Best Practice Briefs: Reducing Health Disparities

Imagine bare cupboards, an empty gas tank, and a pile of past due bills. Pile on a chronic physical or mental health condition that requires time off work or expensive medication. Then add a language or cultural barrier. This is a daily reality for some individuals living in rural communities across the Dakotas. Connecting individualsContinue reading “Best Practice Briefs: Reducing Health Disparities”

#BeTuffDontPuff

Huron Plainsman Article Highlights Tobacco Video Challenge Read full article: https://plainsman.com/article/betuffdontpuff-is-a-winner HURON — The Huron Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)  club had its anti-vaping hashtag entry selected for a statewide award. “#BeTuffDontpuff,” was the entry submitted by the Huron students, according to Mindy Heuer, the project manager for the Tobacco Disparities Grant, administered byContinue reading “#BeTuffDontPuff”

AVEL eCare Grief and Loss Care

AVEL eCare is recruiting facilities and organization to participate in an educational program opportunity focused on long-term care, geriatrics, and Medical Order for Scope of Treatment (MOST). In partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health, Avel eCare Senior Care is offering nursing home leaders, clinicians, and emergency responders the opportunity to participate in hands-onContinue reading “AVEL eCare Grief and Loss Care”

Music & Memory Featured in MED Magazine

Music & Memory:  SDFMC Program Explores the Connection Read the full article. Program Coordinator Denise Kolba, MS, CNS, RN, says this simple intervention can make a huge difference for residents, staff, and families. “It is really remarkable what listening to personalized music can do,” says Kolba. “Research has shown that it can reduce restraint usage,Continue reading “Music & Memory Featured in MED Magazine”

Organizations Join Behind ‘Mask Up South Dakota’

SIOUX FALLS/RAPID CITY (October 27, 2020) A group of organizations in South Dakota have joined to recommend and promote masking as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge throughout the state and wider region. Behind a simple message of “Mask Up South Dakota” and a hash tag of #MaskUpSoDak, these organizations include the South Dakota State MedicalContinue reading “Organizations Join Behind ‘Mask Up South Dakota’”

Behind the Scenes with Mark Burket

Part 2: National Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes Strong-willed, unafraid, and humble come to mind when visiting with Platte Health Center Avera CEO Mark Burket about his contribution to the National Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. He was single-handedly responsible for carrying South Dakota’s voice to theContinue reading “Behind the Scenes with Mark Burket”

Input from SDFMC Impacts National Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Home Final Report

Part 1: Drawing from Experience Leads to Many Recommendations In preparation for serving as the Midwest representative on the National Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes, Mark Burket, chief executive officer of Platte Health Center, set out to gather the thoughts and perspectives of his colleagues on the daily and compounded pandemic-relatedContinue reading “Input from SDFMC Impacts National Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Home Final Report”

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”