Detention Leads to Juvenile Arthritis Diagnosis for 11 Year Old

Most eleven year old boys love physical education class, but Caleb Hestad refused to do his push-ups, and received both detention and a diagnosis of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). August is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month and an opportunity to bring attention to the stories of children like Caleb who face the daily challenges of arthritisContinue reading “Detention Leads to Juvenile Arthritis Diagnosis for 11 Year Old”

Despite Pressures Nursing Home Caregivers Shine

With the world pandemic of the coronavirus, the nation’s nursing homes have been experiencing the pressure of protecting their residents from isolation and infection. The close living quarters of a nursing home means a high risk of spread for this respiratory virus. The New York Times indicates that over 40% of the US coronavirus deathsContinue reading “Despite Pressures Nursing Home Caregivers Shine”

Impact of Music & Memory Spans a Decade

For the past ten years, Music & Memory has been using personalized music to help individuals with a wide range of cognitive and physical conditions to engage with the world, ease pain, and reclaim their humanity.  As the national program continues to promote the power of music, they recognized the South Dakota Foundation for MedicalContinue reading “Impact of Music & Memory Spans a Decade”

Thriving and Surviving Cancer Program to Expand in Western South Dakota

The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) was recently awarded a South Dakota Department of Health Cancer Coalition grant focusing on the Better Choices, Better Health® (BCBH) SD Cancer: Thriving & Surviving program.  The program will serve those with a cancer diagnosis and their caregivers residing in the designated 13-county target area of westernContinue reading “Thriving and Surviving Cancer Program to Expand in Western South Dakota”

CMS Announces Quality Award

On November, 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a five-year contract to Great Plains Quality Innovation Network to serve as a Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) under the recently launched 12th Statement of Work.  QIN-QIOs serving under the 12th Statement of Work will provide targeted assistance to nursing homesContinue reading “CMS Announces Quality Award”