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News & Notes: July/August 2016

Jun 21, 2016 07:20AM ● By MED Magazine



North Central Heart, a Division of Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, has announced the area’s first fellowship-trained cardiologist for cardiac MRI. Elden Rand, MD, a cardiologist at North Central Heart, received his fellowship training at Duke University, and has seen early success in detecting abnormalities through cardiac MRI. Until now, the closest healthcare system with cardiac MRI capabilities was in Omaha.


Avera McKennan Laboratory has been recognized with membership into the Compass Group. Avera is just one of 29 health system members representing more than 600 hospitals to join the Compass Group. The Compass Group is an organization of not-for-profit IDN System Laboratory leaders who have established collaborative relationships to identify and share best practices and strategies to help ensure the survival of the not-for-profit laboratory industry.


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 Cardiologist Oscar Bailon, MD, FACC, and cardiothoracic surgeon Zahir Rashid, MD, have joined Regional Heart Doctors in Rapid City. Dr. Bailon earned his MD at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru, and completed his residency at Johns Hopkins and completed his fellowship in cardiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is board certified in cardiovascular diseases, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and internal medicine.


Dr. Rashid specializes in performing complex surgery on the heart, lungs and great vessels. He earned his MD at R.G. Kar Medical College Hospital in Calcutta, India and completed residencies in surgery and surgical critical care at New York Medical College. He completed his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Regional Health has finalized the sale of Fairmont Grand Regional Senior Care in Rapid City and Golden Ridge Regional Senior Care in Lead for an undisclosed sum. The buyer is RCLAL, LLC, and the managing party is Northstar Senior Living, based in Redding, California. Fairmont Grand Regional Senior Care offers assisted living with accommodations for up to 48 residents. Golden Ridge Regional Senior Care is comprised of 16 assisted living units and 10 independent living apartments.




Sanford POWER will launch its first summer strength and conditioning program in Aberdeen on July 11 at Aberdeen Central High School. The Sanford POWER program offers ground-based training techniques to improve overall athletic enhancement. The program is led by training staff from CHS and Sanford Aberdeen. Aberdeen area high school and middle school students interested in improving their strength and conditioning are invited to participate.



Micah Bonderson is the new manager of Mercy Home Medical Equipment. In Sioux City.

Bonderson obtained his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Bellevue University in Nebraska. He previously was a branch manager for Avera home Medical Equipment in LeMars, Iowa. He also has experience as a Respiratory Therapist. 



Angie Shilling, CEO at Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar, was the recipient of the Distinguished Management Graduate Student Award at the Briar Cliff University Convocation in May in Sioux City.  The distinguished Graduate Student Award is awarded to a graduate student for demonstrating high scholarship, creativity, collegiality, leadership and potential for significant impact on society. Shilling will receive her MA in Management, Specializing in Healthcare Administration when she completes her final course this fall.



Mercy's Child Advocacy Center is one of five recipients to be awarded a $25,000 grant from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope. The Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope is a program that allows fans and consumers across the country to nominate non-for-profit (501c3) organizations that support K-12 public education. The final five finalists were selected via public vote.  In addition to the grant, the Child Advocacy Center will receive a Blue Bunny ice cream party and special recognition on Johnson's race helmet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on August 7, 2016 at Watkins Glen (NY) International Speedway. 




Midwest Family Care, a division of Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls,  is pleased to welcome Chelsea Van Dyke, PA-C. to its care team. Van Dyke completed her MS in physician assistant medicine at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She also earned a degree in athletic training from the University of Mary in Bismarck.


Gina Ditta-Donahue, CNP has joined Dr. Mark Milone at Midwest Digestive Health, a division of Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital. Ditta-Donahue earned her masters in nursing at Clarkson College of Omaha. Ditta-Donahue has an interest in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the digestive system that has been cultivated in previous positions at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and University of California Medical Center in Los Angeles.


Melissa Johnson, MD, general surgeon for the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System, is the recipient of the 2016 USD-Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Volunteer Faculty Award. This award is determined by students.



Under a new strategic agreement, two South Dakota based information technology companies will join forces. EarthBend announced in June that it will acquire SDN Communications’ phone/data equipment division and cloud contact center platform.


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