SDFMC News

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …