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Feb 22, 2017 06:15PM ● By MED Magazine

Keri Nebelsick, OD, has joined Avera Medical Group Optometry in Mitchell. Nebelsick is originally from Canistota and is a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University. She received her Doctor of Optometry at Illinois College of Optometry and completed her residency at the Indiana University School of Optometry.  Her professional experience includes work in Stillwater, MN and Sioux Falls, SD.

Sioux Falls oncologist Jonathan Bleek, MD, and Fargo oncologist Amit Panwalkar, MD, are co-principal investigators exploring the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab as a treatment for advanced esophageal cancer as part of the Merck Keynote 181 trial. Sanford Health is also studying other applications of pembrolizumab for FDA approved uses with lung cancer and melanoma.

Tracy Bieber, immunization strategy leader at Sanford, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Becky Nelson Leadership Fellowship. This year-long fellowship focuses on professional development for an aspiring Sanford Health nursing leader. The fellowship includes expanded leadership experiences, special projects and executive mentorships throughout the Sanford Health organization.

Sanford Health will break ground on a new clinic in West Sioux Falls this spring. The 42,000+ square foot clinic will be located southeast of the Sanford Wellness Center Tea/Ellis location and will offer family medicine, Ob-Gyn, walk-in care, acute care, mammography, behavioral health, and occupational medicine as well as lab, radiology and home medical equipment. It is scheduled to be finished in the fall of 2018.

A grand opening for the new Sanford Health Pierre Clinic was held on Tuesday, January 24th.  At 13,000 square feet, the facility is more than triple the size of the previous clinic and is designed to provide more convenience and privacy for patients and families. In addition to family medicine, the clinic include procedure rooms, a full-service lab, X-ray capabilities and a stress testing lab. Sanford Health Pierre Clinic opened for patients on Dec. 5.

Mindi Smith, BSN, RN of Sanford Clinic Mitchell and Terese Kenner, LPN of Sanford Infectious Disease & Travel Clinic are the latest winners of DAISY Awards for Nursing at Sanford


The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) donated Grins to Go bags to Mercy's Child Advocacy Center in December as part of UnitedHealthcare’s statewide initiative to support some of Iowa’s youngest patients.The initiative will deliver 1,000 bags full of toys, games and books to providers and patients across Iowa this year. The UHCCF created the Grins to go program to fund their medical grants that help children receive care not paid for by commercial insurance. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded more than 8,600 grants.

Tami Proskovec, MBA, is now Director of Organized System of Care, Population Health, and Process Excellence at UnityPoint Health–Sioux City. Proskovec earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Dakota and held positions in finance, sales and teaching prior to joining UnityPoint Health–Sioux City. Proskovec joined UnityPoint Health in September of 2015.

UnityPoint Health–St. Luke’s Cardiology Services and Cardiovascular Associates are the only Siouxland heart team to receive the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2016. Only 21 hospitals throughout the nation received the honor. To receive this achievement, St. Luke’s and Cardiovascular Associates consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry.

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to UnityPoint Health–St. Luke’s Laboratory Services based on results of a recent on-site inspection.  The US government recognizes CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which began in the early 1960s, as being more stringent than its own inspection program.

The cardiac rehabilitation program at UnityPoint Health–Sioux City has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).  AACVPR is the only peer-review accreditation process.

Siouxland Paramedics has moved to a location close to the interstate on Dace Avenue.  This new location offers convenience in response time for 911 calls.  Siouxland Paramedics has 10 ambulances and 45 employees and is the sole 911 ambulance provider for Sioux City, North Sioux City, and Western Plymouth County. They serve more than 10,000 patients a year.

Medical Center will host the sixteenth annual Women’s Night Out (WNO) on April 6th at the Sioux City Convention Center. WNO is the largest annual event in the Siouxland region. WNO is the largest annual event for women in the Siouxland region and has played to sold-out crowds since its inception. Proceeds from this event will benefit Mercy's Child Advocacy Center.  For more information, see Learning Opportunities on the inside back cover.

Mercy Medical Center’s trauma center has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC) and the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  The program verification process encompasses both trauma care and an entire spectrum of care from the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

Tiffany Elias is the new manager of the Mercy Family Birth Center and Pediatrics at Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City. Elias' experience as a Registered Nurse has been focused on labor and delivery and women's health. Elias obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky and her Master's Degree from Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Changes are on the way for the VA Black Hills Health Care System. The Department of Veterans Affairs has given the go-ahead to VA’s preferred plan, which includes the renovation of an outpatient and dialysis center in Hot Springs and the relocation of the residential rehabilitation Treatment Program into a new outpatient clinic in Rapid City. VA says the move will increase access and reduce long-distance travel for Black Hills Veterans.

Cathy Wiebers, Wound Ostomy Continence and Foot Care Nurse at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center, has been selected as a member of the VA Office of Nursing Services Field Advisory Committee for Pressure Injury Prevention and Management.

Brock Rops, MEd has been elected chair of the national board of directors for HOSA-Future Health Professionals. Rops’ employment includes being the Education Coordinator for the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at USD since 2011. He has led South Dakota HOSA since its inception in 2012.

Michael Lawler, MSW, PhD, Professor and Dean at the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences, Vermillion, South Dakota, has been named to the national Committee on Children, Youth and Families by the American Psychological Association’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Lawler joins five other committee members to address issues relative to the health and wellbeing of children and their families. His appointment runs for two years.

Haifa Abou Samra, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Nursing at the University of South Dakota.  Samra earned a PhD in biological sciences and a master’s degree in nursing from South Dakota State University, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from American University, Beirut, Lebanon. In 2016, Samra received the Faculty Research Achievement Award from USD’s School of Health Sciences.

Drs. Indy Chabra and Michelle Daffer of Midlands Cosmetic, Dermatology & Skincare in Sioux City are now offering a light-based treatment called SculpSure for fat reduction. The procedure is FDA cleared and has been clinically tested on more than 100 patients. According to the clinic, SculpSure is capable of permanently destroying up to 24% of treated fat in a 25-minute procedure.

Matthew McDougall, MD, recently joined the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System as the Medical Director for the Mental Health Service Line. Dr. McDougall is also a member of the SD Army National Guard.