter:

Jeff joined our practice in March 2011 and provides patient care in the clinic, hospital and emergency room settings. His calm, friendly demeanor earns the trust and respect of his patients and staff he encounters each day. The clinic staff calls him “cool as a cucumber” which helps him excel as a rural healthcare provider where resources are often limited and providers need to be more independent and think on their feet. He consistently scores high on our patient satisfaction surveys in all areas, with one patient noting, “he was very caring, good bedside manner and understanding” during their ER visit.

Jeff started with limited emergency room experience but he took on the challenge and has grown into an excellent provider in our Level V Trauma ER where it is staffed a majority of the time by mid-levels independently. He sought out additional training courses and also worked with our own resources at the hospital to gain the experience and confidence needed in being a rural ER provider. His clinic practice has grown quickly and he now has many loyal patients who trust him with their care. He also puts his keen problem solving skills to work when caring for patients on the hospital floor.

In a small rural community, providers need to be utilized in many different areas and Jeff has stepped up to the plate in those regards. His flexibility, communication skills and overall positive attitude makes him an asset to our staff and patients. Jeff has become a leader and a role model that our staff can turn to in any situation; this teamwork is what gives us the ability to provide excellent quality care for our community.

Thank you, Jeff, for your hard work and dedication to Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes Community Clinic, your fellow providers, staff and mostly your patients. Congratulations!

Dr. James JohnsonA Medical Minute with Dr. James Johnson at Oakes Community Clinic.

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Annual Report
Rejoice in the rich fabric of family and friends which holds you safe, and grateful, at many times in life.

It is often heard when people come to Oakes, “Wow, this community has great support” and it is true, we are blessed with generous, caring people. This past year Oakes Community Hospital (OCH) has been privileged to share in providing care keeping you at the center of the picture with:

  • 1,369 Emergency Room Visits,
  • 10,009 Outpatient Visits,
  • 2,258 Inpatient days of care and
  • 403 total inpatient admissions.


Securing The Promise  

CHI Oakes Hospital Foundation can assist you and your financial advisor as you plan your family’s future. We offer a full range of planned giving options that may help you achieve your goals.

  • CHI Oakes Hospital Future Endowment - View Brochure
  • North Dakota Taxpayers May Receive A 40% Tax Credit for Gifts to Endowments - View PDF

 CHI Oakes Hospital

1200 North 7th Street

Oakes, North Dakota 58474

(701) 742.3291

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