Care Connections Best Practice Brief Series

Improving care connections provides a balance of care services and resources that improves overall health. While most individuals work to avoid the emergency department others consider it a source of primary health care. Neglecting routine and preventive care services increases the risk for health complications or crisis situations.  Overuse of emergency services places a burdenContinue reading “Care Connections Best Practice Brief Series”

“Chain of Survival” Saves Lives in Cardiac Ready Communities

Some find their hearts beating fasters and others find their hearts broken as they face Valentine’s Day each February.  The holiday and corresponding American Heart Month are a consistent reminder of the impact of cardiovascular disease on South Dakotans. As the long-standing leading cause of death in South Dakota, many cardiac events happen in theContinue reading ““Chain of Survival” Saves Lives in Cardiac Ready Communities”

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”


Huron Plainsman Article Highlights Tobacco Video Challenge Read full article: 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”

SDFMC Launches Phase Two of Music & Memory

The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) is proud to announce being the recipient of a contract award with the South Dakota Department of Health to implement the nationally recognized Music & Memory® program in nursing homes across our state through May 2022. SDFMC will work with 41 nursing homes across the state toContinue reading “SDFMC Launches Phase Two of Music & Memory”