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News and Notes: January/February 2019

Jan 03, 2019 10:00AM ● By MED Magazine


Avera Health has named former behavioral health assistant Vice President Steve Lindquist as the leader of a new project aimed at combating the opioid epidemic through a one-year planning grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Lindquist served at the helm of the Avera Behavioral Health Center for nearly 20 years. Previously, he was director of Mental Health for the State of South Dakota, as well as administrator of the George S. Mickelson Center for the Neurosciences. Lindquist has served on state task forces for managed care, telemedicine, and behavioral health and is a past president of the South Dakota Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

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Regional Health Medical Clinic in Rapid City held an open house and ribbon cutting in November for its new Genius 3D Mammography system. 3D mammography captures multiple slices of the breast, all at different angles. The three-dimensional technology allows radiologists to better detect breast cancer deep within the tissue, where it might be hidden during a traditional two-dimensional mammogram.

Regional Health Lead-Deadwood Hospital has launched a new pilot project called the Lead-Deadwood Community Paramedicine Program, which expands the role of paramedics to help medically vulnerable patients stay at home and out of the hospital. When a patient is deemed a good fit for the program, a specially-trained paramedic goes to the patient’s home after discharge to take their vital signs, go through medications, draw blood and perform other services. The paramedic also evaluates whether prescriptions are correct and whether additional resources are needed and puts the patient in touch with the appropriate agencies.

Regional Health recently got a new high-fidelity patient simulator through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. This equipment adds obstetric care and labor and delivery training to the Simulation in Motion South Dakota (SIM-SD) program. Regional Health now has an adult male, two children, and an OB simulator that can give birth and simulate various obstetrical emergencies including breach delivery, precipitous delivery, and shoulder dystocia.

Brock Sanderson, RN, BSN, in the intensive care unit at Regional Health Rapid City Hospital, has been recognized with the prestigious DAISY Award for extraordinary nursing. Sanderson was nominated by a patient’s family member who recognized his ability to comfort the patient and his family, educate them on the patient’s care plan, and care for the whole family – not just the patient.

Eric Thompson, MD, has joined the Urgent Care team at Rapid City Medical Center. Dr. Thompson is board-certified in Family Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and did his residency at the UC Davis in Redding, california. Dr. Thompson comes to Rapid City from Sanford Health in Bismarck and will join Drs. Michael Rafferty and Gary Welsh at Rapid City Medical Center’s Mt. Rushmore Road location.


Sanford Health’s newest multispecialty clinic near S. Ellis Road and W. 32nd Street in Sioux Falls hosted a public open house on December 1 and opened on December 3.  Staff members formerly at the 41st and Sertoma clinic have relocated to the new clinic. The 42,000 square foot facility includes more than 50 exam rooms for family medicine, children’s, OB-GYN and allergy services plus six procedure rooms and lab services. Patients will have the option to meet with genetic counselors, integrated health therapist and health coaches in private consultation rooms. A Lewis Drug store and pharmacy is attached.

Paul Hanson (second from left in photo), president of Sanford Sioux Falls and representing Sanford Health, recently accepted an appreciation award for Sanford’s support of residency programs from medical school officials including Nedd Brown (far left), associate dean of graduate medical education at USD Sanford School of Medicine, Dr. Michael Koch, chair of the medical school’s pathology department, and Dr. Mary Nettleman, dean of the medical school. The award was presented at the 60th anniversary celebration of the pathology department’s residency program.  About 77.5 percent of USDSM graduates who do residencies in South Dakota stay in South Dakota to practice.


Dr. Lornell E. Hansen of Lazaderm in Sioux Falls has been appointed to the American College of Phlebology’s Healthcare Advocacy Committee. The committee provides strategic direction to ACP leadership, and directly advocates for members in the areas of Federal and state policies, reimbursement, coding, carrier relations, vein education, and practice management. Based in Chicago, the ACP is dedicated to advancing clinical research, advocacy, and serving members who treat patients with venous and lymphatic medical conditions.

Audiologist Jason R. Howe, M.S., FAAA, CCC-A, of Yankton Medical Clinic, PC, recently attended the Academy of Doctors of Audiology Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida. Among the topics discussed were comorbidity of hearing loss with a variety of conditions including moderate kidney disease, diabetes, balance disorders and arthritis. The group also addressed the association between hearing loss and cognitive decline and the importance of collaboration with primary care providers.

Ear, Nose & Throat Associates joins Yankton Medical Clinic, PC, on January 1. David Abbott, MD, and Micah Likness, MD, specialize in the diagnosis and management of diseases in the fields of allergy and sinus disease, facial plastics and reconstructive surgery, voice and swallowing disorders, thyroid and parathyroid disease, and sleep disorders including sleep apnea, facial trauma, allergy, otology and head and neck surgery. Audiology services are also offered. Ear, Nose & Throat Associates will continue to practice in their current locations in Yankton and Norfolk, Nebraska.

Paul Bindert, PT, DPT, ATC, physical therapist at Madison Regional Health System, is now certified in dry needling, a technique designed to affect change in neuromuscular conditions by inserting needles into the skin and underlying tissues. The unmedicated needles allow a PT to target tissues they may not otherwise be able to manipulate.  The technique is used in conjunction with other types of physical therapy and, according to the American Physical Therapy Association, can help accelerate a patient’s return to active rehabilitation. South Dakota passed legislation last spring to allow dry needling in the state.

Prairie Lakes cardiologists Dr. Maaliki, Dr. Garcia, and Dr. Miller

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System recently upgraded its cardiac catheterization lab. The cath lab installed a Phillips FD10 X-ray machine with a clarity package which offers high quality imaging with lower radiation levels. A boom with 6 screens was replaced by one large screen allowing up to eight inputs. Cath lab services include angiography, interventional procedures that restore circulation, and stent, pacemaker, defibrillator, and heart failure monitor placements.

According to the personal finance website WalletHub, one of the states in the MED territory is among the 20 fattest states in the country. Iowa ranked number 18 on the list and fell between North Carolina (17th) and Maine (19th). Mississippi was number one with the highest number of obese residents. WalletHub released the report in November as part of National Diabetes Awareness Month. Find the full infographic at

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