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Dec 28, 2016 10:15AM ● By MED Magazine

Avera Marketing recently received two awards for website excellence from Strategic Health Care Communications at its 2016 ceremonies in Las Vegas. was named a gold-award winner in the “Health Care System” class, one of only three gold-award winners in the Best Overall Internet Site category. The Avera eCARE website was named a silver-award winner for the “Other Health Care Facilities” class for best site design. Strategic Health Care Communications is a national healthcare communications service.

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The Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRH) pharmacy residency program has been reaccredited through 2019 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The postgraduate year-one (PGY1) pharmacy residency program was founded at RCRH in 2012 to meet the nationwide growing need for clinical pharmacists.

Rapid City Regional Hospital has been recognized as one of the top three hospitals in South Dakota (along with Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls) for 2016-17 by US News & World Report.  The US News Best Hospital rankings is in its 27th year and is used by patients to guide them to outstanding hospitals across the country.  Rapid City Regional Hospital was the only hospital in Rapid City to receive this ranking.


Kristi England, PhD, an associate scientist from the Cancer Biology Research Center at Sanford Labs, has found that patients with higher levels of the protein SUSD2 experience less metastasis of ovarian cancer cells and survive an average of 18 months longer than those with lower levels. This new Sanford Research study could support the development of new therapy options to improve ovarian cancer survival. The American Cancer Society reports that ovarian cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.


Iowa Hospitals provided the community benefits valuing more than $1 billion, including more than $246 million in charity care, $520 million in uncompensated care, and $370 million in Medicare/Medicaid at-cost care in 2015. The results for the Sioux City hospitals are included in a statewide report by the Iowa Hospital Association

Mercy Medical Center has announced that Natalie Olorundami Hughes is the new Wellness Specialist at Mercy Business Health Services. Hughes will be responsible for the development and implementation of worksite health and wellness programs. Hughes earned her BS in Exercise Science & Sport/Fitness Management from Buena Vista University and has worked at CNOS as the Sports Performance Director.

Christina Severson, BSN, LNHA is the new Administrator and Director of Nursing for the new Skilled Nursing Unit at Mercy Medical Center. Severson will oversee the operation of the new skilled nursing unit, which opens this winter. She received her BSN from Briar Cliff University and became a Licensed Home Administrator in 2013. Severson has been the assistant administrator at Holy Spirit Retirement Home for the past 5 years.

Mercy Medical Center is pleased to welcome Mary Hendriks as the new Director of Mission Integration. In her new role, Hendricks will be responsible for all components related to the Catholic identity of the organization. Hendricks has been with Mercy since 1987.

The Siouxland Chapter of "100+ Women Who Care" recently presented a check for $8,200 to Mercy's Child Advocacy Center.  “100+ Women Who Care” is made up of local women who contribute to local charities. Mercy’s Child Advocacy Center serves more than 16,000 abused children and their families free of charge.


SPH Analytics (SPHA) named Midwest Pain Specialist, A division of Sioux Falls Speciality Hospital, the winner of the 2015/2016 National APEX Quality Award. The APEX Quality Award is based on patient satisfaction scores. This year more than 800 healthcare facilities were eligible for the award, and 78 were selected.

Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital (SFSH) has opened two new walk-in clinics under Midwest Family Care in Sioux Falls.  Midwest Family Care at GreatLIFE Woodlake and Midwest Family Care at D1 Sioux Falls.  The two clinics expand the convenient walk-in healthcare options needed for patients in Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas.

WorkFORCE Occupational Health and Medical Services, a division of Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital has opened its second location in Sioux Falls. This new, centrally located clinic provides employers and workers a second option for occupational health services including drug screenings, physicals, lift tests, Workers’ Comp injury treatment, hearing/vision exam, and fit testing. WorkFORCE also provides on-site medical services to businesses in and around the Sioux Falls area.

Two years after its groundbreaking, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals’ Omaha Campus is now ready to serve patients. The grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting took place in September, followed by self-guided tours.  Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital—Omaha is a 260,000 square foot, 110 private-room rehabilitation specialty hospital. According to a 2012 independent study, more than 1,300 individuals each year would qualify for rehabilitation in the metro area but have been referred to nursing homes or sent home instead.