Solid Ground, Bright Horizon

Williston Vision

You learn a lot serving a community for more than 100 years. CHI St. Alexius Health has seen our fair share of advances and growth. There’s also been seasons of change and even moments of uncertainty.

Through it all our commitment to the community has never wavered. Our mission remains steadfast, to:

“...make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.”

Recent circumstances have presented the opportunity to focus our vision anew, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead: a stronger health care system with collaborative leadership, expanded resources and a finger on the pulse of what’s coming in health care.

It’s my pledge that every step we take will be for the health of our community. That is why we want to share the recent developments which find us on solid ground with a bright horizon.

Dan Bjerknes
President of CHI St. Alexius Health Williston

Solid Ground

A Century-Plus Care Commitment

Imagine facing a pandemic without a hospital. That’s what happened as the Spanish flu raged through Williston more than 100 years ago.

The arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in 1920, with their ambition to open a hospital, answered the community’s prayers. A century later, as we again faced a deadly pandemic, CHI St. Alexius Health leaned into the spirit of our founding Sisters. Today it remains tightly woven into our mission and culture:

“to make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.”

We are humbled and honored to continue the work of our founders: Mother Superior Sr. Mary Camillus O’Brien and Sisters Mary Matilda Lansing, Patricia Gorman, and Aloysius Fitzpatrick.

Bright Horizon

A Forward-Thinking Strategic Partnership

In December 2020, CHI St. Alexius Health became part of CHI Health, which is a regionally based health system with hospital and clinic locations throughout Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and Minnesota. We all know health care is changing quickly. Being part of a larger system offers distinct advantages to communities like ours.

  • Leadership Strength – A collaborative rather than top-down approach means we can problem solve and plan for the future with a deeper knowledge base and wealth of experience.

    “We share our learnings so local leadership can take what makes sense and leave the rest. It’s truly a servant leadership approach rather than being here to dictate. Our leaders know their communities. This understanding paves the way for everything we do” - Jeanette Wojtalewicz, CEO, CHI Health
  • Division Resources – Just as family members help each other, hospitals connected by a system can step forward to assist in very real ways when it’s needed.

    "What a system brings to a rural facility is resources – from access to the latest medications and treatment approaches to education materials for local schools. We're never alone. We are here as a neighbor, friend and resource." - Dr. Wayne Anderson, CMO, CHI St. Alexius Health Williston
  • Local Heart – While we grow, we never lose sight of our founding spirit and the community which shepherded us every step of the way. This continues as we deliver care with what we call “humankindness.”

    “CHI St. Alexius Health may be the largest health care delivery system in central and Western North Dakota, but we’re still your community hospital – so the way we deliver care is incredibly personal to us.”


Dan Bjerknes
Dan Bjerknes

President of CHI St. Alexius Health Williston

Jeanette Wojtalewicz

President & Chief Executive Officer, CommonSpirit’s Midwest Division
Senior Vice President of Divisional Operations, CommonSpirit Health