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Nov 29, 2016 09:00AM ● By MED Magazine
Black Hills

The Regional Medical Clinic Aspen Center is pleased to welcome Ebima Okundaye, MD, to their Nephrology Department.  Dr. Okudaye earned his medical degree in Nigeria and went on to completed his Fellowship in Nephrology and Hypertension in Queens, New York.

Rapid City Regional Health is pleased to name Surgeon Mark L. Harlow, MD, as the President of Medical Services. In his new position, he will be responsible for medical directors and the hospital-based physicians. Dr. Harlow is a retired Major of 12 years with the US Army Medical Corps. He served as the Chief of the Department of Surgery and the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Rapid City Regional Health previously.


The Sanford Heart Hospital and University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine have been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for an interventional cardiology fellowship program.Fellows selected for the USD Sanford School of Medicine program will receive education and training from faculty and Sanford Health cardiologists who developed the program. This new program is one of just 147 interventional cardiology fellowship programs approved by ACGME for physician specialty training in the United States. Just one position will be available annually.

Cardiologist Naveen Rajpurohit, MD, has joined Sanford Heart Hospital.One of the first graduates of the Sanford Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, Dr. Rajpurohit specializes in cardiac imaging and has board certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Cardiology, National Board of Echocardiography, Board of Cardiovascular CT and American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Missouri.
A Sanford Research scientist studying kidney development has received $1.45 million from the National Institutes of Health to further explore how certain cells of the organ develop. Kameswaran Surendran, PhD, secured the award under the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Findings from this study, according to Surendran, could provide more information on genetic mutations that alter collecting duct cell functions and subsequently identify new therapy options for diseases in these cells.

The Look Good Feel Better for Teens program was offered at Sanford Children’s hospital for the first time on November 7th. The program is a national program that teaches teens to manage the appearance side effects, such as hair loss, of their cancer treatment. Information on fitness, nutrition and how to deal with cancer-related social situations was also provided by Sanford Health.The Look Good Feel Better for Teens Program helps to add a sense of normalcy to cancer patient’s lives.

The following Sanford nurses have been recognized with DAISY awards in recent months:
Janelle Maag, RN, Medical Oncology, Michelle Vandemark, MSN, RN, Nurse Practitioner, Neurocritical Care, and Hillary Determan, RN, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.


Mona Singh, MD, received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for providing quality care for her patients with diabetes. Dr. Singh works at Mercy Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and received this recognition by submitting data that demonstrated performance that met the criteria for the program’s key diabetic care measures.

Barb Black, Director of Radiology Services at Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City, has been named the recipient of the annual Catherine McAuley Excellence Award for 2016. The award is in honor of the Founder of the Sisters of Mercy and Black was chosen for her values and her warm and gentle heart. Black, who is also celebrating 25 years of service with Mercy Medical Center, received the award at the Mercy’s Employee Recognition Open House on October 11th.


MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP reauthorization Act of 2015, is set to transform the way the federal government delivers and pays for healthcare.  To assist practices with these changes, QPP Resource Centers will be established as early as November 2016 to answer questions and provide direct technical assistance and support at no cost to practices with 15 or fewer clinicians. If you would like to be notified of the QPP Resource Center serving your practice, visit the HealthPoint website.