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Jan 03, 2018 09:11AM ● By The Hood Magazine



Rich Korman has been named Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Avera Health. Korman has been with Avera since 2011, having served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. His expanded role now includes government relations strategies, including the oversight of the Avera Center for Public Policy. Korman completed his undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota, and holds a JD from the William Mitchell College of Law.


Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center is doubling the size of its Emergency Department. Construction will start after the first of the year, and will involve a remodel and an addition. The 10,540-square-foot ED will have 10 private patient care rooms - two for trauma and eight for treatment - and a new ambulance garage. It will also feature the Lean design that is characteristic of other recent Avera EDs. The Marshall ED was last remodeled in 1997, when the hospital served fewer than 4,900 emergency patients a year. In 2016, 7,800 patients were seen in the ED.


Avera Health and its web vendor, Geonetric of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have received the Gold Award in the Website Campaign of the Year category as part of the fourth annual Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards competition. The IMPACT competition is sponsored by Modern Healthcare and its sister publication, Advertising Age. The award was presented in November during Modern Healthcare's annual Strategic Marketing Conference in Chicago. Avera launched a new system-wide website in June 2016.


Tri Valley Health System of Cambridge, Nebraska is the newest Affiliate Member of Avera Health.

Tri Valley signed a three year agreement in October which took effect on December 1. Under the agreement, Avera will provide consultation services and management support. The Board of Directors remains the decision-making body and ownership of the health campus remains local. The Tri Valley system includes Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge Medical Clinic with two satellite clinics in Arapahoe and Indianola, Heritage Plaza Retirement Village, Cambridge Manor, Tri Valley Assisted Living, and Tri Valley Wellness Center


Black Hills

Regional Health will partner with Compass One Healthcare to serve the dining, intra-hospital transportation, environmental services, and laundry needs of patients and families at Regional Health Rapid City Hospital. Changes anticipated include a new design for the restaurant, room service for visiting family members, and a broader menu of food choices for patients and restaurant patrons. The restaurant plan will turn the current first-floor dining area into more of a bistro-style eatery with more light, natural stone, wood and plants. The plan also calls for a pergola-like outdoor dining area and a nearby fire pit.


Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers, and members in the Black Hills put their money where the miracles are during the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising campaign. Locally, Walmart and Sam’s Club raised $51,722 for Children’s Miracle Network at Regional Health. The effort was part of a national campaign which raised $34 million for member hospitals across America.


Regional Health Medical Clinic North 10th Street in Spearfish is now offering Genius 3D Mammography for patients throughout the Northern Hills. The new technology improves early detection and treatment of breast cancer. The Genius 3D Mammography exam finds 20 to 65 percent more invasive breast cancers, where early detection is critical to recovery. With 3D's clarity and depth, fewer patients will have to return for second mammograms. “I compare 3D mammography to reading a book. With 2D, you only see the covers. With 3D you can flip through the pages and get the whole story,” said Lance Perrett, manager of Medical Imaging Services at Regional Health Spearfish Hospital.



Regional Health has appointed Thomas Worsley as Interim President of Regional Health Spearfish Hospital and the Spearfish and Belle Fourche Market. Worsley has been with Regional Health since 2015. He currently serves as Vice President of the Regional Health Rapid City Market. Worsley succeeds longtime President Larry W. Veitz, who died in early November. 



A new study at Sanford Health might help women determine how they should be screened for breast cancer based on their personal history. Five universities and Sanford have teamed as members of the Athena Breast Health Network for the study, which began November 1 at the Edith Sanford Breast Center. Participants in the Wisdom study will be randomly placed in one of two screening channels– traditional annual screening and risk-based screening. The study will determine whether a personalized approach to breast cancer screening is as safe and effective as an annual mammogram. As part of the study, women in the risk-based group will be assessed using a combination of personal history, family history, breast density and genetic testing. Sanford Health is the only site in the US outside of California to offer the study.


CRNA Neil Jessen is the latest Sanford USD Medical Center nurse to receive a Daisy Award. Jessen was described by the patient who nominated him as reassuring and having “the most calming presence and made me feel safe.”



Siouxland Urology Center has become a Hospital Outpatient Department of the Dunes Surgical Hospital. The two entities say they will have integrated services and campuses to allow for better continuity of care. "With this partnership, we will be sharing best practices and using the latest technology to advance the care experience for our patients," said Greg Miner, CEO, of Dunes Surgical Hospital. Siouxland Urology employs five physicians, five PAs, and 33 employees. The five physicians of Siouxland Urology are physician partners in the Dunes Surgical Hospital.



Alicia Held has been appointed Manager of Clinical Services - 8SE at Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City. Held began her career at Mercy in 2010 as a CNA. She earned a BSN from Mount Marty College and holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing Management and Leadership from Walden University. Held is the former Clinical Educator for Inpatient Nursing at Mercy. She has been in her current position on an interim basis since August.



Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC) Foundation has announced the return of an associate degree in nursing to Huron. Southeast Technical Institute will open a satellite registered nursing program in Huron with classes scheduled to begin in Fall 2018. Current LPN students with 750 hours of experience are eligible to apply for the hybrid program, which will include online classes through Southeast Tech and lab and clinicals at Huron Community Campus and local healthcare facilities. Huron has been without a two-year nursing program since 2016 when the last Dakota Wesleyan University-Huron site class graduated.


Homecare Services of South Dakota, Inc., a private agency that provides advice and specialized care to those who want to live independently at home, has opened a new office in Aberdeen. Homecare Services’ team of nurses, caregivers, and administrative staff offer a full range of in-home support services throughout South Dakota and into Minnesota. Agency DIrector Steven Novotny says the office will begin hiring and training staff over the next six months. Initially, the Aberdeen office will serve residents of Brown County, but Novotny plans to expand their services to surrounding counties.


Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital opened its new Sioux Falls Urgent Care facility on Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls in early December. They celebrated with an open house and ribbon cutting on November 30. The new facility was planned and built as an urgent care facility. The clinic will be open from 7 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday and from 8 to 5 on the weekends. 


Timothy Pendergrass, MD, is the new Chief of Staff at the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System.  Dr. Pendergrass is a retired Colonel with over 30 years of active duty military service, first with the Army and then the Air Force. He received his MD from the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland and completed his residency at David Grant Air Force Medical Center in California. Dr. Pendergrass is board-certified in diagnostic radiology.



Dakota Lions Sight and Health (DLSH) is now providing pre-loaded cornea tissues for transplant surgeries – just one of a few eye banks in the nation to offer this new, advanced service for cornea transplants. In this innovative procedure, a DLSH lab technician prepares Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) tissues for surgery and then packages the eye tissue in a specially made container. Before pre-loaded DMEK grafts, surgeons spent time in the operating room preparing the graft. The pre-loads allow surgeons to complete the procedure in less than half that time.