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

Community Benefits

CHI Oakes Hospital partners with Dickey County Health District and UND Center for Rural Health for Community Health Needs Assessment

(DICKEY COUNTY) – In an effort to gauge the overall health needs of the community, CHI Oakes Hospital(OCH) and Dickey County Health District (DCHD) surveyed area residents this fall. Results of the survey will guide OCH and DCHD in addressing healthcare needs in our area. Assistance in conducting the assessment was provided by the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

All survey responses were anonymous, and there is no way to track responses back to individuals. Survey responses were returned to the Center for Rural Health to help ensure anonymity.

The survey allows local providers to learn of the community’s awareness of local health care services being provided, hear suggestions and help identify any gaps in services, learn about community health and other concerns, and determine preferences for using local health care versus traveling to other facilities. In addition to specific questions, the survey also seeks general, open-ended input from residents about the community’s health needs and the delivery of local health care.

Becki Thompson, President at CHI Oakes Hospital said that “the information gained from the Community Health Needs Assessment is vital to understanding the concerns and current needs of the population we serve. Partnering and working closely with Dickey County Health District will help us to address the highest priority items more effectively.”

A periodic community needs assessment is one of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and Public Health Accreditation Board Standards. # # #

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)



Healing Garden Dedication

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Healing GardenHealing Garden Becoming A Reality In Spring

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Sister M. Dianna Hell, Mission Leader, and Lee Boyles, Administrator, have worked with Philip Homan, local Architect, on the design for the Healing Garden at the CHI Oakes Hospital. The Healing Garden is a passion of Sister Dianna’s and she has worked diligently to have her dream become a reality. Sister M. Dianna reflects upon the Healing Garden as a place of reflection, relaxation, healing of the mind, body and soul.

In preparation for this article to the public, Sister Dianna says “I am so happy to come to you at this time to tell you about the Healing Garden. Many of you have frequently asked me when the Healing Garden will become a reality or have said you have funds to give but don’t want to give it until the Healing Garden is for certain.”

As soon as the frost is out of the ground, Philip Homan will begin working on the Healing Garden. Depending upon the funds available, the work will be completed in three phases. The statue of the Blessed Mother Mary, a waterfall, and the original marble from the front of the old hospital will be incorporated into one of the phases. As illustrated in the design, a walkway will intertwine throughout the shrubs, shade trees, and benches, allowing patients to stroll outdoors, admire the beauty of nature, or simply enjoy the garden with visitors. The garden will be open to all patients, families, friends, visitors and employees to use as a place of peace and reflection.

Currently $10,186.16 has been received from memorials designated for the Healing Garden. If you are interested in donating to the Healing Garden you may contact Sister M. Dianna Hell. If Sister doesn’t have the answer immediately to your question she will contact Philip Homan and get back to you.

Memorials may be given as monetary memorials or the purchase of an identified object in the project such as a memorial bench, tree, shrub, waterfall, bird bath, tables, chairs, etc. Personalized pavers for the walkway may be discussed. Donations or memorials earmarked for the Healing Garden can be dropped off or mailed to the hospital, attention Sister M. Dianna Hell.

Building Healthy Community Initiative

The Oakes Community Hospital is participating in unifying community efforts for creating a healthier community. By healthy, we mean every aspect of a community's health, which includes things such as housing, stable economy, excellent education and job opportunities. The "Building Healthy Community" initiative is designed to unify individual efforts for the purpose of creating a shared vision of the community, identifying community resources and needs, establishing priorities, and developing action plans for each priority.

The CHI Oakes Hospital Auxiliary

The Oakes Community Hospital Auxiliary has a long history of supporting the needs of the patients of the Oakes facility. Formed in 1952, we are celebrating 58 years of service.
During the years, the Auxiliary has hosted dances, ice cream socials, and had a gift counter available in the hospital. Once boasting a membership of over 100 people, today the non-profit organization is more loosely organized, with Sister Dianna Hell serving as chairman. Meetings are held as needed. Membership is open to any man or woman who would like to participate.

Our major project at this time is the proposed Healing Garden, a peaceful place of rest, surrounded by the beauty of nature, and a home for Mary Queen of Peace, who graced the grounds of the previous facility.

OCH Healing Garden explained

For the past several years, gross proceeds from the Holiday Tour of Homes have been designated for a Healing Garden on the hospital campus. The following information has been provided by Sister Dianna Hell, auxiliary chairperson.

Healing Gardens are designed to offer comfort to patients, family and friends, in the soothing atmosphere provided by God. Surrounded by fresh air, sunshine, flowers and trees, patients have shown a remarkably more rapid recovery from illness - this includes shorter post-operative stays, as well as fewer complications from nausea and headaches. The opportunity to enjoy nature is directly linked to the Catholic hospital�s mission to provide quality health care. Research shows that respiratory rates slow and deepen, heart and pulse rates go down and brain waves changed to a more relaxed state.

The administration of CHI Oakes Hospital desires to make all this possible for our patients. Originally, plans were to develop the OCH Healing Garden on the south side of the facility. With the opening of Oakes Community Clinic, the site of the proposed Healing Garden has been put on hold. Our Lady, who graced the grounds of the previous facility, has been refurbished by Tim Kelly and awaits Her permanent home on the new campus.

Trees, flowers, walk-ways, benches are all part of the future Healing Garden. As we follow in the foot steps of St. Francis who was known for his love of nature and solidarity with God the Creator, we seek to provide healing of mind and spirit as well as body.

You are appreciated for supporting the efforts of the Oakes Community Hospital Auxiliary through your memorial gifts and support of the Holiday Tour of Homes.


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1200 North 7th Street

Oakes, North Dakota 58474

(701) 742.3291

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