About CHI St. Alexius Health Foundation

CHI St. Alexius Health Foundation was established in 1988 as the philanthropic arm of CHI St. Alexius Health. The purpose of CHI St. Alexius Health Foundation is to receive, recognize and manage donations of cash and other assets which support the programs, services and technologies at CHI St. Alexius Health.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, your contribution is tax-deductible and will make a positive impact on the health of our community and region by enhancing patient care at St. Alexius Medical Center.  Donor Bill of Rights

St. Alexius Foundation’s Mission



CHI St. Alexius Health Foundation’s mission is to advocate and advance the medical center’s healing presence for the benefit of the patients, families, associates and communities we serve.

About St. Alexius Medical Center



CHI St. Alexius Health was established in 1885 by a group of Benedictine Sisters who recognized a need for health care in this region. It is a nonprofit, community-owned hospital. In Fiscal year 2013, our community benefit was $35,696,471, which helped to provide access to healthcare for all, fund the unpaid costs of the uninsured or underinsured, and support education and prevention programs in our community. To learn more about CHI St. Alexius Health click here.

Greetings from CHI St. Alexius Health’s Board Chairperson


Sister Nancy Miller, OSB
CHI St. Alexius Health’s Board Chairperson

Since 1885, CHI St. Alexius Health has maintained a longstanding tradition of healing and hospitality. With no health care facility between St. Paul and Seattle, the Benedictine Sisters began their health care ministry in Bismarck.

Bismarck and CHI St. Alexius Health have grown side-by-side. While many things have changed since the 1880s, one thing remains constant…our mission to receive and serve all as Christ. Through Christ's healing ministry, we serve everyone who enters our doors with care and compassion.

CHI St. Alexius Health is rooted on the strong foundation laid by the first sisters, physicians and staff. The spirit that guided our founders now guides those who continue our mission. Just as the early pioneers of CHI St. Alexius Health forged ahead, so, today, do the administration, physicians, and staff. Through their service and commitment, the medical center's influence and reputation has spread throughout the region.

Today, we continue to embrace the frontier spirit. Our genuine care and concern for people ensures that patients experience the kind of care they value: compassionate, thorough and often ranking among the top hospitals in the nation. The mission ofCHI St. Alexius Health continues to inspire us to provide excellent health care and to guide our healing presence.

CHI St. Alexius Health is grateful for your support, your belief in our mission and values and for your prayers. May God look upon you and yours and bless you with abiding love and peace. May God continue to rain blessings of courage and commitment onto you as you join with us as stewards of CHI St. Alexius Health and its Foundation.

Meet CHI St. Alexius Health Foundation’s Staff


Foundation Staff

Kilee Harmon – Development Director
Erica Davis – Project Specialist

Meet CHI St. Alexius Health Foundation’s Resource Cabinet


Resource Cabinet

Established in 2012, CHI St. Alexius Health Foundation’s Resource Cabinet serves as an advisory group. It is comprised of 12 community members who have a passion for CHI St. Alexius Health’ mission. Members are excited to assist CHI St. Alexius Health define and shape a culture of healing.

Current Members are as follows:
Josh Askvig, AARP
Sr. Kathleen Atkinson, Annunciation Monastery
Dale Pahlke, Dakota Community Bank & Trust
Bob Eastgate, Eastgate Funeral Services
Patrick Niemackl, Ryan Dodge
Mike Mabin, Agency MABU
Bill Marion, Dakota Eye Institute
David Mason, American Bank Center
Jane Cleary
Kathy Miller
Diane Roller
Karen Goebel

Pillars of the Foundation


Throughout its 129 year history, there are many individuals who have made a significant impact on CHI St. Alexius Health and its Foundation. In 2014, the Pillars of the Foundation award was created to pay tribute to those who have changed the course
of history for CHI St. Alexius Health and in turn helped transform the region’s healthcare for the better.

Recipients are announced each year at Gratitude Gala, Foundation’s annual event thanking its friends. In addition, they are featured in Foundation’s bi-annual newsletter The Journey and on the Pillars of the Foundation plaque erected near the
Tree of Life.

To guide the nomination and selection process a subcommittee of Foundation’s Resource Cabinet established the following criteria:

  • Recipients are a long-time volunteer and/or donor to CHI St. Alexius Health Foundation.
  • Recipients have made a significant impact on CHI St. Alexius Health’s history.
  • Recipients are more than likely community members; however, associates can receive the recognition.

2014 Pillars of the Foundation recipient – Ruby Jeannette Gay Whittey