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Nov 27, 2017 02:37PM ● By The Hood Magazine


Avera Health supported Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, October 28, by accepting unused or expired prescription medications including opioids in its ongoing effort to help combat a national opioid abuse and overdose epidemic. Medications were accepted with no questions asked.

Avera Now is now a member of the American Well Exchange, an award-winning online healthcare marketplace run by the telehealth company. Through the Exchange, Avera’s providers can help patients living in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. Patients will now be able to access telehealth visits on Amwell, the most downloaded video telehealth app.

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Barbara J. Merriman, DO, has joined the staff of Regional Health Neurology and Rehabilitation in Rapid City. Dr. Merriman earned her medical degree at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine completed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania. She specializes in  cerebrovascular medicine, posterior-circulation stroke, headaches, seizure disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and peripheral nervous system disorders and has extended training in nerve conduction studies and electromyography.



Sabina Kadariya, RN, with Regional Health Rapid City Hospital has been recognized with a DAISY award for exception nursing. The patients who nominated her said Kadariya cared for her “physically, emotionally, and spiritually” and brought her a feeling of “well-being, peace, and encouragement.”




Sanford Health’s German subsidiary has acquired stake in ISAR Klinik II AG, which includes Isar Klinikum, a hospital located in Munich, Germany. This represents Sanford Health System’s first investment in an international hospital. Since 2015, Sanford Health has arranged for U.S. patients to travel to ISAR Klinikum to gain access to stem cell therapies allowed in Germany. Sanford has also sent 11 physicians to the hospital to better understand the application and impact of these therapies.

Sanford Health launched an FDA-approved clinical trial that tests stem cells to heal leg wounds. The Phase I trial, which opened in September, is the second adipose-derived stem cell clinical trial at Sanford. It is open to participants 18 and older who have non-healing leg wounds (present for at least three months) of 1 to 9 inches and have an A1C of less than nine. The first adipose-derived stem cell trial at Sanford focused on rotator cuff injuries. The new trial will accept 36 participants.

Sanford Health recently recognized Mariah Hofer, RN, with the Medical Oncology unit and Carol Linder, RN, from Cardiology as winners of the DAISY award for exceptional nursing.


UnityPoint Family Medicine–Sunnybrook has been recognized as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. To achieve this recognition, the clinic had to demonstrate excellence in, among other things, managing patient care, setting patient goals, identifying barriers, and properly preparing charts.


UnityPoint Health–St. Luke’s has named Kristen Beal, RN, BSN, as Infection Preventionist and Patient Safety Officer. Beal will oversee and implement new tactics and programs to enhance patient safety. Beal received her BSN from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. She was previously and postpartum and labor and delivery nurse for seven years at St. Luke’s. She was nominated as a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year this year.




Askar Qalbani, MD, and Fahima Qalbani, MD, received the Dr. George G Spellman Annual Service Award. The married physicians have served the Siouxland community’s medical needs for a combined 80 years. The award was given at the 2017 Mercy Foundation Gala November 4. Cathleen and Chris McGowan chaired the event. Proceeds benefited Mercy’s Child Advocacy Center.


Hospice of Siouxland offered educational sessions to the public on hospice care in November in recognition of National Hospital & Palliative Care Month.

Mercy Medical Center–Sioux City recently opened its Mercy Express Care at the HyVee store located at 2827 Hamilton Boulevard. The clinic is staffed by advanced practice providers who see patients 18 months and older on a walk-in basis. Express Care providers can diagnose and treat illnesses such as influenza, strep/sore throat, sinus infections and urinary tract infections as well as provide basic health screenings.


Brookings Health System held a ribbon cutting at the West Entrance Grand Lobby on Friday, November 3, with the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, marking completion of the organization’s hospital expansion and renovation project. The West Entrance grants easy access to the Medical Plaza physician office building, outreach clinic, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation area.Started in 2015, the project added 86,500 new square feet of hospital and clinic space and renovated another 17,550 square feet of existing hospital space.

Photo caption: (l to r) Amy Klinkhammer, David Merhib, Ricki Boyle, Michael Bartley, Ed Wenniger, Dr. Andrew Ellsworth, Justin Sell, Jason Merkley, Walt Wosje, Keith Corbett, Mary Kidwiler, Ope Niemeyer, Tracy Renkly, Jim Booher and Joni Frolek.

Madison Regional Health System has received the South Dakota Heroes award from South Dakota EMS for Children. The award was given to MRHS for their dedication to providing education and aimed at reducing injuries in children. Specifically highlighted by the organization were Madison’s bike safety and care seat safety programs.

 Photo caption: (l to r) Beth Graff, MRHS director of clinic & community services; Tammy Miller, MRHS CEO; Charlotte Charles, director of acute care services; Corolla Lauck, SD EMS for Children program director; and Jeremiah Schneider, MRHS ambulance services supervisor.

Homecare Services of South Dakota recently opened a new office in Aberdeen. Homecare Services is a private agency that provides expert advice and specialized care to those who want to remain living independently at home. They offer a full range of in-home support services throughout South Dakota and Minnesota.

Lazaderm & Physicians Vein Clinic in Sioux Falls moved to a new location at 3401 S. Kelley Avenue in June.

Sioux Falls-based 724 Med, a healthcare and medical marketing business, has changed its name to PatientX Agency. The company says the new name better reflects their emphasis on gathering and understand patient needs to influence marketing efforts.