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Avera has announced plans to build the Avera Addiction Care Center in Sioux Falls., part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Patient Care Network

Thomas Otten is Vice President of Avera Behavioral Health Services.

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In The Moment ... February 27, 2018 Show 285 Hour 1

We continue our series of conversations about the prevention of mass shootings in America. Today we discuss mental health. Dr. Matt Stanley is a psychiatrist with Avera and Vice President of Avera's Behavioral Health.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... January 3, 2018 Show 248 Hour 1

We are mere days into the New Year, and maybe your goals for 2018 are already waning a bit. Kandace Brands is a health coach for Avera.

In The Moment ... December 21, 2017 Show 245 Hour 1

As Avera's President and CEO John Porter prepares for retirement, he joins us for a conversation about 44 of years redefining healthcare in the region, his thoughts on leadership, and the ever-challenging secret to a lasting marriage.

Longtime Avera CEO Announces Retirement

Dec 15, 2017
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After 44 years with the Avera Health system, President and CEO John Porter is retiring. His tenure spanned decades of growth, including the joining of the Benedictine and Presentation health systems into Avera Health in 2000.

John Porter has a few major milestones to celebrate. After a more than four-decade career with Avera, this next year sees his 70th birthday and his 50th wedding anniversary. After reflecting with his wife, Porter says that's why now seems like the perfect time to move on.

In The Moment ... December 5, 2017 Show 233 Hour 2 

Deanna Larson is CEO of Avera eCare. She joins us for a conversation about innovations in rural healthcare and why relationships are key in telemedicine.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... November 22, 2017 Show 226 Hour 2

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Nearly 45,000 people die from it each year. In the last 15 years, the rate of suicide has increased almost 25 percent. Joining us to talk about recent efforts in South Dakota for research, prevention, and intervention is Matthew Stanley, DO, Vice President for Avera's Behavioral Health Clinical Service Line.

In The Moment ... November 13, 2017 Sh0w 218 Hour 2 

Avera Health recently partnered with the University of Sioux Falls to plan a poverty simulation for healthcare professionals. Paula Lubeck is a nursing simulation coordinator at Avera. Nick Schwedhelm is an accelerated nursing student at USF.

We talk empathy, professional development, and the realities many among us face on a daily basis.

Cara Hetland

In The Moment ... November 1, 2017 Show 211 Hour 2

Katie Wolf is the founder and executive director of Friends for Health in Haiti. This project began in 2006. She joins the show today to expand on this. More information and donations can be made by clicking on this link.

Dr. Gareth Davies, Chief Scientific Officer of Avera Institute for Human Genetics and Casey Finnicum, Doctoral Research Intern discuss the Avera Twin Register and Studying the microbiome.

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In The Moment ... October 5, 2017 Show 192 hour 1

SDPB's Cara Hetland brings you an update on the Cancer Moonshot from South Dakota researchers and physicians. The Cancer Action Network hosted an event in Sioux Falls on October 4 to discuss progress. Cara Hetland is host of In the Moment's Innovation and SDPB's Director of Radio.

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In The Moment ... October 4, 2017 Show 191 Hour 1

Welcome to October, when the leaves turn golden and the world turns a fairer shade of pink. Today we talk innovations in breast cancer treatment, and if you live in rural South Dakota, the latest might be of particular interest to the women you care about. Joining us is Dr Julie Reiland, breast surgeon with Avera Medical Group Comprehensive Breast Care.

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In The Moment ... September 20, 2017 Show 181 Hour 1

Tom Dempster likes to talk with his friends and share those conversations with SDPB.  He is a Director of IFAM Capital, and has held elected office for seventeen years, nine years as a Minnehaha County Commissioner, and eight years as a SD State Senator where he served as Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the State Affairs Committee.

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In The Moment ... September 7, 2017 Show 172 Hour 2

We begin the hour with Retired Brigadier General Robert Benson. You can hear him speak about his more than 30-year career with the South Dakota National Guard this weekend as part of the South Dakota Veterans forum. That's 9 a.m. to 11, mountain time at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

Dr. Richard Holm is host and creator of On Call With the Prairie Doc. He joins us to preview tonight's program on SDPB-TV with the theme of dental care for the elderly. 

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As healthcare reform talks are stymied in Congress, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about future funding from a controversial portion of the Affordable Care Act.

President Donald Trump says he may pull Cost Sharing Reduction payments. But one of South Dakota’s Senators says that might not be a good idea right now.

Cost Sharing Reduction payments, or CSR’s, are federal monies that help low income Americans afford healthcare on the exchange marketplace.

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In The Moment ... August 1, 2017 Show 146 Hour 1

We've been looking at health insurance in the state and how the national conversation impacts you. Joining us today studios is Debra Muller. She is CEO of Avera Health Plan.

Large farming operations aren't the only ones contributing to the ag economy. That's what prompted lawmakers to change the classification for ag land for taxation purposes. SDPB's Lee Strubinger introduces us to a small acreage, high variety farmers in the Black Hills who stand to benefit from the change.

Sioux Falls researchers are employing light to open blood vessels. The US Food and Drug Administration is green-lighting a trial that could help patients who suffer from peripheral vascular disease. Doctors say more than 8 million people live with the condition.

Research leaders say the FDA okays a study that uses NVS to treat PVD. Acronyms aside, leaders have the go-ahead for a clinical trial. It may determine whether a new combination of a medical device and a drug can help people with leg problems related to their blood vessels.

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In The Moment ... May 4, 2017 Show 086 Hour 2

First responders and medical professionals are assessing their performance during a mock helicopter crash. They held the drill Tuesday morning. Crews began by pretending they had Avera helicopter on the Sanford landing pad...and people were hurt. SDPB's Kealey Bultena shows you how it unfolded.

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In The Moment ... May 2,2017 Show 084 Hour 1

To love someone is inherently risky. Poet Christine Stewart's book "Untrussed" explores the promises of love and loss. If you joined the SDPB Book Club last year, you recently discovered a copy of "Untrussed" in your mailbox. She joins us today to talk about "wonderful rejections," autobiography in poetry and more.

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In The Moment ... March 23, 2017 Show 056 Hour 1

How much time do you spend contemplating your kidneys? That most likely depends upon whether or not you've ever had a problem. It's National Kidney Month. Avera's Jerry Schrier is with us for more.

SDPB's Nate Wek joins us to talk about fine arts programming with the South Dakota High School Activities Association. Today we talk about this weekend's All-State Band.

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People grieving the loss of family members this holiday season are finding comfort in others who’ve experienced loss. Families and friends of people who chose to donate organs before they died connected at an event to honor and remember.

Leaders at Avera hold a program and prayer before talking with people who knew someone who died and chose to donate his or her organs.

Jonah Hilbert died in April at age 31 after struggling with alcoholism. He was still able to donate tissue and his corneas.

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South Dakotans who don’t have insurance are more likely to skip cancer screenings. Figures from the South Dakota Department of Health show insurance status affects patients’ preventative care decisions.

Health leaders are examining cancer screening rates, and they say a stark division emerges when breaking down the numbers.

Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon leads South Dakota’s Department of Health. She says people without insurance receive fewer cancer screenings than people with health coverage.

Avera To Build Cancer Center In Pierre

Aug 23, 2016

Avera Health plans to build a new cancer center in Pierre.  The Helmsley Charitable Trust donated money to pay for the facility.  

Avera’s new cancer facility is going to be named the Helmsley Center after a 10 million dollar donation from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.

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Matthew Sandusky is an advocate and survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Between the ages of eight and 17, he suffered abuse at the hands of his adopted father Jerry Sandusky. The former Penn State football coach was convicted in 2011 on rape and abuse charges.

Matthew Sandusky was the keynote speaker at a child sexual assault conference in Sioux Falls August 18th.   He says community members need to become figures of empowerment to prevent childhood sexual assault.

Cancer, says Vice President Joe Biden, is personal.

He spoke at the South Dakota Cancer Moonshot Summit via simultaneous, nationwide livestream, calling for cooperation, innovation, and accountability in cancer research and treatment nationwide.

SDPB’s Director of Radio Cara Hetland brings you scenes from the Summit, including impassioned comments from the vice-president: "Time matters. Days matter. Minutes matter."

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Avera is launching the first South Dakota-based study to track twins. The health organization’s Institute for Human Genetics has partnered with the world’s leading twin registry out of the Netherlands for seven years. Now the Avera Twin Register will collect and analyze DNA from twins.

Doctor Dave Kapaska is the regional president and CEO of Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls. He highlights how people are fascinated by multiples as he introduces two Avera physicians who are twins and mixes them up in the process.

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Jennifer Boomgaarden explains expansion of the Music as Medicine program, a partnership with Avera Health and South Dakota Community Foundation. Highlights include a new "memoir" pilot program, how grant money and individual donations fuel the orchestra, and plans to travel Music as Medicine beyond the Sioux Falls region.

If you’re feeling exhausted, depleted, and burned out, you might have something in common with your doctor. Forty six percent of all physicians now report experiencing burnout. That’s a 16 percent increase in the past two years. 

Jill Kruse, DO,  is the medical director for Avera’s LIGHT program, a well-being initiative for healthcare providers. She talks about avoiding and healing from burnout with tips gleaned from the struggles and successes of exhausted doctors.

Avera Team Uses Genetics to Fight Cancer

Jun 6, 2014
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Dr. Brian Leyland-Jones leads the applied genomics team that specializes in scientific and medical aspects of cancer at Avera McKennan. He joined the program to discuss genetics in a clinic setting, as well as the possibility of cancer treatments beyond chemotherapy.

Don And Carmen Meyer Center Of Excellence

Apr 4, 2014

Michael O'Keefe, VP Business Development Avera St. Lukes, discussed the launch of the Don and Carmen Meyer Center of Excellence that will house the Avera Cancer Institute in Aberdeen.

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