Prairie St. John’s, Fargo, North Dakota

510, 4th Street South
Fargo, ND, 58103

Overview of Prairie St. John’s

Prairie St. John’s is a psychiatric hospital facility that was founded in 1997. It offers services to children, adolescents and adults for issues related to mental health, substance abuse and dual-diagnosis disorders. The mission of this hospital is to offer hope and healing to patients in a compassionate, respectful and ethical manner. The hospital uses evidence based treatment methods to attend to the whole person – body, mind and spirit. They provide:

  • Inpatient Hospitalization
  • Outpatient Hospitalization
  • Outpatient Programs for chemical dependency
  • Clinic services

The staff at Prairie St. John’s comprise of an executive team, psychiatrists and nurse practitioners. The staff uses its expertise in providing individual therapy, family therapy and counseling to patients. The children treatment program at the hospital is one of a kind. The child psychiatrists are specialists in their field. Correct diagnosis of a medical or emotional issue that a child might be experiencing is of utmost importance. Through the use of various therapies and counseling techniques, they are able to diagnose and treat the underlying psychological, biological or emotional issue that might be evident through a child’s behavior. Consequently with treatment, children are able to overcome issues that might be inhibiting their social, academic or emotional development.

Housing and Food at Prairie St. John’s

Prairie St. John’s is a fully licensed psychiatric hospital that was built in Fargo, North Dakota in 1997. The hospital is built in modern architecture with all the basic facilities available to patients and their families. The hospital is a 110-bed facility. The reception and admissions office welcomes clients in a beautifully built and aesthetically decorated hall. The rooms in which patients stay are shared among two occupants. Some rooms have carpeted floors whereas others have wooden flooring. Patients have their separate beds and side tables with night lamps. Bathrooms are also shared among patients. There are common rooms and sitting rooms where group sessions are carried out. Healthy group activities of patients are encouraged and carried out in rooms furnished with chairs and tables. The halls, common rooms and clinics have indoor plants which give a peaceful and closer-to-nature outlook. The children’s department has walls decorated in vibrant colors and drawings. This makes the children feel comfortable in their surroundings. The hospital has cafeterias where food is served. There are separate cafeterias for each of the children, adolescents and adults units. Patients have a variety of food options to choose from. Special dietary restrictions of patients are also considered. Meetings with families are also carried out in the cafeteria.

Treatment Options

The different treatment options available at Prairie St. John’s Hospital are:

  • Inpatient Hospitalization
  • Outpatient Day Program
  • Outpatient Programs – Chemical Dependency
  • Clinic Services
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mental Health Treatment
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Abuse Disorder Services
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Drug Abuse/ Dependence
  • First Episode Psychosis Program

Following substances’ abuse is treated at Prairie St. John’s:

  • Alcohol
  • Cannabinoids
  • Depressants
  • Dissociative anesthetics
  • Hallucinogens
  • Stimulants
  • Opium
  • Morphine derivatives
  • Methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription medication

Therapies at Prairie St. John’s

Prairie St. John’s provides the following therapies to its clients:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Child Therapy
  • Chemical Dependency Education Process Group
  • Social Work PsychoEducation Group
  • Family Education and MultiFamily Process Group

Payment Options at Prairie St. John’s

At Prairie St. John’s, each patient is assessed and evaluated before a personalized treatment plan is created for them. Thus, the cost of treatment varies from patient to patient depending on the individual therapies and services involved. The hospital accepts many insurance companies for their treatment costs. If someone does not have insurance, then the option of cash payment is also available. The hospital has a financial counselor who assists patients in determining the best financial option. The hospital accepts the following insurance companies’ payments:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Local Government
  • Medicaid(ND and MN)
  • Medicare
  • Other commercial insurances

Licenses and Accreditations of Prairie St. John’s

Prairie St. John’s has the following accreditations and licenses:

  • The Joint Commission – National Quality Approval
  • CARF Behavioral Health Accreditation – Aspire to Excellence
  • National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Why Prairie St. John’s

Prairie St. John’s psychiatric hospital was founded in 1997 to offer services in behavioral health and substance abuse issues. It offers treatment services to children, adolescents and adults. Their treatment programs offer psychiatric and addiction Continuum of Care. Under this Continuum of care, patients are provided residential services, inpatient and outpatient programs as well as clinic services. The hospital has been successful in providing help and treatment to thousands of patients to date. Their tagline is: there is hope, there is healing, together we can do it. The committed staff works together with the patient and families to achieve this hope and healing and teaches them ways to stay on the right track during recovery. Most of the treatment options are covered by insurance making it quite affordable.

Staff at Prairie St. John’s

Jeff Herman
Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Herman has an MBA degree and has been working in the behavioral health field for the last 25 years. He has previously served as the CEO and Managing Director of other behavioral health centers. He has vast experience in the fields of substance abuse treatment and mental health treatments.

Fetih Akgul, M.D.
Board Certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Fetih Akgul has a medical degree from Cerrahpasa Medical School, University of Istanbul, Turkey. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry at University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. He has expertise in treating mood disorders, anxiety, psychotic, and substance abuse disorders. He is board certified from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – General Psychiatry. He is also a member of American Psychiatric Association and North Dakota Psychiatric Society.

Jackie Gervais, PMHNP-BC
Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Jackie has a Bachelor’s degree in Science Nursing from Minnesota State University and a Nurse Practitioner’s degree from University of North Dakota. She is board certified ANCC(American Nurses Credentialing Center) and ANBC International Nurses Society on Addictions. Her interests include geriatrics, women’s health, substance use disorders and anxiety disorders. She is also a member of various Nurses’ Associations.

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